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May 16, 2017

AKA Bull Riders Last year I said yes to writing a story for a multi-author series. The only drawback? Athlete heroes and a sport I knew nothing about. Bull riders and bull riding, to be exact. Those guys who willingly strap themselves to the back of a sixteen-hundred pound–bred for bucking–bull, and try not to […]


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Published on May 16, 2017 06:52 • 20 views

August 1, 2016

So how do you start a new #King story for Harlequin Presents? Probably not like this. I’m in first-draft la-la land, and soon there will need to be less Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant and more Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. In other words, I’ll probably have to start again. I’m on the perfect princess, […]


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Published on August 01, 2016 01:16 • 54 views

July 15, 2016

  My Jackson family series had a makeover recently, and it’s out with the sexy, brooding bad boy covers and in with something a while lot more romantic. I love that these new covers all feature a water horizon. Divers, boat builders, fishermen … together the Jackson brothers run the family marina on Australia’s east […]


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Published on July 15, 2016 23:27 • 27 views

April 30, 2016

One of my latest, favourite lines of romantic dialogue comes at the very end of a trailer for a Star Wars meets Cinderella film called Jupiter Ascending. No commentary at all from me–I got nothing but a bellylaugh full of love for it. I think it’s a humour thing. Got a spare 3 minutes?


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Published on April 30, 2016 20:47 • 60 views

March 1, 2016

(AKA He said/she said) Does anyone else treat Gotye’s 2011 hit song Somebody That I Used To Know (feat Kimbra) as a four minute romance writing class? No? But it’s fun. And did I mention that it’ll take less than five minutes of your time? Okay, so the song’s about a breakup, and there’s no HEA or […]


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Published on March 01, 2016 06:05 • 44 views

February 16, 2016

For when crying is a plan you aim to pursue: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green: The mother lode of tears. Youth, illness, life, love and death. ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes: What if love just isn’t enough? THE ROAD by Cormac McArthy: Raw, sparse & brutal. A dying world. A father’s […]


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Published on February 16, 2016 03:34 • 33 views

February 1, 2016

(AKA AMBIGUITY RULES) The 1942 Warner Brothers movie Casablanca has so many iconic lines of dialogue that we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to studying them. “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” We could start there. We could round up the usual suspects […]


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Published on February 01, 2016 01:20 • 33 views

January 20, 2016

My first two Jackson Brothers, Eli and Caleb, are starring in a dynamic duo release. Why the duo format, you ask? When they’ve each been out singly for quite some time? Length. My stories often come in at around 30,000 words, which is too short for a lot of promo options out there servicing the […]


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Published on January 20, 2016 01:16 • 42 views

December 31, 2015

(aka clever laughs) Romancing The Stone may be over thirty years old but it’s still my favourite romantic adventure romp–mainly because of the loving way it treats its main character. It takes about thirty seconds of screen time to hook me into Joan Wilder’s romance-writing world. The tears at the end of a story, the […]


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Published on December 31, 2015 21:26 • 34 views

December 10, 2015

Cocky, persuasive, fun-loving, loyal—and crooked? I ran into communication problems the other day when I tried to describe my latest romance hero to some of my overseas friends. “He’s a larrikin,” I said, fully expecting understanding and affection for the stereotype. I didn’t get it. My companions were thinking thug, criminal, bully, hoodlum. Whereas, I […]


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Published on December 10, 2015 05:00 • 42 views