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 ROMANCE FOR CYNICS (2015 RBY finalist, Best Short Sexy novel)
 
 Must. Not. Fall. For. Fake. Boyfriend.

Cashel Burgess’s PR team has come up with a plan to salvage his reputation and show his “softer” side by entering him in a Valentine’s Day competition to find Australia’s Most Romantic Couple. It’s so ridiculous it might actually work. The hitch? He doesn’t even have a girlfriend. But that’s not about to stop him….

Thanks to a good-for-nothing ex, gardener Lucy Grant hates Valentine’s Day. But when Cash makes her an offer too good to refuse, Lucy finds herself half of the most cynical couple in Australia! The only problem is, when a man fakes it this well, a girl might be tempted to turn fiction into fact….

 
 
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Opposites attract in this romance except in one aspect…Cash and Lucy are total cynics when it comes to love.
I deliberately wrote them that way because I wanted to see what happened when their cynicism unravelled to reveal their softer romantic cores deep inside.
Lucy is also divorced, a backstory I haven’t used very often for my heroines.
I like how Cash chips away at her hardened exterior and how vulnerable they both are when their hearts are laid bare.
Had a ball writing these two and I hope you have as much fun reading their story.
 
 
   
  
WhatthePaparazziWHAT THE PAPARAZZI DIDN’T SEE
 
The secrets behind Australia’s most famous smile…
Liza Lithgow has her reasons for living life in the spotlight, and they’re all to do with protecting her little sister. Now she’s finally saved enough money to leave the red carpet behind, what better way to celebrate than with a martini and a man?
 
The only problem is, the man in question turns out to be a publisher wanting her kiss-and-tell autobiography!
 
Wade Urquart’s company wants a story? Fine. If scandal will sell more copies, she’ll give them exactly what they want!  But what will Wade see-the glossy facade or maybe, at last, the real Liza?

 

 

undercoversI’m intrigued by the lives of WAGs (Wives And Girlfriends) of sporting stars. Magazines and media thrive on the gossip dogging some WAGs lives. WAG Nation debuted on Aussie TV last year and I was glued to the intrigue like the rest of the country.
But it got me thinking… what if there’s more behind the hype and the glamour? What secrets do the WAGs hide? Personal stuff they’d never want anyone to know?
The result? Liza Lithgow strutted into my imagination and demanded I tell her side of the WAG tale. As for the publishing world I placed her in…well, May sees the 10 year anniversary of when I got ‘The Call’ and entered that world myself. It’s one I’ve got to  know intimately. It was huge fun writing about it!
I hope you enjoy reading Liza and Wade’s romance.

 

 

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WEDDING DATE WITH MR WRONG
 
Is holiday romance real?
 
Eight years after having the time of her life with hot surfer Archer Flett on magical Capri, Callie Umberto comes face to face with her first love again.
 
As his online marketing manager, this time around Callie is calling the shots. Until Archer coerces her into spending a week with him at Torquay to ensure his surf school campaign is the best ever.
And if Callie has to be his date for his brother’s Christmas Eve wedding, it doesn’t mean their love will rekindle, right?
 
 
 
undercovers I’ve always admired surfers, who make balancing on a board while cresting waves look effortless. So when I spied the picture of Brad Pitt (on a beach, bare chested, spiky blond hair) my surfer Archer Flett was born.
To compliment Archer, I needed a brunette heroine, someone who had a well grounded life, the opposite of Archer’s. Callie Umberto (inspired by Eva Longoria), caring for a mother with Motor Neurone Disease, was his perfect foil.
Set in the beachside town of Torquay (about 90 minutes from Melbourne) this story brings together the themes of reunion, second chances, forgiveness, and the value of family. It’s also my first Christmas story!
I hope you enjoy Archer and Callie’s second chance romance as much as I did creating it.
 
  
 
 
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INTERVIEW WITH THE DAREDEVIL
 
The man behind the headlines…
After spending the last few years as the perfect political wife, Ava’s finally single and free to live her life as she chooses – away from the paparazzi.
 
She starts her new life as a freelance writer with a massive scoop: an interview with extreme sports legend – and dreamboat! – Roman Gianakis.  The immediate chemistry is all-consuming, but Roman lives his life firmly in the public eye. To match him, she’ll have to step up next to him. Till now she’s always wished she could hide in the wings – is she ready to embrace centre stage?
 
