FRIDAY FEAST with Fiona McArthur

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Hello, lovely readers! I’m very excited about today’s Friday Feast. Always the way when we go a-rural romancing.

But first, news from Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf. I’ve been on a little holiday to SA and Victoria, and managed to sneak in games at a couple of top 100 rated courses, both of which defeated me. Sigh. I blame the cold. Playing in sideways sleeting rain and single digit temperatures doesn’t do much for one’s temper. However, my darling Sydney Swans have been a light, continuing their winning streak with a victory against the GWS Giants. If this keeps up, I’ll really start developing Premiership hopes!

Now to today’s guest, multi-published author Fiona McArthur. Fiona has published 30 novels, been nominated for some of romance writing’s most prestigious awards and sold over two million copies world-wide. She’s also a highly experienced midwife, the author of two ‘Don’t Panic’ guides on birth and writes for Mother and Baby magazine. Impressed? I am! But what I’m really excited by is that she’s now turned her formidable talent to rural romance. The result is a book that’s been garnering amazing reviews and one I very much look forward to reading, Red Sand Sunrise.

Take a look…

RED SAND SUNRISE

CoverCan three sisters save the outback town they’ve grown to love?

When the father she barely knew dies suddenly, midwife Eve Wilson decides she owes it to him to go to the funeral and meet her stepfamily in Red Sand. She doesn’t expect to be so completely charmed by the beautiful remote township in far west Queensland – or by local station owner, Lex McKay. After disappointment and heartbreak in Sydney, Dr Callie Wilson doesn’t hesitate to move home and spend some time with her grieving mother.

When she is approached to oversee the establishment of the area’s first medical clinic, it seems the perfect opportunity. And Callie is keen to involve Eve, the sister she’s just getting to know. Melbourne-based obstetrician Sienna Wilson can’t understand why anyone would want to bury themselves in the outback, but when her hospital sends her north to research the medical mystery affecting women in Red Sand, it seems fate is intent on bringing the three sisters together. And when disaster strikes, they must each decide if being true to themselves means being there for each other…

Red Sand Sunrise is a heartfelt story from an internationally bestselling author. It celebrates the strength of family ties, the renewing power of love, and the passion of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.

Doesn’t that sound fab? Red Sand Sunrise is on my reading pile and it could be on yours too. Simply zoom down to your favourite bookseller or chain store. Or stay right where you are and purchase with a few clicks. Try Booktopia, Bookworld, Angus & Robertson, QBD The Bookshop, Fishpond, Boomerang Books. For the ebook, visit Amazon, Kobo, Google Play, iBooks, and JB Hi-Fi.

Picnic in Red Sand Sunrise

Thanks for asking me Cathryn. To think there was a whole book to be written a year ago and here it is. Very exciting stuff to come out in Trade paperback, last week. Thought I’d share a little more about the background of the research trip for those interested.

The last time I blogged on Cathryn’s page I talked about the experience of our overnight adventure on the Spirit Of The Outback – back from Longreach to Brisbane.

This time I thought I’d share the stop out past Windorah, (that would be the last place with a pub out towards Birdsville), and the glorious red sand hills out of town.

The gateway to the outback town of WindorahIt was the impact of climbing and soaking in these windblown pyramids of sand that played such a major part of the background of the book. Those sand hills are part of an amazing landscape that truly grabs you. If you get a chance it’s well worth the trip, especially at sunrise and sunset.

The red sand hills near WindorahI rave about them a bit in the book so here’s an excerpt from RED SAND SUNRISE and the sand hills.

Eve heard the swish of the sand for the first few steps as he began the descent and then there was silence again with just the wind gently blowing and the birds cawing overhead.

She sat down with her knees under her chin. Dug her hands into the sand again and twisted them so that the warm particles massaged her fingers as she let the peace envelop her. Out in the distance a windmill was turning. She could imagine the creaking noise she’d come to recognise of the shaft moving as the blades turned but she couldn’t hear it.

Up above the flat world on her little red castle she could feel the magic soak into her like chalk soaking up red ink. She’d missed her quiet times and vowed to make the time to renew each day before she was caught up in the slower but relentless pace of Red Sand township.

Peace. Strangely, unexpectedly, she didn’t want to leave this spot, didn’t want to walk back down the hill, wanted to stay in the embrace of the red sandhills she’d fallen in tune with today.

But she was thirsty and hungry and Lex waited. All good reasons to come down off the hill.

