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the Art of Breaking Up
He's wrong in all the right ways.
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?
the Roommate Mistake
No one falls in love because of a roommate mistake.
When I find a half-naked guy standing in my dormitory at my new boarding school, I assume he’s my roommate’s boyfriend.
He introduces himself as Alex and I introduce myself as Lottie.
When he tells me he’s Sasha and was expecting Elliott, I see what happened.
Someone knew I was a girl or he was a guy, and made some glaringly incorrect assumptions about the other one, meaning we were assigned as roommates. Now, we're stuck together for the forseeable future.
Pithy Pooka Shorts #1
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.
Girl + guy + three days = greatest love story ever.
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 Friendzone #1
Safety in the Friendzone
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.
After all, there’s safety in the friendzone.
If they're not careful,
they'll find themselves popped.
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.
He's a semi-famous rockstar.
I'm Nerdy McNerdleton.
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.
But, I am so not interested… Am I?
Royal Misadventures #5
Prince of Pout (Part 1)
One divided heart.
Only one real choice.
A prince unprepared for the fallout.
It’s time for me to announce my engagement to the people of Gallyr, to bow to tradition and the expectation of an entire country as their future King Dmitri Bertold Brevich.
As they have been my whole life, all eyes are on me and they wait with baited breath to hear my decision. No matter who I choose, I’ll disappoint someone.
I was told to follow my heart, so I did and there are plenty of people ready to give me their opinion of my choice. Even more than I expected.
Not even Heaven can help me now.
[Bad Boy's Guide to...] #1
Being Not Good
as opposed to being bad
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.
Royal Misadventures Omnibus #1
I'm No Princess (Parts 1 - 4)
I'm No Princess: The Collection (Parts 1-4)
One reluctant heart.
Three royal brothers.
A whole country waiting to see who she’ll pick.
It’s time for me to join my dad and older sister in Gallyr, to dust off the cobwebs of a normal person’s life and don the mantle of Lady Tatiana Penrose.
The whole of Gallyr waits eagerly for the announcement my sister’s being courted by the Crown Prince. Until I come along and, for the first time in my life, all eyes are on me.
Lia’s desperate to be royalty, but none of the princes seem to want her. Me, though?
I’m no princess.
Royal Misadventures #4
I'm No Princess (Part 4)
One reluctant heart.
Three weeks to decide.
A whole country waiting to see who he’ll pick.
The man I love is a man I can’t have. He needs someone who can stand confidently by his side. Someone who belongs. Not someone who can still barely walk in heels.
He’s going to announce his engagement in mere weeks and I’m far too young for that sort of thing. It’s far too soon.
But, could I be a princess if it meant seeing his smile everyday. Could I be confident? Could I belong? Could I be the right choice?
I’ll have to if I don’t want to watch the man I love marry someone else.
The Ballad of Valerie of Mor #1
Valiant Valerie with crimson brown hair
Would not be a ladies maid. She would get much too bored.
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?
Royal Misadventures #3
I'm No Princess (Part 3)
Three of a Kind
One inadvisable kiss.
Three supposed suitors.
A whole bunch of totally untrue rumours.
My sister was always the pretty one. She was supposed to marry a prince. Until I came home, the media went into a ridiculous frenzy, and Lia’s no longer good enough for the job.
Marriage Watch is in full effect for the Crown Prince. And, rumours are swirling that I’m on the verge of marrying one of the princes. But, which one?
There’s only one I’d want. But, we fight more than we love and are totally incompatible. Plus, he’s meant to marry a future queen.
And, I’m barely a lady, let alone a princess.
Royal Misadventures #2
I'm No Princess (Part 2)
Lady in Training
One incompetent lady.
Three holiday parties.
A whole lot of mistakes ready to be made.
Christmas and New Year’s is a busy time for Gallyrian Royalty and I have to play my part. According to the media, that part is now Prince Playboy Nico’s girlfriend. Uh, no thanks.
Thank God Kostin steps in to save me. Until the media decide I was brought home to marry him instead. Or, was it Nico after all?
How am I mean to survive a romantic wintery holiday season while everyone’s talking about my impending engagement to two different guys?
Especially when I can’t even keep my footing on a flat surface.
Royal Misadventures #1
I'm No Princess (Part 1)
One tattooed girl.
Three frustrated tutors.
A whole lot of accidents waiting to happen.
It’s time for me to join my dad and older sister in Gallyr, to dust off the cobwebs and leather jackets of a normal person’s life and don the mantle of Lady Tatiana Bethany Penrose.
For the first time, all eyes are on me and I have to be presented to society at a ball in my honour. So begin the lessons; dancing, dress, dinner etiquette.
Now, all I need to do is not spill my beer on or set fire to my date; the youngest son of my dad’s best friend, the Gallyrian King.
Not even Heaven can help me now.
Love, Lust & Friendship
real life is a bitch
Meet Christopher Henderson. AKA the dillweed of a human being worshipped by (almost) all.
Meet Alexander Henderson. AKA the love of my life and my best friend.
Meet Addison MacGuire. AKA me and the girl you don't date because... Well, who knows?
What happens when you take one tomboy, one best friend, and that best friend’s stupidly hot, popular older brother with a bad attitude?
That’s right, you get a story worthy of a teen rom-com (you with me, Netflix?).
Sometimes the only guy to come between you and the love of your life is the one guy you weren’t supposed to fall in love with. But, how do you tell the difference between love, lust and friendship?
No More Maybes duet #2
You've read Hannibal's side.
Now, read mine.
Cole Fielding just wants to take care of his little brother without getting anyone else killed.
Then, he sees Aurora Daniels. His Hannibal.
He wants her but she sees right through him – she's beautiful, funny, intelligent and damned sexy.
But, she doesn't fight him as hard as she could.
As Cole fights a growing attraction to more than just the body, his past catches up with him. Can he finally be free of it? Is she his Gray's Blade?
A sizzling YA romance, this is the companion novel to No More Maybes.
Keeping Up Appearances
Big girl undies? Check.
Speech planned? Check.
Nerves of steel? Check.
A single crush? …not check…?
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?
Sometimes you say everything
when you say nothing at all.
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?
You fight for it.
the Trouble with Hate is...
…it’s often not hate at all.
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.
unvamped Series #1
Would you accept yourself
to find your humanity?
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?
No More Maybes duet #1
No More Maybes
"It would kill the past, and when
that was dead he would be free."
- Oscar Wilde
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.
A modern reimagining of
Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
A modern reimagining of
Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
"It is a truth universally assumed that a stupidly rich boy must be in want of a girlfriend.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girl who has just travelled half a world must be in want of a bed.
Sadly, neither are on the dance card this evening..."