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    Coastal Romance Christmas Blog Hop – Christmas by the sea


    Coastal Romance Christmas Blog Hop Promo
    It is hard to grow up in Australia and not associate Christmas with the beach. Christmas means the start of the summer holidays. It means long lazy days by the sea. It means sunburn, barbeques and late nights sitting out under the stars. It means mosquito bites, sand in your swimmers and icy cold drinks.

    When we were kids we were fascinated by the idea of a white Christmas. All the television shows and movies had snow and mountains. People drank egg nog (what was that), built snowmen and sat by the fire.

    I suppose even now I think of a winter Christmas as romantic but seriously what can be more romantic than cocktails and prawns on the beach?

    In fact I fantasise about taking my family to a gorgeous island in the Whitsundays for Christmas not unlike the one that Cassie visits in Hearts Afire. (Of course it would be inappropriate for me to flirt with a sexy fireman while on vacation with my husband and daughter I know that).

    Hearts AfireIn reality my real Christmas looks an awful lot like one that Allegra from my first novel Mr Right and Other Mongrels might enjoy. I think it’s probably equally romantic. We will spend the day bobbing on our boat on Sydney Harbour while children jump of the back and we feast on prawns and turkey and ham (and of course some champagne!)

    I imagine if I lived in the Northern Helpisphere that would be a very exotic and romantic way to spend Christmas. In fact many young single visitors to Australia spend Christmas Day on Bondi Beach http://sunburntchristmas.com.au/

    I kind of like to imagine that somewhere in that crowd of people are two people who will find each other and forge a beautiful relationship…or will find each other, get separated and spend a while finding their way back together in the spirit of a true epic romance.







    Mr Right and Other Mongrels














    Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win 26 e-books and $100 Amazon GC.

    Coastal Romance Christmas Blog Hop PromoEnter here:


    If you leave a comment here and tell me about your most romantic Christmas or the destination you think would be most romantic you can win a copy of Hearts Afire and a $5 Amazon GC.








    12/21/2013 01:50:31 pm

    Oddly enough I think I’d enjoy a southern hemisphere Christmas more than my usual northern hemisphere one. I don’t like the cold although snow for Christmas can be overlooked.

    I love your thought of two people meant for each other meeting on the beach. That’s a beautiful sentiment.

    Mary McCoy
    12/21/2013 06:37:28 pm

    I would think that visiting Australia with my husband and relaxing on the beach would be romantic. We will be getting a total of 8+ inches of snow today, so I dream of a non-snowy Christmas!

    12/22/2013 03:22:01 am

    think Paris would be nice

    Donna D
    12/22/2013 05:15:50 am

    I’ve spent Christmases in New Mexico, California, Oklahoma, The Netherlands, and Germany — all northern hemisphere — co Christmases have been on the cold side. Some have had snow, some ice {and that’s not a good thing!}, even some rain, as well as sunny and somewhat warm. And I’m not sure I could get in the Christmas ‘spirit’ if there wasn’t some cold temperatures leading up to the season. BUT, just once I’d like to spend a warm Christmas — maybe even ‘hot’ in Australia or New Zealand.

    Marcy Shuler
    12/22/2013 07:17:30 am

    I’ve never had a warm beach Christmas and I’d like to experience it, just once. Hawaii or Australia would work. The thought of prawns on the beach sounds romantic to me. While snow is pretty to look at it’s not as much fun to shovel or drive in. 😉

    Donna Newman
    12/23/2013 04:56:27 am

    I think Rome is a very romantic spot. I love Italy was there when I was a kid and would love to go back someday.

    Sherry Gloag
    12/23/2013 06:40:06 am

    I have friends in Australia and would love the chance to combing meeting up with them and a warm Christmas 🙂

    Linda Townsend
    1/1/2014 12:15:11 am

    I live in central Florida, so we have beaches that can be quite warm during the winter months… today is not one of those warm days… but it’s not cold either… My fav places for Christmas memories are the local theme parks. There’s so much to do at both Universal and Disney – most people just think of the rides but there is so much more! Thanks for the giveaway(s)!

