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Friday in Five

22 Apr

This week’s favourite thing will take a little longer than five minutes, but it’s so worth it!

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I had the very great privilege of being in the Brisbane Baroque Festival audience when Emily Cox’s Canticum Chamber Choir performed Vivaldi’s Women of the Pieta suite, which Vivaldi wrote for the Ospedale of the Pieta, a home for the care of illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen in Venice. These received a thorough education and superb musical training – usually funded by their (mostly anonymous) fathers – and their performances were famed throughout Europe and beyond.

It turns out Vivaldi wrote a lot of music just for these young girls, and accomplished conductor Emily Cox made sure we understood why, artfully leading her choir and orchestra of women into producing some of the finest choral music I’ve ever heard. It was breathtaking in its beauty, soaring and sweeping and perfectly set in Brisbane’s Gothic Revival Anglican Cathedral.

Sadly, this week’s performance in Brisbane wasn’t recorded – or not yet that I’ve discovered – so here instead is a recording made for the BBC some years ago. Should you have the opportunity to hear this wonderful piece live, don’t miss it!

I’d love to hear your favourite things this week! Why not drop me a line?

Have a beautiful weekend!

Gracie x

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.

 

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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

Friday in Five!

11 Mar

Got five minutes? Here are a few of the things I’ve loved this week. Feel free to share, and let me know what’s made you happy!

Song of the week

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With the sad passing this week of Beatles producer George Martin, I’ve been reprising some of my favourite Beatles tracks. Let It Be is my all-time favourite, and while I grew up loving the version produced in 1970 by Phil Spector, I love even more this stripped-bare version Paul McCartney released in 2003 from the original bootleg recordings of 1969, on Let it be…Naked. George Martin’s influence is obvious through so many of the Beatles’ great recordings, but his restraint on numbers like this one – as well as the re-released The Long and Winding Road – helps reveal the purity of melody and of intention. Quite rightly, this recording allows you to hear only a sample of the song, but if you loved the Beatles’ originally-produced work, I promise you won’t be disappointed if you treat yourself by purchasing the album.

Flick of the week

Spy.jpgThis week we celebrated International Women’s Day, and I can’t think of a better movie to shout about than Spy. Not an intuitive pick, right? Watch it. For all the (deserved) talk about how Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road provided us with fierce and fabulous women’s stories, Melissa McCarthy’s stellar performance made me happier, prouder, fiercer and more convinced of my own potential to be … well… fabulous!

Book of the week

The Game of KingsI read a lot of books each year, but somehow my to-be-read pile never seems to diminish. It’s a source of enduring anguish and guilt. But nevertheless, every year there comes a day when I just have to start rereading Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles. From scratch. I started The Game of Kings again yesterday – it’ll take me around eight weeks to get through the whole series – but every single time, I find new wonders, delicious phrases, clever clues I’ve previously missed. Dunnett’s writing is not for the faint-hearted – it’s incredibly dense and evocative, rich with classical allusions, with complex plots and complicated characters – but if you have the patience to get past the first 100 or so pages of The Game of Kings, I promise you will be richly rewarded. Dunnett fans are a passionate lot. If I can engender a fraction of the lifelong loyalty and love Mrs Dunnett’s readers devote to her work, I’ll consider myself a very successful writer indeed.

Quote of the week

“To the men exposed to his rule Lymond never appeared ill_ he was never tired; he was never

Pic of the week

I live in such a beautiful part of the world! I’m blessed, and I’m grateful.IMG_1501

What have you loved this week? Feel free to share!

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

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