Friday, 23 December 2016

Warbling Me - 2016 Wrap Up

Hello again lovely readers. Here we are, finally at the end of the God-awful year 2016. If this year was an animal, it would fart vomit and vomit poo. It would snarl and bite and claw until its victim was a bloody mess of torn parts on the ground. Okay, I’m being overly dramatic, but hallelujah it’s nearly over.
I’m a private person, and I really don’t want to bore you with my rubbish, but I’ll let you in on a private joke. You might’ve been wondering why the heck I’d call my romance blog The Flare Up. Am I referring to what might happen if you don’t practise safe sex, or what? My tag line is Stories with romantic flare, so the name fits with that. But I also suffer from several autoimmune diseases. When I’m under a heap of stress I get a flare up that knocks me down for weeks, if not months. So, The Flare Up was me making a lame joke of myself. You’ve got to laugh, right?
I know things could have been worse, and have been worse for some of my friends, but the events of this year had just about snuffed out my muse for good. The stories are still there in the background waiting for me to get my shit together, and I’m so thankful that they have stuck by me. It’s driven me nuts not being able to publish to my original schedule, but I’ve learned that sometimes I just need to give myself a break.
Now that that’s out of my system I’ll share my hopes and dreams for 2017 with you.

I hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday season.


I hope I can handle a slice of cheesecake and pavlova on Christmas Day.


I hope my kids continue to grow into the beautiful souls that they are.

I hope DT can make America great again.


I hope I get to meet at least some of you at signing events next year.


I hope that you’ll all love my stories as much as I do.

I hope Santa finds the cookies.

I hope that you experience the love that you deserve.


I hope your hopes and dreams come true (only the good dreams).


I hope my friends and family can understand and forgive me for my absence this year.


I hope the world can find some peace.


I hope my editor is ready for next year, it’s going to be a big one.

Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and jolly whatever it is you celebrate. See you next year, guys!
I'll be back in January with a character interview, starring Chelsea from Finding Home.

Monday, 19 December 2016

12 Days of Giveaways!

Guys! As a huge thanks to my readers from the U.S. here's a chance to win a signed copy of six fabulous books, including Remembering Home (with a brand spanking new cover)!

How much do you love signed paperbacks from your favourite romance authors?
Yeah. We thought so.
You've heard of the Twelve Days of Christmas? We're offering Twelve Days of Giveaways.
Enter to win one of twelve prize packs.
Each prize pack will contain SIX signed books.
If you're already a collector, you'll be in heaven. If you've never owned a signed paperback before, you'll start your collection with a bang. Either way, entry is simple.
One simple entry will subscribe you to 70 Romance Author Newsletters.
Unsubscribe any time, but please don't label us as spam. Better still, stick around and get to know us.

Participating Authors:
AJ Norris
Alyson Reynolds
Amie Stuart
Amy L Gale
Anna B. Madrise
Annie Anderson
Bethany Lopez
Bethany Shaw
Brinda Berry
Brittney Coon
Candace Clark
Candace Knoebel
Christa Cervone
Christi Barth
DD Lorenzo
Debra Parmley
Diana Quincy
Eileen Cruz Coleman
Elianne Adams
Eva Winters
G.L. Tomas
India Millar
J.M. Adele
Ja'Nese Dixon
Jamie Farrell
JB Schroeder
Jenn Windrow
Jennifer Locklear
Jennifer Ryder
Joanna Shupe
Joanne Dannon
Josie Bordeaux
Kelly Collins
Kelly Moore
Kimi Flores/K.A. Hunter
L A Cotton
L Chapman
 Leigh Anderson
Lisa Ladew
Lisa Shelby
Liz Durano
M.M. Chabot
Margo Bond Collins
Mary Abshire
Mary Hughes
Mayra Statham
Michele Mannon
Michelle Irwin
MJ Summers
Monica Corwin
Nancee Cain
Nikki Lynn Barrett
Rissa Blakely
S.M. Schmitz
Shaniel Watson
Sheila Kell
Shelique Lize
Skye Jordan
Sybil Bartel
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Tania Cooper
Terra Kelly
Theresa Troutman
Tracey Pedersen
Tracy Ellen
Victoria Pinder
Wendy Knight

Enter HERE!

Come back on Friday to read my end of year wrap up, and for news of the New Year Hop giveaway.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Remembering Home has a new cover!

Hi there! I have some exciting news. Remembering Home has a new cover! It's so pretty I want to roll in the hay with it. Not literally, don't screw your face up at me.

You're probably aware that I'm writing the second book in the Coming Home series, Finding Home. It's due out early next year. I can't give you an exact date yet. You'll know as soon as I do. So, now that Remembering Home is the kick off to a series it needed a new cover to tie in with its counterparts. 
The new cover is a better representation of the feel of the series. Sweet love and summer in the south. The perfect read to take on holiday, or escape the chill of winter.

