Travel to Brienz, Switzerland with Annie West






I was going to write today about my trip to Switzerland, which I used to gather location details for my new book. My intention was to talk about trips up cog railways and cablecars, visits to castles and to panoramic vistas over alpine meadows. The trouble was, there’s too much to show and tell, if I want to do justice to any one place. So instead, I’m narrowing my focus to give you a little snapshot of Brienz, a small, quiet town in the middle of Switzerland – a place I used as my base for a week. It’s not a place you’ve probably heard of, but it’s a terrific base for exploring.
Brienz sits on the edge of Lake Brienz (of course!) in the Bernese Oberland. It’s in the vicinity of Interlaken and is a great stopping off point to visit Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen and to see the Eiger, the Jungfrau and a host of other amazing peaks. From here it’s a short trip to the Reichenbach Falls where Sherlock Holmes is famously supposed to have met his end. There’s also the wonderful, wonderful Ballenberg open air museum of traditional Swiss buildings which have been saved and transported from all over the country, and which it takes a good day to explore.
But rather than focus on what’s around Brienz, here’s a taste of the little town itself. The view at the top of this post is Brienz from above, taken from partway up the Rothorn (Brienz’s own mountain).
Here’s a narrow street in the oldest part of town where homes are old and built in the traditional style using lots of wood. 

Speaking of wood, Brienz is famous for its wood carving and even has a wood carving school. There are carvings everywhere, including signs. I particularly like these life-sized locals having a chat by the lake. 

Brienz has a lovely church high on a knoll overlooking the lake. I met some walkers there out for a long day’s hike from church to church along the lake. 


If you can’t be bothered walking, take the cog railway up the Rothorn mountain. This view is from near the beginning of the trip, just on the outskirts of town. 


And if you go higher you enter a different world. This photo was taken in mountain cloud, amongst small huts and houses that are generally used in summer. 


I hope this glimpse of Brienz has whetted your appetite. My stay there was almost by chance. I chose it for the places I could get to from there, little realising what a lovely place it was to come back to each night. Now I’d like to visit again.

Have you ever visited somewhere by chance, perhaps on the way to your planned destination, and found a gem?

If you’re interested, my new release, which is set in a castle in the Swiss Alps is called ‘Revelations of a Secret Princess’.  


A princess in disguise
To find her precious daughter, stolen from her at birth, Princess Carolina will do anything. Including masquerading as a nanny! Jake Maynard, her daughter’s uncle, is all that’s standing in the way of the reunion Caro has yearned for. If only her body got the message he’s the enemy…

Caro knows this powerful billionaire won’t give up the only family he has left. Yet after years of emotional numbness, Jake is reawakening her! He shows Caro a life filled with passion, not protocol, but what will happen when Jake discovers her true identity?

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Australian Annie West loves writing passionate, intense romances and not just because it gives her a chance to ignore housework! She is a USA Today Bestselling author, published in 25 languages. Annie writes contemporary stories about charismatic heroes and strong heroines. She loves being in contact with readers as far apart as Brisbane, Bremen and Bermuda. When not writing and avoiding housework she can be found walking, enjoying good food and good company, travelling and reading. She’s currently writing a book she hopes will be her 40th Harlequin Presents novel.

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Travel with Jane Godman to Saint Vincent and The Grenadines!


I recently went on a Caribbean cruise that visited several islands including Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Dominica, and Barbados. They were all beautiful, and they all had their own individual personalities. My favourite was the archipelago of Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.


With its lush landscapes and unspoiled beaches, the term ‘idyllic’ was never far from my mind from the moment our ship docked in Saint Vincent. The scenery ranged from rainforest clad mountainsides to breeze-kissed central-Caribbean waters. Most of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film was located here and it was clear to see why. It is a tropical paradise.

Islanders never refer to their home simply as ‘Saint Vincent’. It is always given its full title ‘Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. The archipelago consists of 32 islands but only 7 are inhabited. The others are below sea level. One of the most famous is Mustique, home to the rich and famous. Best known as Princess Margaret’s holiday home, more recent residents include Sir Mick Jagger, Shania Twain and Tommy Hilfiger. Access to the private island is by permission only.

Archaeological evidence indicates that Ameridians established settlements in Saint Vincent from around 150AD onwards. Amerindian, European, East Indian and West African heritage combine to influence contemporary culture in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, manifested in language, dress, food and music. June is carnival time, a celebration of both past and present with colourful costume parades, dancing, queen shows and calypso competitions.
From quaint downtown eateries to upscale fine-dining restaurants, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines celebrate food in all its glorious forms. Fresh ingredients grown from the land or fished from the sea are central to most dishes in the region.


