My Australia Day celebrations include gifting one lucky person anywhere in the world a stash of Australian art bookmarks and a digital copy of my Australia Day short romance, Mistaken Engagement. Just leave a comment for your chance to win.
Australia Day celebrates a lot of things. Over at the Dark Side DownUnder blog (post goes live Australia Day, 26 Jan), I talk about how it celebrates community, mateship. Australia Day also celebrates summer. Seasonal celebrations are something we’ve divorced ourselves from a bit, what with air conditioning, central heating and foods available all year around in supermarkets. There is a real joy in taking time to look up at a blue summer sky and acknowledge how lucky we are.
Australia used to be called the Lucky Country. Usage of the title has grown increasingly ironic, but a fundamental truth underlies it. We are lucky because we are free. Australia Day celebrates our freedom.
We are free to pursue our dreams, to love who we will, to air our opinions (sometimes I wonder about this particular freedom! 😉 ) and to build lives that reach out to embrace everyone.
We are free! and for that alone, wherever you are in the world, join us in celebrating Australia Day.
Saul knows he crossed the line when he claimed a surprise engagement with Grace. But her hysterical denial – and the way she’s avoided him ever since – has made things awkward, but it can all be worked out. The Australia Day long weekend down at her family’s beach house is the perfect time to show everyone that they’re friends, with not a broken heart between them. But can a fake engagement become life-changingly real?
Short fiction, contemporary romance, from Escape Publishing