Book Awards, The Writing Life

Celebrating Milestones By Fiona Lowe

RIMG0010Back in 2006,when my debut novel, Pregnant on Arrival , a medical romance, hit the shelf, I had a party. I had two actually! One at home with a small book signing and the other at the RWAustralia conference. Fast forward to 2012 and my first single title novel, (my 9th overall) Boomerang Bride gave me a party when it unexepectedly won amefave1
Rita award. Since then I have happily bounced between writing medical romances and the single title romances, taking me up to 28 books. Apart from online ‘parties’ to launch these books, I haven’t done much more than that. Well, there has been the odd glass of champagne 😉

So here I am at book 29, Daughter of Mine, which in some ways is a big departure for me and yet it isn’t. I wanted to write a multigenerational novel  about mothers, daughters and sisters, and to do that I had to move beyond a novel that focused on one or two couples. Yet, I couldn’t have written Daughter of Mine without the preceeding 22 medical romances and six single title romances 🙂 Romance fiction taught me how to write deep emotion…how to wring feeling out of words, and I channelled all that into Daughter of Mine.  So with this new book baby in my hands, I decided it was another milestone and a party was in order. We threw a book launch 🙂

Boy Wonder, who is on a gap year, organised it. After meeting with me in the office (aka, the kitchen table) and being given the budget, he set to work. He designed the invitation, he found the venue, he bought the alcohol, he liaised with the caterer, he made sure the microphone had batteries……  All I had to do was buy a dress and shoes, write a speech and turn up 🙂

70 people came to help me launch Daughter of Mine, including the fabulous Julie from Dymocks, who brought the book store 🙂 I even read a passage from the book! There was champagne, some yummy nibbles and a lot of joy. The old blue stone mansion’s ballroom was THE perfect venue as the book features two such houses.

The experts are always telling us that acknowledging milestones and having traditions are important for our mental health and family cohesion. To that end, I’ve always made a fuss of birthdays, and singled out turning 13, 18 & 21, along with graduations from school levels.  I’m just not that great at throwing parties for me, but I am really glad we did it.

Are you a milestone/traditions person? How do you celebrate?

BOOK NEWS!  Two books! Forbidden to the Playboy Surgeon and Daughter of Mine!

Daughter of Mine CoverDaughter of Mine, is out now in print and eBook in Australia and New Zealand. (Oh, and Harriet is a surgeon…)

And here’s the blurb….

When your world falls apart the only person you can depend on is your sister. 

The three Chirnwell sisters are descended from the privileged squattocracy in Victoria’s Western District — but could a long-held secret threaten their family?

Harriett Chirnwell has a perfect life — a husband who loves her, a successful career and a daughter who is destined to become a doctor just like her.

Xara has always lived in Harriet’s shadow; her chaotic life with her family on their sheep farm falls far short of her older sister’s standards of perfection and prestige.

Georgie, the youngest sister and a passionate teacher, is the only one of the three to have left Billawarre. But is her life in Melbourne happy?

Despite all three sisters having a different and sometimes strained bond with their mother, Edwina, they come together to organise a party for her milestone birthday — the first since their father’s death. But when Edwina arrives at her party on the arm of another man, the tumult is like a dam finally breaking. Suddenly the lives of the Chirnwell sisters are flooded by scandal. Criminal accusations, a daughter in crisis, and a secret over fifty years in the making start to crack the perfect façade of the prominent pastoral family.

A thought provoking novel about family expectations, secrets and lies.

Buy links are here

9780373215218On March 21st April, Forbidden to the Playboy Surgeon, a Mills & Boon medical romance and book two of the Paddington Children’s Hospital series is on side. 🙂 Set in London, it features a buttoned up neurosurgeon and a fish-out-of-water Australian, who is driven to succeed. There is also a fairy tale ball  so what more can you ask for 🙂

The blurb: Unbuttoned—and out of bounds!

Sparks fly from day one between playboy neurosurgeon Alistair North and his talented, sexy trainee surgeon Claire Mitchell. He’s on a mission to help überserious Claire relax, but his cavalier approach is driving her crazy.

Alistair is completely out of bounds, even if he is completely gorgeous—he’s her boss! But when he confronts Claire after a difficult surgery, desire overcomes reason. With secrets holding them both back, can they find a way to turn their forbidden passion into forever?

Buy Links are here

Happy Reading! Fiona x

14 thoughts on “Celebrating Milestones By Fiona Lowe”

  1. We celebrate birthdays, graduations and new babies! They may not always be on the days because everyone has jobs that require working nights or weekends, but we get together as soon as we can. For High school graduation in the early 2000’s we took both of our boys on week long cruises in the Caribbean over the winter holidays, before the actual date. Those bring back a lot of good memories. Great time being together, they were still young enough to hang out with Mom at the pool and in December every island we visited had their holiday decorations up, and they were all different.

    1. That’s fabulous, Laurie 🙂 My boys are 22 and 18 and we’ve discovered they are more than happy to hang out with us if we’re paying for the vacation 😉

  2. Fiona,
    What a wonderful event. You deserved to celebrate.
    I do birthdays big at my house. In fact, we have 3 this month and will have the entire crew over for dinner on Saturday. We do special events as well. My son celebrated 25 years with a heart transplant last year. There were over 200 people at that event. I love a good party and anytime I can get my family together.

  3. Congratulations, Fiona, can’t wait to read the book – i have put it aside to take on holidays with me but not sure i can wait until then! The photos are great, love your dress and well done to Boy Wonder 🙂

  4. Woohoo Fiona

    Can I say how awesome Daughter of Mine is fabulous story and I need to get the new medical soon 🙂

    Now for us it is our 40th Wedding anniversary (and I have a significant birthday that day as well) on April 2nd so we are going on a cruise booked it last week and sail April 10th and return April 20th so time to celebrate

    He congrats Fiona

    Have Fun

  5. Great pics, Fiona! Backing up Helen on the fabulousness of Daughter Of Mine!

    I do think celebrating milestones is important. Especially our writing milestones. This stuff is hard – having a party to celebrate the end result of a lot of blood sweat and tears is the cherry on top! 🙂

  6. Love the photos, Fiona! What an awesome book launch, and how wonderful that your son organized it for you. Congratulations, and best of luck with Daughter Of Mine – looks like another great Fiona Lowe read 🙂

  7. Congratulations, Fiona. You’re an inspiration to me. And yes, love that you celebrate all the milestones along the way. We have to enjoy the moment. Hugs.

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