Crikey! Thatâ€™s quite a welcome. Thanks Claudine. It is a pleasure to be here. Have hustled the small screamies (sorry, my children) off to the in-laws and am poised at my laptop, ready to blog away.
Of course at this point my mind usually goes blank and I wander off to watch the end of Oprah, or Dr Phil or, um, something heaving with Australian Hunks. But NO, not today. I am on a mission, and that mission includes Australian Men, does it get better than this??
I mean theyâ€™re lovely arenâ€™t they? I have to say Iâ€™m a bit partial to Simon Baker, itâ€™s the blonde brooding thing â€“mmm. I like my men a bit tortured â€“ well except for hubby. I simply donâ€™t have time for hubby to be tortured â€“ poor love, he just gets told to get over it! Yes, thatâ€™s the extent of my emotional support. Of course if itâ€™s ME whoâ€™s got the problem then itâ€™s an entirely different story.
Now where was I, oh yes, Aussie men (sorry, am easily distracted)â€¦
Yes, here in Australia we do well for hunks, Russell Crowe anyone? But, it must be said that hunks are not without their drawbacks. Theyâ€™re just soâ€¦ hunky. Always rushing about mustering cattle, saving drowning tourists on Bondi beach, travelling miles to find the perfect set of waves, throwing phones at bystandersâ€¦ Really they can be quite tiring.
Are they all like this? Well no. We also specialise in other types of men, in particular the Australian metrosexual. These well-off fellows spend their time lurking in upmarket bars, swapping names of the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers. Theyâ€™ve never mustered a single cow, and donâ€™t leave their inner city suburb, let alone the metropolitan area. Theyâ€™re fabulous at dinner parties, and always bring the right wine, but rugged? Hardly.
So what is a poor Aussie gal to do? What we need is a bit of a blend, a hunky fellow who knows about wine, can surf a point break, but will come home and cook a perfect Alfredo Pasta (no, not from a packet). Mmmm. Thatâ€™d be perfect.
And coincidentally, is the exact description of Max, the hero of the book Iâ€™m currently writing. Yes, its working title is Boys of Summer and itâ€™s a Romantic Suspense set in the sexy, wealthy world of professional surfing. Am doing lots of research at the beach examining surfers. Yes, I know. I suffer for my art!
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