Harlequin Valentine’s Day Competition

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Love is all around at Booktopia and thanks to Harlequin Books Australia we’re celebrating by giving one lucky customer the chance to win a major romance pack!

Bringing together some of the best in romance to bring you goosebumps, shivers down your back, tears, but above all, the joy of falling in love with characters falling in love.

Remember, if you want to win, just order any of the titles in the Harlequin Valentine’s Day Collection.


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by Linda Lael Miller

The Man From Stone Creek

There was trouble in Haven, Arizona, and Ranger Sam O’Ballivan was determined to sort it out. Badge and gun hidden, he arrived posing as the new school teacher, and discovered his first task was to bring the rough ranchers’ children under control. So he started with a call on Maddie Chancelor, the local postmistress, and older sister of a young boy in need of discipline.

It never occurred to Sam that Maddie would turn out to be more…


 

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by Marilyn Forsyth

One farmer + two stunning girls competing for his affection = 1 hit reality show

Gorgeous farmer Adam Armstrong loves his life — he owns and runs his own piece of heaven, a successful pearl farm, and spends his days outdoors in Australia’s stunning Kimberley. There’s just one thing missing: someone to share it with, but when you live in one of the most uninhabited places on Earth it’s not easy to meet the perfect woman.

Enter Evangeline Sinclair, PA for more…


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by Amy Andrews, Ros Baxter

What would you do differently if your days were…

NUMBERED

Live every day like it was your last.

Mathematician and many-time Loser in Love Poppy Devine believes in being prepared. So when she discovers she has breast cancer, all she has to do is more…


 

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by Alli Sinclair

Charlotte Kavanagh’s beloved grandma Katarina Sanchez is gravely ill, so when she begs Charlotte to travel to her homeland in Andalucia to uncover the truth behind a mysterious painting, Charlotte agrees. Taking leave from her soul-destroying job and stalled life in Australia, Charlotte embarks on a quest through Granada’s ancient cobble-stoned streets and vibrant neighbourhoods. There she meets Mateo Vives, a flamenco guitarist with a dark past, and through him she quickly becomes entangled in the world of flamenco and gypsies that more…


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by Tea Cooper

Can she save her family’s horse stud and reputation?

When India Kilhampton is caught up in the heart-stopping excitement of the first Melbourne Cup her mind is made up. She will breed a horse to win the coveted trophy and reunite her fractured family. Determined to make her dream a reality she advertises for a horse breeder.

Jim Mawgan arrives at Helligen Stud in the Hunter Valley to take up more…


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by K. M. Golland

Only those who are lost can be found.

Stella Walker is fleeing from a past which haunts her on a daily basis, and from a city full of painful reminders of a life that’s no longer hers. In an attempt to escape her memories, she plans to reinvent herself in the sanctuary of a tiny town in rural Victoria, by tracking down the one person she hopes can help, her stepbrother. What Stella doesn’t anticipate is meeting his best friend Lawson Drake, a hotter-than-hot mechanic, the local knight in shining armour – and the most gorgeously more…


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by TJ Hamilton

What else comes at a price?

Miranda is a high-class escort at an infamous agency in Sydney, and always in demand from their top clients. Although it’s a life she never imagined for herself, Miranda has mastered the art of seducing men and makes a good living from it.

Joe Tench, rich, powerful and more…


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by Emily Madden

No matter where, no matter when, no matter what.

Almost twenty years ago, on a beautiful coastal cliff, Juliette Cole, Anna Kendall and Sera Di Maggio linked pinkies and made a vow to be there for each other no matter what might happen in their lives.

Now Juliette is calling in the promise — terminally ill, she wants more…


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by Marion Lennox, Fiona Lowe, Lucy Clark

The Doctor’s Rescue Mission – Marion Lennox

A tidal wave has swept across Petrel Island. Houses are destroyed, people injured, homeless…or worse. Dr. Grady Reece leads an Air-Sea Rescue team to help the isolated community…and finds dedicated doctor Morag Lacy in charge.

