Renee Conoulty: 2018


Monday, 5 March 2018

Choosing a cover

Hey Everyone!

Wow! I've been a bit slack at blogging lately. I missed February altogether. Not for lack of trying - I sat down at the start of the month to write a blog post and it accidentally turned into a book. I've been too busy writing to write.

Late last year I decided to learn how to narrate an audiobook, then early this year, I released Wife, Mother, Woman and Catching Onix in audio format. Once the kids went back to school at the end of January, I sat down to write a blog post about the process. The words kept on flowing and ended up becoming Narrated by the Author: How to produce an audiobook on a budget.

While the book was going through the editing process, I sat down to design the cover (a woman of many talents). The first two attempts didn't cut it, then I came up with two designs that I really liked. I flip-flopped between the two of them so I headed over to Facebook to ask for the opinions of the masses with a poll.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Rural Review Roundup

Hey Everyone,

I'm playing catchup with my book review writing. Here's a roundup of some Aussie rural reads from last year.

Dear BanjoDear Banjo by Sasha Wasley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fabulous rural romance set in Western Australia. I adored this book, from the shiny gold-embossed cover to the letters scattered within. I barracked for this couple to get together the whole way through. I love the best friends to lovers trope and enjoyed Sasha's take on this.

One More SongOne More Song by Nicki Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adore Nicki Edward's writing style. I've read all her books and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I love the combination of medical and rural romance - all the small town busybody issues without the farm equipment. And this time, there's a bit of rock star romance thrown in.

Friday, 12 January 2018

She never saw it coming

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I was reading this week's Australian Writers' Centre newsletter and came across this fun writing challenge.
Your story must be no more than 50 WORDS in length and must include the words “summer”, “eighteen” and “dinosaur” – plus end with the sentence “She never saw it coming.”
I managed to write an eight-word story for another challenge so I figured I'd give this one a go. I usually write on my laptop but this exercise was the perfect length to do longhand. I even managed to work a military life theme into it.

Want to read it?

Thursday, 11 January 2018

What is the meaning of life?

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I always thought the meaning of life was 42. Yep, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy nerd. But since I still don't know what the question is, I think this sums it up better.

What is the meaning of life?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Are you a healthy writer?

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Are you a writer, like me? More importantly, are you a healthy writer? Joanna Penn and Dr Euan Lawson have some fabulous tips on how to be a healthy writer. Here's the press release, book description and my book review.

Around 62% of writers have experienced work-related stress, according to a new survey from, a website for writers. Writing is considered a dream job by many, but is it actually killing authors slowly?

Monday, 1 January 2018

Stand out reads of 2017

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Happy New Year! I'm taking the first day of 2018 to reflect on the 133 books I read last year. There were so many fabulous reads, that it's difficult to choose a favourite, so here are a bunch that stood out and stayed with me. Half of my top picks are Aussie authors, with romance, women's fiction and suspense dominating my reading choices. I fell behind in writing reviews, so I'm linking to the book images to Amazon US via an affiliate link so you can read the burbs there (and if you choose to buy the books from the link, I'll receive a small fee). I know that not everyone uses Amazon or lives in the USA (I'm Aussie) but I've decided to focus on simplifying my life this year, so I'm choosing not to post multiple links here.  If you like the look of a book, feel free to search for it in your favourite store. The books are listed in no particular order.

Favourite Fiction