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What does the word ‘drought’ mean to you?

Having been a farmer for twenty years, I can tell you what the reality of drought is: it’s dry dusty paddocks, with little or no grass. It’s dams that have nothing but mud in the bottom; sheep or cattle getting stuck as they search for water. Its people shutting their bank accounts down, none essential…

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You’ll need to lose weight!

Being a woman, ‘you’ll need to lose weight’ is NOT a phrase you really want to hear. Still, I heard that last Monday when I went to see my specialist about my back. If you don’t know what happened to cause me to have spinal surgery in January, you can read about it here! Interestingly,…

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Funny writing spots

I’ve always said I can write anywhere. With a deadline looming (as they always seem to!) and having to take our exchange student back to Perth to fly home to Italy, I’ve proved again, I can do just that. On Thursday we left to do a ‘last tour’ of the south west, so Gabri got…

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Where the River Runs

Today, Where the River Runs, goes to print. This book feels like it’s been a mammoth effort – I was supposed to have it finished a long time before I actually handed the manuscript in… There was a reason!   On the 29th of December I was leaning down to pull up a fence so…

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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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What do you want to read?

It’s time! I’ve been thinking about re-inventing my blog for some time and now that time is right here. I used to love writing blogs – they would get my fingers all warmed up for writing during the day and I LOVED sharing photos and little stories of my farming life with you all. Since…

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When you order…

Thinking ahead is a critical in life. Planning is important. You’d think at nearly 44, I would understand this. So, today, (Saturday morning) I fail to understand why I have woken up with a slight hangover and found there to be no cold pizza in the house for breakfast. My desire to ‘keep it healthy’…

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Celebrating the release of Fool’s Gold

It’s arrived… My long awaited brain bubble idea, I had about three years ago, is now in my hands! Who would have thought, ten years ago, when I first started writing about Detective Dave Burrows, in Red Dust, that he would have become everyone’s favourite character and now have his own series? Certainly not me!…

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Bush Lanterns – Kalyn Fletcher

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” -Brad Henry Kalyn Fletcher – This entrepreneurial Business woman who is born and bred in Kununurra,  has recently been named Western Australian winner of the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award and one of the Business Women…

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Fool’s Gold

Okay, so on the 21st March, this is about to happen… Detective Dave Burrows is launched into his own series. Hopefully Fool’s Gold will be the first of many adventures, he takes us on. Here’s the blurb: Written with Fleur’s trademark warmth and outstanding storytelling, newly badged Detective Dave Burrows and his reluctant wife arrive…

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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 – Dr Jillian Kelly

“I am driven to improve agriculture and the viability of rural communities, and to show others just like me that we can do anything!” ~ Dr Jillian Kelly Todays quote comes from Jillian herself. Jillian is based out of Coonamble where she is a large animal veterinarian…but her talents run deeper than being JUST a…

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Times, they are a-changin’

Meet Jack. He’s the new addition to the McDonald household. He’s a gorgeous, energetic, five year old Kelpie from Woonwooring Kelpies at Cunderdin. Why, might you ask, does someone who lives in town and writes books for a living, need a Kelpie? And that would be good question because Kelpies need space to run around…

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Bush Lanterns – Annika Anderson

“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have and do.” ~ Brian Tracy Welcome to my series, Bush Lanterns, highlighting women in the rural and agriculture sector! There are so many amazing and wonderful women who don’t always get recognised for what they do and I feel it’s my…

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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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Bush Lanterns – Maureen Dobra

Success isn’t accident. A dream doesn’t become reality through just clicking your fingers. It takes sweat, determination and hard work. There aren’t secrets to success, just as there aren’t any get-quick-rich schemes. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure and persistence. Maureen Dobra is all of the above. I hope you…

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Bush Lanterns – Helen Roth

“Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence” ~ author unknown Welcome to my new series, Bush Lanterns, highlighting women in the rural and agriculture sector! There are so many amazing and wonderful women who don’t always get recognised for what they do and I feel…

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Rainy days are like 3am thoughts…

Esperance received a fair bit of rain on Thursday. Rain is one of my all-time favourite parts of mother nature. I grew up in the mid north of SA where it wasn’t a common occurrence and, as a farmer, I know there are good times for rain and others not so great. To me, any…

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Breaking the Silence

Domestic Violence is another form of terrorism. Why? Terrorism creates fear and fear is what these people live with, daily. Fear of what will happen next. One in four rural women will endure some kind of domestic abuse within their life time. Who are the four women you love the most? Mother, sister, wife, daughter?…

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Very important information…

  I’ve been a little quiet on the blog for the last couple of months – there has been a reason why! It’s been busy! The Missing Pieces of Us was released about two weeks ago now and I headed over to NSW for a small tour. It was lovely to go to Orange and…

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THE MISSING PIECES OF US GIVEAWAY

  Do you know it’s been eight years since my first novel, Red Dust has been published? In that time, that little book, which I wrote on a whim and prayer has sold over 60,000 copies! Since then I’ve written eight Rural Lit books – all of which have become best sellers, thanks to you…

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