Morag and Grady once had a blazing affair and a brilliant future, before she left him to be the island doctor. Grady has never stopped loving her – but she’ll never more…


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by Lisa Ireland

Lisa Ireland, a brilliant new voice in rural romance, invites you to Linden Gully and the wedding of the year…

When celebrity novelist Johanna Morgan surprises everyone by arriving back in Linden Gully three weeks early for her best friend’s wedding, she’s shocked to find her ex-boyfriend Ryan Galloway is back too and well-integrated in the community as the local more…


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And the Finalists for the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards are…

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The Australian Romance Readers Association have announced the finalists for the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards…..and the end result is delectable. ARRA members can now vote for their favourite in each category, but you have until 28 February to vote!

Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner, which will be held on 19 March 2016. For more details about the night click here.

Favourite Paranormal Romance

Aquila by Sue-Ellen Pashley
Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh
Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison
Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Spiritbound by Dani Kristoff
The MacGregor by Jenny Brigalow
Tribal Law by Shannon Curtis

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance

1916-ish by Ebony McKenna
Base by Cathleen Ross
Chaos Broken by Rebekah Turner
Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
Honour Bound by M.A. Grant
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

Favourite Short/Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

Bound to the Bachelor by Sarah Mayberry
Fire Me Up by Rachael Johns
Her Big Sky Cowboy by Alissa Callen
Hired by the Brooding Billionaire by Kandy Shepherd
Hold Me, Cowboy by Alissa Callen
Seducing His Enemy’s Daughter by Annie West
The Billionaire’s Passionate Revenge by Jennifer St George
The Millionaire and the Maid by Michelle Douglas
The Sultan’s Harem Bride by Annie West
What a Bachelor Needs by Kelly Hunter

Favourite Historical Romance

A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell
A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell
Chieftain in the Making by Frances Housden
Moonstone Conspiracy by Elizabeth Ellen Carter
The Duke’s Daughter by Sasha Cottman
The Horse Thief by Tea Cooper
The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long
The Protector by Allison Butler
The Seduction of Lord Stone by Anna Campbell
The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie

Favourite Contemporary Romance

Honor’s Promise by Noelle Clark
Lawless in Leather by Melanie Scott
Only We Know by Victoria Purman
So Far Into You by Lily Malone
Sweet Wattle Creek by Kaye Dobbie
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns
The Road to Hope by Rachael Johns
The Saddler Boys by Fiona Palmer
The Secret Years by Barbara Hannay

Favourite Erotic Romance

Anticipation by Sarah Mayberry
Exhibition by Nicolette Hugo
Revue by K.M. Golland
The Arrangement by Nicolette Hugo

Favourite Romantic Suspense

A Dangerous Arrangement by Lee Christine
Cold Deception by D.B. Tait
Desperate Deception by D.B. Tait
Northern Heat by Helene Young
Runaway Lies by Shannon Curtis
Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
Storm Clouds by Bronwyn Parry
Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot

Favourite Continuing Romance Series

Chance Sisters series by Anne Gracie
Elder Races series by Thea Harrison
Hope Junction series by Rachael Johns
Jackson Brothers series by Kelly Hunter
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster
Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy
Robinhill Farm series by Noelle Clark
Sons of Sin series by Anna Campbell
The Hawke Brothers series by Rachel Bailey
Treasured series by Kendall Talbot

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2015 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

Amy Andrews
Anna Campbell
Anne Gracie
Cathryn Hein
Kelly Hunter
Keri Arthur
Kylie Scott
Noelle Clark
Rachael Johns
Sarah Mayberry

And the finalists for the Members’ Choice categories are …

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2015

Northern Heat by Helene Young
Runaway Lies by Shannon Curtis
Second Chance Love by Susanne Bellamy
Storm Clouds by Bronwyn Parry
Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn Hein
The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr
The Horse Thief by Tea Cooper
The Seduction of Lord Stone by Anna Campbell
The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie
Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur

The Strongest Heroine from a romance published in 2015

Claire Swensen in Second Chance Love by Susanne Bellamy
Jane Chance in The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie
Julia Taylor in Cold Deception by DB Tait
Kristy Dark in Northern Heat by Helene Young
Natalie Wright from The Saddler Boys by Fiona Palmer
Rosalina in Treasured Lies by Kendall Talbot

Favourite New Romance Author for 2015

Abbie Jackson
Elyse Huntington
Joanne Dannon
Kerrie Paterson
Lizzy Chandler
Nicolette Hugo
Sue-Ellen Pashley

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GUEST BLOG: Fiona Palmer, author of The Saddler Boys talks about what books she’s loving.

