What better way to start a Monday than with a book bargain? ELSA’S STAND is an Amazon Australia Kindle monthly deal, which means it’s discounted to only $1-49 for the entire month of January. That’s a huuuge saving off the normal price.
Go get ‘em, my lovelies. Your heart will thank you!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally twist the arms of author buddies to do the same.
First up, my apologies for the lack of Teaser Tuesday last week. I’ve been a bit under the weather with an inner ear problem and have had to limit my screen time significantly. Still working my way to a diagnosis so the blog might remain a bit hit and miss for a while.
The big news for today is that book one in the Outback Brides series. Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter has been chosen as an Amazon monthly deal for September. That means you can pick up this fab read (and it’s very fab indeed) for a bargain price. If you have yet to read any of the Outback Brides books, here’s your chance to dip your toes.
Obviously, we’d love you to read the whole series, but don’t worry of you want to pick and choose. All the books – Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter, Belle’s Secret by Victoria Purman, Elsa’s Stand by moi, and Holly’s Heart by Fiona McArthur – can be read as stand-alone stories.
Many of you have asked about sequels, with Serenity, the music-bombing beautician from Elsa’s Stand, being a popular choice to have her story told. I’m working on it. Well, not working as in writing, but I’m mentally plotting and scribbling down notes. A start!
Which is a good lead-in to this snippet, featuring Elsa, Jack and Serenity in Elsa’s salon Hair Affair.
‘This is Serenity,’ said Elsa. ‘She has the beauty rooms at the back. In case you’re wondering, she chooses her own hair colour. Nothing to do with me. I just apply the stuff.’
Serenity grinned at him. ‘Nice to meet you at last, Jack. We’ve been discussing you in great detail.’
‘Serenity,’ warned Elsa.
She threw up her hands. ‘What?’
‘Go wax your toes or something. I need to talk to Jack.’
It was then that Jack realised Elsa still had hold of his hand. He looked at it, so delicate in his. Which was kind of funny. Elsa was anything but delicate. She was a steam train of sexy determination.
‘Alone, Serenity,’ said Elsa when Serenity remained behind the counter, her grin growing even broader.
‘Oh, all right,’ she huffed, before moving to stomp off. Suddenly she stopped, her focus on the street. ‘You might want to change your mind on that.’
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What can I say, Elsa’s Stand is simply the book that keeps on giving and today it offers up another fun gift.
Those of you who read Monday’s release day post will know from its Six Secret Things that music features heavily in the story, usually to the characters’ great amusement.
I also teased you by saying that the whole book can be summed up by “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the Lion King. A piece of feel-good earworm brilliance if ever there was one.
But there are lots of other songs mentioned in Elsa’s Stand and today I’m sharing its (somewhat eclectic) playlist. Simply hit play on the Youtube screen below and you’ll not only hear the songs but see their videos too.
This is a lot of fun so buckle up your belt, crank the volume up and enjoy!
Here’s the full list of tracks, complete with iTunes links. Go on, you know you need that copy of “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”.
A limited number of personally signed paperback copies are now available for direct purchase from me. The price is $20 AUD and includes delivery to your Australian postal address. Payment via Paypal. I also have other books available. International readers, email me and I’ll check out postage rates to your country.
Break out the champagne, chocolate and whatever naughty treat takes your fancy because it’s Elsa’s Stand’s release day. Rah!
At the risk of you rolling your eyes at me for repeating myself, I’m going to yet again shout how much I ADORE this book. Really, truly-rooly adore it. Elsa’s Stand was an absolute hoot to write. Jack and Elsa sang to me from their very first words. In fact, all the characters did. Not all books do that but when it happens it’s like writing heaven, and I think that joy shows on the page. If I could cuddle this book I would.
Oh, hang on. I can!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who pre-ordered a copy. For those who love the thrill of the release day one-click, it’s time for you to exercise your finger. Click-swipe-tap now to secure your copy from any of these retailers.
