Looking for Lockdown Reading?

I really hope you’re not! I hope you’re not in lockdown at all. But if you are and you are looking for some light reading to keep you away from yet another bored foray to the fridge (well that’s what I did in lockdown, I ate!), I have a special book for you.

For a very limited time, I have a special additional gift with each copy of THE VINEYARD IN THE HILLS – a lovely sliver of handmade soap from Moonhaven in my hometown in Western Australia (near Margaret River where this story begins).

I have scooped the last print copies of The Vineyard In The Hills from my publisher… once these are gone, that’s all folks.

For $24.95 including postage anywhere in Australia, I will send a signed copy to you.

For orders and payment information, please email lilymalone@mail.com

Mother’s Day Present 2020

I got the Lego bug during Covid-19 when my family, like everyone to varying degrees around the world, was in lockdown. It started from my publisher’s challenge to its authors to have a go at #RecreateABookCover

Well, just to make things next-level, for Mother’s Day this year hubby and the boys made me a frame for my Lego cover creations, and now it’s finished (belatedly, but that’s okay) and I can hang it in my writing room for inspiration!

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Not that long ago, given all the book events that have had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, Harlequin Australia gave its authors the challenge to create their own book cover just to keep us all out of trouble. #RecreateABookCover

All sorts of covers came out in the wash, and it really doesn’t surprise me. Authors are a creative lot! You can check out lots more at romance.com.au or click here.

Last weekend, my boys and I decided to recreate the cover of my latest release, LAST BRIDGE BEFORE HOME in LEGO. We had a heap of fun!
You should try it for one of your favourites. Knit the cover. Crochet it. Bake it (ice it). Felt it. Paint it. Take a photo of your effort and send it to the author – I think he or she would get a real kick out of it.

Happy self-isolation to all.

xx Lily

The Butterfly House Series – now available for Kindle

You know that feeling you get when you finally do something you’ve been putting off for, like, years?

I got that feeling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I made my two self-published stories, Who Killed The Bride? and Who Killed The Movie Star? available as ebooks in the Amazon Kindle store, and through Kindle Unlimited.

It only took me since July 2016 to get my arse into gear!

The two stories involve the mad-cap adventures of Cally and Sienna in beautiful Butterfly House, as they try to establish their new tourism business hosting murder mysteries in the town of Cowaramup (incidentally – my home town) in South West Australia.

You can read more about the series here.

The books have always been available in print, and if you’d still like your copy in print please email me at lilymalone@mail.com and I will sort that out. Each book costs $18.95 each including postage anywhere in Australia.

Links to the ebooks on Amazon.com.au are below:
Who Killed The Bride? Book 1
Who Killed The Movie Star? Book 2

Last Bridge Before Home : Chalk Hill Book 3

Last Bridge CoverThe final story in the Chalk Hill series, Last Bridge Before Home will be out on December 16 in print and ebook, just in time for Christmas.

This is Jaydah and Brix’s story and it’s a cracker. It’s quite a bit darker than the earlier books because Jaydah comes from a very different place to either Ella (Book 1) or Taylor (Book 2). The one shining light in Jaydah’s life has been Brix (Braxton) the middle of the Honeychurch boys. Yes, this is a couple with history. This isn’t a book in which they fight each other (enemies to lovers), it’s a book in which they fight for a common goal. Safety.

About the book:

For Jaydah Tully, the country town of Chalk Hill has never felt like home. Home is a place to feel loved. Home is a place to feel safe. Jaydah’s home life is dark in ways the close-knit community could never imagine.

Jaydah knows that the man she loves has never understood her need for secrets. Brix is a Honeychurch, she’s a Tully – her family are Chalk Hill’s black sheep. It’s better for everyone if Brix stays away.

But Brix is a one-woman man, and when he returns to his home town to help his brother, the first person he sees is Jaydah. Independent. Private. Proud. When things are good between them they are really really good but all too soon they’re back in the old patterns, caught in the same argument: Her father. Her family. Her life that doesn’t include him.

Underneath her tough exterior, Jaydah is drowning. She has one chance to change everything. Is she brave enough to take the risk and let Brix in? Or will her father keep them apart forever?