The Saddler BoysWell I’m back after a busy week and a half of touring, which included a stopover at Booktopia to sign 300 copies of my latest book, The Saddler Boys. I was lucky enough to take a tour through the massive Booktopia warehouse to see how it all operates: amazing. My book club order would have been whizzing around getting processed while I was there.  Because I’ve been so busy with touring and promoting my latest book, I haven’t had a chance to read any books!

It’s a horrible feeling when you just don’t have the time to read the new books sitting in your ‘to read’ pile. And I have some awesome new ones to read: Fiona McIntosh, Rachael Johns, Barbara Hannay, just to name a few.

I have come up with a solution to my reading problem: audio books. In less than a month I’ll be driving a header for days on end and with audio books I’ll be able to tick some off my ‘to read’ pile. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. I could have got through heaps of books during seeding!

So I thought this month I would mention a few books that I have really enjoyed. The first one is Bronwyn Parry’s Dark Country. I love Bron’s easy to read style that has a touch of romance, country and suspense. Dark Country is set in the small town of Dungirri and follows Morgan ‘Gil’ Gillespie who returns to this town even though the town’s folk consider him a murderer. It doesn’t help that a woman’s tortured body is found in his car. Local police sergeant Kris may be his only help as she is his alibi. This story has a bit of everything that I enjoy in books. You won’t be disappointed.Fiona Palmer

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen may be known from the movie released a few years ago, but I will always love the book. Sara drew me into the world of the circus in the 1930’s straight away. We follow Jacob’s journey to the circus and then working with Rosie, the elephant. But she’s not just any elephant. I loved how she was the heart of the story. Jacob also falls in love with Marlena who is married to the animal trainer, who is charismatic but violent.  The aspects of living in a circus back in the 30’s is described so well, I could picture it clearly and it felt real. I also love how the book ends.

This next book is an easy to read story that’s a little saucy. The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines, which is about a girl named Ashton whose heart is torn between two cousins Beau and Sawyer. Sawyer is her boyfriend but with Beau there is this irresistible bad boy she wants to help. But Beau has been in love with her since they were childhood friends so when they start hanging out together to rekindle their old friendship, feelings run wild. I devoured this book in a day. Excitingly, there is a sequel, The Vincent Brothers, which tells Sawyer’s love story, also a great read.

For a limited time only, order your copy of The Saddler Boys
and receive a signed copy!


The Saddler Boys

Fiona Palmer

The Saddler BoysSchoolteacher Natalie has always been a city girl. She has a handsome boyfriend and a family who give her only the best. But she craves her own space, and her own classroom, before settling down into the life she is expected to lead.

When Nat takes up a posting at a tiny school in remote Western Australia, it proves quite the culture shock, but she is soon welcomed by the inquisitive locals, particularly young student Billy and his intriguing single father, Drew.

As Nat’s school comes under threat of closure, and Billy’s estranged mother turns up out of the blue, Nat finds herself fighting for the township and battling with her heart. Torn between her society life in Perth and … Read more.

For a limited time only, order your copy of The Saddler Boys
and receive a signed copy!

A dysfunctional family, country town tension and a little romance with a park ranger … Pamela Cook talks to Booktopia TV about her new book, Close to Home

Australian rural fiction writer, Pamela Cook, talks to us about her new book Close to Home a heartwarming story about letting go of the past and embracing the future. There’s a dash of a dysfunctional family, a smidgeon of country town tension and a little romance with a park ranger …

Cook is also the author of Blackwattle Lake, an engaging novel of finding your place in the world and Essie’s Way, a captivating story of family and love

Grab your copy of Close to Home here


Close to Home

Pamela Cook

Close to Home

Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie Anderson has been on her own for half her life. Not that she minds – she has her work as a vet and most days that’s enough. Most days. But when she’s sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus, Charlie finds herself torn between the haunting memories of her past, her dedication to the job and her attraction to a handsome local.

