With a love of old-school 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.
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?
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.
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.
Have you ever wondered what happened to those characters that appear briefly in a series, only to then be left alone to get on with their lives?
HEELS AND A TIARA
Ever wondered what Brenda was up to before she joined forces with Sam and Jennie in Friday Night Fever? She was busy working as a bikini-clad Gold Coast Meter Maid. It’s only a stepping stone, but a big one.
OUT OF BOUNDS
We revisit Janey and Maria, those good Italian girls who helped Sam deal to ‘Salami Boy’ in Friday Night Fever. And with major consequences if their mama finds out the cops are after them.
MAID IN CHELSEA
Get to know Vivienne and find out why an intelligent woman is stuck working as a general dogsbody and nanny to a spoiled purple poodle. She’d have to be on the run from something truly terrible, wouldn’t she?
Join Stef as she puts all that training from Eadie to good use. Lucky for this strapping Cockney girl, she strikes it rich in more ways than one. And of course she takes care of her old mentor in the process.
While there are a lot of humans in my books, the list of stars doesn't end there. Here are just a few of the dogs that feature in the books as well as Charlie the Cougar, who is scarrier than any lap dog.
Friday Night Fever
Gentian Silver (that's blue to you and me)
Sapphire has a room at least five times the size of Sam’s. The bloody dog’s even got a double bed complete with a pale blue satin cover and bone-shaped pillows. A basket, full of balls, leather chews and assorted bits of fluff, sits next to the bed. The dog has a newer model telly than the girls have at the flat.
Jack Russell Terrier
Loves swimming and burying shoes
Sam absently walks back across the curved step. Monty follows, tight on her heels and up to his undercarriage in water. She swings around and starts the return journey. Monty doesn’t. She overbalances and does a headlong tumble into the pool.
John-John de Graaf
Pug - Fawn
Weight challenged, great balance
They hear yapping from the back of the house that makes its way towards them confirming for Sam that John-John is definitely not human. He flies around a corner and into the entrance hall. Once he clears the white carpet and hits the marble, he demonstrates cornering skills more commonly seen in competition-level speed skating.
Brush With Fame
Charlie the Cougar
Tuxedo Cat of Mixed Origins
Has been known to be vicious
“Charlie, out of there now,” she hisses at the large black and white cat who’s concentrating on sucking a pale yellow t-shirt into submission. He ignores her, the goofy look on his face proving beyond doubt that he’s entered his catnip zone.
Hates Polaroid cameras
While Jennie chats to their hostess and gets a feel for the style of painting she’s after, Sam takes some Polaroids of Peanut. This proves difficult when the micro dog explodes into a fluffed-up, bouncing, yapping mess each time the flash goes off and a photo pops out of the front of the camera. Sam gives up after three attempts and the small dog calms down.
She walks over and picks up the limp and sleepy pooch. Monroe hardly rouses, draping herself limply over Caroline’s arm. The little face is clear of a fringe, the hair pulled back tight and held in place with a pale pink bow. The eyes, nose and mouth look dark in comparison with the pure white fur. If it weren’t for those features and the bow, the dog would be borderline albino.
Strapped For Cash
Hates Charlie the Cat
Countess transforms from shivering and timid to pulling on her leash in an effort to reach the cat and rip it to shreds, but if Charlie’s concerned, he doesn’t show it. Rather than become a fluffed-up spitting ball of mean, he growls deep in his throat; on seeing his bum winding up in readiness to launch himself at the interloper, Brenda jumps between the pair.