2020 already…where did the time go?

What do these two pictures have in common? Well, since you asked so nicely, I shall tell you.

The one on the left is the logo of my publishing company, Blue Phoenix NZ Ltd. The one on the right is the house-bus my partner and I have just bought recently. After much serious thought, and deliberation, not to mention a few bourbons to christen the new ride, we have decided to name her Moonshine Phoenix. Moonshine due to my partners love of brewing a darn good Bourbon, and phoenix due to my passion for writing and also the fact that the bus got half way home before a terrible crunching racket began emanating from her bowels and we had to detour on the trip home to a nice friendly diesel mechanic. It appeared she had popped a really big foo foo valve, (or whatever the big bus equivalent is) and was in desperate need of repairs. Said mechanic is now giving a new life to this poor neglected old gal! Needless to say she will be back with us in due course and the new adventure begins 🙂 Watch this space…

Photo by Anthony on Pexels.com

So… lately my blog has been about as lively as this cute but sedentary wee gargoyle. Sorry about that. Had rather a busy year last year, what with finishing my degree, running for regional council, writing another book and beginning a new job.

Still, I’m not one for excuses. I’m back and rearing to go. I’ve got another two books on the go and excited about sharing updates with you along the way.

And if my muse is playing hard to get, I’ll just procrastinate and tell you all about the house bus adventures/dramas instead. 🙂 No doubt you will likely find those stories every bit as amusing as the ficitonal ones I write.

It’s the end of summer here in NZ and I’m truly over the stifling heat. Apologies if you are up in the northern hemisphere freezing your niplets off. I’m sure the warmer weather up there will be on its way soon. It’s finally cool enough to go to sleep without melting into a puddle so I will bid you all good evening and try to get back to this blog before 2021.

Sophie is a fruitbat

No promises mind …

The Last Haven by Teresa Schulz (The Lost Land Series Book 3) by Teresa Schulz #Trilogy @vetgirl4z

Officially blushing now… best review I’ve had…ever!


The Last Haven (The Lost Land Series Book 3) by [Schulz, Teresa]BOOK DESCRIPTION

Genevieve MacGregor has tried to move on from the untimely loss of her beloved husband Nate, two years past. Still, her family worry as they see the vibrant woman they knew, slip deeper into a melancholy shell.
Neil, scientist and family friend, is burdened with guilt and can’t bear to see the haunted look in Gen’s eyes. When he hears an explosion on the northern border of the valley, Neil is first on the spot to investigate. An old woman’s dying words dare to give him the hope he has been praying for.
The only problem being that this Holy Grail of Redemption with Gen appeared to be residing in the Hell on Earth he had escaped from, seven years ago.
The Last Haven is the third book in The Lost Land series.


The Last Haven (The Lost Land Series Book 3)


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Avenge My Chief (The Lost Land Series Book 2) by Teresa Schulz #Trilogy @vetgirl4

Thanks Susan for the wonderful review. Immensely pleased you enjoyed the trilogy.



It is now 2035 and Gen and Nate MacGregor’s family have overcome the traumatic upheaval in their lives since the oil ran out. Five years on and they are finally looking forward to some ‘quiet’ years together.
The rest of the world though, is not surviving these times quite so well as the MacGregors. Thousands have died from starvation. Wars have broken out in many countries over dwindling resources. Cities have crumbled as the world’s leaders and infrastructure has failed, leaving survivors to deal with life in whatever way they can. Many who have made it this far, have done so with cunning and ruthlessness.
The cruel twist of fate’s knife is felt once again when newcomers to Arrow Valley betray their generosity and Gen finds herself in danger, again, of losing everything she loves.
Will the strong head of this family, once again show true-grit in the…

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Oh, that’s right…must write in my blog at some stage this year

Yay! Exams are over

Now that I’ve finished studying for the year I can get back to the fun stuff … writing!

To be honest, I’ve decided to give something slightly different a go. Audio books are all the rage these days, so I’ve been looking into getting some of my books done in Audio. Wee problem there. Doesn’t seem to be a big happening thing in NZ just yet. Not to mention my stories have a distinctly Kiwi voice to them, limiting the kind of narrator I could employ.

So, being the wild, crazy impulsive kind of chick that I am, I decided what the hell, I’m going to give recording my own book a try. I will inflict the result on some poor unsuspecting associate and if they find it palatable, upload for human consumption 🙂

While you’re waiting with eager anticipation for that one (humour me, if I don’t blow my own trumpet, who will?) I will also be getting stuck in to the other two novels I’ve had on the back burner over the last few months. I have approximately three months to fill before having to drag myself back to the boring grown-up stuff (i.e. study). The challenge is set. I shall check back with you in due course to update on progress.

In the meantime, the kids are harassing me to put up the Christmas decorations and tree. So if I don’t get back to you before then, Happy Silly Season and keep safe out there. xox

Happy Easter Everyone

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(image by Joe Wolf – Flickr cc)

I just wanted to wish everyone out there a safe and happy Easter. Those in NZ, stay safe with the rough weather on the way. (Yes there is more of it … don’t shoot the messenger.) Eat loads of chocolate and hot cross buns and enjoy the holiday period with the family.


