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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Out now in Yours magazine!

A free a choice of three free Mills and Boon novels from Marion Lennox, Michelle Douglas and my book, Second Chance with Her Soldier. Oh, and there's a Lipton's teabag as well, so you can settle down and enjoy a lovely cuppa as you read... which is exactly how I love to imagine my readers.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Catching up...

So lately I've been busy...

I attended the Australian Romance readers Conference in Canberra, which was great fun. I shared an apartment with fabulous author Kelly Hunter. Here's a pic of Kelly at the book signing.

And here's my table minus me. Writing's a very lonely job, so it was wonderful to meet so many readers.

And we had wonderful views straight across Lake Burley-Griffin to Parliament House, which was especially interesting on Sunday morning, when all these balloons floated past.

Home again, I was busy working on revisions for The Secret Years (my editor at Penguin gave me some great suggestions) while also keeping an eye on Cyclone Nathan, who was dancing all around us, keeping skies grey and gloomy for days.

I picked these delicate roses so he couldn't have them, but in the end he took off without worrying us, which was good.

Yesterday, after sending off the revised manuscript, I decided to do something with our abundance of chokos, so I made bacon and curried choko soup.

  Which was surprisingly tasty. I shouldn't mention the mess the chokos made of my hand, but intensive hand cream has made a big difference already.

Now, I'm getting ready to go away again, this time on a writing retreat to the Gold Coast, so important decisions about clothes are being made, although of course, I'll be packing books and my laptop, too.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My fourth Penguin

This week I sent off the manuscript for my latest Penguin offering. It still amazes me that I can email all those pages and they arrive three states away in a matter of seconds. Now, fingers crossed...

Friday, January 30, 2015

So what am I working on now?

I'm moving into the final stages of a new book for Penguin Australia. This story is not linked to the previous three which all featured different members of the Fairburn family. It's similar to Moonlight Plains, though, in that it is another contemporary and historical story combined, but I don't want to jinx myself by giving away too many details until it's entirely finished. I can tell you, though, that it will be called The Secret Years... and this is a collage of some of the images that have inspired me. What do you think?