Academy Author Index
Last Updated: 9/4/2012
2006 Hall of Fame
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2008 Hall of Fame
Summer -- 1974. Hot, sticky and filled with promise. Days filled with nothing but what my imagination could conjure up -- and that could be pretty frightening. Lou Turner loves Ashley Richards. Always has … always will. This is her story … a story spanning thirty years … from the innocence of childhood to the bitterness of adulthood. But can Lou use her beginnings to shape her future?
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Restaurant owner, Claire Connolly, initially believes Jennifer Cartwright collapses on purpose to see how she will cope with the situation. But it soon comes to light that someone is behind it all and is not going to stop until he exacts his revenge on the dark haired food critic. Bring in Fiona Houghton - smart and willing to go the extra mile. It isn't long before she is on the trail of a man intent on destruction, and he doesn't care who he destroys along the way. A tale of murder, kidnapping, and devastating obsession. How on earth can something as fragile as blossoming love come from this? Simple. Love is stronger than everything. Isn't it?
Dwelling In The Past [revised version]
Abbie Jameson needs to escape her life. A writer with no muse, and a marriage with no love. She retreats to Yorkshire in a bid to find her true self. But the 'self' she finds is not what she was expecting. Only the dark, enigmatic Kate Thomas can help her discover the truth.
Fin de Siècle [Academy Halloween 2009]
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A visitor from her past jolts Laura Stewart into memories... some funny... some heart wrenching... but she needs to deal with all of them before she can open the door to allow her past to shape her future. A story starting in the present day, narrated by a woman who needs to retell her past before she can move on with her future. There is no fantastic underlying plot, just a simple retelling of events leading to the present day. Most of us will recognise the uncertainty of youth and the first flush of love.
There are always two sides to every story. Well, actually there are three. Yours, mine, and more importantly, the truth. It all depends on what you want to believe, want to see, and who to trust. After years of not taking responsibility for her actions,
Stephanie Stevenson realises she has become the woman she never wanted to be. Quitting her job as a reporter, she moves to Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, in an attempt to start over. Four years later, a beautiful woman moves into the cottage next to hers. Could she be the answer to Stephanie's prayers? Or will the arrival of her new neighbour dig up the reporter's past? A past Stephanie believes is best left buried?
Erin Mason is not the average woman-next-door. She, too, holds secrets that are craving to raise their head once again. Could Stephanie be the one to unlock the memories? Or is it the other way around? Two women: one story. Their story.
Libby Armitage doesn't believe in things that go bump in the night. She also doesn't believe that Jennifer Darby and her have anything in common. But a night vigil at the Falstaff Experience is enough for her to doubt more than her sanity.
"She said she'd love me forever." But forever is a long time, as Beth Chambers found out. It always is when you're with the wrong woman. Once is her story.
Puppy Love [removed at author's request — published]
Ellie Anderson had given up on love. What was the point of letting someone in when all they would do is leave? Her life was spent working and dodging the matchmaking skills of her sister, Abbie. Then she met Charlie, a gorgeous brown eyed Border Terrier who was in need of love and a home, prompting Ellie to open the doors to feeling once again. However, she isn't the only one who has fallen for the pup's charms. Emily Carson is her rival for Charlie's affection, thus starting what can only be classed as a working relationship. Question: By opening the doors for Charlie, is there room for anyone else in Ellie's life?
Right Between the Eyes [Academy Valentine 2007]
See Right Through Me [Academy Valentine 2008] [revised version]
School teacher, Gemma Hughes, is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Disorganised and clumsy, it isn't long before she finds herself in the capable hands of the beautiful Dr Maria Moran. Everything starts wonderfully until Gemma starts to doubt the doctor's intentions, listen to the wrong people; listen to the wrong version; and begin to believe all she hears.
But has Maria something to hide, or is it a case of swapping trust for insecurity, respect for jealousy, and finishing with a world of heartbreak and deceit? Can Gemma stop her actions before it's too late? Or will she ruin the best thing to happen in her life?
Jess Taylor's idea of a good night was an early one, preferably with a good book. After breaking off her relationship with female lothario, Samantha James, she decided that she doesn;t want to expose herself to another cheating partner. Staying at home, alone, suited her just fine. Well, until her best friend, Sophie Harrison, decided that it was time to get Jess back into the human race once again. This comes in the shape of a Still Life art class at the local college - and more importantly, in the beautiful form of the art teacher, Diana Sullivan. This is the story of how art can bring two women together. But the question is - is it strong enough to make a masterpiece? And can Jess overcome her fear of being used once again?
Unspoken [Academy Valentine 2006]
Untitled [Academy Xmas Challenge 2008]