New Release for Ann B Harrison

12767298_901521493296645_2103198044_nWhen her husband is killed in a botched robbery, Ryder Quinn can’t bear to stay in America because of the memories. She takes her daughter and moves back to the country of her birth, Australia. There she finds employment in the small country town of Mudgee and tries to fit in with the family she never had a chance to get to know when she was little.
Given her experience with the FBI, her boss decides she should go over old cold cases. After a couple of warnings, things go wrong which eventuate in the criminals getting too close for comfort.
Family connections, whispered insults and unexplained incidents make this case impossible for Ryder to quit.
Amongst all the chaos, her main focus is to find somewhere safe and happy to bring up Ebony. Has she made the right decision moving half way across the world?

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Chasing Dreams by Kerrie Paterson

Chasing-Dreams-2501Almost twenty years ago, Belinda Morrison’s teenage dreams of playing top level cricket were shattered after a night of fun went wrong. While she lay in a hospital bed, the ute’s driver, her boyfriend Marc, left town. 
Now Marc Orsini’s a cop, and has been sent back to Hope Creek as a temporary posting. 
The sparks are still there, stronger than ever, and after a shaky start, their relationship ignites again. 
With many ties to the community, the town is Bel’s life, but Marc has responsibilities elsewhere. She can’t risk a short-term romance, but how can she let him walk out of her life for a second time? 

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Conspiracy in Emilia Romagna by Erin Moira O’Hara

Conspiracy2_Final copySOPHIA DEROSA becomes entangled in a deadly web of deception when she sets out to prove the Santinis, a wealthy Italian family, were behind a conspiracy to destroy her father. Her plans come undone when she encounters Ricardo Santini, a man determined to guard his family name at all costs. After several attempts are made on her life, Sofia must trust in the very people she’s certain were behind the conspiracy.
RICARDO SANTINI is a tough negotiator and an intimidating adversary. He’s worked hard to restore the family vineyard after Giuseppe DeRosa almost destroyed it. The Santini’s are about to launch a chain of luxury hotels throughout Emilia Romagna when Sofia DeRosa arrives in Bologna. She is beautiful, strong-willed, and set on proving her father’s innocence. Ricardo finds her dangerously irresistible, yet to protect his family, he must keep her close.

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The Vine by Lauren K McKeller

The Vine Ebook CoverWork hard. Family first. Protect your heart. 

They’re the three rules Eva Storey has lived by, ever since that one terrible night in her past. That one terrible night when Eva lost everyone she loved.

And it was all. Her. Fault.

Now, Eva spends her days working hard on the Storey Family vineyard, and on keeping her secret from everyone in town. She doesn’t have time for Bindarra Creek’s sexy new firefighter or his rigorous hazard-reduction burning.

And she definitely doesn’t have time to fall in love. When sparks fly between the strong-willed couple, Eva’s deadly secret comes tumbling out. Will their fiery passion be enough to overcome her charred past?

It’s fire season, baby, and Eva’s going to get burned.

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ONE MORE DAY by Linda Charles

onemoredayfinalSometimes it’s good to go country …

Local grazier Matt Stirling’s life is about to change.

He’s Mr Loyal to his best mate and the town he loves. A dangerous teenage dare cost Matt and his best mate their planned futures. Since then love has never been an option, besides flings are overrated until he meets fun-loving opera singer, Kate Martin. Kate arrives in town to create a regional schools choir. With her plans for the children in mind she pushes her way into his life. For the first time in years Matt starts to think about his future as he teaches this sexy international star about living in the country because she is making him desire things he shouldn’t.

For the first time in her life, Kate can be Kate without a string of advisors monitoring her every move. She’s been a city girl for too long and has escaped to the country to discover the real Kate. Her idea of country living included cows, spiders and home-cooking, she didn’t have someone like Matt in mind, with his lean hard body and winning smile.

When the consequences of Matt’s tragic past surfaces Matt and Kate wonder if they can be together beyond one more day.

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Tempting Fate by Erin Moira O’Hara

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Honoring their mother’s last wish, Samantha Quinn and her young brother leave the vibrant, beachside city of Newcastle for a small country town in Northern New South Wales. Samantha’s quest is to locate the woman who gave her up at birth. She never imagined meeting a man who could tempt her to stay, or that she’d be running for her life from a raging bush fire, armed bandits, and stampeding cattle.

Riley Morgan is enjoying life after ten grueling years in Sydney’s Drug Squad. As Senior Sergeant in his hometown of Bindarra Creek, his toughest duty these days is seeing the occasional drunk safely home. Then fate delivers Samantha— a sexy, gutsy and enthralling woman who threatens to take the long-standing rivalry between the Morgans and Sullivans into a new arena.

