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Bittersweet Bucket List

This #RovingWriter finally got to be Miss Philadelphia. (You know the one… Nancy Cato’s All The Rivers Run. Sigrid Thornton played the character in the 1980’s mini series of the same name.) It’s been a dream of mine to visit Echuca, to traverse that ancient wharf, to board the same wood-fired steamer, and to travel the Mighty Murray to the pulse of paddles and the huffing and puffing of pistons.

Two years ago, I heard about P.S. Pevensey (that it was the steamer used in the mini series) and if that was not exciting enough, I was told EVERY, yes EVERY, passenger gets a ticket – even the fur-kids. So, I made a promise to the one-eyed Dude dog at that time. I told her we’d take a boat trip together along the Murray.

Sadly, it’s taken two years to get to Echuca (on the NSW/Vic border) and as you may know, we lost the bravest dog in the world last year. So it was with sad hearts that we decided to go ahead and take a trip on the dog-friendly P.S. Pevensey anyway.

After telling our sad story to the lovely lady in the Discovery Centre, she gave us a canine ticket for our dearly departed ‘dog in a box’.

Canine Tickets for special passengers

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the lady took the time to write the date on the ticket, we realised the significance. While not planned, May 10 is one year – to the day – that we said goodbye to the Dude dog after 14 years with us. Suddenly, the much-anticipated trip turned bittersweet.

The one-eyed Dude dog, Daiquiri

Feeling miserable, what did we see? Bella.

What a joy. Here she is aboard and with Mum, Leanne. (I was itching for a puppy cuddle. I even had a sneaky cry.)

Once we disembarked, Bella’s family stopped with us at the Star Hotel for lunch – and some water from a wine goblet!

 

I’ve always believed some people come into our lives for a season and some for a reason. A  massive thank you to Keith and Leanne and Bella for sharing the trip and the pizza afterwards. I believe we were meant to meet today. Safe travels!

ABOUT THE BOOK: If you are interested in Nancy Cato’s novel – Booktopia has All The Rivers Run.

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Jenn’s #WriteRoundOz Book Tour – NSW

The long way to Mudgee Readers Festival – a big literary event in a small town.

Mudgee 2016 opening drinks

Opening night: with organiser Portia Lindsay

And what fun! From opening night drinks and mingling with *warning: name-dropping ahead*: Kate Forsyth, Charlotte Wood, Jane Caro, David Dyer, and more) books and bookish types took over the pretty streets of Mudgee, where every second shop is a cafe and every second person a book (or wine) lover.

Officially, I was there as a presenter and I talked ‘Books With Heart’ with Amy Andrews, Alissa Callen and Charlotte Nash (about how the heart finds its way into all sorts of books: fiction, memoir, medical, sporting stories, even . . . cook books!! A robust cab sav is required in such instances! That’s ‘offal’ I know! ) We stuck mostly to fictional hearts: hearts that flutter, bang, burst, pound, race, tear, rip, break, swell, jump, thump, beat, bleed and skip and love, hate, ache, sigh, melt, palpitate, sink, shatter, somersault, radiate, glow, embrace, adore and feel. We discussed how hearts talk to us and betray us; become our weakness and our strength; and make us spontaneous and (according to the character in my next book) sometimes makes us wait.

Laughing about serial killers in the outback!

Laughing about serial killers in the outback!

Then, for something a little different, I had a few laughs with Candice Fox about outback serial killers and psychopaths. In fact I asked Candice for her thoughts on the most effective means of warding of potential psychopaths from my caravan door while free camping. I offered her a list of strategies:

  1. Leave out a pair of size 11 work boots and an empty box of bullets?
  2. Set up a chunky dog chain and a big, empty dog bowl—the words STILL HUNGRY visible on the bottom?
  3. Or a sign that tells the truth: “Beware – two angry, menopausal women on board?”

(Yes, she thought #3 might work, too.)

While the welcome was warm (the atmosphere too) the temps were a tad chilly. (Minus 2 over night.)

Despite it being winter, Mudgee was a great destination. But …

Of course my book tour of NSW started well before Mudgee. We took the long road, starting with the launch of book four – The Other Side of the Season – at my home base – The Coffs Coast and after that a whole lot of small towns.

Nambucca was niceCoffs Advocate_2 TOSOTS

May 19, 2016
Author talk: Nambucca Library
Lots of lovely local media.

