Site Redevelopment

We’re all so busy writing we don’t have a lot of time to keep a website updated!

I’ll be gradually redeveloping this site over the next few weeks – please excuse any weird things that occur while I’m doing it, as it will happen bit-by-bit. To start with, I’ll be posting about our current books over the next few days. So watch out for blurbs and info about our latest books!

Crimson Dawn - out 31 March 2014

Crimson Dawn – out 31 March 2014

Cover - Safe Harbour by Helene Young

Safe Harbour – out 26 March 2014

Cover - Outback Heart by Fiona Plalmer

Outback Heart – out now

Cover of Darkening Skies by Bronwyn Parry

Darkening Skies – Out now

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ARRA Award Finalists

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The Australian Romance Readers Association Awards will be announced on March 22,and there’s a great line-up of rural romance novels in the finalists!

You can read the full list of finalists in the twelve romance categories here, but we’d like to give a special shout-out to the Australian rural romance and romantic suspense books finalists:

In the Favourite Contemporary Romance category:
Beneath Outback Skies by Alissa Callen
Heartland by Cathryn Hein
Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns
The House on Burra Burra Lane by Jennie Jones

In the Favourite Romantic Suspense category, it’s great to see so many Australian authors!
Burnt by Karly Lane
Darkening Skies by Bronwyn Parry
For Her Eyes Only by Shannon Curtis
Half Moon Bay by Helene Young
Lost in Kakadu by Kendall Talbot
Outback Fear by Suzanne Brandyn

Tickets for the Awards Dinner, to be held at Cello’s Restaurant at the Castlereagh Hotel in Sydney, are (I think) still available – here’s the link for more information.

It’s always a great night, and this year our very own Helene Young is the guest speaker!

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Crimson Dawn – Fleur McDonald

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Crimson Dawn – out 31 March 2014

Laura Murphy will need to call on all her grit and determination to retain her beloved farm… But will her fierce self reliance close her off to the possibility of love?

Since inheriting Nambina, the property that’s been in her family for generations, Laura Murphy has worked wonders. Rather than just focus on farming she has set up a successful school teaching women the basics of managing a property – from fencing and mustering to handling the financial side of the business.

But the notoriously self-reliant Laura is lonely and still scarred by a tragedy from her past. She’s also grappling with the hostility of her nearest neighbour and former best friend, Meghan Hunter. The fact that Laura’s ex-boyfriend Josh is Meghan’s brother only makes things worse.

When a solicitor contacts Laura saying his clients may have a claim over Nambina, her entire world is turned upside down, and she has to call on all her determination to hold on to the property she’s worked so hard to build. In the process she realises she must reach out to friends and loved ones or risk losing everything.

By the bestselling author of Red Dust, this inspirational novel celebrates strength in the face of adversity as well as the enriching power of love.

Fleur’s website.

Buy Crimson Dawn:
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Safe Harbour – Helene Young

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Safe Harbour – out March, 26 2014

A heart-stopping novel of high drama and desire by Australia’s award-winning master of romantic suspense.

When Darcy Fletcher drags a handsome sailor from a stricken yacht, she finds herself drawn into his mysterious world. Having saved his life can she now rescue him from his dark past? Or will that endanger all she holds most dear?

Noah, keeper of the peace and guardian of the Banskia Cove secrets, knows he can’t he tell Darcy the real reason this man has washed up on their shores. If she knew the links between the stranger and her own dysfunctional family, she’d flee the Cove and he’d lose her love forever.

As they take refuge in an old whaling station, only one thing is certain – by morning, no one will be the same again. Lies will surface. Hearts will break, and not all will find safe harbour.

Helene’s website.

Buy Safe Harbour:

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The Outback Heart – Fiona Palmer

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Outback Heart – out now

The most heartfelt and moving novel yet from favourite Australian rural romance writer and bestselling author of The Family Farm.

