Every landscape has its own color palette. Where I live in North Queensland – that’s the top right hand corner of Australia with the pointy bit called Cape York – the colors are vibrant and deep. As an airline pilot I have a unique perspective from my tiny office with a spectacular view looking down on those colors. Being able to share my world with readers is very special and something I love to do.
The Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, guards our coastline with its white atolls and azure sea. In Burning Lies one of my characters describes the reef as ‘a rope of freshwater pearls resting on French navy satin.’ I constantly marvel that Captain Cook ever successfully navigated a sailing ship through the reef to discover the great southern continent that became Australia! No satellite navigation in 1770 to help him out J
The dark green of the ancient Daintree Rainforest slides down the flanks of the imposing Great Dividing Range, the mountains that separate the fertile coastal plains from the drier cattle country of the west. The roads are unsealed red dirt, with deep stretches of shifting bull dust ready to trap unwary drivers. The grasses grow golden in the summer and turn silver with the cold in June. That heralds the start of fire season when the earth becomes charred and black.
On the Tablelands the eucalypts forests turn the silvery undersides of their leaves to the hot sun to help retain water. Looking down on them the forests seem to glisten in the midday heat, a shimmering khaki.
I never grow tired of those colours and love watching the seasons change – although we really only have a wet and dry season in northern Australia. What are the colors of your landscape? Do you recognize them instantly in a photograph? Do they change with the seasons? What are your favourites?
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“Lies, all lies. It didn't matter how attractive he might be. She didn't really know this man . . . He was living a lie and she didn't know why. ”
Kaitlyn Scott is searching for the truth about her husband's death, even if that means revisiting the most painful day of her life. But what she uncovers is a criminal willing to stop at nothing to keep his secret.
Ryan O'Donnell, an enigmatic undercover cop, is investigating arson attacks when he is drawn into Kaitlyn's world. He tries to fight his attraction for her, hoping the case might put his own demons to rest, but it only threatens to push him over the edge.
With Kaitlyn and Ryan on a collision course, the arsonist seizes the chance to settle some old scores. As the Atherton Tableland burns, the three of them are caught in a fiery dance of danger and desire, and not everyone will come out alive.
Set in Australia's tropical far north, this is an explosive story of peril and passion by the author voted by the Romance Writers of Australia as the most popular novelist of the year, and by the Australian Romance Readers Association as the most popular romantic suspense novelist two years running.