Saturday, 22 March 2014

Apologies & Online Workshops

Hi everyone,

 Apologies for being a tad quiet over the past few weeks. Life has been hectic and a bit odd... not bad, just odd – with things coming out of left field.

Anyway one of the main reasons I’ve kept my head down is because I’m in the middle of some major revisions for one of my stories.

Added to that I have edits that I have to tackle, a half written story and I’ve been doing an online workshop.

I try and do several online workshops each year. Generally, I usually enrol in the history ones such as Viking Age Britain with Cindy Vallar (which was fantastic). But the one I’m enrolled in now is, Alphas – Leaders of the Pack presented by Robin Matheson. It’s looking at the personality traits of the Alpha archetype. It’s a great course and certainly gets the inspiration flowing.

 If you are looking for writing workshops and can’t make it to a physical class, check out some of the online ones. Many of the romance chapters of the RWA (US) offer online classes on a wide range of subjects. The RWA (Aus) are preparing to offer OWL classes (Online Workshop Lists) later in the year as well.


So, here are a few sites to get you started...


Colorado Romance Writers

Celtic Hearts Romance Writers

Hearts through History


Thanks for stopping by.

Nicóle  xx


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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Bewitching Blurbs

Hi everyone,

Sorry that Bewitching Blurbs is a little late. J

Here’s this week’s roundup –


Rescue Nights

By Nina Hamilton

Opposites attract in this medical romantic suspense set in the high adrenalin world of the Cairns Rescue Helicopter team.

English surgeon Andrew Wentworth left behind a successful career and a failed engagement to join the Cairns Rescue Helicopter team, but it's not shaping up to be the rejuvenating working holiday he expected.

Rescue paramedic Kate Spears is used to proving herself in a man’s world, so informing the handsome surgeon that all his orders now come from her is deliciously satisfying. But she soon finds that Andrew cannot only take everything she throws at him, he keeps coming back for more.

They couldn't be more different, from their histories to their personalities to their plans for the future, but the flames between them can't be ignored. And, in the close quarters of chopper rescue, they're about to find that there's no place to hide from love.


By Vanessa Garden
For fans of The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games comes a YA novel about freedom, choice and family — and the terrifying disease that makes them mutually exclusive.

From the day she was born, Lena has viewed the world through the jagged window of a razor-wired fence. The hundred-acre property she shares with her mother in the Australian outback may keep her safe from the Y-Carrier disease, but it is no longer enough to hold Lena’s interest, and her mother’s increasingly tight grip on her free will is stifling.

Just as her curiosity blooms and her courage rises, she meets a boy through the fence — the first boy she has ever laid eyes on. His name is Patrick and he comes with a dangerous yet irresistible invitation of adventure beyond the fence, an invitation to which Lena cannot say no.

But Lena’s newfound freedom is short-lived and she soon discovers that the Y-Carrier disease is not the only enemy she faces on the outside. Her new enemies want something Lena has, and they are willing to do anything to get it...

Safe Harbour
By Helene Young
When Darcy Fletcher drags a handsome sailor from a stricken yacht, she finds herself drawn into his mysterious world. Having saved his life, can she now rescue him from his dark past? Or will that endanger all she holds most dear?

Noah, keeper of the peace and guardian of the Banskia Cove secrets, can’t tell Darcy the real reason this stranger has washed up on their shores. If she understood the links between him and her own dysfunctional family, he’d lose her love for good.

As they take refuge in an old whaling station for the night, only one thing is certain – by morning, no one will be the same again. Lies will surface. Hearts will break, and not all will find safe harbour.

A heart-stopping novel of high drama and desire by Australia’s award-winning master of romantic suspense.

Irrepressible You
By Georgina Penney
You don't become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down.

When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he's hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations about her life, clothes, and even their most intimate moments. It doesn't occur to him that Amy, who is letting her guard down for the first time in her adult life, might be upset - after all, it's hilarious, and his readers love her!

