Monday, August 05, 2013

#SummerLovinHop: Welcome to #Mauritius in @ZeeMonodee's culture-based #contemporary #romances!


Welcome to the Summer Lovin' Blog Hop.
Over fifty authors and bloggers have joined together to give you the chance to win an awesome bundle of books as well as read some great posts. Be sure to go to each blog  and comment with your email to up your chances of winning. Each comment counts as an entry! Our lovely bloggers are also offering individual prizes so be sure to check them out.



Hey beautiful people!

Today, I am taking you to a slice of summer on a tropical island in the southern Indian Ocean - Mauritius, my homeland. Lol, *cue the geography lesson* I suppose many of you in the UK will prolly have heard about Mauritius, but if not, it is a tiny speck of a land almost smack dab around the center of the Indian Ocean. A land devoid of natives, it is peopled by immigrants who have been coming to the island since the 17th century.
Black, White, Brown, Yellow, mixed race...Catholics, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Tamils, Jews - you'll find them all on the island that boasts a 'rainbow nation'.

So, summer... Summer here, since we're in the southern hemisphere, is during September to April. And yes, temps do get scorching! This is where you want to be when the sun is blazing (and baking you like a dry lizard!)



Most of my stories take place in the Mauritian summer, but here's the trick - what else does summer mean on the island?
With heat scrambling your brain, tempers can get hot, desire can simmer, tension can explode....

And this is totally the case in my latest release, The Other Side (Book 1 in the Island Girls trilogy). The heroine, Lara, is a British-born divorcee of Indo-Mauritian origin. She returns to the island in January of 2000 - in the full of summer! - and lands herself into a snakepit of outdated customs, stuffy tradition, and high&mighty mores and values.

All this is not helped when she finds herself smack into the path of her teenage love, the one that got away - Mauritian-born White boy, Eric Marivaux.

Along a sizzling summer - complete with extreme thunderstorms the kind we experience here - come see how Lara will navigate along the tricky edges of Mauritian society...and hopefully, find a second chance at love, on the other side.

(Ebook available at Decadent Publishing, Amazon UK, and also at the discounted price of $2.99 on Amazon US)

Summers also mean cyclones - those big storms that turn up the heat & humidity while wrecking chaos. And what happens when the storm outside is also brewing inside you?

This is what my characters from the 1NightStand series face, firstly, Once Upon A Stormy Night, then secondly Once Upon A Second Chance.
In case you're not familiar with the 1NS series, at it's heart is a blind date service directed by the mysterious Madame Evangeline, who pairs unlikely people together for a one night stand date...but more often than not, her effort spells commitment for more than a night of pleasure.

Meet my couples who went through this dating service:

On the paradise island of Mauritius, British billionaire Lars Rutherford isn’t looking for a woman, and corporate law executive Simmi Moyer isn’t looking for a man. But when a matchmaker pairs them on a blind date, both face open doors toward a future they refused to contemplate...until now.


Khalid abandoned Leila the morning after their wedding night, because he hides a deep, dark secret. Leila is adamant on getting answers; Khalid wants nothing but salvation. Will a second chance be possible for this couple, when they meet again through a blind 1NightStand date?

Giveaway Alert!

On top of having 3 of my backlist titles in the Grand Prize, 2 random commentors will win an ecopy of either one of my 1NightStand stories!
Don't forget to leave your email addy in the comment so I can notify you if you have won :)

And also, don't forget to check all the amazing peeps taking part in this hop. You can find them all on this list.



Question: What does summer symbolize for you?

For me, it's little dresses, tank tops, and shorts, while drinking virgin mojitos and delving into a good book. In short, Heaven on Earth! *grin*

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

27 comments:

Liza O'Connor said...

What does summer symbolize. Tick season for hiking. It means I have to constantly spray my clothes with tick spray, sweat in long sleeves and wake five in the morning to walk dog before its too hot. (Then stay in my house enjoying a/c the rest of the day.) (It's my least fav season.)But I get more reading done.
Liza2write@yahoo.com

Zee Monodee said...

LOL, Liza! A/C is a must; I sooo agree with you! :)

BLHmistress said...

