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Lives bound by tragedy and lies
The PastFinders Books social history narratives about family, love and renewal.
Emma Wade’s life has fallen apart and her career is rapidly going downhill. In a last-ditch effort to keep her job, she reluctantly agrees to write an exposé on the aged and reclusive author Charlotte Day.
Charlotte, who has lost the passion to write, is suspicious and distrustful of people and doesn’t want anyone digging into a past she considers shameful. However, she recognises her need to leave a legacy of some kind, and hesitantly accepts the project.
Wrestling with her own secrets, Emma worms her way into Charlotte’s past. But some memories are too precious or too painful to share – especially the causes of her descent into melancholy. As they struggle forward, the two women are surprised to find much to like about each other. Their unusual relationship deepens; will they learn to trust again… Or will reliving the past be too much for either of them to handle?
A compassionate look at the impact of depression.
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“Because sometimes the best things come from the worst. You have to look in the darkest places to find the brightest light.”
Art, mystery and wealth: two centuries, two lives.
The PastFinders Books, social history narratives about family, love and renewal.
Megan’s world is destroyed when her husband dies suddenly. Still grieving, she receives a mysterious package from Cornwall that jolts her out of her cloistered world. It contains a century-old journal. From her home in New Zealand she embarks on a journey of personal renewal to find her past, exposing secrets that change her life. Along the way she finds Italian artists plays a large part in her discovery. Can she also find love again?
The Disillusioned soldier, New Zealand pioneer, patriarch, pacifist.
Daniel is a powerful and moving biographical narrative of a New Zealand pioneer. Based on a true account, the story follows a young Daniel from Liverpool and Derbyshire, by ship to New Zealand, to fight in the Waikato wars and live out his life in Foxton.
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My children’s adventure story Kazam! Find out more about this story of a New Zealand adventure for New Zealand children. It is based on a true event! Well, most of it is….
Print copies of Kazam! are available exclusively from me.
I’ve been having fun over the last couple of weeks finding fabulous new words thanks to Dictionary.com. Some – possibly – are reasonably well know to readers, like maudlin, cacophonous, and rhapsodic. Even piffle and moppet are likely to be known, especially among older readers. But what about words like bafflegab (gobbledegook), diurnal (daily) and veridical (truthful)? What would you think …
With the recent announcement that NZ Book Month has been postponed indefinitely after being cancelled for the second year in a row, I began thinking about what that meant for New Zealand authors. The announcement came at a time when the Dunedin Readers and Writers Festival has just finished and the Auckland Writers Festival has just started. There are other …
For a limited time The Art of Secrets e-book is available for .99c from Amazon. Lives bound together by tragedy and lies. We often read about the impact of stress in our lives and its link to depression. Whether the stress is caused by something tangible like a tragedy, an illness or simply by work/life balance, or whether by something intangible like …
I’m living in Procrastination Street right now. A good friend and fellow author gave me some feedback on my latest WIP – wonderful, insight comments that have turned my thinking on its head. I started out with a firm direction, knowing I’d done the research and had a good series of dots that simply needed joining up. I studied CS …