About The Big Smoke

The Big Smoke is available in e-copy from Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo, Diesel Books, and hard copy from this blog (Australia and New Zealand) and Amazon.

Sneak peak

If you’d like a taste of The Big Smoke, download the first two chapters.

About The Big Smoke

The Big Smoke by Cally JacksonCeara’s desperate for love; Seb’s desperate to get laid. Ceara adores reading novels; Seb hasn’t finished a book in years. Two strangers, both moving from small country towns to Brisbane – the big smoke. As they prepare to attend the same university, their paths seem set to collide, but they keep missing each other. Maybe fate is keeping them apart, or maybe it’s just chance.

When the semester starts, things get complicated. Ceara’s best friend withdraws from her, Seb’s closest mate turns into a sleazebag, and the relentless demands of university make their stress levels soar. Before their first semester is over, both Seb and Ceara will be forced to question who they are and what they want from their lives. Will they have the courage to find the answers, or will they crumble under the pressure? And when they finally meet, will it be love at first sight or a collision of headstrong personalities?


52 responses to “About The Big Smoke

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  2. I’m definately going to check out the first two chapters this weekend. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think. 🙂
    ❤ Gina Blechman

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  7. Hey… another writer in the trenches! I came across your site browsing through WordPress and I must say I really dig your design. I’m in the midst of my first novel as well, and I kinda like what you did with the teaser preview and the progress bar on % completion. Nice!

    Keep at it.

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  19. Congrats on finishing – you must be chuffed! 😉

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  23. I will be checking out those two chapters sounds like a great read!

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  35. Your cover design is awesome. I really like your blog.
    I’m following you now at

    I’m excited about your upcoming blogfest 🙂

  36. tammy theriault

    I really like the cover and the blog fest! Oh….18, what a ripe age from now.

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