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Flying High for Romance

Of late I’ve been writing about flying. Hide and Seek was a special book to me because it brought back many childhood memories of growing up as a flying doctor’s daughter. Some of my earliest recollections are of flying and of the dry and dusty outback towns we lived in. I also experienced a runway plane crash, just like Hope, the heroine of Hide and Seek – though it didn’t have the same tragic consequences. My father also worked as a doctor in Broome (where Hide and Seek is set). To get there, we would fly for many hours in a creaky old plane.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service continues to do life-saving work, taking medical care to Australia’s furthest corners. Some of the royalties from this book will go to the RFDS.

 Hide and Seek was released in 2015 in a 3-in-1 summer bestseller print collection: Time for the Beach but it is also available singly as an e-book. Enjoy!

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Hoping 2015 is off to a flying start for you,

Best wishes,

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Flying near Broome in an open sided helicopter!

Wild Horses

wooden horsesOf late I’ve been writing about wild rides. 2014 was the Chinese Year of the Horse and it certainly was for me! Perhaps it was auspicious I happened to be in Singapore to celebrate Chinese New Year. I saw these amazing wooden horses at Garden by the Bay in Singapore.

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In 2014 I learned to horse-ride. I’d love to report that I became a brilliant horsewoman overnight, like my heroine Godiva, but I got worse instead of better. I learned at an extraordinary therapeutic riding center that has lessons for young and old, able-bodied and disabled riders alike. Some of the people I met were absolutely inspiring. I learned some life lessons – not just riding lessons.

In the nakedYear of the Horse NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva (she of the famous naked ride) was accepted by St Martin’s Press, New York and will be released this July. The year of the horse was magic for me – I hope it was for you too!

Here’s Wild Horses a song I listened to while writing Godiva’s story.

I wonder what 2015, the Chinese Year of the (Green Wood) Sheep will bring? Wishing you every joy and the best of luck,

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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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Romance YOUR Senses

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“We do not put beauty or love or order into the world. We find them there.” ~ James Hillman: The Force of Character (1999).

One of the first pieces of fiction writing advice I received was to ‘use my senses’. To be honest, I had no idea how. As an academic of the absent-minded professor variety (as my university students will attest) I often didn’t notice what was around me, wandering around campus lost in thought. So, one by one, I decided to ‘romance my senses’ in my own backyard, by exploring the region where I live and writing about each sense. What an adventure!

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The first in the senses series is Black Diamonds, set in the world of delicious truffles. It focused on taste.  Western Australia, where I live, is a wine region, but I didn’t know it was also a truffle region. Yum! When the novel was accepted by Harlequin, my husband and I were so thrilled we threw caution (and savings) to the wind and flew to France to explore the other location in Black Diamonds in the south of France. Bon appetit! It was one of the most exciting trips of my life.

Hide and Seek, number two in the ‘senses series’, is all about sight and sound.  To my own astonishment and that of my family, who soon joined in, I became a bird-watcher, discovering the extraordinary birdlife in the Australian bush, in particular in Broome, the gorgeous Hide and Seek location on the north coast of Western Australia. Birds are all we have left of the angels, I’ve heard it said, and appreciating them has added a heavenly dimension to life. Now, I’m always wishing I had my binoculars.

The third in the senses series is a novella called Wild Flower (2015 release). You guessed it – all about scent. The flowers that bloom in Western Australia include rare, tiny orchids I would previously have stepped on or walked on by. Now I stop and breathe in the scents, but I don’t pick them (if you read the story you’ll find out why). The other location in Wild Flower is Singapore, where I’ve often visited to give lectures. It’s an orchid hot spot too, but I’d never even been to the Botanic Gardens. It will now always be a stop on my itinerary.

And touch? Well, all romances are about exploring the sense of touch!

In your own backyard, in the place where you live, there are unique tastes, sights, scents, textures and sounds just waiting for you to discover them.

Find the beauty, love and order in your world.

Begin your adventure…

Romance YOUR senses.

Check out the books in the series at Harlequin Escape Publishing

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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

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/19266/tom+collins

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

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