Authors for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Get out your teapots and cake tins because we’re having morning tea!

This coming Thursday, 22nd May, between 10 and 11am, I will be on Twitter, along with some super generous authors who are donating their time to chat for a cause. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is the flagship fundraising event for the Cancer Council and this year I’m hosting a morning tea live and online. Why? Because my family and life has been touched by cancer, because it’s a great cause, and because I have a toddler and, you know, toddlers and teacups don’t really mix so an online event seemed like the way to go 🙂

Here’s what you need to know.

The event page, with information and donation tab is found HERE.

How to participate:

Just log in to Twitter at 10am on Thursday, 22 May, and find me @josephine_moon and say hello. It’s that simple! The other authors will join in and it will be fast, furious and fun! Ask the authors questions about their books or their cooking, share your own photos of your cup of tea or your cake, and have a chinwag with us.

(If you’re new-ish to Twitter, have no fear! You’ll get the swing of it quickly and we’ll help you along.)

Authors Attending the Morning Tea

9781743317877Host: Josephine Moon (that’s me!). Author of The Tea Chest, a foodie fiction novel about tea, business, friendship, love and adventure. Resident of the Sunshine Coast in Qld, mother of one human child and 13 furry children, including two goats, who actually like to drink tea and eat cake and might just join us on the day. Find me @Josephine_Moon

Guest: Fleur McDonald. Author of rural romance books, with Crimson Dawn her most recent. With sales well over 130,000 Crimson-Dawnfinal-195x300copies she is one of the highest-selling authors in Australia’s ever-popular rural romance genre. Inspiration strikes her at the strangest of times. Usually it comes while she’s working on the 8000acre farm she owns and runs with her husband in south-east of Western Australia or in the earliest hours of the morning. Farms are labour intensive and all-consuming so Fleur snatches precious writing moments whenever she can … in the cab of her farm ute, between runs on the chaser bin, or during a lull in cattle work. Fleur is the real deal and lives the life she writes about, and she’ll likely be joining us with a thermos of tea from out in the paddock! Find Fleur @FleurMcDonald

Rake AmazonGuest: Anna Campbell. This Queensland author writes full time. Her sweeping, emotional historical romances are published all over the world and have won numerous awards. Her latest release is A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS (the second in the Sons of Sin series) and look out for WHAT A DUKE DARES from HarperCollins Australia in August. Find Anna @AnnaCampbellOz

Guest: Amy Andrews. Author of contemporary romance books, with Holding out for a Hero her most recent. Amy loves good HOFAHcoverbooks, fab food, great wine and frequent travel – preferably all four together. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany. Find Amy @AmyAndrewsBooks

Australian-Blue-Ribbon-Cookbook-cover-low-res-240x300Guest: Liz Harfull. Author of cookbooks, her latest being the Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook. In this follow up to the award-winning Blue Ribbon Cookbook, Liz Harfull brings together 70 tried and true recipes from some of the country’s most enthusiastic and talented show cooks. But more than that, in The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook Liz shares their heart-warming stories, and the wisdom, knowledge and generosity of spirit that brings success, even for novices. Liz will be generously sharing recipes, photos, tips and stories from award-winning show cooks around the country. Sounds like a great guest to have at morning tea! Find Liz @LizHarfull

Guest: Christina Brooke. Author of regancy romance books, with The Greatest Lover Ever her latest. Christina Brooke is aGLE AUS former lawyer who writes historical romance novels set in Regency England. She is a two-time RITA finalist and Australian Romance Readers Association nominee for favourite romance author of 2013. Her books have been translated into six languages. Christina will be joining us from a cafe somewhere with some other writer friends where they’ll be sharing some tea and cake on our behalf! Find Christina @ChrstnaBrooke


Simmering-Season-Jenn-J-McLeod-lge-195x300_f_improf_128x192Guest: Jenn J McLeod. Jenn is the author of contemporary Australian fiction, with the tagline, ‘Come home to the country… to small towns keeping big secrets.’ Her latest novel is Simmering SeasonNo stranger to embracing a second chance or trying something different, Jenn took the first tentative steps towards her tree change in 2004, escaping Sydney’s corporate chaos to buy a small cafe in the seaside town of Sawtell. Moving to the country was like coming home and she now spends her days maintaining her NSW property and writing contemporary Australian fiction—life-affirming novels of small town life and the country roots that run deep. Jenn will be joining us from the highway for morning tea so you never know what to expect! Find Jenn @JennJMcLeod



I’ve set a goal of raising $500 for this morning tea. I know that seems like a lot! But hey, I believe in aiming for the moon and maybe landing on a star 🙂 We’ve already had one generous donation of $125 to get us one quarter of the way there. But all donations add up, so if you’d like to make a contribution to this great cause you can do so online HERE.