I’ve been holding this in for weeks as I waited for the final signatures to come through, but I can announce today that I have been contracted for a 2 book romantic suspense series with a rural setting, with Escape Publishing! Woohoo! This photo is the top part of the deal for Climbing Fear (working title) and Blazing Fear (working title) that I could share with you – and a little bit of extra proof for me that it is actually happening. Whew!
Climbing Fear and Blazing Fear are set in the Victorian Alpine region near the old goldmining village of Walhalla – a place I first visited over 25 years ago and that has played in my mind ever since because of its beauty, the wild danger of its past and the ghosts that seem alive there even now. I couldn’t but help set this series there – a natural setting for romantic suspense books. I’ve shared some pictures here of this beautiful little township. It’s so dramatic and historic and just makes me want to spend more time there, digging for secrets and all the hidden things that make romantic suspense books so so good.
The first book in the series, Climbing Fear is to be published mid-next year, and the second, Blazing Fear is slated for release early 2019. I am currently writing Blazing Fear, but Climbing Fear is finished and with the publisher and I’m only waiting to start the editing process with one of the fabulous editors at Escape – something that I love doing as they help me mould my books into the best they can be.
I will share cover pics and proper blurbs etc as I get them finalised, but to give you a taste for the series, I have this working blurb for Climbing Fear to share with you now:
X-Treme TV sport star, Reid Stratton, has everything, until his best friend and business partner falls to his death on a climb while shooting their show. Through allegations that his friend caused the accident due to drug use, Reid begins to question everything about his life and who he thought he was, especially now that he is crippled by fear every time he tries to climb. The only answer is to return to CoalCliff stud, his family’s horse farm in the hills of Baw Baw Shire in the Victorian Alpine region. Through the quiet regularity of farm work, maybe, just maybe he can find a piece of himself again.
Recovering after her husband’s violent suicide, Natalia Robinson is determined to start afresh. When she is offered the job as event and social media manager at CoalCliff Stud where she lived as a child, it seems the perfect opportunity to live the quiet and safe life she always wanted for herself and her daughter, Tilly. However, she is unprepared to see Reid Stratton there, and is even more unprepared for the passion that still burns between them, a passion that almost destroyed all her plans ten years ago. Reid and his dangerous lifestyle are most definitely not a part of her ‘quiet life plan’.
But after she’s attacked, her house broken into and dead animals are left in her path, she realises that maybe the only person she can rely on is Reid. And Reid, in helping Nat, begins to question the story surrounding his friend’s death and discovers that running away didn’t save him from the dangers in his life at all.
Only together, can they face their fears and keep themselves safe from the fear climbing all around them and the shadows of their pasts.
I am currently writing Blazing Fear, so don’t have a completed blurb for it yet, but I can tell you it follows the story of Reid’s young uncle and co-owner of Coalcliff Stud, Craig Findlay, and the local doctor, Prita Brennan, and their story involves an arsonist, the dangers of bushfire season in the Australian summer and the heroes who help fight these blazes every year. I can’t wait to discover more of their story and to bring it to you in the next year or so.
I hope everyone will love Reid and Nat’s dangerous journey, and Craig and Prita’s fear-fuelled story as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Watch this space!