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The Lawson Sisters

The Lawson Sisters by Janet Gover, published by Harper CollinsI’m absolutely thrilled to announce my new book – The Lawson Sisters.

This is my thirteenth book – but despite superstition – I don’t think it’s at all unlucky.

The whole idea for this story developed in my head while I was staying with a friend in the Scone region of New South Wales. I am so often inspired by locations and this was no exception.

I loved looking at the brood mares grazing, with their huge round bodies as they waited for their foals to come. As for the foals – how much time is it possible to waste just watching them play? The answer – a great deal.

The Upper Hunter is also a place of wonderful, historic properties, each with stories to tell about the families that built them.

While reaching The Lawson Sisters, I also spent a day in a wonderful historic homestead that has been turned into a wedding venue, in Queensland. The staff there were so helpful in telling me about the work it took to convert the property and sharing stories of some of the weddings held there. Continue reading

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2020 Writing Retreats

I’m pleased to announce three new residential writing retreats for 2020. The weekend retreats will be led by RNA Chair Alison May and myself.

The dates are…..

  • Early Spring Retreat – 31st January-2nd February 2020
  • Summer Retreat – 12th-14th June 2020
  • Autumn Retreat – 30th October-1st November 2020

The all-inclusive retreats are designed for new writers just starting out and for more experienced writers, who are looking for some time to focus entirely in their writing. And where better to do it that just outside Stratford Upon Avon.

There’s more information here.

It’s not too early to start dropping hints about Christmas presents.

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The Heights on tour

This week, The Heights sets out on a blog tour.

It’s always a nervous time for me when a book goes out into the world. I have my fingers crossed that people like it.

If you want to know a bit more about the book – stop by the blogs.

Monday 8th Jan – Bookish Jottings

Tuesday 9th Jan – Varietats

Wednesday 10th Jan – BRMaycock’s Book Blog

Thursday 1tth Jan – Charyl M M’s Book Blog

I don’t know what any of the reviewers are going to say in advance – but I have been thrilled at the Amazon reviews already …

” Emily Brontë’s themes stand the test of time and this collaboration is a compelling tribute. Definitely recommend. Five stars. ”

” I stayed up until silly o’clock in the morning to finish it … ”

” I read it in one reading, it was so riveting. ”

” Yes, it works – I did enjoy it, and to do so you really don’t need to be a fan or to be familiar with the original story. ”

Those are the sorts of things that make my day, because when all is said and done, I write books for readers.

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Publication Day!

Today is the best day of a writer’s calendar… it’s publication day for a new book.

It’s also the birthday of a new writing identity… Juliet Bell.

The book is The Heights – a book I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time. It’s an adaptation of Wuthering Heights, which is one of my all-time favourite books.

Wuthering Heights is one of those books that people tend to either love or hate. It’s dark and disturbing and the characters tend to also be dark and not particularly likeable. Many, many people die in Wuthering Heights and it doesn’t exactly have a happy ending. While it’s often referred to as romantic novel, I don’t think it is. It’s a look at the darker side of relationships, and for me is totally compelling. I’ve read it many times, and no matter how familiar the story is, it always captivates me. Continue reading

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It’s that time again…

I cannot think where this year has gone – it seems to have passed in a flash.
It has been an exciting year for me – and I want to say a big thank you to all my lovely readers, friends and supporters who have shared it with me. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, filled with the people you love and things to make you smile.
2018 is just around the corner – and I wish nothing but happiness for you and yours in the year ahead.
I looked forward to sharing my year with you.

 

 

 

 

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A most unusual transit

This lovely waterfall is not in a rainforest.

This week, I flew back to Australia and got reacquainted with one of my favourite travel destinations.

No, I’m not talking about a beach resort, or a five star hotel or a world heritage site (although there are many of those that I do love).

I am talking about an airport, or rather, a part of an airport. Continue reading

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A castle with the Ewww factor

A typical English castle – seen through a rain-soaked car windscreen

When I first arrived in the UK, my fascination with history took me to more than a few ruined castles. It seems I still have not had my fill. Every one of them has some gem that makes it special.

Last weekend we found ourselves in the neighbourhood of Farleigh Hungerford Castle, set in a lovely valley on the Somerset/Wiltshire border.

Despite the rain, it was lovely, with spectacular chapel and crypt. In this case, though… there was a certain Ewww factor. Continue reading

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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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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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It’s that time again

It’s that time of year again – how did that happen? The year has passed so quickly.

I’d like to thank you all for your friendship and support during 2016. It’s been a tumultuous year in so many ways for so many people. I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks with family and friends, sharing and enjoying a few days rest and recuperation – before we all head into 2017 with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

I hope you enjoy the holiday season – however you choose to celebrate it. And I look forward to your company in the new year. Much Love….

 

 

 

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Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist for The Wild OneColorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist for The Wild One
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