A NIGHT WITH THE SOCIETY PLAYBOY

MODERN HEAT

NORTH AMERICA October 2008

 

 

THE MAGNATE'S INDECENT PROPOSAL

MODERN HEAT

NORTH AMERICA September 2008

 

These linked books are set in Melbourne - the fist on Collins Street, at the "Paris end" of the city  and the second in the leafy western suburbs, the home of ladies who lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS

MODERN EXTRA SENSUAL

UK April 2007

 

This sexier book makes the most of Melbourne in autumn, when the leaves are turning and walks along the Yarra mean couples must hug to keep warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST KILDA STOREYS TRILOGY

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

 

MARRIAGE MAKE-OVER

 North America January 2005

 

HOW TO MARRY A BILLIONAIRE

 North America November 2006

 

A MOTHER FOR HIS DAUGHTER

 North America December 2006

 

 

These three books are all based around three girlfriends who live in the St Kilda Storeys apartment block in hip, gorgeous, beachside St Kilda, Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICE GOSSIP TRILOGY

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

 

THE SHOCK ENGAGEMENT

 North America October 2005

 

This was the second book in the OFFICE GOSSIP trilogy, especially commissioned by Harlequin who wanted a 9 to 5 series set in Melbourne!

 

 

BOOK ONE

"IMPOSSIBLY PREGNANT"

by Nicola Marsh

 

BOOK THREE

"TAKING ON THE BOSS"

by Darcy Maguire

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARRIAGE MATERIAL

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

North America June 2004

 

 

 

THE WEDDING WISH

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

North America January 2004

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

St Kilda

 

Luna Park

 

Melbourne Zoo

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Listed below are a handful of my favourite Harlequin authors who write fabulous books set in my elegant, glamorous, beautiful home town!

 

 

Nicola Marsh

 

 

 

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STEAMY SURRENDER

MODERN HEAT

UK September 2007

 

Much of this book takes place in Melbourne, just off the fabulous restaurant strip of Lygon Street, but my favourite parts are up in the mountains at the snow.  Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BRIDES OF BELLA LUCIA

 

WANTED: OUTBACK WIFE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

NORTH AMERICA October 2006

 

This is book four in the brand new Harlequin Romance miniseries THE BRIDES OF BELLA LUCIA, commissioned to relaunch the Romance brand!

 

This book is set in Melbourne, Outback Victoria and London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEANT-TO-BE MOTHER

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

NORTH AMERICA January 2007

UK January 2007

AUS/NZ February 2007

 

 

This book, is set in tropical Cairns, mountain top Kuranda, and beachside Port Douglas all in Far North Queensland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A FATHER IN THE MAKING

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

NORTH AMERICA April 2006

UK January 2006

AUS/NZ February 2006

 

This book, my first non-city romance is set entirely in a fictional town in northern Victoria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SHOCK ENGAGEMENT

 HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

North America October 2005

 

This hero and heroine in this citified book spend a lovely weekend in the Dandenong Mountains, traveling on Puffin' Billy and enjoying some time spent in a cozy inn.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Dandenong Mountains

 

Mt Bulla

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Listed below are a handful of my favourite Harlequin authors who have been known to write a gorgeous Australian outback book or two.

 

 

Barbara Hannay

 

Marion Lennox

 

Bronwyn Jameson

 

Fiona Lowe

 

 


 

 

 

 

'MY COUNTRY'

by Dorothea Mackellar

 

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins;
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains,
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me.

The stark white ringbarked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die -
But when the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The stealthy soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold;
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land -
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand -
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a proud Aussie author, setting all of my romance novels all over this wide brown land I love so very much.

 

Travel to my favourites places as I take you on a tour of the best parts of my home town of Melbourne, and then hop in the back of a four-wheel-drive, pack your snorkelling gear, your thermal underwear, and a hat as we head on out to the great Australian outback!

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of my Harlequin Romance book are set in Melbourne, a beautiful bay side city at the southern tip of Australia.  Melbourne is known for its many varied restaurants, its love of sports, its abundance of culture and its fantastic shopping.  Though I now live in my home town of Brisbane in beautiful sunny Queensland, Melbourne has remained my muse.

