Wednesday Words with AK Kinley

I’m very happy to have ManLove author, AK Kinley join us for the week’s Wednesday Words.  Tomorrow his latest book, Something Beautiful, will be released by Siren-Bookstrand.  Andrew was kind enough to stop by today to answer a few of my questions.

Meet Author AK Kinley

andrew k kinley, ak kinley, author, manlove, romance, loveLynne St. James: First off, thank you so much for joining us today and congratulations on your new book, Something Beautiful. Can you tell us where you got the idea for this story?

AK Kinley:  Thank you, Lynne. Also, thank you for having me as a guest today on your blog.

Something Beautiful began as a short story titled, Playboy28. The short was published on the ManLove Authors Website in July, 2013. During that summer, my partner and I were discussing publicly coming out that fall. With that realization, I decided to turn Playboy28 into a full-length book, including the short story as the prologue. There is not a great deal of literature written about transgender characters, particularly gay transmen such as myself. I wanted to show a transgender hero in a real situation of life and love.

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Lynne:  Do you base any of your stories on parts of your life?

Andrew:  I infuse not only my stories, but characters, with small bits and pieces of myself and parts of my life. Still yet, my characters are original creations.

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Lynne:  Who would you say is the one person outside of your family that influenced your life the most?

Andrew:  A university professor, which I studied under, once said that institutional marks hold little value in the true knowledge that an individual holds. He believed that an educated person was one who, ten years from now, would be able to meet him at a sidewalk Paris bistro, sit down for a cup of espresso, and have an intelligent conversation about life. His classes weren’t the usual stylized lectures, but interactive experiences between teacher and student, where ideas and theories were discussed as a group. Formal exams were not given, as he preferred to assign grades based on student opinions and interpretations of the material. As a result, I believe that this professor taught others to think outside of the box, nothing is as it seems, and to quote him, “the woes of tortured academic matters.”

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Lynne:  When you’re writing, do your characters ever surprise you? If so, do you allow them to have their way with the story or do you try to reign them in?

Andrew:  My characters write their own lives, or so to speak. While I provide them with literary direction, they ultimately make their own decisions. Once an idea for a book begins to form, I feel compelled to see it through to completion. The characters that I write about demand that their stories be told as uniquely as they are forming in my memory.

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Lynne:  What has been the hardest part of being an author? When did you first realize it was your calling?

Andrew:  I don’t believe I ever had an epiphany that writing was my calling. I began my career as a freelance journalist and photographer, and became a ManLove erotic romance author in November, 2012 upon the publication of my first book Ripped with Siren-BookStrand Publishing. So, in a sense, I’ve always been a writer, in one form or another.

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Lynne:  Which of your books is your favorite, and why?

Andrew:  My favorite book is my upcoming release, Something Beautiful. The story is complex, intense, and mysterious, but tender and passionate. All of which are traits that I use to describe myself.

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Lynne:  Have you ever learned anything from your characters?

Andrew:  I have learned that love and eroticism are two very important and powerful emotions that drive not only my characters, but my style of writing as well. In their purest forms, I have seen those concepts transform my characters into better individuals.

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Lynne:  Do you spend a lot of time on research for your books?

Andrew:  To date, all of my books have been set in Arkansas, my home state. The individual towns are either places I have lived or visited. This has helped in terms of setting descriptions. As far as character occupations, I have spent some time in research. However, ninety-percent of any story that I create focuses on the romance between the characters. I try to make setting and occupational descriptions more of a secondary aspect.

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Lynne:  Have you ever gone back and read one of your books and wished you could change it?

Andrew:  I try not to go back and read any of my books in their entirety. As I continue to grow as a writer, I am almost certain that I would find flaws, as any of us would, within my words.

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Lynne:  Do you have a favorite author? A favorite book?

Andrew:  I consider poets to be authors. I am fond of the Romantic Poets: Wordsworth, Keats, Bryon, Coleridge, and Shelley. The favorite works among them would be far too many to list.

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Lynne:  Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

Andrew:  I get writer’s block all the time. In addition, I am a slow writer. My theory for coping is when a story is ready to be told I will write it. I cannot force the process.

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Lynne:  Do you have any routine for writing, like listening to certain music, or total quiet, snacks, etc.?

Andrew:  I like routines, but I also enjoy spontaneity. I’ve written under different circumstances and surroundings so it would be hard to pinpoint just one.

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Lynne:  What advice would you offer to new authors?

Andrew:  The first step is getting published. The next? Promote, promote, promote! Also when writing, don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. There will be people out there who respect you, not only for your ideas, but for your honesty.