All popular print and ebook pre-order links are here: http://bit.ly/2No8zXf 

If you know what you’re looking for and you want to go direct see below:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NsjoYt

Apple Books: https://apple.co/306N6n9

Booktopia: http://bit.ly/2YsQk41

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2YnjuSa

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2Lxtu7V

Tacos, Herring, Tea, and … not bait

One of my very favourite people in this writing world wrote a great post about Keeping Mother’s Day Real… and so, inspired by Kylie Kaden I present you the story of my Mother’s Day …

My hubby is visiting his mum interstate for mother’s day this year, and that left my two boys to their own devices, and so… despite my instructions about a cup of tea in bed (to be honest, I’d rather the sleep-in), the cup of tea didn’t arrive and eventually I got up and made it myself. In their defence, I DID get that sleep-in…

20190512_190206_resizedThen, Mr 11 told me that the gift he’d been making at school was a #fail … but not to fear, he made me a card instead 🙂 (Check it out – West Coast Eagles! Yay!)

And Mr 9 told me that unfortunately he hadn’t finished his gift at school… and he also hadn’t remembered to bring any part of the unfinished gift, or the card, home. #fail 

Not to be deterred, I made my own breakfast and it rocked. Bacon and egg sandwich!

Then I announced that what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day was go fishing 🎣🎣🎣 … there were grumbles (we don’t often catch anything), but eventually I got the rods rigged up, including replacing a broken reel (💪), and off we trooped to Gracetown to catch a herring 🐟 (or, you know, lots of herring). 🐟🐟🐟

Mission accomplished! After about 3 hours, we returned home with 3 fish.

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Mr 9 also found a packet of bait that someone must have decided to hang off a fence post on the off chance an intrepid fisherwoman and her two boys might have such a fantastic day on the line, they needed extra bait.

When we got home I discovered it was in actual fact, a bag of dog poo. #baitfail

In the bin it went!

The boys went for a shower and made their own lunch, and I scaled and gutted the fish… and ate baked potatoes with sardines…

The afternoon included football, a go on screens (for the boys), and the promise of me having a glass of wine while the boys cooked dinner… Mr 9s famous tacos!

Mr 9 was in charge of mince. Mr 11 was in charge of everything else (guacamole, grating)… all I had to do was slice the onion.

AND the tacos were awesome! #NoFail

Yes, I cleaned up the mess. Small price to pay for a night out of the kitchen – plus I got all the fun of watching the carnage, and the craft!

Tonight I think we will watch an Avengers movie together…

All in all – pretty awesome Mum’s Day for me!

Hope yours rocked too 🙂

xx Lily

When A Dog Just Won’t Do, Get A Dragon

We have a new addition to the household and I (along with the entire family) am in love!

Meet Mango the Bearded Dragon… I now count myself officially amongst those who can use #MotherOfDragons 🙂

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We’ve had Mango about a month, after much debate about what type of pet we might get. All the usual suspects were way too tricky for us. There could be a dog, of course, but we aren’t fenced for a pooch nor could we decide what type of dog we want. My youngest son wanted a Pug, the eldest wanted something like a labrador or retriever. Hubby was thinking ‘Boxer’ and I was keen on a Beagle. We also wanted a rescue dog preferably, rather than a puppy…

That brought us to getting a cat… I’ve never wanted a cat until I moved into our new house about 5 years ago in a part of town where we are close to the bushland and there is a rule that you cannot have cats. Well, the minute we moved in the house, guess who wished she had a cat??

We thought about turtles, or fish… but that seemed a little bland. I’m not sure you get much back from a fish and you can’t pick it up or cuddle it.

My youngest son (Mr 9) then decided he’d really like a gecko. So we looked into it. You need a licence for reptiles in WA, and the people we spoke to said: “Do you really want a gecko? You won’t get much out of a gecko? All he’ll ever want to do is run away from you. What about a bearded dragon?”

A bearded dragon!!?? Well, that sounded far more adventurous and awesome than a gecko (no offence geckos). So we started looking at ‘beardies’ and we found Mango. Mango is a WA native – a Western Bearded Dragon (Pogona minor minima). I think if you have both minor and minima amongst your scientific name, well, you wouldn’t want to have small-dragon-syndrome if you get what I mean!

He’s about 13 or so centimetres in his body with a much longer tail… and he tolerates us most adorably! We can hold him and while he’s not much of one for returning a cuddle, we still think he is very cute!

As a #MotherOfDragons at my ripe old age I’m discovering that I need to get involved in the feeding of Mango, and our little mate likes live crawly things… like crickets, grasshoppers, moths, and all manner of flying things that don’t sting… and cockroaches. Cockroaches!!

