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Good morning from San Diego CA. My friend just sent me this All Blacks AIG commercial link. Have you seen it yet? Too funny. Love your writing. Have a good one.
Would like to know what’s next….I have listened (Audible) all of your books and anxiously await more. Your books really have everything I look for in an exceptional listen, especially when paired with Claire Bocking’s performance. She truly is a performer, not just a narrator and accents, male voices and expressions are very impressive. Please give us more.
Dear Ms. James,
On October 5, 2017 in honor of Mental Health Awareness, Volunteers In Service will sponsor our second annual silent auction to directly benefit the men and women that live at Wernersville State Hospital. The focus of this year’s auction will be “Let’s Get Fit”. Our major goal is to furnish our Fitness Center with Ergometers (upper body cycles) that have a removable seat for wheelchairs. This specialized equipment will provide those with poor endurance or limited mobility an aerobic option while increasing overall stamina. Proceeds from this event will also be used to assist the Patient Benefit Fund for the residents at our hospital to provide social and community events. Would you possibly consider donating a signed copy of one of your books for our auction? All donors will be sent an acknowledgement for tax purposes and will be recognized at our auction, on social media and in flyers publicizing the event. We realize you receive numerous requests from many deserving causes but we feel that our residents are special, often forgotten people. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.
Volunteers in Service Employee Identification Number: 81-0868932. Should you require additional information please feel free to contact me at 610-670-4164 or kellett [at] pa [dot] gov
I will be hosting the event and donations can be sent to:
Volunteers In Service at Wernersville State Hospital
160 Main Street
Wernersville, PA 19565
Attn: Kathy Ellett Volunteer Dept.
Hi Kathy–I’ve answered via email. I’m happy to donate a book, and it’s on its way! Best of luck with your event–what a good cause.
I can’t even begin to describe how much I love your New Zealand Books! I have all of them on audio and I listen to them over and over again! They are some of my all time favorite books! I love Claire Bocking’s narration, she does such a fantastic job! I hope she will narrate for your in the future.
Thanks for your wonderful stories! They give me the escape I need!
I am just starting Silver Tongued Devil tonight!!! SUPER EXCITED!!!
Hi Melissa–Thank you! I love the audiobooks too. They’re just a treat to get. Biggest author-excitement ever was when Claire did that first New Zealand book. I felt like a real author!
Rosalind, Love your New Zealand books and I am so glad you have gone back to your previous covers. I love them and it makes the books much easier to identify. I love the audio books, but also have the hard cover. I don’t like the covers that show people and faces because I want to make my own picture in my mind from the description in the book.
I updated all my kindle books with the “older” cover.
Love the ballet shoe cover for Kevin and Chloe.
Interesting seeing the story develop!
Then there’s Ben, and what about Hannah’s brother- maybe he meets a Maori woman for the future.
Thank you for your wonderful writing and congratulations on your success.
Would love to make one of the New Zealand tours sometime.
Thank you! I loved my old covers too, honestly. That’s why I went back to them for the ebooks.
I know you had alternate covers made up and went back to the originals. The Paperback versions are all new correct? Are any of the print versions the original artwork?I am partial to those over the people, but I didn’t want to purchase the paperbacks yet if there’s a chance to get them with the original covers. I already have the ebooks so it’s just trivial. But I wanted them on my bookshelf with the cooler covers
Hello, i´m from Germany and I love your books. I cannot expect to read the books in in German.
Best wishes Patricia
Hi Patricia! The first five New Zealand books are available in German, and the sixth book (Just Not Mine) is coming in the spring!
Here’s my Amazon Germany page: https://www.amazon.de/Rosalind-James/e/B0094AB0UQ/
I love your books and was delighted to sign up for the mailing list. The problem I have is you offered heki and reki additional book at the end of Asking for Trouble, i signed up but cannot find the download so can you help as I feel I am missing some of the stories.
your books are amazing! I love them all! I went through all of them in record time. Since I am not a native speaker, I use the audio books in combination with the ebooks to improve my English.
Are there any news on the release date of the next audiobook after “Silver-Tongued Devil”?
Thank you! I am honored.
The audiobook for SILVER-TONGIED DEVIL is available for preorder now and releases on Jan. 6. The audio for FRACTURED and FOUND are coming in late January and early February!, and then I’ll be caught up!
Just wanted to say that I love your books. I picked up a free Amazon Kindle copy and could not wait to read the rest of the series and check all of your other non-rugby series. In regards to book 10 (Chloe and Kevin) I couldn’t believe you had her mum completely stab her in the back like that. If my parents pulled that on me I definitely wouldn’t be talking to them. I mean what’s in it for Chloe’s mum to do that – is Rich paying her or something? Anyway can’t wait to see what you do with the story.
Thank you! I appreciate it!
LOVE all your books! Just finished the sneak peek of ch 1 & 2, checked out the cover and picture. I thought that I had seen that face before. After some digging through archived books, I found that the face is on Sawyer Bennet’s HAWKE. But he certainly is perfect for your leading man. I am eagerly waiting for the final product. Thank you for writing!
Ha thanks! I didn’t know that.
I want to thank you for being a beautiful talented amazing writer. I LOVE LOVE to infinite your writing and every book so far I read. I was reading the messages everyone had written to you and said mostly everything that I want to say. I had almost read all your books. (Except paradise Idaho which is my next stop). You make me fallen in love with a new country, new people, new sport and sure with love. I cannot put the book down. I can’t wait to go on my break to read , I will be up every night pass 2 am just telling myself one more chapter just another one and I will turn it off but never stop, always one more. Every detail in the book about the island about the culture and about the people and their values are amazingly descirbe in there. I had not knew about rugby but now I feel like I am more than ready to go watch the game . There are lot of things I want to do in my bucket list but to visit most of the island in New Zealand, the caves,the oceans and at least go to one rugby game are on top of my list.
Thank you very much.
Oh thank you! How nice!
Hey just wondering if there’ll ever be a story about Kevin and Chloe
I hope so! I keep wanting to write it. I have to contend with my silly brain that decides which books get written next. Thanks for your patience!
Rosalind, what sites can I purchase your New Zealand books, I mainly use Kobo or Amazon Australia but cannot find them there.
Being a Kiwi I am very keen to read them.
Hi Judith–Amazon Australia has them all! (Not Kobo, though.) The Escape to New Zealand series and the Not Quite a Billionaire series have my NZ heroes.
Here’s Just Stop Me, for example–that’ll link to most of the others as well.
Hello! I just finished your NZ! LOVE,LOVE! I was just wondering if Josie and Hugh will ever have a child? And will there be more NZ books?
Hi Vanessa! I intend to get Josie and Hugh happily settled with their family. I’m planning at least one more NZ book, but not sure when. Well–except that FOUND is absolutely a NZ book! Readers so far have said it’s an Escape to New Zealand all its own. Hope you’ll give it a try!
I am desperately wanting to read FOUND. I am offering my services to critic your book before it hits the stands! I have prepaid for the book and I am anxiously WAITING and watching for the release to perhaps come early!!!!!! August 28 is just too far away!
Oh, dear! This time, life got in my way a bit. I’m going as fast as I can! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the series so far. Thank you for reading!
loved your style of writing in your “Not Quite a Billionaire” series, desperately waiting for the third and final book of the series. please do let me know when can i expect the release of the same. i m dyinggggg for it.
Ha I’m working on it! If you want sneak peeks and to be informed when the books are up for preorder/sale, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. http://www.rosalindjames.com/mail-list
And thanks! I loved hearing that!
I really enjoy your books and have read all of them, but I can’t find Just Say Yes, Kevin and Chloe’s Story. Can you help me find it? I have all your books on my Kindle. Thank you.Nancy
Oh, dear, *hides head*, because I haven’t written it yet! I WANT to, I just can never figure out how it goes! Hope you can bear with me. And thanks for reading.
Loving “Just Stop Me” Laugh out loud funny and sweet too.
I love how you describe the countryside of NZ. Thanks for such great stories. Truly captivating.
So enjoyed the Idaho series too. The “Escape to NZ” series
was the series that hooked me on your writing.
Thanks so much! That was a fun book to write. I always love taking my big tough rugby guys and putting them at a disadvantage. And I loved writing Iain. From the first moment when he loped across the floor of the terminal to meet his mum, all unshaven and grouchy, I knew he was going to be great. And then I wrote Arthur coming around the corner, being grouchy, too, and he just sprang into my head. Sometimes the books really surprise you! That book was one of those.
Hello Rosalind I was just wondering if your New Zealand number 9 book “Just Stop Me” going to come out in audio. I really love the series I have them all on audio.
Hi, Delores! I think so, but not until the end of 2016. My narrator, Claire Bocking, is taking a little break, and JUST STOP ME is a lonnnnngggg book to tackle!
Yes, she does the audio brilliantly, doesn’t she? I confess I love listening to them. She makes me sound better than I am!
This is my first “fan letter” ever! We are a rugby family (both men and women) and one son is currently in NZ as a coach to 24 under 18 girls who will play NZ teams and absorb the culture for 10 days. They are all from the state of Washington here in the US. I have enjoyed your combination of rugby and romance so much, as well as the other series and look forward to each of your releases. Your style of storytelling makes me feel that I truly know the characters by the end of the book. Thank you!
How did I not answer this? That’s great! Thank you so much for the kind words.
Hi, just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed Fierce. Great story line and definitely kept you on the edge. Would love to know if Hemi and Hope’s story continues. Thanks!
Hi Kate–I’m not sure! I’m trying to figure that out right now, now that I’ve finished TAKE ME BACK (Paradise, ID, Book 4). I have a idea for a new story, but I’d also sort of like to continue with those two–they were pretty awesome to write, and you KNOW Hemi’s going to mess up some more.
Would you be interested in reading more about Hemi and Hope? I’d like to know!
i subscribed. how do i get the free book?
Sent you a private message with the code.
For some reason, the way the mailing list service works is that they send the code for the book the next day. I don’t know why–I think it has to do with bending over backwards to make sure people really mean to “opt in” to get emails.
In any case–sent you the code!
I just finished Fierce and loved it. Will there be a Book 2 and if so will it feature Hemi and Hope or will it be about a new couple? Also, hope there is another New Zealand novel coming soon. They are wonderful.
Hi Pat–thanks so much! I had a surprisingly good time writing that book. I can’t wait to write Book 2. It’s my next-up after the Paradise, Idaho Book 4 I’m finishing right now.
As to what it’ll be–I’m not sure! I have to wait until it comes to me. It surprises me as much as it does everybody else. But it should be coming out this summer.
the escape to New Zealand series is just wonderful. I love how it all plays in New Zealand which is so different to my home country Germany. I love how all the books play in EnZed and that they have to do with Rugby, and that even though the settings are somehow the same in each book, the characters and plots are so different. Each one of these books is so entertaining. This might sound cheesy but when I open these books they make me feel like home and they make me forget about any stressful days at the office.
Thanks so much for these wonderful escapes of every day life. Looking forward to reading the other series you have published.
Thank you! That is exactly what I wrote them for–for women like me to have a little escape. I’m so glad they’ve worked that way for you.
I adore your writing and have completely fallen in love with all things Kiwi! Claire Bocking does a fantastic job narrating. I’ve reading FIERCE but I miss hearing the rhythm of a strong NZed male so I looked for it on audible — not there. It appears that Claire has recorded it. Any word on when it will be available? Loved your Kincaid trilogy and am looking forward to reading your Paradise, Idaho series.
Your website is fascinating and fun. Thank you for the glossy of Kiwi slang. I figured out a lot of it and have been exposed to many terms from reading a LOT of romance and mysteries, both historical and contemporary set in Great Britain. Thank you for giving me so many hours of listening and reading pleasure!. Gale Ann
Hi Gale! Thanks for the kind words. Claire is recording FIERCE now, but she’s had to take a break, because she’s doing TURN ME LOOSE, book 3 in the Paradise, Idaho series. Both FIERCE and TURN ME LOOSE will be coming in May!
And–yes. FIERCE is something else again. Claire reads Hemi like–whoosh.
Hello Ms. James! I love the New Zealand series books, they are a wonderful read. I would love to read Just say yes, Kevin and Chloe’ story, but I am unable to find it. I might have missed information you already put out about it, so I was hoping you could give that information to me or point me in the right direction. Thank you for writing such great stories!! Keep them coming!
Oh, dear! I know! I said I would write it, I said it was coming, and then I haven’t. I confess that I just haven’t thought it up yet. And then I get this wacko idea like the dirty pictures, or the runaway bride, and I write that. As soon as I think of a story worthy of the two of them, I’ll write it. (Probably next, I’m thinking–I mean next in that series. Fall?) Lots of readers seem to want that story, and I do love Kevin and WANT to write it.
Aha, yes, I had the same question! Thanks for filling us in, and I will wait (as patiently as I can) for it to be available.
I just finished your latest rugby book and enjoyed it. I have an idea for the next book in your series. I played women’s rugby in college but I’m not sure if that happens in NZ. I would like to see a female rugger go head-to-head with a male rugger. She’s headstrong and tough, playing a “man’s game”. He is the first man to actually make her feel feminine and cherished instead of being intimidated by her. I think it could work.
Hi Rosalind – just wanted to say how much I enjoy your books, have just finished Fierce, a really good read,in fact I’ve read most of your books. Have to say you are one of my favourite authors can’t wait for the next one. Have a great Christmas .
Thank you! FIERCE was so different to write, but it sure was fun to do. I can’t wait to write the second one in that series.
I’m enjoying FIERCE and know I’ll be waiting for the second one in your “Not Quite a Billionaire” series. HOT!
I love all your books. While reading Hold Me Close I preordered Escape from New Zealnd book 9 and also the book about Rochelles story. Can`t wait to read them.
I would like to read the books in German too. I searched for them in Amazon and found the first and the third book. Please, I want to know what happend to Kate and Koti? Why is the book missing?
Hi, Karin, and thanks! It’s a funny story, actually. Amazon Crossing published the German versions of Book 1 and Book 3. However, they wanted to skip Book 2, because they were unsure that the story would do well in the German market. I’m not sure entirely why; I think it was the sex. I think they are going to publish it now, though (they’ve indicated interest). If you’d like to see it in German, perhaps you’d use the “Contact Us” button on your Amazon storefront and suggest to them that you’d really like to read it. That might help! Thanks again.
