Weekend at Lily’s

It’s hard to believe it’s almost a week since Jennie Jones and I left The House on Burra Burra Lane and went Under Cover of Dark, our destination the tiny10615580_354985471319623_7960681465408251641_n South West Australian town of Cowaramup. Besides exploring the South West and chewing the cud, we also popped in to see the Queen of the Pink Beanie and Naughty Ninja, Lily Malone. Twitter ran hot with one-liners (sometimes more!) as our weekend adventure got under way.

Seven thirty Saturday morning rolled around and I reversed Baby out of the garage, loaded up the boot, strapped Jennie in, and we were off. Look out Thelma and Louise! Our first stop was just south of Busselton for a much needed wake-up coffee. No pitstop would be worth it without an obligatory selfie with hilarious results. I’m not really sure what the servo staff made of it, but we were lucky Jennie was tall enough to rescue the stranded roll of toilet paper someone had placed out of the cleaner’s reach. Here is a picture of us having done our good deed for the day.Thelma and Louise

The first thing we saw as we cruised into Cowaramup was the cows lazing around the streets, under trees, in front of shops and hanging out in the park. No surprises there!

Cowaramup is now home to a wonderful herd of 42 life-sized fibreglass Friesian cows and calves wandering the streets, parks and shops of the village. The cows love having their photographs taken and often dress up for the occasion. ~ Meet the Cowaramup Cows.

But, there was no time to stop and admire them just yet because Lily was waiting at the homestead with refreshments and another pending adventure. Well, Muddy Shoesin all fairness, we were pre-warned about the nature walk but nothing could have prepared us for the breathtaking beauty of the nature reserve at Ellensbrook Homestead. If only we’d been warned about the mud! Jennie’s shoes took a hit as we crossed the creek to the Bathing Place of the Moon at Meekadarabee Falls and a view definitely worth getting our feet wet for!

Meekadarabee Falls were known to Aboriginal people as ‘the bathing place of the moon’ and there is a fascinating legend about the moss-covered waterfall and the small cave behind it. In Aboriginal legend, the cave is where the spirits of Aboriginal lovers, Mitanne & Nobel live. If you listen carefully you can hear their laughter echoing in the waterfall. ~ Parks and Wildlife WA

The perfect destination for three romance authors then, and it was very beautiful. Tired and muddy, we headed back to Lily’s ready for a Beaniesnack and a well-deserved glass of bubbly…but not before we took Beanie selfie! The afternoon passed with lots of chats and giggles and, after sunset, we enjoyed more of Lily’s fabulous hospitality in the form of turkey lasagne and white chocolate tart…yum!

Over breakfast the next morning, we got down to talking about reading, writing, publishing and works in progress. There was still the little mystery of the missing cow to solve in our ‘bid to catch the Cowaramup Cownappers’ and time was running out. We headed out to the park to do a little investigation and left no stone unturned, but sadly, there was no sign of the missing bovine. Cows

What we did find was a whole lot of inspiration in the romantic little rural town. Jennie was thrilled it looked similar to how she imagined her town of Swallows Fall would if it were real. Lily agreed that if Tate Newell was there, he’d say it was His Brand of Beautiful.

On that note, our magical weekend of research and reveling drew to a close. We had time for one more wish before we left on our journey Wishing Wellback to Perth. We gathered around the wishing well and wished that our friendship may last forever, our respective muses would go home inspired and, wherever our writing journeys take us, we bring continued joy and satisfaction to our readers.


When Writing Friends Come To Stay: #WeekendAtLilys

Follow our writing sojourn to the South West for a #MargiesWeekend and #WeekendAtLilys

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It’s a weekend worth blogging about! I have writing friends coming for a visit. Two of them, my bestest beta-reading buddies, Jennie Jones and Juanita Kees. (Insert trumpet flourish here).

girls Jennie Jones, Juanita Kees and Lily Malone at Juanita’s place. December 2013.

Jennie and Juanita both live in Perth, so for them, they face a three-hour road-trip a-la that great movie classic, Thelma & Louise. we’ve been having a bit of fun on the whole Thelma & Louise thing but so far, I still haven’t worked out who gets to sleep with Brad Pitt.
Although… my husband *is* away for the weekend… (No, Lily! Mental slap on wrist!!)
Juanita, Jennie and I last caught up in person before Christmas 2013 at Juanita’s house. Since then, Juanita has released a new book in the Tag Raiders’ series Under Cover Of Dark and moved house; Jennie has become an Australian rural romance…

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♥ Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she’d run out of books to read, her mum handed her ‘Hot Ice’ by Nora Roberts and she instantly fell in love with romance novels.

When she’s not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games. Claire was born in Western Australia, and lives just south of Perth, with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her two grubby, but adorable Australian bulldogs. Her debut novel What Goes on Tour was published by Momentum in February 2014.

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Jennie Jones is a Welsh born Australian citizen. Jennie has lived in Western Australia for over 18 years and is married to a rugby loving New Zealander, has a WA born teenage daughter, a WA born chocolate Labrador, two WA born rescue cats, a WA born rabbit, an axolotl from goodness knows where and her daughter has an American-bred but born in Australia thoroughbred horse.

Jennie’s debut novel The House on Burra Burra Lane was published by Harlequin (Australia) digital-first imprint, Escape Publishing in June 2013 and went to trade paperback with Harlequin (Australia) MIRA in January 2014. Jennie has four more novels penned in this series, two of which will release in late 2014/early 2015.

Webpage: www.jenniejonesromance.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennie-Jones-Romance-Author/290261037740578?ref=hl

Juanita Kees is a South African born West Aussie, graduated from the Australian College QED, Bondi with a diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing, and achieved her dream of becoming a published author in 2012 with the release of her debut romantic suspense, Fly Away Peta, the prequel in the Tag Raiders series. Book 1, Under the Hood, followed in 2013 as one of the first releases from Harlequin’s digital pioneer, Escape Publishing. Book 2, Under Cover of Dark, is due for release in 2014.

Juanita works as a freelance editor assisting authors in polishing their work for submission. She escapes the real world to write stories starring spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. When she’s not writing, editing or proofreading, Juanita is the cleaning fairy and mother to three boys (hubby included, his toys are just a little more expensive). Her not-so-miniature Daschund, Sam is her critique partner and keeps her company while writing.  Juanita loves to hear from fans and would love for you to enjoy herwriting journey with her at:

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Lily Malone juggles part-time work and family with writing, and when not writing, likes gardening, walking, wine, and walking in gardens (sometimes with wine). Lily lives in Margaret River and is the author of His Brand of Beautiful and The Goodbye Ride. Her latest release is Fairway to Heaven, about love on the golf course and lust in the sand bunkers, set in the beautiful location of West Australia’s Geographe Bay.

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