Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I'm not dead, I've just been reading...

Hello, hello!

Every time I come here, I find myself having to clarify that I'm still alive and kicking.  Mmmm....  One needs to work on one's time management.  Or, stop working.  I know which I'd prefer.

I know which one Sparky would prefer....

It's been a little nuts here, what with Christmas coming, Anarchy slamming his thumb in a door and requiring plastic surgery, Faith going on camp, and getting gastro, and Love turning nine.

Mental, I tells ya!  I'm at peak performance when only one thing at a time is happening in my life.

BUT, I do love Christmas.  The fun, the food, the joy, the wine, the ... balls.
Christmas seemed to come late to Casa Lock this year, so I've been watching this over and over, to get in the swing of things.  So much fabulous.  My data bill is through the wazoo, but totes worth it.

And because I've been buying myself eBooks for Christmas (I know it's not Christmas yet.  Hush yo' mouth), There've been NEW BOOKS!

I've been rounding up our SARA reads at, and here's my offering for that column, x-posted.

Emmeline Lock

I also picked up Rough Diamond, and just finished it last night.  Phew-ee! Somebody say, "Adventurous ROLLER COASTER with GOOD LAUGHS and HOT LERV"?  Couldn't put it down.  Yes, Ms Ledson.  I am a little weary today.  But I don't regret a moment!

I agree, Carla, it's a funny, quippy read that doesn't belabour the relationship between Erica and Jack, even though life throws all kinds of rotten tomatoes their way.   Check out Sandra O'Grady's thoughts on this book here.  

The ending did leave me a bit wanting, until I rationalised the whole "Um, Emmeline, dude, there's another book," thing.  Then, I felt that the ending was very well done, and felt that Jack was some kind of GOD.  Oh, yum.

Looking forward to Monkey Business, the next book.  And not just because I want more Jack.  Well, maybe not only because I want more Jack... 

Speaking of awesome Aussie writers...  Here's a few I've been mowing through like Christmas chocolates...

The Kissing Season - Rachel Johns.

I do love to read Ms Johns, and this 100-page book does nothing to tarnish my girl-crush.  

A gorgeous hero (with an accent!), a feisty heroine, a small-town feel and and Aussie Christmas!  What more could a reader want?!

Rubies and Black Velvet - Denise Rossetti

I'm a big fan of Rossetti's Four-Sided Pentacle series (Loved The Flame and the Shadow!), and this novella, which falls at #1.5,  brings us all the mystique and sultry heat of those books.

Once again, the hero, John, was a work of art.  He was perfect.  Completely sigh-worthy.  

A curse, a delectable hero, a strong heroine, well-woven fantasy and a number of beautifully-done erotic scenes.  Win!  

Originally published in Unlaced in 2008, it stands alone well, and is a well-worth a holiday read.  

Bravo, Ms Rossetti!

Speaking of gorgeous novellas, I've also had a few more crackers that I've taken off of the top of the TBR and devoured...

Starstruck in Seattle - Juliet Madison

An adorable, funny, quick read that left me wanting more Juliet Madison!

Which led me to...

I Dream of Johnny!

I would have bought this for the title and cover alone, but on the back of a surge of Juliet love, this one was awesome.  A very cute, uplifting read.  

Finally, allow me to share with you one final book that I have recently read and loved...

Catch of the Day - Carla Caruso

Isn't that just THE prettiest cover you have seen for eons?  Our summer (ha!) has started off very cold, and made me kinda depressed.  But fear not, one look at this cover and I was cured!  The colours, the water, the floppy hat and the little heart ... isn't it just perfect!?
Now, Ms Caruso is fully aware of my girl-crush on her (I may or may not have done some gushing over CITYGLITTER here.) and it's only marginally embarrassing for us both.   

I would happily wear a lifetime of  weird silences and cleared throats, if I could read gems such as this.  

Set in Kingston SE, this is a wonderful coming-home story (I do love those, especially when high-flying women pack up their stilettos...).  It has a number of my favourite things--a mysterious hero, a heroine who knows what she wants and doesn't dally about decision making, crystal-blue waters, small-town heart ... and crayfish!  Heaven!

Do yourself a favour, hit the beach with this great book.  NOW!

And what is really cool is that every author featured today is AUSTRALIAN!  I KNOW!  Awesome, RIGHT?  

Oi, oi, oi!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and see you on the flipside!

Em xx

Monday, September 2, 2013

They're here! And I'm too scared to open the cover...

I love, LOVE getting stuff in the mail.  Which could explain my eBay problem.  

That aside, I think I've found something WAAAAYYY better than eBay.  

The book that your story is in arriving in your letterbox!

If sharp, shiny, satisfying romantic reads are your thing (or if you love sapphires), you can order your copy here.

At this point, I'm putting off reading it.  Not sure why.  Maybe I still don't quite believe my story came second.  I'll open it, and EverTrue won't be in there.  My sensible self knows it is, but there is a part of me still pinching my forearm.

