Wednesday, 14 November 2018

#Christmas #Reading Ideas!

Yes, it's that time of year again, when we ask ourselves whatever to buy for Christmas presents?

If you or your loved ones are into reading, you might find a treasure amongst these 12 Books for Christmas. And it'll be hard to stop yourself singing along to this fun video!

More details about each Xmas-special book on my author friend, Jean Gill's blog HERE!

Happy reading...

Monday, 5 November 2018

Be Careful of the Swooping Magpie!

Currently, in eastern Australia, it's crazy magpie season, with birds swooping down and injuring many humans.

The attacking bird is usually male, either gliding down onto his victim's head from behind, or divebombing the back of the neck.

Apart from protecting the young, this behaviour apparently also impresses female magpies.

Such is the swooping magpie phenomenon, it's become a popular Halloween costume!
Photo courtesy of Pam Brandy
Photo courtesy of  Carolyn Brady of Wollongong Botanical Gardens
While there may be the odd swooping magpie scene, my novel, The Swooping Magpie, is not however, about aggressive, human-attacking birds. It rather explores a young girl’s heartbreaking drama of lost innocence and deceit, amidst a scandal that shook Australia.

Photo courtesy of Camille Perrat
Following on from The Silent Kookaburra, book one in this 1970s Australian Family Drama series set mainly in Wollongong, New South Wales (but all standalones), you can purchase The Swooping Magpie at your favourite digital retailer, HERE at the new release PROMO price of only 99c/p.

Cover design by JD Smith

If you would like to read the actual true-life story that inspired The Swooping Magpie, it's all explained on the Triskele Books blog.

1970s  Wollongong Harbour. Photo from the collections of the Wollongong City Libraries and the Illawarra Historical Society
Happy Aussie reading, mate!
The Swooping Magpie:

Thursday, 18 October 2018

99c/p PROMO! #Aussie #PsychologicalSuspense Novel

I know I've been quiet of late, but my excuse, as always, is I've been working on a new book. And now I'm pleased to say that novel, The Swooping Magpie, will be published in a few days.

1970s Aussie domestic drama
Another Australian domestic drama set in the 1970s, it follows from number 1 in the series: The Silent Kookaburra.

To celebrate the release of The Swooping Magpie, the e-Book of The Silent Kookaburra will be on promotion for only 99c/p for the next few days. Get your PROMO copy now at your favourite retalier:

1970s Aussie psychological suspense

Book Description: The Swooping Magpie

The thunderclap of sexual revolution collides with the black cloud of illegitimacy.

Sixteen-year-old Lindsay Townsend is pretty and popular at school. At home, it’s a different story. Dad belts her and Mum’s either busy or battling a migraine. So when sexy school-teacher Jon Halliwell finds her irresistible, Lindsay believes life is about to change.

She’s not wrong.

Lindsay and Jon pursue their affair in secret, because if the school finds out, Jon will lose his job. If Lindsay’s dad finds out, there will be hell to pay. But when a dramatic accident turns her life upside down, Lindsay is separated from the man she loves.

Events spiral beyond her control, emotions conflicting with doubt, loneliness and fear, and Lindsay becomes enmeshed in a shocking true-life Australian scandal. The schoolyard beauty will discover the dangerous games of the adult world. Games that destroy lives.

Lindsay is forced into the toughest choice of her young life. The resulting trauma will forever burden her heart.

Reflecting the social changes of 1970s Australia, The Swooping Magpie is a chilling psychological tale of love, loss and grief, and, through collective memory, finding we are not alone.

Monday, 9 July 2018

#FrenchResistance #WWII

The French village in which I live originally inspired me for the first novel, Spirit of Lost Angels, of my French historical trilogy, The Bone Angel.

An exhibition in a museum in Saint-Martins-en-Haut, a neighbouring village, gave me the idea to base the second novel of the trilogy, Wolfsangel, around the French Resistance to the Nazi occupation during WW2.

I realised that this region, like many others in France, was a hotbed of French resistance. During my research, I was fortunate to speak with several members of the Resistance, who were only too happy to relive their days of fighting for the liberation of their country.

But for further information, I consulted both fiction and non-fiction books on the subject.

on the Triskele Books blog, here are six of my favourites

food ration lines, Lyon

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Don’t care if France wins or loses the footie?

Read a French historical trilogy instead. A sure winner!  #bethere #bereading

Need some more ideas on how to escape the soccer? This post by fellow author, Helena Halme says it all.

Friday, 6 April 2018

@JillsBookCafe's Five on Friday

Many thanks to my lovely book blogger reviewer and friend, Jill Doyle for featuring me on her blog today.