2012 has been a bumper year for me as a writing teacher, with 7 writers I’ve worked with securing publishing contracts.  It often takes many years of hard work for writers to see their name in print, so as a mentor and manuscript assessor I don’t measure my success by instant results.  However this year has been particularly gratifying with many hard-working clients finally realising their dreams of publication. If you would like to become a published author yourself, I encourage you to read these novels and see what publishers are currently buying.

In no particular order:

NoStringsAttachedBridgetGrayNo Strings Attached by Bridget Gray (Harlequin Escape)

She saved his life, but she wants more from him than gratitude…

Mei Jing is feeling conflicted about not telling Rod that she is his rescuer. And as their relationship grows, her conflict is heightened after each date… She knows Rod is seeking the woman who saved his life, but Mei Jing struggles to find the right time to tell him the truth. Will she be able to trust that what she feels is his love for her or Rod’s gratitude for his rescuer?

InSafeHandsIn Safe Hands by Lee Christine (Harlequin Escape)

She thinks she needs him, but she doesn’t know the secrets he keeps…

Threatened with the publication of naked photographs taken in her law student days, defence attorney Allegra Greenwood enlists the help of former SAS Commander Luke Neilson, unaware of his involvement in her brother’s death in Afghanistan.

In a race to stop the photographs appearing on the Internet, Luke battles a hidden enemy, his growing feelings for Allegra, and his conscience, which demands he protect a fallen comrade’s sister. As the stakes increase and more sinister motives unfold, Luke not only has to fight to save her career, he has to fight to save her life.

PrincessAvengerBernadetteRowleyPrincess Avenger by Bernadette Rowley (Penguin Destiny)

Passionate and headstrong, Alecia is no ordinary princess. Angered by the cold-blooded murder of her first love, she sets out to avenge his death.

Army Captain Vard Anton, the epitome of masculine strength and grace, is dealing with some dark secrets of his own. When he is appointed Alecia’s body-guard, both find it hard to ignore the chemistry between them.
 
With assassination attempts and the threat of an arranged marriage looming over her, Alecia realises her time is running out. But Alecia’s biggest battle is the one within as she tries to suppress the raging desire she feels for the powerfully attractive Vard.  Can Alecia resist Vard while trying to exact revenge and avoiding the lecherous attentions of her husband-to-be? Will the power of love and desire be enough to unite Alecia and Vard forever?
 
Though separated by class and palace intrigues, Alecia and Vard are entwined by desire in this wonderful fantasy romance.

Flesh_Kylie_Scott_2_1Flesh by Kylie Scott (Pan Macmillan Momentum Books)

Ali has been hiding in an attic since civilisation collapsed eight weeks ago.

When the plague hit, her neighbours turned into mindless, hungry, homicidal maniacs.

Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties and he realises that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship, and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him.

When the three cross paths they band together; sparks fly, romance blooms in the wasteland and Ali, Daniel and Finn bend to their very human needs in the ruins of civilisation.

Lust, love and trust all come under fire in Flesh as the three battle to survive, hunted through the suburban wastelands.

HeartOfABeastJosephinedeMoorHeart of a Beast by Josie de Moor (DoctorZed Publishing)

In 1847 the love for a woman and a debt of honour threatens to destroy two men in the harsh penal colony of Norfolk Island.

Driven by intense jealousy and guilt, Lieutenant Edmund Thornton sets out to destroy convicted felon, Michael Hanlon, both of whom share a love for Sarah Henshall.

Her unexpected arrival on the island sets into motion a series of tragic events.

Can Edmund slay the beast of jealousy and find redemption? Or must he accept his fate and risk losing forever the woman he can no longer live without?

sex-drugs-and-meditationSex, Drugs & Meditation a memoir by Mary-Lou Stephens (Pan Macmillan)

Miraculously, Mary-Lou Stevens has just made it into her forties. With the aid of therapy and NA/AA she has overcome a tricky childhood (youngest of six kids, evangelical parents); drama school; drug and alcohol addiction; the lure of rock and roll; and her spectacularly poor taste in men. She has landed a dream job as a broadcaster for the ABC. Life is looking good. Except that Mary-Lou has a new boss, a psychopath in a suit, a harridan in high heels.

Determined to avoid MORE therapy, and desperate to cope with an increasingly toxic work environment, Mary-Lou signs up for a ten-day meditation retreat that requires total silence, endless hours of sitting cross-legged, and a food-as-fuel kind of a diet (i.e. basic). For a woman who talks for a living, is rarely still and cooks for comfort, this was never going to be an easy ask.

Sex, Drugs and Meditation is a tale of learning to sit still, shut up and gain wisdom. It is a woman-against-the-odds scenario. But rather than travelling to the Third World or battling drought and pestilence on the farm, Mary-Lou must take the hardest path of all: to confront and overcome, once and for all, the darkness within.

Funny, sage, insightful and just a little bit twisted, this is meditation for the mainstream and New Age without the whoo-whoo.

The Batchelor Prince by Jane Beckenham (Entangled Publishing)

Release date: 2013