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In an amazing development — my latest book ‘Keeper of Secrets’ arrived early!

My dogs tried to eat the delivery bloke, but he managed a smile.

Strangely, (it happens every time a new book comes from the printers) I have an adverse reaction — a mild sort of depression. A good friend suggested that it might be fear — fear of failure — fear of success. It is such an emotional journey, so it does not surprise me that I feel weird.

I opened the box (with one of my recent books I waited three days before opening the box!) and examined the book, praying that after all that preparation there would be no obvious mistakes (it was perfect). I showed the book to Scotty, and she was very pleased.

From there, the day unfolded, and I did my best to hide inside the various chores that needed doing (the lawns got mowed which shows how desperate I was to avoid facing my feelings –lol) Scotty went off to help a friend with her assignment, and I did my thing.

Late in the day, I got a text suggesting I come around to our friend’s house and have pizza with the ladies. When I got there, the ladies were a glass of wine (or two) ahead of me. Normally I would say ‘no thank you’, but on this day, my muscles hurt and my head needed to relax, so I had a glass.

The pizza delivery bloke was a happy soul, and I gave him a decent tip (I reasoned that one of us should be happy). Pizza and red wine (two of the essential daily food groups) had their effect, and I started to relax.

I brought a copy of the book to give to our friend (she had read the first draft and gave valuable feedback). The book had changed from the time our friend had read the first draft. I ‘beefed up’ a couple of the minor characters and I named one of those characters after our friend. Scotty opened the book at the relevant chapter and read it to us (did Hemingway or Fitzgerald’s wives do this in their tiny apartment in Paris, back in the day?). I listened to my words and smiled at our friend’s reaction to hearing her name.

I know it sounds strange, but I liked what I heard. Up until that moment, my words had always been inside my head, and they rang with my voice. There is something special about hearing your work read out loud by someone other than yourself. The pizza and wine and the reading made me relax — the book is as good as I thought it would be.

The rest of the evening was filled with laughter and conversation.

Now it’s the next morning — my head hurts a little bit, and I am left with the memory of an excellent evening spent with good friends and the one I love. Whatever happens to this little book, I will always remember the day it arrived (early) and the celebration that followed. Tomorrow, the book goes live, and I will ultimately find out if the book finds an audience, but in the meantime, I can sit and enjoy the silence that comes with great anticipation.




Paperback and Hardback

1 Day to Keeper of Secrets

Rufus on paper

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Rufus arrived early (when does that ever happen at this time of the year?). The delivery guy failed to catch the attention of my dogs so I had to go to the post office to retrieve them. Dropped off a complimentary copy to my illustrator on my way home. She was at work and a customer wanted to know what all the fuss was about. My illustrator was very happy. I’m a little bit out of it at the moment. Just waiting for it to pass. It’s a shame because this moment is special — when a box of books arrives. Nothing is getting through the fog, but there is always tomorrow. These last few months have been full on. Four books published in almost as many months. I’m a bit tired, but also pleased to have achieved so much this year. Thank you to anyone reading this if you have been supportive during the year, it is always appreciated and very much needed.

If you are in Australia I can post you a copy $29 AUD inc postage

You can also purchase a copy from my printer. They will mail it to you anywhere in the world.

eBook copies from:

Smashwords (all versions)

Amazon Kindle

Apple iBooks

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Red Wheelbarrow is a paperback!

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The third book in my anthology short story series is now on paper!

This is always a special moment because it is the last stage in a long process. The books arrived at my door a couple of days ago, but I have been busy pasting up RUFUS so that this book can also become a paperback. Now that I have a few moments I can share with you how excited I am that RED WHEELBARROW is finally on paper. This is book 3 in the series (if you add in Slightly Spooky Stories there are four short story anthologies) and book 4 is already under way.

This book is available from me (if you live in Australia) or from Blurb if you live anywhere in the world.

The eBook can be purchased from SMASHWORDS (all formats) or from APPLE iBooks, or from Amazon for Kindle.

Thank you to those loyal souls who ordered a paper copy in advance and thank you to all the people who have supported me along the way.

You keep reading them and I will keep writing them.

Books in my anthology series…….

Loyal and True


Red Wheelbarrow

Slightly Spooky Stories