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There's going to be a wedding in Coorah Creek - and you are invited. Wedding Bells By The Creek, the 5th book in the series, is now available to pre-order.

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A palatial establishment

Impressive – but this is only the side entrance

Recently I played hooky from my desk for a day and went to Blenheim Palace. I’d read about it, of course, and I’ve seen it in any number of movies, but this was my first visit.

Wow!

The palace is a world heritage site and it well deserves that honour. It is amazing, but I had to wonder if some of my reaction to it is due to the fact that I am Australian. Continue reading

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You are invited to a wedding

I think the cover perfectly captures the feel of the book.

At last I can show you the cover of the new Coorah Creek book…

Isn’t it just beautiful?

This novella features all your old favourites in Coorah Creek. Trish and Syd are there. You’ll get to spend more time with Max and Tia who you met in Little Girl Lost.

There’s a new face in the town – and someone who has been gone for a long time has come back. That’s not good news for everyone. Continue reading

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Facts vs Fiction – not so different after all

The blog is on tour again this week. I’m over that the Take Five Authors blog, talking about writing. Not so unusual I know, but this time I am talking about writing fact – not fiction.

In my day job, I work with computer systems… well, actually, I work with people helping them implement large computer systems in their workplace.

As part of this, I’ve been working for several months devising a training course, and writing a 400 page book to go along with it. It’s a technical manual.. but I discovered that writing a technical manual isn’t that different to writing a novel…

The find out why – pop on over to the Take Five Authors blog.

A glimpse at the cover of my new book. No – you can’t buy it on Amazon.

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More recent reads

The writing was captivating.

The last couple of months here in London have been cold and wet and grey. My determination to find new authors disappeared with the sun, and it’s been a couple of months of comfort reads for me.

I’ve posted the books in the order I read them – not in any sort of preference…. although the first book is probably my favourite. It is also the one new author in this list… and what an author she is!

Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah (paperback – new author)

Well, when I say new author…. I really mean almost new author. I did read a short story by Kristin Hannah a long time ago and was enchanted by it. I don’t know why it took so long for me to come back to her. But now that I have found her again, I will be back. Continue reading

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An evening to remember

Candles, chandeliers and books -what a fabulous atmosphere.

Last night the Romantic Novelists Association held their Romantic Novel of the Year Awards Ceremony. This is a glittering evening of canapés and bubbles in the wonderful Gladstone Library in Whitehall Place.

It was particularly special for me this year, because my book Little Girl Lost was shortlisted for the Epic Romantic Novel of the year – a category that includes books with a central romance at the heart, but that cover broader issues and themes as well.

To cut a long story short – I WON!!!! Continue reading

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Avec diverse alarums

I got there early to avoid the crowds. Well, it was a good idea

This week for me has been about diversity… and the many different ways we express our individuality.

The reason – books and knitting. To explain.

I was looking forward to the Knitting and Stitching Show at London Olympia – the exhibition space and convention centre in Kensington. It’s huge. I had forgotten just how big it is. It’s the site of the Great British Beer Festival, webmaster John’s birthday treat most years. It’s also the site of this month’s London Book Fair.

There were people everywhere and I noticed two things. A lot of people seemed to have been hurt in some accident. And there were a lot of people wearing black T-shirts and carrying guitars. Then there was the clothing rail with what seemed like a million yards of white tulle and silk emerging from the dress bags. Continue reading

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Plot with dialogue

The blog is on tour this week. You can find me over at the Take Five Authors blog – where I am talking about the way we plot.

At a workshop last weekend, I was fascinated by the idea of using dialogue to plot. For someone who doesn’t like to plot (that’s me) it seems like a great idea – thank you Sophie Weston.

I also talk about some of my favourite movie moments – where dialogue is everything. And there’s a picture of Marlon Brando. Here’s another one – just to get you in the mood… then head over to Take Five Authors.

A Streetcar Named Desire is not my favourite Brando film – but he certainly rocked that T-shirt!

 

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A writing hero

I confess, I had a bit of a fan-girl moment. I love Gaiman’s writing.

You know those moments when you finally get to… not exactly meet but spend time listening to someone you have really admired for a long time. One of two things will happen. Either you’ll be disappointed, or you’ll fall in love.

And isn’t it the best thing in the world when it’s the latter?

This week, I had a major fan-girl moment. I had a front row seat at the Royal Festival Hall to hear the amazing Neil Gaiman talk about his work in general and in particular his latest book – Norse Mythology. This book is a retelling of the classic Norse myths in Gaiman’s own unique voice.

Not only is he a great writer – he is a pretty fabulous reader too.

The evening started with him reading one of the stories from the book. It involved the Mighty Thor and his hammer, Loki , a giant ogre and a wedding. Continue reading

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Reaching for the tissues

This is a book that means a lot to me.

I can finally let you all in on a secret I have been keeping for a little while now….

The Romantic Novelists Association has announced the shortlists for the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards – and my book, Little Girl Lost, is there. Yes – I cried when I heard the news a few weeks ago. And once or twice since then, I have jumped up and down and made squeeee noises – excited, but so frustrated that I had to keep it a secret.

Little Girl Lost is shortlisted for the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year –that’s for a book which has a strong romance at its core, but also deals with wider issues beyond the romance.

Being shortlisted for this award means a lot to me for several reasons. Continue reading

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Discovering New Authors

The first stop on my ‘new authors’ list was a wonderful book – and she has a good sized backlist for me to explore.

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I did promise myself that this year I would experiment more with my reading and try some new authors. Not necessarily new as in debut authors – but new to me.

That’s not to say I am abandoning old favourites. Never! But I felt it was time to be a bit more adventurous and move out of my comfort zone. So for the past few weeks I have been grabbing new authors of my huge to-be-read pile.

It’s been a lot of fun… Continue reading

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