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HEARTLAND RELEASE DAY!

It’s here! And I came very, very close to popping the champagne before 8am this morning. Why? Because Heartland received the most gobsmacking review from Bree, at 1 Girl, 2 Many Books.

This is just a little of what she had to say…

“It’s easy to overhype books in your mind sometimes, which can lead to them not living up to expectation. That was definitely not the case with this one – it was everything I thought it would be and more. It’s a beautiful story of finding courage to be happy and letting go of the past but without forgetting it. Callie had such a touching vulnerability and Matt such a gentle strength but that didn’t stop it from being plenty saucy either! Another fabulous rural romance release that just proves why this genre continues to grow in popularity.”

9/10

Isn’t that the loveliest thing? Read Bree’s full review of Heartland here.

But wait, there’s more! Bree also has an in-depth Q&A with me, covering everything from how I choose my settings, to my love for the Sydney Swans, to what was the most difficult part of Heartland to write. Plus a teensy bit about my next book. Check it out!

Also around the net, I’m on the Australian Romance Readers Association’s blog, talking about what made Heartland special to write. All ARRA members who comment will go into the draw to win a copy.

Tomorrow, ANZAC Day, I’m at Book Muster Down Under with an author Q&A (including some seriously tricky questions) and with THREE copies of Heartland up for grabs courtesy of my publisher, Penguin Australia.

Friday will see me flopping about with exhaustion… or perhaps not. No rest for the bookish! I’m hosting myself here on Friday Feast and revealing some of the onerous research I had to undertake for Heartland. I’m talking winery visiting onerous. Terrible, but we authors are selfless creatures and don’t mind suffering for our craft. Oh, and there’ll be a Heartland giveaway too. But you’ll have to work for it with a wine-y story!

Also on Friday, I’ll be at Jenn J McLeod’s Author Harvest, discussing garden gnomes, what my protagonists think about me, and the current lust of my life, Inspector Davide Rivera from Rex in Rome…among other equally serious and important things!

Then on Sunday, 28th April, it’s back to ARRA for a guest post titled The Heart of Rural Romance. Find out what makes this genre so great.

Oh, and before I go, three things.

1/. Heartland is in this week’s BigW catalogue. Wheeeeee!

2/. The ebook price promo will run out soon. Get in quick if you want to score Heartland at a discount. Try Amazon (Kindle), Kobo, Google Play or iTunes. There’s also special pricing for Heart of the Valley and Promises.

3/. My Goodreads giveaway closes May 1st. Simply visit Heartland’s page and clickety-click the Enter to Win button.

To finish off , thank you to everyone for your amazing support. I’ve been overwhelmed with congratulations this morning and made to feel really special. I can’t express how much that means to me.

Nearly forgot! I have another Heartland quote for you.

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Mustn’t let all my photo fiddling go to waste!

 

THIS WRITING LIFE: Release Day Approacheth!

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Can you believe it? There’s only ONE sleep until my new rural romance, Heart of the Valley, releases.

I’m always amazed how quickly release date comes around. When the last edits are handed in you think it’s forever until release day, but then suddenly it’s racing toward you, bringing with it all the nerves and bubbly excitement that comes with knowing people will soon be buying, reading and commenting on your book.

I’m far more excited than nervous about Heart of the Valley because, quite frankly, I love this book. I love the characters, the emotion, the drama and the complex family relationships. I love how the animals are so integral to the story they’re almost characters in their own right. I adore the landscape of the Hunter Valley, viewed so passionately through the heroine, Brooke’s, eyes. I admire Brooke’s strength, her devotion to her friends, to her animals, to the property she loves. And I still have an embarrassingly monster-sized crush on the hero, Lachie. Sigh. I’m not sure I’ll ever recover from that man. He is one hell of a babe. Good thing he’s fictional or there might be trouble in the Hein household!

There have already been a few reviews.

The West Weekend Magazine’s Amanda Keenan had this to say:

Brooke Kingston is a pure-bred horsey girl soaring to great heights in the saddle. But a tragic twist of fate robs the agile rider of her confidence, and life as she knows it. Cue a love triangle including an old friend and a brooding man with a complicated history who will seek to salve her wounded soul and get her back in the saddle – so to speak. This sounds like the master stock for a rural romance recipe because it is. But that’s not a criticism – there’s something wonderfully absorbing about a rough and ready country yarn heavy with heartache, which weaves in complex family relationships, our gorgeous environment and a bit of raunchy rainstorm sex. Yee ha!

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald also had a large spread on rural lit, with Heart of the Valley reviewed alongside Fiona Palmer’s fabulous The Road Home, Fleur McDonald’s Purple Roads and Margareta Osborn’s Bella’s Run. In other words, pretty illustrious company!

