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December 6, 2014


Now that it's all lovely and official, and we have exciting conformation and dates in regards to BRAND NEW series, with my two book deal with Hachette, 'The Paradise Series' I can now clarify where this new novels will fit into the bigger picture and what this means for 2015. If you missed the announcement you can check it out HERE.

Lets break it down...

What's next?

This novella will be released early Feb. I am currently working on Max's story right now and aiming to get this completed by December 18th and ready for the editors. Hoorah! I can not wait for you to meet Max Henry and Melanie Sheehan, lots of lies, lust and laughter with these two. I am REALLY looking forward to this Onslow Boy, perhaps because we know the least about him. 

Max Henry thought he’d left the dusty flats of Ballan behind, but when the past slams into his present, suddenly there is no escaping – even if he wanted to.

Melanie Sheehan didn’t set out to be a liar, but her last lie landed her in big trouble. Now Mel must suffer a harsh consequence – she’s not allowed out of her father’s sight.

No friends, no parties, no life.

Since impeccably good behaviour is now all she’s about, her dad, renowned Ballan local ‘Bluey’ Sheehan, is about to finally cut Mel some slack. The catch? While he heads out of town on business, she has to stay at the Onslow Hotel, and he’s entrusting Max Henry, the eldest son of Bluey’s best mate, to look out for her.

He just doesn’t know it yet.

Max, the new head barman at the Onslow Hotel, is the one boy Mel has been crushing on since forever. At a time when Mel plans to go on the straight and narrow, she is about to tell the biggest lie of all. Will Max be able to handle the fiery farm girl or should he be considered the last boy in Onslow to trust? 

Paradise City
The first book in my steamy summer romance set in a coastal Aussie City. The release will be April 28th, 2015 and will be available in ebook form and all good local bookshops.

There's bound to be trouble in Paradise . . .

When her parents decide a change will be good for her, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson never expected they'd send her all the way to Paradise City. Coming from a predictable life of home schooling on a rural Australian property, she's sure that Paradise will be amazing. But when she's thrust into a public school without a friendly face in sight, and forced to share a room with her insipid, hateful cousin Amanda, Lexie's not so sure. 

Hanging out with the self-proclaimed beach bums of the city, sneaking out, late night parties and parking with boys are all things Lexie's never experienced, but all that's about to change. It's new, terrifying . . . and exciting. But when she meets Luke Ballantine, excitingdoesn't even come close to describing her new life. Trouble with a capital T, Luke is impulsive, charming and answers to no one. The resident bad-boy leader of the group, he's sexier than any boy Lexie has ever known. 

Amidst the stolen moments of knowing looks and heated touches, Lexie can't help but wonder if Luke is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?

Paradise Road
The second book in the Paradise Series will be released August 28th, 2015.

In the sequel to CJ Duggan's PARADISE CITY Lexie Atkinson discovers that the road back to Paradise is never easy . . . 

More than anything, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson wants to move forward with her life, but she can't seem to shake free of the heart-pounding memories of Paradise High. Back on her parents' property in rural Victoria, she thought she'd left behind the glitzy, gritty nightlife of the big city and the group of misfit friends she'd loved to hate, but she soon realises that in order to move forward, there's something she must do first ...

Lexie's going back to Paradise City to face the boy who stole her heart.

Lexie arrives in Paradise City eager to determine if her future includes bad-boy surfer, Luke Ballantine, but Luke is nowhere to be found. Determined not to lose her drive, she focuses on the positive - her amazing new apartment and a chance to try her hand at slinging drinks for the wild partygoers of Paradise City. But when Dean Saville, the owner and broody boss of the Wipe Out Bar, starts stirring more than just her drinks Lexie's future seems less cut and dry; and when Luke barrels back into town, Lexie is forced to choose between her head and her heart.

Forever Summer
I know this is yet another push back for Adam and Ellie's story, which I really hate to do, but I also have to do what works. Personal circumstances prevented me from releasing this story earlier in the year, and then I felt that Stan and Max had to take priority before the final instalment. I wanted to build a full, rounded picture for this series, and of course amidst me doing that I signed a book deal with Hachette for the Paradise series. So my time frame has completely been adjusted in order to allow me to release the Onslow Boy Novella's and bring you something new, and exciting for 2015. I like to think of this as win-win, you get Max (yay) You get a BRAND NEW, hot Aussie romance with consecutive releases, and then the cherry on the cake will be Adam and Ellie's story in Forever Summer. It is really important that I do their story justice, that I am able to give them my all, my full attention and not rush their release in between other releases. My hope is that I can give you something I am proud of as these characters mean so much.

