Burleigh Beach Memories
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Being an Australian, Christmas means summer and summer means the beach! I live in a beautiful part of the world called the Gold Coast where we have 45 kilometres of the most gorgeous beaches in the world.
My favourite beach is Burleigh Heads, it’s sheltered by a headland, but more than that, it was the very first place I remember living. Burleigh was a little seaside village. My folks were not long married and they lived in a block of flats up on the headland where you could see the beach. My mother had a part time job at the local supermarket.
My grandparents were itinerant workers and they traveled around Queensland in their caravan and for a while lived in the caravan park across the road from our flat.
I only recall having Christmas Day on the beach just once but even so, there is nothing better than whiling away the long, hot days of summer, finishing up the inevitable leftovers with a beach side picnic and I definitely remember one of those.
My grandparents and my mother have all passed away so Christmas is sometimes bittersweet as we remember those no longer with us. If you’re fortunate to have loved ones close, do give them a special hug.
A lot has changed, but Burleigh still has a lot of that village feel that brings back warm memories of Christmas picnics, of tinsel glinting in the summer sun, and of Carols by Candlelight as the waves crash onto the white sand that glows bright in a full moon.
As you can you can see I have a great affinity with the coast and write about it frequently. My first novel, Moonstone Obsession is set in Cornwall, and starts with a shipwreck, my free read, Three Ships.
And, although it’s not set by the sea, I am fond of another Christmas novel I wrote last year, The Thief of Hearts, a cute little Christmas mystery romance set in late Victorian London.
Three Ships is a lovely little Christmas short story set on tidal island in Devon in the early 19th century – it features a lighthouse, a brave lighthouse keeper’s daughter, a handsome naval officer, pirates and two mischievous moggies based on my two cats. It’s a lot of fun and it was my tribute to the sweet romantic adventure stories that came in Girls Annuals that my grandparents gave me for Christmas.
The Heart of the Corsairs series is a big epic adventure set in the early 19th century on the Mediterranean as our heroes and heroines do battle with the Barbary Coast Pirates.
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The members of this coastal romance group are authors and readers who love reading romance by the water, whether it be the ocean, a lake, a tropical island or any other body of water where our heroes and heroines fall in love and live happily ever after!
Some of our authors have combined their resources and planned this Christmas blog hop. Once the blog begins you have the opportunity of winning by going to their blog post for the day (Each author will post until Christmas Eve) and commenting on their post to go in the draw to win a book. Then by clicking on the rafflecopter link below, you will be entered in the grand prize draw for a $150 Amazon gift card.
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