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FREE and DISCOUNT romances in the Stuff Your E-Reader Sale

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E-reader a little skinny after the holidays? Stuff it with 75+ FREE and $0.99 romances from best-selling Australian and New Zealand authors. From sexy or sweet contemporaries to romantic comedy, historical, paranormal, romantic suspense, erotica, women’s fiction and Urban fantasy/Sci-fi/fantasy – we’ve got you covered.

PS: two of my sexy contemporary titles are included – PERFECT STRANGER and POLE POSITION, both at $0.99.

 

PPS: the sale only runs until December 30th, so grab ’em while you can!

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You want to know more?

How can you pass on FREE romances from Tracey Alvarez, Leanna Morgan, Diana Fraser and Demelza Carlton? How about bargains from Bronwen Evans, Heather Boyd and Janet Elizabeth Henderson? And plenty more.

More romances than you can shake a very large stick at… 🙂

Year 2016 written on sand at sunset

* Closes the door on 2016 *

It doesn’t seem almost a year since I woke up to the news that David Bowie had died. I never met him, or even saw him perform live, and yet I felt as saddened by his passing as I would an old friend.

As a teenager, and in my early twenties, I had a number of clear and vivid dreams about him. In those he was a friend, someone who called around to my place and hung out with me, when he wasn’t on tour. There was no concept of Rock Star, he was just David. I don’t recall dreaming about him for years, and then he visited my nocturnal plane the night before he died. Once again we hung out, drank wine and chatted about our lives, and then he was gone. And when I awoke that morning it was to find he’d truly gone.

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2016 was a year of oddities. David Bowie was the first of many celebrities and musicians to go. There were political upheavals with Brexit, and much later, The Donald. There were more terrorist atrocities. The weather seemed confused too. Extremes of everything – and the ground shook HARD in New Zealand.

Was anything good this year?

I discovered SUITS on TV and binge-watched my way through all 5 seasons. I ❤ Harvey.

I read some fantastic books. I fell in love with Sarina Bowen’s new romances (True North series), set in Vermont. Also her Ivy Years college romances.

I listened to some awesome music. There was the day-long Homegrown Music Festival in Wellington (in March), featuring the best of New Zealand’s live music. I also discovered Highly Suspect, Kaleo, and Broods.

If you somehow haven’t heard Highly Suspect, you don’t know what you’re missing. And THIS video. It’s just… WOW! Shot entirely underwater, in a single take, she really does hold her breath that long. Incredible!

I hope 2017 is kind to us.

What were your high (low) lights of the year?

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A Holiday Treat from Sofia Grey

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Go on, treat yourself. You’ve been busy shopping, and planning your holiday celebrations, but now it’s time for you. I’ve discounted two of my contemporary romances for a limited time. At $0.99 each, you can afford to lose yourself without breaking the bank. Enjoy  🙂

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PERFECT STRANGER

Kate’s having the birthday from hell. A sadistic boss and rumors of a corporate takeover threatening her handpicked team are bad enough, but then her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. In a monsoon.

A one-night stand with the delicious Jordan Merrill is probably not her best idea, but it’s far more appealing than room service and pay-per-view. Like Cinderella, she runs away from the best night of her life, but instead of leaving a glass slipper, she drops her business card.

Like Prince Charming, Jordan isn’t satisfied with just one night, though he and Kate live hundreds of miles apart.

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Perfect Rebound is now available (a contemp novella from Sofia Grey)

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If you read and enjoyed PERFECT STRANGER, this one is for you. It wraps up the budding relationship between Cade and Jenny  🙂

 

PERFECT REBOUND

 

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Cade’s been in love with Jenny for years. She’s recovering from an abusive marriage, and is scared of falling for the wrong guy again.

With Cade about to move halfway around the world for his job, time is running out to show Jenny he’s more than her best friend.

He’d be the perfect rebound, if only she’d take a chance on him.

 

Available for $0.99 from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

 

 

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Jenny was so far out of my league, she could have been in a different time zone.

She was blonde, bubbly, and gorgeous, while I was a geek. Her idea of a good night out included friends and drinks, while mine was more likely to involve pixels or lines of code.

And yet, we hit it off. She was so damned kind, with a heart the size of Kansas. Or Texas. Whichever was larger.

I stared at the phone in my hand and forced myself to think about the call I just took. Best career opportunity ever. The chance to work for a respected previous boss, on his dream team. Promotion to Lead Developer. Pay raise, of course, an exciting project, and a trip Down Under—six to eight months in New Zealand, visa organized for me and all expenses paid.

What was stopping me from calling right back and saying yes?

Jenny.

Could I bear to be away from her for so long?

We weren’t a couple, much as I loved the idea, and though Jen had started divorce proceedings, it might be years before she was free of her shit of a husband. We were the best of friends, who not only worked together but also shared a house. Anything more was as unlikely as flying to the moon. On my motorbike.