Big congrats to everyone who has their story in the anthology, especially my SARA sisters, Harriet and Ute.  ;)

*smiley face*

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Weight loss - please stand back, my head might explode.


If you're one of those people who can eat and drink what you like and never gain an ounce, please don't tell me, or I might be forced to stab you with the nearest sharp object.  There's a good chance I'll be in the kitchen eating, so it could be a sloppy pate knife, or it might be a half-consumed bottle of red wine.

I have lost weight in the past.  It was difficult.  Which is why I really don't want to go back to being as big as I was.

I'm really lazy, and can't be bothered going through all that mental malarkey again.

If you are like me, and battle a lot with chocolate-wielding food-demons, please read this article - How To Lose All The Weight You Want in 89 Easy Steps -
and feel immediately better.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Please, try not to drown...


At the risk of making all the Aussies extremo jelly as they battle the throes of winter (especially delightful here down south), I confess that I have recently returned from a tropical holiday with Sparky, the Offspring and Sparky's bestie and his lovely family.

Nigh on two weeks of sun, sand, surf, snorkeling and COCKTAILS!

My liver may currently hate me, but we had an awesome, awesome time.

Sadly, not one book was read.  I had Magic Mike ready to watch on the iPad and did not even manage to hover a finger over the play button.

While these things usually equal pure relaxation for me, I was happy to trade it for warmth, fun and good times with some of our favourite people.  And we SLOWED DOWN.

We found the people of Fiji to be relaxed to the point of being virtually comatose.  I think their easy vibe went a long way to forcing some people (Not mentioning any names.  Emmeline.) to CHILLAX!

In fact, so relaxed was I, that I was only vaguely concerned when we saw this:

On second thoughts, just try not to drown...

Happily, we have returned with all members of the family accounted for, and even with a little dose of Fiji Belly by which to remember our Tropical Holiday fondly.  I am also three containers of hotel shampoo and two bottle openers richer.  Happy days!

Vinaka vakalevu, Fiji!

We have a few more days of school holidays here, so I'm off to find a quiet spot for myself and Magic Mike to get acquainted.  Hopefully the offspring won't notice that I'm hiding from them for at least ninety minutes.  I will by distracted by nothing short of something that requires an ambulance.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Still alive...

Though you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise, here at Casa Lock, things are just fine.

If a little busy.

While I would like it to be the, "I've written a book, and it's fabulous dahlink" kind of busy, it's not.  It's more the, "Jeebus, it's Monday already?!  Right!  Fess up!  Who stole my weekend?" kind of busy.

The madly-spinning carousel of life.  The one we all get stuck on from time to time.  I appear to have my ass superglued to it, but I am determined to find some kind of solvent and douse the seat of my pants very soon.

Not everyone is busy and therefore non-productive.  Case in point--my lovely CP, Anna Hackett.  She's being a complete and utter darling and giving us a new book.  This one is exciting because it's actually a story about a guy in her Anomaly Trilogy.


Yes!  Leven gets his own SALVATION!

Can't wait!

All right, I have to go and be horribly, awfully domestic.  Please check out the new SARA Blog.  I've been hanging out there a bit these days, they have wine in bottles, and glasses with stems.


Until next time,

Em.  xx

Sunday, June 2, 2013

I be gettin' sassy...

Want to know what I'm doing when I'm not here?

Well, aside from washing socks, drinking wine, reading, downloading Carla Caruso's next story Second Chance (because I loved Cityglitter), and penning a story in the same world as EverTrue, my Little Gems second-place tale, I'm blogging over at South Australian Romance Authors about their good news.

Busy little vocation, I tells ya.  


The very exciting news bursting out of this week is that, as at yesterday, we've moved to a new blog home, at

It's a whole new lineup of chewy, wholesome SARA goodness!  Check out these fabulicious columns on the up-and-up:

Sassy SARA News with Emmeline Lock

The SARA News as you know and love it.

Up Close - Q&A with Carla Caruso

Get to know the members of SARA.

Southern Speak with Khloe Wren

SARAs talk about all things romance.

What a Character with Maggie Mundy

Maggie interviews the characters brought to life by SARA authors.

Reading Adventures with Eleni Konstantine

What the SARAs read and rave about.

So, what are you waiting for?  Time to get your sass on...  

See you there, 

Em xx

Monday, April 8, 2013

It was never gonna happen...

1)  Clean out the fridge (What IS that smell?).
2)  Sew the taupe pillow case back together (Don't ask).
3)  Force/cajole/bribe the offpspring into cleaning their bedrooms so I can find a bit of carpet in there to to vacuum.
4)  About a gazillion other things too mundane to actually mention (Bonus - condensing items four through four thousand of my to-do-list makes me feel much better).

Yes, this is the list of the things I DIDN'T do this weekend.  It's quite long, and now, about fourteen hours after the weekend has concluded, these items are, sadly, still not done.

I'm blaming RL Naquin, a lady whom I am sure is quite lovely, and whom I have also never met.

