by Kim Kelly

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I love a sunburnt country – mine, in fact. Telling and sharing tales about Australia is what I do, whether I’m writing a new novel, or editing someone else’s, or mentoring another author along the road of discovering what it is they want to say – most often, about Australia.

All of my own stories delve into some aspect of Australian history, to see what the past might show us about who we are today, and my new novella, Wild Chicory, is no exception. Inspired by stories my grandmother told me when I was small, it’s the tale of an Irish family, the Kennedys, and the trip they make to immigrate to Sydney from Tralee in the early 1900s.

Like the story of Australia itself, Wild Chicory is not always a happy, sunshiny tale. There are clouds, there are obstacles of poverty and bigotry for the Kennedy family to overcome, but, as in all my stories, love breaks through in the end. Of course it does! And in the case of Wild Chicory, it’s love of stories that triumphs over all.

I’d love to share a signed copy of Wild Chicory with one lucky winner on the Book’d Out Australia Day Giveaway Blog Hop.

For a chance to win, simply comment on this here little blog of mine – and while you’re there, you can tell me what you love most about Australia, if you like!

Entries close midnight 27 January, Australian Eastern Standard Time, and the winner will be chosen at random.

For a chance to win all manner of other wonderful tales, visit the Book’d Out Australia Day Giveaway Blog Hop page here, and hop away to your heart’s content – there are so many fabulous books and bloggers to discover over there. Thank you once again, Shellyrae at Book’d Out, for hosting this marvellous event.

Good luck and happy blog-hopping!

While we’re celebrating, though, let’s not forget that Australia Day is not a joyful day for everyone. I acknowledge the pain of First Nations Australians and pledge to do what I can to make a brighter future by telling the truth about injustices, past and present, and by listening to those who are hurt.

Love will break through in the end – it has to.

Blue sky and sunshine to all x