You see there’s this boy.
He makes me smile, forces me to listen, serenades me out of tune and keeps me sane, all the while driving me insane. He's really talented like that. But for the first time in since, well, forever, things are about to change. The question is, how much am I willing to lose in order to potentially have it all?

So there you have it, save the dates and grab the pre-orders for all four titles. Here! 
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Published on December 06, 2014 00:25 • 24 views

November 26, 2014

For the past many-many months I have been keeping a secret. A big, wonderful secret that I am finally, FINALLY able to share with you all.

I got a book a deal.

I am thrilled to announce that I have signed a world rights deal for two (yes, TWO!) books with Hachette, Australia.

I am contracted to write a brand new (NEW ADULT) Romance. 'The Paradise Series'
Paradise City and Paradise Road
My books are coming to the shelves!
It is hard to put into words how I feel about it, it's almost like an out of body experience in many ways.

This year had begun on such a high note, with The Boys of Summer being featured as BOOK OF THE WEEK internationally on the iBookstore, then came the Indie Authors Down Under Book Signing with scheduled signings in Sydney and Edinburgh to follow, 2014 was going to be filled with so many incredible things.

March lead into April and that's when life wasn't so many amazing anymore. In April my dad was unexpectedly diagnosed with terminal Cancer, he  passed away ten days later. My world had been turned upside down and writing was just a distant memory as I tried to work through the grief, me and my family were dealing with.

Naturally I took a big step away from everything book related, my heart and head couldn't deal with much more than just getting through the days. I don't even know what drove me to check my emails on this particular day, I just knew I had to claw my way back into the writing world at some stage and thought I would ease back into it by answering some fan mail. I was about three emails in when I found myself staring at the screen, blinking and leaning in to make sure I wasn't seeing things.

I think my heart momentarily stopped, and I saw a white light. I had received an email from the Publishing Director of Hachette who asked me if I had ever considered traditionally publishing my work?

My surprise quickly morphed into horror as I saw the email was dated a month prior, around the time where everything was happening with Dad. I emailed back immediately, explaining my delay thinking maybe the ship had sailed? What I instead discovered was what would be the first step into something very exciting.

After many months of exchange an offer was made for a brand new series! I signed the contract and on this very day I have submitted my MS (the latest WIP I have been in the cave for.) All those late night rambling status updates and chocolate consuming served a purpose.

And now on the brink of attending the Sydney Author Event on Saturday,where right there on the Hachette table (and mine) you will be able to discover beautiful postcards for Paradise City. I am so thrilled to be able to use this awesome event to launch something so incredibly exciting.
Okay I really didn't want this to be an acceptance speech, I really wanted to avoid this moment.
or this…

But as I pack my bags to head to Sydney to meet more amazing readers and hang out with some incredibly awesome authors, (and all before my birthday) I am really looking forward to sharing this new part of my world with you.
I am also incredibly proud of my effort in not mentioning the word 'journey' throughout this post. 
But I couldn't help but post a pic of me signing my contract.

The first book titled Paradise City is now available for pre-order and is due for release April 28th 2015.
Pre-order through iBooks HERE!Pre-Order through Amazon HERE!

The second book in the Paradise Series Paradise Road is also available for pre-order with an expected August 28th 2015 release.
Pre-order through iBooks HERE!Pre-order through Amazon HERE!
Add to Goodreads HERE!

In so many ways that very email changed my life, it forced me back into the book world, to throw myself into a new project and fall back in love with writing again, something I feared I would never be able to get back into. And I know, without a shadow of a doubt that my dad would have been so very proud, it's so incredibly bitter sweet that I am unable to share this with him, but I also believe he may very well have pulled a few strings with the big guy upstairs. The first book being due for release APRIL 2015, exactly one year after losing him, I think this might be his way of keeping me busy? Sounds like something he would do.
For all the latest, news, giveaways, and events be sure to like Cj Duggan's Facebook page HERE!

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Published on November 26, 2014 00:50 • 38 views

November 9, 2014

The next few weeks are going to see some very exciting things unravel in Camp Duggan.
Here is the first announcement I have been excited to share with you all.
For the first time the Summer Series will be available in a boxed set, it is something that I have been aiming to do and now it is coming (And all in time for Christmas)

Firstly the ebook version will roll out for a special price of $4.99 for the bundle, a crazy saving! That's right C.J has gone mad, she is even referring to herself in the third person.
And then…PAPERBACKS!! 
These will be special edition paperbacks that I will look at touring around with my signings. A triple awesome collection of Onslow Boys all in one epically big, beautiful paperback! 
And here is what it will look like.

