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SA Author, Leonie Kelsall, releases another bestseller

Abbie Tiller

The Woman’s Day have hailed Kelsall  “one of Australia’s best rural romance writers”

Pallamana, the magical place Leonie Kelsall calls home, nestled between the lush Mount Lofty Ranges and the majestic Murray River, has inspired the bestselling rural fiction writer’s latest tale, The Blue Gum Camp.

Kelsall’s 18th book to hit the shelves follows country girl, Charity Farrugia and her fated connection with the divorced Lachlan MacKenzie at a local Bachelor and Spinsters Ball. The gutsy romantic drama may be fiction, but South Aussie readers are likely to notice a homely vibe – especially those familiar with the diverse blend of beauty in the State’s South East.

Already working on her 19th book, due to be released later this year, Kelsall’s versatile writing style has her dipping ink between her rural fiction reads like The Blue Gum Camp, as well as a collection of books where all the steamy stuff is, written under the name of Lainey Kaye.

As for the more subtle romantic tale of Lachlan MacKenzie and Charity Farrugia, readers have been giving The Blue Gum Camp five star reviews.

“Author Leonie Kelsall is becoming the voice of the South Australian rural outback; she has a unique way of getting under your skin. Her writing and the epic love stories she crafts are gripping, smart, and heartwarming. This is a touching and charming novel about love, betrayal, wounded hearts, and taking second chances in life and in love,” – The Beauty and Lace Book Club.

The Woman’s Day have hailed Kelsall  “one of Australia’s best rural romance writers”.

Kelsall is contracted by Allen and Unwin publishers to release two books a year. The next bestseller, Homestead in the Eucalypts, is a dual timeline novel set between the 1800’s and the present day, which she declares as the book of her heart!

And that heart lies right here in regional South Australia. “I’ve done the big lap of Australia twice and nothing beats SA.”

“I’ve toured extensively promoting my books through SA regional areas and there’s not an area I don’t love. I love the South East, I go to Robe three times a year and the Coorong is just spectacular.”

Some of her best SA picks – Karoonda Bakery and country op shops at Tailem Bend and Kimba.

The Blue Gum Camp is currently walking off the shelves in Big W, Kmart, Target and all good bookshops. It’s also available online, on Kindle and as an audio book.






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