Noelle Clark continues her popular Robinhill Farm series with this second instalment. Set in beautiful Ireland, she weaves her magic again...
and love define Liam. But will obligations to family and farm get in the way of
him finding true happiness?
Loyalty is high on Liam Cullen’s agenda, but
lately he’s been feeling restless. He wants to run away from the endless
routines of life on the family farm. He contemplates busting free of the
sometimes suffocating confines of the close-knit family. He’d like to see the
world. Maybe meet a few girls.
Riddled with guilt that he could even consider
such a thing, the final blow comes when Liam’s abilities as a first rate farmer
are questioned. He sees red and his quick temper is sorely stretched. He
struggles inner demons and attempts to fight the inevitable – until he meets
the girl with the blue-green eyes and the copper-colored hair.
knowing it, Aislin O’Neill sweeps Liam off his feet, and transports him to a
place he’s only ever dreamed of. It’s soon apparent that Aislin has her own
inner battles. Will she break her self-imposed vow to never get involved with
Noelle Clark is an Australian author of
contemporary romance novels and historical fiction. Her books weave romance,
intrigue, and adventure into colourful, exotic, and interesting locations
around the world. Noelle infuses real life experience of places, culture, and
people into her stories, giving the reader an authentic taste of the location.
Her novels feature strong, mature heroines and heroes, who—often without
knowing it—are ready for new beginnings.
Noelle lives close to the sea in sunny Queensland, Australia, and shares her
home with one cat and two dogs. She has two grown up children and
four very small grandchildren. When Noelle's not writing and
travelling, she procrastinates a lot by thinking about travel and
perfecting ways to get out of doing housework. Oh, and she babysits her
grandchildren a lot.
joined by Georgie Tyler, author of Doctors
without Borders talking about her latest novel, CUFFS, which is
available for pre-order now until its release on 27 August, 2015. This is
the first of the two book 'The Undercover Series'.
tell us a little about yourself.
Romance is what I read.
Romance is what I write.
Romance is what I love.
A mother of three busy children and an
English teacher wasn’t enough of a workload for me, a suburban housewife from
Sydney, Australia. I wanted more. I wanted to be an author. For many years I
thought it was pie in the sky dreaming until one day I sat my butt down and
began to write. Really write.
It’s been a steep learning curve at
times but with the support of my loving husband and children, family and
friends along with the readers who have joined me on this journey, I’m having
way too much fun to ever stop! This
story seems a big departure from your previous book. What inspired this
novel and the series to come?
wanted to write a story and series that captured the Sydney inner city landscape.
I love this city. Its inner suburbs are packed with a diverse, eccentric,
eclectic crowd and I think maybe some part of me misses it as I now live (and
have done for many years) in the burbs, which is beautiful but different.
Further, I wanted to explore the
idea of how easily and quickly an individual’s life can change from the
ordinary and mundane to the extraordinary and dangerous. The blurb to this
novel begins with: It only takes one wrong turn to change your life forever.
In Doctors Beyond Borders, my debut
novel, my heroine knew her life was going to change the moment she joined
Medecins Sans Frontieres and stepped foot onto Sudanese soil as an aid worker. Lacey
and Alex from CUFFS have no clue. She was just late for work and he was just
doing his job when their lives were turned upside down.
Finally, I wanted to explore the
idea of freedom and understanding through capture. Though this is not a BDSM
book, I toyed with this concept throughout the novel without it necessarily being
about sex, although there are some raunchy scenes that also examine the
concept! I’m not going to leave you high and dry, trust me!
Tell us about your main characters?
Maples is my heroine. She’s a twenty two year old wholesome country girl
attending Sydney University. She loves the city life and feels safe until she
is confronted with a horrific scene and is relentlessly pursued and captured.
Petrov, my main man is tough, sexy and dangerous. His life for almost a year
has been converging on one point. The last thing he expected was Lacey to enter
the scene and fubar it all.
Eugene Maric is the head honcho of a
Sydney crime ring. He is no doubt a dangerous guy but he adds a twist of black
comedy to the story.
How big a part does the setting play in the series?
A huge part. The urban landscape provides a perfect
back drop for The Undercover series as it embraces the different elements of
the story (and the series) perfectly; the criminal underbelly, the young, fresh
uni student, the tough as nails cop all coexisting in this diverse demographic.