I just finished a tour of New Zealand with Sharron Hickman. She was “over the top wonderful.” You will really enjoy her common tree (commentary) along the way. She mentioned your name, your books and I have picked up a couple for this holiday season to enjoy by the fire. Perhaps I’ll see you on the second annual Rugby and Romance tour. Enjoy!
Hi Tara! Wow, that’s great. I’ve met Sharron, and she’s really something, isn’t she? She knows everyone, and is so energetic! I’m sure she’s going to do a fantastic tour.
Thanks for the wonderful Escape to New Zealnd series. Do you have any more of them coming of them coming out? I have now read them all and reread the first four. Also read and enjoyed the Kincaid series. I watched the World Cup Final and became a rugby fan. I follow a number of bloggers including a couple from Australia and would love to find some from New Zealand. Do you or any of your readers know of any you can recommend? I especially love blogs about farm and family and cooking.
Hi, Norma! Thanks for the kind words. I do have a new book coming out Jan. 4, JUST STOP ME. I also have one in my new Paradise, Idaho series coming out Dec. 8 that is the best thing I’ve ever written, called HOLD ME CLOSE. I hope you’ll give both a try!
The best way to keep up on what’s coming out is to sign up for my newsletter, at http://www.rosalindjames.com/mail-list. I sometimes have special deals on books, and I do great giveaways and so forth (I’ve got two wonderful ones coming out for the next 2 books–gift baskets of gorgeous New Zealand things. And I share upcoming chapters of new books and so forth, so you can get an idea of what’s next.
There’s a blog called “The Rugby Pantry,” I know, by Amber Vito and Daisy Dagg, two of the All Blacks’ wives. I think they do all sorts of delicious New Zealand cooking and share techniques and recipes there. I’m not sure about farm and family blogs, but you could post on my author facebook page (Rosalind James Books) and ask, and I’ll bet one of my readers would answer you. They often keep up with that sort of thing better than I do!
I love your books but notice you no longer seem to be publishing e-books on Barnes & Noble for NOOK. I have a NOOK e-reader and would love to be able to purchase your books to read on my NOOK. Is there some reason you are no longer available on NOOK?
It was a decision I made, largely because I’m also published by Montlake Romance, which is Amazon-exclusive, so I get a lot of marketing from Amazon. But there IS an app where you can read Kindle books on a Nook. It is this one:
There is more information here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/751163-anyone-know-how-to-read-amazon-downloaded-books-on-the-nook?page=2
I hope that helps! And I’m sorry; I know that’s tricky for people when authors switch back and forth. It’s a business decision that allows me to keep writing for a living, though, so I had to make it…
I am so disappointed! When is Kevin going to find love? He’s one of the really nice guys, and the poor man seems destined to be alone. I thought he would end up with Chloe in Just Not Mine, but Will looks like he is going to hook up with her. Any chance there will be another book for him?
I keep wanting to write this book, but I haven’t thought up a good enough story for them yet! Unfortunately, the ideas seem to come magically, and I can’t always make them happen the way I want. Sometime, that story will get here, I’m pretty sure, and I’ll be able to write it. I love both of them and would like to do it.
Thanks for asking–
I have read the New Zealand Series and enjoyed the stories. On Saturday October 24, 201 5 I was surfing and found the last ten minutes of the World Rugby Semi Finals from London, England. I had never watch a rugby games and immediately became a fan of The All Black team THANK YOU . The final is on Saturday National TV if you want to watch. Reading Romance stories you not only get the romance, sex and feeling of the characters and new knowledge of location and sports.. I am hooked on Rugby
Hello – So, one evening, after finishing my latest post-apocolyptic morality tales, I started searching for something a little lighter, sweeter, and maybe even a little steamy. I absolutely found it! I discovered your Escape to New Zealand series and just finished book 8, which happens to be my favorite. I just wanted to tell you how much a loved these books. They have EVERYTHING! You have written the most realistic characters I’ve ever read. I feel like I know these people and could be friends with them. I’ve even started following the All Blacks and have been keeping up on the Rugby World Cup. Thank you for introducing me to a world I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. I’ve written a review or two on Amazon, but I’ll be sure to go out and review more!
That is so wonderful to hear! Thank you! And I greatly appreciate the honest reviews, too. Reviews help a lot. I loved hearing that Book 8 was your favorite! I had so much fun writing that one.
Just finished Carry me home great story. Loved the characters and the story kept me guessing who was attacking the women. I really enjoyed it.
Thank you! I do like writing mysteries–that’s been a very fun adventure.
I remember using a well read Natl Geo and the World Book Encyclopedia to write a report on New Zealand many decades ago. The interest in the country never left me and I have always gravitated toward articles about Maori culture, New Zealand cities, parks, business and people. Then you came along and brought everything I’d read from pseudo sepia into technicolor. People walked and talked surrounded by all the places I’ve dreamed of discovering myself. I can’t thank you enough. I’ve been fortunate to live both inside and outside the US for work, but now one of my “live there for 6 months” goals has risen to the top, and that is New Zealand.
We’re moving from DC to Moby Dick land (New Bedford) MA as my husband wants to return home after a 30 year absence. I think our mover was chosen based on my initial phone call. After the protracted hellos, I asked him who he favored, the Blues, Hurricanes, Crusaders, etc, and what did he think about AB chances. He was one stunned Hurricane supporter, who, of course, has faith to the nth degree in the AB and wondered why I didn’t think he was from Australia!
So thanks for the stories that have helped me to discover another layer of NZ in preparation for actual landing and for helping us chose our moving company – being able to speak a little bit of footie goes a long way. (I’m currently reading my first RJ book set in Idaho – I’ve spent time there, but now I want to go back- thank you for all your good words – and your wonderful website – may any writer’s block be easily overcome.)
Also hope your Amazon Kindle Daily Deal goes well, have faith and don’t refresh too often.
I have to laugh about your moving company! That’s wonderful. Thank you so much.
When will Choe and Kevin’s story be released? Just Say Yes, right?
Hi, Aileen! I’m going to be writing New Zealand books once I’m in New Zealand again (very soon! 10 days and counting.) Expect new things later this fall!
I’d love to be more specific, but right now I’m in the middle of Rochelle’s story in the Paradise, Idaho series, TURN ME LOOSE….got to finish that one first! Thanks for asking.
Just read the first book in your New Zealand series. I really enjoyed it and wanted to continue with the series. However, none of your other books are available digitally @ Barnes and Noble. Will they be available?
Hi, Stephanie. Right now, the books are only on Amazon. However, you can read them with any device (phones, etc.)–anything except a Nook, unfortunately. Thank you for telling me you enjoyed the book.
Will New Zealandbooks 7 & 8 be available through audible?
Absolutely! My narrator, Claire Bocking, is on maternity leave. Look for Book 7 (JUST ONCE MORE) sometime in October, and Book 8 (JUST IN TIME) probably early January?? And then…FIERCE! Can’t wait for that one.
Oh good I’ve read all the rest. I can’t wait for the other two. Audible is easier for me. I like to listen in the car and in the evenings as I am winding down.
Just wondering when you will have more books on ibooks. thanks. hd
For now, they’re all in Amazon, because that’s where they do the best, and I really, really want to go to New Zealand and write another book! But you can read Kindle books on almost any device using the Kindle apps, and the app is very easy to install and use. You can also join Kindle Unlimited for only $9.99/month and borrow all my books (plus a whole lot of others) for that price if you wish, including free narration on Carry Me Home. I hope you’ll give it a try. Here’s the link to KU if you’re interested: https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b?_encoding=UTF8&ie=UTF8&node=9578129011&pfShowFeatures=&ref_=kbhp_nb_ku
I am so disappointed that you have snubbed your ibook fans. I guess I will just have to wait until you open back up to the rest of the electronic media world. My loss. I really enjoyed your books.
Hi Lynette–Oh, dear, I’m sorry you feel that way, but I guess I can understand it.
The thing is–I was looking at the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to go back to New Zealand so I could write the next NZ book. When I started this thing–after I wrote my first NZ book while I was living there, a friend there asked me, “If you make money at this, what will you do?” And I said, without having to think about it, “I’ll be able to come back here.” I did that for two years, thanks mostly to the wonders of KDP (Amazon’s self-publishing). And then I left that exclusive program, and I struggled to get traction. And I know, people say it takes a while to build an audience on the other sites. But I don’t know if I have a while. This is a Rugby World Cup year, and I desperately wanted to be in New Zealand while the All Blacks worked to defend their title, and to get inspired by that. So…I made the tough choice. Meanwhile, the books ARE available on Amazon, and I do hope that some readers at least will choose to go onto the Amazon site to get them. (The Kindle apps work on all devices except the Nook and Kobo dedicated ereaders, I believe.)
Rosalind – When I look at Amazon for your books, the only electronic media available in Kindle. Please consider coming back to iBooks.
I have read the first 8 books of the New Zealand series and am unable to purchase the last two books on iBooks. Is there a time when these will become available or are they exclusively on Amazon?
Unfortunately, they’re now exclusively on Amazon. The good news is that they’re in Kindle Unlimited, which is only $9.99/month for a subscription. And you could just sign up for one month & read my books, then cancel, if you wanted to. Two of my books would be a break-even! But there are lots of great novels in KU as well, including my other 3 series.
Thanks for reading!
I just started reading Escape to NewZealand series on my nook. Read first 4 and book 0.5 in a matter of days. I read book 4 and went to down load books 5 and 6 and was unable to do so from the nook store. Why is this? I am dying to finish the series. Thanks
Hi Lisa–Oh, dear. I put them up on KDP Select (Amazon exclusive) day before yesterday. I don’t have many Nook readers and so many more Amazon ones, so it was an easy decision except for things like this! I will say, though, that Amazon offers easy-to-use Kindle apps that work for most devices except the Nook device itself–any phone, iPad, or other tablet. You do not have to have a Kindle to read on Amazon, if that helps. But I’m sorry.
HI! I just got done reading “welcome to paradise” and i loved it. I was able to get it on my nook (barnes and noble ereader) but when i went to try and get the rest of the kincaid books i wasn’t able to find it for ebook just paperback. I was hoping you could tell me when the others will be available for ebook on barnes and noble. I would really love to read the other books on my nook. Definetly gonna have to check out your other books.
Hi Amber–That series is now Amazon-exclusive. You can read it (and my new Paradise, Idaho book) on any phone or tablet using a Kindle app, but alas not on a Nook. The New Zealand series, however, is on Nook! Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed Welcome to Paradise!
Hi Rosalind, I’ve just finished reading ‘Just For Fun’ and I really enjoyed it. So good to have a heroine that is strong in her own way. I love that she likes pink, knits and cries sometimes. I get so tired of having the Hollywood-type of heroines pushed on us as the ideal way to be a strong female – this idea that we have to be relentlessly tough and sassy and fit in order to keep a man’s attention. I loved Emma as a character – she seemed like the kind of lady that would be great to have as a friend.
Oh, thank you! You know, I actually think that’s kind of anti-woman, if you can’t be a sweet, feminine person without being labeled “weak.” Like the only “correct” way to be a woman is to be all tough and feisty and combative. Emma stands up for herself and her son (and for Nic, too), and Nic’s in no doubt at all that she’s strong and brave. Bottom line, I guess: Just as I like writing women with all different body types, because women aren’t the same, I like writing heroines with all different personalities, too. Yes, some are tough and feisty, and some are soft and more traditionally feminine, like Jenna and Emma. But to me, all my heroines are strong, because they all get through what they have to, do what needs to be done, and don’t let themselves get pushed around forever. Some of them may take a while to get there in that department, but don’t we all?
Could you send me the email dated 6/3/15 that has the 1-5 chapters of over you. I cannot access this on my work email and I so want to read it. Thanks.
On your site with Rugby videos of the “lads” ABs, the neighborhood visit/door knock has been removed and now says Private. As is a video of Richie at school that made papier mache likeness of him. Private. Are we going to lose all things richie? Seems there has almost been a shut down on Richie info, even at Crusader site. We had he and Gemma at Steinlager awards and Halbergs. Few Gemma releases after that then very little. Realize he wants to down play retirement but will we have nothing of “Sir” after 2015? He deserves that for all he’s given………but.
Goodness, thanks for letting me know–I’ve taken down the neighborhood visit post. I don’t know what’s going on, whether it’s by his wish (I do know that he’s a very private person in a very public position) or a decision by NZ rugby. I guess I’ll have to enjoy watching him play for this final year and content myself with that!
I read several books every week and I have to tell you that your “Escape to New Zealand” series is, by far, the best series I’ve ever read. I found the series in March 2014 and just started reading the series again for the third time!
Have always wanted to go to New Zealand – won’t ever get to do that, so “Escape to New Zealand” is the next best thing!!
Very happy to see that Kevin will get his book!!! I’m looking forward to your new Idaho series (partly because I live in Idaho!)
Wow, that is a wonderful compliment. Thank you!
I’m from Idaho, too, so writing the “Paradise” series has been just terrific fun. I think you’ll find it has a definite Idaho feel to it. The funny thing is that my assistant Mary is also from Idaho! (Boise). It just happened that way, or maybe we’re all drawn to that same thing. I know that the first time I went to New Zealand, it reminded me forcibly of Idaho as it was when I grew up (except with better coffee and more ocean). The same “feel” to the country and the people.
Thank you so much for writing and letting me know you enjoyed the books. I appreciate you.
I just finished reading your book Just This Once…. I throughly enjoyed this story. I look forward to reading many of your books…. At the end of the story I was asked to sign up for your mailing list and I would receive a free copy of Just For You… I followed all directions and have not received my free copy… I am so very disappointed!!! I read this book on my Nook. My Barnes and noble email is denlauraplus4 [at] gmail [dot] comand followed your requests under both emails….
Hi, Laura. Very glad you enjoyed the book!
The email program doesn’t send the coupon for a day. Don’t ask me why! There’s unfortunately no way around it. I doublechecked, and you ARE in the queue, so you’ll be getting your coupon for the book (should be tomorrow). Sorry for the delay. I don’t know why they do it that way!
Thoroughly enjoyed Welcome to Paradise. I do have a question. How did the Carter Shield’s cabin from Cades’ Cove in the Smoky Mountains end up on the cover?
LOL. Best stock photo of a log cabin in the woods we could find. (The photo is available for purchase on Dreamstime.com.)
