angelinsydney
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Joined 06-03-13, id: 921714, Profile Updated: 11-04-16
Author has written 15 stories for Romance, Thriller, and Action.

I updated my profile picture to highlight an e-book I published that's been helping people who are hurting. It's a romantic thriller yet it has a heart-wrenching central theme - surviving child abuse.

Please, if you can, avail of it from Amazon. I've priced it at 0.99, the cheapest possible price, in order that many could afford it. If you can't and you would like to read it, private message me and I'll find a way to get it to you.

Sadly, I don't feel free anymore to upload full stories on the public domain. I have had several stories stolen from me this way, hence, Mosaic and Scorched will not be serialised here.

The last novel I'm completing here on Fictionpress is Cameron of the Seas.

Regretably, from now on you can only reach me via Facebook (Angelin Sydney), Twitter (@Angelin_Sydney), Instagram (writingangel).


Not much has changed for me. I still believe in heroes. This is why soldiers are often the main protagonists in my stories, they are the kind of heroes I believe in. Heroes who are often faceless. They don't get recognition for the sacrifices they make. It's up to creative people like me to raise their profile.

Billionaires are passé. And how many brave and dashing billionaires are there anyway? For real?

I also want to highlight the cause that is dearest to my heart: Soldier On - Australia and The Warrior Returns. These not-for-profit organisations are involved in helping returned soldiers and young veterans who are suffering mental and physical issues. I'm donating fifty percent of all royalties from the Cameron Series to their cause. Would you please help me, help them?

I know what it's like to battle PTSD. I suffered it for years after the death of my son, Timothy. He was fifteen when he was taken from us - tragically and cruelly. He was here one minute and gone the next. Having been there myself, I can't leave anyone suffering with trauma alone by the wayside. We are soldiers in our own right, as we travel this road of life, let us pick each other up along the way.


I'm a believer in the kindness of people so by extension this is the theme of my stories.

As a writer, I like to keep my conversations realistic so funnily enough although I don't swear in real life, a few of my characters do. Ha, ha. Perhaps it's my subconscious release.

For me, writing is as essential as breathing. Seriously, the only reason I'd stop writing would be if I'm incapacitated or dead. Working for a living gets in the way of my writing which I find very sad. In the ideal world, all I'd be doing is entertaining you. That would be my utmost wish.


A little Q&A for you to get to know me

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?

When I'm not writing, I'm working. And I'm daydreaming, and I'm reaching out to friends. I live a very simple life, but I like to think that it is rich in many ways.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

Apart from my children who I adore with all my heart and soul, story-telling inspires me to get out of bed every day. I love to regale people with plots that twists and turns, and I love to share characters who are alive and dynamic and who are lovable even if they're flawed. Who among us aren't?

How do you discover the ebooks you read?

By trawling the internet and reading reviews. I seek out new and old writers alike and I always, always review. I know how hard it is to come up with a story, to write it, edit it, proof-read and how much of a solitary experience it is. A review lets the writer know that I care and that he/she isn't alone. And when the book is good, I will recommend it.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

Yes, the first one appeared on fanfiction.net for a TV show called 'Flashpoint'. It was a one-shot, but it received such a positive response from readers that I became addicted to writing. It became a catalyst for me in terms of creating contemporary fiction.

What is your writing process?

Daydreaming is my writing process. It always starts with an idea about a story, and then the characters follow from there. I always know where to start and how it will end, it is the middle part that I try to work out as I progress. I try to write a chapter a day, time permitting.

I'm lucky as I'm one of those people who can think of five stories, and not get confused by the different plots and characters that are in my head. I have conversations with them, too. (LOL)

I've told friends that only writers can talk to imaginary persons and still be called 'sane'.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

I'm afraid I can't remember having passed my half century. That's a long time to be living and reading books.

How do you approach cover design?

With cover design, I have a trusted artist I work with, for those who maybe interested, her name is Caitlin Beresford. Cover designing is a collaboration, it is important that both the writer and the designer come to a consensus on what makes for a fitting cover.

So far, I've loved all my covers but I'm also open to changing them in the future to keep the stories fresh.

What do you read for pleasure?

