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What’s Old Is New Again…

Great to see this little book back in circulation. I wrote The Goodbye Ride in 2013, not long after we moved from Hahndorf (where the book is set) to Margaret River. I wrote most of it while the kids and I were guests at my sister’s place, before we found our own house to rent.

It’s set on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend holiday, which on the East Coast happens in early June, so it’s a nice little short story to sit down with for an evening or a weekend, if you feel like some romance and escapism to finish your day.

Special mention to one of my good writing friends, Kerrie Paterson, for her debut title with Escape Publishing – Return to Jacaranda Avenue. Love that cover, Kerrie, and it’s nice to share a book birthday with you!

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The Goodbye Ride is out on May 5 and is available for pre-order at all ebook sites now.

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More options at Escape Publishing.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2016 in Marketing and promotion

 

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Easter, At Our Place

Either late last year, or possibly in one of my early ‘new year resolution’ posts, I know that I said two things I’d like to do more of in 2016 were camping, and walks on the Cape to Cape walk track.

My Easter has involved two of these things. Easter Sunday started with the Easter egg hunt for the kids, and then me baking ‘German Apple Pancakes‘ – a recipe I found on Facebook. I think this will start a tradition because believe me, this was YUMMY! Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 11.15.55 AM

Later, my gorgeous neighbour Carrie and I hiked a 9km section of the Cape To Cape track, from Prevelly (the communication tower at the top of Baudin Drive) to Redgate Beach. As always, it’s a gorgeous walk with views of Boodjidup Creek, a crossing at Frank Mouritz bridge, and views of the stunning coast, but what I find at Easter is that it’s even more special – because of the solitude.

To put that in perspective, Easter in Margaret River/Dunsborough/Busselton/Cowaramup is always a manic holiday time of year. There are people everywhere, and yet once we started this walk we didn’t see a soul all along the most fantastic stretches of beach. We were walking along and talking about the book The Martian, which Carrie is currently reading – and which is the subject of the new Matt Damon movie – and Carrie commented that “we could be on Mars” given the isolation. What is kind of surreal is that you know at the towns north and south and on Caves Rd that runs parallel to the coast only a few kilometres away, it’d be like rush-hour in Manhattan. (Well, almost).

The first half of this part of the walk is fairly easy, and very pretty, putting you at one stage right on top of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge with views left over forest and farmland and right to the coast and a blue horizon.

The second part of the walk is along this isolated stretch of beach, very heavy sand and harder going. As Carrie is younger than me I figured it was fair that I cheated and slip-streamed her most of the way:)

Along with countless chocolate eggs and two bottles of champagne (thanks Mum), the Easter Bunny bought us two extra special presents this year. The first was some lovely Cara Ratajczak prints (2 of the 3 I bought pictured above) at the Gracetown Easter Art Exhibition and the second was this Coromal camper/caravan. Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 10.28.41 AM

Add to the last few days a catch up Easter Saturday night with friends, some lovely baby news from neighbours and baby news for one of the card-girls, plus a win for the West Coast Eagles to get AFL season under way, and well, it’s been a darn fine Easter!

Hope yours was awesome too!

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in News

 

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Cover Reveal | The Goodbye Ride

Feel like playing a little game of ‘compare the cover?’

This is my new cover for my contemporary novella The Goodbye Ride, out with Escape Publishing on May 5th. Underneath on the right is the old cover, designed for me by the incredibly talented Wendy Johnson of Bright Eyed Owl when The Goodbye Ride was a self-published book. On the left is another version that was all part of the cover design process. How cool to see three versions of the same book!

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You are welcome to let me know which one you prefer, but please make sure you be tactful about it! You do realise it’s kind of like asking me to compare my children:)

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2016 in Marketing and promotion, News

 

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Bookish News & Dinosaur Spellings

Bookish News & Dinosaur Spellings

School started again a couple of weeks ago and that means we’re back in the school-going groove, after a few hiccups in the second week with sick kids… It also means I’m making lunch boxes again (pet hate)… but it’s all okay.

On the writing front, things have been interesting… to say the least!

I finished edits on my novella THE GOODBYE RIDE before school went back. This was another of my self-published books that is now being contracted by Escape Publishing. It will be fun to have Liv and Owen’s story back in the cyber-world and I’m looking forward to seeing & sharing the new cover for it soon. THE GOODBYE RIDE should be back on the cyber shelf in early May.

SO FAR INTO YOU was part of Amazon Australia’s Valentine’s Day sale a few weeks back, which meant for the first time I saw a book of mine get a gorgeous piece of artwork and be part of the front page of Amazon Australia. Very exciting!

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During this, SO FAR INTO YOU was ranked the No.1 book in Westerns on Amazon, which is what Amazon categorises what Aussies call ‘rural romance’… It meant I got one of these – a Bestseller flag. First time for me.

