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A photo of Jena Petrie wearing a red top adn smiling
Photo of goldie-colored Leucodendron flowers
The stunning Leucospermum  in my garden.
Photo of Jena on the back of a stationary black motor-cycle with her hubby in front and both wearing helmets and hi-viz vests
Hubby and me on our motorbike

Hi there!

I live in a small town in the North Island of New Zealand where hubby and I have a lifestyle block with a few cattle. At present, we have two heifers. As both were black when they arrived, we had no way to identify them at first - then realized one has white on her hind feet, so I named her Footer. That meant the other one - of course - had to be Header.

Here on the west coast, the temperatures are mild and we usually have a good supply of rain - ideal for gardens which is perfect for flower-loving me. It's inevitable that some photos of my garden will appear on this site and occasionally turn up on Facebook.

We have four grown-up kids, all married with families but none of them live close so we try to visit as often as we can. 


When I’m not writing, reading, or gardening, I can often be found on the pillion seat of my husband’s motorbike as we explore this very picturesque country.

Although we enjoy riding his motorbike together, for our last holiday - an African safari - we left the bike at home and joined two other couples on a private tour. What an awesome trip that was! I loved every minute! Below are just a few of my numerous photos. I hope you enjoy them.



Some of my Favourite Books

A pile of my favourite books

Sweet Romance

  • A Reason to Remember, Leigh Duncan

  • A Sweet Memory, Maria Michaels

  • Long Lost Father, Melissa James

  • Love on Paper, Sarah Madelin

  • Saltwater Song, Monique McDonell

  • Twins Formation, Colin Blough


Contemporary Romance:

  • In Too Deep, Tracey Alvarez

  • Sara’s Son, Tara Taylor Quinn

  • The Family Plan, Susan Gable

  • To Get Me to You, Kait Nolan

  • Wish, Kelly Hunter

Young Adult: 

Pushing the Limits, Katie McGarry

Romantic Comedy:

  • Call Me Irresistible, Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Paranormal Romance:

Touching Midnight, Fiona Brand

Women’s Fiction:

  • Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

  • The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan

  • The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton

  • Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens


Historical Fiction:

  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

About Jena

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