The Winds of Change

shutterstock_107660099Hello again,

I’ve been crazy-busy of late, although I confess that I haven’t been doing ‘more of the same.’ I discovered a long time ago that the colour palette for my writing is either soft, pastel and pretty or wildly vibrant (aka what I think I should be writing and what I actually want to write.)

I followed the advice of a very wise person who told me to trust myself and my instincts and simply write the story that’s inside my head and screaming for an outlet… and to make sure I don’t overthink it! And it turns out that the stories in my head are all of the brightly coloured variety. :-)

I can always be contacted via the contact me tab above, but this might well be my last blog post on this site. When I publish more books the content will be significantly hotter and more dynamic and I’ll use a pseudonym to mark the distinction between one writing style and the next.

Like the gorgeous chameleon (pictured above) I intend to embrace my new identity and run with it. I wish you all a dash of colour and variety, good health, lots of laughter and happy reading!

Cheers,

~ Robyn

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Opposites attract

Fire and water are about as opposite as two things can be — and here in Victoria the balance is way off. Melbourne is thick with smoke and combined with the heat wave we’re in the grip of it’s quite oppressive.

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Living in a bushfire prone area requires constant vigilance and smoke (at least the kind you need a stick to beat your way through) would normally be a sign of impending doom. It’s not at the moment since the smoke is from fires further afield, but it’s disconcerting to see nothing but haze out of every window. I’ll admit to being slightly obsessed with the local fire warning website at the moment, even when I ‘should’ be writing non-stop. Just between us though, I don’t think wanting to be warned of imminent danger is necessarily a bad thing!

My heart goes out to the communities in crisis and everyone who has been affected by the recent fires. We’re incredibly lucky to have an awesome fire department who always go above and beyond.

Stay safe wherever you are and try to maintain balance in one area of your life (if not all.)

Cheers,

~ Robyn

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Enjoy the holiday season

class of 2013 006aJust popping in to say that I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and that you stay safe and well as New Year approaches. I’m off for a couple of relaxing days at the beach…

I’ve been writing in a different genre (still romance) and enjoying it immensely. It’s always good when you’re able to recapture the joy of something!

My youngest son had his primary school graduation last week and that is the picture I’ve decided to post :-)

Merry Christmas,

~ Robyn

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Refilling the well

I’ve had the most fabulous time these past few weeks. The RWAus conference was amazing!! I loved finally meeting online friends in person, and catching up with others that I’d met before but don’t see often enough. I laughed a LOT, learned a lot, and ate some incredible food. I may have accidentally flipped a sizeable chunk of solid chocolate over my shoulder in a crowded chocolateria, but I don’t think anyone noticed!

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images6On Saturday night I went with family and friends to see an Alfred Hitchcock double — Rear Window and Vertigo — at the Astor Theatre in St Kilda. The atmosphere is really special and so very different to “just” seeing a movie at a regular cinema. The (homemade) baked cheesecake was delicious!!

I went to a matinee performance today of my youngest son’s school production of Honk Jr. All of the kids did a wonderful job, and the chicken costume that we put together looked great onstage. I’d never quite imagined myself shopping for a faux fur jacket to go with red pants and a beanie, but I’ve ticked it off my to-do list and I’m very happy with the result.

Spring is here and its arrival has heralded a batch of social invitations. I tend to have a few hermit like qualities (if I have a cave/I will hole up and write) so it’s good to have an excuse to get out.

Midnight has rolled around, yet again, and I’m off to bed.

Cheers,

~ Robyn

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Romance Writers of Australia Conference

In just a few days I’ll be heading off to Fremantle (Western Australia) for the annual Romance Writers of Australia conference. This year – along with meeting some of the Aussie Indulgence authors and catching up with some lovely women I’ve met before – I’ll finally get to meet Maisey Yates and Autumn Macarthur in person after chatting with them online almost daily for years. I can’t wait!

logo_yellow_bgNext week will begin with lots of touristy things such as high tea, hiring a scooter to look around Freo, quokkas on Rottnest Island and a solo look around Perth. The conference will kick in later in the week, and I’ve brought a brand new android tablet that I have NO idea how to use. *could make for some interesting internal commentary :-)

Please join me in wishing Madeline Ash all the very best of luck for next Saturday night’s awards – she’s a finalist in the Short Sweet category of the R*BY (Romantic Book of the Year.) Her debut book Uncovered By Love is amazing!!

