Published, at last!  Just in case you haven’t noticed over at, I thought I better tell you!  This will be the only promotion I’m doing on this blog.


Thank you all for being part of my long and arduous writing journey! Last week, I pressed publish, a few days before I ought. Then spent a few days frantically correcting last minute errors and formatting. I think I have it almost right.

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After mistaking a leather-clad wizard for a dragonrider, the taverner’s daughter agrees to binding vows: Jarryd hopes for a magic-saving paternity spell but Taniel just wants his dragon. Of course, it is not that simple. It never is… 

(I need a better word than ‘it’ in there )

The title is a bit of a mouthful. The genre is sort of chicklit meets fantasy but I think my male characters are probably stronger. It’s clean.. ish. No graphic descriptions of any intimate situations. Taniel ended up a bit over 81,000 words.

I’m taking part in a group Instafreebie promotion run by author A J Martinez.


The May Spellcaster Giveaway     Genres: Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Witches and Wizards, Short Stories, Fairy Tales  

Instafreebie will be down for maintenance on the 7th, so I thought I’d tell you a few days early.  A.J. was good enough to let me be part of this list-building promotion, even though my list was a big fat ZER0. Technically, I had three sign-ups on Mailchimp but they were all me. I now have 23, and only one of them is me.

I thought I had been too slow getting my application form in to A,J., so I started promoting Taniel: A Corrangorachian Fantasy at Instafreebie, all by myself. If you are curious, go pick up a free copy (mobi, PDF, ePub). Since the freebie is to build my quarterly newsletter list, it comes at the price of sharing your email address.

Later edited to add the BookFunnel link here.

Okay, chucking away my marketing hat now.   🙂

Thanks again for being part of my journey.  Appreciated!

Other Stuff, Taniel, Writing

Taniel: A Corrangorachian Fantasy


Wattpad: Taniel

What do you do when, after thanking someone for scene feedback, they say …?

Thank you for writing such a wondrous piece!

You cry.


What do you do when one of your young readers is moved to do this …?


Taniel drawn by Larkin (Wattpad)


You cry … a lot.

My works on Wattpad


Thanks for looking.

Do have a good weekend.   🙂


Taniel, Vika, Writing

Catch Up

Hello people, I hope this finds you well.  I’m adorning this post with images from our morning walk during June. (Nokia Lumia 530 windows phone)

a small wilderness by the drain

Vika, lingering autumn leaves, strappy belladonna clumps, and masses of green clover

First – let’s get the usual confession out of the way: July already and my self-imposed publishing deadline has come and gone – yet again! Just as well it is flexible. I thought I might put Taniel on preorder in a few weeks, before I realised I still can’t do that because I’ve committed myself to finishing it on Wattpad. I cannot leave my little band of readers hanging when I publish on Amazon’s KDP.

footbridge & autumn leaves


Well, the delay is not just that, of course [sigh]. I now have several different endings for Book One and only a few scenes to edit before I must make up my mind which path I’m taking. This week saw me stalling and procrastinating. In all, I have 20-30 scenes left, depending on my decision. And, since I’m only managing to edit three scenes a week that is another TEN weeks, tops, unless I up my game. So, to those of you dying to be my beta readers … sorry for the extra wait. Hopefully, it will be worth it.


foggy morn at the end of the service road

I have entered Taniel in Wattys2016 – the biggest online writing competition in the world!  One of my followers suggested I should, but it turned out that he meant my haiku book, which surprised me. I think the various winners are announced in September. Needless to say, I feel somewhat bold entering the competition which is as simple as adding a tag to your story. (Ongoing stories are acceptable, excerpts are not.)

I decided to change the rating to Mature. I have mature themes and my few bedroom scenes are a little borderline – not particularly graphic, but Wattpad recently updated their definitions so that they have no grey area. Entering the Wattys will put it under scrutiny by their ‘data scientists’. Better to be safe, than sorry.

Taniel peaked at #459 in Fantasy. Considering that there are millions of books on Wattpad, I was really pleased with that. Mature titles are not included in the rankings. Great. Now I can stop the constant checking.

Gosh, I will have to get that impulse under control before publishing at Amazon.


misty range

Yesterday, I played with the idea of submitting to the publishers who take unsolicited applications online. There will always be a part of me that will wonder … what if I had tried getting traditionally published?  Now I’ve had the thought, I cannot unthink it.

misty rural scene

misty gums

We have had lots of rain. The paddocks are getting lush. Healthwise, my cholesterol levels continue to improve and my weight is very very slowly coming back down.  My blood pressure is under control again. (I’m sure that getting sucked back into my novel’s world had caused the increased heart action.)  I’m seeing a physiotherapist now, so I have to do the exercises I’m told to do. My annual visit to the podiatrist is next week and I’m really looking forward to having my feet buffed again. I’m overdue for my biennial mammogram.

green rural scenery behind my house

rural scenery behind my house mid-June (this one is clickable)


Thanks for reading. I hope you are having a good weekend. I’m going to try and get around a few blogs this coming week. I’ve set up a new organisational diary for myself and have scheduled blog visits and Instagram into it. Hope that works. I hope I work!     🙂

Book Review, Haiku & other Poetry

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge #90: Friend & Shiver

I’m late with this haiku, but didn’t realise until just now.  😮   Oh well, you are getting it, like it or not.

