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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,

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

Massive book competition!

Thursday, 28 August 2014 by

Competition now closed! I had a huge response to this competition but there could only be one….. Congratulations to Joanna Kitto!!!! She has been notified and is one happy chick. 🙂 Thank you all for taking the time to enter. I’m now off on my week long WA tour with Rach Johns and this Wednesday is when The Sunnyvale Girls is released!! So keep a look out in your local shops. 🙂 Then in October I take off on my National tour. SOOOO excited! Tour details. Looking forward to visiting SA, QLD and VIC.   ******* To celebrate the release of my 6th book on the 26th of September I am running a competition. The biggest one yet! How would you like to win ALL 6 books!               That’s right. Everything you see here will be yours if you’re the lucky winner. Four stubby holders, signed bookmarks and six signed

Today I have the wonderful Cathryn Hein with her ‘Writers Whereabouts’. I have also been to Mount Gambier so it was great reading Cathryn’s blog. I hope you enjoy it too. (I love the photo of Cathryn jumping with her horse Dinks). Thanks so much for inviting me on Writer Whereabouts, Fiona. It’s a lovely idea for a series, albeit a little tricky for me given our penchant for moving around. Five and a bit months ago we were Melbournians, catching trams, grinning each time we passed the MCG, and loving its football tribalism. Five years ago Newcastle was home, and what a fabulous one it was too. This time ten years ago we were four months into what turned out to be a three year stint living in the south of France. In a few years time we could be somewhere else. I hope so. The house moving might be a pain in the

Tony Park’s Whereabouts

Monday, 11 March 2013 by

Tony is my next author in my blog series ‘Writers Whereabouts’. It’s easy to see why Tony’s books are so great. Look where he lives! I read his latest release Dark Heart not that long ago and I must admit it was the little gorilla who I loved the most. My home town – Tony Park. Thanks for the invitation to blog about my home town, Fiona – now, I just wish I had one! My wife, Nicola, and I lead an unusual life spread across two continents and two very different environments. We spend six months of each year living in a two bedroom flat in a block of units on a six-lane highway in suburban Sydney and the remainder of the year living in the African bush, surrounded by wild animals.       Here’s the quiet street I live on in Sydney – the six-lane Pacific Highway, with its eclectic, villagey collection

Win a copy of The Sunburnt Country

Friday, 25 January 2013 by

The power is back on and the generator is stashed away. (Although I just found the long extension cord chewed to bits by the dog. Not impressed!!) So I have for you today the first chapter of The Sunburnt Country. I hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to read how to enter the competition to win a signed copy of my new book at the bottom. 🙂 Enjoy and have a happy Australia Day! (I’m a proud Aussie) Hot westerly winds rattled the old tin roof and blew a small eddy of dust into the workshop. Jonelle put down the container of coolant and reached for the radiator cap that was resting on the car’s motor. She should have been more careful but it was too late: her dusky-pink nail polish chipped on contact with the motor. ‘Oh, crap. Nae’s gonna kill me,’ she mumbled. Her nails were hardly worth doing, always kept short out

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

Nicole Alexander – Guest Blog

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 by

I’m excited to have fourth generation grazier and bestselling author Nicole Alexander here today to share her inspiration. Nicole’s new book, Absolution Creek is out now, and a fine addition to her growing colletion of rural books. When you read Nicole’s section below you can see why her books are written so beautifully and just how easily she takes us into her world visually. Thanks for stopping by Nicole! Inspiration Many things inspire me through the course of a day; a flock of birds winding their way to a waterhole at sunset, clouds drifting against a duck-egg blue sky and the caress of the wind on my skin. Although as a grazier I’m particularly aware of the elements and the landscape around me, there is something about spring that makes me both joyous and curious about life in all its many forms. Spring is about renewal and birth, and to an extent, determination. I imagine the myriad plants which

Barbara Hannay – Guest blog

Monday, 30 July 2012 by

Now I’m excited to have Penguin author Barbara Hannay with her new rural book Zoe’s Muster as my guest blogger today. But Barbara is no first time author. She is an award-winning, bestselling author of forty novels published in twenty-six languages worldwide. I’m very excited to have an internationally bestselling author here today, so let’s find out a bit more about Barbara.     Barbara, could you please share with us how you begun your writing journey. Thanks Fiona… I’ve actually been writing for as long as I can remember. Even before I learned to write, I used to make “movies” for my sisters by drawing scenes on pieces of paper that I passed through the slats of orange boxes – a frustrating process, but I persevered. I think perseverance is one of my strengths. Many years later, I was busy teaching and raising four children, when I discovered Mills and Boon, and I knew I had to


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Rachael Johns – Guest blog

Friday, 08 June 2012 by

I would like to introduce you to a great friend of mine, Rachael Johns. I met Rach many years back in Perth. My first book had been published by Penguin so the year was 2009 and we were both at the RWA WA road show. I was new and Rach was just one of many friendly welcoming faces and finding out she was a fellow country WA girl, was even better. We actually lived closer before she moved out to Goomalling to run a supermarket store with her lovely family.  Let’s find out a little more about Rach. Hi Rach, thanks for stopping by.  Let’s start with the exciting stuff. Your new single title is out soon, please tell us when it’s out and what it’s all about?   JILTED released 1st of June and it’s about long-lost lovers reunited. Of course true love never runs smoothly and all those clichés, so there’s a lot

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