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?

It’s RELEASE DAY

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 champagnebooks.com 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 (https://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201204034491/research/talking-plants)

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 Beaullieu Birthright is the second story in my Priceless Heritage series.

The first book is “The Salignac Legacy” which will be 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: https://books2read.com/Merry-Christmas-Liebchen. It’s available for 99c.

 

 

Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

A Steamy Christmas, out now

A Steamy Christmas for the CEO (1) (1)

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.

Gotta love five star reviews.

“Loving the Celebrity Chef” has attracted five star reviews and I’m tickled pink! And I’d like to send out a great big thank you to those reviewers.

This is the first book in the Rosetti series and I was so hoping that readers would love it so they’d want to tune into Book 2, due for release in October, and then books 3 to 5 further down the track.

Here’s a little of what the reviewers have been saying:

The first thing you will notice in this novel is the massive attention to detail that Ms Kerr has included. French, Italian, the Sydney waterfront and wider areas, backstage at a high end restaurant… it has it all!! Even oyster farming. Each scene is crafted to be a feast to the senses – sights, smells, tastes are all thoroughly explored. (BV)

Caenys Kerr is a master of tangled plots that make it hard to put this story aside. The complex storyline, along with the quirky and lovable characters of “Loving the Celebrity Chef” were twisted into an incredible tale, which takes place in Australia. The author’s knowledge of places, wines and foods made the tale and its ending nothing short of miraculous. (KA)

I tend not to binge read (or watch) anything! However, I could not put ‘Loving the Celebrity Chef’ down! I found myself saying ‘one more chapter, just one more chapter!’ Before I knew it I had finished, and I’m now eagerly awaiting Book 2 of the Rossetti series. Thanks Ms. Kerr, I can’t wait to read about what happens next! (Amazon Customer)

It is a rollicking tale – I could not put this book down! I really liked the main characters and it was hard to say goodbye to them at the end of the book. Excellent to see that there is another book in the series coming out. I read this over a rainy weekend so the vivid scenery of Sydney and the Blue Mountains made me feel like I was on holiday. I thoroughly recommend it to romance readers everywhere! (B)

If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, you can find it at your favourite reading site through Books2Read  or from the publisher’s website, Passion in Print.