Indianna Wilson is a country girl through and through. She’ll do anything she can to save her beloved home town from disappearing off the map – even if she has to die trying. She brings Troy Mitchell to her tiny outback town, with hopes that he can bring a breath of fresh air to the Saints football club and lift the wider farming community.

He’s just the spark they need in Hyden but it’s the fire that he ignites in Indi’s heart that takes her by surprise. She knows he’s feeling something too – why, then, does he insist on pushing her away? What is it from his dark past that’s preventing them from sharing a future?

As the town rallies together and their fighting spirit returns, Indi and Troy discover that sometimes life offers up a second chance – you just have to be brave enough to take it.

Fiona’s website.

Buy:
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Darkening Skies – Bronwyn Parry

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Darkening Skies – Out now

Award-winning author Bronwyn Parry reveals deadly secrets hidden for years in an Australian country town.

Investigative journalist Jenn Barrett never intended to return to Dungirri, the small town she escaped when she was seventeen. But startling revelations about local man Mark Strelitz have reopened the investigation into her cousin’s death, and she is determined to find out what really happened.

For eighteen years, a hole in Mark’s memory has concealed the facts – that he was the driver of the car in which Paula Barrett died. A corrupt police investigation sent another man to prison, but Mark has now learnt enough of the truth to know he has to set the record straight, even if it destroys his old friendship with Jenn.

As Jenn and Mark start to ask questions around the town, evidence is destroyed and witnesses murdered. Someone wants the past to remain buried and those who are investigating it to be stopped – permanently.
What they discover will shock everyone, but only if they live long enough to reveal it.

Bronwyn’s website.

Buy Darkening Skies:
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Darkening Skies (Dungirri #3)


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Books beside the bed

I don’t seem to get as much time to read as I used to. Truth be known, I don’t love reading as much as I did before I started to write. Often because I’m snatching time while waiting for the school bus, or in an airport and my concentration isn’t where it should be. And sometimes it’s because I have a damn deadline hanging over me and I know I should be writing, not reading.

But I have read some amazing books lately and I thought I’d share them with you. Now obviously none of these are Rural Lit, but I have a tendency to read other genres not the one I write in. Strange? Perhaps. I love a bit of murder, mystery and detective work!

I also have a disclaimer about Love Anthony. This features an autistic child and my son is on the spectrum. The reason I loved this book so much is the insight into the mind of a child with this condition.

Anyway, hope you might get the urge to read some of them and if you so, pop back and tell me what you thought about them. If you’re reading something else, I’d love to hear what it is.

Cheers,

Fleur

Oh and PS – Fiona Palmer is the first of our group with a book out this year and it’s only about three weeks away! Squee! Read about The Sunburnt Country here

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Blurb:

I’m always hearing about how my brain doesn’t work right. . . . But it doesn’t feel broken to me.

Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a “normal” life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Understanding the world from his perspective felt bewildering, nearly impossible. He didn’t speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye contact. And just as Olivia was starting to realize that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony died.

Now she’s alone in a cottage on Nantucket, separated from her husband, desperate to understand the meaning of her son’s short life, when a chance encounter with another woman facing her own loss brings Anthony alive again for Olivia in a most unexpected way.

Beth Ellis’s entire life changed with a simple note: “I’m sleeping with Jimmy.” Fourteen years of marriage. Three beautiful daughters. Yet even before her husband’s affair, she had never felt so alone. Heartbroken, she finds the pieces of the vivacious, creative person she used to be packed away in a box in her attic. For the first time in years, she uncaps her pen, takes a deep breath, and begins to write. The young but exuberant voice that emerges onto the page is a balm to the turmoil within her, a new beginning, and an astonishing bridge back to herself.

In a piercing story about motherhood, autism, and love, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women on the verge of change and the irrepressible young boy whose unique wisdom helps them both find the courage to move on.

