Author Guest Post for Taming a Jackaroo by Sidney Valentine


Title: Taming a Jackaroo
Genre: Aussie Cowboy Romance
Release Date: June 10, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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City girl and serial non-dater, Affrica Clarke travels to Boulia, Australia, to investigate the environmental impacts of the local mining company. Unless she proves herself and wins that promotion, she’ll lose so much more than a pay rise. Yet everything goes wrong the moment she lands in the outback. With no research equipment, only skimpy clothes packed by her best friend to help her score a date, and a tight deadline to submit her report, she’s screwed. So when a sexy cowboy offers to play chauffeur, she’s all over it. But she’s there to shut down the mining activities, not fawn over the guy who’s supporting them, no matter how sizzling the attraction between them.

Billionaire jackaroo, Sam Preston tempts fate as an adrenaline junkie, living each day as if it were his last. Angry and wounded, he’s in town to sell his cattle ranch to the local mining company and be done with his past—until he meets hapless city-chick Affrica, who has no clue about surviving in the desert. Sam doesn’t know how to stop being a daredevil even though Affrica reminds him of the happiness he once had.

Can Sam let go of the past before he loses the one person who's finally breathed new life into him, or is it not possible to truly tame a jackaroo?



Bet You Didn’t Know This About The Australian Outback!
by Sidney Valentine

I’m a huge research buff and learned a great deal about the Aussie outback when I wrote my novel, Taming A Jackaroo. The story is based in rural Queensland in a very remote town called, Boulia. This place is renowned for the mysterious Min Min light. It is said to be a small glowing orb that follows you in the outback.

So today, I’m sharing some amazing details I discovered about this phenomenon in Boulia, Australia.

The Min Min light is named after the small settlement of Min Min, located in outback Queensland close to Boulia – an Aussie town also renowned for camel racing and on last count (2011) had a population of only 230 residents.

Numerous accounts from 1838 have described a light that follows travelers. They are said to be fuzzy, disc-shaped lights that are often white or change colour from white, red and green. Some have been described as dim, while others were bright enough to cast shadows on objects nearby. One account even described Min Min lights keeping up with a moving car!

Aboriginal myths that pre-date European settlement have also described these lights. According to some Aboriginal Australians, these sightings of Min Min lights have increased due to the growing presence of Europeans in the outback. Many believe that the lights are the spirits of their ancestors who cannot rest because they were murdered by European settlers. According to folklore, if a person chases the light and manages to catch it they will never be seen again.

There are a number of theories to explain the Min Min light phenomenon. Bioluminescence; optical illusion and gas have all been put forward to explain the lights. Yet there is still no clear explanation for their existence. 

Glowing orbs have also been described in other countries, such as the will-o’-the-wisp ghost lights found in Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales. In Mexico, there are glowing orbs known as brujas, believed to the souls witches.

Did you know? Thirty-six sightings had occurred between 1950 and 1959.

References
http://www.historicmysteries.com/min-min-lights/

https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/movies/the-min-min


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Sidney Valentine is an Aussie girl who loves everything about traveling. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and spends her time exploring the wild outdoors. But she always carries with her a writing pad in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. While she works in marketing during the day, she never stops writing her romance stories set in Australia as a way to rejuvenate from the bustle of the real world. She is often found at local coffee shops with her laptop, writing about people falling in love.


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