Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Joy of Storytelling

I've just returned from my summer vacation, which, as many of you know, I typically take once a year, to the White Mountains. My home-away-from-home inspired my debut series, and it often serves as a place where I can gather my thoughts, recharge and reflect on the past year. In this secluded paradise of pine trees, rocks, rivers and lakes, I can relax and concentrate in a way that is nearly impossible to do at any other time throughout the course of a busy year. I cherish my opportunity to be in this place and I often use it to focus on something I love more than almost anything else in the world - a good book! This year, cruising the book sale at the Naples Public Library, I stumbled upon a title by Cassie Edwards, an author whose work I've greatly enjoyed in the past. I enjoy Ms. Edwards's stories, not only because of her amazing characters and dynamic plot lines, but because she creates a world completely unlike the ones in which I create for the characters in my own stories. Reading Sun Hawk, a Native American romance, I was taken back to a time and place I know well, both from the descriptions provided in Cassie Edwards's novels, and in those of other historic romance authors. While I was immersing myself in the story however, my mind was not entirely focused, as more so than the fun of Sun Hawk's and Summer Hope's romance, I was reminded of the joy of storytelling, something I haven't experienced for myself in quite some time, something I long to experience again, yet, for a wide variety of reasons, life as of late has taken me in other directions.

Storytelling, by definition, is the activity of telling or writing stories. Whereas fantasy, though similar in concept, is described as the activity of imagining things, especially those that are impossible or improbable. In a world of readers and writers who are drawn to different genres and subgenres, I find this subtle distinction to be very interesting, as it labels fantasy (the precursor to storytelling, if you will) as being particularly geared toward the impossible and the improbable. It was these very elements that drew me to the world of fiction, first, as a child, watching soap operas with my mother, viewing stories that often focused on larger than life circumstances and situations and then as an adult watching Smallville, a TV show that centers around the teenage life of Superman, a scifi drama with enough romance to qualify as a soap opera in its own right, but also, paranormal and suspenseful elements, including but not limited to the appearances of aliens, mad scientists and danger at every turn. Danger excites me. Romance and passion excite me! (They make a killer combination, too!) I've heard other writers say that other fiction often inspires their own writing, and I am no exception to this rule. I think the reason why this method works is simple - inspiration fuels inspiration. When I'm engrossed in a larger-than-life universe that is full of romance and suspense, I feel as though I've come home.

I've participated in many discussions with other writers, both panel-style as well as informal, conversations dissecting the differences between writers who pre-plot their stories and those who fly by the seat of their pants, so to speak, jumping right into the fire and putting the pieces together as they come naturally, with no strict guidelines to restrict their creativity. The difference between these methods is a discussion in and of itself, but I will simply make mention of the fact that working against one's own instinctive method may stifle creativity, whereas going with the flow can jumpstart it - for me, fantasizing about a story through the practice of outlining it can turn a simple idea into a full blown novel, or at least the blueprints for one. It is not surprising then, that when a burst of inspiration strikes, my mind gets right to work on an outline, working out the beginning, middle and ending of a story even before my fingers hit the keys. I call this fantasizing, and the fact that I also happen to love the impossible and improbable - that's a plus! If I'm creating an outline in my mind, (as it began to, in between reading chapters) there's an excellent chance a novel will follow!

Time is a luxury few of us can afford in a busy world, packed daily with that which we love to do and that which we have to. But when reading a favorite author's work, a world of ideas can come into one's mind, and it can inspire an infinite number of stories. I can't promise it will always work this way, but for me, reading in a different genre than the one I write in often fuels my creativity, and I have learned to take inspiration from where it comes. As we kick off September, a time many of us consider a new beginning, I hope to once again make storytelling an integral part of my life. Thank you, Cassie Edwards, and all of you, my reader and writer friends, for your encouragement and inspiration. My muse is infinitely grateful!