What can we look forward to in the sequel?
I love this story. It’s cool, unpredictable and absorbing. It’s set in the dark
and dingy nightclub world where music and drugs are at the heart of the party.
Lacey, Alex and a dangerous criminal, Turk from CUFFS make an appearance in
this novel, however, this is Elizabeth and Kurt’s story. Again, it’s an urban
tale, set in Sydney, conveying the themes of love, trust and excess and it will
be released in October this year.
Thanks, Georgie, I'm really looking forward to reading this novel.
It only takes one wrong
turn to change your life forever.
murder was not on Lacey Maples’s agenda for the evening. Neither was being
spotted, caught and cuffed to a cement mixer. So when the perpetrator tries to
convince her he’s protecting her, she’s far from convinced. Especially when she
sees the twinkle in his eye.
For Alex Petrov, Lacey is a major glitch in an otherwise perfect plan. While
his motives are pure, he can’t allow Lacey to interfere before the drug deal
goes down in two days’ time, least of all by getting herself killed.
If Alex could reveal his plans to her, he would, but it would only make her
position more dangerous. And he’s rapidly discovering he would do almost
anything to protect her.
The operation is at stake. That’s all that matters. Lives hang by a thread. And
sometimes, when lives hang in the balance, people do the craziest things.
Alex cursed under his breath when he reached her.
Curled up in the foetal position, she had drifted asleep still cuffed to the
cement mixer. He crouched and his fingers reached out and carefully shifted the
strands of hair that hid her cherubic face.
During their feisty meeting he had drawn in her scent
and revelled in her body crushed against his. It was like he had been shot with
a dose of horny goat weed. He could have lost himself in her sweet, summery
scent on a cold winter’s night like tonight, but that was just pie in the sky.
In his line of work it wasn’t often that he came
across anyone quite so perfect, though. Not ever. And now, as his eyes settled
on her in an isolated building site, he could linger without interruption for a
couple of minutes and soak up her features, locking them into his memory file for
other lonely, cold, winter nights.
The pads of his fingers that had swept her hair aside
ever so gently rolled the silky strands between them. He couldn’t help think
she looked like Sleeping Beauty from the fairy-tale book his sister had had
when they were kids. He craved to lean down and kiss her plump, pink lips like
the guy in the story. Trouble was, he was no Prince Charming.
Today, I'm welcoming award-winning author, Kendall Talbot to talk about her latest novel, TREASURED SECRETS, which is available now.
Secrets you take readers to Europe for an action-packed adventure. How big
a departure from Lost in Kakadu is Treasured Secrets?
Lost in Kakadu and Treasured Secrets are
worlds apart in story line and style. Lost in Kakadu was essentially a survival
story set in Australia’s National park, and I literally took my characters to
hell and back on an emotional rollercoaster. Treasured Secrets on the other
hand is a really fun ride. My heroine finds a clue to a 700 year old missing
treasure and that not only leads her back in the arms of the man who broke her
heart, but it also puts evil competition on their heels who will stop at
nothing to get their hands on the treasure first. Treasured Secrets weaves from
an Australian tropical reef to historic Tuscany to Archer’s luxurious yacht in
the Greek Islands. This is an action packed treasure hunt laced with delicious
What inspired this
novel and the series to come? One
of the major inspirations behind Treasured Secrets came from my 20th
anniversary holiday to Tuscany. Florence is a treasure trove of history and
architecture, bustling with tourists and little cafés eager to serve you bread
and wine within seconds of finding a table to sit at. My husband and I went on
a couple of history tours and one such tour took us to the Church of St
Apostoli, a small insignificant church compared to many of the other magnificent
churches dotted throughout Florence. Inside the church, inlaid in the mosaic
floor tiles, was an oval pattern. Our tour guide told us it was the trap door
where they tossed the bodies during the 13th century plague that
killed 50 million people in Europe. My mind went crazy thinking about entire
families being wiped out by that horrible disease. Then I began to wonder what
happened to all their precious things they left behind. On the plane flight
home, I began plotting my Treasured Secrets action adventure romance.
