GUEST BLOG: Bestselling author Fiona Palmer on what she’s been reading

Fiona PalmerHarvest has started over here in the West of Australia but the rain keeps coming and holding up the headers. I’ve been a bit busy with visits to Perth for Monster Jam (with the kids), Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network meetings and related work, then throw in kids’ sports, carnivals, hockey and golf AGM’s, housework, farm work, and writing my next book, which means I haven’t got much time left to read. It’s really sad, but I’ve only managed to read one book in the last month, Rachael John’s The Patterson Girls.

Rachael is a great friend of mine, we have done a few book tours together and support each other in our writing. But that isn’t why I read her work. I pick up Rach’s books because she writes easy to read stories and has an engaging storytelling ability that keeps you turning each page frantic in anticipation. Her books are always full of emotion and The Patterson Girls was definitely that! It follows four different sisters who come home to spend Christmas with their father, six months after their mother has passed away. Each sister has their own journey and while together they learn of a family curse.  Rachael’s stories are going from strength to strength and she’s making a big name for herself.

Even though I haven’t read this next book I’m still recommending it because my mum read it and loved it. Anything my mum has enjoyed I know I will too. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies is about Gwendolyn, who leaves her home at nineteen to travel across the world to Ceylon where her new husband Laurence owns a large and prosperous tea plantation. I’m keen to read this story because my grandfather was adopted when he came to Australia as a one-year-old from England. On his adoption papers it lists his father’s name, which states that he was in India working on a tea plantation and that is all we know of him. My mum said she couldn’t put it down, it had her intrigued and she said it was a beautifully written drama. I can’t wait to read it myself.

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That’s it, just two books from me this time. I am busy trying to write my next book set in Lake Grace, which follows on from The Saddler Boys and includes a Vietnam veteran.  I’m looking forward to including all the little stories I’ve gathered from the vet’s I’ve been talking to. In the meantime, I’ll be spending most of my time on Holly, the New Holland header, and working on my plot as I harvest.

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The Saddler Boys

Fiona Palmer The Saddler Boys

School teacher 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 … Read more

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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.

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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.

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and receive a signed copy!

Fiona Palmer talks to Booktopia TV about her new book, The Saddler Boys!

Bestselling Australian rural author Fiona Palmer talks to us about her new novel The Saddler Boys. And for the lucky that get in quick, they’ll receive a signed copy!

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The Saddler Boys

Fiona Palmer

the-saddler-boysSchool teacher 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 … Read more

For a limited time only, order The Saddler Boys and you will receive a signed copy. Offer available while stocks last.

Fiona Palmer on the 2015 RWA Conference in Melbourne

20150629_133200I’ve just returned from the Romance Writers of Australia Conference in Melbourne, catching up with fellow authors, publishers and agents, so I thought I’d mention three books from other Australian romance writers that I’ve loved in recent times. They are all from different genres but they can all be connected through similar threads – a touch of romance, suspense and action.9781864712032

Beyond Fear by Jaye Ford is such an engaging read. It tells the story of Jodie, who survived a terrifying assault at seventeen. She goes to a cabin with friends to relax but is convinced they are being watched. Her friends think she is over-reacting and she starts to doubt herself.  This was such a page-turner, but you just had to keep reading, even at the scary parts.  Jaye writes terrific, easy-to-read thrillers filled with suspense. You won’t be disappointed. It was loved by all at our book club.

I do enjoy reading action-packed stories, as much as I like watching a James Bond movie or spy thriller. I find Tony Park’s novels just as engaging, with a great mix of romance, action, and the gorgeous landscapes of Africa. The Delta was one I really enjoyed about Sonja, an ex-soldier turned mercenary, who is out to save her beloved Delta. There is also a bit of romance to keep me happy. Tony writes about Africa so well, you feel as if you are there. Considering he spends half his year travelling Africa, it’s easy to see why.  He is a master at 9780330404037weaving all the details in and even though the book seems large, you’ll not want it to end.

This last book I want to mention was a great surprise. Elise K. Ackers’ Small Town Storm was a fabulous read. It had me guessing and I love it when I’m wrong. It’s about Erica, who returns home to the place where nineteen years ago a crime almost killed her. But not long after she’s back, a woman goes missing and fingers are pointed at Erica – and the cop in charge of the investigation, Jordan, is a man who she has history with. I guess I went into this story expecting a romance but ended up with so much more.

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the-saddler-boysThe Saddler Boys

by Fiona Palmer

For a limited time only, pre-order The Saddler Boys and you will receive a signed copy. Please note: offer available while stocks last.