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Lynne:  Can you share with us what you’re working on now?

Andrew:  All of my upcoming WIP are ManLove erotic romances. They include the second book in the Rock Stars series, which continues the story of the 80’s style glam band, Rock Hard. In addition, I am writing Midnight Angel. This title will explore the story of two men, both angels, and the love they had experienced for fifty thousand years. Finally, I am working on The Confessional. Father Anthony Rossi has created a world of romantic fantasy in the hopes that it will be enough to satisfy his desires for a romantic relationship with another man.

Something Beautiful – The Blurb:

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Warning:  This book is for mature audiences only and contains scenes of double anal penetration. 

Transman, Reed Collins and his partner, Levon Kruger, an openly gay drummer for the heavy metal band Hardcore, have been in a committed relationship for eight months. The couple is continuing to explore the love and passion that began in an online chat program a year ago. Recently, they further defined that commitment as a marriage.

While on their honeymoon, Avery Gaines walks into their lives in what he calls, “a chance meeting.” The couple is immediately attracted to the tall, dark-haired stranger, with deep green eyes. Reed is the first to admit his love for Avery, but Levon holds his emotions in check. Avery wants the trio to share love and a commitment, not readily understanding Levon’s reservations.

The romantic triangle goes through a period of conflict and turmoil, until Levon finally reveals a promise that he made to Reed, and how loving Avery would call into question the very foundation of the marriage he shares with his partner.

Something Beautiful – The Trailer:

 

Where to find AK Kinley:

Andrew K Kinley’s Webpage

Andrew K Kinley’s Blog

Friend Andrew K Kinley on Facebook

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Subscribe to Andrew K Kinley on YouTube

A K Kinley on Siren-BookStrand

Andrew K Kinley on Goodreads

Andrew K Kinley on Manic Readers 

I want to thank you again, Andrew, for joining us today.  I hope you all will take the time to check out his new release Something Beautiful.  If you have any questions Andrew will be with us today to answer them.

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Monday Quotes – March 17, 2014

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day and may the Luck O’ the Irish be with you.  I probably should have picked a quote from an Irish poet today but this one by Emerson on life hit home.  I know I’ve experimented plenty in my life and even started over a few times.  Each time I learned from the time before – I guess you can’t ask for more than that.   I believe that there is always the possibility of more – that until we’re no longer living there are still chances to grow and accomplish things and live out our dreams.  How about you?  How do you look at your life? Do you see all the options which are available or do you feel you’ve done all you can?

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Wednesday Words with Avery Gale and the Prairie Winds Girls

Masters of the Prairie Winds Club, Prairie Winds Club, Saving Grace, Avery Gale, fantasy, erotic romance, authorWe have a special treat today for Wednesday Words! Not only do we have the talented Avery Gale with us to talk about her latest release, Saving Grace, but she brought along some of her “crew” from the Prairie Winds Club! Bonus! If you haven’t read any of Avery’s books you’re missing out. But rather than me going on about them, let’s get this party started!  Oh but one more thing.  The girls convinced Avery to give away a copy of Saving Grace.  So don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win!  ***Oh you are all so lucky!  Avery will give you the choice of either Saving Grace now or Jen’s Journey the day before it’s released to everyone else.  It will be winners choice!  How cool is that?  So don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win.***

Meet Avery and “The Girls”

Lynne:  I’m chatting with the wild and wacky women from Avery Gale’s Masters of the Prairie Winds Club.  They’ve agreed to answer a few questions and there are several things I’m curious about, so let’s get started.   Lilly, you have made the comment that you found Tobi for your sons, what do you mean by that?

Lilly:  Oh honey, I mean exactly that.  I was in the editor’s office at Austin Home magazine when this petite blonde ball of energy stormed in ranting and raving about my sons not returning her calls.  Of course she didn’t know who I was and that was what made it so perfect.  She was absolutely right, they had been avoiding her, but I knew in an instant she was perfect for them.  From that point on it was just about arranging things.

Lynne:  So you arranged it for them to meet?

(Libby West starts to answer but is steamrolled by her dynamic daughter-in-law)

Tobi:   Well, not exactly.  She made sure Kent called me.  My meeting Kyle on the highway was just a comedy of errors.  Basically the normal chaos that seems to follow me around.

Lynne:   Gracie, yours is the next story in the series.  Are you nervous people reading all those juicy and intimate details of your private life?

Gracie:  Well, a few months ago I would have been that’s for sure.  But after becoming romantically and sexually involved with two Doms and making friends with these women, I’ve managed to overcome almost all of my shyness.

