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National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Awards

Best First Book 2015
Best Fiction With Romantic Elements 2015

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But he’s not prepared for the chance meeting with a burnt out rock star who’s hiding out from the media.
A chance meeting that has devastating results.
Then Alec’s wife discovers she’s pregnant. She wants him back and she makes it clear. It’s Mac or the baby.
Will he make the right choice?
A tide too high is a New Zealand novel about relationships, misplaced loyalty and being strong enough to believe in yourself.

It's taken me several years, many lunch hours, cold dinners and late nights to get this first book finished. I hope you enjoy it because I'll be writing more! I love meeting my readers and hearing what they think of Mac and Alec's story, so feel free to leave me a message on my Facebook page or pop over to Goodreads and say hi!...I'd love to hear from you.

product details

Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1502701014
ISBN-13: 978-1502701015
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Average Amazon Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars

customer reviews

the rock star and the businessman - a winning combo

Mac and Alec, the rock star and the businessman, live very different lives. The depiction of Mac's rock star life caught the frenetic pace of living in the spotlight but it was the contrast with the scene at her parents’ home that showed the strength of writing. The New Zealand settings were vivid and I feel an urge to visit the far north in particular!
While I can see that many people might dislike Mac’s cold mother, I felt the depiction of a woman caught in the coils of sorrow was powerful, and I felt for Mac’s father who made his daily escape into the garden while caring for his bereft wife.
Mac and Alec have a lot of obstacles to get through before they earn their happy-ever-after, and I loved taking the journey with them. I look forward to more by this new-to-me author. I hope she also showcases more of the glorious New Zealand country in future books!


I loved this story

I loved this story. Just as the story was heading in the right direction - wham - a twist that made you go .... NOOOOOO! It was a story that you felt you where there, the emotions and storyline were completely believable and I got totally caught up in their lives. Then as the universe was just about to align again another twist that actually made me cry and I could feel my heart racing as I was reading through to find out what would happen.
Brilliant - there needs to be a sequel as I'm sure there is still a story line there not quite finished.


an inspiring journey

What a great first novel Carole. I couldn't put it down. It was an easy read that took me on a journey of laughter sadness and excitement. I loved your use of some typically kiwi terminology! I became totally engrossed eager to find out what would happen next and was not disappointed. For me this book covered all the bases - a great story of two people which evolved into a steamy love story.
Great characters, blended with the right amount of sexiness - baked in New Zealand - what a winning recipe.


awesome story

I loved it. What an easy reading story that had me hooked from the first page. Awesome from cover to cover and can't wait for the next story from Carole.


lovely story

I loved how easily you could connect with the characters and their relationships, meaning it was difficult to put the book down. I also liked that it took the reader to some beautiful places. It's the perfect holiday read!"


fast-paced story

I loved the beautiful setting, the fast-paced story telling style, the grittiness of the characters and especially the romance. I will be lining up to read more of your stories.


For more years than I care to remember I have told stories (just ask Mum!) and made quilts. I run my own art studio and teach fabric-art classes wherever I'm invited to teach. I still make traditional quilts, and I believe that quilting doesn’t have to be stressful and I love to teach classes that are more geared for fun.

I live with my artist partner Dennis at Tui Glen Studio in Levin were we are custodians of avenues of 50-year-old kowhai trees. We have three grown children and one grandchild and are totally servants to our two cats, Buddy and Wednesday.

contact me at:

25 Tui Glen Drive,
Levin, 5571,
New Zealand

64 06 368 8754