Posted in Between the Pages, Kees2Create, Meet an Author

Just Add Passion


Isn’t that a great name for an emporium where the owner, Michelle Greening, is passionate? About everything.  Just Add Passion has art, books, coffee, crafts – you name it, they have it. And this beautiful, picturesque, historical building is also the venue of regular, hosted events such as WA Author Day where you can meet and greet some of WA’s finest talent.  Chat to an artist, have your favourite author sign a book, grab a coffee from the Just Add Coffee vintage caravan (it’s awesome stuff!) or browse the wide range of hand-crafted gifts inside the shop.  A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Perth’s hills.

Earlier in March, I was honoured to be a guest at WA Author Day, along with some truly awesome local talent like Jennie Jones, Anne Marlene Kuhn and Demelza Carlton. It was a small crowd but we had an amazing day. In between signing books and chatting to readers, we drank tea and coffee, ate cake and sandwiches, laughed a lot and talked some more. Michelle is a warm and friendly hostess, and a generous soul. I think all of us came away richer for the experience.

Thanks to Michelle, you can now purchase signed copies of Home to Bindarra Creek and Finding Paradise at Just Add Passion gift emporium.

About Just Add Passion:

Photo courtesy of Just Add Passion

Situated in Stoneville, just 3 minutes from Mundaring, you will find an adorable little old house with a rich history, now acting as a Book, Gift & Art Emporium. We are an Emporium full of delightful handmade treasures and an ever growing range of WA Authors books. The added touch of our permanent coffee van, which you will find situated out the front of our gorgeous building, is quite unique in itself. Next time you visit our little slice of heaven, why not indulge yourself and enjoy a beverage with perhaps a delectable homebaked treat on our lovely front deck, while taking in the beautiful ambient surrounds and then browse the many rooms, behind the Purple Curtain, at your leisure. Read More…

Featured Books at WA Author Day:

The quiet suburb of Oakleigh may never be the same again. Not as long as the gods are in town…

From the shores of Mykonos to Melbourne Australia, Arian and Ajax find that sometimes in life or death true love is worth fighting for.
Arian Kendrick has always felt she doesn’t quite fit in. On holiday in Mykonos she rescues a little girl from drowning and discovers powers she didn’t know she had. As her long-dormant mystical talents blossom, so does her heart when she meets Ajax, the handsome, mysterious Greek-Melbournian who swears he is destined to be in her life.

When fate brings together two lost souls, it’s time to leave the shadows behind and come home to Bindarra Creek…

With rejuvenation of her small home town in the pipeline, Park Ranger, Alice Pritchard has no choice but to let go of the past. Dan Molyneaux roars into her life in his high-powered V8 and reopens the Riverside Pub, forcing her to face her ghosts, his possum problem, Curly the cockatoo who swears like a sailor, Old Man Jake who’s appointed himself caretaker of the property, and Grandad Charlie who’s determined to find her the man he thinks she deserves. Alice would love to ignore them all and keep living in the cocoon she’s created for herself in sleepy Bindarra Creek, but fate has other plans for her.

Actress Edie Granger is in a spot of trouble.

When a big–time producer threatens to ruin her career–and possibly the rest of her life–she flees to her remote hometown in the Snowy Mountains and opens a theatre to put on her comedy whodunnit Who Shot the ProducerEdie is suddenly centre stage in the biggest role of her life. Can she pull it off ? And can Ryan ensure everyone survives to make it to the curtain call?

Three sisters. An absent prince who promised to protect them. And the wolf is at the door…

When war breaks out, Rudolf promises Portia and her sisters he will protect them. But his father falls in battle, and Rudolf is forced to return home to command his father’s armies.
Shifting alliances turn Portia and her family from friends to sworn enemies. To win the war, Rudolf must conquer her home, and risk losing her forever.
When the wolf is at the door, who will win – love or war?

A true story of courage, faith, love and tragedy…

Ice Cream in the Desert is a journey into the hearts and minds of an Australian family struggling to survive in the most isolated desert regions of Australia during the 1900’s. Based on real events, it is a story that is filled with faith, adventure and tragedy. Most of all, it is a story about the ability of the human spirit to channel strength from an unconquerable source of love.

 

Posted in A Wongan Creek Story, Australian Rural Romance, Books by Juanita Kees, Kees2Create, Secrets at Wongan Creek

Still Waters Run Deep in Wongan Creek


Today is release day for my rural romance, Secrets at Wongan Creek. Since it contains elements of suspense, I knew that when I told Tameka’s story, there would be a mixed bag of reviews. This book might not appeal to everyone, and that was something I understood even as Tameka’s story unfolded on the page.

The long-reaching effects of difficult relationships, whether physical or emotional, is not something everyone will understand. So this story was written for, and is dedicated to, those who will never truly be able to answer the question everyone will ask a victim of domestic violence—why did she stay? Some will almost certainly find her circumstances confronting, sometimes even a little frustrating. Imagine then how Tameka felt.

Domestic violence is a confronting subject, one that more often than not gets swept under the carpet. So why then did I choose such a deep and often misunderstood conflict for Tameka’s character? The answer is simple: because monsters like Louis Chalmers exist and Tameka, more than anyone, deserved a chance to love and be loved, to find a safe haven within which to rebuild her life, with a man who would love her unconditionally.

Many will wonder (and maybe even be annoyed at) why she didn’t just walk away. Louis wasn’t her husband, there was nothing to hold her to him except her love for the farm, the boy next door and the hope that one day her mother would come home.

When writing this story, I did extensive research on the reasons why adult survivors continue relationships with abusive parents. I hope that you will find it in your hearts to understand as Tameka goes through the healing process after long-buried secrets surface in Wongan Creek. That you will learn to love her and cheer her on as she emerges from the past that has kept her prisoner. Most of all, I hope you’ll fall in love with Harley, Tameka and Loki.

My Pledge: I will donate 50c to White Ribbon Australia for every copy of Secrets at Wongan Creek sold until November 25th, 2017. I hope you’ll come on board with me. Find it at your favourite etailer here.

Blurb:

Still waters run deep in Wongan Creek…

When spray drift ruins his crop and throws his ability to hold on to the family farm into question, Harley Baker wants to confront his neighbour and shout his rage and worry to the sky. But arguments are tricky when the woman whose herbicides killed his crop is also the woman he’s loved his whole life.

Tameka Chalmers knows that her father’s farming methods are outdated, inefficient, and even dangerous, so when Harley charges her with the loss of his livelihood, she can only accept the blame. There’s so much she would like to do differently, but her father’s rule is absolute and if she wants to keep working the farm she loves, she must do as she’s told.

But the simple action of speaking with Harley, the man she wants but can never have, starts an unexpected chain reaction of events that throw everything she’s ever known into question: her past, her family, her life. Dark secrets come to light and when Tameka is injured in a house fire, she and Harley have one small chance to seize a lifetime of happiness, if only they are able to rise from the ashes and claim it.