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Condingup Community Fair Launch for Blue Skies

Every year our community holds a community fair to raise money for the local school. We have a huge amount of businesses and exhibitors that come from Esperance, as well as races and fun events for all the family. Condingup is about 65km east of Esperance –  a small drive but for a fantastic day,…

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The Brains

Meet Cal. She’s the brains behind Blue Skies. When we first started talking about what the next book would hold, we came up with a few ideas. 1. Cal’s house is very old (it was actually the first double-brick home built on farming land in Esperance) and is steeped in history. I can’t remember the year, but…

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Guest Post: Hélène Young

I have really met some lovely people through my few short years in the writing world. The three women, who are involved in our new initiative Facebook Page (Australian Outback mysteries and romances, and Twitter @outbackromances) are some of them! Today, you get to meet Hélène Young, who is part of this group. Hélène’s first…

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Winners Blog!

Well today I’ve drawn the first of our new initiative – ‘Giveaways for both Readers and Writers! The winners are: Readers – Narrelle and Writers – Anita! Congratulations to you both. I hope that you enjoy your prizes. Narrelle wanted to win Liar by Justine Larbalestier. There is a wonderful review of it here and…

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Guest Post: Sharyn Munro

When Red Dust was on its way to being published, my nerves ran riot, I was unsure of the editing process and some days, things just got too much for me. I also had the deadline of Blue Skies hanging over my head and I was fairly sure that I wasn’t going to make it.…

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Stolen moments and working spaces

Being a farmer and a mum, often my writing time is snatched in between feeding kids, husband or animals and every other job you can imagine. Because of this, I’ve been known to write in a variety of places. Today I’m being very naughty and using the shade of a tree for my workspace. I’m scratching out some plans…

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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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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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What a thrill – Industry Guru’s on chat!

Picture: The Webmistress’ cat helping organise the huge web event….sort of Next Saturday is a huge day in my web mistress’s life! Nyssa runs the web site called A Writer Goes On A Journey. It is mainly for fantasy and sci-fi fans and is smothered with reviews, industry news and many other interesting things. But next…

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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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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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The first ever book

I guess everyone thinks that Red Dust was the first book I ever wrote… but it wasn’t! One of my oldest friends came to stay with me, around the time Red Dust was launched and brought with her, my first book. Not quite novel length and titled very plainly, ‘The Letter’ you can see the illustrations…

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Cleo

I received a package in the mail a couple of days ago – when I saw who it was from and I felt what was in it, I knew it was full of books! My publisher, Louise Thurtell, had sent me a wonderful assortment and over the next few weeks, when I get time away…

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A New-Look Library

This doesn’t really look like the standard library does it? Not with all the utes parked and strange looking things, including a cement mixer, at the front. Where are the books? Well, this is my new library! I have a friend who I swap books with fairly regularly, but we don’t ever seem to be…

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How my books start

This is a really important little note book. It’s small enough to fit in my hand bag or just sit along side me on the passengers seat of the car – and it goes where ever I am at the moment. This is the start of Purple Roads. In here I document every single thought I…

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Final days for competition

With two days to go until the Farm Name comp finishes, I’ve just had a phone call from my publicist, Kate, telling me about the overwhelming response that we’ve received! That’s Life, the magazine with heart, have kindly been running this comp over the past couple of weeks and they’ve been inundated with entries! Thank…

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Last Days

It’s the last days to enter the farm name competition. It finishes this Friday (31st July 2009). Head to That’s Life web site, to read about Adrian, his farm and what sort of a bloke he is. Hopefully my descriptions of his character and farm will give you an idea of what he’s like and…

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What I’m Reading…

Reading for me is a passion. I was brought up on many books, some were The Famous Five, Trixie Beldon, and Colin Thiele books and I went through a phase where I collected every Sweet Valley High book I could (don’t hold that against me, and perhaps that’s showing my age!) My bookshelves are filled…

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A great opportunity!

I’m hoping you guys are going to be as excited about this as I am! Together with That’s Life magazine, we’re offering you a chance at an exclusive competition to be involved with the writing of my new book, Blue Skies. Keep an eye on my website and That’s Life’s website – over the next…

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