Guest Author: Jessica Skye Davies!

Jessica Skye Davies is here! She’s talking about Australian bush life and her latest release from Dreamspinner, Half the World Away. Thanks for prettying up the place, Jessica!

Australian Bush Life

In Half the World Away, photographer Dade Faber and his writer/assistant Sheamus get a taste of Australian wildlife right from the off when they encounter a hungry crocodile (and hungry bugs) their first day out shooting.  Fortunately for them, Elliot Harris, owner of the hotel at which they’re staying, has lived in the bush all his life and knows a thing or two about how to help them get the shots with the least amount of risk to life and limb.

Dade complains at first about the swampy conditions, but with Elliot helping, he soon learns that there’s a lot more to see in Australia than that.

Here we have a saltie (salt-water crocodile) – the sort that went after Dade and Sheamus.  They are the largest reptiles alive today.

And this is a strangler fig.  So called because it wraps around and “strangles” other trees, which over time die off and leave just a hollow “cage.”  And Dade was worried about carnivorous vines grabbing him and pulling him up to the treetops!

Now this is either a rainbow lorikeet, or a drag queen from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.  Jury’s still out.

Just because they’re so pretty!

Dade was able to explore the swamps more safely with Elliot guiding. And to see some fantastic plant life.

Does Elliot’s assistance give Dade a view of Down Under different from the one he came with?  And how will Elliot fare on Dade’s central London turf when the tables are turned?  Find out this and more in Half the World Away.

Blurb:  Photographer Dade Faber keeps hoping for assignments on a big city beat, but time and again he’s sent into the wild. This time, he’s half the world away from London shooting the Australian bush. When Dade is nearly attacked by a crocodile, it leads to a shouting match with Elliot Harris, who owns Dade’s hotel. Elliot is both hot and persuasive, and when he offers to play tour guide, Dade accepts. After a week spent mostly together in the bush, Dade begins to fall for Elliott. The attraction is mutual, and when circumstances lead both men to London, they find they have much in common. But can their romance bridge the 10,000 miles between London and the Australian bush?

Bio:  Jessica Skye Davies has been a writer since her first works were “published” in her grandparents’ living room and written in crayon. She is a lifelong native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has been active in the community, including serving as library director on the executive board of a local GLBT community center. Outside of writing, Jessica has a wide range of interests and hobbies: from Mozart in a music hall to punk in pubs, from Shakespeare to Vonnegut, from salsa dancing the night away to afternoon coffee in the square to kicking back with a good movie. She loves meeting new people and exploring new places, always open to whatever elements might inspire her next writing project.

Links:

Half the World Away: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4282&cPath=399

Blog: http://jessicaskyedavies.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jessicaskye.davies

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