Half-way through

Well, it’s half-way through NaNoWriMo and I’m doing well. I’m in front, which I’m pleased about, considering I’ve got quite a bit on.

I have swapped projects because – yes, I’m a rule-breaker! A big rebel! But I’m also putting a character through some trauma that means I have to change other works with this particular character. All for the good, I promise!

A lot of the time I get asked ‘why do you put your characters through so much?’ and I’ve even had said ‘I will take MC away from you! You can’t be trusted with them!’.

I think we do it because our own lives are so boring and mundane. It’s drummed into us that chaos and trauma can make someone grow. In reality, though, sometimes it can tear them apart. I think that’s why some writers do this to their characters. Because they know real life is a lot more dangerous.

I’ve noticed that the audience gravitates to Michael Downey Jnr’s Tony Stark and I’d like to believe it’s because he played him as a damaged and tragic hero. Same with Spiderman. Always in a Spiderman movie, there is one tragic death that makes him the deeper character he becomes.

We know in reality it does not always happen that way. Often, the survivor is left with PTSD or other conditions related to trauma. I think in books we tend to forget that that happens to people. That even characters are people and all of the trauma in their lives goes into making them the people in the books. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we get it wrong. Where do we draw the line, though, is a question we all ask ourselves. How far do I push my MC? How far do I push his family, friends? Because the secondary characters around the MC are also traumatised by what we do to our MCs. They, like our real family, our real friends, have to live with what the MC is experiencing.

And they all have to get past it and somehow live out their lives.

Character building – it’s a work in progress …


It’s November! Again! And National Novel Writing Month is in full swing.

I wonder if they’ll ever change it to International Novel Writing Month? I suppose IaNoWriMo doesn’t really work – maybe they could try interNational Novel Writing Month? It’d still be NaNoWriMo if you use all the capital letters!

So, I’ve written quite a lot in the project I had planned and I’ll wait for some feedback on that (not telling). In the meantime, I’m writing in the paranormal universe I created with Nina and Sam last year. Remember the haunted dolls head lamp? Yep, those two are back. And they’re fighting to get rid of a daemon this time. Wish the girls luck for me!

On a completely different note, the rewrite of Dark Dimensions has been completed and whilst I have some feedback, I’m still waiting for more. Then I’ll send them the tweaking of Dark Reign as that’s completed and really examine the start of The Dark Road. I think that’s okay, though. I’ve looked over it during the past week and I think the narrative hook is there, etc.

Still waiting on the three published books to be released from their contract so that I can republish them.

And it appears as though I’m going to go down the road of self-publishing. Which is a bit scary for me! But I have a great team behind me in iFlow Creative and my beta readers and other editor as well as my proof-reader, cover art stylist and my techie – because we all need a techie to rejig websites! 😀

Okay, time to get back to Nina and Sam!


It has finally come to pass. My publisher, Corvus Quill, has had to close its doors. I am currently in the process of getting all of my books released and taken down from the sites.

Currently, Dark Dimensions is only available through Amazon Australia while the Consequences books are available through Amazon Australia, Books A Million and Dymocks.

Once I have them all back, I will be making arrangements to self-publish. The reason for that is because the two series are completely different genres and in Australia, publishers don’t want a mix of genres. So, I have new skills to learn.

Totally different topic

On a totally different topic, today is the start of National Novel Writing Month!

From here on, I will be diligently working on my writing as well as my paying work. I will fit them all in somehow, I assure you!

For those who are embarking on the NaNoWriMo journey, I applaud you and support you and wish you all the best.

Now, excuse me, please, while I put pen to paper!

Character Development

Characters develop over time, much like a child will develop over her growing period. They go through growing pains much the same as humans do.

Writers who are planners will plan their characters before the start writing.

Writers who are pantsers will allow their characters to grow as they put pen to paper (so to speak).

That’s not to say that planners already have their characters developed before they write. I think all writers will admit that characters grow through their journey of the written word.

And why do we do this to our characters? Because we are all on a journey. A journey to find out who we are and why we are here. Characters in stories are no less inspired and the task of a writer is to document that character’s or those characters’ journey to be a more enlightened or balanced person.

We do this through hurdles and pitfalls that we put our characters through.

And for those of us whose characters talk to us, we will often go to bed thinking ‘what will happen to such and such next?’ And if you’re anything like me, you get a response like ‘shut up, you’ve just shot me!’ To which, your immediate reaction is to sit up in bed, shocking the cat sprawled out beside you, saying ‘what? What? What?’

But there has to be a balance between good and bad. l only found out last weekend that it is easy to break a character. It’s how you put the character back together that defines that moment for the character.

M J Spickett

MJ Spickett is a friend of mine who is a brilliant story teller who’s books are enjoyed by lots of people around the world. She creates wonderful worlds full of intrigue and mystery.

You can find her here

Her books are available in a number of places.