There was every chance Jen would relish the idea of having the house to herself. I wouldn’t know until I talked to her, and that had to be soon. Alan wanted a decision quickly.

My head whirling, I walked back to my desk and found Jen bent over, writing a sticky note for me. I paused and watched, drinking in the sight of her luscious arse, the tight skirt clinging to her thighs. Jen had the figure of a 1950’s pin-up model, with curves that screamed to be touched and blonde hair that bounced as though she was taking part in a shampoo commercial. She was fucking gorgeous.

Slow down, Cade. It was only six months since she left Rob. It was too soon for me to make a move on her.

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A New Direction

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After three years of publishing sexy romances, I’m changing direction. My next major release, LYING IN SHADOWS, is a little different. It’s a romantic suspense, true, but without the bedroom action. Trust me, the characters still get it on, but there’s so much else going on in the book, that it didn’t need the extra oomph from the sweaty clinches.

fear-kills-bwThis is all a bit scary. The readers I’ve attracted love the heat in my books, so why am I taking this risk?

It’s a brand new series, admittedly with some characters from my previous books, and so it gives me the opportunity to attract new readers – ones who might have shied away from me before.

I’ll still be writing sexy scenes, but not in this series.

What do you think? Do you flip the pages until you find the scorching sex scenes, or do you skim past them?

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FREE ebook – Wolf at the Door (Snowdonia Wolves #1)

 

For the next 5 days, you can grab a FREE ecopy of Wolf at the Door, the first in my steamy, shifter romance series.

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wolf_at_the_door_cover_for_kindleLove can heal all wounds…

Pop star Lillian Hart is determined never to trust another man. She has no idea that the wolf at her door is anything other than a wounded dog, much less the Alpha of the Snowdonia Wolf pack. There’s something about the wild creature that pulls at her. Then a man with her wolf’s eyes starts to invade her dreams, and reality and fantasy merge in a way that has her hoping, against all odds, for dreams to come true.

Lillian may have sworn off men, but Jake’s not just any man, he’s a shifter, and he’s about to shift Lillian’s world to make room for him. He vows to claim her as his Mate, and when Jake makes a vow, he keeps it. But Lillian wants to take it slow and Jake is not about to waste any time.

In this battle of wills, both discover giving in and trusting their hearts can heal even the deepest of hurts.

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5 post-quake behaviours

Living on an active fault line

I’ve experienced a few earthquakes now, two of which were scary. I’m talking huddled-under-the-desk scared, with ten floors of offices above my head, while the building shook like a rattle in a toddler’s fist. Not fun.

Most of them are gentle, varying from a slight jolt to a swaying sensation, much like being on a boat. I’m fine with those, after all, it’s part of the trade-off for living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world: it’s also one of the most seismically active.

Anyway. Most people who live here, certainly those in the vast area from Christchurch through to Wellington, have adopted new behaviours over the past few years.

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1. Keep the phone charged

As soon as it drops to half-battery, I whip out my charging cable. It might shave a few months from the expected lifespan of the battery, but it’s better than being caught with no electricity and just a few minutes of power left.

 2. Carry the phone everywhere!

While I’m at work, it goes with me (on silent) to every meeting, every time I venture outside, or go to the bathroom or the kitchen. If I get stuck somewhere, I can use it to call for help (if the phone network is still working), use the flashlight (another reason to always keep the battery full!), or—hopefully—text my family to tell them I’m safe and to ask if they’re okay.

3. Keep the petrol tank in the car at least half full

I might have to evacuate in a hurry, with no time to top up the tank. Also, in the event of a big quake, the power lines will be down and the petrol stations not working.

4. Look out for ‘safe zones’ when out and about

The main shopping street in Wellington is filled with tower blocks and glass. I dread the idea of being caught there if the Big One happened, but I keep an eye on safe zones: doorways and recesses, or areas of open ground well away from the buildings. I’d dive under a café table if it offered me some shelter.

5. Always have trainers / flat shoes / walking boots at hand

Wellingtonians usually wear flat shoes around the city (it’s hilly, with uneven sidewalks), but I now always keep a sturdy pair of comfortable trainers (and socks) under my desk. Not so much for walking the ninety km home, but for walking to a friend’s house if I get stranded in the city.

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There are other things I do now, that I never did before (hoard bottled water and muesli bars at home, and always keep a flashlight by the side of my bed), but I might save those for another list.

Did I miss anything? What do you do differently now?

 

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Lying in Shadows (by Sofia Grey) – cover reveal

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Time for a cover reveal

My next major release is the first in my new contemporary romantic suspense series. For those of you who’ve read the TALISMAN series, or POLE POSITION / PERFECT STRANGER, some of the characters will be familiar to you   🙂

Release date is likely to be end December – mid January.