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Now months ago, I wrote a story for an anthology called COMING TOGETHER, STRANGE SHIFTERS… it was about two sabre-tooth cats who could turn human and it was pretty “out there” as my stories go… anyway, I saw a review of the book on Amazon.com today and the reviewer said this:

“Perhaps my favorite story (among many that stand out) is Lily Malone’s “Tar Pit Triage”. Two male sabre-tooth tiger shifters compete for a scarce female, and for the lordly title of Khan. Ms. Malone’s primordial universe is new and fascinating, but I was most impressed by the contrasts she creates between the human and animal experience. In cat form, the characters have finely-tuned senses and powerful muscles, but limited intellectual capabilities. Human shape offers the advantages of analysis and agency at the expense of physical weakness.”

I read the review and thought: “Wow. My primordial universe is new and fascinating???” It left me rather chuffed that I’d created such a universe! I had no idea there was so much to think about in my 3000 word contribution about a female sabre-tooth cat stuck in a tar pit:)

In books on the drawing board, I finished my current project and sent that to my editor. It has the working title of BUTTERFLY HOUSE BOOK 1, which is a bit boring, but will do for now. It’s a novella set near where I live which involves a murder mystery game and a thief who is stealing the Cowaramup cows.

Last, sharing this bit of cuteness from Mr 6, who got an Honour Certificate at school today:

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This is what the teacher’s message says: “For putting in a great effort into your writing and sounding out ‘piranha’ and ‘sarcosuchas’. Keep it up!”

The funny thing was, even the school principal had a battle pronouncing ‘sarcosuchas’ (sookus) and he called it a sarcosaurus.

For a second there I was worried Mr 6 was about to correct him!

Have a great week.

xx Lily

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2016 in News, Uncategorized

 

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Australia Day Blog Hop

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This competition is now closed and winners have been announced and contacted via a reply on their comment below. If you’re a winner, please contact me within 48 hours of the end of the Blog Hop. Otherwise, your prize will go to another participant. Thank you for visiting. I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you:)

 

I always enjoy Shelleyrae’s Australia Day Blog Hop and I’ve made new and lasting contacts and friendships with many bloggers, authors and readers over the last few years by being part of this blog hop week.

I love Australia Day. This year I’ll be with our neighbours and their kids and the plan is that hubs and I are going to learn to play Poker, while we listen to the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown and I’m sure we’ll have a few drinks on the way.

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The day my print copies of MORE TIME AT THE BEACH arrived at my office. My story, Fairway To Heaven is inside.

In bookish news, it’s been a huge 12 months for me since last Australia Day. I’ve had my first print book published with MORE TIME FOR THE BEACH (including FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN); and all three of my e-books at different times have been in the top 100 at Amazon Australia, including my debut title HIS BRAND OF BEAUTIFUL, now three years young. I’ve also been part of my first romance panel, as a guest of Koorliny Stories On Stage in April with my two writing buddies, Jennie Jones and Juanita Kees, and great friend, (convenor of Stories On Stage) Monique Mulligan.

I should have my novella, THE GOODBYE RIDE back in circulation soon. I finished edits for THE GOODBYE RIDE on Saturday and I’m looking forward to seeing the new cover any day now. This book was initially self-published but like my other self-published titles, Escape Publishing now has a Contract for THE GOODBYE RIDE.

When that releases later this year, I’ll have four country/rural titles available as e-books, with FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN also available in print.

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In other news, SO FAR INTO YOU – my newest release – is nominated for the Australian Romance Reader 2015 awards for Best Contemporary Romance. If you are an ARRA member, and you read and enjoyed SO FAR INTO YOU, you might consider throwing a vote my way. Check your latest copy of your member e-newsletter for voting information.

 

FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN is Kindle Book of the Month at Amazon in January. If you haven’t yet had the chance to grab a copy of FAIRWAY  it is only 99c for Australian readers right now – but this sale ends in four days! Be quick. Amazon AUS customers buy link here. Amazon US (Australian) customers buy link here.

AND NOW FOR THE GOOD PART! My #GIVEAWAY

Today, I’m offering Australian visitors to my blog the opportunity to win a print book of MORE TIME FOR THE BEACH. This is a three-in-one book that also features stories by fellow Aussie authors Victoria Purman (SOMEONE LIKE YOU) and Juliet Madison (FEBRUARY OR FOREVER).

FairWayToHeavenFinal-harlequin 200_200x315I also have 5 Kindle e-copies of FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN to give away. Leave a comment for me below and tell me if you’re after the print book (Australian only), or a Kindle ebook (open internationally). Tell me something about yourself and what you like to read, including favourite Aussie authors, or tell me anything that takes your fancy. That’s how I roll.

