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Hello NA-NO-WRI-MO

Well for yet another year I am attempting to beat the 50,000 word goal for Na No Wri Mo! Or National Novel Writing Month, which is actually worldwide these days! This year, dare I say, I am determined to get there!

For the last couple of weeks, I have been trying to tie up loose ends that may keep me from getting distracted. It’s not the best month, honestly, the month before Christmas! Year end preparations for work or school, thankfully my daughter is in uni now and we don’t have those end of year commitments. My daughter and I had fun making cute Halloween biscuits and giving out lollies to the trick or treaters tonight as you can see from our photo’s.

I think my state of mind will be more focused now, as long as I keep away from the television and Facebook! Lucky for me I have finished season 3 of Lucifer and binged on The Vampire Diaries over 4 or 5 weeks, didn’t realise what I was missing! Now I’m in the middle of Downton Abbey, but I can put that aside to write and catch the rest later.

So please wish me luck as I step into November’s abyss of words and make my creation of 50K plus words of pretty OK reading. If the goal is achieved, I will be happily editing over Christmas and looking forward to sending my baby in the the big wide world for the New Year! I just love dreaming. Now to make it a reality! 🙂

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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 🙂

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!).

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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 🙂

 

 

Gold Coast Writer’s Literary Luncheon Sunday 25th September 2011

Be sure to get a ticket to this wonderful event! So many talented authors to rub shoulder with over a delightful lunch. With the impressive line up this year, I am going to be very busy trying to have a chat with all of the following authors; Guest Speaker – Tony Cavanaugh, Michael Gerard Bauer, Jesse Blackadder, Kay Danes, Belinda Jeffrey, Marianne de Pierres, Anthony Puttee, and Charmaine Wilson. I am getting so very excited. I will be hosting Marianne at my table and so looking forward to chatting about her new Tara Sharp series, which she produces as Marianne Delacourt. All the authors will have their books for sale too and our book FAN-TAS-TIC-AL TALES will be among the great raffle prizes. I hope you can come along and join in the fun! It is held at The Colonial Golf Course restaurant, Robina.