A limited number of signed paperback copies will also be available for direct purchase from me. I’ll post details on social media and here on the blog. Newsletter subscribers will have first dibs on copies.
Now, as has become custom on release day, here are some special secret things about Elsa’s Stand.
Six Secret Things About Elsa’s Stand
1/. The working title of Elsa’s Stand was…
Gemstone Cowboy. Oh, how I LOVE that title. But Elsa’s Stand is part of the Outback Brides series, and it’s important to keep branding consistent. You’ll see that all the titles in the Brides continuity have a similar rhythm – Maggie’s Run, Belle’s Secret, Elsa’s Stand and Holly’s Heart.
Oh well, I’ll have to write another opal mining sexpot story and call that Gemstone Cowboy instead. It might take a while to come up with a hero to beat Jack, though. Such a crush on that man. Huge!
2/. Elsa’s last name is…
O’Donoghue which I pinched from a popular Irish pub in Emu Plains, in the foothills of the Blue Mountains and close to where I lived before our recent move to Newcastle.
I’ve never set foot in the place, but my lovely golf ladies were big fans and often talked about it, and I guess it stuck. Writing is weird like that.
3/. I used a photo of actor…
Ian Somerhalder as inspiration for Jack’s looks. I had no idea who he was when I picked him out. I was googling attractive men, as you do, and stumbled across his appealing visage and immediately thought “Hello, Jackie-boy!”.
It was another author who recognised Ian when I posted a photo of my big plotting whiteboard with Jack/Ian’s piccie stuck to it. I can’t help wondering if I would have chosen him had I known about Ian’s vampire past. Our gorgeous hunk of hunkiness Jack as a vampire? Never!
actress Karen Gillan in character as Amy Pond from Doctor Who, but from the moment I saw Elsa’s Stand’s cover model she became Elsa. Honestly, that model couldn’t be more perfect. That’s something that rarely happens!
6/. Music features heavily in Elsa’s Stand.
I’m not going to share its playlist now – we’ll save that gem for later in the week – but I think the whole book can be summed up by “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King.
I suffered this earworm for aaaaages afterward. So now I’m passing it on to you. You’re welcome!
I hope you enjoyed this latest instalment of Secret Things! Here are those buy links for Elsa’s Stand again.
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and sometimes con author buddies into doing the same.
After a couple of weeks in the tropics I’m home, where it is lovely but, sadly, not tropical. This is not necessarily a bad thing, mind. If I had weather like that all the time I’d never get any writing done.
A couple of housekeeping items. If you’re in Western Australia or are planning a trip over there later in the year, make sure you mark your diaries for the West Coast Fiction Festival on November 3rd, 2018 at the Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough. This is going to be a terrific event, chockers with fab authors from Australia and overseas. The full list of attending authors and anything else you’d like to know is available on the West Coast Fiction Festival website. Tickets go on sale now and selling fast, with all ticket profits going to Share the Dignity.
Right. Back to booky goodness!
There is now less than a month until Elsa’s Stand releases. Rah! I am so excited about this book. It’s one of my favourites and I love the characters to bits, and I can’t wait for you to read it.
Newsflash! YES, there will be print copies. They’re currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com, Amazon.com.au, Amazon.co.uk and Booktopia, and I should have signed copies available for direct purchase from me. As soon as I have an idea of prices, I’ll let you know. Please note that newsletter subscribers will get first dibs on these. Sign up here if you don’t want to miss out.
Here’s a little teaser to show what you’re in for with Elsa and Jack. You will love them, oh yes you will!!
‘Excellent. I’ll give you a call. See if we can’t arrange it for next week.’ Suddenly Angus’s attention was taken by something behind Jack. A smile broke across his face. ‘Here’s trouble.’
Jack checked over his shoulder. Elsa was in the middle of the road, hopping foot to foot as she waited for a couple of cars to pass. Being the country, they were slow, the driver in front waving to someone on the cake stall as they crawled past. Elsa had pulled up her hair into a sort-of bun with wispy dangly bits loose around the sides of her face. Her thigh-high, off-the-shoulder dress was white and frilly, and paired with matching heeled sandals. Against the dark bitumen, she glowed.