Tell us about your
main characters? Rosalina is a strong Italian
woman in her late 20’s. She’s adventurous, independent and occasionally likes
to get up to a little mischief. She grew up in a 700 year of villa in Tuscany
and her Nonna raised her in what she called, ‘Her kitchen of life’. Rosalina is
a fabulous chef and she has a genuine appreciation for food and flavour and has
always believed food solved everything. One of the fun things I did while
writing this book, was to cook all the meals that Rosalina makes in Treasured
Secrets and book two in this series, Treasured Lies. So now, Rosalina’s recipes
debut in their own cookbook “Rosalina’s Treasured Treats” this way you can cook
along as you read the book. Rosalina’s Treasured Treats is available on my
website for just $1.99http://www.kendalltalbot.com.au
Archer is an Australian man in his early 30’s. He’s wealthy, feisty,
courageous and impulsive and he’s handsome in a rugged outdoorsy way. He
thrives on adventure and treasure hunting is his chosen profession. But a
shocking childhood tragedy has him screaming awake almost every night. He
believes the nightmares are fitting punishment and a burden that only he should
Where does the evil,
Nox, come from? How did his character come into being? Rosalina and Archer find a clue to a missing treasure in
the dark underground tunnels of a church in Florence, so who better to have as
a bad guy, than an evil priest. It scares me how much I enjoyed writing this
character. Nox will stop at nothing to get his hands on the treasure and murder
is just the beginning. I hope no-one ever looks through my internet browser
history because I did some really interesting research to develop Nox into the
truly interesting character he is.
What can we look
forward to in the sequel? Treasured Lies, due for release 1st October 2015, offers more treasure
hunting, more bad guys, more delicious food and of course romance. I can’t tell
you much more, other than to say it’s a thrilling edge-of-your-seat adventure
story that proves that true love is worth fighting for.
From Romantic Book of the Year winner Kendall Talbot comes an adrenaline-fuelled new series introducing sassy sexy characters, exotic locations, and breathless adventure.
Some secrets should remain buried forever…
The last place Rosalina expected the clue to a 700-year-old mystery to lead her was back into the arms of Archer, the man who broke her heart. When neither can solve the puzzle without the other, they set off on a new adventure. They’re forced to ignore the sparks that still fly unhindered between them as their search for the golden riches weaves from Tuscany’s underbelly to Archer’s luxurious yacht in the Greek Islands.
Archer desperately wants to salvage his shattered relationship with Rosalina but fighting for her love soon takes a back seat to fighting for their lives. Ruthless competition is hot on their heels and will do anything to get his hands on the treasure. Murder is just the beginning. With evil close on their trail, and Archer wrestling with the remnants of a childhood tragedy, Rosalina begins to wonder if some secrets were never meant to be revealed.
Treasured Secrets is as much a treasure hunt as it is a culinary
adventure. Rosalina, Kendall’s Italian
heroine in Treasured Secrets is a talented chef, so food and flavours abound as
much as the treasure hunt action. Every one of the meals Rosalina makes in this
book Kendall made for myself. In fact, recipes
from “Treasured Secrets” debut in their own book “Rosalina’s Treasured Treats”
you can find this on her website and cook along as you read Treasured Secrets
if you like.
After several hours of driving Archer turned off the main highway and followed the signs to the small town of Signa. The streets were so narrow, only one direction of traffic travelled through the town’s centre at a time, and as he paused at the signals he studied the buildings lining the road. Each home had a dark wooden door with a dangling brass bell, but that was where the similarities ended. The dark bricked buildings were an interesting mix of history and creative individuality. Wooden shutters were painted a variety of colours, vegetables and herbs grew in planter boxes that hung off first-level windows, and eclectic decorations featured on walls and fences, and in gardens.
He watched a young woman who sat at a pizzeria with a small fluffy dog on her lap. She sipped a glass of red wine and seemed blissfully unaware of how close she was to the waiting traffic. Nearby, an elderly woman with a scarf over her hair and a seriously bent back dragged a shopping trolley over the uneven cobblestones. The realisation that he was actually in Italy finally hit him, and with each mile he travelled he looked forward to learning more about Rosalina’s home town.
A small shop, overflowing with an abundance of flowers, caught his eye. It took a full five minutes to find somewhere to park and run back to the shop. But it turned out to be worth it. He selected an enormous bunch of pink oriental lilies, Rosalina’s favourite. Their distinct scent reminded him of her. She loved receiving flowers, and although he considered them a waste of money, her delight at accepting them was worth every cent.
