Published, at last!  Just in case you haven’t noticed over at, I thought I better tell you!  This will be the only promotion I’m doing on this blog.


Thank you all for being part of my long and arduous writing journey! Last week, I pressed publish, a few days before I ought. Then spent a few days frantically correcting last minute errors and formatting. I think I have it almost right.

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After mistaking a leather-clad wizard for a dragonrider, the taverner’s daughter agrees to binding vows: Jarryd hopes for a magic-saving paternity spell but Taniel just wants his dragon. Of course, it is not that simple. It never is… 

(I need a better word than ‘it’ in there )

The title is a bit of a mouthful. The genre is sort of chicklit meets fantasy but I think my male characters are probably stronger. It’s clean.. ish. No graphic descriptions of any intimate situations. Taniel ended up a bit over 81,000 words.

I’m taking part in a group Instafreebie promotion run by author A J Martinez.


The May Spellcaster Giveaway     Genres: Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Witches and Wizards, Short Stories, Fairy Tales  

Instafreebie will be down for maintenance on the 7th, so I thought I’d tell you a few days early.  A.J. was good enough to let me be part of this list-building promotion, even though my list was a big fat ZER0. Technically, I had three sign-ups on Mailchimp but they were all me. I now have 23, and only one of them is me.

I thought I had been too slow getting my application form in to A,J., so I started promoting Taniel: A Corrangorachian Fantasy at Instafreebie, all by myself. If you are curious, go pick up a free copy (mobi, PDF, ePub). Since the freebie is to build my quarterly newsletter list, it comes at the price of sharing your email address.

Later edited to add the BookFunnel link here.

Okay, chucking away my marketing hat now.   🙂

Thanks again for being part of my journey.  Appreciated!

Other Stuff, Taniel, Writing

Taniel: A Corrangorachian Fantasy


Wattpad: Taniel

What do you do when, after thanking someone for scene feedback, they say …?

Thank you for writing such a wondrous piece!

You cry.


What do you do when one of your young readers is moved to do this …?


Taniel drawn by Larkin (Wattpad)


You cry … a lot.

My works on Wattpad


Thanks for looking.

Do have a good weekend.   🙂


Taniel, Vika, Writing

Catch Up

Hello people, I hope this finds you well.  I’m adorning this post with images from our morning walk during June. (Nokia Lumia 530 windows phone)

a small wilderness by the drain

Vika, lingering autumn leaves, strappy belladonna clumps, and masses of green clover

First – let’s get the usual confession out of the way: July already and my self-imposed publishing deadline has come and gone – yet again! Just as well it is flexible. I thought I might put Taniel on preorder in a few weeks, before I realised I still can’t do that because I’ve committed myself to finishing it on Wattpad. I cannot leave my little band of readers hanging when I publish on Amazon’s KDP.

footbridge & autumn leaves


Well, the delay is not just that, of course [sigh]. I now have several different endings for Book One and only a few scenes to edit before I must make up my mind which path I’m taking. This week saw me stalling and procrastinating. In all, I have 20-30 scenes left, depending on my decision. And, since I’m only managing to edit three scenes a week that is another TEN weeks, tops, unless I up my game. So, to those of you dying to be my beta readers … sorry for the extra wait. Hopefully, it will be worth it.


foggy morn at the end of the service road

I have entered Taniel in Wattys2016 – the biggest online writing competition in the world!  One of my followers suggested I should, but it turned out that he meant my haiku book, which surprised me. I think the various winners are announced in September. Needless to say, I feel somewhat bold entering the competition which is as simple as adding a tag to your story. (Ongoing stories are acceptable, excerpts are not.)

I decided to change the rating to Mature. I have mature themes and my few bedroom scenes are a little borderline – not particularly graphic, but Wattpad recently updated their definitions so that they have no grey area. Entering the Wattys will put it under scrutiny by their ‘data scientists’. Better to be safe, than sorry.

Taniel peaked at #459 in Fantasy. Considering that there are millions of books on Wattpad, I was really pleased with that. Mature titles are not included in the rankings. Great. Now I can stop the constant checking.

Gosh, I will have to get that impulse under control before publishing at Amazon.


misty range

Yesterday, I played with the idea of submitting to the publishers who take unsolicited applications online. There will always be a part of me that will wonder … what if I had tried getting traditionally published?  Now I’ve had the thought, I cannot unthink it.

misty rural scene

misty gums

We have had lots of rain. The paddocks are getting lush. Healthwise, my cholesterol levels continue to improve and my weight is very very slowly coming back down.  My blood pressure is under control again. (I’m sure that getting sucked back into my novel’s world had caused the increased heart action.)  I’m seeing a physiotherapist now, so I have to do the exercises I’m told to do. My annual visit to the podiatrist is next week and I’m really looking forward to having my feet buffed again. I’m overdue for my biennial mammogram.

green rural scenery behind my house

rural scenery behind my house mid-June (this one is clickable)


Thanks for reading. I hope you are having a good weekend. I’m going to try and get around a few blogs this coming week. I’ve set up a new organisational diary for myself and have scheduled blog visits and Instagram into it. Hope that works. I hope I work!     🙂