Happy New Year


It’s hard to believe another year has just flown past.
2010 is almost at an end.
2011 is knocking on our doors.
For my final post of 2010 at the Divas, I thought it only appropriate to wish you a…

Happy New Year!

May the next year be filled with health, happiness and lots and lots of the best kind of fireworks…



Wishing you all a merry Christmas


So I wanted to send Santa to visit with lovely Christmas presents to help celebrate the holidays.
Then I thought about the readers of this blog. And I figured… heck, why send the presents, when I can give you all what you really want?

Santa Himself!

Have a very merry Christmas


The Winner of Tracey O’Hara’s Eight Ridiculous Questions Giveaway…



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Maria, Tracey will be in contact with you ASAP with your winning eARC of Death’s Sweet Embrace.

Congrats to everyone who commented here and on my personal blog and thank you, Tracey for your awesome answers and generosity 🙂

Because it is Christmas, I’m giving a copy of my first ever Christmas tale, Batteries Not Included to TWO OTHER LUCKY Down Under Diva COMMENTERS.

Those lucky two are….

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…. Judit (Judy) Beres and Maree Andersone.

Judy and Maree, let me know where to send your copies to and I shall zip them to you ASAP 🙂


Happy 5th Birthday (Suit)


Samhain is celebrating it’s FIFTH birthday this weekend. If you’re a member of the Samhain Café, you’ll want to pop in sometime over the weekend to say hello to your favorite authors and other like minded readers. There’s also a chance to win a KINDLE, so it’s well worth the tour.

I received my first publishing contract with Samhain in 2006, when the company had only been open a year. Not many people had heard of then but that’s all changed! They’ve been an awesome publishing house. So to help them celebrate this fabulous milestone, I decided to look up some fun facts about birthdays. I was going to do five, but, well, I got distracted by the first one and everything derailed from there.

1. Apparently there are many benefits for men if they sleep in their birthday suit, such a deeper sleep cycles, improved fertility and increased sexual desire/contact between couples in relationships. What do you think?

Those guys haven’t quite got it. The research says BIRTHDAY suits guys. You’re wearing just a little too much.

Ah, that’s better.

What was the topic again? Oh yeah, Happy Birthday (suit) to Samhain Publishing!


Free book from Kindle and Nook


A couple weeks ago I promised you a huge surprise starting on the 15th of Dec.
Well, the time is here and and so is the surprise.


For the next month, GOING ALL IN, Book One in the Three of A Kind Series, is being offered as a free read at both Kindle and Nook.

That’s right. A free read. So when you go into either store and purchase it, you will pay a grand total of… NOTHING!

How cool is that?

For easy access to either store and the download, just click here:

Kindle or Nook

Wanna know a little more about Going All In? Here’s the blurb:


(Three of a Kind, Book One)

The higher the stakes, the harder they fall—in love.

Julia Savage’s weekly poker games are tearing her apart. She’s in love with two of her fellow card players, and much as she’d like to pick and confess her true feelings to one man, she won’t. Not if it means risking the love of the other.

Hunter Miles has wanted Julia for four months, and he’s about to deal a hand she couldn’t see coming. He’s determined to give her a New Year’s Eve celebration she never expected. He’s going to seduce her—in front of his friend and rival for her affections, Jay Baxter. But Jay’s not willing to lay down his cards. He’s going after Julia too, and he’s not above bluffing to get what he wants. Either way, one of them is going to win her over.

Unless they change the rules of the game. If they double up, there’s a chance they can split the pot…

Warning: This book contains two hunky heroes, a heroine worth betting on, sizzling hot three-way action (m/f/m andm/m/f), a whole lot of unexpected fireworks and a New Year’s Eve to remember.
Wanna know the other good news? The second book in the Three of A Kind Series is now available. So if you liked Going All In, you can read Raising the Stakes afterward…

Raising the Stakes:

Play out the hand her way…or fold? 

Three of a Kind, Book 2

After four years, Megan Loxley has given up waiting for her best friend, Desmond Reed, to realize she loves him. It’s time to move on. When Des introduces her to his poker buddy, Alex Truman, the instantaneous sparks that flare between them signal her life is about to change forever.

Des could kick himself. How could he have failed to notice the perfect woman was by his side all this time? Now it’s too damn late. And her innocent prodding about why he’s suddenly so distant is only making his hunger for her worse. Then she gets one step too close—and his self-restraint snaps.

