Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day today – Here’s to the girls! An important day in our calendar to celebrate everything women are capable of… our strengths, our ability, our uniqueness.   In 2019 it’s all about #balanceforbetter and to me that means finding that ever elusive work/play balance in our own lives, along with finding it in…

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The Importance of the Stock Squad

Back in 2007, when I first started writing fiction, I created a character named Detective Dave Burrows. He was my lead male character in my first published novel, Red Dust. Dave worked hard, played hard, loved the bush and his job as lead detective in the WA Rural Crime Unit. In the same year Red…

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The Grass Roots Tour

April will see the release of the second Detective Dave Burrows book WITHOUT A DOUBT. To celebrate, in May, I’m hitting the road with my ute and maybe my dog and coming to a town near you. If you are in WA, and you’d like me to visit, then please contact Isabelle O’Brien at Allen…

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Here’s a funny story…

Now here’s a funny story… I went to Sydney last week, for six days. Six days with lots of different meetings and activities, required at least seven different outfits, shoes to go with them and all the toiletries etc you need. Need I say that my suitcase was very heavy? Upon arriving at our little…

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Bush Lanterns – Amanda Salisbury

Amanda Salisbury’s advice to younger women striving to make it in rural areas is; “Passion for the land is a pure and marvellous thing!  Dream big, work hard, take advantage of the wealth of knowledge out there …but most of all, take the time to listen to your heart.  It won’t always be easy, but…

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Bush Lanterns – Laura Bennett

“Don’t be afraid of being the only woman in the room. People judge more on ability, smarts and character, so just be yourself and prove your knowledge and you will be able to talk to anyone.” ~ Laura Bennett Usually I would find an inspiring quote from a famous person to introduce my next Bush…

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Book recommendations 2016

I wish I’d read more this year – but then again, most readers probably say that. My to-be-read pile, next to my bed, my bookshelf and chair in the lounge seems to rather large. In fact I came back from Perth with a couple more books and Garry asked if I really did need the…

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Gift packs for Christmas

I read somewhere yesterday that Christmas was 40 sleeps away. That’s a serious ‘WTH’ moment for me! I really can’t tell you where this year has gone! Anyway, as a special Christmas surprise, I thought I’d offer you something which isn’t available in the shops! A Sapphire Falls Surprise Pack. For $100.00, including postage, I’ll wrap…

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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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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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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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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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