Who is Kayla Mackenzie?

Eloise Kayla McLeod born in Australia in 1938 a descendent of a pioneering family with considerable resources and tracts of land.

At the tender age of 15 headstrong Eloise eloped with a young soldier about to be shipped to Korea in April.  She married Toby Prtichard in April 1953 (the poor under privledged son of a factory worker and housewife) and after a 2 day honeymoon that resulted in her pregnancy he was shipped out and never returned from the war.

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Eloise gave birth to a daughter Marion Eleanor Pritchard on 1st January 1954.

James Campbell born in Australia in 1942 a descendent of the pioneering Campbell family one of the first families to settle in the Port Lincoln area. The Campbell family was extensive with 10 sons and 2 daughters they took up huge tracks of land on the Eyre Peninsula and the west coast of South Australia and worked hard to build an extensive fortune. They had an excellent reputation in the area for being good farmers, generous neighbors and friends and solid contributing citizens to the community.


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James was a widower with no children having lost his first wife in childbirth along with his child. At 26 he fell in love with and married Eloise Pritchard then a widow aged 30. There was no close significant family to object and they married in 1961 and had 3 children in quick succession, Ian, 1961, Kathleen 1963 and James 1964. James treated Marion like his own daughter and Marion then 15. responded to his care.

Both Ian and James died in infancy of unknown causes.

James died in 1970 from a farming accident. Eloise was devastated, but was now the sole heiress to a considerable fortune and large tracts of land. She had brought up her daughter in relative ignorance of the full extent of the fortune behind her.

In 1982, Kathleen married Hugh Mackenzie a distant cousin of her father’s who had come to do some family research. He was also independently wealthy.

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In 1984 Kayla Eloise Mackenzie was born to Kathleen and Hugh. In 1986 and 1988 and 1990 Kathleen suffered 2 miscarriages and a still birth. Weighed down by the grief they decided not to try for more children.


In Demolition of the Heart, Kayla Mackenzie is all grown up and falling in love, buy the book and find out how she finds true love with Wade.


Is There a Right Way to Find Real Love?

This video shocked me –

As a romance author and a believer in ‘love at first sight’ I watched in horror at this cynical, passionless approach to finding true love. I mean for heavens sake the woman had already made a connection, felt that magical, heart stopping moment when you first see him. That moment when your heart thuds, your stomach is filled with soaring butterflies, your mouth goes dry and you feel this warm glow radiating through your body.

It comes in a moment, unexpected, but precious, invigorating and disconcerting. He feels it too and you come together in an explosion of emotion.

Having experienced ‘love at first sight’ once in my life I shall never forget it. I have also experienced online dating including RSVP and it is something I wish I could forget. Cold and clinical, full of lies and photographs ten years out of date of men who use their computer as a smoke screen to hide their inadequacies. I know which one was ‘real’.

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Finding a soul mate or long term partner has always bee fraught with difficulties and technology now has a small part to play in helping this to happen. But one cannot fall in love with a nebulous online presence – see how many are scammed because they foolishly believe they are ‘in love’ with the person on their screen – money, hearts and even lives have been forfeited in the name of online love.

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I wonder as a romance author and as a single woman whether we should go searching for love online or otherwise. Is it really love if we pick someone from a profile, meet them and settle into a comfortable relationship. How many people feel the buzz of true love when they meet the man from RSVP, but he’s nice enough so do we compromise and make do with something comfortable rather than be alone.

A rich life, full of love, is achievable with or without a soul mate or long term partner. While I am single and alone but I am not lonely, and I am surrounded with so much love and potential for happiness I often have to pinch myself to make sure it is real.

But of course I think at times of meeting a soul mate – to be lucky in love a second time. Maybe my hero is just waiting out there for us to bump into each other. I hope so, but I refuse to be drawn by the commercial, clinical lure of online dating – to shuffle through the profiles, chat and meet only to find the magic is just not there.

I want love like the heroines in my novels – true, big, passionate, enduring and unexpected.

See how Kayla and Paige find true love with there heroes in

Deathly Embrace

Demolition of the Heart