Coastal Romance Holiday

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Sometimes a coastal romance is right on our doorstep. In Fremantle, Western Australia, there’s a Boxing Day tradition of picnicking beneath shady pine trees, eating Christmas leftovers while the kids hit the water to try out their presents.

                                         South Beach, before the crowds
South Beach, before the crowds
1939 ‘SOUTH BEACH—REFLECTS.’, Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), 29 October, p. 26, viewed 25 November, 2013,

But go back a few decades and this same quiet area just south of Fremantle city centre was home to a hippodrome, a fun fair. My neighbour remembers working there before the Second World War took him off to adult duties. It was the “Brighton of the West”.

Can you imagine the noise, the romance, the smell of fried food and the kids’ laughter? People would have paraded in their Sunday best — or maybe not! There’s an article that they raced cars here.

The coast has always been a favourite escape for West Australians. My gran grew up in the hills, about an hour inland, but on rare occasions, the family would holiday at the beach, travelling down on the old steam train, probably over tracks her dad helped to lay.

An escape to the sea promises freedom and adventure — and that’s the appeal of Coastal Romance. Coastal Romance is about freedom, wide open horizons, taking chances and daring to love. It celebrates the sea in all of its moods. When we escape the everyday, anything is possible.


Share your memory of a seaside escape — yours or one you wish had been yours, like Cary Grant on the Riviera in To Catch a Thief — for your chance to win this gorgeous box of soaps. Wherever you are in the world, you’ll be able to enjoy the fragrance of the Australian bush, a scent that for me is part of the coastal experience. It is rain on gumtrees and the freshness of crushed leaves.  The contest is open internationally and I’ll do a random draw on Christmas Eve.

Plus, enter the Rafflecopter contest below for the Big Prize: a $100 Amazon giftcard and 26 awesome Coastal Romance ebooks.

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Tomorrow’s Blog Hop host is E E Carter. Be sure to check in with her for another chance to win!

Our Christmas Blog Hop Calendar– each one another chance to win!

28 November
Annie Seaton

29 November
Jenny Schwartz

30 November

1 December
Nicole Flockton

2 December
Dilys Carnie

3 December
Elsa Winckler

4 December
Maureen O Betitia

5 December
Sherry Gloag

6 December
Chris Stovell

7 December
Jaimee Brooker

8 December
Susanne Bellamy

9 December
Barbara Cool Lee

10 December
Tea Cooper

11 December
Juliet Madison

12 December
Linda Mitchelmore

13 December
Julie McCullogh

14 December
Eva Scott

15 December
Maureen Fisher

16 December
Rachael Johns

17 December
Susanne O’Leary

18 December
Jean Joachim

19 December
Demelza Carlton 

20 December
Lily Malone

21 December
Marisa Cleveland

22 December
Monique McDonnell

23 December
Lauren McKellar

24 December
Annie Seaton 

Aussie Giveaway!

Okay, so the title may be a bit misleading. I’m not giving away an Aussie. Nope. Hugh Jackman’s taken! But I am giving away three gorgeous Aussie art magnets and some cute Aussie bookmarks. The contest is open internationally to celebrate Anzac Day on 25 April and closes midnight 28 April. Please leave a comment on this post to go in the draw. The winner will be chosen randomly.

*If you’re not sure what to say in the comments, you could say “I’d love to read your Anzac Day romance, Memories of Love” 🙂


December Escape Party

Escape Publishing launched in November, and the Australian digital romance imprint is already making waves. The launch books showed strong Australian voices and compelling emotional intensity. Now the next six books are due to release on 10 December (no geographic restrictions, no DRM — which means you can buy and read them anywhere). If you’d like to see what all the enthusiasm is for, be sure to check back here on 10 December when the December Escape Party kicks off.

All six December release authors will be sharing a holiday blog post and a chance to win a copy of their new book. I’ll be giving away a copy of Drawing Closer, my contemporary romance short story. All you’ll need to do is visit the blogs and leave a comment.

Rhian Cahill, New Year’s Kisses

Bridget GrayNo Strings Attached

Coleen Kwan, Short Soup

Caitlyn NicholasThe Danger Game

Serenity Woods, Summer Fling

and my short story, Drawing Closer.

* with huge thanks to Coleen for designing the gorgeous banner for the December Escape Party.