Thanks, but, I have numerous pictures of that cabin that I shot myself.
Left you a note on Soundcloud/Richie Mccaw. Search for Richie. Interview is Richie rides a Taxi. Last five minutes more personal.
Thanks! I will listen! Ooh, how interesting!
Do you have or follow Soundcloud? Interesting audio interview with Richie Mccaw. All good but last 3-4 minutes talk about his every day life in his neighborhood. Thought you’d enjoy.
Marking my calendar for your latest releases. Busy times in May and June. Thank you. Kia Kaha.
Fell in love with rugby and New Zealand after the first book, read all of them several times, surely Kevin deserves his own story told? Please? I need more, just wonderful! Thanks
Thanks, Maria! Kevin’s up next, I promise. But on May 1, you can read JUST IN TIME, which is Will’s story. Kevin will come out in August, I think. First, I have to finish HOLD ME CLOSE, in my Idaho series. Then it’s on to Kevin!
Will Just in Time only be released ob the box set or will it also be released independently?
It will be released on its own on July 1, Alyssa. It spends its first two months in the box, though!
I am so sad right now because I just finished listening to Just My Luck on Audible & realized that Just Not Mine won’t be available for another 13 days! Never really thought I would like hearing books but I really enjoyed these! Thank you for writing about men & women with faults and strengths. And for introducing me to rugby and En Zed!
What a great note! Thank you! Coming soon. I think you’ll like Just Not Mine a lot. I sure enjoyed listening to Claire’s performance. She got me laughing and crying.
Claire is a real fine for these books. I wish her & you the best for the Audie award – it would be well deserved. Also looking forward to hearing Welcome to Paradise. I’ve already read them all and also eagerly awaiting 5/1 too
Aw, see, how nice is that?
We won’t win the Audie, I’m sure; we’re such a dark horse you can barely see us. But it’s such a thrill and honor to be nominated.
And I’m glad you’re eagerly awaiting 5/1! I do think readers will enjoy Just in Time. It was one of those books that my betas told me they read straight through. Super fun book to write. The one I’m writing now, by contrast, is…weepfest. It’s funny how they alternate. But it’d be boring to write the same thing over and over, so that’s just fine.
Well that’s life – always a surprise when you turn the next page. As long as they have happy endings
Hi Rosalind – I’ve just finished reading “Welcome to Paradise” & I just enjoyed it so much! You weren’t familiar to me but because of Kindle Unlimited(KU), the ratings & some of those reviews & the intriguing description of it, I thought I’d give it a shot. You write a wonderful story, starting with the 1885 reality show, an interesting mix of characters & clearly, an amazing way with words. I was caught up in the story from Gabe’s 1st real look at Mira & the Alpenglow straight on to the very last moment. It was 5 star all the way for me & as a result, I probably won’t slow down until I’ve read everything you’ve written so far! I’m off to start on “Nothing Personal” now.
What a wonderful thing to say! Thank you so much. I enjoyed writing that book so much. I’m going to have to figure out how to do something else that fun really soon. And Alec’s story was one of my two favorite books to write, so I hope you enjoy it, too. (It’s different–but then, so is Alec.)
Well! How about that! It’s 4:11a.m. in Ventura county & I had sworn I wouldn’t do this- but I made the mistake of starting “Nothing Personal” & it seems that once I start reading one of your books, I just can’t stop until I reach the end. You are amazing, I know I said that before & I hate to repeat myself but it’s so true! Just like with “Welcome to Paradise”, you caught my interest early on with snack shack girl & never lost it for a moment. I’m looking forward to book3 a little later on, maybe after a few hours sleep. I did leave a review on Amazon for “Welcome to Paradise” & I’ll leave one for “Nothing Personal” later today. Anyway, thanks for being such a great writer !
Well, I’m sorry about the lost sleep, but thank you so much for telling me you enjoyed it! I’m so glad.
(It won’t let me reply to your post below for some reason)–No worries, you NEVER have to feel bad about telling me you enjoyed a book! Thank you! Your words meant a lot to me. Asking for Trouble is actually the book I’m proudest to have written. It wasn’t easy to write, and I felt like I had really done something when I finished, somehow. I’m so happy that you felt that way, too. Oh–and thank you so very much for reviewing! Reviews are the best gift you can give an author. They help a lot.
I’m backkk!!!! I’m starting to feel like a stalker here & I promise I’m going to stop now & just get on with reading the rest & posting reviews on Amazon. I just have to say as much as I loved the last 2 books, I think “Asking for Trouble” is my favorite. Alyssa & Joe became something so beautiful together & yet so did Gabe & Mira & Alec & Rae(2 many &’s I know). I guess it all goes back to the gift you have of making your characters & events truly resonate with people. I read 6-10 books a week or more, I really like series but I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed reading all 3 or more in a series as much.as these.
When will Just Once More be available on iBooks for Apple products? Loved all the New Zealand books and stories. I also wanted to see if you plan to write a book about Chloe and Will or Kevvie? Thanks so much for the wonderful stories!
Hi, Lisa! Just Once More will be up on ITunes (and everywhere else) right around March 1. Thanks for asking! And yes, I’m writing Will’s story right this minute. It’s the full novel I’ll be including in Brenda Novak’s “Sweet Talk” boxed set, which is now available on all retailers, including iTunes. (Also includes novellas or novels by Melody Anne, Brenda Novak, Melissa Foster, Sherryl Woods, and oh, so many other wonderful authors.) And yes, I do plan to write Kevin’s story too. Too many books, too little time, because I’m also busy with my new Paradise Idaho series for Montlake.
Thank you so much for telling me that you enjoyed the books. I appreciate it!
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Haha, that’s great! I love it!
I’ve just finished reading “Just Once More”. It was like a wonderful reunion with a family I’d grown to love and lost. Thank you for taking the time to do such great research to gather the information on New Zealand and Rugby to make such enjoyable reading. That also applies to your Kincaid’s series. I am looking forward to reading more of your work in the years to come.
My goodness, thank you! I appreciate that. It was a fun book for me to write, too–I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
I wanted to tell you how much I loved your Escape to New Zealand books and how I decided to see the country for myself! I decided to save up money and my vacation to get a glimpse of Australia and New Zealand and I did just that after my 21 + hour flights! I enjoyed learning about New Zealand and the Maori people. I felt ahead of some people by already knowing some information that I read in your books. I went to Tamaki Maori Village and learned more about this culture. I made a video during the Haka ritual that I would like to share with you. Not sure how to go about that though. Looking forward on continuing to reading your books.
Anna, I’d love to see your video! Can you send it to me at rosalind [at] rosalindjames [dot] com? I’d love to share it on the website! And I’m so glad you had a good time on your trip. Both countries are wonderful, aren’t they?
First of all, I have enjoyed your books so much! Thank you for writing them. The characters are so well vetted that I sometimes found myself wanting to Google them. Secondly, I would like to know where you did your research on the culture, the landscape, etc. I want to know more about NZ (I want to move there!) but it’s hard to learn things as detailed as what you included from the research I have done. Lastly, are the Escape books over? I hope not
Thank you, Tiffany! The answer is, I lived in NZ for about a year and a half, and I’ve visited almost every place I’ve written about. I find I can’t write about things I don’t know–same is true of my U.S. books.
I’m writing a NZ book right now, as it happens! For Brenda Novak’s SWEET TALK box set for diabetes research, coming out May 1 and available for pre-order now! The book will be in the set for two months, and then out on its own on July 1. I think there are two more NZ books coming up. That’s what my brain says, anyway!
Many thanks for the kind words.
A big thank you for your excellent blog post about writing blurbs. I’ve been struggling with one for a while even after referring to multiple resources, and then I remembered your post from a while back. Writing my blurb really flowed after that and I really like the sound of it now. Thank you very much! Your honest, useful posts make you a virtual mentor and role model for new authors.
You’re so welcome, Nadine! This is a tricky business to figure out–heaven knows I haven’t done it yet. Every little bit helps, I figure.
Wanted to share my latest post on my Blog – I’D RATHER BE IN NEW ZEALAND – with you!
You and the books got a mention!!
I shared on my Facebook page! Love it! Thank you so much for sharing the link. (And I’d rather be in New Zealand too!)
Ah that would explain the large number of views from US., thanks so much for mentioning the blog.
Lots more posts in the pipeline.
11-23-14. Check Facebook.com/ Rugby Rampage. for a beautiful photo of McCaw parents and Gemma Flynn at 100th game.
Thank you! She’s such a pretty girl. It’s really sweet.
Please consider joining this author to author review group. (see website I noted) If you’re interested in getting your books into more hands and are willing to help other authors write better, you’ll probably like this. Oh, yes, no money involved – though you can earn points.
I’m a huge fan of your work and have read the entire NZ series several times even when I was on deadline to finish my own book for publication. Your books are an absolute joy, fun to read, rich in storyline, wonderful loveable characters and you’ve converted me and a girlfriend into Rugby fans. We have this ongoing debate about which All Blacks player inspired Drew and Nate … Richie and Dan? LOL!
Going to Australia & NZ has been on my bucket list for some time and my fascination with the Maori culture wasn’t going to be satiated till I actually went to NZ. Last month, the stars aligned for us and through a business trip, we went to Aus and NZ (from NYC). We referenced your books for things to do in NZ from Rotorua (thanks Hanna and Drew) to the glow worm caves (Koti and Kate) to ordering a flat white everywhere we went (thanks Ally).
My book A Leap In Time did get published with a release date of Nov 12 (a few days ago). I’m over the moon and still can’t believe that this working Mom of two toddlers achieved her childhood dream of becoming a published author.
I would be honored if you read my book and I would love nothing more than to send you a copy. I appreciate how busy you must be so I completely understand if you can’t. Regardless, you’re still one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait for the next book to come out. We’re actually waiting with baited breath.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
All my best,
engy_neville [at] yahoo [dot] com
I wish I could say yes, but I’ve become a terrible reader ever since I started to write. Seems I only have room in my head for one book at a time, and I find I can’t read romance at all–I’m too afraid of being influenced. But I do wish you every success with A LEAP IN TIME. I love the idea of time travel to ancient Pompeii–what a different locale! And I’m glad you had a good time in NZ (and went to the caves!).
Thank you so much for your response Rosalind!
And more importantly, thank you for the awesome escape to New Zealand
Looking forward to your next book.
Hi Rosalind, I have to say I love your New Zealand series. I was wondering when you plan on having the audio version for Just my luck? I enjoy listening to your books as I drive to and from work. I listen to your books I feel like I am in New Zealand. This may sound odd, but your audio books have helped me to escape as I am dealing with some difficult situations. I have learned so much about the culture and rugby! Who would have thought…I might actually be converted into a rugby fan! please keep brining these amazing books to us in audio.
Thanks so much. “Just My Luck” will go up for pre-order around mid-Dec.? And I’m so glad to hear the books have been a bit of an escape for you. I know that’s what they are for me. Best, Rosalind
Only THREE steamy scenes in Just Once More?! Noooooo, I want more!
Anyhow, I just want to say that I’ve read ALL of your books MULTIPLE times and I don’t think I can wait for December to roll around to read more about my favorite rugby players and their even better partners!
Also, I have a really soft spot for Alec Kincaid. I’m just saying. You’re wonderful and I’m so happy to have randomly stumbled across your work on Amazon one day!!
LOL, there are always three scenes in them, Nicole! (Well, except “Just Good Friends.” I did get a little carried away with that one.) Thank you! I love to hear that you’ve enjoyed the books. And I loved “Nothing Personal” (and Alec). One of my very favorite books to write–so thank you!
Have all your books including audios. Love them all. Have re-read most. I do have a question. JUST FOR FUN was released Oct 8. Snapped it up right away for 24.95. You are worth it. But now if I have purchased the book which I have, you’re saying it offered for 3 .47. How can I prevent this next. Can’t keep doing the higher price, but I want/need your books. Can you explain? Help. Enjoy CHICAGO.
Believe me, Audible’s pricing totally frustrates me–and I have no, zero control over it. “Just for Now” has still not been WhisperSynced after 3 months–you still have to use a credit or pay full price. Same for my other books–took months. But they put “Just for Fun” out and immediately WhisperSynced it. I’ve asked for “Just for Now” to be WhisperSynced several times; no action yet.
I wish I knew what to tell you. You can wait always wait and know that e-ven-tu-ally, the book will probably be WhisperSynced, and you can buy it for a couple dollars if you own the Kindle version. But they don’t tell me, and I never know until it happens.
I’m sorry, though! And THANK YOU so much for buying them.
Update: I had my Hannah moment and I’m here! http://wanderlustaddictedchick.com/2014/10/08/just-this-once-im-terrified-but-happy/
I keep looking for the characters in the book and then I remember….oh yeah….fiction. *sigh*
Wonderful! I loved your post!
I know you probably getting tried people asking about Just For Fun what’s happing with it. I keep looking on audible for the audio book but it’d still just the first three. I’m so excited to hear the next one it’s hard waits for it. Any updates on it. Thanks for your patience
I JUST heard, Delores! Just a half-hour ago!
The pre-order will be up by early next week at the latest. (I know, seems like forever! To me, too.)
I just got the release date. November 11. That REALLY seems like forever, but they’re doing something special with it, they said, and that’s wonderful, so I guess we wait impatiently!
I so appreciate your hanging in there with me. The good news is that “Just My Luck” is coming along much more quickly. Phew.
Wow that’s the day of my surgery so I’ll still have to wait just a little longer well something to look forward to thanks for letting me know.
It’s actually up now! Go figure–they were supposed to put it up for pre-order, and instead–it’s live!
I tired to follow rhe link to sign up for the magetan bookmark i couldnt get it to work i love yourbooks an have a group of friends hooked on them is there anyotherway to receive them
You have to replace the [dot] with an actual period, and the [at] with an at sign. (It’s because of spam, unfortunately.)
I have always been fascinated with NZ. I love all things Neil Finn and have fantasies stalking him while drinking Sauvignon Blanc all over the Country. (I am joking, but there is no better SB than from NZ or no greater love song than Message to my Girl, IMO. )
I don’t even remember how I happened on to your books, but I downloaded them all without ever reading one. I plowed through them in a few weeks, and am now in the process of re – reading my favorites. Drew and Hannah’s story is my favorite of the series. I have another book set at the glossary and I even downloaded a NZ tour book. I am sounding more like a wacko as I go on, eh??
