The food and landscape of Whitewater

March 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Novella, Whitewater, Writing | Leave a comment
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Two things are quite important in Whitewater: food, and Coogee Beach.

If you bought the paperback of the anthology, you will know already that there’s a glossary in it, that explains some Aussie terms, and on my part, provides some information on the Australian-specific food mentioned in Whitewater. I am quite keen for people to be able to picture the food that Luke makes accurately, and to that end I’ll reproduce here the explanations and recipe links that are in the glossary in the paperback version.

Biscuit – cookie.

Flat white – coffee, with milk. No froth or other embellishments (cocoa powder, cinnamon, etc).

Sausage roll – minced meat (typically beef and pork, but sometimes chicken), herbs and onion wrapped in puff pastry. An example of a recipe is here.

Scone – a small bread-like cake. Can be sweet or savoury. Wikipedia entry for scones.

Tomato sauce – the Australian equivalent of ketchup.

Vanilla slice – a firm vanilla custard between puff pastry sheets, typically decorated with either a simple water and icing sugar-based icing or a dusting of icing sugar. An example of a recipe is here.

Now I would really, really like a sausage roll. NOM.

Also, in Australian, thongs = flip flops. 🙂

Now we get to Coogee beach. In a spectacular case of good timing, I happened to be going back to Sydney at a time when I had just finished the first draft of Whitewater, so I decided to visit all the locations featured in the book and take some photos, which turned out to be incredibly useful, particularly when it came to Wylie’s Baths.

I posted an album of some of the photos I took that day on Facebook, which is here if anyone wants to take a look at it. It just so happened to be one of those beautiful Sydney spring days that Luke thinks about on the day that he and Cam go to Wylie’s Baths for the first time. What it wasn’t, though, was a good surfing day. Cam and Luke wouldn’t have gotten much out of a surf that day. 🙂

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Whitewater available now

March 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Novella, Whitewater | Leave a comment
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My new novella, Whitewater, is now available. You can get it from Dreamspinner here or from All Romance ebooks here.

I’ve mentioned before that Whitewater is part of an anthology of novellas set in Australia and written by Australian authors: myself, LJ LaBarthe, Isabelle Rowan, RJ Astruc and Robyn Walker. The novellas are available as separate ebooks or together in a print edition. If you’d like to take a gander at the other stories, you can find them all on their very own page at Dreamspinner and All Romance ebooks. I hope you enjoy them!

#MusicMonday #bandslash blog tour – my interview is up!

February 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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The last February interview of the #bandslash blog tour is up, and it’s mine, over on Clancy Nacht’s blog.

I talk about writing, music – obscure Australian bands of the 90s for the win! – and Metal Heart. Feel free to head over there for a chat.

Whitewater and Under the Southern Cross anthology available for preorder

February 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Anthology, Dreamspinner Press, Whitewater | Leave a comment
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My next book is almost here! It’s called Whitewater, it’s a novella, and it’s being released as a stand-alone ebook and in print as part of the Under the Southern Cross anthology, which is an anthology of five stories set in Australia written by Australian authors – myself, LJ LaBarthe, Isabelle Rowan, RJ Astruc and Robyn Walker.

More about the anthology as a whole in a minute. First I just want to share the absolutely beautiful cover art, done by the amazing Anne Cain, and the blurb for Whitewater.

Continue Reading Whitewater and Under the Southern Cross anthology available for preorder…

#bandslash blog tour, Goodreads chat

February 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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The #bandslash blog tour continues on Jet’s blog with Piper Vaughn & Mj O’shea’s ‘Lucky Moon’ rockstar series!

Go here for the interview with Piper and MJ

 

On Saturday, at 3pm US EST, I will be at the Dreamspinner Press Goodreads group doing a chat. It’ll be Sunday morning for me, so if you come and talk to me you’ll get to see what I’m like when I first wake up, so that’ll be fun! I will be doing a giveaway during the chat, the exact details of which have yet to be decided, but I’m pondering it. I’ll post the link to the chat when I have it. I hope to see you there!

Metal Heart is out!

