Scrolls and Screens Podcast

I had a fantastic time recently talking about Princess Avenger with Melissa Matos from Scrolls and Screens. We talked about the themes behind Princess Avenger, what writing has revealed to me and geeked out on Doctor Who.

To catch up with my interview, here’s the link … Princess Avenger – Scrolls and Screens Podcast

I hope you enjoy listening.

Bernadette x

The Lady’s Choice FREE!

The Lady's Choice Cover- newThis lovely lady is feeling like she has been forgotten. Yes! I’m talking about my second book, The Lady’s Choice. She’s normally $2.99 but if you sign up to my newsletter HERE I’ll send you The Lady’s Choice ebook FREE. With Princess Avenger already FREE, there has never been a better time to check out  my stories. Read on to find the teasers for these books.

The Lady’s Choice

Lady Benae Branasar will sacrifice her ‘happily ever after’ for an arranged marriage with a powerful prince. But can she turn her back on her feelings for the prince’s squire, Ramón Zorba? Ramón is obsessed with the prince’s daughter and tries hard to ignore fiery Benae. As they are drawn inexorably together, Benae and Ramón must choose between keeping personal vows and being true to each other.

I’ll tell you a secret. The Lady’s Choice is my favourite of all my stories. I’m very attached to the heroine, Benae, and I think it’s because she has such a close relationship to her horse. She reminds me of myself as a young woman. If you enjoy my stories, please leave a rating and a brief review at your favourite ebook retailer.

Princess Avenger Ebook coverPrincess Avenger

Passionate Princess Alecia sets out to avenge the slaying of her first love. Captain Vard Anton is dealing with his own dark secrets. When he is appointed Alecia’s protector, both find it hard to ignore the chemistry between them. Can Alecia resist the enigmatic Vard while trying to exact revenge? Will their fatal attraction ultimately lead to tragedy or can love unite Alecia and Vard forever?

Some of you will already have read these books or signed up to my newsletter and I thank you for your support. Stay tuned for more news and offers in the future.

Until next time

Untamed by Anna Cowan

The latest Destiny Romance offering is Untamed by Anna Cowan. A big congratulations must go to Anna whose book has already delighted readers as the reviews demonstrate.

Untamed CoverOutspoken and opinionated, Katherine Sutherland is ill at ease amongst the fine ladies of Regency London. She is more familiar with farmers and her blunt opinions and rough manners offend polite society. Yet when she hears the scandalous rumours involving her sister and the seductive Duke of Darlington, the fiercely loyal Katherine vows to save her sister’s marriage – whatever the cost.

Intrigued by Katherine’s interference in his affairs, the manipulative Duke is soon fascinated. He engages in a daring deception and follows her back to her country home. Here, their intense connection shocks them both. But the Duke’s games have dangerous consequences, and the potential to throw both their lives into chaos…

Wildly romantic, Untamed is a passionate and beautifully written debut novel. This decadent historical romance defies convention and will shock and delight in equal measure.

‘A  strong and original voice, a unique story and characters you won’t  easily forget — this is an exciting and memorable debut. Anna Cowan is  an author to watch.  Anne Gracie 

‘One of the most mesmerizing books I’ve read this year.’ Dear Author

Utterly absorbing, beautifully written, and full of insight and humor.’ Ruthie Knox

Good luck with your debut novel, Anna.

Book Review- Princess Avenger


Monique and PA- Williamstown PO Introducing Dr Monique’s review of Princess Avenger

Looking for a book in which to escape the everyday rush, the stresses of work, the worries of tomorrow?  A book to entertain the mind, get your heart racing and warm the soul as the cooler weather sets in?

Princess Avenger is the debut novel of Dr Bernadette Rowley, a veterinarian from the Greencross Vets Woodlands clinic in Townsville, Queensland.  Initially released in October 2012 as an e-book by Destiny Romance, an imprint of Penguin Books Australia, the opportunity has provided Bernadette a chance to follow her other passion, writing.

I came across the announcement of the book’s release on the Greencross Intranet and was enticed by the genre (fantasy romance) and the intrigue of the premise – a strong princess heroine, revenge, honour, destiny, duty and passion.  I also saw the chance to support a fellow veterinarian in her endeavours to achieve a different dream.

Princess Avenger High Res CoverPrincess Alecia is destined to serve and protect her kingdom.  As corruption and betrayal are spreading through the streets of her city, she sees it her duty to use her strength and skills to seek revenge for the brutal murder of her first love.  But there is also darkness and treachery coming from within the royal halls.  Alecia fights to hold on to her respect and honour for her father, pushing aside her growing fear that he might be accountable for their people’s suffering and hardship.

Army Captain Vard Anton also has a duty to protect and serve, though holds many secrets and internal struggles of his own.  The princess feels she must bury her attraction to the handsome man and complete her duty as a princess by submitting to a sickening arranged marriage to a vile corrupted royal advisor.  However the intense passion between Alecia and Vard burns strong and becomes an immeasurable strength in their fight for what they believe in and who they love.

I really enjoyed the book and became completely engrossed in the story.  I felt a connection with the characters and found myself being swept away with the emotion and passion pouring out of the pages.  I would read for chapters on end and forget where reality was, drawn into the life of the princess, feeling like I was right there next to her hiding in the dark alleyways.

