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Writer of historical fiction, blogger, mum, pet lover :)

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November 2016

Tuesday Quote: 10

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”

   -Nelson Mandela

 

 

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Nelson Mandela

 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013)

Did you know?

  • he was born into the Madiba clan of Transkei, where his father was the principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people
  • at 12 years old, he became the ward of Jongintaba at the Great Palace in Mahekezweni
  • after completing a BA degree, he graduated with a law diploma and set up South Africa’s first black law firm, Mandela & Tambo
  • repeatedly arrested for seditious (resistance to authority) activities, he was sentenced in the Rivonia Trials, serving 27 years in prison, mainly on Robben Island
  • he was released by President FW de Klerk, under increasing pressure and fears of a racist civil war
  • he led the ANC (African National Congress) to victory, becoming the first President of South Africa (1994-1999)
  • has received many honors and accolades, including the Nobel Peace Prize
  •  regarded as an icon of democracy and social justice, he is described as the “Father of the (South African) Nation”
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Haiku

Creamy blooms, fragrant

Dark green leaves stand so proudly

Love nature’s wonder

#frangipani #australia

Burleigh Heads

We set out this morning for a  lovely lunch at a cafe in Tallebudgera Valley. The cafe is known for its scenic location tucked in the heart of the hinterland, where kangaroos are known to appear. 

Needless to say, after spending nearly 2 hours driving around, we couldn’t find it! I was starting to think that its a mirage, this cafe.

Driving down to the beachfront, we settled at Burleigh Heads, and had lunch at the local surf club.

Not a bad place to stop tho…..

Happy Thanksgiving — Inner Ramblings Boulevard:

Happy Thanksgiving to all across the pond!

Hello lovely people! Happy Thanksgiving!!! This Thanksgiving I have lots for which to be thankful. 1. I have an amazing Father. He knows all my needs. He knows all my dreams. He knows my pain. He knows how much I’ve suffered. He knows how far I’ve come. He knows how far I’ve yet to go. […]

via Happy Thanksgiving — Inner Ramblings Boulevard:

#Murder Mystery #Book Cover #Stella Windermere # Release date December 2016

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This is my book cover for my new Murder Mystery. Set in the town of south Wales, a murder has occurred, and amateur sleuth is just the lady to solve it!

Release date: December 2016. Stella Windermere The case of the Polish sailor

 

NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON !!!

 

Here’s a short synopsis:

Port Talbot, 1970s.

When a body is found on the beachfront at Aberavon,  amateur sleuth Stella Windermere is intrigued. The police are confused as to the identity of the mysterious man. All they have to go on is an ID tag next to the body. When a well known member of the community is bludgeoned to death at a party, the mystery deepens. Quickly embroiled in the case,Stella finds that she has to use all her wits to capture the murderer, along with her new assistant, Joe.

Thanks to Jo Robinson Services at https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com for the book cover, great job! 🙂

Tuesday Quote: 9

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!”

– Ray Bradbury
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Ray Bradbury

 

I chose a quote from a writer this week, one that resonates with all writers who may be struggling with their plots, characters or have a general writing block! It seems easy to write when its written as succinctly as this.

American scifi writer Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), write dystopian novels with themes of fantasy scifi, mystery and horror. My son raves over his iconic book Fahrenheit 451, having read it numerous times. It resides on his book shelf, the pages well read and raved over!

Did you know?

  • he’s mostly known for his iconic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
  • he has numerous awards, including a 2007 Pulitzer Citation
  • he also wrote The Martian Chronicles (1950s), a series of short stories set around a society on Mars, fleeing a troubled Earth
  • his biggest influences included HG Wells, Arthur C Clarke and John Steinbeck
  • he is regarded by the New York Times as “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary world.”

Murder Mystery Book : Stella Windermere The case of the Polish sailor

Port Talbot beachfront
Port Talbot beachfront

Stella Windermere: The case of the Polish sailor

I am at the finishing up stage of a new Murder Mystery, set in my hometown of Port Talbot south Wales, called Stella Windermere: The case of the Polish Sailor. It’s the first mystery that I’ve written, and I’ve enjoyed every second of reliving some of the places, especially the beachfront, the docklands and the gorgeous Margam Castle and Park.

Here’s a taster of the story:

When a body is found on the beachfront at Aberavon,  amateur sleuth Stella Windermere is intrigued. The police are confused as to the identity of the mysterious man. All they have to go on is an ID tag next to the body. When a well known member of the community is bludgeoned to death at a party, the mystery deepens. Stella finds that she has to use all her wits to capture the murderer, along with her new assistant, Joe.

The mystery is due for release just before Christmas this year  and will be available on Amazon as a kindle and a book……:)

More news to follow 🙂

Harbor town 

I love Christmas shopping. The excitement of looking around the shops, trying to find that perfect gift. The thrill of getting a bargain pressie, the one that looks expensive but is’nt and the satisfaction of matching presents to family and friends.

I took my daughter to Harbortown shopping complex today. The decorations are up and ready to embrace this time of year. They’ve chosen the theme of Joy and Love this year, and it looks smashing.

There’s even a 10 foot Santa ……🎅

Tuesday Quote: 8

“If you can dream it, you can do it”

– Walt Disney

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Walt Disney in 1935

 

For this week’s Tuesday quote I have chosen an inspirational quote from Walt Disney. Born  Walter  Elias ‘Walt’ Disney in Chicago Illinois in the turn of the last century (1901-1966), he changed the way in which we laugh, cry and entertain ourselves.He was an American entrepreneur, animator and film producer.

Did you know?

  • his first animation studio was called Laugh-O-Gram
  • the Disneyland Park, the first theme park opened in Anaheim, Californis in 1955
  • his most iconic character, Mickey Mouse, was introduced in the short animated feature Steamboat Willie in 1928, and was originally to be called Mortimer Mouse
  • he holds the record for the most Academy Awards: 22 Oscars, from 59 nominations
  • he co founded the Walt Disney Company with his brother Roy. The company  is still one of the world’s largest and best known entertainment companies
  • he was involved in planning the 1960 Winter Olympics in California, and the 1964 New York  World Fair

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