“Orchid Girl” an epic story of love set in our darkest days. Available on Kindle, paperback to follow. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756RXQ1L/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1503974716&sr=1-1&keywords=orchid+girl

While the clouds of war gather, two innocent young lovers plan their future. As 1941 draws to a close Malaya is thrown in to turmoil. The couple suffer the ultimate betrayal and their dreams are shattered. Beautiful Lan lives through unbearable hardship while the dangers of war lurk around every corner.

When peace is restored, tragedy leads Lan across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand. But the questions that have haunted her for years remain unanswered. Did her family survive the war? Was Hai taken to the death railways? If he is alive, does he wait for her return or has she faded from his memory?
“Orchid Girl” is a moving story of family, history at its darkest and the power of love. This is the journey of Lan and Hai.

 

 

New Book Release

Book Two of “The Beach and Beyond” series has just been released.

Building a new life beside magnificent Teal Lake should have been easy. After all Shona McGuire wasn’t asking for much. A return to the world of the white picket fence and ordinary life she once despised, security for her son, and a man that can return her love.

But is the ruthless, workaholic, Blake Coleman capable of being that man. He has left it all behind to join her in paradise, all behind him apart from his corporate life, and his half-truths. When tragedy tears Blake’s world apart, and a stranger, seeking solitude arrives at the lake, Shona finds it is more than an ocean that separates their very different worlds.

“The Cost of Caviar” book two of the “Beach and Beyond” series comes to a chilling conclusion. This is not a sugar coated romance and contains language that may offend some readers.

The author of this book resides in New Zealand. If you are a reader from the United States, the spelling of some words may differ slightly from what is familiar to you. A glossary at the back of the book provides insight in to the lesser known Maori words.

Sneak preview

Yesterday I wrote those wonderful words, “The end.”  Actually it should have been “The beginning,” because this is book one of an upcoming series.  A few trusted people have to work their magic before I push the publish button, but not long to wait.

Here is a sneak preview.

Prologue

A bleak December day, a slippery highway, and Shona McGuire’s ordinary life would never to be the same.

Before the accident Shona’s life was not exactly as she would have planned it. In fact, it was nothing like the dreams that filled her head while she struggled with the trials and tribulations of adolescent hood.

For Shona McGuire, her early memories always return to the beach. To the tumble down bach her family have owned since she was a child, covered in sticky candy. As far as she can remember, it has always been tumbled down, with threadbare carpets and frayed curtains. A special place where sand carried in by bare feet, and their old dog’s tooth marks on the corner of the sagging couch, go unnoticed. The lawn is a tapestry of course white sand and sparse patches of Kikuyu, the only grass resilient enough to survive the salt laden air that blows off the waves, and coats the distorted glass windows in a thin, greasy film.

The handful of tiny wooden homes sit empty for most of the year. But when the holidays arrive, they come alive with the sound of laughter, and the smell of sausages, pipi fritters and crayfish cooking on the barbeque.

Her mind takes her back to Sea Dog Takeaways, and the old couple wrapping greasy fish and chips in unsold newsprint. Of her father sipping cold beer, while her mother tossed green salad, and baked fresh loaves of crusty bread.

It takes her back to a time of innocence. Memories of a handsome boy named John Myer, of two free spirits galloping ponies down the windswept beach, of diving in the crystal clear waters of the harbour, and gathering shellfish from the shallows.

Now only the bach remains unchanged, a tumble down wooden structure, that holds the family’s memories etched deep within its walls.

They say you can never go back. That the things you have left behind are best not revisited. But they never told her to go back would be the biggest mistake of her life. It all started on a slippery highway on December 23rd.

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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