 
 

undercoversINTERVIEW WITH THE DAREDEVIL was sparked by real-life experiences: a night at Melbourne’s Crown Metropol hotel and a specific research trip to the beautiful Palazzo Versace on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
I immersed myself in everything the impressive Palazzo Versace had to offer.  The result?  I wrote the bulk of this book in a week shortly after I returned.  If you ever get a chance to visit this hotel, do so, you won’t be disappointed!  Having George Clooney as the inspiration behind my hero Roman didn’t hurt the speed factor either!
Set in Melbourne, my gorgeous home city, Main Beach QLD and Hamilton Island, QLD, I hope you enjoy vicariously traveling along the East Coast of Australia.  I know I did!

 
 
 
 
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WHO WANTS TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE?   
 
Gemma fights for what she believes in. Her local beach is under threat from developers – so she’s chained herself up suffragette-style in a dramatic protest against tycoon Rory Devlin!
 
As an attention-grabbing stunt, it’s priceless… only, Gemma’s usual dedication is being sidetracked by her inconvenient attraction to the big boss man himself!  Gorgeous, rich and ruthlessly cynical, this corporate shark is everything Gemma has sworn to avoid…
 
 undercoversWHO WANTS TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE? features one of my favourite story themes, the classic ‘opposites attract.’ My strong-willed, environmentally conscious heroine strutted into my imagination fully formed and I needed to pit her against an equally strong, resistant male. And watch the sparks fly!
Gemma (inspired by Melissa George) is an environmental scientist specializing in marine life. Rory (inspired by Julian McMahon) is a property developer about to pillage her family legacy at Portsea. While I didn’t get to research their swim with the dolphins first hand (I wrote this during a particularly freezing Melbourne winter!) I had a ball checking facts on the Internet. And the mishaps on Rory’s camping trip? There are reasons I don’t camp and I’ve used them in this book!
Set in South Yarra, a chic suburb of Melbourne, my gorgeous home city, and Portsea, a beautiful beach on the Mornington Peninsula, I hope you enjoy Gemma and Rory’s romance.
 
  
  
 
 
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SEX, GOSSIP AND ROCK AND ROLL
 
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In all her time as premier tour manager to Australia’s stars, Charli Chambers has never had someone as infuriation-or delectable!-as successful businessman Luca Petrelli along for the ride.  He might always be in the gossip columns, but there’s no way she’s letting him claim VIP status!
 
But Luca’s wicked eyes are just too tempting… In spite of herself, Charli’s soon attending after-parties-just for two. She wants to believe this is one duet that’s about to go platinum, but in spite of Luca being unprintably good in bed can she ever get close enough to the real Luca for their fling to be more than just a one-hit wonder?
 
 
 
undercovers SEX, GOSSIP AND ROCK AND ROLL was sparked by a picture of Matthew McConnaughey. To me, it screamed bad boy, insolent, charmer and Luca Petrelli strutted onto the page.
I love music, especially embarrassing stuff from the 80s and 90s, and working in the music industry would be beyond cool so I created a heroine I could live vicariously through.
Throw in a little first hand research as I toured the country towns of Ballarat, Bendigo and Echuca, and you have the makings of a fun book with rock stars, concerts, gossip and yeah… sex!
Set in Melbourne, my gorgeous home city, along with the lovely country towns mentioned above, I hope you enjoy the taste of Victoria, the Garden State, as you read this book.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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GIRL IN A VINTAGE DRESS

Fashions change
Chase Etheridge is organizing the most challenging event of his career-his sister’s bachelorette party. Normally cool under pressure, the situation has Chase hot under the collar, and he knows exactly who to blame: Lola Lombard, party organizer, queen of all things vintage, and absolute bombshell!