Windorah also has a fab rustic pub, The Western Star, where we stayed overnight and enjoyed scrumptious pub food. There’s a genuine country hospitality and atmosphere with the roaring fire outside in a big ex-farm drum under the stars.  There are some quirky fun characters and amusing signs on the walls, plus important information if you don’t want to miss the next yabbie races. Will try and coincide my next visit with the yabbies and love that some of the proceeds go to the RFDS.

Funny notice about the rural recession at the Windorah PubSign about the annual International Yabbie Races at WindorahThough it has a big heart, Windorah is not a big town, so I walked over to meet the current very accommodating local nurse and check out the ambulance she has to drive if required. It wasn’t hard to see her passion for being there to help people in need,  ‘anytime’, knowing she was it. I loved the ‘I can do the best for people I can and the RFDS help is a phone call away if I’m out of my depth’. I’m used to a little more back up so was very impressed with the generosity and diversity of skills. I guess she’d need them because you’d never know who was going to pull up at the health centre in crisis and if it was closed, the sign says ring on her phone at home. That’s a true hero as far as I’m concerned.

Ambulance at WindorahSo here was fabulous research material and the pleasure of meeting amazing people. Then you could throw in a bit of midwifery, some gorgeous station owners and I guess you’re beginning to see where some of the ideas gelled for the book.

To food. Seeing as this Cathryn’s FRDAY FEAST blog I thought I’d share a cooking scene from the book. Well, not really a cooking scene, more of a picnic, I do love picnics, and have favourite picnic food that makes my mouth water. What’s your favourite thing to add to a picnic basket?

For me it’s different types of quiche and thick bacon and egg pie with lots of crispy pastry and a big dish of green salad – though must have mayonnaise and salt and pepper in the basket. A big thermos of hot water and tea and coffee is a must and especially the fresh date scones with real butter to sit back with afterwards.

Here’s a scene from Eve and Lex’s picnic at the sand hills.

Lex had set up the food under the shade of the lone spotted gum about fifty metres away from the helicopter. Some time in the past someone had rolled a couple of logs under the branches to sit on and the scene was peaceful as well as promising to settle the embarrassing rumbling from Eve’s stomach.

She eased down on the log and sighed as she glanced around. Bare paddocks, galahs in the distance, a few white Brahman cattle grazing.

Lex put a tin mug in front of her and poured a tea from the thermos. He passed across a huge slice of thick-crusted spinach quiche on a metal plate and one of two small bowls of salad and some cutlery.

Eve fell on it with passion. ‘This is very good.’ She spied a tea towel semi-unwrapped exposing date scones and a small round plastic tub of butter.

He laughed as she unwrapped it and put one at the side of her plate.

‘You love your food. I like that in a woman.’

‘Lucky.’ She rolled her eyes and groaned as the last of the quiche went down.

GIVEAWAY!

So would anyone like to share a favourite surprise they like to add to their picnic basket? Everyone who posts a comment goes into the draw and Cathryn will draw a name out of the Akubra next week. I’ll send you a copy of Red Sand Sunrise as soon as I have your postal address.

Have fun at your next picnic. Xx Fi McArthur

A pile of Red Sand Sunrise booksDid you read that, folks? We have a giveaway! As Fiona said above, all you have to do is share your favourite surprise to add to a picnic basket and you’ll go into the draw.

Perhaps you like to sneak in some toffees? Maybe a pre-mixed summery cocktail is more your go, or marinated chicken legs roasted to sticky goodness? I like a bit of terrine or pate and some nice crusty bread. Although I could get equally excited by a bowl of plump, glossy cherries. LOVE those babies!

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 8th July 2014. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Fiona and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter using @ficatchesbabies

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Delores who has won a copy of Red Sand Sunrise. Lots of reading pleasure ahead! Thanks to everyone who played along. You were all great sports with some wonderful picnic suggestions. Hope to see you again soon.

132 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Fiona McArthur

  1. AvatarNigelle-ann Blaser

    Would love to read this book, I have to have chocolate in my picnic basket. Chocolate is the problem solver of the world I beleive, if the BBQ doesn’t start you have chocolate to sooth your soul. If you get bitten by mozzies, then chocolate will help keep you calm.

    cheers
    Nigelle-ann

  2. AvatarFi

    Hi Nigelle-ann
    I get the whole chocolate thing. I had white chocolate frogs, today, after an impromptu visit to a winery, and they were seriously, wonderfully, evil!
    sorry I’m late, said winery, actually I didn’t say, Cassegrain’s, was truly divine.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, they’re at Port Macquarie, aren’t they, Fiona? I’ve drunk some of their whites. Verra nice. A great day for it too. And with bonus choc frogs!

