Southern Cross Rising … a Five Star Review

Southern Cross Rising has received its first independent review . . . and I love it!  (Thank you TN in GA)

“This fifth installment of the Southern Skyes saga may be the best. Lunn takes the issue of racism off the back burner and brings it forward through Bonnie Skyes’ fight for women’s rights and desiring equality for all Australians. The conversations between Bonnie and Jemma provide insight that highlights our need to look beyond physical characteristics and consider the character of each person.

There is a second gem in this story – the Anzac (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) involvement in World War I. Lunn does not sugar coat how the British used their commonwealth allies for the leading edges of assaults. This further highlights the British hubris when it came to their colonies. Lunn does not editorialize, she just presents the facts and shows the human impact.

This story closes with a hint of a sixth story to come and how the Skye family may finally gain the respect they deserve, especially from the McCabe’s.”




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Southern Cross Rising (Southern Skyes book 5) has been released!

In this, the fifth book of the Southern Skyes series, the era is ripe for historic battles, during a time spanning the Boer Wars, Australian federation, women’s suffrage, and World War I. Among those warriors for progress are members of the Skye and McCabe families, not just on the battlefield, but in their homes and communities as well.

As the new generation seeks to forge an enlightened future, the tentacles of the old guard continue to breech the new. Prejudices, forbidden love, and the grip of legacies prove they are without bounds.

And so the saga continues, set against a backdrop of hope brought about by the emergence of a new nation.


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Cover reveal

I know it’s been way too long coming, but I’m now able to show you the cover of my soon-to-be-released new novel, “Southern Cross Rising”, which is book five in my “Southern Skyes” series.

I hope you like it as much as I do.


Watch this space for the release date!


Well, I always try not to be behind the times, but Inkitt – a site for authors and readers – totally slipped by me until now.

Here you’ll find great free reads, contests to enter and more.

As an Australian author I really enjoy the opportunity to promote other Aussie writers and today it’s the talented Ellen May Franklin. She’s written an entertaining and totally original short story that writers, editors and readers in general are sure to enjoy.

Please read “War of the Words” . . . and if you love it, click the heart at the end of the story.

Drawing-of-Anime-Fantasy-Girl (1)Ellen May Franklin is the author of the “Tarkeenia” fantasy series and may visit her website here.

She may also be found on Facebook

My review of “Cage Of Bone” by Leanne Beattie

A difficult subject . . . a compelling read!   5 Stars

How does a sixteen year old cope with the suicide of her older sister, the sister who was popular and perfect in every way? Or was she? There are whispers at school and certain people who knew Katherine make cruel comments to her confused sister, Ronnie, who is angry and searching for answers, but her emotional turmoil prevents her from reaching out to her school friends whom she pushes away despite their efforts to reach her. Ronnie is drowning in her pain. Her separated parents, who are also trying to deal with the tragedy themselves, are no help either. Ronnie is angry at them, too, and sees herself as a tough young woman quite capable of making her own choices and cutting her own path in the world and refuses to admit even to herself, let alone those closest to her, that she may not be coping. This book deals with raw emotion and passion as Ronnie struggles to find balance in a painful and suddenly unfamiliar world. Cage of Bone is well written and the difficult subject matter is handled masterfully by the author making Ronnie’s journey a story well worth reading.


Learn more about Leanne Beattie here

Returning to writing


Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on this site and even longer since I’ve done any writing, but after the upheaval in my person life during which I lost both my parents, six months apart, I’m finally ready, and in the right frame of mind, to hit the keyboard once again.

The outline for the fifth book in the Southern Skyes series, which is as yet unnamed, has been written for a long time now and I’ve just recently started on it’s expansion. My editor is expecting the completed manuscript by June so, hopefully, it will be released around August.

Then it will be on to the final book which will complete the series . . . unless, of course, I decide to go off on a tangent with some of the more interesting people and events of the series.

Who knows?