Being one of Ravenwood’s Crime Scene Investigators was a dream come true for Selena Hawke. It was a chance at a new life, something normal and far better than serving a selfish and deranged Unseelie Queen, better known as the “Mad Queen”.

Selena loves being a Detective. She’s one of the first fey to break the chains of the Unseelie Court and officially become part of the human world. When a strange spree of murders rock Ravenwood, she must summon all her skills and power to find the murderers and defeat them.

To add to her troubles, her human lover, Eli, has decided to free Cleotro, a fey turned familiar and criminal to all faery kind. Stopping the murders was challenge enough, not falling for Cleotro’s dark sexual desires may prove even harder. All the while, the Mad Queen has set her sights on possessing Eli as her own.

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Unspoken Oaths

Detective Selena Hawke hoped her life could return to normal after appointing a new Unseelie Fae Queen to take her place. However, when two of her closest friends are attacked and left for dead, their toddler son now missing, she must face a new evil when the Black Druids invade Ravenwood. To save her friends and find the missing child, Selena is forced to call for outside help, including a former lover who is intent on getting her back, even if he must use every trick at his disposal to woo her away from Eli and Cleo.

Despite not wanting to be the Queen of Air and Darkness, and even after finding a suitable replacement, Selena will learn that it’s a title from which she can not easily walk away. Unrest continues to grow within the Faery Courts and begins to directly affect her case.

Selena must choose…duty to the Human Realm or that of Faery, or lose them both to the Black Druids and their powerful, sexy, and seductive leader, Xavier.


Raven’s Child

Anthony Sinclair, master magician and prophesized Oracle, did everything to protect those he loved. He thought he had planned for every possible outcome for the future…everything except his soul being torn in half after his death. Now, he resides within two bodies, one a child with phenomenal power and the ability to access Anthony’s consciousness, the other a mystery, hidden in far off land. With the help of his child incarnation, Anthony must repair the damage done and unite both halves of his soul if he has any hope of stopping the darkness descending over the city of Ravenwood…and soon the world.

Raven’s Realm is the renowned prequel series to the Women of Ravenwood series.

“Dark and twisted.”

“A dash of Harry Potter with a dash of True Blood. The dark balanced out by hope, and in true Spickett fashion – the heat never lets up.” – Lone Wolf Books and Reviews


Windows to the Soul

Six years have passed since the events in Ravenwood. After giving half his magick to Daniel Dion, Eli thought he would finally have a chance to be a normal teenager…but nothing about his life is normal. He is still haunted by his past life as Anthony Sinclair, one of the most powerful magick users in Europe. It seems even now, Sinclair’s enemies are hunting him. Still searching for his power, and unwilling to accept that while Eli may be his present incarnation, he is his own person and not Anthony Sinclair.

In an effort to break free of this curse, Eli accepts a deal from a Priestess that would strip him of his magick and give him the normal life he has always craved…but it may cost far more than he bargained for.

Now, Eli’s faery Guardian, Selena Hawke, must save him from himself before his magick unleashes a Chaos Demon and eclipses the world in darkness. However, first she must find him, and the Priestess is not about to give up her new prized possession.


Whispers of the Immortal

A normal expedition of an ancient First Nations settlement in the Canadian Rocky Mountains takes mysterious turn after a secret passageway to a previously unknown underground temple is discovered. Although at first it appears Aztec, inside reveals something else. When Anthropologist Alex Jackson and his team begin investigating, they are attacked by unknown mercenaries. The research team is slaughtered in cold blood and the temple destroyed. Alex manages to escape but suffers horribly. Now Alex teaches at the local university. The attack still haunts him, leaving him desperate for answers. When Archaeologist, Lucas Griffith shows up at his office asking for help, clues are slowly uncovered. More underground temples, identical to the one Alex found, are being unearthed all around the world and those who discover them are being murdered like his team had been. Alex’s desire to learn why leads him and Lucas to search the remaining temples and secure them. Things become compounded when Lucas shows interest in Alex as a romantic partner, and he isn’t the only one. Owen, his bodyguard and former member of the British Army, also has an interest in him. Together, they travel across the planet in search of more underground temples.

An ambitious, erotic adventure. Spickett’s imaginative world building, and enticing romantic storytelling blends beautifully blends in this unique novel.


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J Collins

I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine. She is a brilliant story-teller and her stories captivate her readers around the world. Personally, I haven’t read many, but I’d like to tell you about the one I am reading.

The Reluctant Zombie Hunter

I’m Kelley, and This Is My Story.

The Zombie Apocalypse started a few months ago. Nobody noticed it then, because it was kept contained…for the most part, by me and by others like me. At least for as long as we could.

Something happened to me, while I was holidaying in Italy with my boyfriend. I walked away limped, single, broken, and somehow stronger, and a little faster than them. Another survivor became my closest ally. My researcher. My guide.

Together we tried our best to save the world.




