Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Push Me Pull Me release day!

Happy release day to Push Me, Pull Me! 

Today my first Young Adult contemporary is being released into the wild and to help you get to know my characters, Ruby and Byron, I've posted an excerpt below. 
I hope you enjoy it, and if you do, I've posted the Amazon and B&N links below :)
Happy reading! xo


After hitting the travel/poetry/art aisle, I dumped my bag onto the ground before closing my eyes and stretching my arms out until my fingers could just brush the book spines on either side of me. This was my favourite way of choosing a book. Of course, if I didn’t like the one I chose, I could always put it back and try again.
Stepping forward, I tried to ignore Mrs. Patfield’s words and the rampant thudding of my heart, and concentrated on the way my fingers rose and fell from the fat spines onto the skinny ones, waiting for my gut to tell me which book I just had to read. Pausing for a moment, I caressed a long, thin cracked spine, but something made me ignore it and press forward. The right one was coming, I could feel it swirling in the pit of my belly.
After several more steps, my hand moved over something warm and my eyes shot open.
It was a hand, attached to the interesting guy with the fauxhawk, the artist’s wet dream. I’d have to stop calling him that. My cheeks burned and my pulse hammered as my eyes skimmed over his perfectly cut cheekbones and jaw, his mouth with the slightly fuller bottom lip, and those deep blue eyes of his that made me forget all about Mrs. Patfield for a second.
He looked at me, one eyebrow raised and a hint of amusement curving his lips.
I made a little yelping sound in the back of my throat and slid my hand away before shoving it behind my back, berating myself for having left my hand on his for longer than a reasonable second.
“Sorry,” I mumbled, stepping back, my hand still tingling. “I was just…looking for a book.”
The way he kept staring at me without saying a word made me hyper aware of the new pimple on my cheek, my chapped lips, and the frizzy-ness of my hair. So I did the only thing that came naturally to me. Book talk. The book in his hand was well worn, the cover faded.
“You’re into poetry?” I asked, trying to keep from staring at that brutal silvery scar of his and wondering if he’d filled out a bit or had finally bought some clothes that fit. I decided on the latter. The top he wore clung to his lean, wiry biceps, but the angles in his face appeared sharper and more chiselled, as though he’d gotten thinner.
He raised the book and gave it a little shake.
“He’s my namesake.”
My eyes skimmed the title.
“So, your name is…um…Lord?” As soon as the words escaped my lips, fresh heat prickled my cheeks. I hadn’t cracked a joke since forever and for some reason it made me feel vulnerable, like I was standing there without pants.
“Well, most people address me as Lord, but…” he drummed his fingers against the bookshelf and chewed on his full bottom lip as though he was thinking hard, “…I’ll let you call me Byron, because…” he shrugged his shoulders and looked at me from the corner of his eyes, the hint of a grin on his lips. “It’s not every day I get felt-up in a bookstore.”

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Push-Me-Pull-Vanessa-Garden-ebook/dp/B013U8WZSS/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/push-me-pull-me-vanessa-garden/1122533028

Monday, 20 July 2015

Cover Reveal!!!

●•●●•● COVER REVEAL ●•●●•

I'm extremely excited to reveal the gorgeous cover for my upcoming Young Adult contemporary - PUSH ME, PULL ME! I think my publisher, Limitless Publishing, did an awesome job designing this beautiful cover, don't you? I just adore it! Especially the cover model they chose for Ruby, my main character. She is exactly as I imagined her!

"Sometimes holding on hurts more than letting go..."


a novel by Vanessa Garden
●•●●•● SYNOPSIS ●•●●•●

Since Ruby Milton’s mother committed suicide, she’s forgotten what it’s like to be seventeen.

Saddled with taking care of her toddler brother and alcoholic father, Ruby has no time for fun. She also can’t shake the growing resentment she feels for her mother’s selfish decision, which left her unable to grieve without anger and regret. 

Then she meets blue-eyed musician Byron Black, who challenges everything she believes.

Byron refuses to let anyone control his life—or his death. When he left the city behind, he was in search of somewhere where nobody knew his secret. What he didn’t expect was to meet a beautiful redhead whose views conflict so completely with his own. But as their romance deepens, he begins to doubt his choices and decides to return to the city…for one last chance. 

When Byron disappears, Ruby will stop at nothing to track him down.

