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  1. Unnerving and The Cabin Sessions

    It’s been a big week for The Cabin Sessions. First I received a warm and thoughtful review in Unnerving Magazine…









    …and I was then invited to be interviewed.


    To read the full review, and so much more click on the link.  http://www.unnervingmagazine.com/
    Click for more on The Cabin Sessions 

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  2. #AWW challenge completed!

    I signed up late to the 2017 Australian Women Writer’s challenge. Despite those lost months, I committed to reviewing at least six books by Australian women authors, which is known as the ‘Franklin’ challenge. I ended up reviewing seven titles and I would have written more had I not found myself unexpectedly moving house!
    What a delightful experience the #AWW has been! I’ve ventured into genres I wouldn’t normally read. I’ve found many absolute gems along the way.
    I began with Kathryn Gossow’s Cassandra, an absolutely charming literary coming of age story. “Cassandra is laced with evocative descriptions of rural Queensland. Gossow’s characterisations are convincing and her pacing measured. Early suspense shades into a textured ...
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  3. Reading from The Cabin Sessions on The New Panic Room Radio Show

    I’m super excited and just a little bit spooked to be reading from my dark psychological thriller, The Cabin Sessions on The Panic Room Radio Show, hosted by horror/bizarro author and blog radio personality James H Longmore and Dark Poet Princess Xtina Marie.
    new release! The Cabin Sessions – for those who like their horror dark and psychological.
    The question for me is, which segment? Well here’s the weird bit. I recall a section I really like, bring up my Mobi file on my Tablet, scroll along at random…and somehow manage to land on the exact page.


    Tune in tomorrow, Friday 3rd November from 1.30pm .  http://www.panicroomradio.com/   
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  4. #NaNoWriMo here I come!

    I cannot believe that tomorrow I start the #NaNoWriMo challenge. After all, I’m in the middle of moving house. I have a novel I’m readying to submit. I have another in draft form on my desk and three more in the planning stage. How can I even think to take on something else right now? I must be barking mad!
    But…
    Here’s why – if I don’t take the challenge, TWERK may never get written. Not with all of my other projects demanding my attention. I’ve had ideas for this novel for about two years. I’ve planned and story boarded it three times. I have the characters, the plot, the research all done. I’ve figured out a new setting and another plot twist. There is nothing stopping me ...
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  5. The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett

    I am delighted to share my review of Elizabeth Jane Corbett’s debut novel, The Tides Between.

    “In 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bride’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairy tales to the far side of the world.
    When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook ...
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  6. Artefacts and other stories by Rebecca Burns

    I’m delighted to share my review of Artefacts and other stories by Rebecca Burns

    That dandelion. A flash of stubborn yellow in a dark box of space. It had promised sunshine but had tasted sour. Artefacts. A dandelion. A mayfly. A family, bereft. Items and mementos of a life, lived hard and with love, or long, empty, bitter. In these sharply drawn and unflinching short stories, Rebecca Burns unpicks the connection between the lives we live and what we leave behind.
    My Review
    The short story form is hard to master. There are many strictures and the word length alone demands taut and pointed prose. Few can manage the ...
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  7. The Cabin Sessions and Alex Legg: A novel in memory of a remarkable musician

    I didn’t plan to write a horror novel. Not at first. Although the elements were there from the start.
    The genesis of The Cabin Sessions began in 2012, during a period of my life in which I attended an open mic every Wednesday night without fail. The open mic was held in a log cabin up in the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne, Australia. I was living with the host, Scottish troubadour and gifted songwriter, Alex Legg. Every Wednesday, I would help him carry in the gear. I drank the rider. At the end of the night, making sure I didn’t stagger, I would help pack up.
    That year, I was writing short stories in between being Alex’s ...
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  8. The Cabin Sessions available for preorder

    I am delighted to announce that my debut dark fiction novel is available for preorder. Just click on the link.
    http://hellboundbookspublishing.com/cabinsessions.html
    This book is special to me. I wrote it at the same time as A Perfect Square. I see the novels as twins. Both contain dark themes. Both aim to disturb.
    With The Cabin Sessions I set out to explore themes of domestic violence and child abuse, by exploring what might happen to people who live in absolute denial, or immobilising fear. At first I didn’t know if I could produce a character twisted enough for my purposes. Then along came Eva Stone. I wrote ...
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  9. El árbol de Drago