Tobi:  That is such a crock.  She still blushes every time she opens a box of vibes or just about anything else for the Forum Shops.

(With a look of mock disapproval to Tobi and a sly grin at Gracie, Lilly responds)

Lilly:  Tobi, be kind.  She opened a box of condoms the other day and only got slightly pink.

(All the women break out in the giggles and it takes several minutes to restore some measure of decorum.)

Lynne:  Gracie, I know from reading the first book of the Masters of the Prairie Winds series that you aren’t really that shy, so I don’t understand why it’s an issue.

Gracie:  Well, I’m like a lot of other people, I think.  I’m more than willing to really get in your face about certain things, for example when Micah was asking our neighbors and the building super about Tobi the night of the fire?  Oh yeah, it was game on baby.  But then the rest of the time I feel held back by my lack of social experience.  You have to remember, up until recently, I led a very sheltered adult life because I was always hiding from Raphael.  Hiding means you don’t go out and interact with people your age much because you want to lay low.  And without a lot of social exposure, I didn’t get a chance to become bold in other areas…well, until now.  My hotties encourage me to learn something new every day and they almost always check on it.  But you know, they empower me to take chances and learn, because I know they are always there to catch me.  And really, to tell you the truth the sex is so amazing, who wants to even think about not exploring.  (By now Gracie’s face is absolutely crimson and she is giggling like a school girl.)

Tobi:    You just watch…this has “Tobi’s fault” written all over it.  I’m gonna take the blame for “The Fall of Grace” you just watch and see.  Hell, I’ll probably get my ass paddled.  And I better like it too or I’m gonna be pissed.  Shit.  I swear I’m hopeless on this no cursing thing.  Frack, we really should have scheduled this interview someplace besides the club.  I’m so busted.

Lynne:  For those not yet familiar with the Club can you take us on a tour?

Tobi:   Sure.  The top floor of the main building is where I live with my two hottie hubbies.  The rest of the building is devoted to the club itself, including a large area for socializing.  The bar and dance floor are in what we call the main lounge.  That is where members can meet to negotiate scenes or just catch up with each other.  There are several demonstration-exhibition-punishment stages.  I’ve discovered what they are called depends on whether you are a Dom or a sub…and whether or not you’re in trouble.

(The room erupts into fits of laughter.  Finally Regi speaks up.)

Regi:  And we don’t want to forget about the new Forum Shops.  They were added at the back of the club and house all sorts of wonder small shops featuring specialty items for our club members.  And I’m telling you, there are some really incredible things in those shops.  Our club members are thrilled to be able to actually look at merchandise before buying and the personally fitted corsets have been a huge hit.

Mary:  Says you!  Masters Ash and Dex think it is just a-okay to cinch me up like a Thanksgiving turkey in those things.  Holy crap I could barely breathe last time.

Noelle:  This from our resident pain slut.  Until I see you weaving on our feet sister, you aren’t getting any sympathy from me.

Mary(Looking anything but contrite.)  Like I’d expect any sympathy from a hard-nose prosecutor.

Lynne:  Gracie, can you tell us a little about what it’s like to be with two hotties like Jax and Micah?

Gracie:  Well, like I said, the sex is amazing.  I don’t think my imagination will ever be able to come up with something they haven’t already mentioned.  But they have been very patient with me because they know my background.  It was Jax’s patience the first night I came to the club that won me over.  But I still say, the best thing is the way they push me to be more today than I was yesterday and I think readers will see that in my story.

Lynne:  I think we need to get Avery in here too.  Since she plays such a key part in getting y’all to tell your stories.   So Avery, what’s next for the Prairie Wind Club, can you give us a hint?

Avery:  Absolutely.  The third book is Jen’s Journey and it follows the story of a young woman that Jax considers another sister.  She is patterned off of a very real young woman who is every bit as bold and adventurous as her fictional counterpart.  Book three has been finished and is in my editors hands, and I don’t have a release date or cover to share yet…sorry.     But I would like to thank each and every one of my readers!  It is their kind words and support that make writing so much fun, and I want them to know how much they are appreciated!

Lynne:  Thank you all for coming today.  This has been a blast! I can’t wait to read your story Gracie and I’m already anxiously awaiting Jen’s story next.  Y’all are welcome back anytime!

