The stunning Leucospermum in my garden.
Hubby and me, out for a ride
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 me as I love flowers. 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. Although we miss every one of them, we visit reasonably often.
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 of ours.
Although we enjoy riding his motorbike together, for our last holiday - around the South Island - we took the car. Below are some photos from our trip.
View from the ferry of Picton Harbour, South Island
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
Massive limestone rocks at Castle Hill
View from the Red Tarns, looking down at
Mt Cook village, Hooker Valley beyond,
and Mt Cook middle far distance.
My Favourite Books
A Reason to Remember, Leigh Duncan
And Baby Makes Three, Molly O’Keefe
How to Resist a Heartbreaker, Louisa George
In Too Deep, Tracey Alvarez
Long Lost Father, Melissa James
Sara’s Son, Tara Taylor Quinn
Second-Chance Family, Karina Bliss
The Family Plan, Susan Gable
To Get Me To You, Kait Nolan
Wish, Kelly Hunter
Border Watch, Helen Young
Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
The Guernsey Literature and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shafer & Annie Barrows
The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton
Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
Call Me Irresistible, Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Touching Midnight, Fiona Brand
Ripples on the Lake, Dawn Rotarangi
Young Adult Contemporary:
Pushing the Limits, Katie McGarry
Young Adult Paranormal:
Moonwind, Louise Lawrence
Fire Country, David Estes
For as long as I can remember I’ve loved reading. In fact at school, it was probably my best subject. When I was about eight years old I wrote my first story, for a competition. Didn’t win a place of course, but I did win a consolation prize of three books. Unfortunately with no further encouragement from my mother, I gave up writing…
Until a few years ago when I decided to try writing travel articles. Even sold a few to newspapers.
Later, after taking a university paper in creative writing, I found that making up stories was more fun than writing factual accounts. Ever since then I’ve been writing fiction; mostly romance novels but also a few short stories. At the same time, I studied the craft through workshops, reading, and attending the Romance Writers of New Zealand conferences. Now I write (almost) every day, trying to create the very best stories I possibly can for you, my reader.
I hope you like them!
Apart from the excerpts from my books on the BOOKS page, you can sample my writing by visiting my Free Reads page and reading my short story: Honey.