About Demelza Carlton
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish. She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No – Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean’s Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by her suspense thriller Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn’t leave her alone.
Cast adrift on the Indian Ocean, eighteen-year-old Maria is saved by the crew of the steamship Trevessa.
She can’t tell them her tragic tale, so the superstitious sailors make up their own stories – and some would sacrifice her to the seas to save themselves from the coming storm.
Scottish engineer William McGregor boarded the Trevessa in search of adventure. He finds a crew convinced their ship is cursed, as he fights to protect the mysterious girl and bring her safely to shore.
When the sharks start circling and the storm closes in, are sirens more than just a myth?
Smuggled ashore by the kind widow Merry D’Angelo, Maria begins her new life in the colonial port city of Fremantle.
With the help of a young fisherman named Tony, she fights to find her place among a people so different to her own.
Yet danger lurks beneath the surface of the turbulent harbour waters as her past races to catch up with her; threatening her future and her friends, and forcing her to choose between her old love and the new.
About Ocean’s Triumph
Maria thought stowing away on a ship to follow the man she loves was a great idea – but sleeping in the cargo hold and fighting rats for food isn’t at all what she bargained for, and that’s before she reaches her destination: the desolate colonial outpost of Christmas Island.
Now the man who was once her world won’t even look at her. Perhaps she’d be better off swimming hundreds of miles home.
It’s time to lay the ghosts of their past to rest…or are some ghosts not dead at all?
Guest Post by Demelza Carlton
Scots: Hot or What?
Scottish heroes have to be some of the hottest in fiction and film today. Why? Seven reasons:
1. The accent. There’s just something about the Scottish burr wrapped around, “”It’s all right, lass. I’ll take care of you.”
2. The kilt. There is nothing more sexy than a manly man in a kilt. Except maybe…
3. What’s under the kilt.
4. Scottish reels. Dance a Scottish reel with a man and you get it all:
• The man in the kilt
• A man who can dance
• Kilts flying and the opportunity to glimpse what he keeps under his kilt.
5. Ruggedness. Scotland is a harsh country that breeds hard men. Men who’ll fight for what they value, be it honour, the woman they love or their lives. Fight with their fists and fiery tempers, over the steel of their dogged determination to win. Haven’t you seen Outlander yet?
Or read Diana Gabaldon’s series?
6. Scottish whisky. The stuff will burn your throat and set you on fire, leaving behind a smoky aftertaste and a desire for more. More of what depends on the company…and the whisky.
7. Sean Connery. From 007 to the older gentleman he is today, need I say more?
So who’s my Scottish hero? Well…
It’s 1923. A cargoship steams to a halt when the lookout spots a raft in the wintry Indian Ocean waves with what looks like a girl’s body on it. The superstitious crew want nothing to do with it…all but one man: Scottish engineer William McGregor.
He volunteers to take a boat out to the raft and bring the girl to safety. Never mind the cold water or the danger – if he can save her, he will. When he reaches her, he stares into the Maria’s scared, storm-blue eyes and says, “It’s all right, lass. I’ll take care of you.”
And the rest, as they say, is history. Historical romance in the shape of Ocean’s Justice, the first book in my Turbulence and Triumph series.