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Win a trip to Italy

Saturday, 27 September 2014 by

                                      That’s right, a trip. To celebrate the release of The Sunnyvale Girls go to www.penguin.com.au/competitions submit a review and you could win a trip for two to Italy.  (Sadly if you are my friends or family, you can’t enter. Depressing, I know!)   I’m so excited about this competition as this time last year I was in Italy researching for this book! You can find my previous blog posts on my website where I write about my amazing trip. (there are lots of photo’s!)   Also in a few weeks I’m off on a national tour. I’d love to meet you and have a chance to tell you about this story, so if you can make one of these events then please come along. 🙂  Details here.   To keep up with all these details and more please

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

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. 🙂    

Shearing

Sunday, 31 March 2013 by

Wool Press – A bale bag is placed inside the press. The fleeces, depending on grade, are put inside and pressed down until the required weight.         Video of filling press- pressing (sorry for the bad quality of videoing!)   A 5 stand shearing shed. Raised Floor – this is where the shearers are raised so the rousies don’t have to bend down.   Skirting table – The fleece is thrown on top and the dirty edges are skirted off. Any stains, black wool or skin is also taken off.     Videos of shearing upclose. Gotta love the music in the background!   Here is one of the many limo’s that take shearing crews to and from sheds!     Thanks to the Jensen’s and Garard’s for letting me into their sheds, and their shearing crews for allowing me put them on the www! Cheers x  

Touring Around

Saturday, 02 March 2013 by

So the new book came out while I was in Perth kicking off my tour. It was amazing to see The Sunburnt Country up in the bookshops and to hear they were selling so well. I started with a trip to Albany where the guys from Paperbark looked after me down at the boatshed. I’ve signed a heap of books too, so if you are near Albany and would like a personally autographed book, drop in and see Lockie or Georgie. Here is Georgie and I parked right next to the wine table! Too bad I had to drive. 🙁 I had to get up early, leaving at 5am to get to Albany on time. I had missed heaps of Kangaroo’s on my way to Lake Grace, and was quite releaved seeing as I was driving my new car. Well newish. But just out of Lake Grace my good fortune came to an end as

The Sunburnt Country – Trailer

Friday, 11 January 2013 by

It’s getting to the exciting time, count down to release date. 27th of Feb is getting closer. The blurb: Jonelle Baxter is a young woman in a man’s world – a tough, hardworking motor mechanic from an idyllic country family. But lately things in her perfect life have been changing, and her workshop isn’t the only local business that’s struggling. Daniel Tyler is new in town, posted from the city to manage the community bank. As he tries to rein in the spiralling debts of Bundara, he uncovers all sorts of personal dramas and challenges. The last thing Jonny and Dan need is an unwanted attraction to each other. It’s going to take more than a good drop of rain to break the drought and to keep this small but very colourful community thriving. From the bestselling author of The Road Home comes a moving and heartwarming story about love, change and courage – and

Shifting

Monday, 10 December 2012 by

Yesterday my son and I jumped into the truck with my dad and headed out for a load.  It’s hot and sweaty, dusty and sometimes itchy and there were spider webs….but besides all that it still is fun to go out for a ride. Here is my son, sitting up the back enjoying the ride. When we got out to the farm, they had finished those paddocks are were getting ready to move to another area of the farm. So my dad & Blake went back to the CBH bin to drop off his load and I stayed to help John shift.  With my Uncle & Aunty not on their farm anymore, I miss out on helping them shift, so this was fun.  They gave me the old Landy, which was still in good shape. The comb on the back makes it hard to turn through gates as it is, but this one had no lenght on the tow hitch,

Blurb – The Sunburnt Country

Sunday, 02 December 2012 by

The Sunburnt Country will be out early March and I don’t have a cover to show you yet, but I do have the blurb. Hope you like the sound of it. 🙂 Jonelle Baxter is a young woman in a man’s world – a tough, hardworking motor mechanic from an idyllic country family. But lately things in her perfect life have been changing, and her workshop isn’t the only local business that’s struggling. Daniel Tyler is new in town, posted from the city to manage the community bank. As he tries to rein in the spiralling debts of Bundara, he uncovers all sorts of personal dramas and challenges. The last thing Jonny and Dan need is an unwanted attraction to each other. It’s going to take more than a good drop of rain to break the drought and to keep this small but very colourful community thriving. From the bestselling author of The Road Home


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Tania Spencer – Rural Showcase

Monday, 18 June 2012 by

I’ve decided to do a few blogs to showcase some amazing rural locals. I love the fact that even though people live in rural communities, far from everything, they can still do amazing things. One of my first blogs is on Tania Spencer. How cool is this little guy below? And then there is the huge snake she made, my kids love that one. Tania lives and works rurally from Lake Grace, Western Australia. (Just up the road from me, 60km) Although currently working with wire, Tania is a mixed media artist and often works with recycled and found materials. While her work is deceptively simple in its form, the underlying social or environmental context, constantly questions our state of existence and awareness. Tania creates large scale knitted installations with fencing wire and embroideries of different wires couched onto metal supports. Her tools are drills and hand bending jigs instead of needles, wire instead of yarn.  Have

My two minutes

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 by

Well the weekend just gone has been a busy one, but very exciting.  Prior to the weekend I spent a whole day with photographer Colin trying to get a good photo for the Weekend Australian to go with their article.  Because his boss was very vocal about how the shot should look, hence why it took so long, we had a good idea that it wouldn’t be on page 9.  So to finally get to Saturday and find this huge photo of me (and my dog Sally) along with all the covers of my book on page 3 was beyond amazing. I don’t think I realised just how cool and a big deal it was, until I saw it. By the time he took this photo, I was totally out of smiles and doing a grimace while I squinted in the arvo sun. And my lovely Sally dog had a big sore on her face by her ear, which I’d

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