Hello, dear readers.
Another busy month has flown by, and I haven’t left the office much apart from eating and sleeping. The one exception, apart from getting food, has been the wonderful book launch for our anthology, Gumnut Press’s Sweet Delights.
It was a wonderful day with a fabulous turnout. We’re not currently in lockdown, which was the case for the original launch date, so it was lovely to see so many smiling faces. And so much food! I think we had enough ‘sweet delights’ to open a bakery stall.
While it was a shame not all the authors could join us on the day, it was lovely to meet those who could make it. We spent a little time chatting before we were whisked out the front to chat about our stories and asked a few questions about our writing. I was as articulate as usual. LOL But it was fun to read out an excerpt of my story and to hear the other authors share a sneaky peek from theirs, too.
Huge thanks to Gumnut Press, PL Harris, Carolyn de Ridder, and Jenny Lynch for all their hard work behind the scenes in creating a wonderful launch. And thanks to everyone who helped set up, set out, and clean up again afterwards. So appreciated.
Here's some pictures of the day. :)
Photo credits: PL Harris & Jenny Lynch
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A lovely author friend has a new book out soon. I loved her first two books, and I’m keen for more. :)
The Kingmaker's Banshee by T S Petersen
THERE’S NO ESCAPING FATE…
Virologist Ellie Arnam knows better than most what it is to live a cursed life. Her lifelong battle with the banshee lurking beneath her human skin becomes harder to win with every sunrise. A decades-old curse bestowed on the women of her family and known by only a few looms over the horizon. Love has no room in a heart that will stop beating any day now.
SHE CAN BRING YOU TOGETHER…
Tristan Cathbad, the Kingmaker, and millennium-old vampire devotes his knowledge and life to serving at the side of his best friend and future King. The hope of finding his mate is a dream he keeps locked within the depths of his soul. For now, he protects those he cares for with a ferocity equal to that of the gods. Knowledge is power, and only he will wield power to bring him to his knees.
OR TEAR YOU APART…
Tristan’s patience is one of his most vital attributes, yet he finds it pushed to the limit by the fun and bubbly Ellie and her unwillingness to acknowledge the truth. She is his mate, the one sent by the gods to soothe his beast.
Ellie knows falling for Tristan will only end in heartache—yet she can’t resist the disciplined warrior vampire. Her soul aches for him, despite her impending doom.
Can Ellie hold on to her soul and the man her heart belongs to, or will she be forced to part with both?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’ve had a passion for storytelling since my teenage years in South Africa. I now call Far North Queensland home. My first book, Moribund, is the product of one of my many nightmares. Evanee Shepard's tale is one I felt I had to share with readers; thus, began my journey into the world of writing. I love communicating with readers and authors alike, and love nothing more than to hear about how a reader has connected with the book they’ve read.
The Librarian’s Curse by P L Harris
Could the drive to solve a century old mystery lead to an untimely death?
Little Creek Librarian, LILY KEEGAN, discovers a dragon-shaped, jewelled pendant with a ruby centre hidden in a 12th century book. Against Head librarian, Carmen's advice, she wears the pendant which could prove to be the biggest mistake of her life when it sets in motion a string of life-threatening near misses. Fireman and Thor look alike, BRAYDEN FLETCHER makes split-second decisions every day of his life. Struggling to recover from a traumatic event; a death in a house fire he couldn't prevent, Brayden seeks solace with his mother's dear friend, Carmen on the other side of the country. As far away from his mistakes as possible.
Believing the pendant is the century old Cursed Dragon, Lily's every effort to avoid disaster is failing. When her best friend is kidnapped and held at ransom for the ruby, Brayden is the only one she can trust. Using Lily's historical knowledge to their advantage, Lily and Brayden must race against time to expose the truth and prevent a tragedy.
Mystery, romance, and intrigue abound in this latest offering from PL Harris. The cursed pendant’s discovery leads Lily and Brayden on a harrowing adventure to save a mutual friend, themselves, and maybe break a curse and find a little love in the process. Right now I am torn between wanting to see what else is in that library and exploring Carmen’s house. Fabulous story from start to finish.
Just Write – An easy guide to writing stories by Teena Raffa-Mulligan
Writing stories is like having an adventure. Your imagination can take you anywhere.
Yet not every kid finds story writing easy. Sometimes getting started can feel too hard. Making it to The End can look impossible.
Just Write can help to kick-start the process for kids who are stuck at the start. Find out how to come up with ideas, create interesting characters, paint word pictures and more in this easy-to-follow guide full of activities and helpful examples.
Presented in a friendly, conversational style by a multi-published children's author, it offers a simple process for children to turn their thinking from 'I can't write stories' into 'I can be a writer.'
Do you have a child who’s interested in writing? Or who’s keen to learn? If so, this is a wonderful introduction and guide to storytelling. Reading this book is like having the author by your side, guiding you through the beginning steps of learning to write your own stories and letting the magic of your imagination run free. Her story ideas and suggestions will help spark the stories hidden within. There’s plenty of activities and prompts to try, too.
Ms Raffa-Mulligan’s gift for sharing stories with children shines through in her examples and advice and would be a wonderful addition to any school library.
As mentioned earlier, our Sweet Delights anthology launch was a wonderful success. My next Trinket Bay book, An Ear to the Ground releases on July 30. (Just a few sleeps away.) I’ll share some pictures of that launch on my next blog.
In the meantime, it’s back to writing book three, and I really, really wish I could write / type faster.
Until next time, may all your stories be happy ones.