I write in Haiku English Form using 5 / 7 / 5 syllables.

The challenge words are Friend & Shiver

RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge #90 Friend&Shiver

haiku using challenge words: friend & shiver

Did you notice how I snuck in another bee tongue – and what a beauty it is!

And another haiku  I did earlier which I do not wish to waste…  the challenge word shiver set this one off, for who could resist thinking of pirates shivering their timbers. Especially with Ronovan Hester using the word, having co-wrote a pirate tale with P.S.Bartlett – Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling


From the book blurb on Amazon …

I was born in London as Gabriel Wallace. The child of high society; although I was raised to appreciate everything that softly landed in my hand. I followed all the rules. I worked hard, studied hard and ended up a captain in the Royal Navy before my twenty fifth birthday. Unfortunately, I saw the world through my own eyes, not the eyes of my superiors and my vision was clear.
I knew my duty. I knew my job. I also knew deep down, regardless of the loyalty my commission required, my stance was in opposition and it was but a matter of time before they’d force me to stand alone.
Fortunately for me, my crew was loyal too and I had the full support of my closest friend and confidant as well. I didn’t know where I’d end up but I knew one thing for sure; I needed to get the hell out of England and thanks to them, I was taking my ship with me. 

I enjoyed Gabriel Falling, but his righteousness got to me by the end : what a prig! He took it too far sometimes, almost unrealistically so.  Nevertheless, this is a terrific tale of the high seas, and not always what one would expect of a Navy man turned pirate. Methinks more will be revealed in future books. I think he is on another mission, not one just for himself. A book for the boys.

I like sailing books. It might have something to do with my grandfather being a Royal Navy gunner – until 1908 when he jumped ship at New Zealand and done a runner.

Have a good day.     🙂

(goes to unplug internet, muttering the Condo750 post, you haven’t done that  yet … )



Tomorrow becomes today and then it’s gone.

Tomorrow becomes today and then it’s gone. Al Pacino says something like this ‘Stand Up Guys’, and it stuck in my head. So, to give me a daily reminder of time marching by, I’ve changed my tagline.

book oneI’m performing triage on my plot, having already written one-sentence notes for each scene on its own index card – about 70 of them. I need to fill plot holes. You may remember that I decided to split my work-in-progress. I was up to about 120,000 words, but had an earlier natural finishing point. I decided to go smaller, aiming at about 80,000 words. I don’t want it to cost me a small fortune when I buy my Print On Demand copies. Geez, I’m getting ahead of myself.

After writing the ending, I will start on the new scenes. Then I get to start all over again with the review process  – this time with a print-out. And I’ll have to rewrite nearly everything. My ‘voice’ has changed so much over the last 4 years, but I’m confident that going through these plot reviews will save it from being shoved into the fire. I still haven’t found my digital copies of the three scenes I tossed in the fire the other week – I was hasty, perhaps they really were okay.

I will have a manuscript ready for Beta readers by mid-September. (Yeah, I know, I’ve offered up false dates before.)

I’m giving Scrivener a try. I love the free yWriter5 software, but its main drawback is storing multiple projects. You can’t have projects in the same folder, else you overwrite things by accident. I suspect that is what happened to my missing three scenes. Anyway, I have folders all over the place, on two computers. In yWriter5, you drag in your characters, items and location to each scene, and I’m hoping the keyword function in Scrivener will give me that same sort of control. I mustn’t let the bells and whistles distract me, though.

I’ll leave you with some photos. After being minus 2 Celsius during the night, we woke to a damp fog. Dull all day. I have no incentive at all to get my step count up today. Treadmill – blahhh.


Cattle-yards, belonging to the farm next door.

Hay Shed

Hay Shed. So foggy, I couldn’t see the cows.

And, last night, there was this gorgeous light reflecting off the clouds. The sun was setting behind me.

The setting sun, behind me, lighting up the sky.

The setting sun, behind me, lighting up the sky.

All images taken with the Nokia Lumia 530. Thanks for reading.  🙂


How to be a freelance writer – 5 tools for smart planning and time management: Part 2

A REBLOG – Some great advice for those of you with hectic lives and in dire need of time management. I did a MOOC on this subject late last year, setting myself up with a paper calendar based system. I’m still using it – just not efficiently!

Live to Write - Write to Live

Does managing your daily tasks and schedule leave you feeling all tied up? Does managing your daily tasks and schedule leave you feeling all tied up?

“There are never enough hours in the day.”

–        Freelance writers everywhere

The number one lament I hear from fellow freelance writers is always that they don’t have enough time to get everything done. As self-employed writers, finding work, winning work, and getting work done is only half the battle. You also have to invest time (and brain cells) in branding and marketing yourself, handling administrative tasks, and continuing your professional education.

Then there’s the little matter of having a life. We need time to handle all our non-work responsibilities and we want time to enjoy all of life’s pleasures.

Work. Life. Fun. It’s a lot to juggle.

How DO you make sure everything gets done and use your time wisely?

You need a system.

Reality check: I’m a single mom with a young daughter. I…

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