Is niiiiiiiiice eh?
Now I am hoping for paperbacks to be available for purchase by early December, links will be available the second this is so. 
In the meantime the ebooks are available now.

Available on Apple HERE
Available on Amazon HERE.
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Published on November 09, 2014 04:17 • 25 views

October 30, 2014

Am I going to be in a city near you?

I am so very excited to be attending so many amazing local events, and finally have a chance to connect with old and new readers alike. For tickets, location, times please see the following links. I will be signing Summer series paperbacks and guest speaking on panels throughout as well as launching an exciting new series for 2015. 

Hope to see you there x

Sydney Author Event

November 29th, 2014 

Australian Romance Readers Association Signing, Canberra
March 6h-8th, 2015
Readers and Writers Convention, Gold Coast
March 27th-28th, 2015

Fictionally Yours, Melbourne
October 17th, 2015https://www.facebook.com/fictionallyyoursMelbourne?fref=ts

Pre-orders will be available closer to each event and links will be provided on C.J's website. 
*International signing dates to be announced soon*

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Published on October 30, 2014 07:18 • 9 views

October 25, 2014

Stan is LIVE!
And I am so thrilled to say he has finally arrived.
For those who may or may not know is that Stan's book is the first book I have released since the passing of my beloved Dad (Billy) back in April. This year has been an extremely difficult year for both myself and my husband Mick who also lost his beautiful mum (Brenda) in early July. Dealing with grief like this has been very taxing on my family and I can never be thankful enough for the wonderful support and kindness shown to us, particularly from people we do not even know.
The book community has been so wonderful, and in a time when I didn't know whether I would ever feel like writing again, slowly, Stan was born and now somehow, in someway I managed to write about sunshine and swoon even when my reality was so very different.
Having detached myself from the book world for the most part of this year I can't even begin to describe the feeling I have upon release of a book that was more of a personal achievement in coming back to writing more than anything.  Never could I have hoped that Stan would top the charts.
Number One in iBooks Romance and Number Three overall in Australia.
What a beautiful welcome back to something that in despite of all life's challenges this year I still managed to cling to something that I truly love doing, and that's being an author.
Thanks to each and every message, re-post, share, tweet, review, blog, status update, smoke signal, carrier pigeon etc. I appreciate more than I can ever say. xx


(Available in paperback and all major online stores soon.)
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Published on October 25, 2014 23:07 • 23 views

October 15, 2014

So you're a published Author, so like, when are you going to stop working?
My life has gone from "When are you going to have a baby?" to "When are you going to quit your day job?"
I know I often whinge and whine about time constraints, balancing my day job with my night time writing adventures all the while trying to and at best failing to be a wife, daughter, friend, sister and all round awesome person. And while I try and adopt the opinion that I have the same amount of hours in the day as what Beyonce has, it still changes little and I get stressed.

But here's the thing.
It's a good stress.
I love my day job and the people and organisation I work for. Yes, I can earn a living as a writer too and for that I am so bloody grateful for (truly) Sure the two worlds collide often, I'm tired, and whiny and overwhelmed and don't worry I am not going to go into the spiel of "And I wouldn't have it any other way." Because that's not completely true.
Being a kept housewife in the Hampton's would be a close second, but I digress…

The thing is I choose to do both.

I choose to not quit my day job and "live the dream" of writing full time. Ironically I complain about lacking balance in my busy life but the truth is having that day job provides me balance. I explain to people who ask the question "So when are you going to quit your day job?" I tell them that I think I will always work, always have the security of a day job, because for me, if I didn't have that day job I fear that writing would become an obsession, and then I wouldn't love it anymore.

I have to love what I do.
And in times when it's mid week and I am slumped at my desk of a night tired from the day and cursing the 4 hours sleep I survive on, it's those times I need to remind myself how lucky I am as I pound my forehead into the keyboard and ugly cry.

For one, there are many who don't have a job, who are unemployed or stuck in jobs they hate (Been there, done that) So I will never take for granted the fact I am lucky and appreciate that yes, I do still work, but it is something I don't take lightly.Secondly, I don't have to worry about how big the royalty cheques are and how I will drip feed it into a living, receiving them is a bonus no matter how big or small people are reading my work, paying money for it and this makes me happy.
And in another breath, why not have it all? Happiness is a state of mind but success is too, if I want the things I want in life I work for it, I don't want writing to be my job, I want it to be my life long love and sure in time my day time hours might reduce but I think I will always have my foot in the door. 

