Rugby Goes Creative

By |2019-10-23T17:39:32+13:00October 23rd, 2019|

Rugby Romance Hits Inspirit Art Gallery

What happens when American tourists arrive in Cambridge?

It’s not very often sport and art collide. But at an exclusive event held at Tamahere’s Inspirit Art Gallery, a gathering of American Rugby Romance Readers enjoyed chatting to former NZ Rugby All Black, Alistair Scown.

Curator of Inspirit Art Gallery, Jenny Scown, arranged for her Uncle Alistair to reminisce about his All Black touring past. Antics […]

Take A Chance on Life!

By |2019-10-23T16:32:00+13:00October 22nd, 2019|

Take a Chance – You Only LIVE Once!

After working long, thankless hours in corporate business over many years, I realized that I had driven my career down a dark, relentless rabbit hole.

My day job was sucking my soul dry. There was no job satisfaction or regular lunch breaks, and all I could see was a perpetual cycle of clients, suppliers, and staff problems. If I was a runner, you could […]

What did the Editor Say?

By |2019-10-23T16:48:13+13:00October 13th, 2019|

What did the Editorial Assessor Say?

I’ve just finished reading through the independent Editors Assessment of my NEW book – In the Deep End-Book Two.

It’s simply incredible what Tina Shaw comes up with – sound advice and creative suggestions to push my creative thinking a little harder.

The Assessor’s job is critical to the success of any book. They review the structure and content in detail, and Tina Shaw always does an exceptional […]

What’s in the Blurb?

By |2019-10-13T10:58:30+13:00October 13th, 2019|

What’s in the Blurb?

I learned the hard way that the blurb on the back of every book, along with a professional cover, is absolutely critical to capturing reader’s attention.

It needs to summarise the storyline and hook reader’s into wanting to read your story. My first blurb on the back of In the Deep End – Book One was a FAIL! I was too wordy, too smart-arse trying to BE too […]

Best Friends or Lovers – Book Review From Seasons Magazine

By |2019-10-24T10:49:05+13:00October 7th, 2019|

GREAT book Review

Great review for In the Deep End – Book One from Seasons Magazine.

The is an excerpt from a full page book review in the October edition of Seasons Magazine – with over  100,000 readers across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

“The author takes you into the hearts and minds of these two married couples who navigate through 21st-century social convention.  In the Deep End, is a superb piece […]

October is a Write Off

By |2019-10-23T16:38:16+13:00October 7th, 2019|

October is a Write Off

Saturation writing and speaking events abound!

The juggling act continues with several articles published in Season’s Magazine bringing my journalistic prowess to the fore along with the momentus completion of my fourth book, which is Book Two in the series, In the Deep End. It has been hastily fired off to the Editorial Assessor while I gird my proverbial waiting for the Assessor’s de-constructive advice. Yes […]

Life Interrupted!

By |2019-10-07T15:16:17+13:00October 7th, 2019|

Life Interrupted!

Even the clock looks slightly skew …

Am I the only one who rises early and starts to work only to be interrupted by an urgent phone call to pick up a friend, who’s car is broken? I get back an hour later and just as I squeeze out the first free flowing sentence, I get the food call from the wild. “What’s for dinner?”
“Hey, leave me alone,” I want […]

Push Over – A short Story

By |2019-10-07T14:39:10+13:00October 7th, 2019|

Push Over – a short story

This is a story about Revenge. First a note from me:

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of violence and sexual assault against women and children in the OECD. After I returned home to New Zealand in 1994, I was astounded at the level of violence within families and have grown more alarmed over the years as the statistics have grown.

Various new laws and […]

Fishing In the Deep End – Book One

By |2019-09-27T08:17:51+13:00September 27th, 2019|

Excerpt From In the Deep End – Book One

Part of Chapter Nine – Tickling the Trout

In truth, it was a very convenient affair. Both men were close friends and had been in the same elementary school together. But it was in College where they both grew closer and spent weekends away camping and fishing. Fred had taught Alex to fly fish for trout on several annual trips over the years […]

First Draft … Almost Taking Flight

By |2019-09-24T11:50:02+13:00September 13th, 2019|

Here’s the Real Secret to Checking that First Draft

After months of hard-core writing, I’ve almost finished my first draft of my third book ready for … REWRITING and CHECKING. Luckily, I have four hearty souls with proof reading skills as sharp as a steal trap. Where’s Wally is something they play in their sleep. They don’t smoke, drink or stay up late at night. They’re razor-sharp and fully-focused on reading […]

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