Word of Mouth TV appearance, and WIN a huge book pack!

I am delighted to be a featured author on Australia’s first online television series about food and books, Word of Mouth TV, hosted by Kate Forsyth and SL Mills!

Click HERE to watch!

Screen Shot 2018-11-18 at 7.38.46 pmKate, Sarah and I talk about the inspiration behind Three Gold Coins, the biggest challenges in writing the darker, difficult themes inside the story, and the absolute joys of Italian food and romantic heroes!

Kate serves up my scrumptious Tuscan white bean soup, we drink vino and I share the rather amazing moment that led to my big breakthrough into a writing career.

The whole episode is shot in Kate’s fabulous home in Sydney and we had a very long Italian feast indeed. (It is quite dark when we finish!)

You can also win a huge pack of my books, plus a copy of Matt Moran’s cookbook too.

Screen Shot 2018-11-18 at 7.43.33 pm Click HERE to find out how to win this bunch of delicious books.

Best of luck!

Win a Manuscript Assessment with Annette Barlow!

Annette Barlow is auctioning herself! She has worked at Allen & Unwin as an editor and a publisher for over 25 years. Annette teaches at Faber Academy at A&U and is in charge of the annual Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. This is your rare opportunity to win her attention to get invaluable feedback on your work in progress!

PS you also help farmers, with money raised going to Rural Aid.

You can find more information and bidding details on eBay at https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com.au%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F332828513395

Round 1 Ebay Auctions, Now Live!

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Bid now for a manuscript assessment with:
 
Publisher/Author Sophie Green
 
Author Michael Trant
 
Author Jenn J McLeod

Win Writing Mentoring for Family History or Community Stories, or Young People Writing Fiction, with Author Melinda Tognini

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This is a special auction in our fundraiser to raise funds for Buy a Bale. Author Melinda Tognini is offering up to ten hours of mentoring for you or your family or community group. Being interested in the ‘hidden stories’ of our society, Melinda would love to work with you to help you get your story down on paper.

Melinda is also happy to work with young people who are writing fiction.

Here is some information about Melinda and what she is offering.

If you have a story to tell, then make sure you keep following along and bid, bid, bid to win Melinda’s attention!

Melinda’s offer will be on eBay in the THIRD round of auctions, starting 19 October 6pm.

Welcome, Melinda!

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Bio: Melinda Tognini is the author of Many Hearts, One Voice: the story of the War Widows’ Guild, and has been teaching and running workshops for more than 20 years. She is passionate about telling ‘invisible’ stories and empowering others to find their voice.

Why are you excited to mentor? Other than wanting to help our farmers, I love sharing what I’ve learned from listening to people’s stories, and researching community, local history and family history projects.

Genres: family history, community, history, autobiography, biography, general non-fiction.

Length of mentorship: up to 10 hours (reading and mentoring)

Communication: phone, email, Skype, in person

Reply time: by negotiation

Auction reserve: $149

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Interested? Of course you are! Stay tuned by following me on Facebook, Twitter or here on this blog to make sure you get all the news in the lead up to this exciting event!

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AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon (www.josephinemoon.com) to band together fellow authors from around the country to help with drought relief fundraising for Australian farmers. All money raised goes to BUY A BALE (registered charity, http://www.buyabale.com.au).

(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)

Win a Manuscript Assessment with Author Jenn J McLeod

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The first of our wonderful Australian authors who has donated her time to raise funds for Buy a Bale and help an aspiring writer at the same time is our very own nomadic writer Jenn J McLeod. Here is some information about Jenn and what she is offering.

If you have been working on a manuscript and want the chance to win first class feedback and maybe even find your work in front of the right people who can make your dream come true, then make sure you keep following along and bid, bid, bid to win Jenn’s attention!

Jenn’s offer will be on eBay in the FIRST round of auctions, starting 15 October, 6pm.

Welcome, Jenn!

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Bio: Australia’s nomadic novelist is best known her four Seasons novels, including House for all Seasons (the #5 Best Selling Debut Novel in 2013). Her fifth novel, A Place to Remember, was published in 2018 by Head of Zeus (UK) and is available world-wide.

http://www.jennjmcleod.com

Why are you excited to do this? How could I not support this cause? Travelling around the country in a caravan since 2014, I’ve been up close and personal to the challenges country-based communities face every day. The most testing, like drought, are Mother Nature’s doing, while some are man’s doing, like closing down libraries in order to channel funds elsewhere. I love that my small-town bookish tours, and books in general, can bring a little joy and let readers escape. I also love paying forward what I’ve learned about the curious and cryptic biz that is publishing with regionally-based writers.

