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My friend Sandra L Rogers has released Cooyar


My dear friend and fellow writer, Sandra L Rogers has released her latest novel. I’ve read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is what I told her after I read it:

“Oh wow I loved the ending after all the heartache. It is a tearjerker. I liked how you’ve included the events of time without overly describing them. Other historical books get weighed down with that, but definitely not Cooyar. I enjoyed the twists and turns. It was very believable and the characters had plenty of dimensions – as real people do. I honestly loved it Sandra. Well done. No wonder you’re so proud of it.”

The latest novel from Sandra L Rogers has been released by Zeus Publications.

Cooyar

This powerful sweeping love story is set against the majestic beauty of Cooyar Cattle Station, one of the largest properties of its kind in Queensland. Frances is the headstrong only child of wealthy owners Malcolm and Jess McInners and Will Benson is the station’s part-aboriginal head stockman.

From their close childhood friendship to their sudden strong physical attraction to each other in the teenage years the outbreak of WWII changes their lives forever; but never their love.

When Will is reported missing in action presumed dead Frances impulsively marries Arnold Smith, a sailor, before he is deployed on the ill-fated HMAS Vampire. On Arnold’s safe return they settle down on their own cattle property Wongadoo and raise their son Barry.

Meanwhile Will has survived the fighting in Tobruk due to the care of a nomadic Bedouin Tribe. When the war ends and Will discovers Frances has married he stays in the Mediterranean working odd jobs finally settling in Crete.

After years in a presumed happy marriage Arnold embezzles Frances’s fortune and leaves her for a local barmaid. Devastated by the cunning cruelty of Arnold’s betrayal Frances embarks on a dangerous mission to kill them both.

When sudden tragedy and great loss reunite Frances and Will in a way neither could have imagined fate unveils a long kept secret that will bring unexpected happiness to both of them.

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If you would like to purchase Cooyar please go to Zeus Publications or contact the author.

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Posted in Animals and conservation, Other stuff

Who cares about this cute horse?


I’ve been working in the remote mid-west Queensland town of Dingo for over six months. During that time I walk regularly with my workmates and we know the few streets of Dingo well. There’s not much more than a pub (of course), school, library, tennis court, church, run-down caravan park and a couple of saw mills, all set in about eight blocks. There’s nice houses and neglected houses but in general I like the little town. It can’t be helped that the coal train runs through it, or that it is the hub of the mining industry at the moment.

However, it can help one starved and neglected horse but for some reason the people of Dingo have chosen to ignore something in their own backyard. We’ve fed the horse (we call him Billy, after Billy Slater) grass that we’ve pulled out as we’ve walked. We wondered if he was being looked after as his paddock was looking a little bare. We decided to keep an eye on him. Every two weeks (that I worked) I would visit Billy. This last stint I became increasingly concerned. A workmate had contacted the RSPCA weeks before but Billy still looked to be unfed and his water troughs were nearly empty and the water stagnant.

This time as I walked past him he was more skittish than usual. I pulled out heaps of grass and put it in his feed trough. He head-butted it nearly knocking the steel fence down. He stamped his hoof on the ground and whinnied and scoffed down the little grass I could find.

Back at camp I spoke to our chef Cathy who suggested that we save vegetable and fruit scraps for Billy and take water to him. So that afternoon we pulled up in our ute and he whinnied again when he saw the food we were putting in the food bin. He scoffed it and gradually let us pat him. Billy’s ribs show and the bones in his neck poke out. He is ungroomed and his mane and tail are matted. His hoofs look split and his beautiful eyes are full of gunk. There is not a blade of grass in his paddock and now stable for shelter. No water and no food. How could someone treat an animal like this? How can a town just ignore this gorgeous creature?

Next day we pulled up again. This time he stamped the ground and whinnied. He was definitely excited to see us. When I got back to camp I rang the RSPCA and reported the cruelty. There was still no sign of any other food or water. They said they would check Billy out.

Cathy feeding a very grateful Billy. Notice how there is not a blade of glass in his paddock and no shelter from a storm.

The next day the water trough was full of fresh water. We couldn’t see signs of food but Billy would have eaten every crumb. We fed him for two more days. Each time we pulled up he got more excited and would now let us pet him without even shying away.

I heard this week that the people who own Billy are in the house next door. Can you believe that? They have totally ignored his suffering. Billy is a beautiful gentle horse who someone would truly love. These people don’t deserve him and hopefully the RSPCA will relocate him to somewhere nice where he is appreciated.

Here’s to you Billy and the next stage of a happier healthier life.

PLEASE NOTE: RSPCA responds to reports of all cruelty, neglect and abandonment complaints of companion and farm animals, as well as injuries to wildlife. Last year Inspectors investigated nearly 14,000 cruelty complaints, and nearly 8,000 wildlife patients were admitted to the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital. To support them please see their website http://www.rspcaqld.org.au