My Country, by Dorothea Mackella
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!
When you think of Australia, the first thing you think of is Sydney, with its glamorous lifestyle, iconic harbour and spectacular beaches. But I’m a girl from the bush and so I’m going to take you off the beaten track and introduce you to my top 10 things to do in outback Australia.
Leave the sparkling harbour of Sydney behind and take a trip out to visit the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, and discover for yourself whether or not the mountains truly are blue!
Explore the Murray River (the world’s third longest navigable river after the Amazon and the Nile) by paddle-steamer.
Hire a convertible and drive Victoria’s scenic Great Ocean Road, stopping to explore the 12 Apostles along the way.
Visit South Australia’s, Australia’s premier wine region, and sample some of the exceptional wines—there are over 200 vineyards so I recommend a moderate approach!
Discover Western Australia’s world heritage Ningaloo Reef and take a swim with the Whale Sharks.
Visit the historic pearling town of Broome in Australia’s far north-west and take a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach.
Go bush in Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park to visit the ancient rock art and learn about Australian indigenous culture.
Leave it all behind and head out the red centre of Australia to see Uluru, the world’s largest monolith for yourself.
Sail the Great Barrier Reef in a tall ship, being sure to take time to snorkel some of the spectacular coral reef.
And my personal favourite – get back to nature in the Tasmania wilderness world heritage area and hike the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.
Title: Closer to Sin by Elizabeth Squire
Genre: Historical Romance
Elizabeth Squire brings a fresh voice to historical romance in this tale of intrigue and passion.
Liliane Desailly travels to Napoleonic France after receiving a plea for help from her French cousin. She learns she is the key to fulfilling her grandfather’s legacy, but to do so she must masquerade as a spy and courier secrets on behalf of the British Admiralty.
Sinclair Charlcroft is the British Admiralty’s last hope. Napoleon’s Grande Armée is poised to invade Britain, an English spy is missing and a traitor has infiltrated the Admiralty’s intelligence network.
Pursued by Napoleon’s agents, Liliane and Sinclair cannot reveal their true identities until they unlock the secrets of the legacy—and only then can they unlock the secrets in their hearts.
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About Elizabeth Squire
Elizabeth Squire’s love of writing romance couldn’t be further from the life she had carved out for herself. Raised in outback and rural Australia, Elizabeth was determined to live a life vibrant with passion, travel, adventure and discovery—other than the one she had already lived through the pages of the innumerable she read and loved. And so, turning her back on a life in the bush, she invested a lot of years chasing her dreams—she enjoyed a career as a commissioned in the Royal Australian Navy, and counts white-water rafting the Zambezi River, travelling by safari truck through Africa, and back-packing through Eastern Europe with her young family as just a few of her many adventures.
But amongst the adventure, the urge to write intensified as storylines and dialogue continued to materialise from the recesses of her mind. She finally accepted that the voices in her head were really characters enmeshed in the tumultuous Georgian and Regency periods, vying for life on paper.
After a nomadic lifestyle, Elizabeth has now settled into her own home and loves nothing better than bringing her passionate heroines and daring rakes to life. She lives with her own hero and one true love, two beautiful daughters and two delinquent miniature long-haired dachshunds.
Closer to Sin is Elizabeth’s debut novel.