The Black Box by Michael Connelly

The Black Box by Michael Connelly

Blurb:

Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue.
Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the ‘black box,’ the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together. Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

In a bucolic English summer at the end of the 1960s, a young girl witnesses a shocking crime. Fifty years later, she sets out to find out the truth, uncovering layers of mystery and deception. Moving from London during the Blitz to the present day, this is classic Kate Morton: a compulsively-readable, entrancing mystery with a long held secret to be uncovered at its heart.

1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.
2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy – who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.
Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love.

Shallow Breath by Sara Foster

Shallow Breath by Sara Foster

Shallow Breath is a mesmerising novel about family secrets and how far you would go to save someone you love.

Two years ago, Desi Priest made a horrific mistake and destroyed her family.

Now, she is coming home to make amends: to her daughter, Maya, who’s nurturing her own dangerous plan; to her brother, Jackson, who blames himself; and to her close friend, Pete, who has spent years shielding her from a devastating truth.

But as Desi returns to her beloved house by the ocean, there is a stranger waiting for her. Someone who needs her help. Someone whose arrival will reveal a chain of secrets hidden for over twenty years.

And one by one the family will be forced to confront the possibility that they have somehow got things terribly, tragically wrong …

Set across five continents, Shallow Breath is a compelling novel of dashed dreams and second chances. But most of all it is a story about love, and what it really means to be free.

 

 

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The Australian Romance Readers Awards

I’m sure Bron is as chuffed as I am to be on the short list for the Favourite Romantic Suspense award. Voted on by members of the Australian Romance Readers Association the winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Brisbane on Saturday 2nd March, 2013.

Lovely to see Bronwyn’s DEAD HEAT and my BURNING LIES next to Nora Roberts books!

A full list of all the finalists can be found on the ARRA Blog.

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The Sunburnt Country

Check out Fiona’s stunning new trailer for THE SUNBURNT COUNTRY. Her new release is due out on the 27th February.

 

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2012 flying out the door

 Phew! What a year it’s been!

We’ve all been so busy writing, working to keep our day jobs, and living a little we’ve sadly neglected this site, but we have plans to improve in 2013! Promise :-)

The highlight of this year was the almost simultaneous release of Bronwyn’s Dead Heat, Fleur’s Purple Roads and Fiona’s The Road Home. I was a late runner in July with Burning Lies

It’s been wonderful to see all of our books out in the world and being so well received, not only sitting at the top of best seller lists, but winning an award or two :-) In fact it’s been amazing watching the explosion in the rural romance genre with many new authors on the shelves. The digital first imprints have also included new rural lines – proof that readers love our rugged heroes and wonderful country.

Next year we each have another book due on the shelves.

Fiona’s first up with The Sunburnt Country in March. Here’s the back cover blurb :

Jonelle Baxter is a young woman in a man’s world – a tough, hardworking motor mechanic from an idyllic country family. But lately things in her perfect life have been changing, and her workshop isn’t the only local business that’s struggling.

Daniel Tyler is new in town, posted from the city to manage the community bank. As he tries to rein in the spiralling debts of Bundara, he uncovers all sorts of personal dramas and challenges. The last thing Jonny and Dan need is an unwanted attraction to each other.

It’s going to take more than a good drop of rain to break the drought and to keep this small but very colourful community thriving.

From the bestselling author of The Road Home comes a moving and heartwarming story about love, change and courage – and the beauty that’s found in the bush, even in the harshest of times.

Next will be Fleur with Silver Clouds.

Then my next story, Half Moon Bay, will be out in June. Brownyn’s latest, Darkening Skies, will be released in September – perfect for Christmas.

I spent a lovely hour yesterday browsing through my local Collins Bookseller buying presents for my family for this Christmas. Having been a ‘Reading Champion’ with the 2012 National Year of Reading I’m even more passionate about encouraging my family to stick their noses in books!

I know the four of us are very happy to sign copies for Christmas so check out our individual sites for special deals.

Wishing you a safe festive season and happy reading :-)

Helene xx

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