Sep 16, 2014 - General    6 Comments

Patience

This writing game requires patience, at all stages along the way, and it’s something I’m struggling with at the moment.

I want a contraption I can connect to my brain and have the stories magically appear on the computer. I made up a spreadsheet the other night with a schedule for all the books currently in my head, and at the very slow rate I write, I’m busy until 2017. Which means I have to a) write faster or b) learn patience.

I’m going through the submission process with Elsie’s Place – which means sending it out into the ether and waiting. *sigh* And if I’m lucky enough to get signed up, it will mean more waiting – especially as I’m currently targeting traditional publishers and the time between acceptance to holding my book can be many months.

Add to that there are a couple of unresolved things in my personal life that are leaving me on tenterhooks. I don’t like uncertainty – I like life to be planned and orderly.

It ain’t happening!

So all I can do is wait… And keep writing…

Anyway got a patience pill?!

Sep 9, 2014 - Guest post    14 Comments

What’s Heather Garside’s passion? Guest post

Today I’m delighted to welcome Australian historical author, Heather Garside, to my blog.

Welcome Heather. Do you have a passion other than writing? 

This is a difficult question as once I used to be passionate about many things, and now I don’t seem to feel the same degree of enthusiasm for anything. For many years I was a passionate sewer – I made clothes for my daughter and myself and dabbled in a bit of patchwork. Then I got back into writing and it was my driving passion. Another obsession that stayed with me throughout was for music, and there was a particular rock singer/guitarist/songwriter of whom I was an avid fan. I still love his music but in a much more low-key way. I also still do a bit of patchwork and crocheting and attend a craft group when I can fit it in. Another thing I really enjoy is doing crosswords, but that doesn’t strike me as a scintillating topic for a blog.

Aside from writing and our farm, the thing that interests me most is travelling, especially doing road trips within Australia. This suits hubby and me as he loves driving and I’m happy to be a passenger!

I love to travel too! How long have you been involved in your passion?

Off and on since our marriage, but mainly in the last ten years, since our daughter moved to South Australia. We’ve had many roads trips from Central Queensland to the Adelaide Hills and have taken a few different routes. The most memorable was when we drove the long way through central NSW and Victoria, via the Great Ocean Road. Another very enjoyable trip was when we took our camper trailer to Lawn Hill Gorge and camped there for a few days with my sister and her husband. We also drove around Tasmania a few years ago and loved it. Last year we explored the south-west of WA.

Very soon we are setting off to Adelaide again, and after spending time with our daughter, are driving to Uluru and Alice Springs and from there taking the Ghan to Darwin.

I’d love to do the Ghan trip one day! What is it about travel that brings a sparkle to your eye? 

I love seeing new places and especially exploring pristine places such as national parks.

Do you have a funny story about something that’s happened to you while travelling?

It was when we canoed up Lawn Hill Gorge. My sister and her hubby put their canoe in first and paddled off while we were still launching ours. My husband is a big man and my brother-in-law average-sized, while my sister is tiny, so as you can imagine our canoe was sitting very low in the water while theirs seemed to be skimming over the surface. By the time we had managed to catch them, with our canoe dragging in the water, we quite puffed. They thought it was most amusing to see the water almost lapping over the back of our canoe! But we made it the entire way up the gorge, and the trip was well worth the effort.

Ha! I can just picture that :) Glad you made it anyway!

Can you share a photo of you indulging in your passion?

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This is me hiking at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.

Finally, please tell us a little about yourself. 

I grew up on a cattle property in Central Queensland and now live with my husband on a beef and grain farm in the same area. We have two adult children.

I have previously published three historical romances and have helped to write and produce several compilations of short stories and local histories. The Cornstalk was a finalist in the 2008 Booksellers’ Best Award, Long Historical category, for romance books published in the USA. Breakaway Creek was a finalist in the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program and was released by Clan Destine Press in 2013. It is a rural romance with a dual timeline. My recent release is Tracks of the Heart, a collection of three short stories.

