Australia Day Blog Hop

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This competition is now closed and winners have been announced and contacted via a reply on their comment below. If you’re a winner, please contact me within 48 hours of the end of the Blog Hop. Otherwise, your prize will go to another participant. Thank you for visiting. I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you 🙂

 

I always enjoy Shelleyrae’s Australia Day Blog Hop and I’ve made new and lasting contacts and friendships with many bloggers, authors and readers over the last few years by being part of this blog hop week.

I love Australia Day. This year I’ll be with our neighbours and their kids and the plan is that hubs and I are going to learn to play Poker, while we listen to the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown and I’m sure we’ll have a few drinks on the way.

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The day my print copies of MORE TIME AT THE BEACH arrived at my office. My story, Fairway To Heaven is inside.

In bookish news, it’s been a huge 12 months for me since last Australia Day. I’ve had my first print book published with MORE TIME FOR THE BEACH (including FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN); and all three of my e-books at different times have been in the top 100 at Amazon Australia, including my debut title HIS BRAND OF BEAUTIFUL, now three years young. I’ve also been part of my first romance panel, as a guest of Koorliny Stories On Stage in April with my two writing buddies, Jennie Jones and Juanita Kees, and great friend, (convenor of Stories On Stage) Monique Mulligan.

I should have my novella, THE GOODBYE RIDE back in circulation soon. I finished edits for THE GOODBYE RIDE on Saturday and I’m looking forward to seeing the new cover any day now. This book was initially self-published but like my other self-published titles, Escape Publishing now has a Contract for THE GOODBYE RIDE.

When that releases later this year, I’ll have four country/rural titles available as e-books, with FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN also available in print.

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In other news, SO FAR INTO YOU – my newest release – is nominated for the Australian Romance Reader 2015 awards for Best Contemporary Romance. If you are an ARRA member, and you read and enjoyed SO FAR INTO YOU, you might consider throwing a vote my way. Check your latest copy of your member e-newsletter for voting information.

 

FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN is Kindle Book of the Month at Amazon in January. If you haven’t yet had the chance to grab a copy of FAIRWAY  it is only 99c for Australian readers right now – but this sale ends in four days! Be quick. Amazon AUS customers buy link here. Amazon US (Australian) customers buy link here.

AND NOW FOR THE GOOD PART! My #GIVEAWAY

Today, I’m offering Australian visitors to my blog the opportunity to win a print book of MORE TIME FOR THE BEACH. This is a three-in-one book that also features stories by fellow Aussie authors Victoria Purman (SOMEONE LIKE YOU) and Juliet Madison (FEBRUARY OR FOREVER).

FairWayToHeavenFinal-harlequin 200_200x315I also have 5 Kindle e-copies of FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN to give away. Leave a comment for me below and tell me if you’re after the print book (Australian only), or a Kindle ebook (open internationally). Tell me something about yourself and what you like to read, including favourite Aussie authors, or tell me anything that takes your fancy. That’s how I roll.

If you are on Twitter, you can find me at @lily_lilymalone

Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs that are part of this year’s BookdOut Blog Hop. You can return to the list here: https://bookdout.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/its-the-2016-australia-day-book-giveaway-blog-hop/

Thanks for visiting!

More Time For The Beach, and how it took its time getting here…

1934049_564673690350799_7295425209346736327_nI feel like I’ve been waiting months and months to get my hands on More Time For The Beach – the first time a book of mine has made it to print, and to a bookstore shelf. It’s a 3-book bind-up with co-authors Victoria Purman and Juliet Madison, published by Harlequin MIRA, and it’s finally here! A friend spotted it in Big W Joondalup today (19/12/15)… so I have to share my first #shelfie with you 🙂

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Photo courtesy: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/train-derailment-causes-wa-christmas-delivery-chaos-20151209-gljrtb.html

Like many things in my life, getting the book in my hot little hands didn’t go perfectly to plan. I don’t know if you heard but at the beginning of December a train derailed about 350km east of Kalgoorlie (ie. the middle of nowhere). All freight in and out of West Australia was literally stopped in its tracks and I’m certain that amongst the packages and parcels that got stuck in limbo, sat my box of eagerly-awaited books.

But it’s so good now they’re here!

My contribution to the book is Fairway To Heaven. It’s set in Geographe Bay in Busselton and it’s the story of one woman’s journey to finding joy in life and love by a beautiful beach. Plus, there’s a little bit of golf.

More Time For The Beach *should* be (trains willing) in Big W stores in Australia in time for Christmas. It can also be ordered from Booktopia.

Local (South West) pIMG_7184eople who are interested in getting their hands on a copy will find it at Barefoot Books in Fig Tree Lane in Busselton.