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2017 - The Year that flew by.
This year I had great plans for finishing book 4 and 5 of my Steele Ops Series, as well as doing a new joint venture with friend and cohort S.E Gilchrist.
I was a little over optimistic, as combining my writing with working part-time, and being a wife and mother doesn’t leave a great deal of time for achieving all my goals.
However, S.E and I got together early in the year. We created a scenario set in the Amazon Jungle, and a database of intriguing characters. The hours we spent researching and watching documentaries only added to our enthusiasm for A Deadly Forces Novel. Meeting for coffee, brainstorming, critiquing each other’s work and finding the right people to edit, format and design our individual covers was time well spent. We also did a lot of laughing, which often happens when we get together, and usually leads to exciting ideas for future stories. My book, Beat of the Jungle is the first in the series and out in December 2017. S.E Gilchrist’s book, Scent of the Jaguar is book 2, and due to be released in January 2018. With a good dose of optimism, books 3 and 4 will be out by the end of 2018.
I apologise to my Steele Ops fans for the delay of book 4. It will also be released in 2018.
On a positive note – my Bindarra Creek novel - ‘Tempting Fate’ made the finals in the New Zealand Romance Writers’ Koru Award. My husband suggested we fly to NZ, attend the awards dinner and spend a week exploring Rotorua and the surrounding country. No twisting my arm.I booked the flights that night. The dinner was great, especially as we sat with Maggie Mundy, Delwyn Jenkins and Kristen Lamb, who are all crazy, but wonderful women. I didn’t win, although coming second made me as proud as punch.
There is so much to do in Rotorua that we barely scratched the service. A visit to Hell’s Gate Thermal Park shouldn’t be missed. Plus I got to have a mud bath there. The sulphur smells a little, although my skin felt wonderful, once I washed all the mud off.
We also had great fun at the 3D Museum and walked among the gigantic redwoods in the Whakarewarewa Forest.
Another highlight was a visit and feast at Hobbiton, where Lord of the Rings was filmed. A truly magical place, and the banquet served to us in the Green Dragon was scrumptious.
2018 will see me releasing three books, although I’m also heading off on a holiday with my sisters, in honour of our beautiful mother. Tuscany, Sorrento, Seville and Ireland. Can’t wait.
Maybe I’m being a little optimistic again. Oh well, it’s good to have goals, and I do love spending quality time with my sisters.