Butterfly House Book 2 is out now!

A sneak peek at my hometown of #Cowaramup during the recent DejaMoo – Udderly Legendairy Country Fair. It’s the only place you can wear a cow onesie or a milk carton and feel totally at home!

movie 7 copyAs usual when there is a Fair going on in the local hall, I take out a stand to support the Cowaramup Retailers Association and sell my books and have a chat about books to anyone interested in reading. I always have an awesome time and meet some great people, and this year I had a new book to launch!

It’s WHO KILLED THE MOVIE STAR? Butterfly House Book 2
— the sequel to WHO KILLED THE BRIDE? —

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Pic by Nicky Lefebvre.

My Butterfly House books are set in Cowaramup and I describe them as: ‘Like Bridget Jones meets the Cowaramup cows…’ They’re mad-cap fun, great for a giggle, a wonderful souvenir of our town and gorgeous hand-crafted gift for you or the reader in your life.

Who Killed The Movie Star follows the tale of Cally Minter and her best friend Sienna Devereux who we met in Book 1 where they’re trialling their new tourism venture in Cowaramup:  Murder Mystery at Butterfly House.

Who Killed The Movie Star starts the day after events of Who Killed The Brideand so I’d definitely recommend you read Book 1 first, or you’ll be lost!

Available at:
Mukau Giftware & Gallery in Cowaramup
Just Add Passion, in Stoneville (Mundaring, near Perth)

Or personally from me, signed and comes with a bookmark. For pricing and order details please send me an email to lilymalone@mail.com

 

Who Killed The Movie Star? Butterfly House Book 2

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About the book:

It’s Sunday morning on a long weekend in the quirky little town of Cowaramup and Cally Minter and her best friend Sienna Devereux are about to host a new murder mystery game, Who Killed The Movie Star?

But before an arrow can be shot from its bow, the girls are in a pickle. The Sheriff of Nottingham has gone rogue; they’ve lost a Maid Marian, and someone keeps reporting them to the local police for shooting their guests.

In all the confusion, Lovely First Class Senior Constable Daniel Reardon becomes a regular visitor to Butterfly House, and if Cally plays her cards right… whoever murdered the movie star might not be the only one in handcuffs by sunset.

 

Available at:
Mukau Giftware & Gallery in Cowaramup
Just Add Passion, in Stoneville (Mundaring, near Perth)

Or personally from me including postage anywhere in Australia for $18.95, signed and comes with a special Lily Malone bookmark. For order details please send me an email to lilymalone@mail.com

Lily
xx

The Evolution of a Butterfly Book Cover

How cool is it to have a book series called Butterfly House, and to be able to show the metamorphosis of a book cover… just like a butterfly!

If you scroll through the photos, you’ll see the unveiling of my latest Butterfly House cover, version by version, once again designed by the ever-talented Kerry Sibly.

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Version 1: Kerry started with pink in the background, like my original Butterfly House Who Killed The Bride? … but I want something different from pink, so the first alteration was easy.
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Version 2: Right from the get-go I love this purple through gold. The Butterfly House Book 2 line on cover and spine are hard to read… they need to be white… and there is a lot going on with ‘Marilyn figure’ ‘actor bloke’ ‘cow’ and ‘camera’… I’m thinking, we need to simplify. Let’s make ‘Marilyn’ bigger and lose the bloke.
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Version 3: Now we’re cooking with gas! I’m loving this… but because it’s ‘movie star’ I’d like to see some twinkle twinkle little stars on there… stay tuned!
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Version 4: Ask for stars and ye shall receive!!!
lotsa stars
Version 5: More stars! Too many?
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Version 6: Subtle stars… I’m loving this! Now we’ve just got the back cover blurb to update and a new barcode to add, and we’re done. Here’s our Beautiful new Butterfly!

 

So there you have it folks! Can you see the progression? Isn’t it beautiful? It’s got all the quirk and character of Cowaramup, and it’s so very original and pretty! 🙂

Love your work, Kerry Sibly!

For more information and a gallery of work for Mr Kerry Sibly, please visit http://www.mukau.com.au

Living in Downtown Cowtown

Sharing a quick video about my hometown – Cowaramup in the south west of Western Australia.

Earlier this year I was involved with the group that put together an entry submission for Cowaramup to be named the ‘Legendairy Capital of Australia.’

After lots of consultation with local dairy farmers and representatives of various local groups and committees, I put fingers to keyboard to help write our town’s submission.

In autumn this year, we got the great news that Cowaramup had won the title of West Australian ‘dairy capital’, and would now go on to represent WA in the national competition with the winner announced later this year.

