NaNoWriMo. Winner. 53130 Words.

I’m as proud as punch.
I can’t remember the last time I won a certificate. Maybe back in the 70’s when I managed to swim an entire length of the pool without stopping, or drowning.
This time I didn’t get wet.
Only my head hurt at times from the uphill slog of finding the right words at the right time, and the brick walls I smashed into, at the 7000, and 25,000 word mark.
The other day I admitted openly to being a NaNoWriMo first-timer. I just dived on in, without knowing what I was doing. The website, frequent emails, blogs, and the motivation from the regional chapter provided regularly fun, bite size, I’d even say, snazzy, energizing boosters throughout the course of the month.
The NaNoWriMo team has a delicious knack of making you (the writer) feel terrific. I donated a few $$$, and my profile pic was decorated with a shiny golden halo. The “pep talks” encouraged and motivated.
I’m only sad, I wasn’t able to join the Taupo/Hawke’s Bay Regional Write-In.
NaNoWriMo kept me focused, and set a writing goal to achieve. Being just that teeny tiny bit competitive, there was no way I wasn’t going to reach it.
I know have the first draft of LOVE ENTWINED –  a sequel to my first contemporary romance e-book LOVE IN THE VINES.
During NaNoWriMo editing was left by the way-side. Now comes the grittiness – reworking, rewriting, and hours upon hours of editing.
A heartfelt thanks to the NaNoWriMo team and writers around the world.
To all NaNoWriMo’s – Cheers!

Love in the Vines. First Amazon Review.

Nervous? You betcha! (did I just write that?).
As a newbie author, I haven’t mastered the art of not obsessing over when my first book review will be posted. I wouldn’t recommend the waiting, as part of any anti-aging routine.
The anticipation, is just as bad as the wait.
Almost one month to the day after LOVE IN THE VINES hit the virtual bookshelves, a reader has taken the time to post a review on Amazon. I’m absolutely chuffed and grateful. Time is a precious commodity.
Now, as much as I’d love to bleat, being a New Zealander, home to 64 million sheep, I can try to make that unique sound, a 5***** shiner, it’s not.
Rather, it’s a very credible, spot-on, and honest 3*** review.
Sure, the higher numbers make for a better marketing story, and believe you me I’ll be out there spruiking mine one day soon, but today, here’s my first ever sparkly dazzling 3*** review to share.
Ok, for all of you who have moved on from Merlot, I’m thinking Mitchell Pritchard from Modern Family ….I’m going to confess. I love Merlot.
Love in the Vines. E-Book Out Now on Amazon Kindle.
For peeps living in the Southern Hemisphere it’s…”a great read for summer.” For those rugging up for fall, autumn and winter Love in the Vines is a perfect fireside read and a warming accompaniment to any glass of wine.
Love in the Vines is a contemporary romance novel set in the intoxicating world of wine and food. Like wine, love begins in the vines. Betrayal begins in the heart of a marriage.

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A Big Shout Out. Thank You.

A big hearty shout out to say THANK YOU to everyone who downloaded their free copy of my new contemporary romance e-book LOVE IN THE VINES.


As a KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Select first timer, I was both nervous and excited to be offering LOVE IN THE VINES  as a giveaway. Not knowing what to expect, I was chuffed so many people downloaded a copy.

I’ve since learned that some people are avid freebie enthusiasts and religiously trawl through the lists looking for the latest free kindle goodies. Good on them.

I’m sure there’s more than a handful of readers who will actually sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy reading LOVE IN THE VINES. I’m holding onto this hope otherwise, devastation will set in.

Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about….Love in the Vines is a contemporary romance e-book set in the intoxicating world of wine and food.

Food, wine, love and betrayal. Like wine, love begins in the vines. Betrayal begins in the heart of a marriage.

Once again, thank you for your on-going support. It means the world to me. And if you’ve read LOVE IN THE VINES and would like to write and post an honest review. Good or bad, so long as it’s the truth. And, or give it the thumbs up by clicking LIKE, please click here.

A blog about my Kindle Direct Publishing experience and the results of the free promotion is in the works.