If you are on Twitter, you can find me at @lily_lilymalone

Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs that are part of this year’s BookdOut Blog Hop. You can return to the list here: https://bookdout.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/its-the-2016-australia-day-book-giveaway-blog-hop/

Thanks for visiting!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in News, Uncategorized

 

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Fremantle fun, & Bookish Stuff

Fremantle fun, & Bookish Stuff

How has your start to 2016 been? I have to keep reminding myself every time I write the date that we’re in a new year. But that’s pretty normal for me, it took me until about August last year to stop writing 2014 on everything.

Last weekend we were in Fremantle with the kids. We went to the Erth’s Dinosaur Exhibition at the WA Museum and I’d tell you, if you have junior palaeontologists in your house and this exhibition visits a city or town near you – take them! It was great. This is the second time Mr 6 has seen the exhibition, and the first for Mr 8. They both enjoyed it a lot.

5884_521924201195703_1778355084_nWe went to the WA Maritime Museum at Freo, which is a great modern exhibition and really worth the entry fee. Australia II is there, winged keel and all. There are tours of a submarine that you can do but you need to book. We missed the tour, but it’s something to do another time.

This holiday we used AirBnB for the accommodation. Have you heard about AirBnB? It’s a great way of finding (usually shared) accommodation. If you don’t mind being on a property where you might cross paths with your host from time to time, then it’s a great way to (usually) save some money on accommodation and often you can cater for yourselves a little more than normal – which can save on meals and eating out.

This is Christine’s, where we stayed in Freo. We’d highly recommend it and Christine was lovely.

We also visited Adventure World where our family mastered the new ride there, the Kraken!  Lots of fun – we’ll be going back there a few times over the years I’m sure!

The only sad thing about our holiday was it coincided with the desolation of fires at Waroona, Yarloop and Harvey last weekend. We had to detour around the fire zones (which closed both the Forest Highway and South West Highway) to get to Perth and we could see the smoke for the entire 5 hour journey. Coming home, they opened the Forest Highway that morning and we drove through blackened trees where there wasn’t a leaf to be seen and the ground had burned everything down to nothing but sand. Some power poles were burned through which left power lines hanging in the air.

Barefoot BooksSo sad. I have an Aunt at Coolup where we used to spend every Christmas Day from the time I was probably 5, through to being about 25, minus the years I was overseas. We’ve driven through Yarloop, with all its sleepy timber history. There have often been times my hubs has wanted to stop to check out some of the antiques and other shops and we always said: “we’ll do it another time…” Now I guess, there won’t be another time. I don’t think they’ll rebuild the town and even if they did, you can’t rebuild history.

In Busselton on the way home, we saw this great sign outside Barefoot Books in Fig Tree Lane. The bottom book on the list is MORE TIME AT THE BEACH, the print book which includes my story FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN. Barefoot Books sold out before Christmas so it’s nice to know they have more in stock.

Finally, on Friday night I got news that my newest book SO FAR INTO YOU is a finalist in the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Association annual awards for Best Contemporary Romance. This is a big deal! It’s also on the back of a Booktopi2015 ARRA finalista Australia’s Favourite Author nomination earlier in the week. I didn’t get through the Booktopia heats and I’m in a very hot category in the ARRA awards, but it’s very nice to be on a ‘list’… So I’m stoked. I get to use this cute graphic on the left for a while!

Meanwhile, Fairway To Heaven (ebook) is Kindle Monthly Deal at Amazon Australia for January. This means it is 99c for Australian readers, all month and it’s doing well on the charts, reaching No 13 during the week and No 3 in Contemporary. If you have a Kindle and you haven’t read it yet, maybe this is the time to risk it! One click it at Amazon Australia here. If your account is with Amazon US, click here.Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 3.21.01 PM

I had a lovely 5-star review for Fairway from Kirsty Wenn who said “I didn’t want this book to end.” That’s always nice! I had a less than lovely 2-star review from a reader who said “Nice story but very boring”… so, it just goes to show in this writing business you have to roll with the punches and enjoy the good times when they come!

On that very zen note, I’ll leave you to your weekend!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Marketing and promotion, News

 

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Happy 2016

In 2016 I wish you all the joy and happiness in the world!

And I wish me, more of this:

(which would be camping with family and friends!)

More of this:

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(which would be card nights with the girls… although I must say this model’s hands don’t look particularly feminine!)

More of this:

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(which would be catch ups with my writing mates, Juanita Kees & Jennie Jones, aka: #thedirtydrafters)

More of this:

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(which would be walking the Cape To Cape track from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin with good friends).

And more of this!

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(Which would be print Bookish success! And all bookish success is of course, very welcome!)

I hope 2016 is wonderful for you and yours …

xx Lily

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2016 in News

 

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