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Archive for April 9th, 2010

What’s a girl to do when she’s secretly in love with a friend and he’s married to someone else? She gets over it. That’s what Amy Parker has done. Rather than lose her best bud Quinn Whitfield with an ill-timed, crazy confession of affection, she’s taken the smart route. She’s eased away from him. Just enough to get past the unrequited bits. And you know, it’s working.

Until the day Quinn announces he’s now single. That’s right. He’s single. And he wants to hang out. With her. Get reconnected the way they used to be.

Oh, this is so not good for Amy’s equilibrium. Daily doses of Quinn remind her of everything she loves about him. But if he’s free…and she’s free…well, maybe the time has come for one of those crazy confessions.

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The subject of coming home again is something that’s been pretty close to my heart lately. After two years living in New Zealand, me and my man have recently moved back home to Australia to my home town of Melbourne. We’ve also been on the hunt for a new house.

Being close to our family again has been, in a word, fabulous. Yes, family can be messy and demanding and noisy and, at times, deeply frustrating, but the connection I feel to the my people is a powerful, powerful thing. I love having my sister drop by the house after school for a quick visit and a cup of tea. I adore having my brother over to watch a DVD. I love being able to go to my nephews’ basketball games. I am absolutely gagging to see my niece’s first calisthenics review. And being close to my parents as they age and explore their latter years is a gift beyond price.

As for house hunting…well, it sucks, pure and simple. The lying real estate agents, the soaring Melbourne property prices, our ever-diminishing hopes…it’s been a roller coaster ride, pure and simple. But, as of this week, we are officially home owners again. At last, after four unsuccessful attempts, we signed a contract and will shortly be moving into our own home again.

After two years of renting in a foreign country, the idea of having my own house once more, of being able to hang a painting without asking permission or plant a tree in the garden or paint a wall is a joy beyond words. I cannot wait to move in. I cannot wait to have a home of my own again.

The notion of coming home is something I thought about a lot when I was writing my latest Super Romance, Her Best Friend. The story is set in the small rural town of Daylesford, about an hour’s drive north of Melbourne, and centres around Amy and Quinn. These two grew up next door to each other and fell in love with each other when they were barely teenagers, although neither of them was brave enough to admit as much to the other. And then a new girl came to town and drew Quinn’s attention and he wound up moving to Sydney with her and marrying her and leaving Amy to deal with her broken heart alone.

Sixteen years later, Quinn returns home to help Amy take on the local council so she can fulfill her big dream of buying back the old Art Deco cinema her great-grandfather built way back in the Thirties.  Coming home for Quinn is a bittersweet thing – so many memories, many of them tied up with Amy, the girl next door, and also with the woman who is soon to be become his ex-wife.

I loved writing this book and exploring those themes of homecoming, and they resonate for me even more now that I have come home myself.

I’d love to hear your stories of homecoming – what home means to you, where it is, etc, etc. And to celebrate both the release of Her Best Friend and the purchase of my new home, I’d love to give away two sets of Her Best Friend, my latest Super Romance, and Her Secret Fling, my February Blaze. All you have to do is comment and you’ll be in the running.  Over to you!

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Huge thanks to Sarah for being our guest today! For more information on her books and what’s coming up next for her, please visit her website here. Also, don’t forget to leave a comment for the chance to win a book by her. Good luck!

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