Upon finding Byron, Ruby discovers his devastating secret, and a battle of wills begins. Byron doesn’t want her to know this part of him. He has to deal with it by himself, even though the idea of losing her tears him apart. 

Will they be able to see each other through the darkness? 

Or should they save their hearts and just let go?



Friday, 29 May 2015

Yay! Signed another contract!

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I'm over the moon to announce that I have just signed a contract for world print, digital and audio rights to U.S. publisher Limitless Publishing for my latest Young Adult novel!
This one is set in Western Australia and is my first contemporary story and it is so so dear to my heart.
I seriously cannot wait to share it with you!
I'm off to celebrate :)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Book Launch Photos and Impulse Book Birthday!

Happy Book Birthday, Impulse!!!

Impulse, Book #2 in the Submerged Sun Series

I thought I'd celebrate Impulse's Book Birthday by posting some photos from the book launch held on Thursday night at Collins Booksellers Southlands (Willetton).
It was such an awesome night and I'd like to thank my lovely family and friends (and some new faces) for making it extra special just by showing up and celebrating with me :)
Also, a huge thanks to Barb and Lloyd, the owners of Collins Booksellers Southlands (and my old bosses) for hosting the event at their gorgeous store.

Impulse can be found in all good bookstores and most K-Mart, Big-W and Target stores.
For international readers interested in getting their hands on a copy, here's a link which offers a few good options: http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/product/9781488790379
Take care and Happy Reading xoxoxo

Friday, 12 September 2014

Cover reveal for Book 2 - IMPULSE!

So... at long last the time has come to reveal the cover for IMPULSE, Book 2 in the Submerged Sun Series.
Now, after Harlequin Teen Australia gave CAPTIVATE such a gorgeous cover (see previous post below) I was certain that no cover could ever come close to being as beautiful.
But I was wrong!!!
drum roll please... 
I am seriously in love with this cover. I cannot stop staring at it.

Oh, and before I forget, the all important blurb:
When Miranda Sun returns to Marin on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, this time of her own free will, she quickly learns that her worst fears have been realised. The glittering underwater city is not as she had left it, nor too is Marko, the young king who has dominated her thoughts and heart for the last twelve months since leaving Marin.
Miranda, however, has not made the journey to Marin alone, and now must contend with not only Marko’s evil brother Damir but more surprisingly her sister Lauren who has an agenda of her own. Marko’s power begins to wane and with cracks beginning to show in the domed Utopian city, and veiled danger lurking everywhere, she quickly learns that in this dazzling city full of beautiful people she can trust no-one but herself.
If Miranda wants to survive, she must decide between the hardened sensibilities in her head and the hungers of her heart. Will her decision cause more heartache or can she help to save Marko’s throne?

IMPULSE comes out December 1st and if you haven't already, you can add it on Goodreads here:

Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Submerged Sun Series is now a trilogy!

I've got great news! Harlequin Teen Australia has just signed me up for two more books in the Submerged Sun series.
Impulse, book two in the series, will follow Captivate, and is set to be released this December 1st - the first day of the Australian summer which is just so perfect.
I am so excited for Miranda's return to the glittering underwater city of Marin where love, lust, secrets, danger and a masquerade ball awaits her.

And I'm even more excited for you to read it.
I'll post a link to Goodreads as soon as I have it, but for now, I'm off to celebrate by making a Banoffee pie!

And maybe popping open a bottle of this:

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Very First Captivate Fan Art!

This short post is very dear to my heart, because to have inspired a piece of art (a BEAUTIFUL piece of art) from your very own book is such a special feeling that I just had to share it.

I woke up this morning to find a lovely tweet from the very talented Eyterna, sharing a gorgeous watercolour-anime fan art of a scene from Captivate!

It's a picture of Miranda seated at a table holding Marko's hand and let me tell you, she has captured this scene perfectly - the mood, the colours, and especially Miranda. It sends me right back to Captivate's underwater city, Marin (and, I have to admit, it gave me a little sentimental tear in my eye when I first saw it).

Here it is in all its gorgeousness:

Isn't it just amazing?

A huge thank you, Eyterna <3

If you'd like to check out more of Eyterna's amazing art, you can do so here: http://instagram.com/eyterna#

Have a great day, all, and happy reading :)