My Review of Cassie Edwards's Sun Hawk:

This wasn't my favorite story by Cassie Edwards, but I'm always up for one of her Indian romances! The story stands out among her titles, as the hero, Sun Hawk, is born white, but is raised by the Ojibwa and grows up to become their chief. Though the romance occurs rather quickly, I enjoyed watching him fall in love with Summer Hope, who is so much like Sun hawk in so many ways. A lot of telling occurs where I would have preferred things be shown, but I couldn't help falling in love with Ms. Edward's characters, all of whom are strong and easy to relate to, sans villain Pierre. I especially enjoyed one of Sun Hawk's greatest surprises as he stumbles upon someone he definitely wasn't expecting to. I won't spoil the story for you, so if you'd like to escape with a good Indian romance, give this title a read and see for yourself! 

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Alpha Heroes: Certifiable Creeps or Desirable Lovers?

For the longest time, I had no idea what an 'Alpha Hero' was. A multi-published romance novelist, I am especially embarrassed to admit that I did in fact remain in the dark about this for quite some time, maintaining only a faint idea of what the term meant, which I'd acquired solely by using context clues. I'd heard, in various writers' workshops and such that 'alpha heroes' were a popular archetype for heroes often used in romance novels. Every hero falls under the categorization of at least 1 archetype, the workshop leaders said, or perhaps several archetypes, but every type of character has been done before and understanding what archetype your hero falls under and learning how to purposefully create characters associated with a particular archetype will strengthen your writing tenfold..  My vague understanding of what an alpha hero was, at this point in time, was that he was a bad-boy, plain and simple, and that, often times this arrogant man must learn from his mistakes before he can win the heart of the heroine. True enough. Though, my understanding deepened further as time went on, and I went on to create several alpha heroes of my own. Recently, the wheels in my head began turning regarding alphas once again, when I encountered Evander "Vander" Septimus Brody, hero in Eloisa James's Four Nights with the Duke.

By definition, an alpha male is said to be the dominant male animal in a particular group, or man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations. Searching for 'alpha hero' books via, the first book list sited is for 'Controlling/Sexy/Possessive Men,' followed by 'So you love a Bad Boy or Tortured Hero,' then 'Questionable Alphas: Dominant, Possessive, Jealous, Controlling, sometimes scary but always hot,' and, 'Hot Alpha Males' followed by 'Male Characters You Would Run From If They Tried To Date You.' Arguably, all of these classifications are clever ways of describing alphas. However, any loyal romance reader, or writer, (or ANY reader/writer for that matter!) knows that no two heroes are ever exactly the same. Heroes, like all characters, are a blend of traits and characteristics, quirks and distinctions. They are a combination of archetypes if you will, meaning, that, in essence, the percentage of "alpha" each alpha hero contains, varies.  Some, like Vander, may be more arrogant than others, making them harder to forgive in the end. The question, as readers, and writers, which we probably ask ourselves, subconsciously or otherwise, is, has the author gone too far?  Can we forgive this hero and, if so, can we give him our heart?

A couple of years ago, I created a workshop, which I presented to the New Jersey Romance Writers, entitled, Reforming the Former Villain: Does He Have What it Takes to Be a Hero? The inspiring idea behind this workshop had to do with reforming villains from previous stories, and turning them into the hero in a later story in a series. I've done this several times in my own stories, and though I am certainly not the only author who has done so, I'd never come across another who'd done so. I wanted to be sure that, A. It was not against "the rules" to reform a former villain, and, B. Prove to myself that my former villain could be forgiven for his past sins both by the heroine and by readers, because, let's face it, if he cannot be forgiven, then no one can accept him as the hero, let alone fall in love with him. I did. And, this same concept can be applied to alpha heroes, as they too must be forgiven for their sins in order for the reader to feel as though he or she has reached the point of happily ever after.  Alphas too can be forgiven for, (for lack of a better phrase) acting like an ass for a good part of the story, as long as he is reformable, and as long as he does, in fact, reform. When the moment of happily ever after comes, we give the hero our heart as the heroine has, knowing that he is a truly good man at the core. As every hero is different, there are an infinite number of ways the author can make this happen for us. Here are a few I've utilized in my writing.

  •  Said alpha hasn't gone "too" far, meaning that he hasn't said or done something completely horrible, with little to no justification for his actions, so much so that we cannot bring ourselves to forgive him for them.
  •  He is truly sorry for the things he's done. (And we know it!)
  •  A respectable heroine can love this man, because he himself is worthy of her respect. 

