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When Cows and Butterflies come out to play

Q: How much fun can an author (moi), a cover designer (Kerry Sibly), two giftshop owners (Kerry & Wendy Sibly), a photographer (the very patient James Bunting), a journalist (Nicky Lefebvre from The Augusta-Margaret River Mail), and a Cowaramup cow have during a photo shoot?

A: Too much fun. Will Cowaramup ever be the same again…?

Thanks James Bunting for the photos!

Check out Nicky Lefebvre’s story here.

You can get your personally signed print copy of Who Killed The Bride, Butterfly House Book 1 for $18.95 by emailing me lilymalone@mail.com or if you’re in the South West, call into Mukau Giftware and Gallery in Cowaramup or Barefoot Books in Fig Tree Lane, Busselton.

More information about the book is right here.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in News

 

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Book Signing at Barefoot Books, Busselton

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Jacinta and Izzy.

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With Steph and Kim of Barefoot Books🙂

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Signing. Signing. Signing. So much fun!

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With the lovely Lynda!

It has been the hottest day of spring yet in West Australia, and the south west shone today…

While my lovely friend Carrie was doing the Anaconda marathon/triathlon at Augusta, which involved swimming, bike-riding, running and a kayak to finish, I was very hard pressed signing books at Barefoot Books in Busselton today. Boy, that book signing is hard yakka. I had cupcakes to eat, coffee to drink, people to chat to, books to sign. I had to drive there without any children… I mean, phew! This is HARD WORK!!

Anyway, here are some pics of the book signing of The Vineyard In The Hills, More Time At The Beach and my new release, Who Killed The Bride, Butterfly House Book 1. Thanks to everyone who came along – was amazing to see your friendly faces!

Barefoot Books have copies of Butterfly House at their shop, and copies of all of my print books – they’re a wonderful supporter of local West Aussie authors. Be sure to call in and ask for a copy if you’re there🙂

p.s. Thanks to Steph for the photos – and congrats on your very recent engagement! You should have seen the rock on Steph’s finger!🙂

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With Peta, Mistress of Barefoot Books…

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

About dickheads and idiots

I wrote about the Cowaramup Cows here. I have a new book coming out soon and it is set in my hometown of Cowaramup, where there is a herd of about 40 life-size fibreglass cows.

I said in that post something like: not everybody likes the cows, but the cows have been a boon for local businesses in the area, bringing people to our town, and giving them a reason to stop in Cowaramup instead of bypassing us for the bigger tourist towns north and south.

Saturday morning, this happened, and it makes me angry and sad.

When these pictures were posted in the Cowaramup Community Facebook page, almost to a comment there was condemnation of the dickheads who would do this sort of thing. I hate that it feels like incidents of vandalism are growing in this part of the world that’s always felt somehow insulated and innocent of what might seem to be ‘city things.’

It’s easy to think that it is done by ‘kids’ blowing off steam, or ‘the youth of today’. That’s not fair to all the great kids that I know in this community.

Not long ago a memorial was vandalised in Gracetown. It was commemorating a surfer who had been killed in a shark attack some years ago. ‘Kids’ got blamed for that one too.

Who knows if it’s young people or old? Locals or visitors? Trump-lovers or Trump-haters? Whoever did it is a dickhead. Pure and simple.

The cows in Cowaramup are not everybody’s cup of tea. Leave them alone if they’re not your thing. Boycott deja-Moo and the Christmas Fair and any other cow thing. Don’t take your visitors to any park to see the cows.

In my new book, part of the story involves a mystery surrounding the theft of one of the Cowaramup calves. My book is fiction, but I wrote it after a calf was stolen from outside a local shop last year. That time, the calf was taken, not destroyed, and eventually the community got the calf back.

Seeing the photographs of the cows destroyed is somehow worse. Like the surfer’s plaque at Gracetown. It’s malicious. It’s disrespectful. It’s anti-social. It’s dumb.

And I suspect whoever desecrated the surfer’s memorial, or the calf in the park knows this, and doesn’t care.

That’s what dickheads do.

 

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in News

 

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Cover Reveal: Who Killed The Bride?

I am so excited to give my blog readers the first exclusive look at the brand new (and so very beautiful) print cover for my new Butterfly House series.

Love this design by Kerry Sibly at Mukau Giftware and Gallery of Cowaramup.

This was designed by Kerry Sibly at Mukau Giftware and Gallery in Cowaramup. Kerry got this concept pretty much nailed from the word go. When I first saw it via email on Tuesday night and showed it to my husband, he said: “Do Not Change ANYTHING!!”

