Do you dream of a white Christmas?
I don’t. I spent the first twenty years of my life wading through slush with a nose that rivalled Rudolph’s, dreaming of Christmas on the beach. Those dreams didn’t come true until I finally arrived in Australia on 23rd December, at the ripe old age of 24, with 40 cents in my pocket and a handful of addresses. Luckily I struck gold and on December 25th I found myself on Chinaman’s Beach with an esky full of prawns, mangoes and champagne and a group of people I'm still lucky enough to count as friends … it was my idea of heaven and suffice to say, I’ve never lived in England again.
I often wonder how the early English settlers felt at Christmas time. No prawns, mangoes and champagne I was certain … until for I stumbled across this menu from Government House around 1850.
Are you a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas lunch or are you a pigeon-in-aspic kind of person?
On the subject of pigeons, and other Australian animals … yes, the crested pigeon is native to Australia … I thought I’d share my Christmas present with you— a new release called The Naturalist’s Daughter.
It tells the story of two women, a century apart, drawn into a mystery surrounding the biggest scientific controversy of the nineteenth century, the classification of the platypus.
The Naturalist’s Daughter releases in just two days, December 18th, in print and e-book and, here’s where the sharing comes in, anyone who leaves a comment below, and lives in Australia, will go into the draw for a print copy – hot off the press! If you don’t live in Australia I’m afraid it will have to be an e-book. I simply couldn’t get Rudolph to agree to transporting anything to do with a platypus, in fact he was quite offensive.
Have a great Christmas wherever you might be, and however you may choose to celebrate the holiday, and don’t forget to enter the raffle copter (below) there's $150 up for grabs and leave a comment! If you missed any of the early blogs you can find them here - just scroll down and click on any of the names on the list at the end!
PS While you're here I'd love you to join my readers group, there are a heap of competitions and prizes coming up in the new year!
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED:
CONGRATULATIONS to Dina and Rhonda and to Ro Richards who has won a copy of The Horse Thief!
The members of this coastal romance group are authors and readers who love reading romance by the water, whether it be the ocean, a lake, a tropical island or any other body of water where our heroes and heroines fall in love and live happily ever after!
Some of our authors have combined their resources and planned this Christmas blog hop. Once the blog begins you have the opportunity of winning by going to their blog post for the day (Each author will post until Christmas Eve) and commenting on their post to go in the draw to win a book. Then by clicking on the rafflecopter link below, you will be entered in the grand prize draw for a $150 Amazon gift card.
Prizes: Drawn on Christmas Eve.
First prize: $150 Amazon gift card
Second prize: 30 ebooks
Third prize...Each comment on each author's blog will go in the draw for an e-book from that author. Some of out authors have also indicated there may be a print book for Aussie entrants!
So what are you waiting for? Come visit, get clicking, commenting and enter EVERY day. Stay posted... the blog hop begins tomorrow!
You will discover some wonderful new authors and some awesome books too!
It's like an advent calendar so bookmark this page and open a blog every day on the calendar below until Christmas! The more blogs you read, the more entries you have, and the more chances of winning the fabulous prize.
Our Facebook Group...click to join
Our Christmas Blog Hoppers
Click on the name when it's turned to blue to read the blog!
Ann B Harrison
Jenn J McLeod
Phillipa Nefri Clark
24th December is Prize Draw
So comment, tweet and share every day for lots of chances to win!
A good news bad news story!
The original copies of The Horse Thief have sold out - that's the bad news! The good news is that my lovely publishers HQ Fiction (Harper Collins) have given it a bright shiny new cover and re released it in B Format (that's the smaller, and cheaper print version). You should be seeing it in bookshops around about now. If you do I'd love to know. Just drop me a message and a photo on my Facebook page and I'll send you a little something.
I love the new cover, especially designed to match The Naturalist's Daughter which releases in just three weeks!
What do you think?
Incase you haven't read The Horse Thief here's the blurb!
When India Kilhampton is caught up in the heart-stopping excitement of the first Melbourne Cup her mind is made up. She will breed a horse to win the coveted trophy and reunite her fractured family. Determined to make her dream a reality she advertises for a horse breeder.
Jim Mawgan arrives at Helligen Stud in the Hunter Valley to take up the position. Jim however, has a mission: he must fulfil his father’s dying wish to right past wrongs and prove his ownership of the prized stallion Jefferson.
Jim and India discover they share a common goal but as the secrets of the past unravel old enmities surface. Although betrayed, will India save Jim before he is branded a horse thief and sentenced to death?
If you can't make it to the shops the lovely people at Booktopia have copies!
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