Writing

Please note – I have not yet published any of these titles, and so they are all works-in-progress, really. Some are more in progress, while others are closer to a publication standard. The covers are ideas I played with for a design project.

 

NANNY IN PARIS

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Jean is in a rut. A dreamy nannying gig in London pulls her out, but when the kids’ uptight father suddenly ups and takes them all to Paris, everything starts to go wrong.

With no French to speak of, Jean struggles to make the most of things, but having coeliacs is a downer here in the land of the pain au chocolat. Walking in on her boss in the shower is bad, but losing a kid on the Metro is worse.

Battling culture-shock and loneliness in such tight quarters, Jean bonds with the kids, and with their difficult dad. Sweet moments are a balm, but also a time-bomb, tick-tocking withnear-misses and hot kisses, and all Jean’s ideas about what kind of life she wants to live. She’s young, nowhere near ready for a family, but this messy, mad bunch are getting into her system.

 

OFF CAMERA

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Anne plays a gutsy gay TV cop but in real life she’s buckling under the pressure. Down time in Paris churns up memories of the student exchange that set her life’s course and in a desperate moment she goes to confession. And then she recognises the priest.

He was the one, all those years ago. The one that got away. The one that got her into acting. But he was always devout – except for that one slip-up on closing night, but she mustn’t think about that now. Their friendship seems a saving grace to them both. Until it threatens to become something more.

 

An adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s NORTH AND  SOUTH

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Mags is an idealistic software engineer, and a devoted daughter who follows her parents to Hong Kong. There she clashes with Tian, her father’s star student and only real friend, about the pro-democracy rallies that are disrupting his business. Suffocating in the heat and culture shock, Mags befriends Tian’s overworked employees but when her mother becomes ill, she longs only to see her brother. He cannot safely visit Hong Kong because of a disastrous attempt at protesting during the Beijing Olympics.

 

NO FEINTING LADY

Historical Women’s Fiction – Georgian/Regency England

Lady Ailsa is a sword-fighting spinster with grand plans to do something useful with her life, like saving orphans. A charming fortune-hunter has other plans for her, but even if Ailsa can escape him, the rumours that follow might keep her from doing any good at all. The scandal will certainly rule out marriage, which is fine because the only man capturing her interest knows all her worst secrets and would never even consider… or would he?

 

COURTING RUIN

Historical Romance – Victorian England

Meg doesn’t want her adulterous husband’s gift, a faux ruin at great expense, but the archaeologist brought in to design the folly, he is tempting.

 

FULL THROUGHOUT OF SMALL HOLES

Historical Women’s Fiction – 1888, Canterbury, New Zealand

A half-decent kitchen maid might be hard to come by, out here in the colonies, but Sophie Lawrence doesn’t know her worth. Too young, too isolated, and too trusting, she soon falls foul of the boss’s son. Her mother, the cook, can do nothing to protect her and so Sophie seeks a new position, and finds one in Christchurch, a bustling town some might call a city.

Older and wiser, Sophie steps up and out, but her new boss’s son looks awful familiar. He looks just like that boy, in fact. Oh, but that old house was a good way from here, though she’s been gone a few years now, and grown up, and she can’t be sure. It wasn’t his fault. He and his friends – all the children in the entire parish, for heaven’s sake – were playing their game, defending their fort. Just a game, but she fought like her life was truly in danger and, well, she must have at least broken his finger.

 

The Problem with Good SoilTHE PROBLEM WITH GOOD SOIL

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Dahlia is a perpetual traveler who doesn’t put down roots. On inheriting her Grandmother’s extravagant house, Dahlia returns to the town that hosted a dozen idyllic childhood summers. The inheritance sounds like a windfall but turns out to be rather high-maintenance. The house and grounds need work, yes, but more than that, they arouse memories, and demand honesty from Dahlia, who’d really rather run away.

Inevitably in need of funds, Dahlia picks up some work at the local school. Her colleagues soon become her friends, and one of them more than that. But Dahlia doesn’t plan to stay. She doesn’t have a plan at all, really. If only there were some obvious use for a mansion, in the middle of a small town, in the middle of nowhere. If only she could make up her mind. If only she knew what she wanted. If only her grandmother had left instructions.

 

 

SWEET SOMETHINGS

sweet somethings

Contemporary Romance

Sun Geary loathes rugby, and with good reason, but when she unwittingly falls for a famous rugby player, walking away unscathed proves difficult.

 

 

 

HOW TO SIT ON A FENCE

Historical New Adult Fiction

In 1981, the South African rugby team toured New Zealand, met by angry protests at every game. On one side, “Sport and Politics don’t mix!” on the other, any opportunity’s a good opportunity to protest Apartheid.

Jamie Wright would rather just finish her homework and hang out with her friends, than come to a verdict on the subject. But as her friends and family choose sides she finds herself swept along.

 

 

THE KITCHEN IN THE CLOCK

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Karina hasn’t seen Ben for eight years and what’s the first thing he does? Makes her the best damn mochaccino ever. She’s doomed.

Oh, don’t be ridiculous. She has a great boyfriend, a decent job, a divine apartment… but Ben’s gentle presence at her friend’s café rouses Katrina to remember the artistic dreams she abandoned when he left for Europe nearly a decade ago.