Here it is!

What do you think?

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Warbling Me—November 2016

Hi all,

Do you like The Flare Up’s new look? It ties in with my website and is the place to find all the latest info on my works in progress, and maybe a bit of what I’m reading and anything else about me that I deem won’t send you to sleep in a puddle of dribble.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Get Your Tickets!

Breaking News!

The tickets for the Riveting Reads Australia signing event go on sale on Monday! 
Be quick if you want to be a V.I.P.


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I'm thrilled to be attending Riveting Reads Australia on 20 - 22 October 2017 in Brisbane. 
With over 100 Australian and International authors and models , I would love to see you there. 
Keep up on all the news by joining and following:

#RRA2017 @RRAAuthorEvent

(Yes, I will be at the cocktail party!)

Friday, 30 September 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Dionne Lister

Fixation Friday is here again! This week we have a treat for fantasy lovers. Dionne Lister has answered some of my questions about writing, and we feature her book, Tempering The Rose, book one of the Rose of Nerine series. Book Two, Forging The Rose is due out in December and is part of iBooks AU/NZ 'The Biggest Books of the Year' promotion. 
Start the series now for only 99 cents!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Facebook G*i*v*e*a*w*a*y Number 4 - Last One!

Last goodie bag!

This week it's a signed copy of Chantal Fernando's Dragon's Lair, and swag for 1 lucky duck. Open Internationally. 
Closes on Friday, September 30th. 
Head to my Facebook page to enter!


Friday, 23 September 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Darcy Delany

Welcome to Fixation Friday. Our guest today is Darcy Delany. She's here to talk about her new release, book 2 in the Modern Day Fairy Tale series, The Go-Between.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Facebook Giveaway Number 3!

All right, time to giveaway goodie bag number 3. Every week in September a new giveaway will be up for grabs on my Facebook page.

This week it's 1 copy of Christina Lauren's, Beautiful Stranger, and swag for 1 lucky duck. Open Internationally. Closes on Friday, September 23rd. 
Head to my Facebook page to enter!


Friday, 16 September 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Kate Bonham

Hello and welcome to Fixation Friday. I've had a few weeks off and now we're back with some paranormal/ dystopian. Two of my favourite sub-genres. 
Author Kate Bonham's new book, Stormblaze, book one of the Stormblaze series, is out now!
Don't forget to enter for your chance to win an eBook copy and some swag. 
Open internationally!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Facebook Paperback Giveaway!

All right, time to giveaway goodie bag number 2. Every week in September a new giveaway will be up for grabs on my Facebook page.

This week it's 1 copy of Chantal Fernando's, Dragon's Lair, and a Taste Tester from Books With Heart for 1 lucky duck. I'll throw in some swag, too! Open Internationally. Closes on Friday, September 16th. 
Head to my Facebook page to enter!


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Giveaway Paperbacks!

These are for you!

Okay, as promised I'll be giving away the goodies I bagged at the Sydney Author Event on my Facebook page. Every week a new goodie bag will be up for grabs.

This week it's 2 copies of Page Toon's, The sun In Her Eyes for 2 lucky ducks. I might just throw in some swag, too! Open Internationally. Closes on Friday, September 9th. 
Head to my Facebook page to enter!


Friday, 26 August 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Khloe Wren

Fixation Friday time! This week we have the fantastic Khloe Wren. She's let us into the darker side of writing. The hard stuff and how she deals with it. I can't express how much I appreciate this post. Thank you so much, Khloe!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring JC Harroway

Hi lovelies! I'm back from the Sydney Author Event and here with another Fixation Friday for you. 
This week we have romance with a medical flavour from JC Harroway. JC has done a quick Q&A for you. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Warbling Me - Behind the Scenes of Sensing You & GIVEAWAY!


Hi all,

Time for the monthly warble. Don't worry there's no audio file, no need to block your ears. As promised I'm giving you a look behind the scenes of Sensing You.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Jane Blythe

Hi all! Fixation Friday is here again. Today we have romantic suspense with a dark side for you. Author Jane Blythe surprises everyone with her passions outside the playground. Read on to learn about her contradictory double life!
And don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY to win signed paperbacks of the first two books in her Count to Ten series!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Tamara Gill

Hi everyone and welcome to another Fixation Friday! This week we have Tamara Gill joining us.  Her new release, Only an Earl Will Do is LIVE and on tour right now. 
Tamara has kindly answered some of my questions. I hope you'll enjoy reading her answers. 
Check out the excerpt below and don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Fixation Fridays - Featuring Darcy Delany

Welcome to Fixation Friday. Our guest today is Darcy Delany. She's here to talk about her new release, I Don't Date in December.
And did I mention men in uniform. Yup...
Read on!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Tee Smith