Nature lovers, scuba divers and hikers adore Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. Visitors can enjoy relaxed walks or bus tour or challenge themselves with a hike to the top of the La Soufriere volcano. There's an activity for everyone: visit tropical gardens, go bird watching, take in a cricket match or replay scenes from Pirates of The Caribbean.

Saint Vincent and The Grenadine's intoxicating blend of colourful street parties, heritage festivals, music, dance and theatre is captivating. My personal favourite was a boat trip to visit the hidden beaches and bays.


Oh, and did I mention the rum punch?



JANE GODMAN is a 2019 Romantic Novelists’ Award winner and 2018 Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. She writes thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense/Mills and Boon Heroes and paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne/Mills and Boon Supernatural and St. Martin’s Press Romance. She also self publishes her historical and gothic stories.

Jane was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. She still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history. 
When she isn’t reading or writing romance, Jane enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, and enjoying the antics of her dogs, Gravy and Vera.  

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Colton 911: Family Under Fire




An unexpected family

A once-in-a-lifetime reunion in danger…


After a bitter breakup, FBI agent Everett Colton never expected to see his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Bartholomew, again. Suddenly, tragedy reunites them—and makes them guardians of an orphaned baby girl. Everett suspects that her parents’ deaths were anything but innocent. When his instinct for danger proves correct, it’s his job to protect the child he’s grown to love…and the woman he never forgot.



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Travelling with Linda Charles

Thank you for inviting me to speak about my second favourite topic - travelling. I love to travel and believe it tests many a relationship!


A few years ago I travelled the Great Ocean Road with a group of friends. We had never travelled together before, although we had known one another for years and the trip took months to organise because we all had to fit in with one another's requests and various needs.

It turned out being the best trip ever!  In my twenties I backpacked on my own and met people along the way who are still friends today, but to travel with friends I knew socially for years somehow seemed a little different. We saw another side of one another and despite our differences, would do it again in a heart beat.




We met up in Melbourne, and with a hired car started our trip each taking a turn to drive. Our accommodation at every stop was a home with a bedroom each (a stipulation from all of us!).



We set a daily budget and stuck to it - best value ever with everything being shared four ways.


The Great Ocean Road coastline was wild and very windy. The coastline was very different to what we knew in New South Wales - the vegetation made the difference and in places it was a long way to walk to get to the beach. The scenery was breathtaking and at each point we saw the same travellers at earlier points of interest. When we investigated the trip we saw there was a short version and a long version - we took the longer version because we thought the chance of returning would be rare.




For us the townships made it. Each one was different - Torquay, Angelsea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Warnambool and Port Fairy. We lunched on the local food, and had an evening drink watching the sunset at each location.




We fell in love with each town and vowed if ever we did the trip again we'd stay longer in the townships. There was so much to see. It took us two weeks to do and spent time in South Australia and ended the trip in Adelaide.

Adelaide is such a peaceful and laid-back town, it's the perfect place to end a holiday. Adelaide has everything you need, and there appears to be no rush or angst, and it's beautiful. It has the beach, the bright lights if need it and is surrounded by the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

Adelaide itself and  the surrounding countryside is a definite must return. We loved the history and the quirky stories we heard from the locals about the early settlers in the region. It pays to talk to people you never know what gems you hear.

In fact, just writing this blog has refreshed my memory of that trip and I'm tempted to bring out the map and look at taking the in-land route to Adelaide and visit new townships and revisit some others that hold a special place for me.

Thank you for the invite to write this blog. I’ve been fortunate to be part of the https://bindarracreekromance.com/a-town-reborn/ and have just released the third book in the series – No Looking Back. It can be found on Amazon - https://amzn.to/303nrQW

About the book:


Sometimes it’s good to take a risk…

Hannah McKenna loves working with horses and is trying hard to keep it altogether after her first horse syndication deal turns sour. Since then she’s been careful and played life straight, and has had enough. She runs into trouble when she meets Blake Hudson – the man who put together the failed deal – who rescues her when she takes a nasty tumble from a horse.

Blake Hudson is known as Mr Nice Guy, but there are dark shadows in his past. He’s the dealmaker, the perfect go-between who puts together horse syndications and once the deal is done he moves on. Problem is, Hannah is the exception and he can’t keep away, but fears she will walk if she knew the truth about his past.