I have tried to watch Rugby, but so far I couldn’t get in to it. (Maybe because they weren’t NZ teams? 😉 I did watch a haka on you tube and I completely enjoyed that.
That being said, do you plan on continuing with the boys?? I would love to see Chloe and Kevin get together. I wish we had more of the story of Kristen and Liam. Loved them.
Do you have a list of characters with a family tree so to speak to put them all in a nut shell? For ex, Hannah and Drew have Jack but she’s left pg in the last story, what happens? ?
Anyway, great job! The stories are interesting, well written, and your attention to the details of rugby and NZ are impressive.
I look forward to reading your other books.
Best of luck,
Thank you! Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorites, too. You aren’t sounding wacko at all, but I might be a little biased.
There’s another NZ book coming out on December 1 (Just Once More), which is partly a “reunion” book, a chance to catch up with all the characters, but mostly a story about Drew and Hannah that I hope people will enjoy as much as I loved writing it. And I did have to do a major list of characters with ages to write it. I intended just to write the one book when I started. Then I wrote two. Then three, and … I can’t seem to help myself. I keep thinking of new stories to tell in that series. I guess I’ll write them as long as I have something I really want to write, and as long as people want to read them! While writing other books and series as well, because I love to do new things.
Then, in June–Kevin’s story! Can’t wait to write that one. Finishing my romantic suspense book for Montlake first, though (my brand new “Paradise, Idaho” series.)
Rosalind, have you seen the latest of your characters sadly come to life. Aaron Cruden drunk and not on plane for Pumas and Boks. Suspended two games end of Rugby Championship. Will it be forgiven,another Zac Gilford or an embarrassment like Aaron Smith selfie. So sad. Hope it doesn’t ruin his future as AB.
Oh, I know. I don’t think it’ll ruin his future, though he’s got to be sweating, watching Beauden Barrett do his best to take his spot. A good wake-up call for everybody, I think, most especially Aaron.
I love your books. I love the covers on your books. I love the characters in your books. I love New Zealand!! If this series was out when I was in my 20’s (maybe even 30’s) I would have been on the first plane for New Zealand looking to meet a hunky rugby player. I’ve read every one of the Escape to New Zealand series-more than once. I’m working on some writing on my own as well as with a co-writer, which is the vampire series in the website. I hope I can some day capture fans like you do. Thank you!
Wow, thank you! They’re pretty good-looking. It’s a good thing I’m not in my 20’s myself.
Good luck with your own series!
I was so happy to see book 3 of escape to new zealand was listes in iTunes, as your books has not been released in norway. It has been a pleasure to listen too and I hope the following books will be listed there too soon:)
Thank you! How lovely to think that you’re listening in Norway! “Just for Fun” is almost done, and WOW, is it a good performance! I think it’s Claire’s best yet. It should be available within a few weeks. And then “Just My Luck” will follow much more quickly–within a couple months after that, by December I hope!
I found your books on my kindle and I have read all the Escape to New Zealand series and I just finished reading the first in the Kincaid series. So, here I am happily reading Nothing Personal and I see CHICO, CA. WTH! I grow up there, I know the places you are talking about! How did you pick Chico?
The funny thing is that I spent a year living in New Zealand when I was 11 and I could picture where you were talking about there too. Although we lived on the South Island near Christchurch before the earthquake.
What a strange world. I love your books. Thank you.
That’s funny, Georgia! I picked Chico because it seemed like someplace a Presbyterian minister might get moved around to. (I happen to know a Presbyterian minister.) I made some trips there to make sure I got things more-or-less right. It’s a really pretty city. But how funny that you lived both there and in New Zealand! Thanks for the great compliment about the books–much appreciated!
I loved the “Escape to New Zealand” series. I love your writing style, the people and the conversations seem very real. I zoomed through the series, and was sorry to get to the last one! So, two things have come of reading this: I want to visit En Zed, and I plan on learning more about rugby! Thanks for some great reading!
Your Escape to New Zealand series is a true reading escape for me. Or as my husband likes to call it, eye candy. I recently, to my surprise, found out that my uncle (by marriage) is also the uncle to Dan Carter of The All Blacks. How cool is that?! So reading your series about these handsome and charming All Blacks players has a new and special meaning to me. Now, could you write a romantic series that takes place in Hawaii? I’m sure you could convince your husband to move here so you could do some “research.”
Thank you! So sorry I’m so tardy about responding–I get behind sometimes. And LOL about the eye candy! Dan Carter, wow–that’s some SERIOUS eye candy. And yes, Hawaii sounds like some pretty fun research …
I am moving on to book 4 and am truly loving the series. I especially love the recipes! They have all been wonderful, but I think Finn and Jenna’s story touched me the most… thus far. I love how you incorporate previous characters as the series goes on. Nicely done. Thank you, Rosalind.
Erika is my sister’s name! Love that name. Thank you–I loved writing Finn and Jenna’s story myself. I’m glad you liked the recipes, too! My family would be happier if I made some of them sometimes, but I tend to get into a book and sort of forget to cook … Oh, well.
Rosalind I’m about finish with Just Not Mine very good book but I got the feeling there will be another book for Kevin and Chloe they kind of click in the restaurant just my feeling anyway hope there will be more of the series . Thanks again love your books when you read them or listen it makes you feel your right there with them. Love reading books when you feel apart of it. Keep up the good work
Kevin might be coming up! Yes, he might! I keep feeling like I need to write his story. Thank you so much!
I am enamored by the “Escape to New Zealand” series. You presently only have 3 of the 6 in audio format. Any chance we can get the remainder of the series?
Of course, we need Claire Bocking to narrate! She did such a fabulous job on the first 3 that no other narrator would be able to duplicate the cast of characters and that unique NZed accent, as she has done!!
We’re working on them, Deb! I just finished proofing “Just for Fun,” and I’m hoping it’ll be available in early September, and up for pre-order in mid-August. Then it’s on to “Just My Luck”! We’re going faster, now–I hope to have a book up every 6 weeks or so from now on, but we’ll have to see how we do.
The good news is that Claire is signed for not just these, but the Kincaids books as well–because she’s the best! I totally agree. Wait till you hear “Just for Fun!”
Thank you so much for inspiring me to pursue my dreams. I owe it all to you and Hannah 😉
I might not succeed but just this once I’ll pursue my dreams.
OH my goodness, Christina. Your post gave me chills. I am so proud of you! I can’t tell you how risky it felt to start writing a book, two and a half years ago. And then to actually publish three of them–I was terrified. But I did it. I figured, if they fell with a thud, at least I DID IT. I wrote BOOKS. I tried. All any of us can do is try.
I am so excited for your adventure. Thank you for sharing your story.
Wow….I never actually counted on a reply-Hi!
I don’t know what Im doing….and thats terrifying and exciting at the same time. I don’t know anyone in New Zealand, never been before or even have a job offer ready. I leave everything safe and comfortable behind….but every time I consider canceling my plane tickets and just continue on with my life as it is, I get upset with myself. I really need a change in my life and Hannah, though a fictional character, is such an inspiration…if she can start over in En Zed, so can I – I hope!
I just really need you to know that you do what very few authors manage to do through their books- you inspire people with your stories. To overcome one’s past/background and go for your dreams – the most terrifying and excited thing to do in the entire world. So thank you for words, stories and inspiration. It may be a game changer for me.
Oh, I always answer–especially if you flatter me like that!
Seriously, thank you so much, and I completely understand how frightening it feels to take this kind of major risk–but how necessary, too. Please keep me posted on how it goes.
IRELAND women won against NZ in opening Womens RWC. Never sent men do do a woman’s job. Seems an Ill wind is hovering over NZ RUGBY. Lost in super rugby, black stinks men didn’t medal in Glasgow, women took bronze and Seven lost for first time. As the AllBlacks play for the Bledisloe Cup in nine days. Go Mighty ALLBLACKS. (17 wins zero loses).
I nearly posted this question to you on facebook but decided it was better to do on email in case you wanted to be more discrete. (and that is, if you feel like answering at all! No problem if you can’t).
The budding indie author in me wonders…now that “Just Not Mine” has been out for a little while, can you say whether you are pleased with your decision to price it as you did? Is it performing as you hoped? I know that you experiment a lot and I’m hoping to learn from you. As a reader and a big fan of your books, I’d say it was worth every penny since you are a proven writer with stories I really enjoy, but I know it’s a tough market out there.
Thank you and best wishes for continued success,
Sorry for the delay in answering, Nadine! I was pretty immersed in “Just for You.”
I actually just changed most of my prices to $4.99. (Cue huge gulp.) With the advent of KU, readers have a number of ways to get my books for less: Kindle Unlimited subscription, free borrow with Prime, and periodic free offers (first or second book in a series), or Countdown promos. I’m priced where Montlake books are, too, where most good-selling Indie romance authors are, and less than some, so all that seems reasonable. I have one book at 99 cents and three more at $3.99, and I figure by four books in, readers will know whether they really like my books or whether they can take them or leave them. (Or, Heaven forbid, that they hate them! Well, hopefully they’ll have figured that out by Book One and requested their refund. )
I think there are different groups of readers: some are very price-sensitive (which is why I have my books available for borrowing), some want the new book first thing and don’t mind paying for it.
I’ve always been concerned about providing special benefits to loyal readers, though, so I am continuing to offer every new book for 99 cents for a couple days when it first goes up, and announcing that. That way, anybody who loves my books and cares enough to follow me will always get them at the very lowest price.
Plus, of course, books from publishers cost at least twice as much. So … we will see! I think I’ll be at this price point for the foreseeable future, though.
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. As always, I’m enlightened and grateful! Many thanks and best wishes for your continued success.
Hello Rosalind, just finished listening to Just Good Friends and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to further audiobooks in the Escape to New Zealand series. Rochelle.
Thank you!! “Just for Now” just went up, and I love her Finn. I hope you get a chance to listen sometime, and that you enjoy it.
I’ve just finished Just This Once as well as Just Good Friends on Audible and loved them both (I’m actually listening to Just This Once again)! I attended university in Australia and have spent time in New Zealand, loving both countries and the friendships I’ve made over many years. Listening to your books on Audible with Claire Bocking’s fabulous narration brings back so many fond memories versus reading them in print for me. Do you have any plans in the near future to have the remaining books in your New Zealand series offered on Audible? Cheers, Amanda
Thank you! I’ve lived both places too, and loved them both so much, so I know exactly how you feel. And yes! “Just for Now” just went up today, and “Just for Fun”–probably about September 1! And then onward, at a nice fast clip. Can’t wait.
Hi Rosalind, First congratulations on your success. I have been reading your posts on Kboards and watched your interview with The self publishing roundtable. Your journey to self publishing success has been inspiring. I am reading ‘Just Good friends’ right now.
I wanted to ask you, is there a way to stay exclusive to Amazon and make one book permafree without uploading your book on other stores. So if i want book 1 in the series to be permafree and the second in countdown.
99 cents doesn’t seem to be working for a few of the authors I’ve spoken to so i wanted to have the first book in my series permafree (not just free in KDP for 5 days).
Wishing you continued success.
Thanks! No, as far as I know, you can’t have both things–can’t have a permafree if you’re in Select. I’ve just done the 5-day free thing on a few of the books, a few times (probably 40 free days in all over a couple years). The benefit is that, with a 99-cent book, you do of course get the benefit of ranking, and I think that when you don’t do “free” very often people are quicker to snatch up your book. I think that’s one reason I’ve had good success with the free days.
But others, I know, swear by permafree and wide distribution, and it sure seems like an effective strategy.
Best of luck!
(Also, KU seems like it COULD be an alternative to permafree. Still shaking out, though, so who knows.)
Rosalind, thank you for replying to me. I think your plan to work with Amazon using their various tools (KDP, countdown and now KU) is a good way to manage everything in one place and still have plenty time to write. I could see myself getting too overwhelmed being on multiple stores and having to check different sales reports or update my books etc….. Most authors i have spoken to are making most of their income from Amazon.
I am hearing over and over again that having more books for readers to buy or download for free increases sales. Not necessarily spreading your books out to different stores.
Did you seek out early reviews from book bloggers? If you did, did you send them a paperback or ebook copy? I am a little puzzled about how to work with book bloggers.
I must add that I absolutely love your book covers
I read one of your NZ books recently, absolutely loved it. But are you books available electronically through other sites or only Amazon? I only have a Sony Reader and can’t buy the books off amazon.
Hi, Kira, and thanks! I’m exclusive to Amazon, so unfortunately, my books aren’t available on other sites. But you can order from Amazon and read on a phone, tablet, etc. using the various Kindle apps. You don’t have to have a Kindle device.
Rosalind, if you’re interested check out nz herald richie mccaw gemma flynn. True or fiction. Would be a great match. HAPPY Fourth of July weekend.
Boy, who knows. That’s quite the age difference, huh? It’s got to be hard to be Richie and find the right woman–who loves you for who you are and is willing to put up with the demands of your position and your high profile. (I may have said a thing or two about that in, ahem, a book.)
I’m trying to find the vacation romance series, and can’t seem to find it on Amazon. Want to read Just for You.
Hi, Tammy! That was part of a boxed set that just got taken down, and I’m planning to expand the story a little, because it felt so short. (I had a length requirement, which made me sad.) I am hoping to have it up again within a couple months, maybe sooner, as a novella. Stay tuned! And thanks.
I just finished the Kincaids final book Asking for Trouble and I loved this series. Wondering if you will be continuing this story?. I feel so involved with this family and would love to read more as each child and their families and businesses grow. I am such a fan of all your books . In the past 6 months, I have read all of your books and loved all of them. Please keep writing.
Thank you so much. I don’t have plans right now for another Kincaids story, but you never know. I usually don’t know too much about what I’m doing beyond the next book! I am planning to write another U.S. series, though. I’m so glad you liked this one. It was challenging to write three very different books, but so interesting and so much fun. (Well, some parts of Joe’s story weren’t too fun, but you know what I mean.)
I can’t seem to stop myself writing books now. The monster is unleashed! My husband is having to learn how to cook, after a lifetime of avoiding it.
