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Friday in Five

1 Apr

Got five minutes? Here are a few of the things I’ve loved this week!

View of the week

3689783_origIf you’ve not yet read the momentous first meeting between Matt and Pippa in my new novel, A Case for Trust (ha! See what I did there?!), this beautiful video will provide your imagination all the fuel it needs for the setting: a magnificent full moon rising over the spectacular Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay. The Eastern-most point of the Australian continent, it’s a wild and beautiful spot, a perfect spot for romance, and inspired the very first scene in A Case for Trust! Enjoy the video, and enjoy the story!

 

Pic of the week

Amanda's Moulin RougeAmanda Hamilton’s quirky, through-the-looking-glass watercolours are taking over the world (it’s all part of a cunning plan to bring the world more colour and joy, I assure you!). This one is a particular favourite of mine, from a fabulous series Amanda made last September while we were exploring Paris together. It makes me smile every time I see it!

 

Flick of the week

Courtyard, Palais du Luxembourg 5It doesn’t take much to have me dreaming of Paris. Amanda’s Moulin Rouge does it; and this week, so has Paris, Je t’aime, an omnibus of short films by an extraordinary roll-call of writers, directors and actors.  Through the neighbourhoods of the City of Light, love is ‘veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened’. It’s delicious, poignant, visually stunning. And more than enough to have me salivating once again for my soul city.

 

 

Song of the week

La MerOh, look, why not? We’re talking lighthouses and crashing oceans and Paris and romance, and bestselling Regency romance writer Anna Campbell suggested weeks ago that this song, in French naturellement, and by the dashing Charles Trenet, trumps every English version. Also: I get to show off another beautiful (non-French, very Australian) beach!

 

Person of the week

Easter copperThis Brisbane Valley policeman. Easter is very often a deadly time on Australian roads – perhaps it’s the extra weight from all the chocolate, applied to car accelerators – and without our stern copper’s intervention, it could have been very sad indeed for this local pedestrian.

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Have a fabulous weekend! And remember to drop me a line about anything you’ve loved and want to share!

Gracie x

‘A Case for Trust’ is here!

25 Mar

A Case for Trust Cover
It’s such a thrill to have the chance to bring this book into the world.

A long, lazy Easter weekend coming up?

22 Mar

For me, the long Easter weekend is the perfect escape for reading! If you’re looking for something new, may I humbly suggest these two romances?

Hearts on Hold is still on sale (for just a few more days) and has had some lovely reader reviews…

9780857990594_Hearts On Hold-1“…beautifully written, a story of love, grief and acceptance, and finding the one that can make you feel whole again. First time author Ms. MacGregor is a magical storyteller.” 

“Gracie Macgregor has written Hearts On Hold beautifully with good research and likable characters. Her description of the smallest detail and her insight does not fail to move you.” 

“This is a smart, sexy, funny and suspenseful tale. Oh, there’s romance alright – but it’s at the heart of a multi-layered story filled with mystery, foul play, heartache, history, art and humour.” 

 

A Case for Trust Cover

And A Case for Trust is available for pre-order to arrive on your e-reader this Friday, 25 March.

It’s early days, but some four-star ratings are appearing from the advance readers, so here’s hoping you might enjoy it, too!

You can read an excerpt here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both are available through all the normal e-book sellers.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, bring on the chocolate and stay safe and joyful! Happy Easter!

Gracie x

 

Friday in Five

18 Mar

What an interesting week! Here are some of my favourite things. Hope you enjoy them – and feel free to share your own!

Flick of the week

video-the-lady-in-the-van-trailer-1-superJumboEvery single bit as good – as mad, sad, hysterical and wonderful – as it looks! Dame Maggie Smith is The Lady in the Van, and she is superb. Long, long, long may she live and continue to bring us these rich, real, exquisitely crafted characters.

 

Vivid festival

Pic of the week

I’m very excited because for the first time, I’ll be in Sydney this year when the amazing Vivid Festival lights up the Sydney Opera House. There are already some brilliant images predicted – but of course, the fun is all in the surprise on the night! It’s one of the world’s great arts festivals, and well worth scheduling a trip to Sydney for!

 

rose petal martiniSip of the week

I confess it was rather more than a sip. I had the great good fortune to spend part of this week in spectacular Noosa, where the lavishness of the shopping is only outdone by the decadence of the cocktails. As I don’t “shop”, the cocktails had no competition for my attention. I was momentarily disappointed that my Rose Petal Martini wasn’t actually accompanied by rose petals – until the waiter arranged the beautiful Turkish glass filled with Persian fairy floss (cotton candy, for our American friends) alongside. It was a terrifically pink and romantic drink, and I didn’t stop at one!

 

Quote of the week

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Song of the week

This won’t mean much for friends outside the Wonderful Land of Oz, but Jon English died last week. This has been one of my all-time favourite songs for forty years – which ONLY shows just how incredibly young I was when I first heard it! It came shortly after I saw him in my first-ever musical theatre production. He was Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and he has never been bettered. This song hasn’t been off my mind or my iPod since I read the news. Oh, boy.

 

What have you loved this week? Drop me a line and let me know!

Happy weekend,

Gracie x

On sale! (Shameless plug!)

9 Mar

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Hearts on Hold, my first novel with Escape Publishing, is currently on sale for just 99 cents on Amazon and iTunes, in advance of the release of my next novel, A Case for Trust, which will be available from 25 March (although you can pre-order it right now at a great discount, too!).

All the usual ebook sellers have it, so if you’re in the mood for a little suspense and plenty of romance, why don’t you try it? And please let me know what you think!

With love and thanks,

Gracie x

Friday in Five: Angsty edition

4 Mar

I’ve been in a reflective, melancholic mood this week. Here are a few of the things I’ve loved. If they comfort you too, feel free to share!

tiny beautiful thingsBook of the week

Before there was Wild there was Sugar. Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild, was the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, and the person thousands turned to for advice. Tiny, Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar is perfectly titled. Dip into it, be charmed by it, be inspired by it. A chapter a day is a wonderful antidote to so many of life’s ills. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Song of the week

Blacklab-1Paul Durham and Andy Ellis are the core members of Californian indie rock band Black Lab. Their 2007 album, Passion Leaves a Trace, is my go-to collection for dosing an attack of the blues. This Night has perfectly suited my mood every night this week.

 

 

Pic of the week

Nathan McNeil

The Canon Light Awards 2015 include some breathtaking images. My favourite is this one by Set in Stone Photography photographer Nathan McNeil, titled The Courage to Let Go.

 

Flick of the weekWho would you most like to have dinner with

Who would you most like to have dinner with? Not a commercial entertainment film at all, but full of emotion and heart. Two-tissue warning!

 

 

Person of the week

KimmelJimmy Kimmel. Not usually a guy I like to spend a lot of time with, but this week his clips have appeared in my various feeds at strange and serendipitous times. Take this one for example. Batman. And Superman. Henry Cavill. Ben Affleck. Even Matt Damon drops in. For making me laugh when I was quite determined life was no laughing matter, my person of the week is Kimmel. Enjoy!

I’d love to hear about your favourite things this week. Drop me a note?

Gracie x

Is it bad…

14 Feb

… that I’m a romance writer and I entirely forgot about Valentine’s Day?

Sorry! But I’ve been busy today preparing for the launch of my new book, A Case for Trust, which is out in just a few weeks.

Belated, I know, but please accept my best wishes for a beautiful day, and a fragrant French bouquet in a bucket.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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