Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Dolphin Experience



My family and I spent a great few days celebrating an early Christmas with our extended family in a beautiful spot called Treachery. To top it off, we had gorgeous weather while we were there.

Looking over Treachery beach



















The park where we stayed had these magnificent majestic trees.
This is the Seal Rocks Lighthouse at the end of the beach.

Here we are relaxing on the beach.

While we braved the cold waters, we had some visitors.

A large pod of dolphins took over the beach. They hunted fish and played around us for hours. It was an unbelievable sight to see.


They even did some surfing.


This is right on the edge of the beach. They were in so close.


While we were having fun, so were the dolphins.




In Sinc.



What a fantastic show the dolphins put on for us. It simply topped 
off the weekend.
























Monday, July 21, 2014

Fraser Island Camping




Thought I'd share with you some of my pics from our annual camping trip to the beautiful Fraser Island. Had the best weather in five years, saw heaps of whales, fought off dingoes in our camp and caught heaps of fish. 
See what you think.


Our campsite.




Dingos lurk on the beach all times of the day. 

They like to follow fishermen in hope of a free feed.




Out fishing.
Sunrise 


















We saw many humpback whales in so close.
Playing on their annual migration north.




Fishing late afternoon.




Another beautiful sunrise.






Cleaning fish.






The beach.







A mist drifted across the water. Amazing.




The Maheno. She has been here since 1935, and every year deteriorates a little more.



Beautiful trees found in the centre of the island in the rainforest.


I am so lucky to have such an amazing place right on my doorstep.











Monday, March 17, 2014

Guest blogger, Terri Talley Venters

Please help me welcome back to my blog, Terri Talley Venters with her latest novel, Body of Gold.

Terri Talley Venters,
Author of Carbon Copy, Tin Roof, Silver Lining, Copper Cauldron, and Body Of Gold



Body Of Gold
By: Terri Talley Venters

Even in this post-Bernie Madoff era, it’s surprising how easily investors unknowingly hand over their money to con artists, also known as money managers. Chelsea Lynn Cobb earned the title of the youngest hedge-fund manager at Trans World Investments in Chicago. This charming southern beauty proved a financial genius, but her workaholic tendencies hinder her free time to meet men who match her impossibly high standards. When she’s not kicking ass at the office, she’s kicking ass at her Taekwondo class where she falls for her new instructor, Troy Camden. With the exciting distraction of a new and passionate relationship, she spends less time at the office until she discovers financial scams operating at Trans World. Someone is stealing millions from investors, but the evidence points towards her. 