Coffs Harbour was commemorative The Book Warehouse 2016

May 25, 2016
Library Event/Official Launch
Book number 4 of my Season Collection with more
 great PRINT MEDIA and a book signing at The Book Warehouse.

MOREE was magnificent

Catching up with Nicole Alexander and Greg Barron.

Catching up with Nicole Alexander and Greg Barron.

July 9, 2016
Library Event and a catch up with Nicole and Greg

DIGITAL MEDIA Moree Champion

and Local businesses got on board.

Big Sky Libraries online newsletter

Moree Plains Shire Council (online)

 Moree Champion (print and online)

COONABARABRAN was a little crazy

July 19, 2016
Only because I gatecrashed the local book club discussion! What fun!

TAMWORTH was terrific

Tamworth crowd

Tamworth crowd

July 23, 2016
Library Event – huge turnout. They made me feel like a star, even without a guitar!
RADIO CHAT ON 88.9 FM (Pulse)
TV News coverage – NBN: NSW Western District CLICK to Play
Articles: PRINT and DIGITAL MEDIA: Northern Daily Leader article and Northern Daily Leader f/u story

DUBBO was adorable (I’m talking meerkats at the zoo!)

August 6, 2016
Book Store/Book Signing: The Book Connection: SOLD OUT of stock!Dubbo phot news 2

PRINT MEDIA (two pages): Dubbo PhotoNews Magazine Dubbo photo news 1

Advertorial mention by The Book Connection

August 7, 2016
Special Author Event: Jenn J McLeod – In conversation @ Red Earth Vineyard (yes, there was wine). (Dubbo retweets)

Meerkat on log

Meerkat with no idea I was a famous author

Dubbo Tweets

Dubbo Tweets

MUDGEE READERS FESTIVAL was amazingMudgee mention

August 13 and 14, 2016
PRINT/DIGITAL MEDIA: : Guardian Festival features Jane Caro and Jenn J McLeod
And pre-event PRINT MEDIA: Discover Magazine
Massive social media coverage by MRF

NEWCASTLE was noteworthy
(I mean, seriously, look at the size of the poster!)

THAT's not a poster...

Now THAT’s a poster…

August 20, 2016
Book signing: Big W, Charlestown (biggest shopping centre EVA!)

 

Back to NAMBUCCA

Elizabeth's Turning Pages on 2NVR Radio

Elizabeth’s Turning Pages on 2NVR Radio

August 25, 2016
RADIO interview: 2NVR Radio – Elizabeth’s Turning Pages.

So, there you have it.

 

 

 

And home in time to remember Mum on her birthday and share Father’s Day with Dad.

Oh, and by the way… If you are into stats, we did around 3,200 kms and fed the beast about $650.00 in diesel. While it was a great experience and fun, I do hope my tour helped to get my name out there and I found some more lovely readers. Word of mouth is the best compliment. (Have you told someone today about the last great book you read?)

#WriteRoundOz w/ Kayte Nunn (giveaway)

Rose's Vintage Kayte NunnAs I travel around this beautiful country in my caravan, I sometimes get to ‘go home’. I’m heading to my childhood to see…Kayte Nunn on Sydney’s breezy northern beaches.

Kayte NummThank you for letting my park my rig on your… 

Front lawn.

What’s that I see written on your ‘welcome mat’? 

Did you bring the wine?

(You never have to ask!)

Now…

 

 

Downsizing my life into a 24 ft caravan meant leaving lots of things behind in boxes. What (or who!!) would you have trouble leaving behind if you took off in a caravan?

My (admittedly dwindling) wine collection. My KitchenAid Stand Mixer (well, in my dreams I have one. The reality is a battered hand mixer, but it still turns out great cakes).

Whose home would you like to visit in your caravan and why?

I’d park it outside Eddie Redmayne’s house just for the pleasure of seeing his beautiful cheekbones every day. Alternatively, I’d park it outside John Denver’s ranch (yes, I know he’s dead but I bet he lives on a ranch in heaven), and ask him to sing Annie’s Song to me.

Do you REALLY have room at your house to park a fifth wheeler caravan and do you mind visitors? (Oh, sorry, you don’t have to answer that one!!) 

Country curiosities…

My latest novel, Season of Shadow and Light, has a strong horse theme. (I love what horses can teach us). If you were an animal what would you be?

