Wet and Wild, Debbie’s been busy

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

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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.

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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!

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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).

 

 

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Happy New Year

Hi all. Haven’t been on here for a while. Sorry, not neglect, just a crazy busy life and I’m one of those people who likes to wait till she has something worthy of saying before putting it out there.

So to start the year off with a bang, I’ve decided to share some thoughts on the book I’m currently reading. The Stand, Stephen King.

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I haven’t finished yet so no spoilers please, but it’s quite spine-chilling the amount of things he writes about, which at that time (the 70’s I believe) were purely fictional, but if you look at the world now, it’s very easy to believe many of them have come true. Apart from the worldwide virus taking us all out … and they way GMO’s, pollution etc are going, it’s not a totally far-fetched scenario either.

Scary times people. We are living a Stephen King Thriller, and we all know how many make it out of those alive…

Not trying to be a downer, but I think we all need to try our utmost to help alleviate the damage humans are doing to this planet. At least as much as in our power to do so. Research things. Be aware. Don’t blindly trust those in charge, for contrary to what they say, they do NOT always (in fact rarely) have our best interests at heart. Money and greed have been taking a terrible toll on the world. It cannot continue to have free reign to do so.

Apart from that, be well, be safe and if you can, be happy.

Author in Aussie

outback spectacular

Had a ball of a time recently on holiday in Australia with family. As per usual, I was totally spoiled by being surprised with a night out at the Outback Spectacular show. Absolutely loved it! The show was full-on and breathtaking. Costumes, lighting and performance all top-notch. And although they were catering for over 1000 guests, the meal arrived hot and delicious.

I highly recommend seeing one of these shows for a great night out (especially if you’re particularly fond of horses).

This holiday was super special as I had the privilege of being present for the birth of my very first grandchild, a bonny wee boy who has stolen a big chunk of my heart.

My dopey dog at home decided to go neurotic and get extreme separation anxiety, resulting in jumping a high fence, not quite making it and separating the bones in his femur …. so I’m the vets favourite customer this month, again!

Ah well, the fun never stops in this neck of the woods. Take care all. Mind those fences.

My horse Storm