It isn't until Amy discovers the extent of his betrayal that Ben begins to realise just how badly he's cocked up the best thing that ever happened to him. But is it too late?
The Profiler
By Chris Taylor
A psychopathic killer is stalking the women of Sydney . . .
Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they’re still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife’s suicide, Clayton’s forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case.
Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiancé intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the elite body of officers is anything but favorable. Angered when her boss orders her to partner with the Fed, she’s determined not to cut him any slack.
But women are dying on the streets of western Sydney and the pressure is mounting to find the person responsible.
Will Clayton and Ellie be able to put aside their animosity and work together to catch a killer before it’s too late? And what about the special fascination the killer seems to have with Ellie . . .
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Nicóle  xx



Monday, 10 March 2014

Dancing on Air Blog Tour - Final Day

Hi everyone,

It’s the last day of the Dancing on Air Blog Tour. Thanks so much for joining in and a huge thank you to all the lovely bloggers & reviewer who hosted me.

Also, thanks to the ever fabulous Tonya from My Family’s Heart Blog Tours for putting it all together.

Today you’ll find me here...


 Elodie Parkes Erotic Romance

 Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains


 Buried Under Romance


Thanks for stopping by.

Nicóle  xx

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Black is the Colour

Hi everyone,

Over the past few weeks I’ve been musing about the inspiration of my latest stories. The Hearthfire series is a collection of medieval fairytales. The first three stories are concerned with the three Ruebana sisters – Mariella, Elisabetta and Ciana. I have finished the youngest sister, Ciana’s story – Black is the Colour and I am now about half way through writing Mariella’s tale – My Wolven Heart. After that, I’ll begin Elisabetta’s story – Hush.

This series has been inspired by old myths and fairytales.

Black is the Colour

Will Ciana save her beloved from the witch’s curse...

Round double, double you go,
Until black feathers upon you grow.
Beak and claw, talon and wing,
Now with raven’s voice you will sing.
To the heavens you shall fly,
It is my will –
So say I.
Ciana loves Oran and vows that nothing will separate them. But her father has other plans and will do anything to stop their love, even if he has to turn to the dark magic of a witch to do it.
Oran knows that he doesn’t deserve Ciana. She is a lady and he is nothing but the village blacksmith. But their love is stronger than the metal he forges and welds. She has his heart and he will never turn from her no matter the cost.
Separated, Ciana will need all her strength to journey through the deep forest and save Oran from the witch’s curse. Alone and with only a trail of black feathers to follow, Ciana will fight against the odds and attempt to bring her lover home.
Thanks for stopping by.
Nicóle  xx

Friday, 7 March 2014

Dancing on Air Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hi everyone,

The Dancing on Air Blog Tour is still in full swing. Today I’m visiting these lovely bloggers -


Tomorrow you can catch me here -



Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card -

Thanks for stopping by.

Nicóle xx
Ballerina image - Fotolia

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Dancing on Air Blog Tour

And the Dancing on Air Blog Tour continues.

Today I’m visiting these lovely Bloggers & Reviewers...

Blue Chrysalis Book Promotions

A Readers Review Blog

 The Conley Corner

Palace of Twelve Pillars

The ruthin trilogy romance book blog


Hope to see you on tour!

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Nicóle xx


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Dancing on Air Blog Tour

Hi everyone,

The Dancing on Air Blog Tour continues.

Today I’m visiting -

Here is some of what I read

Raindrops and Pages


Do forget there’s a $25 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs.


Thanks for stopping by.

Nicóle xx

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dancing on Air - Blog Tour

Hi everyone, as the title suggests Dancing on Air is on tour. Yep, I’ve packed up the grease paint and my pointe shoes and I’m off!

Hope you’ll check out some of the posts and reviews and we tour about. There is also a $25 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs – so don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter.

Dancing on Air is my Victorian era romance which is set in the world of ballet.

Blurb -

Cinderella meets Swan Lake in a cross-class, Victorian novel about a ballerina, an aristocrat, and the space in between them.

Lisette yearns for freedom, security and love, but none are offered on the run-down stage of The Imperial Theatre. Instead she has hard work, a tyrannical aunt, and the hope of one day becoming a prima ballerina. Dancing on the stage she catches the attention of two powerful men: Lord Gainswith and Lord De Vale.

Lord Evander Gainswith never expected to fall in love, let alone with a woman so wholly unacceptable to his family and his peers. The sinister Lord De Vale covets Lisette's youth and strength, and is willing to pay well for it. Lisette may dance roles in fairy tales and fantasies, but the real world is about to intrude, bringing with it the harsh realities of life for a young girl with dreams of rising above the demimonde.


