Day 13 December is different Downunder.

Today I am delighted to welcome the very talented New Zealand Author Virginnia De Parte to the blog.

December is different Downunder.

Daylight Saving

Pohutukawas in bloom (our Christmas tree)

Barbeques in the evenings

Equinox winds (if they haven’t stopped blowing)

Sand-flies biting our ankles

Suncream, sunhats and zinc-coated noses

School Holidays for six weeks

Bonfires on the beach

Jandals/thongs/flip-flops on our feet

Shopping in shorts and T-shirts

Bright clothes to match the sunshine

New Years Eve: Crowds on the streets

With bands playing till midnight

The New Year welcomed with kisses under the Southern Cross.

Over the holiday season read my romance, ‘A Talent for Loving’, set in Australia at the end of this century. Fall in love with the characters, the countryside and the climate.

Leave a comment and be in the draw to win a PDF copy of this futuristic romance. Something you can curl up and read by the fire during your Christmas break.



Talents come in many guises.

 William and Belinda, two genetically altered individuals meet years after leaving the government-rearing nursery for genetically altered infants. Their late development allowed them to escape a life devoted to the government’s defence departments. If their skills are now discovered they are in danger of conscription by the government.

 William, whose talent is to move through space between locations in the blink of an eye, has devoted his life to protecting other ex-nursery adults. Belinda occasionally uses her talent, lifting objects of great weight with her thoughts. Their meeting leads to love and a raft of problems both struggle to overcome.

 Can they trust each other enough to allow love to bloom? Can they risk the renewed attention of the Defence Department?


A Talent for Loving explores an alternate reality and discovers the one talent neither Belinda nor William can control – love.

You can find Virginnia here.

Futuristic novels spiced with romance and adventure

Love’s Bright Star,

Love’s Red Heart,

A Talent for Loving,

A Stellar Affair



8 thoughts on “Day 13 December is different Downunder.

  1. Hi Virginnia! We just moved from Australia to Michigan last year and I can tell ya, whoo-wee, what a difference! Right now we have about 18 inches of snow on the ground compared to Christmas in Brisbane with my hubby’s family. Lovely poem about Christmas Downunder, and your book sounds very interesting, such a different concept. Love that it is set in Oz. Happy Christmas!

    • Thanks for commenting Cd. Virginnia is an excellent poet. Wow, so much snow this early in the winter, I think I should count my blessings
      here in the UK at present we only have rain.

    • I fell in love with the Red Desert when I went to Uluru years ago. I think I left my heart there. Everyone should visit this amazing place at least once in their lives. Sorry about the Michigan weather.

  2. I’d rather be Downunder than in the middle of America today- Freezing rain, ice and snow VS flip-flops and barbecues? You win!. The premise of your story is very intriguing.

    • I seem to have left replies in the wrong places. Blame it on the hot weather. I’m busy writing yet another g-altered novel and Daisy is keeping me in line when I stray off the track or skip ahead. If’ you read A Stellar Affair, this next story is about one of the characters featured briefly in that: Thomas Winters, a lovely man with bloodhound genes. Just what everyone needs – not!.

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