The Landowner’s Secret is still only $1.99!

Just a reminder that readers in Australia and New Zealand can buy The Landowner’s Secret (Brindabella Secrets book #1) for only $1.99 on Kindle and Kobo (AU/NZ) until the end of the month!

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Read the first two chapters.

New South Wales, 1885

When Alice Ryan wakes to find thugs surrounding her cottage, on the hunt for her no-good brother, she escapes into the surrounding bush.

It is wealthy landowner Robert Farrer who finds her the next morning, dishevelled, injured, and utterly unwilling to share what she knows. With criminals on the loose and rumours that reckless bushrangers have returned to the area, Robert is determined to keep Alice out of danger, and insists on taking her into his home-despite the scandal it may cause. Convincing her to stay on with him for her own safety, however, is going to take some work.

What Robert doesn’t expect is his growing attraction to the forthright, unruly woman staying in his home. Before either of them can settle into their odd new situation, their home and wellbeing come under threat and they will need to trust each other to survive. But they are both keeping secrets, secrets that have the potential to ruin their burgeoning love, their livelihood … and their lives.

 

Rereading Old Favourites

Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry

I know I’m not the only one who’s been rereading a lot of favourite books in the past few, pandemic-stricken months.

One book I picked up (well, opened on my Kindle!) is Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry, which was published ten years ago, and which is the book that convinced me to read more category romances.

The book is due to be rereleased in a few months.

A recent discussion amongst authors showed the general consensus is the Superromance line was amazing and should never have been discontinued. Australian author Mayberry and Kiwi author Karina Bliss were two of my absolute favourites, writing realistic, complicated characters.

Her Best Friend is about a woman who stayed in her hometown to pursue her dream of buying and restoring an Art Deco theatre. It used to belong to her family and is now under threat from developers. Amy has been in love with her best friend for sixteen years, but he married another woman from town and moved away to live in the city and have a big, flashy legal career.

Cue angst!

What makes this book stand out is how real the characters feel – from their conversations to their choices to their mistakes. I’ve read more books than I can count, but this one still resonates with me.

My only complaint: how heavily the editors Americanised the language and terminology. There’re a lot of words (and systems of measurement!) we don’t use here!

Out Now: The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley

British historian Lucy Worsley does some great TV shows, but she is also the author of historical fiction aimed at young adult readers. I’ve mentioned one of her books before, but this one, about Jane Austen, is out today and looks really interesting. (It is already available in the UK.)

The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley

The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley

Would she ever find a real-life husband?

Would she even find a partner to dance with at tonight’s ball? She just didn’t know. Anna Austen has always been told she must marry rich. Her future depends upon it. While her dear cousin Fanny has a little more choice, she too is under pressure to find a suitor. But how can either girl know what she wants? Is finding love even an option? The only person who seems to have answers is their Aunt Jane.

She has never married. In fact, she’s perfectly happy, so surely being single can’t be such a bad thing? The time will come for each of the Austen girls to become the heroines of their own stories. Will they follow in Jane’s footsteps? In this witty, sparkling novel of choices, popular historian LUCY WORSLEY brings alive the delightful life of Jane Austen as you’ve never seen it before.

 

 

Edits Edits Edits

Without giving too much away, I started edits on The Artist’s Secret at about 3am (now it’s nearly seven in the morning). Don’t ask me why I chose that time to begin!

The manuscript is still a bit of a mess, but in this screenshot you can see what it looks like “behind the scenes” when you’re working with an editor on a book: lots of highlights and shifting of words and comments in the margins!

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How Reader Behaviour Is Changing During the COVID-19 Crisis

How Reader Behavior Is Changing During the COVID-19 Crisis

This article turned up in my email today, and it makes for an interesting read. Because each week feels like a year at the moment, it’s probably already a little out of date (it’s dated the 24th of April), but it shows that while people are still buying books, readers’ habits are changing.

Of course, this is a US-focused piece, so things are likely different in other countries. Australia is in a good position to start opening up again (and some of our restrictions have already been lifted), so I assume readers here are likely to return to in-person book shopping faster than – say – the US or the UK.

Writing Inspiration: Victorian Queanbeyan

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Thanks to Nichole Overall, an author and historian of the Canberra and Queanbeyan region, I’ve finally seen a Victorian-era photograph of The Dog and Stile, the pub that is in the background of my Brindabella Secrets series (book one is currently on sale for $1.99 for readers in Australia and New Zealand!).

