Happy Release Day To Me

So if the subject of this blog didn’t give it away… today is the official release day of OUTBACK DREAMS, published by Harlequin Australia. I’m not sure why but it often seems the book actually releases a few days earlier than the official date, so yesterday my boys and I went to Perth and went visiting my books!!

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The above two pics are from Dymocks Midland!! I was too scared to ask if they wanted me to sign some books (yes, some of you will be surprised that I’m actually quite shy) but I did leave some bookmarks, so if you buy a book from here, be sure to make sure you get one!

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This photo is from Kmart Midland! My youngest (in the blue) always wants to move my books to a better spot whenever he sees them. Unfortunately they were already in a pretty good spot here and he wasn’t best pleased that his shelf rearranging skills weren’t needed!

We also checked out Big W and Target Midland and both of them seemed to have already sold out as there were spots for them but no actual books, so if you haven’t got a copy yet.. what are you waiting for!?

More details about OUTBACK DREAMS can be found on my website here, including an excerpt and to-buy links 🙂

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My Secret Life with Rachel Brimble

Am very excited today to have another Rachel (although she spells it wrong but don’t hold that against her) on the blog! I met the lovely Rachel on Twitter and can’t wait to get my hands on one of her books!! Rachel lives in the UK and writes for Harlequin Superromance and also writes Victorian romances for Kensignton. Busy lady!! I asked Rachel what she gets up to when she’s not sitting down at the computer and penning delicious prose. Here’s what she said…

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(Rachel and her spunky Mr Brimble)

What I do when I’m not writing…

So happy to be here with Rachael today – we met online through our mutual love of procrastinating on Twitter rather than writing, and I’m so glad we did! Rachael has asked to know a little about what I do when I’m not writing. This was a struggle because writing takes up pretty much every minute of my time, lol!

I have been married to my wonderful husband for fifteen years and we’re mum and dad to two daughters (14 & 12), as well as our beloved black Lab, Max. I am lucky enough to stay at home so I treat my writing as a job and when the kids are at school, I have a very disciplined schedule of writing from 8.30am to 3.30pm…with a break for a dog walk in between.

Once the kids are home, it’s a case of grabbing moments when I can until 7pm – then it’s strictly ‘family time’ – which also translates to slumping on the couch in front of the TV, with or without the kids. LOL!

My most favorite thing to do in my free time is walk – I live in South West England with the famous Georgian city of Bath just thirty miles drive in one direction. and the gorgeous array of Cotswold villages about an hour in the other. In between, I have access to acres and acres of woodland, fields and famous historic sites like Avebury and the White Horse at Cherhill where dogs are welcome. I could walk for miles!

Other than walking, I am either happy at home knitting or reading – OR I like nothing more than getting together with family or a big group of friends at a local pub and eating and drinking until they throw us out. I don’t seem to have the grasped the idea of living in moderation. It’s home bird or party peacock!!

In a nutshell, I work and play hard – my writing is pretty much my life and I would love to work 24/7 but if I were to do that I’d likely have a breakdown or my family would abandon me, lol! So there you go, that’s me. I’d love to know more about you!

I’m a big walker too Rachel and I so relate to wanting to be able to write 24/7! Or read!!

Rachel’s latest release, the second in her ongoing Templeton Cove series, is available now from Harlequin Superromance. Here are the blurb and buy links for A Man Like Him…

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Changing her life…again

After two years in hiding, Angela Taylor knows her independence is worth it. As long as she can escape her past, she has everything under control. Until a flash flood hits the park where she works, and hot Chris Forrester shows up the exact moment she needs a hero.

Chris proves he can save lives-and weaken a girl’s knees. But how can she make him understand that she’s off-limits, that getting close to her will endanger his life? Her happiness or his safety: it shouldn’t even be a choice.

Because when you love someone, you protect them, no matter the cost. At least, that’s what Angela keeps telling herself….

That sounds fab Rachel and what a GORGEOUS cover. I’m off to buy it in just a moment. And if you’d like to do so as well people, the links are below: 

*Amazon

*Barnes and Noble

*Amazon UK

You can find Rachel on the web in the following places – her Website, her Blog, on Twitter and on Facebook!

 

 

 

Get reading, get set… GET READING!!!

A few months ago my gorgeous publisher emailed to say that MAN DROUGHT had been chosen to be one of GET READING’S 50 Books You Can’t Put Down, but I couldn’t say anything until September first!!

I was ecstatic to have been chosen as part of this awesome program. I’ve been following this list for a long time now and to have one of these coveted stickers on my cover is a dream come true.

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As part of GET READING I’m lucky enough to be heading to Broome this Wednesday to speak at their library about MAN DROUGHT and also romance writing! I cannot wait – have always wanted to go to Broome. If only it was for a wee bit longer. For details of this event, click here!

I had a long look through the 50 Books booklet this morning – available online here – and there are SO many books I want to check out. My top few are:

  • LEFT FOR DEAD by Samantha and Lawrence Barlow
  • THREE HOURS LATE by Nicole Trope
  • BLOOD SECRET by Jaye Ford
  • THE VALE GIRL by Nelika McDonald
  • THE LAVENDER KEEPER by Fiona McIntosh
  • EVERYTHING TO LIVE FOR by Turia Pitt
  • THORNWOOD HOUSE by Anne Romer
  • THE FIRST THIRD by Will Kostakis

I’ve already been lucky enough to read THE ROSIE PROJECT and QUEEN OF THE ROAD!

All the 50 Books reads are available from good bookshops and chain stores nationally and also online through iBooks and Amazon.

Man Drought is currently on special at Amazon!

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So, have a look at the list and let me know which books you’ve already read and loved or which ones you’ll be grabbing during September!!