One Weekend Away is L Maree Apps’ debut novel, the result of a lifetime hiding under the sheets reading sexy romance stories. (Don’t tell her dad the bag of second-hand Sweet Valley High novels he gave her was actually filled with racy Mills & Boons!)

When she’s not creating sharp-tongued, quick-witted characters and throwing them into all manner of sticky situations, you can generally find her encouraging her chickens to lay eggs, or chasing the stink bugs of her citrus trees in hopes there’ll be enough limes for a Corona-filled summer.