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Guest Blog – HEART OF THE SKY, by Fiona McArthur

Waving from Oz and thanks so much for inviting me, ladies, it’s lovely to be back on the ‘Love is the Best Medicine’ page.

I’ve two books out in the next month, one for Penguin and one for Harlequin, with a long fiction break after my non-fiction adventure with AUSSIE MIDWIVES last year. So you will see more of me in a couple of weeks as well.

9780143799832Today I’d like to share my excitement with the launch of HEART OF THE SKY, an outback Australia, Flying Doctor Service (FDS) novel published by Penguin, available across all ebook platforms, book depository and Aus bookshops.

My hero is Tess, a young widow searching for peace after the tragic loss of her husband. She leaves her job on the eastern coast and does the true fish out of water all the way into the centre of Australia. Tess joins the FDS as their new Breast Care Nurse and the reviews are just coming in and making me smile. Which is always a good thing. You can read more or click on the links from my FionaMcArthurAuthor page.

I‘ve just been blogging with Cathryn Hein about inspirational women and thought I’d mention how I met some fabulous women at a midwifery conference I’d love to share with you. These ladies are called the Knitted Knockers, and donate their time and wool to creating breast sized cotton-wool filled balls complete with knitted nipples. The idea is that women who have had a mastectomy, can adjust the size of the knitted knocker by pulling out some wool, until it is the perfect size to match their other breast. So light, soft, and not irritating to wear. Of course I’ve mentioned these ladies in the book. Here is a photo with two of the ladies (and me) at the Normal Birth Conference in Olympic Park, Sydney.



I’d love to hear about inspirational women you know, there are so many out there and I know we all like to stand up and applaud them. So if you’d like to, please post about someone you know, a woman who inspires you. She can be a public figure, your mother, or someone you know who makes you think big.

Until next time, warmest regards and happy 2017

xx Fiona






15 thoughts on “Guest Blog – HEART OF THE SKY, by Fiona McArthur”

  1. Hi Fiona

    Woohoo on this release I am so snowed under at the moment but it is calling to me I can’t wait to read it your stories are always so moving and fabulous.

    Well done to these Ladies I have heard about these knitted knockers and they are a fabulous idea actually in December my left nipple was taken away not because of cancer but because of an abscess that kept reoccurring after a mammogram 5 years ago I have had 5 lots of surgery and 2 vac machines over those 5 years fingers crossed this works 🙂

    My inspirational woman are of course my Mum who was so good and taught me the love of reading and the authors that write fabulous stories and take me around the world from my armchair

    Woohoo Fiona

    Have Fun

    1. Huge hugs, Helen, and I will give you the warmest hug in person next time I see you. Of course your mum is inspiring, look at her daughter. And thank you for your kind comments about our books. xx Fi

      1. OMGoodness. Thank you to the list mommy, who suggested I try an old email to get in. xxx Seriously, Helen, you should be feeling good as I have sent you four different wished and all heartfelt, just before I lost them 🙂

  2. Great having you here, Fiona. Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been inspired and intrigued by the Aussie Flying Doctors. Visited their headquarters in Broken Hill not so long ago.
    Stories of my grandmother’s strength and determination have inspired me. In the1930’s her husband died leaving her with four children under eight and a dairy farm to run in an era that women weren’t meant to do things like that. But if not for the farm she’d have had no income to raise her family.She is one person I have never forgotten from my childhood.

    1. Thank you for sharing a little of your grandmother’s story, Sue. She was awesome and inspiring. And the flying doctor centre at Broken Hill is amazing. I loved my times there. This book set in ‘Mica Ridge, is strangely similar to Broken Hill, but smaller 🙂
      warmest regards Fi

    1. I know, Avril. They are truly inspiring. Normal people doing extraordinary things. I’ve met lots of flight nurses over the years at the courses I teach on and they are always, funny, fabulous and very caring people.
      thanks for commenting cheers Fi

    1. Thanks Robin. I love the cover, too. I met the cover designer yesterday when I went to lunch at Penguin and she is already thinking of my next cover so I’m happy with that :))))
      warmest regards Fi

  3. Book looks fabo, as ever, Fiona! Are you going to ARRC? I’ll have to grab me a signed copy there 🙂
    I find every day women so inspiring. Scratch the surface and there are stories aplenty and I particualry find midwives inspiring. Their belief in the power of women always tears me up.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie Hidden Figures to find out more about the inspirational black women who helped with the moon landing. And I absolutely love that so many women helped in WW2 secretly cracking codes etc. I find that kind of stuff immensely inspiring. Women who were thought of only in terms of their husbands success, stepping up to the plate and punching above their weight with no fanfare or, any reocginition even.
    I have goosebumps just typing this. But them I am hopelessly emotional 😉

    1. Ah Amy, so true and love your passion. Thanks for the kind words on the book, I loved writing it, and love to see it out there raising awareness of inspiring people.
      Not heading to ARRA, no, sadly, so you will need to give Helen a big hug from me, 🙂 but hope to see you both at conference in Brisvegas in August xxx love Fi

  4. Wow you’ve been a busy lady, been wondering where you e been😊, this is so on my to get list and cant wait to read more, I’ve read articles about the ladies who do Knitted knockers before such amazing ladies and a lovely thing to do too, very inspirational xx I’m glad they’re in your book also.

    Huge love n hugs

    Gwessie xxxx

  5. Fiona,
    It is always great to see you. When my mother and I were over for a visit we went to Alice Springs. Visited the Flying Doctors Museum. I was fascinated. It is hard not to admire those people.
    My mother is a breast cancer survivor. A strong group of people.

    1. Waving to Susan. Hugs on your mum’s breast cancer journey. My mum, too, and other female relatives. Alice Springs is amazing and I’m going to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in May, just love the colours in the Centre of Australia.
      thanks so much for dropping into my blog
      cheers xxFi.

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