I’m happy to announce that today three of my novels and two novellas were released with Audible worldwide (Burning Fields was released last November). It’s super exciting to have my books in audio form and it’s a very different experience to reading them. For those of you who love audio books or are thinking about giving them a try, you might want to pop on over to Audible’s website and check them out. Audible also have a special on at the moment if you are signing up for the first time. Click HERE to take you to the Audible website to find out more. Happy listening!
I’m super happy to announce I signed a four book and two novella deal with Audible and the first audio book has been released today worldwide!
The first audio book released is BURNING FIELDS with the rest to follow shortly. I’ve recently found a love for audio books and I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do!
I’ve been very quiet on the blog lately, mostly due to deadlines (hooray – deadlines are good as it means I have books contracted!), plus a family holiday (cruises rock!), and the chance to fulfil a dream I’ve held close to my heart since I started this publishing journey many, many years ago – a book tour in Europe! Now things aren’t so hectic, I’ll be writing a series of blog posts about the cities I visited and I’ll include travel tips (the ex-travel agent in me can’t resist!). I hope you enjoy the journey!
When I found out that the translation rights for Under the Spanish Stars had been sold by my USA publisher, Kensington Books, I was ecstatic! The German publisher who bought the rights, Aufbau Verlag, are very well-respected and I was excited to see one of my books in a language other than English. The German market has always been in my sights as I had heard from German friends that their book industry is very strong as reading is a valued part of their lifestyle. Plus, German-language readers tend to like Aussie author’s stories. Always a bonus!
So when the opportunity arose to go to German speaking countries and visit booksellers, readers, authors and my publisher, as well as undertake research for future books – I couldn’t say no! I packed my bag and jumped on a plane (okay … three) and flew from Australia to Europe in a daze because I couldn’t quite believe I was about to tick a few items off my wish list.
First stop was Vienna and even though I was jet-lagged I had to find the nearest bookshop and get a copy of Die spanische Tänzerin (The Spanish Dancer). I found the biggest bookstore in Vienna (four floors!), called Thalia and went in search of my beloved book. Yes, I may have squealed when I found a copy and the shop assistants were so very sweet when they realised who I was and why I was there.
I had always hoped that one day a book of mine would be released in hardcover, but I didn’t expect to get so emotional to see if for the first time! The book designer at my publisher did such an amazing job, and the white on the cover feels like linen, and the graphics and type are glossy and raised. Inside is a gorgeous floral design and there’s also a built-in bookmark that is a lovely grey ribbon. One of my bookish German friends told me these bookmarks were very popular with the East German publishers and, as my publisher was originally in East Berlin (and was the largest publisher in the GDR), they’ve continued with this tradition. I found it very hard to stop gazing at this beautiful piece of art that my publisher had created.
After signing books I started my trek back to the hotel, exhausted but elated. As I walked through a gorgeous park and in front of a statue of Strauss, I found a group of people dancing tango. The DJ played music but it could only be heard by the dancers as they wore headphones. Given my first book was about the tango, I couldn’t help but take this as a sign that this trip would be unforgettable. Vienna had already captured my heart but that was just the beginning … Stay tuned for more!
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Hooray! Today is the official release day for Under the Spanish Stars for readers living in the USA, Canada, UK and beyond (for readers in Australia and NZ, Under the Spanish Stars was released in February, 2016 – click HERE for details).
So, what’s the story about? Here’s the rundown:
Amid the vivid beauty of Granada, a woman entrusted with unraveling a family secret will discover the truth about her heritage–and the alluring promise of love…
When her beloved grandmother falls ill, Charlotte Kavanagh will do whatever she asks of her–even if it means traveling to a country that broke her abuela’s heart. Can an unsigned painting of a flamenco dancer unlock the secrets of her grandmother’s youth in Spain? To find the answers she needs, Charlotte must convince the charismatic and gifted musician, Mateo Vives to introduce her to a secluded gypsy clan.
The enigmatic Mateo speaks the true language of flamenco, a culture Charlotte must learn to appreciate if she wants to understand her grandmother’s past–and the flamenco legend that has moved souls to beauty, and bodies to the heights of passion. As Mateo leads her into the captivating world of the music and the dance, Charlotte embraces her own long-denied creative gift and the possibility of a future rich with joy…
And if you’d like to purchase a copy, you can get it through most e-tailers and if you prefer print, you can order it online and it will arrive on your doorstep in no time!
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this writing journey and for sharing posts, telling people about my book and the lovely readers who take time out of their precious days to immerse themselves in the worlds I create. You are all wonderful!
Stay tuned – there’s some more exciting news about to let out of the bag!
One of the best parts about being a writer is the chance to meet – either online or in person – some really amazing and wonderful readers from all over the world. Recently, the fabulous AusRom Today held their annual Reader’s Choice Awards and I was very lucky to be nominated in four categories. People had a chance to cast votes for their favourite author or book, and I am very happy to say that I was awarded Best Established Author of the Year and the cover for UNDER THE SPANISH STARS won Cover of the Year!
A million thank you’s and eternal gratitude to all my lovely readers and friends who voted and have supported me on this amazing publishing journey. I wouldn’t be here without your wonderful encouragement and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
2017 is shaping up to be quite the year already and I will have lots of news very soon. If you’d like to be the first to know, please sign up for my VIP Club!
Please also go and check out AusRom Today and see who the other nominees are as well as the winners of other categories. There are some amazing Australian authors on those lists. And while you’re there, check out the book reviews and interviews – it’s such a great website if you love Aussie fiction.