It also affords me to work at my own pace in what can be a crazy fast industry, the constant pressures to be creating and producing work is massive for Authors of our time. Even in times when I have crazy deadlines and long hours in the cave my commitment to the what I call the pesky day job breaks me from that reality and sets me into another world. The one that forces me to not wear pants with elastic waists and hair that doesn't look like small animal lives in it.

So the answer is no my dear friends  I am not quitting my day job just yet, and no to the house in the Hampton's…for now.

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Published on October 15, 2014 05:43 • 33 views

October 5, 2014

Chapter OneBel
Okay, so Stanley Remington got hot. When did that happen?
I secretly watched him from across the caravan park. Secretly, as in I casually sat slumped in my fold-out fishing chair, my head held high in innocent wonder as my curious gaze strained sideways, hidden behind my shades.
He stood on one of the dirt tracks, one of many that wound their way through the park, linking each other in a series of labyrinth-like discoveries. Chiselled wooden signs were the only guide for survival, unless you stumbled across a Remington, as this fortunate retired couple had done.
Stan’s arms flailed animatedly as he pointed over his shoulder and then to the map that the silver-haired man held in his hand. His wife stood by his side, her eyes narrowed in deep concentration as if studying and secretly taking in each direction like she really didn’t trust her husband to remember. I couldn’t hear anything other than the occasional outburst of laughter from the couple as Stan charmed them out of their stress and into comfort.
Nope, you won’t die today.
The shirtless, tubby man that sported nothing more than a painful pair of high-waisted shorts and a towel draped over his shoulder tapped Stan on the shoulder with gratitude as he belly laughed. At his parting words, his wife smiled adoringly up at Stan, as if he was Superman or something. Stan smiled small at first, hanging on every word the couple had to say before his mouth pressed into a blinding beam of white. The sun almost glinted off them. But it wasn’t that that made my head turn slightly; it was the loud and genuine laughter that burst out from him. My eyes narrowed. He wasn’t merely humouring them, he was actually being … nice. Pfft.
I cast my eyes forward; I felt in danger of gaining a headache or going permanently cockeyed from eyestrain.
So Stanley got hot, so he was still sickeningly nice, and helpful and blah, blah, blah. I would never forgive him for yelling at me for running around the park pool.
I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was chasing my brother around the pool, and Stan had called out as he passed by:
“Hey, no running!”
Okay, so at the time it seemed a lot more dramatic than it actually was, and, yeah, he had a point. But when you’re sixteen years old and trying to wreak revenge on your older brother for nearly drowning you in the pool, logic and safety don’t come into it. Still, that was a few summers ago now, and, hell, we all made mistakes. In fact, I was living proof of that, for I had made the single biggest mistake of my life. It was called a haircut circa 1994 Winona Ryder in Reality Bites. My friends and I thought if there was ever a haircut to replicate, then this was the one. My friend Naomi and I as always were the only two who had the guts to go through with it. And, of course, she looked amazing and I looked like the animated fairy girl from FernGully. The difference being Naomi had the patience and the flyaway hair to grow it out, I didn’t. So here I was, I still looked like a boy. Cropped black hair that I wedged under my baseball cap with the illusion of protecting my fair skin against the sun’s rays, but it was mostly to hide my shit-awful hair.
So much can happen in a few summers and that is exactly what it had been since my family, the Evans, came back to the shore of Lake Onslow. Even though it had been a while, it wasn’t exactly a foreign place; I grew up here, actually went to school here for a while, I would even go so far as to say a greater wedge of my heart belonged here, although I would never admit that to my parents. Mum and Dad loved Onslow, and chose it as the recurring family holiday destination. My dad, Doctor John Evans, had been the local GP here for over twenty years so I knew his heart was well and truly tied to the place, especially when the locals all still referred to him fondly as Doctor Evans, or Doc, very rarely John.
But now we called Maitland home, a larger populace where you were unlikely to run into a patient and little to no one knew who you were. A foreign concept to our family, and it took some getting used to. Still, it was never the anonymity or a change my parents were after, I knew that much from overhearing adult conversations. Nope, it was money.
Bigger, better wage was key, as was the testament of our luxurious caravan we housed in Remington’s Caravan Park. It stood out a mile away, a stark white house on wheels with cherry wood cabinetry and marble counter tops. Many people stopped by to say hello in the beginning, but mainly to marvel at the craftsmanship of such a beast of a caravan, no one more impressed than Stan’s dad Glen, who was amazed that it had its own shower and toilet room.
“Well, bloody hell, would you look at that?” he said, opening the shower door in wonder, his eyes wide and alive in amazement.
How much did this set you back?
Yeah, the van was spacious, luxurious, but never more so than now, now that my older brothers weren’t here to annoy the living shit out of me. No Grant trying to kill me in the swimming pool, no Ben trying to kill me with his silent farts; the only thing that was set to kill me was boredom or my younger brother’s incessant questions about everything.
“Why are they laughing?” Alex asked; it was his tenth question in as many minutes.
“Maybe they’re laughing at you?” I replied, as I casually thumbed through my Cleo magazine.
“They are not,” my brother snapped.
I would have probably stirred him some more, but Mum was hovering nearby and I didn’t fancy getting yelled at to remember how ‘sensitive’ my brother was. I guess I would cut him some slack; after all, he was only eight.
I sighed, chucking my mag aside and stretching my arms to the sky, hearing the bones click and pop.
Bored, bored, bored.
I yawned, and moved my head from side to side, stiff from sitting for so long.
God I was bored, so bloody bor—