There is no right or wrong when it comes to telling a story. The story is a product of the author's and when it comes to creating an alpha that readers can appreciate, only she and her readers can be the judge. That said, let me say that it is my personal opinion that a hero who has completely crossed the moral lines by committing a serious crime, such as rape or murder, without a strong motivation behind his actions, or extenuating circumstance has probably lost my love. These extreme examples, however, are not the only ways a hero can pass the point of no return, and, as I immersed myself in the early pages of Vander Brody's story, I found myself extremely turned off to this historical bad-boy, particularly with the way that Vander was so convinced that the heroine, Mia, wanted him in the bedroom, and believed her blazing desire to be the reason she'd blackmailed him into marrying her, when in reality she'd done so to protect her disabled nephew. Rather than merely being cocky, Vander is quite cruel to Mia, and, seeing right off that this was the case, I decided to check out reviews for the title, to see if other readers shared my negative opinion of him. I was not surprised to find that many did not forgive this arrogant man in the end, yet what did surprise me was that I myself DID forgive him. As with matters in real life, things in this story are not always as they appear and it was my personal feeling that Vander (who becomes quite caring as the story progresses) does learn from his mistakes. Though he is hardly my favorite hero, he does treat Mia with respect, concern and great love in the end and even becomes a man that a reader can love, too.

It's been a while since I've read a story in which the hero had such a strong impact on me. But my initial feelings changed from beginning to end, both about Four Nights With the Duke and by alpha heroes in general. Seeing such an initially cruel man undergo an almost-complete transformation reminded me of how strong the power of love can be and that, at the end of the day, we are all human. As we breathe life into our characters, and enjoy their stories along with them, let us not forget that any hero, no matter how much he has to learn, is capable of seeing the light. And let's face it, fellow romance-lovers. Isn't a happily ever after that much better when it is well and truly earned? 

In the course of one disastrous evening, diamond smuggling kingpin Colin Westwood learns that his best recruit is missing in action, and that the man has been keeping a secret for years—he has a twenty six year old daughter. Determined to protect his identity, Colin vows to find the young woman, and keep her silent at any cost. Intrigued to learn that she is actually the attractive woman he caught sneaking around in his bedroom, he makes Julia an offer. Come to New York City with him to search for her missing father…as his mistress.

When Julia Dyson learns her father has been abducted, she believes his hidden profession may be to blame. But when she discovers a man’s name in her Dad's caller history, a man suspected of shady business activity and also her teenage crush, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She confronts her father's presumed abductor, resulting in an unforgettable kiss, and his offer of a dangerous proposition indeed.

Though becoming Colin’s mistress could very well be her undoing, Julia must choose—give in to her desires, or protect her already-broken heart…

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Can I Write After Love?

I've been a writer at heart all of my life, but I have only been calling myself a writer for the last 13 years, beginning around the time when I'd recently graduated from college and had decided that I would like to write professionally. I also decided, at that time, that romance was my genre of choice, and the type of story through which I could express my truest self. Knowing in my heart who I was and what I loved, I embarked on a journey that changed my life as I knew it and enabled me, in its own special way, to shape the world through plot, word and character. I had many concerns, as most writers do, and though one in particular stood out among the others I managed to keep the thought tucked away in the back of my mind. I  assured myself I'd worry about it when the time came, and that, when it did, this concern would not affect my writing, because I loved writing more than anything in the world. Then, much like the heroines in my stories, I fell madly, deeply and unexpectedly in love.

Anyone who knows me well could tell you that I am not a content person by nature. I spent the majority of my childhood asking my parents, "What are we doing next?" and "What are we doing after that?" My eagerness to see what is around the next corner is what has spurred me to breathe life into fictional characters and to shape their worlds and I've surrounded myself with enough fellow writers to know that this is a quality we all share. Imagine my surprise then, to find that when the greatest thing in the world happened to me, I was filled with great...contentment, contentment which soothed the restlessness in me, restlessness that had always fueled my desire to write. My sudden lack of interest in getting the words down both surprised as well as concerned me. It forced me to take a hard look in the mirror and to question why I had begun writing in the first place. What it was that had encouraged me to jot down those first few words, to create seven full-length novels while being an active part of a community of writers who love the craft as much as I do? What made me gravitate toward the romance genre, in particular?

