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Aussie Romance with Booktopia

Monday, 08 July 2013 by

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash from Booktopia will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Here is the link to my interview with Haylee.¬†Keep an eye out for your favourite romance authors. ūüôā For the month of July, the author with the most sales wins the¬†Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. You as a reader also have chances at winning book packs just by sharing the links through social media and by buying our books. Also go¬†to Romance at¬†Booktopia’s facebook page, and share the post about me¬†on facebook by midnight Monday 8th July (today)¬†for your chance to win one of three copies of ‘The Sunburnt Country’, thanks to Penguin Books Australia. If you buy a copy of my books through Booktopia, email me at fiona_palmer@bigpond.com with your order number, name and address and I will post you off a little gift pack to go with it. If you have brought more

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

Camera Crew

Sunday, 22 April 2012 by

I know its been ages since I’ve blogged but lifes just been a little crazy. School holidays haven’t helped, feels like the kids have been home for ages and still they don’t go back until Thurdsay! And now that hockey has started (yes, as I’m typing this my body is hurting) I’ll have even less time for things. But we had a little bit of excitement in out tiny 5 house town last week with the arrival of two¬†fellas from over east. Andre, and his camera man Jono, flew, then drove, to our wheatbelt town to do some¬†filming for Penguin for an online clip.¬† I was overjoyed that Penguin were putting in the effort but totally freaked out by the cameras. I don’t talk great, I have a brain and mouth which don’t tend to communicate to each other very well. So for the two days I was nervous as hell. (made worse by the

Bits and pieces

Sunday, 01 April 2012 by

My mum is away so I’m back doing the mail run for a few weeks. But i’m not complaining, it is great to get out and drive around the country side. My first port of call was Burnside Farm where I got to catch up with¬†Coco (who, last time i’d seen her, was called Sparky lol). I had lots of cuddles and couldn’t belive how much she’d grown. Does she look like she’s laughing?? lol Then, when I went to drop Hendry’s mail, I had to fight with a dead tree to reach their mail box. It sure made a pretty sight the way¬†the top of the tree had crashed into the ground. I walked through it like a dead stick jungle. It was very sturdy. Wonder how long it will last. (would make a great bonfire ūüôā ) ¬†And nearby one of Jane’s horses kept guard over the farm. You can see more of

The Gates

Monday, 26 March 2012 by

Some of you will have your copy of The Road Home and you would have seen the Erindale gates on the inside.  I wanted to tell you about them as I took that photo. The gates were made by my grandad Colin Stone, long before I was born. He was from Kulin and brought land in Pingaring and married etc. He had a son and three daughters, my mum being the oldest. At some stage he brought more land, which he named Erindale after my Aunty Erin, who is the youngest. And so he made up these gates.  Later in life they sold the Erindale block so they could retire to Albany and the main farm, Gumlea, my Uncle continued to run. Even though another famer owns the land now, its still nice to drive past and see the history still standing there. It was the reason why the farm in the book is called Erindale. My

Albany signing

Monday, 19 March 2012 by

On Saturday I headed south to the coastal town/city of Albany. Love Albany. Such a pretty place. I spent my holidays there as a kid with my grandparents¬†sometimes so¬†it holds plenty of memories. Here I am with Lockie who set up the signing. Great display in his shop window.¬† I was there for just over an hour signing and big thanks to those who dropped by to get a book.¬† Love meeting fans, young and old. And I caught up with friends, which was great. We had¬†the whole gang (kids) so we went to Venice after for lunch and then a¬†stop by the shops for a quick¬†look. (When you live that far from shops, its a delight to be able to check them out. ) My flowers from the signing. ūüôā We stayed the night in Albany, staying with friends who’s house has a gorgeous view of the ocean.¬† We went for a walk along

TRH – first chapter

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 by

Okay, here is the prologue (again) and first chapter. A week to go and it’ll be available in all stores ūüôā Yay.   Magic was happening. Even at the tender age of twelve, Lara felt the energy around her from the land. This afternoon was no different. A family of kangaroos grazed in a nearby paddock, their imposing figures framed in the afternoon glow as a little joey moved around in the dry, golden grass. They might even be big reds, but with the ochre hues from the setting sun behind them, Lara couldn’t be sure. ‘Get a load of that, Larz. Isn’t it just the duck’s bum?’ She studied the pink and gold sunset in the reflection of her father’s eyes. Oh, how she was going to miss him when she was sent away to boarding school next year: his brown stubble and wayward hair half hidden beneath his favourite red cap, the creases

Competition Winners

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 by

The time has come to draw two winners for a signed copy of The Road Home. Thank you all for entering, it was fantastic to hear all about you.¬†I loved reading your comments. Now, drum roll….. The first person drawn was Gabby! Congratulations Gabby, i’ll be sending you an email shortly asking for your address. ūüôā And the second person drawn was Felicity Morley! Huge congrats to both ladies, and hopefullly¬†I’ll¬†get the books in the mail for you this week. But that is not all. Tomorrow I’ll have guest blogger and well known rural author Fleur McDonald over answering a few questions. I¬†have just finished reading Purple Roads¬†so I know you won’t be disappointed.

Wagin Woolorama 2012

Sunday, 11 March 2012 by

Another year and I was back at Wagin for the Woolorama. If I thought the Friday was hot, then I was wrong because Saturday was even worse but it didn’t stop people from turning up. It helped that my site was in the Wool Pavilion, with nice cold concrete floors and an air con right above me.¬† We also have the fashion parade in the same shed so we had tunes all day. It was fantastic to be able to spend both days meeting new people who brought my books for the first time as well as¬†fans dying to buy the new one.¬† Last year I’d met a farmer and he helped me with some idea’s for The Road Home, so it was nice to meet up with him again. On the first day I had a bit of time to duck off to the nearby shed where the sheep judging went on and my

Win Win Win

Saturday, 03 March 2012 by

Okay, seeing as I have a small collection of my third book,¬†The Road Home I am offering up two signed copies, posted out to you with a fancy Rural Writers Rock stubby holder. Now all you have to do to be in it to win it is leave a comment. Simple as that.¬† Please leave something about yourselves behind so that I can get to know YOU. Maybe you love dogs. Maybe you love roses or the afternoon sun on a spring day. (lol I like all those things). Share something about yourself, even if its just small.¬†¬†I will draw both winners at random on the 13th March.   And don’t forget for your chance to get a pre-release copy, I’m at the Wagin Woolorama 9th and 10th of March. Come see me in the Wool Pavilion as I’ll be there all day, both days. Except for toilet breaks, food breaks and when my friends

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