Wade Phillips shattered Lisa McGinty’s heart in Year 10 for no known reason. By Year 12, he’d made it through most of the girls in our year and was on to the year below. My best friend put on a brave face in front of him, but she still felt the sting. I knew she still loved him.
No one knew what happened to Wade and no one got close to him anymore. Not until a life-altering incident throws me unavoidably into his path. Wade Phillips might be the guy to teach me the art of breaking up, but will my heart – and Lisa’s – break in the process?
Girl + guy + three days = greatest love story ever. Yeah, right.
When love cynic Jess and un-reformed bad boy Ryan come together for a Year 12 English camp with the express purpose of testing the legend of Romeo and Juliet falling in love in three days, nothing could possibly go wrong. After all, it was impossible to fall in love with someone in three days. Wasn’t it?
Wilderness + teenagers + camping = true love?
Over our dead bodies.
the Romeo + Juliet Experiment
Get a little taste of what my YA books have to offer with a Pithy Pooka: a series of complete, standalone shorts.
Charley and Zane had been best friends since he’d found the broken board in the fence between their houses at the age of four. Sleep overs in the backyard had turned into sleepovers in his treehouse into sleepovers in one of their rooms when they both decided sleeping closer to a toilet was actually great.
Zane and Charley were just friends until his girlfriend dumps him and there’s the beginnings of a spark. But they’ve grown a little apart in recent years and neither of them think the other would possibly ever be interested in anything more. So Charley fakes a crush and it’s Zane to the rescue in helping her follow her heart.
Paige is known around Mitcham High as the Silver Spoon; she’s pretty, she’s wealthy, she’s popular, she’s wanted by all. After one too many heartbreaks, her friends dare her to make a guy fall for her then dump his arse. Enter Bash Baker. He’s the most egotistical, stereotypical jerk in the whole school. Never one to shy away from a bet, Paige agrees to the wager. Either Bash’s fragile male ego is popped by the formal, or she has to give Mia’s nerdy cousin his first French kiss.
Bash is known around Mitcham High as the Cherry Popper; he’s popped more cherries in that school than Casanova in all of Venice*. But, there’s one cherry his mates bet he’ll never get; Paige Nicholls. She’s the popular ‘it’ girl with a million sycophants. If there was a cherry he wanted to pop, it’d be hers. Never one to shy away from a bet, Bash agrees to his mate’s wager. Either Paige is his by the formal, or he gives up his title to the nerdy band geek in the year below them.
It’s War of the Romance as Paige and Bash try desperately to seduce the other one without falling for the ruse themselves. Usual tactics don’t seem to be working, so the two of them might need to switch things up. Otherwise they might find themselves popped.
Born for the express purpose of being the understudy for my older sister, I’ve learnt that life goes faster if I just go along with the madness.
Until the madness involves me, the School Formal, my sister’s hair-brained scheme to win over the hottest boy in school, and a misunderstanding that I’m the one interested in him.
Suddenly, my quiet existence isn’t so quiet anymore and the bright neon light that heralds my eighteenth birthday and freedom is overshadowed by one that follows a boy who’s going to be the next big thing.
With a heroine who won’t let a stupid little thing like being too good get in the way of showing her stupid ex what’s what and a hero who wants no part of being the male lead in a romance novel, these two opposites find themselves in an unconventional partnership.
When peppy-go-lucky Avery eventually wears down bad-to-the-bone Davin’s defences, he agrees to help her trash her reputation. And, if Davin can help her pass math while he’s at it, all the better. So, it’s goodbye to Little Miss Goody-Two-Shoes, and hello to a whole new Avery as Davin reluctantly teaches her date-by-date how to be not good (as opposed to bad, because it’s a very serious distinction).
Davin was only supposed to be Avery’s mistake - the boyfriend to see her through her rebellious phase. But, the more they’re together, the less either of them feel it’s a mistake.
Now, if only one of them could mention that to the other and ease all that angst-ridden tension…
A laugh-out-loud modern-day fairy-tale in dual POV for those who know life never quite goes according to plan.
Valerie doesn’t want to be a lady’s maid, she doesn’t want to be a Lady, and she doesn’t want to be a princess. She just wants to be the first successful woman in Mor’s army. And, a country coming back from war and sorrow should be pleased with any decent solider they can get.
But, the High Council won’t have it. According to them, Valerie must be a proper princess; no graduating to the Senior Corp with the rest of the trainees. And, with the future of the country uncertain, her father accedes. Valerie knows there’s only one thing that will change their minds.
The wizard is known to bestow a quest upon any knight in order that he may prove his worth. So, Valerie is going to find the wizard and get him to give her a quest. Then, she’ll finally show the High Council she can be a knight AND a princess.
But, even all of Valerie’s tutoring could not have prepared her for the real world and the dangers it holds. Thankfully, her best friend finds her and helps her on her way. And, for a minstrel, Jonathan sure has some handy hidden talents.
The road to the wizard is long and arduous, and there are many lessons to be learnt along the way. But, will he grant her wish? Or, will she have to go home and be just a princess after all?
Valiant Valerie with crimson brown hair
Would not be a ladies maid. She would get much too bored.
What do you do when you find your best friend/crush kissing your other best friend on the day you were going to declare your feelings for him? You only agree to fake date your crush’s rival, the King of the Bows and all around douche, Xander.
Across the school, battlelines are drawn and sides are taken between the new ’it’ couple of my former best friends and the excitingly scandalous pairing of me and King Douche.
He calls it ‘keeping up appearances’, I call it ‘take one more pass at my arse and I’ll break your nose’.
They say all’s fair in love and war, but what’s so fair about falling for the wrong guy when your two best friends are on the other side of the battlelines?
Keeping Up Appearances
Big girl undies? Check.
Speech planned? Check.
Nerves of steel? Check.
A single crush? …not check…?
Everyone’s convinced the hottest guy in school’s going to ask me out - that Mason and I would be the perfect couple, that he’s my John Cusack. Except, he hasn’t.
One holidays, I find myself hanging out with the resident underachiever, and he surprises me. With Roman, I don’t have to pretend that little Piper Barlow is perfect; even if we’re both in a foul mood, just sitting in silence together is perfectly enough. Until it becomes more.
But, Roman doesn’t do more. Does he...?
What do you do when you accidentally find perfection with the wrong guy?
Leilani Granger can’t stand the person Casper Drake has become, and Casper doesn’t even recognise his best mate’s little sister anymore. Loving each other is second-nature, but they don’t know how not to hate each other either.
As they face losing Leilani’s only remaining brother and Casper’s best mate to his inner demons, old habits lead them back to each other for comfort.
Leilani wasn’t the kind to lose herself in meaningless sex.
Casper’s been doing it for years.
It’s the only time hate doesn’t get in the way.
But, the trouble with hate is…it’s often not hate at all.
the Trouble with Hate is...
…it’s often not hate at all.
Ellie just wants to be a normal human girl, not having to worry she'll accidentally kill someone with her magic. Centuries-old vampire Charles wakes up as a human teenager - complete with parents, homework and hormones - and now has to re-evaluate his life. Lee is a werewolf who is still fighting the change, unsure of the wolf he'll be when he finally regulates.
Despite differences and their own uncertainties, can our three heroes come together to save Ellie's life?
Aurora Daniels just wants to get through Year 12 with no distractions. Then, Cole Fielding comes along, hiding a dark past behind brooding sarcasm. But, Aurora sees more in him and he slowly starts to open up to her. As they get closer, so does Cole’s past. Can she believe in someone who can’t believe in himself? Maybe...
A YA Romance, this is Cole's story told by Aurora. Cole's side, Gray's Blade, released August 2018.