I just finished Just Not MIne. Loved it! I have read all your NZ series as well as the Welcome to Paradise series and just when I think I have a favorite male character along came Hugh :). He is by far my most favorite! I really liked Josie as well. I do hope there is at least one more book for this series…seems like there might finally be a Kevin story coming, at least I hope so…seems like he (and not Will) and Chloe might make a good story :).
Thank you for another great romance!
All the best,
Thank you! That is so good to hear. I loved Hugh too. I thought he grew into a really wonderful man during the book. (Really, that’s how it feels. I know I make them up, but it doesn’t feel that way.)
Yes, Kevin’s story took a little turn, to my surprise. It’s coming, I can tell! But I have a U.S. book (or maybe two) to write first.
Just in case(sounds like a book) the ALL BLACKS will play the USA Eagles on Nov 1st in Chicago, I’ll,USA at Soldier Field. GO MIGHTY ALL BLACKS.
I really want to go. I’m going to have to see if I can.
Fantastic interview. Impressive. You’ d be great fun to sit down and have a beer with while watching a rugby match. Thank you again for your marvelous stories, real characters and the lovely introduction to New Zealand and the ALLBLACKS. And while/if you read others and felt they might be better, please know we don’t feel that at all. You’ve one in a million. Please keep filling our lives with your stories.
Oh, thank you. I really appreciate that. Thank you so much!
As I have already read and purchased the Escape to NZ books on Amazon, I am interested in the book JUST FOR YOU. However, I am not interested in the other books in the boxed set where it is available at present.
Will you be expanding on this book, as some others have requested in this forum, or will this be the only availability of this book. Thank you.
I have personally visited NZ at least five times and have friends living there who are native to NZ. Great people.
I don’t know, right now–that’s the honest answer. I’ll only expand it if I’m convinced I have a good story to tell, and can do a good job with it.
But RIGHT NOW–for five days between May 25-May 29, the box set is FREE on Amazon. (Here: http://www.amazon.com/Its-His-Kiss-Contemporary-Romance-ebook/dp/B00JEMIL7E/) My story is the first one in there. After that–I don’t know. The set will only be up through the end of June, and I haven’t decided what to do with the story after that. So if you want to read it–download it free now!
Thanks for buying the other books in the series! I greatly appreciate it.
Rosalind there is a great pic on AllBlacks Facebook page right now of Richie hugging his mum for Mothers Day. HAPPY Mothers Day to you. Also Powerade has a player sweat session worth checking out at youtube.com/watch?v=B65KVkCrRRw. Have happy day.
How did I miss this? Going to watch it now!
Will there be any more Escape to New Zealand books? They were great, and I need to read more of them!
Thank you! There IS a new one! “Just Not Mine,” coming June 5, and available for preorder on Amazon now!
Just finished Just For You. We need more! The full story of Hemi and Reka. A continuation. Great story,great family. And which All Black did you have in mind as Hemi? Can’t wait for your new New Zealand book. Love them all. Thanks for an introduction to NZ and my latest fascination–All Blacks, rugby and Richie McCaw. Will be ever grateful for that intro. Am loving rugby and the exceptional, outstanding gentlemen that are the All Blacks. Kia Kaha.
Oh, and for anyone reading–a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or your site of choice, whether for just my story or the whole set, would be very much appreciated. Honest, of course! Reviews really do help.
I do know what you mean. it was very, very hard to stop. I’m not sure how I’d make a full-length novel out of it, though, sigh. I will if I can! Because I loved writing the two of them. And thanks for the kind words!
Hi Rosalind. I just finished Just This Once and could not put it down. I can not wait to get into the other 4. Do you have a mailing list or newsletter that you send out so I can follow when you have new books coming out?
Oh, thank you! I need to get a regular mailing list going, but meanwhile, if you “subscribe to my blog” on lower right of the homepage of this site, you’ll get my posts when a new book is up.
The new novella (New Zealand–Reka and Hemi!) comes out April 2, as part of the “It’s In His Kiss” boxed set! Only a couple days–I’m so excited!
Thank you Mrs. James for providing a place to contact you. I would like to know if there are any sites that you might recommend to promote my book I WILL FIGHT NEVERMORE in the outside countries covered by amazon.com such as Austrailia. I have applied for the various countries with KDF and amazon. My story begins in Texas. Anything that you can offer is most appreciated. Thank you for all that you do. Lucas C. Jasso.
I’m very sorry that I didn’t see this until now–not sure how I missed it. Alas, I really don’t know how to promote anyplace else. I just promote in the U.S. and hope for the best everyplace else, to tell you the truth. Best of luck with yours.
Rosalind I just finish the audio book of the NZ series and love it. Is the rest of the series going to be done in audio and with the same reader she did a great job. I will be getting the rest of the series but I love the audio it’s so peaceful listing. Thanks a new fan
Thank you! Isn’t she great? Her name is Claire Bocking, and I think she’s a wonderful actress.
AND . . . She just finished “Just Good Friends,” and I swear, it’s even better. (I realized I may be a little biased, but man, she did a good job.) It should be out in mid-April. Next up: “Just for Now.” Yep, working through them one at a time. It takes a while, but it’s worth it.
Thank you for writing. I really appreciate it.
Because of you I boot up my computer every Saturday morning to get the Super 15 scores. I have become a huge fan of the NZ teams and your wonderful stories.
Oh, thank you! I love to hear that. I’m in New Zealand right now to write a new book and watch as much rugby as I possibly can!
I’ve just finished reading all your books and loved each one! Can’t wait for your book! Each of the New Zealand books were such unique story lines. My favorite would probably have to be Emma and Nic’s story!!
Oh, thank you! I loved writing that story, so glad you enjoyed it.
Your up coming trip to NZ. FANTASTIC. Lucky you, lucky us. Can hardly wait to discover new story line and to buy the book. Go mighty All Blacks. Kia Kaha.
I can’t wait either! I have a vague idea bouncing around, definitely need some more research, ahem, to develop it!
I have enjoyed reading all of your books. I have laughed and cried also started to dream on a vacation to New Zealand.
Thank you! You should definitely keep dreaming–it’s a beautiful place!
I have read all the New Zealand series as well as the first two books of the Kinkaid Series and today finished Asking for Trouble. I never thought I would love any of your books more than Just Good Friends and Nothing Personal but honestly Joe and Alyssa’s story is an absolute three way TIE! I loved this story so much! I am a fan for life and cannot wait until the next story comes along! Thank you for always bringing the characters back…I love to keep up with what they are doing. Like all your books I will reread this one a few times
Thank you! It’s so interesting, because “Nothing Personal” was so easy to write, and “Asking for Trouble” so difficult. I enjoy writing the bantering characters–the book just flies by when they’re having snappy dialogue–and Joe Does Not Banter.
I think Joe may actually be my most favorite male character of all except maybe for Finn. I loved that he was so strong and so fragile at the same time. I think his seriousness was endearing. Again thank you for all your hard work…as a rule I don’t read romance novels like this. I am an Outlander, Discovery of Witches sort of reader, but do look forward to your creations
All the best,
Aaah. Just finished Joe and Alyssa’s story. Perfect! So much depth, so many surprises! This may be your best yet! Thanks 😀
Wow, thank you. This one was actually probably my hardest to write. I kept thinking, “This is boring,” really because, I think, it was hard to write Joe’s pain. My husband had to keep encouraging me to continue.
Very glad he did! Joe’s pain made his character explainable.
In the first two books, I kept trying to decide if he was so silent because he was the cliche geek. Y’know – so shy and socially inept he never gets a girl. But that didn’t quite fit, so I was very satisfied with the way you explained him. And the flashbacks were just right. I usually hate flipping back and forth in time!
Also, I really enjoyed watching Alyssa learn when to walk out, and when to stay and fight. And that she was willing to accept Joe’s help, and insist on him receiving hers, was so great! So many romances today seem to be based on appearence and sex, rather than a mature decision to be each other’s friend/cheerleader/support/partner.
Anyway, this is a great book! Thanks again
I loved your kiwi books! My favorite books these days are those that give a taste of life in another country. Your books delivered a whole dinner!
I was hesitant about the first Kinkaid book, because it sounded like time travel, or a historical western romance, neither of which I can stand. So when I finally sat down to read it, I was amazed.
While I’m not fond of reality shows either, your characters were so well-developed that they sucked me right in. I fell in love with Gabe and Stanley, and even Zara and Kevin became my friends. I zipped right thru all those pages, as the story never dragged. The ending was surprising, but very satisfying, and the discussions about pioneer life for women, and about the Nez Perce were informative without being preachy. Definitely a keeper.
just finished Alec’s book. Also good, but it dragged a bit for me, and I got temporarily sidetracked wondering where the bags had come from that they took to Gabe’s house in Truckee. The reveals about Rae’s life were paced well, never felt artificial (to move the story along). I’ll keep this one too, and have preordered the next in the series.
Thanks for many hours of reading pleasure, with some learning thrown in.
Thank you! “Welcome to Paradise” was a real kick to research and write. I’m glad you enjoyed it. (I’m not fond of time travel either, I’ll confess.) Sorry you didn’t like “Nothing Personal” as much. It’s interesting–it was one of my very favorites to write.
That’s funny about the bags! I almost put something into the book about how they still have stuff at their respective folks’ places in Chico, to explain that they’d have clothes there (and be able to borrow some kind of bag), but decided not to. Sorry it took you out of the story–guess I should have put it in after all. Oh, well!
I appreciate you taking the trouble to write to me, and your honest feedback. Thanks so much for reading.
Thanks. Don’t worry about the bags thing. I’m just one of those picky people who catches every mistake, no matter how small. Gotta say, there are very few in your stories. You must have a great efitor/proofreader, huh?
I laugh, because my editor/proofreader is–me. And my beta readers, who number eight at this point. Between us, we catch, I hope, very nearly everything. But I hasten to say that I went into this deal with 20 years of professional editorial experience; otherwise I’d never go the DIY route.
But if you ever do see something, please go ahead and let me know, as I welcome the chance to fix any typos that do find their sneaky way past all those pairs of eyes.
Just a quick line to say I loved your books – just spent a week with my head buried in my kindle, not so great for the housework but brilliant for some RnR:)
I had a quick run through your ‘kiwi stuff’ page, classic stuff – you should check out the youtube clip of ‘always blow on the pie’ if you’re looking to add something:)
Finally – just re the ‘hunting from helicopters’ comment, completely understand your sentiments but not sure if you’re aware that they started the whole live capture of venison in Fiordland back in the 70’s, which involved firing nets and tackling deer out of a helicopter. Pretty hair raising stuff and probably a good yarn in it 😉 Google ‘Hannibal Hayes’ if you’re looking for the pilot version of Richie McCaw.
looking forward to your next book!!
I’m going to go check that out, now that I’m done writing “Asking for Trouble.” Thanks for the tip! And I LOVE hearing from Kiwis. I’m always so grateful that people forgive me my mistakes (hopefully, in return for my appreciating New Zealand for the awesome place it is).
Happy New Year!
I know you’re working on the Kincad book, which I’m sure I’ll enjoy, but my heart is with the NZ series. Can you give us just a hint of who might be the focus this time? Is is a player that has been referenced before or somebody new, like Nate?
I don’t know! I never know until the book shows up in my head! I’ll give you a hint when it does show up, I promise.
I got asked recently to submit my next idea for a series to a publisher, which was very cool, but it’d mean I’d have to HAVE an idea for a whole series! And I never do! (Well, with the Kincaids, obviously I knew about Gabe and Alec. That is, I knew Alec existed and what kind of guy he was. And I knew they had a little sister. But that was it! Do you think that’s enough of an outline for a publisher? LOL. Doubt it!)
I am right there with Marie – your books are TOTALLY addicting!!! I started with the Kincaids and then read through the entire New Zealand set in about two weeks total. Now I’m re-reading them all. Can’t wait for book 3 of the Kincaids, and I’m set to read everything you put out, so Keep Writing!!! I got started on romance novels years ago with Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts, but your style has blown them both away … you have such great characters and interesting / creative settings as well as really HOT but tasteful sex scenes… they make you blush reading them, but Love it. (My husband is VERY happy I’ve been reading them, because I take ideas back to him and ask for practice!!!! We’re sizzling again after 20 years together!) I’m dying to see a rugby match, now, too!
Aww, thank you! I love it! I started out just writing a book for myself, have been totally amazed and hugely gratified (and humbled) that other people have enjoyed reading what I write.
(And I have to confess: sex scenes are my favorite things to write. So much fun. But alas, I can’t make the big Erotica bucks because I can only write them when my characters have a relationship, which takes half a book!)
…and the relationship they have makes the sex that much more exciting! I’m hoping you can make some big bucks anyway, but it’s nice to know you just enjoy writing in any case. thanks for sharing it!
That’s exactly how I feel about it. I don’t find sex “out of context” all that exciting; it just gets too “Tab A Into Slot B” for me. I have to feel the romance and know the people. So the Erotica genre isn’t getting my bucks, either.
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Hi Rosalind, I just wanted to let you know I have just finished reading all 7 books back to book. I started with Welcome to Paradise and I loved it so much I just kept going… Your books are like crack cocaine. I would go to bed at 10pm then wake up at 2am and read through the night. I haven’t been able to get anything done and I’m exhausted! So I’m somewhat relieved there are no more books so I can get some sleep again. Suffice to say your story telling is captivating. I especially liked the way the children are incorporated in some of the stories (my personal favorite was Nic and Emma’s story) but most importantly you held my attention with every word and not many authors can do that. The place descriptions are amazing. You made En Zed come to life in your pages. I had to keep stopping and checking places on the Internet and spent quite some time on the All Blacks website trying to imagine who the characters might be! I am a huge fan and can’t wait until your next installment comes out. Thank you for the many hours of pleasure you have afforded me.
Crack cocaine! I love it! Thank you And I hope you get more sleep now! That is such a compliment.
I just finished Nothing Personal and I have to thank you for taking the chance with the free promotion and bookbub. Had it not been for bookbub promoting Welcome to Paradise for free, I would have missed out on this series! Fabulous stories with romance, struggle, transformation, and a bit of suspense. I sure hope we haven’t seen the end if the Kincaid’s…Alyssa cant be left out! Wondering if there isn’t something there with Joe!
Thanks for great writing!!!
