‘Dying to Know’ by Rae Cairns

One day to go… DYING TO KNOW @raecairnswrites

📘Compelling and emotive, with a main character you want to root for and villains you love to hate. Dying to Know kept me up late at night wanting to know what happened to Amber, and what will happen to the family she left behind.

Blurb: Twelve years ago budding journalist Geneva Leighton received a phone call that stopped her life in its tracks. Her terrified sister, Amber, was locked in the boot of a moving car and begging Geneva for help. Amber was never heard from again.

Since that night, Geneva’s days have revolved around caring for her traumatised niece and nephew, despite the unpredictable behaviour of their father … and keeping the search for her sister alive. But the knowledge it should have been her in the boot of the car haunts her waking hours.

When Sergeant Jesse Johns turns up with shocking new evidence about Amber, Geneva’s world is thrown into chaos again.


QWS – S2E4 Jasper Peach

🤩NEW PODCAST EPISODE 🎧 QWS S2E4. Jasper Peach @queerwritessessions @daniveebooks_wordsandnerds

In this episode I chat with Jasper Peach @jasperpeachsays about writing, Rainbow Families and those questions — and all about their new book, You’ll Be a Wonderful Parent: Advice and Encouragement for Rainbow Families of All Kinds

Jo @blarneybooksandart reviews Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg.

Queer Writes Session (QWS) Podcast, a Words & Nerds @daniveebooks_wordsandnerds spin off series hosted by Rob aka R.W.R. McDonald, in partnership with Blarney Books & Art in Port Fairy. You can listen to the episode through @daniveebooks_wordsandnerds website and platforms 🤩🙌🏻🙌🏻

Books mentioned and reviews can be found on QUEER WRITES SESSIONS | Blarney Books and Art Resources mentioned and a transcript for this episode’s interview is available at QWS Podcast

R.W.R. McDonald https://rwrmcdonald.com

Listen here!


Writing NSW Course

Looking forward to meeting the new online class in April! There are some places are still available – details @writingnsw REPOST • @writingnsw What makes a gripping novel? How do characters communicate? When is a trope a trope too far?

Ahead of his online writing course, RWR McDonald spoke to us about writing story through characters and dialogue.

‘I like to write myself into the story and get to know characters through their interaction with each other. Dialogue is hugely important for me to discover who they are, their relationship to each other, and that wonderful thing of what is not said, or what they actually think. Once I have a start to a story, I spend a lot of time thinking about who these characters are, their background, what they were doing before we first meet them on the page.’

Link to the full interview in @writingnsw bio.


‘Happy Millionth Birthday’ – Cover Reveal!!

😍🥳 Cover Reveal – Alexandra Colombo 🖍the best! REPOST • @larrikinhouse We’re a few months out from release but we had to share this cover reveal because this book is so FUN and WICKED, and answers EVERY kid’s wish!!!

Happy Millionth Birthday by best selling author of The Nancys and Nancy Business RWR McDonald has written a darkly funny picture book, kids and adults will love!

Illustrator Alexandra Columbo (My EXTRAordinary Mum) has done another brilliant job bringing these characters to life!

Out later this year 🍰 🎈 💛


@jdrcosy – Biblio Art Piece based on ‘NANCY BUSINESS’

The wonderful artist @jdrcosy just visited, dropping of her Biblio Art piece based on Nancy Business 🧡 I absolutely love it – the detail in it is incredible 🤩🙌🏻🙌🏻- @jdrcosy you are the best! Thank you🙏🏻💖🧡


Nancy Business Review – @lou_b_reads

Thank you so much Louise & the buddy read crew! 🤩😍🧡💖REPOST • @lou_b_reads Nancy Business by R W R McDonald

What a fabulous read – honestly The Nancy’s have so much fun I just want to crawl into the pages and join them.

This one was every bit as fun as the first book. From the Stinky Airbnb, to Fabulon, to the first period, so many laugh out loud moments.

There is also a serious matter of a major crime which our three super sleuths set out to solve. How can something so tragic be so funny?

The best part about this book is the massive hint at the end that book three might be on the way.

Swipe —> to see how extra special my copy is ❤️

I loved buddy reading this with @bmichie31 @dlight_reads @indoor.g1rl @lindabalogh5077 and @mamas.high.on.books

🧡 It’s been four months since Tippy, Uncle Pike and Devon were together for Christmas. Now back for the first anniversary of Tippy’s father’s death, the Nancys are reformed when Riverstone is rocked by an early morning explosion that kills three people and destroys the town hall.

A new case is born. Is the accused bomber really guilty? Is there a second bomber? And if so, does that mean a threat to destroy Riverstone Bridge is real? And is asparagus a colour? Once again, it is up to the Nancys to go against the flow and ignore police orders to get to the truth.

It’s great to be back in Nancy business again, but this time it’s all different. Uncle Pike and Devon can’t agree on anything and Tippy is learning hard truths about the world and the people she loves the most. Can the Nancys stay together to do their best work and save the town? Or will the killer strike again? When everyone is right, does that make you wrong? And can Tippy ever trust anyone again?