Everyone knows the Aussie Outback’s big. But until you get down here and jump in a car you can’t appreciated how B-I-G it really is. And it’s not just the 000’s of kms between coasts, it’s the nothingness that adds to the magic. Word of warning, when an Aussie tells you “it’s just down the road”, pack treats.
I’m extremely lucky to have a day job that pays me to drive all over this amazing land. And I still pinch myself every time I head out into this:
There is definitely something mythical in the Never Never and after spending so much time in the Outback how could I not set a romance series out here. These are some of the images that inspired the Outback Hearts series:
Navigation isn’t much of an issue. Just make sure you’re headed in the right direction and don’t forget to turn in 1,073kms.
A reliable car is a must, along with spare water, food, emergency gear, and heaps of audiobooks. Take your time, rest when tired, and only drive during daylight hours. Remember, you’re usually driving through unfenced cattle stations and hitting a kangaroo or emu is bad enough, you definitely don’t want to hit a camel or cow at 130km/hr.
Overtaking these guys is a challenge. Patience is key and be careful, sometimes road trains have four trailers.
Up North, you don’t get anywhere near the water.
And try not to worry about the snakes, spiders, scorpions, drop bears, or crocs, it’s these guys you have to watch out for (and yes, that is Eric Bana in his critically acclaimed role as ‘Poita’ da bogan).
Get ready to swoon with A Choice of Fate by Jazz de Silva, out now!
Los Angeles based Doctor Olivia Williams has everything she’s ever dreamed of—a healthy sister, the job of a lifetime, and more freedom than she knows what to do with. And she’s kicking off her new life with a month-long adventure Down Under to celebrate her sister’s wedding and meet the in-laws. But when the groom’s brother shows up to retrieve her from her hotel, the drop-dead gorgeous lawyer is everything and nothing she expected, and she’ll have to make a choice she never anticipated.
Australian Jarrah Harper has an Aston Martin parked beneath his penthouse, an overflowing little black book, and an obscenely lucrative legal practice that ensures he’ll never have to wrangle cattle or wipe sweat from his forehead ever again. But he still feels empty. When he sees his family’s home through the eyes of the entrancing Olivia, suddenly he’s rethinking everything. Including the fact that the alluring Olivia spells nothing but trouble.
Please don’t freak out. I’m just your average Aussie romance writer! 🙂 My long suffering First Reader and I live in a tiny one wombat town in the hills outside Melbourne, Australia. And when I say one wombat town I really mean it. I see the little girl when walking Bear and Max, my plot and character consultants. Our little patch of heaven is overrun by a zoo of geriatric rescued animals who eat us out of house and home when not sleeping or guilting us into walks. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. When not tapping my fingers or banging my head on a keyboard creating happily ever afters, I love spending time with family and friends, cooking, EATING, gardening, renovating our castle, and teaching personal protection. 😉
I loved reading this post about Jezz de Silva’s inspirational landscape. AGAINST ALL ODDS is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time … I can’t wait to read A CHOICE OF FATE!