I work part time at the local library, at home on the farm and help produce a local monthly newsletter, amongst other voluntary activities.

Website: www.heathergarside.com

Blog: www.heathergarside.wordpress.com

 

Would you like to tell us about your latest release?

Tracks of the HeartMy latest release is called Tracks of the Heart:

Three short stories will take you on journeys of terror, heartbreak and a woman’s tentative struggles to reclaim her identity.

Playing with Fire: Lisa is forced to revisit a tortured love affair when she recognises her companions on an outback train journey – an ill-fated family from her past.

Bushwhacked: Brittany’s quest for adventure on an isolated cattle station goes horribly wrong when she and Scott, the head stockman, are abducted on a lonely county road.

Coming Home: Kirsty leaves a destructive marriage to return to her parent’s cattle station, but has to contend with her father’s new manager – the boyfriend she deserted years before in favour of the city.

Buy Links: http://www.clandestinepress.com.au/content/rural-romance-and-outback-erotica

http://www.amazon.com.au/Tracks-Heart-Heather-Garside-ebook/dp/B00LTIQIZI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1407725193&sr=1-1

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/tracks-of-the-heart

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/458078

 

Those stories sound great!

Thanks for being my guest today, Heather and good luck with Tracks of the Heart! 

 

 

Sep 5, 2014 - Fun Fact Friday    No Comments

Fun Fact Friday – The Children’s Newspaper

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Did you know, in the years 1899 and 1900, there was a publication called “The Children’s Newspaper” produced in Sydney? http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/title/121

I love this extract from the 1st edition on Friday, Jan 30, 1899.

“As the first Children’s newspaper in Australia, we make our bow today. It is, indeed, a very wonderful adventure, and it shows how the world is widening for young people. A newspaper for “grown-ups” is a very modern invention, but one for children is absolutely new. Our first issue must not be taken as a fair sample of what we intend to do, because we have to make a start without the assistance of our readers. When the boys and girls of Australia see what we are aiming at they will help us. Here is our first number! We hope to improve on it month by month.”

At the price of 1 penny, it included sections about “Great People”, “Science”, “Facts worth Knowing”, serialised stories and “News of the World.”

 

It was issued under the authority of the NSW Department of Education. However, it only lasted for 12 issues before closing down – “The CN is only a comparatively small production, but small as it is, the tax on uour editor’s time has been too great and even editors get wearied when they have too much work to do.”

 

 

 

Sep 2, 2014 - General    1 Comment

What was the best thing about the RWA Conference?

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It’s hard to believe that the RWA conference was only 3 weeks ago. In some ways, it seems like months since 300+ romance writers gathered together at the Novotel, Olympic Park in Sydney; in other ways, it’s like it was last week!

Over the weekend, I had a non-writer friend ask me if I’d enjoyed the conference? (Does a bear… well, you know… :) ) and what was the best thing about it?

The current brain fog I have due to a cold wasn’t the only reason I took a few minutes to answer her.

What was the best thing about conference?

highteaWas it the craft workshops and sessions and guest speakers? Well, certainly they were extremely useful and enjoyable. (Especially enjoyable were the ones featuring videos of Richard Armitage!) I learnt something in every single workshop I did, from the mind-blowing “why didn’t I know that before?” to the “ah that will add a nice touch to my manuscript”. Both James Scott Bell and Cherry Adair were fantastic speakers.

Was it the social occasions?  The high tea, the cocktail party, the awards dinner? They were fantastic – great food, lots of fun and laughter, as well as inspiration. And did I mention how great the food was?! (And who can forget Emma Darcy’s jaw-dropping 5 F’s of romance writing!)

Was it meeting up with old friends and making new ones?  Yes, that was a huge part of it. This was my 4th conference and I’ve gone from being totally intimidated at how loud and friendly everyone was (conference 1), to being the one squealing at the sight of old friends and sweeping people into hugs myself (conference 4!) (Yes, I admit it – at conference, I squeal and hug. A lot!) I have never met a friendlier group of people than romance writers and just being with people who “get you” is soul quenching.

