Sami’s Week

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Goal: finish manuscript for tentatively titled Erica’s Choice and have ready for critique.

Monday: Princess’s first day of grade one—settle Princess in, sort out dilemma of desire to wear pretty hairband with bow on top and requirement to don sun protective hat, find her a desk which was close to good friend but not quite close enough, meet teacher (who’s looking rather frazzled, perhaps questioning her career choice, having already forgotten about the wonderful summer holidays that are now behind her). Go to work. Late.

Tuesday: Working mum facade firmly in place. Drop kids off at daycare, meet new carers, rush to work (but not too fast: recent speeding fine has me driving like that guy who drove Miss Daisy). Arrive late to work. Again. Skip lunch break so I can leave early to do required shopping for Australia Day BBQ.

Wednesday: Bright sunny day—yay! House cleaning, food prep etc. BBQ goes off without a hitch, thank goodness. Crash into bed, exhausted.

Thursday: Pest control guys come to deal with the termites in our yard and put in a barrier to ensure the little nasties don’t decide to move into the house. Drilling sounds on and off all day, chemical spraying etc. Paid a wad of cash and said goodbye to another day with no words down.

Friday: Overnight Princess has had a temperature. Played nurse all day, and tried to keep the Cherub from jumping on Princess’s sore stomach.

Saturday: I have no groceries, and have to buy a birthday present for 3 year old’s party on Sunday. So dash off to the shops. Take Cherub to alleviate her cabin fever and satisfy her need for one on one attention. Wish I could take valium to soften the impact of her shopping centre rampages. Doughnuts will have to do (for both of us)

Sunday: Here I am, blogging much later than my scheduled time, having spent the week running without getting anywhere, trying to find a doctor open on a Sunday because Princess’s fever is still hanging around and now I’m starting to worry (I should say worry more). I’m also wondering where my lovely week of writing has gone.

Total words must be somewhere around 1,500. I’m not sure, I don’t have time to work it out.

Maybe I’ll finish the ms next week, but I’m not holding my breath.

Sami (who’s decided when/if this book comes out it will be promoted as the ‘long awaited’ new release from barely hanging by a thread author :))

What It Means To Be Australian…


…via YouTube.

Today is Australia Day. Australia Day is the day the Land Down Under comes together to celebrate how bloody brilliant and diverse and self-deprecating we are. Enjoy…

Men have no idea how to behave in a hot tub…

We know how to deal with bugs…

Zebra-print underpants are very Australian (as are cheetah-print, giraffe-print and tiger-print)…

A gold ball is no substitue for a pair of undies (and I’m not complaining)

The Australian accent defines us…

And is quite sexy (even in a movie as mediocre as Funny People)…

It’s true. We do like our beer…

Bagpipes can be entertaining to the Aussie ear…

But above all else…


Happy Australia Day, Australia.


the Divas


The Fur Debate


We’ve had some serious stuff happening down here in Oz recently, what with floods drenching half the country and bushfires raging on the west coast. It gets one thinking about the important things, so today I want to address one of those things that’s been on my mind…

Is the hairy chest back in?

I'm glad they're updating the hairdo

One thing I’ve been looking forward to this week is the premiere of the new updated version of Hawaii Five O. I’ve loved shows and movies set in Hawaii ever since the original series played on the small screen. That opening shot with Jack Lord whipping his head around, perfectly coiffed hair immobile, to stare down the barrel of that camera like he was going to wipe all criminal scum from the face of the earth. I LOVED it.

Then there was one of my secret crushes… actually I never made much of a secret about it. Oh Tom, why did you never reply to my letter? Sob sob. When Tom Selleck roared onto my TV screen in his sleek red Ferrari, in those teeny tiny shorts and the ridiculous floral shirt, I so wanted to BE Magnum PI. Or I would have settled for just once running my fingers through that manly pelt of chest hair. Come on, you know you wanted to as well.

I don’t care what anyone else says, he was YUMMY.

Now they’ve remade the original Hawaii Five O series, and I have say proudly that Australia’s own Alex O’Loughlin is going to reprise the role of Steve McGarrett. Honestly not every Aussie Guy looks like this one, but in a perfect world they would.

