Being Aussie in an American Market by Eden Summers + Giveaway

 Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Eden Summers today.

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I love being a writer, it’s a huge learning experience that never stops. What makes it an even bigger challenge is writing a book based in America when I’m Australian and have never been to the U.S. So not only do I need to learn the locations, but I also need to be familiar with the spelling and the lingo.

For example: Australian’s say jam instead of jelly. We go to the supermarket and use a trolley, not a cart. We go to the pub to get “pissed,” which doesn’t mean we’re getting angry, it means we’re getting drunk and our car’s have a boot, not a trunk.

So today I thought I would take this opportunity to bring some of my Aussie lingo into the world. Have you ever heard of these sayings?

I’m nackered

Meaning: absolutely exhausted or very tired.
Example: It was a tough day at work. I’m nackered.

Nick off

Meaning: go now, get lost.
Example: Nick off you’re bothering me.

Pull ya head in

Meaning: I don’t want to listen to you so shut up.
Example: Pull ya head in, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

She’ll be apples!

Meaning: everything will be all right; giving someone assurance
Example: No worries mate. She’ll be apples!


If you would like to find out more about the awesomeness of being Aussie, check out this great website:

I hope you enjoyed learning a little about the sassy lingo us Aussies have. I also hope you like the look of my latest release – Sneaking a Peek.


Sneaking A Peek By Eden SummersBlurb

She’s either headed for jail…or for the best sex of her life.

Tarney Jensen has been crushing on sexy firefighter Ethan Reid, her best friend’s brother, since her sixteenth birthday. She knows acting on her attraction will ruin their friendship, but she can’t fight the temptation of his sweat-slicked skin as he works out. Every hot-blooded woman loves to drool over a sexy piece of man flesh, but watching one from the shadows of your porch when he has no idea you’re spying on him? Totally illegal.

For years Ethan has watched men go in and out of Tarney’s life, but how’s a guy supposed to put the moves on his kid sister’s best friend without looking like a perv? But when Tarney lets out an ear-piercing scream from her front yard, Ethan drops everything to rush to her aid. And finds out that the woman of his dreams has been sneaking a peek at his workouts…

Sneaking a Peek by Eden Summers
November 2nd 2012 by Etopia Press
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  1. Jordan says

    I love the Aussie lingo! I wish we had more books (and by that I mean steamy romance!) set in the land down under!

    • Eden Summers says

      Hi Jordan. It’s actually strange, us Aussies think everyone else wants U.S. based books.

      Good news is that I have another contemp. story coming out soon – set in Melbourne, Australia and this one is novel length :)

  2. Rebe says

    Hmm, I’m not sure I’ve done anything sneaky in the name of love or sex. I certainly wouldn’t be averse to a “Diet Coke” break, though (if you grew up in the eighties in the US, you’ll KNOW what I mean, lol).

  3. EvelynS says

    I don’t think I’ve personally done anything sneaky in the name of love but I’ve tagged along with a girlfriend while she staked out her boyfriend’s place to see what he’s been up to. 😛

  4. CrystalGB says

    I haven’t done anything sneaky for love or sex. Your book sounds great. Love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. TrishJ says

    Thanks for the crash course on the Aussie lingo. My high school boyfriend and I used to “go to church”. He could always get the car for that and my folks always let me go.

  6. Sandypo says

    The book sounds great! Thanks for the lingo lesson. Now, if someone could just tell me what “Bob’s your uncle!” means — never have been able to figure that one out.

    • Eden Summers says

      Hi Sandy,

      “Bob’s your uncle” usually means – “You’re good to go”. I.e. If you put the batteries in this and let it sit for a few minutes, Bob’s your uncle.

      Hope that helps…quite a bad example on my part though. lol

  7. LSUReader says

    Thanks for the Aussie language lesson. Nope, I’ve never done anything sneaky in the name of love.

  8. Justine says

    Learning Aussie slang is so much fun! “Have you done something sneaky in the name of love or sex?” Hmmm, if I did, I wouldn’t tell you! :)

  9. Jennifer says

    hmmm…. Does sneaking out of the house while your kids are sleeping to “make out” with my husband count as sneaky?

  10. Eden Summers says

    Thank you for all the comments. I’m currently out of town on vacation, but all the messages are making me smile. I wish some of you sneaky people would share your secrets though. Lol.

  11. Penni says

    Something sneaky in the name of love or sex….. hmmm. I remember having a favorite “country road” back in high school lol Our parents just thought we drove safely and slowly. They never quite figured out why it took us so long to get home !

  12. Tabathia B says

    The reason I read Harlequin presents books are because they are mainly UK authors or authors writing about other countries (besides the US) and I love how Australian and Greek men are portrayed and when the authors can convey the slang. I have done something sneaky for love with my current beau :)

    • Eden Summers says

      Hi Tabitha, I love a great Harlequin read. I’m a Sheikh fan :) But it’s great to hear that people love Aussie books.

      And my son’s name is Beau