He returned to the car and manoeuvred the Alfa through seemingly never-ending one-way streets until he was back on the main road. The light turned green and he followed the line of cars that snaked their way through the narrow streets. Barely a mile later, he rounded a corner and the GPS announced his arrival at Villa Pandolfini. He turned in and skidded to a halt, narrowly avoiding a boom gate.
The long driveway was lined with enormous cypress trees that stood as sentries to an extravagant palace centred at the top of the hill. He wondered if the GPS had taken him to the right place. Archer vaguely recalled Rosalina telling him she lived in a seven hundred-year-old villa, but he’d never envisaged anything so grand. With a heavy sigh, he realised he barely knew anything about Rosalina’s home life in Italy.
Climbing out of the car, he ran his hands through his windblown hair as he searched for a way to lift the boom gate. After a while he gave up, hopped back in the car and moved it to the side. He grabbed his valuables and abandoned the vehicle to walk up the gravel driveway. As he trudged up the path, he glimpsed vineyard-covered hills beyond the villa and arched bridges that crossed a river, winding through the valley. He heard a dog barking in the distance and watched dozens of butterflies flicker around yellow flowers planted at the base of enormous trees.
As he neared the villa he felt like a stranger in a magical land. The building was as grand as a palace. The arched doorways were ten feet high. An ancient bougainvillea vine, as thick as his thigh, snaked its way over a wooden trellis that looked equally as ancient. The villa was three levels, and based on the size of the windows, each level must be at least twenty-feet high. As a child he’d explored great reaches of the globe with his parents, but he couldn’t recall seeing a house this grand. The fact that he’d never taken the time to learn of Rosalina’s childhood home highlighted his selfishness. He clenched his jaw at the confronting realisation.
Three arched doorways were evenly spaced apart on the ground floor, and without any particular reason why, he chose the middle one and raised the heavy brass knocker to announce his arrival.
With nervous anticipation, he waited for the door to open.
Interview with Tania Joyce about PROPOSITIONS
- available now
Tell us about yourself and the genre you
write in. What drew you to write in this genre?
I write New Adult,
Erotic and Contemporary Romance novels. I love writing stories that thread
romance, drama and passion into them. I’ve travelled a lot, have a diverse
background in the corporate world and have a love for shopping, shoes and
Shiraz. I'm rarely seen without glitter, sparkle and stilettos. My quirk is I
collects key rings everywhere I goes and often have an intriguing tale about
I shuffle the hours
in my day between part-time work, full-time family life and
never-finding-enough-time to write. One day I hope to find balance!
I live in
Queensland with my husband and two boys. When I'm not writing, I enjoy camping,
hot yoga, and the company of friends and family – especially if it’s over a
glass of wine!
I grew up loving
books like Anne of Green Gables, reading the classics like Pride and Prejudice,
and getting lost in the world of fantasy, like The Wheel of Time Series by
Robert Jordan, before finding my home in the romance genre. I only unearthed
the desire to write after having children and still don’t know what triggered
the stories that started brewing in my head that landed me into the romance
genre … but I love it!
I have met the most
amazing, talented and supportive group of writers, authors and publishers.
What inspired you to write
Propositions and how long did it take?
As I find with all
my writing, Propositions was influenced by a combination of many
elements. Some straight forward, while others are so left-wing, I am
often baffled at wondering where the ideas come from.
When I started
writing this book two years ago, I was going through the rounds of high school
and university reunions and catching up with friends I had not seen in a very
long time. I was faced with meeting old boyfriends, girlfriends and intrigued
by the life choices we had all made to end up where we were at in our lives. It
left me questioning: Would I have done anything differently in my life if given
another chance? Probably not. This helped form the foundation for my main
character, Jessica Mason. Regardless of everything she has been through, she
wouldn’t have it any other way.
My dreams influence
a lot of my writing. I have the most amazing, vivid dreams. Colour, room
layouts, fine details and conversations all play out in my head. I then join a
few of them together with my trusty post-it note plotting board to create
interesting story lines.
