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Suzi Love


I’m Suzi Love, an Australian author of historical romances set mainly in the late Regency and early Victorian eras, and ranging from sexy to erotic. With a bit of Australia thrown in.

I now live in a sunny part of Australia after spending many years in developing countries in the South Pacific. My greatest loves are traveling, anywhere and everywhere, meeting crazy characters, and visiting the Australian outback. I adore history, especially the many-layered society of the late Regency to early Victorian eras.

My titled heroes and heroines live a privileged life in and around London, but my stories also dig deeper into the grittier and seamier levels of British life. I love heroes and heroines who challenge traditional manners, morals, and occupations, either through necessity or desire.

I hope my romances bring history alive for you and that you have fun alongside my roguish heroes and…

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November 2014

Australian Book Releases


The Great Plains – Nicole Alexander (Random House)

The Seek – Ros Baxter (Escape/Harlequin)

Unrestrained – Rhyll Biest (Escape/Harlequin)

Unexpected Places – VK Black (Escape/Harlequin)

Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Virginia – Rhian Cahill (Escape/Harlequin)

The Silk Thief – Deborah Challinor (HarperCollins)

New Year’s Promise – Anna Clifton (Escape/Harlequin)

Three Stories – JM Coetzee (Text)

Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Lana – Cate Ellink (Escape/Harlequin)

Attraction – KM Golland (Harlequin)

Home for Christmas – Fiona Greene (Escape/Harlequin)

Wife on the Run – Fiona Higgins (Allen & Unwin)

Euphoria – Lily King (Picador/Pan Macmillan)

Springtime: A Ghost Story – Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin)

By Winter’s Light – Stephanie Laurens (Harlequin)

The Secret Prince – Justine Lewis (Destiny/Penguin)

The Best Australian Stories 2014 – ed. Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc)

Meant to Be – Fiona McCallum (Harlequin)

Nightingale – Fiona McIntosh (Penguin)

South of Darkness – John Marsden (Pan Macmillan)


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Well done, V.K.Black.


AusRomToday Victoria Black


What inspired me to write Unexpected Places?

I’m sure all authors have the same problem: “Where do you get your ideas from?”

If you’re like me, you say, “I…I…um…”

In my case, it’s usually a little spark of an idea that somehow grows into a story. That’s when you get into the whole plotting vs panting debate. I’ve decided I’m essentially a pantser who plots a bit.

BUT, with Unexpected Places, which was released on 8th November by Escape Publishing, I was handed the outline of my plot on a silver platter. Let me explain. I belong to a writers’ group called Sultry Scribes. We meet once a month, and after the necessary chit chat, coffee, wine, we do a writing exercise. For example, last Christmas, we had a Secret Santa. I was given a lovely handbag. Our writing exercise is to…

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Release day: Unexpected Places

Release day via Australian Romance Readers Association for Unexpected Places from V.K. Black, an awesome member of Sultry Scribes and great friend. Congratulations.

Australian Romance Readers Association

Today is the official release of Unexpected PlacesbyVK Black (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Unexpected PlacesOne treasure map; a pair of priceless emeralds; two very keen hunters—only one can win, but who says that competition can’t be a little fun?

When sweet, pretty Ariana Noonan knocks out treasure hunter, Luke Donahue, with a champagne bottle and steals his treasure map, he vows to get his map back, find the missing priceless emeralds…and exact a fitting revenge.

When Luke finally discovers Ariana in a dingy hotel on a remote tropical island, she’s in desperate straits and he finally gains the upper hand. Of course he will rescue her. His price? They act on the attraction that’s been simmering between them from the very beginning.

But all is not as it seems, and Luke’s sexy bargain turns up not only an unbelievable secret, but Ariana’s reasons for wanting the emeralds…

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Australian Romance Readers Survey 2014: results

Interesting results from the 2014 Australian Romance Readers Association Survey.

Australian Romance Readers Association

The Australian Romance Readers Survey for 2014 was launched on
15 August and closed on 30 September. A total of 310 people responded to the survey (up very slightly from 306 last year).

You can download the full results HERE, but here’s a look at a few of the interesting results:

  • The majority of respondents were from NSW (98), with high rates for Vic (80) and Qld (65). Next was WA (27), SA (17) and ACT (11). Tas had 5 respondents and the NT just 1. The percentages of all these are fairly similar  o those from the 2013 survey, with a slight dip in responses from NSW and WA and a slightly higher response rate from Qld and Vic.
  • This year we had 7 male respondents (up from 5 last year).
  • 66.6% of respondents said that at least half of the books they read are romances (down from 87.2%…

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Feature book: Embracing Scandal

Feature book: Embracing Scandal by Suzi Love Author, an early Victorian historical romance, has been given a wonderful review by Heather at our awesome Australian Romance Readers Association.

Australian Romance Readers Association

Embracing ScandalEmbracing Scandalby Suzi Love

He has to be on his best behaviour to ensure his agreement remains intact and he can be rid of her forever.

Cayle St Martin, Duke of Sherwyn, has newly inherited his title and it comes with a lot of baggage. He has an agreement with his stepmother that he will behave himself and she will curb her gambling. His plan is that once the family finances are restored he will send her away, but as with all stories, she is not going to go quietly. Cayle returned from the continent after four years away when he was caught in a scandal and Julia convinced his father he needed to be sent away for the good of the family. Then Cayle finds a woman from his past in his home seeking his help. As the need for the help unfolds, Cayle finds it harder and…

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Guest blogger: Suzi Love

Suzi Love is the Guest Blogger at Australian Romance Readers. Woo Hoo!

Australian Romance Readers Association

Suzi_LoveHi, I’m Suzi Love and I’m a book and history addict.

And to answer your next question, no, I have no intention of finding a cure for my addictions because I enjoy them far too much.

I love doing historical research, in museums, libraries, and old houses preferably and then I love using all the weird and wonderful bits and pieces the I discover in my books. And then, as romance is my second love … ah … L’amor! I’m able to combine both my addictions and write historical romance. Although, because I spend a lot of time in outback Australia, I also like to add a touch of Aussie interest to my romance books.

I’ve found that no matter which eras or which countries I set my books, my characters always end up with some characteristics in common. They are stubborn and loyal people who are determined to survive…

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