Below is the post I wrote for the “Virtual LGBT Fiction party for all not able to attend GRL ;)” (jeez that’s a mouthful) so you will find this post at Rainbow Gold Reviews (sometime on the 18th October EDT).
I live in Australia. Far, far, away from the exciting events of GRL. I’d love to be there in Chicago and maybe I’ll get there one day but at the moment, the thousands of dollars and countless hours of travel put it well out of my reach.
In fact living in Australia puts a lot of things out of reach. Quick jaunt to US during your one week holiday? I don’t think so – most of the time would be spent on the plane. What about visiting Europe during our long holidays at Christmas? Not exactly the weather for it. Those opposite seasons work against us.
Travelling overseas requires lots of planning, lots of time and unfortunately, lots of money.
So GRL is one of those things that’s on the Wish List – something I hope will happen but no guarantees.
Thankfully, I live in the so-called (very accurately) lucky country. Australia really is beautiful. I know some of you will point out the spiders and snakes and other killers but we’re bred tough over here. 🙂
I’ve been lucky enough to travel through a bit of Australia and I’d like to share a couple of holiday snaps (aren’t you glad I haven’t invited you over for a slide show of the hundreds of photos I have?)
New South Wales
This is a photo of the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains, only an hour or so from Sydney.
NSW is my home state. It’s also the home of many great m/m authors. One of those is NR Walker. I’m sure she needs no introduction.
Check out her Red Dirt Heart series and all her other wonderful books at her website.
This photo was taken on Dunk Island in the beautiful Whitsunday’s. It was taken before a cyclone destroyed the resort and much of the island.
Queensland is home to Jack Byrne. Jack’s covers also show beautiful examples of the Australian landscapes. Check out Jack’s latest release, Dingo Run, available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press (click here) and releasing on 22nd October.
What’s a blog post without some cute animals? These sheep were wandering the paddocks in Rutherglen.
N.M. Harris lives in the Melbourne CBD. Check out Homecoming (click here) and keep an eye out for A Paying Client.
Australian Capital Territory
The ACT is only a short drive from Sydney so makes for a good weekend away. This photo is taken at Floriade in Canberra, a huge flower festival in Spring with millions of flowers. Spectacular!
Our capital gives us author L.J. Harris. Her latest novella, Just Like Pulling Teeth, is available for pre-order on Amazon now. (click here).
I’m sure you recognise this one. It’s Uluru, previously known as Ayres Rock.
The Northern Territory is the home of the Toni Griffin. The lucky thing is currently at GRL (but I won’t hold that against her). She’s definitely worth a checking out for some great shifter romance. (click here for her website).
This location is a short walk from Cable Beach at Broome.
The lovely Renae Kaye is from Perth in Western Australia. Renae is the author of Loving Jay, The Blinding Light and The Shearing Gun. You can visit her at her website.
South Australia has many wine producing areas – Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra – and others that I’ve probably forgotten. What winery/vineyard is this? Goodness only knows because I’ve been to so many! It’s amazing that our SA authors get any writing done at all – luckily I don’t live there.
This is Cradle Mountain – amazing!
If you find an m/m author living in Tasmania. Please let me know. 🙂
And now for my shameless self-plug! (and a chance to win an ebook)
I have a new novella releasing on 29th October 2014. A Day At A Time is available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press (click here).
If you’d like a chance to win a copy when it’s released, just leave a comment about your favourite holiday destination. I’ll draw a winner on the 1st November. Good luck!
A Day At A Time – The Blurb
Sean Vargos is quiet, well respected, and dedicated to his job. But Dave Simpson sees Sean as more than a coworker. He’s fought his attraction to Sean for months but can’t get him out of his thoughts.
They tentatively embark on a relationship, but Sean isn’t all that he seems. He struggles to put his past behind him and overcome his fears.
Dave, with his good looks and open nature, accepts that sometimes Sean’s doubts get the better of him and he runs. Dave just wants the chance to show Sean he can be trusted and the past doesn’t have to dictate their future.