Down Under Author Showcase

January 12, 2015 at 6:45 am | Posted in Bottom Drawer Publications, Dreamspinner Press, Promotion | Leave a comment
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The Down Under Author Showcase at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is almost halfway through, if you can believe that. Heaps has gone on already, with lots of interesting facts about Australia and New Zealand highlighted (even I am learning things!), and lots of great author posts and interviews. If you haven’t been able to visit every day you can catch up with the action at this link.

Don’t forget there’s a scavenger hunt, and a lot of prizes up for grabs. My post will be up towards the end of the week, and I’ll be giving away a book from my backlist, and there are also additional copies of Cutting Out and the Under the Southern Cross anthology (containing my novella Whitewater) in the swag. So head on over and check things out!

Meet the Character Blog Hop

October 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Bottom Drawer Publications, Cutting Out, Dreamspinner Press, Promotion | Leave a comment
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So I’ve been tagged by the lovely Nic Starr to participate in the Meet the Character Blog Hop, where those of us who are so inclined talk a little bit about the characters from our latest books. Nic introduced us to Dave Simpson, from her upcoming release A Day at a Time. You can read more about Dave in Nic’s post here. A Day at a Time will be out on October 29th, and you can preorder it from Dreamspinner Press here.

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Blurb

Sean Vargos is quiet, well respected, and dedicated to his job. But Dave Simpson sees Sean as more than a coworker. He’s fought his attraction to Sean for months but can’t get him out of his thoughts.

They tentatively embark on a relationship, but Sean isn’t all that he seems. He struggles to put his past behind him and overcome his fears.

Dave, with his good looks and open nature, accepts that sometimes Sean’s doubts get the better of him and he runs. Dave just wants the chance to show Sean he can be trusted and the past doesn’t have to dictate their future.

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Now it’s time for you to meet Shane, from my newly released novel, Cutting Out.

What is the name of your character?

Shane Cooper, Coop to his friends. “That Aussie bastard” to people who are not his friends. 🙂

Is he a fictional or a historic person?

Most definitely fictional.

When and where is the story set?

Cutting Out is a contemporary romance set in New Zealand, mostly in the shearing sheds of various sheep farms across the country. Queenstown and Christchurch also feature.

What should we know about him?

He’s Australian, something that is rare enough in New Zealand that everybody constantly comments on it. He’s been in New Zealand for 10 years, after leaving Australia for reasons that he never talks about. He’s a shearer at the top of his game, earning the title of gun shearer without breaking a sweat. He turns 40 during the course of the story, and all he sees when he looks in the mirror is the grey in his hair and the crows feet at the corners of his eyes.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

Meeting a young shearer by the name of Lachlan Moore. Fifteen years Shane’s junior, when we meet Lachie he’s a bit of a party boy, but then he suffers a personal tragedy during the Christchurch earthquake that changes his life forever. Shane wants to get to know Lachie more than he’s wanted anything for a while, but Lachie’s issues build a sturdy, almost-insurmountable wall between them.

What is the personal goal of the character?

To have a quiet, peaceful life. He’s ready to settle down and find someone who’s more than just a one-night fling.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The book is called Cutting Out, and it’s available now from Bottom Drawer Publications

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Blurb

A twenty-year veteran of the shearing shed, Aussie Shane Cooper loves his job, and the home he’s made for himself in New Zealand. If he’s a little lonely, he’s got good mates to keep his spirits up. When a hot, cocky young shearer named Lachlan Moore catches his eye at a competition, he’s content to look but not touch, knowing the young man is out of his league.

Lachie wouldn’t mind a piece of Shane, but the gorgeous gun shearer from Australia is soon forgotten when the Christchurch earthquake hits, and tragedy strikes Lachie’s family. Lachie deals with it the best he can, cutting himself off from all he knows. A year later and he’s back in the shearing shed, out of practice and lacking confidence. That Shane’s there to watch him flounder doesn’t help his nerves.

As Lachlan struggles to re-acclimatise, Shane can’t resist giving him a hand to get back on his feet. As they move from friends to something more, Shane finds himself wanting to know everything he can about Lachie. But Lachie’s got secrets he desperately wants to keep, and when things come to a head, those secrets might just mean the end of them before they’ve truly begun.

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Now to introduce you to the two authors who I’m handing the blog hop baton to. Both of these lovely ladies will be posting on November 3rd, so watch out for their posts. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

LJ LaBarthe (Blog: http://misslj_author.livejournal.com/)

A long-term friend of mine, LJ has just released Mythica from Bottom Drawer Publications.

