Monthly Archives: July 2013

WOW! What a great response to the hop

I’m thrilled with all of the comments that have come from the Summer Splash Blog Hop regarding print books.The only problem is that now I have a really tough job picking just one winner. So, because I am naturally quite indecisive and because you’ve all convinced me to put my paperbacks in storage rather than get rid of them, I have decided to give away three copies of Cruxim, rather than just one.


And the winners are …

Crystal C.

Savannah Miller

Kimberley Mayberry.

I will be in touch via email to find out your postal addresses. For the rest of you, do keep following my Facebook page because I often do giveaways over there too, and you can even sign up to my mailing list to be the first to receive notice of a new release

Thanks so much to all of you for dropping by and commenting, and I hope you enjoyed the blog hop as much as I did.

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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


Hop On into Summer – With a Splash!

So it’s not summer here in Brisbane, but it sure feels like it some days with the thermometer still hovering at around 25+˚C most days. Regardless, for the many talented US and northern hemisphere authors I have come to know and love on my self-publishing journey, it IS summer, and they’ve been kind enough to let this little pale-skinned, hairy-legged, wintry Aussie into this years Summer Splash Blog Hop.


There are many things indie published authors can do to help promote, but few are as fun as a blog hop. The idea is that prize-seekers and booklovers, and even the hop participants themselves, visit all of the pages of those involved to go into the draw to win some fabulous giveaways, and get to know some truly awesome authors in the process.

To find out which authors, visit and then hop along from one to the other to find out what prizes they’re giving away. Prizes include loads of Amazon gift cards,signed books, cookie and goodie hampers, jewellery and even manuscript editing! So make sure you check it out.

Also, I’d like to give you guys a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Cruxim. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me why you love paper books, because let me tell you, as someone who is likely to be packing for a move 2500 odd kilometres away into the dusty Australian outback, I’m eyeing my packed bookshelves askance. 🙂

But hey, at least it is ALWAYS summer in Darwin! Happy (fake) Summer, folks. Enjoy the hop.


Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Blog Hop


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Living the Fantasy

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved reading fantasy novels. There is something freeing about both reading and writing in this genre, something that enables the author and the reader to exist in realms beyond the imagination, places that seem so real and yet so surreal simultaneously. Currently, I’m working on edits for Creche (add it to your TBR list on Goodreads today), the sequel to my dark fantasy novel Cruxim, and I’m seeing even more fantastical elements creep in as I recreate the world of my Cruxim and their backstories (now that my POV character, Amedeo, has learned a little more about his past). If you want advance notice of Creche’s release, as well as a special introductory price for mailing list members, please sign up for my mailing list at

Nowadays, of course, the lines between fantasy and science fiction and swords and sorcery are blurred, and of course, it would be remiss of me to mention the genre without a nod to the greats, like Tolkien, CS Lewis, Mervyn Peake, Raymond E. Fiest and Frank Herbert. But I’m also inspired by the success of more modern fantasy authors and by many fantasy books from my childhood that still resonate with me as a reader. Among them are Robert O’Brien’s The Silver Crown, Maurice Gee’s Halfmen of O, and The Seventh Princess.

As a result, when Tim Flanagan approached me to see if I wanted to be part of the Science Fiction and Fantasy “BIG COMPETITION” Blog Hop and Book Sale, I jumped at the chance. There are some truly wonderful science fiction and fantasy authors participating, and ALL of their books are available for just 99c for 13 and 14 July. Check out the complete list at

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There are also fabulous prizes and giveaways over on the blog page, including Amazon giftcards, signed paperback and other great prizes, so do be sure to enter. I’d also love to hear about your favourite science fiction or fantasy novels in the comments.

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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


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A little taste of what is coming soon …

A little taste of what is coming soon ...

I’ve signed on to this fabulous sci-fi and fantasy book sale, starting on the 13-14 July. Heaps of excellent fantasy and science fiction books for just 99c, as well as some great prizes for participating. Coming soon

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Posted by on July 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


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