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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thankful Author 2016- Maggie Mundy




Hi, I’m Maggie Mundy, and I live in Australia. I immigrated to Australia from the UK in 1986. Neither of these  countries celebrate Thanksgiving though they may have Harvest Festivals. The concept of giving thanks one day a year is wonderful. I like the idea of slowing down and contemplating the good things in your life. These days it is easy to spend too much time rushing around and never appreciating what you have. I have lost friends and family over the past few years and believe it is important to live your dreams if you can. 




You have one life so make the most of it.
I decided to make a list of 5 things.

1.      I am thankful for my close family. 
My loving husband, Alan and my two beautiful daughters Jenny and Rachel.

2.      For the roof over my head. 
So many people are homeless and have nothing. It breaks my heart when I see kids on the street.

3.      For my friends. 
I have some wonderful buddies from those who write like me to my motorbike riding friends.

4.      For being published and being able to share my stories with people.

5.      For every day that I am still alive and have the health to enjoy the beauty of the world around me.
Remember not to worry so much about reaching the destination that you forget to enjoy the journey.



I also want to give thanks for this opportunity.



Idolize is book one in the The Dark Storm series. The books are based around the lives of actors on the show.

Blurb

You can’t be found if no one knows where you are.

Cassi moved to LA to escape a violent past and wants anonymity for herself and her son. She is starting to get her life back on track when she meets Declan Reed. He is latest hit on the Hollywood scene, playing the lead in the TV series Dark Storm. She gets the love of a TV star and the fame that comes with it causes her past to come back and haunt her with what could be fatal consequences.

Excerpt
Cassi knew it was the brandy talking, but when would she have a Hollywood actor captive in a cabin again? He put his glass down and raised one eyebrow as he peered at her. Then he patted the couch in front of him. Okay, she had drunk two big brandies, but what was he suggesting here?
He placed a finger under her chin and lifted it so she gazed in his eyes. She gulped. He didn’t need to say anything. She would kiss him anyway. All he needed to do was ask.
“When you left that day, you took part of me with you. I’ve been looking around and meeting other people and other women trying to find it. I was a fool to let you go then. Now you’re here, Cassi, I’m not going to let you go without telling you how much I care.”
His face was close as his palm cupped her cheek. Her mouth hung open and she felt a strong ache between her legs showing the need for physical contact she had not received for so long. She could feel his breath on her lips. His eyes connected with hers and then moved down to her lips. He ran his thumb along her lower lip and she moved forward. She knew this wasn’t real and something he had rehearsed, but didn’t care. He only had to say the word and she would have sex with him all night long. He didn’t say anything more, but their lips almost touched. Then he moved away.
Breathe.
“It’s a scene from our next episode. It doesn’t turn out well as she’s a vampire and sells me out. I get back at her through some crazy ritual, though. Sorry I took the advantage by adding your name.”
Declan was still holding his palm against her cheek and she didn’t want him to move away.
“You’re good.” He was more than good as she was putty in his hands right now.


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I live in Adelaide, Australia with my husband, one cat, two dogs and a snake. I have a motorbike that I would like to ride more than I do and I love walking at the beach and listening to the waves.  I've always loved reading all forms of fiction from high fantasy and paranormal to contemporary and decided the stories in my head needed to be written down. It was either that or start on medication. Unlike many, I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until a few years back.  I started off doing a degree in drama but soon realized my love was in writing, though there is a play lurking somewhere on my computer. My day job is as a nurse in the operating room. I believe romance can be fun to read and write but it’s exciting to spice it up with the uncertainty that comes with suspense where the rules can be broken. 


13 comments:

  1. Great excerpt, Mandy. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thanks and any excuse to eat turkey is a good one.

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  2. Great post, Mandy! Maybe we should make every day Thanksgiving. Couldn't hurt to slow down and list at least five things for which we're grateful, just as you've done. Happy spring, in the southern hemisphere!

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    1. Its been a cold winter for Australia in Adelaide.Looking forward to some warm weather. The sun is out today and feeling good. I broke my arm two weeks ago but I still consider myself a very lucky person with all my friend and family.

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  3. I love your list, Maggie. Harvest festivals are a favorite here in my town. They usually have them in Sept-Oct, but they're so much fun. Your cover is stunning, Loved the excerpt, too. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Thanks Mary. I really think we all need to stop and smell the roses sometimes. BTW the roses are coming out in Adelaide now. I love the cover too. It is my first book with Evernight and Jay Aheer doe wonderful covers.

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  4. Happy Spring Mandy. I would love to visit down under some day! Good luck with your release!

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    1. I lived in the UK and now Aus. One day I would love to get to the US. If you make it down under let me know and try and get to New Zealand too. Its amazing.

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  5. Wonderful post, Maggie! I think that those of us who do celebrate Thanksgiving often let our focus slip to the food and the football rather than all we have to be thankful for. Thank you for the reminder!

    Australia is definitely on my bucket list of places I want to visit. Maybe some day...

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    1. Let me know if you do come down and we could catch up. We have a romance writers conference every year. Visit new Zealand as well. I went to Hobbiton and it was magical.

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  6. Wonderful post, Maggie! I think that those of us who do celebrate Thanksgiving often let our focus slip to the food and the football rather than all we have to be thankful for. Thank you for the reminder!

    Australia is definitely on my bucket list of places I want to visit. Maybe some day...

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  7. I do the 30 days of thankful every year. It makes me examine what's really important to me and what's superficial. Great list! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I have a jar on my desk. I put thankful notes in throughout the year and read them at Christmas.

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