DRIVE ME TO DISTRACTION and Caitlyn Nichols with giveaway

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Sometimes life or death decisions are easy. Alex Radford has a choice – borrow the money to treat her mother’s rare and aggressive cancer from sleazy moneylender Hamish MacCameron. Or do nothing and watch her die.

MacCameron has an agenda. He wants Alex in his bed, and he wants her to help him exact revenge on his sworn enemy, Robert Dryden. He is only too happy to lend her what she needs, but the strings attached form a tangled web from which Alex has little hope of escape.

It’s not all bad. Since she was a girl Alex has had one dream: to become a Formula 1 driver and show the boys how to drive a race car. MacCameron’s money gives her a shot at fame, and in a move that scandalizes the F1 racing fraternity she becomes the new driver for Rob Dryden’s struggling F1 team, Prometheus.

Alex tries to keep her distance from Rob, knowing that one day she will need to betray one of the few people who ever had faith in her. But things begin to unravel when Hamish MacCameron is murdered and she and Rob are the top suspects on the list .

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I’ve always loved to read. I began pinching my Mum’s Mills & Boons (from the teetering pile by her bed) at the age of fourteen, and cannot remember a time in my life when I was without a romance novel. From the classics (Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is my alltime favourite – because it makes me laugh) to the contemporary (Crossstich by Diana Gabaldon, or anything by Janet Evanovich, or… okay let’s not go there!) I love them all.

I began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant (sure I was going to expire from morning-sickness) and coping with a demanding toddler, I decided the time was right to embark on a writing career. (In hindsight I may have been suffering from a scorching case of sleep-deprivation).

Still, it kinda worked out. My debut novel – and the first manuscript I’d ever written – Running Scared, was published by Samhain Publishing in January 2007.  My next book, Secret Intentions by also published by Samhain in 2009.  Then I had a short story published in the Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance (MBSOR) in 2010 – my story is called The Grey Man.

In 2012 my novel Drive Me To Distraction was published with Momentum Books (Digital first imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia), and my novella The Danger Game came out with Escape Publishing.

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Fun Facts:

  1. When I first took myself backpacking in Europe (at the tender age of 17) I was such a young innocent thing that I assumed the scantily clad young ladies hanging about in doorways near her hostel were waiting for a lift home. (They were hookers)
  2. I’m ambidexterous. I can do almost everything left and right handed, except for write – which I do left handed.  (It comes in handy)
  3. I was born in England and moved to Australia in 1983. (I love them both – but I’m sorry UK, the Aussie rugby team owns my heart)
  4. I hate shopping, and am bored by shoes. My husband loves shopping and shoes. (We are a perfect match).
  5. Televisions unexpectedly turn themselves on in my presence. (Seriously, its freaky)
  6. I love to travel by train. (I often don’t feel that way about my travelling companions though)
  7. I love to garden and have a huge vegetable patch – I grow awesome tomatoes – even though I loathe them and never eat them.
  8. I can speak, read and write Chinese (very rustily). Many years ago (1998) I spent three months on a language exchange in Kunming, Yunnan. I was once locked out of my apartment complex, and was caught scaling the fence by the local police. (It ended well – and there are a lot of photos of me looking slightly stressed adorning a police station somewhere)
  9. I once wanted to be a chef. I studied cooking for a summer at the Cordon Bleu cookery school in London. One of the other students was from Montana, he fell madly in love with me and begged me to go back to the States and live on his ranch. (I said no – but I’ve always wondered what if??)

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This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m trying to see if DRIVE ME TO DISTRACTION is going to be part of a series?

  2. Sleep deprivation, I once thought my second baby was going to turn into a vampire and bite me. Ah, the ever present what if question, you could turn it into a story.
    Z

  3. This sounds like a great book. Love heroines in out of the box vocations. Add danger, wow. Can’t wait to read this one.

  4. Hi, I loved your fun facts; so your life is very boring!!! Ha! Your book definitely got my attention & sounds like a “must read”- thank you for sharing.

  5. I loved the book blurb; sounds like an exciting read. Also love your fun facts. Why did you move to Australia? What happened to becoming a chef? Thanks!

  6. Great giveaway! I love the fun facts, too. 🙂

  7. This sounds like a great book, thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  8. Hi Mary,

    Drive Me To Distraction is a stand-alone story and we’re not planning a sequel at this stage. So no cliffhangers at the end!!!

    C xxx

  9. LOL Z! Sleep deprivation is a whole form of torture 🙂 I look back and wonder how I got through those sleepless years 🙂

    C xxx

  10. Thanks Trish! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    C xxx

  11. Heh Barb! Its been 40 years, those were the highlights!!!

    C xxx

  12. Hey Karen,

    We moved to Australia because my Mum is an Aussie and she wanted to be back with her family after living overseas for 17 years. England at the time was in a pretty grim place financially (in the early 80s) jobs were scarce, and I think Dad was happy to leave on an adventure. Its an awesome place to grow up and I’ve always been glad she made the decision, though it was hard at the time 🙂

    I still love to cook, but the cheffing fell victim to difficult hours (I was engaged to someone who worked 9 – 5). I’ve always hoped it was something I could pick up later on 🙂

    C xxx

  13. Thanks Mindy, thanks Heather 🙂

    C xxx

  14. I enjoy a good story about a woman in a man’s world—so I’d like to read this one.
    Thanks for the contest

  15. Thanks for replying. Both England and Australia sound like great places to live. Hope you can get back to being a chef, but I’m sure you make some pretty special dinners!

  16. So do I Sue! I often write about women in male-dominated work places, there’s such an interesting set of challenges there and it fascinates me. I’m also inspired by my sister who was a Mining Engineer (before kids) and worked underground in a *very* male workplace.

    C xxx

  17. LOL Karen 🙂 My children think my ‘special’ dinners are appalling. “But its not macncheese Mummy. NOT MAC AND CHEEEEEESE…” etc. I’m telling myself they’ll appreciate me when they get older!!!

    C xxx

  18. Nice blurb

  19. Oh my gosh! I loved your fun facts! The book looks very interesting. Thank you for the giveaway.

  20. Thanks bn100 and Thanks Stephanie 🙂

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