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    Three great weekend reads this New Release Friday


    New Release Friday
    A Wave of Love by Monica Donnelly
    A Wave of Love - Cover
    Fintan Doherty was back.

    Polly had spent a decade avoiding the man who’d broken her heart as a teenager but now he was back in town and she couldn’t seem to escape him.

    Fin wanted to make amends, not for leaving but for the way he left. He’d gone to pursue a career as an World Champion Surfer, that was his dream and he’d fulfilled it. He didn’t regret going but he did regret that his leaving had broken Polly’s heart.

    Polly hated that Fin was still the one man she’d ever loved. She’d tried to move on and now ran a successful vineyard but for some reason no one else had touched her like Fin, which meant here she was nearly thirty and still a virgin.

    If Fin wanted her forgiveness all he had to do was commit to some no strings attached sex while he was in town. Polly was certain it was a win-win for everyone.

    The only problem was Fin wasn’t planning on leave and he definitely wasn’t planning on kissing Polly good-bye again.

    This is the second book in the Henley’s Bluff series and can be read as a stand-alone novel

    Grab yours here today

    Dancing by the Moonlight: (A sweet summer romance to read on the beach) (A Carlisle Bay Novel) by Angie Ellington
    Dancing by the Moonlight - Cover
    Olivia Shields is a new resident to Carlisle Bay, Connecticut, after having traveled the world as a professional ballet dancer. Dancing was her life. Chasing performance dreams is all she’s ever known or planned for. Now, she’ll take on a new role as the manager of her aunt’s coastal boutique.

    Brady Carlisle has recently returned to Carlisle Bay; the hometown of his family’s namesake. He’s spent the last decade in California, designing and patenting surfboards. Becoming his own man without relying on the Carlisle name is all he’s ever wanted.

    Just as life seems to be getting on track, the boutique could be lost. The Shields women have got a few storms to weather. They aren’t the only ones. The Carlisle family has held on to secrets for over a decade.

    Starting over isn’t always simple. Will they try and recapture a summer love swept out at sea thirteen years earlier.. Will secrets and heartache of the past keep them apart? Life may not always be smooth sailing along the shores of Carlisle Bay, but fireworks are sure to be found.





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    Frankie B – The Ghost Ship – A paranormal witch cozy mystery (Marina Witches Mysteries Book 1) by Andrene Low
    Frankie B - The Ghost Ship - Cover
    She’s a jinxed witch with Bruce Lee moves. The coven’s being haunted and witches are disappearing. Will she be able to save the coven and herself?
    Not yet over the loss of her mom, Frankie B’s in a new city, without family, a home or her full powers. Thank goodness for her familiar, Dex, the best Jack Russell in the world.

    They’re faced with moving into a flea-pit motel, when Dex spots a vacancy at a nearby marina. But this is no ordinary marina, and before they’ve even had time to finish unpacking, life takes a deadly turn.

    Will Frankie solve the mystery of the missing witches and rid the coven of the ghost of Captain Russell Garnet? Or will her ability to make him corporeal see her being held as his prisoner until her dying breath? Either way, she’s not going down without a fight.

    Frankie B and the Ghost Ship will have you longing to perform magic of your own and maybe even considering a few self-defence classes…





    Claim your piece of magic by getting a copy today.

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    The Writing Process Blog Chain


    Building Attraction - CoverWhat am I working on?

    Right now I’m working on a shorter piece for an upcoming Mother’s Day anthology. I’ve only just started it so I’m in that nice stage where I’m getting to know the characters and it’s like making a whole new set of lovely friends.

    2. How does my work differ from others in it’s genre?

    That’s an interesting question. My female protagonists are always Australians so I suppose that’s a point of difference for non-Australian readers, who in fact make up the majority of my readers. I think my books generally have a strong female friendship component that most women can hopefully relate to. It annoys me immensely to read about characters who seem to have no one in their life, even in romance, if the character is so amazing that this guy thinks she’s amazing he can’t possibly be the first person in twenty-something years to have noticed. I hope the books also have a strong sense of place, except for one book they’ve been set in Sydney so far and I like showing readers around my home town.

    3. Why do I write what I write?

    I didn’t always write women’s fiction, chick lit or romance (half the time I’m still not quite sure what to call what I write – I probably should work on that). In fact my short stories tend to be quite dark. The reality is it takes a long time to write a book and you have to spend lots of times in the world you create. I don’t want to spend all my time in a dark place. I made a conscious decision to write books about people that I would like to spend time with, books that make people smile. I think being happy is a great thing to aspire towards and turning towards the light rather than the shadows is healthy, so I try to have the energy in my books. My books don’t necessarily have a happily ever after but they certainly don’t have a misery ever after.

