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…I’m in South Africa!

Yep, no time to talk, no time to blog.

Right now, I’m back in the country where I lived for 33 years.

I haven’t visited since I immigrated nine and a half years ago.

Coming back here is as nerve wracking as it is thrilling. On the one hand, I’m home again. I’m in my native country. I know this place. I’ve breathed this air, lived this life. I was a part of South Africa, and South Africa is a part of me.

On the other hand? I’m on foreign soil, in a place I don’t recognize. A country that’s changed so much, both in heart and in structure, I can barely find my center.

Give me time to find my balance.

I’ll let you know how it’s going.

In the meantime, forgive me if you don’t hear from me for a while. I’m crazy busy reliving old memories and creating new ones.

Jess

So, who wins a holiday to Bandicoot Cove?

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Mai does!

By Random Number.org, Mai’s comment was drawn from all the entries Jess and I received. And just out of interest, you guys have the most amazing list of fantasy holidays and companions. Lex and I wanted to come along on every single one! Damn 🙂

Mai, we will be in contact with you soon to get your postal details from you.

To everyone else, thank you so much for celebrating the release of Tropical Desires and the up-coming release of the next three Bandicoot Cove books. We had so much fun reading your comments.

1/ If you could go anywhere in the world on a holiday, where would you go? I’m not sucking up, but I really want to go to Australia :-)

2/ who would you go with? I want Rafael Nadal, the tennis player, and Trey Songz, the singer :-)

Oh my I would enjoy the hell out of those dicks..er, bodies :-D

Maiwilliams08@gmail.com

TGIF!

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*sigh* It’s actually Saturday here in the land down under but I figure the title of the blog post fits. 🙂

I’ve had a very productive week along with numerous ‘away-from-writing’ things to do each day but I somehow managed to finish a novella, read an ARC and get it back to my editor AND keep the tribe fed and the washing up-to-date. Go me!

But now I’m exhausted. I just want to curl up in a little ball and sleep for a month. Of course the freezing cold weather isn’t helping any. 😦 Everyone who knows me knows how much I hate the cold and as I get older my tolerance of the winter months grows less and less. So here’s a pic to warm cheer me up. 🙂

Ah, yes, much better. 🙂

Oh, and because I’ve been busy, flat out like a lizard drinking, I’ve extended my App Celebration Contest over on my blog. Head over HERE! to get all the details on how to enter and download my app.

Rhian Cahill

www.rhiancahill.com

Tropical Island Holiday? Anyone?

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Quick. Tell us.

What is your most perfect, fantasy holiday? You know, the one that takes place in your mind. The one no one else knows about.

Where is it? Who is it with? What do you do there?

Well, Lexxie Couper and I would like to make that holiday a reality.

So, if you can’t afford the plane fare, we’re here to help…

See, we’re celebrating the release of Tropical Desires, the print anthology containing three scorching, smoldering, romantic stories all set on the tropical island resort of Bandicoot Cove

And how are we celebrating?

With prizes of course!

We want to give away one copy of the book PLUS ARCs of the THREE NEW (so new they haven’t even released yet) Bandicoot Cove books.

That’s right. One print book and three ebooks!

How do you win this amazing trip to tropical paradise?

Easy. Tell us the following in the comments section of the identical post on the International Heat Blog:

1/ If you could go anywhere in the world on a holiday, where would you go?

2/ who would you go with?

Now here’s the twist for this question. Because all the stories in Tropical Desires are ménage books, you have to take TWO people with you on your fantasy trip. That’s right. Two.

Let your mind go wild. Indulge in the fantasy. And then tell us.

Hee hee hee.

If you want to know more about the books we’re offering, don’t be shy. Check them out here:

Tropical Desires at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Samhain Publishing

Afternoon Rhapsody at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Sunset Heat at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Moonlight Mirage at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

GOOD LUCK!

The contest will run for the next two days.

Please remember to leave your email address in the comments, so we can notify you if you are the winner. Otherwise keep watching the International Heat blog. We’ll post your name there.

Jess

Mum’s the Word

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It’s my Princess’s birthday today—she has graduated from being Princess 6 to Princess 7. My oh my how they grow up fast. I was writing a post the other day about how motherhood has changed me and it ended up getting all deep and meaningful, with some sad stuff in there because sometimes motherhood can be oh let’s just say trying, shall we? But as it’s my eldest baby’s special day, I thought I’d turn my focus to the good, the great and the beautiful.

5 things about being a mother that rock:

  1. Being able to go to the cinema to see an animated movie without being looked at like you’re weird (this holidays Ice Age 4 and Brave, here we come)
  2. It’s taught me tolerance—tolerance for other people’s children when they’re throwing a tantrum in the middle of the supermarket, tolerance for pain (before my root canal it was described to me by someone I work with [note: a male someone] as the worst pain he’d ever experienced. I had my root canal and… meh. It wasn’t pleasant but, dude, I was in labor for 17hrs then I had to have my uterus cut open and a small human being dragged out of it. I then had to try and breastfeed that human until my nipples bled, all without anything stronger than mild Panadol so I didn’t drug my newborn. Your root canal? Gimmie a break)
  3. Having your 7yr old ask you stuff like this, with complete ingenuousness: “Mummy, if my wobbly tooth falls out on my birthday, will I get an extra super special surprise?” So cute 🙂
  4. Getting to make up the tooth fairy’s rules to suit your situation. “Maybe, sweetie, but don’t try and pull it out. I’m pretty sure the super special surprise wouldn’t count unless the tooth falls out by itself.”  [The tooth fairy is dealing with a super special birthday cake bake-a-thon and a fairy themed afternoon tea for 10 7yr olds this week. She does not need the added pressure of a super special surprise to deal with]
  5. Having your gorgeous daughters make little crafty things for you that say things like ‘you are the best mum in the whole wide world’. I’m pretty sure she’s biased, but I’ll take it.

 Sami

 

 

 

 

 

Win A Kindle!! Win A Kindle!! Win A Kindle!!! (Did that get your attention?)

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It’s time for the “Misplaced” Scavenger Hunt! Mari Carr and I have “misplaced” several important items relevant to our new Foreign Affairs series and we need your help finding them. Feel like going on a scavenger hunt? At each of the websites listed below, you will find one of the pictured items. Be warned–you may not find the item on the homepage…you’ll have to do a little hunting!
Check out the links, then email us at carmichm1@yahoo.com to let us know the URL where you found each item. One lucky hunter will win a Kindle. All entries must be received by June 30 and the winner will be announced on July 1.
The piccies. Ready to find them?

Frisky Friday

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Because I can’t seem to get my act together and blog properly….

And one more just because. 🙂

Oh yes, that makes up for my slackness. 😆

Rhian Cahill

www.rhiancahill.com

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