My eclectic background includes an Honours degree in social history and English, and a range of work experiences – HR in a hospital, youth worker, dance teacher, organisational development manager, educational designer, and now occasional academic. I grew up surrounded by books, and have a love of reading and stories. Commercial fiction, literary fiction, children’s literature, history – my bookshelves are forever overflowing. Academically, I’m particularly interested in story-telling and readership in popular fiction, and I’m currently undertaking a part-time PhD, researching online communities of romance readers and writers and their perspectives on the genre. I’m a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and the Romance Writers of America, and in July 2007 I was honoured to win the prestigious Golden Heart Award for the romantic suspense manuscript which became As Darkness Falls, my first novel published in 2008.
Haunted by her failures, Detective Isabelle O’Connell is recalled to duty by DCI Alec Goddard to investigate the abduction of yet another child from her home town. They have only days to find the girl alive, with few clues, a town full of suspects, and a vast wilderness to search. It soon becomes a game of cat and mouse, with Bella firmly in the killer’s sights.
For Bella, this case is already personal; for Alec, his best intentions to keep it purely professional soon dissolve, and his anguish over Bella’s safety moves beyond the concern for a colleague.
Their mutual attraction leaves them both vulnerable to their private nightmares – nightmares the killer ruthlessly exploits.