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Behind the scenes of Indigo Storm

  My new book Indigo Storm was inspired by a road trip I took my partner, Garry and the kids, in July 2015. Before we left, I had an idea of what story I wanted to tell, but it had been a long time since I’d spent any long periods of time at my childhood…

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Ta Daaaa! Indigo Storm

  Sometimes I just have to pinch myself. Today is one of those days. I’m so proud to be able to show you the cover of my 7th novel! When I started writing I had no idea it was going to get this far. I didn’t know I was any good at writing and I…

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2015 done and dusted…

We had some great times in 2015 and I thought it would be fun to look back over the good times. It makes me realise that 2015 wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it was! And it reminds me of the things I’ve learned over this year. This is was the first sunset of…

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New Year resolutions

Happy New Year! Has it been a good start for you? We spent the evening at the foreshore in Esperance having tea with friends and watching the fireworks. It was a really pleasant way to see in 2016. I’ve spent the first two days going through the final edit of Indigo Storm. It’s been a…

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Indigo Storm and Summer fun

  I know it’s been a while since I’ve written on my blog – and once again, I’m sorry! Indigo Storm, my next book, has been taking my time away from here – I had a deadline which I didn’t make… THREE times! Finally, right on the death knock of November, I managed to get…

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Holidays

  You know that feeling when you head back to your childhood home, where you know every corner and bump in the road and every sight is familiar? Well that’s what I’ve been feeling while we’ve been away on holidays. Although it was a holiday, it was also a research trip for my next book…

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Why you shouldn’t play with fire…

*Warning some of these photos are graphic!* Imagine this; it’s 9pm and I’m sitting on the couch at Bushbabe‘s house and the phone rings. We both look at each other wondering. After all it’s reasonably late for a phone call! It’s my daughter… ‘Now mum, I don’t want you to panic but…’ There is nothing…

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Emerald Springs Tour

    It’s been a while now, since Emerald Springs came out. Three months in fact! Like I said in a previous post, it was pretty hard to write – there was lots going on. One of the things that kept me focussed was that I had  huge tour in front of me. We were…

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The funny roads life takes you on

It’s funny where life takes you. Often you have know idea what is around the corner, or if you do, it’s completely different to what you thought was going to be there. I saw a quote on Facebook yesterday and it went something like: ‘Life didn’t go according to plan… But that’s okay.’ To be…

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Emerald Springs SA tour

  I left Esperance today, to fly to Perth and then across to Adelaide. I’m really looking forward to getting back to my old home state, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Suburbs of Adelaide are getting most of the attention during this leg of the tour, but there is a couple…

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A new book

  It’s been so long since I’ve written here, I’ve almost forgotten what I have to do! I guess I should apologise. My life has been tipped upside down in the last six months and both the kids and I have had some huge adjustments to make. We plan on making 2015 the best year…

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When the words don’t come

I suffer terribly from writers block. With each passing book it has got worse. I used to think it was because I didn’t have time to write, to immerse myself in the book and live the characters. I would write in snatches and there would be days that I could write really well and lots…

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More changes

  There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘There is nothing more contestant than change’. Especially when it comes to book titles! This new book I’m writing has had quite a few. It started off as Emerald Bluff, which I really loved – the play on words (deceive) and the images a wild rock face…

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The little things…

  Today over at Outback Paparazzi, we’re focusing on THE LITTLE THINGS. Things that make us smile, when we stop and look for them. I love dew drops on the fence, green grass, good coffee, beautiful views, kids laughing. Cattle sitting contentedly chewing their cud. Too many things to mention – oh, the moon rising.…

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A new look for fleurmcdonald.com

Hey everyone! Just a very quick check-in to say ‘come have a look at my new website design!’ My previous design was great and served me well, but I was craving something simpler and fresher … so here we are. I think Kelly’s done a great job – what do you guys think? Feel free to leave…

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Choose your own adventure

Did you ever read the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books when you were a kid? You know the ones where you’d read a chapter and then get given two choices, and depending on which choice you made, you’d get sent to a certain page and follow the story on from there? I used to love…

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Guest Blog: Fiona McArthur

Hello there Fleur and thanks so much for asking me to drop in. I’m chuffed as I love your books and your website – and those fabulous agricultural women’s stories. I’m not a farmer, though I can drive a tractor, and one of our sons has a few head of friendly cattle on our land.…

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The different sounds of rain

I was lying in bed on Saturday night, listening to the sound of rain on the roof. There is no better sound to a farmer. It’s music. That night it was really windy too, and there were times I had to lift my head off the pillow and listen hard to work out whether the…

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Wearing my heart on my sleeve

  I though things were supposed to happen in threes? Well just recently they feel like they’re happening in tens. Or even twenties! Okay, that’s an exaggeration, thank goodness. My point is, every time I turn around something bad is happening to someone I love, someone I know, someone I used to know. People are…

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