Demelza Carlton

Biography

Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.

She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.

Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.

Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.

The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Western Australia, where everything's trying to kill you. The little spiders want to bite and kill you. The big spiders scare the hell out of you, but they're okay, because they eat the little spiders. My cat used to bring home live, venomous snakes and leave them on the doorstep. Sometimes the beaches are closed because there are 5 m long sharks swimming close to shore. The local birds are so big, they use my cat for target practice with their pine-cone grenades. You don't drive at night outside the city unless you're willing to have your car taken out by a kamikaze kangaroo - and I've seen a big buck 'roo write off a four wheel drive.

My writing has a distinct Aussie flavour, which includes the local wildlife. I mean, even my romance has whales, possums and snakes in it.
When did you first start writing?
I think I started trying to write books when I was twelve, with the faint beginnings of what is now my Nightmares trilogy. I submitted the first manuscript to a publisher when I was twelve, too - which, thankfully, was rejected, because it was terrible.

I didn't seriously start writing again until I was thirty, when I was inspired to write the story that became Ocean's Gift. It spawned a whole series...and even I don't know how many books are in it.
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Books

Mel Goes to Hell
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Pre-release—available July 30, 2014. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,680. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The ultimate forbidden love – when Lucifer falls for an angel. Luce and Mel unearth an age-old conspiracy behind his fall from Heaven which could doom their love for eternity. Yet in the deepest levels of Hell lies a secret that could hold their salvation. To save Lucifer's soul, Mel will raise Hell. From the heights of Heaven to the depths of Hell, can love truly conquer all?
See You in Hell
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Series: Mel Goes to Hell, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,550. Language: Australian English. Published: April 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(5.00 from 1 review)
A devilishly hot CEO. The angelic new office temp. A match made in Heaven or Hell? Undercover angel Mel takes a job at the HELL Corporation to find out what the demons are really up to. Luce Iblis, the damnably hot CEO, has set his smouldering eyes on the new office angel and he's determined to claim her, body and soul. Can ultimate evil and angelic perfection find paradise together?
Welcome to Hell
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Series: Mel Goes to Hell, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
"Good morning. Welcome to HELL." Mel hates job interviews – and this one's shaping up to be the interview from Hell. From the grumpy receptionist to the disturbingly demonic interview panel and the sleazy CEO, it seems landing her first job is the least of Mel's worries. Can she make it out of the office alive without selling her soul?
Ocean's Gift Box Set
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Series: Ocean's Gift. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 154,480. Language: Australian English. Published: January 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Three bargain-priced bestsellers in one box! This Ocean's Gift box set includes books 1 and 2 from the Ocean's Gift series - Ocean's Gift and Ocean's Infiltrator - plus the prequel novella, Water and Fire.
Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller
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Series: Nightmares Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,520. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Caitlin's body tells a brutal tale of torture, kidnap and rape that she will never forget. Her only lifeline is Nathan, the mysterious man who saved her life and promised to protect her. But Nathan is a broken man, hounded by his own demons and secrets he can't bear to tell. Caitlin will stop at nothing to get her life back. Can she trust Nathan to help her - or will his past destroy them both?
Ocean's Infiltrator
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Series: Ocean's Gift. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,470. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Could you kill the man you love to protect your people? Capsize his boat… Lure him into the water… Summon sharks … How long will Sirena let Joe live, now he knows her secret? A story about seduction and sharks, parenthood and penguins, at some coral islands off the coast of Western Australia, plus a few other places, too. You'll never look at mermaids the same way again.
Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer
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Series: Nightmares Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,180. Language: Australian English. Published: July 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Six months ago, Nathan's sister was brutally murdered. Now the former playboy desires only one thing: revenge. Late at night, Nathan trudges down the beach where his sister's body was found. He's searching for answers, but all he finds is a new nightmare: another girl's tortured body. Only this one isn't dead . . . yet. Can find out who's responsible before it's too late?
Water and Fire
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Series: Ocean's Gift. Price: Free! Words: 32,980. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Shags and stethoscopes; water and fire. A steamy contemporary medical romance involving a sexy doctor, a naughty nurse, a midwife on a mission and a mysterious predator in Albany, Western Australia. What else can possibly go wrong? Or is time for something to go right?
Ocean's Gift
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Series: Ocean's Gift. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,870. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
Sirens don’t fall in love with humans. For centuries it has been so… But Sirena is different. She lost her first love to sharks and a storm, cursing the islands that stole him from her. Surfacing once more, she meets Joe, the deckhand on the Dolphin. A handy man to have around when the lights go out. Can he seduce a siren? Or will she swim away, before he can uncover her secret?

