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

Save the Date! Romance Book Signing in Melbourne August 22nd

The wonderful women of ARRA, the Australian Romance Readers Association are hosting its annual book signing at the Romance Writers of Australia’s annual conference and this year it’s in Melbourne 🙂 Seventy two authors will be in attendance with books for signing and lots of little treats.  The fabulous team of Louise and co., at Dymocks Collins St are the designated book store and I’ll be there with my Big Sky Country bags and copies of Montana Actually, Truly Madly Montana and Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart. 

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So when is this gig? Saturday August 22nd at 5pm  at the Park Hyatt 1 Parliament Pl, East Melbourne. To book a ticket, click HERE. You can also order a gorgeous souvenir booklet, which is perfect for gathering autographs 🙂

So ink the date and time in your diary, buy your ticket and come along 🙂 I, along with the other 71 authors, would LOVE to see you there 🙂