Australian author of romantic fiction
Australian author of romantic fiction
Design and content copyright Claire Baxter 2012. Cover art copyright Claire Baxter / Entangled Publishing / Random House Australia / Harlequin.
Australian author of fun, sweet, entertaining romance.                                    
Down Among The Dead Men

Caitlyn needs to find her estranged father or her mother will be thrown out of the home she loves, so Caitlyn ventures into the rough, tough world of the Australian opal fields. After rescuing a teenager from an attempted assault she learns that the girl, Max, is her half-sister.
Their father is missing and suspected of stealing opals – an activity that could place both Max and Caitlyn in danger. Attempting to locate their father without alerting the police, Caitlyn enlists the help of Dale, a city lawyer turned lapidary, hiding out in the town to protect his
daughter from death threats. Together they investigate, but progress is slow until Caitlyn stumbles upon a link between her father and organised crime, and into an investigation by the Federal Police.

After offering herself as the go-between in a ‘sting’, Caitlyn realises that she’s put Dale’s life at risk and in order to save him, she does the one thing she’s sworn never to do. She battles crippling claustrophobia to descend into the darkness of an underground opal mine where her father’s dead body is lying. With the criminals either arrested or dead, Caitlyn accepts that she’s found more than she went looking for. She’s fallen in love with Dale, but there’s no way he’d consider moving back to the city, not when a move would expose his daughter to danger. He doesn’t ask her to stay so she makes a new life for herself and her sister in Adelaide...until the death of the man threatening his family allows Dale to confess his
feelings for her.

Love On Location

A deliciously fun rom com about a girl who has big dreams and just can't stop herself from falling in love.

Shayna is this close to getting her dream job as a location manager for a new TV soap, she just needs to find the right house to film it in, and the job is hers. Luckily, she's found the perfect place. Unluckily, the owner - who is tall, dark and more handsome than is fair - is stubbornly refusing to let her use it unless she goes to dinner with him. No harm in that, right?

Lachlan swore he'd never go back into show business - not after his heart was broken - and the last thing he wants is a film crew traipsing through his house, but there's something about Shayna that's making it hard to say no . . . He won't let anyone near his heart, and she's not looking for love – what could possibly go wrong?

All My Love

Fall head over heels for five hilarious and heart-warming tales of love and other misadventures . . .

One Little White Lie by Loretta Hill
Eliza's Home by Rachel Herron
Dr No Commitment by Virginia Taylor
Anybody But Him by Claire Baxter
Captivation by Nicola Moriarty

Flirting With Danger

To be together is dangerous. To stay apart is impossible.

Firefighter Jasmine Mackinnon has always just been one of the guys. So no one’s more shocked than she is to find herself kissing fellow firefighter and all-around sinfully handsome playboy Aaron Parkes after a friend’s wedding. Jasmine knows she can’t risk an emotional connection with a colleague—a potentially dangerous entanglement when fighting fires together—and nothing's more important to her than her job.

Aaron never noticed how beautiful Jasmine was until he saw her out of her firefighter duds, but there’s something about the fiery woman that tempts him. Though he knows pursuing a real relationship is out of the question for a serial dater like him, when their casual flirtation builds into something more serious, it's not just their jobs or their safety on the line. It's their hearts.

Anybody But Him

What happens when you fall in love with the man you hate?

Nicola Doyle's dating record is a disaster, and it doesn't improve when she returns to Redgum Valley, after an absence of twelve years, to look after her increasingly eccentric parents. There, she's thrown into regular contact with Blair Morrissey – the very reason she couldn't wait to leave town in the first place.

Except Blair doesn't seem to be a ‘bad boy' any more – in fact, he's charming, infuriatingly helpful and extremely attractive.

If only Nicola could forgive and forget . . .

More Than Just Pretend

(Selwood Sisters Series - Novella #2)

After a bitter divorce, Gwen desperately wants to create a stable home for her teenage daughter. Returning to her hometown, Gwen finds that her parents' old house needs work, and builder Tyler, a man who knows how to wear a tool belt, is just the man to do it.

But Gwen and Tyler have a history, and when her daughter convinces them to pose as a couple at a family function, some very real feelings resurface. When the fake relationship ends, will they break their own rules and take a risk on one that's more than just pretend?

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More Than Just One Night

(Selwood Sisters Series - Novella #1)

Cora, the oldest of the Selwood sisters, has been keeping the family business going since her husband died six years ago. She doesn't need the distraction of secretly seeing a man who is too young for her, nor the gossip that will result if their relationship is discovered.

But what was supposed to be a one-night stand turns into so much more, and uptight, meticulous, conservative Cora finds herself unable to resist Alex, the laidback lawyer. Can he dismantle the barricades she's built around her heart and help her see that she's only living half a life?
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Finalist - March 2013 Indie Ebook Cover Awards

Action Man Meets Miss Adventure

A collection of five romantic short stories that were first published in women's magazines in the UK, South Africa and Australia.
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Her Mediterranean Makeover

I’m forty, in France, on a first date: HELP!

I can’t believe I’m on the Côte d’Azur and being taught French…by an amazing man!

Jacques is making me feel young, sexy and special again – taking me all over the coast from Nice to Monaco. I feel like a superstar, not a tired old mum, and I wouldn’t swap this feeling for the world. Now I just have to decide what to wear on our first proper date! Wow – maybe life can begin at forty?
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Pregnant: Father Wanted

She’s pregnant, single, and wants to settle down. Australian travel writer writer Lyssa Belperio may be pregnant and alone, but she can’t wait to be a mum. A job offer on the Amalfi Coast gives her the chance to make a fresh start.

He’s a professional footballer with a celebrity lifestyle. But there is more beneath the surface than Italian playboy Ric lets the world see. Lyssa begins to wonder if he could be the perfect father for her baby.
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The Single Dad’s Patchwork Family 

Chase Mattner has come to tranquil, secluded Leo Bay to raise his daughter. In their house by the ocean, he plans a simple life.

Regan Jantz isn’t looking for distractions either. With a tuna farm to run and two young sons to bring up alone, she’s got her hands full.

But as single parents Regan and Chase form a special bond and feel like a real family. For so long their lives have been like jigsaws without the final pieces. Could a proposal from this gorgeous single dad make them whole again?
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Finalist - Australian Romantic Book of the Year (Short Sweet Category) 2009

Winner - Cataromance Reviewers' Choice Award  (Best Harlequin Romance) 2008
Best Friend…Future Wife

Della has always been in love with her childhood friend Luke, with his charming smile and his gorgeous grey eyes. Trouble is – Luke’s only ever wanted to be friends. And when he moved abroad she lost even that…

Then Luke unexpectedly returns to Adelaide, and lights up Della’s world all over again. Della must make an agonising decision – reveal her true feelings to Luke and risk rejection, or keep them hidden for ever, never knowing what they could have had…
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Nominated for Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award 2008

Finalist - Booksellers' Best Award 2008

RT Book Reviews Top Pick!
Falling For The Frenchman

It’s taken Beth a long time to get over Pierre Laroche, and now – just as she starts the fight of her life to stay in control of her beloved Barossa Valley winery – he’s back. But this time it’s business – the takeover business!

Beth knows she should hate Pierre – he had come, after all to take away her winery – but glimpses of the man she loved ten years ago can still be seen under the cynical businessman.

As the sun sets on the beautiful Barossa Valley, they begin a journey of discovery into the past…and the future they could share…
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