Thursday, October 01, 2015

My new love affair with spring...

I've written here before about my love of autumn and winter. Living in the tropics, we brace ourselves for summer (as opposed to em-bracing it) or we head south. Summer is heat, humidity and cyclones. And spring is often uncomfortably warm... a warning of what's to come.

This spring (so far -- and I'll probably regret saying this out loud) has been glorious with beautiful cool, sunny days with a light breeze. Perfect weather for being outdoors --which is something of a problem for a writer on a deadline.

But as gardening is my main form of exercise, it's important. Right?

And this spring I've been indulging in my love of dainty, romantic flowers. I've planted them in the ground.

In pots.
 And in hanging baskets.

 I've even planted them around the fishpond (currently minus fish, but granddaughters are coming and that will be rectified).

And I'm loving their generous showy display.

What are you doing this spring? Or autumn if you're on the other side of the globe?

Monday, September 21, 2015

This week in YOURS magazine...

I talk about my late start in writing and how I persisted in spite of rejections.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Secret Years book trailer...

I was lucky enough to win the making of a book trailer for The Secret Years. Gabrielle Battistell of Trailermade Production has done a wonderful job of distilling one hundred and eleven thousand words into a few poignant images and telling phrases. What do you think?


Thursday, September 03, 2015

It's spring again...

I have to confess I'm someone who's sad to see the end of winter. After living in the tropics for most of my adult life, winter has become my favourite season, especially now we're in the mountains and can enjoy a wood fire. Such a novelty!

But of course, spring is also lovely and brings new pleasures. Our garden is currently full of birds, attracted to the flowering grevilleas and bottle brush. They can be very noisy at times, but it's a wonderful sound.

And all kinds of flowers are popping up. Little white daisies, hippeastrums and day lilies. And the hanging baskets are starting to look pretty.

The other best thing about spring for me is that it marks the release of my new book The Secret Years. You can order a signed copy here.

There have been some lovely early reviews and I was rather chuffed that the editors at iBooks selected The Secret Years for their Best Books of the Month feature. A huge honour! Here's a link to the editors' comments .

I've also been invited to post on some other blogs about this book, so here are the links if you'd like to check out some of the background to this story.

Ten Terrifying Questions, Booktopia...

On writing dual time lines for Booktopia.

Where my story ideas come from with Australian Rural Romance... 

Military aspects of The Secret Years on Annie Seaton's blog...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Winter weather...

 No snow here in FNQ, but cold misty mornings where I am in the highlands.

We're certainly enjoying the fire, which is still a novelty after all those years in Townsville.

 And don't you love the creative woodpile our friend has made at Paluma?

In writing news, There are one hundred copies of The Secret Years coming for me to sign for Booktopia. The release date  is getting closer!!!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Ruby news

Lovely news that Moonlight Plains is a finalist in the long romance category of the Romantic Book of the Year award (fondly referred to a the RUBY) run by Romance Writers of Australia.

The award winner will be announced during the RWAust conference in Melbourne in August.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Exciting News!

I'm now working on the copy edits for The Secret Years which means the release date of August 26th is inching closer and the book is now available for pre-order on all the usual online sites. Here's the cover. What do you think?

I'm still gulping that my publishers are giving it a Guaranteed Great Read sticker -- quite wonderful to know they have so much faith in this story.

Here's the blurb:

When Lucy Hunter stumbles upon her grandfather Harry's World War II memorabilia, she finds a faded photograph of a stunning young woman known simply as 'George' and a series of heartfelt letters. They are clues about the secret years, a period of Lucy's family history that has been kept a mystery . . . until now.
How did a cattleman from north Queensland find forbidden love with the Honourable Georgina Lenton of London and persuade her to move to his isolated outback property? And why are the effects of this encounter still reverberating in the lives of Lucy and her mother, Rose, now?
As the passions of the past trickle down the years, three generations of one family pull together. Each must learn in their own way how true love can conquer the greatest challenges of all.
From the wild beauty of the Australian bush to England's rugged south coast, this is a deeply moving story of heartbreak, heroism and homecoming by a beloved, multi-award-winning author.
Praise for Barbara Hannay
'A sprawling love story set in the stunning north Queensland hinterland – this is Barbara Hannay at her best.' Queensland Country Life
'A story that will have you laughing one moment and in tears the next.' Talking Books
'Seamlessly weaves together a story of love lost and gained. Another delightful rural romance.' Book'd Out