      1. AvatarFi

        That’s them, Cathryn. Only my second time dropping in to Cassegrains, though I drive past all the time. Always a problem finding a designated driver 🙂 But yummy when you can.

    1. AvatarFi

      Ah Tania, LOL. And as a mother of five boys I do get that. Yep, have first id kit in my car 🙂 xxFi

  3. AvatarBec Brown

    I love that there is a new Australian rural author to read!!
    Aside from chocolate – I have to agree you always need to bring chocolate I always bring a book – for whenever it gets boring or at least for the long car ride home!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Isn’t it wonderful, Bec. And Fiona knows her stuff. She’s already sold over two million copies world-wide.
      A book, of course! We all need something to laze about with after stuffing ourselves. Excellent choice.

      All the best in the draw.

    2. AvatarFi

      Books at a picnic, oh yes. I’m with you, Bec. 🙂 A blanket, a book, a breeze, no housework. Bliss. Thanks for your suggestion. cheers Fi

  4. AvatarGemma

    My picnic hamper always has a GPS in it. We are currently obsessed with Geocaching so take the GPS with us to all picnic places because there is usually hidden treasure somewhere close by!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, what a wonderful idea, Gemma. And what fun! I read about geocaching in the paper recently, and how it’s become hugely popular. I can imagine it’d be quite addictive.

      Thanks for dropping by!

    2. AvatarFi

      Cathryn’s more up on it than me. have never heard of that but sounds very cool. Am off to look it up. Thanks Gemma. cheers Fi

  5. AvatarJaye

    I’d have to say a little bit of Aussie heaven. Great ocean road tasty cheese with some bickies.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      My Dad LOVES that cheese, Jaye! Reckons it’s the best. I love a good cheese and bickies too. We bought a stack of different ones when I went to Wiridjil and Warrnambool the other week. Raided Timboon Farmhouse Cheese and Apostle Whey Cheese discovered some beauties.

      Good luck in the draw!

    2. AvatarFi

      Cheeeeeese. Mnmmmm. Yep, yummy cheese and biscuits, (must try that when I finally get tot the Great Ocean Road) and maybe a wee bottle of something to go with them. Discovered 185ml bottles of wine yesterday. More nmmmmmm. Thanks Jaye.

  6. AvatarLynn Gillie

    Chocolate is my first pick but Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon, it’s so yummy on crackers enjoyed with a great Tasmanian wine 🙂
    Keep up the great work.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Smoked salmon? Ooh! I haven’t had any for ages, Lynn. Must remedy this. As for Tasmanian wine, that’s great with everything!!!

      Lovely to see you here.

  7. AvatarDelores Bebbington

    Haven’t been on a picnic for so long, but it wouldn’t be complete without a hot thermos of black coffee to finish a scrumptious feast.

    1. AvatarFi

      Yep, I agree Dolores. Unscrew the lid and the coffee aroma wafts out and makes your nose wiggle. Love the smell of black coffee. And maybe some of the chocolate from earlier with it. 🙂 thanks for that, cheers Fi

  8. AvatarChanpreet

    I like to have a pie in my picnic hamper. In the summer it’s blueberry or strawberry. In the fall it’s pumpkin or maple.

    I also like to have fresh veggies. There’s just something about them that makes me happy.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, pumpkin pie is delicious, Chanpreet! As are the others. Great idea! And convenient too because the filling is held in by its lovely pastry casing.

      All the best!

    2. AvatarFi

      Fresh veggies, cooked or uncooked? I could go dip with uncooked carrots, celery, tomato, with fresh herbs, and maybe warmed sweet potato and potato salad? Getting hungry here. 🙂

    3. AvatarFi

      Yum pumpkin pie. Fresh veggies, cooked or uncooked? I could go dip with uncooked carrots, celery, tomato, with fresh herbs, and maybe warmed sweet potato and potato salad? Getting hungry here. 🙂

  9. AvatarTrish Morey

    Thank you for reminding me of the date scones I bought buttermilk for yesterday, Fi. Actually, my hubby thanks you Fi, because I had forgotten completely about this little task and he loves date scones. 🙂

    I have your gorgeous book and am keeping it as my reward for finishing the one what is supposed to be writ – so I guess I better go write it! Am loving the wee excerpts though, gives me a lovely taster while I wait.

    xx

    1. AvatarFi

      Thanks Trish, and so excited about Stone Castles. Such a fab title xxFi who is now thinking about dtae scones again. Though love the cheese and bacon ones too, with butter. But then everything is good with butter. Cardboard is good with butter.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Date scones? Oh, YUM!!!!!! Oooh. Maybe you could share the recipe when you come on Friday Feast in October, Trish?

