The only thing harder than letting go is moving on.

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Pamela Cook is a city girl with a country lifestyle and too many horses. Her rural fiction novels feature feisty women, tangled family relationships and a healthy dose of romance. Her first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012 after being selected for the Queensland Writer’s Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Her second novel, Essie’s Way, was published in 2013. Close To Home, due for release on June 27 2015, is her third novel.

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For Charlie Anderson the only thing harder than letting go is moving on.

Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie has been on her own for over half her life. Not that she minds – she     has her work as a vet and most days that’s enough. Most days. But when she’s sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus, Charlie finds herself torn between the haunting memories of her past, her dedication to the job and her attraction to a handsome local.

Travelling to Naringup means coming face to face with what is left of her dysfunctional family – her cousin Emma, who begged Charlie not to leave all those years ago, and her aunt Hazel, who let her go without a backwards glance. But it also means relying on the kindness of strangers and, when she meets local park ranger Joel Drummond, opening her heart to the possibility of something more . . .

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Not Blogging, Writing

A Very Overdue Post About My New Novel and Three Great New Characters …   It’s been quiet on the blogging front for me but I have been very busy doing something else – finishing my new novel, The Crossroads. Well, finishing it enough to send off to my editors (human not feline).     In my usual style I procrastinated big time which meant the final sprint to the finish line was more of a marathon – but still at sprint speed. Writing three interconnected storylines was a great way to stretch my writing wings but also made the revision process more complicated in terms of getting the voice right for each character, making sure the timelines work and building the tension in each separate plot line before they all come together near the end of the story. By the time I hit the send button it was sending me crazy so I’m crossing everything in the hope that my editor can actually make sense of it.   Thankfully I have a few weeks break before I have to look at it – as much as I’ve come to love the characters we definitely need some time apart.   So, let me introduce you to these people I’ve been spending all my time with: Rose Oshea – Rose is a no-nonsense soon to be fifty year old who runs The Crossroads Hotel in the outback Queensland town of Birralong. She’s been keeping the pub running as a promise to her late husband Mick but with repairs desperately needed and the bank account as dry as the local paddocks... read more

A Post For Writers – Ten Tips For Getting Words On The Page

Welcome to 2016! While this blog site is primarily for my readers this particular post is for the writers out there. I’m posting it here as I don’t yet have a blog on my Justwrite Coaching page but one is coming soon. And I’m posting it now because I really want to share the things that are helping me get my writing mojo back and increasing my word tally. If you’re anything like me the ringing in of a new year comes with a whole lot of resolutions or at least some vaguely shaped plans for what you would like to achieve in the next 12 months. For the last few years ‘write a book’ has been at the top of that list. I’m happy to say that I have actually done that since 2012. My first book, Blackwattle Lake came out in December that year, my second, Essie’s Way, in December 2013 and my third, Close To Home, in July 2015. I am about to sign a contract for book number four. All that being said I’ve had long periods of writing drought – weeks and sometimes months, always in the draft stage, where the words just dry up and my backside is rarely where it should be – in my office chair. As usual this year, my top resolution was ‘write a book’ but I want to get the draft done quickly (I believe in writing the story fast and not going back to revise too much until it’s done) and allow maximum time for revision. So this month I’ve worked out some strategies to get back... read more
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