On my walk home.

Canberra might be in lockdown, but people are giving out free mint for social isolation mojitos. (It’s a bit blurry because I felt weird taking a picture of someone’s front garden!)

Free Mint for an Isolation Mojito Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Covid10 Coronavirus 23rd March 2020

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Coronavirus Rose

The world is awful (and, if you’re both Canberran and Ukrainian, it has been for a while now), but it’s beautiful and sunny and hot in Canberra – more like summer than autumn – and the roses that didn’t bloom in spring have appeared half a year late.

I work from home, so I’m coping fine at the moment, but please, people, behave and stop being selfish arses!

Pink Rose Garden Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney Autumn 22nd March 2020 Blue Sky Nature

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

It’s easy to lose track of everything with this virus taking over the world, but today is St Patrick’s Day, and my Irish surname demands I acknowledge it!

A picture taken in Dublin during my last trip to Ireland: a Guinness truck with a reflection of the famous Ha’penny Bridge:

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One of Today’s Visitors

We always have a lot of parrots in the garden in Canberra, but rainbow lorikeets are a little bit rarer. We’ve had two around for a few days now.

Rainbow Lorikeet Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 12th March 2020 Birds Nature

 

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Black Cockatoos!

Yellow-tailed black cockatoos in the garden in Canberra this afternoon- look at the speckled tail feathers!

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo Garden Canberra Australia Australian Birds Sonya Heaney 11th March 2020 Eucalyptus Tree Gum Tree Nature

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo Garden Canberra Australia Australian Birds Sonya Heaney 11th March 2020 Eucalyptus Tree Gum Tree Nature 2

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One Year

Today is the one-year anniversary of Harlequin making me an offer for the manuscript that would become The Landowner’s Secret. A lot has happened since then, and in that time I’ve worked on a number of other books. So much has changed in the past twelve months.

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Just in case you’re interested, here’s the book’s information again:

The Landowner’s Secret

New South Wales, 1885

When Alice Ryan wakes to find thugs surrounding her cottage, on the hunt for her no-good brother, she escapes into the surrounding bush.

It is wealthy landowner Robert Farrer who finds her the next morning, dishevelled, injured, and utterly unwilling to share what she knows. With criminals on the loose and rumours that reckless bushrangers have returned to the area, Robert is determined to keep Alice out of danger, and insists on taking her into his home-despite the scandal it may cause. Convincing her to stay on with him for her own safety, however, is going to take some work.

What Robert doesn’t expect is his growing attraction to the forthright, unruly woman staying in his home. Before either of them can settle into their odd new situation, their home and wellbeing come under threat and they will need to trust each other to survive. But they are both keeping secrets, secrets that have the potential to ruin their burgeoning love, their livelihood … and their lives.

Read the first two chapters.

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Canberra Day Lunch View

Our view at lunch at the National Arboretum in Canberra this afternoon.

National Arboretum View Canberra Australia Black Mountain Telstra Tower Sonya Heaney lunch view 9th March Canberra Day 9th March 2020

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