Lucky seven meme

June 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Metal Heart, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’ve been tagged!

Here are the rules: The ‘rules’ are: Go to page 7 or 77 of your latest work. Read down to the seventh line and then post online the next seven lines or sentences. Then head off and tag seven more writers.

This is from page 77 of Metal Heart, which is at this present moment still on submission:


Covered in sand, no taxi would pick them up, so they walked, getting directions from keen early morning beach goers and joggers. They got back to the hotel at 9am to find a furious Dean waiting for them at the door of their room.

“Where the fuck have you been?” he hissed at them. “We’re supposed to be checking out in an hour, for fuck’s sake, and fucking look at you, you look like—is that sand?”

Scott started laughing, pressing his face into Ash’s shoulder as he started laughing too, and they curled into each other before Dean’s glare penetrated the fog of intoxication and made them try to straighten up and school their expressions. Ash cleared his throat.

“Yes. It was a very nice night for a swim.”


I’m going to be a total wowser and not tag anyone except for LJ Labarthe, because that’s the way I roll, but anyone who fancies it can feel free to participate.


Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011 at 7:25 am | Posted in real life, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Christmas is here! Santa has been to my house, which means that we’re sitting around in our pyjamas amid our piles of swag contemplating food, because that’s how we roll in my family. Soon I’ll have to get up and do stuff, but for now I’ll just wish you all a merry Christmas if that’s your holiday, and a happy holidays if it’s not. Here’s to a nice, relaxing holiday period and a great 2012 for us all.

Equilibrium release party

June 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve been posting a little bit over on Dreamspinner’s blog today to celebrate the release of Equilibrium. So far we have:

The beautiful cover, which I can’t get enough of, plus the blurb

Excerpt #1, and a contest to win a copy of Equilibrium in ebook format

An explanation of why I set the book in Australia, and the origins of Burreela

Excerpt #2

An explanation of campdrafting and tent pegging, with a few illustrative videos

Excerpt #3

The contest will run for quite a while, to give everyone who might actually be having a life on a Northern Hemisphere Friday night a chance to comment, so. There’s still a chance to win something.

Equilibrium release party

June 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments
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Equilibrium is now for sale! You can buy it at the Dreamspinner Press store in ebook or paperback, and I hope that if you do buy it you enjoy it, because it has a special place in my heart. You always remember your first, as they say.

To celebrate Equilibrium’s release, I will be hanging out at the Dreamspinner Blog tomorrow, posting excerpts and various other things, and hosting a competition, where an ebook copy of Equilibrium will be up for grabs. So hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

Speaking of giveaways, Chris from Stumbling Over Chaos is giving away a copy of Equilibrium even as we speak, so if you’d like to put your hand up for that, go here and put your name in the hat.

And now I disappear in a flurry of book-related activity.

Free fiction: These Days, an Equilibrium missing/alternate scene

June 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments
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To celebrate the release of Equilibrium on the 24th, only a few days away now, I’ve got a little freebie story for you all. This one starts about a week before Equilibrium does, and continues on through the first meeting of our heroes, Michael and Ryan. This time, though, we get to see things through Ryan’s eyes. We also get to meet Murphy the Labrador. 🙂

Thanks to misslj_author and empty_tea for the read through.

These Days, an Equilibrium short

Eleven o’clock was too early for lunch, but Ryan had been up since five and he was starving. There were no parks in front of the pub when he drove past, and the supermarket was his final destination anyway, so he parked there instead and walked down Burreela’s main street to get back to the pub. It was a stupid decision, because it was stinking hot, like it always was in January, with the new year barely a week old. There wasn’t a cool breath of air to be had, and he was only saved from the beating sun by his battered old Akubra hat and the shop awnings shading the footpath. Even with the shade, by the time he reached the door of the pub his face was damp and he could feel his t-shirt sticking to his back. He closed his eyes when he opened the pub door, stepped inside, and was hit by a blast of cold air from the air conditioners. He took his hat off and swiped the back of his arm over his forehead before walking toward the bar. At that time of day there was only a handful of patrons scattered around the bar, and there wasn’t a single stranger among them.

“Well, well, Ryan bloody Mitchell.”

“Jonesy,” Ryan said as he took a seat at the bar. Peter Jones had played on the footie team with Ryan at school, almost ten years previously; when Ryan became a policeman and moved to Sydney, Jonesy had stayed to help his dad run the family pub. He was built like a brick shithouse, a volunteer fireman when he wasn’t at the pub; he was also one of the most heterosexual men Ryan had ever known. Sadly. “How’s it hanging?”

Jonesy grinned. “Down to my knees, matey, down to my knees.”

At the other end of the bar, Alison, Jonesy’s wife, made a disbelieving noise as she wiped down the bar.

Jonesy laughed. “Take no notice of my missus, she just doesn’t want you to be jealous. What can I get you?”

Ryan laughed. “Just a Coke and a menu. The kitchen’s open, right?”

“Yep,” Jonesy said, and handed him a laminated menu. “Coke coming right up.”

Ryan studied the menu until Jonesy brought him his drink. “Thanks.” He picked it up and took a large mouthful.

Jonesy watched him. “You met the new vet yet?”