Travelling to Naringup means coming face to face with what is left of her dysfunctional family – her cousin Emma, who begged Charlie not to leave all those years ago, and her aunt Hazel, who let her go without a backwards glance. But it also means relying on … Read more.

Grab your copy of Close to Home here 

 Grab your copy of Close to Home here 

The Homestead Girls by Fiona McArthur (Reviewed by Hayley Shephard)

I decided to give Fiona McArthur’s new book, The Homestead Girls, a whirl to challenge myself as I’m currently addicted to non-stop, passionate romance and shirtless men. It’s a departure I’m glad I took. I’ve always loved strong female characters who don’t let their predicaments define them.

The Homestead Girls follows five women who come to live at Blue Hills Station on the outskirts of Mica Ridge, a small country town in the middle of a crippling drought with a trustworthy and life-saving Flying Doctor Service. Two of these women, Daphne and Billie, are part of the medical team, treating injured farmers and the town’s residents. When not working hard, Billie looks after her wayward teenage daughter Mia. We also have Soretta, whose grandfather owns Blue Hills Station, and Lorna, an 80 year-old housemate with the energy of a teenager.

These five women rely on each other to push away from issues in their lives. Some issues lie in the field of romance (the men who also serve with the Mica Ridge FDS have a certain presence), while others are more complicated. As a group, they grow stronger, and give each other support and strength.

Lorna’s companionship with Soretta’s grandfather is beautiful; a lovely side story. They make each other laugh and are observed by the others to be in better spirits. It was one of my favourite things about the book.

Even though it is not all romance, it does have a happy ending – one that feels well deserved for all the characters. But if you want to know exactly how it ends, you’ll have to read it yourself!

This certainly won’t be the last Fiona McArthur I read.

Click here to grab a copy of The Homestead Girls


The Homestead Girls

by Fiona McArthur

After her teenage daughter Mia falls in with the wrong crowd, Dr Billie Green decides it’s time to leave the city and return home to far western NSW. When an opportunity to pursue her childhood dream of joining the Flying Doctor Service comes along, she jumps at the chance. Flight nurse Daphne Prince – who is thrilled to have another woman join the otherwise male crew – and their handsome new boss, Morgan Blake, instantly make her feel welcome.

Just out of town, drought-stricken grazier Soretta Byrnes has been more…

About the Author

Fiona McArthur has worked as a rural midwife for many years. She is a clinical midwifery educator, mentors midwifery students, and is involved with obstetric emergency education for midwives and doctors from all over Australia. Fiona’s love of writing has seen her sell over two million books in twelve languages. She’s been a midwifery expert for Mother&Baby magazine and is the author of the nonfiction works The Don’t Panic Guide to Birth and Breech Baby: A Guide for Parents. She lives on an often swampy farm in northern New South Wales with her husband, some livestock, and a blue heeler named Reg. She’s constantly taking photographs of sunrise and sunset and loves that researching her books allows her to travel to remote places.

Click here to grab a copy of The Homestead Girls

Fiona McArthur, author of The Homestead Girls, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Fiona McArthur

author of The Homestead Girls

Six Sharp Questions

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1.    Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does this book mean to you?

Five women, a sheep station in drought and the 22-year-old granddaughter’s last ditch measure to keep the farm after her grandad is seriously injured. A flying doctor, a flight nurse, an 80-year-old ex-bush nurse and 16-year-old diva meld into The Homestead Girls and become a family in the harshness of a desolately beautiful landscape.

2.    Time passes. Things change. What would be the best and worst moments you’ve experienced in the past year or so?

We’re talking books and writing here –right?
So the best had to be seeing Red Sand Sunrise up on the shelves and selling well. Crazy fabulous reviews, people telling me that was just how it was, and the fun of getting out there to research in an area I knew too little about.

My worst is nothing compared to some people. I’m just happy to be here.

3.    Do you have a favourite quote or passage you’d be happy to share with us? It doesn’t need to be deep but it would be great if it meant something to you.

It was raining in Adelaide, they’d called off the cricket, and that was only four hours away. It looked promising all day but the dry electrical storms set everyone’s teeth on edge.

