5 TO WATCH: August
Keep your eye on these five novels that we’re certain are going to be big news this month!
He was a master of seduction – but no match for the magical allure of the woman he wanted most
Carys knew from the moment she first spied on Maximus in his naked barbarian glory that he was a dangerous Roman centurion – his taut, battle-scarred flesh marking him as a fearless warrior. But her desire for him was as undeniable as it was illicit.
Charged by his emperor to eliminate a clan of powerful Druids in Britain, Maximus never expects his mission to be thwarted by the clan’s ethereal princess, Carys, his daring voyeur. Falling under her spell, he doesn’t realize her true heritage – until he captures her heart as well as her body.
As Carys’s loyalties are twisted, and freedom is no longer her single-minded obsession, an avenging former lover threatens to crush Maximus’s people into oblivion. Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is to survive.
Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms
A story about a love that transcends all boundaries, from one of Australia’s best loved authors.
5 AUGUST, 1944
Over 1000 Japanese soldiers break out of the No.12 Prisoner of War compound on the fringes of Cowra. In the carnage, hundreds are killed, many are recaptured, and some take their own lives rather than suffer the humiliation of ongoing defeat.
But one soldier, Hiroshi, manages to escape.
At nearby Erambie Station, an Aboriginal mission, Banjo Williams, father of five and proud man of his community, discovers Hiroshi, distraught and on the run. Unlike most of the townsfolk who dislike and distrust the Japanese, the people of Erambie choose compassion and offer Hiroshi refuge. Mary, Banjo’s daughter, is intrigued by the softly spoken stranger, and charged with his care.
For the community, life at Erambie is one of restriction and exclusion – living under Acts of Protection and Assimilation, and always under the ruthless eye of the mission Manager. On top of wartime hardships, families live without basic rights.
Love blossoms between Mary and Hiroshi, and they each dream of a future together. But how long can Hiroshi be hidden safely and their bond kept a secret?
Catch Me A Cowboy
The biggest risks yield the greatest gains—especially in the game of love.
Emily Wolfe, real estate agent to the elite, is tired of being alone. So when she gets a chance to compete on a reality dating show she decides to risk it all for love in the biggest game of her life.
The city girl is surprised how much she enjoys switching her high heels for cowboy boots and pedicures for mud treatments—and not the kind you find at a day spa. And she’s falling hard for Wil Parker, the sexy, rugged farmer at the centre of the show.
Amidst the chaos, tantrums and editing tape, the heat and passion between Emily and Wil reaches boiling point. But can they survive the imminent explosion, let alone the fallout?
The Alchemist’s Son
A town with a dark secret. A detective digging for the truth. A discovery that will lead to an unthinkable sacrifice…
For one hundred years, a demon has been watching, plotting, waiting…
Cryton is a small town hiding a sinister secret and a sordid past. In his quest to capture the serial killer threatening Sage Matthews, the woman he loves, Detective Sergeant Ethan Blade finds himself embroiled in an ancient prophecy and a cover-up the Australian government is determined to keep buried.
At midnight on the night of the blood moon, the veil between this world and a far darker one will be at its thinnest, unsealing a doorway that should never be opened, allowing the unspeakable to come through and unleash Hell on earth.
Ethan and Sage have run out of time. With the blood moon looming, and armed with only his special operations team, an ancient book of spells, and the help of an inexperienced witch, Ethan uncovers a shocking truth about his own history and who, or what, he really is.
Ethan’s love for Sage may have been his destiny, but will he be able to make the ultimate sacrifice needed to end this struggle between light and dark forever?
Little Girl Lost
When a little girl goes missing, an entire town comes together to find her …
When Tia Walsh rides into the small town of Coorah Creek on a Harley-Davidson, Sergeant Max Delaney senses that everything about her spells trouble. But Tia’s trouble is not all of her own making, and the dangerous past she tried to leave behind is hot on her heels.
Sarah Travers has returned home after three years of college to find that her parents have been keeping a devastating secret. Her childhood crush, Pete Rankin, is facing his own struggle with a harsh reality that will take him away from the girl and the life that he loves.
Tia, Max, Sarah and Pete are all trying to find their future, but when a little girl goes missing in the harsh outback, nothing else matters except finding her safe …
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