But true love is timeless!
Behind Lola’s pin curls and red lipstick hides a girl who’s never believed she amounts to much. It’s up to Chase to convince her that he loves her just the way she is, whether dressed in old-style glamour or as his brand-new bride!

 
 undercoversIf I had countless hours, I’d love to trawl vintage shops. The colour, the vibrancy, the elegance of retro fashion is fabulous and that’s what I wanted to bring alive in GIRL IN A VINTAGE DRESS.
The idea for this book was originally sparked by an article in a Sunday newspaper magazine on retro charm schools and after researching them on the Internet, I was hooked! From there, Lola strutted onto the blank pages fully formed and I didn’t look back. Of course, I had to pit her against a hero her opposite in every way to ensure guaranteed sparks and the pic of Rob Lowe in a business suit fitted the bill.
Set in Errol Street, North Melbourne (the suburb is home to my fabulous footy team, the Kangaroos!) and Mount Macedon, an hour’s drive from the CBD, I loved writing every moment of this fun book.
 
 
  
 
 
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DESERTED ISLAND, DREAMY EX!
 
Kristi’s Stranded Diary: Day 1
 
Being shipwrecked on an idyllic deserted island for reality TV show Stranded sounded blissful.  Until I discovered my Man Friday for the week was Jared Malone (aka he-who-broke-my-heart!).
 
I mean, of course I’ll be fine.  I don’t feel anything for him anymore.  Female viewers might swoon over Jared’s tanned gorgeousness, but I know he’s just an arrogant, overmuscled heartbreaker!
 
The cameras are rolling, so I’m off to the beach to face Jared.  I just hope I look okay in this bikini!
 
 
 undercoversDESERTED ISLAND, DREAMY EX! was one of those vague ideas I’d jotted down a few years ago, a page or two of a fun plot. So imagine my delight when my editor invited me to be part of a new Harlequin Romance mini-series, ‘The Fun Factor’, featuring romantic comedy stories.
What better way to see the true colours of characters than by stranding them on a deserted island… with cameras!
Jared and Kristi’s blogs and Tweets reflect the differences between guys and girls, and made my editor laugh out loud.
Set in Sydney, I hope this book brings a smile to your face too.
 
 
  
 
 
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THREE TIMES A BRIDESMAID
 
From geek…to chic!
Another wedding invitation has landed on Eve Pemberton’s doormat. Determined not to attend alone again, Eve organises a date for the day! At such short notice she’s ended up with billionaire Bryce Gibson – the guy who broke a teenage Eve’s heart!
 
On the dance floor Eve and Bryce make a convincing couple – but she’s in danger of falling for her first love all over again!
 
 
 undercoversTHREE TIMES A BRIDESMAID…is a story I hope will strike a chord with many readers.
How many of you wish your old highschool boyfriend/first crush/first love could see you now? As an older, wiser, more glamorous version?
That’s exactly what happens to Eve, though she never anticipates the sparks that still exist between her and Bryce Gibson, the teenage rebel who spurred her transformation from geek to sleek.
Set in my gorgeous home city, Melbourne, you’ll discover a wedding at the Melbourne Aquarium, the Bridal Babes and an old nightclub on Albert Park Lake has special significance… enjoy!
 
 
   
 
 
 
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MARRIAGE: FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE?

  • a USA Today bestseller!
 
Wedlocked: Rogue Billionaire, Contract Wife
Brittany Lloyd faces the deal of a lifetime..with an ex who broke her heart-Italian tycoon Nick Mancini.  Little does she know that her rebellious bad boy is now a multi-millionaire…
Nick can’t believe his eyes!  His red-haired wildcat is now a businesswoman, with designer suits to match.  She needs his help… and he wants her.  So he proposes a convenient marriage-strictly business, of course!
But wickedly sexy Nick is planning a red-hot wedding night to remember: there’s nothing on his agenda but pure pleasure!
 
 
undercoversMARRIAGE: FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE? is set in a favourite holiday spot of mine. Cosmopolitan Noosa (on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast) is a fabulous place. Upmarket restaurants, boutiques, gorgeous hotels, all set on a fabulous beach. Noosa attracts tourists world-wide and if you haven’t been, I hope this book brings a little Noosa magic your way.
Nick is my first bad boy hero. He’s wonderful. And very, very sexy. His past with Britt catches up with him when she returns from London after an absence of 10 years.
Britt has no intention of falling for Nick’s wayward charms again…but what woman can resist the allure of a bad boy?
Watch the sparks fly as this story unfolds…from the sugar cane fields of Jacaranda to hip Noosa to jet-setting London…wherever these two are, rest assured, the heat will have you reaching for an icy drink!
 
