Hey, come here! Gotta tell you something.

It’s July.

That’s right, July, and that means the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale is on now. There are some serious bargains to be had.

FYI the ENTIRE Byte Series is on sale – if you hop through the link you will notice that there are 11 books listed in the series (so far) that is because Snakebyte has now taken its rightful place as 5.0 BUT the site only accepts integers so it had to be 6 which has a flow on effect. We also have sale prices on the boxed sets. Remember the Boxed Sets have additional content. You get an extra story in each boxed set. In in-between Bytes category Dead Flowers is free, the others are already very very reasonable. [The in-between byte are stories for series fans who already know the characters.] Just a little note: Snakebyte was missed out of the boxed sets so it still needs to be purchased separately. Despite being a novella it is an important story and a vital part of the series. 🙂

Don’t daly! Now’s the perfect chance to get in there and meet Ellie or pick up the next book in the series. (You could probably get the whole series for two cups of coffee, not even joking.)

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you may have seen the 15 second videos created for each book in the series. There are more to come so keep an eye out!



Carry on (Fun)

Another Tuesday rolled around and disappeared. Keeps happening.

Thought I’d share something with you today. (Not the delightful cold/flu business that TBH incubated and decided to share with me, you’re welcome.)

But this: Mo Mhuirnin – it’s a little thing on Amazon. It’s also now on Smashwords (which means it’s available in ePub), yeah, that’s new. Haven’t seen this little thing in ePub before. (9mm Press strikes again!)

Some of you might have come across Ginger Fendalton before via ‘The Scent of Seduction’ – which will be magically appearing in ePub on July 18th, 2019. That’s pretty cool.

Other joys of the day … made soup this morning before I left for the bookshop – that, friends, was a stroke of genius. Came home to hot delicious vege soup. Nothing better on a freezing wintery day.

Writing wise … not much accomplished, but, I did get a few paragraphs down. So, that’s progress in the right direction, just slow progress but sometimes that’s the best kind.

ActorKid and I finished watching Lucifer tonight. I’m pretty sure I saw on Twitter that there is another season? Here’s hoping. Hard not to love it.

Friday we have a book launch for those young readers (reading at a 7+ age) – check out the Writers Plot Bookshop Facebook page for details (under Events).

Actorkid thought making an oreo cake would be awesome – it’s delicious. Truly!

Last Chance Train

Blog title is a song from “100,000,000 Bon Jovi fans can’t be wrong”.

You know what makes an author happy? Come on, you do. You got this … say it with me, “REVIEWS.” There ya go. I knew you had it. I would be ridiculously delighted if you’d leave a review of the Byte Books you’ve read – but especially ridiculously delighted if you left the review/s on Smashwords, Kobo, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble … pretty well anywhere that’s NOT Amazon or Goodreads. Why? Because most of my books are no longer available on Amazon and I don’t think “3rd party sellers” should be benefiting from my reviews. Thanks in advance for being cool about this.

In other news: I went home. I came back. That’s all I have to say about that.

I’m working on Crashbyte – and kinda feel like it might get a name change because of Cryptobyte. Do we want to C’s back to back? No we do not. So, I’ll be fossicking through my Byte list shortly looking for something suitable … meanwhile, I know where this story is headed location wise. Ellie is going home. Where is home? Where is she really from? If you’ve read the series so far, you’ll know, or maybe have enough information to guess. It’s going to be a fun book. I can feel it in my bones. There’s a few things my bones are good for 1) detecting weather changes and 2) knowing when a story is going to be fun to write.

EDITED TO ADD: Crashbyte is now known as Vaporbyte.

FYI it’s cold and building up to a storm this afternoon. So here’s a picture of Mahau, (where I was for the weekend).

Mahau Sound, Marlborough Sounds.

My life is a book …

Seriously! Saw a text from TBH when I woke this morning about strange noises and something/one outside our house – in the front yard. She also said it sounded like something ‘heavier than a bird’ landed in the tree.

The tree in question is a huge camellia tree, right outside my bedroom window. Yeah, I was asleep.

It’s still dark – I have yet to open the curtains to discover what may or may not be in my tree. Of course last night I read a passage in KILLERBYTE about something in a tree (while looking for a few sentences for a graphic). I can assure you that I am in NO hurry to check out the camellia tree this morning. No hurry whatsoever.

As a special treat The Byte Series Boxed Sets are 50% off via smashwords. Until June 1st. Don’t daly. Get in there are enjoy. The Boxed Sets have additional stories – they’re not just three books sandwiched inside a glorious umbrella cover. 🙂 So if you fancy 9 books for well under $10, grab them now.

