Feed Your Reader: Rural Suspense and a Trope Bundle

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Still waters run deep in Wongan Creek…

When spray drift ruins his crop and throws his ability to hold on to the family farm into question, Harley Baker wants to confront his neighbour and shout his rage and worry to the sky. But arguments are tricky when the woman whose herbicides killed his crop is also the woman he’s loved his whole life.

Tameka Chalmers knows that her father’s farming methods are outdated, inefficient, and even dangerous, so when Harley charges her with the loss of his livelihood, she can only accept the blame. There’s so much she would like to do differently, but her father’s rule is absolute and if she wants to keep working the farm she loves, she must do as she’s told.

But the simple action of speaking with Harley, the man she wants but can never have, starts an unexpected chain reaction of events that throw everything she’s ever known into question: her past, her family, her life. Dark secrets come to light and when Tameka is injured in a house fire, she and Harley have one small chance to seize a lifetime of happiness, if only they are able to rise from the ashes and claim it.

“An intriguing romantic suspense, Secrets at Wongan Creek is one I highly recommend.” – Brenda, Goodreads

“It’s easy to get lost in Juanita Kees’s take on the Australian rural communities.” – Dísir, Goodreads

“I truly enjoyed the characters, the Australian setting and the author’s writing.” – Jo Ann, Goodreads

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Three full-length novels about those situations where you find yourself up close and personal…

What Love Sounds Like – Alissa Callen

Outback speech pathologist, Mia Windsor, believes her morning from hell is over. Then city-boy Kade Reid strides into her office and announces he and his wide-eyed niece are her new clients.

For Kade Reid, money is as important as breathing. But when he becomes an instant father to four-year-old Tilly, he escapes to the only place he was allowed to be a child…the family property of Berrilea.

As Mia and Kade work together to help Tilly overcome her speech delay, can they face their fears in order to give Tilly the family she so desperately needs?

Getting Real – Ainslie Paton

Rielle Mainline is a rock star with a hardcore image, a troubled heart, and a tour to front with her band, Ice Queen. She should be ecstatic. But the tour includes Sydney and Rielle has spent years running away from that city.

Jake Reed knows Rielle’s reputation as a prize bitch will make being Ice Queen’s tour manager a challenge, but Jake’s confident he can handle her — until he meets her. Sparks fly, tempers flare, and two loners are about to discover that being alone isn’t the same as being lonely.

Loving The Prince – Nicole Murphy

Cassandra Wiltmore is the heir to the throne of Rica, but it’s unlikely she’ll be stepping up any time soon. So she spends her days managing and building the Rican Balcite Mining Company. When an unwelcome bid for the mining license is announced, and threats and thefts ensue, Cassandra is forced to hire a new protector. If only the best man for the job wasn’t also the best-looking man she’s ever seen.

Kernan Radaton has ambition, and as protector to Cassandra Wiltmore, he’s well placed to reach his goals. If only his new all-business boss didn’t make him think only of pleasure. Now is not the time for a distraction, but once everything is safe again, Kernan has new goals — ones that involve a lot of time spent getting to know his boss on a very personal level.

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AusRomToday – Reader Choice Nominees!

We are thrilled to be super well-represented in the inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards! Voting is so simple, and we would absolutely love it if you found the time to support your favourite Australian authors by visiting the AusRomToday facebook page.

Here are the Escape Publishing nominees:

Best New Author21471Lisa Ireland

Best Established Author

21489Amy Andrews

22839Juliet Madison

22579Fiona Palmer

Author of the Year

21489Amy Andrews

8864Alissa Callen

Cover of the Year

21767Engaging the Enemy – Susanne Bellamy

ARRA Nominees – Alissa Callen

The Twelve Days of ARRA Voting

What Love Sounds Like is a sweet story filled with self-discovery, romance and sugar-loaded foods. Mia Windsor, an outback speech pathologist, uses food as a fun way for orphaned four-year-old Tilly to practice her clear ‘c’ talking. Whether it be eating popcorn to discover where the back of the throat ‘c’ sound comes from or using fruit loops to make the sound correctly, food is a vital ingredient of Tilly’s speech therapy. Food also links corporate-cynic Kade Reid to the childhood he’d never had.

It seems fitting that any canvassing for ARRA votes involves the food featured in What Love Sounds Like. It also seems fitting, as my daughter is still singing her favourite Christmas song, I use the following format.

On the twelfth day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me twelve chocolate chip cookies.

choc cookiesOn the eleventh day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me eleven lemonade scones.

sconesOn the tenth day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me ten fancy cupcakes.

cupcakesOn the ninth day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me nine cups of caramel popcorn.

corn-1857_640On the eighth day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me eight birthday cakes.

birthday-71672_640On the seventh day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me seven sprinkle sandwiches.

indexOn the sixth day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me six cones of ice-cream.

ice-cream-214986_640On the fifth day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me five glasses of pirate punch.

punchOn the fourth day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me four bowls of fruit loops.

fruit loopsOn the third day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me three scoops of gelato.

gelatoOn the second day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me two characters – a hero in need of fun and laughter and a heroine in need of acceptance.

8864On the first day of ARRA voting my Escape author sent to me one little girl desperate for the loving warmth of a new family.

Love and Romance on the Beach

Thanks so much to all the readers who made it possible to final in four ARRA categories and wishing all the very best to all the other finalists.

Happy voting eating.

Alissa is nominated for Best Short Category Romance and Favourite New Australian Author for What Love Sounds Like. List of finalists: https://australianromancereaders.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/2013-arr-awards-finalists-announced/

Join ARRA to vote: http://www.australianromancereaders.com.au/join.html