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The ‘Bindarra Creek Short and Sweet Anthology’ is a series of nine related stories within the world of Bindarra Creek, a best-selling rural series by thirteen Australian authors.

Linda Charles

What’s in a Kiss

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Taylah McKenna is looking for someone with money.
It’s New Year’s Eve and anything’s possible. Taylah surprises herself when she makes a proposal to horseman and whip-cracker extraordinaire Billy Briggs.
Problem is Billy’s back in town to pack up his past, and plans to leave, to follow his dreams.

© 2018 Linda Charles 

 

Sandie James

My Forever Valentine

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When one of their own is injured playing rugby league Jolene Lawrence puts her hand up to organise a Valentine’s Ball fundraiser.

Then Chat Newland returns home at the same time and the townsfolk of Bindarra Creek decide to play Cupid.
But Jolene has a secret – one that Chat may never forgive.

Development of plot

I fell in love with Chat when I was writing CEO Mechanic. Jolene was just a mention in CEO but over time Chat and Jolene grew on me, they wouldn’t shut up until I had their story written.

I liked the story behind Chat becoming a paramedic as sad as it was and Jolene having to give up her dream to run the family business. Plus the heartache she endured while Chat was away. I don’t really write my stories, my characters tell me what’s going to happen and I just follow them around.

Sometimes (well with me) I get caught up in the storyline that I can be in tears one day than laughing silly the next.

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© 2018 Sandie James

 

Susanne Bellamy

Pearls & Green Beer

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Wedding celebrant, Annie Joy, believes love has passed her by, but when Ty Devereaux helps her turn a disastrous wedding into a triumph, and later, steals a kiss, her dream beckons again. Will love and a little leprechaun magic help Ty change his workaholic habits and convince Annie he’s worth taking a chance on?

How I developed/discovered the plot.

Annie Joy, the wedding celebrant in Second Chance Love, had piqued my interest when I created her and I wanted to know how she became this ‘beige’ character when I sensed hidden depths and a passionate nature. Writing this short story had to be about Annie and her pearls so I could throw a light on her past and give her a fitting HEA. Who better than a silver fox family lawyer for a woman who loves weddings!

© 2018 Susanne Rees

 

Annie Seaton

Full Circle

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Five years ago, Cleo Ainslie, fled Bindarra Creek with a broken heart, and is now content with her life.

Or she thinks she is, until two close, but meddlesome friends decide to interfere in her life, when she refuses to go back to Bindarra for the Easter school reunion.
Can Cleo deal with having Jonathon Kendall in her life again?

How I developed/discovered the plot

Many of my plot ideas come from conversations and things I have experienced in my life. A random conversation about a school reunion gave me the idea for Full Circle. And my heroine works in a library with rare books… as I did in one of my first careers.

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© 2018 Annie Seaton

 

Lee Christine

A Letter From the Queen

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Romance is the furthest thing from Bianca Walsh’s mind as she busily prepares for a surprise 100th birthday party for one of Bindarra Creek’s much-loved residents. But when Matt Burberry, the attractive manager of the town’s aged care facility offers to help, the best laid plans begin to go awry.

How I developed/discovered the plot

When Lee took on the month of June in the anthology, she was inspired by the Queen’s Birthday Holiday to explore one of her minor characters. May is an avid Royal-watcher and collector of Royal memorabilia and her sister’s very special birthday party demands the cleaning and use of her collection of Royal-themed fine china. And if a great-niece can find the love of her life under the benevolent eyes of the queen for a day, then it’s a success in every sense.

© 2018 Lee Christine

 

Erin Moira O’Hara

Date with Destiny

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Bindarra Creek is a treasure-trove of buried secrets, challenges, and new beginnings. Antonia Sullivan is on a high, overjoyed to be celebrating her first Mother’s Day with the daughter she gave up at birth. Then as family and friends gather, a bombshell re-ignites an old feud. It’s a Mother’s Day Spectacular.

How I developed the story idea

I drew all my characters and the plot from my previous Bindarra Creek Story. Tempting Fate introduced Samantha, a young woman searching for her biological mother. Riley Morgan is the town cop and first impressions are lasting impressions. ‘A Date with Destiny’ is Samantha’s mother’s story, which is an emotional roller coaster of fears, tears, love and laughter.

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© 2019 Erin Moira O’Hara

 

SE Gilchrist

Love’s Sweet Challenge

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Opal Morse has turned her back on her dreams and is in Bindarra Creek for the inaugural Scavenger Challenge.
When another lonely soul, Grady Flannigan, comes to her aid, the kindness of this gentle farmer re-ignites her fantasies.
She realises she can choose a different life, if only she dares put the past behind her.

How I developed the story idea

My story month was September and I invented a town event that would work in with showing the Bindarra Creek community forging ahead in its efforts to continue to grow the town as a whole. I love arts and crafts and festivals that showcase local produce and wares, so I combined that idea with a competition that would sound both fun and challenging. I was therefore able to incorporate Maki and his new wife, Beatrix, and Tails the donkey with their new venture of home-made wine and a donkey refuge. It seemed a natural progression to have one of the main protagonists an out-of-towner with a thwarted love of animals and the other a reclusive farmer. All I had to do then was think of a way to bring them together and saving a donkey in distress seemed an obvious choice.

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© 2018 Suzanne Gilchrist

 

Lauren K. McKellar

The Widow Maker

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The Widow Maker is the story of Eleanor, a young widow who’s experiencing the hardships of life on the land with the assistance of sexy farmhand Daniel. For me, this was a story that needed to be told to reflect the hardships of life on the land. Drought and depression are such big and real issues, and I wanted to tell a story that offered hope in the face of those while still providing some escapism for the reader.

What is the best closing sentence you have read in a book?

“In the meantime, she would just live.” – P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. I think it sums up the story so well and has a really nice and uplifting feel to it.

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@ 2018 Lauren Clark

 

Noelle Clark  

Out of the Blue
Noelle Clark is a romance writer.
Photo by Chris McCormack

Charlie and Dave know exactly what they’re getting for Christmas, and they couldn’t be happier. The town is excited at the prospect of celebrating a wedding, but there doesn’t appear to be one on the agenda. And who could have predicted the effect that two newcomers would have on them?

 How I developed the story idea

Out of the Blue explores the relationship between Charlie and Dave a year after they first met. Their lives are about to change forever and I wanted to see if Charlie could accept the challenges about to descend on her. In the past she’s overcome hardship and sadness through her own inner strength, but now she is apprehensive and feeling quite inadequate. Even Dave’s solid and capable influence doesn’t help. I enjoyed watching her mature in this story.

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@ 2018 Noelle Clark

 

 

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