BARBED WIRE AND DAISIES by TERESA SCHULZ #Book Review #TBConFB #Suspense @vetgirl4

Awesome review from Susan at Books From Dusk Till Dawn. Thanks again.




Barbed Wire and Daisies is a novel set in future rural New Zealand. The tale starts in the year 2030 as world wide oil supplies come to a grinding halt overnight. There are now hoards of starving, desperate people in the overcrowded cities. Looting, violence and chaos become rife. Living in a remote valley, Gen is a kick ass, protective mother who, along with husband Nate, will stop at nothing to defend her family and protect what is hers from the depraved, sometimes cannibalistic survivors who come crawling out of the cities to the countryside, in search of food. It soon becomes survival of the fittest. Who will win?


5 stars “Zombies move over, this book just made “D Day” realistic.” Amazon Australia Review 6 April 2015

There are not many stories that can capture both genuine humour as well as…

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Wet and Wild, Debbie’s been busy

Lordy, that almost sounds like the name of a cheap porn movie, doesn’t it?


The reality is somewhat less entertaining. Cyclone Debbie has been busy making mischief in Australia and now New Zealand. Apparently, thanks to climate change, we can expect more of these extreme weather events, floods, etc. Too many lives are lost unnecessarily in these things, and the cost of recovery afterwards is high. It’s well past time the oil industry lost its grip on the governments of this world. Surely it would be cheaper to quickly transition to cleaner, greener sustainable energy, than to continue mopping up after Debbie, or Alice or whoever the next wet, windy weather-trollop is that leaves us in the drink?

Anyway, on to less depressing topics. I am almost ready to publish the last book in  The Chameleon Shop trilogy. It has been an exciting journey with Kaylee and her friends, and I’m rather pleased with the final result. Hopefully the children, (and their Mums or Dads, who have also enjoyed reading books 1 and 2 to their young ones)  will be satisfied with the exciting climax of the series. That should be up on Amazon (and other outlets) by the end of April this year.

The second book in my adult  (Lost Land series), Avenge My Chief  is coming along nicely. The novel is with my editor and a new cover page is at the design stage. I will keep you posted on when that is due for publication, hopefully later this year.

There will be a final book in the Lost Land trilogy, titled The Last Haven, but I am still busy writing that one.


Apart from writing and publishing, I have been busy with my family. We had a lovely time at Hobbiton, in Matamata. I’m a HUGE Lord of the Rings fan and wanted to visit since the movies came out.

My mini-mes keep me on my toes in between writing and study. I have returned to Massey University to finish an Environmental Science degree. Water is life, and our waterways need some serious help.

So, busy, busy but happily moving along in several directions at once, like a hot lava flow from a rather vigorous volcano!


Image via Flickr Creative Commons courtesy of Maxwell Hamilton.

Until next blog, stay safe, stay warm, (or cool if you’re in the Northern hemisphere) and keep reading!

Oh and please, if you enjoy a good book, feel free to share the love, and let others know about it by leaving a brief, honest review. (Goodreads or Amazon are good places for those).



#BlogTour | #GuestPost: The Watcher by Netta Newbound (@nettanewbound) @BloodhoundBook

I’ve read a few of Netta’s thrillers and enjoyed every one of them. She has some useful tips for writers in this interview as well. Congrats on ‘The Watcher’ Netta!


the watcher cover.jpg“Life couldn’t get much better for Hannah. She accepts her dream job in Manchester, and easily makes friends with her new neighbours.

When she becomes romantically involved with her boss, she can’t believe her luck. But things are about to take a grisly turn.

As her colleagues and neighbours are killed off one by one, Hannah’s idyllic life starts to fall apart. But when her mother becomes the next victim, the connection to Hannah is all too real.

Who is watching her every move?

Will the police discover the real killer in time?

Hannah is about to learn that appearances can be deceptive.”

I am delighted to welcome you to my stop on the The Watcher blog tour.  The Watcher is written by Netta Newbound and was published by the fantastic Bloodhound Books at the end of last month (January 2017).  I have been wanting to read a novel by Netta…

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Save Money on Professional Edits—6 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Own Manuscript

Such useful tips, thank you Kristen

Kristen Lamb's Blog


Over my career I have literally edited thousands of works, most of them written by emerging writers. My greatest frustration always was (and still is) when I couldn’t even GET to critiquing the deeper story elements because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

Good editors are NOT cheap. There are also many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing oopses you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT of your novel. This means you will spend less money and get far higher value.

#1 The Brutal Truth about Adverbs, Metaphors and Similes

I have never met an adverb, simile, or metaphor I didn’t LOVE. I totally dig description, but it can present problems.

First of all, adverbs are not ALL evil. Redundant adverbs are evil. If…

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