January 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Writing | Leave a comment
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So, it’s January the 28th in most parts of the world now, which means that Metal Heart is now officially for sale! You can find it at the Dreamspinner store in ebook or paperback formats, at All Romance ebooks and Amazon, although for some reason it’s currently only in paperback there. I’m sure it’ll be available at the Kindle store very soon.

I have a couple of promotional things planned for the book, including participating in a massive rock star-related blog hop in February which I will tell you about very soon.

As befits a book release day where I also have the day off (thank you, Auckland anniversary day), I have spent the day making a soundtrack for Metal Heart; since I always rabbit on about how music is instrumental to my writing process, I decided to finally pony up a playlist for you, which is fitting for a book about musos.

Not every song I listened to during writing is on there, but there’s enough there for you to get a flavour of it:

Here it is if you’d like to take a listen.

I even uploaded some obscure Aussie rock for you, so prepare to be baffled by that! 🙂

I also made ice cream today but since I can’t pass any of that through the Internet, you’ll have to content yourself with some music instead.

Metal Heart available for pre-order

December 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart | 2 Comments
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It’s all happening Metal Heart-wise – the book is now on Dreamspinner’s Coming Soon page, with a release date of January 28th. This means it’s available for pre-order. There’s also an official blurb, which I’ll post below to wet your whistles:

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Scott King swore off rock stardom after his band, King Phoenix, crashed and burned. Now in his forties, Scott lives a quiet life as a music producer and session guitarist. But in a box hidden in his wardrobe lie the relics of the past he left behind—a past filled with drugs, booze, and broken hearts. For sixteen years, Scott has had no contact with his former bandmates, so when he’s asked to play at a benefit gig for King Phoenix’s old sound man, his world turns upside down. A King Phoenix reunion means a run-in with Scott’s ex, Ash Walker—and sixteen years ago, believing Ash wanted to leave the band, Scott OD’d and almost died. 

Since then, Scott has ruthlessly suppressed his feelings. As a result, he’s completely unprepared for the impact of seeing Ash again, or for dealing with his emotions about the band’s demise. He definitely didn’t expect Ash to want to start up where they left off. Now Scott has to decide between his safe existence and the twenty-year-old love song that could cost him his sobriety—and his heart.

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So, there you go. 🙂 If you like the sound of that, then you can pre-order the ebook here, and the paperback here. Only 4 weeks to wait now!

For Christmas, Santa gave me cover art

December 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart | Leave a comment
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Well, Christmas is over for another year, and we are staring down the barrell of 2013. 2013! How on earth did that happen?

I got various things for Christmas, the most exciting of which is my cover art for Metal Heart. Done by the wonderful Anne Cain, it’s all I could have wanted in a cover for my Aussie rocker boys.

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Beautiful, no?

New book sale

December 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Anthology, Dreamspinner Press, Novella, Whitewater | Leave a comment
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I’m pleased to announce that in addition to Metal Heart, which will be released January/February, I’ll have another book coming out early-ish next year, from Dreamspinner Press once again. It’s a novella called Whitewater, and it’s about a baker called Luke Henderson and a chef called Cameron Brown, and what they get up to on and around Coogee Beach in Sydney. It’ll be released as an ebook, and also in paperback as part of the anthology Under the Southern Cross, where it will join other stories by LJ LaBarthe, Isabelle Rowan, RJ Astruc and Robyn Walker.

Whitewater means quite a lot to me, for several reasons. It’ll see the light of day in March next year, and I hope people enjoy it.

Good news

July 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Equilibrium, Metal Heart, Novel, Reviews | Leave a comment
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I am pleased to announce that Dreamspinner have accepted my novel Metal Heart for publication early next year, in January/February. That’s a few months away still, so the excerpts I posted here and here will have to tide you over until then. This novel is close to my heart for several reasons, which I’ll talk about closer to the publication date, but for now just know that I am delighted that it’s seeing the light of day.

In other book news, Elisa Rolle has given Equilibrium a really nice review, of which my favourite part was this:

The incursion of modern life, i.e. evil big city, is sudden and almost frightening, Michael will understand that his self-imposed exile is also his safe-shelter, and that there is nothing in the big city that he cannot find in small town, on the contrary, small town has more options for him than any other place in the world.

Aww. That last line just kills me. Thanks to Elisa for the lovely review!

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