He hadn’t bargained on dealing with a mischievous third party called attraction.

When she discovers the truth, both realise they could lose everything, including each other.


Linda Charles has
been reading romance since high school. Her reading life started very early,
but changed direction after she read Gone
with the Wind
. She was born in Sydney and spent her teenage years
in drama classes, and then taught Speech & Drama for many years.  She
still loves to go to the theatre, but her plan was always to write. Linda lives
in Newcastle and when she's not writing, she can be found walking, browsing the
bookshops or planning her next holiday.




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No Looking Back: Bindarra Creek: A
Town Reborn







Hannah McKenna
loves working with horses and is trying hard to keep it altogether after her
first horse deal turns sour. She runs into trouble when she meets Blake Hudson
– the man who put together the failed deal – who rescues her when she takes a
nasty tumble from a horse. She likes him, simple as, and finds plenty of
reasons to make him want to stay.
Blake Hudson feels like an imposter because he
knows loved ones would walk if they knew the truth. He’s the dealmaker, the
perfect go-between who puts together horse syndications and once the deal is done
he moves on. His life takes a turn when he meets Hannah, the woman at the
centre of his worst deal. Problem is he can’t keep away, but fears she will
walk if she knew the truth about his past.
He hadn’t bargained on dealing with a
mischievous third party called attraction.
When she discovers the truth, both realise they
could lose everything, including each other.




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Sigh Worthy Swiss Lakes with Annie West

Thanks, Nas, for the invitation to write another travel piece for your blog. It took me no time at all to decide on a location to write about – Swiss lakes! And for the usual reasons – mainly that they’re so pretty, usually with a mountain backdrop, the sort of location most of us would like to visit one day.

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Plus I was lucky enough to make a trip to Switzerland earlier this year so I have some photos to share – always a good thing. And finally because I was thinking about my just released book (Demanding His Desert Queen) and, contrary to what you’d expect, it starts by a lake in Switzerland! J Definitely something unexpected for a sheikh romance.

As there’s only room today for a brief overview I thought I’d just touch on some of the reasons these are worth a visit. Let’s begin with the scenery. Truly, the combination of lakes and mountains together makes for memorable locations. Here’s my view when I stayed in the small town of Brienz on the edge of Lake Brienz.

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That’s an easy drive south of the capital, Berne. I took so many photos from my balcony, at different times of the day and in different weather, and found it was gorgeous all the time, even in rain!




The Swiss are incredibly proud of their country. You can see
that here with all the Swiss flags decorating this tourist boat. That’s one of
the things I enjoyed about Switzerland, it was so Swiss! From the picturesque wooden houses in the countryside, to
the cheese fondues and chocolate, there was so much local charm.





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Here’s a taste of that local charm, again in Brienz, in the old part of town, with traditionally made wooden homes leading down to the lake.





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Then of course there are the castles. Did you know that Switzerland has lots of castles? I think my favourites are on waterfront. This one is on Lake Thun and can be used as a wedding venue. Now, wouldn’t that be fun?





Chateau Chillon Photo Copyright Annie West




Or, on a larger scale, here’s the famous Chateau Chillon on
the eastern corner of Lake Geneva. There might be bustling cities further
around the lake but here it’s all history and scenery (and tourists).





Photo Copyright Annie West




And if relatively peaceful lakeside scenery isn’t for you, you
can choose bustle. The city of Lugano is busy and expensive (the old centre is
jam packed with expensive brand stores). It spreads out along the shoreline towards
Italy and attracts lots of visitors. I was fascinated to see this floating
beach platform for bathers since the only ‘beach’ was small and on the far side
of the town.




Of course, I’ve only just mentioned a couple of Swiss lakes in
this whistle stop tour. There are so many more to explore. Perfect for armchair
travelling if you don’t plan on a trip. I hope you’ve enjoyed these.




About Annie









Australian Annie West loves writing passionate, intense romances and not just because it gives her a chance to ignore housework! She is a USA Today Bestselling author, published in 25 languages. Annie writes contemporary stories about charismatic heroes and strong heroines. She loves being in contact with readers as far apart as Brisbane, Bremen and Bermuda. When not writing and avoiding housework she can be found walking, enjoying good food and good company, travelling and reading. She’s currently writing a book she hopes will be her 40th Harlequin Presents novel.




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Annie has a two new books out right now!




