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Letter from Loretta Hill

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 by

February 2nd Hi Fiona, I can’t believe it’s February already. The kids are back at school and I can breathe again. The January school holidays were very hectic, also due to the fact that my new book, “The Maxwell Sisters” just came out. I’m really excited about this story. This book is as much about family as it is about falling in love. The novel centres around three estranged sisters, Phoebe, Tash and Eve. The eldest Tash, is on the brink of divorce, the middle sister Eve, is single and heart broken and the youngest Phoebe, appears to be in the happiest part of her life. She’s engaged to be married to the man of her dreams. The story begins when she decides to get married at their childhood home, Tawny Brooks Winery, situated in the heart of the Margaret River Wine region – one of my favourite places on earth. Up until this point,

RuRo Roadtrip with Rachael Johns

Monday, 06 October 2014 by

  It was an Author Talk tour of epic proportions. One blue Holden Commodore with a trailer full of books travelling over 2,400 kilometres across the state of WA. Inside this tardis like vehicle were authors Fiona Palmer (driver) and Rachael Johns (navigator – with the help of WhereIs and our Wog Boy guide). We set off in September to Albany for a talk at the library and were interviewed by famous local Jon Doust. It was a belly laugh talk with Jon digging deep and asking the tricky questions.         Then we headed to Kojonup, Rach’s old stomping ground and first country home, also where Jilted was set. It was our first night of talking together, sharing our journeys to publication and the stories behind our new books.       Next, we travelled to Busselton for a lunchtime library talk, catching up with the Dymocks girls. And Karen, from the Library,

Outback Magazine

Monday, 04 August 2014 by

I get the Outback Magazine, which arrives by post, and it’s always an interesting read and the rural photo’s are some of the best. So it was very exciting to be included in the latest issue. It’s wonderful to have this exposure, not just for my book The Outback Heart but for what inspired it in the first place. Josh’s story. To be able to help spread the word on organ donation through my writing has been wonderful and the feedback is brilliant. I’m proud to say I’ve just donated $3,500 to Transplant Australia through the sales of this book. Which I couldn’t do without you, the readers. Thank you! 🙂   The lovely Kerry came all the way to Pingaring to write this story for Outback. She spent a few days with me while we got some photo’s and met up with Colin and Ronnie. (It was warm as you can see by my

Simmering Season with Jenn J McLeod

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 by

I have another wonderful lady answering my blog questions today, Jenn J McLeod! I met Jenn through the RWA Conferences and so it’s been amazing to see her grow and succeed with her novels.  (In April her second book Simmering Season was released.)  Now lets find out a bit more about Jenn….   If you could be an animal, what would you be? Dog Dog Dog Dog Dog. But only if I am MY dog. No surprise that my novels have lots of dogs in them. Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books? Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmmmmm, dah, dah, dah. Oh, sorry, Fee, what was the question? If you were not a writer, what would you be? Beyoncé! What drives you insane about the writing process? Nothing. I love every aspect about the writing process. If you didn’t love this biz – all its fussiness and facets – you wouldn’t be

The Recruit Release Day – Yay

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 by

Finally it’s here, the 1st May. Release Day! The Recruit has been fun to write and it’s been my own enjoyable escape. I love writing about Jaz, and wish I could be her. I hope readers try my new path, slightly different from a rural romance but none the less I’m sure you can still pick my voice/writing style.  (I’m still writitng Rural books too!! Don’t worry.) The Recruit is only in ebook form but I dream it will make print one day soon. 🙂 iTunes  Booktopia I made a trailer for it the other day also. 🙂 Hope you like it.         From one of Australia’s Queens of Romance comes the debut in a brand new YA series about secrets, strengths, and what lies beneath the surface. Jasmine Thomas may not be completely normal, but she’s a pretty typical seventeen-year-old girl. She hates the rich mean kids, loves her best friends,

Rocking Horse Hill

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 by

Today I have a great friend of mine stopping by for a chat – actually I have thrown a heap of questions at her – about her new book Rocking Horse Hill. As always, Cathryn is a hoot, which is why her books are so entertaining. (I’m hoping to score a copy of Rocking Horse Hill for Mother’s Day. I’ve been dropping LOTS of hints to the kids!!) Here is the book and blurb. Ever since she was a little girl, Emily Wallace-Jones has loved Rocking Horse Hill. The beautiful family property is steeped in history. Everything important in Em’s life has happened there. And even though Em’s brother Digby has inherited the property, he has promised Em it will be her home for as long as she wishes. When Digby falls in love with sweet Felicity Townsend, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Em worries about the future. But she is determined

The Recruit – A new story

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 by

I am a big fan of YA books / New Adult books so it seems fitting that I’ll finally have my own YA story published in May called The Recruit. I’ve had this book written for a while, just sitting on my computer in the background while I focused on my rural stories. But now, thanks to Escape Publishing (& Kate), I get to share this story with you.  🙂 This is the first book in a series. How long the series goes for…I’m still undecided. I have finished the second book and about to start the third. So we will see how far Jaz, Ryan, Anna and Taylor take me. I got the very cool cover from Kate today, what do you think? BLURB: From one of Australia’s Queens of Romance comes the debut in a brand new YA series about secrets, strengths, and what lies beneath the surface. Jasmine Thomas may not be completely normal, but

The Empty Nest

Thursday, 27 February 2014 by

I wrote a short story recently and it’s now being published as an ebook through Penguin. Which is all a bit new and exciting. I love the cover. It portrays the story so well. Here is the blurb: Mothers’ Day has always been a special day for Sandi, because her beloved kids spoil her rotten. But this year won’t be the same. Her daughter, Gracie, has joined her brother Jack at boarding school and Sandi dreads waking up to a quiet house. Even her husband, Paul, seems distant and preoccupied with farm work. So she never could have guessed what the day has in store . . . The Empty Nest includes an exclusive preview from Fiona Palmer’s forthcoming new novel, The Sunnyvale Girls! This story is something that mothers face in rural area’s often. My own kids will be going to boarding school so this story touched on my very own emotions. So I guess you

A Letter from Loretta Hill

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 by

I’m coming out of my edit haze today to share a letter that I have from Loretta Hill. I’m a big fan of her FIFO series, they are full of laughter and characters I love, so I can’t wait to grab a copy of her new book ‘The Girl in the Yellow Vest’.  Read on to find out more….. Hi Fiona, How’s your corner of WA. It’s been a while since we caught up at conference last year.  Are you working on your next book now? When is it due out? (Hi Loretta! Yes, I’m busy on edits for The Sunnyvale Girls, which is a September release and also I’m working on something else which I can’t wait to share with everyone.) I’ve just started writing my next novel which has been a long time coming. This story has been sitting in me for at least four years and has had a lot of false starts. This

Backlist Sale

Monday, 05 August 2013 by

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. 🙂    

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