 
   
 
  
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A TRIP WITH THE TYCOON
RT Reviewers’ Choice Award Finalist for Best Harlequin Romance 2009
 
First stop: the Taj Mahal
Tamara Rayne is travelling through India on a trip of a lifetime.  She’s determined to forget her husband’s infidelity and bring the old, confident fiery Tamara back!  Love isn’t on her itinerary, so Tamara hardly notices when blast-from-her-past maverick entrepreneur Ethan Brooks boards her train…
 
Next stop: a dream proposal?
Ethan has wanted Tamara ever since he met her.  Now, under the shimmer of the Indian sun, Ethan decides he’s waited long enough…
 
undercovers A TRIP WITH THE TYCOON is a special book. Commissioned by Harlequin as part of their new mini-series ‘Escape Around the World’, this book was loads of fun to write. My editor, after specifying the book had to be set in India and Melbourne, and one or both of the characters had to be Indian, gave me carte blanche! So I created a story filled with the sights, sounds and tastes of India, with two very special characters who need each other.
Tamara has suffered an abusive marriage in silence and following her husband’s death, travels to the country of her heritage. Rediscovering love in India is the last thing she expects and when her husband’s seedy past comes back to haunt her on her return to Melbourne, she heads back to the only place that feels safe.
Ethan is a corporate pirate, a world-famous restaurateur, who finally has a shot at the only woman to truly capture his imagination. Seduction is one thing, getting emotionally involved another and India opens his heart to a world of possibilities.
I spent many hours researching this book. It is set in Melbourne, Goa and Rajasthan, when Tam and Ethan take a memorable trip on the luxurious ‘Palace on Wheels’ train. I spent loads of time on the Internet, which really whet my appetite to travel to this amazing, mystical country.
 
 
  
 
 
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THE BILLIONAIRE’S BABY
  
Billionaire Blane Andrews has come to Melbourne to win back his wife.  He walked away from Cam believing he wasn’t good enough for her.  Now he’s risen to the top, but he wants the one thing money can’t buy.
 
Cam is initially wary, but as Blane romances her she realises that the magic in their marriage never faded.  Yet she can’t give Blane the baby he’s always wanted.  This time she must say goodbye…
 
But hold on to your dreams, Cam!  Miracles can happen, and Blane’s bachelor pad penthouse might need a nursery after all…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
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THE DESERT PRINCE’S PROPOSAL
 
Saying yes to the Prince of the desert!
Time is running out for Prince Samman al Wali! In order to be crowned King, he must marry. He has rejected all his advisors’ suggestions…then he is captivated by a unique pair of honey-coloured eyes and chooses Bria for his bride!
 
Bria Green is an intelligent, independent, modern woman. Samman tells her she’ll agree to his proposal within a week. She’s sure that the powerful Prince won’t get his way.  But in the scorching heat of the desert, Samman’s heady kisses may change Bria’s mind!
 
 undercoversTHE DESERT PRINCE’S PROPOSAL had a radical transformation after its first draft. Sam was originally a sheikh and he morphed into a prince! Mind you, he’s still the same man, but he wanted to swap his robes for a uniform and that was that.
I originally plotted this story because I was travelling to Dubai. Alas, the trip didn’t happen but I was so swept away by the idea of romance in the desert that I went ahead and wrote the story anyway.
Sam is very alpha and I love him for it! Bria is more than a match for him in every way, valuing her independence above all else. However, the sexy prince soon gets under her guard and when she travels from Australia to Adhara on business, she realises that being married to a prince may not be so bad after all!
The book is set in Melbourne but moves to Adhara, my fictitious desert country after a few chapters. Think sweeping desert sands, lush palace gardens, exotic souks and an oasis to die for…
 
 
  
 
 
 
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HOT NIGHTS WITH A PLAYBOY
 
 Working by day…Abby Weiss could make her name as a stylist to the stars on a two-week photo shoot in a tropical island paradise.  Even better, Judd Calloway, her best friend, will be the photographer. Nothing could be more fun than working with him…
 
Naughty by night!…except spending hot, sexy, passionate nights with him!  In the years since they last met Judd’s become a charming, muscled, gorgeous hunk! Abby can’t keep her hands off him-and the attraction’s mutual.
 
