The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots

The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots

Loretta Hill's bestselling debut is a delectable story of red dust and romance, and of dreams discovered in the unlikeliest of places... 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 dongar. 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 the Hard Hat

The Girl in the Hard Hat

From the author of the bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots comes another romance novel set in the Australian outback. Perfect for rom com fans! 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 impending cyclone, find a man who wants to stay buried and ... put a bad boy firmly in his place. The Girl in the Hard Hat is a deliciously romantic and funny love story, and set to be the perfect summer read!

The Girl in the Yellow Vest

The Girl in the Yellow Vest

From the author of the bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots and The Girl in the Hard Hat, comes another scintillating romantic comedy, this time set on the beautiful Queensland coast. The perfect summer read! ‘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.

Loretta Hill Sampler

Loretta Hill Sampler

Have you discovered Loretta Hill yet? If not, you're in for a treat with this free book featuring extracts from her two deliciously romantic novels set in the Pilbara. The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots was a critically acclaimed bestseller and launched Loretta Hill as a fresh, funny and vibrant new voice in Australian women's fiction. Now in one volume, enjoy an extract from this novel, and its brilliant new sequel, The Girl in the Hard Hat. The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots: 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 dongar. 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 the Hard Hat: 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. Giving up is not an option, though. For, as it turns out, only Wendy can save these workers from a coming storm, find a man who wants to stay buried and ... put a bad boy firmly in his place.

One Little White Lie

One Little White Lie

A hilarious rom com novella from Loretta Hill (author of bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots). When one little white lie turns into a red-blooded reality! 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? NOVELLA

Operation: Valentine

Operation: Valentine

From the author of the bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots and One Little White Lie, comes a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about dating in the modern world... “Once upon a time, there was a young girl called Sarah Dubert who needed to fall in love in six weeks . . .” 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 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...?

The Grass is Greener

The Grass is Greener

From the author of The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots and The Maxwell Sisters comes a captivating novel about best friends, family and fighting for what you want, against all odds. The grass always seems greener on the other side . . . until you get there. For generations Bronwyn Eddings's family has thrived in the legal profession and a position at their prestigious firm is hers by right. Only problem is: she does not 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 is not a good idea . . .

Pretty in Punk

Girls' Gender Resistance in a Boys' Subculture

Pretty in Punk

Pretty in Punk combines autobiography, interviews, and sophisticated analysis to create the first insider's examination of the ways punk girls resist gender roles and create strong identities. Why would an articulate, intelligent, thoughtful young women shave off most of her hair, dye the remainder green, shape it into a mohawk, and glue it onto her head? What attracts girls to male-dominated youth subcultures like the punk movement? What role does the subculture play in their perceptions of themselves, and in their self-esteem? How do girls reconcile a subcultural identity that is deliberately coded “masculine” with the demands of femininity? Research has focused on the ways media and cultural messages victimize young women, but little attention has been paid to the ways they resist these messages. In Pretty in Punk, Lauraine Leblanc examines what happens when girls ignore these cultural messages, parody ideas of beauty, and refuse to play the games of teenage femininity. She explores the origins and development of the punk subculture, the processes by which girls decide to “go punk,” patterns of resistance to gender norms, and tactics girls use to deal with violence and harassment. Pretty in Punk takes readers into the lives of girls living on the margins of contemporary culture. Drawing on interviews with 40 girls and women between the ages of 14-37, Leblanc examines the lives of her subjects, illuminating their forms of rebellion and survival. Pretty in Punk lets readers hear the voices of these women as they describe the ways their constructions of femininity—from black lipstick to slamdancing—allow them to reject damaging cultural messages and build strong identities. The price they pay for resisting femininity can be steep—girls tell of parental rejection, school expulsion, institutionalization, and harassment. Leblanc illuminates punk girls' resistance to adversity, their triumphs over tough challenges, and their work to create individual identities in a masculine world.

All My Love

All My Love

Fall head over heels for five hilarious and heart-warming tales of love and other misadventures . . . One Little White Lie by Loretta Hill Single girl Kate Dreson knows that her serial match-maker friend is not going to leave her alone unless she tells her that she is happily dating someone. Who knew that one little lie could so blatantly backfire? A hilarious rom-com about a white lie that turns into a red-blooded reality! Eliza's Home by Rachael Herron It's 1945 and Eliza Masterson is on the run from her unhappy marriage. At least she would be if her truck hadn't broken down in the middle of nowhere. So when Joshua Carpenter, a cowboy with the bluest eyes she has ever seen, offers her help, Eliza can't afford to say no . . . An enchanting wartime love story set a sleepy Californian town. Dr No Commitment by Virginia Taylor Ally was warned about Rohan Sinclair - and she is determined she won't let this gorgeous, model-dating doctor distract her. After all it's a terrible idea to fall for a man who will never commit, but what if in every other way he's her perfect guy? A mischievous romance about a man who's always run from love and the girl who just might catch him. Anybody But Him by Claire Baxter After twelve years away Nicola Doyle returns home to Redgum Valley - and immediately comes face to face with the very reason she left: Blair Morrissey. He's charming, infuriatingly helpful and extremely attractive. If only Nicola could forgive and forget . . . What happens when you fall in love with the man you hate? Captivation by Nicola Moriarty After Juliette lost her beloved husband Danny she was tormented by her grief. But now, just as she is finally preparing to move on, she senses he has returned. How can Juliette say no to the man she loves more than life itself? An intoxicating paranormal romance in which true love never dies . . .

The Girls from Greenway

A nostalgia saga perfect for fans of Daisy Styles and Rosie Clark

The Girls from Greenway

A dramatic and nostalgic saga of two sisters coming of age in 1960s Essex. Angie Smith lives in Greenway, Chelmsford, with her elder sister Doreen, their struggling mother and their drunk, violent father. Bored of her job, and of her dull, ordinary boyfriend, Angie dreams of bigger and better things. But then she meets boutique owner Gene Battini. He is older, handsome, charming - and married. She is completely swept off her feet. But little does she know that Doreen is falling for Gene, too, and that their affair will have disastrous consequences. As things at home go from bad to worse, Angie and Doreen must struggle to fight for what they want. Can the girls from Greenway ever achieve their dreams? '[A] beautifully written saga which brims with the spirit of youth and is rich in period detail.' Lancashire Evening Post Praise for Elizabeth Woodcraft 'A book to read in great gulps' Sheila Newberry 'Beautifully written . . . she has a real talent' Mary Gibson