Articles for this day of March 21, 2014

Special Guest Tea Cooper

Breathless Press author Tea Cooper is here today to share not one, but TWO new print books! Welcome!

Hi Karenna,

Thank you so much for the invitation to visit. I was reading some of your past blogs. The issue of branding fascinates me. It is something my butterfly brain has trouble accepting and something I know I must come to terms with.

When I wrote my first book I intended to write contemporary romance, but I got side tracked, largely because I was volunteering at the local museum! My second book became a historical romance. My next two books were Australian contemporaries, I would not be lured from my chosen path. Then, for some reason best known to no one, I wrote an fantasy/myth/legend!(I call it my little Greek novella – A WINNING STREAK). Another historical romance followed.

I decided branding wasn’t a problem – all my books were Australian romances (well, with the exception of my little Greek novella – A WINNING STREAK). Australian romance was my brand.

I wrote another Australian historical romance, same time period and setting as the first. This was good. I was becoming consistent until I was seduced by Australia in the 1920s and wrote JAZZ BABY, once again diluting my ‘brand’ even further!! I don’t know what possessed me! Then my publisher asked for a sequel … I now have two 1920s Australian romances releasing in 2014.

So when people say to me “What do genre do you write” I reply “Timeless romance … from the ocean to the outback” (well, with the exception of my little Greek novella A WINNING STREAK)!

I have actually managed my first successful, coherent piece of branding … all my Australian contemporary romances are available in print! My first step along the path … (well, except that TREE CHANGE is a coastal romance, THE PROTEA BOYS an outback romance and PASSIONFRUIT & POETRY a small town romance.)

Timeless romance … from the ocean to the outback!

What is your favourite genre? Do you read, or write one genre or are you seduced by butterflies and go off on a tangent?

Tree_Change Tea Cooper

TREE CHANGE by Téa Cooper.

Blurb:

An Australian coastal romance with a dash of suspense.

Forced to choose between the world she wants and the man she loves, Cassia opts for fame and fortune and leaves her heart behind.

Despite her success in the Sydney art world, Cassia yearns for the idyllic life she once lead with Jake in their shack over looking the Pacific Ocean. Seeking closure she returns and falls straight back into his arms, and out again equally quickly. Not only has he taken up with his brother’s wife, it seems they have a child.

Truth is, Jake’s living a lie, sworn to secrecy, and hamstrung by the debt he owes his estranged family. One glimpse of Cassia and he knows he cannot live without her. Her fey, artistic character and magical body possess his imagination and his heart.

Can he convince her to trust him long enough to save the crumbling remains of their relationship?

The_Protea_Boys Tea_Cooper

PROTEA BOYS by Tea Cooper

Georgie can run but she can’t hide from the man who stalks her dreams and throws her ordered life into a tailspin.

Emotional entanglement is not on Georgie Martin’s to do list. She has turned her back on her sophisticated Sydney lifestyle, determined to renovate her parents old flower farm and her shattered ego. However, the challenges prove more than she bargained for until a madcap scheme comes to fruition and the Protea Boys are born. The team of efficient, well-tapered six-packs solve her farming problems, but their leader presents a different kind of challenge—their first spark of attraction ignites a passion she cannot ignore.

Tom Morgan likes his women “pretty and entertaining,” not “efficient and driven,” but the threat of being co-opted as a wine waiter or worse, chef in his brother’s restaurant encourages him to take up what he sees as the highly amusing challenge of managing the Protea Boys. It is the perfect distraction while he waits for a new assignment—or so he thinks until he realizes he has found the one woman he cannot run away from.

Both books are available from Breathless Press:

There is a Giveaway currently running on Goodreads for a print copy of both TREE CHANGE and THE PROTEA BOYS!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tree Change by Téa Cooper

Tree Change

by Téa Cooper

Giveaway ends March 31, 2014.

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at Goodreads.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

 

The Protea Boys by Téa Cooper

 

The Protea Boys

 

by Téa Cooper

 

Giveaway ends April 13, 2014.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Téa always knew one day she would write a novel. It probably started with a rather risqué story in the back of an exercise book at boarding school featuring the long suffering school gardener – not really the stuff romantic heroes were made of but it was before she knew any better.

Life and few heroes of her own showed her the error of her ways and with a baby under one arm, a husband and a half built house she entered a Mills and Boon competition. To her absolute earth shattering amazement she won second place – the prize was a bottle of perfume! Next time she determined she would do better.

But it was still the stuff of fantasy and her family, a herd of alpacas, a protea farm and teaching intervened until one day she decided it was time to do or die. No more procrastination. The characters and plots that had lived in her head for so long were clamoring to escape.

In August 2011 she got serious and joined Romance Writers Australia, entered the Harlequin Mills & Boon New Voices competition and to her horror wasn’t discovered. Not even a bottle of perfume this time. But in reality she had won. Procrastination was conquered and determination set in. It was time to get serious.

Since then she has published five novels, with two more to be released in 2014, and is currently working on a family To keep up with all of Téa’s news visit her website www.teacooperauthor.com where you will find links to her blog and social media pages.