I’m happy to announce my contemporary, rural romance set in Outback Australia is now available on both Amazon and Smashwords.
Dance in the Outback is a short novel of approx. 46k words and the heat level is sweet / sensual. This story has a little bit of history behind it which I’d like to share.
I began Dance in the Outback about two years ago, wrote the first two chapters and put it aside to work on my sci fi and spec fiction romance stories. At that time, I had the major characters firmly in my head but the plot was still in its infancy.
After I was published by Momentum and then by Escape Publishing, my mother expressed a desire to read something I’d written that didn’t involve: (a) aliens, (b) bloodshed and (c) hot sex. So I decided to re-visit my contemporary rural romance. Sorry mum but I had to include a gun.
I also decided to indie publish this book rather than submit it to publishing houses as I wanted to use my model daughter on the cover. And I love the cover. Thank you, Kerstie.
There was another reason. The surname of my hero, Tanner, was ‘borrowed’ from a wonderful friend and workmate of mine who sadly, lost his battle with cancer this year. Bobby Tanner was one of those rare people who made a difference in the lives of everyone he touched. He is so very sorely missed.
I also enjoyed writing this story because it took me back to the days when I lived, travelled and worked in the Outback.
Blurb: Years ago Melanie Black was rescued from a burning house by her best mate and fellow foster child. When he begs for help, she can’t refuse. Melanie finds herself on an Outback cattle station supervising his children, while her friend and his wife use a second honeymoon to rekindle their romance.
There isn’t a mall in sight. It’s hot and swarms with flies and yet, her soul tells her she has finally come home.
Station owner, Dirk Tanner, can’t believe his eyes when his brother-in-law’s ‘friend’ alights from the plane. She’s far too pretty and distracting and has brought pampered pets with her! Then he recognises her as the do-gooder who gave his ex-wife advice on ‘living her own life’. No way will he allow Melanie to meddle in his sister’s affairs too.
A near brush with death reveals their true feelings for one another. But will this newly forged love be strong enough to overcome their painful pasts? Or will Melanie’s dream of belonging be reduced to ashes.
Update 2Nov2013: To celebrate my seventh release I’m giving away seven copies of Dance in the Outback. To go in the draw, please leave a comment. Closes 30 November 2013. Thank you for any shares – always appreciated.