A giraffe. They are so tall they can reach the highest branches, they have gorgeous long eyelashes and move with a lanky elegance (quite the opposite of me!).

You’re cooking and your food going up against the best cooks from the CWA (Country Women’s Association). What would be your winning dish?

Cake. Cake and more cake. I love to bake. I’ve just got a batch of caramel date cupcakes out of the oven, actually. Procrasti-baking is what I do best when I am supposed to be writing.

About you…

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Sitting down at the computer – see procrasti-baking, above.

If someone was to write your biography, what do you think the title should be?

Because all the recent bestsellers have the word ‘the girl’ in them (The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, the Girl in the Red Coat): The Girl Who Loved Cake (and wine).

Favourite four…

Favourite place in Australia: Whitehaven beach. I have been there twice and always come away wishing I had more time there.

Favourite holiday destination: Anywhere where the sun is shining and there’s blue water or plenty of powder snow.

Favourite movie: Before Sunrise.

Favourite quote: ‘Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.’  ~  Marianne Williamson

If I said to you, “Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk,” what would you do?

I’d read poetry to you – the First World War poets probably, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke…

Time for… Fact or fiction. (Giveaway)

Kayte, you’re a fiction writer. How about you tell us a secret and we’ll guess if it’s true or not. Every comment goes into the draw.

Okay, folks, to go into the draw to win a print copy of Rose’s Vintage* take a stab – fact or fiction?

“The heroine, Rose, in Rose’s Vintage is really me.”

(* Aust postal addies only – sorry o/s folk.)

Connect with Kayte:

Website: www.kaytenunn.com

#WriteRoundOz w/ Aoife Clifford

all_these_perfect_strangers_1 copy Aoife (pron. EE-fa h)= Accolades…

nicholaspurcellstudio-aoife-101 copy… and there are numerous already … even before All These Perfect Strangers was released by Simon & Schuster on 1 March. 

Thank you for letting my park my rig on your…

…street! Sorry our driveway is too narrow but many a tradies’ van has scrapped itself on the wall and I’d hate that to happen to your lovely caravan.

What’s that I see written on your ‘welcome mat’? 

Nothing. I’ve hidden the GO AWAY I’M WRITING one to look more hospitable.

Downsizing my life into a 24 ft caravan meant leaving lots of things behind in boxes. What (or who!!) would you have trouble leaving behind if you took off in a caravan?

The idea of living in a caravan with three kids sounds like a fun adventure but we wouldn’t be able to bring my daughter’s goldfish or her beehive (which will be turning up any day).

Whose home would you like to visit in your caravan and why?

Mariella Frostrup to see what she’s reading, Gita Sereny to talk about human nature and Tina Fey for the laughs (will a caravan fit in a New York apartment?)

(I’d give it a try!!)

Country curiosities…

My current novel, Season of Shadow and Light, has a strong horse theme. (I love what horses can teach us). If you were an animal what would you be?

Definitely a cat because I have an excellent grumpy face.

You’re cooking and your food going up against the best cooks from the CWA (Country Women’s Association). What would be your winning dish?

As I was raised in the country I know the standard so I’m expecting to lose this one but I’ll go all out and make my chocolate mousse topped with passionfruit jelly covered in a layer of white chocolate. Looks more complicated than it is, tastes divine and I’ll eat it when nanna beats me with her scones.

(Yum! May be worth a few scrapes on the van.)

About you…

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

First drafts

 If someone was to write your biography, what do you think the title should be?

It’s Never Too Late

 

Favourite four…

Favourite place in Australia: Melbourne (that’s why I live here)

Favourite holiday destination: Never been to Paris but I’m prepared to make the sacrifice. How about next July?

Favourite movie: Don’t have one but my daughters love The Princess Bride and I’m quite happy to watch it for the hundredth time.

Favourite quote: ‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.’ Oscar Wilde

Congratulations on your achievements already with All These Perfect Strangers.

Thank you for joining my #WriteRoundOz blog, Aoife, and for giving away a copy of your book.

Buy the eBook NOW from Amazon OR a PRINT copy from Booktopia

Connect with Aoife: aoifeclifford.com and on Twitter: @aoifejclifford.

GIVEAWAY… CLOSED WINNER ‘Delores’ contacted. Thank you everyone for commenting.