But, you know – I’m a woman – I couldn’t change nothing!😉

I absolutely love this cover, Kerry Sibly, and I am so looking forward to future Butterfly House adventures with you and Wendy, and Mukau.

xx

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Marketing and promotion

 

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Fly, Fly, Butterfly

butterflyhouse-for-blogI have a new book project… as always seems to happen, it feels like it has taken forever to write, but all of a sudden I have the most amazing cover, and I’m signing off on printing plans, and I have a launch date and publishing deadline, and everything is happening at warp speed!

It’s called Butterfly House and its a real change of pace for me. First – it’s a series – which I’ve never done before and second it’s kind of chick-lit, not romance. It’s a seriously local story, set in an imaginary location in my home town of Cowaramup. If you’ve ever visited Cowaramup it’s that little dot on the map snuggled in the middle of far more famous cousins such as Margaret River, Busselton and Dunsborough… and for years and years if you blinked driving through on the Bussell Highway, you missed it.

Not anymore. Now you blink because you think some farmer just let his prize herd of dairy cows escape out the farm gate…

These days, Cowaramup is famous for its herd of life-size fibreglass cows that munch imaginary daisies on our main street, chew their cud, a-low and a-moo and lie or stand around doing their thang day in, day out. (Here are some photos of WA romance authors Jennie Jones and Juanita Kees checking out the cows during a visit with me in 2014).

Not everyone loves the Cowaramup cows, but most people do, and I’m one of the latter. The cows have been wonderful for retail businesses who might otherwise have had to close their shop doors as our town got bypassed for the bigger, more touristy places. Now people have a reason to stop, take photos, and enjoy so much of the community spirit that makes Cowtown, such a cool town.

In the first of the Butterfly House books, Who Killed The Bride, we meet Cally Minter and her best friend, Sienna Devereux, just as they are about to launch their new business: Murder Mystery at Butterfly House.

Do you remember those old fashioned murder mysteries that were a ‘thing’ about 20 years ago? I wrote one once (incidentally). It featured Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Sylvester Stallone, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie and Jack Nicholson. (Hubby played Jack).

I wrote scripts for everyone and the game ran on the clock. People had to be some place at a certain time and say something to another character. Or some other character might see them leaving the garden, or the shed, or the house (with a dripping bloody dagger in their hand) kind of thing.

In the game I wrote years ago, ‘Tom Cruise’ was found dead in the front yard of our garden in Hahndorf… and it turned out Angelina and Russell were the dastardly pair who combined to knock him off. (Russell was jealous because he’d missed out on the lead in The Last Samurai, which Tom went on to get…). We played the game and ate, drank and made very merry… we had a blast.

Butterfly House kind of takes off, where that fledgling idea began.

I can’t wait to show you the AMAZING full cover for Who Killed The Bride? Butterfly House: Book 1. It was designed by local artist (incidentally – he doubles as ‘vet’ to the Cowtown cows) Kerry Sibly who runs the gift shop Mukau in Cowaramup main street. This man is a genius!

I also can’t wait to tell you about my plans for the launch and sale of the book and how, where and when you can get your hands on a signed PRINT copy. Lots of exciting news to come including a cover reveal tomorrow! I’ll post it here first🙂

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Marketing and promotion, News, Uncategorized

 

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About a Book Launch

Oh what a night we had at the print launch of THE VINEYARD IN THE HILLS last Thursday. Can you believe more than 50 people came to hear me rabbit on about my writing life and writing journey? I ‘rabbited’ on for so long about baking fails, painting fails and writing fails, I almost forgot to talk about the writing success! (ie, the book!

The whole evening felt magical to me. So great to get the opportunity to launch my book locally amongst family and friends, and then to find new readers from local bookclubs, and friends of friends who were dragged came willingly, along.

Thank you to Fermoy Estate wines of Margaret River who sponsored the wines for the evening. We definitely enjoyed the liquid refreshment🙂 Biggest thank you in the world to Pauline and Keith McLeod of the brilliant, fabulous, amazing, independent THE MARGARET RIVER BOOKSHOP!

Mostly, I’ve just been blown away by the people who bought my book at the launch, who’ve let me know they bought the book from a shop, have spotted the book, are reading or have read the book, and enjoyed the story. It is just the very best feeling in the world to have someone tell you they like the story you spent so many months slaving over.