The other day, I went out into our garden looking for some grasshoppers for Mango and yes, I was THAT crazy woman, terribly undignified, doing a kind of jump-squat-grab motion out on the verge, chasing grasshoppers. It’s worse than fishing. I never caught a thing…

But luckily, we can buy Mango’s food in a plastic container… then my job is to keep the food alive. I’ve discovered I can pick up crickets in my bare hands. I even today touched a cockroach! They’re called ‘woodies’ so they’re not those yucky big cockroaches I routinely do my best to eradicate in the house. If a cockroach can be cute, I guess these guys are kind of cute.

They are however, still food for dragons.

So as always, it’s fun and games at our place… I’m not sure my mates will visit for a while now I’ve put crickets, cockroaches and ‘bare hands’ into a sentence. For now when there is cockroach wrangling to be done, I take my plastic cockroach container outside in case there is a mass exodus of cockroaches IN THE HOUSE. At which point, I think it will be me giving the place over to the dragon and the pests… and I’ll go find a nice dry spot somewhere out of the way till all the beetles are gone!

xx Lily

New Book, Book Sales & Book Signings: where you can find me in 2019

20181212_170910_resized.jpgThe Cafe By The Bridge book signing calendar of events:

Thursday January 17
Books In Bars with Rachael Johns
Hosted by Dymocks Busselton
The Firestation Bar, Queens St
Details here.

 

Saturday January 19 :
Perth
(with Perth author, Juanita Kees)
I’m thrilled to be doing joint signings in Perth with another fabulous West Aussie author, Juanita Kees. Juanita is part of a three-in-one book bind-up called Country Suspense.

Big W Armadale: 10am
Big W Belmont: noon
Big W Riverton: 1.30pm

Wednesday January 30 from 6pm
Books in Bars : with Collins Booksellers Bunbury (at Common Ground, formerly SALA Wine Lounge)
Tickets are $8 each and include a delicious selection of finger food. They can be purchased via trybooking.com/458992 and go on sale at 9am on Monday 7th January 2019.

Sunday March 31
Australian Romance Readers Association book signing at Lathlain Function Centre, Perth, 1.30pm-5pm. Tickets $15. A full list of signing authors and all information is available here:

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I hope to see you out and about in Perth in 2019!

xx Lily

And I dedicate this new book to…

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The Cafe by the Bridge_FCDo you read the Dedication and Acknowledgement pages in the books you buy? I’m not sure I ever used to, but I do now. Since I was lucky enough to get my own book on a shop shelf, I now love reading the little bits about the people involved in helping that author type The End on their story.

Jules and Belinda are who I dedicated my newest book, The Cafe By The Bridge, to.

Julesy is a childhood friend, who just recently got married to her childhood sweetheart. She’s inspired a few of my heroines in books: Christina from my debut story His Brand Of Beautiful had a fair bit of Jules about her, and Taylor from The Cafe By The Bridge has a fair whack of Jules in her too.

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The lovely Jules with my eldest boy (who is now 11).

Mostly, it’s the clothes that does it. Christina could sew all sorts of things: clothes, cushion covers, patchwork over a hole in a tent. Taylor is an op-shop queen who puts all combinations of clothes together to make personal and individual works of art. That’s my mate Julie-ann to a ‘T’.

 

Miss Belinda is a more recent friend. Bel is a former work colleague, and as our work friendship grew we each discovered the other shares a mutual love of orchid hunting. But Bel’s status as ‘orchid-hunter-extraordinaire’ took the next step a year or so ago when she posted a picture of The Queen Of Sheba orchid on Facebook.

I actually thought this orchid didn’t exist anymore. I was pretty sure it had been crowded out by forest and habitat clearing, and by collectors (or thieves) trying to transplant it to grow elsewhere.

Little did I know the Queen does still exist in small hidden pockets in the wild and even near to my own backyard (the South West of West Australia). When Belinda posted this photo, (coincidentally at a time when I’d been writing an orchid scene into The Cafe By The Bridge) I actually changed the dialogue in the story to make sure I had my information right.

The Dedication is different to the Acknowledgements. Acknowledgements are where you can write a long list of ‘thank yous’. It’s kind of your moment where you can (on paper at least) step up to the stage to accept your Oscar for Best Actress and thank everyone who has helped you get the book together, including your Mum, your first teacher, your swimming teacher, your neighbour, the person who once offered you their seat on a bus…and of course for an author, it’s a chance to thank the many wonderful READERS who like your stuff!

I love writing Acknowledgements. Acknowledgements rock. Here’s a little taste of mine in The Cafe By The Bridge.

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Not long to go now for The Cafe By The Bridge, Book 2 in the Chalk Hill Series. Can’t wait to see it out and about. I love Abe’s story, and I hope you will too!

Thanks Jules & Bel for inspiring me to write it…

xx Lily