Category: Ocean’s Gift series

Modern Fremantle to a Flapper

Welcome to Merry’s house – with all the modern conveniences of Australia in the 1920s. I admit I don’t know for certain which house it is in these photos, as the recently renovated house that’s there now looks very different.

Cursed and Haunted – the Houtman Abrolhos

What better setting for a historical romance book than a cursed, haunted island? A place of murder, mutiny and lust that really happened? I’ve made no secret that the Houtman Abrolhos Islands are cursed. Now, if you’re after the story

The White House, the Palms and the Queen of the Underworld

Sounds like the title of a book and not just a blog post, but it’s actually three titles – or three brothels which have appeared in some form in my Turbulence and Triumph series. Oh yes – the White House

Toilet Paper on the Titanic and the Trevessa

Was there toilet paper on the Titanic? Or any boat of its era? One of the fun parts of writing historical fiction is researching some of the everyday details you normally wouldn’t think about. Setting a story on a ship

Seven Reasons Why Scottish Heroes are Hot

It’s 1923. A cargoship steams to a halt when the lookout spots a raft in the wintry Indian Ocean waves with what looks like a girl’s body on it. The superstitious crew want nothing to do with it…all but one

Cocks, Condensed Milk and Cecil – Survival at Sea in 1923

 “All cocks shall be in positions which are accessible at all times under ordinary circumstances. They shall be so arranged that in the event of emergency…”– SOLAS 1929Wouldn’t you love to know what sort of shipping disaster made the 1929

I’ll Protect You

Ever want to try something different? A change of position or perspective? I try to write a story or scene from the most appropriate perspective. Sometimes, that means it’s told from a disinterested observer and not the protagonist at all.

Lest We Forget – Demelza Carlton’s Cursed Coast #DCCC

Australia’s first naval battle in the Indian Ocean was the HMAS Sydney II and the SS Kormoran in World War II, right? The one where both vessels disappeared and weren’t found until recently? World War I didn’t affect the Indian

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Coastal Romance Blog Hop at Demelza Carlton’s Cursed Coast

Welcome to Western Australia, where countless ships have met their doom. Shipwrecks on the West Australian coast have been firing the imagination of writers since 1629, when the Batavia sank at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands. Those islands account for more

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Manners, Muscles and…Oh My! – Seven #SexySnippets on #MySexySaturday

Maria, Belinda and Vanessa sit unseen on the deck of the Siren, checking out the new deckhand of the Dolphin: Maria glared at the new human, muttering, “I hope this one has better manners.” “He certainly has a physique which

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