Another hairy chested Hawaii-based hunk to drool over. Book me Danno, then Steve can frisk me. He’s not a furry as Tom but there’s definite fuzz. And to think when they designed my cover for Sunset Knight they said it was too difficult to find hairy chested models for the covers, although I wrote Brody with a hairy chest. Will the tide turn now? I hope so.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a smooth chest as much as the next girl, but variety is the spice of life. Let’s give the furry pecs a go, shall we? Surely Alex can turn even the most dedicated smooth-chested fan.

What do you think?


Sexy Or Not Part III


So, ready for the third installment? I think there’s some on this list that will really make you think…

1/ Professor Snape. Such a dark, tormented, conflicted man. Such a dark, flowing wardrobe. Such a pasty complexion, and yet, there’s something about him that seems wickedly arousing. Is it the smug arrogance? Is it the rebellion against all that is good? Is it the undeniable itch that beneath all that sneering malevolence, his heart really is made of gold? Or is it his talented, long, hard…cane?

2/ Ron Weasley. Another Potter personality. Ron is asigned to the best-friend/side-kick to Harry’s Chosen One hero, but honestly, wouldn’t you rather have Ron? Remember when he sacrificed himself to save Harry’s life on the life-size chess board? I was a goner for Ron there and then. So what if he’s a Ranga (or Ginge, if you’re from the UK)? Just makes him all the more fiery and spicey.

3/ Detective Robert Goren. Yeah, so he’s a little twitchy. And a little, quirky. And he seems to know exactly what you’re thinking when you’re thinking it. And likes to stand at a sidewards 90 degree angle. And has some seriously messed-up back story…but damn, think of that freaky profiling talent put to use in the bedroom. And he’s so damn intense!!

4/ Dexter Morgan. A souless serial killer with a heart of gold? Who will only butcher those who deserve it? I have no idea why, but Dexter is a sexy sod. And he has a killer smirk…

5/ Shaun. Unless you’ve seen Shaun of the Dead, it’s probably pointless me trying to explain this one. Take my advice…go watch Shaun of the Dead right now and then come back and tell me he’s not sexy. And don’t forget to bring your cricket bat when you do.


So, there we go. I know I still owe Jess a ‘Jess Dee Edition of Sexy or Not’. Stay tuned for that one next Monday. As for Part III, what did you think?

Ways you can help Aussie flood victims.

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RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal

We’ve all seen the devastation the recent Queensland floods have wrought and have wondered how we can help. We know that for many affected families, books will not be high on their priorities list for some time to come.

We also know how valuable books can be in providing time out when reality gets tough.

With the aid of some wonderful volunteers, we’ve put together a Romance Writers of Australia Flooded Communities Book Appeal.

What we need?
FICTION BOOKS! Romance books, children’s books, young adult books, genre books, whatever – either new or in sparkling condition.

Please send them to:
RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal
PO Box 1717

Noosaville Post Office

Noosaville BC

Queensland 4566

When to send them?
Now! And any time over the next few months. The books will be boxed and delivered to the appropriate libraries/schools/neighbourhood centres/community centres in batches as soon as the communities are ready to receive them. We’ll be liaising with councils, libraries and schools to ensure this is done appropriately. Feel free to pop a note inside, or if you’re an author, sign it.


If you have a question about donations, email Jess Anastasi: Jess@jessanastasi.com

If you work in a library / council / community centre / school in a flood affected area, email Rachel Bailey: rachel@rachelbailey.com.au

OR if you’re able to donate some money to the flood relief fund you can find out how here – http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

Plus if you live in or around the area there are numerous way you can lend a helping hand, even if it’s just to go lend a shoulder for someone to lean on. You can find info on how here – http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/volunteer.html

Any and all help will be much appreciated.

Rhian, Jess, Lexxie and Sami

Well wishes needed.


Down Under Divas would like to ask for your good thoughts and prayers. For those Aussie’s following the blog you’ll already know about the natural disaster currently unfolding in Queensland and New South Wales. Our own Diva Sami is in the danger zone and while she and her family are safe at the moment this devastating flood has already proven to be unpredictable. Towns are cut off and whole towns have even been washed away. People are dead and missing. And the worst doesn’t appear to be over. Earlier today CBD of Brisbane was evacuated as the Brisbane river continues to rise. If you live near the affected area but are on high ground please offer any assistance you can to those forced to leave their homes. For those wanting to make a monetary donation to the flood relief this website gives all the information you need – http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

Pictures and video are all over the net and most Aussie news networks are now broadcasting worldwide. Those of us not affect sit feeling helpless in the face of something we have no control over.

