Sunday, November 3, 2013

Giveaway & Excerpt of Dance in the Outback by S. E. Gilchrist

Dance in the Outback is my seventh release and to celebrate I’m giving away seven copies (gifted via Amazon) of this story. The contest will run until 30 November 2013 and to enter the random draw, please leave a comment on my website and share my post.

Extract from Dance in the Outback © S. E. Gilchrist 2013
“How far are we from the nearest town?” Melanie asked.
Dirk drawled, “Missing the bright lights already? Longreach is the largest town and it's to the nor-east of us. It’s more than a fair day’s drive. I wouldn't go thinking you can take off for a coupla hours at the beauty salon and be back by lunch.”
Irritating man.
“I was making polite conversation.”
He laughed.
The deep sound did something funny to her insides. After clearing her throat, she asked, “Is this the Diamantina Country?”
She fielded the surprised glance he shot her by batting her long eyelashes and was rewarded with an upward quirk of the edges of his mouth. Dear me, is that a smile I can see? “I've always been interested in the Outback. It's so vast and untamed.”
“It is all that and don't forget it can also be deadly. You must carry water on you at all times,” warned Dirk. “The Diamantina Country is further south of us. We're on the edge of the Channel Country.”
“Oh. Then I guess flooding could be a problem during the wet season.”
“Sometimes, it depends on how much rain we get up north. Of course if a cyclone crosses the coast, anything could happen. Especially if she's a category four or five. There's a low pressure system churning about in the Arafura Sea at the moment.”
Charming. Another fly buzzed about her face and she swatted uselessly at the pesky insect. Heat, flies and possible floods. Sounds like a fun break. I wonder if I'll get to see an emu. She sank back into her seat feeling the heat press in on her from all sides. Longing to rest for a moment, she resisted the urge to close her eyes, unwilling to reveal her weariness in case it was construed as weakness.
As if he was in tune with her thoughts, he asked, “It might take some days before your body acclimatises to the heat. You'll need to take it easy for a while before you can start pulling your weight.”
“Pardon?” Startled, Melanie turned to stare at his profile.
Dirk said in a smooth voice, “This is a working cattle station. Everyone has a job to do. We need everyone we can get to help with the mustering out in the western region. Probably only take about seven days. Ever ridden a horse? Or maybe a camel might suit you better.”
Mouth open, Melanie shook her head. Was he serious? Visions of a female version of Lawrence of Arabia chasing a cow floated about in her head. She’d wear a pit helmet and a long floaty white scarf. She swivelled round and looked at James who nodded encouragingly.
James said, “You'll love it, Mel. Just think; no need to worry about bathing every day, sleeping under the stars with scorpions and meat ants and nothing but red dust for miles.”
“You’ll need to keep a sharp lookout for camel spiders too. Ever seen one?” Dirk turned on the car’s fan and immediately hot air blasted from the vents.
Melanie shook her head again.
Dirk made a sweeping motion with his left hand. “There’re bigger than my hand and can run about 16 kph.”



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About the Author
SE can't remember a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. Now she writes stories where her favorite words are ...'what if' and 'where'?
Her writing features stories in the romance genres of futuristic/sci-fi, fantasy, ancient history and post-apocalyptic. She has now added contemporary rural romance to this list. The heat level of her stories varies from scorching to sweet and everything in between.
SE is published by Momentum Books and Escape Publishing and is an indie author.
Twitter - @SEGilchrist1


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