        Fi, I’m so with you on everything being good with butter. No marg in this house!

        1. AvatarTrish Morey

          “Date scones? Oh, YUM!!!!!! Oooh. Maybe you could share the recipe when you come on Friday Feast in October, Trish?”

          What a good idea, Cathryn. Will need another batch by then for sure 🙂

          “Fi, I’m so with you on everything being good with butter. No marg in this house!”

          Me three. You can’t beat the real thing.

  10. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Besides adding the yummiest picnic food – prawns, devilled eggs and a creamy potato salad… I have to sneak in Caramello Koala’s and a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur and of course a rural book, that’s such a must it’s the first thing to get packed into the picnic basket.
    Sounds like a great book Fiona! Looking forward to reading it! My sister is a nurse and a few times a year she works in the outback and Arnhem Land so it will be interesting to read this book.

    1. AvatarFi

      Awesome, Sue. I’d love to work at least once a year outreach but I’m thinking I might have to do a few extra courses, though. There’s an upgraded immunisation certificate needed for outback, and maybe a refresher for general cardiac care, because there’s not a lot of that in midwifery in small hospitals. I do have my general nursing as well but it’s been a while since I worked with non-pregnant patients.
      Had forgotten devilled eggs, and the thought of Caramello bears gives me a smile. Bailey’s would send me straight to sleep under a tree on that blanket. Thanks for the ideas cheers Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Devilled eggs. Now that’s a bit of a blast from the past, Sue. So are Caramello Koalas! Love those things. They’re sooooo sweet. As for Baileys… mmmmmmmm.

        Good luck in the draw!

    1. AvatarFi

      Clunk, loving the sound of plastic glasses at picnics. Gotta have them. I have a lovely big ones I can put ice in my wine, in the little old caravan I go away in at New year. Gewurztraminer! Love it. 🙂 Thanks for that, Margaret. cheers Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Now you’re talking, Margaret!
        Love a good gewürztraminer too. Not a wine you see often though. Such a pity.

        Thanks for dropping by.

  11. AvatarAnne Gracie

    I loved this book, Fiona, and I do enjoy a good picnic. The best were the ones we had when i was a kid — so simple and all tossed together in an instant — hard boiled eggs, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, ham or some kind of cold meat — I loved cold cooked sausages, left over from the barbecue — and all served on a slice of bread or a lettuce leaf. Mum didn’t believe in plates for children on picnics. We drank water from the creek, the adults drank from a thermos of tea.

    1. AvatarFi

      Gorgeous picture there, Anne. Snorkle. (Take that two ways for kids drinking from the creek. 🙂
      We need more picnics. thank you xxFi

  12. AvatarSuzanne

    A picnic rug, thermos of hot tea, a selection of cheeses and sundried tomatoes, crackers and fly spray. Fabulous post and I loved the pics.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Aeroguard, of course!!! No picnic would be complete without that, and perhaps some Stingose.

        The pics were great, weren’t they, Suzanne? Must take a trip out to see these red hills.

  13. AvatarBron

    Loved the excerpts, Fiona, and I’m soooo looking forward to reading the book. I know it’ll be packed with warmth and character and authenticity.

    I do love a picnic, even an indoor picnic, and my favourite things are a prosciutto, sweet cheery tomatoes and crusty bread. And strawberries. And possibly some wine. 🙂

    1. AvatarFi

      Olive oil? Mozzarella? That sounds so Italian 🙂 Under the shade of a wall from an italian 15th century palace? Lovely stuff. Thanks Bron, 🙂 Fi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Crusty bread, YES!!!!

        I’m looking forward to reading Red Sand Sunrise too, Bron. Think I might have to up it on my to-read list. A buddy is reading it right now and says it’s fab.

  14. AvatarBron

    How could I forget the mozzarella (and peccorini) and the olive oil! And the balsamic (for the tomatoes)? Did I mention Prosecco and tirimasu?

