About Fiona Lowe

Fiona Lowe’s a RITA & R*BY winning author with her novel Boomerang Bride. Multi-published by Berkley, Harlequin & Carina Press, she writes contemporary stories. She’s a mother of two gingers/rangas, a weekend wife, the guardian of 80 rose bushes, the slave of a cat & often found collapsed on couch with wine. She tries to balance writing with the rest of her life although there are some days she does this more successfully than others. She dreams of words being downloaded to her so fast her fingers can barely keep up when in reality she knows each word on the page is chiselled from stone. Fiona loves hearing from her readers and can be contacted via Twitter, her website or Facebook. Please call by and say, HI!

What Do Marilyn Monroe and Autumn Colours have in Common?

This post is x-posted at Everybody Needs A Little Romance.

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Yes, this is the USA sculpture from Palm Springs that has come on a holiday/vacation ‘Downunder’ for six months. It’s the first time it’s ever left USA soil.

On Friday, I played hookie from writing my current novel.  Some girlfriends and I took a 400km/248 miles road trip from our rural city to another rural city to see a fabulous exhibition centred around the public and private clothing of Marilyn Monroe.  I’m not  a fan per se  but I LOVE exhibitions that give me an insight into people . Oh and I love looking at clothes:-)

However, I came away with a much better sense of a woman I had never really given much thought to as she died when I was born.

The Bendigo Art Gallery has also been given permission by Twentieth Century Fox to use film footage so between the clips, still photography, the clothes and some personal items you came away with an impression of a very savvy woman behind the vapid blonde persona.

 

Sadly, she was just coming into her own having fought for roles that stretched her acting ability and owning her own production company; she was the first woman in Hollywood to do so, when she died.

IMG_2171I had no idea she’d had such a rugged early childhood in and out of orphanges or that she’d been ‘discovered’ by a photographer during WW2. I remember my mother sitting me down as a kid on holidays  watching How To Marry A Millionaire  and Gentleman Prefer Blondes on the midday movie slot so I loved seeing some of the clothes from the films. Her personal wardrobe was incredibly understated although she did have some beautiful pieces and occassionally they sneaked into films. The white dress above, made so famous in Some Like It Hot was actually her own dress purchased from Jax in NYC. She loved it so much she bought it in 4 colors:-)

I have never seen the The Prince and the Showgirl but it seems like it’s straight out of a Harlequin Romance:-) Some things don’t change except that I think the showgirl deserved a more handsome prince than an aging Olivier.

To get to Bendigo, we drive inland from the coast and over a range. We climed, the temperature dropped and we were surrounded by gloriously tall and stately gum trees. As we came through small towns, the native vegetation gave way to gardens and in the cooler climate we were treated to glorious autumn/fall colors.IMG_2175 DSCF3717

 

Do you have any Marilyn stories? Road trip stories? Spring flower stories? I’d love to hear them.

Happy Reading!

Fiona x

Wisconsin Weddings!

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21 years ago today, we flew out of Australia with our 8 month old baby and landed in Wisconsin, where EVERYTHING was different. We had the best few years there and loved every minute. I’ve set four wedding themed books there including Picture Perfect Wedding set on a dairy farm in the dairy state :-) If you haven’t read Rita award-winning Boomerang Bride or the Wedding Fever series, read all about them at finoalowe.com and grab a copy today where all eBooks are sold. Happy Anniversary to us!

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March 2016

It’s officially autDSCF3716umn ‘downunder’ and Pekoe-the-cat’s coat is thickening up.  There’s  a hint of crisp mornings and some autumnal colours peeking into the leaves. I love March and it’s stable time of year.

I’m glad February is over as it was rather frantic.

I had one of those months where domestic life and work life clashed big time. I had a book due by Feb 29th. It’s a women’s fiction novel, a big sucker, and it features 4 generations of women.  I had timelines, charts, 5 storylines and personally,  thought it was enough just to try and keep track of all that but life had other plans.

I am the president of the school sailing club and we do a presentation dinner every year. I was on committee last year but I was CLUELESS as to the work involved as president. Even delegating the raffle, the table decorations and prizes, I have chased guest speakers, wrestled with AV people, torn my hair out at the logistics and now I find myself doing table seatings for 90! I tell you, it’s like a wedding!  So I was writing a book and trying to be creative and organising the dinner.

I was also battling with Air B&B about a booking in New York City in November. It should have been simple but nothing is ever simple when there is a 17 hour time difference,  two different currencies and possibly a language barrier. Somehow, with goodwill on both sides and some help from Air B&B we managed to sort it out but it took 9 days and when there is money at stake, it’s a little stressful.  And I was writing a book, trying to be creative and wondering if I had just lost $1500.Article Lead - narrow62348471114bxfimage.related.articleLeadNarrow.353x0.114cdz.png1413503922411.jpg-300x0

Oh, and I was judging nine books for a competition. Every evening was “gotta read, gotta read, gotta read.” Ain’t that relaxing 😱

And then there is just the regular stuff of being a mum, a daughter, a sister …. Seriously, I was lucky to know my own name.