Available from
Freya's Bower


Body Of Gold

excerpt

Chelsea looked at Troy with her big blue eyes. He stood so close to her. She heard his breathing. Their mouths were only inches apart.
“Chelsea, now tell me how this feels,” Troy said. Then his mouth came crushing down on hers. Troy took complete control of her. His breath was hot. His lips moved so wonderfully against hers. His tongue glided smoothly inside her mouth. He separated his lips from hers, just long enough for her to catch her breath. Troy looked at her hungrily, like a predator ready to devour her.
He moved in slowly this time, like he wanted to take his time and savor each second. Chelsea threw her arms around his neck and leaned into him. Their lips nearly touched. The longing to kiss one another again felt incredible. They stared at one another and breathed heavily. Troy pressed against her, and the warmth of his hot body consumed her.
Her hands cradled his head as she took control this time. She pulled his mouth back to hers and slid her tongue into his mouth. Troy responded to her advance with much enthusiasm. His hands moved around her back as he hugged Chelsea closer to him. Their breathing intensified, and she moaned softly. Troy’s tongue moved faster inside her mouth and the pressure of his lips increased. Their rhythm synchronized perfectly with one another. He kissed marvelously.
Chelsea felt Troy’s hardness grow against her belly. She moved her hands from his head to his shoulders. His skin felt so hot. She ran her hands over his strong muscles. Troy followed her lead and his hands began to wander over her body. He grabbed her ass and pulled her up towards his body. She felt his manhood pressing hard against her mons. Troy groaned at the sensation and his breathing grew frantic.
She ran her hands over Troy’s chest. The tips of her fingers barely touched his skin. She moved them under his tank top and gently grazed his nipples. Troy’s hands then duplicated the move on Chelsea. He slid his hands under her tank top and he cupped her eager breasts. The kiss grew even more intense, if that were at all possible. Chelsea and Troy moaned as their breathing grew heavier.
“Oh, Troy!” She moaned from the pleasure running through her body.
Troy almost lost control, they both did. They knew they were seconds away from total abandon. Chelsea had never wanted anyone before in her life as much as she wanted Troy Camden at this very moment.
Troy’s mouth broke away from hers. His lips moved over her ear and whispered. “If we don’t stop now. I am going to completely lose myself in you.”
“I know, you’re right,” she said. But she didn’t care. She couldn’t tear herself away from Troy. She couldn’t stop. Her mouth crushed down on his again.
Troy kissed Chelsea back with heated fever. Then he pried her off of his lips. He grabbed both of her hands and gently kissed her fingertips. Then he pulled her hands towards his chest, and his heart. He looked at her tenderly. His eyes looked glassy, like he was on the verge of tears.
“Oh, Chelsea, I want you more than anything right now. And even though we just met, you are so special to me. I want to do everything right with you. I don’t want to mess this up. I just know we’re going to be great together. So I really think we should at least share a meal together before we share a bed,” Troy said.
“Oh, Troy.” Chelsea held back her tears of happiness. Troy acted so sweet and so right. This felt like the beginning of something special.
“I have an idea. If you don’t have any plans for tonight, how about I cook you dinner?” Troy asked.
“Sounds wonderful. You can cook?” Chelsea asked. She wanted to cry at her good fortune. Not only had Troy behaved like a gentleman, he wanted to cook dinner for her.
Troy looked at his watch. “Okay, it’s five-o’clock, now. How about I come back here in two hours with all the groceries and I’ll cook? Do you like steaks?” He asked.
“I love them,” she said.

“Great, I’ll be back soon.” Troy kissed her sweetly on the lips, and walked out the door.



Terri received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Florida. She is a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She lives on the water in Florida, with her husband, Garrison, and their two sons.
Terri is the daughter of Leslie S. Talley, author of Make Old Bones and Bred In The Bone which are also available from Wild Child Publishing.
Please visit Terri’s website for purchase links and to read more about all of her books and free short stories. www.ElementsOfMystery.com

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Guest blogger, Jenn Nixon

Please help me welcome fellow Wild Child Publishing author, Jenn Nixon. Her first novel, Lucky's Charm is now available in print as well as ebook format. The sequel, Lucky's Break will be available soon.

Jenn's love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels.
She often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.


To protect her family and find a killer, Felicia "Lucky" Fascino assumed her adoptive father's identity and joined the network of moral assassins to finish the job he began. Eliminating the man responsible for murdering her mother has consumed her for the last five years. Completing the job is the only way Lucky and her family can return to a safe and normal life. Lucky's uncle, Stephen Chambers, hasn't come close to tracking the killer. He announces he's stepping down as her handler to concentrate on the investigation and names Elizabeth, his daughter, as successor.

Keeping secrets is a family trait, and Elizabeth's addition to the business tests Lucky's ability to maintain the pretense that the job doesn't affect her despite the fact that all network hits are hardened criminals. While keeping her family at arm's length, Lucky begins to feel the weight of her career choice and reclusive lifestyle. Then a chance encounter with an enigmatic hit man during one of her jobs turns into a provocative and dangerous affair. Distracted by the secret trysts with Kenji Zinn and mounting tension within her family, Lucky starts to make mistakes that threaten her livelihood and almost claim her life. When her family is targeted, Lucky must make several rash decisions she believes can save them and preserve her own sanity.




