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If you’re looking for me…

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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

Tropical Haze? It must be Bandicoot Cove

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Just a week ago we revealed the stunning covers for the new Bandicoot Cove Anthology: The Wedding. Now we thought we’d tease you a little more, with a new cover…and a peak at the blurbs of the three novellas.

Yep, we have a print book coming next year, an anthology of the three stories: Afternoon Rhapsody, Sunset Heat and Moonlight Mirage.

Read on for your introduction to the tropical haze on Bilby Island.

TROPICAL HAZE: The Blurb

Steamy days, sultry nights, sinful fantasies. Welcome to Bandicoot Cove.

Afternoon Rhapsody by Jess Dee

As Bianca puts her pending divorce aside to enjoy her brother’s wedding, she unexpectedly falls in lust with Brody, a gorgeous man who’s also getting a divorce. However, personal revelations change what they thought they knew about their troubled pasts. And suddenly they wonder if it’s possible to move on.

Sunset Heat by Lexxie Couper

Kennedy never thought she’d be standing in front of Luke again. Naked, thanks to her butterfly phobia. He not only still lights her fire, so does his self-professed rake of a cousin.

Luke fell for Kennedy four months ago, yet he can’t stop thinking about sharing her with Addison. And Addison is shocked that he wants to know Kennedy on all levels. But can desire bring three people together? Or will it destroy any hope of happiness?

Moonlight Mirage by Sami Lee

At her friend’s wedding, Hayley is forced to face the former boss whose rejection sent her packing. Mitch makes her burn as hot as ever. Trouble is, she hasn’t come to the wedding alone.

Mitch knows he made a mistake by pushing his one-time intern away. Hayley’s “plus one”is an unexpected obstacle, but luckily Mitch has never shied away from a little competition…

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If you’d like to read the full blurbs of each story, check out our personal blogs:

Lexxie

Sami

Jess

😀

Do nice guys finish last?

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I just subbed a manuscript to an editor and I’m nervous. No surprise there, authors are always nervous when they submit work to a publishing house, or a critique partner or reviewer or whomever. But this time there’s another element to my anxiety, all because I’ve written the type of hero we don’t often see in romance novels, especially erotic ones.

everyone says Ryan’s really just a nice guy

He’s a nice guy.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking. All romance heroes are nice guys aren’t they? That’s why we fall in love with them. But no, it’s not so. Romance novel heroes are sexy, they’re strong and at their core usually honorable and they certainly have appealing qualities. But they are rarely in my experience just plain nice blokes. They are alpha males, bossy doms, bad boys, cops on the edge, cutthroat businessmen with a grudge, arrogant cowboys, space warriors who hold the heroine hostage, old world pirates who hold the heroine hostage. I’ve written a bad boy myself, as well as an ex crim and a guy who’s kind of a loudmouth bastard. We love characters with flaws and we love to see really arrogant men get taken down a peg or two by love.

This time my guy wouldn’t be arrogant. He wouldn’t do anything truly jerky although I tried to make him several times. I kept worrying he wasn’t hitting the right notes, that he wasn’t larger than life. I was right, he’s not larger than life, he’s an average guy with an average life who wants to make the heroine happy. After a while I stopped trying to get him to be more of an alpha male because I finally realised he was exactly the kind of man my heroine needed, someone who grounded her and would support her no matter what.

cute, nerdy and nice

So my nice guy is cute, humble, reasonable, patient, affectionate, charming, occasionally shy, as well as very giving and inventive in bed. Oh he also has great shoulders and can fuck like a jackhammer. I haven’t completely lost my mind.

So what are the nice guy qualities you like in your man—whether he be real or in a romance novel? Do you want to see more regular blokes in your books or are we better leaving the seduction of our heroines to the billionaires and playboys?

Cheers,

Sami

Everything I Learnt About America…

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…I learnt from Mari Carr.

‘Tis true. Honest. Until Mari Carr and I decided to write a series of books together, I was 100% convinced Thanksgiving was something Hollywood invented so movies like Planes, Trains and AutomobilesSon in Law and Home for the Holidays could be made. Okay, 60% convinced.

