Ainslie Paton romance author

Welcome to 1975

Far-out, hip, cool and groovy, baby

Get your groove on

It's Time for Second Chances

A groovy romance about changing times, growing up, breaking out and second chances. Set in Sydney in 1975, when pants and collars were wide, hair was big, eyelids were blue and neighbours shared each other’s lives.

There’s a sexual revolution going on, but not in Gayle’s life. She’s never felt so old, so unattractive, and so helpless. Your husband asking for a divorce could do that to you. Now she’s the scandalous new neighbour, the single mum, the divorcee, who needs a job but doesn’t know how to balance her own cheque book. 

And then Steve and Ray arrive in her life, the former with chocolate hair and hurt eyes, the latter with a tomboy daughter and an uptight attitude. Suddenly, being separated doesn’t feel so shameful.  

This is the story of how Gayle lost her home to find true friends; her marriage to find a new life; and her husband to find love.

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It’s not easy being sixteen…

Sally’s mother keeps playing Connie Stevens’ Sixteen Reasons when she should be playing ABBA or The Bay City Rollers. Sally wants four things. For the world’s handsomest man, Ray to notice her, for Greg the dag, to rack off, to get her ears pierced, and to experience her first kiss.

It’s 1975, everything is changing. Anything could happen.

Sixteen Reasons is a novella.  It’s a companion story to Hooked on a Feeling which ideally should be read first.

It includes day dreaming, pain for beauty’s sake, balloon dogs, zombie guts, long haired men in leather, fireworks, and the sweetest lip lock this side of the hip, cool and groovy 70s. 

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Black and white television, public phone boxes, disco, blue eye-shadow, flares, long hair and beards, life in the neighbourhood and free love

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Real Love Trilogy

One family . Three Generations . Three Love Stories.

Short stories with huge hearts

Step Back in Time

A beautiful bite-sized love story about life, family, the inexorable roll of time and the noisy places in between.

An escape to another time when getting hitched involved the improvised music of a tin kettling, being married meant building a family, and being in love, for Kel and Ginty, meant the deepest of bonds not even age could break.

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Forever is a Challange

It’s 1960 and time to grow up and move out.

The first time Hunter saw Pam he spat steel pins at the back of her neck.  His mother would’ve been appalled, but his mother wasn’t up the ladder attaching gold tinsel to the ceiling.  His mother wasn’t attracted to the back of the new girl’s neck.

It’s 1960 and times are changing.  For Hunter and Pam that first encounter starts a lifetime of change.

Coming soon.

Love is Hard to Hold onto

It’s 1988 and Leah is busy.

But Grant walked like he had springs on the bottom of his shoes, brisk and bouncy, like he was plugged into a portable socket and had electricity running through his limbs.  He had that triangle thing going on; the wide shoulders, the broad chest, running down to a neat waist and tight butt.

And Leah noticed him.

Coming soon.

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