Meet the Character blog hop

I have been asked by the lovely Nicki Edwards to introduce you to one of the characters in my debut release, The Secret Prince.

Nicki and I are critique partners and she writes medical rural romance for Momentum. Her debut novel, Intensive Care, is being released on 22 January 2015 (and available for pre-order now at Amazon).

You can also find Nicki’s blog here

So, here we go!

1. What is the name of your character?

Madeline Lawson, but she calls herself Maddie.

2. Is she fictional or a historic person?

Entirely fictional!

3. When and where is the story set?

Present day. It is a contemporary romance, set in Manly, Australia and a fictional European country, called Amorea. Amorea was inspired by European constitutional monarchies, such as Belgium, Luxembourg or Denmark.

4. What should we know about her?

Maddie grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches. She is a sporty surfer and is proud of being a bit sceptical.

She feels like a failure as she dropped out of law school to follow a boyfriend, who she later broke up with, and is wary of putting a man before her career. She is not yet thirty and is insecure about the fact that journalism is the fourth career she has tried.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

After several false starts career-wise Maddie is determined to prove to her editor that she is capable of covering the serious news.

6. What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Maddie’s boss tells her to investigate reports of a European prince holidaying undercover in Sydney.  As far as Maddie is concerned, all princes are freeloading playboys.

With his long hair and beard, Maddie doesn’t recognize Prince Alex when she meets him in a bar. Maddie and Alex connect instantly, physically and emotionally, but their accidental meeting results in a media frenzy. Alex is convinced Maddie’s just been using him for a story. And Maddie can’t believe the cute surfer she kissed was actually royalty. With her professional reputation in tatters, Maddie has no choice but to accept the royal family’s offer to travel to Europe to write a profile on the Prince.

7. Is there a working title for this novel?

The novel is called The Secret Prince.

8. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

My debut novel was released by Destiny Romance on 4 November 2014 as an e-book.

It is available from

Destiny Romance


What happens next? It’s a blog hop so head on over to blogs of these talented ladies and check out what they are posting about their characters around 13 November 2014.

Leesa Bow

Leesa Bow grew up in Broken Hill and later worked as a nurse at the local hospital before moving to Adelaide in her early twenties. Leesa began writing seriously when her second daughter became sick with cancer. Initially writing was therapeutic, but when her daughter got the all clear, she decided to continue writing seriously.

On weekends Leesa enjoys reading, watching basketball and football, having beach days with the family, catching up with girlfriends, and daydreaming about strong heroines for her next book. Visit

Leesa photo

Carla Caruso

Carla Caruso was born in Adelaide, Australia, and only ‘escaped’ for three years to work as a magazine journalist and stylist in Sydney. Previously, she was a gossip columnist and fashion editor at Adelaide’s daily newspaper, The Advertiser. She has since freelanced for titles including Woman’s Day and Shop Til You Drop. These days, she plays mum to twin lads Alessio and Sebastian with hubby James. A Pretty Mess is her fifth novel. Visit

Carla Caruso - author pic



Melbourne Cup Day

Even though I have the occasional ethical difficulty with horse racing, I still get excited about Melbourne Cup Day every year. And now my first book is about to be published on Cup Day I have a whole new reason to love it.

So why do we get so excited about a silly horse race when any other day of the year we wouldn’t be seen dead in the TAB? This is why I do…

  1. I love Frocks. Dresses. Gowns. Love them all. Without a doubt they are my favorite fashion item. A frock is a whole outfit – no need to match it with pants or a top. One item and you’re done. Except for shoes, which, you have to wear anyway unless you’re six months old or the hippy that used to go to my Uni. And Cup Day frocks? As Jamie Oliver would say, they are ‘Next Level’ frocks. Summery, bright, fun. On Cup Day no one raises an eyebrow if you wear a ‘Next Level’ frock. They just smile, compliment you and don’t question what you’ve been up to (or ask what you intend to get up to). Which brings me to my next point…
  1. Cup Day is the one day of the year that you can wear a hat to work without your colleagues questioning your sanity. (OK, they might question my sanity but it won’t be because of the hat.)
  1. Champagne. In the middle of the day. Enough said.
  1. It is unofficial beginning of summer and the silly season. It marks the beginning of the wind down to the end of the year (but let’s not count the paydays until Christmas. See number 3).
  1. You can plant tomatoes. Well, if you live in Canberra, that is. Frosts after Cup Day are rare, so this is the point we can all go to the nursery and buy our lovely seedlings.
  1. And most exciting of all, my first book is being released! You can check out its beautiful cover below and purchase it from

Destiny Romance


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