Sweet Delights Anthology Authors
Award-winning Amazon best-selling author, P.L. Harris writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and young adult with a twist of mystery and intrigue. Her books are rich in storyline and location with characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia and America, Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Making Magic Happen Academy and has a Certificate in Romance Writing. P.L has published stories with Serenity Press, Blue Swan Publishing, Evernight Publishing and now publishes the majority of her books with Gumnut Press.
P.L Harris’ book Hidden Secrets was a finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s 2017 IDA International Digital Awards, young adult category. Callie’s Dilemma, also a finalist in the Virginia Romance Writers of America’s 2017 Fools of Love Contest, short contemporary romance short category. In His Protection was a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia 2018 Emerald Pro Award. (Due to receiving a publishing contract from Gumnut Press it had to be withdrawn from the contest). She was also and a double finalist in round one of the 2020 RWA Sapphire Award and won silver in the 2020 ROAR! National Business Awards in the Writer/Blogger/Author category.
She lives in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, with her Bichon Frise, Bella. You can visit P.L. Harris/Polly Holmes at her website: www.plharris.com.au or follow her writing journey on Facebook:
As a young child Fionna dreamed of being a zoo keeper, an archaeologist, a mermaid and a witch. Eventually she grew up and realised a life of mermaid-ing would be tougher than expected, due to her shellfish allergy, so she studied Marine Science instead. Though her day job, which is filled with fish and spreadsheets, pays the bills, she dreams of a time when her night time endeavours of writing and wine may one day be a full time gig.
Fionna has several short stories published in the School Magazine, Buzzword Magazine, and in the KSP Writer's Centre Spooky Story Anthologies. Though her writing comfort zone lies within places like Hogwarts, with creatures like BigFoot, she thoroughly enjoyed her foray into romance and looks forward to exploring this genre in the future.
If you need her, Fionna can be found at home near the coastal shores of Fremantle, WA, with her two kids, husband and oversized pooch, listening to true crime podcasts and cooking delicious treats she will regret eating later. Find Fionna at www.fionnacosgrovewriter.com and on instagram @fionnacosgrovewriter.
Belle Griffin has been an avid reader and aspiring writer since her Scholastic book club days. By the time she was a teen she was regularly stealing her mum and nan’s romance novels and forming what would be a life long love of the genre.
While a day job in accounting now keeps her busy with spreadsheets, she continues to enjoy escaping into the world of words and fiction at night. The Bake Sale Reunion is Belle's first publish romance story.
She harbours a not-so-secret love for cheesy Christmas movies and girly tv shows, both of which generally provide the happily ever afters she craves. She’s a lover of country music (particularly the love songs, of course), pub trivia, travelling and procrastinating.
Belle is a member of Romance Writers of Australia, and resides in suburban Melbourne with her husband, Daniel, and their two sweet dogs.
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Helen Walton is a tea drinking, chocoholic, romance writer. Stories are her obsession, and she adores creating sweet and sensual romances containing a sprinkling of humor and the all-important happy ending.
She lives in South Australia with her family, and menagerie of quirky animals where they all take her away from her book world and demand to be fed. Lucky for them, she enjoys cooking but prefers baking. You can read her short story ‘A Barking Chaperone’ in the Paw Prints of Love Anthology.
Connect with Helen via Facebook hhtps://www.facebook.com/Helen-Walton-Author-103496667706602/ or her website helenwaltonauthor.com
Alyce Caswell lives in Sydney with zero cats, one husband, and one son. When she isn’t drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, Alyce is often found sighing her way through yet another Highlander romance novel or plunging into a fantasy epic. She has published two novels and four novellas in her romantic space opera saga, The Galactic Pantheon Series.
While admittedly a fan of long-form works, Alyce once tied first place in a bush poetry slam after performing an original poem based on a true story — the names of the guilty were changed, of course.
Frances Dall' Alba
As an aspiring author of romance and women’s fiction, Frances Dall’Alba loves nothing more than losing herself in a good romance. She’s all about helping you forget the housework, or the bus to work you’re going to miss, if you don’t put the book down now!
She’s devoted to giving her readers an emotional, yet satisfying ride, with a love story that’ll melt your heart and keep the pages turning right until the end.