I came here to write the exact same thing! I got “Welcome to Paradise” when it was a free promo on Amazon, read it a few days ago and absolutely loved it and as soon as I saw that there was a sequel I knew I had to have it find out what happened next with Alec. I just finished “Nothing Personal” and it was just as good as the first book and I loved it just as much but I just know that there has to be another book in the series with the remaining “Kincaid”. You can’t leave Alyssa out of the happily ever afters, and I would put good money on Joe being a major part of that. I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series, any chance you might be willing to give us a hint when that might be coming out?
Oh my gosh, I’ve been waiting for Book 3 to come into my head ever since I published “Nothing Personal”–SO impatiently! (It always takes a while.) And these last couple days, it’s been consuming me. I’m totally guessing here–mid to late January. More info as it develops!
P.S. Joe is soooo sexy. He’s killin’ me in my head here.
HA I was totally wondering if there was going to be a Kincaid book about Alyssa- and of course it seems like it would have to deal with Joe, since apparently there was “something” there! Looking forward to reading the last one, whenever you get to it!
Thank you for telling me! You’re exactly right–I wasn’t sure the free promo would work this time, but I’m so glad I did it. I loved writing “Welcome to Paradise,” but it’s so different from my New Zealand books, it was a little bit of a switch. The promo let it get “discovered,” and I’m so pleased, just like the mother of a wallflower girl who sees her daughter shine at last. Glad you enjoyed the books, and thanks again for taking the trouble to write.
Just had to say I love your books! So much more to them than “just” sappy romance novels. I even developed an incredible interest in rugby and all things New Zealand! So much so that when my college aged son suggested that we buy tickets to see the All Blacks play the US rugby team, I shocked him by not just enthusiastically agreeing, but actually new enough about the sport to hold a conversation with him about it. Imagine his dismay to find that all of my meaningful information about the team, the sport and even the country had come from a series of romance novels! The game is this Saturday and I can’t wait! Thanks for expanding my world!
So exciting! Wish I were there! Have fun!
I just finished reading Nothing Personal. I loved it! To date I have read just about everything you have written in the Escape series and now the Kincaid series. Each book offers a delightful escape whether it is into the New Zealand countryside or the American wilderness and corporate world. I enjoyed learning the details of Rugby in the Escape series. It is obvious that you all love your Rugby possibly more than we Americans love our football.
I have to say that there hasn’t been anything in your books that I haven’t enjoyed. They are a great balance between steamy new love and the more settled confidence of a dedicated relationship. Add in the suspense of Rugby action or the competition and danger in the Kincaid series and what a reader has is a “page turner” of a book that is thoroughly enjoyable.
Thank you for doing what you do. I enjoy it! I can’t wait for the next book.
What a wonderful compliment! Thank you!
Hello – just loved the New Zealand series! The language is so fun! The characters are great and you do conversation so well. I also loved the stories with the kids, as you also really nailed the kids’ behaviors, language and spirit. I’m hoping there will be more in the series?? Thanks!
Thank you! I love writing kids. And yes, I’m pretty sure there’ll be at least one more! Have to go back to NZ for that, though. Sigh . . . life’s hard!
I read one of the last posts & was surprised to see it was similar to the comment I was going to make. I went to two different Barnes & Nobles stores while traveling. One store was in Maryland & the other N. Carolina. Neither carried your books. What’s up with that? I was going to buy an actual book for a friend and was surprised when I could not find your books on the selves. I asked at the desk & they just said they didn’t have them. Didn’t know if you knew they didn’t carry your books.
Hi, Lorrie! Thanks for looking. My books are available in paperback also, but only through Amazon. I’m self-published, and most physical bookstores don’t carry any self-published books. Maybe someday I’ll land that big publishing deal–wouldn’t that be great? Meanwhile, I’m incredibly grateful to Amazon for offering me the opportunity to publish both ebooks and paperbacks. It sure is a brave new world out there.
I have an exclusive with Amazon because that offers some great benefits, but the downside is that people can’t buy through the other sites, of course. I’m not sure if I’ll stay exclusive forever, but for now, it’s just Amazon.
Oh I get it. I hope you get that big publishing contract one day soon also. I download your books on my Kindle from Amazon currently and have loved them all. Good luck and keep up the great writing.
Will your books ever be available through Barnes & Noble? I’m having problems with my Kindle app and can’t download any new books, I really want to read Just my Luck. If not, maybe I’ll have to purchase the paperback.
I love your books.
Hi, Robin. Thanks for the kind words, but sorry about the Kindle app! That stinks.
I’ve thought about getting out of my exclusive Amazon deal, but have been hesitant as it’s been working really well for me. But this is the downside.
On the plus side, Amazon does have the paperback on sale for 21% off right now–$8.70, not too bad, if you have to go that route.
One other suggestion, if somebody you know has the ebook, is to have them lend it to you. Like most Kindle books, it’s eligible for lending one time per purchaser. You read it, then return it to them, and then it’s “back” on their Kindle again.
Hope that helps.
(On second thought, if the problem is with compatibility of the app with your computer or whatever, that might not work either. Just an idea.)
Love, love love your books about New Zealand. I have only read 2 so far but will definitely get to the rest. Keep writing because I’m a fast reader!
Thank you! I’m not sure I can keep up with you, LOL, but I’ll do my best!
Hi! Just finished the Escape series…I just had to tell you how good the books were and how much I enjoyed the characters and the Kiwi culture! 😉
I really felt that I could identify with each of the female characters in diifferent ways – made them really real. Awesome job, there! Loved the EnZed background and totally got caught up on the whole fantasy of taking a trip there. Hope there are more to come. You’ve defintiely got a fan!
Thank you so much for telling me! I sure appreciate it. I was especially glad to hear that you could identify with the female characters. That was great to hear.
I’d like I stumbled on your books by accident but I think it was something I needed. I am going through a pretty rough break up and in reading these books I realized something. That relationships aren’t perfect and maybe one day I can be in one just like those. They hadn’t had it easy but in the end loving each other was the start. Maybe I need to visit EdZen and find me a good Maori man. Great books
So sorry about the breakup but glad if the distraction helped. I’m sure there’s somebody much better out there for you. And yeah, relationships aren’t perfect, but starting out with a good man who loves you sure helps. And then he’ll still be a guy, but hopefully a trainable one! Thanks so much for the kind words. I really appreciate it.
I saw “Just this Once” pop up on my kindle and I went for it. In the five weeks I have inhaled all of your books. The strange thing is this…I found your first book two days after planning a trip to NZ and Australia with our friends by complete coincidence. You have inspired me to learn more about the culture and areas before we go with our two children for three weeks. There is so much more I need to research and I was so thrilled to have read your books as a starting point. We too are from the Bay Area (Peninsula) and living in the foothills now. I was so sad to finish the last NZ book that I went on to read Welcome to Paradise which I completely loved as well!! What a fun change from the NZ series! I loved the reality show setting and all of the fun characters like Kevin and Stanley and of course Gabe!! Keep going because you are incredibly talented and I have a great appreciation for your research and attention to detail!! THank you for such fun reads!!!
What a wonderful trip! The two countries are very different, but both such great places to visit. I’m sure you’ll enjoy both. And thanks so much for the kind words about the book–including Welcome To Paradise. That book was a real kick to research and write. Working on Alec’s story now . . .
Thank you for reading! And for writing to me too. Made my day.
Like so many others I enjoyed, no more like was entranced by the New Zealand series. I especially love the strong women heroines in each book. They are great role models for all of us, but especially for younger women with tough choices to make. The New Zealand culture and traditions are so interesting. The hot steamy love scenes are a fantastic plus, too! I just read The Kincaids- Book One. Let me first say I hate reality TV. But after reading the NZ series and the first page I was pretty sure I was not going to be disappointed. You knocked it out of the ball park. I will be commenting on Ammazon with a five star rating. That good. Again a strong loving heroine. I can’t wait to read Alec’s story. I see a gutsy young lady in his future. I am hoping he & Gabe have siblings…just a thought!
This must be my day, because wow, another fantastic comment to treasure. Thank you! That means a lot to me (about the strong heroines especially). And I’m so flattered that you dislike reality TV but liked “Welcome to Paradise.” I have to say, I loved writing it and, having written it, I still love it. It was such a different book for me. Alec’s book is tumbling around in my brain like crazy right now, and yes, they have a little sister.
Oh, and thank you so much for the future review! They do help a lot.
I must say that these books have me in quite a state of mind. I am a mother of three, and a teacher. Your books have been such a wonderful escape for me. I have had friends that have lived in New Zealoand for a year or more, and now I think it would be a wonderful adventure. Not sure my husband would be too happy about it, but it is definitely my new fantasy. Let’s call it my Plan B! Thanks for writing books that seem fairly believeable. It is nice to read about the culture there, and I love that your female characters have a back bone. So many of these books do not! They do have me wondering if I am just too old to start a new adventure for my life, or if I should just GO for it! It is so nice to have something to think about! Keep up the great work!
I really enjoyed your comment (about the backbone). I try! Because in real life, seems to me that romance doesn’t work too well if one person (either person) doesn’t have a spine.
You’re never too old. I won’t tell you how old I was when we first moved to Australia, or when I started writing books, but I’ll just say, I’m sure I was older than you are now. For women, we just start revving our engines when men are slowing down. Once we can start focusing on our own dreams. So I’d say, dream away! You never know what wonderful experiences may await you.
I have heard great things about your books. Can you tell me why they aren’t available at Barnes & Noble for my nook? Will they be available any time soon?
Hi Maria–Alas, under the terms of KDP Select, I can’t sell the books elsewhere (in ebook form). There is one way, though–you can download an app for a smartphone or computer and get the books that way. Not the nicest way to read, I realize!
KDP Select is a great program, but that’s the downside.
Thanks for asking!
Thank you for the wonderful series! I read all 5 books in less than 1 month. Which means I had to forego sleep sometimes as my damanding job and children still think they need me! Your a very talented writer and I could read 10 more! Thanks for sharing that talent and I will look for more books in the future by my new favorite author!
Thank you for telling me! I’m so glad they got you caught up! The books sure do that for me when I’m dreaming them up. My characters sometimes seem more “real” to me than, you know, actual people.
I really appreciate your taking the time to tell me that you enjoyed the books–and, of course, I appreciate that you read them!
Let’s just say I read all 5 books and now looking for more to read. I loved the story lines and loved how all characters intertwined in each book. I now want to go visit New Zealand, and see a rugby match. You had me so into Ally and Nate that I read the book in 2 days. Mrs. James I cant say thank you enough, you took me on a ride and I loved it.
Thank you Thank you
Thank you! It’s great to hear that you enjoyed Nate and Ally’s story. I so appreciate you letting me know you enjoyed the books.
I want to start by saying that I absolutely loved your Escape to New Zealand books. I have read all of them and they make me want to find a job there and move permanently or, in my case, at the least visit sometime. The romance in them makes me dream more than I should and nothing is left to wonder. Very well written with lots of details. Is there any chance you will be writing more of them after Just My Luck?
A forever fan,
Wow, thank you so much! I hope you can visit NZ sometime. It really is a wonderful place. (Though I can’t promise a rugby player . . .)
I think I have at least one more NZ book I need to write. Working on Alec’s story now in the “Kincaids” series–then I think I’ll be going back to NZ again! (Figuratively and, I hope, literally too.)
Your books are fabulous! Great characters, great adventure, great romance. I love to travel, so New Zealand is now on my short list. I am thrilled that there is a new book coming soon, and hope the Kincaid series has a new installment coming as well.
Thank you! Yep, Alec’s story is up next!
Hi Rosalind, Thank you so much for your books. I have spent many a happy hour lost in your stories. I am a kiwi, living on Auckland’s North Shore and have thoroughly enjoyed your rugby series. I have just finished reading all 4 books for the 3rd time. It is such a thrill to read about places I have been to and know well. I am sure that Drew is Richie and that Finn is either Kieran or Brad?? anyway they are just fantastic. Yesterday which was Sunday here I did nothing but read your new Paradise novel and I can tell you that you have another winner. I absolutely loved it and plan to re read it again, especially my favourite bits! I am counting down the days until your next book is out and have already pre ordered it on my Kindle. So thank you so much for giving so much pleasure. You have a gift. Just one small thing though.. no kiwi would ever call a swimming costume a cossie. That is a 100% Australian term. We would call them “togs”, not a particularly elegant word, but there you have it. Thanks again. Debbie
Thank you! That’s really great to hear. I lived in Devonport myself–I love the North Shore.
Thanks for the corrections re togs & cossies also. I lived in Brisbane for a year before moving to NZ and sometimes I’ll admit I get a little fuzzy on those differences . . . I’ll go in right now & make sure that I haven’t done that in the new book. (Don’t think I did actually–I think it’s all togs, all the time, but I’m going to check!)
Hello Rosalind!! I just finished Just For Now a few minutes ago, after reading Just this Once and Just Good Friends… and am about to start Just for Fun. WOW.. I love this series so much and can’t wait for the new release on July 13th!! Please keep them coming, they are wonderful books! New Zealand has been on top of my bucket list for a long time, and I am now beginning to plan my trip. I Hope to come for a month beginning the middle of December, 2014 through middle of January, 2015. Not sure if I will travel to Oz or not. I have a year and a half to plan the trip from the states to EN ZED (and time to save a bit more money too). Thank you for this awesome website, your books, and your creativity. I am a photographer so I hope to capture as much of NZ as I can! Thank you again ~ Lesleigh Ann
Thanks for letting me know! Your trip sounds pretty awesome–great time of year to visit. And NZ is definitely a photographer’s paradise! I’d love to see your photos.
Just finished reading just good friends. What a great read. Having been to new Zealand twice and having a great love for the all blacks. It was wonderful to read about it all again in a book. It definitely puts me in the mood to return to New Zealand again.
Thank you! I appreciate your telling me.
Rosalind – have just finished Welcome to Paradise – what a read, so different, I loved it. Now I’m thinking what on earth am I going to read next? Hurry up with your next novel. Thanks for a great read, keep on writing.
Thank you so much, Colleen! It IS really different, isn’t it? I’m writing a NZ book now (“Just My Luck”), much more along “Just Good Friends” lines, and that’s making me realize how different “Welcome to Paradise” was for me. So much fun to write, though! If you’re comfortable doing it, I’d love for you to put a few sentences about it on Amazon.
I noticed “Just for Fun” , #4 of your Escape to New Zealand series, downloaded it and was hooked after the first few pages! I have read all now except #2, which I just started. I didn’t realize the order of the books, but no problem… they are wonderful!
