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Taking a Break

love is bestI am currently on a seven week trip on the other side of the world from New Zealand. We are visiting Europe and avoiding some of the southern winter.

And guess what? No writing is getting done.

Yep, the desk is cleared, the notes filed, the latest book signed off and I am free!

But not quite. The brain doesn’t stop thinking up story ideas not matter what else is going on in my life. Last time we went to Europe I remember writing plot notes sitting on the train and the long, tedious twelve hour flights heading to the northern hemisphere and then home again.

I have another M&B Medical to write when I get home and the hero and heroine will not play the game. They have issues, sure, but are they going to make it easy for me to sort them and give them the happy ever after? Not likely. Then there’s a crime story I’m writing and which needs lots of thinking about – but not while I’m tripping around Germany or Croatia please.

This is nothing new. Ever since I was a kid stories have tramped through my head. (Tramping is hiking in Kiwi speak – just so as you don’t get wrong ideas about me as a kid.) Going to bed meant making up stories not going to sleep. Guess that’s why taking a holiday from writing only means the fingers will be still, not the brain. Oh well, bring it on, and make that a bestseller please.

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The Affects of a Great Story

I have discovered an author that really hits the mark.Book

I know Tami Hoag has been writing books for a while

but for some reason I’d never read one.

Well, I am now going to read everything she’s ever written.

I started A Thin Dark Line last Sunday while staying in town with a friend. At the end of chapter one (late at night) I got up and closed my bedroom window, then checked out the rest of the house to make sure we were safe. Not that we would’ve been if Ms Hoag’s protagonist had been on the prowl in Nelson.

This is a look into the dark side of people’s characters, and since I love crime stories, riveting. I only put it down when I absolutely couldn’t avoid appointments. As for that window? I was doubling checking everything.

And I want to read more, you say. Absolutely. This is writing at its best. Really drew me in.

Have you ever read a book that had you looking over your shoulder? Or considering situations in a different way?

On a lighter side, and with no interruptions to your sleep, here is my latest HM&B Medical. Set in the Sinai Peninsula with army medics, it’s amazing what can happen when the hero and heroine’s usual parameters are thrown aside.

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Yee haa, Happy New Year Everyone

What does 2017 hold for you? Have you made resolutions? Or are you going to take each day as it comes?

I have started the year with a new editor at HM&B, and there is already a book sitting on her desk waiting for her comments. It is one I wrote in November and December. Since I started back at work I have been writing my half of a duet that Louisa George and myself are doing. It is scheduled to come out next Christmas. This isn’t the first time Louisa and I have done a duet and I love working with her. She’s such a great author and lots of fun too.

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Then there are other books to plot and write throughout the year. Bring them on. I so love my work. Writing is one of those amazing careers for me and other authors.

My other big thing for 2017 is a seven week trip to Europe in May and June with my man. We are in the planning stages: air tickets bought, some hotels booked, and lots more in between to be decided. My other half is very methodical which means no sudden bookings, or getting them wrong, as would happen if I was in charge.

Half the fun of a trip is the planning – and arguing – and deciding what to see and what to miss out. I cannot wait. Very exciting.

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But first I have to write some stories. Not exactly harsh punishment.

We have already spent nearly two weeks with our family, and the wee grandies are so gorgeous, if not exhausting. I’m sure we’re going to have lots more adventures in the back yard this year.

So that’s my year ahead. A very brief outline but so much to look forward to. I’m hoping you all are looking forward to the coming twelve months as much as I am.

Lots of happies everyone.resisting-her-army-doc-rival

 

 

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Some Light Relief

After the terrifying earthquake and the days of after shocks plus a storm to beat all storms in our area it was wonderful to come down to Christchurch two days ago to celebrate our grandson’s fourth birthday. All fun and laughter, chocolate and presents. What a perfect way to put the past week where it belongs – away in the memory box.

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Yesterday was party day at the local train park. Perfect for all the little guys and girls.

Birthday boy on the Hamilton Jet train with dad, and Grampie with little sister behind them.

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What better than a train cake. It was red, blue, green and yellow, and of course silly Granny Sue didn’t have her camera on colour.

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One relieved mum that everything  went well.

One little miss enjoying CAKE. Didn’t we all?

 

Well worth the long trip down, and great to relax again.

