London Lights Series of Standalone Romances
Meeting Miss Mollie (London Lights 1)
Annabelle is a hard-nosed writer with a sound marriage, a thriving career at Adorn magazine and a busy social life. She has only one ambition—to be the best-known advice columnist in the UK. When her world is turned upside down by her husband’s infidelity she strikes out on her own and answers an ad to flat with Christian, a jet-setting businessman. As Annabelle begins to settle she sees things in her new house aren’t quite what they seem and her problems begin to mount.
Can Annabelle find happiness again, while helping Christian find what’s missing from his life?
Liverpool Kiss (London Lights 2)
Madonna Smith hates her dysfunctional life in Liverpool. She leaves home, cuts herself off from family and friends, and reinvents herself in London as girl about town Madeleine Smythe-Hamilton. She has a great job on a trading floor, a rich and successful fiancee, and a fantastic social life. George Davies, a handsome young fireman from Liverpool, is from Madeleine’s past. When he moves to London and they meet after many years, can this down-to-earth fireman and social climbing pretender have anything in common? And can you love someone you wanted to forget?
Grief Is a Hungry Business
These short stories explore the themes of love and loss.
In The Ticking Clock, a married woman explores the decision she made to forgo having a family.
In The Engagement a man returns to India for an arranged marriage.
A teenage girl deals with the repercussions of pregnancy in Not Quite Perfect.
An adult searches for the grave of her baby brother in Beneath The Silver Birch.
A mysterious stranger attends a funeral in Grief Is A Hungry Business.
LA Lights Series
The Audition: A Hopeful and Heartwarming Novelette (LA Lights 1)
Tessa Taylor is a college student with small problems and big dreams. Her dream is to make it big as an actress in Los Angeles. But even though she’s studying acting, she can’t get any traction in her bid to get a job in LA, where all the auditions are. Until the week when things unexpectedly begin to change. Some news in her acting class leads to an exciting opportunity, but chance meetings might compromise her luck. Does Tessa have what it takes to shine in the audition?
Taking the Lead: Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker (LA Lights 2)
Twenty-one-year-old Tessa Taylor drops out of college and leaves her home in Washington, DC, to pursue her lifelong ambition of becoming an actress, but her decision comes at a price. Tinseltown is tough, stardom elusive, and LA exorbitantly expensive. When her dreams crumble, Tessa struggles. When a fortunate coincidence leads her to a job she never thought she’d do—dog walking—exciting adventures begin, and a new life, and love, unfold.
Acting Up: More Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker (LA Lights 3)
Why isn’t Tessa happy? For starters, she’s been flopping at auditions, and her boyfriend isn’t as supportive of her acting career as she’d like him to be. When she meets wild-boy rocker Ash Adams, she can’t stop thinking about him, but is he the man she really needs? Meanwhile, her dog-walking business leads her to danger. She ends up playing a part in breaking up a ruthless dognapping ring, culminating in a late-night mission to an abandoned asylum and a dramatic shootout in the LA River.
Transplanting Holly Oakwood (LA Lights 4 but also a standalone novel)
Holly Oakwood’s cosy life is shattered when her boyfriend has an affair with her best friend. Determined to mend her broken heart she leaves London and lands a dream job in a Consulate in LA, but that’s when her troubles really begin. Guy Cutler is an attractive widower, whose role as a diplomat means he is assured, articulate and adaptable. He is career driven, and love isn’t on his agenda, because knows he can’t replace the woman he lost. Can this unlikely couple find love together?
Barking Bad: More Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker (LA Lights 5)
Tessa’s at a crossroads in her acting career and personal life. When ruggedly handsome company director Edward Wentworth asks her to represent his skincare line, she’s flattered. Despite turning him down, circumstances lead Tessa to reconsider Edward’s offer. But is this the opportunity of a lifetime, or a folly that will ultimately lead her to danger? After discovering Edward has a horrifying secret, Tessa faces a decision, and it’s the toughest one of her life. Will her decision put her in harm’s way? Whatever she decides, Tessa and her friends are in for another wild ride in book five of the LA Lights series.
LA Lights Series Box Set Volume 1: Books 1-3
This box set contains the first three books in the series. In book one, prequel novelette The Audition, we meet Tessa Taylor, a twenty-one-year-old college student from DC whose dream is to be an actress in Hollywood. In book two, Taking the Lead: Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker, we follow Tessa as she moves to LA and finds a new life. She pursues her acting ambitions, but finds she needs part-time work to pay the bills. It’s this work—as a dog walker—that leads her to fun friendships, romance, and adventure. In book 3, Acting Up: More Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker, Tessa finds that as she focuses on her acting career, she’s catapulted into a further adventure.
I was born in Liverpool, England to parents who had a strong sense of adventure and moved many times. I’ve lived in Canada, the United States, England and New Zealand. I’ve worked in a variety of jobs ranging from envelope stuffer to bakery assistant, librarian to trade development executive, but none of my jobs were as much fun as the one that allowed me to write and get paid for it. That was a few years ago, and each year it’s become more and more apparent what I want to do is write full time, a dream that first occurred to me at seventeen.
My books are light hearted and humorous stories for and about women who value their families, friendships, careers, and independence; who have a sense of adventure; and who live and love with passion. Did I say they also love dogs?
Like my characters, I love my family and friends, beautiful shoes, anything sparkly, the ‘occasional’ drink, parties, and a good belly laugh. I’m addicted to shopping, chocolate, bubble bath and anything else that smells nice, and TV programmes you’d never publicly admit to watching.
I live in a lovingly renovated home overlooking Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour, with my trusted Great Danes Dolce and Gabbana, and their two cats Charlie and Jamie. The dogs keep me fit and exercised, scare the burglars away, sit loyally by my side throughout my late night writing sessions, and hang on my every word when I read final drafts aloud. They truly are my biggest fans, and I theirs. The cats, on the other hand, hang out by themselves and ignore the dogs and me.
I love my life, but not so much that there’s not room to live a load of other lives, through the hearts and minds of my characters, all of whom I adore, and some of whom I’m fortunate enough to call friends.
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