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Me and my gorgeous CP, Juanita Kees

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Me and my other gorgeous CP, SE Gilchrist

So, what was the best thing about conference?

Honestly, I can’t pick just one.

It’s all of them.

It’s the whole, crazy, exhausting long weekend of laughter and learning, dressing up and dining out, talking about GMCs and HEAs and being with my BFFs :) It’s absorbing the knowledge, soaking up the friendships, and not having to cook and wash dishes for the entire time :) It’s the whole package – I can’t pick one aspect.

Actually, maybe, I can think of one – the best thing about conference – I get to do it all over again, next year :)

 

Aug 26, 2014 - Giveaway, Guest post    8 Comments

What’s Bernadette Rowley’s passion? Guest post

Today I’m excited to welcome fantasy romance author, Bernadette Rowley.

Welcome to my blog, Bernadette. Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

Bernadette Photo PromoHi Kerrie! Thanks for hosting me on your blog today.

I’m a veterinarian in my other life, working about twenty hours a week in small animal practice. I guess this is why healing and animals feature in my fantasy romances. Your profession has to bubble to the surface somehow in your writing. I have a husband and three sons and live in Townsville in North Queensland. My two fantasy romances are published with Destiny Romance and I hope to have more available soon.

You can follow me at http://bernadetterowley.com/

A vet! Wow, that’s impressive. Do you have a passion other than writing? (and helping animals, I’d bet!)

I have a passion other than writing which I share with many Aussies and that is cricket. I’ve never played the game but have been a viewer since I was about twelve years old. I can remember getting the autographs of Viv Richards and Jeff Thompson at a school visit one day and I was thrilled. Since then my attachment to the game has only grown.

Do you still have those autographs? They’d probably be worth a pretty penny now! 

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When I met my husband I learned to score for his A grade games and when my boys came along I scored for their games too. I’m still scoring for the Townsville Wests A grade side and I don’t even have a family member playing! It’s a huge commitment but it gives me a sense of belonging. Most recently I’ve become hooked on the Big Bash. I used to loath 20/20 but I ‘get’ it now after watching a series last season.

So in total, I’ve been involved with cricket for 38 years. Wow! No chance of it changing any time soon as my two older sons are working on careers in the game.

What is it about cricket that brings a sparkle to your eye?

I love what cricket brings to Australia: larger than life characters who are true heroes to many of us. It’s an extremely difficult sport to play well, with advanced skills required in a wide range of areas. Cricket is also a difficult mind game. There is huge inter-country rivalry which always adds a touch of excitement. My favourite form of the game is the test as the fortunes of the two sides can swing from day to day, making for an engrossing battle. But as I said, I’ve discovered that 20/20 is hugely tactical and have developed a new respect for that form of cricket.

Do you have a stand-out moment in your passion for cricket?

One of my stand-out moments was when our A grade side won the 2 day grand final a couple of years ago. I was invited down to the dressing rooms with the boys and included in all the photos. They’re a great bunch of lads. My two oldest sons, Tom and Sam, are in the back row of that photo and I’ll give a copy of my book Princess Avenger to the first person to pick them out!

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Ooh a giveaway – exciting!

Would you like to tell us about your latest release?

The Lady's Choice Cover- high resMy latest book is The Lady’s Choice.

Lady Benae Branasar will sacrifice her ‘happily ever after’ for an arranged marriage with a powerful prince who will save her estates and her people. Or so she imagines. But can she turn her back on her feelings for the prince’s squire, Ramón Zorba? Ramon is a man Benae could easily love but he is obsessed with the prince’s daughter and at first tries hard to ignore the beautiful and fiery Benae. As they are drawn inexorably together, Benae and Ramón must choose between keeping their personal vows and being true to each other.