For everyone one caught up in this horrible act of nature I wish you safety above all else. And please, please remember, things can and will be replaced, people can’t. Take care of those around you.

Rhian, Lexxie, Jess & Sami

Contract Time!!!


Sorry about the three exclamation marks above, but I’m a little excited. You see, two days ago I signed a new contract for my next Samhain release. This in itself is pretty bloody brilliant, but what makes this one even more brilliant is the book (a 30,000 word novella) is part of an anthology with fellow Diva, Jess Dee and Canadian author, Vivian Arend.

Check out the antho premise…

A luxury resort on a tropical island: A playground where anything can happen—or the perfect setting to fall in love?

The brand new, five star luxury hotel, Bandicoot Cove on Bilby Island, just off the tropical coast of Queensland, Australia, is all set to open its doors to the public. But hotel manager, Kylie Sullivan insists everything has to be perfect before the big day. What better way to check that the hotel is ready for paying guests than with a soft opening?

Kylie has planned a trial run. A make-sure-everything-works-smoothly run. And the guinea pigs in her experiment? Her close friends and family, and perhaps a few international stars looking for a private getaway, away from the prying eyes of the press and public.

Each of them is sent a personal invitation to an all-expenses paid trip to the island. If there are any glitches in the service or facilities, Kylie would rather find out about it this way, than with paying guests.

There’s something magical about the Island. Perhaps it’s the sheer luxury of the resort, the escape from the daily grind of real life, or simply the intoxicating air that surrounds them. But people tend to fall in love when they come here. And Kylie should know. She’s fallen hard herself.


The Bandicoot Cove Anthology is a set of three novellas and one short story, all of which take place on the Bilby Island.

The first book, a short story of approximately 7k, is Kylie’s book. It is as yet unwritten. The story will take place before the soft opening of the resort and will be co-authored by Vivian, Lexxie and Jess. The intent is to offer it as a free read.

The other three stories all take place at the soft opening of the resort.

Here’s my blurb


It doesn’t take just a rock star to rock your world. Sometimes, it takes a best friend as well.

McKenzie Wood is Australia’s most notorious tabloid journalist. Trouble is, she’s not altogether happy in that position. It’s time to grow up and use her degree for serious work. When she spies rumor-shrouded rock star, Nick Blackthorne, a man far more sexy than he has a right to be, at the island resort, Bandicoot Cove, McKenzie knows this is her ticket out of the tabloid world. She just needs a little unorthodox help from her BFF, Aidan Rogers.

Aidan Rogers has been in love with McKenzie for sixteen years. Of course, he’s never told her that, which he has to admit, is pretty damn pathetic. But when it comes to McKenzie, he is a prisoner of his heart. It isn’t easy telling your best friend you’re madly, irrevocably in love with her and want to do sinfully, seriously non-friend like things to her. Especially when she’s never shown an iota of sexual interest in you.

Nick Blackthorne has his own secrets. Having spent the last two months in Germany, Nick jumps at his agent’s offer to spend some “unfamous” time at a new resort in his home country. Nick is surprised to find his creative muse stirred—and stirred greatly—by a very sexy couple he spies at Bandicoot Cove and it’s not long before all he can think about it all three of them. Together.

When three bodies move together as one, the music becomes a smoldering beat that rivals the tropical heat on the island. But will it be enough to save three souls? Or will it be just a sinner’s lament?

Warning: One plus one plus one equals OMG sex, are-you-freaking-kidding-me orgasms and some serious mind-blowing climaxes. And in amongst all this, two people discover they’re meant to be together and another finds the music of his soul once again.

Now, I’m going to let Jess fill you all in on her book (called Island Idyll *sigh* Isn’t that a fantastic title) and next week I’m going to share a few more details about the Bilby Island and Bandicoot Cove, but until then, enjoy this lovely piccie of this lovely man 😉

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