And now Judd’s got a proposal that he hopes will keep her right where he wants her: in his bed!
 

undercoversHOT NIGHTS WITH A PLAYBOY (yet another fabulous title chosen by my talented editor) is another book I’m extremely proud to have sold, considering it was rejected two years ago. I wrote the first version in 2005 for the Romance series, but it didn’t work at the time so with a re-write and some healthy changes, Hot Nights with a Playboy was born.
I was determined for Judd and Abby to see the light of day. The scope with having best friends meet up for the first time in eight years, after conducting a cyber friendship over that time, was tremendous as the best buddies are forced to acknowledge the brief spark they shared on graduation night all those years earlier.
Being best buds, the banter between these two is brilliant. I love their dynamic, the way they trade quips and tease each other with the ease of long standing friends. And when they decide to take their friendship to the next level…phew, it’s hot stuff!
The book is set on a fictitious Sapphire Island, in the gorgeous real Whitsunday Islands, off the north east coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef is spectacular and the perfect setting for a steamy romance. Hot nights is an understatement…!!

 

 

 

mistresstothetycoonneilsonbestsellerBIG-SHOT BACHELOR (UK)
MISTRESS TO THE TYCOON (USA)
 
Never mix business with pleasure…
That is Cooper Vance’s unbreakable rule – and he is living proof that it works! He’s successful, sexy, totally single, and that’s the way he likes it. Until he walks into an art gallery that he means to buy…and is confronted by a beautiful, smart-mouthed woman who’s determined to get him naked!
 
Artist Ariel Wallace needs a life model – fast – to finish the portrait that might save her gallery. Now the big-shot bachelor has to make a choice. Can he break all his own rules to make the deal of his life?
 
 
undercovers I love the funky vibe of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, an inner suburb of Melbourne, my fabulous home city.  Picture a street filled with unique restaurants, cafes, tapas bars, comedy clubs and boutiques filled with anything and everything and you get the general idea.  What better place for a bohemian artist to have her gallery?
Ariel Wallace is one of my favourite heroines to date.  She’s smart, sassy and more than a match for property develop Cooper Vance.  Her eclectic taste in clothes (particularly colourful shorts, wedge-heeled shoes and anything vintage), her studio (picture ruby sofas, purple sequinned cushions, gold gauze hanging from ceiling hooks and elephant lamps) and her penchant for herbal teas make her the type of woman to capture Cooper’s imagination in a big way!
Of course, he doesn’t have to do half as much to capture hers.  When she mistakes him for a model–a nude model–she gets to see exactly how ‘talented’ Cooper is and it isn’t long before the sparks are flying with these two.  Throw in the exuberant Sofia Montessori, up and coming protegee Chelsea Lynch and Eric Vance, a father who hasn’t got a clue, and it’s easy to see why BIG-SHOT BACHELOR captured my heart.
The inspiration behind the main characters?  After seeing a naked-from-the-waist-up pic of Mark Phillipoussis, Australian tennis star, (advertising tinned tomatoes of all things!) he was the perfect role model for Cooper.  Similarly, I saw a pic of Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins in a magazine wearing a floaty, chiffon caftan thing which screamed ‘boho artist’ and Ariel was born!
BIG-SHOT BACHELOR was originally written for the Romance line (where I’ve published 8 previous books) but my editor felt the tone of the book was much better suited to Modern Extra and I have to agree.   I can’t wait to hear what readers think!

 

 
 
 
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From employee to mommy-to-be…
Career-girl Kristen Lewis is at the top of her field.  She’s driven, sensible-and her spur-of-the-moment decision to have one perfect night with sexy Nate was totally out of character! She puts it behind her…until she’s faced with two shocks: she’s pregnant…with her boss’s baby!
 
