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Happy Birthday to The Landowner’s Secret!

The Landowner’s Secret – the first book in my Brindabella Secrets series – came out on this day two years ago!

New South Wales, 1885

When Alice Ryan wakes to find thugs surrounding her cottage, on the hunt for her no-good brother, she escapes into the surrounding bush.

It is wealthy landowner Robert Farrer who finds her the next morning, dishevelled, injured, and utterly unwilling to share what she knows. With criminals on the loose and rumours that reckless bushrangers have returned to the area, Robert is determined to keep Alice out of danger, and insists on taking her into his home-despite the scandal it may cause. Convincing her to stay on with him for her own safety, however, is going to take some work.

What Robert doesn’t expect is his growing attraction to the forthright, unruly woman staying in his home. Before either of them can settle into their odd new situation, their home and wellbeing come under threat and they will need to trust each other to survive. But they are both keeping secrets, secrets that have the potential to ruin their burgeoning love, their livelihood … and their lives.

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Happy Birthday to The Artist’s Secret!

The Artist’s Secret – the second book in my Brindabella Secrets series – came out on this day one year ago!

Despite their growing attraction, both Peter and Elizabeth have secrets that will come between them.

New South Wales, 1887

Peter Rowe’s life is in the city, but his soul is in Australia’s southern tablelands – a place he’s never seen. Taking the new land manager’s position on the thriving estate of Endmoor is the chance he needs to discover what happened to the family he has never met. What he doesn’t expect to find in the bush is his employer’s talented, beautiful sister.

Elizabeth Farrer’s world is changing rapidly. An artist whose work has begun to gain acclaim, her brother’s marriage has made her redundant in her own home and she intends to leave the country and make a life of her own. Her plans would take her far from her beloved New South Wales, but with the arrival of Endmoor’s newest employee – a man unlike any other she has met – she discovers there might just be a reason to stay right where she is.

Just as they conquer their most difficult obstacles, old prejudices rise up and threaten to keep them apart …

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Research Trip!

This was my second visit to Monte Cristo in six months. It’s a Victorian homestead on the outskirts of Junee (NSW) and is said to be the most haunted house in Australia. And this time we had it all to ourselves!

So many horrible things have happened in its history (e.g. the hole in the wall in the last picture is where the housekeeper’s son was kept chained in the dairy).

My first home when I lived in London was at the top of a 17th century building that was built on top of a 13th century crypt. Being in that building alone at night is the sort of thing that might make you believe in ghosts!