I am still reading this book and it’s one of the best zombie books I have ever read. It changes everything we know about zombies and has a completely different take on those involved with them. I thoroughly recommend it.

Back in the game

So, I haven’t advertised my books here very often and I’m going to start doing that again. Because I have more to write and I want everyone to get a chance to enjoy them.

I am still working on the rewrite of Dark Dimensions, about 2/3rds of the way through, and it’s still growing. At the moment, I am considering breaking the book into 2 parts. It is still available, however and a new edition will be launched in February 2023.

Clans In Conflict

Dark Dimensions

Troy knew his mission and his loyalty brought everyone’s trust around him A Battlemaster who had never encountered a dimension where vampires did NOT exist, his experiences in travelling through parallel dimensions spanned for over a decade. His travels lead up to an incident that traps him in a citadel stronghold. Dark Dimensions blends the dark intrigue of vampire lore with the adventure of an ambitious Sci-Fi thriller as we follow the journey of a long-time dimensional traveler, encountering dangerous and powerful vampires who discover that he is more than what he appears to be.

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Dark Reign – scheduled to be published

The Dark Road – still being proofread


Heart of Deception

Marek was the best thief on Albermarle and proud of it. Until he took a job on a dare. To steal the Heart of Radiance from the Royal Palace. Suddenly he is thrown into a world of lies and deception and betrayed by a long-time friend. Marek must chase the theft of crown jewels into Europe to clear his name and save the Royal family. Will he get back to Albermarle in time?

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Better World Books

Books A Million

Dymocks Books

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Legacy of Risks

After preventing a major attack on the Royals, Marek is prepared to take the stand and testify against those attacking Albermarle. But things go haywire when the case moves to the European court and Marek finds himself struggling to keep the family safe from destruction.

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Books A Million


Dangerous Heart – scheduled to be published

Ageing How?

So, my birthday was last week and I thought about how everyone ages. Some age gracefully, others age with dignity and still others age with sadness.

I decided I’m not going to age. I’m just going to keep doing what I always do – live each day as it is. Each day is precious and I’m going to make sure I enjoy each day for the joy it brings as well as the challenges.

Because that is what life is ultimately about. Living life to the fullest and facing challenges head on. That is how we learn and that is how we improve ourselves.

I’m not saying you have to do what I do, I’m just saying that’s what I do.

I know there are people out there struggling to be who they are – to figure out who they are. My heart goes out to them because they are the ones who break walls down between people. They are the ones who challenge our way of thinking and they are the ones who make us think outside the box.

Our legacy to our future is our diversity – no matter what that diversity is. Diversity enriches our lives and our beings – whether you call it a soul, an essence or whatever you call it. I just think that diversity is the herbs and spice of life. (Oh, my. A food reference!)

End of an Era

There is no way I can write a post at this time of 2022 without mentioning Queen Elizabeth II. It is such an enormous thing to have her pass so suddenly.

In my public service life, everything has been in “Her Majesty, the Queen” wording. Now, in the transcribing work I do, it will turn to “His Majesty, the King”. This feels really weird because I wasn’t around when King George was on the throne. I’ve only ever known QEII.

She was the most gracious and patient of women. It was obvious in how she handled the public, leaders of other countries and her own people. We never saw her angry, rarely saw her sad but always saw her smile. She knew that some emotions should only be shown in private, not for the world to see.

I’m not saying she was never angry, I’m just saying that she had enough dignity, grace and tact not to show it to the world. My mother used to have a saying – “don’t air your dirty laundry where everyone can see it”. Clearly, QEII went by the same philosophy.

I heard an interview with Malcolm Turnbull last week asking what she was like when he met her as Australia’s Prime Minister. He said the surprising side of the Queen was her sense of humour and the eagerness with which she listened to other people. He said she wanted to know how people lived, how they got on, their experiences.

I never knew her, like I never new Princess Di, but both women brought out the best in me and I admired both of them.

I wish the Royal Family the best in the coming months as they learn how to live without such an enigmatic family leader.

Now, King Charles will have to show what his mother taught him.

ID checks

So, I’ve got a friend who is starting a new job with an international conglomerate.

Wow, the rings they have her running through to get this job is amazing. And it’s not one of those high-level jobs, either.

But it is a job where she works with customers and suppliers, so I suppose they want to make sure she’s genuine.

Because she doesn’t have a passport, she has to basically repeat each request 3 times to get the documents to different areas for checking for the different provisions.

I thought I had trouble when I had to print, sign and then scan back in a contract over 61 pages in length. Thank goodness for Officeworks and their print and copy services. I was able to scan the doc in within minutes and email it to myself. At home we only have a flatbed scanner. I wasn’t about to do it one page at a time!

It’s good to see companies go to this length, though. They’re good ID checks and those who can’t do it probably have dodgy ID docs.

Main thing is, my friend’s paperwork went through and now she just has to wait to see if she is accepted! Fingers are crossed and good luck, friend!