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    Jan 11-14 New Years Blog Hop


    New Years Blog Hop
    Hearts AfireWell hello there. I am participating in the IWU New Year Blog Hop this weekend.

    It runs from January 11-14 and by participating you can win lots of exciting prizes including:
    * A Kindle Fire
    * A $100 Amazon Gift card
    * 15 signed paperbacks
    * 30 e-books
    To find out what to do to enter visit the main site following the link below or by clicking on the logo above or in the sidebar.

    There are lots of wonderful authors across many genres participating. I hope you find a new favourite or two as you visit their many sites.

    Every author participating is also doing their own giveaway and I’m giving away an e-book of Hearts Afire.

    Simply comment below on this page to be eligible to win – simply tell me the most recent book you’ve read and you’re in the draw!




    Crystal Young
    1/11/2013 04:08:39 pm

    Freak of Nature by Julia Crane
    Thanks for being part of this blog

    Stacy Green – Get Twisted!
    1/12/2013 12:03:47 am

    Currently reading Slices of Night by Erica Spindler, JT Ellison, and Alex Vaga. Very good.

    Tina M
    1/12/2013 05:21:06 am

    Release Me..Thanks for a Great Hop..Got to keep hopping!!

    1/12/2013 06:18:32 am

    Thanks for the stop 🙂
    Reading Worth the Weight by Mara Jacobs

    vera mallard
    1/12/2013 07:10:58 am

    hope I win the book, great hop

    1/12/2013 07:23:12 am

    The most recent book I’ve read is Down to You by ML Leighton.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Jeannie Platt
    1/12/2013 09:39:55 am

    Thanks for being part of the hop… I read A tale of Two Djinns by Mina Khan.

    Merisha A
    1/12/2013 09:59:55 am

    Baby 6609 by J K Accinni 🙂
    Thanks for the hop!

    Ellen Thompson
    1/12/2013 11:17:16 am

    I am currently reading Gone Country by Lorelei James. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    beth c
    1/12/2013 12:06:09 pm

    thanks for the great giveaway! 🙂 i am actually in the middle of two books and could use a fiction break- ‘eating for beauty’ by david wolfe and ‘1-2-3 magic’ a parenting book! 😀
    happy new year! 🙂

    Ruth Chu
    1/12/2013 12:55:23 pm

    i am reading an ebook that is awesome but cant find the name it was connected to another book i was reading not sure if its the same one

    Lucinda Moebius
    1/12/2013 12:57:35 pm

    I recently just finished the Hunger Games series and am reading both Duracula and Les Miserable. I need a little light reading. EEEK

    1/12/2013 01:27:20 pm

    Hi there, the most recent book I’ve read was The House (Heather Marie Adkins – also on the bloghop) and I can highly recommend it 🙂 Happy hopping! Bye, Celia.

    Kai Wong
    1/12/2013 02:04:29 pm

    I have just finished reading Resurrected (Deborah) and Restitution (Amy) by Fran Shaff. They are part of the Tender Mysteries Series.

    1/12/2013 02:51:30 pm

    Hi! Happy New Year! Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! 🙂 The most recent book i read was A Table For Three Lainey Reese.

    1/13/2013 04:23:38 am

    Corktown by Ty Hutchinson (another Blog Hop author)
    Thanks for the Hop!

    Jessica Crawford
    1/13/2013 01:07:19 pm

    I am actually reading the SparkPeople cookbook right now. It has way more in it than just healthy recipes 🙂

    Julie Oest
    1/13/2013 01:11:29 pm

    Just finished Carly Phillips’ Summer Lovin’.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Ashfa Anwer
    1/13/2013 08:56:57 pm

    I read Tempest by Julie Cross.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Crystal Craig
    1/14/2013 01:39:18 am

    The most recent book I’ve read was How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. 🙂 Thank you for this giveaway!

    kathleen yohanna
    1/14/2013 03:07:52 am

    I am reading “Chocolate Can Kill” by Annie Acorn.

    Tina M
    1/20/2013 04:11:54 am

    Who Won???
    1/20/2013 05:58:54 am

    The winner – chosen at random is Lucinda Moebius. I posted it a couple of days back…sorry you missed it!