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Blurb

Caiden Jones is part-selkie and lives an idyllic life by the sea in South Australia. He’s had his fair share of disappointments, like being kept out of the Navy due to his mythica status, but overall he’s got a pretty good life. Until he’s in the wrong place at the right time.

Cai steps in to subdue an out-of-control minotaur and in the process suffers a serious injury to his ribs. As Cai struggles to breathe, a gorgeous suit-clad sy’lph with mesmerising blue eyes races to his rescue. When it’s learned that the minotaur was poisoned, the sy’lph, Gray, makes it his personal mission to keep Cai and his family safe.

Cai has always harboured some resentment towards the sy’lph because of their easy acceptance into the community, so the attraction he feels for Gray takes him by surprise. But how can they find out what this might mean when the lives of Cai and his family are endangered by someone closer than they realise?

Renae Kaye (Blog: http://renaekaye.weebly.com/renae-blogs)

Renae is a woman after my own heart; that is, she likes to write about shearers. Her new release, The Shearing Gun, is available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Blurb

At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.

Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.

The food and landscape of Whitewater

March 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Novella, Whitewater, Writing | Leave a comment
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Two things are quite important in Whitewater: food, and Coogee Beach.

If you bought the paperback of the anthology, you will know already that there’s a glossary in it, that explains some Aussie terms, and on my part, provides some information on the Australian-specific food mentioned in Whitewater. I am quite keen for people to be able to picture the food that Luke makes accurately, and to that end I’ll reproduce here the explanations and recipe links that are in the glossary in the paperback version.

Biscuit – cookie.

Flat white – coffee, with milk. No froth or other embellishments (cocoa powder, cinnamon, etc).

Sausage roll – minced meat (typically beef and pork, but sometimes chicken), herbs and onion wrapped in puff pastry. An example of a recipe is here.

Scone – a small bread-like cake. Can be sweet or savoury. Wikipedia entry for scones.

Tomato sauce – the Australian equivalent of ketchup.

Vanilla slice – a firm vanilla custard between puff pastry sheets, typically decorated with either a simple water and icing sugar-based icing or a dusting of icing sugar. An example of a recipe is here.

Now I would really, really like a sausage roll. NOM.

Also, in Australian, thongs = flip flops. 🙂

Now we get to Coogee beach. In a spectacular case of good timing, I happened to be going back to Sydney at a time when I had just finished the first draft of Whitewater, so I decided to visit all the locations featured in the book and take some photos, which turned out to be incredibly useful, particularly when it came to Wylie’s Baths.

I posted an album of some of the photos I took that day on Facebook, which is here if anyone wants to take a look at it. It just so happened to be one of those beautiful Sydney spring days that Luke thinks about on the day that he and Cam go to Wylie’s Baths for the first time. What it wasn’t, though, was a good surfing day. Cam and Luke wouldn’t have gotten much out of a surf that day. 🙂

Whitewater available now

March 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Novella, Whitewater | Leave a comment
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My new novella, Whitewater, is now available. You can get it from Dreamspinner here or from All Romance ebooks here.

I’ve mentioned before that Whitewater is part of an anthology of novellas set in Australia and written by Australian authors: myself, LJ LaBarthe, Isabelle Rowan, RJ Astruc and Robyn Walker. The novellas are available as separate ebooks or together in a print edition. If you’d like to take a gander at the other stories, you can find them all on their very own page at Dreamspinner and All Romance ebooks. I hope you enjoy them!

#MusicMonday #bandslash blog tour – my interview is up!

February 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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The last February interview of the #bandslash blog tour is up, and it’s mine, over on Clancy Nacht’s blog.

I talk about writing, music – obscure Australian bands of the 90s for the win! – and Metal Heart. Feel free to head over there for a chat.

Whitewater and Under the Southern Cross anthology available for preorder

February 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Anthology, Dreamspinner Press, Whitewater | Leave a comment
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My next book is almost here! It’s called Whitewater, it’s a novella, and it’s being released as a stand-alone ebook and in print as part of the Under the Southern Cross anthology, which is an anthology of five stories set in Australia written by Australian authors – myself, LJ LaBarthe, Isabelle Rowan, RJ Astruc and Robyn Walker.

More about the anthology as a whole in a minute. First I just want to share the absolutely beautiful cover art, done by the amazing Anne Cain, and the blurb for Whitewater.

