Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents: Hot Stuff: Surfing Love by Carla Caruso, Maria Lewis, Ali Sinclair and Tess Woods

Please welcome Carla Caruso, Maria Lewis, Ali Sinclair and Tess Woods authors of Hot Stuff: Surfing Love

The authors will be awarding an eCopy of Hot Stuff: Surfing Love to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour, and choice of 5 digital books from the Impulse line to a randomly drawn host.

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Hot Stuff: Surfing Love

by Carla Caruso, Maria Lewis, Alli Sinclair and Tess Woods


GENRE:  Contemporary Erotic Romance



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

Like most people, a love of reading inspired me to start writing. When you get so consumed in story and character, it’s only a matter of time before you try doing the same thing yourself: whether that’s with long form fiction, short stories, fan-fic, comics, art – whatever medium drives you really. In terms of specific people, it was my grandparents and my mother who had the biggest impact in terms of encouraging me to write. Not literally, mind you: they were just massive enablers of my imagination and did everything in their power to give me as many opportunities to consume stories as I could (and from a very young age).
2. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I’ve been a journalist for over a decade, so I come from an extensive writing background in that sense. Being a reporter trains you really well in terms of pumping out a daily word count on a deadline and learning to adapt your style to crime and news stories, or first person pieces and feature articles. It also teaches you great research habits because you learn to think outside of the box when there’s information you need and how to be resourceful in getting it.
3. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

Well, something that springs to mind and relates specifically to my story The Bluff in Hot Stuff: Surfing Love is that as a teenager I was a sponsored surfer and travelled Australia and New Zealand competing. Those years of personal experience and understanding of the surf helped bring an informed perspective to the story. Also the language: growing up within Australian surfing culture gives you a specific vocabulary so hopefully when people are reading it from those worlds it will feel authentic to them.
4. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

My debut novel Who’s Afraid? drops in January, 2016 in Australia and New Zealand so a lot of my energy is being pushed into making that as big as I possibly can and getting it to its audience. It’s an urban fantasy series centred on werewolves and set in Scotland and New Zealand. I’ve got quite a few signings, festivals and conventions locally before I head over for a two month tour to promote the book internationally in July, 2016 when it drops worldwide. I’m stopping in England, Scotland and Ireland for that. I have a multi-book deal with Little Brown Books in London so once Who’s Afraid? finds its level, the process begins again on the sequel Who’s Afraid Too?
5. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Oppa, that’s a tough one. I really put all of my characters through the grinder emotionally and physically in my stories, largely because I think that makes it interesting for the audience to go on the journey of that character arc. You know, being any one of the three women in the all-girl surfer gang from The Bluff would be pretty rad as they’re all so different from each other, so diverse in their passions and preferences, but the thing that unites them is they’re all extremely driven and successful at what they do. Plus, I just love the idea of getting to do what you most want to do in the world while travelling the globe with your two best friends.
6. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

I LOVE THIS QUESTION! Mainly because I’m a lunatic who has a list of dream Who’s Afraid? casting saved on my phone that I keep adding to and updating all the time. My number one ride-or-die choice would be Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider, Game Of Thrones) for the main role of Tommi Grayson. She’s such an incredible actress with a real fierceness to her that’s complimented by the emotional depth she brings to characters. For the other roles I like Alex Russell (Chronicle, Cut Snake) or Amadeus Serafani (Scream TV series) for Lorcan, Stephan James (Selma) or Donald Glover (Community, Magic Mike XXL) for Poc, Laurence Leboeuf (Turbo Kid) for Mari and Simon is a tough one but Te Kohe Tuhaka (The Dead Lands), Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (What We Do In The Shadows) and Stan Walker (Born To Dance) would all be amazing.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

Originally I had no intention of trying to get Who’s Afraid? published: it was more the challenge of getting this story out and making it something I thought I personally would have liked to read. It was my best mate and fellow journalist Bridie Jabour and her little sister Anna who convinced me that I should try and put it out there. They were the first people to read the book and at the time I was giving them story chapter-by-chapter as I wrote it. They would give it back to me with things I’d missed highlighted and notes scrawled in the margins. It was their enthusiastic response and encouragement that pushed me to take it further.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing) Probably the old adage ‘you just have to finish it’. I never found that advice to be particularly helpful to myself or other writers. You either have it in you to finish a book or you don’t. You’re either going to make it to the finish line or you’re not. The hardest part is often after the book is finished, when you need to have a lot of stamina and motivation to keep reading and re-reading it as you work through edits, sacrifice characters and make changes to improve the story.