Jack breathed in and slowly out. Skin. Pale skin, freckly skin. Lots of skin. And a smile that lit the entire street. Elsa was gorgeous normally but this … this was going to take serious control.
He he. Poor Jack. Elsa is awesome at scrambling his brain. Such fun!
Make sure you don’t miss out on this gorgeous tale by pre-ordering today from:
Newsletter subscribers will have first dibs on personally signed print copies, so please make sure you’re signed up. Not only will you get all the news first, you’ll also receive access to a couple of bonus short stories to read over a cuppa.
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from new and past releases and works-in-progress, and occasionally con author buddies into doing thesame.
Greetings from tropical north Queensland! I’m in Townsville right now, where the winter weather is gorgeous and the streets are busy with backpackers and southerners escaping the cold. I was up here this time last year for the Bowen River Campdraft and Rodeo (photos and more from that here)but I won’t be attending this year. I will, however, be visiting my favourite rural clothing outfittersDonohues. Love that place. They have the best jeans. And boots. And belts. And tops. And hats. And…
Enough of my shopping obsessions. We’re here to talk books!
Can you believe it’s only five weeks until Elsa’s Standreleases? And even less until the first of the Outback Brides books – Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter – hits e-readers around the world. But what about print versions, you ask? I’ll have news on that soon and I think it’ll make you veeeery happy.
Also something to make you happy, a taste of sexy, silent Jack, the hero of Elsa’s Stand. Sigh. Love this man. LOVEHIM.
Jack was so furious and flat out getting organised that it was hours into his journey before reality sank in. A wave of grief slammed into his chest so hard he had to pull over and breathe through it while the semi-trailers and caravans he’d overtaken earlier whooshed past, their slipstreams rocking his car and camping trailer.
His mum, gone.
It didn’t seem real. It couldn’t be real.
Yet it was.
Jack rubbed his face and stared at his palms. They were rough, covered in nicks and abrasions and calluses from years of digging for opal. Hands that had been forged by his mother’s side, as she took him fossicking and regaled him with stories about miraculous finds. About gold fever and opal curses, and sapphires that lay buried somewhere in the overburden and beds of Strathroy’s ancient creeks.
Be ready to comfort Jack on his July 9th release day with a pre-order of Elsa’s Stand from these stores:
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets of new and past releases, and works-in-progress.
The last two weeks on Teaser Tuesday have been very exciting, with guests Christine Wells and Victoria Purman showing off their new releases, and hosting giveaways. Thanks to everyone who shared their stories of multiculturalism and spy names. It was great fun.
By now you should have heard the news about Elsa’s Stand, the book I’ve been keeping a secret for quite a while now. If you haven’t, then you need to join my newsletter, because those clever subscribers heard days ago, and many – beautiful lovelies that they are – already have their orders in.
Elsa’s Stand releases July 9th and is part of a new rural romance series called Outback Brides. So far there are four books in the series, each by a different Australian author. You might recognise their names – Fiona McArthur, Victoria Purman and Kelly Hunter. A highly talented bunch indeed. Expect to see excerpts from their books around release time.
Today’s snippet is from – you guessed it – Elsa’s Stand. I adore this book and yes, I know I sound like a cracked record when I say that, but it’s true. I love this book to bits. I loved writing it, I love the characters, I love the cover, I love the blurb. Everything. Sitting on news about its release has been more than a bit torturous, let me tell you.
But now we can talk about Elsa’s Stand and its upcoming release all we like, and share snippets. Rah!
Here’s Elsa thinking about Jack, as any red-blooded girl would. He’s certainly occupied a good deal of my brain space!
It was those eyes. ‘Paul Newman eyes’ her mum, who was a huge fan of the actor, would call them. With their pale hue they should have been cold, instead the surrounding fringe of thick dark lashes made them more intense than icy. When they’d settled on Elsa, it was like being lasered.
