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Suspense Sisters at the Payneham Library
Wednesday 4th November at 6.30 - 7.30 pm

Join Rowena Holloway and Sandy Vaile as they talk about their writing journeys, love of strong heroines, and our fast-paced suspense novels.
Book signing, wine and nibbles afterwards.

Book here...

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Hatching Stories at the Halifax Cafe
Thursday 12th November, 7.00 to 8.30 pm

Celebrate the Novelist's Circle group's 5th birthday with an evening of readings.
Meals, snacks and refreshments available to purchase.

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More details here...

Dolphin Daydream

Join me on the Fearless Prose blog, and hear all about my incredible experience swimming with wild bottle-nose dolphins, off the coast of Western Australia.

It didn't take long before we spotted grey dorsal fins breaking the sparkling surface of the ocean, and the boat slowed. Before I knew it, I was submerged and sleek bodies torpedoed through the water, twisting and looping all around me.
It was an exhilarating experience that left me breathless.
Read all about little Kelly - a calf that entertained us  no end - and more, here...
Happy Halloween!

Us Aussies are new this spooky celebration, even wary of it. Despite there being loads of scary paraphenalia in the shops, and people throwing spooky-themed parties, most people don't participate.

The children on the other hand, are embracing it. My son will be trick or treating for the first time, and is super excited. He spent hours selecting the perfect mask (some thing green with an axe hanging out of it) and creating a costume (he took scizzors to old skeleton-print pyjamas and plans on drizzling the top with fake blood). 

He's planning on pulling a big hoard of chocolates and lollies tomorrow night, and testing the theory that you can only eat so much in one sitting. <grin> Yes, I'm grinning, because he's staying at a friend's house, so I won't get the full affect of the sugar hit.

Have fun peeps!


November is National Novel Writing Month, when thousands of authors around the world glue their bums to chairs (not literally - this isn't BDSM) and churn out 50,000 words. No kidding!

Best of luck to all those enthusiastic bodies. There are plenty of support groups, pep talks and inspirational information shared.

I'm all for the theory that getting words on the page without procrastination or self-editing is a brilliant way forward. Unfortunately, November is the worst time of the year ever for me. N
orthern hemisphere writers might be huddled in cozy dens by open fires, but us southeners are busy enjoying the sunshine.

Not to mention Christmas is just around the corner. Aggh! The pace of life just keep getting faster until the new year.

Check out my latest WIP here...

Children look at us strangely when we tell them about videos and records. Will they  one day do the same with books? Nah.
Cartoon by Marc Anderson
A story about resilience.
Available in hard copy and eBook,

Light the Night

On Friday 16th October the McLaren Vale community gathered together to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. It was a time to remember those who have lost their battle and support those who are still struggling.

Blue lanterns were lit to show support, gold lanterns to remember a loved one, and white lanterns to represent a personal journey. My family remembered Laurie, who contracted Leukaemia during the Maralinga bomb blasts, and fought a long and difficult battle bravely.

Heart-breaking and uplifting stories were shared over a barbeque dinner, to the sounds of a fantastic band, with lots of great raffle prizes donated by local businesses.

The atmosphere was peaceful as the lanterns were lit and people walked around the dark oval.
The night was filled with floating lights.
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