Stunned, bewildered, furious, Meg can’t help but respond to the kisses for which she waited so long. God help her, she loves Des. And Alex, too. Immeasurably. Now what?

It may make her the greediest woman alive, but she’s determined to win the next hand— even if she has to change the game a little. First step: state her wildly sexy proposition in a language both men will understand…and hope they’ll stick around and play by her rules.

Warning: If you’re looking for a cool game of poker, you won’t find it here. This novella is so hot the cards are still smoking. The heroine may be new to the game, but she knows exactly how to play her two kings.
Raising the Stakes is available now at:

Happy reading,

Eight Ridiculous Questions With Tracey O’Hara


Award-winning Aussie author, Tracey O’Hara agreed to answer my Eight Ridiculous Questions this time. Tracey writes the most amazing urban-fantasy and I am totally in awe of her. Wait until you meet her heroine, Antoinette Petrescu. Wow, talk about a kick-arse character. Check out Tracey’s website here where you can discover more of her brilliant Dark Brethren series.

Oh, and as an added pressie (being that this is the month of Christmas, after all) Tracey is giving away an eARC of Death’s Sweet Embrace to ONE LUCKY COMMENTER. Just leave a comment here for Tracey (or over at my personal blog here) and you could be the lucky person with their very own ADVANCE EBOOK READER COPY of Tracey’s next release! Can you say, BRILLIANT!!? The lucky winner’s name will be announced on my blog Saturday morning Aussie time (which kinda equals Friday night ES US Time, I think *grin*).

1. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten? Pumpkin – can’t stand the stuff ever since I was a kid – the very thought of eating it makes me want to hurl. <gag>. See…

2. What’s your favourite swear word? Shite – just loves the way it rolls of the  tongue and it’s kind of like polite swearing. But if talking about a real swear word – fuck would definitely be it.

3. When were you last naked outside? I’d have to say it would be when I was 17 and was nude sunbathing, and swimming on a trip down the west coast.

4. What’s your karaoke song of choice? Queen’s “We will Rock” mainly just the chorus bit – because it’s easy to learn. I’m pretty challenged as a songstress.

5. How far is too far? I think the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean would be too far.

6. If they made a movie of your life, who would play you? Angelina Jolie – who else – because she and I are like twins J

7. You’re having an affair with a famous historical figure. Who is it and why? Ewww – they’re dead and not in a vampire way–a bit icky.

8. Favourite Muppet? I actually have 2 and can’t pick between them – Animal and Pepe the Prawn

Death’s Sweet Embrace

After thousands of years of secret conflict, humans and parahumans have reached an uneasy truce. But unspeakable evil now threatens to shatter the tenuous peace.

Teenaged shapeshifters are being slaughtered by a twisted, sadistic serial killer who rips their still-beating hearts from their paralyzed bodies. A task force must be formed to halt the madness—a union of avengers including the vampiric Aeternus, Christian Laroque and Antoinette Petrescu, as well as Kitt Jordan and Raven Matokwe, members of enemy Animalian tribes…and forbidden lovers.

A centuries-old blood feud has divided their peoples—pitting wolf against snow leopard in a battle to the death—and if their passion is discovered it will doom them both. But past hostilities must be put aside in light of the scourge that is now upon them. For the killer they seek is but the first sign of a blossoming terror rising up from their long-buried pasts: the all-consuming nightmare of The Dark Brethren.

Sexy Or Not?


So, I saw Megamind again today. This was the third viewing, thanks to the Demon Princess’ enamoured obsession with the blue evil genius and it occured to me while watching (and laughing and grinning) that I found Megamind…well….sexy. I’m not sure if the animators ever intended for their master criminal with the big head and blue skin to ever be viewed as a sex object and I’m kinda worried that I do, but it got me to thinking….there are quite a few characters I find sexy who I’m sure I’m not meant to. Let’s take a look at them (in no particular order) shall we.

1/ Megamind. The guy who started this all. I think what I find sexy about Megamind is the combination of his super intelligence with his unabashed goofiness. Plus, when he is young and we see how desperate he is to be included in with his fellow classmates despite their obvious disdane for his misguided brilliance, I just want to hug him. He has a never-say-quit attitude and a sarcastic sense of humour (always a plus for me) as well as a sweet romantic side that makes it impossible not to fall for him. He will also face certain death for the girl of his dreams. A bad boy who has a good heart and a wicked forehead. As the poster says, “It’s big for a reason.”

