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It’s perfect book reading weather


It’s perfect book reading weather

The days are getting chilly and if you’re in south east Queensland at the moment it’s raining too.  It’s time to rug up, with Ugg-boot-footed feet, a warm cuppa and a good book. I prefer to read novels with warm, exotic themes in the colder months. There’s nothing better than being swept off to an exotic beach location (even if it’s only in a story).

Zanzibar
This is Zanzibar. Isn’t it beautiful? Wouldn’t you like to go there, even if it’s only in a story?

The Zanzibar Moon is the perfect winter read. You’ll forget it’s even cold when you imagine the white sands, blue skies, ancient dhows and turquoise waters.

If you also yearn for an erotic romance with a sense of adventure; an utterly sexy guy whose best friend is a wild cheetah, it certainly ticks that box. Did I mention he also has an adorable heart-melting son?

You may want a story that’s not just a romance, but also has an interesting story line. What if it’s filled with family ties, unique quirky characters, intoxicating landscapes, Arabian Knights type magic, Swahili, multi-culture, awesome wildlife, tear-jerking moments and set in a magical setting? Ticking more boxes?

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy of The Zanzibar Moon . As you read you’ll be transported to a beautiful world, where magic happens.

The Zanzibar Moon and Wildernis Cafe Bar Palm Beach.
Me, Michelle and Karen at Wildernis Cafe Bar, Palm Beach, Queensland.

The Zanzibar Moon out and about

I recently caught up with my sister, niece and an old friend and her partner for breakfast. We took the opportunity to take photos at Wildernis Cafe Bar,  with us holding  The Zanzibar Moon  in front of their magnificent artwork. It was a wonderful way to share my story in a lovely venue, that I highly recommend. Beautiful fit-out, nice views, ambiance and delicious reasonably priced food. It’s a special place to dine.

And if Zanzibar looks like a place you’d like to visit go to Tanzanian Tourism, or see what Check You In Travel and Tours can recommend to you about travelling from Australia to Zanzibar.

The paperback or ebook of The Zanzibar Moon are available for review. If you are in the media and would like a copy please go to the contact page.

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Day 52 and 53 of 365 Days of Gratitude


Day 52 and 53 of 365 Days of Gratitude

I’m all over the place lately. At boxing this morning (sorry Helen) I could not remember a single instruction. What’s so hard about – jab/cross, hook/hook, upper/upper? I think it’s because I have so many things on my mind.

I hate to say, “I’m so busy.” I think we all are and it’s not that (plus isn’t it irritating when people say it all the time and you’ve just done a million things more than them and you’re exhausted?). I think it’s really about the creative side of my head running ideas around while I’m doing other things.

I guess with exercise you can give it your all, but be thinking of other things. Am I wrong or right?

It’s not like I’m actually thinking of hitting someone when I’m boxing (though that can make you hit harder) it’s more like: Oh, did I lock my car? Will I have time to blog after my shower when I get home? Did I let the dog out before I left? But usually for me (as a writer) I could be wondering if my characters are happy with what I made them do. Were my scenes believable and real. That froggie reminds me I should put a frog in the jungle scene (froggie is a tortuous exercise that mimics a frog bouncing but you must keep your bum down).Will anyone ever read my book? Hey, but that’s just me.

What do you think of while you’re doing something else? (and no I am not talking about sex, well unless that’s what you’d like to discuss).

Joy, happiness, Donna Munro writer
This isn’t the sharpest photo but it’s priceless. Mahli was chasing me around. I think Bevil caught us at just the right time.

Day 52 I am grateful for:

Last nights leftovers saved in the fridge, because then it’s a simple matter of adding, salad greens, avocado and fetta and I have a healthy, yummy lunch. (It is annoying when I leave them out and have nothing to put in my salad).

Day 53 I am grateful for:

Rising early and getting lots of things done, because it’s not just about exercising. There were also two loads of washing, dishes in the sink, make the bed (can’t leave the house without the bed made and pillows fluffed), breaky (my new favourite oats, oatbran, black chia seeds, cacao nibs, moist coconut flakes, hot chili powder [just a tiny sprinkle] all soaked in coconut water [Cocobella is the best] for 15 minutes, add to the Umoja Writing Competition blog [in hiatus this year], check emails, plan an article, check social media and all this between 5.30-8.30. What was I saying about busy earlier? (okay yawn!).

And just because I’m in the writing mood – here’s five writing prompts.

  • What if someone robbed you? What happens next?
  • Your dog comes home dragging an unknown puppy. Were did it come from? Will you try to find out or keep it?
  • What’s your fantasy?
  • The sky turns green. Is it aliens? Is it just a summer storm with hail? Is it the end of the world?
  • Children are so cute. Write about one.

Get writing, get exercising, start eating well, get organised, chill, have fun – do what makes you happy!