Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SARA News - Releasearama!

Good afternoon, dear readers.
Here at SARA, we are fully cognisant of the fact that releasearama isn't a word.  We work in good, socially acceptable words all the time.  Releasearama isn't one of them.  

But for today, releasearama is our word of choice which we will use to describe the cavalcade of new releases that is spilling out of SARA right at this very moment.  We're drunk on creative power!  We're taking creative license!  We've lost our minds!  

As you will, when you see the wordy goodness that SARA is serving up to you, our beloved readers, in the near future.  

Tess LeSue, Amy T Matthew's alter ego, is releasing her first historical romance, Bound For Eden, coming out for Harlequin/MIRA next month. 

Here's what some very clever Australian authors had to say about it:

‘[Tess’s] writing is lively and taut and generates emotion. Her characters spring to life and her stories move at a fast pace.’ – Anne Gracie

 ‘I was blown away by the sparkling brilliance of Tess’s writing. She has a real gift for historical atmosphere, compelling characters, sexual tension and witty dialogue.’ – Anna Campbell
A rollicking, funny historical romance of mistaken identity, wagon trains and an irresistible attraction.

Fleeing from the murderous Grady brothers with a stolen fortune hidden in her luggage and her younger brother and sister in tow, Alex disguises herself as a boy to join a wagon train headed West … a wagon train captained by the irresistible Luke Slater. Alexandra Barratt has found the perfect man – it’s a shame he thinks she’s a boy.  

At first, Alex can’t believe the way every woman in town falls at Luke’s feet, including her suddenly flirtatious sister. But when she sees him naked in the bathtub, she finds herself swooning over him too. If only she could wash the muck of her face and show him who she really is…

As for Luke, he has no idea that the ragtag boy in his care is none other than the woman of his dreams. But when circumstances contrive to throw Luke and Alex into each other’s arms, their relationship becomes very complicated indeed. In fact, with the brutal Silas Grady in pursuit, keeping their secret becomes a matter of life and death…

Pre-order it now:  AmazoniBooks, at BooktopiaDymocksKoboGooglePlay.
If you're that way inclined, you might like to head to Tess' book launch.  Details here.  It's at the Exeter Hotel.  Say no more, sistah.  

Victoria Purman is also welcoming a new book baby!
The Three Miss Allens is being brought by the stork in October (okay, by Harlequin Australia), and you can find out the details of the baby shower (aka book launch) here.  
How much of who we are is destiny and how much chance?
In 1934, the three Miss Allens - Ruby, Adeline and Clara - arrive in the seaside town of Remarkable Bay for their annual summer holiday. It’s the last time they’ll spend summers as a family. Adeline is engaged, Ruby is weighing up an offer, and Clara is just eighteen and about to start her life. But by summer’s end, the lives they have known will change irrevocably and a mysterious secret will tear the family apart.
Eighty-two years later, Ruby’s great-granddaughter Roma Harris moves to the now sleepy Remarkable Bay, retreating from tragedy. Roma’s distant cousin Addy arrives too, fleeing a life with too much drama. It’s only when the women discover an old guest book that they start asking questions about the mysterious third Miss Allen. Who was she? Why has she disappeared from the family’s history? 

If they solve this mystery from their past, could it change the women’s futures?

If you want to get your copy as soon as it’s released, pre-order now from iBooksAmazonGoogle PlayKoboHarlequin Australia or Booktopia.

Bella Bucannan also has her debut Harlequin novel arriving July 1st.  Releasearama!

Surrogacy is the closest Alina Fletcher dares get to motherhood. But when she tells tycoon Ethan James that she’s carrying his late sister’s child, his solution takes her breath away – a temporary marriage of convenience for the baby’s sake!

Alina knows it’s the right decision for her baby, but is marrying a stranger – especially one who makes her heart sing! – the right choice for her? Having loved and lost her own family, this proposal could be another chance at happiness…if only Alina’s brave enough to say ‘I do’!
You can pre-order it now here:  Amazon USAmazon UK Amazon AusHarlequin US, ​Mills & Boon UK. 

Sarah Gates is also launching her new book Love Elimination, out with Harlequin Australia on July 1st.

