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Snakes, Cakes and Cars

Quick update from Sydney... I've been doing book stuff in Australia for the past week. Started in Brisbane last week and am just finishing up here in the beautiful Sydney. You can read about it here: Samoa NewsLots of new experiences for this Hermit as she gets out and about...like -1. Telesa Book Cakes in… Continue reading Snakes, Cakes and Cars

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‘When Water Burns’ Comes to Life on Screen.

I'm thrilled to release the trailer for the second book in the Telesa Trilogy: When Water Burns - produced by Jordan Kwan and a fabulous team of models. As an author who writes with a constant "film" in her mind of the story she's writing on paper, it's incredibly exciting to see a story come… Continue reading ‘When Water Burns’ Comes to Life on Screen.

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Why Authors Require Assistants on Book Tours.

I went to Samoa for a four day whirlwind book tour that included school and library visits, a book signing, writing workshop, and more. I took Big Daughter with me. She was my designated "tour assistant." My helper. My photographer and video documenter. My right hand. My bestest buddy. That friendly, smiley, personable young woman who helps… Continue reading Why Authors Require Assistants on Book Tours.

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How Much Attention Should Writers pay to Bad Reviews?

"Do me a favor and don't waste your time reading this book...the story line is awful."  "I wish someone else had written this book because I think it could have been great if written by a better storyteller.""The writing and dialogue were VERY bad.""The main character completely ruined the book for me. She's bipolar, jumping… Continue reading How Much Attention Should Writers pay to Bad Reviews?

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You Made Me Cry

What a week it has been. It's Saturday night and I'm sitting here, exhausted and just a little bit stunned.1. The electronic book version of 'When Water Burns' was released on Amazon on Thursday. I asked for your help with getting this book into the rankings and you responded. You bought 380 books in a… Continue reading You Made Me Cry

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Brown People Don’t Read. Much.

We interrupt this program to let you know that Amazon.com has jumped the gun and the second book in my Telesa Trilogy, 'When Water Burns' is now available in a print edition. Right this minute. For $14.65. 'When Water Burns' - the second book in the Telesa Trilogy.It’s not easy for a book written by a… Continue reading Brown People Don’t Read. Much.

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A Day in the Life of a (Slightly Demented) Author/Blogger

(An alternate title for this blogpost would be: "Why You should Never trust Book Deadlines from Authors who have Five Children, especially disorganized, chaotic authors - because their books will ALWAYS be Late. Always.")A Typical MondayI get up at 5.30am, which I absolutely hate doing, especially if I’ve only just gone to bed at 2am.… Continue reading A Day in the Life of a (Slightly Demented) Author/Blogger

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Telesa – The Creation Story

There are many tellings of the Creation Story in Pacific mythology. To celebrate my birthday (yay!), I'm sharing this piece from 'When Water Burns': the Creation Story - according to Telesa legend. If you've ever wondered about the origins of these fierce protectors of the earth, then this will answer your musings!In the beginning there… Continue reading Telesa – The Creation Story

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Dark and Dreadful Secrets AND When Water Burns – pg 77

I'm being forced to reveal some dark and dreadful secrets....they start with a piece of my next book 'When Water Burns' because I've been tagged for the Lucky 7 MEME by Lan at 'The Write Obsession'The rules are:1. Go to page 77 of your current MS.2. Go to line 7.3. Copy down the next 7… Continue reading Dark and Dreadful Secrets AND When Water Burns – pg 77

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No I’m not Rich and I haven’t met Ezra Taylor.

Wherever I go, I've been fielding a lot of questions about the writing and publishing of the TELESA book. Some of them serious, "How long did it take you to write?...Is the book about Ezra Taylor?...Are you rich now?" And some of them, not-so-serious, "Can I be Leila in the movie version of the book?...Are… Continue reading No I’m not Rich and I haven’t met Ezra Taylor.