Category Archives: The Next Chapter

Do you believe in Fate?

FATE is a theme that runs through my next novel and I must confess that book #5 – A Place to Remember – was a difficult manuscript to be writing in a year when not a lot seemed to be going to plan.
(But that’s life on the road – and life for an author).

I’m certain that positivity train I boarded some time ago helped turn things around and now 2018 is shaping up to be absolutely brilliant. I did get a heads-up that my “present plans are going to succeed” on a whip up the highway to Sydney (from Victoria, as you do) where I had the good fortune to meet some of the folk from Head of Zeus and HarperCollins who will be bringing the next Jenn J McLeod story to life and delivering it to a bookshop near you.

To celebrate, we had a good ol’ Chinese feast. And through this Chinese restaurant’s version of Romper Room’s Magic Mirror I saw big, exciting things ahead. (And yes, thank goodness the Fried Ice Cream Balls were still on the menu. Do you love them? Those balls of yumminess are the only reason I go Chinese!) 

Fate sometimes requires you to take the bull by the horns (as the character in my next book says) and make things happen.

But I have not been on this journey alone. According to The J’s fortune cookie, she’s busy talking to anyone ‘up there’ who will listen (including the One-eyed Dude dog who was with me on the research trip I did for my next release. Miss you, Lil’ Dude.)

So, I am working hard right now. But…

… HOWLONG will I make you wait? Just long enough to make sure my 5th novel (one close to my heart) is THE BEST. (Oh, and it’s bound to be given the super wonderful editor I’m working with.)

FYI – I now have a New Release Reminder Service, which is basically me sending you an email directly to your inbox so you are the first to hear the news (as I no longer trust social media.) There’s a box to your right to add your email. No, not that one… The one at the top on the right!!

Or you might like to meet some new authors on my blog series: AUTHOR PORTRAITS. And yes, there will be author portraits along with a fun Q&A. (You can subscribe to that in the OTHER box on the right.

You’ll never believe this birthday blog

On the occasion of my 54th birthday I thought this little bit of information about the place I am now living in the caravan rather interesting.

Corindi (as in the small northern NSW township) is from the Gumbaynggir word ‘girriida’ meaning…

Can you believe this…?

“Place of Grey Hair”.

How very appropriate!

So, where are we exactly? If you look at the picture below and find the last white spec to the north, that’s us! And the big round thing/corn circle/alien spacecraft landing spot? The old Corindi horse race track. Today we discovered a looooooong boardwalk winding its way to the beach, found a brown snake (dead!), caught a brim (just one – but legal) and had a big Barcoola birthday burger and beer feast!

And here is the big Barcoola birthday burger and beer feast.

What a terrific day. I guess if one has to turn 54, this is a pretty good place to do it.

 

Cheers for now

Barcoola just got bigger.

Yes, I am working – editing – and getting Season of Shadow and Light in order. But today our planned extensions were completed, so we are very excited. The nice guys from Coffs Canvas came out and set up our new annexe – purple gables included!
What a difference an annexe makes!
The kangaroos have been very inquisitive. And these frantic little guys (bush turkeys??) dropped by to check us out, too.

 

Having spent the last three days tied to my desk inside the van and reading through my book-three edits aloud, it is a double celebration. (‘The J’ says Season of Shadow and Light is my best yet!  I cannot wait to see the beautiful cover Simon and Schuster come up with.)
BONUS! Today I met a lovely reader. Meg and hubby are from Albury and she loves Aussie authors, so she now has House for all Seasons, a list of all my favourite authors, and a link to www.anaustralianruralromance.com .
All in all a good couple of days.

 

The boys from Coffs Canvas

Snazzy purple gables!

Inside the ‘leisure room’!

With dog enclosure in place

coffee in the courtyard

Coffee in the puppy courtyard