Monday, 21 December 2015

Reviews: Reindeer's Christmas Surprise and Adelaide's Secret World

I've recently had the pleasure of reading two delightful new picture books from Allen & Unwin - Reindeer's Christmas Surprise by Ursula Dubosarsky and Sue deGennaro and Adelaide's Secret World by Elise Hurst. Both are magical in different ways! Read my full reviews, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Review: The Truth About Peacock Blue

The Truth About Peacock Blue (Allen & Unwin, 2015) by Rosanne Hawke is a heart-wrenching account of a teenage girl's struggle against religious persecution in Pakistan. Imprisoned under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, fourteen-year-old Aster's plight is significant and timely, providing insight into why people may be forced to abandon their lives in the hope of enjoying the freedoms that we as Australians take for granted. A must read. See my full review, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Review: Here Comes Trouble

Dianne Bates' Here Comes Trouble (Dragon Tales Publishing, 2015) tackles some tough and confronting issues in a sensitive, caring way. Written off as a trouble-maker, the future for nine year old Sam looks bleak, but a chance meeting with foster carers could open his world to the unconditional love he deserves. Find my full review, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Review: The Cut Out

Jack Heath's The Cut Out (Allen & Unwin, 2015) is an engaging read for ages twelve and up about an unsuspecting fourteen-year-old boy thrown into a life of espionage. With its fair share of twists and turns, action, intrigue and humour, I found this one difficult to put down... Now I'm looking forward to The Fail Safe, a sequel, due for release in 2016. Find my full review, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Review: Panther

Recently I read Panther (Corsair, 2015), debut novel of UK author David Owen. It's a brave and honest portrayal of the effects of depression on a family, suitable for young adult or adult readers. It's a tough, but insightful read. You can find my review, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Reviews: Summer Rain, Splosh for the Billabong, Trickstars Triple Magic and Lara of Newtown

You can find some more of my reviews over at Buzz Word Books including beautiful picture books Summer Rain and Splosh for the Billabong by Ros Moriarty and Balarinji, Trickstars Triple Magic by Karen Wood, and the lovely and refreshingly quirky Lara of Newtown by the talented Chris McKimmie. All titles are hot off the press from Allen & Unwin.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Spot the Faux

It was indeed a challenge, but somehow worked out how to incorporate 'gargoyle' into my latest story for Sheryl Gwyther's 52-Week Flash Fiction Challenge on Facebook. Yay!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Dr Who Night

My response to another Summertime Inspiration Prompt from the SA Writer's Centre, this time with an unexpected twist.

Friday, 22 May 2015

KBR Short Story: Ninja Gran

My short story Ninja Gran is featured over at Kids' Book Review today. It was such a hoot to write. I can't say enough good things about the team at Kids' Book Review - they provide such fantastic opportunities for aspiring authors!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Goodbye Doctor

A diabolical post in the second round of Sheryl Gwyther's 52-Week Flash Fiction Challenge on Facebook. Don't worry, I am assured that this cannot actually happen, well, it's unlikely...

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Reviews: Crystal Force and The Yelling Stones

I've recently had the pleasure of writing some reviews for Di Bates at Buzz Word BooksCheck out my review of Young Adult science fiction novel Crystal Force by Joe Ducie. Or Oskar Jensen's Junior Novel The Yelling Stones if you're into books about Vikings, friendship and mythology. Both titles are hot off the press from Hot Key Books.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Flying Fish and the Pink Pearl

I haven't practised drawing for donkey's years. It's almost as though when you reach a certain age a little voice fools you into believing that its time to close the door on much-loved creative pursuits.

I do, however, recall how good drawing made me feel, and now that I have the pleasure of seeing this in my little girl, I can't resist the temptation of the 52-Week Illustration Challenge.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

For the Love of Reading

Recently I attended my first ever parent teacher interview, and I must admit, I was a little daunted.

I needn't have been. My daughter's teacher is wonderful and she confirmed that my little girl is adjusting well to school life. She just needs to do some extra work to get the hang of her alphabet.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Review: Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris

As part of my studies in writing for children through TAFE SA's Adelaide College of the Arts I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris (Little Hare Books, 2009). 

Although published six years ago this Junior Novel still has so much to offer. I'm posting my review in case I can tempt you to read it yourself, or perhaps introduce Audrey to one of the little people in your life.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Born to Drum

I've just joined the second round of Sheryl Gwyther's 52-Week Flash Fiction Challenge on Facebook and wanted to share my first post, inspired by a story recently recounted by a friend of mine.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Flash Fiction: Hook, Line and Sinker

The emergence of Flash Fiction as a genre of writing is something I’d given little thought to until I was inspired to prepare and submit some ‘mini-short’ stories to Celapene Press for their annual Short and Twisted Anthology.

I was thrilled to have some success, but having found the process of creating these short stories so enjoyable, I was itching to discover further opportunities to immerse myself in the genre. It’s safe to say, I was hooked.

Friday, 3 April 2015

A Brilliant Idea

Throughout the month of January, the SA Writer's Centre ran 'Summer Inspiration' - daily writing prompts to inspire aspiring writers to, well, write! 

I signed up, and although not every prompt inspired me, some really captured my imagination. So rather than leave them all sitting in a folder on my computer, I thought I'd share some of the more interesting ones...

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Short and Twisted Anthology

Celapene Press have been producing Short and Twisted anthologies since 2007. They include well-crafted stories (100-2000 words), poems (20 line maximum), photos or illustrations, with a twist.

I'm over the moon to learn that one of my 'mini-short' submissions has been selected for publication and will appear in the Short and Twisted Anthology to be released in June 2015. 

Monday, 30 March 2015

KBR Unpublished Manuscript Award

OK, I'm just a little bit excited...

Earlier this year I entered two of my unpublished picture book manuscripts into the prestigious Kids' Book Review Unpublished Manuscript Award and the results are in...