Coming soon from Wild Child Publishing:  Lucky's Break









Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mother and daughter guest bloggers

Not often one can host a mother and daughter team. I am very honoured to have Terri Talley Venters and her lovely mother, Leslie Talley as my guest bloggers. Both have new releases out with Wild Child Publishing. I will hand you over to Terri first, and then Leslie, to let them tell you all about their books and future plans.



Mother/Daughter Authors, from Daughter’s Point of View

Wow! Where do I start? 18 years ago, my mother and I only dreamed of writing a novel, let alone getting it published. Our dreams of becoming mother/daughter published authors was just something we fantasized about. Now we’ve both published not only our debut novels, but their sequels as well. 

Reflecting back over the last 18 years, I realize how much hard work went into our first books: Make Old Bones for my mother and Carbon Copy for me. The hardest part for me was starting. I thought about it for 8 years before I finally started writing. The next hardest part for me was finishing. I spent 5 years writing Carbon Copy. My mother was the reason I started and finished it. I always tried to have a chapter for her to read whenever we planned a visit. Then the next hardest part about the writing process was the waiting. Although I was blessed to find a publisher within six months of finishing Carbon Copy, it was another 2 and half years in editing before it was finally released in June 2012. 

Now that we both have the same awesome publisher, Wild Child Publishing, the writing and editing are much easier for the both of us. I’ve recently finished writing my fifth book, Silver Lining, the epic conclusion to the Carbon Copy trilogy, while my mother is almost finished writing the fourth book in her bone series - The Bonnie, Bonnie Bone. My mother and I are case in point that hard work, patience, and determination, can make your dreams come true. We couldn’t have done it without each other’s constant encouragement all of these years. 

So now that we’ve had our dream of being mother/ daughter published authors come true, what’s our next dream? I still dream big. I’m looking forward to having both of our books out in print so that we can do book signings together. And although I loathe public speaking, I can’t wait to do a mother/daughter presentation at a writer’s conference. Thank goodness my mother is an award winning Toastmaster. I’ll just smile, nod, and show cleavage. We’re brainstorming a co-authored book which is a prequel to Carbon Copy and Make Old Bones. The characters in our books are related. My heroine, Lilly, is the niece of my mother’s heroine, Clarice. The title will contain both a “bone” and an “element”. 

My biggest dream of all is to have one of my books get made into a movie. My mother and I promised to be each other’s “plus one” if either of our book movies get nominated for an academy award for best adapted screenplay. And yes, I’ve mentally started writing my acceptance speech. Who knows what the future holds for our books, but the best part of all is that I’m enjoying this wonderful journey with my mother. I love you, Mom!





Tin Roof



the sequel to Carbon Copy

In the sequel to Carbon Copy, Lilly Allen returns to her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, to be closer to her mother, help with her injured brother, and heal from the disappearance of her fiancé Grier Garrison. While she awaits Grier's return, she busies herself with her mansion renovations, her best friend's wedding, and her job as a news reporter.


But even her busy schedule cannot stem the worry over her brother's persistent amnesia and changes in personality. Is he her real twin? Or did they rescue a clone?

On top of this, the months of pining without a word from Grier begin to take their toll. She finds herself growing closer to her favorite cameraman, Joe. His confession of undying love, followed by a passionate kiss, has her questioning how much longer she can wait, and whether she wants to.


To further complicate matters, two unrelated news stories drag her into the seamy underbelly of the Charleston Police Department where murder and drugs are common occurrences. 


In the chaos of a hurricane, another body washes ashore, and Lilly comes face-to-face with the murderer.


 



Terri Talley Venters


Author of Carbon Copy, Tin Roof, Body Of Gold, Copper Cauldron, and Silver Lining

Terri received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Florida. She is a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida, with her husband, Garrison, and their two sons.
Terri has two other published works available from Wild Child Publishing. Carbon Copy and its sequel, Tin Roof, plus her unrelated novella, Copper Cauldron. She recently finished writing Silver Lining, the epic conclusion to the Carbon Copy trilogy, coming soon from Wild Child Publishing. Her romantic/suspense novel, Body Of Gold, is coming soon from Freya’s Bower. Terri also posts free short stories on her website each month. www.ElementsOfMystery.com. Follow her as she weaves her way through the Periodic Table of Elements.
Terri is the daughter of Leslie S. Talley, author of Make Old Bones and Bred In The Bone which are also available from Wild Child Publishing.
For the purchase links and more info about Terri’s books, visit her website.
 



