Finally my Internet is back and I can post the winner of this compeition!!! Yay. With over 200 entries down to one lucky person. Drum roll please……. Our winner of the five signed books is Rebecca Edmonds !! Rebecca is from Wandoan in QLD. Congratulations Rebecca and I hope you enjoy your prize! For those of you hoping to win but missed out, you can always take advantage of my Christmas book SALE! You can buy them straight from my website. The Family Farm $10 Heart of Gold $10 The Road Home $10 The Sunburnt Country $22 The Outback Heart $25 Each order comes signed and includes bookmarks and a free stubby holder until Christmas! Perfect idea for that special gift. Thank you all for entering. Stay tuned as I will often do more competitions.
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Getting ideas for books is not a planned thing, sometimes I get on with life and just hope inspiration strikes or that something I hear or see brings on a story idea. Sometimes things move me and I want to write about them. Like with The Sunburnt Country, the issues of depression, rural suicide and the affects of drought on the whole community. With The Outback Heart, it all started when I picked up the Lakes Link News (Lake Grace’s local newspaper) and came across Josh’s eulogy. I knew of Josh and had heard of his story from friends. I didn’t know him personally but I had friends who had attended his funeral and said how huge it was. As many as 1000, some said. So I began to read the eulogy and it struck a cord. By the time I had finished it I knew I wanted to write about this. A
It’s finally here! My special Christmas pack. (Yes, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas!) I’m running it early, so I have time to post out the books to the winner. (Some may want to split the pack up and use as presents for others. The winner can let me know who you want the books signed to.) The pack is every one of my books, signed. You get everything you see in this picture, except my black sheet! (Bundle worth over $100) All you have to do to enter is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me who you would want this pack for. The competition starts on the 4th November and ends on the 18th November. A random winner will be drawn in the morning at 7am, West Aussie time. Good luck.
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Going to Rome we were a little worried. We had heard stories about having your wallets stolen. And we were a little sad to leave our car (freedom) behind in Arezzo. No one was game to drive in Rome and I’m quite glad as I don’t think I could have returned it scratch free. But we didn’t have to worry as we had no problems walking around Rome. (We did stay above ground mind you. No crazy subways for us) We arrived by train and walked to our hotel, which wasn’t far at all. We are used to the cobbled roads and uneven footpaths. Rome feels like one giant maze. Tall buildings hug the tiny roads so you have no idea what could be around the corner and in Rome there was always something amazing. Like the Trevi fountain, just sitting squished in around these buildings. We could walk to most of these sights from
I was going to go straight to blogging about Rome but then I had all these photo’s from our visit to Naples and Pompeii so I’ve had to split it into another blog. :/ I try to keep the photo’s to a minimum, honest!! So when we got to Rome we did a day trip to Naples and first stop was a castle made from lava rock with a massive marble entry. (It once sat surrounded by sea.) Then a walk through the city and a big mall type building set out like a cross with amazing marble and mossaic floors. Yes, I took lots of photo’s of the mosaics too. I was going to share them but I have heaps from the Vatican. :/ Okay, maybe just one. And people were just walking all over it!! If I had busted my butt making this I would have it roped off lol. This (Piazza Plebiscito) was just around the corner and
After Venice we caught trains to Florence and then Arezzo. Here we picked up our hire car and drove south to Montone. Mum had found this place advertised in a magazine so we decided to spend 11 nights here and make it our base. Casa Valdeste is a beautiful late 14th-century, terrace-style two-bedroom cottage on three floors, 60 metres from Montone’s centrepiece, Piazza Fortebraccio, the main square in the medieval village of Montone. The walls are of stone, about one metre thick and buttressed on the south-western side. The house features huge oak and chestnut beams on all ceilings, double-glazed chestnut windows, world-renowned Cotto d’Este floor tiles and exquisite ceramic wall-hangings. Casa Valdeste is owned by some Aussies and this is their website. Check it out. It’s a one way road around the large wall of our little medieval village. From the top on a foggy day it feels like we are floating through
Well I’m back home to the flat ground, huge paddocks filled with turning crops and the buzzing of flies! I missed home but I had a ball in Italy. We had a stop over in Doha so we stayed a night and explored. Amazing place with so much money! It was great to have to day to see the sights and the people were so lovely and helpful. Favourite spots were the Souq Wagif (local market) with its spices, and smells. Where men wear their thobe (long white shirt) with a red and white gahfeya on their heads and women in their black abaya. The buildings here were amazing, every one different and we went to the huge shopping centre Villaggio that has its own canals with gondolas, ice rink and games centre with roller coaster etc. And the ceiling was great, made everything feel big and spacious. Then we flew to Venice and onto a water taxi.
On Sunday my friend had my kids out on her farm (which they loved) and it gave me the chance to play some golf at our local club. I’m not a great golfer or a mad keen one but I do enjoy the walk. Especially when the wildflowers and orchids are out. This top shot is in our GUR (ground under repair) area. Yes, my ball had gone off course and no, I didn’t find it!!! (Probably didn’t help that I was too busy taking photo’s of all the flowers around me.) This bottom photo dosn’t look that great, but in real life those tiny white flowers growing at the bottom of the rock are just beautiful. We have donkey orchids galore but I can’t say i’ve seen this many in one clump. They are so small and delicate. We also have Spider orchids. The most common one is the green one down the
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I just had to go for a walk this morning. Such a gorgeous day. Could hear the bee’s and flies buzzing and the ants were all out and busy. It was a perfect way to start the day and Sally my dog was really happy for the walk. (come on mum, hurry up!) The crops are looking great around our area which is wonderful to finally see. We all have our fingers crossed for the season to end well. You don’t count your chickens until the grain is in the bin! Nearly 14 rows on this head, but no grain yet. Hopefully when the grains begin to grow the frosts stay away. I just had to stand in this crop and see how tall it was. I was being careful to stand in the rows so I didn’t crush any. Call me a crop Gnome! Being away at Dowerin for nearly four days was great
I’ve just got great news for those of you who have just found my books and maybe looking for more! To celebrate my new release The Outback Heart on the 25th September - for the month of September (29/8–2/10), all of my backlist titles will be selling for $4.99 in ebook editions. So that means The Family Farm, Heart of Gold, The Road Home and The Sunburnt Country. If you haven’t tried some Aussie Rural Fiction, now’s a great time to give it a go.
- Australian Outback Romances
- Everyday Life
- Guest Blogs
- Heart of Gold
- Only in the country
- Rural Showcase
- Sarah's Journey
- The Family Farm
- The Farmer's Life
- The Outback Heart
- The Road Home
- The Sunburnt Country
- The Writer's Life
- Writers Whereabouts