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Happy Easter

HAPPY EASTER, from the McDonald’s Farm! In my family, Easter is not only about chocolate easter eggs, hot cross buns and commercialism. It’s about Eternal Life and what happened so that we could have that gift. But the other thing which signals Easter is family. To have the whole family home, together, is now an…

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Lightning Strikes

    Once in a while, sad things happen on farms. And once in a while weird things happen. This is a ‘both’ situation. Late last week we had a massive thunder storm which dropped about 40mm of rain over the farm. (It makes for over a 100mm since the start of March, so things…

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A foggy wonder

  Inside this heavy fog, there should be a large granite hill. It seems to have gone missing this morning!   Waking to a mist so heavy, you can’t see the front fence is always beautiful. As I settled in front of my computer for the first time today, I peered from the desk into…

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Guest Blog: Charlotte Nash

Sometime ago, I was asked if I would give an endorsement for a debut novel called Ryders Ridge. I was sceptical because I wasn’t sure what I would do if I didn’t enjoy it. As an author I always feel sick if someone doesn’t like what I’ve written, because so much love and effort goes…

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The day after and a heartfelt thank you

The day after a book launch is one the same feeling I have after we’ve had a ram or bull sale. I wake up, sort of feeling like I have a hang over. (No I’m not doing a Tessa, it’s an emotional hangover.) So much work and energy goes in to getting to the point…

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Launch Day

Silver Clouds by Fleur McDonald Well, launch day is finally here. I’ve got no idea where the year has gone already! It only seems like yesterday I was struggling to finish the last round of edits, waving good bye to my daughter, who was leaving home and twiddling my thumbs (only for a moment or…

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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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