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Launch of Sophrosyne

img_3108Well done Felix Long on the launch of Sophrosyne.

Sophrosyne was produced in smartphone and eBook versions with the assistance of the Logan City Council’s Regional Arts Development Funding.

The launch was held at the wonderful Simply Beans!

 

 

Zeppelins away!

Ged Maybury - author

Ged Maybury – author

Congratulations to Ged Maybury. Most authors release a book at a time. Oh no … not Ged.

I had the honour of assisting Ged to publish the first two books in his six part Stonewind Sky Steampunk series.

Across the Stonewind Sky
Into the Heart of Vaste

And the third book Hoverrim the Hunted has just been released!

Ged has even produced an amazing video trailer for the series!

Keep an eye out for the fourth book – Into the Lair of Le-Roosh by following Ged on Facebook.


Jilted at the altar and determinedly British about it, Rodney Hoverrim embarks upon the adventure of a lifetime – following his nation’s bravest men into the ‘Storm’s Domain’.

First hijacked, then attacked by pirates (twice!) he is soon trapped by an evil pirate queen. As he fights for the lives of her prisoners, her fetid airship ‘The Ribcage’ crashes on the Skyland of Vicaria – lair of the mad scientist Victor Vicario; well known for injecting his visitors with his latest (usually deadly) concoctions.

Knowing he is in desperate straits, Rod has to find some solid friends in this madhouse world before it’s all too late – only to discover that Vicaria hides a veritable ship-ton of mysteries!

Jilted at the altar and determinedly British about it, Rodney Hoverrim embarks upon the adventure of a lifetime – following his nation’s bravest men into the ‘Storm’s Domain’.

First hijacked, then attacked by pirates (twice!) he is soon trapped by a vile villain called ‘The Pirate Queen’. As he fights for the lives of her prisoners, her fetid airship ‘The Ribcage’ crashes on the Skyland of Vicaria – lair of the mad scientist Victor Vicario; well known for injecting his visitors with his latest (usually deadly) concoctions.

Knowing he is in desperate straits, Rod has to find some solid friends in this madhouse world before it’s all too late – only to discover that Vicaria hides a veritable ship-ton of mysteries!

Saints and Slaves

Saints and Slaves

Saints and Slaves

Congratulations to Doctor Martin Sullivan on publishing: Saints and Slaves: A History of Catholic Schooling and the Catholic Church in the diocese of Townsville, North Queensland – 1870 to 1970.

This book has resurrected the stories of the men and women who served the Catholic Church in Queensland. Stories that have slipped into the darkness of anonymity.

When these holy pioneers left Ireland for the northern wilds of the new colony of Queensland, little could they imagine how deeply their devotion would be tested by this barren and hostile landscape. The depths of the poverty and the hardships they would face with only their resilience, resourcefulness, and zeal.

Even the most recognisable name from that time Mary Mackillop – Mother Mary of the Cross has had only a fraction of her true tale told.

This book parts history’s curtains to bring you the stories of this saint and those who worked as willing slaves to establish the Catholic Church in Queensland.

Congratulations to Bruce Zimmerman …

Bruce Zimmerman - loving reading his life story.

Bruce Zimmerman – loving reading his life story.

Bruce has lead a pretty interesting life.

A life long resident of Brisbane, his story covers growing up on a farm on the city outskirts, his adventures as a boy during wartime, his career as a truck driver, his lovely family, and his many motorbikes and cars and trucks and boats.

Everyone has a story. Let me help you hold yours in your hands.

Congratulations Phyllis!

bequest-cover

Dear All,

My dear colleague Phyllis McDuff has had her new book Bequest featured on Sunday Spotlight at Australian Women Writers Challenge.

Bequest is the amazing story of a family heirloom. A small remainder of the family fortune confiscated by the Nazis and a small reminder of a time not so long ago, when disability was an insurmountable disadvantage.

Available in ebook or paperback from Amazon.

Also available at a library near you!

Many thanks to Theresa Smith of Australian Women Writers Challenge for the stirling work you do.

And introducing … To Conquer Heaven

To Conquer Heaven

To Conquer Heaven

JEREMY WANG, an astrophysicist completing his PhD at Cambridge, discovers a clue to the secret location of an ancient tomb sealed with the deaths of all 700,000 labourers and artisans who built it. The tomb is the final resting place of QIN SHI HUANG; the bloody-thirsty tyrant who forged a new empire from the ashes of six ancient kingdoms in 220BC. The empire that bears his name to this day; Qin’a, pronounced in English as China.

Terrified of the fate awaiting him in the afterlife, Qin Shi Huang combined the emerging science of alchemy with the deepest secrets of Taoist lore to create the Elixir of Life.

The Emperor was tricked into drinking too deeply and fell into torpor. And so he waits in his hidden tomb; the apex of an entire civilization’s art, science, and magic.

Helping Jeremy to unravel the riddle and find the lost tomb are:

BRETT EAST; ex-college roommate and professional gambler who owes Jeremy a big favour
DR SAFFIYAH HALCYONE; aloof and lovely Egyptian archaeologist with a controversial academic theory
JIN; Saffiyah’s trusted family friend and guide.

The tomb will be found. Mind games, magic, and supernatural creatures will be countered with science, cunning, and luck. Will they survive? Will they succeed?

Fans of 80s action adventure cinema; ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and the Indiana Jones series will love To Conquer Heaven. A similar title is Kylie Chan’s ‘Dark Heavens’.

100 promotional copies to give away!

Available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

Devastated …

Dear All,

Sadly my application for funding under RADF for Anthology Aaronson has been declined.  I received a phone call to explain the decision and I can’t say I agree with the reasons but I am grateful for the personal nature of that courtesy.

This rejection highlights the great struggle we all face as authors to put our stories out there, connect with our audiences, and earn a living wage.

RADF grants are seldom given to writers.  But we need to keep trying, and keep applying.

Thank you all for your support.  Hopefully I can find alternative funding for this project, as I consider it to be very much worthwhile.  Stay in touch folks and keep writing.

NaNoWriMo baby!

Dear All,

In November 2014 I started my second novel, Habnab.  And now, in November 2016, I have finished it.

Well … when I say finished, I mean the first draft.

So it is now on cool down awaiting my pleasure.  In the meantime I am editing an amazing historical memoir of local Brisbane artist Anne Collins; Tradewind Annie.  Stay tuned … it is a cracking read.

 

Post BWF …

Well what a festival!  I got to meet lots of local authors including Philip J Bradbury!

Keep an eye open for his new book “The Last Stand down”.  A psychological thriller that fans of Lee Child and Jodi Picoult will love!   Coming soon …

One of the highlights of the festival was meeting local legend, Dr Barry Jones; former Science Minister in the Hawke years and ex-quiz show champion.  He has always been a person I have greatly admired.

I managed to overcome my nerves, approach him, and introduce myself.

Me:  “Dr Jones, I’m a life long fan of your work.”

Him:  “Well dear, there’s no reason to stop now.”

What a wit!

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