Love Elimination might be a hit new reality dating show, but Anna Hobbs isn’t in it for love.
Anna is a reluctant fill-in coerced onto the show by her sister, a producer. She dreams of owning her own dessert cafĂ©; a dream that has taken years of hard work and strict saving. She knows reality TV is a big, manipulated lie — and gorgeous leading man Luke Westwood can’t possibly be for real. Can he?
Olympian snowboarder Luke Westwood thought he had retired from competition. Now he’s starring in the cutthroat world of Love Elimination, with twelve beautiful women vying for his attention against the backdrop of a tropical paradise.  With cameras in every corner, why is it only Anna — careful Anna with her bills and budgets — who Luke feels he can be himself with, at long last?

All Anna wants is a quick elimination, but with each date she is more reluctant to relinquish Luke to the conniving contestants — or even to the women who are starting to become friends. It doesn’t help when Luke insists on using the limitless television budget to indulge her heart’s desires. Or that the moments they’ve stolen, alone and away from the cameras, have sizzled with passion. As the dates wear on the evictions become more brutal and the contestants’ secrets are exposed. Will the pressure get too much? Or will love close in on Luke and Anna?

Looks fab!  Check out the June 30th launch details here.  

Virginia Taylor's Starling, the first book in the South Landers Series, is currently on sale for 99c!  It precedes Ella, Charlotte and Wenna (due early 2017).  Get yours while they're hot!  Links are to B&N, but find Starling at all good retailers!

An aspiring dressmaker, orphaned Starling Smith is accustomed to fighting for her own survival. But when she’s offered a year’s wages to temporarily pose as a wealthy man’s bride, she suspects ulterior motives. She can’t lose the chance to open her own shop, but she won’t be any man’s lover, not even handsome, infuriating Alisdair Seymour’s… 

To prevent his visiting sister from parading potential brides in front of him, Alisdair has decided to present a fake wife. He lost his heart once, and had it broken—he doesn’t intend to do it again. But stubborn, spirited Starling is more alluring than he bargained for, and Alisdair will risk everything he has to prove his love is true… 

Set against the sweeping backdrop of 1866 South Australia, Starling is a novel of cherished dreams and powerful desires, and the young woman bold enough to claim them both…

So pour a glass of local red, grab your favourite throw, and curl up in front of the fire to enjoy SARA's winter RELEASEARAMA*!
Until next time, happy reading, 
Emmeline. x
* We won't use it again.  Promise.  Unless we forget that we said we wouldn't.  Or we are hit with another slew of awesome releases.  
Mmm.  Let's face it.  We probably will.  Sorry in advance.  <3 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

SARA News - The "It's a real gem" edition.

Hullo, intrepid readery friends!

We do hope you've all been well and are enjoying a stellar beginning to 2016.  :)

Please, grab a coffee and a Tim Tam, and immerse yourself in the luminous, glowing sparkly wonderful that is the REAL GEM edition of the SARA News.

We begin with the news that both Emily Hussey and Emmeline Lock's short Sunstone stories have won places in the 2016 Romance Writer's of Australia's Little Gems Contest, and will be published in both print and ebook format later in the year.  Check that fab cover from Sheridan Kent, who has won the cover contest a whopping FIVE times.  Ah...  Makes me want to crack out the banana lounge.  What a gem!

Khloe Wren recently achieved a FIVE STAR review from The Romance Reviews for her Erotic Vampire Romance, Scarred Perfection from Evernight Publishing.  It's a Top Pick, too!  Read more here.  It's a gem!

Bronwyn Stuart has a shiny new release!  Mixing Business With Pleasure is out from Escape Publishing, and by Bronwyn's own admission, it's "hot, hot, hot!"

Alison Marcum loves her baby brother and would have done anything for him--until the day his loan sharks arrive on her doorstep and demand she pay them ten thousand dollars or else. 
With no way to repay the money, and not wanting to find out what they’re capable of, Alison transforms herself from boring social worker to smoking hot model--but getting work isn’t going to be the hard part for a woman who’d promised herself never to step in front of a camera again.
Sam Mason is overseeing a jewellery advertising campaign, and after spending ten minutes in the boardroom with a nearly naked Alison, he decides he might actually enjoy the job. Strictly business, though. Sam’s been burned by a model before and no matter how attracted he is, there’s no way he’s getting involved.
As the lies begin to unravel and the loan sharks get impatient, will they both risk it all to be together or lose it all in a bid not to repeat the past?

Bella Bucannon has a twinkling new website, ahead of her mid-year Harlequin release, Bound by the Unborn Baby.   Check out the pre-order link here.  Website designed by SARA's own HelzKat Designs.

"As far as everyone's concerned, Alina, this child is ours." 

