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.

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

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.

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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

“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.

http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Purgatory-Benedict-Martin-ebook/dp/B00Y5JCXP2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1434307537&sr=1-1&keywords=planet+purgatory

“Out with the Tide” Review

Out With the Tide
by Lola Faye Arnold (Goodreads Author)

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This book was a sweet and inspirational story set in the South, a location that I am not familiar with. The author described the area and used the local dialog to paint a great picture, which I enjoyed as I progressed through the story.

The main character is a believable young woman that evolves and grows. Caroline Carter has lost a loved one in the past and experiences heartache, choice and struggle within the pages. The story follows Caroline as she completes her education, explores her various friendships, relationships and her family dynamics. It also takes the reader to several other locations in the USA and again the author paints a vivid picture with her words.

The ending of this story was unexpected, and although this book is essentially a romance between Caroline and J.P this twist gave a more lifelike conclusion to the story.

I would recommend this book to romance and fiction reader’s also young adult readers.

Lifestyle or life sentence!

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.”

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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.

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Fantail, a small native bird with a splayed tail

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Goose

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Tui, a native bird with a distinctive call & vibrant colour

 

Charlie Robot. By Benedict Martin

Another book for you to consider.  A great read and well written.  Even if it is out of your normal it may be worth considering.

I was not sure what to expect when I started Charlie Robot by author Benedict Martin.  It was not my normal genre but I have just finished it and am so happy I took the plunge and explored a great read that was out of my “norm”.

This is a fantastic story, well written and crafted with professionalism along with a huge helping of imagination.

The story is easy to read, it flows and most of all it keeps you guessing until the end.   Charlie Robot is not predictable and there are twists and turns, characters to like and hate and the author’s style makes it easy to relate emotionally to each and every person (human or otherwise!)

I would highly recommend this book.  It would be an easy read for a wide cross section of people, is entertaining and even a little thought provoking. 

Perhaps in the future this story will no longer be considered fiction? 

http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Robot-Benedict-Martin-ebook/dp/B00N9NSVZQ

One of the books I have enjoyed reading and reviewed is currently on special.  This is a limited offer so download now if you intend to go on Jackie Parry’s nautical journey.

http://www.amazon.com/Foreign-Build-Corporate-Sea-Gypsy-Woman-ebook/dp/B00OQBWJJE

The Quilt, Unravelled is offered at a reduced price on kindle.  If you are wanting to download and have a full length read this weekend click on the link.

http://goo.gl/yrnj5L

Have a great weekend wherever you are!

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Have a great weekend from Auckland, New Zealand