Welcome to Fixation Friday! My guest this week is Tee Smith. She has a new book out, and is giving us a little look into how she came to write and publish her first book. 
Tee is giving away a paperback copy for one lucky winner today. Enter via the widget below. 
Read on!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Faye Hall

Hi lovelies! It's Fixation Friday time again. This week we're joined by another Aussie author who loves to write historical stories packed with passion. 
Check out what she has to say in the interview and read an excerpt from her book Shrouded Passions. Enjoy!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring K.E. Osborn

Hello and welcome to another Fixation Friday! Today we have a special treat. Author K.E. Osborn has answered some of my questions about her writing and the characters in her Satan's Savages MC series. 
She's giving away the Kindle version of books 1&2 of the series. ENTER BELOW!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Susanne Bellamy

Hi all and welcome to another Fixation Friday! We're getting our country on today with a new release from Susanne Bellamy. She joins us to tell us all about the evolution of her rural romance series, Hearts of the Outback
And there's a GIVEAWAY!!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Anita Gillham

Welcome to another Fixation Friday! Hot bikers are the flavour of the day with our visitor this week, Anita Gillham. Book four of the Break Series is coming soon. Check out the interview with Anita, and don't forget to enter the MASSIVE GIVEAWAY at the end!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Warbling Me - Behind the Scenes of Remembering Home

Hi all,

I sincerely hope your week is treating you well. Here I am because it’s Warbling Me time. I’m writing a book called Finding Home at the moment. It’s a prequel to my contemporary romance novella, Remembering Home, but it’s definitely a new adult romance. I thought I’d share a little bit of the behind the scenes of Remembering Home with you. 

Monday, 13 June 2016

Massive Second Chance Romance Giveaway!

Hey lovelies.
The wonderful Felicia Tatum has organised this massive giveaway of seven second chance romances for you all to enjoy. So here they all are. Follow the links, read on and enjoy!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Adele Jones! #FixFri

Hello to all on this fabulous Fixation Friday. Books are my fixation and today we're talking to Adele Jones about her awesome YA, thriller series. I met this lovely lady at Readers and Writers Down Under (RWDU) where she told me all about her books, in particular, her character, Blaine. I'm a bit of a science geek, so this one definitely peaks my interest. Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Kathleen Kelly

Happy Fixation Friday everyone! Brace yourselves because the Savage Angels MC boys are in the house with the release of Savage Sacrifice by Kathleen Kelly!
She joins us today to tell us what she thinks is behind the MC fascination. And she's offering you a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Enter via the widget at the end of the post.

There is something to be said about the allure of hot men on large steel machines and the vibration between their thighs. I write fairytale MC romance where my characters are all about love and loyalty. I believe readers are drawn to the world of MC for numerous reasons though. Often the storylines are full of action, suspense, sometimes dark and dangerous but I think for the most part it's the character development. Female readers crave an alpha male who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go after it and for the females in their world I often hear from readers how they love a strong, sassy woman. Possibly it's the colliding of worlds, an innocent wrapped up in the dangerous world of an MC.

Thanks Kathleen. I definitely think it's the allure of the dark and dangerous and the chance at redemption. That maybe an alpha male with a dark past could have his heart warmed by a woman with enough courage to enter his world and try. 
What do you all think? What's the allure for you?

Rockstar Princess Kat Saunders is enjoying her world tour with the band, RockPlay a little too much. Captured on camera kissing bad boy rocker, Will Van Ryken, her world is about to get turned upside down.

When Dane Reynolds, President of Savage Angels MC tries to confront his wife, another kind of hell descends upon him.

Guilty, ashamed and disgusted in his own behavior, Dane skips town and heads home to Tourmaline knowing what he must sacrifice for his wife.

Will he give up the club, his family, to save his marriage?

It seems Will Van Ryken is harboring some dirty secrets of his own and when the Savage Angels receive a tip about his associations with a known drug lord, they instantly fear Kat may be slipping back into old habits.

Dane has no intention of giving up on his woman. Can The Grinders and the Savage Angels work together to keep their princess safe from the clutches of this devil in disguise?

What will it take for Kat to go running back into the arms of the only man she's ever loved?

**Disclaimer: Please note, things are not always as they seem and you will not find cheaters in my books.

Don't miss the other books in the series. Book one is FREE!

Available from Kathleen's website and all good retailers.
Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Kathleen Kelly was born in Penrith, NSW, Australia. When she was four her family moved to Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Although born in NSW she considers herself a QUEENSLANDER!!

She married her childhood sweetheart and they live in Toowoomba with their two furry kids. A British Short Hair named Grace and a Burmese named Jack.

Kathleen enjoys writing contemporary, romance novels with a little bit of erotica. She draws her inspiration from family, friends and the people around her. She can often be found in cafes writing and observing the locals.

If you have any questions about her novels or would like to ask Kathleen a question she can be contacted via e-mail: or she can be found on Facebook. She loves to be contacted by those that love her books.

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