When she isn’t writing, Frances is climbing mountains, searching for waterfalls and swimming across lakes. She loves to exercise, agrees it’s not fair she has to cook dinner every night, and never notices dust on the furniture.
Visit her website http://francesdallalba.wixsite.com/francesdallalba and read about the other two anthologies she is part of, and check out her blog for all the latest on her recent writing achievements and amazing waterfalls visited.
She lives with her husband in Malanda, Far North Queensland, where her day job involves managing and operating their hardware store business, and where the conditions for writing are perfect.
Jan Prior has been a scribbler since highchair days. Seventy years on, she’s still producing artwork and writing stories. In the middle years she amused herself by being a screen printer, a picture framer and renovator of old houses. She’d still be up a ladder if she wasn’t afraid of falling off.
She writes contemporary women’s fiction, with several of her stories recently published in anthologies. Currently she is fascinated with characters at transitional points in their lives—usually in the pursuit of love and/or self-identity. Falling is her first foray into the romance genre. Wrangling a happy ending for a crusty old dude affirms that an open human heart can defy age limits.
In 2019, she graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a BFA in Creative and Professional Writing. She remains a practising visual artist and divides her time between the small country town of Boonah and the much larger country town of Brisbane. She shares her life with her partner and a sofa-shredding cat. Copious cups of tea comfort.
When she grows up she aspires to be a tap dancer.
Sioban Timmer grew up in Perth’s South and now lives near Byford with her family. She produces humorous stories and poetry for adults and children on a wide range of themes and enjoys sharing her work through readings and writing workshops in schools and libraries.
Sioban has three publications, Toughen Up, Princess and Feral Fergus aimed at children; Poetry – Don’t be Afraid for adults. Her work has been published in various anthologies in the US and Australia and was even produced as a light projection, presented by Adrian Barich at the Joondalup Kaleidoscope Festival.
Sioban enjoys inspiring others to get creative and encouraging adults and children to write and has also co-ordinated Writing and Self Publishing Expos, literacy programs and children’s competitions. Sioban particularly enjoys finding new ways for people to see writing as a creative art.
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Mickey lives and breathes romance into her novels; despite the dark, turbulent situations and plot twists her heroes and heroines find themselves in. Mickey is a true romantic writer at heart who feels it is important to leave her readers with messages of hope and healing. Her books are filled with casts of colourful, resilient characters who thrive and survive hardships and trauma, allowing the reader to draw endless inspiration from memorable faces who have backbones of steel and hearts of gold as they go in search of their ’happy ever after.’
Mickey is also a non-fiction writer under her married name, Michelle Weitering; here she seeks to write and make a difference, inviting the reader to question what more can be done to make our world a better place, with acts of kindness. As a mental health advocate, she uses her writing to become a voice for those living and dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, and other important social issues surrounding mental illness in order to raise awareness for mental health. Her family memoir, Thirteen and Underwater has raised funds for Headspace Australia, and Ireland’s, Inspire.
Sweet Ginger, is Mickey’s first piece of sweet romance writing, that doesn’t include having her characters face turbulent waters. Quite a stone’s throw away from her usual dark, psychological romances like, The Given Trilogy, published by MMH PRESS. Mickey was ecstatic to be included in the Sweet Delights Anthology by GUMNUT PRESS.
Valerie Latimour is a hard-core bibliophile from the southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. An author, editor, publisher and tutor, Valerie has two adult children and an assortment of pets. With her publishing imprint, Black Jacks Book, Valerie assists local authors with the process of self-publishing.
Valerie has been involved with Gosnells Writers Circle for over a decade, holding various positions including treasurer and chairperson. She is currently vice-chairperson and editor-in-chief of the Circle’s Showcase magazine. Her writing has been published in several magazines and anthologies, including the 2020 KSP Spooky Stories anthology, Beneath. Mostly writing short stories and flash fiction, with the occasional poem.
Valerie is currently working on a historical novel based on the work of Martin Arthur Couney, a Polish advocate and pioneer in early neonatal technology. Set in Chicago in the early twentieth century, it delves into the life of a wet-nurse who shares her story as a single parent in the 1030’s. The work is currently titled A Fair Chance.
