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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.


Posted in Between the Pages

The Writing Process – an Authors blog chain

A big thank you to Jennie Jones, author of House on Burra Burra Lane for inviting me to take part on this blog hop. What a great opportunity BB Print Cover_FULL 9781743567746to discover new authors to read.

Jennie Jones, Romance Author writes contemporary fiction with romance and humour at heart. Her debut novel The House on Burra Burra Lane was published with Escape Publishing in June 2013 and released in paperback with Harlequin MIRA on January 1st 2014. You can find Jennie and her book on her website:

And now to answer the challenge Jennie has set for me:

1) What am I working on?

My current work in progress is Under Cover of Dark, the story of handsome detective Mark Johnson, who made an appearance in Fly Away Peta and Under the Hood.

When Mark Johnson continues his investigation into the murder of Tiny Watts and the involvement of the teenage gang, the Tag Raiders, with sleazy lawyer, Gino Bennetti (Under the Hood), the last thing he expects is to be interviewing Gino’s widow. And it seems she’s in a world of trouble.

With her husband’s blood on her hands, Lily Bennetti has her son to protect and secrets that run deeper than the scars she bears. Mark Johnson is the last person she wants uncovering those secrets. Especially the truth about her son Luke’s involvement in Tiny Watts’ murder.

As the investigation continues and Lily’s scars heal, she finds the gorgeous detective easy to trust and the friendship between them blossoms into more. But the secret Lily holds is placing them in very real danger. She stands to lose her son, the man she loves, her freedom and quite possibly, her life.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

While my stories are mostly romance, I like to draw the reader into the lives and challenges of all the characters as they face ‘real life’ situations that carry a meaningful message. In Under the Hood, technician TJ Stevens runs an apprentice rehabilitation program for juvenile offenders in the hope of keeping them off the streets away from drugs and crime.

When Scott Devin buys a struggling car dealership in a semi-rural area in Western Australia, the last person he expects to see in charge is a stilletto-wearing, mini-skirted foreperson. Exactly the distraction a struggling, male-dominated workshop doesn’t need! But there’s more to TJ Stevens than meets the eye.

TJ Stevens has two major goals in life: to preserve her grandfather’s heritage and protect the program – and she’ll go to any lengths to do it. Scott Devin’s presence is a threat to everything she’s worked hard to achieve, so keeping him at arms length shouldn’t be a problem…or would it?

3) Why do I write what I do?

What’s not to love about the mystery of romance? While the world may not always be sunshine and rainbows, who says we can’t make our own magic to escape the harsh realities of life. We can escape to a world dreams are made of, even if only for a little while. Romance writers have brought a little hope and happiness to readers for centuries, but I’m an action and adventure kind of girl too. That’s why I write action-filled suspense with a lot of romance starring feisty heroines and loveable heroes.

4) How does my writing process work?

Tough one! I write when I can, as much as I can. An idea can strike anywhere. I do my best thinking and plotting when I’m alone in my head, write it, edit it and send it to my lovely critique partners and beta readers for feedback. I’d be lost without the people whose input polishes my stories.

Well, there you have it. Now I’m passing the baton to children’s author, Teena Raffa-Mulligan who has a talent for tales that inspire and carry wonderful messages for children of all ages. My favourite was Mad Dad For Sale – pretty cool! Here’s a little more about Teena:

Teena is a reader, writer and daydream believer. She’s been a regular visitor to the world of make-believe since her primary school days and knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. Her first published book was a stranger danger tale for young readers that was endorsed by the West Australian police and education departments of the day and used in schools around the country.  Teena writes across genres and has published picture books, a junior novel and many short stories and poems for children and adults. She shares her passion for books and writing by presenting talks and workshops to encourage people of all ages to write their own stories. Her writing life has also included a long career as a journalist and editor. Teena is convinced there is magic in every day if we choose to see it. She lives near the beach south of Perth and has three children with families of their own who provide plenty of ideas for new stories.

Teena would love for you to share her writing journey with her at: mad-dad-web1-192x300

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