Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Guest Author Post: Joanne Wadsworth on a taste of New Zealand

Let me introduce you to New Zealand’s, New Chums Beach. Above is a picture of what has been voted by The Observer as one of the Top 20 Beaches in the world. But why exactly? Apart from how pristine it obviously is, the greatest attraction to this beach isactually because next to no one can find it. That’s right. New Chums Beach is one of the most isolated beaches in the world, and being a Kiwi writer, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring this kind of location to you in my new release.

New Chums Beach is a gem to those who have discovered it. It’s completely undeveloped and to find it you must travel to a remote peninsula on the North Island, and then walk approximately 30 to 40 minutes along a bush track. Next, if you’re game, you wade through a lagoon to rocks, and finally onto a track which leads to the saddle and your first glimpse of the beach.

It’s obviously hard to get to, but once you arrive, you can be guaranteed you’ll be the only one on its shores. Don’t ya love that? Yep, this beach is white and sandy, and after arriving, no matter the difficulty in getting there, it’s even tougher to leave. You definitely need to bring a tent, and come and stay for a night or two.

So, how does New Zealand have such remote, untouched locations?

We’re an island nationof only four million, living so far Down Under our country was one of the last to be discovered. It’s just me and a few others, and New Zealand is that little dot on the map at the bottom of the South Pacific Ocean. Yep, go and grab a magnifying glass and take a look. See if you can find me.

It’s this remoteness of my country which drew my interest in using various locations like New Chums Beach. PROTECTOR is a young adult, fantasy romance, and within my book, I get to bring you here, to a place I hold close to my heart. You’llget to join me and a hot cast of characters for a wonderful little taste of New Zealand.

Synopsis: To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling--thanks to her warrior father she’s never met--does her own skill of forethought develop.

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate--an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?
Bio: Reading romance books captivated Joanne Wadsworth as a teenager, particularly when she tucked herself into bed at night and continued to dream those stories as she slept. She'd visualize the direction, taking the hero and heroine on an adventure unparalleled to what she'd read. Today she is devoted to writing romance, bringing her imagination to life within the lines of young adult, and thrilling romantic suspense.

Born in New Zealand, Joanne works both as a writer and a financial controller, all while keeping up with her four energetic children and dreamy husband.

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Davio leaned over me, all six foot four of him, his warm honey-brown hair falling forward to curl snugly around his neck, and I longed for him, just as I had during my first sighting of him in the classroom.
“What’s happening is the bond, my mate. It will become difficult for me to keep my distance both physically and emotionally unless I leave and end this now.”
My heart hitched. “You want to leave?” I swayed closer on impulse. “Is that how this bond works? We find each other and then you leave?” God preserve his people if it did.
“No, it is not. Those mated are bonded for life if we allow the link to grow. Except that would be the most unwise choice for us to take. You are, quite clearly, neither from my country nor from my world, and as such will have no allegiance to me or my people. I have no wish to join with one who does not wish to join with me in all ways. With that being the case, I will find another when the time is right. As should you,” he added solemnly.
I frowned. Hold on--did he just say he would be joining with another woman?
I bit my tongue. That was good? I should leave it at that, right?
Jeez, what was wrong with me for questioning that choice?
“I’m sorry. We just met, and you’re right. Go find your, your--” Strangely, I struggled to get the words out and finally gave up. “Well, have yourself a nice long life, and all that.” I patted his chest roughly.
That was more like me.
The clock ticked and time slowed.
He didn’t move.
“Look at me.” He tipped up my chin, directly staring at me. “This would never work.”
“I understand. It’s been pretty awful meeting you too.” I leaned back, only to feel the pressure of his hand move around my waist to the small of my back, preventing me.
I moved to grip his arm. “Okay, you were going.”


Joanne Wadsworth said...

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Katie. *smiling*