The Art of Secrets

From The PastFinders series --- set in New Zealand 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

New Zealand soldier, pioneer, patriarch, pacifist. 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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The Art of Secrets

Lives bound by tragedy and lies
Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 10.43.14 AMThe 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.
Quote from text:
“Because sometimes the best things come from the worst. You have to look in the darkest places to find the brightest light.”
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The Cornish Knot

Art, mystery and wealth: two centuries, two lives.

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 10.43.14 AMThe 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?

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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.


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I’ve been having fun over the last couple of weeks finding fabulous new words thanks to 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 …

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Do you rate New Zealand writing?

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 …

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The Art of Secrets available for .99c

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 …

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How to Live a Life Well Lived

An uncle, who died recently, was a classic example of a man who lived a life well lived. He made no excuses for enjoying every moment of his long life. He was a bachelor and a hoarder from a family of hoarders, who liked horse racing, travelling, jazz music, and people. He laughed a lot. He had a phenomenal memory …

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Writers use Pinterest to boost ideas

“Do you Pinterest?” I was asked recently.  Yes I did – a little. “A little!” she exclaimed, grabbing her phone and opening up her Pinterest page. “You need to do more than a little.” It was my turn to exclaim when she showed me the tens of boards she’d made and the hundreds, if not thousands, of images she had …

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The Pros and Cons of Public Transport

I’m watching my granddaughter riding, sitting in the car protected from the weather, while she either gets roasted by the sun, or soaked through. She wouldn’t change it for a moment. She loves horses and riding, but it got me thinking. Up to and including the 19th and early 20th century, eras I write about, most people rode horses for …

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Top (Shop) Fashions now and then

Recently, I heard about the queues of people, some of whom slept out over night, lining up to be first in line at the opening of yet another fashion shop selling even more clothing styles to the fashion conscious. It seems nothing has changed. Generations of women have been drawn to fashion headlines – hoping to boast about wearing the …

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Cruising – a world of possibilities

I love cruising. It’s a whole lot of let’s eat, drink and party and while I’m sleep, the ship takes me to another exciting place offering a world of possibilities. I love relaxing between ports, being waited on, and having my room cleaned – I mean what more could a girl want? But our history of travelling around the world …

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Climbing Mountains to see what’s on the other side

I’m still buried under a weight of words, but I’ve left Procrastination Street and am just about at the top of the hill. The path ahead looks a little easier – but I’m not putting any bets on right now. There’s a hopeless nice guy with a heart, a girl with a ulterior motive, our naive heroine who needs a …

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Life in Procrastination Street

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 …

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