Nathan Boyd, one of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs, buries himself in work to forget his private torment. But now he’s faced with a dilemma: the first woman to tempt him in a long time is his employee.
 
 
undercovers I had to write this story, considering Kristen, the eldest of the Lewis trio definitely didn’t want to be left out after her sister Carissa featured in WIFE AND MOTHER WANTED and Tahnee made sparks fly in TWO-WEEK MISTRESS.
Kristen, the eldest of the trio, is a complex woman. Thanks to her past, kids don’t feature in her future plans and she’s a happy workaholic. However, in walks Nate at a time in her life when she’s feeling a tad fragile and she has a one night stand which changes the course of her life.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Singapore many times and wanted to start the book in this vibrant city. Considering I’d already mentioned Kristen was working there in her sisters’ stories, it was the perfect set-up. Like most of my books the bulk of the story is set in my gorgeous home city, Melbourne; the lovely bayside suburb of South Melbourne to be precise.
Considering many women these days are successfully combining motherhood with careers, myself included, I thought it would be a great storyline and having a reluctant hero courtesy of a scarred past added to the drama. Combining the glamour of a career in the TV industry with the hormonal swings of being a mother was great fun. As for Kristen’s lengthy labour? Hmm…based on fact, I’m afraid!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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He’ll fulfil her every fantasy…
Kate Hayden has lost her mind. It’s the only explanation. Otherwise, why would she have purchased a week with her old flame Tyler at a charity auction? Now the thought of sharing space with the hot Navy officer is making Kate lose her cool.
 
Tyler James is six foot four of well-muscled Navy SEAL. It’s his job to stay in control. But something about Kate and the past they share is utterly irresistible. He has one week to make sure that she never forgets him.
 
And that one week will be all about pleasure…
 
 
 
 undercoversPURCHASED FOR PLEASURE (don’t you love that title?) has a long history. When I first started writing in 2002 I had no idea which Harlequin series to target so I tried writing a few different books. This was my 4th completed manuscript and I it aimed at the old Temptation line, a firm fave of mine. Back then, the partial received a standard rejection so Male for Sale (working title) sat on my PC collecting cyber dust.
Move forward a few years and I loved this book so much I wanted to see it published, so discussed the synopsis with my then editor for the Romance line I write for. I did a rewrite of the book but that editor left before seeing it, so the book sat there. With the launch of the new Modern Extra line, I thought Male for Sale would be perfect for it, so I tried to make it sexy again, resulting in a book my editor said had blends of my 2 voices, the ‘Romance’ Nic and the ‘Modern Extra’ Nic.
So I went back to the original flavour of the book. It’s fast paced, sassy and sexy. Having a Navy SEAL as a hero and a successful businesswoman ensures that! After all, what red-blooded woman wouldn’t want a sexy SEAL trailing after her for a week?
The book is set in LA but moves back to Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia towards the end.
I’m so thrilled this book sold. Now, I have a few others in cyber space just waiting for their opportunity….
 
 
 
 
 
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Italian prince…ordinary girl!
 
Natasha Telford is an everyday, hardworking Australian girl.
 
Dante Andretti is gorgeous, charming…and a prince!
 
They couldn’t be more different.  But Dante needs Natasha’s help.  For a little while he wants to be Dante the man-not Dante the Prince, with all its privileges and duties!
 
Natasha is just the ordinary girl to show him around town. And maybe she has what it takes to be his extraordinary princess!
 
undercovers Once again, I couldn’t resist setting a book in one of Melbourne’s fabulous inner suburbs, this time in Carlton, featuring Lygon Street, the ‘Little Italy’ of Melbourne. Filled with restaurants and cafes, Lygon Street is home to the best pasta, pizzas and gelati this side of anywhere!
Carlton was the perfect choice for Telford Towers, my fictitious hotel and apartment block, owned by Natasha Telford, the heroine in PRINCESS AUSTRALIA. However, the hotel is in trouble and when Dante Andretti, Prince of Calida comes to stay, she see’s it as an excellent promotional opportunity which could potentially save her family’s business.
However, she doesn’t bank on the prince posing as a bad-boy for a week while following up on some family business of his own, nor does she expect the unthinkable to happen; she falls for the rebel prince! With the help of Dante’s pushy sister Gina and Ella, her outspoken best friend, Natasha ends up believing in Prince Charming after all…
The inspiration behind this book? Usually it’s a picture of an actor/model/whoever! which inspires me but this time, it was Lygon Street itself. After visiting my new niece in a hospital around the corner, I walked the length of Lygon Street one balmy spring evening, inspired by the people, the smells and the general ambience.
Can you tell I love living in Melbourne? FOUND: HIS FAMILY featured St. Kilda’s Acland Street, BIG-SHOT BACHELOR featured Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street and now we have Carlton’s Lygon Street. I think it’s obvious I love my food too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TWO WEEK MISTRESScata2007rcawinner
 Reviewers’ Choice Award 2007, Best Modern Extra
 
Sexy, successful children’s writer Bo Bradford prefers his life private and straightforward, with no complications-especially not pretty blonde ones like Tahnee Lewis, whom he’s hired to illustrate his latest book.
 
