With a love of chick lit and of the fabulous seventies, I decided to combine the two and my That Seventies Series was born. As the title implies, it's all about the 70s and the challenges facing women at the time.
But it wasn't all bra burning and doom and gloom, there was a lot of laughter, too. I like to think I've captured this authentically.
To help get you into a 70s' state of mind, here's a little video I put together. It was so much fun finding the right sort of images and footage. That image of Burt Reynolds was a big hit back in the day - no really, it was.
Sixteen hundred kilos of German engineering. Enough alcohol to preserve a dead wallaby. A crazy woman who’s in possession of both. How’s Brenda going to survive this?
Set in Surfers Paradise, Australia in the late seventies, against a heady backdrop of the sexual revolution, gold bikinis, and lots of sunshine, when a bloke could be rich enough to be viewed as attractive even if you had to wear a bag over your own head in case his fell off.
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A cheating boyfriend, a boss who’s hitting on her, and revenge served seventies-style. Will moving three thousand miles away be far enough to keep her safe?
Sam’s life is perfect until she finds out her boss wants to bed her and her boyfriend is bedding someone else. It’s not something she’s taking lying down. Fleeing to Australia to avoid her pay-back biting her on the arse; she’s making the most of being on The Pill when she runs into an Italian Stallion.
Only on sobering up does she discover he’s named his appendage for a popular deli meat and is perfect for a starring role in Planet of the Apes. Add to this his nasty habit of stalking, and once again Sam is in danger of being hurt by a man, this time physically.
Sick of looking over her shoulder, she’s close to swearing off men altogether when she meets Chris. This Australian is gorgeous and different to any man she’s ever met. So much so, there’s no way he’d ever be kicked out of bed for bad behaviour.
Before Sam can make up her mind about him, competition arrives in the form of a tiny blonde who’s cute on the outside but nasty to the core… Will Sam decide if Chris is as good as he looks, or will the new girl on the block steal that choice from her?
A mother who’s putting the hard word on her to get married, and a gene pool that’s ankle deep at best? Will six months in the city be long enough to find a husband who’s not related before the ceremony?
Out from under their mother’s watchful eye, Janey and her sister Maria are making the most of everything late-seventies Melbourne has to offer. And with Maria’s Catholicism being mainly for show, there’s no one to put the brakes on the lifestyle their mother had hoped to forestall when she’d sent the younger girl along as a chaperone of sorts.
With the gene pool in their small Victorian country town shallow enough your knees are definitely staying dry, neither wants to waste a minute of their six months in the city. They're on a mission to find husbands who are at least twice-removed relations. If this means a few of their mother’s rules need to be bent, then so be it.
Shame then it’s them helping a friend that has everything blowing up in their faces, throwing their mission into jeopardy and proving beyond doubt you can say as many hail Marys as you like and it won’t make a blind bit of difference to a bad boy cop who’s on a mission of his own.
She’s lost her soul mate. She doesn’t believe you get a second. Will the least likely candidate of all be able to change her mind?
Jennie Farrell always believed there was a happily ever after out there for everyone. Shame she’s missed out on her own. Rocking up in London with close friend Samantha, Jennie falls back on her long-ignored artistic skills to make ends meet. Her future is even looking bright when she runs into Rupert Smythe-Brown, an aristocratic prat used to getting his own way, no matter who gets hurt in the process.
Painted into a corner, Jennie turns feral and Rupert doesn’t know what’s hit him. Well he does, but for once he’s not enjoying it. Thank goodness she’s got Mark, a strapping six foot four Aussie bloke watching her back and keeping her out of trouble — at least when he’s not trying to get her into it.
Brush With Fame is a chuckle along, feel good book for any woman who’s ever wanted to fight back but hasn’t felt strong enough.
Her other half is soft in all the wrong places. She’s on the bones of her arse. Could freedom come in the unlikely form of a jar of pickled onions and a small tartan thermos?
For primary school teacher Vivienne, life has turned into one long detention. Stuck in a dead-end relationship, nothing’s working, especially Kenny her live-in boyfriend.
Viv isn’t sure why she snaps that Friday night. Is it that his foreplay will never rate a mention in Cosmo, or her having to spend yet another night on a couch infused with Chinese takeaways?
Perhaps it’s a bit of both that sees her bolting, reasoning anywhere is better than there. Now all she needs is a new job, a new home and a new life. A piece of cake, right?
Landing a live-in nanny role sorts two of these. Now all she has to deal with is a seven-year-old who’s an unnatural shade of blue, an over-zealous member of the British slap and tickle club and the rekindling of an old flame.
Will Viv’s patched-up new life be strong enough to resist her past?
A stolen nest egg, historic art thefts, and politically-charged B&D? Life's never boring when Brenda is around.
Brenda Munroe was mercenary even as a child. It was that or going hungry, or worse. From stealing school lunches, she’d moved onto bigger, better and even legal things. Life is finally looking up for her when her carefully created world comes crashing down. Stuck thousands of miles from home and broke, it’s going to take every ounce of her street smarts to survive this time.
Strapped for cash — and with a real aversion to the old nine-to-five — Brenda opens a residential school for girls, teaching them in weeks what it’s taken her years to master. Namely, how to get by on good looks and a bucket-load of charm.
Will her students be the only ones learning new skills, or will Brenda finally understand family’s about a whole lot more than the blood relations you’ve been lumbered with?
Strapped for Cash is a rollicking, laugh-out-loud book for any woman who’s ever wanted to take life by the scruff of the neck and shake the heck out of it.