The Lady’s Choice is available here:

Amazon

Apple

Google Play

Kobo

With easy access to  Princess Avenger  from those pages as well.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Kerrie xx

Thank you for being my special guest, Bernadette. Good luck with your writing and your cricket!

Aug 13, 2014 - Release Day    3 Comments

Release Day post – Fresh Beginnings by Iris Blobel

Last week saw the release of Iris Blobel’s latest book, Fresh Beginnings. Congratulations Iris!

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I’ll let Iris tell you about the story…

The small town of Hobart in Tasmania has witnessed many beginnings in recent years. At yet one more beginning, the wedding of a friend, Jared Fraser decides it’s time for some fresh beginnings to come his way… And he sets out for a holiday to the US to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome.

Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on holiday.

Then the arrival of family friend Mia Levesque and her boyfriend, Josh, turns Jared’s holidays upside-down when he’s forced to play arbitrator between the two teenagers.

It sounds great. Iris has had a very interesting life herself!

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her dog. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

You can buy Fresh Beginnings at the following places:

Amazon Australia: http://bit.ly/1y0N4bo

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1s7xTiq

 

And you can find Iris in lots of places around the internet!

My Blog: www.iris-b.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/irisblobel

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4067254.Iris_Blobel

Twitter: @_iris_b

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/iblobel/

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/107759085454255573026/posts

 

Finally, here is an excerpt of Fresh Beginnings to tease you…

FreshBeginnings-IrisBlobel“G’day!” He stared at her and for some reason something tugged at his heart. Not that he wanted that. He had no room for women, let alone American ones. They all were on earth to make life complicated. Mark was constantly running around for Sophie or Hope, even though Mark’s wife was one in a million and little Hope was simply adorable, especially when she was asleep.

“Ya know it’s dangerous to hitch a ride,” he finally said when she was still quiet.

She stared at him for a moment, but then replied with the typical American twang in her voice. “I know you said something, but I have no idea what.”

He chuckled. “It is dangerous to hitchhike,” he repeated with exaggerated pronunciation.

The woman stepped a bit closer to the window. “Are you from Austria?”

He laughed aloud.

“Australia, I meant,” she added, seemingly embarrassed by the mistake.

“I am indeed.” He watched her looking ahead towards the horizon. “So you wanna hitch a ride?”

Jared had a feeling she didn’t want to, but her current situation didn’t give her many choices. There they were in the middle of nowhere, with the next place a fair few miles away.

“Name’s Jared,” he said and then he opened the door and walked around the motorhome. Leaning against the vehicle, he looked at her. She was pretty. Thin, but pretty. When her brown eyes met his, he experienced another one of those heart tugs and wasn’t impressed at all. He tried to look right past her. It wasn’t happening though. They were like magnets.

“Jared,” he repeated and held out his hand.

Her look went right past him into the distance, and he assumed she was fighting with herself, part of her wanting to get off the road, the other part being worried.

“Anybody else travelling with you?” she asked quietly.

He shook his head. “Nope.”

She closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and, after a brief moment, reached for his hand. “Nice meeting you.”

Acknowledging that she wasn’t much into sharing details like her name, he opened the door for her. “Where are ya headin’?” he asked.

A smile started in her eyes and played with the corner of her lips. He felt himself smiling back. There was an appreciation in her smile.

“Could you drop me off at the next stop?” she asked hesitantly.

“Most certainly, but where are ya headin?”

She shrugged. “Kingman?”

“Is that on this road?”

Nodding, she said. “Yes, it is. It should be less than a hundred miles along this highway.”

“Then hop in.”

She turned to get into the motorhome, and he took in her small stature and the narrow shoulders which seemed even smaller in her tight, red T-shirt. Jared noticed her cargoes were just hanging onto her hips. A nice steak wouldn’t go astray on these hips. Suddenly she stopped and moved to look at him. “Thank you,” she whispered.

“No worries mate.”

Jared held her gaze and wasn’t sure what to say or do. She simply stood in front of him like frozen.

