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, still heartbroken and disconsolate, Megan receives a mysterious package from Cornwall. The parcel contains a journal written a century earlier, and with it comes a strange request. But who is the author? Now Available as an e-book

DANIEL - A tale of courage and determination, of love and loss.

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. A story of early pioneers, war, love, pacifism and conscientious objectors. Available as an e-book from Amazon and Smashwords

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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….


Reviews for The Cornish Knot

As an author, it is always gratifying to know that readers have enjoyed the story you wrote. It is especially rewarding when people take the time to contact you personally to make comment as have some of my readers. I thank them one and all, but as many of them don’t use computers and book websites, I would like to …

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Books, TV series or Movies? Your choice…

Are you one of the thousands of fans of Diana Gabaldon’s historical novels set in 17th Century Scotland? If so, then keep watching the book news websites and pages as the 8th book in the series “Written in my Own Heart’s Blood” is due for release in hardback in June this year. It began 26 years ago…. when Diana decided …

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More musings on art

As I delved deeper into the art world in Cornwall and Florence, the links with New Zealand were amazing. In previous posts I talked of Wilfred de Glehn and John Singer-Sargent. This week the post is about Girolami Nerli who, like Singer-Sargent, was Florentine born and who had enormous impact on the New Zealand art scene. I won’t go into the details …

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I broke all the rules

I was recently sent a transcript from an interview with British writer Linda Gillard, who said:  I broke all the rules. I didn’t blog. I didn’t tweet. I didn’t publish genre fiction. It wasn’t the first in a trilogy. I didn’t make it free. But I sold 10,000 downloads in less than four months and Amazon UK selected it for …

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In the News – March for NZ Independent Authors

I’ve just seen this article in the North Shore Times on The Cornish Knot, Mairangi Writers, self-publishing and the March events for NZ Independent Authors.  

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Celebrating New Zealand authors

This week  I and other members of the Mairangi Writers will be at Albany Village Library, Wednesday only between 10.30am and 2.30pm. If you’d like to talk to us about the books we write, how our group works, about writing, self-publishing or anything else you’d always wanted to ask a writer but have never had the chance, then come along …

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A Life of Art – #2

I found the research for my latest book – The Cornish Knot – fascinating. I had to delve into the world of art like I haven’t done since my school days when I did art history. In my last post, I talked about Wilfrid de Glehn who spent a lot of his time in Cornwall. His mentor, travelling companion and …

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A Life in Art

In ‘The Cornish Knot’, Megan discovers how artists from Cornwall and Italy became part of the New Zealand art scene. Here’s a painting by Wilfrid de Glehn (1870-1951) who regularly visited Cadgwith in Cornwall. de Glehn was a British artist, born in London. His father was a Baltic Baron famous for work on the French narrow-gauge railway. The family changed …

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More March events for Indie-authors

In Oamaru. During March Indie books by local writers will be on display in PaperPlus and Adams’ Bookshop and the library. Indie writers will be dropping in to the library for a chat with readers. March 20th is the big party in Oamaru library at 6 p.m. This will be a party to celebrate local Indie writers like Nathalie Brown …

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March – NZ Authors’ Month: A Celebration of Independence

Throughout New Zealand there is a move afoot to claim March as NZ Authors’ Month and, in particular, as a Celebration of Independence for authors who publish their own work. A number of events are planned to raise awareness of the huge range of book titles by independent authors. Hear members of the Mairangi Writers’ group talk about being independent …

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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, quarantined people, development of the railways, Pink & White Terraces, Minnie Dean, sheap stealing, horse racing, Labour Day, Votes for Women, WW1 pacifism, forced deportation of fourteen conscientious objectors on board '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.