School teacher 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 swarm of 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 life in Perth and the new community that needs her, Nat must risk losing it all to find out what she’s really made of – and where she truly belongs.

PRAISE FOR FIONA PALMER

‘Fiona Palmer just keeps getting better.’ Rachael Johns

‘Palmer’s passion for the land bleeds into the story, and her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are.’ Book’d Out

‘Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia’s much-loved genres.’ Countryman

Pre-order your copy of Fiona’s The Saddler Boys here

GUEST BLOG: Bestselling author Fiona Palmer on what she’s been reading

20150629_133200I love book clubs and it’s wonderful to have one out here in tiny Pingaring – my hometown three hours south-east of Perth. It’s amazing how far ladies will travel to talk about books – and chat, drink wine and eat yummy food!! Our group of around ten come from all directions, some travel sixty kilometres to get here. But what a great way to read books outside of your comfort zone. I usually read romance, women’s fiction and YA. But the best thing about being part of our book club has meant pushing me outside of those genres, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

The Girl on The Train was one I never would have picked up to read, yet as it was our book club read I gave it a go. I found it easy going and it had me swiftly turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. I liked the twists and some I didn’t see coming – always a bonus because I can usually guess. It gave us lots to talk about, mainly how the women were all affected by a similar thread. Even though it was slightly disturbing, you still read the story for what it is and where it takes you emotionally. Do give it a try if you’re after something interesting.

the-string-diariesOur next book is The String Diaries, which I’ve only just finished. I thought it was cleverly written, jumping from each generation until they all slotted in like a big puzzle. I found myself enjoying this read too, wanting to see what would happen to Hannah and her family from the ‘curse’ (for want of a better word) that haunted their family. I can’t imagine how you could live your life with the constant fear ‘he’ would turn up but taking the face of someone you love and without you realising it. I don’t want to give too much away but it has a supernatural thread, which is woven in beautifully and is very believable. Do try and persist with it as it all starts to make sense as you connect the dots.

For something a little different, I’m going to introduce you to a favourite series of mine that I stumbled across. It’s probably classed as YA and written by Brigid Kemmerer. They are called the Elementals and the first book is called Storm. It’s about Becca Chandler who saves Chris Merrick from being beaten up in the school car park and how it changes her life. The Merrick boys are Elementals. And through each book that follows, Spark and Spirit etc. we get to meet each of the four brothers. I found this series a great read, turning pages late into the night. The thing I like about YA is it’s fast-paced and has lots of dialogue and they are fun to read.

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Fiona Palmer lives in the tiny rural town of Pingaring in Western Australia, three and a half hours south-east of Perth. She discovered Danielle Steel at the age of eleven, and has now written her own brand of rural romance. She has attended romance writers’ groups and received an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for her first novel, The Family Farm. She has extensive farming experience, does the local mail run, and was a speedway-racing driver for seven years. She spends her days writing, helping out in the community and looking after her two children.

Pre-order your copy of Fiona’s The Saddler Boys here

the-saddler-boysThe Saddler Boys

by Fiona Palmer

Schoolteacher 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 swarm of 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 life in Perth and the new community that needs her, Nat must risk losing it all to find out what she’s really made of – and where she truly belongs.

PRAISE FOR FIONA PALMER

‘Fiona Palmer just keeps getting better.’ Rachael Johns

‘Palmer’s passion for the land bleeds into the story, and her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are.’ Book’d Out

‘Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia’s much-loved genres.’ Countryman

Pre-order your copy of Fiona’s The Saddler Boys here

GUEST BLOG: What Fiona Read – The July Round Up (by bestselling author Fiona Palmer)

0000006166After a crazy few weeks spending my days on a big Case quadtrac (instead of wheels – picture a triangle tracs) tractor for seeding, it was nice to be home and to start the book that has been sitting on my bedside table for ages — and, I mean ages. I’m talking about Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. It was actually last year, while in Perth promoting my book The Sunnyvale Girls that I found out Graeme and I were signing just hours apart and the store front widow was decorated with only our books. Yes, I was a little excited to be rubbing shoulders with Graeme, and not one to miss an opportunity, I asked if I could leave a copy of The Rosie Project for him to sign. On my return the next day I was greeted with a lovely surprise. Not only had Graeme signed my copy of his book but he also left a signed copy of The Rosie Effect. It made my day! And now, finally, I have just finished it and the hype was right, it was a very enjoyable book. I must say I loved being inside Don’s head, it really gave a new perspective on life and trying to understand what life is like for him. It was funny and so heart-warming. Definitely a great book club book.

the-sunnyvale-girlsAnother book I rate highly is one that came recommended from my writing mate, Margareta Osborn – Danielle Hawkins’ Dinner at Rose’s, with a wonderful cover quote from Liane Moriarty. Two great recommendations. It is a lovely story about Jo, who goes back to her small hometown after her best friend and boyfriend are caught out; and she visits her honorary aunty Rose and her nephew Matthew. You need to read this book just for Rose alone. You’ll never meet such a funny character, a bit eccentric but she has some great pets. It was a great love story, lots of laugh-out-loud moments and maybe a tear or two. This is one book that will leave you with a smile.

