Small Town Storm is a gripping read that captures the intensity and passion of first love and the terror of a town where trust has broken down. This is the unforgettable story of a lifelong romance, and of an innocent childhood tainted by evil that won't let go.

Nineteen years after a devastating crime almost killed her, Erica Lawrence has returned home. In the small mountain town of Olinda, her story is legend. And now everyone knows she's back, including top cop and childhood best friend, Jordan Hill, the first and only person to ever touch her guarded heart.


When a woman goes missing and her body is found brutally murdered, fear swallows the town. And suspicion soon turns on Olinda's newest resident: Erica. As the cop in charge of the murder investigation, Jordan has to face the awful truth that the prime suspect is the woman he always swore to protect.


While Jordan and Erica struggle with their feelings for one another, the murders mount up and the tension grows. Not only that, but Erica has a dark secret that she'll do anything to stop Jordan from finding out.

"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


 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


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.