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Guest blogger: Alissa Callen

22 December 2013

Alissa CallenA rural Christmas

Christmas is a special time of year no matter if you live in the country or city, the southern or northern hemisphere. While it might seem strange to some that a rural Christmas will never feature snow or cold temperatures, a summer bush Christmas possesses its own kind of magic.

From Christmas tree gatherings on a local property where isolated communities meet, to small towns where a tin hall hosts a bring-a-plate Christmas party, the Christmas spirit shines bright. The smell of fresh gingerbread fills country kitchens and plum puddings simmer on stove tops. Tinsel decorates outback mail boxes and front gates, fairy lights twinkle beneath the roof eaves and excited country kids write their lists for Santa.

In Beneath Outback Skies the heroine, Paige Quinn, would have only one Christmas wish. She’d wish for it to rain. After battling five years of drought she’ll have to skip another Christmas. She has cattle to feed and her beloved home, Banora Downs, to save. She thinks Santa won’t leave her anything under the tree, but two surprises will arrive. A playful, boot-chewing blue-heeler puppy called Bundy and a secret-hiding farm-stay guest, named Tait Cavanaugh.

In What Love Sounds Like four-year-old orphaned Tilly would also have just one Christmas wish. She’d wish for her workaholic uncle, Kade Reid, and her fun speech pathologist, Mia Windsor, to make peace with their pasts, let down their guards and give her the family she desperately wants. When Mia packs to leave Berrilea homestead, Tilly has a last card up her little sleeve and she hopes it will be enough to make her deepest wish come true.

So wherever you may live and whether you celebrate Christmas in the city or country, in the sunshine or snow, may your Christmas be special and may all your Christmas book wishes come true.

Beneath Outback SkiesBeneath Outback Skies

Paige Quinn will let nothing and no one distract her from caring for her wheelchair-bound father, Connor, and fighting for her remote, drought-stricken property, Banora Downs. Least of all a surprise farm-stay guest named Tait Cavanaugh, whose smooth words are as lethal as his movie-star smile.

Except Paige can’t help noticing that, for a city-boy, Tait seems unexpectedly at home on the land. And he does ask a lot of questions…

It doesn’t matter how much he helps out or how much laughter he brings into her life, she soon suspects he is harbouring a big secret – the real reason he has come to Banora Downs…

Beneath Outback Skies book link and free sample available here.

What Love Sounds LikeWhat Love Sounds Like

Outback speech pathologist, Mia Windsor, believes her morning from hell is over. Then, suited-up, city-boy, Kade Reid, strides into her office like he owns it.

Kade Reid adheres to a single edict, money is as important as breathing. But when he becomes an instant father to four-year-old, Tilly, he escapes to the only place he was allowed to be a child, the family property of Berrilea.

As Mia and Kade work together to help Tilly overcome her speech delay, can they face their fears, Mia to trust, and Kade to feel, in order to give Tilly the family she so desperately needs?

What Love Sounds Like book link available here.

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  1. helensibbritt permalink
    23 December 2013 4:48 pm

    Hi Alissa

    Love the sound of these books am in the City and it is hot and I was cooking my pudding for 6 hours yesterday I love a good Christmas with family 🙂

    Merry Christmas

    Have Fun

    • 28 December 2013 9:40 am

      Thanks so much for dropping by Helen:) Hope some of the Xmas rain reached you to cool things down and am sure your family would have enjoyed your yummy Christmas pudding!

  2. 23 December 2013 9:35 am

    I haven’t had a bush Christmas for years and years Alissa, but I remember well the sense of fun when everyone gets together with their party shoes on. Have a wonderful ChristmasM xxx

    • 23 December 2013 9:51 am

      Hi Kate, thanks so much for popping over and have a wonderful Xmas too!

  3. 22 December 2013 4:03 pm

    Congratulations Alissa

    Love the sound of both these books …. I like the parties where you take a plate and everybody helps

    • 23 December 2013 9:48 am

      Hi Barbara, yes those parties are always fun and made all the more special by everyone helping out. Have a lovely Christmas:)

  4. 22 December 2013 10:24 am

    Alissa that’s what I love about small communities, they are so giving and everyone looks out for everyone else =))

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