2014 AWW Challenge Round-Up

2014 AWW Challenge Round-Up

I completed the 2014 Australian Women Writers' (AWW) Challenge. I signed on to read ten books by Australian women and review six, but I ended up reading and reviewing fourteen. Towards the end of 2011, Elizabeth Lhuede, the founder of the AWW...

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Thank You and Happy Christmas

Thank You and Happy Christmas

Dear Reader, Thank you for joining me on this long-haul writing 'safari'—you've jumped aboard even without the promise of a destination, and I can't thank you enough. Each time you read my words, or 'Like', or comment, you...

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Book Review: Shy, by Sian Prior

Book Review: Shy, by Sian Prior

"Shy. It's such a shy word; a timid little word that begs to remain unnoticed. Only three letters long and it begins with an exhortation to silence: 'shhh'." Sian Prior is accomplished. She's a journalist and broadcaster, a professional media consultant, a...

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The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown

Hopefully, I'm on the downhill run with this novel. I've finished the latest draft, draft #12 at least (but who's counting?), and I feel as if it's ready to send out to agents and publishers. Please note, I also felt it was ready...

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When the Night Comes, by Favel Parrett

When the Night Comes, by Favel Parrett

'When the Night Comes' is Favel Parrett's second novel, following the success of 'Past the Shallows', which was short-listed for the Miles Franklin in 2012, and which I glowingly reviewed here. The story is told by two first person narrators—the young girl,...

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Rejection

Rejection

It's a long time since I've been rejected for anything—a boyfriend, a job—mainly because I haven't put myself in line for it, being happily married and not looking for work. But last week my manuscript was rejected for the QWC-Hachette Manuscript Development...

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The Ark, by Annabel Smith

The Ark, by Annabel Smith

  I've just finished Annabel Smith's third novel, 'The Ark'. I loved her second novel, 'Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, which I reviewed here, and which is about to be released in the US as 'Whisky and Charlie'. 'The Ark' is no ordinary novel, and to say I read...

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