Sunday, June 18, 2017

Official Release Date: Pepper Creek Coming soon. July 6th 2017

It's exciting to be able to share with you my upcoming release, Pepper Creek. I thought I'd post an excerpt to hopefully get you intrigued.

   Detective Sergeant Justin Cooper ambled toward the bar, stopping to chat to the many patrons; those he'd known since childhood, others he'd recently met and some he was yet to meet.
   He hitched a booted foot on the timber edge of the glossed red gum bar and sighed as he eased onto a bar stool.
   'That's a big sigh. The usual, Sergeant?'
   'Yeah, thanks Jules. And it’s not Sergeant.'
   Julie chuckled and turned to pour his beer, while he did a quick intake of the surrounding crowd.
   'Here you go.' She sat a schooner in front of him. 'Big day?'
   'Thanks. I've had better.'
   'It's Friday night. Relax.'
    'I never relax.' He chuckled. 'Who's the blonde?' He tilted his head sideways, indicating her direction.
   'She moved here a little less than a year ago. She's renting Shylah. I heard the other tenants left after their six-month lease expired.’
   ‘Give her the full year and I bet she’ll be running back to wherever she came from. The trustee is getting a little tired of the whole ordeal.’
   ‘I don’t think this one will be in a hurry to move. She's taken out a lease on the land as well. I can’t remember for how long, but I’m sure it was for a few years. I thought you would have known.'
  'I don’t have anything to do with renting it out, but leasing the land, that’s impossible.’
   'I thought so too, especially as you and Ellie Summers own the combined properties.'
   Justin stilled, studied Julie and turned to give the blonde another once-over through the dimly lit room.
   'What does her husband do?'
   'She's single.'
   Justin huffed. 'So how does she expect to survive out this way?'
   'She said that when the time was right she’s going to run cattle at Shylah.'
   'Cattle. Over my dead body. She can't do that.' He picked up his glass, and gulped down two mouthfuls of beer.
   'Apparently, she can, if she's leasing the place.'
   Justin shook his head, his guts twisted with concern. 'She doesn't look like the type to muster in this heat. She’s stamped with city. Mustering.' He grated out a chuckle. 'You've got to be joking.'
   'You know I've been trying to contact Ellie for years. Don't you think it's odd that this stranger who's been here for less than a year can get a hold of the other so-called owner and I haven't been able to?'
   'Perhaps you should ask her.'
   'It's obvious she doesn't know my intentions concerning Shylah.'
   'Or she doesn't know the properties are combined.'
   'It's about time someone let her know that what she intends to do is illegal.'
   'Justin, ease up. She only mentioned it, that's all. The woman is struggling.'
   'According to the will. You know my intentions. I'm the one who'll be running cattle at Pepper Creek Station. It was my parents’ jointly owned business. It isn't up to a stranger to drop in and call the shots.'
   'Why don't you leave it for a while? It was talk, and as you said, she doesn't look the type to be riding a horse or mustering cattle, especially in this heat.'
   'Yeah. With virtually no muscle tone, she'd probably last a few hours and pass out.'
   Julie laughed. 'Come on, go easy on her. She's a nice person.'
   'Nice won't cut it and it doesn't take away the fact that she hasn't any right to run cattle. I don't care who she’s leasing the place from, it's in the Cooper and Summers name. It’s still Pepper Creek Station. Nothing will change that.'

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Coming Soon - Pepper Creek

I'm excited to reveal my next cover for a Rural Romantic Suspense, Pepper Creek.
Release date: TBA
Desperate to cut all ties from the last four tragic years of her life, Patricia Adams changes her name and her appearance. She returns to Pepper Creek with her fourteen-year-old son, Luke, to clear her name and to follow through on a dream to run Shylah, her deceased parents' cattle station.

Established at Shylah, Luke befriends the new local police officer. When he fails to return home on time from school, she  arrives face to face with an old flame, Sergeant Justin Cooper.
Justin also has a motive for returning to Pepper Creek; to run his parents' cattle property and to undertake his last assignment. As a detective sergeant familiar with crime investigation, he is assigned to uncover the truth about a fatal car accident fourteen years ago.

Patricia is informed that Shylah is legally tied to the Cooper property and she cannot stand her ground. without exposing her identity.
Will she discover what she once lost, simmering under the camouflage of distorted truth?

Will Justin find what his soul yearns, or is it a childhood illusion, lingering in the ashes of his burned memories?

Saturday, April 29, 2017


I've been in writing land lately, and this manuscript is almost finished with more suspense and a Detective Sergeant as the hero. The heroine wants to prove her innocence for a crime she didn't commit. It's set in rural NSW.

To change the subject. lol The ocean was a little cooler today, but I braved it and had a swim. The water is so flat and  blue. Heaven :)

The second photograph is of beautiful Lake Macquarie. It was always nice, still is.

Perhaps it will be my new home. Yes, I'm  a travelling gypsy at the moment, taking in the sights and getting to know new places and people. It's been an interesting journey.

I should get back to my writing. So, take care, and happy reading. :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Anzac Day

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is the anniversary of the landing of our troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I.

On April 25, 1915, Australian troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, a site they were advised 'a friendly beach.'
For the men and women who displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in serving our country.
ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day.


In 1915, Australia along with its Allies  Britain, France and Russia, Italy, and Japan were at war, fighting Germany, the Ottoman Empire aka Turkey, and Austria-Hungary. Most people think of World War 1 of fighting the Germans in the trenches across France. But Russia was also under attack from Turkey in the Caucasus. To aid their plight the Allies devised a plan to distract Turkey by attacking the Gallipoli Peninsula, on Turkey's Aegean coast. By taking control of this strip of land they would have control of a strait of water called the Dardanelles and lay siege to Turkey's main city, Istanbul (then Constantinople).


The troops were advised that the beach was friendly. Under misdirection, around 20,000 soldiers landed on the beach, but they landed in the wrong place. With steep cliffs and the fire of the enemy surrounding them, they fought for several months but couldn't make any leeway. There wasn't anywhere to go, so they dug in and copped the brunt of the Turks. Thousands of Aussies and Kiwi soldiers died, not only from the battle but from disease caused by the living conditions.

This disaster gave birth to the Aussie Digger, a courageous battler who faced inconceivable odds with humour, courage and mate ship. Eventually the troops were withdrawn but nothing was accomplished.  It was from here that the legend of the Aussie Digger spread throughout the world.