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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Where to find Demelza Carlton online


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Books

Maid for the South Pole
Series: Romance Island Resort, Book 7. Pre-release—available November 23, 2016. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
Audra is determined to make her mark. Joining an expedition to the South Pole, she thinks all her Christmases have come at once. Until she meets her new roommate. When Jean-Pierre's wife broke his heart, he swore to spend his holidays in Antarctica. He didn't count on sharing a room with a woman who hates him for something he can't even remember. Can a South Pole summer thaw two icy hearts?
The Rock Star's Wedding
Series: Romance Island Resort, Book 6. Pre-release—available August 31, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,830. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Five women. One rock star. Who will be the bride in the celebrity wedding of the year? The weather may be as hot as Hell with the mother of all storms brewing off the coast, but Xan knows one thing for certain: come fire or flood or ex-fiancés, there will be a rock star wedding at Romance Island Resort. But the question on everyone's lips is…who will be Jay Felix's bride?
The Rock Star Wants A Wife
Series: Romance Island Resort, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,660. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Twelve girls. Four weeks. One reality TV show. The prize? A rock star's heart. After losing her job, Penelope will stop at nothing to regain her reputation. A reality TV show where she can demonstrate her skills is the perfect opportunity. She's not looking for love, but a lonely rock star might be enough to change her mind. And when that rock star wants a wife…will marriage be on the menu?
The Rock Star and the Billionaire
Series: Romance Island Resort, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,110. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A disaster at her mine doesn't faze billionaire heiress Gaia Vasse. All she has to do is acquire the nearby Romance Island Resort and she can reopen her mine. Easy. Only Gaia hadn't counted on the sexy-as-sin rock star owner of the hotel, who refuses to sell. Gaia will have to decide what she wants more – the resort or the rock star. Would it be such a bad thing to mix business with pleasure?
The Rock Star's Virginity
Series: Romance Island Resort, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,420. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Flavia's life seemed perfect… until her fiancé cheated on her. In the spirit of revenge, she auctions her virginity to the highest bidder. One night and the rules are simple: no names, no kissing and definitely no romance. Until Flavia arrives at Romance Island Resort, and meets the rock star who makes her want to break all the rules. He's already won her virginity, but can he win her heart?
The Rock Star's Email Order Bride
Series: Romance Island Resort, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,840. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Phuong has her future all mapped out. Finish studying, then go home and save her family's business. Until her father dies and it all falls apart. New plan: find herself an Australian husband. Fast. She's not looking for love – Phuong doesn't believe in fairy tales. But when she meets her husband-to-be and discovers his secret, maybe it's time to believe a girl can live happily ever after.
Maid for the Rock Star
Series: Romance Island Resort, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 71,390. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
A maid at the exclusive Romance Island Resort, Audra knows how to handle rock stars, billionaires and celebrities. She keeps their secrets, cleans up their mess and makes sure their holiday is a memorable one. There's just one rule: no relationships with guests. And Audra never breaks the rules. Then she meets rock god Jay Felix...and all bets are off.
Turbulence and Triumph: From Ride to Birth
Series: Turbulence and Triumph. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 84,200. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The Jazz Age tale of romance and adventure on the high seas continues. Three bargain-priced bestsellers in one box! This box set includes: Ocean's Ride (#4), Ocean's Cage (#5) and Ocean's Birth (#6)
The Complete Nightmares Trilogy
Series: Nightmares Trilogy, Book 123. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 241,250. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
There are real monsters out there. The worst ones are human. Three bargain-priced bestsellers in one box! This box set includes the complete Nightmares Trilogy: • Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer (#1) •Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller (#2) •Afterlife of Alanna Miller (#3)
Ocean's Birth
Series: Turbulence and Triumph, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,210. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Maria thought her troubles would be over, but a new storm is brewing with the power to sweep away everything she holds dear. When Maria's mother appears, insisting that Maria return to the ocean and threatening the lives of everyone she loves, Maria is faced with a heartbreaking choice: what price will she pay to protect both her husband and her unborn child from her own family?
How To Catch Crabs
Series: Turbulence and Triumph, 2.5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,070. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Love and babies: two things Lucy has no time for in her life. Until Giorgio. The moment their eyes meet across the fish market, he knows Lucy's the girl for him. If it weren't for his reputation as a rake, maybe he could catch more than just her eye – perhaps even her heart, too. A tale of crabs, cricket bats and catching your heart's desire in Jazz Age Western Australia.
Ocean's Cage
Series: Turbulence and Triumph, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,920. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Forced to choose between the ocean and the man she loves, Maria accepts the gilded cage of her life on land. But the ocean will not be thwarted so easily. All Maria wants is to live happily ever after with her husband. But between the crazed crabs, a mysterious illness and a monstrous shark, Maria may need all her skills as a siren to succeed. Can one woman oppose the ocean and win?
Ocean's Ride
Series: Turbulence and Triumph, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,780. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Reunited with the man she loves, Maria agrees to become his wife and is catapulted into the cream of Christmas Island society. All Maria wants is to spend time with her new husband, learning to ride a motorcycle and sneaking off for a romantic swim. But with all eyes upon her, Maria begins to doubts she has what it takes to be a society wife. And the ocean's siren call is growing stronger…