But when he realises that Tahnee’s undoubted artistic talents can bring to life his latest character Wally the Wombat, Bo does what any sensible bloke would and makes the most of the situation-by proposing a neat two-week affair with simple rules: no strings, no silly falling in love…
 
But when her fortnight’s up can Tahnee force herself to walk away from Wally and his impossible, infuriating, irresistible creator…?
 
undercovers I find it ironic that this book has a ‘two-week’ title when it took me just over that to write it. Yes, TWO-WEEK MISTRESS, (working title The Creative Touch) took me just on three weeks to write. It was one of those gorgeous books which flew as the characters bantered and teased and drove each other crazy!
Mind you, Tahnee was all ready a character in her own right, considering she’d featured in WIFE AND MOTHER WANTED as Carissa’s hip younger sister. The outspoken Lewis sister of the trio, her story poured onto the pages so fast I barely had time to edit.
Then again, maybe she was so eager to meet Bo, the sexiest guy she’s ever seen (and the only guy to get her out of her beloved denim when she purchases a Marilyn Monroe style to-die-for dress for a publishing do) Actually, he succeeds in getting her out of her favourite hipsters several times, but to find out all the saucy details, you’ll have to read the book!
TWO-WEEK MISTRESS was set in Sydney, Australia’s stunning harbour-side city. Bo’s mansion is in Rose Bay, an exclusive suburb, one of many gorgeous places situated in this fabulous city.
If I didn’t live in Melbourne, Sydney would come a close second for me. Then again, I adore the sunny Queensland weather too…
 
 
  
  
 
 
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INHERITED: BABY
* 2nd place, Best Traditional Romance 2007, MORE THAN MAGIC Contest *
 
Horse strapped Maya Edison is a single mum doing it tough.  Her fiance′ Joe has just died, leaving her bereft and penniless, when in steps Riley, Joe’s older and capable brother.  Maya knows Riley’s interest is purely because of Chas, her son, though it isn’t long before Maya is facing up to the past and looking forward to the future…with Riley.
 
 
 undercoversI wanted to set the book in Melbourne, my fabulous home city (and the location of most of my books) and while I had a few plot ideas, one came to the fore. The Melbourne Cup, the race that stops a nation and is famous around the world, is always run on the first Tuesday in November. Suddenly, I knew which story I had to write! Maya, a horse strapper who works with thoroughbreds at Flemington racecourse, just had to tell her story!
Maya desperately needs Material Girl, her charge, to win the Melbourne Cup for several reasons, the main one being to provide financial security for Chas, her son, after the recent death of her fiancé Joe. She’ll do anything to make it happen, including accepting help from Riley, Joe’s brother, even if it’s the last thing she wants to do.
The Melbourne Cup is run over 3200 metres, with 24 horses vying for the prize money and prestige. The Cup is more than a horse race. It is part of the Spring Racing Carnival, run over several weeks from late October to mid November, and featuring races including the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate, Derby Day and Oaks Day. The Carnival isn’t only about horses, it’s parties, champagne, fashion and flirtatious fillies.
I often base my characters on an image, a picture or an expression of someone I have seen, usually an actor or actress. In this story, the hero Riley was based on Tom Williams, pictured here on Melbourne Cup day 2005. Tom is more famous for his bare-chested sexy dance on Dancing with the Stars last year but if I put that pic up here, you wouldn’t read on! Maya loves the early starts at Flemington. I found this dawn shot on race day particularly inspiring.
  
 
 
  
 
 
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FOUND: HIS FAMILYcatarca2006
 
A successful businesswoman and single mum, Aimee Payet has everything in life she wants-especially her little boy, Toby.  But Toby is sick, and Aimee now needs the one person she thought she’d never see again-Toby’s father Jed.  When Jed left five years ago he thought he was doing the right thing.  But he hadn’t realised Aimee was pregnant-or how much it would hurt when he walked away.  Now Jed has found his family he’s determined to make up for lost time…He wants to prove to Aimee that he can be the father Toby needs and the husband she deserves.
 