Genres: Preferred: women’s fiction, romance and family saga

Submission length: Up to the first 30 pages (or so) submitted electronically (preferred): using MSWord (or a compatible text document that uses Track Changes), 12 pt Times New Roman font, A4 double spaced with 1 inch margins) with the following information: working title and genre, intended market (mainstream print/digital only), no. of POV characters, word count (actual or anticipated), a half-page outline/synopsis/blurb.

Communication: Includes reading and general assessment of the manuscript, followed by on-on-one by phone (at a mutually-agreeable time, TBC).

Reply time: Within two months (Submissions via post may take longer.)

Auction reserve: $149

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Interested? Of course you are! Stay tuned by following me on Facebook, Twitter or here on this blog to make sure you get all the news in the lead up to this exciting event!

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AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon (www.josephinemoon.com) to band together fellow authors from around the country to help with drought relief fundraising for Australian farmers. All money raised goes to BUY A BALE (registered charity, http://www.buyabale.com.au).

(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)

Win a Manuscript Assessment with Sophie Green, publisher.

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The first of our wonderful Australian publishers who has donated her time to raise funds for Buy a Bale and help an aspiring writer at the same time is none other than the wonderful Sophie Green. Here is some information about Sophie and what she is offering.

If you have been working on a manuscript and want the chance to win first class feedback and maybe even find your work in front of the right people who can make your dream come true, then make sure you keep following along and bid, bid, bid to win Sophie’s attention!

Sophie’s offer will be on eBay in the FIRST round of auctions, starting 15 October, 6pm.

Welcome, Sophie!

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Bio: Sophie Green is an author, editor and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names.

Why are you excited to do this? It’s always wonderful to have the opportunity to see new writing, and as an editor I love having the chance to work on the structure of manuscripts.

Genres: no science fiction, horror or fantasy

Submission length: Any, up to whole manuscript

Communication: Phone and email

Reply time: up to three months

Auction reserve: $390

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Interested? Of course you are! Stay tuned by following me on Facebook, Twitter or here on this blog to make sure you get all the news in the lead up to this exciting event!

____________________

AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon (www.josephinemoon.com) to band together fellow authors from around the country to help with drought relief fundraising for Australian farmers. All money raised goes to BUY A BALE (registered charity, http://www.buyabale.com.au).

(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)

Gilberta’s Pasta Recipe

If you have read Three Gold Coins you may remember the pasta making scene with Gilberta. The character of Gilberta is a fictional one but she is lovingly named after the real Gilberta (Sangiorgi Nuccitelli Gilberta), who taught us how to make pasta when we were on retreat in Tuscany. Here are some photos and Gilberta’s recipe, as she gave it to us. I have written the method as best I can remember of the great pasta making day.

Gilberta’s Maltagliati Pasta

Ingredients

1 kilogram of Grano Duro Wheat, Type 00 (double zero), plus more if necessary when kneading

10 eggs

Extra water if needed.

Method, part one

  • Either use a plastic bowl or a wooden cutting board. Make a well in the centre of the flour, add the eggs and fold in with your hands.
  • If the mixture is too dry, add sprinkles of water if necessary.
  • Knead until the mixture has the consistency of your ear lobe. It should be stretchy but spring back. Sprinkle more flour if it’s too sticky.
  • Let it rest for ten (Italian) minutes. This is a good chance to drink some wine. 🙂

 

Method, part two

  • You need to have plenty of space to roll out the pasta and leave it to dry. The pasta sheets can’t be on top of each other or they will stick. Use a cotton cloth to lay the pasta out on because it will absorb whatever scent you put it on.
  • Cut off a slice of pasta and squeeze it to the thickness you need to put it through the pasta press.
  • You ideally need two people—one to feed the press and the other to catch sheets at the other end.
  • Flour between the sheets so they don’t stick to each other.
  • If the pasta breaks, roll it up again and put back through the pasta press.
  • Dry the pasta sheets for ten (Italian) minutes.
  • When it’s dry, cut or tear it into smaller pieces then boil as you would normally boil pasta.
  • Serve with your favourite sauce and homemade table wine.