You’re a fiction writer. Tell us a secret (any secret – about you, your books, etc) and we’ll guess if it’s true or not.

In the first chapter of my book All These Perfect Strangers I quote a study that says despite people being advised by the police of the right to remain silent, the vast majority of people don’t, which suggests that we find it hard to keep secrets.

Dear readers: Is that fiction or real? Tell us what you think and go into the draw to win a copy of All These Perfect Strangers.

Folks, leave a comment below and Simon & Schuster will send you a copy – hot off the presses. (*Australia and New Zealand postal addresses. Blame Australia Post for making mailing so darn expensive).

Read the Read Round Oz review of All These Perfect Strangers here

#WriteRoundOZ w/ Susanne Bellamy

2011 - headshots HOTO_HH_rszAt home with… Susanne Bellamy 

Welcome to my home, Jenn!

Hi Susanne, thank you for letting me park my rig on your…ahh…

Home on the range?!  (Yes, I guess you are right up there. I remember the spectacular, although very misty, morning view. But I will NOT be parking in your driveway!)

 

What’s that I see written on your ‘welcome mat’?

Come in for wine and good conversation.

 

Downsizing my life into a 24 ft caravan meant leaving lots of things behind in boxes. What (or who!!) would you have trouble leaving behind if you took off in a caravan?

Hubby and a supply of books and notebooks (or laptop and charger!). And a stash of salt and vinegar chips.

Whose home would you like to visit in your caravan and why? 

Shirley Wine – she lives in a stunningly beautiful part of New Zealand that I want to explore. Of course, my caravan will be able to fly across the Pacific Ocean, carried beneath a hundred colourful hot air balloons.

(Of course. I, too, have done this! Have some more wine…)

 

Country curiosities…

My latest novel, Season of Shadow and Light, has a strong horse theme. (I love what horses can teach us). If you were an animal what would you be?

An eagle. I’d love to have that view of the world. My husband gave me a hot air balloon flight for my last birthday and I’m looking forward to taking it in a couple of weeks!

You’re cooking and your food going up against the best cooks from the CWA (Country Women’s Association). What would be your winning dish?

Main meal: Lasagne

Dessert: Pears poached in red wine

About you…

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Planning! I start with a broad outline but as I get to know my characters, they shanghai my plans. Followed by the title. My husband came up with ‘Heartbreak Homestead’!

If someone was to write your biography, what do you think the title should be?

Give a Woman Half a Chance and a Single Malt and Stand Out of Her Way.

You’re a fiction writer. Tell us a secret (any secret – about you, your books, etc) and we’ll guess if it’s true or not.

I featured as a dancer in a television special when colour TV burst onto our screens in the 70s.

Favourite four…

Favourite place in Australia: Aside from home? Melbourne

Favourite holiday destination: Italy, especially if I can return to Amalfi and Sicily.

Favourite movie: Casablanca

Favourite quote: “We’ll always have Paris.” (Of course!)

If I said to you, “Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk,” what would you do?

I know you love dogs so I’d bring Freya (our German Shepherd) in and show you her tricks. (Yay! Perfect.)

Time for… Fact or fiction?

You’re a fiction writer. Spin us a yarn and we’ll guess if it’s true or not.

Did Susanne feature as a dancer in a television special when colour TV burst onto our screens in the 70s?

True or fiction, folks? 

About Heartbreak Homestead – out 1 March 2016

After her brother’s death, the last thing Lizzy Wilmot wants to do is to return to her family’s property but Alex Carter, his former business partner, needs her help to locate some missing files. Alex doesn’t trust Lizzy and the feeling is mutual but when they find themselves back at the homestead in the midst of a bitter custody battle for Lizzy’s baby nephew, sparks begin to fly.

Who is trying to harm Lizzy?

Can they both learn that trust will overcome heartbreak?

Heartbreak Homestead (Hearts of the Outback Book 2) eBook

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Laura wins an ebook copy of Just One Kiss (Hearts of the Outback Book 1) eBook Just tell us:

Want to know more or connect? You can find Susanne at the following:

  1. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/susanne.bellamy.7
  2. Twitter https://twitter.com/SusanneBellamy
  3. Website http://www.susannebellamy.com/
  4. Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/susannebellamy/
  5. Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6869630.Susanne_Bellamy

 

#librarylove #freeandfair

Library Lovers 2016I’m a library lover. Are you?

