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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The Cornish Knot, my third book is now available as an e-book from Amazon and Smashwords


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?

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 10.43.14 AMThe PastFinders Books, social history narratives about family, love and renewal.



   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….


Kindle Unlimited – good or bad?

Last Friday Amazon launched it’s Kindle Unlimited reader programme. It’s complex to get your head around and while readers seem taken with the idea, authors – and especially self-published authors – are far more hesitant. If you want to know more about how it works, and whether you should get involved, read some of the blogs. Here’s a link to …

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Writers will save the world – if only people will read their books

I read this post in the Elite Daily: The voice of Generation-Y –  Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With. Since I belong to the dying breed, according to the article, because I read, I leave voicemail messages and I write cards, then I’m hoping that what I write might have some impact along the …

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A few of my favourite things

If, like me, you are old enough to remember the song from ‘The Sound of Music,’ then you will know the overriding tenor of the song was optimism and gratitude. Right now the sun is streaming in through my windows and the garden looks fresh so I’m in a happy space. In Auckland, we’ve been blessed with a wonderful autumn …

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Daniel’s Historic Foxton

A reader recently commented she was sufficiently intrigued by the story of Daniel to consider stopping in Foxton next time instead of zooming past on the main highway, and have a look at the small town and maybe even say ‘hi’ to Daniel. I am as excited by her desire to find out more about Foxton as I was to receive …

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Beware of self-publishing scams

I read this blog by David Gaughran - The Case Against Author Solutions, Part 1: The Numbers - with growing horror. David’s blog is the first part of a two part investigation into the spamming activities of Author Solutions and it’s an eye-opener – and almost unbelievable. Read on through the comments too. It has been reblogged to all sorts of places …

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For fans of historical fiction

In case you haven’t seen this article in the NZ Herald on Historical Fiction deserves a future by Kate Forsyth, I’m re-blogging it here. Whilst its purpose is to promote the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts  in London this weekend, I enjoyed the way the Kate talks about how history became a passion through historical fiction. I’m with Kate. …

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Genre or author? Which do you follow?

I simply had to reblog this post of an interview with Linda Gillard by Joanne Phillips. Linda echoes my own thoughts absolutely: Years ago, when I was promoting my first novel at a library event, I asked the audience if they preferred an author’s books to be similar. Were publishers right to tell authors to stick to a successful formula? …

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A weekend in May

I know I’ve said this before, but we live in a wonderful country. Do we appreciate it enough? This weekend just gone, I was invited to do a Meet the Author presentation at the Whangamata Library. I had about twenty people turn up to listen to me talk about the development of my plot lines, the way the characters talk …

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The Cornish Knot Book Launch

Just off to Whangamata for a book launch for my novel The Cornish Knot. Wish me luck. The weather is perfect, the sun is shining and I can hear the birds singing in the garden as I prepare what I’m going to say. Looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of new people. Tell you all about it when I …

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New Zealand is the best!

Spending the best part of a week with our son and three of our grandchildren at a hidden cove in one of New Zealand’s best harbours, has reinforced my belief that we are privileged to live in such a beautiful country. And so much of it is right on our doorstep, if only we took the time to look at …

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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.