Once again, thank you so much to everyone who has ever read my books, nominated or voted for me, shared my posts or told people about my books – you truly are stars!
Wow, it’s been a busy couple of days! I am delighted to reveal the cover for Under the Spanish Stars, out with Kensington Books 6 December for those outside Aus/NZ. (If you are an Aus/NZ resident, please click here. for your version).
Here goes …
Amid the vivid beauty of Granada, a woman entrusted with unraveling a family secret will discover the truth about her heritage—and the alluring promise of love…
When her beloved grandmother falls ill, Charlotte Kavanagh will do whatever she asks of her—even if it means traveling to a country that broke her abuela’s heart. Can an unsigned painting of a flamenco dancer unlock the secrets of her grandmother’s youth in Spain? To find the answers she needs, Charlotte must convince the charismatic and gifted musician, Mateo Vives to introduce her to a secluded gypsy clan.
The enigmatic Mateo speaks the true language of flamenco, a culture Charlotte must learn to appreciate if she wants to understand her grandmother’s past—and the flamenco legend that has moved souls to beauty, and bodies to the heights of passion. As Mateo leads her into the captivating world of the music and the dance, Charlotte embraces her own long-denied creative gift and the possibility of a future rich with joy…
Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m one lucky gal, indeed! I’m very much looking forward to sharing the story of Charlotte, Mateo, Katarina and Raul with you.
You can pre-order your copy below:
Thank you to everyone who entered the Under the Spanish Stars #shelfie contest. There were many fabulous pics spread across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Your enthusiasm for putting our lovely heroine, Charlotte, in some interesting positions kept me entertained! Because I had so many great entries, I’ve decided to give away an extra Spanish fan.
To see the compilation of entries set to some cool music CLICK HERE
But of course, you want to know who won the Spanish Stars mug and Spanish fan, don’t you?
And the winner is … drumroll …. JAN VAN ENGEN!
This is the entry that was drawn out of a hat (very technical way of doing things, I know).
And the winner of another Spanish fan is … LEANNE MCFADYEN!
Congrats Jan and Leanne thank you to everyone who entered. Happy reading!
To celebrate the release of my new book, Under the Spanish Stars, I’m running a #shelfie contest!
What is the prize, you ask? A gorgeous Under the Spanish Stars mug and a lovely Spanish fan.
Entry is simple, and you can enter as many times as you like (with different photos and types of social media). Every entry gives you an extra chance – the more entries, the better the chance of winning!
Here are the details:
Post a photo of Under the Spanish Stars out in the wild – either on a bookshelf in a store, on your e-reader or being read by you or a friend/family member (the more creative the better!). Use your social media account to share your pic with me (details of how to tag me below) and use the hashtag #shelfie.
Entries will be open from 9.00 am Friday, 29 January, 2016 until 8.00 pm, Sunday, 14 February AEST (because why not end the contest on the day of romance?).
Here’s the links to my social media accounts.
Or, if you don’t have any of these, post your pic in the comments below.
After the closing date I will randomly draw a winner. The winner will be notified and announced no later than 17 February.
PLEASE NOTE: This contest is only open to Australian and New Zealand readers as the book is only available in this region (at the moment!).
And to get you started, here are some examples that have already been sent to me:
A special thank you gift to you, my lovely readers –
I’ve written a FREE NOVELLA as a lead-up to my new release (Under the Spanish Stars) and it’s available now!
Don’t worry if you don’t have an ereader, you can read it on the computer or your tablet (just check the retailer’s delivery method on their site where you order).
Here’s a brief rundown on the story:
Charlotte Kavanagh is averse to risk and researches every decision she makes. Although it hasn’t helped her recently with her failed romance, a job she despises and a strong feeling there is a better life out there—somewhere.
When her grandmother takes ill and requests Charlotte travels to Spain to solve a mystery, Charlotte faces a huge decision—stay with the status quo or face her fears and take the biggest risk of her life…
Available for order from 26 December (links will be added when e-tailers have them available):
Folks, I am so happy to finally reveal the cover for my next novel – Under The Spanish Stars (coming out in Aus/NZ in February 2016). I absolutely adore what Harlequin MIRA have come up with and it reflects the journey of my heroine, Charlotte, from Australia to Spain beautifully.
Under The Spanish Stars is now available for pre-order!
If you click on the link below it will take you through to Harlequin’s website. It will also give you links to other online retailers.
Here’s the blurb:
An Australian woman’s life-changing journey, a secret from the past, a passionate encounter …
Charlotte Kavanagh’s beloved grandma Katarina Sanchez is gravely ill, so when she begs Charlotte to travel to her homeland in Andalucía to uncover the truth behind a mysterious painting, Charlotte agrees. Taking leave from her soul-destroying job and stalled life in Australia, Charlotte embarks on a quest through Granada’s ancient cobble-stoned streets and vibrant neighbourhoods. There she meets Mateo Vives, a flamenco guitarist with a dark past, and through him she quickly becomes entangled in the world of flamenco and gypsies that ignites a passion she had thought lost.
But the mystery surrounding the painting deepens, reaching back in time to the war-torn Spain of the 1940s and Charlotte discovers her grandmother’s connection to the Spanish underground. Who is her grandmother, really? What is Mateo’s connection to her family history? And why is finding answers to a family mystery turning into a journey of self-discovery for Charlotte?
Weighed down by secrets, betrayals and shattered relationships, Charlotte finds herself questioning the true meaning of heritage, family and love.