    Estoy encantado de revelar la portada de la edición española de mi novela, El árbol de Drago.
    Ella quería olvidar, permitir a este ambiente de tremendo aislamiento consumirla.
    Perseguida por los demonios del pasado y el presente, la geóloga Ann Salter busca refugio en la exótica isla de Lanzarote. Allí conoce al carismático escritor Richard Parry y al alfarero nativo Domingo y juntos explorar la isla. Ann se encuentra con tesoros ocultos de la isla que caen en un viaje profundo dentro de ella misma, se esfuerza para comprender quién fue ella, quién es ella, y quién ella quiere ser. El árbol de Drago es una anécdota intrigante de traición, conquista ...
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  10. The Cabin Sessions cover reveal!

    Welcome to The Cabin Sessions. Are you ready to be entertained?

    I’m delighted to reveal the cover of my latest book release. The Cabin Sessions is a dark psychological thriller/horror novel coming out in October.

    Big thanks to HellBound Books!

    Enter the remote and tight knit town of Burton, once a stronghold of the exclusive Kinsfolk cult.  Meet the tormented and strange Eva Stone…

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  11. Dead Again by Sandi Wallace

    The second in Wallace’s rural crime series, Dead Again is a fast-paced thriller set in the fictitious town of Bullock in the Yarra ranges east of Melbourne, and in the historic spa town, Daylesford.

    “It is almost two years since wildfires ravaged the tiny town of Bullock, and Melbourne journalist, Georgie Harvey, is on assignment in the recovering town to write a feature story on the anniversary of the tragedy.
    In nearby Daylesford, police officer, John Franklin, is investigating a spree of vandalism and burglaries, while champing to trade his uniform for the plain clothes of a detective.
    When Georgie’s story and Franklin’s ...
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  12. Writers chat writing – my debut vlog appearance!

    I was delighted to guest on screenwriter Claire Duffy’s vlog. We chatted about writing, naturally. So here I am in my workroom, against a dark background, feeling a bit envious of all that white behind Claire! These are the realities of vlogging! On radio you can turn up in your trackies. Hmm. Something else to get used to in this advancing world of ours. Anyway, we had a ball. I hope you enjoy it. You can find Claire Duffy here.

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  13. Call to Juno (A Tale of Ancient Rome Book 3) by Elisabeth Storrs

    I am delighted to share my review of Elisabeth Storr’s Call to Juno, the third book in the Tales of Ancient Rome saga, which includes The Wedding Shroud and The Golden Dice. I haven’t read the first two in this series.

    “Four unforgettable characters are tested during a war between Rome and Etruscan Veii.
    Caecilia has long been torn between her birthplace of Rome and her adopted city of Veii. Yet faced with mounting danger to her husband, children, and Etruscan freedoms, will her call to destroy Rome succeed?
    Pinna has clawed her way from prostitute to the concubine of the Roman general Camillus. Deeply in love, can she exert ...
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  14. A small collection of poems

    A friend told me recently I should write poetry. I found these poems tucked away in my files. Some are nearly twenty years old! I make no pretensions when it comes to being a poet, but I do like this little offering. I hope you do too.

     

    Dreams

    In the silence of the night
    I dream
    Waking dreams
    Of whirling
    In time so still
    A vortex of tense nothingness.  (1998)

    Wounds

    We all have our wounds, kind sir
    The willows weep
    branches billow in fractured sunlight
    My mother’s curse

    Mary in yonder days
    Scant eyes upon the widow’s peak
    In the icicle cold ways ...
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  15. Charles La Trobe and my visit to the State Library of Victoria

    It’s funny, the places a writing project will take you, especially when the project is historical fiction. Last week I visited the State Library of Victoria. I wanted to view the building, explore the library and talk with librarians. I didn’t allow sufficient time. I needed a whole day.

    To start my little tour, I went to stand by the statue of Victoria’s first governor. Charles La Trobe is a member of the aristocratic La Trobe-Bateman family. He and his cousin, book illuminator and garden designer Edward La Trobe, both came to Australia in the 1800s, while the rest of the family remained in Britain. It was Charles La Trobe’s ...
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