Lauren Loos is an author, mother and book lover, living in Brisbane, Australia with her husband, two gorgeous children and a big dog. As a child Lauren was prone to exaggeration, telling tall and colourful tales to friends and family. Though this didn’t endear her to her siblings, it did start her love of storytelling. Penning her first ‘book’ at age seven, she has spent most of her life alternating between having her nose in a book and a pen in her hand.
She wrote her debut women’s fiction novel Perfect Lives in stolen moments, while sleep deprived and negotiating life as a new mum. Perfect Lives is a novel about friendship, secrets and jealousy. It was inspired by the idea that people's lives are rarely what they seem from the outside; that there is more to us all than the lives we post online.
This story is Lauren's first foray into romance. While her writing usually falls within the contemporary fiction space with a strong focus on female friendships, she does love a little bit of love, and is looking forward to delving further into the romance genre in the future.
Lauren is currently working on her second novel while juggling a challenging day job, demanding children and a laundry pile that won't quit. Drawing from her own experiences of motherhood, this novel is a funny and dark character study of two ordinary and remarkable women in the trenches of motherhood. Set amidst a landscape of postnatal depression and divorce, the story explores the savagery with which motherhood can change a person’s life and the friendships that can save it.
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D. D. Line lives in coastal South Western Australia with her family, a curious cat, and two pups trying to dig their way back to Central Queensland—we're Sunshine State ex-pats. Reading was her favourite childhood pastime. In her senior year, thanks to a crush on her English teacher and her desire to impress him, she developed a deep love of writing stories.
She writes Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance and Speculative Fiction. Her short stories have featured and placed in KSP Writing Centre’s Spooky Stories Collections, Western Australia and Queensland Writing Group anthologies, RWA’s Little Gems Moonstone anthology and GEM – a 2014 Dr Liz Huf Memorial Tribute anthology.
She’s been a child wrangler, a mini lab photo developer, an admin assistant, a copyeditor, a proofreader, (no, she can’t edit her own work), and a wannabe baker who wishes she could sing.
D. D. Line is the Aspiring Ambassador for Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) and a member of the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA). She loves hearing from her readers. You can find her here.
Mandy May is a mother, children’s book illustrator, published author and international speaker. Her first introduction to romance novels was the Gumnut Press anthology, ‘Paw Prints of Love’, which inspired her to write her own romantic short story, ‘Welcome Home, Jemma Harlow’, set in her hometown of Loxton, South Australia and based around her love of the farming community.
Under her additional pen-name, Amanda Maynard-Schubert, she writes fantasy fiction for Young Adults, with her debut novel, The Bards of Birchtree Hall releasing in November 2020 through Daisy Lane Publishing. Part of a trilogy titled The Stormbringer Chronicles, the second book, The Vengeance of the Morrigan, is due for publication in 2021.
As an illustrator, Amanda has contributed to several children’s books through White Light Publishing, Serenity Press, and Footprints Publishing. Art has been a large part of her life, and she enjoys painting, drawing, and experimenting with new mediums, such as painting with coffee!
When she isn’t spending time with family and friends, she is busy writing and editing manuscripts, drawing or painting, designing book covers and drinking copious amounts of coffee and tea.
Jenny Lynch has been a member of Gosnells Writers Circle since 2016. She has published flash fiction, rhymes and reviews in GWC’s Showcase magazines and has published two short stories (“Forgotten World” and “Rosemary”) in their 2017 anthology, Kaleidoscope as well as her short story “The Naked Truth” in their 2019 anthology, Pencilled Down. Jenny’s short story “Catching Curls” was published in the Gumnut Press anthology Paw Prints of Love in 2020. Another of her short stories, “Scout’s Honour” was short-listed in the KSP Writers’ Centre Spooky Stories Competition in 2020, and was subsequently published in the resulting anthology, Beneath.
Jenny has also self-published 12 children’s books and 2 adult books, all of which are written in rhymed verse and are sold online through her Pink Ribbon Books website. These books are all sold as fundraising books and all profit after printing costs is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Centre of W.A.
In 2016, Jenny very proudly won the Manjimup Bluegrass Festival song lyric competition, with her humorous song, Cranky Crocodile. The song was performed by the Davidson Brothers and can be viewed on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F39lEdt-t8o
Jenny has a great sense of humour and loves writing quirky rhymes. She has written and printed quite a few personalized books and cards for family members and friends for special occasions.
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