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SOMETHING OF A SPARK, the first book in Monique McDonell's new A Jewel Sisters Romance Chick Lit series, is available now!!
Something of a Spark by Monique McDonell
Series: A Jewel Sisters Romance #1
Published by Redfish Publishing on October 31, 2017
Genres: Chick Lit
Sometimes keeping a secret is more trouble than it’s worth.
Growing up as one of the Jewel Sisters of Caudal Bay has never been easy for Sapphire Smith. As far as her friend’s and family are concerned she’s now a struggling radio DJ living in Sydney and working part-time as a PA for her best friend country music star Ryan Storm.
But that’s only part of the story.
When an accident in her home town brings real-life hero and firefighter Campbell into her world their relationship starts with a smoulder and slowly begins to spark. Campbell has given up his career as a corporate lawyer for a quieter, more rewarding life. He loves his new town and the welcoming atmosphere as much as Saffy loves the anonymity of the city.
As their relationship begins to heat up one thing is clear – Cam is all about honesty while Saffy has something to hide: her work partnership with Ryan involves more than social media and if the truth comes out it could be a disaster for them both.
Will Saffy come clean before their secret gets out? Or will her desire to keep people at arm’s length see her relationship with Ryan fizzle out before it has a chance to catch fire.
Caudal Bay unfolded before me like a vision. I drove down off the highway and there it was, the small beachside town I called home. I rolled down my windows and let the sea air in. Crisp and salty. Well, I didn’t actually call the bay home anymore because I lived in Sydney, but a part of me would always belong here.
Not as big a part as my mother wanted of course and that was why I was here. One Sunday a month I was summoned back for lunch, whether I wanted to come of not. Stella Smith didn’t care whether it was convenient or that I was coming off a night shift. She wanted me home and that was that. I’d decided not to argue about it this month. I’d just left the radio station, where I was the overnight DJ Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, at the end of my shift and made the two-hour drive south. My quick departure meant my long brown hair was in a messy bun on top of my head and my outfit was nothing more than a promotional tank top from the radio station and jean shorts. With luck, I’d be able to take a nap for a couple of hours before lunch and change before anyone but my family clapped eyes on me.
I turned down Banksia Street and left the panoramic view behind me. I was a mile from home. The house would smell like toast from breakfast and coffee. My mother would be peeling potatoes or whipping up some delicious cake for dessert. If I wasn’t so exhausted, I’d be looking forward to it.
Banksia Street was a tree-lined avenue that seemed strangely at odds with its coastal location and its name, for there was not a banksia in sight. In autumn, the oaks shed their leaves and it became a riot of color, but it was late summer so they formed a canopy of green. It was hot already and the temperatures should reach a hundred degrees later. You can’t work in radio and not hear the weather at least twice an hour.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something shiny and low. A quick flash coming onto the road. Not a quick flash, a small child on a tricycle. Crap. I needed to.
Brake. Brake. Brake.
About Monique McDonell
I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women’s fiction including chick lit and romance.
I have written all my life especially as a child when I loved to write short stories and poetry. At University I studied Creative Writing as part of my Communication degree. Afterwards I was busy working in public relations I didn’t write for pleasure for quite a few years although I wrote many media releases, brochures and newsletters. (And I still do in my day-job!)
When I began to write again I noticed a trend – writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since.
I am the author of five stand alone novels including Mr. Right and Other Mongrels and Hearts Afire and the popular Upper Crust Series. Many of my novels focus on an Australian characters meeting and visiting US characters.
I have been a member of the writing group The Writer’s Dozen for ten years. Our anthology Better Than Chocolate raised over $10,000 for the charity Room to Read and helped build a library in South East Asia. I am also a member of the Romance Writers of Australia. In 2015 had a piece on writing chick lit featured in the successful Australian non-fiction book Copyfight.
I live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter.
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