Internet access may well be sporadic for me – two flights of five hour duration plus a new tablet PC plus a whole new location – but I’ll do my best to be around on Wednesday for ‘my’ day of the Indulgence Scavenger Hunt. Please stop by whenever you can during the week and say hi to all of the Indulgence authors who are participating.

Cheers,

~ Robyn

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And the winner of the pink Fossil watch is…

April Renn of My Book Addiction and More is the lucky winner of the rafflecopter that ran throughout my Famously Engaged blog tour. Congratulations April!

FossilThanks to all who entered,

~ Robyn

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Name your world

All the world’s a friendly place when you name the things around you. Getting Bob (for example) to drive you where you want to go is much nicer than “just” going in an unnamed car. We have teddy bears named after famous scientists, the metal cat who holds our door open is Nevertire (because he’s always awake whenever we check on him) and we’ve even named a piece of furniture :-)

homeI’ve just moved into a house called Rozedale, and I felt right at home as soon as I saw the plaque. (A bit like Cameron Diaz when she finally arrived at Rose Cottage in The Holiday.)

Of all the houses I’ve lived in, my two favourites – the ones that I carry with me because they’ll always be special – both had names. Kiddlewick and Kennilworth. It would appear that ‘K’ names are for white weatherboard houses only!

I’m thinking now that I probably should’ve made mention of the name of Beth’s house in Famously Engaged. It has always been Eden in my mind, and it’s so named because it’s a little piece of paradise, and also because Eden was the maiden name of the woman for whom the house was built. (Beth’s great grandmother, another Bethany.)

And just to round off my musings about names… Wills and Kate have called the new baby prince, George. Whenever I’m in the mood to grant my sons royalty-status, I call them King George and King Richard. Tickets on my children, much? Maybe, but I can’t help it :-)

Cheers,

~ Robyn

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Got a rock star as a houseguest? Try baking a Caramel Apple Cake!

Beth Carlisle, my heroine in Famously Engaged, is a chef who distances herself from her problems by cooking up a storm in her commercial kitchen. The delicious smell of her Caramel Apple Cake wakes up her oh-so-famous houseguest in the middle of the night and helps to set both of their lives on a different course. Clearly this is a versatile recipe… but you can enjoy it without the company of a celebrity such as Jake Olsen – front man of award winning rock band Five Awesome Emperors.

shutterstock_82197736CARAMEL APPLE CAKE

•1 cup plain flour
•1/2 cup self-raising flour
•1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1 tsp vanilla essence
•60g butter softened
•3 eggs lightly beaten
•2 medium cooking apples, grated
•1 cup chopped walnuts
•1 cup chopped raisins

Method

Combine the sifted flour, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla essence, butter and eggs in a bowl and beat for about 3 minutes, or until mixture is smooth and pale in colour.

Stir in the apples, nuts and raisins, mixing thoroughly.

Spread the mixture into a greased and base-lined 20cm cake pan, and bake in a moderate oven for about 50 minutes, or until cooked when tested. Stand in the pan for five minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool. Just before serving, dust with sifted icing sugar.

*THIS yummy caramel apple cake recipe was featured in The Weekly Times on March 8th 2013 and was sent in by Maureen May of Alexandra in Victoria. (the pic is a representation.)

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Three new Indulgence releases – and one of them’s mine!

It’s very exciting to share my release day with two wonderful Indulgence authors, Barbara DeLeo and Cindi Myers.

Check out these gorgeous covers, and click on the links below to read the beginning of each book.

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Dishing Up Desire

The Wedding Gamble

Famously Engaged

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

~ Robyn

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Famously Engaged

Three more sleeps till release day! I adore my new cover and am spending far too much time staring at it when I should be doing more constructive things. Life is interesting at the moment with everything happening at once. My book release is coinciding with school holidays, car trouble and moving house… and today (as an added bonus) I managed to lock myself outside! Breaking into my house without damaging anything was no mean feat, but I’m pleased to say that I aced it.

FamouslyEngaged-new templateI also managed to catch up with my dad, clean the house and cook dinner for friends. Tomorrow I’m helping to move a yacht. *gulp.

Wishing you the kind of calm existence I aspire to,

~ Robyn

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