Angelique meets Australia’s bellbirds

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At a point between two black moments in “Her Holiday Fling”, when Angelique fears Vincent is becoming engaged to someone else, they are on his Harley, riding from Sydney to his aunt’s home in the Blue Mountains. Along the way, they encounter the calls of local birdlife. Here’s a brief excerpt:

“I’m going to turn off the noise canceling. You’ll hear whip birds and bellbirds.”

She concentrated, listening past the rush of wind on her helmet. Amongst the noises came the mid-pitch sound of Eeeee-whip! Eeeee-whip! like a whistle being sucked into a mouth or a whip being cracked.

“That’s the whip bird,” he said into her ear. “You won’t find them. They’re shy and keep to themselves.”

Following the highway higher up the mountains, Angelique noticed several shrill sounds, as though one of the shock absorbers on the bike objected to being bounced. “Have we got a squeak? Do we need to stop and check?” she called.

“Listen,” he said. “Can you hear more of them?”

She tilted her helmet onto his back. “Are you sure we don’t need to stop?” she asked.

“Nah,” he said, “They’re the bellbirds.”

You can experience a little of what they heard here. You’ll mostly identify the bellbirds. There’s a whip bird at about the four-second mark.

“Her Holiday Fling” is available in ebook ( with the paperback option coming soon.

Her Holiday Fling


Remember “Loving the Celebrity Chef”? It’s had one massive do-over.

The wonderful people at Champagne Book Group have worked with me to strengthen characters, update the storyline and radically improve “Loving the Celebrity Chef”. If you read the earlier story, you’ll recognise many elements but will be pleasantly surprised by the new edition. We’ve renamed it, “Her Holiday Fling”. After all, Angelique’s intention was to do exactly that, have a holiday fling then head home to France to earn her Michelin star. She didn’t count on falling for Sydney’s celebrity chef and he, sure as heck, wasn’t looking for someone who’d criticise the way he made tiramisu.

The original was the second romance novel I ever wrote. I thought it was wonderful…then. I knew very little about crafting a good story and focussing on the characters’ goals, motivations and conflicts. My writing has come a long way over these seven years.

We’ll be presenting a new version of “Happy with the Millionaire” too. That will be out by the end of the year.

I’m thrilled for everyone’s favourite Nonna to be out in the world again along with Vincent, Angelique and the rest of the Rosettis.

Thank you so much for your continuing support and encouragement. They make a writer’s life worthwhile.

Cover Reveal: Return to Calypso Station

I’m thrilled to present the cover for “Return to Calypso Station”, my fourth full-length novel and my first in a rural Australian setting.

Official release day will be August 2 when the paperback becomes available, though the eBook is already on Kindle.

Cover design by Elle at Coveredpages

Military strategist, Nash Broderick, harbors the dream of coming home to Calypso Station to resume the legacy passed to him by his father but Danielle is there with her son. He’d been in officer training a matter of weeks when he got the news Danielle was pregnant to another man. He’s found excuses for years not to return but now his beloved grandmother has had a heart attack and time is running out. If he doesn’t come home, he could lose everything. Without a Broderick working Calypso, his father’s trustees can redistribute the land amongst the extended family and Nash will have no further claim on his birthright.

Danielle Tillson is a hard working single mother. She tried to forget Nash after he refused to acknowledge the child they created. Now he’s back, and she must protect her son even from the father who denies any parental responsibility. Her son will never know the abandonment she endured – first by her mother, later her father, and then Nash. Her child’s security depends on her work and their home on Calypso Station. If Nash returns permanently, the refuge she has built will disappear.

When Nash is confronted by another betrayal, this time by those he thought he could count on till death, he finds he must unravel the secrets of the past. Only when the truth is revealed, can he plan a way back to Danielle, to rebuild the dreams of their youth and a life for their family. After everything he’s put her through, why would she give him a second chance?


Catriona Cameron and Lachie McKell have their story out in the world. It’s release day for THE SALIGNAC LEGACY.

I had so much fun writing this story. When I posited the premise to my husband, his response was, “You can’t write a romance about chicken livers!” Well, you can if the chicken livers are fundamental to a centuries old pâté recipe upon which an entire community is dependant and the protagonists live on opposite sides of the world – she in Melbourne Australia and he in the highlands of Scotland.

It’s how they bring both sides together that’s the fun part.

Available directly from or through Amazon.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the story!