I read a lot of mystery thrillers, spy novels and anything that makes me feel excited.

What is your e-reading device of choice?

I read with my smartphone, android and desktop, so pretty much whatever happens to be handy at the time.

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?

I'm a terrible marketer. Honestly, I need help in this department. It is such a shame because everybody says I'm a terrific writer. Well, the most unread terrific writer. Kidding aside, I hope this would change soon.

I hope that readers would try to make contact. Wouldn't it be nice if someone can brag one day and say, 'I became her friend before she's famous.' I better add a smiley here - don't want people to think I'm full of myself :). No, I quite humble actually.


Here at Fictionpress, I'm chronicling the stories of the Cameron siblings and a second series called Colour

Book One of the Cameron Saga is 'Return to Cameron Country.' It is about Australian SAS Special Forces soldier Bryce Mabo Cameron and his petite American wife, Belle. This was released in June, 2015. Although not a commercial hit (yet), it has been a critical success with 4.5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Book Two: 'Cameron of the Skies', features Black Hawk Pilot Banjo Mabo Cameron and his beautiful love, Andrea Cosgrove. This has been released an an ebook. And it has rated even higher (5-star) among critics and early reviewers.

Book Three: 'Cameron of the Seas' is about a Clearance Navy Diver, Bernard Mako Cameron aka Duck aka Merlin. And the beautiful Bonita Rudd.

The Colour Series by Jack O. Daniel

One Night Stand starred Red Ngata-Rhodes and Isabel Fairbanks-Caine. Released on Valentine's Day 2016 as an ebook. Available on Amazon/Kindle

Last Pursuit - stars Blue and Mimi. Are you loving it?

Don't Stand Still - featuring Sully White. This one is going to be a full-on, roller-coaster ride. And, very romantic in a very different way.