Heart of the Valley is shown in great glory in this week’s BigW catalogue alongside Karly Lane’s Morgan’s Law, which also releases this week. Okay, so that’s not exactly a review but it still gives me a complete attack of the warm fuzzies.

Much to my surprise, I also received a gorgeous review for Promises this week which appeared in the Ipswich Advertiser.

Australian author Cathryn Hein had me from the first page and I’m sure anyone who likes romance novels without bodice ripping or cliché phrases will also love this story.

Lastly, I have a lot of blog visits coming up, some with giveaways, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for those. You can currently find me at Booktopia, answering their Nine Naughty Questions and on Mandy Magro’s Awesome Aussie Authors segment. Friday I’ll be here for Friday Feast sharing a favourite winter-perfect soup recipe I nicked from my mum and giving away a copy of Heart of the Valley to one lucky commenter.

Yup, it’s all happening!

Before I go I’d like to leave you with a few photos from our time in France. Jim and I were fortunate enough to attend two ANZAC Days on the Somme, as well as the Service of Reinterment of four Australian soldiers whose remains were found near Merris in 2003 and reburied in an incredibly moving ceremony at Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, near the Belgian border.

Dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux is one of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had and one I will never forget.

View from the tower

Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France

An unknown soldier of the Great War

Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery

Passchendaele, Belguim.

Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world.  There are now 11,956 soldiers buried here, 8,369 are unidentified.  This photo doesn’t do any justice to the heart-breaking scale of the place.

Reinterment for the four Australian soldiers whose remains were found near Merris in 2003

Outtersteen Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, France

Lest we forget

This Writing Life – Gettin’ Back Into The Groove

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since I posted about something other than food or cooking. Not that there’s anything wrong with food and cooking. No way. Food is good! Cooking is fun! But change is like a Belgian chocolate truffle. It does the soul much good.

After a month of wrangling boxes, building new bookshelves (oh, thank you, IKEA!), and generally smacking things into some form of organisation, my office is at last looking like a workplace instead of a forgotten back garden shed. I now have a semi-tidy desk and planners on my wall, and my white boards are looking suitably scribbled on with character notes for my next book, up-coming promos and important things like conference and book release dates.

Yes, I have a release date for my next rural set romance, Heart of the Valley. April 26th is the big day and the start of what will be a very, very busy but fun month, with a library tour of South East S.A. and guest blogging like there’s no tomorrow. I’ll make sure to keep you up to date on all my adventures via my website, Facebook, Twitter and, of course, here.

In the meantime, I’m knuckling down to my next book in between appearances in blogland. This Saturday sees me over at Mission: Romance as part of their “In The Paddock With…” series, discussing places that really resonate in your heart, like home towns. Drop by and share the place that means the most to you and you could win a signed copy of Promises.

Speaking of home towns, if you’re interested in a bit of history then check out this wonderful mini documentary of a typical day in 1960’s Mount Gambier. The film was part of the Department of Immigration’s “Life In Australia” series and it’s incredible to see how much the place has changed.

 

Life In Australia: Mount Gambier


And watch out for Heart of the Valley’s blurb and cover. Coming veeeeery soon!

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What’s on this week

We had a long weekend here last week. Unfortunately Mother Nature wasn’t playing nice and it absolutely poured from Saturday afternoon onwards. But on Monday the weather cleared a little, so Jim and I slipped up the Hunter Valley to sneak in a round of golf. Somehow, we also managed to return home with 3 cases of wine in the car. What can I say? We were in the Hunter. All those wineries are hard to resist!

It was lovely to see the vines in leaf after winter, adding vibrancy to the landscape. If you’ve never been to the Hunter then put it on your bucket list. It’s a gorgeous place to visit and, as Brooke, the horse loving heroine of my next book Heart of the Valley will tell you, a wonderful place to live.

This week I’m featured on bestselling Australian author Nicole Alexander’s website, talking about what makes a good romantic story and what made me want to become a writer. Please drop by and say hello and if you haven’t already done so, take a look at Nicole’s books, The Barkcutters and A Changing Land, both great stories.

I’m also officially a cover girl, having made the front of last Saturday’s Newcastle Herald Weekender magazine. Sadly, I have yet to find link to the article on the Herald’s website but if one appears I’ll post it. But you can still catch the short Q&A I did for the Adelaide Advertiser’s Adelaide Now insert. Fun!

Lastly, keep an eye out for this week’s Friday Feast. My special guest Rachael Johns is promising me something sweet and irresistable. Can’t wait!