Sorry I’ve been absent from this blog. To say a lot has been going on is an understatement. I made a big move, began new jobs, decorated a lovely home (including home office), helped the dog adjust to the move (she’s snoring under my chair right now. I guess that means she’s settled), finalised some ghost writing jobs, tried to add to my manuscript (unfortunately not often enough), worked long hours, took in the sights of the new town, had visitors, celebrated another birthday (mine), saw more of the grandchildren and numerous other things that seem to keep me from this blog.
I promised myself a couple of weeks ago that I would write a post. Finally here it is.
In April I took on the role as Administrative Assistant at RWA (Romance Writers of Australia). Wow, I could hardly believe I could get this dream job and another with Design Stuff. Working from home with the collaborative, wonderful bunch of people at RWA has been amazing. I love that I get to help other writers live their dream, guiding them to an OWL (Online Writing Lab), which Facebook or Google group to join, how to become a member, what the membership provides and how to purchase tickets for the Melbourne Conference 2019 among other things – is a joy.
So you can see I have been busy but yes I am still writing. I am an author. The next book will be finished (eventually) and published for you to read. Bear with me.
At one of the events I was involved in this year Books by the Beach (Mooloolaba) I met lovely Ann-Maree Howarth. When she said she reviewed books I offered her a copy of The Zanzibar Moon. Here is her excellent review:
The Zanzibar Moon
The Zanzibar Moon
What an adventurest tale this book was from a heartbreaking New Year’s Eve to all the wonders of Africa. This has been the first paperback I have read in a while and I must say I really missed this form of reading. Donna Munro is a new author to me, an this is the very first book she has published. As an Australian, I really enjoyed the Australian lingo and quirks along the way. The flow of the story was good, it will hold your attention and keep you wanting to read and find out more. The author did also include a lot of African words and meaning to give you a very authentic feel to the story and you just might learn a few new words of African along the way. This kind of reading might be a bit of a distraction at first but stick with it the story will flow better after the author has given us a full description of Africa and the characters within it.
During this story will find our heroine travelling from her little suburban home in Australia to the dynamic country of Zanzibar where she is volunteering to find herself again. Alkina finds herself an empty nest and a too-time cheating husband at the start of a new year so she decided to fulfil her dream of going to Africa.
Dr Don Cloutier wanted Ali.
Kendwa wanted Ali.
Shaun wanted Ali.
Even Roger wanted Ali back.
Ali fell in love with the magic of Zanzibar and loved her job at the shelter helping the single mothers open up the old resort to support themselves and their children.
Will she find magic in the arms of another man? Could she just have a holiday romance and then return home to her children and friends? Or will this working holiday change her life forever?
“Maybe there is magic on Zanzibar after all.”
This book is full of wonder, magic, sadness, hope, regret, strength, sorrow, joy, love, chemistry, family, heartache, wildlife and most of all adventure that will fill you as you read. There was some part of the story I went really……but it was not my story to tell but the authors. It was a lovely change to the books I have been reading and I totally enjoyed this book even though I have had it sitting next to my bed for the last few months.
Thank you Anne-Maree, you made my day when I read this review.
I’m proud to announce that I am holding an author talk with my good friend and fellow writer, Katrina MacDonald (18th January).
Katrina and I bonded early in our friendship, not only because we love to write (we didn’t realise that until later). Of the many football mums I’ve met (and there have been numerous) Katrina is one of the best. Humble, kind and tenacious, would be only the start of what I could say about her. One day she might let me tell you her inspirational story but that’s for another time.
I asked the lovely Lisa at Elanora Library (Gold Coast) if I could hold an author talk. When she said yes, I realised I needed a buddy to team up with (not being the best solo speaker). Katrina agreed to move her schedule to fit it in. Yay! So here we go with our dual Author Encounter as the library calls it, titled: Steamy romance and other twists. The brochure reads:
Join indie author Donna Munro and aspiring author Katrina MacDonald as they discuss loveable, quirky characters, publication pitfalls and joys.
Donna self-publishes exotic romance and is the author of two novels, The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa’s Secret as well as a freelancer of articles, fiction and ghostwriting.
Always a writer, Katrina took her writing gig seriously after illness forced her to rethink her dream. She is now putting the finishing touches to a thriller, Ourimbah Road, with plenty of twists and turns.
This interactive workshop will be held at Elanora Library.
Join this Author Encounter for quizzes, fun chats, confessions and tips for writers and readers.
Friday 18th January
Places are limited. Book now at: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/libraryevents
We believe readers and aspiring writers alike will enjoy our Author Encounter because we want to make it fun. Bring your mum. Ask your friends. Encourage your neighbour. Katrina and I would love for you to join us.