Saving Grace, Masters of the Prairie Winds Club, Avery Gale, author, erotic romance, romance, western, fantasyThe Blurb for Saving Grace – Masters of the Prairie Winds Club 2

Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences.  Contains wording and actions some may deem offensive.  Sexually explicit content.  Ménage – MFM

In book two of Masters of the Prairie Winds Club: When Gracie comes to Micah Drake’s attention he believes he has just met the woman he and his best friend Jax McDonald have been looking for—even though the curvy Latin bombshell is nothing like any other woman they have ever shared, he knows she is perfect for them.

Gracie is on the run and when her past catches up with her it takes the entire Prairie Winds Club security team, plus one very unlikely ally to keep her safe.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

All Romance e-Books

Barnes & Noble

JK Publishing

Smashwords

How to Find Avery Gale:

Twitter:   @avery_gale

Google+

Email Avery

Facebook Fan Page

Facebook Profile

Word Press Blog

Once again I’d like to thank Avery Gale and her “Girls” for joining us today for a fun-filled interview. Saving Grace, Masters of the Prairie Winds Club 2 sounds amazing and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.  Also, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win your very own copy of Saving Grace or a copy of Jen’s Journey, the day before it’s released!

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Monday Quotes – March 10, 2014

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When I was searching for this week’s quote I was surprised to come across this one by Albert Einstein.  With all I’ve read and learned he still manages to surprise me.  He certainly put his imagination to the test over his lifetime.  I love his take on this – that our imagination is a window into what’s coming our way.  Let’s make our imaginations great!

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Wednesday Words with KD Jones

Katieran prime celebration, celebration, katieran prime, kd jones, author, jk publishing, sci fi, romance, sci-fi, Please join me in welcoming sci-fi romance author, KD Jones, to today’s Wednesday Words. I’m so excited to have her with us to talk with us about her Katieran Prime Series and the latest book, Katieran Prime Celebration.

KD and I talked about books and writing.  I learned some new things about her, and I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did chatting with KD.  Oh and as a very special surprise KD has offered to give away the complete set of the Katieran Prime series to one lucky commenter today!  So don’t forget to leave a comment.

The Interview:

Lynne St. James:  As an author, having your readers beg for more stories has to be an  amazing feeling!  But I’m curious, how did you get the initial idea for  the Katieran Prime series?
KD Jones:  I love reading.  Have always loved to read and to make up my own stories since I was a child. While in between reading books and waiting for new releases, I thought about what I would like to read about.  The answer was hot, sexy, aliens that growl when they are turned on.
Lynne:  Now that you’ve decided to continue with it, where do you see the  series going in the future?
KD:  There are now 3 alien planets that will have characters needing their stories told.  There will be an introduction to a new threat that will keep the momentum going.
Lynne:  I know this was your first series.  What prompted you to start writing?
KD:  I have been creating stories before I could write them down.  It was always a life long dream but I never thought that I could do it.  Then two years ago after my separation with my ex-husband, I said to myself, “Why not try.”  I did and loved it.  I felt for the first time in my life I was doing what I was always meant to do.
Lynne:  Do you have a specific writing process?  Do you plot out your books  or are you more of a go where the story tells you?
KD:  I am laughing right now because all the authors at JK Publishing Inc. know that I do not do anything without an outline.  It keeps me focused and even if things are moved around and changed, I know where my story is supposed to go.  If someone messed up my outline it would probably make my head explode.
Lynne:  When you read, do you read in your same genre, or something totally different?
KD:  I read a lot of different genres.  In between books I will sometimes pick a book outside of my genre to read because it kind of cleans the slate and prepares me for the next book I have to write.
Lynne:  If you could be any character in your books which one would it be, and why?
KD:  There are two characters that I love from my two different series but I admire them for the same reasons. One is Captain Jaxon Malone from the Katieran Prime Series and Zara from the Galactic Cage Fighter Series. Both are strong and independent women.  Maybe they are a little rough around the edges, but they have hearts of gold.  They will fight to the death to protect those they love.
Lynne:  Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
KD:  Zen from the last Galactic Cage Fighter book that I released.  He is proof that you cannot judge a book by its cover, which is funny because that is what we do as readers.  But Zen has a lot more to him and he is what I would look for in a man.
Lynne:  What are you working on now? Do you have any new series in the works?
KD:  I am working on the first book of a brand new series called Inter-Galactic Bounty Hunters.  It of course will have hot and sexy alien bounty hunters.  I am very excited about this new series and I hope my readers will enjoy it as well.
Lynne:  Is there any author who has influenced your or that you look up to  as a mentor?
KD:  My favorite all time authors are Christine Feehan, Laurann Dohner, and J.R. Ward.  I feel like these three authors have really helped show me the kind of writer I want to be.  Maybe one day I will inspire others too.
Lynne:  What makes Katieran Prime Celebration 7.5 so special?
KD:  Katieran Prime was my very first series that I published. It has been my baby. As a proud mama I have watched how the series has grown over the last two years. It is now in a new  place in the story and where many series with 7 books would normally  end, I am pleased to say that this one will be continuing on. I have  been blessed with great co-workers and equally fantastic and loyal fans. The 7.5 book was actually requested by my readers. First book I have ever done per request.