Ryan put his glass down and shook his head. “No. The only thing I’ve heard is that there is one.” Ryan tried not to involve himself in gossip. “Girl or guy?”

Jonesy leaned on the bar. “Guy. I heard he came up from Sydney.”

Ryan’s stomach flipped, but he ruthlessly shoved down any spark of hope he felt. The likelihood of the guy being gay was slim. Not everyone from Sydney was gay, or even open-minded about gays. He took another mouthful of his drink. “What’s he like?”

Jonesy shrugged. “Dunno. Okay, I suppose.”

Alison, who’d moved closer with her cleaning cloth, rolled her eyes. “Honestly, babe, God help us all if you ever have to give evidence in a court case.” She looked at Ryan. “His name’s Michael, and he seems nice enough. A bit shy, maybe, and nervous, like he’s just about to bolt for the door all the time, but I suppose it’s hard moving somewhere like here when you’re used to Sydney.” Her gaze sharpened, turned calculating as she sized Ryan up. “He’s a little shorter than you, I reckon, about six foot, and he’s got dark brown hair and eyes that are that blue-grey colour. He’s a little on the thin side, and kind of nerdy-looking, like he’s done nothing but study chemistry all his life. Even if he hasn’t, I don’t think he’s spent much time outside, because he’s as pale as pale can be.” She smiled. “He’s pretty though. Really pretty. So he’s just the sort of fresh meat we want around here.” Her smile turned into a grin. “Anything else you want to know?”

Ryan felt a little wide-eyed, and when he looked at Jonesy, he looked that way too. “Ah… No. I don’t think so. That’s… Wow. He’s only been here a few days, hasn’t he? That’s a lot to notice in such a short time.”

Alison shook her head at him. “No, it’s not, it’s just that you men don’t notice anything at all about anyone. If it were up to you lot, we’d have to get around in total ignorance.” She gestured at the menu he held. “Decided what you want yet?”

“Oh. Ah…” Ryan looked down at the menu again, and chose the first thing that he saw. “I’ll have the steak sandwich, thanks. Medium rare.”

“Medium rare steak sandwich,” she repeated, taking his menu and walking through the door to the kitchen.

Ryan and Jonesy stared at each other for a minute. “Wow,” Ryan said again. “Fresh meat, huh?”

Jonesy nodded. “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

Ryan took another mouthful of Coke, suddenly wishing it was beer. “Mate. You can say that again.”

Continue Reading Free fiction: These Days, an Equilibrium missing/alternate scene…

Equilibrium excerpt up on Dreamspinner’s website

June 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This time next week, Equilibrium will be out, and people besides me will be able to read it. But you can read the first bit of it right now if you go to Dreamspinner’s website, because they’ve put an excerpt up in anticipation of its release. If anyone fancies taking a look at that, you can find it on Equilibrium’s ebook page here. Just click on ‘expand’ next to ‘read an excerpt’, and enjoy. 🙂

Torquere Press Sale

June 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Summer’s Starting to Sizzle Sale!

Summer is starting to sizzle out there! So we’re offering 15% off your
purchases from now through the end of day Monday to add to the heat! Just
put ‘sizz2011’ in the coupon code box any time you check out at Torquere
Books ( before Monday at midnight to get 15% off your

Sale good now through Monday June 13 at Midnight (est).

Sizzle along with summer with a book from Torquere Press today!

Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, day 2

June 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So we continue the apparently mammoth task of writing up a few sessions of the writer’s festival. I really am a master at procrastination.

Saturday, May 14

Publishing Panel

This was an interesting session.

Equilibrium has a release date!

May 26, 2011 at 7:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Equilibrium will be out in print and ebook on June 24th, yay. Since the blurb and cover are now up on Dreamspinner’s Coming Soon page, and my author page, I figured I can post it here too so you can all have a squizz at the lovely cover. Catt Ford did a great job on the cover, I love it.

Welcome to Burreela, New South Wales. Population: more animals than humans. Although most (human) occupants are trying to get out of Burreela, the tiny town is the perfect place for veterinarian Michael Stone to break out of the bad habits that almost cost him the most meaningful part of his life: his profession.

Michael is struggling to regain his balance after hard personal losses and two years of promiscuity and drug abuse. He’s not prepared to meet Ryan Mitchell, a nice guy who won’t take no for an answer, whose patient pursuit leaves Michael less and less inclined to keep refusing. But Michael’s bad habits aren’t that far behind him. Can Michael hold himself together enough to be the man Ryan needs, or will he lose his equilibrium while trying to be man enough to hold on to the one he loves?

Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, day 1

May 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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This is taking me ages to write up, but I better do it soon because I didn’t take many notes (because when I did I felt like I was at work, so I stopped) and I’m in danger of forgetting if I don’t. Overall this year’s festival was really enjoyable, and I’m not sure why that is. Certainly all the writing advice that was given out wasn’t anything new to someone like me, who spends a lot of time procrastinating reading about writing online – write what you love, write what you want to read, read a lot, take notice of the world around you, etc. Despite that I still feel like I got a lot out of it.

Friday, May 13

Climbing the Mango Trees – an hour with Madhur Jaffrey.

Madhur Jaffrey is a very interesting woman.

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