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When Writing Friends Come To Stay: #WeekendAtLilys

 

It’s a weekend worth blogging about! I have writing friends coming for a visit. Two of them, my bestest beta-reading buddies, Jennie Jones and Juanita Kees. (Insert trumpet flourish here).
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Jennie Jones, Juanita Kees and Lily Malone at Juanita’s place. December 2013.

Jennie and Juanita both live in Perth, so for them, they face a three-hour road-trip a-la that great movie classic, Thelma & Louise. we’ve been having a bit of fun on the whole Thelma & Louise thing but so far, I still haven’t worked out who gets to sleep with Brad Pitt.
Although… my husband *is* away for the weekend… (No, Lily! Mental slap on wrist!!)
Juanita, Jennie and I last caught up in person before Christmas 2013 at Juanita’s house. Since then, Juanita has released a new book in the Tag Raiders’ series Under Cover Of Dark and moved house; Jennie has become an Australian rural romance writing powerhouse, as well as the driving force behind two writing groups, Australian Rural Romance, and HeartsnWined; and I have published my book: Fairway To Heaven, and I too, have moved house. (Sneak a peek at my writing room here).
So while we talk a lot on Facebook and Twitter and in our emails about HeartsnWined and just the writing life in general, it is rare to find us all able to snare a weekend that works. So I’m tickled as pink as my beanie to have them driving to Margaret River this Saturday to pay me a visit.
I’m planning an afternoon of nature walks, followed by an evening of wine and food (which includes white chocolate tart). I figured it would make them walk faster if I offered the wine after the walk… otherwise, we might never get home!
On Sunday, my 6-year-old (I’m ALMOST SEVEN Mum) has a birthday party to go to. The theme is movie stars and he tells me he wants to go as the snowman from Frozen. So Jennie and Juanita don’t know it yet, but ladies… you shall also be called upon for all those many years of motherly assistance in terms of creating costumes… which is something I completely suck at.
Oh, and while you’re thinking about that, my 4-year-old (I’m ALMOST FIVE Mum) says he wants an outfit as a Chameleon (not for the same party). So put your creative genius-ii to that please JJ & JK!
10615580_354985471319623_7960681465408251641_nNow… for some Thelma & Louise fun, I’m copying this from a post Jennie did on Facebook because it gave me all the warm fuzzies (no, Brad Pitt isn’t even IN this scene!)
If you want to keep up with our Margaret River weekend, you can follow the hashtags: #MargiesWeekend or #WeekendAtLilys on Twitter.
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WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN SAID IF THELMA & LOUISE HAD BEEN ON THEIR WAY TO MARGARET RIVER INSTEAD:

Featuring Jennie Jones as THELMA, Juanita Kees as LOUISE and Lily Malone as LILY MALONE.
Setting: Kwinana Freeway, Western Australia
7.30am

Thelma: You awake?
Louise: Guess you could call it that, my eyes are open.
Thelma: I’m awake too. I feel awake.
Louise: Good.
Thelma: I feel really awake. I don’t recall ever feeling this awake. You know? Everything looks different now. You feel like that? You feel like you got something to live for now?
Louise: We’ll be drinking margaritas by the sea, mamacita.
Thelma: You know we could change our names. I’ve always wanted to be a Jennie.
Louise: Wouldn’t say no to being some Juanita – living in a hacienda.
Thelma: I want to get a job, I’ll work at Club Med.
Louise: Yeah, what kind of deal is that cop going to have to come up with to top that?
Thelma: Have to be pretty good.
Louise: Have to be pretty damn good.
Thelma: How about we write a book and kick up some dust?
Louise: What kind?
Thelma: A romance. A road-trip. Three writers.
Louise: Who’s the third?
Thelma: Lily Malone. She lives in Margaret River.
Louise: Shit! That’s where we’re heading.
Thelma: I think she’s baking a clafoutis.
Louise: Well, hell—why didn’t you say? We’ve been idling along at ninety. We’re gonna be late.
Thelma: Floor it!

Don’t get any speeding fines girls… and if you see Brad by the side of the road… let him in, hey? You’ll make him famous.

 

xx

 

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in News, Uncategorized

 

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Guest Post: Susanne Bellamy, Lady Of The Rings

My lovely writing friend, Susanne Bellamy, has a new book out this month called Engaging The Enemy. It’s set in Melbourne, and it’s doing great things on the book charts. I’m very pleased to invite Susanne to my blog to talk about her new book, but first, a little education from the Lady Of The Rings.Ring5

 

“Marry me.”

“Will you do me the honour of being my wife?”

“Let’s get hitched.”

No matter the form of the question, it’s a signal that life is about to change for two people. Usually. What is so important about an engagement ring, aside from the evidence of a promise to wed?

It began as braided grass around a woman’s wrist/ankle/waist as a means of ‘marking’ her as her mate’s property. Early Roman women wore an iron ring in the home to denote the wife’s legal acceptance of being owned. Asian sheiks used puzzle rings to track their wives.

Diamond rings appeared in 1477 when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave one to Mary of Burgundy, flat pieces of diamond in the shape of an ‘M’. But it was the discovery of diamonds in the Cape Colony in South Africa that led directly to the booming industry today.

In 1886, Tiffany & Co. introduced the “Tiffany setting,” a six-prong ring designed to maximize a diamond’s brilliance by raising it up from the band.

Ring1My favourite piece of trivia though, involves Cartier who created the Trinity Ring—intertwined hoops in pink gold (love), white gold (friendship), and yellow gold (fidelity)—for Jean Cocteau to give to his lover, poet Raymond Radiguet. It is still a traditional wedding ring in France. Love, friendship and fidelity—these are the cornerstones of marriage symbolised by the three gold types. Who could ask for anything more?

In the case of my latest release, Engaging the Enemy, the proposal doesn’t happen quite as expected. Matt Mahoney needs Andrea de Villiers to agree to a fake engagement. To give credibility to their ‘engagement’, Matt gives Andie an emerald ring. Reluctantly, she wears it—sometimes. Unable to tell a lie to save herself, Andie finds living this lie more challenging than even she expected. They are enemies but Matt brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Here’s more about Susanne’s new book, published by Escape Publishing, called Engaging The Enemy.

One building, two would-be owners and a family feud that spans several generations: all relationships have their problems. 

Andrea de Villiers can’t lie to save herself. But when developer, Matt Mahoney, buys the building she and a friend have established as a safe house in the Melbourne CBD, she decides that protecting The Shelter is more important than her aching heart. She will confront Mr Mahoney, and she will emerge victorious. There are no other options.

But Matt has other plans for Andie, and she soon finds herself ensnared in a web of well-meaning lies and benevolent deceit. To protect the building and the families that depend on her, Andie agrees to play the part of Matt’s fiancée, and play it convincingly.

But lies soon bleed into truth, and what was once a deception starts to feel all too real. Can Andie accomplish her goals and protect The Shelter, without losing her heart to the charming Irish developer?

For further reading, try: http://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/the-history-of-engagement-rings/

 

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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Guest Posts

 

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