Sheikh's Royal Baby Revelation (Secret Heirs of Billionaires)







Desert captives for one night

Bound forever by their unexpected baby

When desert prince Ashraf was kidnapped alongside geologist Tori, the desperation of their life-threatening situation led to passionate oblivion. Rescued the next day, Ash never knew Tori’s fate…but this powerful sheikh never stopped looking for her. Now he’s finally found Tori—and discovered she’s had his son! To claim them, Ashraf’s prepared to make Tori his queen…but can he offer more than his royal name?

Enjoy this intense hidden heir story…

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Demanding His Desert Queen (Royal Brides for Desert Brothers Book 2)

Duty bound at the altar…

Passionately reunited in his bed!

Desert prince Karim needs a bride to ensure his smooth ascension to the throne. Intelligent, captivating Queen Safiyah is the perfect choice, yet the pain of their broken engagement remains.

This time Karim’s demands are simple: a diplomatic agreement, nothing more, for their country’s sake. But Safiyah’s reunion with Karim, the man she was forbidden from loving, is anything but convenient! Duty may have brought them back together, but it’s their undeniable bond that will force them to confront a still-burning desire…

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Suzanne Gilchrist on Travelling!




Although in recent years I haven't done a lot of travelling, what I love about seeing new places is the chance to discover how other people live. I'm particularly interested in architecture and history, so anything historical has my attention. Here are some pics of various places I've visited both in Australia and overseas.
A recent trip to Western Australia gave me the opportunity to visit some convict era buildings, in particular The Freemantle train station.









And this beautiful church which unfortunately was closed and I was unable to peek inside. 









In my younger years, I was lucky enough to spend three weeks exploring Bali and came away impressed with the beautiful people and their way of life. Here is a shot of a wonderful piece of architecture and culture in Bali - a traditional water palace in Ubud and a historic temple gate. I love the attention to detail and the rich culture imbued with each piece of architecture .









And this is a picture of Balinese farm house up in the mountains. My girl friend and I were invited to spend some time with a Balinese family in their very small and primitive home. They were so generous with the little they had and afterwards we travelled through the mountains on motorbikes. A fabulous holiday I'll never forget.









A few years ago, I visited the US on two separate visits spending time in the Florida Keys and also visiting the state of New England. Such an amazing contrast between hot and cold lol, although I was lucky to visit Rockport in late spring. I love how the Americans use timber when building their homes (compared to Aussies who favour bricks and tiles). Some houses reminded me of doll houses although on a much larger scale!













What I loved about the Florida Keys (apart from the snorkelling with sharks and kayaking) were the quaint canals. There was one behind my brother's house and I enjoyed many an early morning paddling down the waterway and watching the varied birdlife.









Unfortunately I didn't get to see inside Hemingway's house but here it is from the outside.









And just to round off a short glimpse into some of my journeys, I'd like to finish with a house built underground. I've been to Cooper Pedy twice both times when travelling around Australia and both times it was so hot, just breathing seemed an effort. However once inside an underground house it was deliciously cool.









What's your favourite place you discovered in your travels?
Thanks so much for hosting me here today.













Suzanne
Gilchrist lives in the Hunter Valley, Australia with her family and pets and is
the author of over twenty books, several of which have finalled in writing
contests. As S. E. Gilchrist, she writes science fiction, ancient historical,
apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic romances and romantic suspense. As Suzanne
Gilchrist, she writes women’s fiction and contemporary small-town romances,
often with a splash of suspense.





Suzanne takes a keen interest in the environment
and animal welfare and loves bushwalking and kayaking, spending time with
family and friends and walking her dogs. She co-runs Hunter Romance
Writers
 and is
the organiser of several group writing ventures.





Suzanne
Gilchrist is published with Escape Publishing / Harlequin Australia and is an
indie author.





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Take Me Home (Bindarra Creek A Town Reborn)









Forgiving the past was too painful until now.

Almost forty, Abby Taylor has built a new life
for herself in the small country town of Bindarra Creek. When an old friend
convinces her to give two adolescent boys a temporary home, she is torn between
a growing love for these orphans and the grief in her past.

After his marriage fell apart, Roman Taylor has
focused on his career. An unexpected phone call sends him rushing to Abby’s
side where he is drawn into his estranged wife’s new life – a life that could
offer a future he thought he’d lost forever.
Will they seize this second chance to have a
family of their own? Or will fate once again destroy their dreams?