In my short career as an author, I've given a number of interviews and spoken at many a panel discussion, at which, the same or similar questions are often asked. Questions I've always found interesting, perhaps because the reasoning behind the answers is not so cut-and-dry for me are, "Why do you write romance?" or "Would you ever consider writing another genre besides romance?" The short answer to these questions, or at least, the answers I've generally provided are that I simply love writing about love more than anything else, and that the desire in me, to do so, will never fade. I'd meant those words with all of my being and yet, there I found myself, for the first time since embarking upon my self-initiated journey to save the world through love stories, unable to write and rapidly losing interest in doing so. My love, my obsession at times, no longer drove me. My identity, which had been shaped over the course of more than a third of my life, was no longer clear to me, and for that reason I decided I needed to look even more deeply inside myself. Doing so, I realized, not at all to my surprise, that I've been in love with love for as long as I can remember. Much of my infatuation with the topic originally stemmed from my own desire to find love, thus, my concern that when I did find love, experiencing this wonder first-hand might quell the fire burning within me, had come to pass.

Indeed, finding love did ease my restlessness to a degree, as I no longer needed to write to create feelings that were now a part of my own world, the very best part, as it happens! Love is what a romance novelist's readers seek and in order to cater to these expectations we writers must become one with our characters, see the world through their eyes and tell their unique stories as only they (we) can tell them. Surely an author who has experienced love for herself could create such a scenario again and again, as real-life experience is often the greatest way to give authentication to our stories. I know this to be true. This want and this need is what inspired my love of the romance genre in the first place and yet, for months, this no longer seemed to inspire me. Having only just begun to get back on the horse after considerable contemplation, I share this with you, my readers, because I need to hear it as much as anyone else. Having experienced my first true bout of writers' block in over a decade, I am working every day to find my way back inside my stories. In the end, I believe I will be stronger for this (most wonderful) bump in the road, as I can say with every confidence that my love of plot, character and storyline still burns hot within me. New experiences shape who we are as people.  They change usin my case, unquestionably, they've done so for the better!

Every writer, no doubt, will experience a point in time in which he or she will question whether they want to continue writing. While the wheels in our creative minds are turning the world turns as well and sometimes the "real" world can take us so far away from our fantasy world, we forget what brought us there to begin with. Fortunately for me, sometimes all it takes is a glance back at what I was working on before I lost my concentration before I can pick up again from where I left off. There may come a time when life simply becomes too busy.  But today is not that day. In the meantime, I plan on making the most of my creative energy, which lives on, writing stories to share with everyone who appreciates romance as much as I do. Whether you're a writer yourself, or a reader, I hope your own creative spirit never dies. Thank you always, for your support and friendship! Write on!!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Interview with Author Ava Lynn Wood

I am excited to welcome award winning children's book author Ava Lynn Wood to Passion Between the Pages! Ava and I discovered each other on Facebook and our mutual love of suspense and romance made us fast fans of each other's stories. Ava writes under two pseudonyms - Ava Wood, her young adult pen name and Ava Lynn Wood which she uses for her Adult Contemporary novels.

     I'll be sharing my review of Ava's In A Dream today, along with an interview with the author herself. 

    Welcome, Ava!

1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What aspect of writing do you enjoy the most?

When I was about eight years old, I loved writing poetry, albeit quite juvenile, but I’ve always had a great love for writing. It is as if it has always called to me. I was an only child growing up living in the “middle of nowhere” and began creating worlds early on to entertain myself. So I guess it was only natural that I found my way to creating “friends” in my books.

In writing, I most love creating those relationships that speak to people. I love bringing characters to life that people want to root for and identify with. When I bring a character “to life” I want them to seem like someone that you could meet just walking down the street, someone that you would truly want to be friends with.

2. What kind of writer are you? Plotter?  Panster? Where do your ideas tend to come from?

I am definitely a plotter. When planning my first novel, I actually had close to 300 notecards with story ideas on them. Since then, I’ve condensed the process to about a paragraph of planning per chapter, but I typically have a story all mapped out before I begin writing. It helps to keep the story moving along and keeps me from getting tripped up on finding that perfect ending.

My ideas can be inspired by any number of things; a movie I’ve seen, a song I’ve listened to, a current event, a reality show, or even a friendship that my child has. I take my inspiration from the life that happens around me. There’s no telling where my next great story idea will stem from.

