First off the block

Right now I’m taking part in something that’s a lot of fun. And I’m going first, which is always a bit of a challenge.


This is the Twelve Days of Christmas promotion – twelve ‘down under’ authors who are each giving personal prizes away, plus we have a $50 Amazon Gift Card to finish with a flourish. Here’s the schedule so you can see who’s taking part. Don’t miss your favourite authors!

Day 1 – Kris Pearson

Day 2 – Joanne Dannon

Day 3 – Cassandra O’Leary  

Day 4 – Annie Seaton

Day 5 – Monique McDonell

Day 6 – Kate O’Keeffe

Day 7 – Cathryn Hein

Day 8 – Tracey Alvarez

Day 9 – Leeanna Morgan

Day 10 – Wendy Vella

Day 11 – Charmaine Ross

Day 12 – Aislinn Kearns

All my kiwi books are Christmassy (apart from Melting His Heart which takes place in the middle of a New Zealand winter.)

Summer is definitely the time for love down under. Fewer clothes to remove, nice weather to enjoy, scenery looking great… These all feature in my Scarlet Bay series. Two already published, and a third on the way.


I’m betting some of the other authors will be including Christmas treats to bake, so I’m giving you a Christmas tree instead. A couple of years ago I saw this very different idea, and tried it out on a piece of wall where a long mirror usually hangs. Total triumph. No great chunk of our sitting room taken up with a prickly tree that drops needles everywhere and makes me sneeze.  


It’ll be interesting to see what it looks like this year because we’ve painted the walls pale grey in place of the red. You can make one so easily – just some graduated lengths of thin timber dowelling (painted green if you want the full effect) and two small nails to support each. Our nails live behind the mirror for the rest of the year, and the mirror lives under the sofa for Christmas! Thread your favourite decorations on, balance the bars on the nails, and you’re done. I have a small table that lives below the mirror, so a red, white and green flower arrangement completes the effect. A pile of presents looks even nicer.

And what am I giving away? An e-copy of my newest novel, HARD TO RESIST. Plus three of my Christmas ebook novella SANTA CLAWS. To be in the draw just tell me the names of the two Wynn sisters who feature in HARD TO REGRET and HARD TO RESIST. Hint: click the first two Scarlet Bay book covers up above. Then just email your answer to

SANTA CLAWS: From dark start to delicious ending, this unusual Christmas tale is romantic and uplifting. Nothing will ever be the same again after Jeff is accused of threatening to murder his wife. Or Evie is bruised one time too many by her abusive boyfriend. Or Santa Claws the cat starts howling under the house.

This delightfully different novella brings eventual happiness for everyone – including added joy for Christian and Fiona who you first met in my novel THE WRONG SISTER. Come and spend a sunny summer Christmas in Wellington, New Zealand. You could even adopt a kitten….

So that’s two ways to win. The grand prize through the Rafflecopter draw here – and free ebooks from me by naming my Scarlet Bay sisters. I hope you enjoy the next twelve days. Next blogger up is a lovely Australian author I met in August at the annual conference of Romance Writers of New Zealand - Joanne Dannon