Just released! Southern Cross Rising – book five of the Southern Skyes series

In 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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Inkitt

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

Returning to writing

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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?

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!

Australia - early settlement

Australia – early settlement

Write (More) Effortlessly With Markdown

Making life easier . . .

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Markdown has arrived on WordPress.com! Some of you may respond with “Finally!” Others might be asking, “what’s that?” Markdown is a quick way to add formatted text without writing out any HTML.

Let’s take a closer look. Here is an example of how Markdown looks while editing a post:

Markdown Example in the Text Editor

This is how that same example looks in the Reddle theme after it’s converted to HTML:

Markdown Example shown in the Reddle theme

Writing with Markdown

Markdown lets you compose links, lists, and other styles using regular characters and punctuation marks. If you want a quick, easy way to write and edit rich text without having to take your hands off the keyboard or learn a lot of complicated codes and shortcuts, then Markdown might be right for you.

For example, to emphasize a word, you just wrap it with an asterisk on both ends, like this: *emphasized*. When your writing is published, it will instead look like this:

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