3. Heroine Emma Potter of In A Dream is incredibly strong, in spite of the horrific tragedies she's endured.  Was it difficult to write about the darker parts of Emma's past?  Were any of the events in this story inspired by real life?

Writing Emma’s story actually felt pretty natural. I think a little bit of all of my heroines comes from inside me. I’ve never experienced loss like Emma did, but her characteristics and her willingness to fight for another day are things that exist deep inside me. There was really no one specific thing that brought Emma to life, no events or great inspirations that created her story. She was just a story that came to life in my mind and wanted to be told.

4. Your books contain strong female protagonists who are at vulnerable points in their life when they cross paths with their potential knight in shining armor.  What story do you aim to tell your readers?  What do you consider the most important element of romance?

I feel like there are people who believe that you have to lose a part of yourself in order to fall in love and I don’t believe that to be true. I think it is so important to know who you are before you fall in love. Because if you don’t know and love yourself, you shouldn’t try to give yourself to another. I want my characters to be strong and to know who they are and to be capable of being whole without relying on another, but finding that while they are whole alone, they can be doubly whole with another. When you find that perfect someone, you become an even stronger version of yourself. You find inspiration to be the best you that you can be.

The most important element of romance (while my mother says sex) is the actual connection between two people, the relationship that exists. When two people feel comfortable enough to show their true self and are completely honest and open to their significant other, there is true beauty in that. Feeling comfortable enough to be vulnerable with someone is so powerful.

5. You've written 3 titles so far. Which one is your favorite and why?

Of my released work, my favorite is Irreplaceable. I love that Anna and Will get to experience a second chance. They’ve had time to grow up and really find themselves, but that great love still exists between them. I really enjoyed writing their story.

6. Who are some of your favorite authors?  What stories have influenced your own writing?

My favorite authors are Katy Evans, Rebecca Donovan, Colleen Hoover, Sylvia Day, Christina Lauren, and Autumn Jones Lake just to name a few.

As far as what stories have influenced my writing, I would have to say that after reading the Harry Potter series and Twilight as a young adult, I was inspired to put conscious effort behind my writing and to study the craft so that I could put out a product worth reading!

7. What's next for you?

In December, I’m releasing my next book, Silver. It’s a contemporary romance with a rock star who wants to run away from fame and all of the fake people he’s surrounded by. This story was a bit different for me as it is told from the female and male point of view, alternately. But this story has, without a doubt, been my favorite thus far. I experienced my first “writing hangover” after completing this book. I definitely fell in love with these characters and can’t wait to share them with the world.

8. Where can readers find you online?

The best place to find out about my books and upcoming events would be my webpage – You can find my newsletter there to stay up to date on my upcoming releases and giveaways as well.

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In A Dream blurb: 

Emma Potter has led a tragic life, witnessing her parents' murder at the tender age of five then being swept away to the Texas Hill Country to live with her grandparents. By the time she enters college, her uncle Peter is the only relative she has left and, while he's a bit unconventional, she treasures the familial bond they have.

But that familial bond is tragically ripped away when her uncle is killed in the night and Emma mysteriously witnesses the whole thing in a dream. While she's trying to sort reality from her nightmares, she finds solace in the arms of Aiden, her unexpected knight in shining armor. But Aiden has secrets of his own.

With Emma’s tendency to put up walls and keep secrets, she is hesitant to trust. Yet Aiden persists, even when Emma continually pulls away. She’s drawn to him; to his charm, his compassion, his smile, but she’s scared. She fears that falling for Aiden will only result in heartbreak once again.

While Emma fights to find her uncle’s murderer and decode the dreams that have become a nightly nuisance in her life, she must decide if she can accept the love she spent years trying to avoid, or if she’s willing to throw it all away to hide what she envisioned In A Dream.


My Review of In A Dream:

This was my first read by author Ava Wood and it definitely won't be the last! In A Dream is a suspenseful romantic mystery that keeps you guessing right up until the end. We have a strong heroine in Emma Potter. She keeps going, even when her loved ones are murdered one by one and seems a fitting match for hero, Aiden, who naturally has secrets of his own. Aiden is very charming. I greatly enjoyed the chemistry between these two!