Until Mari Carr and I decided to write the Foreign Affairs series, about a group of Aussies from the Outback and the city-slicker Americans they seduce, I was more than convinced the only beer in America was Miller (and I thought it was Millers. With an “s”).

Okay, so I wasn’t that clueless to the North American world, but Google can only help you out some of the time. And Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and the Men in Black aren’t entirely the font of New York City knowledge this little Aussie hoped they would be.

For starters, Google doesn’t tell me you could walk twenty New York blocks and not once bump into someone you know. If I was to believe Jerry Seinfeld, my heroine–Monet Carmichael–should be running into her friends any time she decided to go for a stroll. It was Mari who pointed out the chances of that happening are slim.

Mari also told me exactly where an Aussie cowboy would go to buy a suite in New York–and it isn’t the local Target down the road.

When I sent Mari the first draft of Book Two of the Foreign Affairs series, Misplaced Cowboy (which sees an Aussie stockman come to New York to meet with a woman he met online) it was full of these

XXXX

Everytime I came to a bit of information or detail about New York or America I was clueless about, I would write XXXX and continue on. Poor Mari had a lot of XXXXs to address.

  • What kind of beer is favoured in US bars (Miller Lite. No S)
  • Where someone in the US would buy clothes a cowboy would wear (Urban Outfitters)
  • The food ordered in a typical New York cafe (NB: it’s not fish and chips)
  • Whether Americans consider Vegemite a condiment or a spread (apparently it’s neither. “That funny black shit” is the answer Mari gave me)
  • How long it takes to walk four New York blocks (longer than ten minutes…which kinda sucks when you only want your character to be beside each other for that length of time)
  • What a New Yorker does to a car that almost hits them in the street (flipping off the bird, as opposed to hurling abuse at them)
  • and my all-time favourite…how big a Thanksgiving Day parade balloon is. The best way to show you how little I knew about Thanksgiving Day parade balloons is to cut and paste Mari’s email response to me when I asked if they were about twenty foot big:
ROTFLMAO Jesus no. They are hundreds of feet big. Like fucking HUGE.
Mari Carr
New York Times Bestselling Author
Yes, it’s true. Everything important I know about America I learnt from Mari Carr…and my education is just beginning. There’s still another two books to write :)

Foreign Affairs, Book One

Annie Prince has impetuously flown halfway ’round the world to visit a sexy cowboy she met online—only to find herself stranded in Sydney. Seems she and Dylan crossed wires, and he’s on his way to New York. His twin, Hunter, saves the day and whisks her back to the family cattle station. Hunter’s as easy on the eyes as Dylan, and even easier to talk to. Annie might have flown to Oz to meet one brother, but soon sparks are flying with the other.

Hunter considered Dylan a dumb arse for jetting off to America for some stranger—until he met Annie. Turns out the New Yorker is a smart, funny, hard-working jillaroo…and hotter than the Aussie desert. Hunter’s not normally one to poach his brother’s women, but he can’t keep his hands, lips, tongue and other body parts off this sexy city girl.

When raging lust leads to emotional attachment, where does that leave Annie and Hunter when her vacation comes to an end—or when Dylan finds out?

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To learn what Mari Carr learnt from me about Australia, check out her blog here. Suffice to say, I think Hugh Jackman taught her more than I did ;)
You can pre-order Misplaced Princess from AmazonBarnes and Noble and Ellora’s Cave already.Misplaced Princess will be available June 20. Misplaced Cowboy will be available end of August and on pre-sale soon.
CONTEST: I’m running a contest connected to this post over on my blog. In 10 hours time I will draw a winner from all the comments there and that lucky person will not only get a really sexy bound travel journal, they will also get a packet of Tims Tams AND a small jar of Vegemite, just to really experience the Aussieness of the Foreign Affairs series. Head on over to my blog (HERE) and leave a comment if you want to go into the draw 🙂
Oh, to go into the draw TWICE, also tell me your favourite sentence of the Misplaced Princess excerpt you can find HERE 

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