The food and landscape of Whitewater

March 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Novella, Whitewater, Writing | Leave a comment
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Two things are quite important in Whitewater: food, and Coogee Beach.

If you bought the paperback of the anthology, you will know already that there’s a glossary in it, that explains some Aussie terms, and on my part, provides some information on the Australian-specific food mentioned in Whitewater. I am quite keen for people to be able to picture the food that Luke makes accurately, and to that end I’ll reproduce here the explanations and recipe links that are in the glossary in the paperback version.

Biscuit – cookie.

Flat white – coffee, with milk. No froth or other embellishments (cocoa powder, cinnamon, etc).

Sausage roll – minced meat (typically beef and pork, but sometimes chicken), herbs and onion wrapped in puff pastry. An example of a recipe is here.

Scone – a small bread-like cake. Can be sweet or savoury. Wikipedia entry for scones.

Tomato sauce – the Australian equivalent of ketchup.

Vanilla slice – a firm vanilla custard between puff pastry sheets, typically decorated with either a simple water and icing sugar-based icing or a dusting of icing sugar. An example of a recipe is here.

Now I would really, really like a sausage roll. NOM.

Also, in Australian, thongs = flip flops. 🙂

Now we get to Coogee beach. In a spectacular case of good timing, I happened to be going back to Sydney at a time when I had just finished the first draft of Whitewater, so I decided to visit all the locations featured in the book and take some photos, which turned out to be incredibly useful, particularly when it came to Wylie’s Baths.

I posted an album of some of the photos I took that day on Facebook, which is here if anyone wants to take a look at it. It just so happened to be one of those beautiful Sydney spring days that Luke thinks about on the day that he and Cam go to Wylie’s Baths for the first time. What it wasn’t, though, was a good surfing day. Cam and Luke wouldn’t have gotten much out of a surf that day. 🙂

Whitewater available now

March 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Novella, Whitewater | Leave a comment
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My new novella, Whitewater, is now available. You can get it from Dreamspinner here or from All Romance ebooks here.

I’ve mentioned before that Whitewater is part of an anthology of novellas set in Australia and written by Australian authors: myself, LJ LaBarthe, Isabelle Rowan, RJ Astruc and Robyn Walker. The novellas are available as separate ebooks or together in a print edition. If you’d like to take a gander at the other stories, you can find them all on their very own page at Dreamspinner and All Romance ebooks. I hope you enjoy them!

New book sale

December 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Anthology, Dreamspinner Press, Novella, Whitewater | Leave a comment
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I’m pleased to announce that in addition to Metal Heart, which will be released January/February, I’ll have another book coming out early-ish next year, from Dreamspinner Press once again. It’s a novella called Whitewater, and it’s about a baker called Luke Henderson and a chef called Cameron Brown, and what they get up to on and around Coogee Beach in Sydney. It’ll be released as an ebook, and also in paperback as part of the anthology Under the Southern Cross, where it will join other stories by LJ LaBarthe, Isabelle Rowan, RJ Astruc and Robyn Walker.

Whitewater means quite a lot to me, for several reasons. It’ll see the light of day in March next year, and I hope people enjoy it.

Coming soon: Rust Red: Galvanized

September 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Color Box, Novella, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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This time next week, I will be in America. This time in 3 weeks, I will still be in America and yet the world will be filled with sunshine and puppies and rainbows, because my Torquere Press Color Box will be out. Woo hoo! As my subject line implies, it’s called Rust Red: Galvanized, and you have no idea how difficult it is for me not to type “my Torquere Colour Box, Rust Red: Galvanised” every time I talk about it.

Seriously, America, you kill me with your Zs all over the place and your lack of Us where Us should be, you really do. As if me facing another 6 weeks of driving on the wrong side of the road wasn’t bad enough, you also have to curb my natural inclination to spell properly.

Joking, Americans! I love your country. You have Junior Mints.

Anyway. The new book is a novella of about 17,000 words, give or take, that continues the story of Adam and Chris, who we met in Eyes Wide Shut. The cover art and an unedited blurb are below the cut.

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Rust Red Color Box teaser excerpt

August 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Color Box, Eyes Wide Shut, Novella, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press, Writing | 1 Comment
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There are three lines published by Torquere Press that I find endlessly inspirational: the Color Box, Spice it Up and Birthstones lines. God I love a theme like that. So when the opportunity to write a Color Box came up, I jumped at the chance. The colour I chose was rust red, and I did that for a very specific reason.

