The excitement is mounting, my daughters are coming home. It’ll be two years and eight months by the time I get to hug them. For my husband it will be just over three years and then there is our son living in Wellington who I’m sure if looking forward to seeing his sisters and introducing his girlfriend to them. It’s going to be a wonderful Christmas this year. I can’t wait to get the whole family together for the first time since 2017. Along with all this we get another cat called ‘Bonnie’ whose story you may have read.
Bonnie is my eldest daughter’s cat and is coming home with the girls. How my cat ‘Nero’ is going to take this, we’re unsure, because Bonnie is sociable, and Nero isn’t. Along with this we have to find somewhere else to live due to the unit we currently rent is too small for all of us.
Rent in NZ is horrendous these days, getting close to 3/4 of your wages if you’re on a low income, of course, it also depends on where you live in New Zealand. At least the laws are better for those renting and we have a healthy home criteria which our currently place still doesn’t meet much to our annoyance, considering the owners knew this from when we moved in just over two years ago.
My other news! I have my first hardback book with a brand new cover, with thanks to Mara Reitsma who is one of my contractors and works as an Illustrator with ‘Covers by the Rose’ Excellent work, and I’ve added a photo below of Oxford Bear reading one of the new hardbacks. The story is the first Children’s book I ever wrote (six years ago) called ‘Girlie and the War of the Wasps.’ An adventure in an English Country Garden. I actually used my parents garden from the house I grew up in. This story also has some learning curves for children. Healthy Eating, is the main one along with Bullying and Racism. You can buy a copy HERE
The image shows the new hardback book cover. In the background is Oxford Bear reading a copy. This book is the first in a series of Girlie Adventure Stories, about a little blue ladybug called Girlie and her friend Sammie Kitten. We are in the process of making the rest of the books into hardback copies. Until then you can still buy paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon.
Time to head out into the garden and plant some edible flowers. Enjoy the read.
The Dark Valley is a fantasy story. It was originally I just enjoyed writing this story, originally for Gems of Strength Anthology, which is about strong women. It is can be described as a dark fairy tale with some not very likeable creatures called Trolls who run mines to source precious gems.
The Crones are witch-like characters who want what every older woman want—to be young and pretty. The Crones have magical powers and they take the soul of the young people to help them achieve this. That is until along came Clarissa who finally breaks the curse on their valley.
I hope you enjoy the story, written in British English, and if you do, why not seek out some of my other work, too?
Have you lost a loved one? Do you see or hear them? This Anthology gives you a selection of Short Stories plus two poems about the ghosts who can’t move on, be it due to love or hate.
From the Highlands of Scotland to Wales, England, the USA & Canada, you will find something which suits you.
Thanks to participants the world over. M J Mallon, Cathy-Lee Chopping, Mara Reitsma, Karen J Mossman, C A Keith, C L Williams, Claire Plaisted, Dan McAteer & Michael Lynes
STORIES & POETRY
A short story about the cover – Claire Plaisted
Ode to Love – A poem by M J Mallon
A Good Son by Karen Mossman
A Highland Haunting by Dan McAteer
Dream Threads by C A Keith
Frost of Heart by Michael Lynes
Reunited at Last by C L Williams
Winged Secrets by Mara Reitsma
Pride and Witchery by Cathy-Lee Chopping
Ed’s Shadow Poetry – A poem by M J Mallon
M J Mallon – https://mjmallon.com
Karen J Mossman – http://www.karenmossman.weebly.com
Cathy-Lee Chopping – https://www.facebook.com/cathyleechopping/
C.A. Keith – https://www.facebook.com/ca.keithwebstories/
Michael Lynes – https://mikelynes.wixsite.com/mlynesauthor/blog
C L Williams – www.facebook.com/writer434
Mara Reitsma – https://itybityqt.wixsite.com/marareitsma
Claire Plaisted – https://www.claireplaisted.wordpress.com
Thanks to 20Booksto50K Facebook Group and its many member with some amazing posts – I have found another book distributer. Similar to Draft to Digital in its simplicity to use. They show you formats you can use. I few things not to do and simple explanations. I enjoyed putting my book out there today.
They also distribute to Google Books which for me is a huge plus. I do have an account there, though I tend to forget. This will help enormously and give me more time to write.
Dont’ forget to check out my books and PRONOUN…You’ll love it