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I’m offering a giveaway on my Facebook page and here on the blog. I’ll announce the winners in the first week of October. To enter, you just need to snap a picture of THE VINEYARD IN THE HILLS and either tweet it to me @lily_lilymalone or post on your Facebook (friend me first if you like) and tag me, or email me at lilymalone@ mail.com

Above I’ve put together a collage of some of the pics of the launch, and photos that have been coming in so far.

Thanks for celebrating this very special time with me🙂

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Marketing and promotion, News, Uncategorized

 

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Conference Buzz, Book Buzz… just buzzin’

I’ve been away from home for two weeks, just got back late last night and having sorted out the mountain of washing, and been shopping to put food in the fridge… I can find a spare hour or two to get some thoughts down on the blog. Getting my thoughts in any sort of order at the moment is a major achievement because I am on a true BOOK BUZZ. Buzzier than any bee. Fizzier than the fizziest champagne. I care not whether fizzier and buzzier are words. Right now they are perfect!

That's me. That's my book!

That’s me. That’s my book!

I am two days away from launching my debut print title with Harlequin MIRA (drum roll please) THE VINEYARD IN THE HILLS… The book launch will be at the Margaret River Bookshop on September 1st, and I’ll be amongst friends, family and local booklovers in and around the Margaret River region. I’ve been practicing my ‘launch speech’ in my head at night… and in my head I sound fantastic. There is one problem however… I usually fall asleep before the speech ends. This means I know the start of the speech very well, but I’m not sure how it ends yet. Therefore, I shall be ad-libbing!

What a holiday we had! My adventure began with 3 nights (3 blissful, wonderful, child-and-husband-free nights at the Stamford Grand hotel in Glenelg, Adelaide)… at the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference. It was the first time I’d been to conference, although when it was in Fremantle going back a few years, I did put my head in to the Cocktail Party and had a breakfast with fellow authors at Escape Publishing the next morning. Still, this made me a Conference ‘newbie’ at Adelaide. What a great time. It’s hard to explain what it’s like to be surrounded and immersed in books and writing, and in people who love books and writing, for three whole days (and did I mention the hotel room all to myself??) There were seminars, parties, workshops, more parties, networking opportunities, a gala ball, publisher meetings, more parties, and pitch opportunities. (Pitch in this instant doesn’t require singing… it is just an opportunity to spruik about your book for 5 minutes and hope you don’t make a complete dill of yourself, plus hope that whoever you are presenting your book idea too, they like it and request to see more – in my case, this ‘pitch’ went well).

with Managing Director of Harlequin Australia, Sue Brockhoff. Sue hand-delivered me my book!

with Managing Director of Harlequin Australia, Sue Brockhoff. Sue hand-delivered me my book!

Then my Conference kind of got side-swiped by this wonderful thing called: a book release!

On Saturday morning in the lobby of the Stamford Grand, Sue Brockhoff, managing director of Harlequin MIRA in Australia, hand-delivered me my first copy of THE VINEYARD IN THE HILLS. There ensued much excitement. Again – as luck conspired to have it – at the time I was surrounded by bookish friends, chatting away, so they all got to see my smile when I got to hold my book baby in my hands. There is even video of that magic moment, thanks to big-hearted WA author, Tess Woods.

When Conference ended on Sunday afternoon, my holiday was really just beginning. There followed a week of long, wonderful lunches with old friends… the type of friends I haven’t seen now in 3 or more years but who you can start chatting with all over again, like you’ve never been away. There were catch ups with family and more friends, there were football games… and through it all there were emails and tweets from readers and author friends telling me they’d seen *my book* in the shops.

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On a shelf with Jenn J McLeod. Jenn has been such a great supporter of my writing journey, since the word go.

I saw *my* book in Dillons Bookshop on The Parade in Norwood. My hubby was with me, and the pair of us were like kids in a candy store. I really do think he was every bit as excited as me as he kind of politely elbowed this poor bookshop customer out of the way so he could take a picture of ME with MY BOOK! “Excuse me, mate,” he says. “That’s my wife. That’s my wife’s book.”

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Signing my books. Like, for real!

I was buzzing enough to go meet the lovely ladies running the bookshop and introduce myself and ask them if they’d like me to sign any copies of the book while I was there… which they did. And this meant my old friend at Winetitles Publishing in South Australia, Elizabeth Bouzoudis, later got to go nab herself a copy of one of these personally signed books. And took the selfie to prove it.

So please forgive me my book high… it won’t last forever, but I reckon it’s hanging around for at least another few weeks. Lucky I have a great family and friends who keep it real… must dash from my post because I have two children in school, and after 10 days without worrying about school pick-up, I can’t be late!

 

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2016 in News

 

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