I have lived in New Zealand's beautiful farming country all my life.
This rural lifestyle provides a rich source of settings and inspiration for my stories. I've always written, freelancing for local and National newspapers, and for years had a regular County Comment Column in a national daily.
I've been a reader of romance from the moment my sister introduced me to The English Women's Weekly and their wonderful serialised romances. I fell in love with the genre.
A member of Romance Writers of New Zealand, many of my stories have finaled, been highly commended, or commended in the Clendon Award.
I love exploring human hopes and frailties, aspirations, love and laughter. Why Romance? To me, first and last, family matters. And Romance is all about reaffirming and celebrating family values.
Shirley Wine takes us back to Darkhaven, where secrets and scandals can’t stay hidden for long…
Ten years ago Logan Sinclair vanished, abandoning his home, his family and the prosperous racing stud of Darkhaven ? and Piper Daintry, whose love he once shared.
Now that he’s returned, Logan is greeted with suspicion and distrust ? the good people of Cambridge have long memories and he quickly discovers he can’t escape the ghosts of his past, the woman he left behind, or the grief that threatens to bring him to his knees…
He’s heard it said often enough that you can never return home…and Logan quickly comes to realise that he may have compounded his mistakes by doing exactly that. Will learning his secrets push Piper further away, or will he get a second chance at love?
A brand new rural romance trilogy from a brand new voice: Shirley Wine introduces you to the secrets and scandals of Darkhaven
For single mum, Victoria Scanlan, a visit to the luxurious country house of Darkhaven, is a rare chance to combine work with pleasure. Securing the commission for The Wedding Of The Year will guarantee the ongoing success of her floral boutique and secure her the stability she needs for both herself and her son.
But Darkhaven comes with a shocking guest ? the groom is Seth Donahue. Her young son's father. The man who has no idea he has a child. The man she can’t forget.
After a lifetime of betrayal by every woman in his life, Keir Donovan has settled on a calm future with the glamorous heiress Davina Strathmore. She is everything Keir needs in a life partner: confident, poised, elegant, attractive, and aware that this marriage isn’t about love. But when Victoria walks back in his life, his future suddenly doesn’t seem quite so well-defined.
Keir’s passion for Victoria still burns as strongly as ever, but it’s clear she’s keeping secrets: and after a lifetime of deception, Keir has no tolerance for lies.
Why had she never known her life was one colossal lie?
After her father's sudden death Anna Belmonte is stunned to discover she's her father's love child with the family au pair, Megan Anderson.
Her father's rigid Italian values, his hatred of her chosen career as an artist, and her refusal to marry the man he handpicked as her husband have set Anna apart from her contemporaries.
Shocked, betrayed, her sense of self in tatters, Anna travels to New Zealand seeking her birthmother. With her parents now dead, Anna is determined to unravel the dark secrets surrounding her birth, secrets that now only Megan can answer.
When she meets Megan's stepson Slade Haultain, Anna accepts his invitation to stay on his beef and sheep grazing property, Puriri Downs. And very quickly they forge strong emotional bonds.
After a lifetime of her art being denigrated, Slade's acceptance of her chosen career is a balm to Anna's spirit. She'd long ago decided art and marriage were incompatible and has vowed never to marry.
Now the closer she becomes to Slade, she glimpses a tantalizing vision. Art, marriage and children, for the first time she thinks that perhaps she can have it all.
Anna's meeting with Megan turns into a disaster.
Her father's posthumous letter turns out to be a carefully evasive tissue of lies, with both Anna and Megan as pawns in his grubby games.
Too late, Anna learns this was one secret that was never meant to be told…
The dead hand of Anna's manipulative father reaches from beyond the grave to destroy the young lovers' hopes and dreams.
How can Anna ask Slade to choose between her and his family? How can she ever prove she wasn't a party to her father's diabolical schemes? And how can she ask Slade take her word on trust…
For single mum, Victoria Scanlan, a visit to the luxurious country house of Darkhaven, is a rare chance to combine work with pleasure.
It's the chance of a lifetime to quote on the flowers for a huge upcoming society wedding. Such a big commission would give a huge boost to her fledgling floral boutique.