I also love the dream angle as it is played out in this story - one of my favorite elements in fiction, but in romance in particular. Ms. Woods puts a great twist on this theme. Her tale is emotionally gripping and you will find yourself fighting right along with Emma and Aiden as things begin to play themselves out. These two never give up, and they left me feeling both determined and thoroughly satisfied after reading their story.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dragoon Serenade by Louise Roberts Releases October 26th!

I'm very excited to welcome author Louise Roberts to Passion Between the Pages!  Louise's latest work, Dragoon Serenade, releases October 26th!

Dragoon Serenade
[Romance in War Series – Book 2]
Louise Roberts
Historical Romance Adult Fiction – 38,450 words (100 pages)
Release date: October 26, 2017
Copyright © October 2017 Louise Roberts
ISBN: 978-1-370217-14-4
Cover design by Dawné Dominique
All cover art © 2017 by Dusktildawn Designs


On a dark night in July 1944, Special Operations Executive agent, Simone rows ashore from a submarine at the small fishing town of Golfe-Juan on the Côte d’Azur. She meets the Resistance Leader code name “Hibou” with whom she had a romantic affair during a mission in northern France several months previously. Once again, they engage in subterfuge operations against the German forces in the lead up to the Allied landings, code named Operation Dragoon, scheduled for the following month.

Although their relationship is reawakened, the tension of their exploits and the possibility of being caught by the Gestapo from information leaked by traitors in their midst causes some instability. However, love has a way to conquer doubt, but as their love deepens so too does the risk of them making mistakes.

Will Hibou be able to concentrate on the most important mission yet to come, or will his love for Simone lead to a moment’s carelessness that could be their undoing?

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The dim red light seemed to engulf the space around her as she sat quietly out of the way of the busy mariners. She had just been told they had reached their destination and the crew was making ready to resurface the submarine so that she could disembark.

When initially Simone had learned that she had been hand-picked for this assignment she had wondered what special qualities she had to offer. Then she had been told the name of the Resistance leader’s code name was “Hibou” — the French name for an owl — and her heart had caught in her throat.

It was toward the end of 1943 during the lead up to Operation Overlord where she had first met Hibou at the community of Saint-Lô located in North West France. Although at the time no one was privy to the date and actual location of the planned invasion, it was deemed prudent that all Resistance fighters throughout northern France were to be well-equipped.

Could he be the same man? She truly hoped so. Surely the Special Operations Executive wouldn’t use the same code name for someone else?

Simone closed her eyes to remember that mission. Her directive had been to reorganize a Resistance unit and to supply them with arms and explosives…

Hibou was tall and stockily built with dark curly hair. He had large gorgeous blue eyes, and she could plainly see how the code name fitted him perfectly. It had been love at first sight, and despite the dangers, they had managed to nurture a strong romantic bond. Even though their intimacy had let down their guard, they had never divulged their own real names. When it was time to leave it was as though her heart had been wrenched out, but now there was a chance to meet him again. Would they be able to rekindle their relationship? Would he even remember her? She tightened her eyes to concentrate on her memory and tried to ignore the noises about her.

At the beginning, their relationship had been strictly professional, but a close encounter with the Gestapo removed all pretense, and they found comfort in each other’s arms. One thing led to another, and before they could stop themselves, they were entangled naked on the soft straw of a stall in a barn. The only noise aside their heavy breathing was the sound of jingling bells that were tied around the necks of several goats nearby.

Simone could still ‘feel’ his touch and the sensation of fullness as his manhood slid within her. She subconsciously clenched the muscles of her lower regions as she conjured up those thoughts.

“Miss Dubois, the Commander would like a word.” The voice in her ear snapped her from the reverie. As she opened her eyes to regard the speaker she was grateful for the red light to help disguise the flushness of her cheeks.

Author Biography:

Louise Roberts grew up and was educated in London, England and has always held a passion for history and English Literature.

She has been writing since her teenage years, but only began writing fiction in the 1990s having been inspired by her mother, Viviane Elisabeth Borg, who is a published author.

Although Louise had immigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1988, she relocated to Europe in 2016 and today resides in the coastal town of Golfe-Juan in the south of France.

Louise retains membership of Romance Writers of Australia and Australian Romance Readers Association.

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