Oct 7, 2015

Special Project: Our Christmas Box Set!

Today we have another sneak peek at the stories that will be in the first ever box set of stories from the LoveCats! 

Last week we posted the blurbs of the stories from Michelle Douglas, Helen Lacey, Stefanie London, and Louisa George. This week are the final three stories from the box set.

Millionaire Under The Mistletoe
Kandy Shepherd

The last thing London-based chef Carly de Luca anticipates on her surprise trip home to Sydney for Christmas is a steamy encounter with gorgeous Dylan Burke. Dylan--her first love, and the man she left behind when she fled Australia. Old feelings reignite but high-flying millionaire Dylan won’t take the risk of further heartbreak with beautiful Carly, the woman he’s never been able to forget. Can Christmas weave its magic to help Carly and Dylan let go of past hurts and take a second chance on love?

Her Small Town Christmas Wish
Jennifer St George

Turtle Beach is the last place international singing sensation Giselle Harrington wants to be for Christmas. But she' determined to sell her mother's estate and finally erase all evidence of her tragic past.
Jake Carlton has never forgotten the girl who skipped town without a word, breaking his heart when he was 16 years old. He's followed Giselle’s illustrious career from afar, convinced she'd never return to Turtle Beach. When he discovers she's home for Christmas, will he have a second chance at love or will a terrible secret tear them apart forever? 

All She Wants For Christmas
Rachel Bailey

Two days before Christmas, a helicopter unexpectedly brings mystery author Samuel Ruxthorne's estranged wife to his island home. When she pulls divorce papers from her bag, he's not surprised. Bitterly disappointed, but not surprised. 

Maddy wants to move on with her life. The first step is to divorce her ruggedly handsome, brooding husband, and since he didn't reply when she posted divorce papers, she decides to do the job in person. But when a tropical storm blows up and there's no safe passage off the island for days, will Maddy find that what she really wants for Christmas is something else entirely?

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for Christmas, despite the stress that it often brings of trying to get everything done for the day. Tell me, what are you most looking forward to about Christmas and what's the one thing you wish you could skip this year?

Oct 5, 2015

Vindaloo To Go

I thought I'd share a new favourite recipe!  I've been looking at vegetarian recipes and especially those with chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) because they're full of goodness and they come in convenient, easy to transport, tins!  After a bit of combing through recipes online and in books and then a little adapting I've come up with this chickpea and vegetable semi-vindaloo!

We're on the road at the moment and I've just made this in the caravan.  The great thing about vegetarian cooking is that the clean up is easier.

This is us on the banks of the Lake Cargelligo Weir
So here's the recipe for...

Chickpea and Vegetable Semi-Vindaloo


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
  • 2 heaped dessert spoons of crushed ginger (or less if you don't want it too hot!)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of crushed garlic
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder(again add a little less if you prefer)
  • 1 x 140gm tin tomato paste
  • 1 x 400ml tin coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth – (a teaspoon of vegemite dissolved in warm water works here too)
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 or 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 500gm diced pumpkin
  • 2 x 400gm tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 250 gm mushrooms, diced
  • Salt and pepper as needed

Prepared vegetables


  1. Heat the vegetable oil/butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the ginger and garlic. Saute 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the curry powder and heat for about 1 minute
  3. Add the vegetable broth/vegemite and stir until any lumps have gone
  4. Add tomato paste and again stir until smooth
  5. Stir in the coconut milk.
  6. Add all the fresh vegetables, mushrooms and chickpeas and stir.
  7. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are tender stirring occasionally.  (I like it when the pumpkin is slightly overcooked and it starting to become part of the sauce.)
  8. Serve with rice or noodles or on its own as the fancy takes you!
Ready to serve

I'll have mine with noodles, thanks!
And a slice of freshly baked bread!
Got any favourite spicy dishes or meals cooked with chickpeas you'd like to share?

Oct 4, 2015

Sunday Smooch - 'Seducing His Enemy's Daughter' by Annie West

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from Annie West but first 

... the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is Sharlene.

Can you please contact amy(at)amyandrews(dot)com(dot)au to receive your copy of 'Some Girls Do'.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from SEDUCING HIS ENEMY'S DAUGHTER.

Just a pawn in Salazar’s game?  

Donato Salazar can’t forget his tragic past and he has no intention of forgiving the man responsible. Jilting his enemy’s daughter will be the icing on the cake of his revenge, and beautiful Ella Sanderson is certainly sweet enough.
Except Ella isn’t the vacuous socialite he expected and she refuses to marry him! Her rebelliousness only makes Donato want her more, so he’ll have to persuade her…touch by breathtaking touch. But soon Donato finds himself enthralled by their magnetic connection.
As their fake wedding day approaches, one question weighs heavily on Donato’s mind: to love, honor…and betray?

Scene set-up
Ella and Donato have been resisting the sizzling attraction between them for a long time (or so it feels). Ostensibly they're enemies but behind the fighting words there's a lot more going on. Donato has just challenged Ella to admit the attraction and act on it.

