Lots of Bookish News

20 May

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.


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


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9 responses to “Lots of Bookish News

  1. Jenn J McLeod | Season of Shadow and Light

    May 20, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Good news, Lily. I am glad your books will be getting into more hands. That is why we write.

  2. Louise Allan

    May 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    That’s great news! I’m not surprised they’re interested in your work—you have a great ‘voice’ and tell a good tale! Congratulations. xx

    • Lily Malone

      May 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Thank you Louise! I still hope I get some good news about the ‘other’ story, the one that’s not a romance. No news on that one as yet.

      • Louise Allan

        May 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

        Fingers crossed. xx

  3. writenote1

    May 21, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Shapeshifter romance, huh? What’s your shapeshifter?

    • Lily Malone

      May 21, 2015 at 9:51 am

      That would be telling, Mon, and then I’d have to kill you. Do you want to read it? I’ll give you a sneaky peek if you like 🙂

  4. Rhyll Biest

    May 21, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    It’s a great story!

  5. Cate Ellink

    May 22, 2015 at 10:18 am

    This is great news, Lily! So glad things are sizzling again for you 🙂

    Cate xo


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