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Guest Blog: Wendy Orr

As my daughter gets older, she seems to have an insatiable appetite for novels.  To be very honest, I had heard of Nim’s Island, knew that Rochelle had adored, not only the book, but the Audio Book as well, but didn’t know who the author was. It takes quite a bit, for an active ten…

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Purple Roads, the truth…

It’s a long, muddy, foggy road… the writing of a novel! While I’ve been writing Purple Road, I’ve been trying to ‘better’ myself at the writing game. I’m not sure if you know my history, but I wrote Red Dust on a whim. I had an idea and I wrote it down. I didn’t and…

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When chaos reigns supreme!

The rain has brought the frogs out, which in turn usually brings the snakes. Thankfully I haven’t seen any, in the last week, but I’m sure they are gliding, slithering and sliding all around the house at night – ugh, it doesn’t bear thinking about! These little fellas, in my opinion, aren’t cute and I…

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Strange and wild weather!

The weather that Australia, in particular Queensland,  has been having, is incredible. I’ve cringed at, not only the destruction that Mother Nature has brought, but the grief and pain caused to humans and animals alike. The TV news seems to be full of detailed reports, shocking images, crying, homless people and animals moved from their…

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Book club with Monica McInerney

I’m thrilled to announce that Monica McInerney will be joing us for the Book Club, this month! She’ll be sitting in Dublin, freezing and maybe watching snow fall, as we’re sweltering and cursing (or enjoying) the hot weather summer weather! At this stage, we haven’t set a date for the Book Club, but it will…

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Purple Roads in Blue skies!

So, I know you’ve all seen the cover for Blue Skies and you’re all probably bored with it, but this book is different! ‘Yeah, yeah,’ I can hear you saying, but it’s true! This is the B-format, a smaller version, from when it came out twelve months ago. It’s also a cheaper version. The thing…

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Raising money for Queensland

Katrina Germein, Emily Gale, Kate Gordon and I have got together to raise money for the QLD Flood victims. I don’t know about you, but I’ve stood in front of the TV crying at the images and feeling so completely helpless. I couldn’t volunteer with the clean up, from down at the bottom of WA!…

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Queensland Floods

It’s with a heavy heart that I’ve been watching the news coverage of the Queensland floods. I’m sure that NSW will be feeling the effects soon, as their water profile will be full from floods before Christmas and once the water and soil profile is full, there is nowhere for the water to go. It…

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Things that make go, hmm!

I’m continually amazed at what I see in the sea, on the beaches or in National Parks, around Esperance. I guess coming from the mid-north of South Australia, I was pretty used to seeing Kangaroos, Emus and the odd King Brown snake, but we never saw anything different or exciting! Yesterday, at one of the…

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Reflections and looking forward

Happy New Year! I’m completely amazed at how quickly this year has been and gone. As a child, my Mum would always tell me, not to wish my life away, which was pretty hard, when I was ten, and thinking I was much older and knew better than she did, or sixteen and badly wanting…

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Colours

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Our family certainly did, although we and the rest of Perth, sweltered through  38+ degrees during the ‘big’ day! It really has got me beat why Father Christmas would want to wear such a heavy outfit,  as he pops into our houses during Christmas eve. In fact…

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Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow my Christmas starts. We have family coming for the big day, so I won’t be online too much. Munji trees amaze me. They’re parasites and live off any tree or bush that is near them. This one in particular is awesome, because three weeks ago I would have sworn it was dead! No leaves,…

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Big boots to fill

Our front door is always cluttered with boots.  If it’s summer, it’s usually just of the rossi kind – normal slip on work boots, but if it’s winter they’re of the muddy, rubber variety. This door way is the bane of my life – it’s forever covered with mud, sand, grain, hay or anything that…

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Guest blog: Pippa Masson

Meet Pippa Masson; she works for Curtis Brown literary agents. Here she tells us what goes on behind the scenes in the attempt to get a book published. It’s not an easy job, filled with exciting highs and desperate lows. Thanks for joining us Pippa! Pippa: What is the life of an agent like? Well,…

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Christmas Cheer

Christmas is an important time for families to be together, laugh together, eat together. It can seem that in the busyness if life, the all important family time gets eroded. That’s why Christmas is so special for our family – we all try and get together. We love making people smile over the Christmas period…

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More book recommendations!

Here are ten reasons that books make the best Christmas presents: 10. Books don’t need to be assembled. 9. Books don’t need batteries. 8. Books don’t come in the wrong color or size. 7. Books are easy to gift wrap. 6. Books don’t go out of style. 5. Books aren’t noisy. 4. Books can be…

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Ah, Esperance weather! And more books!

The clouds started to gather, yesterday afternoon. The headers were racing to try get as much crop into the bins, before the rain came… Or maybe it wouldn’t rain, it just pretending it might. At about 8pm Hayden came running out of his room. ‘Mum, Dad I can hear rain!’ Oh good. We only had…

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Guest blog: Kim Wilkins/Kimberley Freeman

I haven’t been captivated by a book for a long time, but as soon as I picked up Wildflower Hill, by Kimberley Freeman, I was completely lost amongst its pages. Kimberley Freeman, is actually, Kim Wilkins, who writes fantasy/speculative fiction. These books, as well as her lecturing, are legendary in the writing world. She has…

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Community Spirit

We haven’t been suffering nearly as badly, as our counterparts in NSW or Victoria, where the rain has been coming down in inches, wreaking crops and washing away roads, fences and hope, leaving nothing but maintenance work, in its wake. The cruelest thing about the rain is it’s come after suffering years of drought. WA’s…

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