My own career in
corporate marketing has influenced me to write about kickass, career-oriented
women who are quite happy and fulfilled in their lives without a man. They just
happen to find one that supports and complements them for a Happy Ever After
My travels also
influence the location and settings for my story. I like to use real locations
and then blend them in with my fictitious elements. All my novels are set in
places that I have actually visited to provide that more intimate detail to my
readers. Propositions is set in Sydney and the Hunter Valley wine
region. I have visited Sydney many times over the years and love the area
around Darling Harbour. The restaurants, bars and action around Cockle
Bay is amazing. No trip is complete without a stroll across Pyrmont Bridge,
having a gelato and a drink or two in one of the numerous bars on offer.
As you can see many
elements came in to play to create Propositions. It was an amazing,
emotional and sexy novel to write. Propositions took just under two
years to write … that’s from first word, to editing, to rewrites and reworks
and to finally see it being published with Momentum Books.
What did you learn about your characters that
you didn't know when you started writing?
characters I write about, they became so real to me.
Jessica, my heroine, is a successful business woman with a tough exterior. But
as her world starts to fall apart, I learned that she really did have a
vulnerable side and that it’s okay not to be hard on yourself all of the time.
Love can change everything!
I like my
characters to have a quirk. Nate Somers, my hero, of all things has a tea
superstition and can read tea leaves. I had so much fun researching
superstitions and tasseography, but still can’t read tea leaves and will now
forever turn my teapot three times anticlockwise. Uncovering Nate’s
background intrigued me. I learned that he had a rough upbringing with an
unloving father and had a cruel ex-wife which really shaped him into the man he
Then there’s Troy
Smith. I actually found him really hard to write. He’s sweet and charming
and everybody falls in love with him which I never expected. He’s the one
that broke your heart, your first love, or the one that got away and will
always hold a piece of your heart. Digging up the emotional experiences
to write Troy was challenging. Heartbreak sucks!
Does your book have a message that you
hope will resonate with readers?
Hmm… a serious
question when I try not to take things too seriously. I suppose … Be happy with
what you achieve and accomplish in your life. Live life with no regrets. Let no
one stop you from achieving your dreams.
you working on now? Will we meet your characters again in a sequel?
So many stories
brewing in my head, not enough time to write them. Or write them quick enough!
I am finishing off
the professional edit of my first New Adult romance called “Distractions”. It
hopefully won’t be too long until this one is available.
I am also writing
the sequel to Propositions. Its working title is called Acquisitions. In
this book you will see one of the characters from Propositions take the lead in
this sequel to find their happy ever after.
Then I have three
other works in progress that I am very excited about.
I just can’t turn
out 70,000+word novels fast enough! Damn it!
Following years of sacrifice and struggle, Jessica
Mason now co-owns a successful marketing agency in Sydney. All Jessica wants to
do is focus on growing her business and maintain the lifestyle she's worked so
hard to achieve. But everything changes when her agency wins a major contract
for the opening of the new Somers Hotel and she has to take on the account.
Nate Somers is a
workaholic trying to please his retiring father. When he meets captivating,
go-getting Jessica, the prospect of a short-term love affair sounds like a
proposition he'd be crazy to decline.
But when Jessica
spends a weekend away at her favourite vineyard retreat, she runs into Troy
Smith, the ex-boyfriend who left her broken and vulnerable years ago. Things
don't go to plan when the well-kept secrets from her past are revealed and Troy
starts weaving his way back into her life.
With her business
at stake and hearts at risk, Jessica's future is destined to change. Who will
end up making Jessica a proposition she simply cannot refuse?
I've just had the pleasure of a Brisbane preview of A LITTLE CHAOS at the Barracks Cinema, thanks to a Queensland Writers' Centre's promotional ticket giveaway. Here's my review.
Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts), principal gardener to Louis XIV of France, is no alpha male hero, but quiet and compelling, he is the sexiest gardener/landscape architect I've encountered!
For Madame Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet) gardening is a balm for her tragic past. When she's chosen by De Notre to create the water feature (Rockwork Garden) at Louis' Versailles, Sabine finds she's entered a world where sabotage and betrayal are acceptable.
Le Notre is fascinated by Sabine even before her interview for the job, when she moves one of his perfectly-aligned potted plants to create chaos in his ordered garden.
The story follows a sinuous path through the sumptuous world of the Sun King's court to its glorious ending. Fans of well-produced period movies will love this one.