I would recommend the book to those who appreciate the genre and the enjoyment of a thrilling read, filled with passion and love.  I found the experience all the more exciting knowing the author and being able to appreciate the inclusion of her love and appreciation of animals within her writing.  Last month I had the honour of meeting Bernadette when I travelled to Townsville to visit my partner.  It was fantastic to meet her, express my support and discuss dreams and inspirations.

The book has recently been published in paperback and is being sold at Australia Post shops across the country with other Destiny Romance novels.  Track down the illusive princess in selected Australia Post stores and online through your favouite e-book retailer.

Dr Monique Tydens

Greencross Vets Williamstown, Victoria

I’d like to thank Monique for her lovely review and for her support of my writing.

Goodreads Best New Author

Happy Australia Day to you all! No, I’m not going to talk about this fine day of ours. I received an invitation from Juanita Kees today which urged me to pop over to Goodreads and vote for the Best New Author. So I did. I also added my debut novel Princess Avenger to the list for voting. There are some mighty fine books in there so pop over and take a look and have a vote (or more than one).

The link is

I’ve loved being part of Goodreads for the last seven months. It’s a wonderful site for readers and writers and for these two groups to connect. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Have a great weekend!

Review of Double Exposure

Double Exposure by Charmaine RossThis was a gorgeous story by Charmaine Ross. Her setting in the high country of Victoria is beautifully described and takes on a character of its own.

Eden was a wonderful heroine and Adam a truly desireable hero despite his rough exterior. Eden is looking for her dream career and taking steps to achieve that. Ms Ross clearly understands what it is to take a risk and dream a dream and her prose in chapter six of the book was nothing short of inspirational.

Eden explains to Adam that she fears losing herself if she continues to exist in her dull day job. ‘I don’t think life is ever safe. Even if you stuff everything up, I think it’s a waste not to try to follow your dream. It’s a waste of that spark you were born with. What you’re here to do. To be.’

For me, this perfectly personifies how I’ve always felt about life. I can highly recommend this book. Find Double Exposure here:

Book Review- Fly Away Peta

A kick ass heroine and a love lost ten years ago are the basis of this romantic suspense from Juanita Keys. Right from the start, Ms Keys has the reader asking questions, just as all good suspense should. Why has Peta’s husband kidnapped her daughter, Bella, and will Peta’s brother, Mark, rescue the little girl in time. Who is Bella’s father?

In the process of hunting Bella, Peta runs into her ex-lover of ten years ago, Jaime Caruso. Is a second chance at love really possible? Will Peta’s conflict with her husband destroy everything that has ever meant anything to her?

Fly Away Peta is a more than satisfying read with enough twists to surprise the reader, both in the suspense and the romance. Peta is a heroine who has been toughened by all that life has thrown at her and has emerged a better person. Her daughter, Bella, is delightful and the hero, Jaime, a man who will happily dodge a bullet or take a beating for his love.

Issues such as domestic violence and the interference of parents in their children’s marriages are sub plots. This is a romance conducted in close proximity to a nine year old child and Ms Keys handles it with wonderful sensitivity.

With Fly Away Peta, Juanita Kees has fulfilled her brief: to write stories of spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in.

Burning Lies Review

I love it when a story makes you reflect on life and that’s what Burning Lies, by Helene Young, has done for me. It made me think about lots of issues such as working single mothers, volunteers, undercover police, the danger of fire in rural communities, grandparents parenting their grand children and more. There were so many issues in this novel and any one could have been the basis for a story on its own.

Kaitlyn Scott is trying to be all things to all people and not really succeeding with any of it. She has unbelievable tragedy in her recent past and has fled from Canberra to the Atherton Tablelands in the hope of a fresh start. Her mother Julia and son Daniel are part of the fragile life she has created for herself in the heart of the bush. Kait is able to pretend she has put her past behind her until the community begins to suspect an arsonist is at work on the Tablelands.

Hunky but troubled undercover cop Ryan is sent to investigate and takes up residence on the property next door. He is immediately drawn to Kait and her family and begins to imagine a life where safety doesn’t depend on a lie. But Kait is more involved with the arsonist than she could have predicted and soon all their lives are under threat.

We’re used to damaged heroes in romance, and Ryan is definitely one of them, but damaged heroines aren’t so common. Kaitlyn is one such lady, trying hard to ‘fix’ her life so the pain of the past can’t hurt her again. She’s only half alive as she battles to recover from the past and build a new reality for herself and her son. Guilt is a big motivator for her and she is willing to sacrifice time with her son to battle bushfires in the belief that by doing this she can right the wrongs of her dead husband.

I really came to understand Kait through the book and was fully invested in her future by the end. Ryan was a lovely hero whom I immediately felt empathy for. There were so many small elements that came together to complete the story eg Uncle Jack’s diary. Much thought has gone into this book and the technical details felt so accurate. The ending is bittersweet with sadness and more loss for Kaitlyn.

Ryan and Kait do get their HEA but tempered with the ever present threat of Ryan’s undercover past. Good job Helene! This story is your best yet. You can find more of Helene’s books here: