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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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Pre order THE MISSING PIECES OF US!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be releasing my first women’s fiction novel, The Missing Pieces of Us. It will be available on the 29th of March 2017 but you are able to pre order now. Here’s some links: Booktopia iBooks Kindle Angus and Roberston Bookworld and here’s the blurb:   Sometimes…

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That crazy time…

That crazy time of the year in between Christmas and New year, when no-one seems to know what day it is, has past us by once again! I’ve got admit I love that time of year because it’s the one time I can read and relax without feeling guilty – like I should be working…

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Hand-me-down Recipes

Hand-me-down recipes from previous generations are a wonderful heirloom. I love it when we get to Christmas time and I can open my old, tattered, food stained, hand written recipe book, and start cooking food from my Nana or Aunty. Both my Nana’s loved to cook; unfortunately neither of them are with us now. My…

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What a difference a year makes

What a difference a year makes. This time in 2015, my daughter and I were hanging out in Melbs waiting for the last concert in the Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour. Do you know it feels like a life time ago, yet I can remember everything so clearly. It had been a fairly tough year,…

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This is how I roll…

The last couple of days have included a few strange ways of getting around the place! Normally I drive a very nice Nissan Patrol Wagon – very comfortable, fuel efficient and very ‘normal’. My friend, however, has a new, fun type car. Can you guess what ‘breed’ it is from this pic? Yesterday was a…

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