As director of International Boutique Hotel Group, my job is to acquire holdings to build my real estate empire. I’ve identifed my latest target: the Ocean Surf Motel in Byron Bay, Australia, which I want to knock down and rebuild as a luxury condominium. The owners won’t sell, but that doesn’t deter me—I jump on a plane to Australia a few weeks before Christmas. I’ve just broken up with the woman I was planning to marry, and I figure that some time in the hot sun is just what I need. I’ve always wanted to learn to surf and time at the beach will harden and tan my body. It’ll be an added bonus if I can close the motel deal I couldn’t close from London.
But the Morrison family isn’t selling the Ocean Surf. Not only am I thwarted by that, but I’m physically frustrated over a pretty, long-haired surfing instructor named Summer. A girl with a cool demeanour, mesmerising eyes, and a body to die for. I’m determined to win her over, and have a hot holiday fling with this Australian surfy chick.
I’ve come to England for Christmas, searching for a fresh perspective in my career as an artist. She’s trying to get over the pain of betrayal and loss. Can I convince her to take a second chance on love?
On my way to England, I find a letter with a strange address: Tamsin Willoughby, Cold Christmas. It turns out that Cold Christmas is a real place with a haunted church, and curiosity piqued, I decide to visit and deliver the letter by hand.
Tamsin is a shapely blonde school teacher who’s chillier than the weather. She’s been jilted at the altar, and the letter I carry stirs up her pain and makes her wary of me. I try to convince her to trust me, because I’m determined to get to know this beautiful English rose.
But what I don’t expect is the connection Tamsin makes between her runaway fiancé and me. Can I convince her I don’t know him, and that she should spend the holidays staying warm with me?
London Lights Series
Meeting Miss Mollie
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?
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?
Cast Aside in Como
Anna James can’t believe her luck when she spots a reclusive rock star while on holiday in Italy. Dreaming about how her candid photos will boost her standing at the celebrity gossip magazine where she works, she falls and breaks her leg.
Tom Smith, an up and coming musician, is nursing a broken heart when he witnesses Anna’s accident.
Before either knows what has happened, his heart is healing and he is playing nurse to Anna. It would be a storybook romance, but each believes the other is someone they’re not. When the truths about their identities are revealed, it tests the limits of their growing attraction.
Can they overcome their prejudices and see each other as they really are? And can love grow from deception and lies?
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Short Stories and Other Stuff
Please enjoy this audio version of my short story, Grief Is a Hungry Business.
Note that the other short stories in the print book are not available on audio.
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 farmhouse overlooking Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour, with my trusted Great Danes Dolce, Gabbana, and Armani, 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.