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Catch up time.

A bit of a catch up … it has, yet again, been quite a while since my last blog post but I have been busy, though not all writing. Here’s some of my highlights.

29th April I went to my first Supanova! I had a ball! I made sure to catch a couple of the presentations, one of which was Alan Tudyk from Firefly. He was great entertainment. Love seeing all the cosplayers in their wonderful creations. Hopefully next time I will be in costume too! I bought a couple of T-shirts for my daughter and also made a special stop to see author Samuel Colbran. Of course, I bought his book ‘Lake Merrin‘ which I am currently reading.

 

On the 2nd May, fellow Ten Penner, Jill Smith and I made a visit to Burleigh Heads State School, with our mascot Plinko to chat about the writing of stories in our latest anthology Mystery, Mayhem and Magic. The kids were fabulous and the librarian Janina was a delight. Thank you Janina, so many happy memories there.

 

15th June, Incredibles 2! I took my daughter and her boyfriend to see the 18+ session at Pacific Fair. The night time, adults only session was a great idea for Event Cinemas! We sipped sweet cocktails, whilst enjoying the DJ and watching big kids play in the jumping castle before seeing the movie with no screaming kids. And it was a very good movie!

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Wednesday 29th June, I won tickets from GC Weekend Edition to see the Australian movie Brothers’ Nest featuring Shane Jacobson and his real life brother Clayton. It did have dark undertones but it wasn’t as dark as I thought it was going to be. The pace was slow, but intriguing, it flowed well and I don’t think it warranted a quicker pace because of the unwinding of the story. The writing was good and the acting was good. It was rather disturbing but as one lady mentioned to me afterwards, “it was nice to not listen to an ocker accent from an Aussie movie. They just spoke plain Australian English.”

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If I paid for the movie, I don’t think I would have been disappointed but the movie isn’t up there on my great movie list. There were some sad parts in it and for once I didn’t cry but my daughter, whom I dragged along, did shed a few tears.

The ending was great and had a couple of surprises as the events unfolded. I would give it a 7 out of ten.

 

On the 7th July which should have been our Ten Penners meeting at Broadbeach library, we were kicked out by the library for one of their famous Writers Block sessions. 20180707_122947_003But being avid writers of more than one genre, most of us turned up to see the gorgeous Ally Blake give her talk about Romance writing! I loved her session. She has a wonderful conversational tone in her presentation and struck a heartfelt cord among most of us! I also had the opportunity to meet Ann Brady from the UK. Another children’s author she is delightful and joined myself and fellow Ten Penners for a chat over lunch at Pacific Fair after the workshop session.

 

21st July, I had a lovely windfall at the Gold Coast Writers Association meeting at Fradgley Hall Burleigh Heads. I won 2nd prize in the raffle – 3 books! “Flirting with the Moon” by Andrew McDermott and also his publishing guide “Yes You Can Publish Your Book!” The Publicious guide to self-publishing. Publicious is his publishing company and he was once our GCWA president. The third book “Inspire Your Fire” creative innovation through authorship by the current GCWA president Ocean Reeve and also a book publisher under his own name! Lots of talent here at GCWA.

 

 

I’m looking forward to reading these boys books but Andy’s Flirting with the Moon I had already bought a copy at last month’s meeting and devoured within a week, so I passed this one on to my friend Kate. Look out for my review coming up soon, it’s a wonderful read.

22nd July, our Gold Coast S.C.W.B.I. meeting at Crafted Coffee upstairs in The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre. I love getting together and chatting children’s stories with this group which is co-ordinated by the lovely Angela Sunde.

 

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I also had the chance to catch up again with Ann Brady a children’s author from the UK who is visiting her daughter. Jo Sandhu, and Candice Lemon-Scott pictured here with me.

So that’s my catch up, hopefully I won’t take as long with the next post. Have a beautiful winter. Marion 🙂

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At last, a launch.

MMM Book launch 04112017 002Today we had our highly anticipated book launch and it was good! We had lots of fun dressing up and supplying custom crafted book marks, and lollies as prizes.  I am loving my cake toppers with our logo and book cover, very special.

A big thank you to Gold Coast City Libraries for supplying tea, coffee and biscuits.

We are all looking forward to a little rest, there have been mammoth efforts all round. I really have a great team to work with. If you wish to purchase a book, I will have a shopping link on my blog soon but The Ten Penners have a paMMM Book launch 04112017 001ge to place an order and pay by credit card through PayPal.  You can also buy direct from your favourite author, Bookface Pacific FairMMM Book launch 04112017 003, Big B Burleigh Heads, Amazon and Kindle.

RRP $19.95

But for a short time you can buy from the authors for $15 .00.

Now after all this hard work, I will be  participating in Na-No-Wri-Mo. Hopefully this year I will make the 50K word target!

Wish me well – Marion

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What a week!

