"Let me burst your city bubble for you. This is the Pilbara.
And it's the Pilbara that makes the rules…"
Lena Todd is a city girl who thrives on cocktails and cappuccinos. So when
her boss announces he's sending her to the outback to join a construction
team, her world is turned upside down.
Lena's new accommodation will be an aluminium box called a donga.
Her new social network: 350 men.
Her daily foot attire: steel-capped boots.
Unfortunately, Lena can't refuse. Mistakes of the past are choking her confidence. She needs to do something to right those wrongs and prove herself. Going into a remote community might just be the place to do that, if only tall, dark and obnoxious Dan didn't seem so determined to stand in her way...
The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots is a delectable tale of red dust and romance, and of dreams discovered in the unlikeliest of places…
When Alexis's sister tragically dies in a car accident, she is left guardian to her sisters two children. As a freelance journalist, Alexis barely makes enough money for herself let alone a mini family. When word gets out that the elusive jazz singer Max Deroux is coming to town to celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Alexis realizes that this is could be her big chance to turn things around. An interview with this famous recluse is worth thousands.
She had expected that crashing his birthday ball and pretending to be a rich socialite would be hard. And then getting some quiet time alone with him even harder. But what she hadn't counted on was her professional interest turning to sizzling attraction. Or her indifference becoming admiration. Max Deroux is everything she's ever wanted in man.
If only she wasn't everything he's always hated…
The Girl in the Hard Hat
January 2013 - Random House Australia
To tame a bad boy you will need:
a) One hard hat
b) 350 sulky FIFO workers
c ) A tropical cyclone
Wendy Hopkins arrives in the Pilbara to search for the father who abandoned her at birth. Getting mixed up in construction site politics at the Iron Ore wharf just out of town was not high on her 'to do' list.
But when she takes a job as their new Safety Manager she becomes the most hated person in the area. Nicknamed 'The Sergeant', she is the butt of every joke and the prime target of notorious womanizer, Gavin Jones. Giving up is not an option, though. For, as it turns out, only Wendy can save these workers from the coming storm, find a man who wants to stay buried and ... put a bad boy firmly in his place.
From the author of The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots comes another funny and deliciously romantic tale of a woman in a man's world.
What do you do when your best friend is the serial match maker from Hell?
Single girl Kate Dreson knows that her friend, Lisa, is not going to leave her alone unless she tells her that she is happily dating someone. Who knew that one little white lie could so blatantly backfire?
The imaginary boyfriend she described to her friend so lovingly suddenly walks into her life and starts making himself comfortable in it.
Trapped by her lie, poor Kate is powerless to stop him. But the real question is, does she really want to?
'We can't choose who we fall in love with. It could be our best friend or … our worst enemy.'
Emily Woods counts cracks for a living. Concrete cracks. So when her long-term boyfriend dumps her, she decides it's time for a change of scenery. Her best friend, Will, suggests joining his construction team in Queensland. Working next door to the Great Barrier Reef seems like just the sort of adventure she needs to reboot her life… until she realises that Will is not the person she thought he was.
Charlotte Templeton is frustrated with the lack of respect FIFO workers have for her seaside resort. But picking a fight with their tyrannical project manager, Mark Crawford, seems to lead to more complications than resolutions. The man is too pompous, too rude, and too damned good looking.
As both women strive to protect their dreams and achieve their goals, they discover that secrets will come out, loyalty often hurts and sometimes the perfect man is the wrong one.
"Once upon a time, there was a young girl called Sarah Dubert who needed to fall in love in six week ..."
Thanks to food poisoning, broken dates, airport malfunctions and even death, Sarah Dubert has never had a boyfriend on Valentine's Day. However this year she's determined to break the curse and snare herself a man before the Big V. Signing herself up to the online dating site soulmates.com, she begins eliminating possible candidates through dates at her favourite bar, The Blue Saloon...
Owen Black, the handsome new owner of The Blue Saloon, likes his women fast, experienced and temporary. A woman on a mission to find love - particularly one with a six-week deadline - would normally have him running for the hills. So why is he so uncharacteristically interested in Sarah's search? And, more importantly, the success of her dates…?
You are cordially invited to the wedding of Phoebe and Christopher...
All families have their problems. No more so than the Maxwells of Tawny Brooks Winery. Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, this world-renowned winery was the childhood home to three sisters, Natasha, Eve and Phoebe.
Today all three women are enmeshed in their city lives and eager to forget their past - and their fractured sibling relationships. Until Phoebe decides to get married at home…
Now the sisters must all return to face a host of family obligations, vintage in full swing and interfering in-laws who just can't take a hint. As one romance blossoms and others fall apart, it seems they are all in need of some sisterly advice.
But old wounds cut deep. Somehow, the Maxwell sisters must find a way back to one another - or risk losing each other forever.
The Maxwell Sisters is a heartwarming romantic comedy about three extraordinary women on a journey to find love and rediscover family.
"A fun story of friendship, overcoming preconceptions, and unexpected love. The ideal summer read." - West Australian
"...A delectable tale of red dust and romance." - Hobart Mercury
all content (c) 2016 Loretta Hill web design (c) Paula Roe
all rights reserved
The Grass is Greener
January 2016 - Penguin Random House Australia
The grass always seems greener on the other side... until you get there
For generations Bronwyn Stevenson's family has thrived in the legal profession and a position at their prestigious firm is hers by right. Only problem is: she doesn't want it.
Her best friend Claudia has always dreamed of being a lawyer, but tragedy struck and she took up the reins of her father's vineyard instead. It was supposed to be temporary... now there's no end in sight.
Bronwyn wants Claudia's life so badly. Claudia can't imagine anything better than Bronwyn's job. So the friends hatch a crazy plan to swap places.
Both are determined to be the person they always thought they could never be. But achieving your dreams isn't easy - and falling in love with the men who oppose them isn't a good idea...
The Grass is Greener is a captivating novel about best friends, family and fighting for what you want, against all odds.
You can now try the first 10% of my Pilbara novels for free. Check out Random House's Loretta Hill Sampler!
The Secret Vineyard
January 2018 - Penguin Random House Australia
When you're stumbling through life, try falling head over heels…
Grace Middleton knew that her ex-husband Derek was a lying, cheating, wife-abandoning bastard.
What she didn't know - until his untimely death - was that he was also the owner of a secret vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region. And, much to the chagrin of his new wife, he's left the property to Grace's three young sons.
With the intention of putting it up for sale, Grace takes the boys to view Gum Leaf Grove. And immediately finds herself embroiled in mysteries from Derek's past - and becomes the accidental target of the resident 'ghost'.
Nowadays Grace believes in love even less than she believes in ghosts. So no one is more surprised than her when she's caught between two very different men - with secrets of their own...
A sparkling romantic comedy about trust after betrayal, hope after regret, and falling in love after vowing never ever to do it again...