 


 

the weather
 

Melbourne is a city infamous for enduring four seasons in one day... on a regular basis!  From 40 degree summer days that last long into the night to crisp frosty winter days warmed only by ten layers of clothing and an open fire, this city experiences the seasons like no other in Australia.  Never leave home without an umbrella, a coat, a sun hat, a scarf, a change of clothes, a change of shoes and your credit card as you will want to spend spend spend!!!

 

 



the city  

 

At lunchtime the gargantuan Federation Square leisure complex is dotted with city workers enjoying every ray of sunshine they can grab.  The beautiful Flinders Street train station lines one side of the Yarra River and on the other is South Bank, a run of restaurants, galleries, and shops, which looks like a scene straight out of Gotham City with its mix of gothic greys.  They are stunning examples of the old architecture and the new within one city block.  Romy and Sebastian share their first meal together in the intimate surrounds of a noisy pub at Federation Square in MARRIAGE MATERIAL.

 

 


 

the zoo
 

On the edge of the city rests the beautiful Melbourne Zoo where more than 350 animal species from Australia and around the world are on view in a botanic garden setting of 55 acres.  In MARRIAGE MATERIAL, Romy and Sebastian experience this wonderful haven through the eyes of Sebastian's niece and nephews.   I visit at least once a year and always take out of town visitors along as it is such a beautiful, caring, well kept place.  You can see all the cuddly and not so cuddly Aussie animals in as near a natural environments as you could hope.  The Great Flight Aviary and Butterfly House are a dream.  And my favourites, the tree top apes, are a riot!  They are such showmen!  And the great cats...sigh.  I could watch the tigers all day long.


 Come visit and see how Yakini the baby gorilla is going with regular updates at the Melbourne zoo website.

 

 


 

the suburbs
 

So far my books have all been set around the gorgeous beach side suburb of St Kilda, where a fantastic mix of bohemia and sophistication collide. It's a place to see and be seen where the funky and the fancy brush by one another along The Esplanade walk, through the beach side market stalls, out to the romantic and lovely pier, and by the ostentatious Luna Park.
 

The beach, the food and the people of St Kilda play a huge part in my third book, MARRIAGE MAKE-OVER... in which the heroine's desire is to land her dream job, not just for the satisfaction of the act itself, but so she will finally have the funds to blow a bundle on the Seriously Droolsome Delicacies in the French pastry shops on the Acland Street strip!   Mmmmmmmmmm...
 

Which leads on to...

 

 


 

the food
 

The restaurants of Melbourne play a large part in my books.  What better place to to have a gorgeous couple weighing each other up than furtively over the top of spoonfuls of an unbelievably delicious dinner.  Being in event management, Holly, from THE WEDDING WISH, has occasion to scout out the best restaurants and clubs in town and I promise she has her pick of an incredible bunch!
 

Lygon Street in Carlton is a hive of activity with its mile of marvelous restaurants, and hotrods cruising the strip all night long.   Chapel Street in Prahran comes alive after dark, the strip of the most elegant shopping in town fades into the background as the myriad of ethnic restaurants and hip clubs light up the darkness.

 

 


 

the shopping
 

Shopping in Melbourne is not only to be found in the city heart.  Melbourne is the city of strip mall shopping.  The amount of suburban streets dedicated to shopping will amaze you!  From the glamorous designers on Chapel Street, to the outlet stores on Bridge Road, to the miles of home wares and antiques on High Street, and the alternative anything goes shopping on Brunswick Street no person has enough free time to see every diverse, distinctive outlet the city has to offer.

 

 


 

the sports
 

Australian Rules Football is the biggest thing since sliced bread in Australia.  It's bigger than Rugby, bigger than Soccer, it's huuuge!  And the greatest team in the greatest sport is the Collingwood Magpies

 

The black and white army regularly fill the MCG with over 70,000 people at a big match and if you're looking for an adrenaline rush while still in the comfort of the stands, Collingwood will supply!
 

To check out one of the world's greatest and most popular sporting teams visit the site of the grand old Collingwood Football Club.

 

And then there is the Melbourne Cup, one of the biggest horse races in the world.  The whole country stops on the first Tuesday in November to watch, and listen to the outcome of the race.  And we girls have an excuse to dress up in our prettiest dress and wear a really expensive hat!!!
 

And of course the Australian Open Tennis is held in Melbourne every January.  In the height of summer we have the chance to wear as little as possible, swelter, and drink ten litres of water while the best tennis players in the world belt it out in front of us.  A blast!   No expensive hats there, just big ones, hopefully with in built fans and ice packs!!!

 

"I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains,
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me.
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"My Country" by Dorothea Mackellar

 


 

the outback
 

Think Crocodile Dundee proudly overlooking Kakadu National Park.  Think kangaroos bouncing through golden grass in much need of rain.  Think burnt umber sunsets over Uluru.  Whatever your idea of the Australian outback, it is diverse, harsh, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful.

 

Australia's major cities are all coastal, with the majority of our land all but inhabitable bar brave souls who farm the vast tracts of drought affected grazing land, those living in one pub towns beyond the black stump, and a few aboriginal tribes who see themselves not as landowners, but as one with the earth.


the beach

Australia has the best beaches in the world.  It's true, just ask me!

 

The glitz of Surfers Paradise in on the Gold Coast, the clear blue waters and coral and tropical fish to be found barely twenty metres off the beach on Green Island in Far North Queensland, the immense surfing waves of Bell's Beach in New South Wales, and infamous Bondi Beach in Sydney. And I can't forget the beach huts of the Mornington Peninsula and my ever-favourite St Kilda.

 

These locations, with their white sands, their crescent beaches, and their perfect water are national gems.


the snow
 

A couple of hours drive north of Melbourne you hit snow.  Slopes fit for Olympic gold medalists!  During the summer these resort towns are barren.  Dry, dead ground, empty hotels, like western ghost towns.  Yet come winter they are weekend playgrounds for fun-hungry Melbournites.

 

The one time I took a trek to Mt Buller, I walked the bottom of the slope in my usual winter get-up of jeans, jumper, beanie and knee-high boots and everyone looked at me funny because I wasn't in a fluorescent pink bomber jacket and snow shoes, whatever snow shoes might be.  So I had a hot chocolate in the bar and then left the same day.

 

One day I'll show them I belong.  One day...


the tropics
 

Far North Queensland is a national treasure with such as favourite tourist destinations the Daintree Rainforest, the Kuranda Skyrail, the Atherton Tablelands and Port Douglas.

 

In March 2006, Cyclone Larry destroyed a huge portion of the ecosystem in this magnificent part of the world, downing trees, flattening crops so decidedly they look like they've been steamrolled, wiping out miles of banana plantations, destroying many homes and businesses, and stripping entire rainforests bare of foliage.

 

But just as nature has a way of showing herself in charge on occasion, she has a way of restoring the balance.  And faster then we ever imagine.

 


the island
 

The magnificent Spirit of Tasmania can take you, your family and your car on a many-houred trip across the Tasman Sea to beautiful, unspoiled island of Tasmania. (Or take a plane and you'll be there in an hour!)

 

From Launceston, take the drive to Cradle Mountain.  It is stunning.  Miles of bush land, burnt out forests, creeks so clear you've never tasted water so pure, and the only other cars you'll see are rentals.  And then you hit Cradle Mountain itself.  The drive is worth it for that view alone.

 

From there wind down the western road past Lake Barrington, drive for miles and miles and miles until you think you might never see civilisation again and then suddenly you come upon the eerie, orange-rocked, Queenstown copper mines.  Past quaint Strachan and then onto stunning Hobart, situated on the glorious Derwent River.

 

And don't forget to visit the town of Cadbury, where, funnily enough you will find the fabulous Cadbury chocolate factory!

 


 

the wineries
 

Brown Brothers make my favourite wine in the world.

 

Red, white, doesn't matter, I've never tasted a wine of theirs I don't love.  Though the Moscato is so darned tasty my mouth waters just thinking the word.  Moscato...  They are made at the located in the Milawa vineyard in the lower reaches of the King Valley in North East Victoria and are open for wine tastings and more.

 

Check out more Yarra Valley wineries here.

 


 

the mountains
 

The Dandenong Mountains, barely an hour drive east of Melbourne, host the delightful cities of Olinda and Sassafras.  Old steam train, Puffin' Billy takes families up the mountain daily.  The Devonshire tea on board is unbeatable!

 

The Blue Mountains and the Great Dividing Range are worth a look too ;).

 


 

the desert
 

Alice Springs.  The Northern Territory.  Uluru.

 

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