An hour and half across the boarder they had a deluge. None at Blue Hills. The heat increased the pall of anxiety in the homestead and the air palpated with tension.

Soretta chewed her nails as she watched the sky because the house water tank was almost empty. Lachlan had gone into town to order another tank just in case the heavens opened and Klaus had started up the old bulldozer and scraped the empty dam another few feet deeper in case they had a downpour they could capture.

Billie had offered to pay the water carrier to bring a load for the house, but it wasn’t just the house that needed water. Soretta was praying the water table they were using from the bores to keep the stock alive would hold up. Everyone felt it so close to rain that the waiting was torture, made worse by hearing of rain everywhere else. It had passed them by before.

Click here to grab a copy of The Homestead Girls

red-sand-sunrise4.    Writers have often been described as being difficult to live with. Do you conform to the stereotype or defy it? Please tell us a little about the day to day of your writing life…

I write when everyone else is asleep. So I get up at 4am to write before I get ready for work at 6. Nobody talks to me then. Please don’t talk to me when I’m writing. On writing-at-home days I’m vague, my eyes are constantly flicking from place to place as my brain lives in two worlds. My husband just shakes his head. I guess that would be interesting to live with – or not.

5.   Some writer’s claim not to be influenced by the needs of the marketplace, while others seem obsessed by it. Would you please describe how the marketplace affects your writing (come on, tell the truth!).

I love writing stories of ordinary women doing extraordinary things. It’s my theme. The upsurge of  interest in rural romance and rural comtempory fiction allowed me to write my medical version of the big books I put off writing. Current marketplace is an incredibly exciting time for someone like me so it influenced me to take a gamble, stop my three small books a year of steady income, and write one big book. Great satisfaction in that.

6.   Unlikely Scenario: You’ve been charged with civilising twenty ill-educated adolescents but you may take only five books with you. What do you take and why?tomorrow-when-the-war-began

Tomorrow When The War Began. Because I want them to actually read and if they are ill-educated they probably need to be enticed into falling in love with reading. The Tomorrow series started one of my son’s reading.

Harry Potter for the same reason. And Harry was out of his comfort zone and had to make friends.

The Old Man and The Sea – because simple can be incredible.

Pride and Prejudice – because we don’t need that much civilising and other people had to do it harder.

Kings In Grass Castles – because some people did it really tough and we need to honour them. I think of the women in this book.

Fiona, thanks for playing!

Click here to grab a copy of The Homestead Girls


The Homestead Girls

by Fiona McArthur

After her teenage daughter Mia falls in with the wrong crowd, Dr Billie Green decides it’s time to leave the city and return home to far western NSW. When an opportunity to pursue her childhood dream of joining the Flying Doctor Service comes along, she jumps at the chance. Flight nurse Daphne Prince – who is thrilled to have another woman join the otherwise male crew – and their handsome new boss, Morgan Blake, instantly make her feel welcome.

Just out of town, drought-stricken grazier Soretta Byrnes has been struggling to make ends meet and in desperation has opened her station house to boarders. Tempted by its faded splendour and beautiful outback setting, Billie, Mia and Daphne decide to move in and the four of them are soon joined by eccentric eighty-year-old Lorna Lamerton.

The unlikely housemates are cautious at first, but soon they are offering each other frank advice and staunch support as they tackle medical emergencies, romantic adventures and the challenges of growing up and getting older. But when one of their lives is threatened, the strong friendship they have forged will face the ultimate test . . .

About the Author

Fiona McArthur has worked as a rural midwife for many years. She is a clinical midwifery educator, mentors midwifery students, and is involved with obstetric emergency education for midwives and doctors from all over Australia. Fiona’s love of writing has seen her sell over two million books in twelve languages. She’s been a midwifery expert for Mother&Baby magazine and is the author of the nonfiction works The Don’t Panic Guide to Birth and Breech Baby: A Guide for Parents. She lives on an often swampy farm in northern New South Wales with her husband, some livestock, and a blue heeler named Reg. She’s constantly taking photographs of sunrise and sunset and loves that researching her books allows her to travel to remote places.