The State nomination and winner’s announcement all happened right before the Deja-Moo 2017 (a huge weekend of cow-themed fun in Cowaramup), and the team from Dairy Australia came to visit our town during the mid-year school holidays and festival. I can only imagine what those Dairy Australia representatives must have thought – landing in the midst of a cold winter weekend of Cow Onesie frenzy!

butterfly-magnetI feel so chuffed to have written a book set in Cowaramup, involving the increasingly famous Cowaramup Cows. One of the speakers in the video is Kerry Sibly (you see him wearing the cow horns in his cow onesie chatting during the vid); Kerry designed the awesome book cover for Butterfly House Book 1, Who Killed The Bride?

Please click the link below to check the video:

Introducing the West Coast Fiction Festival 2018

It’s still a long way off, but I am thrilled to let you know about a new and exciting readers’ festival coming to West Australia next year.

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It’s the West Coast Fiction Festival, put together by a great group of top-selling WA authors and it’s featuring brilliant traditional-published and indie-published writers from all across the country, (and some international authors) coming under the one roof at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough on November 3, 2018.

lilym_lowresAnd guess what? I will be there… just perhaps not with my pink beanie (it will be almost Summer in Perth by then and my ears would melt!)

What is really exciting is that I will have at least one new book out before the Festival, to join The Vineyard In The Hills as print paperback releases. I’ll also be there with Who Killed The Bride? From my Butterfly House series, to wow everyone with what I reckon will be the most unusual book cover in the Hotel that day! (Yes, I am biased!)

butterfly-magnetThe idea of the Festival is to bring along your own books written by the signing authors (for signatures), plus there will be new books to buy (of course); and authors to meet, greet and have a chat and photo with, if you like 🙂

You can find the list of authors at the Festival’s web page, or click here. There is also a Facebook group set up to give people information about the Festival. Join the group here. And there is also a mailing list you can join by clicking here.

Besides connecting readers with their favourite authors, and new authors, the goal of the event is to raise money for Share the Dignity – a charity which supports homeless women in Australia.

You can follow West Coast Fiction Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

For all the information, go visit http://www.wcfictionfestival.com.au/ and bookmark the website.

Plus there is dancing… but more about that later 🙂

I can’t wait to be part of this great initiative for fiction in Western Australia…

Bringing in a Brand New Year

Guess what folks? New Year’s Eve has suddenly ended up at my place. Holy cow, I’d better start cleaning the house!

Before I do – wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy New Year!

I’m very excited about what lies ahead in 2017. The number one thing for me is more writing time! I’m cutting my 5 days of administration work down to 2 per week, and I’m very excited about it. It means lots more of the ‘good’ hours (which for me are hours in the daytime when the house is quiet because kids are at school and hubby is working) where I can hopefully get lots more words down than I managed in 2016.

I’m finishing the year with a WIP (work in progress) sitting at about 35,000 words, mostly due to NaNoWriMo in November when about 30k of those words got done. That book is called Water Under The Bridge, set in my first ‘fictional’ town in West Australia. I have a sneaky suspicion this might also be my first ‘series’ as I’ve thought of two further books while I’m writing this one.

I’m also finishing the year with a great reader email about my Who Killed The Bride, Butterfly House story that I’d like to share with you. This is what makes writing books worth it!

butterfly-magnet‘Loved it. Great Sunday read, plus I loved the cow theme, having seen the Cowaramup cows in WA. When is the next book out?
Love the fridge magnet, I grew up on a dairy farm, then we had beef cattle. Love cows. I had a pet one called Penny who was black and white, part Jersey part Aberdeen Angus. Was so sad when she had to be sold. But that’s life on the land.’
Julia Reynolds

 

What will your New Year’s Eve look like? Mine is very low key – on our deck as long as the weather stays nice, with some neighbours who (like us) have ended up at a bit of a new year’s eve loose end.

And there will be cricket! (Yes, I warned the unsuspecting neighbours… well, I warned a few of them anyway)

Happy New Year to you and yours…

xx Lily

When Cows and Butterflies come out to play

Q: How much fun can an author (moi), a cover designer (Kerry Sibly), two giftshop owners (Kerry & Wendy Sibly), a photographer (the very patient James Bunting), a journalist (Nicky Lefebvre from The Augusta-Margaret River Mail), and a Cowaramup cow have during a photo shoot?

A: Too much fun. Will Cowaramup ever be the same again…?

Thanks James Bunting for the photos!

Check out Nicky Lefebvre’s story here.

You can get your personally signed print copy of Who Killed The Bride, Butterfly House Book 1 for $18.95 by emailing me lilymalone@mail.com or if you’re in the South West, call into Mukau Giftware and Gallery in Cowaramup or Barefoot Books in Fig Tree Lane, Busselton.

More information about the book is right here.