 

 undercoversIt all started over coffee and cake at Acland Street with my first editor Kimberley Young (out from London for the RWAustralia conference) and fellow authors Ally Blake and Barbara Hannay.
Acland Street is famous for its amazing cake shops (yes, those mouth-watering displays in the windows taste every bit as delicious as they look!) and while devouring a nougat slice, I thought “wouldn’t this be the perfect setting for my next book?” And Aimee Payet, the heroine in FOUND: HIS FAMILY, was born. She runs Payet’s Patisserie in Acland Street in the book.
Picture a perfect winter’s day in Melbourne: cloudless sky, sun, gentle breeze and the hip vibe of bayside St. Kilda. This is exactly what it looks like! It’s a fabulous suburb filled with cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels. Any time of day or night, St Kilda is bustling with tourists, locals and Melbournians lucky enough to have this funky suburb on their doorstep.
Greasy Joe’s, located on Acland Street, is legendary for its huge burgers and all day breakfasts. With this distinctive mural covering an entire wall inside the restaurant, its central red vinyl bar and cosy wall booths, Greasy Joe’s is a St. Kilda icon and a perfect spot for Aimee and Jed to have their first dinner date in the book.
Luna Park is another feature of St. Kilda, with its Scenic Railway, Ghost Train and the Enterprise just a few of the rides available. Luna Park is a favourite of Toby, Aimee and Jed’s five year old son and features in another of Aimee and Jed’s dates.
Some of the coolest acts in Australia and from overseas have performed at the Palais.
Aimee has been there, Jed hasn’t. Maybe Australia’s sexiest TV chef needs to loosen up a little? And maybe Aimee is just the woman to get Jed to do it?
Southbank, along the banks of the Yarra River, is where Maya and Riley meet for a pre-dinner drink before the Cup Eve Ball. Their reunion scene also takes place here, on a wrought iron bench near the bridge in the distance.
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
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WIFE AND MOTHER WANTED
*3rd, Best Short Contemporary Romance LAUREL WREATH AWARD 2007.  Best Traditional Romance Finalist BOOKSELLERS’ BEST AWARD 2007*
 
Brody Elliott is struggling to bring up his young daughter Molly.  Brody blames himself for the loss of Molly’s mother, and is determined to protect his little girl from heartbreak again.  So when Molly befriends their lively new neighbour, Carissa Lewis, Brody is immediately wary. 
 
Brody’s doing his best, but it’s obvious to Carissa that his little girl needs a mother.  Molly wants Carissa for the job and if only infuriating and gorgeous Brody was willing to let go of his past maybe Carissa could be his too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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IMPOSSIBLY PREGNANT
BOOKSELLERS’ BEST finalist, Traditional category, 2006
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From: Keely Rhodes@WWW.Designs.com
To: Emma Radfield, Tahlia Moran
 
Eeek!  My new project is to get up close and personal with Lachlan Brant.  You know
how famous and totally gorgeous he is!  He’s invited me to spend a weekend away
with him and I think he’d got more than just business on his mind!  The thing is –
so have I!  Help!  Coffee and a chat in ten?  Thanks girls, Keely xx       
 
The girls think Lachlan is Keely’s perfect man and they tell her to go for it!  But after Keely’s trip she’d got even more gossip to tell them – what she’d thought impossible has happened….
* Book 1 in the “Office Gossip” trilogy *
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CONTRACT TO MARRY
 
Fleur has been hired by self-made businessman Darcy Howard to motivate his staff…and her first mistake is to insist that the workaholic Darcy starts having more fun.  Only things aren’t going to pan.  It’s Darcy who’s showing Fleur the best time of her life! Now Fleur’s wishing her temporary contract with Darcy could become a permanent one – and she’s not just thinking about business!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HIRED BY MR RIGHT
 
Society heiress Samantha Piper’s sick of being treated like the baby of the family.  She wants her independence and she knows how to get it-by becoming Dylan Harmon’s new secretary.  
 
Samantha’s tycoon boss is blown away-and not just by her secretarial skills.  But Samantha’s got a big secret and it’s only a matter of time before Dylan discovers the truth…