The Holiday From Hell
Series: Mel Goes to Hell, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,300. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Melody Angel races to stop Lucifer from returning to Hell and his devilish ways, but with the burned-out angel's soul barely clinging to her body, the clock is ticking until she's summoned home to Heaven. Luce whisks Mel away on a romantic vacation that turns into the holiday from Hell when even he isn't sure he can help her recover in time.
Melody Angel's Guide to Heaven and Hell
Series: Mel Goes to Hell. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,640. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Demonology & Satanism, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Can't tell an angel from a demon? Want to know more about supernatural beings? Ever wonder how many levels there are in Hell? Look no further! This is Melody Angel's guide to some of the immortals found on Earth and in Heaven and Hell, with concise descriptions of their history and the realms they reside in. A companion guide to Demelza Carlton's Mel Goes to Hell series.
Welcome to Hell Box Set
Series: Mel Goes to Hell. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 132,380. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The ultimate forbidden romance - when Lucifer falls for an angel. A match made in Heaven or Hell? Four bargain-priced bestsellers in one box! This box set includes: Welcome to Hell (Mel Goes to Hell #1) See You in Hell (Mel Goes to Hell #2) Mel Goes to Hell (Mel Goes to Hell #3) Melody Angel's Guide to Heaven and Hell
Turbulence and Triumph: From Justice to Triumph
Series: Turbulence and Triumph. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,320. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A Jazz Age tale of romance and adventure on the high seas. Three bargain-priced bestsellers in one box! This box set includes Ocean's Justice, Ocean's Trial and Ocean's Triumph.
To Hell and Back
Series: Mel Goes to Hell, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,660. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When his nemesis disappears, Luce returns to power as the HELL Corporation's sexy CEO. With Mel at his side, he's certain he's in Heaven. If only she'd agree to get down and dirty on his desk. Mel hunts for Persephone across the globe from Australia to London to Japan. Can she find the half-angel and thwart a nuclear attack? Or will Luce's devilish ways drive the world to war? Only Heaven knows.
Afterlife of Alanna Miller
Series: Nightmares Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,990. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Five years ago, Nathan's world came crashing down. He lost the woman he loved and now he's lost everything – including hope that she's still alive. Forced to assume the identity of a dead girl, Caitlin struggles to rise from the ruins of the life she lost. When nightmares from the past threaten to engulf them both, can a broken hero and a girl living someone else's afterlife fight their way free?
Ocean's Justice
Series: Turbulence and Triumph, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 36,980. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A mysterious castaway. A Scottish hero determined to protect her. Can they survive the storm? William boarded a ship in search of adventure, but he gets more than he bargained for when he saves Maria from the sea. Maria carries a terrible secret. Wherever she goes, death follows, and she's powerless to prevent it. With the sharks circling and a storm closing in, are sirens more than just a myth?
Ocean's Trial
Series: Turbulence and Triumph, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,840. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Smuggled ashore by Merry D’Angelo, Maria begins her new life in the colonial port of Fremantle. With the help of a fisherman named Tony, she fights to find her place among a people so different to her own. Yet danger lurks beneath the surface as her past races to catch up with her; threatening her future and her friends, and forcing her to choose between her old love and the new.
Ocean's Triumph
Series: Turbulence and Triumph, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,830. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Maria thought stowing away on a ship to follow the man she loves was a great idea – but sleeping in the cargo hold and fighting rats for food isn’t at all what she bargained for, and that’s before she reaches her destination: desolate Christmas Island. Now the man who was once her world won’t even look at her. It’s time to lay the ghosts of their past to rest…or are some ghosts not dead at all?
Mel Goes to Hell
Series: Mel Goes to Hell, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,700. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
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
Series: Mel Goes to Hell, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,210. Language: Australian English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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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
Series: Mel Goes to Hell, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00)
"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
Series: Ocean's Gift. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 154,470. Language: Australian English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
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
Series: Nightmares Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,580. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Horror » Crime
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
Series: Ocean's Gift, 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,470. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
(5.00)
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
Series: Nightmares Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 79,090. Language: Australian English. Published: July 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Horror » Crime
(4.40)
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
Series: Ocean's Gift. Price: Free! Words: 33,380. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.40)
What happens when you combine a sexy Irish doctor, a midwife on a mission and a mysterious predator in Albany, Western Australia? You get Water and Fire: a small town medical romance with a paranormal twist. What else can possibly go wrong? Or is time for something to go right?
Ocean's Gift
Series: Ocean's Gift, 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,560. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
(4.00)
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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Smashwords book reviews by Demelza Carlton

  • 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.
  • 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.