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Book Ranking Online

By |2020-11-20T12:40:16+13:00November 18th, 2020|

There’s something rank in the world of online publishing.

I’ve felt down and been asking THE QUESTION. WHY am I writing? It’s an isolating, thankless, frustrating task and one that seems more fruitless when you consider the relentless war of *SEO words when plugging your products into a hugely competitive global market.

Yesterday, someone asked me where did my books rank? Because I’ve […]

Reader’s Comments on Duplicity

By |2020-11-13T09:53:43+13:00November 12th, 2020|

These are genuine recent reviews for Duplicity, from several online sources:

5- Star Rated:  Wow! What a life “Sophia” led! Once I started reading Duplicity, I was captivated and drawn into “Sophia’s” life. And what a life! Great novel, Nicky. Sharron Hickman

I couldn’t put Duplicity down. I found the subject completely believable and very compelling. Even though I was captivated by […]

Butterflies Are Blue

By |2020-11-20T12:43:52+13:00October 23rd, 2020|

Butterflies Are Blue

Recently in a field of wildflowers and birdsong, Martin White illegally released 72 tiny mazarine blue butterflies.

These tiny porcelain blue-winged creatures are endangered, and Martin has made it his life’s work to breed and release these tiny creatures into the open country air.

He’s prepared to break the law in Britain because this is the first time in more […]

GREAT Reviews for Duplicity

By |2020-10-28T15:06:06+13:00October 8th, 2020|


These are genuine recent reviews for Duplicity, on a number of online sources which I have copied here.

5 Star Rated:  Wow! What a life “Sophia” led! Once I started reading Duplicity I was captivated and drawn into “Sophia’s” life. And what a life! Great novel Nicky.

Sharron Hickman

I couldn’t put Duplicity down. I found the subject completely believable […]

The Beard

By |2020-11-20T10:31:41+13:00October 7th, 2020|

Signing Up for Short-Story Competitions

An author friend advised me to submit some short stories to competitions and see if I can get any traction with judges. There are hundreds to choose from, so have sent submissions to two here in New Zealand. After making endless excuses about focusing on writing books, I decided to take the plunge.

One is called, ‘The […]

Nicky Reading a Short Excerpt from Duplicity

By |2020-10-18T08:01:09+13:00October 6th, 2020|


Listen to a short clip of Nicky reading from her new book Duplicity – secrets of decadent double life.

Set in Sydney and based on a true story this will give you a taste of this exciting read.

This reading is from the New Zealand Society of Authors on YouTube – see many other l0cal authors reading […]

GoodReads Ratings

By |2020-09-19T15:33:02+12:00September 19th, 2020|

Getting readers to leave book reviews on line is the toughest job

The world’s largest book retailer makes it tough to get independently verified readers to leave a book review online. Which makes it tougher to improve an author’s rankings and attract new sales. So a catch-22 that never used to exist until the online feeding frenzy took over.

I’ve copied the […]

Writing Exercise

By |2020-09-09T14:14:26+12:00September 8th, 2020|

I took two pages of the draft text for my next new book.

Working title, Crow’s Nest, and decided to hone it down to basics. This is what I ended up with!

No one noticed, but suddenly the crickets and birds fell ominously silent. Only the faint summer breeze gently moved into the lounge, making the heavy drapes sashay across the carpet, […]

As the Crow Flies

By |2020-09-11T12:54:45+12:00August 30th, 2020|


On Friday morning I sat in a cafe for a couple of hours writing my next book – working title:

Crow’s Nest.

Today is Sunday and I’ve nailed down 9,000 words. The plot is a combo of WWII historical fiction and romantic suspense – a story of love and hope contrasted with war, destruction and deprivation.

My parents were teenagers during the […]

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