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A story about love and loss, the give and take of friendship and family, and the beauty that can be found in things remade.

Regan Matthews keeps busy. In stillness there’s pain, and there’s no peace in the quiet. There’s only the things she’s lost; her parents, her fiancé. If Regan hadn’t had her sister Kaitlyn and her best friend Kinnon, she would have drowned in her grief.

Kinnon Mannix is the hulking, scowling definition of solid. He’s always made smart investments, enjoyed long relationships, and been whatever Regan has needed since Daniel died. But Kinnon’s not the open book Regan presumes him to be.

Regan has a choice. If she wants to sink, oblivion will welcome her. But if she wants to swim, she’s got to start helping herself. It’s not the future she imagined for herself all those years ago, but it’s still a future worth fighting for.

Eighteen lives are relying on her to believe in second chances. Her sister has run out of give, and Kinnon has withdrawn his heart. But there’s beauty in things remade, and it’s time for Regan to put herself back together.

Shortlisted in the 2017 XO Romance Prize

"A moving, mesmeric story of love, loss, friendship, and the beauty that can be found in things remade." XO Romance, XOUM Publishing

Unpublished - presently out on submission

Ballarat author makes shortlist for $5000 fiction award, Ballarat Courier, 10 January 2018

Xoum announces 2017 XO Romance Prize shortlist, Books+Publishing, 11 January 2018

Author Interview, 99.9 VoiceFM, 30 January 2018

VoiceFM Ballarat - Elise K. Ackers



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Life for Rent is set in Melbourne, and the characters venture often into the heart of this wonderful - world's most liveable - city. For more information, visit here. The book also features animal adoption. If you have room in your home and your heart for an animal in need, consider adopting or fostering from one of the many not-for-profit organisations in the country. For more information, visit the Pet Rescue website.



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