Saturday, December 19, 2015

7 HOT Days of Christmas Blog Tour ~ Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas by A.V. Sanders ~ (Review, Author Guest Post + Giveaway)

7 HOT Days of Christmas Blog Tour ~ Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas by A.V. Sanders ~ (Review, Author Guest Post + Giveaway)
Book Info:
Title: "Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas"
Author: A.V. Sanders
Page/Word Count: 39 pages/11,500 words
Release Date: December 16, 2015
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Holiday Themed Contemporary Gay M/M Romance


Reid, an American shark research scientist, is in Perth, Australia working to develop a mobile app that may revolutionize shark safety practices. But even the company of his boyfriend, Graham, isn't enough to stave off homesickness as Christmas approaches, and a missing shark and Graham's struggling business seem set to ruin the holiday for good.

Author Guest Post
On Location: Perth, Australia
Hi, BBJ! I'm happy to be stopping by to celebrate 'Four Sea Birds'—the 4th day in the '7 HOT Days of Christmas Blog Tour' for "WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS"! Thank you for having me. Today, I'd like to talk to you about some of the real-life places that have helped inspire the story.

The story is set in Perth, the largest city on Australia's west coast. I chose this city not only for its beauty, but because there has been a lot of shark activity there, both animal and political. One of my main characters, Reid, is a research scientist, and while working to tag and monitor sharks, he is also developing a mobile app that alert people when sharks are close by.

Perth is known for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and perfect waves, making it an idyllic destination. It also happens to be home to over 150 species of shark, including the great white, the species responsible for the most human fatalities. As long as people keep going into the water, there will be a need to find ways to comingle safely. This is what Reid has dedicated his life's work to doing.

Reid's boyfriend, Graham, is an Australian-born surfer who lives near a fictional beach named Heart Break Beach. Graham shares his home with Reid and their cat, Rufus. It was important to me to find a real Western Australian beach cottage that had the vibe of what I saw them living in. I finally found one, and it's described as it really is in the story.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the real places that helped shape and inspire "WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS"! Thank you again for having me, and Happy Holidays! xo, A.V.

Buy The Book:

4 stars

*copy provided to bayou book junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Reid came to Australia a year ago, he not only found his dream job, tagging sharks and helping invent safer ways to keep them and humans separated and safe from one another, but he also found the love of his life in an Australian surfer, Graham. It's Christmas time, but Reid is a little homesick. You shouldn't be able to hang out at the beach at Christmas time, should you?

This was a sweet and romantic read. I adored both Reid and Graham. They were a cute and loving couple. Ms. Sanders seems to have done some extensive research on sharks. She was very knowledgable on the subject.

This was a quick and enjoyable Christmas read!

Author Bio: 
A.V. Sanders loves and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She shares her home with her husband, two cats, and tropical aquarium fish. She is an avid hoarder of Halloween decorations and inconsequential information. When writing science fiction, mystery, horror and romance with LGBTQ main characters, she can be found staying up all hours of the night listening to endless sets of EDM music. She is an advocate of love, art, animals and frivolous acts of beauty. She also has a growing suspicion that not causing harm to one another is what matters in the end.

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'7 HOT Days of Christmas Blog Tour' Schedule:

12. 16 - Wednesday - THE NOVEL APPROACH - A Partridge in a White Fir Tree: Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaways

12. 17 Thursday - CARLY'S BOOK REVIEWS - Two Sea Turtles: 'Christmas Memories' with A.V. and Carly + Giveaways

12. 18 - Friday - PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE - Three French Men: 'Let's Talk About: Sharks!' + Giveaways

12. 19 - Saturday - BAYOU BOOK JUNKIE - Four Sea Birds: 'On Location: Inspiration for the Story' + Giveaways

12. 20 - Sunday, Double Day! - AUTHOR RJ JONES' WEBSITE + BECAUSE TWO MEN ARE BETTER THAN ONE BOOK REVIEWS - Five Engagement Rings: 'Marriage Equality in Australia' with A.V. + RJ Jones, Review at BTM, Giveaways at both!

12. 21 - Monday - ON TOP DOWN UNDER BOOK REVIEWS - Six Blokes a-Layin'...Out: Review + Story Playlist + Giveaways

12. 22 - Tuesday - HEARTS ON FIRE REVIEWSSeven Sharks a-Swimmin': Character Interview + Giveaways

2 Awesome Giveaways!!


  1. I am proud to be an Aussie and sometimes feel disappointed a lot of my countrymen don't appreciate this country. At least there are travellers from across the seas willing to be open to the beauty that can be found here. I enjoy travelling overseas but also enjoy the wonders at my own back door.

  2. Thank you for the interesting post and sharing a bit about Perth with us.