Smooch  -
The moment of silence grew to two pulse beats, three, four, more. His nerves and his patience stretched. He forced himself to stand unmoving, as if he wasn’t strung out.
Then with what sounded like a muffled oath, Ella launched herself forward. She cannoned into him, soft and curvaceous, warm and delectably feminine. Automatically he grabbed her to him, catching her in a tight hold. Her arms looped up over his shoulders, her hands burrowing up through his hair, pulling his head down.

He had a moment to register that fresh-as-a-garden-after-rain scent then their mouths collided and his brain shorted.

So good. She felt even better than he’d expected. And she tasted—

Donato plunged deep into her mouth, forcing her head back, swallowing her sigh of response. Ribbons of heat unfurled through him as he savoured Ella, so delicious, so right. Her soft lips, her demanding tongue, the way she melted into him even as she challenged him to give more. He angled his head, hauling her even closer, lost in a kiss that was so much more than he’d expected, despite his anticipation.

He couldn’t get enough. Her lush body cushioning his instant erection. Her hot, eager mouth that tasted of peach nectar. Her thigh, sliding restlessly against his leg as their tongues tangled and lips fused.

Donato grabbed her thigh and hauled it up, swallowing her gasp of shocked approval. There. He wanted her there. He bent his knees, angling his hips so he rubbed against the softest, most secret part of her.

To his delight Ella’s hands tightened against his scalp, not pushing him away but clutching as if she couldn’t get close enough.

Dimly he wondered what had happened to slow seduction. To years of expertise at pleasing a woman. To caution and taking things one step at a time.

With Ella there were no steps. There was just a headlong plunge into riotous need.

Now, I'm giving away a copy of 'Seducing His Enemy's Daughter' (International) to someone who leaves a comment. To get you started, and because the lovely, lush cover of this one features the Sydney Opera House, tell me what performance you'd like to attend live there. A favourite opera? A play? A particular rock band in concert? A musical? A one man/woman show? Or something completely different.

Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced and a smooch from Helen Lacey will be posted!

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Oct 2, 2015

TA DA!!!

I know it seems like only two months since I posted about my house renovations but it was actually two lifetimes, three tonnes of dust, four unnecessary fights with my beloved and a few lunches that Cosmo stole off the workmen ago.

While there are a few final tweaks to be finished such as a new window seat and my 1960s chairs to be recovered (in the most beautiful turquoise wool fabric) for the most part it's finished and I'mso pleased with it. Wanna peek?

Here is:




Now that all that excitement is over I'm tempted to read a renovation romance! Do you have one you could recommend? Or would you rather keep your renovating and romancing very separate ;-)

Sep 30, 2015

What Are You Celebrating?

I'm in celebration mode because The Finn Factor was released into the world yesterday and I still have all the excitement!


I loved writing this book - I loved Scarlett and Finn, and I especially loved their relationship with each other. In fact, I'm enjoying spending time with them again during their release week.

But a celebration shared is a celebration doubled, so I have a glass of champagne here to raise for you too. Tell me, what have you had to celebrate recently? From the small to the large achievements, they're all important and need to be shared!

The Finn Factor is available at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iTunes.

Sep 28, 2015

Small Things

They say small things amuse small minds, dont they? And so it was a few nights ago when I was in bed with my iPad reading on my Kindle app and discovered I could make it talk to me via the translate feature I stumbled upon quite accidentally. Set it from English to English, highlight some text and hey presto! It reads the highlighted text to you.

So, of course, you know what I did right? Der! I went to the first sex scene and highglighted it :-) Man, it was hysterical! And then I couldn't stop. I had to wake up my husband to show him. He didn't think it was so funny. In fact I think he may have grumbled something like preferring to be woken for actual sex at almost one in the morning but I was undeterred - hours of fun I tell you!

I even recorded a portion of the Sunday Smooch I posted here yesterday as read by my lovely translator voice who I have come to think of as Chuck. But alas...I can't upload as it wont take audio files. Sad Face.

But here's another something silly that amused me recently too!  I got it fom FB via this link http://motleynews.net/2013/06/30/how-to-wash-a-cat/
Facebook is good for that, dont you think? (click on the image to make it larger so you can read)

Is there anything silly out there there that makes you laugh no matter how juvenile?

Sep 27, 2015

Sunday Smooch - Some Girls Do

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from  Amy Andrews but first 
...... the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is Grandma Cootie!!

Can you please contact rachel (at) rachelbailey (dot) com to receive your copy of The Finn Factor.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Some Girls Do.

Some Girls Do is bk #1 in the brand new Outback Heat series.....

Fashion student Lacey Weston is desperate to leave the city and go home to Jumbuck Springs. Her three older brothers are adamant she’s not. They made a death bed promise to their mother that Lacey would stay the distance at design school and Ethan, the oldest, takes this responsibility very seriously. But Lacey is deeply homesick and determined not to be dissuaded again. She’s also impulsive enough to try anything - even faking a pregnancy.

