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

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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Free for an honest review

This month my editor, thewordverve inc, and I are seeking reviews for “The Soldier’s Seed” – Book 1 in my “Southern Skyes” series . . . this book is rising rapidly in the charts for Historical Fiction/Romance/Australia and has received many recent honours.

If you download the book (it’s FREE) all you have to do is write a brief review on Amazon and then you’ll be entered to win a $10 amazon gift card (one of three).

Who’s in on this? You can download the ebook to any device.

We’re going for a minimum of 50 reviews . . . so c’mon, go for it!

CLICK HERE

Book One

Book One

“Burnt Wattle”

I’ve almost finished writing book four of the “Southern Skyes” series – “Burnt Wattle” – and aim to get it to my editor in early November. We’re planning on a pre-Christmas release.

Meanwhile, do you need to catch up with any of the first three Books?

If you do, please click here

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