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Orana! Seasonal Wishes to You

Thank you to all the wonderful readers who have been in touch with me about my books. It’s been a real privilege and one I’ll reflect on over the festive season with gratitude.

cover43491-smallReaders of my Australian contemporary romance Hide and Seek know how much I love birds so here’s a link to the little known Australian Christmas carol: The Carol of the Birds written by William Garnet James & John Wheeler. (Orana is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning welcome.)

Season’s greetings!


Going Wild Flower with Orchidmania

dancing in Singapore

Eliza Redgold (Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd) dancing in Singapore

Of late I’ve been writing about orchidmania. In August 2015 my novella Wild Flower published by Harlequin Escape released: ” Orchids drive us wild … For centuries fragrant orchids have made potent love potions. Exotic orchid expert Dianella Lee doesn’t expect to have anything in common with American tech whiz Wade Hamilton when he arrives in Australia. The scent of love arouses a powerful connection of opposites, but will distance pull them apart?”

pink fairy orchid

A pink fairy orchid I spotted on the Rainbow Coast in Western Australia

WildFlower-Harlequin1920_1920x3022 (1)From its exotic setting on the spectacular rainbow coast of Australia to sultry Singapore,  I hope you’ll be allured by Wild Flower.  Orchids bloom along the Rainbow Coast on the southern west tip of Western Australia. In Spring there is a carpet of beauty. Like the hero of Wild Flower I got orchidmania there too!  In Singapore, the National Orchid Garden at the Botanic Gardens in Singapore is an orchid lover’s paradise. The garden contains over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids and one of the largest tropical displays in the world.

Singapore is one of my favourite places. I used to lecture there regularly – and then go out dancing at night!

Wishing you dancing shoes!


The Return of the Lady

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Of late I’ve been writing about the word lady. The word had a bad rap, but it’s made a 21st century comeback. A while ago I wrote an opinion piece for The Age newspaper (I loved the graphic they created for this article) and in Women and Language journal (as Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd) I explored why the lady’s back and what her future may be.

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Following the lady has led me in all kinds of wonderful directions. The legend of Lady Godiva grabbed me and my version of her story is due to be released in 2015 as NAKED: A NOVEL OF LADY GODIVA published by St Martin’s Press, New York. To look for Lady Godiva I made a trip to Coventry, England. You can access my travel piece Two Times a Lady about Coventry in The Australian (another great graphic).

Are you a ‘lady?’ Enjoy listening to these ‘ladylike’ songs to decide!

  • Lady Marmalade (the version from Moulin Rouge with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Pink and Mya)
  • Lady (a ballad by Lionel Richie sung by country troubadour Kenny Rogers)
  • The Lady is a Tramp (who can resist this duet by the incomparable first lady of song Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra? Or try Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s fab version!)

CURRENT RELEASE: In January 2015 I was thrilled Hide and Seek was released in a 3 in 1 summer bestseller print collection: Time for the Beach. In store now!

Best wishes, Eliza

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Romancing Broome

Fancy some tropical heat? A dip in a thermal pool? Or a little bird-watching? Why not kick back and take a virtual tour of the location of my new romance Hide and Seek:

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  • Start by mixing yourself a tropical cocktail just like hero and heroine Sullivan and Hope enjoy at the Cable Beach bar:

To make a tropical Tequila Sunrise (like Hope)

go to http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/3121/tequila+sunrise

To mix a sophisticated Tom Collins (like Sullivan)

go to


Drink in hand – start your tour:

  • Hide and Seek is set in the extraordinary town of Broome, Western Australia. Not only is it the pearling capital of Australia, but Broome is also a wonderful town from which to explore one of the last great wildernesses of the world, the Kimberley desert. Broome itself has some great attractions, from the sunsets at Cable Beach to its laid back lifestyle, and of course, its birds. To kick back and enjoy some Broome time, go to http://www.westernaustralia.com/en/Destination/Broome/9009574;
  • Zebedee Falls, an oasis in the Kimberley desert, is the inspiration for the thermal pool Hope and Sullivan enjoy (there are many other amazing swimming holes hidden away). It is only open to the public at certain times due to its fragile ecosystem. Dive in for more information about Zebedee Falls at http://www.elquestro.com.au/The-Homestead-About.aspx
  • While Hot Tropics Bird Sanctuary is fictional, the Broome Bird Observatory is well worth a visit. You can discover more at http://broomebirdobservatory.com/  Many rare and beautiful Australian birds are under threat today. For more general information about native birds and bird watching, and how to support campaigns for their conservation, go to Birdlife Australia at http://www.birdlife.org.au/

Now .. back to the bar… and watch the camels pass you by… Happy Landings!

Hide and Seek is available from Harlequin Escape Publishing