Ex-cop turned mechanic, Cooper Grainger - one of Ethan’s oldest friends - agrees to watch out for Lacey in the city even though he has a history with her he’d rather forget. How hard could it be, right? But a couple of years later, Coop is over pulling Lacey out of scrapes and cleaning up her messes as she tries to outrun her grief and sense of dislocation. He takes her back to Jumbuck Springs so she can persuade her brothers to let her come home. But things don’t go according to plan. Before Coop knows it Lacey’s pregnant and he’s putting his hand up as the fake baby daddy, filling in for the town mechanic and moving in with her at the local pub.

Lacey is thrilled to have won a reprieve but nothing about the situation sits well with Coop. Least of all having sweet little Lacey Weston as his new roomie…

Scene set-up

This is from the opening scene where Lacey and Coop meet for the first time at a pub. She's lied about her name and age....

   Lacey didn’t ask him his age — she figured it started with a three — because there was just something about the man that drew her. Besides his broad shoulders, blond hair and crooked nose. Something sad and broken in his light blue eyes and that she could relate to.
   She took another swallow of her beer, conscious of those eyes fixed on the bob of her throat. “So what’s a guy like you doing in a place like this?” she asked.
   He raised his gaze to her face and laughed. “I think that’s my line.”
   Lacey shrugged. “Told you I was forward. And besides, if you don’t mind me saying, you’re kind of sucking at the pick-up lines.”
   “You want a line?” His mouth quirked up at one side. “How about this? You have impressive ball skills.”
   Lacey hadn’t been expecting something so blatant and she was stunned for a moment before she laughed. “Play your cards right and I’ll give you a personal demonstration.”
   He laughed too and it vibrated through her belly with all the subtlety, finesse and potency of a jackhammer. Lacey squirmed against the stool as heat flooded her abdomen.
   She’d never been this hot for a guy.
   “Seriously,” he said, sobering and his intense blue gaze caught and held hers. “Where’d you learn to shoot a combo?”
   The laughter from earlier dried up from the inside out. She shrugged. “A girl with brothers learns a lot of useless things. How to hook a worm and gut a fish … how to make cricket stumps out of just about anything … how to skip stones … light a fire …”
   How to never ever cry lest they get that stricken helpless look and send you away.
   “I imagine a girl with brothers would also learn not to let some guy pick her up in a bar,” he murmured.
   Hell yeah, she’d learned that one too. It’d been drummed into her—by Ethan particularly—just before he’d driven her two hundred kilometres from the only home she’d ever known to the college they’d insisted she still attend, despite her overwhelming grief.
   But they couldn’t have it both ways. They couldn’t send her away and expect her to still live by their rules.
   “Hey,” he said as he pushed a stray lock of hair off her forehead with his index finger. “Where’d you go?”
   Lacey blinked as his blue eyes searched hers, frightened he could see everything—her hurt, her pain, the nagging homesickness that never seemed to go away.
   She would not think about home tonight. Quickly, she tipped her head back and drained her beer in three swallows. “You want to get out of here?”
   Lacey could tell Coop was deciding whether or not to push her further on the subject. When he, too, drained his beer Lacey she almost sagged in relief. “My place is three blocks away.”
   She smiled at him. “Perfect.”

   He was ushering her through the entrance doors to his apartment complex ten minutes later. Lacey had no recollection of the trip. Not with his hand in the small of her back, his thumb stroking a lazy pattern through her shirt, streaking heat like a fork of lightning up her spine.
   He pushed the lift button and Lacey glanced at him. The urge to kiss him pulsed inside her.
   “If you keep looking at me like that,” he said, his voice full of gravel, his gaze firmly fixed on her mouth, “we’re not going to make to the apartment.”
   Lacey’s gut clenched as the rumble in his tone abraded the hairs at the back of her neck, rubbed like sandpaper against her nipples and tingled between her thighs. It was only the ding of the lift that saved them from making out on the parquetry floor.
   But the second the doors closed and they were alone, he was pushing her against the wall and she was grabbing his shirt and nothing could have stopped her from accepting the full-frontal assault of his mouth as it slammed hot and hard onto hers.
   Lacey moaned as his fingers tangled in her hair and his tongue tangoed with hers. He groaned against her mouth and her belly tightened.
   Crap, if the man screwed like he kissed she was a goner.
   The lift dinged again and Lacey whimpered as Coop dragged his lips away and pressed his forehead to hers. Their heavy breathing filled the lift as the door slid open. “Don’t plan on getting any sleep tonight.” 

For a chance to win a digital copy (must have an Amazon account) of Some Girls Do talk to me about age differences. Lacey is 19 and Coop 32 when they first sleep together in the scene you' ve just read. Does that age difference squick you out? Is it something that makes you want to throw the book against the wall or not even buy it to begin with? What is an acceptable age difference - what's your limit? (I know you have one! :-)

Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced and a new smooch will be posted!

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