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About Deryn Pittar
I belong to several writing groups and book clubs. I am an avid reader. I enjoy helping emerging authors and read the work of fellow authors, and they read mine. In this way we help each other get our plot lines in order and our characters believable.
I live in New Zealand. It looks isolated but with the internet we are moments away from anywhere in the world. A collection of islands we have a democratic government and produce a lot of food which we sell around the world. The population is seriously outnumbered by sheep and cows - and I'm still looking for the hobbits.
I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them.
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Lutapolii, a puny white dragon, escapes to the south to avoid his mother’s mocking words. He learns to dive, swim and catch seals until winter creeps up on him and he finds himself stranded. With luck on his side he manages to survive, and returns home in the spring, stronger, taller and very handsome – for a dragon.
After discovering he has been declared dead by the dragon queen, Lutapolii considers this absolves him of all loyalty and decides to establish a flight of his own in the southern seas. All he needs is a handful of lady dragons. Can he steal them from the queen's flight? He's matured over the winter and totally magnificent, so why not take the risk?
With a bit of luck she won't miss them, until it's too late.
Read how Lutapolii sets about enticing four young dragonesses to join him. Follow his conflicts with the dragon queen and his mother. And discover how the need to feed his growing family requires him to take further risks.
Emma isn’t looking for trouble. She’s an angel in hiding – but her evil brother has found her.
She’s been chosen as this year’s offering for Halloween and she’s prepared to fight to the death to prevent it happening.
Her neighbor is home on leave: Handsome, fighting fit and after one meeting their mutual attraction is sparking. Can she dare to ask for his help? Will he believe her?
He has a problem he’s struggling to conquer, but he’s used to death walking beside him and isn’t afraid of anything. Is being brave enough?
Angelfire is the first book in the touching Angelfire series. If you like appealing characters, heart-warming moments and action, then you’ll love Meg and Deryn’s exciting novel.
Buy Angelfire to start reading today!
A diagnosis of agoraphobia is a relief. It could have been worse. All he needs to do now is overcome his fear of being outside.
‘Get a flat mate or a dog’ his doctor suggests. Somehow he has to return to work. He has cases to solve and places to be.
His ex-wife has plans and is demanding money but with Lady’s support he might just win.
Charles has crimes to solve and things to find, but he has an even bigger problem—he’s terrified to leave his house. A diagnosis of agoraphobia is a relief. It could have been something fatal. All he has to do now is overcome his fear?
He adopts a rescue dog for company and goes back to work to locate a missing wife and a lost dog; find out if a husband is cheating and discover who is stealing auto parts. Bread-and-butter crimes that keep him employed but is the ‘missing wife’ really a wife and has a murder been committed?
Vertigo attacks and terror do their best to stop his progress. His ex-wife has plans and is demanding money but with Lady’s support he just might win.
Will a diagnosis of agoraphobia stop Charles Paterson from solving crime? Or will he fall down trying?
William’s talent is to move through space between locations in the blink of an eye. Belinda uses her talent to lift objects of great weight with her mind.
William and Belinda, both genetically altered, meet years after leaving the government rearing-nursery. The late development of their talents allowed them to escape a life devoted to the government's defence departments. Releases to be adopted into the community, they have thrived but if their skills are now discovered they will be conscripted by the government and never be free again.
Can they trust each other enough to allow love to bloom? Can they risk the renewed attention of the Defence Department?
It begins with the novella:
"Escorts for Hire - Heartaches Free":
Lexi is offered a position as a quality controller for 'Memorable Men' an agency to provide company to discerning women, set up by her friend Jess. How hard can it be to be wined, dined and entertained by attractive men? It might even fix her bruised ego from a disastrous romance. Anything is better than driving a coffee machine while she decides what to do with her life - but is it as easy as it sounds? She agrees to give it a month's trial.
Sadly, the assessments aren't any more fun than making espresso. The first subject, Jeremy Miller, gets the ‘Aunt Freda special treatment’ and Lexi manages to send him running for the last train back to the city. Her second assessment with Nicholas Forsyth is ruined by an accidental meeting with her ex-fiancé Simon.
Back at the cafe, things get more complicated when Jeremy looks her up wanting another chance. When Jess says Simon has applied to Memorable Men to be an escort, Lexi is forced to explain why she broke off their engagement and why Jess shouldn’t hire him. 'And', Jess wants to know 'why is Jeremy no longer available to work for her? '
The collection continues with five short stories:
The Irish Wish Foundation:
Connor’s latest assignment is to arrange for two shy hopefuls to meet and thereby grant their wishes. It will take all his expertise and a little magic. Then there’s Suzy, proposing marriage, unaware of his real job. It’s not easy being a leprechaun.
The Naked Truth:
Becca and Kate win a weekend for two at a nudist colony. This creates more problems than they'd bargained for. Despite practicing being naked - nothing prepares them for the real thing!
Kelly is a non-nonsense security guard, working the late shift, competent and sceptical of the stories criminals tell. But this burglar is a little different. He doesn’t seem to scare easily and why is she attracted to him’? After all, he’s a burglar and she’s just caught him in the act.
‘Love will come if you stop looking for it’, so her mother said. It’s the weekend and Miranda has a plumbing problem. She is delighted someone is prepared to solve her problem. What she doesn’t expect is the Adonis who arrives. Surely he can’t be a plumber?
The Braille Reader:
Christina is partially-sighted and works in the city. Concerned about her mother’s deteriorating health and thinking extra company may help, she invites a friend to become their boarder. This is a successful and despite her mother’s constant complaints about feathers she is grateful for Aaron’s care and concern for her mother. What she doesn’t plan on is her attraction to him. Is it mutual? Sometimes, being partially-sighted is a curse, sometimes a blessing.
