Updates from Fiji.

We have a few days left to enjoy this tropical paradise.  It is work for one of us, and writing for the other.  But the good news, there are no dishes, no animals to clean up after and no meals to cook.

Our time in the Yasawa Islands was unkind weather wise.  Torrential rain and temperatures lower than we have ever experienced here before.  My favourite place to write had one submerged boat, lost their beach and caused me much anxiety on the float plane trip back to the mainland.

The Quilt, Unravelled hit #1 in World Literature, Australian and Oceanian this week, and the new manuscript is progressing nicely.

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I cant wait to share a part of this story with you.  The new book is another rocky life story, full of life’s trials and tribulations and some colourful characters.

Enjoy a few images of our time in Fiji.  The resort in the Yasawa’s normally has a deep sweep of white sand beach.  The boat photograph is taken just after boarding our small float plane.  This is not my favourite thing to do and always makes me question my failing agility.

Have a great day and please visit my Facebook page.  I love to share news about books, writing and life down under.

Yasawa Islands, Fiji.

Yasawa Islands, Fiji.

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Water boarding from long boat.

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Storms over the Yasawa Island chain from air.

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The best image of a sunset I have captured this trip. Normally a vivid display, winter has robbed the sky of its glory. The cover of The Quilt, Unravelled is a sunset image taken by our son, in Fiji.

My failed attempt to escape winter

It is not a secret that I don’t like the cold.  In fact, during my younger years, I headed back to New Zealand from the UK when my drip drying jeans grew leg icicles.  Currently I am sitting in the Yasawa Group of Islands in Fiji, looking at a dismal grey sky and hoping the rain will stay away long enough for me to walk off an indulgent breakfast.  Of course it is winter up here, and it is warmer than at home, but the likelihood of a tan is fading as quickly as my allocated days of rest.

When the word Fiji is mentioned I am sure, for most of us, we think of low atolls of white sand, sitting in crystal clear expanses of blue water.  Yes that is the correct image for many areas of this paradise.  However many more Fiji’s exist.  Rugged rain forest covered islands, scant iron clad housing and rock formations that are a testament to a violent volcanic past.

We are up in the Yasawa group of Islands, a chain of spectacular rocky cliffs and coves of white sand beaches.  Here are some of the images I took while flying over, and some I captured while walking yesterday.   Enjoy and have a great weekend.

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"Typical" Fiji

“Typical” Fiji

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Coral by air

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View from what was previously known as Mafia Island

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“Yasawa Islands”

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Testament to a dramatic past.

Photograph treats from New Zealand

As promised here are the first of the photographs taken by my talented friend, Des Clegg. He has recently returned from a trip to the South Island. Most of our population live in the North Island, and although both are diverse in landscape, the South Island is filled with fjords, mountainous snow peaks and world famous walks. It is dotted with small settlements, spectacular towns and cities and has a backbone of mountains running down its centre. The South has recently hit the headlines with Christchurch’s destructive earthquake, and as the location for several high profile movies.

We in the North boast a milder climate, long beaches, trout filled lakes and of course the geothermal area of Rotorua.

The first photograph captures my daughter enjoying a North Island beach on one of her horses.

Enjoy the weekend wherever you are. Enjoy these glimpses from down under, and make a visit to my facebook page where I update regularly. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006150378759

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The Quilt, Unravelled a dramatic fiction set in beautiful New Zealand. 504 pages available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited

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Joanne Kyle has earned her degree. She has created a life with her artist fiancée and lives above a deserted beach. When everything falls apart she turns to the one friend she can rely on. But that friend has a problem of her own. It will throw them on to a road that no one wants to travel.

Paul Clarke lives on his family’s farm in high country New Zealand. He has a pretty wife, a loving family and a world created by deceit.

Tragedy brings Paul in to Joanne’s life and changes everything.

What reviewers are saying:-

An unforgettable story of friendship and loss, unexpected romance and family drama unfolds against the backdrop of New Zealand’s stunning landscape.

“This should become a TV series or a movie. It is that good in my opinion.” – Mr Butler

“Moving, rousing and beautifully written.” – Jackie Parry

“A story that is both personal and intimate.. This multi-generation family saga is immense in scope (and intense).” – Mark Fine

“This is not sugar coated romance, but a dramatic and moving tale of the lives and complex relationships of generations of the individuals depicted” – Lola Arnold

“Being away from New Zealand it was such an indulgence to be given such wonderful imagery.” – Meilyrox

Bits and pieces from New Zealand

It has been awhile. Why you might ask. I am fighting the clock to finish the first draft of my next novel.

New Zealand has continued to suffer a harsh winter. Pipes have frozen and a coating of ice on the surface of our troughs and the ground has greeted us each morning. Of course for many of you our winter would be considered mild. But normally New Zealand has very little variance in temperature between seasons. Yes it gets cold, but not this cold!

The new novel is slowly taking shape. The first in this series can be read as a stand alone. However, it will introduce characters, situations and a location that will form the bases of books to come. Visit my Facebook page for little updates and photo’s. The series will be set in Rotorua, a City of bubbling mud pools, yellow sulphur landscapes, and a rich history that will flow through the veins of the stories and characters to come.

I live a few minutes from two small communities, surrounded by the sea, and a short drive or ferry trip from Auckland City. Our area is blessed with many talented and artistic people who have generously allowed me to share their photography. I will include a few local photo’s for you to enjoy with this blog.

Check back soon. Friend and photographer Des Clegg is currently in the South Island of New Zealand. I look forward to sharing pictures of this wild and unspoilt area in a few days. Landscapes through this lens are always spectacular.

