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.

 

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

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

BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

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BOOK DESCRIPTION


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?

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK

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

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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?

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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).

 

 

#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!

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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

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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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Writing in First Person, Present Tense? Think Again

After reading a couple of novels written in this format, I found them a little difficult to finish and was wondering why. This blog post explains it perfectly. Well worth a read if you are an author who prefers writing in the first person – present tense.

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I must admit I wasn’t aware of the growing trend in fiction of authors writing stories and novels in the present tense until I read David Jauss’ chapter “Remembrance of Things Present” in his volume On Writing Fiction (Writers Digest Books, 2011).

If you’ve written something in first person present tense or are in the process of doing so, I strongly recommend you read this chapter. Jauss reviews the origins of present tense writing, suggests why it’s become popular and details seven advantages and 10 disadvantages of using this format. In my humble opinion, the disadvantages win hands down. Yet, Jauss believes it can be done well if the writer is aware of the pitfalls.

In truth, very few writers manage present tense without falling prey to more than one of the negatives. Oddly, I happen to be in the middle of a political thriller that is written in present…

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Only 10 years left? Surely not…

Musings from my notebook, while sitting in a cafe in Feilding, contemplating life…

A blank page. Why is it so hard to start?

I read online this morning that a fairly credible scientist somewhere predicts we humans have at most, ten years left on this planet before we cause our own extinction. Climate change, wild weather patterns, environmental destruction, disappearing potable water resources, overpopulation etc, etc, the depressing list goes on and on.

You would think those reasons would give me some urgency to fill up this notebook … but, I find it all a bit hard to swallow. I’m pinning my hopes on the dream that not only do we have the collective intelligence and technology, but the self-preserving passion to prevent our final performance from becoming the tragedy that scientist predicts.

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Hell – ten years! I will finally have my youngest child almost independent and be ready to actually start doing the things ‘I have always wanted to do’ in ten years time. So I will be damned if I’m going to believe that the big ole Bar Manager in the sky is going to call ‘Closing Time’ on me when I’m just warming up to party!

My life thus far has been a continual process of surviving, just getting through the next day, next week, next year. Making plans, goals, dreams to motivate myself to hang in there when times are tough. To keep hoping when the nights are lonely. To believe and have faith that if I work hard and treat people nicely, one day, karma will be good to me, or at the very least cut me a little slack  and give me a turn at happiness.

But I cannot control what others do in the world. I cannot alleviate all the bad they do to this world and its creatures – no matter how hard I try. Even up-skilling and educating myself more in Politics hasn’t helped a lot. I’m just a tiny bee trying to sting our corrupt leaders in the butt. But to be effective – I know we need the whole swarm to sting them along side me, and sadly most of the swarm of humanity is so damn busy getting jolly off their own royal jelly they either don’t care what the future holds, or don’t want to know.

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So I continue to write my books, to love my kids (even when they’re a bit of a pain, then I just love my wine a little more). I try to find reasons to laugh in life. I try to see the good that some humans are still capable of when disaster strikes, as it has recently with the 7.8 earthquake which decimated Kaikoura and other parts of New Zealand.

What keeps me going is my dreams. To live a simple, peaceful, responsible, happy, stress-free life in the country with those I love nearby, and to enjoy good food and a laugh now and then.

It’s not that much to expect from life, is it?

Time is precious. It cannot be bought. Don’t waste it, but don’t give up on enjoying it either. If you don’t hear from me again before December 25th, Merry Christmas to you all. Stay safe and find a little pearl of happiness where ever you can. xox

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The Single Largest Secret to Success

Completely agree with Kirstin on this. Very useful advice for writers or anyone with a goal they wish to achieve.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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All of us start out writing for different reasons. Perhaps we have dreams of seeing New York Times Best Seller or USA Today Best Seller in front of our names. Perhaps we long to be a household name like Stephen King or even a legend like J.K Rowling.

Some of you might want to see Winner of the Pulitzer Prize on the cover of your books or see your books made into television or major motion pictures. Some writers simply want to finish that one novel and publish it so they can say they wrote a novel.

Every dream is equally noble. There are no right or wrong goals only your goals (and goals evolve as we do). Yet, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the level of sacrifice and self-discipline required to Write a Novel in…

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