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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“Take the journey.”

I was excited to receive a review copy of Jackie Parry’s new story “A Standard Journey.” I read and thoroughly enjoyed her previous book “Of Foreign Build,” and this highly anticipated adventure is the next offering from this remarkable writer.

A Standard Journey is set in Australia and takes the reader, by horseback, through The Bicentennial National (BNT) recreational trail. As with her previous book Jackie’s plans were never going to be straight forward.

Accompanied by her husband, Noel, she began the journey burdened down with gear, food and a dream to see this part of her adopted country by horseback.

Along the way they met unique individuals, forged friendships, gained knowledge and suffered bruises. Through her writing Jackie Parry opens up a window to the emotional and stressful life of the adventure that lay ahead of them.

Jackie Parry’s writing is, as always, professional and honest. Her free spirit and willingness to share moments of self-doubt, frayed nerves and strained relationships create a very special story that will be enjoyed by readers of many genres.

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Gone to ground

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/yrnj5LSAM_4736SAM_4756SAM_4755

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.

Fans of the Hobbit

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.

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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.

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

 

Lifestyle or life sentence, continued!

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It was a good idea, wasn’t it?

The reality of living the country dream hit quickly and it hit hard.  The previous owners had abandoned their marriage, and before the ink had dried on the sale and purchase agreement they had also abandoned the soon to be ours rural dream.

Settlement day was fast approaching.  As a surprize my loving partner brought forward the date, organized friends to join us for drinks and rung to proudly break the news to me.  His proud moment was shattered.  I sobbed on the end of the phone.  I was holding our beloved cat who had just suffered a seizure.  The vet was on the way.

We huddled in a sombre circle clutching chilled glasses of bubbles and remembering the pet that wouldn’t join us.  We stared bleakly at the gorse and ragwort that had been allowed to flourish while the previous owners got on with their new and separate lives.  We frowned at the herd of stinking goats that were soon to birth stinking kids.  They too had been abandoned by the previous owners. We looked at the family of possums that had taken over the rafters.  They glared from their perches, resenting our intrusion.  Oh no what have we done?

The next morning we celebrated with a large dose of cholesterol, salt, sugar and caffeine at a local café.  Purchasing our small slice of the good life was a great idea wasn’t it?  Land banking, children growing up in the country air and room to move without the intrusion of lawnmowers and a seething mass of humanity on our doorstep.

We returned home feeling positive, invigorated and then invaded.  While we had been enjoying  an unhealthy break for the sake of our sanity a burglar had enjoyed removing many small, easy to sell tools from our yet to be secured sheds.  Later that night my three year old son reassured me he was feeling fine through lips the colour of the pacific ocean.  The pollens and grasses of our new rural paradise had taken their toll.  Miserably we made the too familiar journey in to the emergency room of the hospital.

The Quilt, Unravelled

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Welcome to the rural dream.  This was seventeen years ago.  Like our “real life” The Quilt, Unravelled is set in rural New Zealand.  Our farm is situated a short drive from Auckland City.  Twin Pines Station is situated in the central North Island.  Today is the final day for proceeds of sales to be donated to a friend fighting cancer.

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Lifestyle or life sentence?

Our move to the country.  The first experience.

The houses bordering us were multiplying.  They stretched out in front like a tapestry of brick and flowed in neat squares towards the blue green ocean beyond.  It was time to move away from the growing community of houses and the sound of hammers, lawnmowers and drills.  It was time to look for our own piece of paradise.

Our first glance at the impressive slope of gorse, noxious weeds and the daunting gravel drive did not inspire confidence.  But when the lush green folds of paddocks and soft bush filled with native birds greeted us we both knew we had found our Eden.

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The reality of our new rural lifestyle.

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Native bush filled with Tui’s and Kiwi.

Two townies and their two young children arrived in the country with little knowledge, no stock and a large assortment of domestic animals and decaying cars.  Country life was not to be the romantic ideal  we had expected.  Our lives were already hectic and time stretched by family, a manufacturing business and a launch that gave us a place to unwind while anchored  in  the sandy bays of the Hauraki Gulf.

The launch was the first thing to be sacrificed when our  idyllic “lifestyle” became a not so ideal reality.

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The journey of the troubled Clarke Family and a quest for love against the odds. http://goo.gl/yrnj5L

Congratulations to the winner of The Quilt, Unravelled.  Thank you to those that entered..

Good coffee and burnt muffins

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New Zealand Tui, native to New Zealand. Seen here in one of its favourite places the Kowhai tree.

As the title suggests my latest attempt at being awarded the title of domestic goddess has failed, and it has failed spectacularly.  But as we washed down blackened berries with strong caffeine this page has been steered in to a logical format.    Welcome to my new look blog.

I would like to share a few of the images that have been included in previous posts.  I hope you enjoy these glimpses of New Zealand through the eyes of some of my talented friends.

If you have been following my blog you will know a friend has recently been diagnosed with bone cancer.  I am happy to say that he is in good spirits and an auction was held yesterday.  It has raised considerable funds towards his treatment.  Great to see so many generous people  donating and bidding.  Mike is a wonderful man, and for another three weeks we will continue to donate proceeds from The Quilt, Unravelled to his on-going treatment..

If you would like a chance of winning a free copy of The Quilt, Unravelled please click on this link.  The competition is running for a further 10 days and is open to readers from all eligible countries.

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If you would like to download a copy of The Quilt, Unravelled or purchase it as a paperback please click on this link.  All proceeds will help Mike Shaffer battle bone cancer.

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The Quilt, Unravelled

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Auckland City, New Zealand.

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Waiheke Island, North Island, New Zealand. Home of The Quilt, Unravelled.

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The spectacular South Island, New Zealand. Photo Des Clegg.