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Marianne needs to find who’s leaking corporate secrets, before her company loses another major contract. What she doesn’t need is an affair with her married boss. Even worse, to fall in love with him.

She discovers the security leak is more than a case of commercial espionage: someone is lying in the shadows, playing games with them. Now more than her heart and career are at stake–her life is on the line.

A quick (unedited) excerpt

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Did the earth move for you? Hell, yes!

 

Living in the shadow of The Big One

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It’s weird to think that earthquakes have become part of our lives. It’s normal to keep food supplies and a pair of sturdy running shoes under my desk in the office, along with a list of friends in the town who I could go to, in the event I couldn’t get home.

 

Normal too, to have quake supplies at home. Strong plastic boxes with basic foodstuffs. A camping stove. Lots and LOTS of bottled water. Torches in every room, and emergency lights that come on in the event of a power cut. We get some bad storms here in winter, and those babies have been worth their weight in gold.

 

For as long as we’ve lived in the Wellington region of New Zealand, we’ve been aware of the quake risk, in particular, the Big One that everyone fears will happen. The one in the middle of the day when the offices and shops are all full. The one that cuts off the capital from the rest of the country, with dwindling food and water supplies and no way for aid to come in. The one that generates a deadly tsunami.

 

Sunday night was our first serious tsunami threat, and believe me, I don’t want a re-run of that. Waking at midnight to a gently rocking bed, I could dismiss it as just-another-quake, but then it rocked a bit harder. I scrambled out as I shouted to Teen Son (already awake) and husband (watching TV), and that’s when the jolt hit. Normally, you get a gentle roll, and then either a jolt or a long rolling motion, but this was different. It jolted. And it JOLTED. And then again. Scared? You bet. The house creaked and rattled, boxes fell over, and the grandfather clock stopped. The furbabies mostly ran for cover, apart from Mitten, settled on a pillow, who just watched me with a baffled expression on her face.

 

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Where the quake was felt (across NZ)

Losing the electricity was no surprise, but our emergency lights kicked in. Then came the guessing game of how-big, and how-far-away? Finding our cellphones still worked was a huge plus. The initial reports looked bad, but not that bad. 6.2, maybe. Or 6.6. It finally settled on M.7.5, in a remote part of South Island some two hundred miles away from us. Holy fuck, we said. We were lucky. Lucky it happened at home, while we were all together. Lucky it wasn’t the middle of the day when we could all become stranded, miles from home.

 

The power came back on almost two hours after the quake, at which point we scrambled to make tea. Hey, we’re English.  🙂

 

However, despite our proximity to the beach, we didn’t immediately think tsunami. We were too busy firing off messages and emails to friends and family to check they were okay, and to reassure them of our safety.

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It quickly became apparent, this was a real threat, but we saw conflicting updates depending on where we looked. Some sites advised east coast locations at risk, others included Wellington and Kapiti (where we live). If we did have to evacuate, we needed to be ready.

 

Our earthquake / tsunami plan needs a bit of fine-tuning, but we had the basics nailed down. Loading the cars with prearranged items. Grabbing warm coats and strong shoes. Extra batteries. Getting the cat carriers ready for use. Figuring out where to go.

 

Somewhere around four in the morning, I whined that while the quake had been scary, the wait-and-see for the tsunami was worse. It shredded every last nerve.

 

The alerts were called off around five, and we let out a sigh of relief. Finally, we could get some sleep, apart from the aftershocks still vibrating the house of course.

 

Some ten years ago, while planning our move from the UK to New Zealand, top of our list of decisions was where to live. The bustling city of Auckland, way in the north? The capital, Wellington, at the bottom of the North Island, or Christchurch, halfway down the South Island.

 

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Auckland was out. We were moving to get away from busy cities. Wellington straddles a number of major fault lines and is at risk from earthquakes, so that was also a no. Christchurch, we said. The population is lighter, it’s more rural, but still with a city’s commerce and industry.   As it turned out, I received a job offer in Wellington and that’s where we went.

 

And in hindsight? Wow. I’m glad we made that decision. The imagery of the Christchurch quake in 2011 still haunts me. The loss of 185 lives. A city centre that has only just re-opened for business in some parts. We are happy with our choice of Wellington for work, and a home in a quiet beachside village an hour north of the capital.

 

We were lucky again this time. We’ll re-jig our survival kits and evacuation plans, and get back to normal in a few days. We’ll pull faces, and shrug over the aftershocks, and pretend we weren’t scared by them. The offices will re-open for work, and we’ll swap stories over coffee, trading tips for emergency plans, and laughing at our dumb choices. Canned chicken? Great, except none of us actually eat it!

 

But I know, every time the floor moves beneath my feet, I instantly think: is this the Big One?