The list of featured authors below is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully it’s representative of the wide range of talent we can boast Down Under.
Not only is Helene Young an incredibly talented and multi-award-winning author, but she’s a staunch advocate for more Australian-based romantic suspense – a stance I agree with 110%.
Not only is Helene a fabulous writer, she’s also a pilot, a sailor, and a photographer. She’s published six award-winning novels and is currently working on her seventh whilst cruising the coast of Australia with her husband aboard their catamaran, Roo Bin Esque.
Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) voted Helene’s latest book, Northern Heat, ‘Favorite Romantic Suspense 2015’. If you’re a lover of the genre, give this book a go. You won’t be disappointed.
In remote northern Australia, Conor Stein is living under an assumed name and rebuilding his shattered life. Working at Cooktown’s youth centre has given him the chance to make a difference again, and a chance to flirt with Kristy Dark. When he finds himself dragged into a murder investigation, with more lives at risk, he knows he’ll fight to the death to protect those he loves.
After tragedy tore her family apart, Dr Kristy Dark fled home to the steamy north with her feisty teenage daughter, Abby. She hoped being part of the small community would help them both heal. When late one sultry night Conor staggers into the emergency department supporting a local fisherman with a gunshot wound, she has no inkling her world is about to be turned on its head.
As a cyclone tears through Cooktown, cutting them off from the world, the real killer moves to silence any witnesses. With their lives on the line, Kristy will have to summon her courage and place her trust in Conor, or they’ll both lose someone they love.
RACHEL BAILEYRachel lives with her own personal hero and four dogs on the east coast of Australia. An ex-social worker and ardent dog-lover, dog mum and dog foster-mum to any dog in need, Rachel loves making up stories for a living. And why not, when she’s so good at it.
Rachel is a long-time author for Harlequin Desire, but in recent years she’s dipped her toes into other waters. Finn Factor is a new adult romance, and truly delightful. If you love the genre, definitely give this book a go.
Sometimes all a girl needs is a little practice…
It’s been twelve months, three days, and eleven hours since accounting student Scarlett Logan made it past a second date. A pitcher of mojitos in hand, she employs her supreme graphing skills to narrow things down to one horrifying explanation. Kissing. Clearly someone needs to teach her how to kiss properly. Like, say, her best friend and roomie, Finn Mackenzie. He’s safe, he’s convenient, and yeah, maybe just a little gorgeous.
Finn knows exactly why Scarlett’s boyfriends are disappearing quickly. Him. Not a single guy she’s brought home is nearly good enough. And he’ll be damned if he lets some loser give her “kissing lessons.” No. He’ll do the honors, thank you very much. The moment their lips touch, though, everything turns upside down. But Scarlett deserves the one thing Finn can’t give her. And if he doesn’t put an end to the sexy little shenanigans, he’ll teach Scarlett the hardest lesson of all…heartbreak.
3. SANDI WALLACE
Sandi lives in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges with her husband and furry family. Besides the obvious of reading and writing, she loves fitness and strength training, canoeing, relaxing, being around great people, home, red wine in front of an open fire…
Sandi’s debut rural crime thriller Tell Me Why won the 2015 Davitt Award Readers’ Choice and was also shortlisted for the 2015 Davitt Award Best Debut.
Sandi’s latest instalment in her Harvey & Franklin series, Dead Again was released in April 2017, and I was lucky enough to take part in her book launch party.
If you love crime, especially in small, rural towns, then give Sandi’s books a go.
Picturesque Daylesford has a darker side.
Melbourne writer Georgie Harvey heads to the mineral springs region of central Victoria to look for a missing farmer. There she uncovers links between the woman's disappearance and her dangerous preoccupation with the unsolved mystery surrounding her husband.
Maverick cop and solo dad John Franklin is working a case that's a step up from Daylesford's usual soft crime; a poison-pen writer whose targets are single mothers.
Georgie's investigation stirs up long buried secrets and she attracts enemies. When she reports the missing person to the local cops, sparks fly between her and Franklin. Does he dismiss the writer too quickly?
A country cop, city writer, retired farmer and poison-pen stalker all want answers.
What will they risk to get them?
What will be the ultimate cost?
Cassandra O’Leary lives in Melbourne, Australia with two gorgeous, high-energy mini ninjas and – her words J – her spunky superhero. Cassandra describes herself as a writer/corporate wordsmith and communications specialist, avid reader, film and TV fangirl and admirer of pretty, shiny things.
Cassandra’s debut romcom, Girl on a Plane, was published by Harper Collins UK in July 2016. I was lucky enough to read and review a copy of this fabulous story before release, and I can honestly say, it’s everything a good romcom should be.
A sexy, sassy, holiday read.
CLIMB ON BOARD . . .
When feisty Irish flight attendant Sinead Kennealy locks eyes with sexy Australian CEO Gabriel Anderson in First Class, sparks fly. But as they jet across the globe from Melbourne to London, it’s clear that they’re in for a turbulent journey . . .
Stressed-out Gabriel doesn’t do relationships. And Sinead isn’t about to be fooled by another bad boy after escaping her stalker ex. Then a storm hits, causing the plane to land unexpectedly, and Sinead and Gabriel are thrown together in Singapore.
The pressure rises as Sinead’s unhappy past threatens to catch up with her. But might Gabriel be the one to heal her heartbreak? If he could open up about his troubling secrets, maybe a relationship could actually get off the ground. Fasten your seatbelts – this WON’T be a smooth ride . . .
Jennifer Lynne lives in Melbourne, Australia. When she’s not writing, Jen works in her admin day job, runs around after the family, pampers various very spoilt cats and tries to find a smidgen of time for her husband.
Jen is an award-winning author of short contemporary erotic and sexy romance, often with paranormal/fantasy elements.
Her popular Gods of Love series features erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing. For lovers of erotic romance, this series is a must.
The Greek gods of desire are skilled at satisfying the erotic needs of mortals who cross their path. But where do the gorgeous erotes turn for sexual healing when loneliness strikes at each eternal yet world-weary heart? Together for the first time in one anthology collection, these three critically acclaimed novellas show that even the gods themselves are not immune from the influence of love.
Sex Club Secrets
Demon of Envy
There are so many other Aussie authors I admire: Anna Campbell (regency historical romance), Keri Arthur (fantasy, horror and romance), Rachael Johns (rural romance), Valerie Parv (category romance and sci-fi), Annie West (sexy category romance), Amy Andrews (romantic comedy), Stefanie London (sexy contemporary and category romance), Rachael Johns (rural romance) and I could go on forever!
This list is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully it gives you an idea of how much talent and fabulous stories we have Down Under. And maybe, just maybe, among my suggestions, you'll find a new favorite author or several 😊
Who are your all-time favorite authors? Do any of them live in your backyard? (metaphorically, of course! 😄) I'd love you to share them here.
Have a happy, safe and laughter-filled June and I look forward to seeing you next month!