Monday, 22 June 2015

Tales from the Hearthfire

Hi everyone.

Yes, as you can see I’m finally back. I managed to finish my rural romance which is the second instalment in the Violet Falls series but then I was hit with the winter lurgy. Anyway, I’m better and feeling like I’m back on top of things (which is always a bonus).

As I’ve been quite slack lately, my writing list has grown but I haven’t managed to cross much off it. So it’s high time that I became a little more proactive and start writing ‘properly’ again.

I’m taking a tiny break before I begin my next Australian rural romance and finishing off a fairytale that I started last year. I’ve written over half of it and it would be a shame not to finish Mariella and Prince Navarre’s story. My Wolven Heart is the second book in the Tales from the Hearthfire series, the first being Black is the Colour.

Tales from the Hearthfire tells the stories of the three Rubana sisters, Ciana, Mariella and Elisabetta. In Black is the Colour, Ciana (the youngest) had to save her lover from the witch’s curse. It was a story about true love, magic and ravens.

My Wolven Heart is the eldest sister’s story. Mariella finds herself forcibly married to a man she loathes and separated from her beloved sisters.

Here’s a bit of a blurb –

Forced into a marriage she never wanted. Mariella finds herself in a dark and mysterious world. The village of Darcel Holt is hidden in the heart of a deep wood. It is steeped in misery, slavery and fur. As Mariella unravels the secrets of the village she must ask herself, who is truly the monster - Mariella’s new husband or the enigmatic stranger in the forest?

Prince Navarre Trevoré must fight to free his people from their bound slavery. He has no time to dally with a mortal – particularly the wife of his sworn enemy. But Mariella’s kindness touches his heart and her soulful eyes haunt his dreams and cause him to entertain thoughts that he never should have.


So this is what I’m spending the next couple of weeks on. As much as I love the contemporary rural romances (and I really do love them), it’s nice to dip back into a fantasy medieval world which is filled with enchantment and in this particular case, werewolves. J



If you’d like to check out the first book, Black is the Colour here’s a link –

Shortened Amazon link -



Ciana has loved Oran all her life and nothing, not even her father will prevent them from being together. But the Mayor of Stonemark has higher aspirations for his daughter than the village blacksmith. He engages the help of a witch and dark magic to bend Ciana to his will.

Oran knows that he doesn’t deserve Ciana. 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.


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.


Thanks so much for stopping by.


Nicóle xx

Pictures from Fotolia

Cover – Have a Slice Productions