About Lily

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When my youngest son was about one, he put a golf club through a painting I’d been slaving away at for months. Trust me, he did the world a favour.

After that, I thought ‘stuff this painting caper’ and I wrote my first book, His Brand of Beautiful. I’ve now written seven full length rural romance stories and a novella all published by Harlequin (HarperCollins).

These days, I’m probably best known for writing the best-selling rural romance Chalk Hill series. Chalk Hill is a fictional town set in the Great Southern Wine Region of Western Australia.  You’d love it there. It has wildflowers, walks, crops, sheep, mountains, whales not far away, and some of the tallest trees you’ll ever see. The first three books are connected and I think, best read in order. They feature the Honeychurch boys… three gorgeous brothers, Jake, Abel and Brix. Each brother finds his happy ever after. The newest Chalk Hill book, The Vet’s Country Holiday, is a stand-alone story (meaning you don’t need to have read the others to enjoy it). 

In 2021, I wrote my first crime/mystery novel THE WATERHOLE. That’s been incredibly well-received and reviews have been amazing. AMAZING. Such as: ‘The Waterhole is a captivating Australian crime thriller, right up there with Jane Harper and Chris Hammer. Intelligent, suspenseful, articulate, and very hard to put down,’ from leading Aussie author Greg Barron.

For a bit of fun, I also self-publish two novellas set in my hometown of Cowaramup in Western Australia. They’re feel-good, romantic comedy/cozy mystery reads called The Butterfly House Series, and I describe them as “Bridget Jones meets the Cowaramup Cows.”

You can find out more about my books by visiting the ‘My Books’ menu.


  1. The release of THE VET’S COUNTRY HOLIDAY, rural romance set in Chalk Hill, with 9781867223931
    Harlequin MIRA (Harper Collins Australia). Paperback and ebook and audible.
  2. Publishes THE WATERHOLE – my debut mystery/crime title. November 2021.
  3. Joins independent publishing group Pilyara Press in August 2021.Under The Vines
  4. Contributing author to 3-in-1 bestseller anthology, Under The Vines with Tricia Stringer and Jacquie Underdown. My story is The Vineyard In The Hills. The book released right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. March 23, 2020
  5. Author of The Chalk Hill series, three rural romance stories published in 2018 and 2019. Book 1: WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE; Book 2: THE CAFE BY THE BRIDGE and Book 3: LAST BRIDGE BEFORE HOME
  6. Number 1 on Amazon AU with THE VINEYARD IN THE HILLS, June 15, 2018Number 1
  7. Self published, The Butterfly House series. WHO KILLED THE BRIDE? and WHO KILLED THE MOVIE STAR? Two romantic comedies/cozy mysteries set in my hometown of Cowaramup.
  8. Contract from Harlequin MIRA (HarperCollins) for 3 book series, The Chalk Hill Series, May 2017.
  9. Print release, THE VINEYARD IN THE HILLS, August 22, 2016
  10. ARRA Finalist 2015, Best Contemporary Romance, for THE VINEYARD IN THE HILLS (formerly, So Far Into You)
  11. Print anthology, Harlequin MIRA: MORE TIME FOR THE BEACH Summer 2015-161934049_564673690350799_7295425209346736327_n
  12. Long-listed 2014 and 2015, Margaret River Short Story Competition
  13. Romance panelist April 2015, STORIES ON STAGE, Koorliny Arts Centre
  14. Finalist: Perth’s Shortest Story Competition 2015
  15. Finalist: First Kiss competition, Romance Writers Of Australia, 2011

When I’m not writing, I love gardening, walking, wine, and walking in gardens (sometimes with wine). Life is good! I live in the Margaret River region of Western Australia with my husband, and two handsome sons who take after their Dad.

signingI’m a member of Australian Fiction Authors and Australian and New Zealand Rural Fiction.

I love to hear from readers and authors. You can find me on Goodreads, and on Facebook, and on Twitter: @lily_lilymalone

To contact me, email lilymalone@mail.com

Thanks heaps for visiting here at my blog! If you’re interested in my books you can find all the blurbs and buy links in the ‘My Books‘ tab 🙂

xx Lily

9 thoughts on “About Lily”

    1. Hi Carol – I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the Chalk Hill Series. At this stage I wrote Jaydah and Brix’s story to be the last one… so I think that’s all for now. You’re not alone in asking for more though, so we might see … 🙂

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