 

Mother/Daughter Writing, From Mother’s Point of View
 
My daughter Terri’s interest in writing was sparked by a writers’ conference we attended in Melbourne, Florida, when she was in high school. Years elapsed during which time she mulled over an idea for a series which became Elements of Mystery.


Meanwhile, I had published travel pieces and a few short stories, but the publication of my mystery novel, Make Old Bones, eluded me. It had won first place in the mystery/suspense category at the Space Coast Writer’s Guild in 2000. Finally in 2008 Terri and I attended a conference sponsored by the North Florida Writers’ Association at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Make Old Bones once again won first place in the Lighthouse Book Awards for mystery/suspense. Terri was so proud, she cried! That spurred me on; that spurred her on. She finished writing her mystery novel, Carbon Copy. She hoped to ride in on my coattails. The opposite happened.


She submitted to Wild Child Publishing, an electronic publisher; I had never thought of doing that. When her book was accepted, I submitted also and was accepted. Since then we have critiqued each other’s work. She is my biggest fan! We feed off each other. My main characters, Otis and Clarice Campion, became her main character, Lilly Allen’s, Uncle Otis and Aunt Clarice. When we are together and we hear an interesting turn of phrase, we both screech, “I call it!”


One way I may have unconsciously influenced her is by setting, or a sense of place. According to my professor, Dr. Richard Adicks from Literature of the South at the University of Central Florida, there are six prominent features in Southern writing: a sense of history or of the past; a sense of religion or original sin; a sense of the grotesque; a sense of place; a sense of family or genealogy; and agrarian, or rural.


I write from a sense of place. Set your novel in a unique setting, and all manner of ideas pop up. Terri imbibed this from somewhere. Her first novel is set in New York and the Florida Keys, the sequel in Charleston. Her upcoming takes place in Scotland. My first takes place in Daytona Beach, the second in St. Augustine, the third in Ireland, and my work-in-progress in Scotland. We both have hurricanes and castles figuring prominently.


Even though we are much alike we have differences. My degrees are in English with some nursing thrown in. Hers are in Accounting and Taxation. She comes up with better plots. And while my mysteries are Cozies, hers are more modern.


But the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, to be trite! Great minds, and all that!


 Bred in the Bone Synopsis


In this sequel to Make Old Bones Otis, Clarice, and Miss Letty act as exchange innkeepers at Castle Keep in St. Augustine, Florida.


Castle Keep, built of timbers from a shipwreck, has a disturbing history which carries over to the present. Recently a series of break-ins by a homeless man and the sound of chains dragging in the attic complicate matters.


Miss Letty and Clarice visit the original plantation site where Clarice discovers a skeleton in the icehouse. In addition, they find the burned body of the homeless man in a dragon sculpture, causing them to make connections among disparate events separated by over a century.


Add to the mix a psychic, an African-American journalism student, the Donner wedding party, Florida Gators, two snobbish Southerners, father and son mural painters, an obstreperous Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Charles Dickens, and an obnoxious, but, unwittingly, helpful twelve-year-old named Beddington.



Leslie Talley

Author of Make Old Bones and Bred In The Bone


Leslie Talley received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, where she subsequently taught, as an adjunct, Technical Writing and Business Writing for ten years.


Leslie and her husband Luke have two children: Terri Talley Venters, Wild Child author of Carbon Copy, Tin Roof, and Copper Cauldron; and Damon Talley, video conference lead at Harris Corporation. Leslie and Luke have lived in Titusville, Florida, for forty-five years.


Make Old Bones and Bred In The Bone are both available from Wild Child Publishing, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com. Purchase links can be found on her website.