My father taught me to love books when I was just a child – and that lifelong passion includes writing them as well as reading them.
I started scribbling short stories (mostly about ponies) in my schoolbooks when I was very small. Those schoolgirl scribbles slowly developed into ‘proper’ writing, leading me into the best job a person could ever have – being a writer.
I love writing books about the Australian outback, and have been touched by the amazing response from readers to my Coorah Creek books.
Little Girl Lost is the fourth book in the series. It is a story about being lost and finding the way home again… to wherever or whoever is home. I was so proud when the Romantic Novelist’s Association named the book winner of the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year Award, for a book with a strong central romance that also looks at wider issues.
Although it’s a series, each book can be read as a stand-alone story.
The first book, Flight To Coorah Creek won the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, presented by the Heart of Denver RWA. The book was also a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia RUBY Awards – for Romantic Book of the Year and was nominated as Book of the Year in the AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards.
The Wild One – the second book, has had an amazing reception from readers, particularly in the USA – where it was chosen as a finalist in four Romance Writers of America chapter contests. It was the winner of a Book Buyers Best Award for a mainstream romantic novel, and also was the Book Buyers Best Top Pick. Thank you – what a thrill it is to have that recognition.
For my third visit to my favourite outback town, I decided to spend Christmas at Coorah Creek – with Trish, Adam and Jess and all the familiar faces we have come to know. This was a story that made me cry as I wrote it.
The series doesn’t end there, but I can’t say too much about that just yet. Stay tuned.
There’s more here on my website – more books and more stories. While you’re here, please have a click around. There are musings on the blog, free short reads and all sorts of stuff here that I hope you will enjoy.
And do come back soon.
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The last couple of months here in London have been cold and wet and grey. My determination to find new authors disappeared with the sun, and it’s been a couple of months of comfort reads for me.
I’ve posted the books in the order I read them – not in any sort of preference…. although the first book is probably my favourite. It is also the one new author in this list… and what an author she is!
Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah (paperback – new author)
Well, when I say new author…. I really mean almost new author. I did read a short story by Kristin Hannah a long time ago and was enchanted by it. I don’t know why it took so long for me to come back to her. But now that I have found her again, I will be back. Continue reading