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Read the First Chapter of Silver Clouds

So on Wednesday, Silver Clouds went out into what some authors seem to call the ‘The Wild. I guess it is in a way. It’s certainly not on my computer any more and I’m not stressing over editorial deadlines. It’s sitting on shelves from Cairns to Albany (from photos people have been kind enough to…

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Photo Comp Winners!

As you might know, if you visit my Facebook page, we’ve been running a Photograph competition. There were so many photos and some I really loved. But I wasn’t allowed to vote, dammit! I don’t have anyone’s name, only their email addy, so I’ll use the first bit of it, to announce who the three…

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Silver Clouds: part one, naming characters

I love naming my characters – especially because, although I had a say in naming our kids, it was The Boss who actually came up with both names! It’s not like I love these characters as much as my children (obviously!), but in a sense it is like naming the offspring all over again, because…

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Let there be rain!

  Tonight, when I looked out of the window, the light was ‘just perfect’. The green was spectacular, the boganvillas which are on the fence light glowed with extra colour. ‘Look at this,’ I screeched to Number One son – we were home by ourselves and I’m allowed to screech then. Usually because I’m in…

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Pinching myself!

In January, I was lucky enough to go on a three day holiday with my family. Just us, no one else. Now it’s the first time we’ve ever managed to that. Most times when we go away we’re heading to family and as much as we all like hanging out together with my family or…

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My poor neglected blog!

  Well, I’m finally back on this poor neglected blog! There has been a few reasons I haven’t been around lately – settling kids into high school and year 7, calving, helping out around the place where needed. And of course there’s been the last of the edits on Silver Clouds. So tell me, what…

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Guest blog: Maggie Groff

I’m really pleased to have Maggie here today. I read her book, Good News Bad News a few weeks ago and I have to say, it’s an absolute cracker! It’s witty, addictive – I was hooked from the first page – and fast-paced. If any of you are fans of Sue Grafton (which I am)…

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Guest Blog: Kathryn Ledson

Hi Fleur and thanks so much for inviting me to your website. I’m becoming such a fan of rural fiction. I’ve usually got my nose stuck in some crime novel or other but last year had a couple of rural writing friends get published, and now I find I’m drawn to that genre more and…

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The first page…

I set a challenge on my Facebook page that if we could get 100 likes, I would post a paragraph of my next book Crimson Dawn. Well, talk about being overwhelmed with ‘likes’! At last count, we were nearly at 160! So, to make it worth your while, I’ve decided to post the whole first page.…

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The sun sets…

I’m sitting here this afternoon, knowing I should post a blog, as I haven’t for about a week, but wondering what the hell to write. As I look out my office window, there are a few chooks scratching on the front lawn and Law, the old red Kelpie, is snoozing in the sun. The cattle…

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Silver Clouds by Fleur McDonald

Silver Clouds floats to the printers!

Well, I can finally say that SIlver clouds has gone to the printers. Phew, is all I have to say! It seems like it’s been a long process this time, but realistically it’s no longer than usual. My editors did things a bit different this time, which has been a learning curve, but I like…

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Book vs eReader

When Red Dust was first published, back in 2009, eBooks weren’t a big thing. At that point, the publishing world was sitting on the edge of a cliff. Overseas had started to make noises about eBooks, which in turn needed a device to be able to read them on. The Kindle and many other types…

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I’ve been tagged!

So, I’ve been tagged… I’m not really sure how any of this works, but Lisa Heidke tagged me to answer some questions about my current release or what I’m working on now. I chose my current release, Silver Clouds, because that’s probably of more interest to you guys than what is a year away for…

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Dear Diary…

Gillo and Russell Woolf from our ABC radio in Perth had a brilliant segment on yesterday about diaries. They wanted to know if any of the listeners had ever kept one. I wish I could have posted it hear for you to listen, because it was so good. But there wasn’t a podcast made of it.…

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Beaching it and a wedding anniversary

Last night was our seventeenth wedding anniversary. Hard to believe that so much has happened within that time. Especially when the wedding seems like only yesterday. Two kids, two or three farm bought and sold and bought again. And as with most families, there are few people missing from our family now, who were there…

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Precious cargo

  There are times farming seems like it’s a long road without an end. The list of jobs to do, can be longer than your arm. Sometimes it feels like your treading water, not getting anywhere. And as with most jobs, they all should have been done ‘yesterday’. That’s how it is for us at…

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Fun times

I love photos. Photos are memories and I’m always snapping, where ever I go. Every time I release a new book, the call comes for new publicity photos. This is one of my least favourite things to do, because I’m much happier behind a computer screen, or out in the paddock, than I am in…

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Tilly and Tessa

  One of the things I’m told I’m good at, as an author, is my descriptions of country. This is some more amazing country I was imaging when I wrote Red Dust. (If you visit this page, you’ll see the book trailer for Red Dust and some more of the country.) Native pines, granite, vivid…

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Christmas updates… Belated ones!

I think I’ve told you all many time, how much I love where I grew up in South Australia. Now I understand, people who live in ‘greener areas’ might get a bit freaked out when they see the country up here, but it is really special. Yeah, there are lots of stones, prickly bushes and…

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The dreaded Christmas card

  Are you a Christmas card sender? I used to be. I’m not any more. Well, actually, that’s not quite true. I start with every good intention. For example, I actually buy the Christmas cards. Usually in about October. To give myself plenty of time. And I usually cart them in my handbag, so I…

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‘Exercise your choice to buy local everyday’ by Emma Koch

Introducing Greg and Emma Koch from Redden Bridge Wines in Wrattonbully, South Australia. Greg and Emma manage their Wrattonbully vineyard using Organic and Biological techniques, to ensure the health of their family as well as that of the soil and vines. Their story is the 51st I have featured this year in celebration of the Australian…

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