It really has been a big week. To start, on Monday, Jill, Elli & I went to visit grades 2 & 3 at St. Joseph’s Catholic school at Brackenridge. We had a ball and the children submitted their colouring in pictures. There are so many good ones it will be hard to pick a winner! The lucky winners will receive a copy of The Ten Penners new book Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! If you or rather your child would like to be in the running to win a copy be sure to download a Plinko-Colouring-In-Competition-2017_Booklaunch form Plinko-Colouring-In-Competition-2017_Booklaunch.

Entries must be received by email by the 1st November, 2017.

We now have our book for sale in two book shops.

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Bookface at Pacific Fair and

Big B Books at James Street, Burleigh Heads. Yay!

To finish my busy week, tomorrow we will be at The Lanes Halloween market on the corner of Bermuda St & Nerang – Broadbeach Rd, Mermaid Waters. 3pm to 9pm. Come and say Hello! pull up a hay bale and listen to us reading from our book!

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Just unpacked!

What a grand feeling it is, to open up a box full of your own books! I love it! Tonight my fellow Ten Penner, Louisa and I opened our first delivery of our books. Wow, they do look good! Even if I do say so myself 🙂

Let’s kick off the blog tour!

As one of the original Ten Penners and co-ordinator of the group, I am pleased to announce our upcoming book launch and kick off our big blog tour!

My blog host today is the lovely Dimity Powell. Dimity blog host day 1use

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A very talented author of several books. I am very humbled that the blog tour is starting with Dimity interviewing me!

This is such an exciting time for any author and when you have a group of eight ladies who all have very different writing styles on offer, well, we all just get that little extra excited. I can’t wait for the book launch! We have a colouring-in competition for the kids and the best of their age category will win a fully signed copy of our book Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! We will be dressing up with a little cosplay from our characters inspiration and having some light refreshments too.

It sounds like a party? It is! It’s a celebration of seeing our hard work develop into a tangible paperback. And we are proud to be launching at Broadbeach library on the 4th November 10.15 am to 11.15 am. All our pre-sale books and books sold at the launch will be $15.00 (not the rrp of $19.95!).

Ten Penners Poster Booklaunch BBch library 4th Nov2017

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

The blog tour plan is as below:

15/10/17 Sunday -Me! Marion Martineer – https://marionmartineer.wordpress.com Dimity Powell – author The Fix-It Man http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au

16/10/17 Monday– Yvonne Mes, http://www.yvonnemes.com

Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com – author Lindy Standage

17/10/17 Tuesday – Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com

Candice Lemon-Scott, author https://candicelemonscott.com.au

18/10/17 Wednesday– Kate Russell – https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com

Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write https://intheirownwrite.wordpress.com

19/10/17 Thursday –  Julie Baythorpe https://juliebaythorpeauthor.wordpress.com

Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words https://thoughtsbecomewords.com

20/10/17 Friday – Robin Adolphs http://www.robinadolphs.com  interviewing Louisa Wright

Artelle Lenthall http://www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com  interviewing Sharron Alexiou

21/10/17 Saturday – The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com

We will also be attending the Gold Coast Writers Meeting at Fradgley Hall, above the library at Burleigh Heads 2pm to announce our book launch.

23/10/17 Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam – Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net interview Elli Housden

28/10/17 Saturday – we will be reading from our book at The Lanes, Halloween market, cnr Hooker Blvd & Bermuda Streets, Mermaid Waters, click here for details.

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!

There will be a giveaway copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November.

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

Don’t forget the kids colouring competition! Plinko-Colouring-In-Competition-2017_BooklaunchColour ‘Plinko’ our mascot, for children to send in via email. The winners will be announced at our book launch on the 4th November at Broadbeach Library. Please book through this library link to help us with catering refreshments!  You can download the book launch & competition form here.

Thanks for visiting me today, now go and see what Dimity has to say! – Marion 🙂

 

 

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is almost here!

Excitement is building as The Ten Penners new anthology is almost here. We have worked very hard to bring a book full of interesting characters and amazing adventures to life! Ten Penners Poster Booklaunch BBch library 4th Nov2017

I would like to invite you all to our book launch at Broadbeach library see the poster on the left for details.

I have also included a little sneak peek of the proof, there’s only a few minor changes and we will have our order in for our books! Yay! Leading up to the launch we will also be talking at the Gold Coast Writers meeting on the21st October and doing readings at the Lanes Mermaid Waters for their Halloween market.  Looking forward to dressing up for that one!

Have a beautiful long weekend! Marion 🙂

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The Ten Penners new book cover

mmm coverI had a lovely writing day today! First, half of The Ten Penners met and we had some head shots taken for our author profiles in our latest anthology, ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.’ It’s adventure themed for young readers aged 8 – 12 years. Then our book cover was voted on and I am very happy with it. I feel like I am going for an evening exploration through a Tallebudgera Valley trail. I wonder what fun, interesting or weird things I may encounter? Guess I will have to open up the book and look inside…