When plants communicate with each other …

Young corn communicate through clicking noises (

I’m writing and researching my new romance based around perfumes and perfumery. I’m discovering lots of information I was previously unaware of – like the processes for developing absolutes, concrete, enfleurage pomades and so on.

It is true that every profession controls access to the knowledge within it by applying its own language and attribution of specialised meanings to particular words (eg concrete). While I’m not seeking to invade the profession of the perfumer, I do want to know enough that my characters can navigate that domain without too much embarrassment.

So I search and I study and I find myself wandering off into unknown worlds, some of which can be confronting, but each provides an education of a sort.

This morning I went down a rabbit-hole exploring the plants that provide us with their very essence in order that we may wear it as perfume or diffuse it as fragrance or employ it medicinally or in some other fashion.

By whatever means, a click here a side-bar there, my internet perambulations brought me to a couple of sites discussing how plants communicate with each other, how they ‘learn’, and defences they might deploy for their own protection or for other plants around them.

Who’d have thought? Obviously, lots of scientists. Check out this National Geographic documentary.

An NPR article on “Are plants talking to each other?” and an Australian Geographic article, “Plants talk to each other” refer to collaborative experiments across the University of Western Australia, the University of Bristol and the University of Florence in which it was discovered that corn seedlings communicate with each other using clicking noises. Fascinating!

I can’t be sure yet how much, if any, of this information will find its way into my story. Let the characters decide.

The Beaulieu Birthright is the second story in my Priceless Heritage series.

The first book was “The Salignac Legacy” released by Champagne Book Group on November 16, 2020.

Merry Christmas, Liebchen

MerryChristmasLiebchenSmallerWebUse (1)Merry Christmas, Liebchen was first published in “All wrapped Up: A Christmas Anthology” two years ago. That’s no longer available. But Karl and Jolene want their story back out there so I’ve given their novella a life of its own.

It a lovely story of loss, love and Christmas reunions. It’s not available on Amazon because it has been published before, but there are plenty of other options: It’s available for 99c.



Merry Christmas, everyone!


A Steamy Christmas, out now

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Shannon Slique is my spicy/erotic author alter-ego.  She  has her first standalone novella out on virtual bookshelves.

It’s a lot spicy so definitely only for over 18s, but it’s a romance so there’s the happy ending to look forward to.

A Steamy Christmas for the CEO  is available at the introductory price of $US2.24. It’s a Romance on the Go title at Evernight Publishing, so you can read it on your lunch break.

Let me know what you think – through a review on your favourite ebook site or by leaving a comment here.


Kelly’s sister gifts her a box of sex toys for Christmas. Though the gift was meant to be a cynical jab at Kelly’s non-sex life, with Ewen around, who could resist trying them out – not this little dark-haired workaholic.

The Captain’s Secret Baby

Last week, I followed  my own advice and pitched my book during an online pitch session. I had one request for the manuscript and it was a good one.

Today, I sent the manuscript along with the query letter and synopsis to that editor.

At 90,000 words, the novel is longer than my PhD thesis but was much more fun to write!

It’s a contemporary rural romance, set in Victoria, Australia.  I’ll let you know how it fares.

Now it’s time to move onto the next one!

Happy with the Millionaire is doing well

It seems that people who read Rosettis Book 1, “Loving the Celebrity Chef” are also enjoying Rosettis Book 2, “Happy with the Millionaire”. Hap’s story was the first one I wrote and it was inspired by a pair of $2 Christmas earrings that had garnered a lot of flattering comments. The earrings didn’t make it as the story evolved but proved that inspiration can come from anywhere.

My husband and I were transporting his latest boat acquisition from Rockhampton, Queensland to Albury, New South Wales and the boat’s trailer bearings had problems.

We were sitting in the carpark of the local service station in Moree, NSW waiting for the doors to open so we could fix the trailer and complete the next 900 kilometres (560 mi) to get home, preferably that day.

Daydreaming, I conjured up Merry, an events organiser in Sydney and the reclusive paraplegic IT Millionaire. In the end, a business called Merry… something only worked at Christmas time. Merry Birthdays or Merry Occasions did not quite convey the image that I wanted. So ‘Merry’ became ‘Hermione’ with initials that spelled HAPPY who ran Happy Occasions. It took me another decade to find time to write the story of Zach and Hermione.

I hope you enjoy it.

Millionaire final

We went for the pool scene for the cover on this one because that’s the scene that triggered the events that followed.