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Weekend of Words and Walks

It’s a long weekend in West Australia this weekend for Western Australia day – which apparently¬†got its name changed from Foundation Day when I wasn’t looking ūüôā

I’ve had a wonderful weekend. I’ve finished the first round of edits for my next book, So Far Into You, which is¬†due for release in October this year with Escape Publishing.¬†I’m working with Belinda Holmes on edits, and after a bit of a struggle with my own self-doubt late last week, I managed to get in the swing of the book and finish it Saturday afternoon. My additions (there are lots) are now back with Belinda for her input. I’ll probably see them once more before we count this book done.

In Margaret River it has been the annual Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival. Lots of bookish friends have been¬†staying in Margies and visiting the Festival each day. Carol Seeley who blogs at Reading, Writing and Riesling, has written great wrap-ups of each day of the Festival. She told me romance author Fiona Palmer’s talk was particularly inspirational, and I know Carol enjoyed meeting one of her favourite authors, Robert Gott.

Also visiting for the festival were three people who I have only previously cyber-met, but who have become friends, particularly the lovely and talented Louise Allan who¬†had her novel, Ida’s Children, final in the 2014 City of Fremantle TAG Hungerford Award. Louise, Rae Hilhorst, and Swanbourne Bookcaffe manager and aspiring writer, Emily Paul, travelled from Perth together and had weekend passes to the Festival.

On Saturday night, Louise, Rae and Emily¬†came to visit at my place. Hubby¬†lit¬†the¬†firepit at the base of our block (I think this was so he could watch football uninterrupted by four women talking about books), and¬†we sat watching the rising moon and the stars, sharing several glasses of wine, nibbles and a¬†meal¬†around the fire. I don’t think we stopped talking for about 3.5 hours, except to take another sip of wine. It was so cold away from the fire that our white wine didn’t need to be in an ice bucket, and our red wine ended up rather chilled (to say the least).

It was a great evening, and very inspiring, like I find most times I get the chance to talk books and writing with other authors, bloggers and writers, no matter what stage of their writing careers. (#DirtyDraft sessions, I’m thinking¬†about you).

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Looking south from the carpark at Gnoocardup (pardon the spelling). Imagine an Irish woman trying to mangle this pronunciation… it’s said: Newkardup.

Topping off the weekend, things got physical today with a group of five ladies enjoying a walk along a 12.5km stretch of the Cape To Cape walking track. We dropped a car at Sea Gardens cafe in Prevelly this morning then drove back to Ellensbrook Homestead and walked from Ellensbrook to Prevelly, through Gnoocardup (which I¬†shudder when I try to spell), Joey’s Nose, Kilcarnup and eventually to the Margaret River mouth.

Both Saturday and Sunday have been blessed days with the weather. Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of Winter and yet today, at the end of our walk, three of our party ended up jumping in the ocean for a swim? (Not me – I’m way too chicken! That water was cold!)

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The Cape to Cape walk trail, at Cape Mentelle.

So, a wonderful weekend, capped off with a footy win for the West Coast Eagles… and there’s still another day going free tomorrow. Rumour is if the weather holds, it will involve fishing at Augusta. Or at the very least, lunch at the Augusta pub.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2015 in News

 

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Lots of Bookish News

Well, not heaps of bookish news, but some.

First, my next book for release, So Far Into You, is currently in the hands of one of the wonderful team of Harlequin editors, the lovely Belinda Holmes. Belinda has edited some of my work before, for an anthology called It Happened At Cafe Nix¬†that was released by a group of Escape Publishing authors earlier this year. It¬†made me all warm and fuzzy inside to think I’d be working with Belinda again.Lily's Nix cover

So Far Into You begins in Margaret River and moves to the Adelaide Hills, so it’s sort of mimicking my life. I was¬†born near Margaret River and went to school here before moving to South Australia in late 2001 (although I’ve since moved back to Margaret River in 2013). The book is¬†set in the wine industry and involves¬†several events from my memories, the Margaret River Vintage Festival being one.

My early memories of the Margaret River Vintage/Wine Festival were way back when it was set in what was then a vacant lot (now a carpark and supermarket) beside the Settlers Tavern. I remember plank-walk races, and barrel races, and that the festival involved laughs, community, and drinking lots of wine.

So Far Into You begins with a meeting between the heroine, Remy, and the hero, Seth, at the Margaret River Wine Festival just prior to a storm that¬†puts paid to the day.¬†The book also includes some¬†other favourite memories, such as¬†bushwalking in spring and looking for orchids, which these characters do. Seth doesn’t know his donkey orchid from his cowslip, but Remy sets him straight.

Orchid spotting on a spring bush walk near where I live.

Orchid spotting on a spring bush walk near where I live.

I’ve been told the book will be ready for release in October 2015,¬†which is very exciting!

Yesterday, I heard from Escape about my last remaining self-pubbed work, the novella, The Goodbye Ride. After picking up Fairway To Heaven last year (this too was originally self-pubbed), Escape Publishing has now agreed to take The Goodbye Ride into their expert hands.

For me right now, I’m moving away from self-pubbing my work and I’ve been happy with this decision.

Last, just for a change of pace. A few of us in our writing group, The Naughty Ninjas, challenged eachother to write a shapeshifter romance in the last week or so. So I just did that (you know, as you do). It’s about 3500 words, involving a prehistoric animal as the ‘shifter’… I don’t have a name for the story¬†yet, but it might just find a home at Wattpad.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Naughty Ninjas, News

 

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