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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

A Coastal Christmas

A Coastal Christmas

Can you believe the festive season is upon us and we are already writing Christmas posts? While all my US and UK friends will be celebrating, with snowflakes falling outside, and drinking eggnog, think of me over here in a hot Aussie summer on the coast. My Australian readers will know exactly what I am thinking about when I imagine the heat of Christmas day, the cicadas chirping in the hot still air, and the welcome sound of the summer surf breaking on the beach

How do we spend the day? We’ll get up very early and do the Santa Claus presents with the grandchildren, then we’ll go for a lovely walk on the beach (if it’s not too hot!) followed by a swim. We’ll come home to a cold lunch of fresh prawns, (shrimps for the US readers) oysters, and good old Aussie Pavlova and fruit! We’ll lie around for the afternoon, relaxing and reading our new Christmas books, probably with chilled champagne close by.
Being a part of this Coastal Romance group of readers and writers has suited me well this last few months. I love including the ocean, rivers, creeks, babbling brooks, tropical islands, waterfalls and lakes in my stories. You would have a problem if you were to find a piece of my writing that did not have a water scene. There is even a bathtub scene in Blind Lust below! My first short story published many years ago was published in an anthology called Estuary.
So for a little Christmas treat I am going to take you to some lovely places...one from each of my books For more information, click on the book title:

Holiday Affair...the Whitsunday Islands
She dozed, drifting in and out of a light sleep, lulled by the sound of the surf and the happy shrieks of children splashing in the waves. The gulls swooped and squawked above the dunes, and the sun warmed her bare skin. Contentment stole over her like a soft blanket as her mind cleared for the first time in days.

Italian Affair...Lipari Island, Italy.
A mass of wildflowers covered the cliff down to the rocky beach below, and she paused to pick one every so often until she had a small posy in her hands. At the halfway point, she rounded a headland and Mount Stromboli appeared before her, rising majestically out of the ocean, plumes of smoke puffing from the live volcano.

Outback Affair...Northern Outback Australia
From sixty feet above, water fell in a white froth over a series of stepped rocks down to the clear, deep pool edged by pure white sand. A tall tree with lacy foliage overhung the water at the far end, its lazy movement reflected in the still green depths. The gorge walls rose high, and she had to crane her head back to see the bright blue sky.

Dangerous Desire...the Whitsunday Islands
It might not have been far to the house but Gracie picked her way carefully through the stubby mangrove roots and oyster-encrusted rocks exposed by the low tide. Crabs skittered away from her feet and small fish darted through the crystal-clear shallows.

Winter of the Passion Flower...Amazon Jungle
A magnificent vista of green jungle edged with the distant deep blue of the Pacific Ocean spread beyond the Amazon River. Steep rocky cliffs tumbled away beneath them and a fine mist rose from the surging water of the roaring waterfall cooling their overheated bodies. Indigo pointed eastward, where a high snow-capped mountain disappeared in the clouds.

Summer of the Moon Flower... Isle of Rothmore, Scotland
Sofia stepped from the cave and searched the shore line for the clearest route to the water. She raised her hand and shaded her eyes from the morning sun glinting off the narrow channel of water between the small island and the mainland. The beach circled around the bay in a deep horseshoe shape and piles of fallen rocks covered the sand. The shingle at the south end of the beach was clearer and Sofia tied her skirt up into a loose knot and set to work.

Blind Lust...A bathroom in a cottage in Silver Valley, Connecticut
Dozens of candles flickered in the soft light and he caught the faint sound of violins in the air. Lizzy led him wordlessly upstairs into her bathroom and stood beside a huge bath. It was filled with steaming water, crushed lavender, and rose petals.

Holding the white flowers to her chest, she inhaled their sweet fragrance and stood on the cliff top as thoughts flitted in and out of her mind. The bright pink of the pigface plant at the top of the cliff was a riot of color and further brightened her mood. Change was coming—as surely as the fog would roll in from the sea this afternoon.

So if you feel like a holiday read in a coastal or water setting over the holiday break...you can find a variety of places by some body of water to visit in each of my books! If you click on the book title it will take you to the book and more information

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers! Thank you making my year so wonderful.
1. For a gift copy of one of my books of your choice, tell me your favorite place by the water...and why you love it.
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