Friday, September 3, 2021

Out Now. Outback Secrets.

I'm thrilled to let you know that Outback Secrets is Out Now on Amazon Au. It may take a while to upload to all Amazon sites, but it is coming.

It's spring here in Australia and I'm looking forward to the warmer months and to starting another novel.

I do hope you enjoy the read and it takes you away from your everyday problems, especially surrounding the covid.

Excerpt:

The flat red land surrounding Abby hadn’t diminished, and the road ahead held a mesmerising shimmer. The old saying to fry an egg on the bonnet of a vehicle would live up to its expectation, and she wondered if boiling water would be possible.

She had thoughts about changing her clothing during her last stop but with the searing heat and the air conditioner cranked up to the highest setting, she didn’t like her chances of arriving in a dry skirt and white blouse. She’d change as soon as she arrived. The clock on the dashboard reminded her she was late, and it was still a little over an hour’s drive to the cattle station. It wasn’t an ideal start to meet the Kinsleys. She’d underestimated how long the trip would take, especially with all the breaks she needed.

The town of Ironbark drifted into view. It was pleasant to see, with the wide main street stretching ahead, dotted by low-lying shrubs and trees. A single pedestrian jaywalked in front of her, unconcerned, like any car would surely stop, and a tumbleweed rolled down the centre of the road. Ironbark sure had changed during the nineteen years she’d been away.

The Ironbark hotel stood tall and displayed the wide verandas she remembered, along with a new pale blue paint job and intricate latticework. A few motels and stores lined either side of the street, also looking like they had always been there. A picture of a musk stick lolly caught her attention; the sign below read, “The Lolly Shop.” Further along, a cafe called ‘The Black Cow” brought a smile to her face. It boasted a logo saying, “The best coffee this side of the black stump.” She’d heard of the imaginary location, although three towns in Australia also claimed to be the original black stump. When you had so little else going for you, Abby mused, finding anything remarkable to claim could make the difference between a dying country town and one on the map.

Leaving the township behind, she reached the one-hundred-and-ten-kilometre zone, and the land opened up once again. With well over nine hours on the road, it was becoming monotonous. There wasn’t anything to look at except the straight bitumen road and various roadkill, enclosed by barren land.

Over half an hour before the turn-off to Corundin Station, the Noble property moved into view. She pulled to a stop before a timber fence entangled by out-of-control vines. Tall grass dominated the surrounding paddocks, and weeds overtook the driveway. The cattle grid was barely recognisable, smothered by years of neglect.

Distance and pine trees, which seemed much taller these days, obscured the house. Memories of her parents surfaced. It was a shame how everything turned out. In a trance, she climbed from the vehicle and took a few steps towards the gate. Not a branch or leaf moved in the surrounding trees, and the deafening sound of cicadas were the only sounds she could hear.

It’d been a long time since she’d set foot on Noble soil and a sense of regret tugged at her heartstrings. I’ll find out what happened to you, Dad. I know you didn’t take off on purpose. I know that something dreadful took place.

She had to confront the Kinsleys, and it wasn’t going to happen standing here with her ghosts. With a heavy heart, she exhaled her tension and walked back to her vehicle.

Half an hour later, she turned off the main road and travelled for another ten minutes along a dirt road. The surroundings were a stark contrast to what lay beyond the perimeter. The Kinsley place was gigantic. Trees with thick bases, appearing centuries-old, provided shade, and a Jacaranda tree in full bloom softened the area. It was like an exotic oasis. She manoeuvred past rainwater tanks and a tennis court, with several buildings to her right, before pulling up in front of a two-storey home made of stone and timber.

Stone pillars held up a veranda, which appeared to wrap around the entire building, and several dormer windows jutted from the upstairs level. A smile touched her lips when she spotted a joey wandering in the garden. It was difficult to believe such a place existed out here in the middle of nowhere. Deep roots had been planted here, and she suspected had been for generations.

Abby stepped out and stretched the kinks from her body before heading towards the back of the vehicle to extract her clothing. After checking out the area to confirm no one was close by, she quickly slipped off her singlet top and denim shorts. Rushing to get into her black skirt, she’d managed to secure the side zipper and picked up a white blouse when a deep voice broke the silence.

‘Can I help you?’

A quick look over her shoulder revealed a tall, confronting man with muscular arms crossed against his chest. Startled, she fought her arms into the sleeves of her blouse and hastened to secure the buttons.

‘Yes.’ She took a deep breath and cleared her parched throat while she inched her toes into a pair of black sandals. ‘I’m Abby O’Brien.’ She tried to keep her voice level. Let him think she didn’t care about being caught semi-naked on the driveway.

‘Meaning.’ The riot of dark curls that fell over the collar of his chambray shirt was a stark contrast to his cutting brown eyes.

She gave him a quizzical look. ‘I’m the new nurse. Can you tell me where Mr Kinsley is?’

‘I’m Mr Kinsley.’ His eyes turned darker as they bore right through her, and a frown marked his tanned forehead. ‘You’re the new… nurse?’

Amazon Au:

Keep well and safe. :) x Suzanne


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Delay in Publishing

I'm so sorry to inform you that Outback Secrets is still in review with Amazon. I'm hoping it will be realised later on today, if not, within the next few days.

I'll keep you updated as to when it's live. I do apologise but it's out of my hands. 


Keep well and safe in our trying times. 

Suzanne x 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Outback Secrets: Release Date: 1st September 2021

I'm thrilled that I have a release date for Outback Secrets. And what a day it will be. It's the first

day of spring here in Australia, although the wattle is flowering, the plants are shooting and there is a hint of warmth in the atmosphere. Loving it. 

I'm looking forward to this release as it's been through the mill. Meaning, editing, rewriting and editing and rewriting. I'm sure you will enjoy Abby's story.

Blurb: 

According to rumours, Lily Noble’s father drove out into the wilderness nineteen years ago to die. When bones are recently discovered near his abandoned ute, her mother informs her of the details surrounding that devastating day. Now, Lily is determined to find out what happened.

Under the alias of Abby O’Brien, she leaves her job with the police force in the city and accepts a position as a personal nurse to care for Nathaniel and Matthew Kinsley’s mother.

Arriving at the cattle station, Lily thinks she has a foolproof plan until she catches the eye of the elder Kinsley brother and sparks fly.

Secrets are revealed, and the sordid past of the Nobles and Kinsleys comes to a head when Lily discovers a family she didn’t know existed.

Will this news be the glue to hold her to a place she once called home, and can she learn to trust Nathaniel and accept his marriage proposal?

 

e-book only. Amazon Au

Available at all Amazon stores. 



Monday, August 2, 2021

Born in the Outback Discounted.

 Amazon Au is promoting Born in the Outback at a discounted price for as little as $1.49. 


To refresh your mind. 

Blurb: 

Something terrible happened at North Star, forcing Angelina to flee in the middle of the night with her fifteen-year-old daughter.

Seventeen years later, Sarah is called back home to learn she has a half-sister and that the property will be left to the two daughters, with conditions. Staying in the one place for too long could be dangerous, but how can she give up the chance of a lifetime?

Detective Ryan Taylor, North Star’s manager, will not change his attitude towards Sarah even though he is asked to look out for her and show her the ropes of the property. With the sudden suspicious death of her father, Ryan oversees the investigation.

As they learn more about each other, Sarah cannot deny her attraction, but how can she form a relationship when her past is stomping about demanding attention?

When she discovers the reason why her mother left, the memory of that traumatic night returns, along with the relationship she had with Ryan.

Will this new information settle her heart and bring them closer together, or will she keep running, never to return?


Enjoy. x :)