Welcome to Bindarra Creek – A Town Reborn, a
fictional town set on the western slopes of the New England tablelands. Take me
Home is the first book in this new group writing venture series. With a
community full of quirky characters, the books feature compelling romance,
heart-warming family life, drama, and even suspense.






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Travel to California with Juanita Kees






Hello, dear readers and welcome aboard my whirlwind world tour. I’ve been blessed enough to visit a few exotic destinations in my lifetime. From the samurai palaces of Japan to the wild plains of Africa, I have been inspired by history and scenery to write stories. Exotic islands aside, there is no destination more exciting or glittery than Las Vegas, right? But more on that later.





Ripley's Canada




 In December 2018, I returned to the USA to celebrate Christmas and a ten-year reunion with family. Our first stop was, of course, Disneyland, California. I got to be a kid again. Yes! I spent five days grinning like a fool every time I saw a Disney princess or Mickey or Minnie. Disneyland truly is a happy place and it was a great start to our four week-long vacation. And no visit to Los Angeles is complete without a stop at Universal Studios. What an experience. I got chased by Zombies, watched a variety show, ate freshly made donuts from a 50’s-style diner and took a tour of the backlot. And with book 1 of Calhoun Customs Garage, Overdrive, in my hand and book 2, Fast Lane in my head, I headed right for….Yep, Radiator Springs and the racetrack.





Radiator Springs




Next stop: Vegas. From the 52nd floor of the Vdara Apartment Hotel, we had a fabulous view of the strip. So much had changed in the ten years since we’d been there last. This time we actually made it down to Fremont Street to discover the old Vegas. If you want to be transported back in time, Fremont Street is the place to be. Aside from the usual activities on the strip, I got to fly in a helicopter across the Grand Canyon, met Cory from Pawn Stars, visited Rick’s Restorations and got ‘Tanked’! And how could I pass up on a visit to the M&M’s shop when Car 18 is still on the floor? Trinity Calhoun would be proud. Probably the most exciting part of our stay in Vegas was the visit to the Mob Museum in the old courthouse. Wow, what an experience that was! I came home with so many stories in my head after that tour.









Our next destination on the way to Canada was New York. Finally, after years of dreaming about it, there I was in midtown Manhattan with a view of the Empire State building from my window. All the places I’d seen on television came to life.





San Francisco Street Art




Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, Ellis Island, the statue of Liberty…I was left breathless at the beauty of a cold and wintery city. The most memorable of all our stops in New York has to be the 9/11 Memorial. Hauntingly beautiful in its simplicity, the vibe of loss and sadness still hung heavily in the air, the impact of how many names are inscribed on that wall around the cascading water hitting hard.





Ground Zero




Then came Canada. Our stay here was short, our intent to spend Christmas with family before flying to San Francisco. We packed as much as we could into four short days. A visit to Ripley’s Aquarium blew me away. What an amazing place and not at all what we expected. I finally got to visit the Mennonite Amish community in St Jacobs and bought a beautifully crafted quilt. I loved this little town so much where simplicity is the key to life and the smell of freshly baked bread teased my senses.









All too soon it was time to say goodbye to the family and hello San Francisco. Of all the cities in the USA, San Francisco is the one that makes my heart sing. From Pier 39 all the way across the Bay to Alcatraz, I love this place with all my soul. The most exotic place we visited here was Muir Wood where an early episode of Star Wars was filmed. I could imagine the ewoks popping up out of the woods and fighting off the storm troopers. Chinatown never fails to amaze me with the architecture and street art. Every alleyway told us a different story and the myriad of shops full of gadgets and souvenirs kept us entertained for hours. And perhaps one day, I’ll be able to buy that dream home in Sausalito. Unfortunately, NASCAR season was over and I didn’t get to visit any racetracks on our journey, but that gives me a good reason to go back again.





Thank you for travelling with me today and I hope you’ll enjoy Trinity and Reece’s race to a happy ever after in Fast Lane.









Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing Australian Rural Romance novels with elements of suspense, Australian Fantasy Paranormal and Small-Town USA stories. Her romance novels star spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. She creates emotionally engaging worlds steeped in romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue, set in dusty, rural outback Australia and on the NASCAR racetracks of America. When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three boys and has a passion for fast cars and country living.