But I've MET HER BOOKS.  I am enamoured with them.  I read book one, then had to go straight out and epurchase books two.  I'm bereft as I have to wait until later in the year for book three.  I have been looking for lighter/humourous urban fantasy/paranormal and I SO FOUND THEM.

Monster in My Closet and Pooka in My Pantry from Carina Press involve Zoey, a fashion-challenged wedding planner who wakes one morning to find the closet monster she'd told her five-year-old herself didn't exist making muffins in her kitchen.  Throw in a VW, a Leprechaun Mafia, a smoking-hot paramedic reaper, and an incubus that, in my head, looks like badly-dressed Captain Jack Sparrow, and you've got yourself a weekend full of nuthin' but fun.

It's a rollocking ride of great humour, fabulous world-building and wonderful characters.

I have totally forgiven Ms Naquin (whose name is Rachel) for flattening my weekend.  How could I not?  I just hope I have that pillow case fixed by the time book three comes out.  Second thoughts, I'm cancelling that weekend in my diary right now.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

You Little Gem! In which I read a perfectly lovely email and burst into tears...

I've always had very plausible reasons for not entering writing contests.  Excellent ones, in fact.  No time, my writing sucks a$$, kids are sick, I can't find my computer for all the paperwork on the desk, there's a hippo in my fridge I need to get rid of, etc.  I'm sure you know the drill.

So, I surprised myself by promising my fellow SARAs in November that I'd enter the RWA Little Gems Contest this year.

I surprised myself further by actually doing it.  At the very last chime of midnight (my entry was number 67 of 69).  Not having particularly high expectations, I didn't give it much thought thereafter.

Hence, when the very lovely Lis Hoorweg emailed to say that I'd finalled, the shock was so great, the waterworks kicked in.  Then I did the obligatory eight-or-nine-times read through of the email to check that they had the right person.

I still can't find a loophole *pinch, pinch*.


Here's the RWA blog post announcing the winners.

Seriously.  I'm very, very excited--so much, I cried!--to be among the finalists.  Congrats to them all, particularly Jean and Patsy.

Huge thanks to Lis for her coordination of the Little Gems Contests and to the judges for volunteering their time.   Thanks also to my ever-patient critique partners, Anna Hackett and Rach.  xx

Here is Sheridan Kent's wining cover design (Sheridan also designed the very lovely cover from 2011):

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hot, like a sunrise...

It was very warm here yesterday.  That 'Oh, jeez, the car seat is toasty.  Hang on, no, the car seat is BURNING' kind of warm that one is glad only happens occasionally.

Here on the outskirts of crackle country (I'm sure y'all local recall Ash Wednesday, which had an anniversary recently.  I do.), we always have one eye on the Country Fire Service app on the ipads when there's a honkingly hot north wind.  Can't discount the possibility of something fiery and terrible happening.  My heart goes out to everyone affected by the thousands of fires experienced here in the driest state in the driest country every year.

Which is why I apologise in advance for this amusing and also titillating image my lovely CP Rach had on facebook recently.  Call it a silver lining. 

May all your gutters be free of leaf litter, your fire pumps working swimmingly and your firemen off-the-shizang built.  

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The challenge is this...

I challenge you to read Soul Stealer, Anna Hackett's third and final installment of the Anomaly Trilogy and NOT DROOL LIKE HOOCH OVER THE HERO.

Try it if you dare.  ;)

The more courageous of you might also enter Anna's competition to win cool stuff!

The final action-packed novella of The Anomaly Trilogy.

She just wants her life back. After being kidnapped and forced to kill by a vicious crime lord, Cate Hartmann is now a killer with an addiction to stealing souls. On the island sanctuary of Haven, surrounded by other anomalies with secret abilities, she fights to recover. But only one man calms the dark storm inside and makes her believe she can be whole again…Dr. Gage Walker.

Scientist Gage Walker has spent a decade helping anomalies. But every day, he’s haunted by his previous job for the CIA—where he crossed far too many boundaries and hurt so many anomalies. Including his brother. He vows he won’t fail again and will do everything he can to heal Cate—including fighting his attraction to her.

But when the crime lord comes after Cate again, it’s a race against time to find out why he wants her. Amidst the danger, Gage and Cate drawn to each other, even as they fear that one wrong step will send her hurtling back into the depths of her soul stealing addiction.

Soul Stealer - paranormal/sci fi romance
Short Fiction: Novella - 24,000 words

The Anomaly Trilogy
Book 1: Time Thief
Book 2: Mind Raider
Book 3: Soul Stealer

Check these quick reviews:

"The elements of danger, suspense, romance and good vs evil were absolutely brilliantly depicted."
~ Desere - Romance Book Haven

"Rich with emotions, a fully developed plot and storyline and memorable characters, Soul Stealer was a fantastic read as well as a great addition & ending to the trilogy...Get on this series ASAP!"
~ Nina's Literary Xscape

"Read in one sitting, I loved the fast paced, pull no punches action that each page contained. Soul Stealer is full of twists and turns that I didnt see coming. My heart is still racing as I write this!"
~ Tash - Romance Book Haven


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