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A new Aussie Author – Jaye Ford

With April as our Aussie Author Month, I thought I’d like to bring you a new author, that I’ve only just heard about. Jaye’s book, Beyond Fear has kept me glued to the pages over the past few weeks and I’ve enjoyed every word. Her call story is even more inspiring. I’m really pleased to…

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A ray of hope

I can honestly say, this is my least favourite time of the year. Yes, believe it or not, I do think like this at times! Like Wednesday when we preg-tested 1600 ewes in 35 degree heat, the dust swirling around us like a dust storm, or Thursday, when I spent only about two hours in…

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Picnic at Hanging Rock

Aussie Author month, is really quite exciting! It made me go back and think of all the books I loved as a child and young adult. The sad thing about this, is most of the books I used to read, were by overseas authors – at the time, I just knew what I liked to…

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Barry and Book clubs!

Do any of you know this bloke? He’s the local ABC presenter for all of  WA ‘cept Perth.  Cute kids huh? Well, Barry and I, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a great idea. We’re starting a Book Club on the radio! Now I can’t let too many details out of the…

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Aussie Author Month

April marks the start of Aussie Author Month. It’s the brain child of my web guru, Nyssa and two of her fellow book lovers, Kat from Book Thingo and Ali and Rosie at Fangtastic It’s a pretty exciting thing to be involved in. After reading Helene Young’s blog about Snugglepot and Cuddle Pie and Bronwyn…

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White Gold

The term ‘white gold’, a long time ago, was used for wool, especially super fine merino fibres that would sell for an absolute bomb. Because we’re mainly meat producers and some of out sheep produce fairly strong micron wool, (which isn’t usually worth as much as fine merino fleeces is), this pile of fertiliser is…

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Guest blog: Karly Lane, North Star

Karly Lane has been on my radar since Red Dust was published. She popped up on my Facebook page periodically and I’ve watched as she’s sold her books to E-publishers. It was obviously only a matter of time before she was picked up by a mainstream publisher… Which she now has! Allen and Unwin are…

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Situations Vacant – Senior Farm Hand…

…required for a busy stock based enterprise, approximately 100km east of Esperance. Prime lamb production, including a feedlot, cattle and hay making are some of our main focuses with a small amount of cropping. A four bedroom house, with a primary school bus to the front gate, is available with a good wage for suitable…

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The Bashers!

The Variety Club Bash comes with a reputation of hard working, fun loving people who love raising money for kids. So when they rolled into Condingup, this morning, for breakfast, we knew we were all in for a good time! I’m not sure how many four wheel drive cars rolled in, but they were covered…

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Unter den Sternen des Sudens…

I had a lovely surprise in the mail today. Five copies of the German edition of Blue Skies! To be really honest, I’d been so caught in writing Purple Roads, that I had completely forgotten that Blue Skies was due out in Germany, in February.  So, when I went to the mail box and saw…

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The 2011 Condingup Community Fair

Every year at this time, our local school holds a large fundraiser.  I’ve spoken about the Condingup Community Fair before – a great fun day had by all. Last year, we launched Blue Skies there, this year, I’ll be signing books and next year, I’ll be lauching Purple Roads there. There’s going to be jewelry,…

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Chat with Monica McInerney

Writing Do you start with an idea and develop it from there or do you start with the characters? I start with a combination of idea and characters. I love to take a character and her family out of their normal lives and plunge her (and them) into an unexpected situation, and the plot follows…

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Evenings

When you have a young family, evening is usually a crazy time of day! Trying to get them fed, bathed, homework done, the list goes on. I’ve had a friend staying with me, for the past two weeks – if you’ve read the acknowledgements in either of my books, you’ll know the name ‘Mrs. Mackay’…

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The sky is falling…

There have been interesting happenings at the McDonald farm recently… it seems flying ‘things’ are falling out of the sky, over us. When Skylab came down over Esperance, parts of it were found by Anthony, as a child and we often watch jets zoom across the top of us (we also know that we can…

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Guest blog: ABC presenter, Kate Wood

I have always been fascinated by radio, especially the voices that have kept me company on the long hours of driving tractors at night or lengthy car trips between the farm and the ‘civilised’ world! I don’t get to hear Kate on the radio, very often – she used be down in my ‘neck of…

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A busy month ahead

I can’t believe we’ve hit March already – I’m not sure where the year has disappeared to! Our weather has been slightly murky for the last few weeks, with a real autumn feel about it. I sometimes can’t believe that Perth can be around the 40 degree mark and we haven’t hit 25 degrees! It…

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Book club: Friday 25th Feb (tomorrow!)

A quick reminder that the book club with Monica McInerney is on tomorrow at 3pm WA time, 6pm Vic, NSW, Tassy time, 5pm QLD time and 4.30pm for the NT. There are some instructions in the chat room – all you have to do to get there, is click on the link that says ‘chat…

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Sending peaceful thoughts…

Last night as I took these photos, my kids were happily eating their tea. The boss had gone for ‘a quick fish’ at Thomas River and my dogs were happily running around my feet. No one had any idea what we would be seeing on the TV, twelve hours later. I almost feel like it…

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Getting away…

There are times you just need to drop out of life for a few hours. Relax. Talk to each other and the kids and get away from the hum drum of normal life. Well that’s what we did on Saturday night. Getting to Kennedy’s beach involves some serious four-wheel driving, so you know that once…

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