“My name is Ivy,” she said after a long moment.

“Hedera. An evergreen climbing or ground-creeping woody plant in the family Araliaceae.”

With a frown, she stared at him. “I really didn’t understand that one.”

He laughed. “Sorry, mate. I got carried away. I’m a landscaper. Ivy is a climbing plant.” Scratching the back of his head, he added, slightly self-conscious, “And, of course, a beautiful name.”

There was a small laugh as she stepped into the motorhome. He went around and slid behind the wheel before driving back onto the road. There was a long silence, and Jared wasn’t really sure what to do or say. Usually, he was good with silence. Actually, he loved it. But at that moment, the silence made him uncomfortable.

“So, what brings ya out into the middle of the sticks?”

When there was no reply, he turned and looked at her. There was a big frown on her face, and he sighed.

“I thought you all speak English as well?”

“We do,” she said with a slight giggle. “But I’m not so sure about you Australians.”

With a grin he replied, “Now, don’t be cheeky, Ivy.”

“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, my mom always said.” She laughed. “No way would I make fun of you.”

“So, you’re expectin’ a meal as well?”

There was a moment of silence again, and he glanced over. The smile was gone and panic was written all over her face.

“I… I didn’t—”

Quickly he reached out for her hand. “I’m pulling your leg.” And when she didn’t reply again, he muttered, “This thing with you Americans not understanding English is turning into a problem. I was kiddin’.”

“Pulling your leg?” She shook her head. “Never heard of it.”

A bark of laughter filled the small space. “Anyway. Talkin’ about food. There’s a small place ahead. Want some lunch?”

 

Good luck with Fresh Beginnings, Iris!

 

Jul 29, 2014 - Guest post    12 Comments

What’s Susanne Bellamy’s passion? Guest post

Today I’m excited to welcome Susanne Bellamy, Australian contemporary romance author.

Welcome to my blog, Susanne. Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

2011 - headshotsI love travel—new places, new faces, different cultures and endless possibilities. I’ve cruised from Australia to Britain and back through the Suez Canal when I was a child, trekked in Nepal and Vietnam, lived briefly in Noumea, visited western Europe and west coast America among other places. Let me repeat—I love travel! And history.

People’s stories fascinate me. Past and present lives and relationships and the mysterious ways Fate works. Even how I met my husband—Fate. Wonderful and mysterious.

And so my stories explore people engaging with the mate that Fate created for them. And the wonderful and mysterious ways in which they meet. I should probably thank the flat-mate who locked me out of my new house years ago which led directly to meeting my husband. But that’s another story!

And one I’d love to hear someday :) Do you have a passion other than writing? 

If Music be the food of love

Musicals and all that goes with them have been a life-long passion. My love for dance in its many forms began at the age of four. For the next thirteen years until I went to uni, I pirouetted and arabesqued, bent and stretched my body. I darned pink ballet stockings and dabbed metho on toes sore from being en pointe. I didn’t end up becoming a proper ballerina in a company but my love of dancing led me to challenge myself to learn new skills of directing and stage choreography when I stepped into the world of school musicals.

How long have you been involved in your passion?

King and IAs far back as I can remember my family used to watch musicals on television. The earlier ones in black and white featured Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald but big, brilliant colours and fabulous dance numbers were my favourites—‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, ‘An American in Paris’, ‘Gigi’; my list is very long. My father had a great voice and my mother could make costumes like a dream. (She used to work for a top London couturier). It seems natural that I followed a similar path, albeit as a passion rather than a career. Believe me, if I had a voice, I’d have chased the dream!

Wow, sounds like a talented family! What is it about musicals that brings a sparkle to your eye?