But when she arrives at Darkhaven, Victoria is stunned to discover the groom, banking tycoon Keir Donovan is the man she knew as Seth Donahue… and her young son's father.
Wealthy and powerful, Keir, after a lifetime of being betrayed by every female in his life, has decided he's content to settle on a calm future with the glamorous Davina Strathmore, heiress of media mogul James Strathmore.
Davina, Keir's fiancée, has her own devious reasons for agreeing to his business-like offer of marriage and she sees Victoria as a real threat to her plans…
Victoria knows she must tell Keir about their son, but decides she'll wait until they are no longer visitors in the Donovan family home…but this is a decision she very soon regrets…
The attraction between her and Keir re-ignites and flares brightly… and Victoria quickly realises she's made a huge mistake not immediately telling Keir about their son.....and now it's too late to go back and start over….
Every hour the tangled web of deceit tightens and as she learns about Keir's past....she's fearful he won't tolerate lies…and lies by omission are still lies..
And when the inevitable happens …and they succumb to a passion neither can deny….Victoria realises by not telling Keir about his son…she's given him good reason to suspect her every action…
And when Davina unleashes her fury on them…the future seems hopeless…or is it?
When an attempt to thwart thieves goes horribly wrong, Ashlyn Pritchard is forced to flee.
Snatched up in a dark alley out of harm's way by Jace Mullein, life as Ashlyn knows it quickly unravels.
Cast off by her wealthy high-achieving family, and with an international criminal on her trail, Ashlyn has few options but to accept Jace Mullein's offer of protection....an offer that comes with major strings attached.
He'll act as her bodyguard, twenty-four-seven--if she marries him. She agrees, and very quickly she come's to appreciate Jace's protectiveness. The danger escalates, and Ashlyn learns she can trust Jace.
Then she discovers the truth about his past. It's too late to retreat, but she needs to question everything about the man she has come to love. Does she mean anything to him at all, or is Jace using her only to exact revenge for past slights?
Shadow Dance is the first book in the series The Mulleins of Katherine Bay set on New Zealand's fabulous Coromandel Coast.
When Jenna Mullein attempts to uncover the truth behind her mother's dying words—promise you won't sell the land—she's thrown into desperate danger. Gabriel Callahan steps in to help, but can Jenna trust loner Gabe with her secrets? Does Gabe really want her or the family he could create with her adorable twins?
“Where my family comes from we believe in an eye for an eye…a life for a life…” these words changed Catriona’s life forever.
After years of running from a past she cannot bear to remember, a bouquet of flowers, unlooked for and unwanted, makes Kate Audley look over her shoulder in trepidation.
For eight years, the successful real estate agent has lived under an assumed name in the tiny South Auckland village of Clevedon after fleeing Australia and the man who took her well-ordered life and threw it into chaos.
Now Alexandros Korda has found her.
And finally she is compelled to face her past, face the man who wreaked a terrible revenge on her and the daughter they had together.
On her eighteenth birthday a freak accident that killed his nephew, brought Alexandros Korda into Catriona’s life. Seven years later, she is trying to forget the horror that followed and the daughter they had together.
Yesterday’s Sins is the captivating story of a woman’s attempts to resist the man she loves to hate and Alex’s equally determined commitment that she won’t succeed.
Winsome Grainger left Totara Park with a terrible secret in her heart and a darker secret in her past vowing never to return. A vow shattered when she and her estranged husband, Jared each inherit a half share in Totara Park, the Grainger Dynasty's Estate.
Under the terms of Jared's father's Will, he and Winsome must live on Totara Park together for two years or the Estate will be sold. Unable to live with the knowledge that, through her, Jared stands to lose his heritage, Winsome reluctantly returns with their four year old daughter Lacey.
Unsure of her husband's support, she suffers the guilt of the damned. Never possessing the courage to confide these dark secrets in Jared, Winsome has time to regret never telling him why she walked out on their marriage, why she left him, or why she left Totara Park.
Now these secrets threaten not only her shaky marriage and her love for Jared, they threaten her precious child's life, her own life...
Filled with foreboding, she discovers she's a mere pawn in a dark and deadly game. A game whose rules she doesn't know...