I found myself dreaming of a garrett.  Of people being in awe of ‘the writer’ and backing away to give me creative space.  Yeah, I know.  You’re cluctching your belly and laughing so hard. But you know what? I reckon, if I was a bloke, I would have been afforded some creative space to finish the damn book! I got it done, but my body is rigid and I’m living on Tums. And how would I have got that book  finished the book with my sanity in tact? I would have HAD A WIFE.

I recommend this book, The Wife Drought. It doesn’t say anything that I haven’t muttered over the years but it DOES give the stats and the studies to validate that my gut feeling is the reality.

So how do you manage any deadline dilemmas in your life? Do you let everything fall over and go hang in the cave or do you try and juggle the balls?  Or?

December News & a Free Gift!

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Hello!

December has rushed in and suddenly Christmas and the summer holidays are looming:-) I’m about to bake my Christmas cake  and my thoughts are turning toward mince pies. YUM! I am ignoring the pesky thought that Christmas shopping is required and am instead floating the idea of a gift-free Christmas. Not sure that will work but I am of the theory that if people don’t know what they want then they probably don’t require anything other than my love😉 There are only two weeks left of the school year and I’m looking forward to the carol service; it always puts me in the festive mood.

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In celebration of the festive season, I’d like to give you a gift :-) JUST DELECTABLE is a short story and bit of fun. It also features one of my favourite Christmas recipes. This short story was first published back in 2007 in Sizzle, Seduce and Simmer so any long time readers may have read it but a very long time ago. I’ve tweaked it a bit and am thrilled to be able to share it with you all.

So what’s it about?

Love and a recipe! Annie Higgins is stuck working in the deep freeze of the Port Frazer fish co-op earning money for her semester at Cambridge. She never wants to see another prawn again. While she’s filleting fish, she’s dreaming of sunshine and building castles in the air. Little does she know that the prawns she detests are the key to romance and adventure.

How do you get your free copy? It’s available FREE in all eBook formats at Smashwords, as well as free at iBooks, Nook and Kobo. Sadly, Amazon won’t price match it for free so if you have a Kindle, please grab the FREE mobi version at Smashwords and side load it or email it to your Kindle.

BOOK NEWS!

DaddyzoeWOOT! I have covers for A Daddy For Zoe? My next Harlequin Medical Romance, which releases on January 1st 2016:-)  Set in summer on an island, it explores the notion of family ties and navigating the fine line between duty, responsibility and chasing dreams. To read an excerpt, see photos of the setting and to preorder it, click here.

Thank you for your support this year. I play a bit on Facebook and Twitter so you can catch me there as well as on  website, which is updated once a month. My readers come from around the world and if you’re not Australian, you might like to read about some of the Aussie Christmas traditions here.

It may seem early but I know you’re going to be getting busy so I’d like to take this time to wish you a happy and safe festive season. May the celebrations involve family and friends, good food, your favourite beverage and the ultimate gift; time for reading!

Fiona x

Cover Reveal and November News!

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Hello!

Are you as stunned as I am about the fact it’s November? It means it’s time to cut up the fruit for my Christmas cake and soak it in spirits for four weeks before baking it in early December. How did we get to this time of the year again so quickly? The first half of 2015 rocked along at a steady pace but since July, time seems to have vanished. The roses are blooming beautifully, which reminds me it is also exam season. My eldest son is about to finish his first degree and counting the days until he leaves for Europe. Lucky him! My youngest still has exams looming and is enjoying the start of the sailing season.  The book I’m working on is chugging along and my agent loves it so I hope a publisher does too!

BOOK NEWS!

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WOOT! I have a cover for A Daddy For Baby Zoe? my next Harlequin Medical Romance which is released on January 1st 2016:-) It’s up for pre-order all over the place and you can find buy links here  along with an excerpt. To peak your interest I have a special Pinterest board. You can see the little penguins, the fishing fleet, and the actors who inspired Meredith and Raf:-)

And what do you think of the cover? I just adore that baby! It tugs on my heartstrings:-)

My Medicine River series, set in glorious Montana, is still getting grFiona Lowe ARRA adeat reviews so if you haven’t caught up with it yet, now might be the time:-) Montana Actually and Truly Madly Montana, are available in mass market paperback and eBook format.

Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart, a Harlequin Mills & Boon medical romance is out in the world. If you enjoy the TV series, Call the Midwife, you’ll love this book. It’s part of the Midwives-on-Call series and my story is set in a small rural town. Lilia is the midwife and the last thing she needs is a grumpy, city surgeon trying to throw his weight around. Buy links are here.

I hang out a bit on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to join me there.

I’m currently reading The Lake House by Kate Morton. I hope your November has plenty of time for reading!

Fiona xx