Jack’s size only added to his appeal. Elsa hadn’t been joking about describing him as a giant. The man was huge, close to six-feet-six, but that wasn’t what made him seem so enormous. It was the breadth of him, combined with a bearing she couldn’t explain, except it reminded her a bit of American actor John Wayne. Thanks to her classic movie buff mum, Elsa had seen every one of the actor’s westerns, and while this hadn’t endeared Wayne to her—nor her mum for making her suffer through such boredom—she couldn’t help but acknowledge Wayne’s screen presence.
And she bet John Wayne never filled out a pair of suit pants and T-shirt the way Jack Hargreaves did.
Ah Jack… so silent, so sighworthy! And he could be yours with just a tap, swipe or click. Well, yours on July 9th at least. Until then, he’s mine, I tell you. ALL MINE!
When the sudden death of his mother forces outback opal miner Jack Hargreaves home to Wirralong, his plan is simple: mourn his mother, sort out the family farm, and get the hell out of the town that has always hated him. But Elsa O’Donoghue, the beautiful hairdresser with a big heart and even brighter smile, has other plans.
From the moment Jack strides into her salon and helps himself to her clippers, Elsa is in lust. He might be a poster boy for the strong silent type, but she senses there’s a good man behind that stoic facade. With her business taking off, Elsa is finally ready for a relationship and Jack is just her kind of man. Not to mention, she’s never said no to a challenge.
Worried their association will harm Elsa’s business, Jack tries to avoid her, but Elsa is irresistible. Soon, she has him believing and hoping for a future with her in Wirralong, but another family tragedy shatters Jack’s fragile dream. Jack knows he must leave Elsa to protect her, no matter the cost to himself.
ELSA’S STAND releases July 9th, 2018 Secure your ebook today with a pre-order from:
I can’t wait to share more about Elsa’s Stand and the Outback Brides series with you. This book was amazing fun to write, and I think you’re going to have even more fun reading it because Elsa and Jack are gorgeous together.
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from new and past releases, and works-in-progress and sometimes hustle writing buddies into doing the same.
As I think I’ve mentioned, I’m in the middle of a new story and have finally hit what I call the “obsessive” stage. This is the point where I can’t stop thinking about the characters. And I mean can’t stop.
Think of a movie that runs endlessly but with the scenes played out of order and changing constantly. They screen as I go to sleep, as I rise in the morning, as I shower and eat breakfast, as I zone out in front of the telly or exercise or shop or cook dinner. The buggers are even with me when I play golf, which is no doubt one of the reasons why I’m so bad at it.
That’s what goes on in my head when I hit this stage and I’ll now stay like this until I finish the book. That probably sounds weird and boring to a non-writer, but I love it. It’s exciting, and I adore testing different conflicts and dramas, and thinking up new ways to torture the hero and heroine and toy with their emotions. Nicely, of course.
So it seems only fitting that I celebrate reaching this point with a little taste of what I’ve been writing. No formal title for this one yet – it’s a secret. Not really, but the working title I have will probably end up changed and I’d rather not confuse the issue.
The hero of this one is Jack and he’s very much the strong silent type, while our hairdresser heroine is Elsa and she’s… not!
‘Perhaps I can tempt you into a shave too?’ Elsa took another breath and beamed her most tempting smile. ‘A proper cut-throat razor one. It doesn’t take long.’
Which wasn’t quite the truth. The deluxe version, which was a gloried man-facial, could take a good hour.
Jack’s gaze scanned her face, flicking from her mouth to her eyes and back again. The buzz she’d been experiencing since his arrival turned electric.
‘I’m trained. And I promise I’m not even remotely psychotic. No Demon Barber of Fleet Street here. That’s a film, by the way. Sweeny Todd, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter…’ God, now she was babbling.
The corner of his mouth lifted in what Elsa was beginning to suspect was Jack’s version of a smile. ‘Not sure I have time.’
‘Somewhere better to be?’
If you’re wondering what my next release will be, The Country Girl hits shelves December 18th, just in time for Christmas but you can secure your copy today from these retailers.