    Si, this is most definitely an Italian picnic. 🙂

      1. AvatarBron

        Okay, we can add an Italian to the picnic basket. One who looks a little like Raoul Bova in Under the Tuscan Sun would do nicely. 🙂

    1. AvatarFi

      Oh my, have not tried that, Katrina. I think they sound very healthy in a cross-dressing sort of way. Yum. Thank you 🙂 Fi

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, yeah. NOM indeed! Great idea, Caroline. Far out, all this picnic food is making me hungry.

      Thanks for visiting Friday Feast!

    2. AvatarFi

      Or fetta, mozzarella and chives. Seriously love filo pastry. We make those for our melbouyrne Cup lunches, very nice with champagne. Thanks, Caroline

    1. AvatarFi

      Can I have white frogs, chocolate frogs, and maybe even a dark choclate frog. Essential, Kirsten. 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      LOVE brie, Linda. Great choice. Currently munching our way through a triple brie we bought from Timboon Farmhouse Cheese in western Victoria. Gawd, it’s creamy and utterly delish. Highly recommended!

    2. AvatarFi

      Ah Brie. Sigh. And some of that fig jam on the side. My stomach is actually rumbling. :)))) Thanks Linda

  15. AvatarMonique

    HEAD ACHE TABLETS: Because everything my partner and I do, involves our children! Ages from 4 to 11, even the humble picnic can be a head ache!

    1. AvatarFi

      Panadol in all bags. A mother of five boys here. And a ball. Always a ball to throw or kick. Hearing you, Monique, thank goodness they make you laugh 🙂

      1. Avatarkaren turner

        Yum cappuccino and cheesecake would have to be my two favourite things, recipe looks delicious thanks!

    1. AvatarFi

      Cheesecake, yum. What’s your favourite cheesecake, Karen? I think I’ll go with berries for this one, cheers Fi holding up the spoon.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Indeed it would, Roma! Unless it was stinking hot, in which case it’d probably melt. Then again, licking the wrapper….

      Thanks for visiting Friday Feast. Good luck in the Red Sand Sunrise draw.

  16. Avatarcassie

    a yummy pavlova with lots of fresh strawberries and kiwi fruit plus a thermos of coffee

    1. AvatarFi

      Cssie, pav! And cream. And bananas. I love bananas on a pav, boring i know, but there is somethiung about a good banana and cream and pav that does it for me. Spare strawberries can go in our plastic bubbles glass. Fi having fun here

      1. AvatarFi

        Having too much fun, the spelling and grammar is going off. Sorry, Cssie. meant Cassie, LOL, I’m so full I can barely stand.

    1. AvatarFi

      I do like to spray the edges of the blanket, Lesleigh. Does help against those unwelcome guests. 🙂 Thank you, yours in picnic land, Fi

    1. AvatarFi

      I would love to see a picture of those, Daniela. They sound divine. Thank you, from Fi, trying to imagine…

  17. AvatarCheryl McKibbin

    toffee apples – loved them as a kid and still do! probably makes sense to have some hand/face wipes too

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I loved them too, Cheryl! There was something about the toffee that I just loved. Probably just the red colour.

      Thanks for commenting.

    2. AvatarFi

      Hand and face wipes after the toffee apples. I can see the reasoning and the picture as clear as day. Love it, and the memories. Thanks so much, Cheryl. Must make those again one day. Would be very cool with very small apples. Or grapes? Would that work? Fi who is thinking a fruitsalad of fruit covered in toffee on little sticks. Noooo. stop it. 🙂

  18. AvatarMary Murray

    Oh I think a “cheeky Red” never goes astray at a picnic. A nice full bodied, smooth and beautifully aged Cabernet Sauvignon. Hmm what’s the time, is it too early in the day for one now?

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I’m completely with you on that one, Mary! Cheeky red, saucy white, or, even better, some sunny rosé. All good in my opinion!

      Thanks for visiting Friday Feast.

    2. AvatarFi

      If that sun is over the yard arm we’re fine with the red, Mary. Love a cheeky one 🙂 thanks for that suggestion
      Fi

  19. AvatarKerry-Anne James

    Headache and hay fever tablets.
    Someone always gets a headache from sitting in the sun or starts sneezing and having watery eyes from the grass.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ahh the perils of an Australian picnic, hey, Kerry-Anne. Especially in the spring and summer.

      Wishing you all the best in the draw.

