So, a thing is about to happen. On October 20, a fun, sexy, heartwarming little trilogy that I've co-written with Joan Kilby and Karina Bliss will be available for readers at all the usual outlets (Nook, Kobo, Amazon, Apple, etc). The Outback Bachelor Ball series is made up of novellas - Win Me by Joan Kilby, Woo Me by Karina Bliss, and Wait For Me by, well, me!
These novellas centre around the reunion of three friends who first met at a rural boarding school when they were kids. Life has taken them in different directions, but they have a hard and fast rule to catch up on Skype once a month, no matter what. When these books open, that Skype call proves to be a catalyst to all three of them, and they plan a reunion back home in Australia, with the local Bachelor and Spinster Ball providing the venue and entertainment for their fun weekend.
Bachelor and Spinster Balls are a mainstay of rural life in Australia. Usually held over a weekend, they draw people from hundreds of miles away for a night of dancing, drinking and other adult activities(ahem), thanks to all that dancing and drinking. The girls wear gorgeous dresses with work boots because of the often-muddy ground, and the men dress up, too...but sometimes people go in costume, and there is a lot of scallywag activity in the adjacent camping area, again, thanks to all that drinking. In short, it's a big, messy, no-holds-barred party and things can get a little wild.
When Joan, Karina and I sat down to talk about writing a series together, we thought this was the perfect place to put three women at crossroads in their lives, mix them up with three gorgeous, sexy Aussie guys, then sit back and see what happens. Without further ado, here are the book blurbs, along with the links to pre-order all three novellas so they miraculously appear on your e-reader on release day.
She’ll do anything to get him to see her as a woman...
Feisty, fearless Ellie McFarlane has tried forever to get cattle station manager, Rick Drummond, to notice she’s not another cowhand. So when her gal pals talk her into glamming up for an Outback Bachelor and Spinster ball she’s eager to prove she’s all woman, all the time, and leave her boneheaded cowboy eating dust.
Sexy wrangler Rick is crazy about Ellie just as she is but her father – his boss – told him long ago that his daughter was off limits. Even though she’s all grown up now, Rick still feels it’s his job is to protect her, not seduce her. Plus, he’s finally got an opportunity to buy back his family farm, which means moving far away.
Ellie’s transformation from Cinder-Ellie to belle of the ball has Rick’s jaw dropping – and all the other cowboys falling at her feet. Ellie tries to revel in her new-found sex-pot status but without Rick it’s a hollow victory. Has Rick left it too late to claim the only woman he’ll ever truly love....
Can true love overcome a bad hide day and a series of unfortunate events?
Disillusioned in love, Jen Tremaine is done with men. So when her best friends dare her to wear a cow costume to their reunion at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball, she's all over it. Who would have thought dressing as a heifer would make her irresistible to a bunch of lasso-twirling, drunken cowboys?
Maybe you should have thought this through, says the sexy security guard who keeps finding her at the center of trouble. Even though Jen's always dismissed soul mates as a load of bull, the sizzle between them is making her wonder: What if you met The One while wandering lonely as a cow? Would you find the courage to become a believer?
When ex-Special Forces soldier Logan Turner is roped into helping out with security at the B&S ball, he isn't expecting to find love - but after months in all-male company he sure is hoping for lust. He certainly isn't expecting to fall for a feisty, funny, trouble-making Cowderella. Only problem is, she's leaving Australia tomorrow. Convincing Jen they can still have a future together may wind up being the toughest mission of his life.
SOMETIMES IT PAYS TO WAIT FOR THE THINGS YOU WANT, EVEN IF IT’S THE HARDEST THING YOU EVER DO.
Beth Walker hasn’t just been burned by her philandering country music star ex, she’s been barbecued to a crisp. Coming home to Australia and into the arms of her best friends is exactly the balm she needs. Cocktails and laughter at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball seem like the perfect distraction. Until she bumps into the last person she wants seeing her heartsick and pathetic — Jonah Masters, rising country music star and witness to the failure of her marriage. If only she’d met Jonah first. Now she’s broken and won’t ask him to wait until she heals.
Jonah can’t believe he and Beth are finally standing under the same stars. The connection they shared on the road years ago has haunted him but he wouldn’t pursue a married woman. Now she’s free, and Jonah can’t refuse the one night Beth impulsively offers. Can he convince the woman he’s always loved that he’ll wait — however long it takes — for her trust?