Interview with McLeod’s Daughters horse wrangler Jim Willoughby

McLeod's Daughters horse wrangler Jim Willoughby as a stockman in the pilot episode

It’s been so awesome to see fans get excited about The McLeod’s Daughters Podcast in the few weeks since we launched, and now we have a special bonus episode for you! Rachel and I interview Jim Willoughby, a horse wrangler who’s worked on a number of classic Aussie productions including all 8 seasons of McLeod’s Daughters.

Hear Jim’s behind the scenes stories and relive the McLeod’s fun with us today! Podcast episodes are available in podcasting apps such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts, or on the web here. You can also check out our social media on Facebook and Instagram.

Bonus episode - Interview with McLeod's horse wrangler Jim Willoughby


The McLeod’s Daughters Podcast

The McLeod's Daughters Podcast with New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck and Aussie author Jessica Kate.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck and I are launching The McLeod’s Daughters Podcast!

We take an episode-by-episode look at beloved Australian TV drama McLeod’s Daughters – all the romance, action, family drama and details of Aussie farming life!

Americans can watch the TV show McLeod’s Daughters on Amazon Prime, while Aussies can access it on the Nine Now app or Stan.

McLeod’s Daughters is Australia’s most successful TV show both at home and overseas, with a large fan base in the USA.

Episode 1 of the podcast is live on most podcasting apps including Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Or, you can listen via this link.

You can also join the conversation about the show on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Hope you join us out on Drover’s Run! 

Launch day for A Girl’s Guide to the Outback!

Graphic of the first line of A Girl's Guide to the Outback - Kimberly Foster jammed her phone in her pocket and rushed down the sunny Charlottesville street in a Mr. Potato Head costume, peep-toe heels, and a murderous rage.

A Girl’s Guide to the Outback launches today and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Having grown up on Australian dairy farms myself, it was so special to write a USA-Australian romance that incorporates so many family memories as well as tonnes of chemisty and sass.

I hope you enjoy Sam and Kimberly’s story!

Purchase A Girl’s Guide to the Outback

How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can’t stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract—and that God has a sense of humor.

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he’s still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can’t shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.

When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules’s dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe—just maybe—Sam will reconsider his future with the church.

As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could’ve ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster looms, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could lead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future?

Endorsement graphic for A Girl's Guide to the Outback: A Girl's Guide to the Outback is as charming as it is hilarious...leaving you no choice but to abandon all personal responsibilities so you can devour every page. Betsy St Amant, author of The Key to Love, coming October 2020

New free ‘sassy short’ – The Kiss Thief

I wrote a new sassy short! It’s a three-chapter story that includes a heist, a chef and a kiss! You can read The Kiss Thief for free when you sign up to my newsletter. Plus, the ebook contains the first five chapters of A Girl’s Guide to the Outback!

The cover of The Kiss Thief

A girl doesn’t just let her cheating ex steal her dead mother’s cookbook without stealing it back. At least, that’s Australian carpenter Jacqueline Piper’s philosophy.

Jacq’s on a mission to retrieve her most precious possession, and her neighbor, Louisiana chef Donny Greyson, isn’t about to let her do it alone. But while he’s the only thing that got Jacq through her break-up, she hasn’t been entirely forthcoming with him about her plan. Like the part about breaking-and-entering. Or her ex’s biker neighbors…


Some fabulous authors were kind enough to endorse The Kiss Thief! Here’s what they had to say…

“Witty, flirty and touching, too. A hero who cooks – yes, please! Jessica Kate packs a delightful (and flavorful!) punch in The Kiss Thief.”

-Award-winning author Melissa Tagg


“A culinarily infused delight, Jessica Kate’s signature wit sparkles through a short tale that packs an emotional punch as two people meant to be together find the perfect moment to take a large step in their relationship.  You’ll be sorry to turn the last page of this sparkly and humorous tale absolutely chockful of snap,crackle, pop chemistry, a delicious kiss and a heartwarming core.”

-Rachel McMillan, The London Restoration


“The Kiss Thief shines with sass and charm!”

– RITA award-winning author Kara Isaac.

Advanced copies are here!

A Girl's Guide to the Outback

The advanced copies of A Girl’s Guide to the Outback arrived this morning! Can’t wait for this love/hate romance to come out on Jan 28. 😀

From the back cover:

How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can’t stand? 

This funny, sweet and romantic story proves that opposites do attract – and that God has a sense of humor. 

Kimberly Foster needs help from the last man in the world who would give it.

She and Samuel Payton fought so much during their three-year stint as colleagues that they now reside in different halves of the globe. She’s still the business director of the Virginia-based youth ministry that Sam founded, while he’s back at his family’s farm in rural Australia.

But Kimberly can’t find a suitable replacement for Sam, and the ministry is in trouble. She needs him back. What she doesn’t know is that the Payton farm’s finances are scarier than statistics on Australian spider bites.

She and Sam strike a deal: if she can use her business savvy to save the farm, he’ll return to Virginia and recruit and train his replacement.

Soon Kimberly’s on the edge of the Outback, working more closely with Sam than ever before. Can she protect his family’s legacy, the ministry, and her heart?

Pre-order link

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