The Blurb:

Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences.  Contains language and actions some may deem offensive.  Sexually explicit content.  MF

In book 7.5 of the Katieran Prime Series: It has been over a month since one of the Morin transport ships went through the wormhole.  Without the exact coordinates, it will take the Morins possibly months to locate Earth.  Earth is not ready to face this kind of threat, so the leaders of the four nations of Earth, Katiera, Kiljor, and the Colonial Planet begin to make their plans in a joint effort to eliminate the threat once and for all.

Along with the plans to handle the Morin threat, a celebration is being planned that will hopefully unit all four nations even more—the End of Year Celebration.  Though the celebration is not what the Katieran males are used to, they would do anything to please their bond mates.

Revisit Katiera and all the characters you have come to know and love.  See where they are now and what is happening in their lives.  Join in with their celebration.  Find out what is next for the alliance of nations.

Also as a special treat, the Katieran Culture Guide Book is included.

The Trailer:

Where to Buy the Book and Series:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Katieran-Prime-Celebration-Book-7-5-ebook/dp/B00IRKFUOG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1393944021&sr=1-1&keywords=katieran+prime+celebration

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/katieran-prime-celebration-kd-jones/1118852559?ean=2940149420445

JK Publishing:  http://shop.jkpublishingbooks.com/Katieran-Prime-Celebration-EPUB-KatieranPrimeCelebrationEPUB.htm

Allromance:  https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-katieranprimecelebration-1441233-340.html

How to Find KD Jones:

Website:  www.authorkdjones.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kdjonesauthor

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/KD-Jones/e/B0086FP8SU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

KD, I’d like to once again thank you for visiting today on Wednesday Words.  I’m really looking forward to reading all about the new planets and the new bounty hunter series.  Looks like my TBR pile is going to be growing by leaps and bounds!  And I’m sure your fans will join me in thanking you for writing  Katieran Prime 7.5.  Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the complete Katieran Prime Series!

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Monday Quotes – March 3, 2014

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Happy March!  I hope the sun is shining where you are and you have beautiful skies.  I love this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.  Do you believe in the beauty of your dreams?  I admit sometimes it can be hard, but I’ll never stop dreaming.

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Bucket List – Australia

koala bear, koala, australia, bucket list, lynne st. jamesThis week our bucket list destination is Australia, the land down under!  I have wanted to visit Australia for as long as I can remember, and it was long before the Crocodile Dundee movies came out. I think it was koalas that first sold me, being the teddy bear aficionado that I am.  Give me a break I as only ten!  But since then I’ve learned a lot about Australia and all the glorious places I’d want to visit like the Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock and the 12 Apostles to name a very view.  But in order to have a trip like this I think I’d need to plan for at least a month. Australia is huge, and I’d want to tour the continent and see as much as possible.

Of course no trip to Australia would be complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef.  The last time I snorkeled was in the Mediterranean and it was years ago, but snorkeling in the Reef would definitely be a dream come true.

One of the best things of Australia – at least for those in the northern parts of the US and all of Canada right now – may be that it’s summer there.  There is a reason it’s called “down under.”  And that is definitely a plus with the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing.  So in order to warm you all up let’s visit Australia today.

The Sights:

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Sydney Opera House

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

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Ayers Rock

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The 12 Apostles

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Watch out for the Kangaroos!

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Philip Island Nature Preserve

Related Links:

Visit Australia:  http://www.australia.com/

Sydney Opera House:  http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/sydney-opera-house

Great Barrier Reef:  http://www.greatbarrierreef.org/

The 12 Apostles:  http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/twelve-apostles-marine-national-park

Ayers Rock:  http://www.australia.com/explore/icons/red-centre.aspx?channel=paid-search&tacampaign=us-local-fy2014&campaign=167-destinations-broad&message=brand&publisher=google&website=google&adgroup=australian-icons-broad&keyword=google-ayers-rock&matchtype=broad

Melbourne:  http://www.visitvictoria.com/

I hope this little taste of Australia has whet your desire for more.  I’m determined to visit this beautiful country and spend as much time as possible there to see it all.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  Next week we’re headed off to Greece.

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