Thanks for sharing your amazing talent for the telling of a story.
Can’t wait to start the new series.
Thank you! I’m so glad you are enjoying the books!
If anyone else would like to have your books on Audible, you need to email a request to:
content-requests [at] audible [dot] com
I gave them the book titles, author (of course) and the links to the Kindle versions.
Hope it works!
Mary from Boise
This would be much appreciated–it would be a real dream to have audio versions of the books! Thank you so much.
If you have kindle you can set up to do text to speech and it’ll read the books to you audibly.
Just wanted to let you know that I put in a request with Audible to have all your books in audiobook form. They are doing it for a lot of self-published authors these days, and most of them are no where near the quality of your books. The Kindle/Whispersync/Audible connection is a really good selling point also (IMHO) Just wanted to let you know, in case they contact you. Just hope they can get a reader to do a credible Kiwi accent.
Mary from Boise
Rosalind – have to say how much I have enjoyed reading your books. Have just purchased Welcome to Paradise and can’t wait to get started! Don’t stop writing – more please!! As well as your stories being romantic there is so much information about New Zealand so much so that I really want to visit and plan a trip within the next couple of years. My husband is a keen rugby fan in the UK and although I don’t understand a lot of it I really enjoy watching a live game. So many interesting facts in your books about New Zealand, thank you again, probably the best books I’ve read in a long long time.
Thank you, Colleen! What a lovely thing to say. That really means a lot to me. I do love New Zealand, so happy that it comes through in the books. I hope you do get a chance to go there–it’s a long, long way from the U.K., but well worth the trip if you can stay a while. I met somebody from England on my most recent trip who had hired a campervan and driven himself all over for 5 weeks and was having a fantastic time. What a brave thing that would be to do by yourself!
Rosalind–I checked Amazon last night to see if by chance you had a new book out yet., and found Welcome to Paradise. Finished it this morning, if that gives you some idea of what a good read it is. I really enjoyed your NZ books, and as a long-time watcher of Survivor, as well as PBS Frontier House, well, this one hooked me as well.
Now, I’m waiting to see what sort of story you have in mind for Alec!
Thanks for the entertainment you’ve given your readers, and I hope you have a long and productive career.
Thank you so much! And for reviewing on Amazon, too. Super helpful. I loved writing this book–something so different. It was quite a challenge, but so much fun.
Hi again. Idaho fan-girl here. =) Just wanted to let you know that we had “Jenna’s buttermilk pancakes” for Mother’s Day breakfast and they were fantastic! Everyone voted and they were deemed a keeper, for sure. I love that you included En Zed recipes with your book, but you missed one. 😉 Need a recipe for the vanilla slice. Never heard of it before, but I sure want to try it, even if I have to make it. I looked online, but there were so many, made so many different ways.
You have influenced my life. I now have rotating pictures of NZ rugby players as my computer desktop (Richie McCaw, etc.) Now I’m trying to convince hubby that a trip to NZ would be the perfect vacation. One could only hope.
Thanks again for many hours of reading pleasure!
That’s because I’ve never made it! You can buy “slices” everywhere here, oh so tasty, don’t have to make them yourself. Maybe I’ll have to look up recipes myself and try a few. Or if you do first, let me know if you find a good one, and I’ll post it and give you credit, OK?
Really glad you liked the buttermilk pancakes. Happy Mother’s Day (isn’t somebody else supposed to be cooking for you today? Of course, if your husband cooks like mine, that may be more punishment than pleasure. . . ) And I laughed at your desktop photo gallery. Yeah, I have to say, Richie’s my own personal favorite. Good luck with your travel plans. It’s a wonderful place. I’m in Russell (Bay of Islands) right now, and it is GORGEOUS.
I’m definitely the cook at my house. Hubby, daughter and grandkids were all out in the (3,000 sq. ft. )garden helping to get the 2nd half ready for planting … which was one of my Mother’s Day gifts. So I was happy to fix the breakfast. I’ll trade labor for food any day. 😉
Aside from my desktop pix, I’ve even resorted to TiVo-ing rugby matches so I can try to understand the game. So far no En Zed games available to watch on my Boise cable. Damn!
Thanks again — you’ve added a lot of spice to a humdrum life. And I’ll try to find a good slice recipe.
I just wanted to say I read all Escape to New Zealand Series in about a week and I loved them. I have recommended to all my family and friends as well as giving 5 star reviews on Amazon UK. Please write some more. I will re read all of them but would love some more ALL Blacks Stories. I love Rugby and will be at Twickenham next Sunday for the sevens . You are a great writer keep up the good work
Thank you! Lucky you to be able to watch at Twickenham.
Read all your books within the last couple of weeks. Really enjoyed all 5. Your character development in Welcome to Paradise was terrific. I loved the poignancy of Jenna’s and Finn’s life stories and the way the children were so well incorporated into the storyline. I’m glad you’re continuing with the NZ stories. The dialogue and colloquialisms are awesome and so novel to native Cali reader! My husband is a sports nut and was very impressed to see me watching a rugby match linked to your website! Keep ’em coming…your writing is very good, the humor is great and the stories engrossing. Thanks for some great entertainment and fun, new information about a spectacular sounding place. How lucky you’ve been to spend so much time in EnZed! I’ll be equally intrigued to see how you continue with the “Paradise” series. Good luck and thanks again.
Thank you! It’s so nice of you to write and tell me so. I really appreciate it.
Wow! Just finished your New Zealand quartet and am half-way through Paradise … and, well, a huge “thank you” for the hours of satisfying reading. An intelligent storyline, well fleshed-out characters — what more could a romance reader want?
I don’t usually write fan letters to authors, but I thought that you warranted my effort. THANK YOU!!
I’ll be leaving some 5 star reviews on Amazon for you!!
That is so kind of you to write and tell me. And to write reviews, of course. I loved researching and writing “Welcome to Paradise,” but I was a bit nervous about writing something with a totally different setting and plot, a huge cast of characters . . . everything, really! But it has really opened my mind to all the possibilities–that I can write all sorts of things and still make two people happy at the end of the book. Which is what I love to do.
Thanks again for taking the trouble to write and let me know you enjoyed the books. That’s what it’s all about.
Forgot to mention that I live in Idaho and was blown-away to see someone use our beautiful Palouse country for a backdrop for a story! We’re usually so far off the radar that most people don’t even know we’re here. =) Thanks for bringing it to the attention of romance readers.
That’s because I grew up in Moscow! I hope other Palouse residents enjoy reading this one too. I sure liked writing about someplace i knew so well, and talking to the older folks about the old days.
I just finished the fourth New Zealand book, and LOVED all of them. I’m so sorry there aren’t more of them. What great stories! My oldest son has played Rugby for years, so I knew a lot of the terms. Please consider writing more about the characters you introduced us to. Thanks so much.
Thank you! I just put out my first U.S. book (Welcome to Paradise)–yesterday! And am in New Zealand right now (Hokatika, to be exact) getting New Zealand inspiration–which means watching lots of rugby!
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing the Escape to New Zealand books, I adored them so much after reading Drew and Hannah story I devoured the other 3 equally amazing books in 2 days!! What a great start to my Easter holidays from Uni!
I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the wonderful places in the Islands, the Maori culture and of course … rugby! I felt as though I was there along with the characters – I wish!!
It has always been a dream to visit and explore En Zed and your books have just fuelled that desire. As a Midwifery student I may hopefully get that chance for my elective placement in two years. I really enjoyed how the midwife featured in your book as opposed to an obstetrician. Strong powerful heroine trusting in her body’s capability to have a natural birth and wonderful promotion of breastfeeding too – happy dance done whilst reading! Too often when reading and watching films, childbirth is made very medicalised unnecessarily and it’s uplifting to read advocacy of women’s choice to birth their own natural way.
I only ask, if possible that you don’t end with the 4 books in the series – I crave more please!!
Thank you so much and please keep sharing your wonderful talent!
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the books, and that they gave you a break on your holidays. I’m in NZ right now, getting inspiration! And thanks very much for your kind words about the childbirth scene etc. I try hard not to sound too ignorant when writing about things I’m not expert on (I know a lot more about being the one having the baby than delivering it, LOL), and it’s so heartening to hear from experts!
I read all four NZ books and was disappointed when there wasn’t a fifth! They were so great, I’m ready to pack my bags for a visit. Please tell me that there will be a few more books added to this series. I’ve truly become very interested in visiting New Zealand and learning more about the culture. I can’t wait to read more from you. Thank you!!!
So nice of you to tell me! Thank you! I’m in New Zealand right now, looking out at Waitemata Harbour, thinking New Zealand thoughts! Pretty sure the next book is going to be a NZ one. Right now, though, finishing my editing on “Welcome to Paradise,” which I’m liking a lot too. But you should definitely visit NZ sometime. It is just as nice as it sounds.
Visit? I’m considering a move! (after a visit of course!) NY to NZ!
I have just finished all 4 books in under a week. I loved them! Thank you for taking me to En Zed! I can’t wait to visit, you have made me want to pack up my family and move. And thank you for introducing me to Rugby, I now have a favorite team. Will there ever be a follow up to these books? Looking forward to you next novel.
Thanks, Laura! So nice of you to say. I am watching the sun rise over Waitemata Harbour right this minute, planning on watching Rugby tonight–and so, yes, I won’t be able to resist writing another Escape to New Zealand or two! I’ll probably be interspersing those with my U.S. books for a while here. Thank you for taking the time to write and tell me you enjoyed the books. I really appreciate it.
I have just finished reading “Just This Once” and absolutely LOVED it. I had a hard time putting it down to tend to my responsibilities. I loved the characters, Hannah and Drew. What a wonderful story. Thank you so much. I am now beginning “Just Good Friends”.
That is so kind of you to tell me! Thank you!
Hi Rosalind –
I’ve read all four of your book and enjoy each one very much. As someone who studied and worked in cross-cultural relations (years ago) , I’ve loved the opportunity to get lost in the NZ and Maori cultures. The accents, food, activities, history, environment, etc have all been such a treat to read. Of course, the romances have been wonderful as well. But, I specifically wanted to thank you for giving us heroines who purposefully include exercise and outdoor activities in their lives. I am so tired of of the plethora of “naturally thin” heroines who have perfect bodies ( and hair – always perfect hair!), eat and drink whatever they like – yet never need or even to want to be active. How many women are really lucky enough to be like that? I love that your characters include exercise in their lives and not just in the gym but out in the great outdoors! For me, that makes them so much more real and likeable – and I have to also say inspirational . Because, although outdoor activities and exercise are a big part of the culture here in MN, winters are long and we need inspiration to stay active rather than hibernate with a big jar of Nutella. So, thank you for such wonderful stories, romances, and characters! Please keep them coming!
Thank you! I really appreciate it. And yes, I don’t care if you have the best genes in the world. If you don’t exercise, you might look great at 20, maybe even 30. But by 40 . . . forget it! And I like writing realistic people. Perfection without effort . . . not really. The reason those guys look so very hot is that they are out there being physical every single day.
Plus, as Hannah says, no point in going to or living in New Zealand if you aren’t going to get out and enjoy it. It’s the most wonderful place to live, IF you love the outdoors. If you don’t, I expect it’d be kinda boring. “Being outdoors” is pretty much the NZ way of life and “outdoor recreation” is pretty much NZ recreation (unless you count drinking beer and watching rugby).
I just read the preview of your next book. I was looking forward to it’s release but now even more so. My husband did his grad work at WSU Pullman. I was so surprised when the palouse was mentioned and then Pullman. What fun! We’ve done a lot of traveling and hiking in the area. So many beautiful places to explore – especially in that northern section of ID. I can’t wait to see if you’ve included some of our favorite spots. I’m counting down the days to release!
I loved all four books which i read in 3 weeks if that, I couldnt put them down and enjoyed the characters and the setting, I cant wait for more. Thank you
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your taking the trouble to tell me you enjoyed them. I have a new book, first in a U.S. series, coming out in mid-April. Then back to New Zealand, I think!
I lOVED the 4 books! The characters were so lovely to get to know! A really wonderful series and the setting was awesome, I have always wanted to visit NZ. Having grown up with a dad and brother who are avid rugby fans I really enjoyed the rugby element to the stories! Can’t wait to read your next book!
I forgot to add that I love the website! My good friend Natalie (from Christchurch) and I spent many a night giggling at The Flight of the Conchords when we were both based overseas. Your link to their Red Nose day video brought back really fond memories.
Thank you for both things! Yes, aren’t they funny? Such a peculiarly Kiwi brand of humor.
Hello Ms. James,
I have read and absolutely enjoyed the first two books in the Escape to New Zealand series. When I tried to download the 3rd book, Just for Now from Amazon it said it was currently unavailable! Is this a temporary situation? Would like to read this book but I am wondering when I will be able to download. Already started book 4, no problems downloading. Love the En Zed lingo in the books. Any info you can give on download issues would be appreciated. Love the books!:-)
I knooooow! (That’s me wailing.) All of a sudden, I heard from a reader today, saying the same thing! All I can do as an author is email Kindle Support, which I’ve done, and ask them to fix whatever the problem is that is causing the unavailability–because it’s nothing I did from this end. But if you would email Amazon and tell them you want the book, ask them why it’s unavailable and tell them you checked with the author and she was equally mystified, it might get them off their keisters a little faster and make them fix it. I’d sure appreciate it.
And thanks so much for the kind words! I love to hear that.
And . . . fixed! It took a few emails, but they’ve fixed whatever the heck the problem was, and the book is now available again!
Hi Ms. James!
Just finished reading all 4 of your books, they were great! I must say I enjoyed all four men Drew, Koti, Finn & Nic. The stories just sucked me in from the beginning to end. I am from New York so I loved learning all this new lingo, and was fascinated with all the places you mentioned not to mentioned all the traditions. Obviously, not to much Rugby here to watch, but I find I want to learn about it and the All Blacks. Looking forward to reading more of your books.
Thank you so much, Donna! Yes, New York (especially NYC) is a very different place from ANY part of NZ! I met a woman in the Auckland Airport recently who had made the move from NZ to NYC and was back for a visit. (Showing she was still a Kiwi: striking up a conversation in the coffee line!) She said, major culture shock, but she loved both places.