Wonderful stories, conflict that seems like it will never be resolved (but it almost always is) and music that stays with me long after the final notes die away. I think musicals have much in common with romance writing in their structure, especially the ability to take me away on a magical journey for two hours. Their protagonists, as with romance novels, must deal with conflicts and obstacles on the way to attaining their HEA, and they sing (and dance) some of the finest musical numbers written while on that journey. Of course, there are bittersweet moments for major and secondary characters too. Maria loses her love in the 1960’s New York set Romeo and Juliet tale, ‘West Side Story’. Often, though, it is the poor secondary characters who fail or fall along the way; Tuptim in ‘The King and I’, Liat in ‘South Pacific’. Their failure to hold onto love or their lover creates a poignant contrast to the main love story.

Do you have a funny story about something that’s happened to you while involved in your passion?

On the final night of our production of ‘The King and I’, we set the stage for the big death scene. Wives and children filled the stage and the atmosphere was poignant as the king’s big finale approached. Then the bed leg broke.

However, in true show biz tradition the show must go on. Several of  the young and enthusiastic backstage crew crawled underneath and held the bed up on their backs. I admire the young man who played the king of Siam for his steadfast playing of that scene while the bed beneath him rocked. He didn’t miss a beat.   

Ha! Classic! 

You have a new release out in a couple of days – would you like to tell us about it?

EngagingTheEnemy_FinalcoverMy next release is Engaging the Enemy which releases on 1 August.

One building, two would-be owners and a family feud that spans several generations: all relationships have their problems.

 Andrea de Villiers can’t lie to save herself. But when developer, Matt Mahoney, buys the building she and a friend have established as a safe house in the Melbourne CBD, she decides that protecting The Shelter is more important than her aching heart. She will confront Mr Mahoney, and she will emerge victorious. There are no other options.

But Matt has other plans for Andie, and she soon finds herself ensnared in a web of well-meaning lies and benevolent deceit. To protect the building and the families that depend on her, Andie agrees to play the part of Matt’s fiancée, and play it convincingly.

But lies soon bleed into truth, and what was once a deception starts to feel all too real. Can Andie accomplish her goals and protect The Shelter, without losing her heart to the charming Irish developer?

You can purchase Engaging the Enemy at the following places:

Escape: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9780857991768#popup

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com.au/Engaging-The-Enemy-Susanne-Bellamy-ebook/dp/B00LGDXHZA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404452861&sr=8-1&keywords=9780857991768

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/engaging-the-enemy/id895324558?mt=11

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9780857991768

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/engaging-the-enemy-5

Thanks for being my guest today, Susanne and good luck with Engaging the Enemy!

You can find Susanne through these links:

  1.  Facebook        https://www.facebook.com/susanne.bellamy.7
  2. Twitter            https://twitter.com/SusanneBellamy
  3. Website           http://www.susannebellamy.com/
  4. Pinterest          http://www.pinterest.com/susannebellamy/

 

Jul 22, 2014 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Bubble baths and time out…

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I LOVE a good bubble bath. I used to have baths fairly regularly BC (before child). Then while I was pregnant, it was too hard to get in and out of the bath, so I stopped. When my son was small, he was an horrendous sleeper and our bathroom is right near his room. Once I finally got him asleep, there was no way on earth I was going to do anything – ANYTHING – that might wake him! (And anyone who has had a small child knows they can’t have a bath in peace while said child is awake!) So regular bubble baths were put off even longer until eventually they became a once in a blue moon thing.

A few months ago, I started working through The Artist’s Way with a few friends, and one of the main tenets of Julia Cameron’s system is to have a weekly Artist’s Date – spending time doing something for yourself that feeds your soul. I’ve done things like taking an hour to myself to go somewhere nice, wander around and take photos, or spending time browsing a second-hand bookstore or library, or going to the beach and sitting. But I’ve also added in Sunday night bubble baths.

I fill the bath with hot water, bubble bath and / or bath salts, (never a shortage in my house with relatives who love to buy me “smelly stuff”), light a scented candle, turn off the lights and just lie there, letting my thoughts drift.

In those drifting times, I have blog post ideas pop into my mind (like this one!), plot twists and tangles unravel themselves, characters arrive and talk to me. I let go of the stresses of my week and prepare my mind for the week to come. I reflect.