    4. How does your writing process work?

    When I write a character appears to me in a certain situation. For all of my books the main character has appeared to me in opening scene and I start writing from there. Usually when I’m about a third of the way through I do an outline for the rest of the book. It’s not super specific, more like sign posts to help me get to the end. When I’m writing I usually write every day. I find that’s easier for me than dipping in and out of a story. I love the initial creation of a story, it’s exhilarating. The re-writes are a whole different ball game.

    Keep the chain going:

    As part of this blog chain I had to tag three authors who will post their won answers to these questions next Monday 10th February.

    Leigh Bennet

    Leigh Bennett is an Australian author who lives in Melbourne’s hilly and rugged outer east with her husband, three sons, 2 beagle x cavalier dogs and any number of chickens.

    Currently a stay at home mother, she has worked in the public service, education, road and music industries.

    She enjoys reading, cooking and writing stories full of fun, drama, love and always with a happy ever after.

    Her first novel, Flirting with Magick was released in February 2013 and she is currently working on her next romantic tale.

    Social Media Links:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeighBennettWriter

    Twitter: @LeightaBennett

    Blog: http://abroomwithaview.blogspot.com.au/

    Karen E. Martin, M.Ed. is a full-time freelance writer/editor. She has been in the publishing business since 2004, working on books and publications for major and independent publishers, universities, businesses, and private individuals. Prior to entering the field of publishing, Ms. Martin worked as a Senior EFL Fellow (English as a Foreign Language) for the U.S. Department of State in Romania, a Junior EFL Fellow for the U.S. Department of State in Jordan, and a teacher-trainer for the U.S Peace Corps in Mauritania, Jordan, Romania, and Morocco. Ms. Martin served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years, teaching English in the Errachidia Province of Morocco. This is Ms. Martin’s first novel.




    Monica Donnelly

    Monica is an Australian author who writes contemporary coastal romance.
    She has always been a hopeless romantic who believes in love at first sight and ‘happily ever afters’. She does however, also know that the path to true love is not always smooth.

    Her Henley’s Bluff romance series charts the romantic entanglements of the Doherty family and their friends in the sea-side town of Henley’s Bluff.




    Jenn J McLeod | House for all Seasons
    2/2/2014 02:06:48 pm

    Like you, my HEA is Happy Enough Afterwards. 🙂 I have trouble seeing you as a dark writer!
    2/2/2014 02:24:25 pm

    I think everyone does Jenn. Too perky! Too many exclamation marks!

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    Cover reveal for Monica Donnelly’s – A Fresh Start


    A Fresh Start - Monica Donnelly - CoverA Fresh Start – A Henley’s Bluff Romance – Book 1

    Susannah Morrison is searching for a new life with her young daughter, Maisy, when a car accident, hospitalisation and a chance encounter with Declan Doherty puts her plans on hold.

    Declan is only in the annoyingly tiny seaside village of Henley’s Bluff for a quick visit to support his father. Agreeing to help Susannah by pretending they’re old friends and giving her and Maisy somewhere to stay is a huge mistake. He has no intention of letting his attraction to Susannah derail his plans to return to life as a magazine editor in London. It took him years to escape the town and his family and no convenient affair is going to change that now.

    Except desire has a will of its own.

    And soon Declan and Susannah are wondering if Henley’s Bluff is the new start they both need.

    This is the first novel in the Henley’s Bluff romance series, set in the coastal seaside village of Henley’s Bluff.
    Monica Donnelly is an Australian author who writes contemporary romance.

    She has always been a hopeless romantic who believes in love at first sight and ‘happily ever afters’. She does however, also know that the path to true love is not always smooth.

    Her Henley’s Bluff romance series charts the romantic entanglements of the Doherty family and their friends in the sea-side town of Henley’s Bluff.

    The first three books in the series will be released between July and December 2013;

    A Fresh Start – July 2013

    A Wave of Love – September 2013

    A Chance to Love – December 2013

    Monica lives in Sydney, Australia where she divides her spare time between family, writing, reading, and enjoying the beach. One of other secret hobbies is discovering how people met!

    For more information visit: www.monicadonnellyromanceauthor.com or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MonicaDonnellyauthor