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Bringing in a Brand New Year

Guess what folks? New Year’s Eve has suddenly ended up at my place. Holy cow, I’d better start cleaning the house!

Before I do – wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy New Year!

I’m very excited about what lies ahead in 2017. The number one thing for me is more writing time! I’m cutting my 5 days of administration work down to 2 per week, and I’m very excited about it. It means lots more of the ‘good’ hours (which for me are hours in the daytime when the house is quiet because kids are at school and hubby is working) where I can hopefully get lots more words down than I managed in 2016.

I’m finishing the year with a WIP (work in progress) sitting at about 35,000 words, mostly due to NaNoWriMo in November when about 30k of those words got done. That book is called Water Under The Bridge, set in my first ‘fictional’ town in West Australia. I have a sneaky suspicion this might also be my first ‘series’ as I’ve thought of two further books while I’m writing this one.

I’m also finishing the year with a great reader email about my Who Killed The Bride, Butterfly House story that I’d like to share with you. This is what makes writing books worth it!

butterfly-magnet‘Loved it. Great Sunday read, plus I loved the cow theme, having seen the Cowaramup cows in WA. When is the next book out?
Love the fridge magnet, I grew up on a dairy farm, then we had beef cattle. Love cows. I had a pet one called Penny who was black and white, part Jersey part Aberdeen Angus. Was so sad when she had to be sold. But that’s life on the land.’
Julia Reynolds

 

What will your New Year’s Eve look like? Mine is very low key – on our deck as long as the weather stays nice, with some neighbours who (like us) have ended up at a bit of a new year’s eve loose end.

And there will be cricket! (Yes, I warned the unsuspecting neighbours… well, I warned a few of them anyway)

Happy New Year to you and yours…

xx Lily

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas is always exciting, but the lead-in to Christmas 2016 has been even more exciting for me because there are such big things ahead in 2017 🙂

Next year is the year I’m dedicating towards producing more words and more stories, and so I’ve given notice at my ‘day’ job and from January 1st, I’ll be job-sharing with this wonderful lady in the photo – Sue.

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I intend to spend much more time at the beach, (NO! I was just trying to check if you were paying attention) of course I mean, writing.

First though, there are presents to wrap, food to prepare and eat, champagne to uncork and drink… and cricket to watch!

Whatever you are doing for Christmas, I hope it brings you smiles and joy.

Every best wish from me,

Lily

xx

 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in News, Uncategorized

 

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When Cows and Butterflies come out to play

Q: How much fun can an author (moi), a cover designer (Kerry Sibly), two giftshop owners (Kerry & Wendy Sibly), a photographer (the very patient James Bunting), a journalist (Nicky Lefebvre from The Augusta-Margaret River Mail), and a Cowaramup cow have during a photo shoot?

A: Too much fun. Will Cowaramup ever be the same again…?

Thanks James Bunting for the photos!

Check out Nicky Lefebvre’s story here.

You can get your personally signed print copy of Who Killed The Bride, Butterfly House Book 1 for $18.95 by emailing me lilymalone@mail.com or if you’re in the South West, call into Mukau Giftware and Gallery in Cowaramup or Barefoot Books in Fig Tree Lane, Busselton.

More information about the book is right here.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in News

 

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Book Signing at Barefoot Books, Busselton

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Jacinta and Izzy.

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With Steph and Kim of Barefoot Books 🙂

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Signing. Signing. Signing. So much fun!

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With the lovely Lynda!

It has been the hottest day of spring yet in West Australia, and the south west shone today…

While my lovely friend Carrie was doing the Anaconda marathon/triathlon at Augusta, which involved swimming, bike-riding, running and a kayak to finish, I was very hard pressed signing books at Barefoot Books in Busselton today. Boy, that book signing is hard yakka. I had cupcakes to eat, coffee to drink, people to chat to, books to sign. I had to drive there without any children… I mean, phew! This is HARD WORK!!

Anyway, here are some pics of the book signing of The Vineyard In The Hills, More Time At The Beach and my new release, Who Killed The Bride, Butterfly House Book 1. Thanks to everyone who came along – was amazing to see your friendly faces!

Barefoot Books have copies of Butterfly House at their shop, and copies of all of my print books – they’re a wonderful supporter of local West Aussie authors. Be sure to call in and ask for a copy if you’re there 🙂

p.s. Thanks to Steph for the photos – and congrats on your very recent engagement! You should have seen the rock on Steph’s finger! 🙂

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With Peta, Mistress of Barefoot Books…

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

About dickheads and idiots

I wrote about the Cowaramup Cows here. I have a new book coming out soon and it is set in my hometown of Cowaramup, where there is a herd of about 40 life-size fibreglass cows.

I said in that post something like: not everybody likes the cows, but the cows have been a boon for local businesses in the area, bringing people to our town, and giving them a reason to stop in Cowaramup instead of bypassing us for the bigger tourist towns north and south.

Saturday morning, this happened, and it makes me angry and sad.

When these pictures were posted in the Cowaramup Community Facebook page, almost to a comment there was condemnation of the dickheads who would do this sort of thing. I hate that it feels like incidents of vandalism are growing in this part of the world that’s always felt somehow insulated and innocent of what might seem to be ‘city things.’