A lot of you know that Romeo (my faithful greyhound companion) crossed the rainbow bridge on May 5th. He was involved in the writing process of flashbyte, soundbyte, snakebyte, databyte, eraserbyte, psychobyte, metabyte (he was the rock that helped me write that ending), qubyte, cryptobyte … and all the Byte shorts that go along with the series, including the poetry book. Ro was my sounding board. He very much approved of readers reading the Byte Series.

Here he is rocking his killerbyte bandana (original cover)

Walking in sunshine

Stunning albeit cold day today. The walk to the bookshop was all sunshine and glorious. Don’t mind cold starts when the day is lovely!

So, what’s been happening here?

I have the proofs for snakebyte and the new version of Whispers in the Water. Whispers needs some tweaks. Which I knew and had already mostly done … then I had another idea. So, now it’s twenty pages longer. ha! Guess I’ll be re-doing the cover now. 🙂 Same amazing image – but a slightly wider spine. Kinda a fun project to be honest. Might do it next weekend when I’m home in Mahau. At this stage the books won’t be in the bookshop until July.

There is an important thing I need to remember before we leave on Thursday. THA doesn’t sail well. [She’s the only one of us that doesn’t.] So she’ll need good ol’ phenergan for the trip. Weather forecast is for wind, so it could be a wee bit bumpy out in the Strait. Best to be safe than sorry especially as immediately after the 3.5 hours on the sea we’ll be sitting in a car going over windy roads for 40 minutes! I’m all good on the sea – but man even I hate those twisty freaking roads. 🙂

I did try the whole ‘outlining’ thing for a new novel [non-byte]. Failed. It killed my desire to write and I shelved it. Pretty annoying really, because I was looking forward to this particular story. I might go back to it at some stage. I know it’s good. I know it’ll be fun to write. I just lost the will to do so with the whole outlining process. Maybe I need to find a different way of doing it?

Meanwhile, I’m back working on the 12th Byte novel. And that is fun. No outlining, no messing around at all. Just fun.

It’s been a week

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mum’s out there. We celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday with an afternoon tea. It was noisy and fun.

It’s been a week since Romeo crossed the rainbow bridge. Not the best week, to be honest. The whole week was fraught with stress, frustration, destruction, illness, and sadness. It was hard to navigate. Especially the part that involved the only quilt mum ever designed and made for me (also the last thing she made before she died), red wine, and a badly behaved dog (not mine, obviously).

The last thing I did for Romeo was let his trainer know he’d passed and how much he meant to us. He was our world. I got a lovely reply this morning.

I’m hoping that the proofs for Snakebyte and Whispers in the Water will arrive this week. I already know there are some screwy parts in Whispers – some of the poem lines were a bit out of whack. I’ve sorted them, but will double check the proof, in case I missed something on screen. That’s the great thing about physical proofs, much easier to spot oddities and then the book will be re-released! And once again will only be available via Writers Plot Bookshop (online or in store), if anyone from beyond NZ or Aussie wants a physical copy then get in touch and we’ll let you know the postage costs.

Today I’m spending the day in bed. The youngest two have given me an extra gift – their germs. I am beyond excited by this. You can imagine. 🙂 And to think they were blaming their illness on the sore throat I developed two weeks ago (probably from the plane). I don’t think so kids, this is a whole new thing. ActorKid had Monday and Friday off school because of it. The Hostile Assistant was miserable most of the week.

I don’t feel much like writing at the moment. Although earlier in the week I did toy with an alternate ending for Terrorbyte. (That’s right, I did.) And it’s kinda become something that I want to explore. If you think about it, a different ending would completely change the direction of Ellie’s life … it’s kinda like a do-over. What if Mac didn’t take his vest off? I think it really is worth investigating. So I am. Stay tuned! 🙂

Mother’s Day 2019

Goodbye Romeo

This morning was shitty. Really shitty. I knew yesterday Romeo would leave us this weekend, and I knew he needed to go. And, he did. A year ago I prepared myself (so I thought) to lose him, and he hung in there. He helped us through Christmas. He loved the girls while I was away. He waited. He waited so long.

This morning I talked to the ghost of my brother and asked him to come get Romeo. He’d been here for eight years, loving us, being giving us his all. Being the most amazing hound ever. It was time.

But I still wasn’t ready.

It’s not about me. It’s about a dog who gave us everything. When he came to us I had a long chat to him and I said, “You are here to be loved. It is my job to keep you safe, it is your job to have fun. I’m in charge, you will always be safe.”

And he was.


No matter what. Romeo was safe and loved and protected.

That was my job.

Our walks, when he was well, brought me absolute joy. He was always on the same page as me, knew exactly what I wanted when I wanted it. Romeo was spectacular. And I’ve always had great dogs. But he was special. So special.

He knew what the kids needed and provided it immediately. He heard, he listened, he understood beyond the words. He loved us with his whole heart. Always.

Run well my friend. Run well.

Romeo and Squealer