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Fast Lane (Calhoun Customs Garage Book 2)










Trinity Calhoun is a name everyone knows on the race circuit, but her days in the hot seat are numbered. She’s tired of the limelight, meaningless relationships and long hours behind the wheel. When her father calls her and her sister home, she’s ready. She slips right back into the family business, finishing off the custom car projects her father has lined up. But racing is in her blood and she’s lured back to risking her life on the hot rod drag strips outside of town. It’s there she meets paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Reece Balmain, who has her re-thinking the road her life is taking.





Reece Balmain arrives in Big Fork a broken man. He’s lived and breathed through horror accidents, haunted by the faces of the people he’s cut from vehicles. He knows one thing–speed kills. He’s hoping not to see too much of it in small town Montana, until he hears about the drag races taking place outside of town. He knows Trinity Calhoun. He’s watched her race, seen her win, held his breath when her car somersaulted into barriers in Daytona Beach. He doesn’t like what she does, but he can’t stay away from the woman who’s claiming his heart.






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OVERDRIVE (Calhoun Customs Garage Book 1)









Chase Calhoun has worked hard at making Calhoun Customs a world-wide sensation and keeping his father’s dream alive. He hasn’t had time to think about settling down, so he’s not expecting to find love or new life hiding in the attic of their garage among the ghosts of his family’s past.





Charlotte Jackson is on the run from a rebellious past, determined to prove she can be a good mom to three-month-old baby, Zoe. Tired of being delegated to the back office of the racing team her famous NASCAR family owns, she sets out to establish herself as a custom design artist. But she’s out of money, luck and time, and she can’t hide in the attic at Calhoun Customs forever.





While Chase slowly loses his heart to his refrigerator thief and the baby bundle asleep in his laundry basket, Charlotte learns that sometimes family is more than just blood and DNA.





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Travel to Buenos Aires with Rania Battany






My husband and I arrived in Buenos Aires in the heart
of summer, against everyone’s advice. Even the Argentinian’s leave their
capital city in summer. The days were relentlessly hot, and the evenings were
not much better. And still, I loved every moment of the six weeks we spent
there.





The city was a mish-mash of the old and the new, the
beautiful and the chaotic. Art and culture oozed from every corner. Graffiti
stained walls weren’t vandalism, but magnificent pieces of artwork. Artists of
all kind took to the streets, either as part of a mile-long market or on their
own, with handmade jewellery, paintings, drawings, sculptures. The people were
beautiful and fashion conscious. Men and women alike dressed in the latest
trends, their hair immaculately styled and make-up perfectly applied.









During the day, flocks of tourists gathered at Eva
Peron’s gravesite at the Recoleta cemetery, and we marvelled at the magnificent
sculptures honouring those that had passed. On Sundays, we ambled through the
market in San Telmo, which boasted an array of knick-knacks, artwork, antiques,
plus so much more. Performers kept us all entertained, and the empanadas kept
our bellies full. Tango dancers took to the streets in La Boca. The distinguished
music played in the background as we wandered the cobblestone roads and admired
the brightly painted buildings.









The city came alive in the evening. People drank wine,
kids stayed up late, lovers walked hand in hand … they socialised, laughed,
hung out. Around nine p.m., when people were heading out for dinner, the scent
of barbequed meat—the main cuisine on offer at any given restaurant—filled the
streets. Restaurants grew crowded, and the sound of a thousand voices rang out
as they talked and laughed over a shared meal.









Buenos Aires is a city that blends the faded days of European splendour with Latin spice and passion. Rich with art and culture, food and music, this city will forever hold a special place in my heart.








Rania Battany lives with her husband and three children in the beautiful Yarra Ranges, Victoria, Australia. When she isn’t getting her hands dirty in the garden, frolicking with her chickens or dog, or chasing after her three young children, she is writing contemporary romance novels that tug at the heartstrings or curled up with a cup of tea and a book.










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Fleeting Moments





Maya is floundering. She’s stuck in a dead-end job, is isolated from family and friends, and her father—the only person that ever truly understood her—has been gone four years. When her boyfriend leaves her for another woman, the rocky foundations of Maya’s life crumble to dust, and she sinks even further into the pit of grief and despair.

Until she meets him. Sam. The one with the animated smile and gentle eyes, who always sees the positive no matter how bad the negative. And the one who reignites Maya’s passion through his enthusiasm and zest, helping to rebuild her life, piece by piece. 

But when ghosts from Maya’s past resurface, her decisions almost destroy the few important relationships she has left, and the happiness she’s so recently found is threatened. She must overcome her demons and decide what matters most—the familiarity of the past, or the hope, love and possibilities of the future.





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