2/ Jack Skellington. Diabolical and romantic with an awesome singing voice and a serious need to eat a meal or two, the Pumpkin King hijacks Christmas, not to cause mayhem and destruction, but to feel something wonderful in his heart and have the rest of the world feel it to. He also wears a dapper suit and when he finally realises Sally is the one for him, doesn’t waste any bones about letting her know. Bones. Get it? All Hail to the Pumpkin King, I say.

3/ Niles Crane. Another highly intelligent character. I’m not sure if it was Nile’s utter adoration for Daphne or his sheer strenght of will not act upon that adoratioin that makes me go all gooey for him. It may be that he was the funniest thing on Frasier. Sure he was effeminate and fussy and conceited, but his worship of the woman he loved was unconditional. When he and Daphne finally came together I was both part happy and jealous. Yes, I am a bit odd.

4/ The Shadow Man. A voodoo witch-doctor who has the moves (and the voice) to make a woman melt. Sure, he’s a nasty bugger who wants to give the souls of an entire city over to his “friends on the other side” but when he starts to move those hips of his…and make his face go all neon glow-in-the-darkish I just get caught up in the magic of it all.

5/ The Dude. Okay, I honestly don’t know if the Coen brothers ever intended the Dude to be considered sexy or not, but for me has has a certain…who-gives-a-rat’s-bum, just go with the flow charm. He’s not out to change the world, he’s not a neat-freak nor is he an arrogant bastard, but when he opens his mouth and those awaesome pearls of wisdom come forth…

“Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not “Mr. Lebowski”. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

6/ Gaston. So he’s a bad boy. A real bad boy. He’s conceited, arrogant, self-absorbed and into blood sports. But when he’s got a thing for a woman ain’t nuthin’ going to stop him getting her. That’s a bit of a turn-on, don’t you think? He deserves the best cause he said so. And besides, every last inch of him’s covered in hair.

7/ Optimus Prime. Three words: Noble. Hard steel. 😉

So? What characters do you find sexy you’re pretty certain you’re not meant to? Go one, share them with us 🙂

Because Nature Has Such a Wicked Sense of Humor


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I get some crazy stuff sent to me on the email and occasionally I like to share. Hope you’re all having a wicked weekend!


Guest blogging with a contest!

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I’m over at The Romance Studio Blue today blogging about my lack of Christmas jolly. Come on over and leave a suggestion on how to get it back and you could win your choice of one of my backlist.



When All Things Go Wrong…


…resort to “F*ck it.”

A lot has been going on in my world this last fortnight. There’s the normal this-time-of-year parties, school events, looming deadlines and rewrites, and family commitments. What I didn’t plan for was terrible news about my dad.

Now, here’s the thing about my dad. He’s a typical Aussie bloke. If he’s angry, he goes out to the shed and works on something broken there, rather than yelling at whatever’s made him cranky. If he’s happy, he smiles a small lop-sided smile and goes about his business. If he’s sick, he doesn’t tell anyone. And he’s been sick. Really sick. And he didn’t tell anyone. Now however, his family knows and we’ve been doing our best not to be worried, but that’s a bloody hard thing to do when confronted with the realisation your dad’s not invulnerable. It’s preoccupied my waking moments and I’ve spent lots of time thinking about things I never want to think about.

So, when I decided to tell my dad how much I love him and how worried I am, this is what he said:

“Y’know, Beautiful (his pet name for me since I was a kid), when all things go wrong it’s time to say, ‘F*ck it’ and get on with life. Cause if I spend the rest of my days sitting around wondering ‘why me?’ I’m not going to get that gum tree planted in the backyard, and I want to plant that gum tree. I’m not going to finish that painting of your mum I started ten years ago, and I really want to get that painting finished.”

I’ve thought a lot about “f*ck it” since that conversation and what it means to me and this is what I’ve come up with. F*ck it a way of telling the crap in your life you’re not going to let it get you down. You’re not going to let it defeat you.

I think we forget sometimes how precious our life is, I know I did, and it took my dad’s rather blunt, sardonic expletive to make me remember that.

So if there’s something making you stressed or worried or miserable and you can’t do anything about it, stand up straight, take a breath and repeat after me…

F*ck it.

And then find the ones you love the most and hug them.


Love you, Dad. So much my heart aches.



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