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The Quilt, Unravelled is available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and as a paperback. If you haven’t read this novel consider the journey from the high country of New Zealand to Auckland City’s vineyard clad Islands. A story of heartbreak to happiness. Joanne Kyle finds not everything she believed will bring her the life she wants. Have a great day.16994_1680575322174044_3862941668020763788_n
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Photo’s by Claude Therond Photography and Ray Liebenberg. Maraetai Beach, (meeting place by the sea.) Auckland City, New Zealand

Happy 4th of July!

I get to wish my friends in the USA best wishes a little early. Today it is the 4th of July “down under.”

New Zealanders celebrate the 1840 signing of a document between representatives of the British Crown and 500 Maori chiefs in The Bay of Islands, Northland.

On February 6th the “Treaty of Waitangi” is marked by a public holiday and formal celebrations. Unfortunately the festivities are often plagued by protest and tension.

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Enjoy a little bit of New Zealand this 4th of July. A story that will break your heart and then take you on a journey to heal it.
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Review. Just This Once.

Review of Just this Once, Rosalind James

I was curious to read a fiction by this popular New Zealand author. I personally need good bones in a story and Rosalind James did not disappoint.

I find many “Romances” lack in plot, however this book had wonderful descriptions, believable characters and the story, while having a predictable ending, was complex enough to keep me interested.

This is a well written, enjoyable romance. It will leave the reader a little more knowledgeable about New Zealand, life down under and lead them to care about the characters, their insecurities and their journey.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys romance with a decent life story behind it.

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Latest Review.

The Quilt, Unravelled has received another lovely review and again my day has started well. Thank you to anyone that takes the time to download, read and add a few lines about their experience.

My blog has been neglected but soon there will be news to add about the next book. Yes I, together with my geriatric cat Mouse, have been busy writing.

Have a great weekend where ever you are. And think of us in the Southern Hemisphere experiencing the coldest temperatures since 1908!

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ByB. Martinon June 25, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

The Quilt is a beautifully written book chronicling the lives of Paul Clarke and Joanne Kyle. It was quite something watching as these two very different people, from two very different backgrounds, were slowly brought together. It made me reflect on my own life. Quite often you get lost in the now, losing sight of the steps that brought you there, and for a book to do that is special indeed.

I loved the characters. Everyone is presented so clearly, with unique personalities and voices; I really felt as though I knew them.

And no review of the Quilt would be complete without mentioning the setting. I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand, and reading this book has only strengthened that desire. Rochelle Carlton does a wonderful describing the landscape. Reading about the Clarke’s vineyard made me want to hop on a plane and see it for myself.

This is a special book. Do you yourself a favor and read it. You won’t be disappointed.

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“Planet Purgatory” – by Benedict Martin.

I have read and reviewed Benedict Martin’s previous book “Charlie Robot.” Although this is not my normal genre I very much enjoyed his writing, and was eager to download the latest story “Planet Purgatory.”

I was not disappointed. “Planet Purgatory” opens up an imaginary world that transports you from reality in the very best way. Benedict Martin has a style of writing that allows you to visualise the places, people and creatures. He also shows his diverse talent by including detailed pictures of the characters throughout the book.

The main character David has human flaws, secrets and weaknesses. He travels in search of help to save Harkness, its occupants and his family. The journey keeps the reader turning the pages, while he introduces a variety of otherworldly creatures often with humour and sometimes even a little sadness.

Benedict Martin has a unique writing style. His imagination, his quality presentation, and his ability to transport the reader to another world make his work definitely worth a look. I would highly recommend this well-paced story to any reader wanting to escape to another world.

I look forward to reading his next book.

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“Review started the day off well.”

I hope your weekend is going well. I have been a little neglectful recently updating my blog. Why? My new novel is in the pipeline. In fact I am working furiously on the first draft and hoping to be able to update soon. It is a romantic suspense. Set in New Zealand although the main character travels to one of my favourite cites, Los Angeles.

It is always lovely to see a reader taking the time to write about your work. This morning my day started with this Goodreads review by reader Lizzy. Very constructive and well thought out comments.

This was a great book. A family saga which was very well written, with engaging complex characters.

I loved the setting of this book in New Zealand, as a Kiwi knowing with some of the places made it easy to connect with this book.

This book is a family saga about two family, initially it is a story of the two main characters as individuals and then combines as the characters meet and the story unfolds.

The characters are well described, with a sympathetic angle. Even the characters who have unflattering character flaws are still described sympathetically.

The story is well paced, the character well developed and described so that you feel as if you know them.

The family saga is set in the modern time frame and it is good to read a family saga which is not historically based.

This book is a really good read,which I highly enjoyed. The storyline, the characters and the ending were all satisfying.

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“This Nearly Was Mine.” Review.

Review “This Nearly Was Mine,” by Nancy Farkas

“This Nearly Was Mine,” is a work of fiction but reads a little like a memoire. The author’s writing is deeply personal, honest and emotive. I am sure most readers will relate, through their own life experiences, to some part of this story.

The journey takes the reader from the main characters first love, to marriage, children and from disappointment to celebration. Because of the authors style of writing the reader is given a window in to life that feels real, and will involve and sweep them along with the story.

From the tragedy of family, to the passion found and lost, to the disappointments and love of children, to the comfortable acceptance of long term partners and soulmates. “This Nearly Was Mine,” is a well written and well-paced novel.

I would recommend this story to romance readers, readers of memoires despite it being a work of fiction, and suggest it is probably more suitable for women readers.

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