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.
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.
Photo’s by Claude Therond Photography and Ray Liebenberg. Maraetai Beach, (meeting place by the sea.) Auckland City, New Zealand
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I must apologize to being absent. Why? I am currently on a small island in the Yasawa Group of Fiji. It is the perfect place for writing, and that is what I am doing. Of course I am also finding some time to read “Out with the Tide,” a book I hope to finish soon and will review. It is a really lovely story and nice to step away from the complex characters in my next novel.
The Quilt, Unravelled is available on kindle and in the paperback form. If you haven’t as yet got your copy here is the link. Enjoy a slice of New Zealand through the journey of Joanne Kyle and Paul Clarke. http://goo.gl/yrnj5L
I was asked recently if The Quilt, Unravelled was emotional to write. Of course given the content and outcome for one of the characters I did become swept away by their circumstances. But it was also a wonderful experience to travel the road of The Clarke Family, and to deliver a small message about a subject that is close to my heart. Life hasn’t always got a predictable outcome. But love can sometimes make it easier to heal.
Have a great week and here are some photographs of the magnificent South Pacific for you to enjoy.
A photo for the readers and writers that have commented on The Hobbit. I am now in Fiji and about to start my new novel. Two books, one story. Stay posted to find out more about the life and times of Shona McGuire.
Air New Zealand
Haven’t read The Quilt, Unravelled and want a full length novel? Follow the link. http://goo.gl/yrnj5L Back to Writing.
And so began the story of our transition from town life to rural bliss.
This was the last, and one of the most serious asthma attacks our son had had. Our tools were never recovered. However the low life that had “removed” them was found and appeared in court. And we discovered that however tragic the circumstances, there is often a moment of light relief.
We sat in the vets. Our fur friend had left us the day of settlement. His earthly remains had been stored at the clinic while we made the transition to the new property. My son and I waited patently for him to be returned, and as is common with the elderly, a lovely, somewhat wrinkled pet owner made an effort to communicate.
“What sort of pet do you have? A cat or a dog?” She smiled sweetly at my three year old.
“A cat. He is in the freezer.”
The first thing we noticed was the darkness. No street lights, no traffic and the sounds of birds and sheep had replaced that of lawnmowers and weed eaters. Bird life is abundant here. Everything from native fantails and Tui’s to Geese and ducks.
Read more about New Zealand in the pages of The Quilt, Unravelled. A romance, a saga, a journey from the high country to the beaches of Waiheke Island. http://goo.gl/yrnj5L. The story of our personal journey will continue soon.
Fantail, a small native bird with a splayed tail
Tui, a native bird with a distinctive call & vibrant colour