Posted in Publishing, The Zanzibar Moon, Writing tips

Book Trailer – The Zanzibar Moon

Book Trailer for the Zanzibar Moon

Book trailers are a good promotional tool for your book. There’s so many kinds out there and choosing the style I wanted took some research. Book trailers can show the whole story of the book and can sometimes be as long as a movie. Other ones are a snippet, and others still don’t seem to have anything to actually do with the book. I just wanted to publicise The Zanzibar Moon in a fun way, but in a small bite.

People (often) don’t have huge attention spans online. They scan through and only look at the interesting stuff for moments at a time. Short and to the point is best. I hope you agree.

I found the awesome video template platform Raw Shorts to create the book trailer. It was lots of fun. I recommend you give it a go. Not just for book trailers but business promos of all sorts. I think I’ll create one for Mirror Pool Cleaning too.


It’s only 48 days until the launch of The Zanzibar Moon.

If you do not live on the Gold Coast (I can personally deliver on the Gold Coast) you can pre-order at THE BOOKSTORE (Australia only). Place your order and pay now and you will receive a free colourful tassel bookmark.

Books (with your complimentary bookmark) soon after they arrive from printing (I estimate early June) they will be posted out.

International buyers will be able to purchase the book as either eBook or Paperback once they are available on Amazon.

Posted in Family life, Happiness, Health and fitness, Year of Gratitude

Day 102 to 114 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Day 115 to 124 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Australians have the freedom to go about their lives in our beautiful country due to the sacrifices of the ANZACs. Each day of my 365 days of gratitude I am mindful of the fact that we have that freedom to feel safer than many people in most countries. We can go outside without the threat of war. We can run along a beach, through a park, around a city, in the bush; with the knowledge that we can do this in relative safety. In a world of uncertainty, we are lucky, indeed.

HIIT, High Intesity Interval training, fitness,

Day 115 I am grateful for:

The ANZACs, because our country has freedom due to their sacrifices. Lest we forget.

Day 116 I am grateful for:

A morning of catching up with the bookwork, because if I didn’t it would be such a chore later on.

Day 117 I am grateful for:

A surprise visit from the in-laws, because they are getting older and we treasure every moment with them. They are in their late eighties and not in perfect health but they still drive over six hours to come and visit their family because they miss them. Unfortunately, because it’s a long weekend they did not have the best choice of where to stay and ended up with lots of stairs. Just imagine those poor old hips and knees negotiating eight flights of stairs. It wasn’t ideal so we helped them out by getting them a meal and doing some shopping so they could avoid the stairs. They are amazing.

Day 118 I am grateful for:

It’s another short working week and Friday, because it’s so nice to feel like we’re greeting the weekend early. It’s also my nephew Wilson’s 18th Birthday. He started out as a premi bub and you’d never know it. We are proud of the strong, handsome young man he is. Happy Birthday Wilson and welcome to adulthood.

Day 119 I am grateful for:

Waking to have our oldest son home and sharing a coffee with us, because we always miss our family (but they will be all coming back tomorrow, except Joel and Emily).

Day 120 I am grateful for:

Family, because there’s nothing like the jokes we all share (that no-one else gets), the love that abounds and the closeness. Seeing the emotion in the great-grandparents’ faces are priceless.

Day 121 I am grateful for:

Another long weekend, because though catching up with work on Tuesday is a pain, an extra day off is always welcome.

Day 122 I am grateful for:

A wet nose on my cheek to wake me up, because though I’m usually up early, if I’m not up by six-thirty Mahli will wake me up. I love my dog.

Day 123 I am grateful for:

Boxing morning and I can see a bright sky in the dark sky that is turning light as the sun rises, because stars are amazing and mesmerising.

Day 124 I am grateful for:

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), because pushing myself will only make me stronger. Thank you Angelina for your encouragement. I tried the 38kg farmers carries up and down the stairs but had to go back to the 24kg. Wow that was tough but fun.

Is there something you are grateful for today?