Maria Lewis is an author and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. Her work has appeared in The Daily Mail, New York Post, Penthouse, Empire Magazine, Huffington Post and many more. She’s the host and producer of the Eff Yeah Film & Feminism podcast. Her debut novel Who’s Afraid? is released in 2016 through Hachette (Australia and New Zealand) and Little Brown Books (worldwide). She contributed to Harper Collins’ Hot Stuff: Surfer Love anthology.

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Hot sun, warm bodies, tight skin, electricity on the air … four top romance authors give you their take on summer.


From Carla Caruso – A chance meeting with a pro-surfer on an island getaway …


From Maria Lewis – The world of women’s surfing throws two recent bedmates together …


From Alli Sinclair – A world-famous performer finds her heart and a way to fight her demons in Rio de Janeiro …


From Tess Woods – A Cornish beach retreat proves a full reawakening …






Six-star Weekend – Carla Caruso




That was the only thing on Sage Carlisle’s mind as she peered over her flat-top shades at the surfer emerging from the water at the resort’s private beach. She shifted on her Missoni beach towel, feeling clammy in places that had nothing to do with the late afternoon sun.


No strings attached, down-and-dirty hanky-panky. That was why she was paying a thousand dollars a night for her island stay. Okay, that and maximum pampering. Even her mum had encouraged her to go; Sage was that hard-up. It had been a while between, ahem, cock tales.


Ever since Aaron.


Not that she was meant to be thinking about him right now. This weekend was all about her needs and hers alone. So, instead, she let her mind wander to how the hunky surfer might be described by a beauty brand if he were a mascara. Makeup was how she made her living, after all.


Sage began with ‘amazingly waterproof’. The water seemed to bead off the guy’s chin-length tousle of sun-bleached hair, his deeply tanned face, and the skin-tight black wetsuit, like he was some kind of merman.


An extremely chiselled, handsome merman.


She threw in ‘sweat- and humidity-resistant’ for good measure. He looked like he could handle whatever weather extremes the Great Barrier Reef location threw at him. Unlike her. It had taken a gallon of hair serum to settle her black mane.


‘Intense gaze.’ His eyes looked dark from this angle. Puppy-dog brown possibly. A nice contrast to all the blond hair and bronzed skin. Sea-green would have been too obvious.


‘Infinite length.’ And she wasn’t referring to the wood-look surfboard tucked under his arm … no, siree. Yes, her mind was heading for the gutter now, but at least it was a six-star gutter, as went with her locale.


‘Long-long-lasting.’ Judging by his youthful looks — he had to be seven years younger than her at a minimum — she was sure he could go all night without wearing out. But then, when you were thirty-five, as she was, any guy in your line of vision without a woman hanging off their arm tended to be a juvenile. He never would have had the shocking discovery of a white hair in his eyebrow.


Hmm. Maybe he was a pro surfer, and a surf-brand sponsor had helped fund his luxury accommodation.


She dreamt up some more words. ‘Ability to extend (her) from roots through to tips and beyond. Stretchable. Magnetic. Lush. Daring.’


Yep, he could dip his wand into her formula any day of her overpriced vaccie. Sage looked down to rummage in her beach bag for her powder compact. This time she couldn’t blame the sun’s rays for her perspiration.


‘Do I know you?’ a gravelly voice cut through her thoughts.






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Carla Caruso is a freelance journalist and former gossip columnist. Her books include the Astonvale rom-com mystery series, STARCROSSED, and UNLUCKY FOR SOME



Maria Lewis is a Sydney-based author, journalist and pop culture commentator. Her novel WHO’S AFRAID will be released in 2016.


Alli Sinclair’s debut novel, LUNA TANGO, was voted 2014 Book of the Year for the AusRom Today Readers Choice Awards and 2014 Favourite New Author by the Australian Romance Readers Association.


Tess Woods’s first novel, LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT, has received worldwide acclaim and been nominated in the Best Books category of the AusRom Today Readers Choice Awards.


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The authors will be awarding an eCopy of Hot Stuff: Surfing Love to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour, and choice of 5 digital books from the Impulse line to a randomly drawn host.
















3 comments on “Christine Presents: Hot Stuff: Surfing Love by Carla Caruso, Maria Lewis, Ali Sinclair and Tess Woods

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    January 12, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    January 12, 2016

    Which book would you make compulsory reading?

  3. achristay
    January 12, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

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