Awards and accolades for two novels

Some days, all the hours spent alone, hunched over the computer struggling with words becomes worth it. In the last week, I have become a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree, thanks to the wonderful IndieBRAG group, for my story of Brigid, ‘The Girl from County Clare’.  One of the feedback reports likened my story to the writings of Catherine Cookson – indeed, a great honour.

AND I received a Gold Standard Quality Mark from BooksGoSocial for my forthcoming novel ‘Gwenna’ due to be released in August 2017, in readiness for my panel discussion at the Historical Novel Society Australasia HNSA Conference in Melbourne in September.

I am appearing on the panel  – Immigrant stories and diaspora: How pioneers adapted and survive in their new land – on Saturday 9th September at 12.15pm. The discussion will revolve around how immigrants have helped build our multicultural nations over many generations.

Hanifa Deen will chair the panel including myself, Maxine Alterio, Arnold Zable, and Kim Kelly as we explore how to breathe life into tales of prejudice, hardship, homesickness and adaptation.

Receiving such accolades helps calm the jitters about releasing a new book in such accomplished company, but it also causes great excitement. In fact, excitement is an understatement… I am delighted, thrilled, exhilarated and inspired to keep on writing.

Watch this space for the cover reveal for ‘Gwenna’

This is a wonderfully well written, constructed, and edited book. The story moves along at a good pace and the reader is pulled into the world and time in the first chapter. BGS Gold Quality Mark.

Her Pa is dead and Gwenna has no idea how to bring his dreams for the family confectionery business to life – not while living with her abusive stepbrother. A romance and hasty marriage offers a way out, but tragedy strikes and she returns home, pregnant, to pick up the pieces.

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