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A bit of exciting news

I wanted to let you all know, I’ve just signed another two-book contract with Allen and Unwin! Crimson Dawn, all going well, will be out in 2014, while we’re hoping Indigo Storm will be on the shelves in 2015. Of course I’m still heading towards Silver Gums being out in 2013! During an uncertain time…

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Let’s kill ’em!

  Sometimes writing just doesn’t go the way you plan it! Mostly I love it when that happens because if something happens, which I don’t is going to happen, then hopefully you guys won’t see it coming and get the same thrill and feeling of surprise I got, when I wrote it. (phew, do you…

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Guest Blog: Evan McHugh author of Outback Stations

Evan McHugh is my guest today, talking about his latest book, Outback Stations. Of course this subject is something I’m pretty familiar with and my love of the station country is well known. You’ll probably all realise this book is firmly entrenched in my bookshelf! Here’s Evan: While researching previous outback books, the names of…

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Guest blog: Kathryn Fox author of Cold Grave

As most of you will know, I love crime novels. Forensic Science, detective murder mysteries to be precise! Kathryn Fox is a new author on my favourite crime writer list. When I say ‘new’, she has already written six books, so essentially she’s not that ‘new’, but unlike Michael Connelly (my all time favourite author),…

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Still stunned!

I have to say, I have never, ever sat down to talk to someone and had the feeling I had just met the character out of one of my books. I don’t think I ever expected it would happen. I’m very particular about not using anyone I know or have known, as a character in…

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Silver Gums; a sneak peek and farming

  It has been so long since I’ve posted a blog and I really must apologise! I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as busy and that is really saying something. Silver Gums is due at the publishers in exactly 29 days. I’m still putting the finishing touches to it, so I have been head…

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Guest Blog: Why I write romance, by Rachael Johns

Thanks Fleur for having me on your awesome blog!! I’m particularly happy to be here today because I ‘’met’’ Fleur through my current book JILTED. Fleur had three manuscript critiques up for grabs at the beginning of 2011 in an auction to raise money for the Queensland Flood victims. As I had an almost complete…

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Guest blog: Jennifer Paynter

  Who loved studying “The Classics” at school? I have to admit I did – Wuthering Heights and  Tess of the d’Urbervilles are among my favourites. That’s why I knew I was going to love this book, when it popped into my mail box one day! Have a read.

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Silver Gums

It can be daunting sitting down at a blank computer screen wondering if I know enough words to fill it enough to tell a story. I need somewhere between 90 and 100,000 of the bloody things! And, obviously, they all have to make sense and have a story line in there as well.

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Purple Roads is launching at the Condy Fair!

  I’m really excited to let you know, that in conjunction with Le Grand Book Shop, we will be launching Purple Roads at the Condingup Community Fair, 24th of March 2012. This is your opportunity to get your pre-relase copy. (It’s not really due out until the 2nd of April). Our community fair, or Condy…

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And the sun sets on Purple Roads

  I feel sick. I’ve got butterflies and the shakes. And on top of all that, I’m nervous (and a worrier!). Purple Roads is heading to the printers on Monday. That’s it. Done. Finished. There’s nothing more I, nor my editor, can do. The sun has set on this journey. I get like this any…

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The National Year of Reading – escapism

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” ? Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Do you love going to a movie…

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Guest Blog: Jessica Rudd

  As the first guest blogger for 2012 I’m over the moon to have the witty and gorgeous Jessica Rudd. You can follow her on Twitter  @Jess_Rudd or on Facebook here. Jess, 27, had three career changes in as many years—law, PR, politics—but is now going steady with her life as a writer. She hopes…

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A week of wonders!

  Yesterday we woke to our hill being shrouded in heavy, low cloud and gentle showers pushing up from the coast. It was a beautiful way to start the day, especially after the pounding we had on Thursday evening. It was the most incredible thunderstorm I have ever seen and we netted a whopping 46mm…

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More Christmas Book suggestions by Guest Authors

  Fiona Palmer Author of Rural Fiction including The Road Home (to be released in April 2012): For Dad: Frank Coates ‘Softly Calls the Serengeti’ and Goldie Goldbloom’s The Paperbark Shoe because it’s set in the WA wheat belt. For Mum: I’ve purchased two guide books on Italy, as she’s planning a trip in 2013.…

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Christmas Book suggestions by guest authors

Do you ever go into book shops and become overwhelmed with choices? I do. Mainly because my budget doesn’t allow me to buy everything I want to, nor does time allow me to read all the books that are begging me to buy them! I hope that the next few posts might be able to…

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Voice of the Outback Gift Packs – ideal for Christmas!

Are you still searching for that perfect Christmas present? I’ve put together this fabulous gift pack to help make your shopping easier. The gift pack includes either Red Dust or Blue Skies – the choice is entirely yours! You will also receive a beautiful Bush Babe of Oz 2012 Calendar that features many of Amanda’s…

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