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Supremely beautiful…

There is something supremely beautiful and quiet about shearing sheds, when they are empty. I’ve always thought they are so atmospheric. When I was younger, I often headed up to the shearing shed on my Nana and Papa’s station and just sit and think, or even walk around and feel the smooth wood, smell the…

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A big birthday…

Well, gotta say it’s not every day that I turn 40. I’ve said before that approaching this big birthday, I wasn’t at all worried. I was grateful to be able to celebrate it because plenty of people I know haven’t had that privilege. That was until my sister rang this morning and said: ‘Just think…

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A new book and a new competition!

Back in December I was planning out a new book. I wasn’t sure when I was going to write it, because I was thinking about taking twelve months off from writing. This book I was planning, called Indigo Storm, had a very tricky storyline and required a fair bit of research and I knew I…

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Dear Nana P and Nana H,

Dear Nana P and Nana H, It’s Mother’s Day again. I always think about you today. How could I not, with the beautiful memories of Mother’s Day. I wonder, if you were here, if you’d talk about the handmade cards I used to give you when I was young. If we’d laugh about how I’d…

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Secrets revealed!

I’m planning on telling a big secret in this post. As a disclaimer, neither my parents, nor my children should read it! The dreaded Naplan will be held next week. When I say ‘dreaded’ it isn’t like that in our house, but I know it is at plenty of other peoples places. Neither of the…

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Back at it!

This is where we spent most of our Sunday and it’s ‘that’ time of the year again. I guess there is a few ‘that’ times of the year on a farm, but this particular ‘that’, is lamb marking. This year, we have about 10,000 lambs to mark. No small number and it will take weeks,…

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Guest Blog: Josephine Moon, The Tea Chest

Josephine Moon has written the most stunning, witty and enchanting debut novel. Here she is chatting about The Tea Chest and writing. Embrace the Crazy I’ve been hanging around in the writing world for a while now and I’ve come to one firm conclusion: the writing world is just a little bit crazy. There doesn’t…

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Guest blog: Karen Viggers, The Grass Castle

I have been a fan of Karen Viggers‘ writing since I read ‘The Stranding’ a few years back. That books was followed by “The Light Keeper’s Wife’ and now. ‘The Grass Castle’. Karen is such a versatile writer and never disappoints. Here she is talking about ‘The Grass Castle’. Hi Fleur. Thanks so much for…

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The dawn of a new book

Today starts the dawn of a new book. Which seems crazy because I’m still doing publicity for Crimson Dawn! It’s fun and daunting all at the same time. Sitting down and staring at a blank screen is the scary bit. Having my imagination running amok with characters, plots and exciting things, is the extremely fun…

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Turning the big four oh!

  In a couple of weeks I’ll have a phone call from mum telling me the story of the day I was born. I get it every year… Does your mum do (or has she done) that? It goes something like this: ‘The creeks were up, as your Nana drove me across to Booleroo to…

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Mornings

I am not a “greeny”, by any stretch of the imagination. However I do believe we are only custodians for our land, which means we need to hand it on the the next generation in a better condition than what we were given in it. I do, however, LOVE to commune with nature. This time…

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Guest Blog: Annabelle Brayley

Introducing the lovely Annabelle Brayley of OUTBACK NURSES fame! SHe’s chatting about her love of rural fiction and her new offering, Outback Nurses. Hello Fleur, Thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. Although I generally write non-fiction myself, Australian fiction captivates me and the evolution of the authors…

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Guest blog: Helene Young, Safe Harbour

Welcome to Helene Young, who is chatting with me today! Helene and I have been talking online for years! I’m not sure, but I think our books came out with a year or so of each other.  Today I’m really thrilled she’s popped across to write about her new book, Safe Harbour. I LOVE Helene’s…

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Phew, my head is still spinning!

I guess, if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know I’ve just had a whirlwind tour of NSW and WA for the release of Crimson Dawn. And whirlwind, or at least head spinning, it was! It was so incredibly exciting to visit places I’d only ever heard about before. Booktopia‘s John Purcell and…

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Guest Blog: Tracking North by Kerry McGinnis

Okay, got to admit straight up, I’m a huge fan of Kerry McGinnis! Loved her first few books, including her non-fiction piece, Pieces of Blue and late last year, she releases another book called Mallee Sky. That is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Kerry and I are sharing shelf…

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Standing on the brink…

Some times I have to pinch myself. When I first starting writing, I never could have dreamed what type of journey it my imagination would lead me on. (That might sound weird, but it’s my imagination which writes the books.) Who would have ever thought that i was standing on the brink of a two…

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Crimson Dawn update

I’m sorry, I really don’t know where this time has gone. It’s only NINE days until the Crimson Dawn launch and only SEVEN days until it might hit the shelf in your bookstore and TWELVE days until it will definitely be in the shops. Ugh. Nerves. Still, I gotta harden up… But, no matter what…

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Guest blog: Reach for the Dream

I love nothing more than sitting down with a good book and escaping from reality. Not that reality is bad, but a break from it leaves you refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life throws at you next. As you would probably guess, I love reading Rural Lit books – not that I read as…

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G is for…

I seriously can’t believe we’re up to G already! Where has the time gone to? Before we start I just need to wish Bushbabe a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I’m so thrilled we’ve become friends across the inter webs and she’s an important part of my life. Amanda from Bush Babe of Oz has chosen ‘Grazing’…

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Procrastinating at its best!

  I’m supposed to be writing a speech. Don’t like writing them much (said in a petulant tone!). It’s difficult to write about myself when I’m ‘just Fleur’. I’m nothing out of the ordinary, or different or anything like that, so I’m sort of stuck on what to write about. So I thought I’d do…

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Looking for lambs

In Crimson Dawn, one of the characters, Thomas, talks of ‘sea of sheep’ stretching as far as the eye could see. I felt like this on Friday! We had to run 4,000 ewes through the yards to get them preg-scanned. Our vet travels the 100+ kilometres from town with his ultrasound wand and screen, we…

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