ROMONA HILLIGER Author of Romantic Suspense, set in the untamed regions of Australia’s Northern Territory. ——————–
Hello to everyone First off, a little about, Romona At this point in time, I live in the southern states of Australia. We have all four seasons here and right now, it’s Spring. In the Northern Territory of Australia, which is my home, there are only two seasons known as The Dry and The Wet.
From a schoolteacher to a payroll manager, for one of Australia’s largest retail companies was a dramatic career-path change for me and which I enjoyed, until, another came along–Writing. So, how did that come about?
No. I haven’t been writing since I was six, or anything wonderful like that. My husband and I criss-cross the Outback of Australia, both with his work and on holidays. Discovering the magnificence of wind-crafted outcrops of granite and sandstone, vast ochre plains stretching to eternity and the bush teeming with wildlife uniquely Australian, our interest escalated. We extended our trips into gold and gemstone-fossicking adventures and retracing tracks of explorers.
The notes I kept translated into a series of travel articles for a magazine until, I realised what better backdrop than this sun-drenched wilderness for conjuring up stories of unique blend–love up against impossible odds. I undertook studies in creative writing, specialising in Romance, and set to work. Writing fulfils my most cherished dream, to breathe life, love, and emotion into the people in my imagination, mostly, derived from the men and women who dare to live out in the ‘never never’.
OTHER INTERESTS (Shared by my husband as well). Animal welfare. Both domestic and wildlife. I am a member of THE WILDLIFE WARRIORS. A STEVE IRWIN PROJECT
A SHADOW FROM HIS PAST
contemporary v. sensual
Life hadn’t been easy for Brad Steele and he’d been forced to live on the edge until he was eighteen. Now twelve years on, a reclusive naturalist and wildlife photographer, Brad carves out a place in the raw rugged regions of Australia’s Northern Territory, helping to relocate marauding crocodiles and taking care of injured wildlife.
An injured bird brings Jodie Marshall into contact with Brad. His dark sensual good looks are the ultimate in a woman’s fantasy but any hopes the young English heiress, might have of touching the heart of the aloof hostile wildlife warrior are bleak indeed, until the night circumstance throws them together and into the firestorms of love and passion.
But Brad has a secret buried deep in his soul that forbids his loving her…The power of their love survives heartbreak, a jail sentence and poison pens but can it survive their worst nightmare — its evil meticulously crafted and now a reality?
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Come, Love me Again contemporary v. sensual
He snared her wrist in one powerful fist and pulled her to him. Hunter Kincaid, the tall, striking, Australian cattle king still remembers, only too well, the girl who’d betrayed him in their youth, and he hates himself for still loving her… “What do you want? Haven’t you done enough?” he hissed. Raw, untamed desires flaming through him and driven by naked longing, he’s but a step from taking her. “Don’t you know what I can do to you? What I want to do to you?” Torn by twelve years of remorse, the lovely young Becky, quivers at the very touch of him. She has returned from America and must tell him the truth — why she’d been forced to betray him. But the scars of betrayal burn deep in his soul and sex isn’t sufficient to expiate that pain – Hunter wants her to pay for past wounds. Let her suffer as he had. Her pain for his pain, her tears for his.
FALLEN ANGELS 4 angels
Come, Love Me Again is one of the most emotionally packed stories I’ve read in a while. The exchanges between Rebecca and Hunter are powerful and sometimes gut wrenching. Their emotions are so raw and open that it is impossible not to feel them. Ms. Hilliger has portrayed the setting for this story in vivid detail, also. It fairly leaps off the page, and the cattle stations and the surrounding countryside are so vividly described that I could see everything in my mind. I felt like I stepped off the plane with the heroine and experienced everything she did. I was moved to tears by some of Hunter’s harshness toward her, especially when she tries to explain why she left him. This is a realistic story, and I enjoyed it very much.Reviewed by: Marlene http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2007/July/Marlene-ComeLoveMeAgain.htm
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Dangerously sexy and his eyes full of sinful promise, Jamie, the leather-clad, tattooed young biker is fascinated by his evening-class student—the sophisticated and elegant career-woman.
Amy, in search of a little diversion, has taken up the study of Creative Writing little expecting her teacher to be a woman’s ultimate fantasy. But now, Amy faces the challenge of her life—what they have between them is too hot for mere friendship, colliding with the knowledge that she is seven years his senior and entangled in a long-soured marriage to boot.
Would surrender to the intoxication of one night of passion in a younger man’s arms be enough? Or would it unleash what she didn’t dare hope for – LOVE.
Available at Champagne Books
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TAKE A LOOK AT PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF OUTBACK PLACES WHERE MY STORIES ARE SET also MYTHS AND LEGENDS MYTH. THE MIN MIN LIGHS. Mysterious phenomena of dancing globes of light on the plains of Outback
Queensland. Nobody has yet figured them out. LEGEND. Lassiter’s gold. Gold nuggets and rubies as big as walnuts. Lassiter brought back a nugget, but the seam where it was found has not yet been located again. Expeditions still go out in search of it.
Central Australia. TheMacDonnell Ranges. JUNDAMARRA’S CAVE. Hiding place of INDIGENOUS LEGENDARY WARRIOR of the Bunaba people. A man who fought the British police in defence of his people. Kimberley region of North-West Australia. A good ‘bush tucker’ recipe for that camping occasion and roaring campfire. DAMPER Recipe of an authentic Northern Territory bushman. My husband Bill. Enjoyed by us both on many an occasion with a good cup of ‘billie’ tea. For one loaf. Required. Cast-iron camp oven.
Plain flour 3 cups.
Margarine 2 tablespoons
Baking powder one tablespoon
Salt ¼ teaspoon
Milk 1/3 cup
Water ½ cup.
Grated cheese, if you want to add it.
In a mixing bowl rub margarine with flour, salt, and baking powder.Add milk and water and form dough. Shape to a round, dust lightly with flour and place in cast-iron camp oven. Fire should be hot cinders, into which oven is placed, covering top of oven with more hot cinders and ash. Leave to bake. Lift lid and check after twenty minutes. As damper bakes, keep your ‘billie’ boiling at one side of fire. When damper is ready, turn out of oven, cut into wedges and drizzle liberally with golden syrup. Eat it hot with your cup of ‘billie’ tea.
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