Libraries are a place to connect. A place to feel connected.

Libraries are community and compassion – always with an ear to listen and a hand to hold.

Libraries don’t discriminate. They welcome diversity and discussion. If you walk into a library and you can’t read they’ll embrace you and admire you for your courage.

Libraries are free books – legally and morally speaking! Did you know an author receives a small payment every time someone borrows their book from a library? Borrowing a book from the library says thank you to the creator who spent 12 months writing those characters and making that book come to life. It’s free and it’s fair. #freeandfair

With council areas in some states amalgamating, and governments always looking to save money, your local library might be one of the first things to go. The way to save your local library is by frequenting it often. In doing so you’ll make your library an essential part of your community and you’ll be saying ‘thank you’ to an author and loving your local librarian.

This Saturday, February 14 is Library Lovers’ Day in Australia. Share the love.

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Jenn’s book are at libraries everywhere. Reserve one today. Or you can request your library stock Jenn J McLeod.

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#WriteRoundOz w/ Alli Sinclair

UTSS Feb 2016 Harlequinblack and white photo AlliAn intriguing book title for an author dancing her way to the top. Yes, I am at home with… Alli Sinclair from Victoria

Thank you for letting my park my rig on your….

Veggie patch.  (Oops!)

What’s that I see written on your ‘welcome mat’?

“The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Downsizing my life into a 24 ft caravan meant leaving lots of things behind in boxes. What (or who!!) would you have trouble leaving behind if you took off in a caravan?

I would have major trouble leaving my kids and partner behind (most days …), as well as my trusty laptop and iPad. And I’d definitely make sure the iPad contained all my favourite photos, movies, and books. I can’t do without those!

Whose home would you like to visit in your caravan and why?

I would love to visit my friend Daniel in London. We met in South America twenty years ago (!!) and travelled some extremely remote areas and shared lots of adventures and laughs. I haven’t seen him for ten years and I would love to meet his wife and kids.

Do you REALLY have room at your house to park a fifth wheeler caravan and do you mind visitors? Oh, sorry, you don’t have to answer that one!! 

Ha! You know the offer is always there …

(You might be sooooooooory!)

Country curiosities…

My latest novel, Season of Shadow and Light, has a strong horse theme. (I love what horses can teach us). If you were an animal what would you be?

Without a doubt a llama! I love the way they look down their noses at you and if they’re not impressed, they spit (gross, I know, but we’re talking llamas here!). The fact they have three stomach compartments is weird, and I’m a sucker for weird. Plus they come from South America, the continent of my heart.

You’re cooking and your food going up against the best cooks from the CWA (Country Women’s Association). What would be your winning dish?

Oooh, my quiche! It’s one of those “throw what you have in the house” recipes and it never fails!

(And what do you know? I love quiche.)

About you…

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

First drafts! I detest them more than anything! I’d rather stick hot pokers in my eyes … A tad dramatic? Maybe. But boy, first drafts are painful! I’d rather edit any day, thanks!

If someone was to write your biography, what do you think the title should be?

Alli Sinclair – The Unstoppable Adventurer

You’re a fiction writer. Tell us a secret (any secret – about you, your books, etc) and we’ll guess if it’s true or not.

I once visited a prison in La Paz, Bolivia.

(Okay readers. Give it your best shot. Fact or fiction?)

Favourite four…

Favourite place in Australia – The Great Ocean Road

Favourite holiday destination – Montañita, Ecuador

Favourite movie – Gah! That’s a tough one as it changes depending on my mood. Today it’s Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (never strays far from number one on my list)

Favourite quote – T.S. Eliot “Little Gidding”

“We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

If I said to you, “Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk,” what would you do?

(Need I ask? Really? I think I know.)

I’d break out into song and dance ala Gene Kelly, but if you threw things at me then I would revert to some seriously impressive break-dancing moves (although my back may not hold up!).

 

IMG_5332 copyGIVEAWAY CLOSED – winner, Mary, advised.

To celebrate the release of Alli’s new book, Under the Spanish Stars, Alli has a beautiful Spanish fan up for grabs. All you need to do is leave a comment for your chance to win! (So… Fact or fiction?)

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Published by Harlequin MIRA (Australia) http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/product/9781760374181

Under the Spanish Stars is available in print and e-book.

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