Exploring one book at a time

Exploring one book at a time

Thank you for visiting. Please stay a while. Here, you can learn about my books and me (not so interesting as the books!). There are also lots of blog posts listed on the side bar to read.

Historical fiction writers have to do a lot of research. Some of this I put in my blogs if I think the topic is interesting for readers either as background to my books or just as history trivia.

Books open windows into the world. In my books, I will take you to beautiful places and fascinating times in history.

Below is a short description of each of my books and how they happened and the links to where you can read more and order. All four books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and many more platforms for paperbacks and e-books. More details are in the individual clickable book sections on the header.

Whispers through Time

Whispers through Time is set in 1905 to 1912 London and Europe and ends in Sydney, Australia. It is the story of a family but mostly of two sisters who emigrate to Australia just months after the sinking of the Titanic. It is based on the lives of my maternal grandparents and is my first novel. Available as kindle and paperback. It has a u tube video trailer to watch. https://youtu.be/oYL3Om5Dr5s

Time Heal my Heart

Once engaged in the fun of creative writing and historical research, I wrote a sequel to this story. However, Time Heal my Heart can be read as a stand-alone novel as well. It continues the tale of the two sisters, Winnie and Francesca once they settle in Australia. They fall in love and marry but soon their happiness is disrupted by the outbreak of World War One or The Great War as it was then called. The book features journeys across the ocean to France, Mont -Saint-Michel and the battlefields of the Somme.

This book should have been released shortly after I wrote it in 2019 but Covid intervened. Time Heal my Heart became trapped in Covid lockdown with the London Publisher and took two whole years before it emerged just recently on August 18, 2023. Available as kindle and paperback.

The Last Hotel

To complicate matters, in early 2020, I lost the use of my dominant hand, arm and shoulder to an auto immune condition (after I fell roller skating). I could not type or do much at all. Determined to get better I went to Italy for treatment. It was March 2020. Only months before I had been researching the Spanish Flu. Suddenly exactly a century later, the coronavirus, Covid 19 erupted globally. There was to be no holiday after my time in hospital.

In lockdown in Genova, Italy, I tapped out the beginnings of a story after meeting stranded strangers at airports. Nobody could get a flight. Nobody could get a hotel They closed like a pack of dominos due to the lack of tourists and fear of contagion. The Last Hotel is loosely based on this situation. I added romance to the story of strangers assembled by necessity in the only hotel still open on the French Riviera. Cannes, Nice and along the glorious coast to Menton. You can armchair travel in this book. Don’t forget to sip wine as you enjoy the Riviera.

The Last Hotel, written with my left-hand index finger, was a labour of love, a book that will always be special to me. Through the long months of Covid when I should have been having rehabilitation, I tapped it out on my old, battered iPad while my other arm lay useless and propped on a pillow. Tellwell published the end result in March 2021. This book has all formats, kindle, paperback, a beautiful hardcover version and an audiobook.

Colour Comes to Tangles

During these fractured times, I wrote a lighter novel set here on the coast where I live. Colour comes to Tangles is the story of Tanya a hairdresser whose girlfriend, Josie disappears. About the same time a colour therapist, Vidisha opens a practice upstairs form Tanya. Classified as a mystery romance, this book takes you on a colourful journey from suburban Queensland to India. A read for any woman who has ever wanted to escape. The novel is dedicated to my longtime friend, my hairdresser. Available on Kindle unlimited and as a paperback.

Certainly, the last four years have been an unexpected journey for me into publishing and out of pain to the place I am today with two functional hands again. Covid made it tougher for all of us. Writers, musicians, artists could not mingle with the public. There were no book launches, signings, gigs or exhibitions. Online versions are not quite the same!

Yeah! It appears to be over, so please support the arts. Bookstores, galleries and concerts are all live again and welcome your visits. They are ready to take you on a journey of pleasure and imagination.

As I am a new writer, I would love to hear from you or receive a review on Goodreads or other book platforms. So don’t be shy, send me a line! You can comment on the articles or use the contact page.