Summer means to me a nice day at the beach with a good book.

vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

Not Everyones Mama said...

Summer means I can unplug my alarm clock and not get up at 6:30 every day. Once school goes back in, there are no more sleep in days until after soccer season ends, sometimes in the winter I get to sleep in on Saturdays, if there aren't any basketball games. I love summer just for that. LOL Thank you! heather1974 at gmail dot com

Zee Monodee said...

Hmmm, beach.... BLHmistress, now we;re talking (sayeth the one who always stays in the car when we head to the beach!)

Zee Monodee said...

Not Everyones Mama - I can sooo understand what you mean about sleeping in. Summer is a time when I don't have to rush to get the hyenas ready for school and then have to get ready and drive them out. Perfect time to utilize for reading :)

Erin Bentley said...

What does summer mean to me? Long walks after midnight with the sun and the moon in the sky, snuggled next to the firepit in my boyfriend's arms, an afternoon passing me by as I am engrossed in a book, teaching my little cousins to swim up at our cabin on the lake, berry picking while keeping a watchful eye out for bears. Yep that is what Alaskan summers mean to me.

SherryGLoag said...

Summer in the UK can be scorching hot, a complete wash-out, and even snow in June, so relying on the weather to make the summer is a non-starter :-) but I love when the visiting birds arrive and grace the skies with their aerobatics. I love the splash of colour from the flowers in my garden, and the freedom to just be outside as and when I want to. (reading of course!!)

Taryn Kincaid said...

Warm, beautiful sunshine. (It's okay, I do not sparkle.)

Zee Monodee said...

Erin, your summers sound like paradise!!!

Zee Monodee said...

Sherry, is there anything more beautiful than an English garden in full bloom in summer? I miss that kind of colour...

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Taryn! So you do admit to being a vamp... Hmmm ;)

Mel Bourn said...

Mauritius sounds absolutely amazing! For me summer is the time for our family to reconnect and enjoy each other. We take small road trips, visit local attractions, and eat lots of junk food. We love our summers.
Mel
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Samantha Holt said...

I am so jealous of your weather. In the UK summer usually means finding inventive things to do INSIDE because the weather is so terrible! Thanks for taking part in the hop!

K. April Holgate said...

Summer means a break and time to read!!
Thanks for being part of the hop! I am finding so many awesome books!!!

grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Heather Hand said...

Summer means FLOWERS! The beautiful ones that grow in my yard that I can sit and stare at enjoy for hours. It also means a kitty who insists on eating (and puking) grass and HEAT - which I love as long as the A/C works. But you will never hear me complain - +30C is WAY BETTER than -30C! Ahhhh the joys of Canada :-D

hhand (at) sasktel (dot) net

BookLady said...

Summer for me is vacationing at the beach. Thanks for the great giveaway!
bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

bn100 said...

going to the beach

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Pam said...

For me, this summer means going back to work after being a stay at home mom for 8 years.

pjmillion(at)comcast(dot)net

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Mel! Mauritius is a gorgeous place, and I cannot conceive of living anywhere else :)

Lol about the junk food! Reminds me of ice cream - summer is the perfect time for ice cream!

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Samantha! I keep thinking of the July heatwaves in England. These are well worth it :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks April! Glad you could discover new authors & books. :)

And right - time to read? What can beat that, eh?

Zee Monodee said...

Heather!!! Awesome on your green thumb - even weeds would die with me :) Aww about the kitty. I so miss having one, I grew up with a cat and loved her to bits.
And after the awful winter we've had, I'll agree with you - +30C is much, much better than anything else! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Booklady, summer does indeed mean beach, innit? :)

Zee Monodee said...

bn100 - another vote for beach, then! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Pam, good luck with going back to work! I'm sure you'll knock this out of the park! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Hey everyone!

Sorry to be so late with announcing my winners - my family and I were on vacation since Friday and we only just got back (totally wiped, lol!).

So...the winners for my 2 1NS stories are...

BookLady & Pam!!!

Congrats, ladies! I'll be in touch right away with your prizes!

To everyone who's come over and to all who've commented, a big huge extra-large THANKS!!! You brightened this corner of the world with your words!

XOXO

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