Take care, my peeps

Angelin

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OH, THE COMPLICATIONS: Loving Faith and Hope reviews
What happens when relationships get into difficulties? Luke is in love with Faith, but he also loves his surrogate sister, Hope. Everything is going well until Hope rushes headlong into trouble. Soon, they find themselves in the middle of an unfolding crime drama as Hope gets tangled in a money laundering web; they would be ripped apart. Can love win above the complications?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 31 - Words: 50,886 - Reviews: 8 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 8/3 - Published: 7/4 - Complete
Courting Pippa
Since joining Sydney's Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit as a desk jockey, Pippa has made a rule for herself: She won't date cops. Even her crush, Officer Paolo Joshua Domini, is off limits. The problem is he is drop-dead gorgeous, adork-able and funny. She is resolute and continues to play hard to get, keeping him at arm's length; but, for how long?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 26 - Words: 32,849 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 6/29 - Published: 6/5 - Complete
Don't Stand Still reviews
Book Three of the Colour Series: Sullivan White is a member of Trident, the London Metropolitan Police's anti-gun and gangs unit. He is also an active member of the City's anti-terror team. After a gruelling week at work, he is looking forward to a restful night. Alas, it is not to be! In the wee hours of the morning, someone comes to his place alive ... but dying.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 29 - Words: 31,826 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 6/14 - Published: 4/7 - Complete
Return to Cameron Country reviews
Book One: Belle didn't know Bryce Cameron well, but she knew one thing for certain: she loved him and would follow him anywhere. Married in a whirlwind, she soon realised that she knew even less about the area around his home than she did him. Worse still, Bryce was often called away for clandestine missions which were fraught with danger. Will love be enough to keep them together?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 53 - Words: 105,665 - Reviews: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 5/19 - Published: 4/23 - Complete
When Angels Dare reviews
This divine short story is quirky, funny, dramatic and magical. It may only be 8,000 words, but 'When Angels Dare' is like ice cream for the soul. It is a tale of Guardian Angels playing Cupid. Two Heavenly Creatures conspire to make a meeting between two wonderful people happen. Will the humans make the best of the opportunity presented? Is it going to be a happily ever after?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 8 - Words: 8,741 - Reviews: 1 - Updated: 5/17 - Published: 5/10 - Complete
Promise Me reviews
Thomas 'Easy' Steel is known for his toughness under pressure. Those who know him well say he is so easy-going he is almost horizontal even when defusing a live bomb. One day, his team of NYSP explosive ordnance disposal experts is called to an incident in front of City Hall. A woman is standing outside with a bomb strapped to her chest. That woman is his wife.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Family - Chapters: 17 - Words: 21,071 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/22 - Published: 4/13 - Complete
Run, Hide, Escape reviews
Frank was a retired Navy Seal. Tennessee, his Team Leader, died during their last mission together. Before he passed away, Tennessee left everything he had to him. 'Why me' he had asked. It didn't take long to find out the answer. It had something to do with a beautiful lawyer named Anita. He must save her. In so doing, they had to run for their lives with Tennessee's ghost.
Fiction: Action - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 7,338 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 4/14 - Published: 1/26/2017
Lifesaver in a Bikini reviews
This fast-paced, action-packed, romantic-thriller is a joy to read. When sassy ballistics expert Queen Gomez finds herself thrust into the middle of a murder mystery, the media hails her 'the lifesaver in a bikini'.' Her husband, New York SWAT Officer Giorgio Gomez, tells her to stay in the crime lab and let the detectives handle it. She wouldn't listen. Then, trouble boils over!
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Crime - Chapters: 23 - Words: 44,047 - Reviews: 1 - Updated: 4/12 - Published: 4/7 - Complete
Last Pursuit
Book Two of the Colour Series: Cherie, Blue's daughter is kidnapped by a cold and calculating con man. Accompanied by his faithful dog, Molly, he starts on a quest to get her back. Meanwhile, Cherie is being kept in a yacht somewhere in the Mediterranean. Here, she is well taken-cared of by a woman named Melanie. Who is she and why does she feel so bonded with the little girl?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Suspense - Chapters: 27 - Words: 47,712 - Updated: 4/7 - Published: 3/27 - Complete
One Night Stand: Could this be the beginning of forever? reviews
Book One of the Colour Series: They met on a deserted beach in NEW ZEALAND, the land of great white clouds. They find themselves caught up in a steamy situation, in the end, she decides it is best to remain incognito and go their own way. Months later, by sheer coincidence or is it fate, their paths crossed again. But there is a madman between them. Will they have a happy ending?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 26 - Words: 48,868 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 3/27 - Published: 3/17 - Complete
Scorched reviews
Engaged couple John Paul & June Callaghan went to Paris for a honeymoon-before-the-wedding kind of holiday. It was supposed to be fun & romantic, but it turned deadly on just the second day when three bombs exploded where they were staying. Then, they learned it was just the beginning of a huge terror plot. Typical of my romantic/thrillers, this will be a terrifying ride.
Fiction: Thriller - Rated: T - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 26 - Words: 27,647 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 3/22 - Published: 6/1/2016 - Complete
Mosaic reviews
Ralph had been repeatedly raped as an adolescent. A life-shattering event that constantly threatens his well-being, but which he refuses to define him. A young woman's love gives him hope that all is not lost, that there is a future ahead. As life would have it, he would meet a child in similar circumstance, would it lead to healing or would it cause him to become unhinged.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 28 - Words: 35,149 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 3/14 - Published: 6/11/2016 - Complete
From a Place of Blood and Tears reviews
Lt. Kevin Russell is transferred to a backroom role following a diagnosis of Parkinson's e move from the NYPD's Major Case Squad to the Property Clerk Division is meant to give him job security away from the front line; one that would not present too many challenges. Little did he know that it would be the cause of his heartache and that of his family.
Fiction: Thriller - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 36 - Words: 24,515 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 3/9 - Published: 3/10/2017 - Complete
The Violinist and the Ballerina reviews
The instant their eyes met Cathy's well-constructed world almost fell apart. She recognised him instantly, though she doubted he did. How long had it been? Eight years? Involuntarily, her blue eyes moistened. He was oblivious to her inner turmoil; later, he realised he was her childhood bully. Now the reality of it had come back to ratchet up the guilt one more notch.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 12 - Words: 10,355 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 3/8 - Published: 4/16/2017 - Complete
An Ode to Life and Love reviews
Just a one-shot: Sometimes all it takes is a good book and a lover to help you carry on.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 903 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/27/2015 - Complete