By taking time out, I’ve improved my state of mind and increased my productivity.

Coincidentally, while I was writing this, a TED talk came to my attention. This guy closes his studio every 7 years and takes a year long sabbatical, and talks about how worthwhile that has been for him. Definitely worth thinking about, even on a smaller scale like taking off one month every year.

 

 

Do you take regular time out? What’s your favourite way to feed your soul? Are you a bubble bath lover like me?

Jul 15, 2014 - Uncategorized    21 Comments

What’s Suzi Love’s passion? Guest post

Today I’m excited to welcome Suzi Love, Australian author of historical romance, sexy to erotic!

Welcome to my blog, Suzi. Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

After spending many years in developing countries in the South Pacific, I now live in the city I was born in – Brisbane.

My greatest loves are traveling, anywhere and everywhere, meeting crazy characters, and visiting the Australian outback.

Suzi Love blending in with the locals in an Australian mining town.

Suzi Love blending in with the locals in an Australian mining town.

I adore history and my aim is to make history fun for my readers so I create heroes and heroines who challenge traditional manners, morals, and occupations, either through necessity or desire. I write about roguish heroes and feisty heroines, and I love setting my books in the many-layered societies of the Regency and early Victorian eras.

If you want to see what I get up to each day, take a look at my Rebel Mouse Magazine or my Suzi Love Daily Paper.

Suzi Love Magazine - Suzi Love’s Daily Gossip Newspaper

A daily paper? I’m impressed! Tell us, Suzi, do you have a passion other than writing? 

Yes, as my family and friends will tell you, I have an addiction. I’m addicted to history and museums and I indulge my passion wherever, and whenever, possible.

That sounds like a healthy addiction to me :) How long have you had a history addiction?  

My passion for learning about other eras and how people lived during them started in high school history classes when I decided that being an archeologist and flitting around the world and digging up history in exotic locations sounded like an idyllic life. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anyone to fund my expensive dream.  So I learned to indulge my passion in a much cheaper fashion e.g. via books, photos, and TV. And with visits to museums and historic places whenever the bank manager says it’s possible.

I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was a kid too! What is it about history and museums that brings a sparkle to your eye? 

Testing the water at the Roman Baths, Bath, UK.

Suzi testing the water temperature at the Roman Baths in Bath

There is nothing like the feeling of standing in the foyer of a huge museum and deciding which themed wing to visit first. Will I visit Egypt and oooh and aah over the gold and jewels from a pharaoh’s tomb? Or lace myself into a Regency corset and add the requisite layers of petticoats and gown and see if I can still walk?

And visiting historic places in person changes your view of the world. Perhaps testing the water temperature in England’s Roman Baths, or climbing past row upon row of open ‘graves’ dug into a Papua New Guinea hillside, or peering into Vanuatu’s deep blue water where millions of dollars of used military equipment was ‘dumped’ after WW II, or panning for gold on Australia’s historic goldfields.     

Oh I want to go to the Roman baths! And don’t get me started on Egypt :) Do you have a funny story about something that’s happened to you while involved in your passion? 

I’ve often become an ‘unofficial tour guide’ when visiting an historic place or a museum with family or friends. If it’s an era I love and know about, they ask me lots of questions. But then I notice that our group has doubled, or tripled, in size because other tourists have come to listen and sometimes even ask me questions.  I explain that I’m not really a tour guide, but maybe I should just hold out the tip jar instead.

Yes, I think you should hold out the tip jar! 

 

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Fun Fact Friday – what is cute?

Warning – this blog post contains videos of cute puppies and kittens…

OK, don’t say I didn’t warn you :)

First of all, watch this gorgeous video of puppies and kittens squeezing themselves into some unusual spaces:

 

And here’s the fun fact part: why do we find puppies & kittens cute? Watch this vSauce video to find out why and how to make even a hammer cute!

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