The Art of Secrets

JUST RELEASED: From The PastFinders series --- Reclusive author Charlotte Day has much to hide and does not want anyone digging into her past. With secrets of her own, journalist Emma Wade worms her way into Charlotte’s life looking for a journalistic coup.

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The Cornish Knot

First in the PastFinders Series, set in New Zealand, Cornwall and Italy. Megan’s world is destroyed when her husband of over thirty years dies unexpectedly. On the anniversary of his death, Megan receives a mysterious package from Cornwall. The parcel contains a journal written a century earlier, and with it comes a strange request.

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DANIEL - A tale of courage and determination

The story of New Zealand pioneer and soldier. Daniel is about New Zealand history as it happens, about the birth of a nation politically and socially and a personal journey through tragedy and disaster.

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A New Zealand adventure story for children 6-9 years set in Hawkes Bay. Now available as an e-book from Amazon

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Vicky Adin - Author

I write family history novels and historical fiction based on true stories, and biographical narratives about immigrants to New Zealand. Look for The PastFinders logo. You can also find me on Facebook

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Buy NowI write family history novels and historical fiction based on true stories, and biographical narratives about immigrants to New Zealand. I am happy to talk to your club, group or organisation. If you would like to hear a talk on writing and research, please email

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ANNOUNCING the release of the next novel in The PastFinders series
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The Art of Secrets

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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.

41cMaPOoWCL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-70,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_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?

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   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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DANIEL is available as an e-book from Amazon  and  Smashwords

Kazam-COVER-72dpi-opt-for-web-15-WMy children’s adventure story ‘Kazam!’ has been released as an e-book on Amazon and Smashwords  – print copies of Kazam! are available exclusively from me.

Have you clicked on 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….


A Merry Christmas poem – win an opportunity

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I’d be so happy if you would share your thoughts of Christmas with me. Be in to WIN an opportunity to be published on my website. Please send me a short poem or prose up to 500 words and I’ll publish the best three. Sign in and leave me …

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Celebrating Kiwi Indie-authors – ten new titles

Recently, it was my privilege among a group of proud Kiwi indie-authors who gave an indie-author talk celebrating the launch of their 2014 books at the Takapuna Library. Our thanks to Helen Woodhouse, Manager of the library, and the Friends of the Library who hosted the event for Mairangi Writers. The speakers included Evan G Andrew who writes historical fiction. With …

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Publishing Options – my indie-author story – Part 2

It is almost two years to the day since I ‘retired’ to become a full-time indie-author, and I’m loving it. If you didn’t catch the first part of my indie-author story you can find it here. In those two years, I’ve published two novels and am writing my second biographical narrative (which I’ll tell you more about later in this …

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Publishing Options – my indie-author story – Part 1

This is my story about how I became a self-published indie author. It’s not about the right way – if there is such a thing – or the wrong way, it’s simply what I did. Two things sent me down the indie path. One, I am a genealogist and have a bucket load of stories. The other was when I …

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Publishing Options – indie or traditional

I was recently asked to give a talk at a Publishing Now workshop because I am 100% an indie-published author. As a relative newcomer to the publishing world –  my first book, Daniel, was published in 2011 –  and with my experience of mainstream publishing being non-existent, I had to give a lot of thought to what I wanted to say. …

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Writer’s Block or Procrastination?

Oh dear! I went on holiday and came back to a mountain of catch up, as we all do – except I haven’t managed to catch up. My mind won’t settle. I am too easily distracted by something else that might inspire me from the task at hand. But I know it can’t be writer’s block or procrastination. I’m far too organised for …

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Publishing Now – a Michael King Writers’ Centre Live-in Workshop.

I have been invited to be part of a panel discussion and to make a presentation at the forthcoming Publishing Now residential workshop hosted by the Michael King Writers’ Centre at Vaughan Park in Long Bay, Auckland the first weekend of November. The programme is extensive and intensive with many well-known names from the traditional publishing world as well as …

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Pictures speak a thousand words

A beautiful end to a beautiful day with lots of promises for the future.   Meet Charlotte in all her guises – and here is Emma hiding from herself.  

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Discoverability and Visibility

The hardest part of being an indie-author is being found. How do readers discover new-to-them authors? How do indie-authors make themselves visible to the world of readers? If you search the net there are endless blogs with advice on the how to’s of using social media sites. You have to do what suits you best, but whatever else you do …

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Would you believe it?

Lately, and increasingly articles and blogs are being written about the demise of bookstores – globally. Their loss is lamented yet no one seems to know what to do about it. When I read such commentary, the blame seems to be laid on the market. Would you believe it – it’s our fault! They say people don’t read any more, …

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Daniel: Pioneer, decorated soldier, husband, father, working man, objector and pacifist.   Places: Stanfree, Bolsover, Derbyshire, Liverpool, Auckland, Waiuku, Orakau, Rangiaowhia, Waikato, Urewera Bay of Plenty, Foxton Manawatu, Somes Island, Wellington, Halcombe. History: Flax industry, river boat industry, militia, armed constabulary, floods, Foxton fires, quarantine, development of the railways, Pink & White Terraces, Minnie Dean, sheep stealing, horse racing, Labour Day, Votes for Women, WW1 pacifism, deportation, The Fourteen, conscientious objectors, HMS 'Waitemata' 1917. Historical figures: Captain George Taylor, General Cameron, Henry Holland, William Massey, John Ballance, Richard John Seddon, Captain Francis Robinson, Te Kooti, Charles Pownall, John Proctor, Archibald Baxter, Mark Briggs, Garth Ballantyne, Fred Adin.