Click here to grab a copy of The Homestead Girls

 

GUEST BLOG: Fleur McDonald, author of Emerald Springs, on remembering who you are

‘Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?’

That’s a quote by Danielle LaPorte and it’s one of my favourites.

You know why? Because it resonates with me.

red-dustThere are times I think as women (and possibly men too, but since I’m not one, I can’t judge!) that our true selves get lost. Not intentionally. But we become busy being ‘someone’s daughter, someone’s girlfriend, someone’s wife and someone’s mother.’

How often have you been introduced as ‘so and so’s mum?’ not by your name? Does it make you feel like you were invisible as a person?

It never used to bother me until the kids were older. There was a time I actually really enjoyed being known as Rochelle and Hayden’s mum. What I did object to was being known as ‘just’ somebody’s wife. I didn’t feel like the real me was being seen and within time I got lost inside the mum and wife haze.

Of course my good friends always could see me clearly. They knew that I liked Taylor Swift music; that I loved to read murder mysteries and to sit on the beach at sunset. They saw past the vomit stain down my back from my projectile vomiting son, the daughter I was trying to teach to talk and the tiredness. But, to be very honest, I think I’d forgotten who I was, even if my friends hadn’t.

It was until I started to write and people were reading my books, that I became ‘Fleur McDonald’ to the rest of Australia and I had to look up and say: ‘Oh, hey, I’m actually a person.’ Interviewers began asking questions I didn’t know the answers to.

silver-clouds ‘How do you write? Where do you find the time? What’s your favourite food/drink? Simple questions that should be easily answered. However, when you’re making purees for babies, or cook spaghetti bolognaise three times in one week, because that’s all the kids will eat, it’s easy to forget what you like. To get caught up in the ‘normality’ of what your life has become.

Suddenly I had to remember. It took a lot of soul searching.

A very good friend said to me once: ‘You don’t have to look too far. Go back and re-read your books.’ I thought this was quite bizarre. After all, I was writing about fictional characters – sure they were people I would have liked to be my friends if they were real. But they weren’t me.

Or were they? blue-skies

What I found intriguing was how all my friends – the ones who knew me best – saw me. As pieces of all those main characters I’ve written about. There have been a few changes in my life in the past twelve months. In fact I think it’s safe to say I’ll never forget the year I turned forty. These changes have made me do even more soul searching.

Now I know that I’m no longer ‘just a mum’. I’m Fleur. I’m getting stronger. I’m becoming more confident. Less self-conscious.

I’ve remembered that I like soft eggs – not just the white because my daughter only eats the yolk. I like my wine with ice in it and I love sitting on the patio laughing loudly with friends. I have great friends; ones with strong hands, ones that close in around me when I need them to. They’re the ones who see me clearly and can remind me who I was and who I am now. They gently push me to get outside of my comfort zone and are there to pick me up when I fall. Or drink wine when something needs celebrating.

I’m still a work in progress as we all are.

It’s been through my writing, having to overcome a few trials and tribulations and great friends, that I’m becoming who I really should be.


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Fleur McDonald has also been touted as one of Australia’s favourite storytellers. Her stories are set in rural Australia and feature strong female characters and solid, no nonsense, countrymen. Fleur’s characters are inspired by the tough, complex and genuine people she’s met during a lifetime living in remote Australia. With sales well over 130,000 copies she is one of the highest-selling authors in Australia’s ever-popular rural romance genre. Fleur is the author of the bestselling novels Red Dust, Crimson DawnSilver Clouds, Blue Skies and Purple Roads.

9781743315323Emerald Springs

by Fleur McDonald

Order Emerald Springs before April 30th to go in the draw to win one of three Fleur McDonald backlist packs worth $99 each.
*Terms and Conditions apply.

When suspicions are wrongly aimed at Amelia following the theft of proceeds from the local rodeo after a crash and grab, she must work with a skeptical rural detective to clear her name – and that of the man she loves. Mystery and romance abound in the new novel from the bestselling author of Crimson Dawn. After finishing university, Amelia Bennett returns to Jervois and promptly falls in love with the wonderful – if broke and slightly stubborn – Paul Barnes. Now she’s more…

Grab a copy of Emerald Springs here

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