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Sneak Peek of STARTING FROM NOW!

You told me you’d like to read a bit of STARTING FROM NOW… Here’s the prologue and first chapter. Starting_Prologue Starting_ChapterOne If you decide yo’d like to buy a copy, then head here to do so! Buy STARTING FROM NOW. Blurb: A suspenseful novel of rural life and real country issues from our genuine Voice…

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#Fleurreads

Check out this hall that I’m going to read over the next few weeks.   Have you read any of them?   I LOVE Kerry McGinnis’s writing so I think The Roadhouse is going to be the first one I start on.   The head of publishing at Allen and Unwin, Tom, suggested I read…

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I’ve got news…

I’ve been mulling an idea around for a while and I need your feedback.   I’m putting together a writing course and I’d love to know what you writers out there would like to know/learn/read about.   The course will run over 15 days and be delivered to your inbox daily. Only once you’ve completed…

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The Burnt Country by Joy Rhoades

I’m very excited to be opening my blog up again, to other authors who have new books out. It’s great to be able to let readers know what is out and about and what authors have new books.   Joy Rhoades is first cab off the rank with her beautiful new novel, THE BURNT COUNTRY.…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day today – Here’s to the girls! An important day in our calendar to celebrate everything women are capable of… our strengths, our ability, our uniqueness. In 2019 it’s all about #balanceforbetter and to me that means finding that ever elusive work/play balance in our own lives, along with finding it in…

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The Importance of the Stock Squad

  Back in 2007, when I first started writing fiction, I created a character named Detective Dave Burrows. He was my lead male character in my first published novel, Red Dust. Dave worked hard, played hard, loved the bush and his job as lead detective in the WA Rural Crime Unit. In the same year…

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The Grass Roots Tour

April will see the release of the second Detective Dave Burrows book WITHOUT A DOUBT. To celebrate, in May, I’m hitting the road with my ute and maybe my dog and coming to a town near you. If you are in WA, and you’d like me to visit, then please contact Isabelle O’Brien at Allen…

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If Dave was real, I’d have married him years ago!

Back in 2007, when I first started writing fiction, I created a character named Detective Dave Burrows. He was my lead male character in my first published novel, Red Dust. Dave worked hard, played hard, loved the bush and his job as lead detective in the WA Stock Squad. As my novels went on, he…

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Here’s a funny story…

Now here’s a funny story… I went to Sydney last week, for six days. Six days with lots of different meetings and activities, required at least seven different outfits, shoes to go with them and all the toiletries etc you need. Need I say that my suitcase was very heavy? Upon arriving at our little…

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Bush Lanterns – Amanda Salisbury

Amanda Salisbury’s advice to younger women striving to make it in rural areas is; “Passion for the land is a pure and marvellous thing!  Dream big, work hard, take advantage of the wealth of knowledge out there …but most of all, take the time to listen to your heart.  It won’t always be easy, but…

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Bush Lanterns – Laura Bennett

“Don’t be afraid of being the only woman in the room. People judge more on ability, smarts and character, so just be yourself and prove your knowledge and you will be able to talk to anyone.” ~ Laura Bennett Usually I would find an inspiring quote from a famous person to introduce my next Bush…

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Book recommendations 2016

I wish I’d read more this year – but then again, most readers probably say that. My to-be-read pile, next to my bed, my bookshelf and chair in the lounge seems to rather large. In fact I came back from Perth with a couple more books and Garry asked if I really did need the…

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It’s only one month out…

It’s one month out… Christmas Day! Does this line make you want to scream? (And yes, I know, harvest has barely started!) My local supermarket has been decorated with tinsel and Santa’s for the last three weeks – much to my horror. Has anyone got ANY idea HOW much I have to do between now…

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Gift packs for Christmas

I read somewhere yesterday that Christmas was 40 sleeps away. That’s a serious ‘WTH’ moment for me! I really can’t tell you where this year has gone! Anyway, as a special Christmas surprise, I thought I’d offer you something which isn’t available in the shops! A Sapphire Falls Surprise Pack. For $100.00, including postage, I’ll wrap…

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Behind the scenes of Indigo Storm

  My new book Indigo Storm was inspired by a road trip I took my partner, Garry and the kids, in July 2015. Before we left, I had an idea of what story I wanted to tell, but it had been a long time since I’d spent any long periods of time at my childhood…

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A new look for fleurmcdonald.com

Hey everyone! Just a very quick check-in to say ‘come have a look at my new website design!’ My previous design was great and served me well, but I was craving something simpler and fresher … so here we are. I think Kelly’s done a great job – what do you guys think? Feel free to leave…

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The different sounds of rain

I was lying in bed on Saturday night, listening to the sound of rain on the roof. There is no better sound to a farmer. It’s music. That night it was really windy too, and there were times I had to lift my head off the pillow and listen hard to work out whether the…

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A new book and a new competition!

Back in December I was planning out a new book. I wasn’t sure when I was going to write it, because I was thinking about taking twelve months off from writing. This book I was planning, called Indigo Storm, had a very tricky storyline and required a fair bit of research and I knew I…

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Guest Blog: Josephine Moon, The Tea Chest

Josephine Moon has written the most stunning, witty and enchanting debut novel. Here she is chatting about The Tea Chest and writing. Embrace the Crazy I’ve been hanging around in the writing world for a while now and I’ve come to one firm conclusion: the writing world is just a little bit crazy. There doesn’t…

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The dawn of a new book

Today starts the dawn of a new book. Which seems crazy because I’m still doing publicity for Crimson Dawn! It’s fun and daunting all at the same time. Sitting down and staring at a blank screen is the scary bit. Having my imagination running amok with characters, plots and exciting things, is the extremely fun…

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