It would be super helpful if you’d review any or all of the books on Amazon, if you’re comfortable doing it. Your favorite, some of them, all of them . . . it all helps! And if not, that’s fine too. Thank you for taking the trouble to tell me you liked them. It’s my very favorite thing, to hear that from a reader. (Well, besides writing, it’s my favorite.)
I can’t decide if the Kindle I got for my birthday is my best friend or my worst enemy! I love searching the Monthly Deals under $4 (I’m a grad student and I love to read so I am always looking for great stories but have to ration myself so I don’t spend all my money on books) and this past Sunday I found Just this Once on that list. I have a friend who spent a summer in Oz and has wanted nothing but to go back since (I realize completely different from New Zealand) but I decided I needed a little Southern Hemisphere escape. I devoured all 4 books in the past couple of days! And I absolutely loved every second, they are just fantastic! And I love the rugby thrown in. I played soccer for about 10 years until I broke my leg playing while I was in high school, but I’ve always loved sports so when I got to college I figured I would give rugby a try-it offered tons of running and tons of chances to tackle people (sounds terrible I know but it’s a rush). I only got to play for a year before I fractured the same leg I had broken previously, but it was a great year. I loved playing, the guys always made it seem like they were better than us gals simply because they were guys but the gal ruggers I played with had tons of heart and some of them were big enough to scare some of the guys! Anyway that is enough reminiscing for me but I just wanted you to know I loved seeing rugby (and hot En Zed ruggers!) incorporated into such great romances. I thoroughly enjoyed them and I can’t wait to see what you come out with next!
That’s very cool. I’ve heard of those rugby clubs where men and women both play. It sounds like a lot of fun–well, except for the leg, of course! Thank you so much for writing to tell me that you enjoyed the books. I love to hear it.
As a middle school language arts teacher, I am constantly reading. I have been looking for some new books to read in my very little spare time, when I came across your books. I read the first one and would get up extra early before my children would wake up so I cold sneak in some reading time! I was hooked! Not only do you have a great story, you also opened up my eyes about New Zealand. I am ashamed to say, I did not know much about the culture, the rugby and the Maori. I love learning about this beautiful place and hope to visit with my family at some point.I love learning new things and I really loved your books. I like how you tell the story at a perfect pace. Scenes don’t drag on and your characters are well developed. Thanks for providing such excellent reading!
I am so happy to hear that, Melissa! You are exactly the kind of reader I try to write for: a woman whose life, between kids, job, etc., can feel far too rushed and hectic, with not much at all in it that is “just for you.” Sometimes you just need a little mini-vacation in a book: a chance to run away to a beautiful place where people are falling in love. I know, because I was that woman myself.
I didn’t know much at all about New Zealand either, before my first visit. It is so small and so far away, but a very special place all the same. Definitely visit if you can–it is well worth the long trip.
(Oh, and I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I was particularly tickled to hear from you because I just got a one-star review on “Just for Fun” by a teacher from Sweden, who said, “My fifth-graders write better.” Huh! (OTOH, she gave “Anna Karenina” two stars–so I guess I’m half as good a writer as Leo Tolstoy!)
Don’t listen to those negative reviews. You are a great writer (as an English major, I would think that I would know something of the written language!!!) and your writing style appeals to me and many of your fans as your feedback here is evidence of that. And I view your books as mini-vacations! Keep writing!
Negative reviews, however infrequent they may be, are defnitely the toughest part of this job. Thank you very much for letting me know that you enjoyed the books.
(At least, they are to me!)
I discovered “Just This Once” 8 days ago and I jjust finished all 4 of the books yesterday. I was so sad when I realized there weren’t anymore to read. I tried to make the last book last but I couldn’t put it down. I love the way the rugby team is involved but I like the way you made each character different and human, not just a typical jock with an eye candy girlfriend/wife. I also thought it was great the way you added in the Maori culture and values. It made me want to go research more about them. I hope you do more in this series. Thanks for providing so much enjoyment!
Thank you so much, Demarie! I love hearing that. I’m working on a new (U.S.) book now, and then am off to New Zealand again for inspiration . . .
I’d love it if you’d review one or more of the books on Amazon, if you’re comfortable doing it. Your favorite, some of them, all of them . . . it all helps! If not, that’s fine too. Thanks again for writing and letting me know you enjoyed them.
I love your books. I read all four back to back on my last day off and I enjoyed them all so much. You have become one of my faveorite authors and I can not wait to read more of your stories. I am fascinated by New Zealand and Rugby and have now added this to my bucket list of places to go and things to see.
All four back to back! That’s pretty impressive! Thank you so much. I really appreciate your kind words, and glad I got you hooked on two of my favorite things–New Zealand and rugby!
Just spent every free moment (and there weren’t enough of those with a six year old to care for after a long day at the office) of the last week devouring all four books- well worth a little lost sleep from staying up late to read just a little more! Such easy reads, but so satisfying at the same time. Loved learning more about the unique charms of En Zed, but was also totally engrossed in the amazing characters (none of whom had to be perfect for me to be in their corner). Devastated to learn that a 5th book in the series will have to wait behind another new book- I’m expecting some pretty serious withdrawal issues! Well, not sure what I’ m worried about because I’m sure to love the new series just as much. Keep writing!!!
Thank you so much, Robin! I love hearing that stuff. (Well, not about the lost sleep!) And if you’re comfortable doing it, I’d love it if you’d put a quick review on Amazon for whichever was your favorite of the books. Reviews help a lot.
Working hard on the new story–which means I’m walking around staring vacantly into space as it comes into my head, while my husband looks at me in amusement. I’m a bit nervous about doing something different, but it feels good to have a new challenge. No worries though, I can’t possibly leave my favorite rugby team behind for long.
Actually can’t wait to have a few minutes to post my glowing Amazon review of the entire series, but especially for Just For Now- loved the way you gave a “real” woman with all the complications of an imperfect life the chance to find fulfillment in the most unlikely of places. Nice to be reminded that it really is sometimes the “pitstops” of our lives that land us right where we are meant to remain.
Blessings to you as you stare away…
I loved all 4 books! I am now researching New Zealand as my next traveling experience due to your books. I hope you continue this series! I love all the characters! Will there be another book out soon???
Thanks for letting me know, Erin–I’m so glad you enjoyed them! (And I’d love it if you posted a review on Amazon for one or more of them, if you’re comfortable doing it. Reviews really help.) I hope you do make it to NZ–it’s such a wonderful place. I’m writing a U.S. book now, but back to NZ in March for a few months and new material, hooray! Need to get the accent back in my head.
I absolutely will write a review. I am an avid reader and have been very dissapointed in alot of the books I have read lately. Your series dropped me right into that zone where nothing else exists at the moment but the story! Thank you! I will also be passing this on to my circle of friends and family. I am very much anticipating your new release! I have now put you on my List of authors of must reads!!!
Thank you! Messages like this make my day!
Just wanted to let you know how much I love your NZ series! I read all four in four days! Just couldn’t put them down!
I hope there are a lot more to come. Good job!
Thank you so much, Melissa! I love hearing that!
I read all 4 o your your books this weekend and have searched for more. I hope there are more coming, I would love to move to NZ. You make it very inticing!
Thank you so much! Wow, that’s a lot of reading! Right now, I’m working on the first book in another (U.S.) series, but in March, I’m back to New Zealand again, literally and literarily! (That is not a word, my computer says, but I mean that I’m going to stay for a few months, and writing a book. That was the (impossible) dream starting out: that I’d be able to go back and forth between New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S., and write books. So I’m just thrilled that I’m getting the chance to do that.)
If you’re comfortable doing it, I’d love it if you’d review one or more of the books on Amazon. And if not, no worries. I really appreciate your writing to tell me you enjoyed them.
Saw NZ in the Top 10 on Kindle on Amazon, and thought hope it doesn’t disappoint as so many writers think because we are a farming nation we have ranches, and we all talk the same as the rest of the world. So I loved the glossary at the back of Just this Once, you are either a local or have lived here for a long time.
And on finding this website its encouraging that you have other readers from the States who don’t mind making the effort to read En Zed. Thank you, thank you. Mind you we are more than a nation of rugby players….. 😉 I can’t wait to see what you take on next.
That’s so kind of you! I’ve tried really hard to represent the wonderful country I love so much in a fair way, and to introduce other people to it too! I find, actually, that Americans are totally fascinated by New Zealand and would love to travel there. It’s just so darn FAR AWAY :). But your comment made me really happy. I sure appreciate it. (And if you want to tell all of Amazon that you thought I got it mostly right, I’d love that too!)
Will cut and paste!
Thanks! That’s great!
Love the “Just for…” series. I have read all four – three of them in the last three days; very difficult to put them down! Thank you for very engaging stories, wonderful well thought through characters and the delightful backdrop on NZ! Keep ’em coming! Cheers
Thank you! So kind of you to write and tell me!
Hello from Germany :)!
Just finished your last book “JfFun” – awesome!!!!!
All four books are wellwritten and full of warmth. Great covers!! The little rugby- and NZ-tidbits are the special blend-frosting.
Keep writing, dear Rosalind! I can’t wait to read your next novel :)!
You became one of my favorite authors! !! Were these books in german available they would be my giveaways to all my friends!!
But I have a question as well:
I miss the possibility for a newsletter from your website or an RSS-feed to keep updated when your next book is available.
It was by coincidence that I found out you published a new book.
Or is there any link I don’t see?
Thank you, Kat! That’s such a good question. I have asked my website person about putting an RSS feed on the site.
Many thanks for your kind comments. I would LOVE my books to be published in German, but to do that, I would need a German publisher! Maybe someday–that is the dream . . . I lived in Germany for over a year (Hamburg and Au, in Bayern) as a child, went to Gymnasium and everything! The country has a very special place in my heart. Thank you so much for telling me that you enjoyed the books.
My pleasure :)!
I just placed a small review on Amazon. I don’t review on a regular basis but sometimes I can’t stop myself… and your books deserve some thumbs up.
Thank you! Reviews really do help. And I love to read German
Hi Rosalind! I finished all 4 books over Christmas vacation! I loved them all! Couldn’t put them down once I started them. I down-loaded the next one as soon as I finished the previous! I can’t wait for the next book! Please tell me, there is a next book?! You have fascinated me with En Zed and Rugby players! I think I need to take a trip! Thank you for such enjoyable great reads!
Wow, thank you, Amanda! I’m glad you enjoyed them–and thanks so much for writing to tell me. There will be some new book in the series–I have a few ideas, surprise, surprise. But first I am writing a non-NZ book, the first of a new series, I’m thinking. (maybe March?) Then it’s off to NZ to get inspired! And yes, you definitely need to take a trip.
I just finished “Just for Fun” today. I have enjoyed all four books greatly. I love the characters in all the stories. I am now interested in going on a trip to New Zealand to see an All Blacks game. Please keep more books coming in this series!! It’s nice too that you include past characters in your new books. I have been telling my friends at work about your books….they are now starting to read them as well. Wishing you continued success!
So kind of you both to tell me you liked the books, and to recommend them to your friends! Thanks for both things. And yeah, I’ll be back in NZ myself in a couple months, and so much looking forward to going to a couple of Super 15 games. I hope you make it too–it’s a great country, rugby or not!
I just finished “Just for Fun” am so glad to see from the above comment that you are planning another new book. I certainly hope it continues this series as I love it! Next up… a trip to En Zed!!!!!
Hi Anjie! Are you really going? That’s great! I have to take a break from this series as I need to go back to NZ first, and that isn’t happening till March at the earliest. But I have a book I’ve been thinking about for months that I want to write in the meantime. A new challenge! (still romance, no worries!)
Sadly, I have no immediate plans to go. I HAVE started researching a little and have a friend who is interested in going as well. My hope is within a few years. So for now I’ll just re-read your books!
I hope you do get there at some point. It’s a great place. Can’t wait to be back there again myself, and get in my ocean swims. I think that’s what I miss most. (Although I HAVE been stuck in a couple scary rips–that part of “Just This Once” was directly from experience!)
Be safe swimming on your next trip! Maybe you might want to make sure that a big strong man is kayaking nearby! Seriously, I love that aspect of your books. New Zealand is a big part of the story line. Whether it’s the adventures (I want to go blackwater rafting!), the history, or the culture. Makes the story so much better!
Love all 4 books. I could not put them down they where so good. Loved the characters. Is there going to be more books in this seris? and if there is when would you be releasing the next one?
Hi Lorena! I so appreciate your taking the time to let me know you enjoyed the books! There will be SOME new book, I’m sure, in three or four months, just because I can’t stop myself! But I’m not entirely sure what it will be.
I just finished reading all of your books and want you to know how much I enjoyed them! I enjoyed the website too! Thank you so much! Now please get going on writing more books!
Hi Kathy–Thank you! Funny you should say that, I am working on “Just for Fun” right this minute! Early December, I think, but we’ll see!
Ms. James, I just finished “Just This Once”, and I loved it! The characters (I totally fell in love with Drew!), the setting, the story, everything was so good — entertaining, fun, informative!
I have to tell you, too, it was so much fun to read about the All Blacks and the haka they do before their games! I live in Euless, a small city (town, really) in Texas. We have a large Tongan population here, and those boys can play some high school football. High school football is as big in Texas, I suspect, as rugby is in New Zealand! The local high school, Trinity High School, has won the title of state football champions several times in the past. Several years ago, they began performing the haka before their games. A few years ago, one of the former players went to the Tongan elders in the community and, together, they wrote a version specifically for the Trinity Trojans. While it may not be exactly the same as the All Blacks, it’s pretty intimidating to a lot of the teams they play and it unites the team, the fans and the community when they perform before the games. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdPftrXHATc&feature=related)
So thank you for a little more background on rugby and the haka and New Zealand. After reading your book, I may just have to become a rugby fan!
Hi Lisa–that is AWESOME! Thank you for sharing! That is quite the Polynesian challenge those boys have going on. Yes, I imagine that would be intimidating to face if you were standing across from them. And what a crowd for a high school game. I’ve heard what a big deal high school football is in Texas. Isn’t it interesting that there are that many Tongan students in Euless? Who knew?
Thank you so much for the kind words. I do hope you’ll go on and read the next two books. The next one, JUST GOOD FRIENDS, has a Maori hero, which I think you’d find fun. You’ll have to let me know. Or better yet, review the books on Amazon–that would be super helpful!
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