The Dog & Stile Inn of 1841, oldest surviving building in Queanbeyan (officially that's The Oaks of 1838 in Oaks Estate, now Canberra), on Macquoid St (named for Supreme Court Sheriff Thomas Macquoid owner of Tuggeranong H

The photograph is from the mid-1800s, and the building still stands in Queanbeyan, New South Wales (but no longer operates as a public house). You can see what it looks like now at the link to Nichole’s account.

Mary Balogh Series Information

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All right, so I’m VERY late to this party, but during one of my procrastination sessions yesterday afternoon I came across a blog post from Regency romance author Mary Balogh that explains in quite a lot of detail what is going on with her current Westcott family series, and her plans for future books. It also explains her motivation behind the novella she published last year.

(On a side note, the model on this cover looks a bit like the woman on my cover for The Artist’s Secret!)

I thought it was an interesting read for Balogh fans.

You can read the post HERE.

The Landowner’s Secret only $1.99 on Kobo!

Readers in Australia and New Zealand! In addition to The Landowner’s Secret being discounted on Kindle for the month of May, the price has now also been dropped on Kobo.

Kobo Australia

Kobo New Zealand

You can read the first two chapters HERE.

The Landowner's Secret May 2020 Price Promotion

New South Wales, 1885

When Alice Ryan wakes to find thugs surrounding her cottage, on the hunt for her no-good brother, she escapes into the surrounding bush.

It is wealthy landowner Robert Farrer who finds her the next morning, dishevelled, injured, and utterly unwilling to share what she knows. With criminals on the loose and rumours that reckless bushrangers have returned to the area, Robert is determined to keep Alice out of danger, and insists on taking her into his home-despite the scandal it may cause. Convincing her to stay on with him for her own safety, however, is going to take some work.

What Robert doesn’t expect is his growing attraction to the forthright, unruly woman staying in his home. Before either of them can settle into their odd new situation, their home and wellbeing come under threat and they will need to trust each other to survive. But they are both keeping secrets, secrets that have the potential to ruin their burgeoning love, their livelihood … and their lives.

The Landowner’s Secret Price Promotion!

Beginning today, and lasting until the end of May, The Landowner’s Secret will be only $1.99 on Amazon for readers in Australia and New Zealand. Book description below the image.

The Landowner's Secret May 2020 Price Promotion

New South Wales, 1885

When Alice Ryan wakes to find thugs surrounding her cottage, on the hunt for her no-good brother, she escapes into the surrounding bush.
It is wealthy landowner Robert Farrer who finds her the next morning, dishevelled, injured, and utterly unwilling to share what she knows. With criminals on the loose and rumours that reckless bushrangers have returned to the area, Robert is determined to keep Alice out of danger, and insists on taking her into his home-despite the scandal it may cause. Convincing her to stay on with him for her own safety, however, is going to take some work.

What Robert doesn’t expect is his growing attraction to the forthright, unruly woman staying in his home. Before either of them can settle into their odd new situation, their home and wellbeing come under threat and they will need to trust each other to survive. But they are both keeping secrets, secrets that have the potential to ruin their burgeoning love, their livelihood … and their lives.

Out Now: Heiress for Hire (A Duke’s Heiress #1) by Madeline Hunter

Heiress for Hire, the first book in the Duke’s Heiress series by Madeline Hunter is out today. I’ve only read one page so far, but I’m excited to start a new series by a favourite author!

Heiress for Hire (A Duke’s Heiress #1) by Madeline Hunter

Heiress for Hire (A Duke's Heiress #1) by Madeline Hunter

Minerva Hepplewhite has learned the hard way how to take care of herself. When an intruder breaks into her home, she doesn’t swoon or simper. Instead she wallops the rogue over the head and ties him up—only to realise he is Chase Radnor, a gentleman and grandson of a lord, and a man who makes it his business to investigate suspicious matters. Now he’s insisting that Minerva has inherited a fortune from his uncle, a wealthy Duke. Only one thing could surprise her more: her sudden attraction to this exasperating man . . .

Chase can’t decide whether Minerva is a wronged woman or a femme fatale. Either way, he’s intrigued. Maddeningly, with her unexpected inheritance, she has set up a discreet detective business to rival Chase’s own. She may be the perfect person to help him uncover the truth about his uncle’s demise. But as proximity gives way to mutual seduction, Chase realises he craves a much deeper alliance . . .