I froze mid-stretch, my eyes locked onto the sight of Stan Remington as he made a clear-cut path toward our van, made a direct, straight line toward … me.

Want to find out what happens next?
Be sure to pre-order Stan on iBooks for October 26th release!

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Published on October 05, 2014 05:37 • 27 views

October 3, 2014

Okay so I have been receiving lots and lots of messages about the impending releases for this year and I have been holding off on making any grand announcements, so consider this the first of two. (hoorah!)
Stan will be going live October 26th (2 months early!)
So where does this leave Forever Summer? Wasn’t this to be an October release too?
Without giving too much away all I can tell you is there is a VERY good reason why I will unfortunately have to push back Forever Summer’s release until next year (yes I know next year, I am so-so sorry) I never make any decisions lightly when it comes to compromising release dates. This year has seen some unprecedented sadness with the passing of my Dad and my Mother in law the fact I am back and writing (and loving it once again) is very exciting to me, something I wasn’t so sure I could back into after such unexpected losses in my life. So yes I am excited to be back writing, Stan will be the first book to come out since Ringer back in April and I can’t wait to share how sweet he is. There is also another reason I am excited that I hope to share very soon, it is the very reason why Max and Adam’s story will most definitely be pushed into next year, and although I know this is a blow to those who have been looking forward to their stories, let me assure you there is VERY good reason and one that I hope you will be happy with.  It stands to make 2015 unbelievably exciting and know that with the short-term pain of a pushed back release comes a long-term gain. Promise.
Can’t wait to share with you all my part two announcement, but I am hoping this will clear up a few queries in release dates, date’s that have literally only just been locked in today so they are yet to be updated on all sites.
As it stands I am keeping the books TBA for 2015 until more news filters through, if you are an Apple lover you can secure copies of ALL these books on pre-order, nothing better than an automatic delivery for release day. 
Pre-Order Stan October 6th Pre-Order Max TBA 2015Pre-Order Forever Summer TBA 2015

Thanks for understanding and being so keen for more Onslow Boys. x
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Published on October 03, 2014 01:11 • 52 views

September 19, 2014

Check out this awesome feature over at iBooks - multi-author book bundles for just 99c each! 

It's for a limited time. So get on over there and discover some new authors!

In there you'll find the title 'From Dark to Light' featuring over 1500 pages of drool worthy men from six best-selling authors and all-round awesome gals:

Lili Saint GermainCallie HartTina GephartNatasha Preston Lilliana Anderson C.J Duggan. 
Did I mention it's for a limited time!?! 

#iBooks #BookBundles #99cents

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Published on September 19, 2014 01:06 • 42 views

September 5, 2014

I am so very excited to announce I will be attending the Sydney Author Event this November!

November 22nd, 2014 - Sydney Author Event

Date Saturday 22nd November 2014
Location The Ivy Sunroom, 330 George Street, Sydney
Info: http://sydneyauthorevent.wix.com/sydneyauthorevent

You can now pre-order copies of the SUMMER SERIES paperbacks for the event. I will be taking limited stock so be sure not to miss out. 

*I will also be signing and giving away an exclusive poster for the first 20 people who come say 'Hi' on the day. 


This will be my last big signing for the year, but make sure to check out all the upcoming events in 2015 and see if I am coming to a city near you.

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Published on September 05, 2014 09:14 • 22 views