Red Hot Summer Reads

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2020’s romance reads are heating up! Today we feature Elisabeth Rose and Vanda Vadas, their books, and their favourite place for summer reading.

In the small town of Taylor’s Bend some secrets are set to ignite… 

Where There is Smoke by Elisabeth Rose

When Taylor’s Bend vet Oliver attends a car accident involving a horse from stud farm, The Grange, and the billionaire owner’s irresponsible son, Angus, he’s not prepared for an encounter with Krista, the beautiful, prickly stepdaughter.

He quickly discovers the horse has been substituted for her horse Calypso Secret and is sceptical of her shocked denial of responsibility. Two thugs arrive claiming Calypso belongs to their boss which adds to his anger at being involved.

Oliver and Krista are plunged into danger when Angus disappears and the boss wants his money. Add a bushfire, Krista’s kidnapping and the fear escalates. 

Elisabeth Rose

My favourite place for summertime reading: It’s way too hot to sit outside so I commandeer our new lounge, turn on the portable air con, have a cool drink on hand and disappear into my book.

Multi publishedromance writer Elisabeth Rose lives very happily in Canberra with her musician husband. Travel is a big part of their lives now the family has left home. Elisabeth’s original training was in clarinet performance but she was also a tai chi instructor for twenty five years. An avid reader, her preference is for a happy ending regardless of genre and is most annoyed if a main character dies or leaves — unless of course, it’s the villain.

You can find Elisabeth at:



The Prodigal Laird

The Prodigal Laird by Vanda Vadas

His marriage might cease decades of hostilities between two clans, but that doesn’t mean he wants it─or his bold new wife who is keeping secrets of her own.

Roderick MacLeod arrives in his native Scottish Highlands to pay brief respects to his recently deceased father─the man Roderick blames for the death of his English mother. But before he can return to England, he is saddled with two responsibilities he never asked for: the title of Laird of Clan MacLeod and an unwanted marriage, by proxy, to the daughter of a rival laird.

Annabel MacDonald thought she had the perfect marriage; her husband’s continued absence allowed her independence and the freedom to secretly hide and abet the escape of her fugitive clansmen. When the husband she’d never met shows up, she must convince him to return to England before he uncovers her many secrets, and perhaps her heart.


Vanda Vadas

Fresh air is an essential ingredient for my ideal summertime reading place! Much of my time is spent indoors, be it at home, at work, or in the car on a long commute to and from my job. The beach is close by so finding a spot of shade, with the sound and invigorating scent of the sea is as much a relaxing tonic as losing myself in a good book.

Before residing in Australia, Vanda’s birthplace and early childhood years were spent in Papua New Guinea. At the age of eleven, a holiday in England sparked an interest in the days of old. Castles, ruins, and discovering Jane Austen novels inspired a life-long interest in all things historical, a passion that later kick-started Vanda’s desire to write historical fiction. Subsequent travels to faraway places have served to create fictitious characters and dramas set against authentic and geographical backdrops.

The Gold Coast in Queensland is home to Vanda and her husband, where they enjoy walks along world-renowned beaches or a quiet getaway to the lush hills of the Hinterland.

You can find Vanda at:




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