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!

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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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

This is what happens when I am working hard on my next book……

This is what happens when I am working hard on my next book……Yup. Big Fat nothing to blog about and almost three and a half weeks between blogs.  I am trying to write every day, all day, which doesn’t leave much time for interesting things to happen in my life, only in my head ;-)

This novel is about a mother and her three adult daughters and I’ve set it in the Western District of Victoria. Back in the day, it rode high on the sheep’s back and 150 years ago about six pastoralist families made a lot of money. They built amazing houses. I reckon these houses would have some great stories to tell! What do you think?

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Ski-ing in Spring and the Livin’ is Easy

Last weekend, Boy WoP1040409nder and I took off for a few days of spring ski-ing. We do this whenever there is enough snow left by mid September. Last year a heat wave took it all out but this year, we had a mini summer burst and then the cold weather came back so YAY! I think a lot of people thought the snow had gone because Mt Hotham was quiet and we skied ourselves silly.

For those of you not on Facebook or Twitter, here are the photos. The Victorian high-country is one of my FAVE places in my home state. I’ve even set a book here, Her Miracle Baby :-) When you look at these photos, I think you can see why I love it so much.

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A few years ago I wrote a book set there, Her Miracle Baby. It features horse rides in the snow, a woman dealing with her ill mother and a life that has thrown more than its fair share of curveballs. Harlequin have packaged it up with three other of my pregnancy/baby novels and called it Fiona Lowe’s Babies,  if you want to check it out. It’s available where all eBooks are sold.

Ski-ing wise, I did a personal best; last Monday I skied 17 runs before lunch!! After lunch I wasn’t quite so full of beans and added five more runs before calling it a day but 22 runs for a girl who isn’t 20 anymore is a pretty good effort. I guess that means I have to keep going to the gym to keep fit for ski-ing.

On the way home, we enjoyed the spring blossom of the foothills and visiting a friend’s nut farm. The last few photos are her garden :-)

So are you tempted to come visit the Australian high country?
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What I’ve Learned from a Decade in Publishing

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My First Sale

Ten years ago today, I missed a phone call from an editor in London. I was putting my youngest to bed and reading him a story and just assumed that the ringing phone was a telemarketer. Oops! Turns out it wasn’t. There was a lot of scrambling about trying to find the international dialling number for the UK and then I was through to her voice mail. Apparently, my very pregnant editor had just ducked out to the loo.

Five excruiatingly long minutes later, the phone rang PregnantOnArrival2again with the news that Mills and Boon London was buying Outback Baby and releasing it 9 months later as Pregnant on Arrival :-) It had taken me ten years of elaspsed time and four manuscripts before I sold and I was over the moon.

Ten years ago, publishing was a totally different beast. The eBook was this talked of idea that really didn’t have a user-friendly dedicated reader and selfpublishing meant paying $$$$ to have a box of books printed with too-skinny margins. We lived for the infrequent sales to a big six publishing house. Wow, the publishing landscape has changed to be almost unrecognisable!

1888723_10152229075152090_31418059_nOver the last decade I’ve written 21 medical romances for Mills and Boon, 4 single title wedding themed books for Carina Press, 2 Medicine River cowboy/doctor novels for Berkley Penguin USA, self published a short story and written numerous articles. The full list of my published works is here.

It’s been a hell of a roller coaster ride puntucated by dizzying highs and some rather tough lows. Many days I think that being an author is actaully a very unhealthy job but I think I’m addicted to the buzz of finishing a book, selling a book, seeing it on shelf and hearing from readers that I changed their day in a good way :-)

Highlights of the last decade have been:

*Seeing my debut novel being printed. (2006)

*My first book signing.

*Giving workshops at RWA conferences and Roadshows (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)

*My first RuBY nomination for my third book (2007). Subsequent nominations have been mefaveexciting too; it never gets old :-)

*Writing Boomerang Bride. This is also a very low point because it coincided with the massive change in publishing after the GFC in 2009.

*Boomerang Bride being nominated for a Rita and  a RuBY and winning both. Being able to be at both award ceremonies was a definite high!

*Selling to Berkely Penguin USA.

*Receiving a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

*Reader mail.

*My 25th book pin from Harlequin.

Fiona Lowe ARRA adWhat have I learned in a decade? That the persistence and perseverance I experienced  in the ten years it took me to get published has been required ten times over in the following decade. Staying published is as hard as getting that first contract.

*We can only make decisions based on the information in front of us at the time. No one has a crystal ball. Sometimes you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself down and reinvent yourself.

*Surround yourself with people who are your champions. Walk away from people who want to pull you down. That energy is better spent on more positive endeveours.

Sometimes you have to take a break to regroup and reenergise.

You are the only person who cares the most about your career. Ask questions and seek information. Not every publishing deal is a good one.

Creatively, social media can be your worst friend. Resist being the victim of FOMO…fear of missing out. The important news will always find you and taking a digital-detox is healthy for your writing.

Resist comparing yourself to others; professional jealousy will do your head in and drain you of all creativity. There will always be gossip and most of it isn’t true.

You have no control over dumb luck. None. At. All.

Write the best book you can. Hone your craft even if you’ve written 30 novels…energy comes from learning or hearing the same information in a new way or just being reminded.

Don’t burn bridges. The publishing world is small.

Celebrate the milestones, because a lot of hard work went into getting there! I’m not great at doing this so this blog is a departure for me.

Today as I write this I’m working on my 28th novel, a mainstream women’s fiction about three sisters and their mother, which is an exciting departure for me and I’m loving stretching some new writing muscles. Ten years ago if you’d asked me if I’d be doing this I would have looked at you blankly. Back then, I couldn’t see past the second category romance Mills and Boon wanted me to write for them.

Do I have another ten years left in me? I’ll leave you with one other thing I’ve learned; never say never!

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