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Meet Debut Author Helen Lacey!

Meet Australian Author Helen Lacey - whose debut release for Harlequin Special Editions, MADE FOR MARRIAGE will release in early January and we''ll ask her to come again and share with us the 'Call Story' with maybe a *giveaway* ????

About Helen

Helen Lacey grew up reading Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables and Little House on The Prairie. These childhood classics inspired her to write her first book when she was seven years old, a story about a girl and her horse. Although, it wasn’t until the age of eleven when she read her first Mills & Boon, that she knew writing romances was what she wanted to do with her life. Her parents’ love of travel meant she saw much of the world in those early years and she feels fortunate to have had a diverse and interesting education over several continents.

She continued to write into her teens and twenties with the dream of one day being a published author. A few years and careers later, including motel operator, florist, strapper, dog washer, and retail manager, she got the call from Harlequin Special Edition. She loves writing about tortured heroes, both cowboys and CEO’s, and heroines who finally get the love of the man of their dreams. She now works part time in her sister’s bridal shop, where she gets to meet fascinating people, some of whom might one day end up being in one of her books.

From Welsh parents and a large family, she lives on the east coast of Australia in a small seaside town at the southern most point of The Great Barrier Reef, with her wonderfully supportive husband, many horses and three spoiled dogs.




MADE FOR MARRIAGE

Equestrian Callie Jones was used to difficult parents at her riding school. But Noah Preston took the cake.
How dare he question her teaching abilities, after his headstrong daughter paid no heed to rules—her teacher's or her father's?
Single dad Noah was ready to apologize for overreacting. But he wasn't sorry for the way the stunning American riding instructor made him feel. And he soon learned that there was more to Callie than her smarts, sass and fire: a shattered heart that threatened to splinter even further. Could he make her see that he—and his family—were for keeps?
Helen Lacey on the web:

As my friends probably remember I had exams and graduated from college and would now be going to Medical School in the new year. All my short stories were published in magazines and I also received the highest scorer award for English (well, I'm a reader!) Then I received some other awards for being top scorer in Biology, some certificates for Chemistry and the big blue trophee is for Outstanding Student of the Year!
Just thought to share some happy news!

41 comments:

  1. Nice to meet you Helen. How exciting to be published. Best of luck with your book.

    Congratulations Riya. So many awards.
    Nancy

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  2. Oh sounds like a lovely book! Congrats Helen!

    And congrats Riya on your awards and going to Medical school - brilliant work!!!

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  3. This book sounds absolutely lovely. It is very lovely to meet you. I love horses, so this has to be a book for me! *waving*

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  4. Best of luck with the book to Helen! Congratulations Riya. You definitely deserve it. And you look lovely in this photo :)

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  5. I love the sound of her tortured heroes! Yay!

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  6. Hi N.R - thanks so much for stopping by. It certainly has been an exciting time. Cheers.

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  7. Hi Lynda! Great to see you here.

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  8. Talei - thank you for stopping by Riya's blog today. And yes, didn't she sweep the awards - a wonderful achievement.

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  9. Hi Robyn! Always great to find another horse lover. I have eight horses and adore them all. Most of my herd end up in my books at some point. Waving back. Cheers!

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  10. Congrats on your upcoming release, Helen. You certainly have a wide job experience to refer to when it comes to characters!

    Riya, congratulations. You've earned a holiday break :)

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  11. Hello Nancy, thank you for coming by to read my post on Helen Lacey! And thanks for the congrats!

    Hi Lynda, thanks for coming along!

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  12. Hi Talei, thank you!

    Hello Robyn, I know, I've seen this book on mum's pile and I'm itching to start on it!

    Thank you, Olga!

    Hi Trisha, thanks for coming!

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  13. Hi Helen, welcome! Your debut release, MADE FOR MARRIAGE sounds a wonderful read! I'm looking forward to getting into it!


    Hi Shelley, I know, but someone needs to let mum know that I need a break now and not look after the little one and watch the Panda cartoons with her!

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  14. Hi Olga - great to have you stop by and thanks for your congratulations. And yes, doesn't Riya look great in her lovely dress. And all those fab awards!

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  15. Hi Trisha - I do love a tortured man. I think they've been a favourite since I read Rebecca'when I was 13. Nothing like torturing a good man in the pages of a romance novel - that is until he gets his girl. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  16. Hi Shelley - thanks for stopping by today.

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  17. Nice to meet you Helen :) Best of luck with your release.

    Riya...congrats on all those awards. Best of luck with university in 2012!

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  18. Nice to meet you, Helen! Congrats! Lovely to see an Aussie appreciating Anne - I grew up not far from where the novels were set. :)

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  19. Many congratulations on your exam success, Riya - you did so wonderfully well.

    Hello Helen and congratulations to you too on your first book - that is such a wonderful feeling. I hope it's the first of many more

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  20. Hi Raelyn - thank you so much for stopping by to say hi.

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  21. Hi Talli! Prince Edward Island was my dream getaway place when I was a child. Great to have you stop by today.

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  22. Hi Kate - lovely to see you here. Thank you for your congratulations.

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  23. Congratulations on all your happy news!

    And working in a bridal shop sounds like a fun - and a great job for a romance writer!

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  24. Sounds like a great book! Awesome :)

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  25. I loved those books growing up too. It's so nice to meet Helen!

    Look at you, dripping with awards! Congrats, and good luck on med school!

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  26. Way to go on your stories getting published and all the school awards. Excellent work, Riya. Congrats on med school, too.

    I loved those same stories Helen mentioned. My 1st story was about a horse, too.

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  27. Hi Susan - thanks for stopping by today. Yes, the bridal shop is a fun - lots a of great story ideas :)

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  28. Hi Jemi - great to have you stop by to say Hi!

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  29. Hi Kate,

    Thanks for your congratulations! I'm eagerly waiting for my gift which you sent all the way from UK. Thank you so very much.

    And we all look forward to your post, GIFTS FOR WRITERS from the 12/12!

    Hey friends, Kate has an awesome post at http://michellefayard.blogspot.com/ now!

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  30. Hello Raelyn, Talli, Susan, Jemi, Lydia and Mary!

    Thank you all for coming along and thanks for the congrats!

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  31. Hi Lydia - thanks so much for stopping by. I still love those old classics :)

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  32. M Pax - thank you for dropping by. And great to see someone else was writing horse stories as a child :)

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  33. Hi Helen,

    Congratulations on your debut book, MADE FOR MARRAIGE!

    It sounds a lovely story! Thank you for visiting and meeting all our friends!

    Hello to all my friends here!

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  34. I looked at all the stuff Helen's done and wonder what's entailed in being a strapper.

    Congrats on your achievement, Riya!

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  35. Sounds great! I love seeing all the different possible scenarios and mix ups in romance novels :-)

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  36. Hi Nas! Great to see you here. Thanks for your nice words. Cheers

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  37. Hi JJ - thanks for dropping by. A strapper? Well, basically it's a stable hand, who straps (grooms) down the horse before they go onto the track and then when they come off after a race. Brushing, washing, feeding etc. Fun but grubby work!

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  38. Hi Deniz - thank you for dropping by to say hi. Always great to meet someone who loves romance novels!

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  39. ooo, love the sound of M4M! And how fun to meet another writer since childhood inspired by the same stories. I guess we were all there together~ :o) <3

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  40. Oh, I almost missed this post...congrats on all your awards and successes.

    Made for Marriage sounds like a divine read.

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