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New Release for Stacey Nash

cover150x250staceyThe one thing that keeps Oxley College’s Molly McLean calm amidst midterm exams and keg parties is knowing she’s got a quiet place to land in her hometown of Bindarra Creek. But even from college, Molly’s heard rumours about her small country hometown’s big city makeover. She knows reviving tiny Bindarra Creek will draw in more tourists—so while home for the summer, she sets out to convince her conservative parents to spruce up their motel in order to cash in on the influx of new business that will surely come.

However, Molly never thought the town’s makeover would have a negative impact on her little slice of home until she returns to the stables were she’s worked every summer since she was thirteen. Sexy city boy Callan Hunter is turning the tranquil property she loves into another churn-people-through tourist spot. Butting heads with the business-minded hottie is the last way Molly thought she’d be spending her holidays, but there’s no way she can stand around and allow the stables her grandad hand-built to be torn down. If she can’t convince Callan to ease up on the bulldozing, Bindarra Creek will no longer be a sanctuary. It’ll be a concrete jungle.

Is home really where the heart is?

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MIND, BODY & SPIRIT

By Erin Moira O’Hara

 

20151111_114916Recently I spent a week at Eden Health Retreat in the Currumbin Valley, which is up in the Hinterland of Queensland’s Gold Coast. This was my second visit to Eden and I must admit I was concerned it might not be as good second time round. It was even better. Over the last year I have practiced Qigong, (pronounced chee gung), which I learned at Eden. It is an ancient Chinese health system that integrates physical postures, breathing and focused intention.

 

This time I took a lot more in. We had cooking lessons on nutrition and healthy eating. We did yoga every day, as well as fitness classes. They introduced us to Zoomba, Hula dancing, martial arts, back care, canoeing, relaxation techniques and walking in the rainforest. We ate delicious organically grown food and I had a couple of mud baths. Great fun.

 

20151108_140845There is no Internet or phone reception. No alcohol, tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar or smoking. At first most of the guests have their masks firmly in place. They are polite but reserved. Around day three everything changes. Everyone is talking and smiling. Laughter is very common, especially around the dining tables at lunch and dinner. By day five, we are a close-knit group, encouraging and supportive of each other. There are a few challenges over the week that take you out of your comfort zone, although once achieved you feel like can do anything.

 

The staff is made up of professional trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, masseuses etc. There are a huge variety of herbal teas and a delicious concoction is made up every day of water, citrus fruits, strawberries and mint. The days are structured, although if you don’t wish to participate, you can do your own thing. Guests are free to take time out and read by the pool or work out in the well-equipped gym.

 

Now it may not be for everyone, but I have to say the change in people’s personas from the beginning of the week to the end is remarkable. You feel so well and bright and happy. The trick is to continue the healthy life style once you come home. The break from technology is confronting for some to start with, but soon disappears as guests interact with each other.

 

20151111_114947For something different I did a meditation class in Mandalas colouring. There is no talking as you sit in a beanbag, colouring intricate designs as soft music plays in the background. The mind drifts from thing to thing and I found myself plotting a whole new story.

So the whole point of Eden is to nourish the mind, body and spirit. We all get caught up in our busy lives. Be it work, our families, or our interests, there is never enough time in the day. Our stress levels rise and a lot of people don’t have time to prepare healthy meals or have a half hour walk each morning, which would cut their heart attack rate by 50%.

We all love our chocolate, lollies, biscuits and coffee. Yet a peach, banana or cup of mixed nuts would be so much healthier, and plain old water is great for the brain. Cook with cold pressed coconut oil, give up sugar, and add a little exercise to your daily routine. It’s an old cliché but you are responsible for your own health and happiness. We all need to take care of our minds, bodies and spirits.

 

Here is a simple refreshing drink that takes two minutes to prepare.

Fill a jug with water then add a sliced orange, lemon and lime. Add some mint leaves then refrigerate.

 

Or, a daily drink full of electrolytes, potassium, chlorophyll and vitamins. In a blender add 2 handfuls of baby spinach, 2 bananas, 1 litre of coconut water, 1 cup of blueberries, 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 2 tablespoons of cacao. Blend together and have one glass a day. No need for pills.

 

More about Qigong.

 

The word Qigong is made up of two Chinese words. Qi means the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong means skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together Qigong means cultivating energy. It is practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Qigong can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles involve posture, breathing techniques, and mental focus.

