Award winning outback romance

I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, presented by the Heart of Denver chapter of Romance Writers of America.  So very very thrilled. There are more details here.

Reading

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Jane, Elizabeth and Me.

Peggy Ann Garner as Jane and Elizabeth Taylor as Helen.

My relationship with Jane Eyre goes back to 1943.  No – I’m not that old. That’s when the black and white film of the book, starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine was released. I saw it many years later – and the part that really moved me was the time young Jane spent at the Lowood Institution – and the tragic death of Helen, played by a very young and angelic Elizabeth Taylor.

When my collaborator Alison May and I set out to write our second Bronte-inspired book as Juliet Bell – it had to be Jane Eyre. And I had to write that section of the story.

We moved the book in time and place and The Other Wife is set in Australia in the late 1900s. Continue reading

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The Other Wife

A beautiful cover – but there are dark secrets within.

Somehow I’ve managed to release three books this year. One has been as Janet Gover and two as Juliet Bell, which is the pen name for my collaborations with my friend Alison May.

Juliet Bell has an interest in misunderstood classic literature, and classic heroes who are maybe not so heroic… especially by today’s standards.

That being the case, you can probably guess the inspiration behind our second book – The Other Wife. I’m not going to put any spoilers here, but the cover and blurb will tell you that we have set our story in Australia from the 1960s to the 1980s.

This was a time of great change in my homeland, just as it was all over the world. Continue reading

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Its time to get excited.

Keeping up with these neighbours is a bit difficult.

 

Counting down…

A couple of my neighbours are getting ready for a wedding. By neighbours, I mean them that live in that big castle just a couple of miles up the road from me.

It’s a week until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at Windsor Castle. As an Australian, I find all things royal to be quite fascinating. There’s history there – and traditions that we don’t have Down Under. That’s why I wrote a royal wedding novel (before this engagement was even announced).

Anyway I thought I would count down to the big day with some of things about the royal wedding that make me smile….

This required a day spent wandering around Windsor in the lovely spring Sunshine – gosh, the things I force myself to do. Continue reading

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A royal wedding invitation

My very pretty cover. It’s so romantic.

I’m very excited about the upcoming royal wedding. No… not THAT royal wedding.

This month, I have a new book out – Marrying The Rebel Prince.

It’s a Cinderella story – and everyone loves a Cinderella story. I actually wrote it before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, but it seemed a lovely idea to release it just before that wedding.

I had such fun writing this book, its light hearted and romantic and I really want the heroine to be my BFF. Continue reading

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Move over Oscar

This week saw the Romantic Novelists’ Association RoNA Awards event. This is one of the highlights of my year – and even more so this year as I was one of the shortlisted authors. Wedding Bells by the Creek didn’t win it’s category, but that’s ok. The award went to my friend Jane Lovering – who writes funny, uplifting romances. She certainly deserved to win.

The evening was brilliant – a chance to catch up with friends and to celebrate some wonderful books and their equally fabulous authors. We writers spend a lot of time chained to our desks. We don’t get out that much. But when we do….

I am already looking forward to next year.

 

The RoNA ROSE shortlist – with the winner, Jane Lovering on the right.

 

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It’s TV but not as I knew it

Being a TV reporter involved a lot of people and equipment.

I started my writing career as a TV journalist at Channel 7 in Brisbane, Australia in 19… umm. Let’s not go there. Let’s just say I was a teenager and leave it at that. My first TV interview involved a big camera and a large hand-held microphone. There were lights and sometimes a person whose job it was just to check the sound. For those interviews, I was behind the microphone asking questions.

A few days ago, for my most recent interview, I was in front of the camera answering questions. As for the way it was done, it was so far from those early TV jobs that it was like being in another world. Continue reading

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Emily, The Jedi and Me.

I know he wasn’t wearing the silly helmet when he recorded The Heights – but I might pretend he was.

I’ve been having some Sci Fi fun.

It started with the news that the audio edition of The Heights had been recorded ready for release. The actor who read the book was Jonathan Oliver. I immediately google him and found out that he’d played a role in Star Wars : Return of the Jedi. Ok – he was on the wrong side, but I still had an excited fan moment …. The original Star Wars films are among my favourite films of all time. Continue reading

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Bubbly splash and blog splash

My friend Rhoda Baxter is celebrating today – the best kind of celebration for an author – a new book. Some of us have a splash of champagne to celebrate ( yep, that’s my favourite too), and today Rhoda is doing a blog splash to mark the launch of Girl in Trouble.

She’s asked a few of us to join her. Rhoda writes smart funny books and I’m a fan, so this seemed like a good idea to me, not the least because it introduced me to something new… The Octonauts.

I love these guys almost as much as I love The Clangers.

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What I have been reading

A great read for a Sunday in the sun.

I am really enjoying writing these posts. It’s great to look back and remember the books that I have enjoyed.

I’ve been writing a new book during the last couple of months, so not reading as much as I normally would… but that still means I am reading a book a week. I have however, stayed away from new authors and stuck with friends and favourites. I like comfort reads when I am writing.

The Summer We Danced – Fiona Harper (paperback – known author)

This is a Doris Day film in a book. It’s a love story and a story about second chances. It’s also the story of how wonderful it can be to be part of a community. Continue reading

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An evening of romantic fiction

David Headley of Goldsboro Books welcomes everyone to the party.

Fine spring evenings are wonderful. And they are even better when you can spend it in one of your favourite places.

For me this week that was Cecil Court in the centre of London. Cecil Court is a lovely old street, now a pedestrian way, filled with lovely old shops selling books – old and new, old maps and art and no end of interesting ‘stuff’.

My favourite shop in this favourite street is Goldsboro Books – where I have spent far too much money on several occasions.

And this week, it was my honour to be invited to be part of their annual ‘Romance in the Court’ evening. Continue reading

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