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Sunday in Canberra

What a beautiful, sunny and warm winter’s afternoon we had in Canberra (and a great end to the school holidays, if that has an effect on you!).

We had lunch in the city today, driving past all the Australian and Papua New Guinean flags near Parliament House for the PNG Prime Minister’s visit (second picture).

The first picture is from my walk to the local shops this afternoon. I love going there, even if only for the spectacular mountain views in the south of Canberra.

Walk to the shops Tuggernanong Valley Brindabella Range Canberra Australia Winter Sunshine Blue Sky Sonya Heaney 21st July 2019 Sunny Warm Afternoon

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape is set to arrive in Canberra for his first official visit to Australia since taking over from his Sonya Heaney 21st July 2019

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Winter Wonderland in Canberra

Outdoor ice skating and fairy lights in Canberra last night.

WinterVention Canberra Austrlaia OutDoor Ice Skating Canberra Theatre Centre Sonya Oksana Heaney 20th July 2019

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Book Inspiration

The Landowner's Secret by Sonya Heaney blog-sized

One thing that thrilled me about the cover for The Landowner’s Secret, my upcoming book, was that the designer really took the setting into consideration.

Yes, the story is set in colonial Australia, and yes, I know many people think of Australia in terms of either beaches or deserts. However, *my* Australia is about the mountains and the bush, and my book is set in the shadow of the Brindabella Range.

I look at these mountains every day. I can see them from the backyard, the front yard, from half the windows of the house (which proved pretty scary when fire came rolling down the hills during the devastating Canberra firestorm!).

Here is an image from of the mountains from Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons. I think the view is reflected so well on the book cover:

Mount_Ginini_-_Namadgi_National_Park_-_2 ACT NSW Canberra Region Australia October 2006

Here are a couple of random shots of I’ve taken while in the car (not driving!). The farmland in the second one is where I’ve set my hero’s homestead.

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winter-queanbeyan-to-canberra-australia-5th-june-2015-sonya-heaney-oksana-heaney-brindabella-ranges-travel-road-state-border

I know a lot of book covers in this world don’t have a lot to do with what’s actually written on the pages, and I consider myself very lucky that mine does!

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Miner Birds!

Not to be confused with the Indian myna bird (officially recognised in Australia as a more damaging introduced species than the cane toad), these are native Australian noisy miner birds – and yes, they’re very loud!

A huge flock of them has taken up residence here recently. Here are a few of them raiding the leftover rice.

1 5th July 2019 Sonya Heaney The arrival of the noisy miner birds. (There were a few dozen.) #australiananimals #canberra #australia #birds #nature #cbr

2 5th July 2019 Sonya Heaney The arrival of the noisy miner birds. (There were a few dozen.) #australiananimals #canberra #australia #birds #nature #cbr

3 5th July 2019 Sonya Heaney The arrival of the noisy miner birds. (There were a few dozen.) #australiananimals #canberra #australia #birds #nature #cbr

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Canberra Mountains

The Brindabellas (the mountain range that surrounds Canberra) seen from the back seat of the car this afternoon. Canberra is gorgeous, and all the Australians who constantly insult us for no reason are missing out on so much.

Tuggeranong Valley Brindabella Range Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Mountains Nature 30th June 2019

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Crazy Cat

Well, it feels like winter here this morning. It’s so foggy you can’t see the backyard next door, so what does our neighbourhood cat do? Stay home, you say? Nope, he comes here to sleep on the back deck!

Foggy Winter Morning Canberra Australia Crazy Cat Sonya Heaney 28th June 2019

Foggy Winter Morning Canberra Australia Garden Autumn Leaves Sonya Heaney 28th June 2019

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My Upcoming Book

I haven’t mentioned it here, but I signed a contract with Escape Publishing (an imprint of HarperCollins) earlier this year, and have a book coming out in September.

I think it’s relevant to this blog because it is historical fiction set in what is now the Canberra/Queanbeyan region.

Here is the cover (the Brindabellas feature in the story), the blurb, and I’m also adding some preorder links:

The Landowner's Secret by Sonya Heaney

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.

Preorder Links:

HarperCollins AU US UK

Amazon AU US UK

Kobo AU NZ US UK CA IE IN ZA

Barnes and Noble

Apple Books

Google Play

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