Monday, November 28, 2016

Join us for An Aussie Summer Christmas!

By Narelle Atkins 

I love reading Christmas romances. I often dream about experiencing a white Christmas like the characters in the inspirational romances I read by my favourite North American authors. My real life Aussie Christmas experience is very different to the winter-themed stories.

I grew up on the northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. My aunt and uncle lived across the road from Long Reef Beach in Collaroy. When I was younger I'd enjoy our Christmas day family lunch with turkey and all the trimmings. After lunch I'd head to the beach with my sister and cousins. Swimming in the ocean on Christmas Day is a foreign concept to most of my friends who live in the Northern Hemisphere.

The contemporary inspirational romance novellas in An Aussie Summer Christmas are set in coastal Australia and reflect our hot summer Christmas. We play in the sun instead of the snow and love our outdoors lifestyle.

My ninth release, Seaside Christmas, is part of An Aussie Summer Christmas novella boxed set available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. 

Australian and New Zealand readers can read An Aussie Summer Christmas in Kindle Unlimited from Amazon Australia.

Next month I will start independently releasing my out-of-print Heartsong Presents back list titles from my Snowgum Creek and Sydney Sweethearts series on Amazon Kindle. The six books will have brand new covers, and three of the books will have new titles. Join my newsletter list to receive an email when the ebooks are available. 

Falling for the Farmer (Snowgum Creek Book 1) will be available before Christmas. 

Book Description:

Chelsea Somers is the girl he never called back. Six years later, former bad boy Gus Donovan is intrigued by Chelsea, but his past mistakes continue to haunt him. Gus is determined to prove he’s a changed man—prove it to his friends, his family, his father. And prove it to Chelsea. 

Chelsea has embraced the faith she once mocked, and she’s focused on furthering her career in health promotion and staying away from politics. She’s drawn to Gus, although his busy role as an advisor for an Australian senator doesn’t impress her. When she’s forced to confront her fears and deal with a past family tragedy, can Gus convince her to trust him and take a chance on him? 

A heartwarming Christmas romance novella set in Sydney, Australia. 

Seaside Christmas is a standalone novella and Book 3.5 in the Sydney Sweethearts series.


What do you love about Christmas? Will you be having a white Christmas, or a summer Christmas, or something in between? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences. 


  1. I do enjoy your books, Narelle, and look forward to your next releases.
    Thank you for reminding this fellow Aussie about the couple of times many years ago now that we were privileged to experience Christmas in England. We even had one "White Christmas" while there. It made us realise how so many traditional things from the Northern Hemisphere have become part of our Christmas seasons here in Australia. Among the many things we loved in England that we do here, two things stood out for us. Being winter there, those Christmas lights everywhere are really needed and stand out so much more in the long dark night than here when our sun disappears so much later. And while we could not enjoy many activities out doors as we can here, there were many events that gave us great fellowship, especially joining the group from church walking around the village singing those wonderful carols and enjoying the hospitality at homes of strangers where our spirits and bodies were warmed by generous friendship - and hot drinks that warmed us so we could keep walking - and singing.

  2. Hi Mary, Thanks for sharing your Northern Hemisphere Christmas experiences in England :) Yes, it make sense that Christmas lights are needed when the daylight hours are so short. We stay up late to see the Christmas lights in our neighbourhood and enjoy the balmy evenings outdoors. No coats or jackets are needed, and cold drinks are in high demand!