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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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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Drought is a frightening word

After watching Landline a few weeks ago, I wrote this article on drought and why the powers that be, government, farming bodies and so on, can’t make decisions on drought relief in the middle of drought. It’s too raw and emotional. The article first appeared on The ABC’s The Drum website, then was published in…

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You have the power…

  Yesterday was a crappy day. You know how they just pop up out of nowhere? How they hit you by surprise and at the end of the day, you’re left wondering who the hell you ran over to get such a day? Yeah, well it was one of them. Maybe it was because I…

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