Merry Christmas!

I want to take a minute to wish all my readers and their families a safe, blessed and happy Christmas surrounded in love, family and thanksgiving.

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Thank you also to anyone who took the time to post messages to me on Facebook, twitter or on my blog this year. I realise how time poor we all are these days, so any kind words always gives me a buzz. I love getting feedback and it’s been wonderful connecting with readers in 2013. Without you I wouldn’t be able to have this career so heres all my love and best wishes for 2014!

Loretta Hill

xo

A Letter from Fiona Palmer

Loretta’s Pen pals : Letter 9

Today in my letterbox, I have a wonderful message from fellow Western Australian, Fiona Palmer, who also happens to be a bestselling Rural Romance author. Her latest book The Outback Heart, is out now. It seems to have a bit of football theme. No complaints from me there. I love community-based stories not to mention good looking men running around in tight shorts. This one has a deeper message too about organ donation. It’s just the sort of book to get you thinking and smiling. So pick up a copy soon. In the meantime, have a squiz at my letter… Fiona shares some of her inspiration for the story…

 

Dear Loretta,

 

How are you going leading up to the silly season? I don’t know about you but I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas again.

It just seemed like yesterday I was watching the football on TV. Even now the footballers are back in training. Makes me feel a little lazy.

 

websiteMy latest book “The Outback Heart” centres on a local footy team. Which is strange for me because I hadn’t seen a live footy match until I was away in high school and they took us to an Eagles vs Collingwood game.  I hadn’t even seen a local game.  That’s because our town of Pingaring is so small we didn’t have a footy team when I was growing up, so the only footy I saw was on TV. Still, in our family, we are big Eagles supporters and always watched the game from the comfort of our lounge. 

 

But in the bigger towns around me football and sports in general are very important. It’s how we get to socialise. Pingaring doesn’t have any sports (besides golf) so I drive 60km to train and play with another town. During winter this is the only time I really get to see anyone so it becomes very important. Otherwise I could class myself as a hermit. :/  I really wanted to focus on how sports in small communities help promote talking and give a town spirit. If a team makes it to grand final day and the whole town is painted the team colours.

 

So that became an aspect of this book along side the organ donation message. Troy’s story was inspired by a local who’d undergone a heart transplant at fifteen. Read about it here. http://www.fionapalmer.com/inspiration-for-the-outback-heart/

 

I did love writing the football aspect of the book but you don’t have to be a footy fan to understand it.

 

If anyone is interested I am having a Christmas sale, prices have been dropped on most of my books. Each purchase also includes signed bookmarks and a free stubby holder until Christmas.   http://www.fionapalmer.com/buy-now/

I hope you all get what you wished for at Christmas and you have a wonderful time with loved ones. Stay safe.

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Fiona

www.fionapalmer.com

@fiona_palmer – twitter

A new Cover and a new Contract

I’ve been sitting on this for a while, so it’s good to finally get the news out there.

Firstly, I’ve signed on for another two books with Random House Australia! So that means, that readers will definitely be getting another book from me in 2015 and 2016.  I’m very excited to be continuing my relationship with Random House which has been absolutely fabulous so far.

My other big reveal, which in my opinion, is almost as exciting is that I have a new cover to show you. It’s for my February release Operation Valentine. This one really resonates with me. I love the cheeky representation of the hero and heroine which is a great reflection of the story. Definitely one of my favourites. You can also check out the blurb for Operation Valentine below…

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“Once upon a time, there was a young girl called Sarah Dubert who needed to fall in love in six weeks …”

Thanks to food poisoning, broken dates, airport malfunctions and even death, Sarah Dubert has never had a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. However this year she’s determined to break the curse and snare herself a man before Big V. Signing herself up to the online dating site soulmates.com, she begins eliminating possible candidates through dates at her favourite bar, The Blue Saloon…

Owen Black, the handsome new owner of The Blue Saloon, likes his women fast, experienced and temporary. A woman on a mission to find love – particularly one with a six-week deadline – would normally have him running for the hills. So why is he so uncharacteristically interested in Sarah’s search? And, more importantly, the success of her dates…?

A Letter from Rachael Johns

Loretta’s Penpals : Letter 8

Whenever I get a letter from fellow mum and rural romance writer, Rachael Johns, I always think, OMG, our lives are so much alike, maybe I’m not a complete freak after all.

For me, December and January is always about family, parties and the kids. Writing seems to be forced into the back seat though is never far from my mind. During these two months, I celebrate all the hard work I’ve done through the year and simply enjoy the release of a new novel.

It seems Rachael is in the same boat too – family fun and a fresh new novella out this month. It’s about a hero who goes bed shopping and gets a heroine into the bargain. Talk about two for the price of one! Can’t wait to read that one. Another one for the pile, I think. Here’s the rest of what she had to say…

Dear Loretta,

I can’t believe it’s been over three months since I saw you at the fabulous Romance Writers of Australia conference. Times definitely flies when you’re having fun writing books. I’m hanging out to get stuck into THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW VEST over the summer holidays. We just got back from Southern Cross yesterday where we spent the weekend for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday party. Was great to catch up with my hubby’s extended family. My own family is tiny but hubby has ten aunties and uncles, hundreds of cousins and they have what seems like a zillion kids between them. I love watching my boys play with all their second cousins.

It must be party season because next week, it’s my youngest son’s birthday, so we’re having a party at our place. We’re hiring a bouncy castle and I’ll be making a Minion (from Despicable Me) birthday cake, so wish me luck with that.

How are you going with your Valentines Day novella? I read the blurb on your blog and cannot wait to read it. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Kissing Season final coverSpeaking of novellas, did I tell you I wrote my first novella this year? Well, it’s out in December but I actually wrote it over last summer holidays. How do you find writing novellas? It’s great that they’re shorter and therefore we finish faster, but I sometimes miss being able to explore more about the characters and their situation. Saying that, I’m really excited about THE KISSING SEASON (http://www.rachaeljohns.com/kissingseason.html)– my novella, which is out December first and can’t wait to write a follow-up. It was SUCH a hoot to write and is set on the coast down south in Western Australia, one of my favourite places to holiday. It’s about Hannah who has always been the black sheep of her family and a gorgeous Italian called Matteo, home for Christmas to visit his mother.

A furniture shop advert in a newspaper was actually the initial inspiration for this story, which starts with the hero walking into the heroine’s family furniture business and testing one of their beds in a most unconventional manner.

In addition to all the kid and life things that crop up as we head towards Christmas, I’m writing like crazy at the moment in an aim to finish OUTBACK GHOST by December. OUTBACK GHOST will be the third in my Bunyip Bay series and I’m really excited about this story, which involves a twenty-year mystery surround the hero’s missing sister.

My favourite parts of writing a book are starting and ending and right now I’m so close to the end of OUTBACK GHOST that I can taste the pink bubbly I’ll crack when I’m done.

I have big plans for taking some time off and enjoying life while the kids are home over the summer. (Not that I don’t enjoy it while writing, but you know what I mean). Can’t wait to laze by the pool, do some Christmas cooking and catch up on all the movies and books I’ve missed out on while I was writing.
I hope the muse is with you as you finish your Valentine’s Day novella, Loretta, and that you and your gorgeous family have a very lovely Christmas.

Xo
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