Where would we be without our families. They are so special.

 

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When I’m not writing I’m …

Hi there

Most of my week is spent sitting at the desk in front of my laptop trying to write stories.

But I do take breaks. patchwork Patchwork is one of

my past times, though why I like to cut fabric up into thousands of tiny pieces only to sew them all together again is a bit crazy.

Then there are the chooks to look out for. A few weeks ago a falcon swooped in and killed one of my girls so I had to spend hours putting up netting to protect the rest. So far it’s working.

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The raspberry patch needed to be dug over and the plants split before replanting. That kept me out of mischief for days. Now I can’t wait for December and lots of yummy berries. The cherry tree is my next target as it needs pruning.

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Now spring is here I’m testing the water temperature so I can get the kayak out again. I don’t use it in the winter as I haven’t got a wet suit and I always get soaked. The bike needs dusting and the tyres pumping too.

What do you do in your down time between work and chores? Note, I didn’t mention housework.

This is my current book on the shelves. Set in Wellington, NZ, with drugs and a gun totting villain in the first few pages.cover-dr-whites-baby-wish

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Last year in May our daughter turned thirty and our birthday present to her was a weekend away at a resort village a couple of hours away for her and her partner and we would go down to their home and look after their wee man. At the time our daughter was pregnant and didn’t cash in until last weekend when she’d be able to make the most of the time away – and we got another wee cutey to look after.

We were much in need of a change and boy, did we get it. The kids kept us on our toes every minute of every hour they were up but I loved every  moment of it. Came home shattered but very relaxed.

The kids were awesome, and so much fun. They both slept through Friday and Saturday nights, and of course, played up on Sunday night when mum and dad were back.

Bath time was hilarious. The week before our wee girl was introduced to the big bath and a moulded seat to sit in. I had to wipe down all the walls and the floor after bath time but it was worth it. I haven’t laughed so much for ages.

On Saturday night we also put on dinner for eight as we have friends in Christchurch we always catch up with when down there. Fortunately my man is a dab hand in the kitchen and did most of the cooking, though was ready for bed at 5.30pm! He isn’t in top shape at the moment, but found a second wind as everyone arrived.

I’ve put my hand up to do it all again. The weekend was the prefect tonic for a stressed out couple. Who’d have believed it? My new favourite way to spend a weekend. What’s yours?

 

 

 

 

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Bye Bye Summer

Down here in New Zealand summer was officially over on 1st March, and overnight the temperature plummeted ( haha) from mid thirties to high twenties. It felt cold, alright?

We have had the hottest summer on record over most of the country, and here in Marlborough the temperatures have been in the thirties for a couple of months, rather than the usual few weeks. We had about four days rain in as many months, which was a problem for many in our area as we rely on rain water for the house. Fortunately our property is piped into the best yielding stream in the bay but not all our neighbours faired so well.  My biggest concern, however, has been the risk of fire. We have pine forests and native bush coming within thirty metres of the house and the sheds are basically in the trees. There have been a few massive fires in the region that destroyed thousands of acres of forest. The Aussie girls will be rolling their eyes – they deal with this every year.

But despite all that summer has been awesome. We didn’t get the usual strong winds that usually spoil sitting on the deck with a glass of wine. I’ve been out on the kayak more than ever with the water so calm it was unbelievable. Hopefully I get a few more weeks paddling yet. As the kayak is a sit on rather than sit in (I’m terrified of drowning and the whole idea of having to get out of a tipped over kayak gives me the frights) I get soaked so don’t use it in winter.

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Then there’s the fishing. Yesterday we went out in search of a snapper or two, but they’d taken a break and weren’t playing the game. Who cares when the water looked like this and it was so quiet we could hear the birds on shore.

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We got so much fruit on our trees this year that the freezers are choke full. I can’t even fit in an ice tray any more.

This is what we’ve also been doing in the last month. Preparing for those low temps that move me inside from my office for three months, and thinking about soup instead of salad.

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Yep, winter is coming but I’m hoping it’s not in a hurry because I’m not ready to put on jeans instead of shorts. I love all the seasons but this year I am so not ready to give up summer.

At least we’re still having wonderful weather and next summer is only eight and a half months away. Are you enjoying your seasonal change, or are you like me and reluctant to let the last one go?