SMALL TOWN STORM

Erica Lawrence is possessed by the past. One cold, blustery night nineteen years ago in Olinda, Victoria, young Erica almost died at the hands of her mother. She and her father started a new life in a distant city, far from the pity and interest of the gossip-hungry locals, but their relationship never recovered from that moment their family fractured.

 

Now, desperate to understand what kind of woman her mother was and what would motivate her to harm her only child, Erica returns as the resident veterinarian of her picturesque hometown and begins asking questions.

 

But just as she is rekindling old friendships and unearthing family secrets, people begin to disappear.

 

And the only thing more frightening than how these people disappear, is how they reappear.

"One of the best books I've read this year! For those who love Nora Roberts." - Rachael Johns, bestselling author of Jilted

 

"Ackers takes a fascinating premise and enlivens it with sparkling dialogue, small town details, and excellent characterization. Readers will be immediately captivated by both the mystery plot and the burgeoning romance between Erica and Jordan. Elise K. Ackers is certainly one to watch." Chanticleer Book Reviews

"Small Town Storm is Australian noir at its best." Elder Park Book Reviews

"Well written, very well thought out and great character depth (and lovable characters). I found this book hard to put down and it is the best book I have read in a while. I recommend this book. Defin[i]tely a good read." Kage Oukami, Google Play

"Small Town Storm is a compelling romantic suspense novel by an Australian author with fascinating, well-developed characters and set in a disquieting little town in the Dandenong Ranges." Jayne Fordham, Goodreads

"Wow what a compelling read! The characters and environment were described in such a manner you felt like you were there. I honestly could not put this book down." Jaclyn, Dymocks

"Really enjoyed this book. It was a great story and very engaging." Tezza, Booktopia

"What a great read, difficult to put down and it kept me guessing right to the very end. Great characters."  Jacqueline Murray, Amazon

"It's a book that will have you reading through the night so you can find out what happens and when you do it will shock you." Kim, All Night Books

"I just love my serial killer books, putting Small Town Storm as a Five P Read." Paula Phillips, The Phantom Paragrapher

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 Romance Writers of Australia 2013 Romantic Book of the Year (RUBY) finalist

Winner of the Chanticleer Reviews 2013 CLUE Awards for Mystery, Thriller and Suspense

Winner of the ChickLit Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest, 2011

Winner of the Unpublished Beacon Award writing contest, 2011

Winner of the Heartland Romance Authors Show Me the Spark, 2011

Second in Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, 2011

Third in the Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm contest, 2011

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Destiny Romance - Elise Ackers in conversation with Anne Gracie

October 2013

GALLERIES

Olinda, the highest town in Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges, is the idyllic setting for Small Town Storm and was my home for over three years. For more information, visit here.

In August 2012 Penguin Books, now Penguin Random House, launched its new imprint Destiny Romance. I was honoured to be one of the five launch authors.  Small Town Storm has seen three print editions to date.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sassafras Victoria, Australia.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Mt Dandenong Hotel, Victoria Australia.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Mt Dandenong Veterinary Clinic, Victoria Australia.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sassafras Victoria, Australia.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sassafras Victoria, Australia.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sassafras Victoria, Australia.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Lothiel Cottages, Olinda Victoria, Australia.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sassafras Victoria, Australia.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Olinda Police Station, Victoria Australia.

Launch of Penguin's Destiny Romance

Launch of Penguin imprint Destiny Romance, at RWA conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, August 2012. Pictured: Jennifer St George, Peta Crake and Elise K. Ackers.

Launch of Penguin's Destiny Romance

Launch of Penguin imprint Destiny Romance, at RWA conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, August 2012. Pictured: Bernadette Rowley, Elise K. Ackers, Imelda Evans, Peta Crake, Carla Caruso, Kelly Hunter, Charmaine Ross, and Anne Gracie.

Launch of Penguin's Destiny Romance

Launch of Penguin imprint Destiny Romance, at RWA conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, August 2012. Pictured: Commission Editor Extraordinaires Carol George and Sarah Fairhall.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

First Sale ribbon at RWA Conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, August 2012.

Launch of Penguin's Destiny Romance

Launch of Penguin imprint Destiny Romance, at RWA conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, August 2012.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Elise K. Ackers in conversation with Anne Gracie.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Limited edition print copies of Small Town Storm and The Man Plan.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Limited edition print copies of Small Town Storm and The Man Plan.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

Large print edition

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

1st Place in Chanticleer Awards Romance Suspense, 2013.

Small Town Storm, Elise K. Ackers

1st Place in Chanticleer Awards Romance Suspense, 2013.

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