 

The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps retain vitality, maintain health into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. One of the more important long-term effects is that Qigong reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection. People do Qigong to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit. When these three aspects of our being are integrated, it encourages a positive outlook on life and helps eliminate harmful attitudes and behaviors. It also creates a balanced life style, which brings greater harmony, stability, and enjoyment.

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New Release – The CEO Mechanic by Sandie James (A Bindarra Creek Romance)

A huge congratulations to our joint co-founder of Hunter Romance Writers, enthusiastic member and fab friend, Sandie James for her debut release, The CEO Mechanic.

This is also Sandie’s first foray into the world of self-publishing – well done, Sandie. May this be the first of many more books to come.

The CEO Mechanic is the fourth stand-alone book in the contemporary, rural series, A Bindarra Creek Romance and was published on 20th October 2015.

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BLURB: THE CEO MECHANIC © Sandie James 2015

Can the small town of Bindarra Creek erase the demons from his past and help him find love and forgiveness?

Struggling to come to terms with the guilt of his younger brother’s death and the resultant media attention, Mac Stafford heads to the country for solitude. Hopefully, the small town of Bindarra Creek will offer the peace he craves. He takes on the job of mechanic at the local garage as a challenge to get the struggling business back on its feet.

However, nothing keeps the demons away at night.

After being summoned home by her father, Brooke Fairfax arrives in Bindarra Creek and finds herself instantly attracted to the town’s new mechanic. Her feelings deepen when Mac shows a kindness to Brooke’s younger brother who is a Down syndrome child.

She has little faith in men after discovering her ex-boyfriend only dated her to better his position in her family’s business. And let’s face it her father and older brother do little to improve her view. But, surely a man who demonstrates such compassion to Davey has the honesty they lack?

When she discovers Mac has lied and not confided in her with the truth, her trust in him is shattered.

Working together for the good of the town gives Mac an opportunity to demonstrate his integrity to Brooke; but can she let go her prejudice and believe in his love?

The CEO Mechanic is available from all Amazon platforms. Amazon AU, Amazon US, Amazon UK. And will soon be available as a paperback through Createspace.

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Overcoming distractions

squirrelI’m very good at getting distracted. In fact even while writing this I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone off on another tangent. I went to open up WordPress to start drafting my article and discovered I didn’t have access to the admin section with my author profile, just my personal one. So I flicked over to Outlook to send an email requesting access. While I was there a work email caught my eye that I had to answer – but before I could reply I had to quickly make a change for them to their website. That done, I’ve opened up Word and finally started typing.

But the new mail notification in my task bar is showing up, tempting me to flick back and see what the mail is. There’s a 99% chance it will be junk or spam – but hey, it might be a publisher offering me a multi-million dollar deal.

And I’m sure I just heard the ding of a Facebook notification.

I’m telling you, Doug the dog from Up has got nothing on me.

Squirrel!!

But I have to figure out how to stop, because constant distractions mean I never get anything done. Especially when I’m writing, distractions take me out of the scene and it takes me forever to get back in – if I don’t completely side-tracked in the meantime.

Over school holidays, I took myself off to the library a couple of times for the afternoon to write. I purposely didn’t connect up to their WiFi, put my headphones in to block out noise and was able to concentrate on writing. That seemed to work well but isn’t practical for me every day.

Some things I’ve tried which work well – when I remember to use them – are:

  • Internet killers. I have Freedom, the software app that kills your internet for a specified amount of time, and there is no way to get it back before that without rebooting your machine.
  • Timers. I have a Pomodoro app on my phone – it ticks away for 25 mins and then rings an alarm to tell me the time is up. Strangely the ticking seems to help focus me.
  • Turn off Facebook and Outlook. These are my biggest distractions. Just knowing that there is something happening “out there” that will give my brain a boost is very alluring. I suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out)!
  • Going somewhere without internet. I have my little lightweight netbook that I can take with me to write. It gives me a change of scenery and no internet distractions.
  • Pause before switching. One of my favourite blogs, Zen Habits, suggests making yourself pause when you get the urge to switch to something new. Take a breath and ask yourself if you really want to fritter your life away checking Facebook / Outlook / Pinterest etc.

Most of these focus more on internal distractions rather than external. Having my son at home means I’m constantly open to external distractions – which require a whole new set of strategies. And honestly, other than saying “I’m not going to be available for the next x minutes” and sticking to it and then not getting distracted by myself, I’ve got no ideas!

So I’m asking for help – what are your best tips for not getting distracted (internal and external)? Or does it simply come down to willpower? (In which case, I’m sunk!)

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