And the Winner is…

At last! I have a moment to stop and smell the roses.

It’s been such a crazy few weeks but I’m finally back from my tour and settled into normal life again… well, more or less. LOL! Lots of things still to catch up on – particularly the writing!

I did have such a wonderful time on “The Maxwell Sisters” Book tour that spanned half of Feb and March though. I spent time in N.S.W, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and of course, Western Australia, talking to readers, signing books and generally enjoying the sights and sounds.

I was very disappointed to have to cancel my talks in Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast when Cyclone Marcia swept into Queensland. However, at least it was in theme! Only a cyclone could stop a “Loretta Hill” book tour, right? ☺ Read, “The Girl in the Hard Hat,” if you don’t get the joke.

While I enjoyed all the cities and rural towns I visited, I would have to say the highlight was the Barossa. It was just so pretty. I took heaps of photos, some of which I have included with this post.

My audience there was so disappointed to learn that I had not set “The Maxwell Sisters” in the Barossa but in the Margaret River wine region. However, they shortly forgave me when I said, my winemaker, Adam, was from the Barossa. He brings a cheeky mischievous flavour to the book that the novel just couldn’t do without. Lucky save!

If you would like to see more photos from the rest of my tour, please do visit me on facebook where I have posted them all.

However, moving right along to the main focus of this post. I need to announce the winner of “The Maxwell Sisters” book giveaway that was offered on my blog tour with all my favourite authors earlier this year.

The winner is…

Delores Bebbington …..who posted on Catherine Hein’s Maxwell Sisters Friday Feast Blog on the 30th Jan. Congratulations!

Will you please contact me with your address and I will send you a signed copy of the book.

Thank you to all the readers who participated in this competition and also to all the authors who hosted me.
Margareta Osborn
Fiona Palmer
Rachael Johns
Jennifer Scoullar
Jenn J Mcleod
Helene Young
And
Catherine Hein

The View from my Hotel balcony

The View from my Hotel balcony

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Me with my audience

Me with my audience

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The Great Australia Day Blog Hop

australiadaybloghop2014Sausage rolls, beaches, kangaroos, football, pavlova, meat pies, thongs, BBQ’s, Holdens, gorgeous women, hot guys, surfing, Sunday Sessions. Leave a comment about what you love most about Australia and you’ll go in the draw to win not one, not two, but three of my FIFO books. That’s the entire series, all in honour of Australia Day.

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(Plus three bookmarks to keep track of the page you’re on)

I love my country and I think that’s pretty apparent in my novels. I try to put as much of Australia as I can into them. From our slang and way of talking, to the landscape, the weather, the wildlife and our great Aussie humour. If you’re looking for the typical Aussie bloke or the untypical they’re all in my novels plus a few feisty sheila’s to keep them honest.

In fact, there are a lot of Aussie authors celebrating Australia Day this weekend by giving away some wonderful home grown books on their blogs. For your chance to win some titles other than mine just visit Book’d out for a complete list of authors and blogs.

I know I’m going to be surfing the net this weekend. You can never have too many books! ☺

I will announce the winner one of my three book pack on my blog on the 4th February. So don’t forget to check back to see if you won.

Good Luck and Happy Australia Day.

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