It’s easy to think that it is done by ‘kids’ blowing off steam, or ‘the youth of today’. That’s not fair to all the great kids that I know in this community.

Not long ago a memorial was vandalised in Gracetown. It was commemorating a surfer who had been killed in a shark attack some years ago. ‘Kids’ got blamed for that one too.

Who knows if it’s young people or old? Locals or visitors? Trump-lovers or Trump-haters? Whoever did it is a dickhead. Pure and simple.

The cows in Cowaramup are not everybody’s cup of tea. Leave them alone if they’re not your thing. Boycott deja-Moo and the Christmas Fair and any other cow thing. Don’t take your visitors to any park to see the cows.

In my new book, part of the story involves a mystery surrounding the theft of one of the Cowaramup calves. My book is fiction, but I wrote it after a calf was stolen from outside a local shop last year. That time, the calf was taken, not destroyed, and eventually the community got the calf back.

Seeing the photographs of the cows destroyed is somehow worse. Like the surfer’s plaque at Gracetown. It’s malicious. It’s disrespectful. It’s anti-social. It’s dumb.

And I suspect whoever desecrated the surfer’s memorial, or the calf in the park knows this, and doesn’t care.

That’s what dickheads do.

 

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in News

 

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Cover Reveal: Who Killed The Bride?

I am so excited to give my blog readers the first exclusive look at the brand new (and so very beautiful) print cover for my new Butterfly House series.

Love this design by Kerry Sibly at Mukau Giftware and Gallery of Cowaramup.

This was designed by Kerry Sibly at Mukau Giftware and Gallery in Cowaramup. Kerry got this concept pretty much nailed from the word go. When I first saw it via email on Tuesday night and showed it to my husband, he said: “Do Not Change ANYTHING!!”

But, you know – I’m a woman – I couldn’t change nothing! 😉

I absolutely love this cover, Kerry Sibly, and I am so looking forward to future Butterfly House adventures with you and Wendy, and Mukau.

xx

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Marketing and promotion

 

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Fly, Fly, Butterfly

butterflyhouse-for-blogI have a new book project… as always seems to happen, it feels like it has taken forever to write, but all of a sudden I have the most amazing cover, and I’m signing off on printing plans, and I have a launch date and publishing deadline, and everything is happening at warp speed!

It’s called Butterfly House and its a real change of pace for me. First – it’s a series – which I’ve never done before and second it’s kind of chick-lit, not romance. It’s a seriously local story, set in an imaginary location in my home town of Cowaramup. If you’ve ever visited Cowaramup it’s that little dot on the map snuggled in the middle of far more famous cousins such as Margaret River, Busselton and Dunsborough… and for years and years if you blinked driving through on the Bussell Highway, you missed it.

Not anymore. Now you blink because you think some farmer just let his prize herd of dairy cows escape out the farm gate…

These days, Cowaramup is famous for its herd of life-size fibreglass cows that munch imaginary daisies on our main street, chew their cud, a-low and a-moo and lie or stand around doing their thang day in, day out. (Here are some photos of WA romance authors Jennie Jones and Juanita Kees checking out the cows during a visit with me in 2014).

Not everyone loves the Cowaramup cows, but most people do, and I’m one of the latter. The cows have been wonderful for retail businesses who might otherwise have had to close their shop doors as our town got bypassed for the bigger, more touristy places. Now people have a reason to stop, take photos, and enjoy so much of the community spirit that makes Cowtown, such a cool town.

In the first of the Butterfly House books, Who Killed The Bride, we meet Cally Minter and her best friend, Sienna Devereux, just as they are about to launch their new business: Murder Mystery at Butterfly House.

Do you remember those old fashioned murder mysteries that were a ‘thing’ about 20 years ago? I wrote one once (incidentally). It featured Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Sylvester Stallone, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie and Jack Nicholson. (Hubby played Jack).

I wrote scripts for everyone and the game ran on the clock. People had to be some place at a certain time and say something to another character. Or some other character might see them leaving the garden, or the shed, or the house (with a dripping bloody dagger in their hand) kind of thing.

In the game I wrote years ago, ‘Tom Cruise’ was found dead in the front yard of our garden in Hahndorf… and it turned out Angelina and Russell were the dastardly pair who combined to knock him off. (Russell was jealous because he’d missed out on the lead in The Last Samurai, which Tom went on to get…). We played the game and ate, drank and made very merry… we had a blast.

Butterfly House kind of takes off, where that fledgling idea began.

I can’t wait to show you the AMAZING full cover for Who Killed The Bride? Butterfly House: Book 1. It was designed by local artist (incidentally – he doubles as ‘vet’ to the Cowtown cows) Kerry Sibly who runs the gift shop Mukau in Cowaramup main street. This man is a genius!

I also can’t wait to tell you about my plans for the launch and sale of the book and how, where and when you can get your hands on a signed PRINT copy. Lots of exciting news to come including a cover reveal tomorrow! I’ll post it here first 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Marketing and promotion, News, Uncategorized

 

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