    2. AvatarFi

      A hat. Have we got a hat? 🙂 Thanks for dropping in, Kerry-Anne, hay fever is absolutely not invited to our picnic. warm regards Fi

  20. AvatarLen Klumpp

    What a great book this was. I had the flu and had tospend acouple of days at home in bed and what better way to do it than reading a great novel. A story of Love, Forgiveness and Family. Three of the most important ingredients in living a happy life. Would recommend this book to anyone. LOVED IT

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, that’s wonderful to know, Len. Great endorsement. Fiona will be so pleased to read your lovely words.
      Hope you’re well on the mend now!

    2. AvatarFi

      Thanks so much, Len, for the lovely endorsement. Glad you’re feeling better and Red Sand Sunrise helped pass the time. cheers and thanks again, Fiona

  21. AvatarJayne K

    NUTS! Specifically pistachios. Everyone claims not to like nuts but no one can leave those tasty little suckers alone. Just make sure you take a bag for the shells – respect the environment!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Good choice, Jayne! Salted pistachios are indeed tasty little things. So hard to stop at just a few.

      All the best in the giveaway.

    2. AvatarFi

      And I’ll bring macadamias, and pecans. Love them too, Jayne. I am a bit of a nutaholic. Good thought.
      regards
      Fi

  22. AvatarKristy

    If it’s a picnic you can’t go past my grandmother’s potato salad. To this day I have never tasted one better. (And can’t wait to read Red Sand Sunrise, it’s on my TBR list).

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ooh, I’m intrigued now, Kristy! I wonder what your grandmother’s secret to her great potato salad is? I love spud salad. It seems to go so well with a barbie.

      I’m looking forward to reading Red Sand Sunrise too!

    2. AvatarFi

      Thanks, Kristy. I LOVE potato salad. What’s in your grandmother’s that gives it that zing? I love chopped boiled eggs in mine. cheers Fi

  23. AvatarKatie

    Chilled bottle of Sav Blanc, some Smoked salmon crusty bread and a Green salad. Fresh and delish! Looking forward to reading Red Sand Sunrise!

    1. AvatarFi

      Thanks Katie. Hope you enjoy the book when you read it. I love Sav Blanc, crusty bread, and green salad. Avocados. Love avocados. They’re green. Can we add them?
      cheers Fi

  24. AvatarKirrily Cant

    This book sounds fabulous and I am dying to read it. My son thinks that the surprise that he would most love to find in our picnic basket would be some Lego minifigures just for him to play with at our picnic destination.

    1. AvatarFi

      Thanks for wanting to read my book. And your son’s wish made me laugh out loud. Boy, have I accidentally sucked some lego up the vacuum over the years. Wishing you many happy picnics with your boy , Kirrily. xxFi

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ahh Lego. Guaranteed to keep kids (and adults) occupied for hours. Very handy, Kirrily! And sweet. Like Fi, your comment made me smile.

        All the best in the Red Sand Sunrise draw.

  25. AvatarJenny Wright

    A definite surprise in the picnic basket surely would have to be strawberries with some chocolate dip….and a book.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Musn’t forget that book to relax with afterwards, Jenny. A copy of Red Sand Sunrise would certainly do the trick!

      Good luck in the giveaway draw.

    2. AvatarFi

      Dipping strawberries, yum, and books are a definite. 🙂 Thanks, Jenny, and Cathryn for the lovely compliment. I went to bed last night so missed your post, sorry, Jenny. It’s been a fabulously fun picnic, I have so many ideas now for picnic food, watch out for them in coming books. Thank you so much to all the particpants. I shall leave Cathryn to draw a name out of the Akubra and will post off a book. Hope to catch up with you next time at Friday Feast. warmest wishes
      xxFi and you can contact me at FionaMcArthurAuthor.com

  26. AvatarNoelle Lindsay

    Is that midnight EST or WST, either way I think I have it covered! Would love a copy of this to go with all my other Aussie rural romance books!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Midnight AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time – but you made it, Noelle!

      Isn’t it great to have so many home-grown rural romances available now? About time I reckon!

    1. AvatarFi

      Kiss biscuits, Sugared Almonds, snaky muffins – and I love savoury muffins. More food to enjoy, byeeee from Fi

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      An you can kid yourself that you’re eating something healthy, Jenny! Cos the sugar and salt can’t possibly count!

      Good luck in the draw.

  27. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    The Red Sand Sunrise giveaway has now closed and the random number generator done its thing. Congratulations to Delores who was lucky enough to have her name pulled out and will have a copy of Fiona’s excellent new rural romance posted to her door.

    Thanks to everyone who played along. You were all great sports with some wonderful picnic suggestions.

    Hope to see you again soon for more foody fun and giveaways!

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