For all her talents the one thing Stella Corban has no control over is the power of love. Will her heart put her family’s safety at risk?
Stella Corban’s choice is hard - fall in love and endanger her genetically altered family, or lose the one man who makes her heart joyful. For three generations they have avoided conscription by the Defence Department but Matt’s acquaintance with the Minister of Defence frightens Stella into avoiding further contact with him.
Matt Saunders is not a man to be thwarted. Stella is the woman he wants, and he pursues her from the outback to the city and beyond.
Will discovering her talents shatter Matt’s passion? Can he be relied on to keep a secret? Can she risk her safety and the family’s security by falling in love, - then a life-threatening event removes any choice she has.
A short story for lovers of Victorian/Regency romances.
Lady Chatterly's lover has nothing on this gardener as he manages a widow's garden and satisfies other needs. Rafferty Blake is a Welshmanwith magical fingers. For Sally his skills enhance her garden and her private life, but when Rafferty disappears she has to be philosophical about his absence and return to life without him. He always did have an air of mystery about him and was touchy about his past. Sally can recognize love when it strikes, but does Raffety Blake know what it is? She is not the only person who is waiting for him to return. A romantic romp set in New Zealand.
It is What it Is:
Gemma has a part time position as a life study for an art class- but cannot make love in the daylight. Somehow Breton has to find a way to overcome this hang-up which is impeding their relationship.
Black Dress and Pearls:
Rachel wins a ‘dinner with the sponsor’ in a contest she can’t remember entering. Her dining partner is good-looking and single. He’s charming but something is bothering him? Is it how she’s dressed? Has she met him somewhere before? Her memory loss is causing an itch she can't scratch and why is she so attracted to this complete stranger?
Spiked: After a night out and a spiked drink this lady is going to get her revenge - somehow. A cautionary tale.
Passion Dessert Downunder: a bonus recipe.
Follow the genetically altered Corban family, and their friends, through three generations, across New Zealand and Australian landscapes.
They hide their talents and endeavour to live life ‘below the radar’ to avoid conscription by the Defence Department.
‘Catching Love When it Falls’ explores an alternate reality where children are breed and genetically altered before birth. For seven years they remain in the ‘Nursery” and if no talent emerges they are adopted out into the community. Belinda and William hide their talents and are lucky. In adulthood they meet only to discover the one talent neither of them can control - love.
Can they trust each other enough to allow love to bloom? Can they risk the renewed attention of the Defence Department?
‘Love’s Bright Star’
A romance fraught with heart-stopping moments and time-stopping episodes featuring James (William and Belinda’s son).
‘Love’s Red Heart’
Discover the beauty of the Red Desert, where Jill (William and Belinda’s daughter) learns that no matter the difference of race and pride, the power of love can change lives, for Love’s Red Heart beats within us all.
‘A Stellar Affair.’
The multi-talented Stella (James and Sarah’s daughter) is making her way in the world, wary of people and hiding her many abilities. For all her talents the one thing Stella Corban has no control over is her attraction to Matt Saunders. Can she trust him with her secret? Will her heart’s longing put her family’s safety at risk?
'Romancing the Memory Collector.'
Thomas, with blood-hound genes meets very short-sighted Kate. An unlikely love match develops where, for once in their lives, their disabilities become an advantage. Enjoy their roller-coaster romance, but whether it will all come right in the end is up in the air, along with the memory bubbles that Kate collects to stave off her father’s Alhzeimer. A sweet romance to end the series.
For Thomas Winters, single and lonely, meeting Kate Bentley is the chance of a lifetime. Shy and hesitant, Thomas courts her with gentle determination. When he discovers she can see memory bubbles and collects them to return to her father’s failing mind he suspects she could be g-altered. He asks his old friend William Corban to investigate.
Their romance falters when Thomas adopts Suzie, a genetically-altered child from the “Nursery” where he grew up. A misunderstanding on Kate’s part sees her cut Thomas from her life, but when her father, wanders from the house she turns to Thomas, and his dog Buster, for help.
Kate realizes her future is tied to this gentle man who has won her heart - but has she left it too late?
Jill Corban meets Dr Michael Scott while on holiday with family in Alice Springs. Attraction is mutual but Michael has made a promise to his grandmother to marry a member of his race - and Jill is from a genetically altered family. Each one is proud of their heritage. Is there any middle ground where they can meet and reach a compromise?
Their attraction seems doomed as they deal with a kidnapping and a research field trip where Defence Department agents are on the trail of a woman the Aborogines are calling ‘little lizard’. Will James Corban’s skill to stop time, and little Stella’s ability to ‘jump’, untangle this lover’s knot?
James Corban stops time to rescue Sarah Coster from an attack in a nightclub. He has recognized that she is g-altered, like him. They begin a relationship, hoping to remain unobserved by the government. Sarah becomes pregnant and both are questioned by the Defense Department. They deny their relationship, but have they successfully deflected the government’s attention? And what of the talents the unborn baby appears to have? Can James save Sarah and his child - even if he has to stop time again to do it?
On a prospecting holiday, brothers Jason and Levi discover an ancient supernatural creature, a Taniwha named Otanewainuku, who gives them ‘humming stones’ in exchange for their silence about its treasure. They also cross paths with two thieves. Their supernatural abilities to find hidden gems and precious metals help them find the stolen goods and turn them in to the police—twice. But when they meet reporter Abby Hennessy, her story on their good deed attracts the wrong kind of attention.
When the thieves capture Jason to use his talents, Levi has to rely on their psychic link to guide the police while not revealing their powers. Abby wants to help, and she and Levi search for the thieves, not knowing that Jason is going to use the ‘humming stones’ to call on another Taniwha for help…