I’m signing!!!
July 11, 2012, 8:57 am
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Yes, indeed, in just two weeks from now it will be time for the RWAmerica Reading for Literacy Autographing and I’ll be there, one of some 400 authors signing. Proceeds from books sales go to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Read Orange County and Literacy Volunteers-Huntington Valley. No outside books are allowed into the event but there will be plenty on sale inside.

Hope to see you there!




Michelle Conder!
April 14, 2012, 12:15 pm
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Has played the Lucky 7 game. You can read her fabulous excerpt here at Michelle’s blog spot


Thanks Michelle, your next book sounds fabulous!

Meanwhile I’m still stuck in the current work in progress in Venice. Not a bad place to be stuck, admittedly. Here’s a pic of a lovely winding bendy canal with a view.


Right now this is a bit how I feel with the manuscript – there’s a happy ending there somewhere, just around the bend, but the bend seems to be going forever and the ending is out of view, but the promise is there. Right now, that’s what I have to go on. It’s not a bad view if you have to have faith in the unseen:-))




PS: this is really embarrassing…
April 6, 2012, 1:12 pm
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I’ve changed computers and the new one won’t recognise my website software…


So it’s not all bad. I’ve been thinking of updating the entire site for a few months. Maybe this is the kicker, the one thing that gives me the impetus to finally do something!

Ooh, was getting all excited there at the prospect of change and new horizons, until I realised I had a looming deadline.

So bear with me. it’s about time the website had a huge makeover so maybe it might even happen. But not till after deadline. You see, there’s this book to write:-))

more on venice…
April 6, 2012, 12:34 pm
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I’m loving writing this story and revisiting the places hubby and I visited just a few short months ago. It’s funny to look at the random shots I took then and see them working now in a story I was only barely  tinkering with at the time – it really is quite strange how the mind works.

Here’s a few(?) random shots – that may or may not work their way into this next book (you’ll just have to read it to find out:-))

March 13, 2012, 8:57 am
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I’ve been thinking about Venice a lot lately. It’s the setting for my current work in progress, and if you’ve read Secrets of Castillo del Arco (out in the UK in Jan/Feb in Australia/New Zealand, you’ll know it’s a large part of that book as well (as well as scenes set on the windswept and barren Galician coast of Spain).

I first visited Venice in the mid 1990’s, while hubby’s job was based in the UK for 18 months. At the end of that trip, we and the three kids (that we knew about then – ha – little did we know!)  -aged 5, 3 and just 1, took a few weeks to travel around. We headed for Scotland seeing summer that year had been surprisingly long and seemingly endless, but that soon changed the moment we set foot in Scotland. We grew used to people saying through the mists and mizzle, “Ooch, you should a been here last week.”  And so we turned tail and headed for Italy (it’s not that big a distance by Aussie standards so not that daunting a road trip). We visited Florence and the hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano and Pisa, and even Romeo and Juliet’s old town of Verona. While we were so close, we made a gorgeous day trip to Venice. I know, a day trip. Hardly time at all to explore such an amazing place, and yet such a glorious day that Venice stayed with me through the years, along with the desire to one day go back.

Secrets of Castillo del Arco gave me the chance to go back through my writing. I adored the research, revisiting the major sites and then some. And the more I researched, the more I knew there was to discover about this magical city – and not via fading memories and photographs of how it had been and not via books and the world wide web – but by actually being there and experiencing the magic first hand once again.

In October 2011 hubby and I made it back, and this time for five days. It was the most brilliant five days…

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We stayed in a couple of gorgeous hotels overlooking the Grand Canal and had time to listen to the slap of water against the buildings, to see the sway of the piles in the wash from vaporettos, to hear the call of the birds at dawn after the church bells had rung out across the city and sent them from their roosts into the grey light of the morning. We had the time to explore and get lost, and found and lost again in the labyrinthian Venetian passageways.

And I just knew that I had barely skimmed the surface with Secrets of Castillo del Arco and I would just have to write another Venetian set story.

Which is where I am now, merging ideas and memories and imagination and hoping to come up with a story that does this amazing city of Venice justice.

Here’s hoping!

I’ll be uploading more photos of our Venetian trip soon, as I trawl through them for the gems that speak to me of this story. Stay tuned.