Continue Reading Whitewater and Under the Southern Cross anthology available for preorder…

#bandslash blog tour, Goodreads chat

February 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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The #bandslash blog tour continues on Jet’s blog with Piper Vaughn & Mj O’shea’s ‘Lucky Moon’ rockstar series!

Go here for the interview with Piper and MJ

 

On Saturday, at 3pm US EST, I will be at the Dreamspinner Press Goodreads group doing a chat. It’ll be Sunday morning for me, so if you come and talk to me you’ll get to see what I’m like when I first wake up, so that’ll be fun! I will be doing a giveaway during the chat, the exact details of which have yet to be decided, but I’m pondering it. I’ll post the link to the chat when I have it. I hope to see you there!

Metal Heart freebies!

February 5, 2013 at 6:42 am | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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It’s obviously the week to get a free copy of my book!

First of all, you can win a copy of Metal Heart via the #bandslash blog tour, if you comment on the first post at Babes in Boyland.

If you go here, to Reviews by Jessewave, you can sling your name into the hat to win another free copy. Have at it, kids!

Bandslash blog tour

February 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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Welcome to the first of the promotional doo-dads happening for Metal Heart, ladies and gents!

From Cocktales and Hot Sauce

#bandslash Blog Tour

on #MusicMonday
 

Collected for your wicked delight, a knock-out line-up of M/M Romance authors, male/male slash and erotica writers, all giving you exclusive VIP access to their new ‘bandfic’ releases/rock band series, and what inspires their stories!

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The tour kickstarts with an awesome FREE giveaway, and will end in 8 weeks time with yet another fantastic giveaway of FREE ebooks from the authors. Don’t miss this chance to enter; check out the free-to-enter competition on the Babes in Boyland blog, going live on Monday 4th February 2013. See below…

Tour Dates!!

Monday 4th February – Check out the Babes in Boyland blog who are hosting Jet Mykles (Heaven Sent/Indigo Knights series) and kickstarting the tour with a fabulous ebook giveaway!

(Ebook prizes from: Jet Mykles, Piper Vaughn & Mj O’shea, Meredith Shayne, and BL Morticia!)

Monday 11th February – Jet Mykles hosts co-authors Piper Vaughn & Mj O’shea (Lucky Moon series).

Monday 18th February – Meredith Shayne hosts co-authors Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid (Black Gold series).

Monday 25th February – Clancy Nacht hosts Meredith Shayne (Metal Heart).

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Monday 4th March – SJ Frost hosts BL Morticia (The Wretched series).

Monday 11th March – BL Morticia hosts SJ Frost (Conquest series).

Monday 18th March – ZAllora Allora hosts Melanie Tushmore (Crucifox series).

Monday 25th March – Melanie Tushmore hosts ZAllora Allora (Dark Angels/Made In China series), and final giveaway Wrap Party with your chance to win FREE ebooks from the authors!

(Ebook prizes from: SJ Frost, Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid, ZAllora Allora, and Melanie Tushmore!)

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And be sure to follow all the #bandslash authors on twitter for up to date news, and join in the chat.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #bandslash !

@jetmykles

@pipervaughn

@mjosheaseattle

@meredithshayne

@clancynacht

@thursdayeuclid

@SJ_Frost

@coreyPWretch  or  @rawiyamikembl

@melanietushmore

Metal Heart is out!

January 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Writing | Leave a comment
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So, it’s January the 28th in most parts of the world now, which means that Metal Heart is now officially for sale! You can find it at the Dreamspinner store in ebook or paperback formats, at All Romance ebooks and Amazon, although for some reason it’s currently only in paperback there. I’m sure it’ll be available at the Kindle store very soon.

I have a couple of promotional things planned for the book, including participating in a massive rock star-related blog hop in February which I will tell you about very soon.

As befits a book release day where I also have the day off (thank you, Auckland anniversary day), I have spent the day making a soundtrack for Metal Heart; since I always rabbit on about how music is instrumental to my writing process, I decided to finally pony up a playlist for you, which is fitting for a book about musos.

Not every song I listened to during writing is on there, but there’s enough there for you to get a flavour of it:

Here it is if you’d like to take a listen.

I even uploaded some obscure Aussie rock for you, so prepare to be baffled by that! 🙂

I also made ice cream today but since I can’t pass any of that through the Internet, you’ll have to content yourself with some music instead.

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