So You Want to Be a Writer, podcast

Want to know my top three tips for writing? Or how I manage characters and setting? Or maybe how to manage the light and shade in a story? I share all of this and much more on episode 231 of So you Want to Be a Writer. Have you listened to the Australian Writers Centre‘s…

Movie review, I Feel Pretty

Gorgeous and joyous. Take your teenage girls, take yourself. Amy Schumer shines in this romantic comedy, with clean, smart humour and so much delight. Four stars from me.

Win Three Gold Coins in Audio

Share the love to Win! Three Gold Coins is available now as an audio book through Audible. Can you help me get it into the hands of someone who struggles to read text but would love to listen to a story? (Or indeed, if that is you, please nominate yourself!) Just tell me their name…

Win a Book Club in Box set of Three Gold Coins + Wine + Snacks!

Do you have a book club? Want to start one right now? Here is a wonderful opportunity to have your next meeting’s event delivered to your door, with 10 copies of Three Gold Coins, two bottles of wine and quality snacks, as well as reading and discussion notes and advice on how to start a…

Literary Luncheon, Surfer’s Paradise, 26th May

Hello lovelies, If you find yourself within driving distance (or hey, maybe even flying distance!) to Surfer’s Paradise next month, you might like to join me and fellow author Jenny Old at a literary luncheon at the Hilton hotel. Better yet, you can now make a weekend of it with a special discount package for…

Fancy a Writing Retreat in Tuscany? This might be your year!

As some of you may know, I discovered the story for Three Gold Coins while I was on writing retreat in Tuscany in 2016, with fellow writer and friend Vanessa Carnevale. Vanessa is once again running writing retreats in Tuscany this year and you have the chance to go! I asked Vanessa to tell us…

Sydney catch-up

Dear Sydney readers! I’ll be briefly in your beautiful city next weekend (Sunday 15th April) and I’ll be having breakfast at Three Beans cafe in Manly between 8.30 and 10am. If you would like to come for a cuppa, a chat or have your book signed, I welcome your company! (Otherwise, I’ll just scribble notes…

Tuscan White Bean Soup — Recipe from Three Gold Coins

This is one of my favourite recipes that I developed while researching and writing Three Gold Coins. Perfect for these cooling nights! Tuscan White Bean Soup Ingredients 1 large leek (or 2 small ones) 2 garlic cloves 1 potato (I use Dutch Cream potatoes all the time, just because I love them the best) 1…

Zucchini Rosemary Bread — Recipes inspired by Three Gold Coins

Continuing with food inspired by Italy (where I ate a lot of food in research for Three Gold Coins), here is my recipe for Zucchini Rosemary Bread. Enjoy!   Zucchini Rosemary Bread (GF and optional DF)   Ingredients 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 2/3 cup oil (melted ghee or coconut oil or olive oil) 3/4…

How to Throw a Tuscan Feast This Easter

Last Easter weekend, we decided to treat ourselves to a night we’d always remember: a Tuscan-inspired feast, right in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland. Everything came together to create an evening in which it felt as if a huge magic bubble of wonder and love had descended on our house and infused us all…

Blossom Water Amaretti: recipe from Three Gold Coins

Like all my books, Three Gold Coins is full of food. One of those foods is the delectable amaretti. If like me you are gluten free, the amaretti biscuit seems to be heaven sent! It’s also a great one if you’re time poor or not very confident in the kitchen. It’s sweet and chewy, freezes…