Surrogacy is the closest Alina Fletcher dares get to motherhood. But when she must tell tycoon Ethan James she's carrying his late sister's child, his solution takes her breath away—a temporary marriage of convenience for the baby's sake!  
Alina knows it's the right decision for her baby, but is marrying a stranger—especially one who makes her heart sing!—the right choice for her? Having loved and lost her own family, this proposal could be another chance at happiness…if only Alina's brave enough to say "I do"!

Good grief, these gems are so bright, I gotta wear shades.  :)

Until next time, happy reading!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

SARA News - Ringing in the new year with new news!

Hello, and welcome to the year 2016 with SARA!

With our Christmas pudding all eaten, and our New Year’s Resolutions made (and broken.  Don’t judge. *smiley face* ), it’s time to get on and celebrate the new year with some new news! 

Maggie Mundy has two new releases out.  One is Scarred Protector, which is the second book in the Midworlder Trilogy. 

You’ll also find her book World Change in a Rogue Phoenix box set called Perceptions of Love, featuring six full-length novels that challenge convention.  Other authors featured include Angela Castle, Tamsin Baker, JL Addicoat, CL Kramer and Christine Young. 

Congratulations, Maggie!

Amazon buy link for Scarred Protector

Amazon buy link for Unknown Protector

Angels and demons are not what you think. They are aliens, and the Midworlders are their 

representatives on Earth. An Angelic Midworlder called Heath goes to the aid of Evie who is 

about to be attacked by Demonics. He soon discovers she can see the angels and demons 

around her and is in grave danger. He is captivated by Evie who has physical and mental 

scars like him. They are tortured souls who are deeply connected by his past. There is an evil lurking inside Evie that could kill them both.

Available November 18th 2015 from Soul Mate Publishing.

You might recall that late last year Liana Skrzypczak won a spot in the Hachette Mentoring Program with her dystopian YA, Gold.  Well, just in case that wasn't stupendously clever enough, she’s gone and done it again, this time receiving a Carclew Professional Development Grant to work with NY Times Bestselling author Sean Williams. 

Check out here for the full list of recipients.  Liana is going to be a busy little writer this year.  Go you, girlfriend!

Check out @LianaSkrzypczak on Twitter for more updates. 

Finally, Virginia Taylor’s new book Charlotte, with be published on February 2nd by Kensington Books.  This is the third in the South Landers Series, following Starling and Ella.   Virginia's on a roll!

CHARLOTTE, South Landers #3

​After losing his first love in childbirth, Nicholas Alden knows that he must never be a father. But to be a husband is a very different matter—necessary for his family name. So when he meets beautiful social climber Charlotte, he believes he has found a wife he can keep at arm’s length.
If he knew the truth of her scandalous parentage, all would be lost.

​Set in 1860's Australia

Pre-order it here

Until next time, happy reading!


Monday, November 9, 2015

SARA News - The "we're still here!" edition.

Hello dear SARA readers,

We'd like to thank you.

Here at SARA, we are actual people.  I know, right?  Epically amazing.  We have soccer-mum cars, mortgages, dust bunnies under the bed and 'it's a bit small' pay packets.  We're people you see on the street, likely wearing trackies and sporting something lunchy on the fronts of our t-shirts, as we ate at the computer.

We're extremely normal.

Well, except for the fact that we're constructing steamy sex scenes in our heads about sixteen hours of the day, and a further four hours are spent wondering where to leave the body that became dead in chapter two so that the hero can find it, thus perform consequent heroic deeds and ergo, get the girl.

That leaves four hours for sleeping, toting kids to sports (and reading whilst waiting in the car!) and writing blog posts.

You may have noticed we haven't posted good news for a while, a phenomenon we can link back directly to the fact that there are sadly only twenty-four hours in a day.  It's not because AWESOME THINGS haven't happened...

But thanks for sticking with us.  We love you for it.   No-one said it better than Sahvage: truly, madly, deeply.

So, we are very pleased to bring you NEWS!!

Liana Skrzypczak is one of our newer members, and hel-lo!, girl be making WAVES!  Liana is very excited to have been awarded the shared-winner gong for the Hachette Mentoring Program for her dystopian YA manuscript, Gold, along with another Adelaide writer, Rose Hartley.

Congratulations, Liana!  Check out her super-cute blog at the link above.

Harlequin author Elizabeth Rolls has a new book coming out in February In Debt To The Earl.

But wait, there's more...

A follow-up book is in the pipeline, too.  Rejoice, historical fans!  

