Blue Phoenix…

My Muse

Life can throw you curve balls. Good times would not feel quite so good, were it not for the difficult times you need to overcome. Adapt. Roll with. The sun still comes up. Life goes on.

I have chosen the blue phoenix as my publishing name and my muse, as he burns to ashes, and is reborn to fight again. I find some camaraderie in that. Anyone feeling a little rudderless, lost, down-in-the-dumps at the moment, Kia Kaha people. Keep an eye out for that new opportunity just around the corner. Or something you have been wanting to do for some time, but kept finding excuses not to.

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I got this to help motivate myself. Can’t ignore my muse when he follows me around everywhere.

I have always told my kids, if you find your life sucks, then make a plan and change it. I’m hoping to work on some audio versions of my books soon, as my books are based in NZ and I think the characters will not sound genuine unless they have that Kiwi accent.

Videos seem quite popular on the internet as well. I am going to brave my introvert fears and put some more of those up on Social Media as well. Even if it is just to introduce you guys to my pet sheep in Halcombe. If there is anything in particular you would like to know about my life in NZ, don’t be shy. Sing out!

I’m off to work on my current projects. In the meantime …

My Lost Lands trilogy, Avenge my Chief, has a new cover. If you’re stuck home due to Covid and bored, the first book in the series is FREE.

Stay cool guys.

Bye for now.

T

Merry Christmas…By the way, you’re Fired!

Merry Christmas from Teresa

Hey guys,

Interesting story about that headline. I’ll come back to that. Man, I don’t think I’ve done a blog on here for a long time. Sorry about that. Life, study, work, kids … all hog my time a bit. I have been longing to get back into my writing, but until I hit the big-time I need another income.

About that income, my current (slightly boring, but respectable) job was supposed to carry on for another 2 years, and I was told 2 days before Christmas, ‘yeah we’re really sorry but we’re not extending your contract.’

So… after working really hard, studying for the position and the extra expense THAT cost, I am in the end, it appears, expendable.

Should have stuck to my writing huh?

Anyway, shit happens, and life goes on. I’ll tell you about some other cool stuff that I’ve been up to this year. Finally got myself a reliable car, and a little piece of paradise in the country-side.

The beginnings of my orchard

Some consolation for the job ending is while working there, it helped me get this. Now she’s quite humble at present, but one day, I’m going to build myself a mini-Shire round them there hills… watch this space.

We spent New Years out there in our bus, Mooshine Phoenix, and sat by the brazier and watched the fireworks the locals set off in this quiet country village. It was magical, peaceful and we loved it.

I have also gained a beehive over the Christmas break. We are going to have loads of honey to share soon. Not bad for a lady who had a bit of a phobia for flying bugs, huh?

Anyway, back to the writing. I still have two books, well actually three now, on the go. Now that I am temporarily out of work I may just get one of them finished.

Keep you posted.

Till then, feel free to leave me a message via my chat page, or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or where ever. Love to hear from people. I may suffer from lack of social morning tea chats for a bit, so help a brother (sister) out here and say Hello.

Take care, I shall try to check in again in less than 12 months… promise.

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…

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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.

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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!

BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

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.

BUY LINK:

The Last Haven (The Lost Land Series Book 3)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS…

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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.

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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.

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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

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?

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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).