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Fiona Lowe’s Weddings

Sunday, 06 July 2014 by

I have Fiona Lowe, author of 26 books, on my blog! (Yes, I dream of gettting to that number, I’m working on it!) I met Fi many years ago now (she’s another one of those amazingly friendly and supportive RWA ladies) and have attended a few of her sessions on writing. One was in Perth back in 2010. I always get so much from Fi’s lectures and as a writer I think you can never stop learning or working on your craft. (Especially me, who needs reminding quite often!)  Fiona has some great tips on writing here. My favourite character of Fi’s is Emily Tippet. Once you read about her, you’ll know why. 🙂 Oh and Fiona is also a Ruby (Romance Writers of Australia) and a RITA (Romance Writers of America) winner. Which is HUGE in the romance circle. (Gosh it would be awesome just to win one of these awards! And she has both!) Over to you Fi…… *****

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

Guest blog Pamela Cook

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 by

I have Pamela Cook as my guest blogger today. She is a new rural author and her first book Blackwattle Lake is out now. I read this book just recently and it was slightly different in the way that the story was all about Eve and her journey. Even though there was a romantic thread, it took a back seat to Eve’s inner workings. I liked Eve, she was very human and had flaws. So it’s only fitting that today Pamela is talking about characters. Thanks Pamela, over to you. 🙂 Hi there and thanks so much Fiona for hosting me on your blog today. One of the things I’m enjoying the most about having my novel published is the opportunity to network with other writers and the Rural Fiction girls have been so welcoming and supportive. When I first wrote Blackwattle Lake as a nano novel (for the uninitiated that’s a challenge to write

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

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

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

Jennifer Scoullar – Guest Blog

Sunday, 15 July 2012 by

Today I have an amazing lady, Jennifer Scoullar who I met last year in Melbourne at the RWA Conference. She is one person who I remember very clearly. Her beautiful personal story has stayed with me, such a giving person and I hope she will write about that one day also. But for now she has a new book called Brumby’s Run, (out now!!) another one for our growing rural lit, chook lit, rural romance genre…(I’ve tried to include them all). Jennifer is talking today about something she is passionate about…Brumbies.   Hi Fiona, and many thanks for inviting me over to your blog. I have a new novel out, called Brumby’s Run. It is dedicated  to Australia’s marvellous Brumby welfare organisations. Groups like the Victorian Brumby Association, Save the Brumbies (and a dozen more!) operate on a shoestring to train and rehome these wonderful horses. They also work very hard to better the management of


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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

Spoilt chooks

Monday, 04 June 2012 by

  A while back we got a heap of chooks from a friend, and combined with ours it overloaded the chook pen. This weekend we (and in we I mean Hubby, while I held a few bits of tin when I had time) finally got the new shed finished. I counted my chooks a while ago and was shocked to find I had 18 and not forgetting our two ducks. Since when did we have so many chooks?? No wonder we had about five dozen of eggs in the fridge a while back! But not now, the cold has put them off the lay. So the girls are very happy with the new bigger shed. Their old shed is now used to store their feed.  Seeing as it was a long weekend, and the day was a glorious (if depressingly rainless) day, we lit up the bonfire to roast some marshmallows in celebration of the

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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