Beach romance more your swag?  Victoria Purman is pleased to let you know that her fourth Boys of Summer book, Hold On To Me, is due out mid-December.  Get your banana lounge and your cooler bag ready, 'cos you'll be unable to put this one down this summer!  Key words here... YOUNGER MAN!

HOLD ON TO ME A Boys of Summer novel  – Out December 14th in shops and ebook
Can she learn to trust him and love again? Stella wasn’t looking for love and especially not from a younger man… When Stella Ryan’s successful life in Sydney crumbled, she returned flat broke and broken hearted to the beachside town she’d once called home. Five years on, she’s opened a boutique and rebuilt her life in the tourist haven of Port Elliot. Luca Morelli has been working flat out to establish his own building company in the city and doesn’t have time to be driving back and forth to the beach to do a small job in a shop that was almost destroyed in a fire. But he soon changes his mind when he meets the glamorous owner. Before long, Stella and Luca find that a working relationship isn’t the only thing developing between them. But the closer they get, the ghosts of Stella’s past come back to haunt her once more. Can she ever believe a man again? And if she can, is the much younger Luca Morelli the man she can trust with her heart? 

Lilliana Rose has been a busy writer/poet!  Not only has she recently released Soul Dancer, but she's also had a cover nominated for Best Cover at the AusRom Reader's Choice Awards for Chasing Dust Storms.  Vote for it here...

In a world where Soul Dancers are enslaved, Zarifah must over come corruption and lead the other dancers to freedom. Forced to harvest emotions from patrons each night she becomes addicted to happiness, which threatens to get in the way of a forbidden relationship with fellow dancer Torin and stop her from challenging the Regulators, the emotionless humans who feed on the emotions harvested. 
Check out what the other SARA's have been up to at the SARA website member page, or stalk us a bit on Facebook and Twitter.  We'd love that!  

Finally, I leave you with a familiar set of... eyeballs.  Our very own Erotic Fiction author Kyoko Church talks to the very swanky Adelaide Hills Magazine about sex and shame. 

The future of the Soul Dancers depends on Zarifah being a leader, but she may not be the saviour the followers had hoped for.

Until next time, we wish you very happy reading!

Emmeline.  x

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Suspense Sisters On Sassy in the South

28/06/15, SARA blog – Sassy in the South,  

The Suspense Sisters

The Suspense Sisters are two Adelaide authors who have teamed up to provide entertaining and informative workshops for writers of all levels, and author talks in conjunction with some of Adelaide’s best book shops.

Who are these Suspense Sisters?

We specialise in courageous heroines and pacey suspense.
Sandy Vaile is a motorbike-riding daredevil, who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. With an eclectic background as a chef, lead auditor, and graduate of Fiona McIntosh’s Master Class, she is now published by Crimson Romance, judges competitions for Romance Writers of Australia and America, and coordinates the Novelist’s Circle writing group.
Recently Sandy participated on a panel of inspirational women at the Festival Fleurieu at Normanville, and presented a back story workshop to the Seaside Writers group in Brighton.


Rowena Holloway is a book reviewer, interviewer and writer of short stories and novels, which have won and placed in numerous competitions. As a former tenured academic, she holds a PhD in Business and has extensive experience in face-to-face and online teaching at a tertiary level. Fiction is her first love.
Rowena has been writing for twelve years and been mentored by award-winning author Carol LeFevre and is a graduate of Fiona MacIntosh’s Masterclass. She has published two novels through by Fractured Press.

Upcoming Events

Catch the Suspense Sisters:
·         Tribe FM radio interview on Thursday 2nd July, 3.30 pm (91.1FM streaming live online).
·         Book signing on Friday 17th July, 1 pm, at Collins Bookshop, Castle Plaza, Edwardstown.
·         Author talk and book signing on August 27th, 2-4 pm, at the Hamra Centre Library, 1 Brooker Terrace, West Torrens


We are offering three workshops to suit all levels of writing skills.
1.      Hook ‘em and hang ‘em
Avoid your story being abandoned partway through. Hook your readers and them keep them hanging so they are compelled to turn the page. This workshop proves suspense is for everyone, no matter the genre.
2.      Stir the pot: treat back story like a pungent spice
Back story is like a flavour you can’t quite pick, lurking in the layers of your curry. You know it’s there and it enhances the experience, but it’s intangible and fleeting. Learn how to infuse back story without sacrificing pace or suspense.
3.      Courageous heroines
Have you ever wondered why some female characters intrigue, while others make you toss the book at the wall? This workshop will show you how to create inspirational and courageous heroines your readers will admire and want to read about.