Posted in Writing tips

New Website and Blog

Wow! It’s mid-November already. Can you believe it?

What a year for so many of us due to COVID-19. I hope we’ll all soon put this year behind us (if it’s been difficult) or embrace it (if it’s been good). I’m looking forward to 2021.

One thing I planned to do this year was a new simplified website (more so than a blog). I accomplished that with Yes, my own little author domain. Please check it out and sign up to my new blog and newsletter. I’ll be concentrating more on the author life than life in general. I have big news breaking soon!

Now restrictions have eased I have a book signing

Saturday November 21st 10 am – 12 noon

With Covid-19 it’s been a while since my last sighing. I didn’t even have a book launch for Elephant Creek which is disappointing. Appearing at Annie’s Books on Peregian is a terrific opportunity to showcase my books. Annie’s is a famous little bookstore with the outside footpath area a perfect place to set up my book-signing table, with people passing by and popping in often.

If you’re a Sunshine Coast local, come pop by and say hi. I’ll have a little competition going to win my books, mouse pad and pen.

Venue address: 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach

For Gold Coast locals all books are still available from Karen and Rob at Currumbin Creek Newsagency on Currumbin Creek Road.

With Elephant Creek being set in Currumbin Valley there’s plenty of local spots mentioned in the book, especially Currumbin Creek.

I’ve had some busy months, both with work (admin and graphic design) and writing (which includes marketing my books). The latest manuscript is complete. Yay!  I was lucky enough to polish this story through the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance Manuscript Development Project, with Dr Melanie Myers. Melanie is the award-winning author of Meet Me at Lennons.
The next story is six chapters in and flowing well. Both will be stand-alone books where I’m seeking publication rather than self-publishing. There are many reasons for this move. I’ll keep those secrets for now, but I hope to update you before Christmas.
For those living in Victoria, I’m glad your life can finally get back to normal (the new normal at least). I’ve been thinking of you.
Enjoy Christmas shopping and don’t forget to buy books as gifts. You’ll not only make a writer happy but a reader too.
Love, hugs and reading happiness,

Scroll down to the bottom of the home page on my website to sign up for my new-look newsletter.

Posted in Writing tips

It’s been a while in ISO – not ISO!

While the world has certainly changed since I last posted (yep, COVID-19 sux) but my world – not so much. I’ve worked from home for a couple of years, and I enjoy my own company (shutting my office door, working, writing or designing – is my kinda bliss). Plus, both my husband and I are still employed, and we live in a beautiful place. I have nothing to complain about. But, it makes me feel guilty when so many are suffering – sort of like survivor remorse. They’ll probably coin a term to define it, something like pando-remorse or covid-guilt.

I won’t make light of the hardship many are facing (for so many these are difficult times) but I want to spread positivism and happiness. As a person who has no problem keeping busy, it seems many don’t know what to do with their time. To keep boredom at bay people are renewing their passion for (among other things) puzzles.

As a member of ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association), I’m privy to their members newletters and regular puzzles (mostly of book covers). It’s a fun idea.

Here’s something to enjoy if you’re in ISO (or if you’re just into puzzles). It’s a jigsaw of Elephant Creek. Have fun :  


#RWAus20 RWA Virtual Conference is only weeks away. Find out more

Not only have I been working on all things conference, I’ve also completed my third edition of Hearts Talk magazine as the Design Editor. This flagship publication of RWA is informative, inspirational, encouraging and jam-packed with everything romance writing. If you’re a romance writer and not a member yet, you’re missing out on this terrific mag and so much more. Join and you’ll find your tribe – I promise.

Elephant Creek is available on Amazon but now also at Currumbin Creek Newsagency. Especially for Currumbin locals wanting to pick up their copy.

Drum roll!!! I’ve been accepted into Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance’s Manuscript Development Project. This means my new manuscript Heartbreak House on Blueshell Beach will have twelve intensive weeks of critique, development and polish from professionals and peers. This is an awesome opportunity to refine my craft and submit to agents and publishers.

I’m working on a new project with my critique buddies. The anthology Aluura Valley will be released in February 2021. More exciting developments coming soon.

Keep busy, happy, entertained and most of all look after each other, especially my dear friends in Victoria.

With love, books and writing, Donna xo