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Coming to life


Yay Lilly VS Willie has finally got an illustrator! So excited. Got the first drafts for the main characters last night and am almost lost for words! They are exactly how I pictured them in my head and so happy to finally see the story coming to life! Ran them past the children this morning (who better to judge a children’s book than children?) and they were very excited about it. After 2 very long years of wondering if this book was ever going to make it to publication I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂



Writing an emotional story line at the moment and having to do it in bite sized chunks as it is draining! It is my own fault though as I created the story. There are certain story lines that come a little too close to home and really tug at my heart strings. Hoping that it will be worth it in the end though as by tapping into my own experiences and traumas I hop to create a realistic portrayal of the events that my poor characters are being subjected to!

Catching up


It’s true I haven’t been on here for a while but in my defense a lot has happened in the last month. 

Firstly I am now a New Zealand resident! This is very exciting and I couldn’t be happier 🙂

Secondly a very strong Nor West wind left me without power for 6 days. Now that was an experience! 2 small kids and no power. We turned it into an adventure though and enjoyed a few campfires, BBQs and the beauty of the candles at night. I am pleased to report that my girls and I bonded a lot during this time. It also allowed me time to catch up with some reading while I had no TV. It was extremely calming and I haven’t felt that relaxed or good about myself for a long time. I highly recommend turning off the power on occasion and enjoying a simpler life 🙂

Also during the last month I suffered with a 6 day long migraine which I have rated M5 on my new scale. 

I have decided to rate my headaches/migraines on a scale in much the same way they rate tornados (and name them like hurricanes!).
M1 = mild headache curable with 2 paracetamol, no disruption to normal life
M2 = bad headache curable with 2 paracetamol and 2 nurofen, mild disruption to daily functions if left untreated
M3 = bad headache with pain starting to develop behind/around the eye + minor nausea cured with mersyndol
M4 = migraine with which I can perform most daily tasks if I really have to, usually cured with mersyndol
M5 = severe migraine causing extreme disruptions to everyday life. sometimes results in hospitalization, not curable with pills.

I have named it Michelle! 🙂 My head still hurts now but is much much better than it was.

The result of all this excitement was a very unproductive month as far as my writing went. Oh well never mind. Playing catch up is always a fun game!

Reviews wanted….


Hi again. Above The Limit can be obtained for free for the next week only using coupon number EJ89V on smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/337881
All reviews are greatly appreciated. 🙂

This horrifying debut novel introduces the troubled Detective Luke McIntyre. Set in the beautiful but sleepy town of Timaru on New Zealand’s south island it will get your pulse racing and your blood pumping.
Luke suddenly finds himself plunged into a world far darker and more terrifying than he could ever have imagined as he finds his life entwined with that of the most chilling killer that New Zealand has ever seen.
With his personal life falling apart Luke must now hold it together long enough to figure out how to catch the killer before he strikes again. As he digs deeper he becomes convinced of the killer’s identity. There is just one problem; the man in question is already dead. Now he finds himself asking, how do you catch a killer who’s already dead?

Still learning…


Just when I think I’ve got to grasps with this self publishing business Smashwords goes and turns my world upside down again! Thanks to their style guide the Smashwords edition of Above The Limit looks and feels far more professional. I tried to apply the same techniques to the Amazon version but it seems that no matter how hard I try Amazon seem to butcher it ever conversion! Thankfully I am now aware that Smashwords will distribute to Amazon anyway so soon I will be able to take my kindle account down and just operate through Smashwords. 

I have also discovered that I made one critical error. I published Above The Limit via Smashwords earlier in the month and was forced to unpublish within minutes as I quickly realised that I had the date wrong and my KDP enrollment on Amazon had not yet expired. Within the 5 minutes or so that it was available on Smashwords 5 people downloaded samples. There was definite interest in the book. Since I have re-published it I have had no hits. This is obviously disappointing and I hope that my mistake won’t cost me too dearly in the long run. 

Above The Limit has now been accepted into the premium catalog which means that it will be distributed to several major online retailers. I am obviously very excited about this. 

During the course of my self publishing adventure with Smashwords I have discovered that I can set a book up with a future release date and offer a pre-order service. I am now looking ever more forward to completing Don’t Rock The Boat which I was hoping to release in December. This date is now looking less likely as life seems to have a habit of getting in the way! I will of course keep the world informed of my progress and intentions though!

Thank you for reading and have a great day.



24hrs only!


As my book, Above The Limit, will be available on smashwords from 1st August I have had to un-enroll from the KDP program on Amazon. As a result I am using up the last of my free promotional days today. So for the last time get your copy of Above The Limit FREE from Amazon today! 


Reviews much appreciated on both Amazon and Goodreads. Thanks 🙂