Speaking of Margareta Osborn, I just finished reading Rose River. I was enjoying it so much and tried fitting in a few chapters each night before sleep took over after a long day of work. Toward the end I even took it out on the tractor to find out how it ends! I had a GPS system after all and didn’t need to steer. But I didn’t factor in the bumps and found myself a little ‘tractor sick’ from having my head down. But I didn’t stop, I still wanted to know! Rose River is a light, heartfelt read that was highly entertaining in true Margareta style. She has lively characters, charming small communities and a sexy farmer to boot. I love a good romance story, and this one was perfect with Stirling, a gorgeous motorbike-riding farmer and city girl, Jamie who is more suited to the country than I think even she realised. Set in the East Gippsland mountains, what more could you want.

Stay tuned for a few more book recommendations/reviews.

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Fiona Palmer lives in the tiny rural town of Pingaring in Western Australia, three and a half hours south-east of Perth. She discovered Danielle Steel at the age of eleven, and has now written her own brand of rural romance. She has attended romance writers’ groups and received an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for her first novel, The Family Farm. She has extensive farming experience, does the local mail run, and was a speedway-racing driver for seven years. She spends her days writing, helping out in the community and looking after her two children.

Pre-order your copy of The Saddler Boys here

the-saddler-boysThe Saddler Boys

by Fiona Palmer

Schoolteacher 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 swarm of 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 life in Perth and the new community that needs her, Nat must risk losing it all to find out what she’s really made of – and where she truly belongs.

PRAISE FOR FIONA PALMER

‘Fiona Palmer just keeps getting better.’ Rachael Johns

‘Palmer’s passion for the land bleeds into the story, and her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are.’ Book’d Out

‘Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia’s much-loved genres.’ Countryman

Pre-order your copy of The Saddler Boys here

BOOKTOBERFEST GUEST BLOG: Getting back to reading, by Fiona Palmer, author of The Sunnyvale Girls

fee1I read when I was young but not a lot, as I was an outside kid who had paddocks to play in and cubbies to build. At school, I only read what I had to for class and then after I left school it was as if I forgot to read. I was busy with work.

It wasn’t until I was twenty and working as a teachers aid that I was reintroduced to the joy of books. I read Mem Fox’s book on how important it is to read, especially to our children from birth. Then the teacher at that time started reading the first Harry Potter book to the kids. At times, I would read a few chapters as well. Their little faces were mesmerised, ears listening, their minds picturing every detail. But so was I. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened so I brought it and devoured it.

I was drawn into the story and realised what I’d been missing. I can actually say Harry Potter brought me back to reading. And I haven’t stopped since. As much as I love my life in my tiny rural town I love being able to escape into new worlds and stories that books bring. When my children were born, I read to them at every chance and they both love reading now at ages 11 and 9.

Mem Fox had it right. Reading is important.

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the-sunnyvale-girlsThe Sunnyvale Girls

by Fiona Palmer

Three generations of Stewart women share a deep connection to their family farm, but a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart.

Widowed matriarch Maggie remembers a time when the Italian prisoners of war came to work on their land, changing her heart and her home forever. Single mum Toni has been tied to the place for as long as she can recall, although farming was never her dream. And Flick is as passionate about the farm as a young girl could be, despite the limited opportunities for love.

When a letter from 1946 is unearthed in an old cottage on the property, the Sunnyvale girls find themselves on a journey deep into their own hearts and all the way across the world to Italy. Their quest to solve a mystery leads to incredible discoveries about each other, and about themselves.

‘Fiona Palmer just keeps getting better. This heart-warming tear-jerker kept me turning the pages right until the very end.’ Rachael Johns

About the Author

Fiona Palmer lives in the tiny rural town of Pingaring in Western Australia, three and a half hours south-east of Perth. She discovered Danielle Steel at the age of eleven, and has now written her own brand of rural romance. She has attended romance writers’ groups and received an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for her first novel, The Family Farm. She has extensive farming experience, does the local mail run, and was a speedway-racing driver for seven years. She spends her days writing, helping out in the community and looking after her two children.

Grab a copy of Fiona Palmer’s The Sunnyvale Girls here

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