I love the smell of the ocean, walking along the sand,the sound of waves crashing onto the shore. I love the sounds the birds and the insects make. The cicada song is like a lullaby to me.
What I realised is this love of warmer climates is reflected in both the novels I released this year. Allegra in Mr Right and Other Mongrels lives at Manly Beach and her life revolves around the beach quite a bit.
In Hearts Afire Cassie and Jack find themselves on a North Queensland tropical island also getting some sand between their toes.
There is something so freeing about sunshine and summer, I think it reveals a different side to people and ceratainly I think it does for the characters in both these books.
Here are some of my favourite beachy photos from this year on the blog...just to warm up those of you in cooler climes.