Exciting happenings!

Going to Perth, for us, is mostly a big adventure. We don’t go often – the eight hour drive puts a ‘quick trip’ out of the question. We left very early last week – 4am. My daughter needed to be in Perth for an appointment at 3:30pm – nothing like a deadline and an unfamiliar…

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Unter den Sternen des Sudens…

I had a lovely surprise in the mail today. Five copies of the German edition of Blue Skies! To be really honest, I’d been so caught in writing Purple Roads, that I had completely forgotten that Blue Skies was due out in Germany, in February.  So, when I went to the mail box and saw…

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Purple Roads in Blue skies!

So, I know you’ve all seen the cover for Blue Skies and you’re all probably bored with it, but this book is different! ‘Yeah, yeah,’ I can hear you saying, but it’s true! This is the B-format, a smaller version, from when it came out twelve months ago. It’s also a cheaper version. The thing…

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Part Three: Tasmania and Agfest

Tasmania is a place I have always wanted to visit. The history of the state is one of the reasons (I love history, especially Australian history) and I love mountains and green grass. Get plenty of that in Tassie! I can’t tell you how much the landscape captivated me – the colours of the trees…

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Come on a journey, part two!

So from Sydney, we caught a flight to Wagga Wagga where we had a book signing at Book City. We weren’t there for long before we started the drive to Goulburn. I spent a lovely hour or so, in the car with Deb, Allen and Unwin’s book seller before I jumped back in the car…

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NSW book tour

What a journey Blue Skies is leading me on! I’m going to NSW to meet my whole Allen and Unwin team, who are instrumental in making my books as good as they can be. These women have become friends, through the writing process and I can tell you that A&U are the best team to have behind…

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New Competition – Purple Roads

We’re having a new competition! Check out these photos – they’re of my friend, Kate. What we want you to do, now that Blue Skies has hit the shelves, is take photos (only decent ones – don’t want to see you sitting on the loo!) of you reading Blue Skies. You either need to post…

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Discount for Website readers!

Allen and Unwin are the best publishers, I reckon! Not only have they been fantastic at advertising Blue Skies, through their Facebook Page (join, to be eligible for all sorts of giveaways and hear all the latest news on their authors), but they are giving a 20% discount on everyone who reads my blog! Just…

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Blue Skies Launch

What a day! It was awesome! The Condy Fair really was brilliant this year – not that it hasn’t been other years, but there were so many people, so many things to do and just a fantastic atmosphere to the day. A sharp thunderstorm the night before had our hearts in our mouths, but even…

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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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Blue Skies Launch and Book Signings!

I have an opportunity to offer you guys a pre-release copy of Blue Skies! Our local bookshop, Le Grand bookshop, has secured 200 copies before Blue Skies is due out. Now these are for a couple of events. First one is that the Blue Skies Launch will be held at the Condingup Community Fair on…

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Blue Skies

Here is the final packaging for Blue Skies! I just love it – and I love the blurb on the back. So, meet Amanda and journey with her two best friends, Hannah and Jonno and her distant father, Brian. Feel the passion she holds for Kyleena, the sun on her skin, the dirt between her…

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The Edit!

I love getting the first clean, fresh, pages, back from Allen and Unwin – it looks like a book and is ready to read. It’s like starting again and seeing the book through fresh eyes. This edit was particularly difficult for me. We were going flat chat with harvest and I had a deadline to…

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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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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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