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Happy Christmas to you

balls-15415_1280As Christmas goes, I’m kind of organised this year. Most of the presents are wrapped with a few more to do tonight. Usually I leave everything to Christmas Eve but tonight, I want to have a glass of bubbles and watch Frozen. Living in an all-male house, I feel like I’ve missed out on Frozen. I may even sing Let It Go loud enough to scare away Santa.

Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, I hope it is a happy time for you.

 

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Posted by on December 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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My First #shelfie

Spotted at Big W in Joondalup, Perth, on Saturday 19/12/15 by eagle-eyed Jennie Jones! And by Gavin & Juanita Kees on Sunday!12360283_10205399089198926_1548021335364724722_n

Thanks, Jennie, Gav & Juanita for the pic!

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Posted by on December 19, 2015 in Marketing and promotion

 

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Camping! I’ve got the bug

1Something that I love about where I live is that we can pack up our car and drive 30 minutes and feel like we’re in another world. That’s what happened to family Malone last weekend when we went camping with friends at Augusta.

If you don’t know it, Augusta is the very south west tip of Western Australia and it calls itself, ‘the place where two oceans meet’. If you’re not geographically inclined, I’ll help you. Those two oceans are the Southern and Indian (and they’re bloody cold, just quietly). Some people also might call Augusta ‘God’s waiting room’ for rather less geographical reasons and I guess it’s fair to say quite a few retirees do end up in Augusta to enjoy their latter years.

Not only do two oceans meet here, but the Blackwood River also meets the ocean at the rivermouth and the river gives visitors yet another option for water pursuits.

In true family Malone style, there was a drama right at the beginning of our holiday. Our lovely friends Carrie & Russell and their kids had packed a tent for us to borrow, because they would be using their exceedingly ‘glamperous’ pop-up caravan. Lo and behold, a miscommunication between Carrie and Russ (Russ thought Carrie had already popped the latch) resulted in a pop-up malfunction and a broken cable… hence, Carrie and Russ needed the tent that had been intended for us! (The nerve!)

2After an SOS call at about 6pm Friday night, and thanks to a couple of friends who offered us the use of their tent, we managed to find an alternative on Saturday morning. (Thanks Beth!)

Some firsts for the weekend. Paddle-boarding (some call it ‘supping’). Carrie is a paddle-board whiz. I’ve never been on one in my life, neither has my hubby, but we gave it a go and neither of us fell in. Win.

Carrie also took me for a sail in their gorgeous little sail boat (the red boat in the photo).3

The kids had a ball in the boat; in the river; finding a green sea slug (ewww); jumping off the jetty in both river and ocean; eating icecream; chasing seagulls; waking up at about 5am to the stunning dawn chorus of birds; and catching fish. (Whiting are biting in front of the Colourpatch store everyone!)

Awesome weekend and one of the best things about it – it gave me an idea for a new book. I have a story with a sailing heroine on the horizon, Carrie, so be warned: I may need another research trip!

xx Thank you Carrie for the pics!

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in News, Procrastination

 

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More Time For The Beach, and how it took its time getting here…

1934049_564673690350799_7295425209346736327_nI feel like I’ve been waiting months and months to get my hands on More Time For The Beach – the first time a book of mine has made it to print, and to a bookstore shelf. It’s a 3-book bind-up with co-authors Victoria Purman and Juliet Madison, published by Harlequin MIRA, and it’s finally here! A friend spotted it in Big W Joondalup today (19/12/15)… so I have to share my first #shelfie with you 🙂

Like many things in my life, getting the book in my hot little hands didn’t go perfectly to plan. I don’t know if you heard but at the beginning of December a train derailed about 350km east of Kalgoorlie (ie. the middle of nowhere). All freight in and out of West Australia was literally stopped in its tracks and I’m certain that amongst the packages and parcels that got stuck in limbo, sat my box of eagerly-awaited books.

But it’s so good now they’re here!

My contribution to the book is Fairway To Heaven. It’s set in Geographe Bay in Busselton and it’s the story of one woman’s journey to finding joy in life and love by a beautiful beach. Plus, there’s a little bit of golf.

More Time For The Beach *should* be (trains willing) in Big W stores in Australia in time for Christmas. It can also be ordered from Booktopia.

Local (South West) pIMG_7184eople who are interested in getting their hands on a copy will find it at Barefoot Books in Fig Tree Lane in Busselton.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in News

 

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