About a year ago I wrote a little story called Eyes Wide Shut, that was part of the Healing Hearts Charity sip blitz in 2010. The characters from that story – Royal Flying Doctors Service physician Adam Taylor and his mining engineer boyfriend Chris Barker – stuck with me, as did the red landscape of the WA outback, and when the call for Color Boxes went out and I saw what had and hadn’t yet been taken, lo, the idea for a sequel to Eyes Wide Shut was born. I’m quite pleased that Adam and Chris’ story gets to continue.

It’s called Rust Red: Galvanized, and it will be out at the end of September.  It’s quite a bit longer than Eyes Wide Shut, clocking in at around 17,000 words. Even though I wrote it a while ago, it’s still early days, since there isn’t even a blurb for it yet. However, I’ve gotten my edits back, so I’ve decided to post a little teaser (although obviously since it’s still in edits, this may or may not appear like this in the final version).

The story picks up 6 months after the end of Eyes Wide Shut. In this excerpt, Adam and Chris are in Surfer’s Paradise visiting Adam’s family. It is Schoolie’s Week, a time when about a million teenagers are in Surfer’s celebrating the end of high school by getting roaring drunk and generally making pests of themselves. The boys have just had their morning nookie interrupted by Adam’s mum. Heh.

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Chris had recovered enough from his trauma to come out of the bedroom after breakfast, and he even consented to a dip in the pool in full view of both Adam’s parents, who were reclining in the shade of the verandah. He lay on his stomach on an airbed, his wet hair glistening in the sunshine, and ignored Adam, who swam slowly around him, much like a shark stalking its prey. That was what interrupted sex did for Adam, but he was doomed to not get any satisfaction that day.

Adam completed another circuit around Chris’ airbed, and this time Chris cracked open an eyelid. “Go away.”

“What? I’m not doing anything.”

“Yes, you are. You’re lurking. Plotting.”

Adam rolled his eyes. “Plotting what? My parents are just over there.”

“I don’t know. Something.” Chris rested his chin on his arms. “I wouldn’t put anything past you today.”

Adam rolled his eyes. “Talk about paranoid.” He swam around the airbed once more, and when he came up to Chris’ head again, Chris was still watching him. “Let’s go out tonight, just you and me.”

Chris was silent for a minute. “Where do you want to go?”

Adam shrugged, hanging on to the end of the airbed. “I don’t know. Out to dinner. There are some nice restaurants on the main strip.”

Chris made a face. “Won’t there be a lot of kids out there tonight?”

“Yeah, but we don’t have to go to any pubs. We’ll just go to a restaurant and come home.” Adam tugged on the edge of the airbed. “We’ll just have a nice meal, that’s all.”

“Okay. As long as we go somewhere with as few teenagers as possible.”

Adam nodded. “Deal.” He watched Chris for a moment, then smiled, slowly tugging the airbed around so that Chris’ back was to his parents. He glanced over at the verandah; his father was reading the paper, and his mother was on her feet, heading into the house. “Give us a kiss.”

Chris’ eyes narrowed. “Why?”

“Because I want one.” Adam tugged the edge of the airbed a little. “Come on. We were so rudely interrupted this morning…”

Chris looked over his shoulder, then turned back. “All right, but just a quick one.”

Adam grinned and moved in. “I knew you couldn’t resist me for too long.”

“Whatever. Get over here.” Chris grabbed the back of Adam’s head and kissed him firmly, then tried to push him away. Adam resisted, kissing him again, softly, turning it into something to linger over. It was Chris’ turn to resist that, but after a moment he gave in, his fingers on Adam’s head turning gentle as they stroked through the hair at the nape of Adam’s neck.

“Lunch is ready, boys!” his mother called from the doorway of the house.

Chris groaned quietly, and Adam laughed into Chris’ mouth. He broke the kiss and leaned his forehead against Chris’ as Chris’ fingers tightened around his neck. “It’s just that kind of day today. A frustrating one. This is why we have to get out on our own tonight.”

“We’ve got to do something on our own. Like have cold showers,” Chris said, letting him go and tumbling off the airbed and into the water.

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