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CJ DugganInspiration can strike in the least likely of places.

I was travelling on a London bus in the summer of 2015 when I first thought of the Heart of the City series. I had gone from simply admiring all the beautifully bold street names to thinking about what it would be like to write about a character that was experiencing the wonders of a city for the very first time – a real fish-out-of-water story.

The voices were loud, the story was clear: Paris – New York – London would be the beginning. I instantly retrieved my notebook from my bag and much like a mad scientist started scribbling some character notes, feeling a new excitement in having realised this was actually going to be something.

When you know – you know.

A year on and three books later, it made me realise what was probably the most valuable lesson of all: Never miss your bus, because you never know where it might take you.

  • Paris Lights - CJ Duggan

    'You're breaking up with me!' He was silent. 'In Paris.' Eyes dropping. 'Under the Eiffel-fucking-Tower!' I screamed.

  • New York Nights - CJ Duggan

    Sarah Williams is a spirited, independent Aussie who has always dreamed of New York City. So when a job opportunity arises to become an au pair for a successful businessman in the heart of Manhattan, Sarah jumps at the chance to follow her dream.

Laura Boon

Laura Boon

As a member of the Hachette Australia publicity team, it’s my responsibility – and my delight – to ensure that the reading public gets to hear about all the wonderful books we publish. I have a particular love of historical romance, but I also enjoy reading contemporary and paranormal romances, romantic suspense novels and just about any genre in-between. My only real requirements are a feisty heroine and a swoon-worthy hero, a dollop of hope – and some smooching, of course!

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