Award winning outback romance

I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. So very very thrilled. There are more details here.

Australia

A second award nomination.

So very proud of this book

I’m absolutely over the moon .. because Wedding Bells by the Creek has just received its second award nomination. It’s a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Wow.

The first book in the Coorah Creek series was also a finalist in this award and it’s so lovely now to see this 5th book recognised in my home country.

Wedding Bells tells the story of two people who are no longer young, and who have been somewhat beaten up by life. Continue reading

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My Number #1 Royal Wedding Fantasy

My very own royal wedding invitation.

Are you sure you are ready for this?

This is the first time I’ve been in this country for a big royal wedding. I was in New York when William and Kate married, and watching a royal wedding in the US is a whole experience in itself. They love a royal wedding over there almost as much as we do.

I guess my invitation to this royal wedding must have been lost by the Royal Mail. But that’s all right. I made my own invitation to my very own royal wedding.

The funny thing – when writing the book, which was before Harry and Meghan were even officially dating, I had my bride invite a lot of everyday people to fill the courtyard around the palace chapel to join in the fun. And of course, that’s exactly what Meghan did. Now I am curious to see if THE dress in any way resembles mine. Or the flowers. Or…

So – do you want to know my number one royal wedding smile… Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Countdown #2

Hats. It’s all about the hats.

We have hats in Australia of course and I’ve worn a few. But mostly the hats I’ve worn have looked like this…

This is an Akubra hat, as worn by anyone and everyone in the Australian bush, including me.

Here in the UK – my hat wearing has mostly been at music festivals… and might not have been done in a ‘proper’ fashion. Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Countdown #3

Vegemite on toast. YUM! But not exactly right for a royal wedding breakfast

 

The strangest royal wedding souvenir ever almost topped my royal wedding chart… almost

I was born in Australia remember, and Australia is a Vegemite nation. You either love or hate Vegemite. Personally, it’s my go-to food when I need a bit of cheering up or if I can’t be bothered making a ‘proper’ meal.

It takes a lot to beat Vegemite on toast – with lashings of melting butter. It’s very important to put the butter on while the toast is still hot so it can melt, but you don’t want it all melting. You need some of it to mix in with the Vegemite too.

The amount of Vegemite has to be carefully considered. If you’re a Vegemite newcomer, the merest scraping is enough. For hardened Vegemite addicts like myself, about a teaspoon is right, if applied with the right amount of butter.

And, I can hear you asking, what has this got to do with the royal wedding? I’m so glad you asked. Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Countdown #4

I don’t imagine Meghan and Harry are short of teacups or plates or other necessities for setting up house together. However, I guess there are some things you just can’t have too many of, especially if you’re likely to host a visiting head of state or two.

And if you like your crockery personalised… Harry and Meghan have a lot of options.

I don’t know of this would be on the couple’s gift register.

I’m honestly not sure about the T-towels though. Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Countdown #6

This couple looked very familiar

 

I am a really good tourist.

Seriously. I love travelling and when I travel I buy souvenirs. My house is full of them. I once had a competition going with a friend to see who could find the tackiest souvenir ever. And yes, there are a few Royal wedding souvenirs that might be eligible… but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the whole idea of souvenirs … because that’s how we remember the good times.

Wandering around Windsor, there is a wealth of choice.

Some of you may know I have a life sized cardboard cutout of Mr Spock from the original Star Trek series (don’t ask).

If that would be your souvenir of choice for a royal wedding – you might have to fight for it. There were a lot of selfies being taken. I love that so many people just smiled when they saw the figures. That’s always a good thing. Continue reading

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Its time to get excited.

Keeping up with these neighbours is a bit difficult.

 

Counting down…

A couple of my neighbours are getting ready for a wedding. By neighbours, I mean them that live in that big castle just a couple of miles up the road from me.

It’s a week until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at Windsor Castle. As an Australian, I find all things royal to be quite fascinating. There’s history there – and traditions that we don’t have Down Under. That’s why I wrote a royal wedding novel (before this engagement was even announced).

Anyway I thought I would count down to the big day with some of things about the royal wedding that make me smile….

This required a day spent wandering around Windsor in the lovely spring Sunshine – gosh, the things I force myself to do. Continue reading

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I learn a new skill

Meeting this cutie was definitely research. Who knew calves came with such pink noses?

It’s amazing where book research can lead you… and what new skills you can develop along the way.

On my recent trip to Australia, I was in the beautiful Hunter Valley, checking locations, taking photographs and talking to the locals about the lovely place where they live.

And somehow that led to coloured icing, roses and records. Continue reading

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Changing direction

This week I can be found over on the Take Five Authors blog – where I am talking about leaving home, changing direction and new people and places.

It’s all about books of course –

Here’s a hint.

It’s all about this rolled up bit of cardboard on my desk.

Do pop over to the Take Five Authors blog and see what I am up to.

 

 

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It’s publication day.

Wedding Bells by The Creek published by Farwell Publications

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

Today is one of those days that authors love. It’s publication day for Wedding Bells by the Creek – the 5th book in the Coorah Creek Series.

Publication day is the culmination of months of work. It’s not just the writing. Before the first word is even written, I have to spend time thinking about the story and the characters and what the book will be about. When the writing is finished, there’s revision and  editing, working to get the cover just right. Coming up with a blurb and a shout line.

But all that is worthwhile when I look at the final book.  Of course, that’s when the nervousness sets in. Continue reading

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