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Monday 18 January 2016

☀ Hot Stuff: Surfing Love - Carla Caruso, Maria Lewis, Alli Sinclair and Tess Woods

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for the newly released Hot Stuff: Surfing Love, a Contemporary Erotic Romance by (, Impulse Australia, 92 pages).

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt from The Bluff below, as well as our Interview with author Maria Lewis.
Read an excerpt from the first short story, Six-Star Weekend by Carla Caruso, with Amazon Look Inside.

The authors will be awarding an eCopy of Hot Stuff: Surfing Love to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ), reviews (✍) and guest blog posts (✉).

Synopsis | Teaser | Author Q&A with Maria Lewis | About the Authors | Giveaway & Tour Stops


Hot sun, warm bodies, tight skin, electricity on the air ... four top romance authors give you their take on summer.

From Carla Caruso - A chance meeting with a pro-surfer on an island getaway ...

From Maria Lewis - The world of women's surfing throws two recent bedmates together ...

From Alli Sinclair - A world-famous performer finds her heart and a way to fight her demons in Rio de Janeiro ...

From Tess Woods - A Cornish beach retreat proves a full reawakening ...

Teaser: Excerpt

The Bluff - Maria Lewis

     A shrill, piercing sound punctured Ever’s subconscious, waking her with a start. The room was an impenetrable mass of black, and she fumbled around in the darkness for the source of the unforgivable noise. She tumbled ungracefully out of bed and landed on the floor — thankfully on her phone — and groaned as she rolled over to answer it.
     ‘Ello,’ she said, her voice raw and raspy from the previous night’s festivities.
     ‘It’s happening.’
     ‘Ardelia?’ Ever whispered, the words not sounding like they came from her own mouth.
     ‘That storm cell we were looking at is happening. The low is moving offshore and will make landfall in the next forty-eight.’
     ‘Holy shit.’
     ‘If we wanna do this, we gotta do this now. I called your brother, and he can get the plane up in two hours. We’d be in Hobart before sunrise and it would be a few hours’ drive before we get a boat out to the break.’
     ‘I know, I know … ‘
     There was a long pause as Ever’s mind ran over the finer details and the timeline in her head. This would use up the last of what they had in the sponsorship budget, and if the low dissipated before they got there it would be a complete waste of time.
     ‘I’m thinking. Is Kitty in?’
     ‘You know Kitty; we did her trip to Brazil and my bucket list is ticked off. This is all you.’
     Ever bit her lip, feeling her heartbeat pulse beneath her skin with anticipation. ‘All right, let’s do it.’
     ‘YES! Ha, this is so exciting! When can you make it?’
     ‘Uh …’ Ever sat up, looking around at the strange surroundings now that her eyes had adjusted to the darkness. She peered over the edge of the bed at the sleeping body that lay there. ‘I think I can be at the airport within the hour. I need to pick up the big-wave boards from home and the fins, but —’
     ‘Wait, it’s two in the morning and you’re not at home?’
     Shit, thought Ever, mentally scolding herself.
     Ardelia’s delighted smirk was almost audible through the phone. ‘Ever, where are you, girl?’
     ‘I’m not one hundred per cent sure,’ she replied.
     ‘You went home with someone last night!’ Ardelia shrieked.
     ‘Ssssshhh, they’re still sleeping and if you keep speaking at that volume I’m never gonna make it out of here without waking them up,’ she said, getting to her feet and collecting her clothes, which were scattered around the room.
     ‘Who is he? Or she? Were they good? Oh, my God, this is so unlike you — I’m waking Kitty up.’
     ‘Don’t you dare.’
     ‘KITTY! Kitty wake the fu—’
     Ever hung up the phone. She was going to cop the full inquisition once she got on the plane, but right now she needed to focus on making a hasty and silent exit.

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About the Authors

Carla Caruso | Maria Lewis | Alli Sinclair | Tess Woods |

Carla Caruso was born in Adelaide, Australia, and only 'escaped' for three years to work as a magazine journalist and stylist in Sydney.  Previously, she was a gossip columnist and fashion editor at Adelaide's daily newspaper, The Advertiser.  She has since freelanced for titles including Woman's Day and Shop Til You Drop.

These days, she plays mum to twin lads Alessio and Sebastian with hubby James.

Her books include the Astonvale rom-com mystery series, Starcrossed [Read our Interview with Carla], and Unlucky for Some.

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Maria Lewis is an author and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. Her work has appeared in The Daily Mail, New York Post, Penthouse, Empire Magazine, Huffington Post and many more. She’s the host and producer of the Eff Yeah Film & Feminism podcast.

Her début novel Who’s Afraid? is released in 2016 through Hachette (Australia and New Zealand) and Little Brown Books (worldwide). She contributed to Harper Collins’ Hot Stuff: Surfer Love anthology [Read our interview with Maria].

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Alli Sinclair is Australian born but considers herself a citizen of the world. She spent her early adult years travelling the globe, intent on becoming an Indiana Jones in heels. She scaled mountains in Nepal, Argentina, and Peru, rafted the Ganges, and rode a camel in the Sahara. Argentina and Peru became her home for a while and when she wasn’t working as a mountain or tour guide, Alli could be found in the dance halls dancing the tango, salsa, merengue, and samba.

All of these adventures made for fun storytelling and this is when she discovered her love of writing. Alli’s stories combine her passion for exotic destinations, the quirks of human nature, and the belief that everyone can dance, even if it’s to their own beat.

The Dance Card series contains three books centred around dance - Luna Tango (2014), Flamenco Fire (2015) and Turning Pointe (2016) - released by Harlequin MIRA (Australia).

Her début novel, LUNA TANGO, was voted 2014 Book of the Year for the AusRom Today Readers Choice Awards and 2014 Favourite New Author by the Australian Romance Readers Association. Follow Alli Sinclair:

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Tess Woods is a health professional who lives in Perth, Australia with one husband, two children, one dog and one cat who rules over all of them. Her first novel, Love at First Flight, has received worldwide acclaim and been nominated in the Best Books category of the AusRom Today Readers Choice Awards.

When she isn't working or being a personal assistant to her kids, Tess enjoys reading and all kinds of grannyish pleasures like knitting, baking, drinking tea, watching Downton Abbey and tending to the veggie patch.

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