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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s my first book in PRINT!!

A milestone moment for me today… I saw my first book in print out in the wild!

TIME FOR THE BEACH is now available from Big W and Target stores in Australia (perfect Christmas gift!) 😉

It features the first novel in my Tarrin’s Bay series, THE JANUARY WISH, and also includes novels by Victoria Purman and Eliza Redgold. Thanks to Harlequin MIRA Australia for putting this compilation together!

Here is me looking like a lunatic:

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And here is me looking slightly more professional:

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And here is the book close up:

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And here is… nah, I guess you’ve seen enough! 😉 

But I will share with you what each story in this coastal collection is about…

Nobody But Him – Victoria Purman

At the age of eighteen, Julia Jones left her hometown — the small beachside town of Middle Point — with a head full of grand plans. Plans for an exciting life in a town that didn’t involve a main street with only one pub or a particular boy named Ryan Blackburn.

But fifteen years and a lifetime later, Julia’s forced to put her career and big-city life on hold when she returns home to finalise her mother’s estate. Which is exactly where she runs smack-bang into the town’s hero, Ryan Blackburn! The sensible thing to do? Stay the hell away from him and head back to Melbourne as fast as her stilettos can carry her! But instead, Julia finds his offer of a helping hand and a hot body too delicious to refuse.

The January Wish – Juliet Madison

When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it’s the most out of character action she can think of. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences. A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia’s small coastal town with secrets that can’t be shared. Soon Sylvia’s well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.

Hide and Seek – Eliza Redgold

A little birdie tells Hope Buchanan that American hotel developer Sullivan O’Dare isn’t just in town for a holiday. As the manager of Hot Tropics Bird Sanctuary, Hope has more than a vested interest in protecting natural habitats, and pulls out all the stops to convince Sullivan to come out with her to the WA bush, with its beautiful trees and unique wildlife. But what is initially about saving the Sanctuary soon becomes about finding a connection. Could it be that Hope has finally found the bird of a feather to form her own flock? 

To get a copy, head into your local Big W or Target store, where you’ll find it on the shelves (it’s quite a fat book!). It can also be ordered online from Booktopia but will not be officially released until 1st Jan.

Happy reading and Merry Christmas! 🙂

~ Juliet xx

Happy Release Day to Alli Sinclair for LUNA TANGO!

I’m jumping up and down with excitement for my buddy and critique partner Alli Sinclair on the launch of her debut novel, LUNA TANGO!

Luna Tango releases in print and ebook today in Australia and New Zealand with Harlequin MIRA, and can be bought from all good bookstores both online and offline. So once you’ve read this post, go out and grab one! It’s a fabulous story.

And see the bottom of this post for details of a one-of-a-kind competition you can take part in! 😉

high resHere’s what the book is about:

Desperate to understand the reason her mother abandoned her twenty years ago to become a world-class tango dancer, journalist Dani McKenna delves into the world of tango in the hope of exposing decades of lies and deception that have threatened three generations of her family.

When Dani meets the enigmatic Carlos Escudero—a revered tango dancer and man of intense passion—they work together to understand why her grandmother lives in fear of all things tango, and how the brutal murder of a tango music legend in 1950s Buenos Aires now affects her family.

Despite her lack of rhythm, Dani and Carlos create their own dance of the souls, until the differences in their cultures causes a deep rift. As she seeks to reconnect with Carlos and rebuild her family, Dani finds tango—the dance of passion—becomes a complicated dance of betrayal.

 

Alli, Will you be having an official book launch to celebrate?

Oh, yes, most definitely! I’m holding a tango event at Readings Hawthorn (Melbourne) on 21 August and it’s an open invitation for anyone who wishes to come along. A wonderful tango duo will be performing and they will also give attendees a simple tango lesson to whet the appetite. Drinks and food and tango show are all included in the $10 ticket and any proceeds of ticket sales will go to the Parkinson’s Victoria. This cause is very close to my heart as my dad suffered this terrible disease and Luna Tango is dedicated to my wonderful dad who passed away recently.

You can buy tickets here:

How does it feel to have your first book published?

Surreal at the moment! I’ve had quite a while to get used to the idea that my dream is finally being realised but I really don’t think it’s sunk in yet!

Describe your book in three words:

Passionate, intriguing, sexy.

If Luna tango was made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?

Well, duh, alli profileGilles Marini for Carlos Escudero, the sexy tango dancer. And as for gorgeous, Aussie journalist Dani McKenna, none other than Jessica Marais.


What are you working on next?

Book two of The Dance Card Series. This time it’s about flamenco and is set in Granada, Spain.

How can readers connect with you?

Website : FacebookTwitter : BlogPinterestGoodreads

 

>>LUNA TANGO can be purchased from bookstores in Australia and New Zealand, or you can order the ebook or paperback online:

PRINT:

Harlequin Australia / Booktopia / Bookworld / Boomerang Books / Fishpond / The Nile / Readings

EBOOK:

iTunes / Amazon AUS / Amazon / Kobo / Google Play

 

Congratulations Alli! Wishing you the success you deserve for this fabulous book. 🙂

 

> COMPETITION:

Today is also the launch of a super special competition. The winner will receive a one-off prize that has been created especially for this competition. Click HERE for more information.

> BOOK LAUNCH EVENT:

When: 21 August

Where: Readings Books in Hawthorn, VIC.

Why: Internationally acclaimed tango dancers will perform and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a tango lesson. Proceeds of ticket sales will go to Parkinson’s Victoria in honour of Alli’s father who recently passed away and to whom Luna Tango is dedicated. Ticket bookings essential.

Cost: $10, includes wine and food and dance lesson.

Details & Bookings: http://www.readings.com.au/event/wine-romance-and-a-tango-lesson