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Happy Abundant New Year 2018


Happy Abundant New Year 2018.

Happy New Year 2018

2017 was beautifully abundant. I feel blessed to have enjoyed such a year. I firmly believe my 365 days of gratitude led to the abundance. Being mindful and appreciative ultimately manifested into good things. My last seven days of 2017 wound down my 365 days of gratitude that I began in the hope of a wonderful year. Most of my thoughts have been positive which has reaped positive outcomes. Each negative though was quickly turned away (mentally). As I am learning our thoughts become things. My biggest thoughts were on enjoying writing. I have written copiously. The passion for it grows the more I write. I’ll admit that things didn’t fall in to place exactly the way I expected. It’s important to stay fluid in accepting a different version. If I am open to new opportunities they will come to me in exciting, unique, surprising ways.

Those last seven days included:

  1. A Christmas Day shared with my wonderful, unique, quirky, adorable family. Too much food, bad cracker jokes and a not-so-secret Santa. Love them!
  2. Boxing Day with extended family and friends. We have a yearly water volleyball challenge that’s always filled with fun and laughter. It’s something to look forward to every year.
  3. My son and his girlfriend arrived after a long, but safe, drive from Canberra to the Gold Coast. We miss them when they are not here, but are grateful that they follow their dreams and kick goals.
  4. Finally, a few hours at the beach, reading the The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Hot summer sun, warm salty water, soft white sand and cooling ocean breeze. My happy place.
  5. A nightly card game of Hearts that brings the family together and makes me smile.
  6. A relaxing day with our grown children and friends coming and going (eating lots of food). Everyone is content and happy. No conflicts. Just jokes, fun-loving pay-outs and contagious laughter.
  7. New Year’s Eve – a night full of hope and possibilities. A near full moon in a starry sky, spotted with billowing clouds left over from a short summer storm. Everything smells fresh and new. Friends chatting on the damp deck, the balustrade is wrapped in colourful Christmas lights that reflect off the water of the canal below. Home before midnight to share the first minutes of New Year’s Eve with my husband and dog. Moments of wonder at how 2017 played out and what endless possibilities are in store for us in 2018.

And what of my New Year’s Resolution? I have many; get fitter, drink less (alcohol), drink more (water), eat more, play more, sleep longer, sweat less, publish Kendwa’s Secret, edit better and write, write and write. I hope you keep to yours.

Wishing you a marvelous, love-filled, healthy, joyous, abundant, beautiful 2018.

Posted in Happiness, Publishing, Year of Gratitude

Christmas Eve is the 358th day of the year


With Christmas Eve being the 358th day of the year I have 58 days of gratitude to make up for in my 365 days of gratitude. That’s lots of gratitude in a two month period.

Firstly, today I completed my last draft of Kendwa’s Secret and the cover (though there’s always time for a few more tweaks). My sister will be my first reader. I can’t wait for her response. So (drum roll) ta da!

Cover reveal:

Kendwas Secret cover lion front

I hope you like the cover as much as I do (some touch ups and etching to be completed).

Here’s the blurb:

Crocodile wrangler and wildlife ranger Kendwa Ely’s troubles didn’t begin when he buried his parent; they started long before that.

In Africa he is seven-years old when the unthinkable happens and he must stay silent. The years don’t dim the secret. In a constant effort to forget it, he travels the world, wrangling crocodiles in Australia’s Northern Territory, roping live alligators out of rich people’s pools in Florida, fighting for eco-tourism and bedding a constant stream of women.

That is until he meets Sharli Ahu.

Exquisite as a Hindu princess, Sharli has values, humility and beliefs. A strong, resourceful woman, she doesn’t need a man like Kendwa. She’d rather be caring for Borneo’s orangutans.

But Kendwa gets under Sharli’s skin. Even when he stuffs up there’s something sincere, strong and kind about him. Though, she has more important things in life than lusting after a wild guy like Kendwa.

In the jungles of Borneo, a venomous snake strikes and Sharli may be the only one who can save him.

Can their love grow, or will the shadow of his secret always be looming? Is it the catalyst for his biggest betrayal yet, or can he save the people he loves most?

Can true love survive the secrets people keep?

If production goes to plan Kendwa’s Secret will be out by June. Date to be announced. If you’re interested in a copy on release please email me through my Contact page. It is the prequel to The Zanzibar Moon. Make sure you get a copy of both.

58 Days of Gratitude

I ticked off two moments of gratitude with the manuscript and cover for Kendwa’s Secret, completed, but what about the other 57 Days?

Here goes. I’m grateful for:

  1. Being healthy
  2. Happiness
  3. Love and support from my husband
  4. My family
  5. My dog panting beside me (she’s terrified of the whipper snipper)
  6. Sunshine and summer showers
  7. Butterflies in my garden
  8. Bird sounds
  9. Wonderful clients
  10. Interesting stories
  11. Backstories
  12. Collaboration
  13. A writing mentor
  14. A new computer
  15. Purchasing Adobe Creative Cloud (so many wonderful artistic programs)
  16. Books, books and books
  17. Writing time
  18. Clean sheets
  19. Wet grass
  20. Housework done
  21. Soft rock music, like Matchbox Twenty or One Republic
  22. Full moons
  23. My grandson’s first birthday
  24. My granddaughter’s special hugs
  25. My children accomplishing their goals (or planning to)
  26. My boss selling her business while the planets aligned (everything worked out perfectly for both of us)
  27. Being offered more work
  28. Working from home as a writer
  29. Reading my stories in other books
  30. Living inside my head (there’s a lot going on there)
  31. Creating a new exciting fictional world
  32. Falling in love with my characters
  33. Meeting new people who will change me
  34. Finding inner joy
  35. Appreciating my Mum
  36. Walking barefoot in the sand
  37. Feeling seawater on my skin
  38. Christmas parties
  39. Catch-ups with other writers
  40. Buying Christmas gifts
  41. Avoiding shopping centres
  42. Receiving lovely gifts
  43. Cold beer
  44. Seafood
  45. Summer
  46. Rainforests
  47. Bush noises
  48. Sunrises
  49. Sunsets
  50. Friends
  51. Shared smiles
  52. Warm hugs
  53. Writing journals
  54. My office
  55. A reliable car
  56. A neck massage
  57. Love

With so few days left in the year I know I’ll still find more gratitude. Leave a comment and tell me the one thing that made you feel grateful today? Perhaps it’s was as simple as finding a car park in the crazy Christmas shopping frenzy.

Pair of flip flop sandals, sunglasses, Santa hat and camera.

And of course have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year.