Amazon shortened link -

I would like to thank all the bloggers and reviewers who were kind enough to host me. I would also like to thank Tonya at My Family’s Heart Blog Tours for all her hard work in putting this together.

Today you can find me on –

Also I’ve joined Coffee time Romance and More on their Book Brew’s Myth Madness. Come and join us as we chat about myths, legends and gods.


As always, thanks for stopping by & I hope to see you on tour.


Nicóle xx

Bewitching Blurbs

Hi everyone.

Here’s another Bewitching Blurbs.


The Maid of Milan
By Beverley Eikli
Adelaide Leeson wants to prove herself worthy of her husband, a man of noble aspirations who married her when she was at her lowest ebb.

Lord Tristan Leeson is a model of diplomacy and self-control, even curbing the fiery impulses of his youth to preserve the calm relations deemed essential by his mother-in-law to preserve his wife s health.

A visit from his boyhood friend, feted poet Lord James Dewhurst, author of the sensational Maid of Milan, persuades Tristan that leaving the countryside behind for a London season will be in everyone's interests.

But as Tristan's political career rises, and Adelaide revels in society's adulation, the secrets of the past are uncovered. And there's a high price to pay for a life of deception.
The Heart of Bali (Novella)
By Rebecca Raisin
What happens when your break from real life shows you exactly how empty it actually is?

Focused and driven, Aurora has built her PR and event management company into a thriving success. But, it’s come at a cost. Her relationships suffer, and she has virtually no social life. When her boyfriend suggests a holiday to mend the bridges, it seems like a good idea to rekindle their attraction and make some new life choices. Instead, she finds herself in the tropical paradise of Bali, heartbroken and alone.

When Marcel, the hotelier, offers to show her the real Bali, she doesn’t hesitate — he might be just the pick-me-up she needs. Pinning Marcel as a Casanova, Aurora decides to have fun and not overthink things. Exploring her more sensual side brings a newfound confidence, and she finds herself falling for the French hotelier and the Bali he shows her...until an unexpected visitor arrives at the hotel.

As her holiday draws to a close, will Aurora choose to leave with good memories, or follow her heart?

Lone Wolf’s Captive (Novella)
By Sherilee Gray
He let her father chase him off once, but this time nothing is getting in his way.

Fletcher Stone was forced out of the pack life, and now he makes his living as a hired thug, living day-to-day without honour or commitments. Shame over his choices and his lifestyle keep him from returning to the pack to claim Delaney — the woman who holds his heart. But when a rival pack hires him to kidnap her, Fletcher takes his chance. Now he must convince her that he never wanted to leave…and reveal a betrayal that will break her heart.

Delaney Jones has spent the last five years convinced the man she loves is dead. Nothing else would keep him from her. So when Fletcher shows up, whole, healthy, and very much alive, she’s devastated — and pissed off. He broke her heart once and he's never going to get close enough to do it again.

Hot Rock
By Annie Seaton
Megan Miller is on a dream trip to research her doctoral thesis at a rock festival in England. When she arrives in town she’s stunned that her temporary neighbor is the spitting image of her 70’s rock idol, too bad he’s also a world-class jerk. So why can't she stop thinking about him?

Seventies rock star Davy Morgan is a man with a secret: rockin’ in one time and living in another. He holds his privacy close to his heart, so when a beautiful girl who not only loves but truly understands his music moves in next door, he works overtime to keep her at a distance. Easier said than done.

Megan follows Davy to the rock festival, but it’s not what or when it seems. The lure of the music draws them closer, but can their newfound love span across the decades, or will it get lost in time?

Silk and Scorn
By Cassandra Dean
No matter how much their mothers wanted Sarah and Arthur to wed, Sarah had loathed him. However, circumstance and her late husband’s father conspire against her, and she is forced to turn to Arthur for help. Perhaps she needs his legal expertise, but she refuses to acknowledge how handsome her oldest foe has become…or her reaction to him.

His childhood nemesis is the last person Arthur Davenport expected to require his services. When a spurious claim against her late husband’s estate brings Sarah Wetherall to his door, he can’t refuse the pretty widow, no matter how much he wants to.

Thrown together by fate, will they discover there is a fine line between scorn and passion?
Nicóle xx