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Five Winners!

I hope that the five copies that I’ve given away will make lovely Christmas presents for all who get them! As you can see from the photo we resorted to the old fashioned method of ‘draw the name out of a hat’! Hayden stood on the chair and held the hat up and Rochelle drew five…

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Blue Skies

Well, this is the cover for Blue Skies! As you can see it’s fairly similar to Red Dust, but there is a reason behind that. Allen and Unwin are making it easy for you guys to know that the book is by me – you might forget my name, but you should be able recognise the cover as…

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Farmer’s Foe

We had some drama in our neighbourhood today! A fire started just to the back of our farm and was on a neighbouring farm – if you’re a regular visitor, you’ve probably seen me write about my friend Gill who is the world’s most amazing cook! This fire photo is what fronted her and her family…

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Guest: Marianne Delacourt

We are really lucky to have Marianne Delacourt on the Guest Blog, today! She started out writing fantasy, then dabbled with some chapters about a ‘kick-arse’, feisty crime fighter, with an ability to read peoples auras! Loving the characters from the Tara Sharp series so much, she kept writing about them, as well has her…

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End of year giveaway!

Well, it’s nearly Christmas time and that means the time for giving! I’ve got five signed copies of Red Dust to give away. They’d make great Chrissie presents, or just presents in general, so if you ‘enter here’ by the 4th of December,  I’ll contact you to let you know you’ve won! All international guests are…

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Guest Blog: Tamara McKinley

I grew up with Tamara McKinley’s books on my shelves. I love her complex plots, the way she weaves a web, so interwoven, and the end is breath taking. She completely transports me to another time and place. When I approached her about doing a guest blog, I really didn’t expect to hear back from such…

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From sunset to sunrise!

This is what my world looked like at 4.15 this morning! Magic isn’t it? We in WA are lucky not to have daylight saving, but it does mean that our sun gets ups up at horrible hours – it kissed the horizon at 4.35am! Anthony and I were up – it is going to be a…

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Amazing Sunsets

In summer one of the things I love are the amazing sunsets. They can be anything from wild –  like the ones created by thunderstorms – to sublime and just plain beautiful. I must admit, coming from the mid north of SA and after spending a lot of time around the Alice Springs area, I thought…

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Harvesting

[flickrvideo]http://www.flickr.com/photos/fleurmcdonald/4113399297/[/flickrvideo] When we did the first edit for Blue Skies, we got to the part about harvest and Ali asked me to insert what a header was. Now, I’m sure most of you who jump on here to have a look know what a header is! But, just in case there are any city folk who…

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Blue Skies for Harvest!

Well, after a week of rumbling and grumbling, lightening and torrential rain, in a few spots, we’re off harvesting again today. We’re down in our far back paddock and this is the view from the chaser bin. I took this one of the hottest days we had this week (about 40 degrees) but you wouldn’t…

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Hearts in our mouths

Thunderstorms are not only impressive but their power is truly breathtaking. They are a reminder to humans: how we can’t control everything, (even though we try) and how much we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. As farmers during summer, we tend to be a bit wary of storms – especially if they don’t bring any rain.…

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Season finishes

Our season has come to an abrupt end. There wasn’t any gradual change in the grass as there can be some years. It went from green to golden in the space of about three days! Now is the time that my love/hate relationship starts with summer. I am not a fan of hot weather –…

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I’ve been invited…

I’ve been so lucky to be invited by Bron Parry to ‘guest blog’ on her web site. So today, I’m off to ‘visit’ NSW.  I wish I could physically go, the photo’s that I’ve seen of Bron’s area, makes me want to visit! So we’re hoping you’ll pop across and read the interview questions that…

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Playing

I love photos! I love the ones that are full of family and friends and mean something and I love professional ones of land or seascapes. I love to take photos! If anyone has got a camera at a family shin dig, it’s me and I’m not afraid to use it. Although I’m not very good…

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Guest post: Bronwyn Parry

As a reader, I’m always really interested to read interviews of my favourite authors. I like to know what inspires them to write, why they write, how they write, how they learn and keep getting better at what they do. As a writer, the same applies. Writing is hard, it’s lonely and sometimes things just…

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Medicinal only!

I’m not a chocolate freak, at all. At least not like Anthony, who can make a family size block of chocolate disappear over two night! However, there are certain circumstances that I like chocolate and this is one of them. Double choc chip muffins that my daughter makes! She kept telling me they were good…

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Eagle Eyes

Rocket hates being left out of anything! If he is left at the house, he barks and barks and then when we come home, he’s exhausted! He’s pleased to see us for about five minutes and curls up, content that his family his home and goes to sleep! Keeping an eagle eye on things here, he’s waiting…

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Golden Hay

Look at all our beautiful hay! The cows will be happy with us this year! I love it when it looks as golden as this (always reminds me of the fairy tale, Rumplestiltskin), but I love it even better when it’s all been carted and stacked in rows, away from the weather. Holly, the pregnant Kelpie, has…

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From beyond the interwebs

A note from the webmistress Salutations all! Fleur and I have been trying to decide what exactly got into the site to make it work for the past week…domain host, server host, faries, goblins, daleks….turns out, it was the salmon mousse! (Monty Python, the Meaning of Life). And now it’s up again, we have more…

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