“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.

 

 

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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.

A Capable and Wide Revenge. Review.

If you have read, as I have, Glen Barrera’s previous book, “The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance” this one is a must.

Again, the author wraps the reader in a fast moving, action packed story, and sweeps them along with a plot that keeps the pages turning.

“A Capable and Wide Revenge” is a well written, and gripping tale set against a vividly described backdrop. It is full of exciting conflict, complex relationships and loss, all weaved together with a little romance.

The characters are flawed, the events often unpredictable, and the ending was satisfying.

I certainly hope there is a third book by this author. I would certainly recommend this story, the previous one and any that follow.

http://www.amazon.com/Capable-Wide-Revenge-Glen-Barrera-ebook/dp/B012LWVTEK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455999127&sr=8-1&keywords=a+capable+and+wide+revenge

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.

http://www.amazon.com/Quilt-Unravelled-Rochelle-Carlton-ebook/dp/B00MCV1BO4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419036240&sr=1-1&keywords=the+quilt+unravelled16994_1680575322174044_3862941668020763788_n

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.

http://www.amazon.com/Quilt-Unravelled-Rochelle-Carlton-ebook/dp/B00MCV1BO4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419036240&sr=1-1&keywords=the+quilt+unravelled

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

“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.

http://www.amazon.com/This-Nearly-Was-Mine-Novel-ebook/dp/B00CREWUAU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1433789113&sr=1-1&keywords=this+nearly+was+mine