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THE FIRST CRUSH IS THE DEEPEST - Nina Harrington
THE MAN BEHIND THE PINSTRIPES - Melissa McClone
A COWBOY TO COME HOME TO - Donna Alward
THE COWBOY SHE COULDN’T FORGET – Patricia Thayer
THE COURAGE TO SAY YES - Barbara Wallace
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Bella Rosa Marriages
Fiona Harper / Patricia Thayer / Jennie Adams
The Bridesmaid’s Secret
The moment chic magazine editor Jackie Patterson arrives for her sister’s romantic Italian wedding and sees her old boyfriend Romano Puccini, her façade slips…because before Jackie can don her exquisite bridesmaid dress, she must reveal the seventeen-year-old secret from that fateful, sultry Italian summer…
The Cowboy’s Adopted Daughter
Hired to run a quilting course on a ranch, single mum Allie is appalled when brooding Italian Alex Casali accuses her of trespassing. But when her daughter utters her first words in a year to Alex, Allie begins to wonder whether there’s more behind the smouldering fire in his eyes than she first thought.
Passionate Chef, Ice Queen Boss
The moment fiery Lorenzo Nesta hears the familiar clack of stiletto on stone floor, a shiver of anticipation runs up his spine. Scarlett was back! But seeing her Italian passion stifled fills him with regret; his actions years ago had turned her to ice. Still, what happens when ice meets fire?
Margaret Way / Barbara Hannay / Leah Martyn
Francesca Forsyth is happy, but when she inherits half of her grandfather’s empire, she must come out of her shell and become a businesswoman! Handsome Bryn Macallan, the joint heir, watches this country girl evolve with interest…
Also includes: Adopted: Outback Baby & Outback Doctor, English Bride
Congratulations to our three Bookseller’s Best Award finalists!
Fiona Harper: Snowbound in the Earl’s Castle
Michelle Douglas: The Nanny Who Saved Christmas
Donna Alward: The Rebel Rancher
The award is handed out at the RWA National conference in July in Atlanta, Georgia.
Settings can really help me anchor characters. When I know where they come from and how they feel about that place it often gives me a strong handle on what they want out of life…and why they might be having so much trouble trying to get it.
The minute I set First Comes Baby… in “The Bay” the story came alive for me. “The Bay” is the affectionate local term given to Port Stephens and its principal township of Nelson Bay. Port Stephens is an hour north of where I live and roughly three hours north of Sydney. And it’s one of my favourite places in the world.
I have such good memories of this place. I come from solid working class stock, but days stolen away at the bay with a prepacked picnic made my family feel like royalty. For me The Bay represents summer, laughter, family, good times and freedom from everyday concerns. Like I said, I love it.
So I thought I’d take you on a little photo journey to show you the places in The Bay that are special to Meg and Ben from First Comes Baby…
This is the strip where Meg and Ben live (they’re next door neighbours) in Fingal Bay, which is at the south-eastern edge of Port Stephens. They live one street back from the beach, but with awesome views (and yes I did use poetic license ).
And this is the beach they wake up to every day.
Here it is from a slightly different angle. If you look closely you might be able to see the sand spit that leads out to Fingal Island. Meg walks along there a lot.
Nelson Bay is only a short ten-minute drive away. Little Beach is very popular. At the far end of the beach is the Nelson Bay Marina. One Saturday Meg and Ben eat hot chips on the beach…
And one evening they share a rather passionate kiss here.
To give you an idea of scale, the harbour of Port Stephens is two and a half times larger than Sydney Harbour. I’ve only shown you the tiniest fraction. Here are a couple of pics from Gan Gan lookout.