Water and Fire

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An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in Women's Fantasy Fiction and Medical Fiction

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.

Working as a student midwife in an Australian country hospital is never easy, but Belinda finds more trouble than most.
There's the intern ...

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Overview

An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in Women's Fantasy Fiction and Medical Fiction

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.

Working as a student midwife in an Australian country hospital is never easy, but Belinda finds more trouble than most.
There's the intern doctor who follows her around like an overgrown puppy, the dangerous local wildlife and her own secrets she must keep.
When she finds herself without a place to live, what else can possibly go wrong?
Or is it time for something to go right?

A tiny taste of what's in store:

I touched my fingers to his shoulder to steady myself before reaching for my drink.
His face split in a wide grin beneath his ocean-deep eyes. "I think you've had enough. What'll you give me for it?"
I shrugged. "What do you want?"
His smile shrank, becoming more thoughtful. "You could start with a kiss."
I looked into those yearning, deep-water eyes of a man who seemed all fire. It's been a long time, but I think I still remember how.
I cautiously placed my hands on the sides of his face and touched my lips to his. His mouth was open, so the draught of his breath cooled my lips for the briefest moment before I pulled away.
"F*** that!" He strode to the coffee table and clunked the glasses down. His hands were empty for barely a moment before they were splayed warmly on my back. "Belinda. That's not a kiss."
I moved with him as he pulled me closer, one of his hands travelling up to the back of my neck as the other drifted down to the small of my back. I leaned in closer still.
He bowed his head as I tilted mine up. I wet my lips and parted them, feeling fear for the first time. Perhaps I have forgotten how to do this. This is a stupid idea.
He pressed his mouth to mine, layering our lips as we shared a breath. His smiling blue eyes drooped to show blue-veined lids as his tongue stroked mine.
I haven't forgotten. This is new and I'm going to...I'm going to...
His shoulders were smooth beneath my questing fingers, his lips warm and responsive as I deepened my kiss. I felt his chuckle rumble through both of us, though I couldn't see him with my eyes closed. He tasted of whiskey with a hint of chocolate and I wanted more...
"Now that's a kiss."

Ocean's Gift series

This book is a stand-alone prequel to the Ocean's Gift series, which currently includes:

  • Ocean's Gift (Book 1)
  • Ocean's Infiltrator (Book 2)
  • Water and Fire
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781492732457
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/11/2013
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    There's something about a bloke wearing nothing but an apron!

    There's something about a bloke wearing nothing but an apron!



     A student nurse adding to her education fund brings no surprise to the unflappable Belinda. While the Irish intern proves he only has eyes for the midwife.

    Plenty of steam generated between the characters in and out of the shower.

    There's something about a man in an apron. Just an apron...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

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    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite In Water and

    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

    In Water and Fire we meet Belinda, a student mid-wife working in a hospital in the Australian countryside. Belinda is dedicated to her job and the passion she exhibits to help women give birth to healthy babies is contagious and really jumps off the page. Of course Belinda has her own personal demons chasing her toward career success, not to mention a lanky Irish intern seemingly smitten with her. Demelza Carlton brings this story to life allowing us to witness the burgeoning relationship between Belinda and Aidan. Aidan is a funny character who would be creepy in a stalker way if he wasn’t so darned gentlemanly about his affections. He’s homesick and Belinda has her own personal issues that make her question her desirability to Aidan, despite his feelings for her.

    Water and Fire is a unique story that features a strange cast of characters, including an elderly horn dog masquerading as a hospital maintenance man, a surprised possum, and a nursing intern selling her goodies to pay for college. They’re strange and entertaining but altogether lovable. What I loved most about the growing relationship between Aidan and Belinda is how she helps him get over his fear of babies (yes, babies!) and kind of nurtures him into becoming a confident and capable doctor. While I hoped for a much different ending, Demelza Carlton does a fantastic job making me understand why Belinda makes the choices she makes, even if I don’t agree with those choices. It was a quick, enjoyable read with a weird twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    I was caught in the first few chapters! Drawn into the world of

    I was caught in the first few chapters! Drawn into the world of a small bush hospital in outback Australia. Lanky red haired doctor Aidan falls for the new midwife and romance blossoms. But wait, where are the mermaids? I asked myself. You'll have to read it to find out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Water and Fire does everything a prequel novella should do. Whil

    Water and Fire does everything a prequel novella should do. While it is a complete story in itself, it offers hints and teases that make you eager to pick up the next in the series. Told from Belinda's point of view, the story brings plenty of emotional depth and considerable dry humor. While far from a 'traditional' romance, Water and Fire gives everything a reader could want from a deep emotional connection between the characters to spicy sensual scenes. My favorite parts, however, were in the keenly observed and amusingly portrayed scenes of an Outback hospital, from the people to the suicidal kangaroos.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    Ok, so this is not my usual read, but I am trying to broaden my

    Ok, so this is not my usual read, but I am trying to broaden my horizons. While it is typically not the kind of book I would usually read I liked it. It is a short read – which was a drawing card for me. I actually enjoyed the short quick chapters. It was sorta like a mind game for me thinking I was reading the book quickly – which was nice considering I have been consistently reading 300+ page books recently. The book, story and length were all just refreshing and different.

    I liked the character of Aiden and thought he and Belinda were great for each other. I liked Belinda, but after the twist at the end I just didn’t like her. I found her just flat out dishonest. However, I think it was because I just thought Aiden’s character was so sweet! The hospital scenes were ok, but I really didn’t like to insinuation of prostitution by a nursing student – that for me was just too much. My favorite parts of the book were from the middle to the end. Those chapters flowed quickly and fluently for me. After completing the book I understood and appreciated the strong symbolism in the book. If you are looking for a quick, quirky read this is your ticket!

    Rating: 3

    Heat Rating: Hot

    Reviewed by: A. Lyn

    Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    Water & Fire = Steam!

    A very private student midwife with her own agenda finds herself caught up in the wonder that is young Dr. Aidan Bannon, but Belinda knows she can never have a future with this amazing man. Her future lies in her own world, one that is hidden from mankind and for good reason, but will she carry a part of him with her for always?

    Water and Fire by Demelza Carlton is branded by the author’s own special flare for putting words together creating an atmosphere of quiet turmoil in the mind of her main character as Belinda tells the story of how she met Aidan and fought her attraction to him, all while getting to know the man inside and finding him as appealing as he found her. Was it the fiery red of his hair? His open nature? His inner strength? Whatever the chemistry that brought them together, Belinda knows that Fire and water cannot mix and survive together, ever. Her water would drown his flame, or will it survive in another way?

    As the prequel to the Ocean’s Gift series, Water and Fire will prick your imagination with its creative paranormal tease, its sensual romance and two completely likable characters. The interspersed moments of humor in the sexcapades of a student nurse brought moments of lightness that made me chuckle. Don’t expect a fast pace filled with action and adventure, expect to meet two individuals who drive the plot with their emotions. Be prepared to be left thinking of the ”what ifs” and how the next book< Ocean’s Gift will build on this base.

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