Embers of the Soul

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Embers of the Soul – Southern Skyes – Book Four

The deep secrets woven amidst the branches of the McCabe and Skye family trees have been hidden for years until now. More quickly than shifting sands on the shores of Tasmania, these family secrets are tumbling forth with unleashed fury. All of this immensely displeases the egocentric elder brother Griff McCabe, who has spent a lifetime carefully plotting to protect the family name from the disgraces of the past—and in his eyes, the worst of all—the drops of aboriginal blood that course through the roots of the ancestral tree. Now, as tragedy befalls younger brother, Hawkin McCabe, and the next generation matures, those branches are breaking. The wounds have voices, revealing the true ties that bind the McCabes and the Skyes . . . and the one soldier who started it all many generations ago.

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Embers of the Soul

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In celebrating the upcoming release of book four in the Southern Skyes series, we’re offering a free autographed copy of “Embers of the Soul” to our lucky winner (worldwide airmail).   The runner-up will receive a free ebook.

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A New Name for Book Four in the Southern Skyes series

Well folks, it’s back to the drawing-board with regard to the title for the fourth book in the Southern Skyes series because the name I originally selected, “Burnt Wattle”, has proven to be somewhat inappropriate. Since choosing the name I’ve learnt that “wattle” doesn’t always mean what we here in Australia generally consider it to mean.

Golden Wattle is the floral emblem of Australia, hence most of us Down Under think of wattle as a medium-sized acacia tree with very fragrant, intensely yellow flowers in globular heads.

Golden Wattle

Golden Wattle

Another definition of “wattle” with which we are mostly familiar relates to a construction of poles intertwined with twigs, reeds or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs. Hence wattle-and-daub; a method our pioneer forbears often used.

But these definitions are far from universal . . . and therein lies my problem.

In North America a “wattle” is recognised as a fleshy pendulous process, usually about the head or neck (as of a bird, e.g. a turkey) or around the chin and stomach of some unfortunate humans as they age, the latter sometimes also being called a “lappet”.

So, now, when we think of “Burnt Wattle” in that light, it does tend to bring forth a smile and a chuckle.

Watch this space for the new title of book four in Southern Skyes.

Photo: Australian National Botanic Gardens

Write It NOW ~ helping you toward your writing goals

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It’s been said we all have a book in us, but actually starting and getting those words written down can be quite overwhelming because there’s so much to consider: characterization, plot, structure, point of view, grammar, etc,. In “Write It NOW” - a newspaper I’ve recently created - writers and would-be writers will find articles covering all these areas and more. The aim is, to present current information about writing, publishing, book cover design and other interesting topics to point you toward achieving your writing goals as easily and as painlessly as possible, but that’s not to say that writing is necessarily ever easy or painless . . . remember, it’s also been said nothing worthwhile ever is. This paper simply hopes to bring together information scattered across the internet for easier access and, hopefully, faster digestion.

So why not read “Write It NOW” and see what you think of it?

As always, your comments are very welcome.

Time to take a little breather

So now that the manuscript for “Burnt Wattle” – the fourth book in the Southern Skyes series –  has been sent off to my editor it’s time to take a little break before jumping into book five. Meanwhile I’ll be venturing into the realm of the short story after joining the Australian Short Stories site on Facebook. Hopefully I’ll come up with a good story for the proposed anthology, but I have to admit at this point I’m feeling a tiny bit daunted having never been one to write short stories before. So, I expect there’ll be a bit of a steep learning curve to start with, but I’m always up for a challenge and, hey, it’s Australian with a historical theme, so I’m sure gonna run with it!

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Australia – early settlement

Close Call: A Doris & Jemma Vadgeventure Cover Reveal

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Well, here it is, the moment I’ve been waiting for. My alter ego, Eloise March, has written something exciting, fresh and fun — think Bridget Jones Diary meets The Vagina Monologues. And now I get to reveal the most amazing cover done by awesome cover artist and graphic designer (among other things) and dear friend, Sol Pandiella-McLeod. So, here it is. Drum roll….

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Close Call: A Doris & Jemma Vadgeventure is chick lit, or as they now say, contemporary women’s comedy fiction. It’s the first of a series of novellas, each one it’s own story but with the same characters — kind of like a tv series. So, what is it about? Read on.

Twenty-two year-old Jemma can’t seem to get her life in order. Her track record with men stinks, she constantly worries about getting fat and ending up a spinster at thirty, and to top it off, she has…

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