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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Yarn Bombing and knitting for the Fistula Foundation

9906207665_0328834ab1_zI’m not the world’s greatest knitter…ask my mother who spent my teenage years fixing all my mistakes…but I can knit plain and pearl. Right now, after a long time not knitting, I am making a rug for the Fistula Foundation in Ethiopia. It’s really relaxing when I don’t have to worry about cable turns or intricate patterns. 

Some people take their knitting to the extreme and “Yarn bombing” …covering still items in yarn…started in the Netherlands and is now alive and well in country Victoria. There are telephone poles in my town which have been ‘bombed’. Yesterday, I was at the Royal Melbourne Show (State Fair)and  I saw the MOST AMAZING example of yarn bombing I have ever seen.

A car and a caravan complete with a knitted Weber BBQ, knitted steaks and burgers, a bird bath and so much more. I will let the photos tell the story!

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Meanwhile, if you want to knit a rug for women recovering from vaginal fistula surgery, here are all the details of how to go about it.

Knit on!

In book news, Boomerang Bride is now out in mass-market paperback in the USA in Target, at Sam’s Club and in book-stores!

Cover Cafe’s 2012 Contemporary Romance Cover Winner is….

Squee! I’m thrilled and excited to announce that the Australian and US print paperback and eBook cover of Boomerang Bride has been voted the winner in the contemporary section of Cover Cafe’s annual competition!

I confess to tweeting a bit about this in May so a thousand thanks to all you wonderful friends, family and readers who took the time to vote! The email from Cover Cafe said,   “Boomerang Bride was the winner in contemporary!  It won by
a large margin – people just loved your cover.”

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Congratulations to all the other winners! Please indulge me while I take a parochial moment and say that Australian covers did very well in this world-wide contest. Congratulations go to Kylie Griffin who won the Alternate Reality section and to Nikki Logan who won the Category section. Here are their gorgeous covers!

Cover Cafe’s Annual Book Cover Competition

Color me excited! I’m thrilled  to say that the print edition cover of Boomerang Bride is a finalist in Cover Cafe’s annual competition and the voting is open! I ADORE this version of the cover.

Designed by Amanda Emmerson, this cover was chosen by the Australian arm of Harlequin  to grace the cover of  the Australian print edition last year. Carina Press also used it for the US print edition.

I have no clue who nominated the cover but I am

stoked that someone took the time and that it made it to the finals. If you love the cover as much as I do, you might want to pop on over to Cover Cafe and vote for it along with other covers in different categories. Three votes in three separate categories are required for the vote to count.

There is also a worst cover section and I found the covers there both oddly disturbing and compelling all at the same time! It’s worth stopping by for that section alone!

Voting is open until May 28th but why not do it now 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day

mr lincoln rosesIt’s VD day down under and in my part of the country it has dawned wet and grey and humid. Thunder is rumbling. DH is away so I picked up the phone at 7am and wished him a happy day.

We’ve been together a long time, so long in fact that Valentine’s Day wasn’t really a thing in Australia back when we met. Since then Hallmark and retailing have convinced us it’s something we need to spend our money on. A bit like Halloween. Aussies never celebrated that either until about five years ago either.

But back to Valentine’s Day Some years we do the full catastrophe Valentine’s Day…flowers, chocolates, dinner, slinky lingerie….other years it’s a card. and I am sure some years it has been forgotten completely. That’s fine. It’s the little things every day that count 🙂 Like DH doing all the ironing.

However, that said it IS fun to get a card and to receive flowers. My eldest son is an impoverished student and it’s his first Valentine’s Day with his girlfriend. He’s been up early, picked some lovely Mr Lincoln roses from the garden…the scent is divine…and he’s put them in the fridge so they will be fresh and ready for tonight.  A bit of forward planning! I think that sums up what Valentine’s Day is all about. Thinking about the one you love.

If you don’t have a partner in your life then phone a friend and tell them how much you appreciate them in your life. It will make you feel good. Honest, it will and it will make the person you’re telling float through the day.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Boomerang Bride is FREE today

Barnes and Noble Nook has Boomerang Bride as it’s Free Friday give-away! Down load it HERE

This is what they are saying on the Barnes and Noble Blog….

“Boomerang Bride is one of the best romance novels this reviewer has read in a long time. Top Pick.”
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Today’s Free Fridays selection, the RITA-Award winning Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe, is an inventive, unexpected love story.

When Matlida leaves her Australian home to wed Barry—the man who swept her off her feet online—she doesn’t expect to be jilted by an internet con man. Now that Barry’s out of the picture, she’s stuck in a small Wisconsin town without a friend in sight.

Along stumbles Marc, who’s begrudgingly in town for his annual family visit. He sees a bride in desperate need of a groom, but he’s not quite sure he’s the man for the job. Matilda isn’t convinced of Marc’s suitability either. But strange things happen when two strangers are stuck together in a small town with lots of time to kill.

Fiona Lowe’s next irresistible contemporary romance, Saved by the Bride, is available for pre-order now!

Free Fridays Recommends

Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Fiona recommends: 

When I was 14, my mother handed me her leather bound, school prize copy of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I waded through the first 100 pages saying, “It’s so slow!”  My mother said, “Keep reading.” Further in I was heard to say, “I hate Mr. Darcy!” My mother said, “Keep reading.” When I finally finished it, I put it down with a sigh and said, “Ohh, Mr. Darcy.

 

My love affair with romance fiction had begun and Jane Austen, with her clever wit and insight into the human condition remains a firm favorite and a comfort read when required.

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As I write this post,  it’s nine hours into 2013 down here in Australia.

When the new year was twenty minutes old,  I was walking around with a garbage bag cleaning up after a group of thirteen seventeen & eighteen year-olds who’d had a lovely party in our back garden.  BBQ, night swimming and then snuggling up under rugs waiting for the magical midnight.

So I started 2013 on duty which is fine. As a parent, I’m never off-duty and it was lovely to see a group of young people having a great time without getting filthy drunk. So my first hope for 2013 was met! 😉

I’m looking forward to 2013 with a degree of trepidation as my life will be quite different during school term time. My youngest son will be at boarding school for his special year ‘up the bush’ and my eldest son will be away at university. The house will be very quiet! My husband and I will get a taste of the ’empty nest’ of the future.

I’m really looking forward to my trilogy of bride books- Wedding Fever- which are coming out across the Year. Saved By The Bride kicks off the trilogy in April 2013, followed by Picture Perfect Wedding in August and Runaway Groom in December. I will also have a medical romance out and a short story so do call by the blog and my website for all the news.

I hope your 2013 is filled with good health because if we’re healthy, everything else is just that little bit easier. I hope you experience moments of joy, that you can find something to be grateful for every day, and that the challenges you meet are surmountable.  I also wish you TIME. Time to read, time to sit and time to just be.

Roll on 2013. I’m ready!