Horse of a Different Colour

It’s Melbourne Cup day, but not everyone gets in on the Spring Carnival.

If you’d like to celebrate horses, may we humbly suggest taking your day off and enjoying a good rural story?

Here are some of our favourites with equine secondary characters.


From Escape Publishing’s Queen of historical Australian romance comes a new story about a privileged member of Australian’s colonial squattocracy, a bushranger, and a very special horse.


For readers of Jenny Downham, John Greene and Maureen McCarthy, a poignant young adult romance about following your dreams and realising what really matters.


A book about the first Melbourne Cup race! Can she save her family’s horse stud and reputation?


Shirley Wine takes us back to Darkhaven, where secrets and scandals can’t stay hidden for long…

December Recipes – Passionfruit Cordial

by Tea Cooper

Tea’s Christmas Favourite

  • 20 passionfruit
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • Optional 4 teaspoons of citric acid (If you want to keep it for more than a couple of days).

Scoop out the pulp from the passionfruit, (stir in citric acid if using). Put sugar in the saucepan and add boiling water and bring back to the boil. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add passionfruit pulp. Allow to cool and bottle. Keep in the fridge.

Serve with soda or mineral water…or champagne, or vodka, if you would like something with a little more pop.


An Australian Historical romance about the first Melbourne Cup. Can she save her family’s horse stud and reputation?