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  • Callie An Enchantress Novel Book 1 on Jan. 03, 2013

    Full of surprises. From a disturbing beginning to a well-spun story that captured me from the start, Ms Chapman's tale of Callie certainly captivates. Callie herself is easy to relate to, but she's upstaged by Sidney on occasion, as supporting character Sidney injects refreshingly funny repartee into some of the more serious scenes. Lucien, the energetic demon, will forever keep me wondering - Ms Chapman describes him so vividly that I could almost see him in my mind's eye. A disturbing demon indeed. My biggest issue was that there were a couple of scenes that made me blush - I don't recommend reading these in the lunch room at work unless you want people to think you're reading Fifty Shades. Overall, well worth a read - Callie is one of those characters you can't help but love.
  • Tales From the Easter Quadrant on Jan. 26, 2013

    A story about an ordinary bloke making the best of what life gives him, finding his own place in the universe. Spaceships, experimental weapons, a host of ladies with no end of unusual qualities…yeah, Ecks doesn’t really have it so bad, unless you count his prison time and the comrades he loses along the way. He’s no pure hero, as he’s more in the mould of Han Solo than Luke Skywalker, but it’s the realism of his character that makes him so easy to relate to. Even as he’s lighting a cigarette and picking his preference from Xax Girls TV, dodgy though it might be. It’s like Stargate with strippers, Star Wars with steampunk and yet…it’s in a class all its own. If only Ecks didn’t smoke so much.
  • A Gift in the Dark on May 17, 2013

    Pratchett, Poe and the Apocalypse From Death to the apocalypse to mining in Cornwall – Gavin Wilson can certainly spin a yarn. In the satirical style of Pratchett, with some of the horror elements I liked in Poe, he managed to keep me from reading anything else until I’d finished his book. I picked this up on the train and didn’t want to put my Kindle away when I reached work. I can’t even say which story I liked best, as it’s a close competition between Godmother and Blood Red Moon. I think the worst bit of the whole book was my audible disappointment as I reached the end – the apocalypse, indeed! Given the price, it was worth every cent, but I admit I’d have liked to be reading for longer. Any chance of a second Gift, Mr Wilson?
  • Dangerous Tension on Aug. 25, 2013

    Not a straightforward romance... Of course, I didn't expect a straightforward shipboard romance - and not just because the couple in question aren't straight, either. L V Lloyd isn't one to write a standard plot without twisting it at least a little. Funny in places, sweet in others...lovely light reading for sure. I would say it's more romance than science fiction, as it's easy to get lost in the story and forget it takes place on a space ship. I admit I was disappointed it was so short - I was 80% through it before I realised it was almost over.Luckily, I already have the sequel - and I hope it's as good as this, the first book in her Aurigan Space series. I'd love to see what the Star Trek writers would do if they saw this one...especially with Lloyd's example of just how impractical one-piece uniforms can be.
  • Regency Masquerade on Sep. 15, 2013

    I had difficulty putting this one down - and I don't read romance, as a rule. So to find Peter Francis - a character I already liked from the beginning - wasn't a man at all, I thought of my favourite Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night. Yet the style was more like something out of one of Jane Austen's books, as the title tells you exactly when it's set - Regency England. While maintaining a careful balance between description, romance and action, Vera Loy kept me riveted from start to finish. Poor, confused Richard Carleton...ah, but I won't spoil it for you, as this story does have surprises in it that I certainly didn't expect. I think the bit that disappointed me most was discovering that Peter Francis wasn't a man, for he was the character I loved most throughout the book. For that I blame Ms Loy - she wrote the character far too well. It didn't detract from the story in the slightest, though, as the gender contrasts are clearer in this book than in any of Austen's and make for some very funny plot twists. Well worth reading, I'm pleased I purchased this book, so I can read it again.
  • Shadowed on Oct. 13, 2013

    I liked the concept of this - a man suddenly beset by special powers who can't remember how he got them. With most stories where people have heightened perception, they seem to take it all in their stride, yet Paul seems to lack the intelligence to process all the extra data he gets. He lurches from one bad decision to the next because he's an ordinary bloke - not an expert politician, businessman or even PR person, though such characters surround him and leave him confused. While I didn't like Paul much, I did feel quite sorry for him, which is why I found the ending funnier than I believe the author intended. Poor, poor Paul. Four stars.
  • Pawn of Innocence on Nov. 25, 2013

    I found this to be a really sweet story - enjoying it more than I expected. The beginning with the silly, spoiled little rich girl (Camille) almost put me off, but I persevered and I'm pleased I did. The story drags a little with the counselling conversations, yet jumps around quickly in others so that I couldn't understand how one scene had morphed into another. Still, by halfway through I was hooked and I definitely enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first. Armand definitely deserved a happy ending, but as I don't do spoilers, you'll have to read the book to find out whether he got it.
  • Kyrathaba Rising on May 27, 2014

    A cool concept, mashing science fiction and fantasy along the lines of Tad Williams in his Otherland series. Of course, Mr Miller takes us one step further - into a Matrix-like necessity where the humans who don't tap into the virtual reality face the prospect of uncertain death in a post-apocalyptic world. Adding an element of sleeper agents, or non-humans infiltrating the human population, like in Battlestar Galactica, just ups the suspense factor in what is a fascinating science fiction thriller. There's a huge amount of technical detail in this book, so if you're passionate about knowing precisely the model number of the weapon used...this is definitely for you.