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It’s perfect book reading weather

It’s perfect book reading weather

The days are getting chilly and if you’re in south east Queensland at the moment it’s raining too.  It’s time to rug up, with Ugg-boot-footed feet, a warm cuppa and a good book. I prefer to read novels with warm, exotic themes in the colder months. There’s nothing better than being swept off to an exotic beach location (even if it’s only in a story).

This is Zanzibar. Isn’t it beautiful? Wouldn’t you like to go there, even if it’s only in a story?

The Zanzibar Moon is the perfect winter read. You’ll forget it’s even cold when you imagine the white sands, blue skies, ancient dhows and turquoise waters.

If you also yearn for an erotic romance with a sense of adventure; an utterly sexy guy whose best friend is a wild cheetah, it certainly ticks that box. Did I mention he also has an adorable heart-melting son?

You may want a story that’s not just a romance, but also has an interesting story line. What if it’s filled with family ties, unique quirky characters, intoxicating landscapes, Arabian Knights type magic, Swahili, multi-culture, awesome wildlife, tear-jerking moments and set in a magical setting? Ticking more boxes?

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy of The Zanzibar Moon . As you read you’ll be transported to a beautiful world, where magic happens.

The Zanzibar Moon and Wildernis Cafe Bar Palm Beach.
Me, Michelle and Karen at Wildernis Cafe Bar, Palm Beach, Queensland.

The Zanzibar Moon out and about

I recently caught up with my sister, niece and an old friend and her partner for breakfast. We took the opportunity to take photos at Wildernis Cafe Bar,  with us holding  The Zanzibar Moon  in front of their magnificent artwork. It was a wonderful way to share my story in a lovely venue, that I highly recommend. Beautiful fit-out, nice views, ambiance and delicious reasonably priced food. It’s a special place to dine.

And if Zanzibar looks like a place you’d like to visit go to Tanzanian Tourism, or see what Check You In Travel and Tours can recommend to you about travelling from Australia to Zanzibar.

The paperback or ebook of The Zanzibar Moon are available for review. If you are in the media and would like a copy please go to the contact page.

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Get up early and embrace the morning

I’ve always been a morning person, but in recent times (I have turned 50) it’s been harder to get up. This morning made me realise that it’s worth it. I remember now – I LOVE MORNINGS!

First I went to boot camp with Fusion Outdoor Fitness for a kettle bell and running session. I felt fit and health and, as always, glad I made the effort to get up at 4.45am. There is nothing like a bit of outdoor exercise to start the day off on a good note. Unfortunately (or fortunately, you be the judge) there is a smoke haze over the Gold Coast, which didn’t make breathing during our runs pleasant but the mist over the fields, as eerie as it looked, was well worth a bit of smoke. It reminded me of that Stephen King novel ‘The Fog’, spooky! I wish I had my camera then and there.

My camera was, however, in my car. I always take the scenic drive home, through Koala Park, over the Tallebudgera bridge and home. Today I stopped over the bridge at the Tallebudgera Creek/Beach School car park. I could see an orange orb rising and with my trusty camera in hand, I raced along the path to the beach. I didn’t want to miss what was sure to be a spectacular sunrise.

So here is some proof of good reasons for waking up early in a few pics:

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And that was just the sun.

Pandanus trees and beyond Tallebudgera Creek entrance.
Pandanus trees and beyond Tallebudgera Creek entrance.
Mist over Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Mist over Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Morning traffic on Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Morning traffic on Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Reflections and high mist over the Palm Beach canals.
Reflections and high mist over the Palm Beach canals.
More of the stunning, glass-like water on the canals at Palm Beach.
More of the stunning, glass-like water on the canals at Palm Beach.

So, in case you didn’t get up this morning to see the beauty in our world I hope you’ve enjoyed it through my eyes.

Maybe tomorrow morning you won’t hit the snooze button. Perhaps you’ll get up and enjoy the best part of the day – morning.

And just in case you missed it, here’s another reason to get up early in the morning: