The Rough Draft A Year in Review 2020Though it seemed a silly thing to do considering the year 2020 has been, I decided to rekindle The Rough ...Read MoreCovid Ate My HomeworkIt's been a year. If we say nothing else of 2020, we can at least say that: it's been a ...Read MoreAuthor Appearance: Kingsway High SchoolI know I say it in the post itself, but this honestly was one of the most rewarding and terrifying ...Read MoreThe Rough Draft: July 2020For anyone who caught my post towards the end of July, either here on on facebook, you may already know ...Read MoreFREE for a limited time: Inyoni RocksGrab the second instalment to the Amanzimtoti Series, FREE, for the next few days only! June has been a bit of ...Read MoreThe Rough Draft: May 2020If I've done nothing else this month, at least I can say I've done a ton of reading! I intended ...Read MoreFREE for a limited time: The RidgeOn May 1st I announced I would be running a five day promotion on Amazon, to allow my first novel The ...Read MoreThe Rough Draft: April 2020Dusting this old thing off to once again bring you The Rough Draft, whereby I keep you updated on where I ...Read More2020 A-Z Reading ChallengeI used to be such a voracious reader, devouring hundreds of books a year every year for as long as ...Read MoreGoodreads Giveaway – JulyCongratulations to Elizabeth who is this months Goodreads Giveaway winner, having beaten almost 1500 other people to claim a copy of ...Read MoreCursed Child Tickets Arrived!My tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child arrived today! asdfghj BEYOND EXCITED for this omg. I can hardly ...Read MoreWINNERS – Signed “The Ridge” BookcardsHuge congrats go to... Andreja, Angie, Charlize, Hulttio, Kaitlin, Paul, Sandra, Shauna, Tara, & Teon for winning the signed bookcards, ...Read MoreGoodreads Giveaway – JuneCongratulations to Anastasia who is this months Goodreads Giveaway winner! I ran this giveaway a little longer than a month, and ...Read MoreWINNER of the April Signed Paperback + Goodies…And the winner is... Jade Congratulations! Jade will soon be receiving a signed copy of the first Amanzimtoti series novel, ...Read MoreIntroducing… “Tommy”, the contemporary romance I’ll be writing in May!Last year I decided to use the month of May to make some serious headway in regards to the writing ...Read MoreThe Rough Draft: April Round UpWell I'm kind of glad April's over and done with! This month saw the second novel in my Amanzimtoti series, Inyoni ...Read MoreWIN a Signed Paperback of “The Ridge” + Goodies!In celebration of the launch of the second Amanzimtoti series novel, Inyoni Rocks, I'm hosting a giveaway to thank all my ...Read MoreCover RevealI’ve been working with the absurdly talented LC Chase on the cover for book two in the Amanzimtoti series, Inyoni ...Read MoreGoodreads Giveaway – MarchCongratulations to Hope for winning my first ever giveaway for a signed paperback copy of Amanzimtoti: The Ridge! With over ...Read MoreWant to read my next book for free..?... Amanzimtoti: Inyoni Rocks Book Two in the Amanzimtoti series, Inyoni Rocks, finds Wayne du Preez commencing his third term ...Read MoreThe Rough Draft: February Round-UpFebruary has officially become the Month of the Hermit for me! Not a bad thing at all between the oft-unpredictable ...Read MoreThe Rough Draft: January Round-UpJanuary has been a bit of a whirlwind month for me- most of it good, some of it... pending a trial-run ...Read MoreYou know you’re an author when…You know you're an author when... ...you need to start practicing an "Author Signature" because people are buying your book ...Read MoreThe Not-So-Elusive Print EditionIt's been an exciting year already and we're only into the second week of January! On Monday evening I received my ...Read MoreNew Year, New LookI hope you've all had an enjoyable festive season and are looking forward to a brand, spanking, new year! I'll ...Read MoreWhere does the time go…?It feels like only yesterday I was letting you all know about my upcoming roadtrip around the Northern Territory of ...Read MoreOn Writing: Amanzimtoti Two Months OnJust over two months ago, on March 14th 2016, I launched my debut novel Amanzimtoti: The Ridge! It feels like both the ...Read MoreNaNoWriMo In MayWe've just hit May 1st here in Australia and since I'm currently jobless and have the next 25 days free ...Read MoreFinding Toti: Map & Points of InterestWondering where Wayne lives? What the beach actually looks like? How far away they all are from Toti High? Then ...Read MoreWeta AirportWelcome to "Weta" Airport, Wellington, New Zealand the very middle of Middle Earth! Wellington Airport has to be one of ...Read MoreHello AustraliaIt's been around five weeks since I left New Zealand, since I left my home and my 'family' in Wellington, and crossed ...Read MoreGoodbye WellingtonMarch has been one helluva crazy month for me! Not only did I successfully publish my debut novel, but I ...Read MoreWild Wellington Full Day Tour – Part OneAs my time in New Zealand is quickly drawing to a close and I'm beginning to realise that there's still so ...Read MoreI used to be a backpacker… honest!I left the UK in April 2014, to commence what I though would only be a year spent backpacking around New ...Read MoreRivendell Archway Opening"It's a big house this, and very peculiar. Always a bit more to discover, and no knowing what you'll find ...Read MoreAmanzimtoti: The Ridge – OUT NOW!After the drama of Amazon accidentally [ closing my account ], and only regaining access to it around 10pm NZT ...Read Morenot with a bang but a whimperAmanzimtoti: The Ridge has officially launched! I've just received an email notification from Amazon informing me that the novel was ...Read MoreToti Book Promo Business CardsSo... I did a thing! And isn't it just the cutest wee thing you ever did see? I'm all heart-eyes ...Read MoreExcerpt – Amanzimtoti : The Ridge... Amanzimtoti: The Ridge Book One in the Amanzimtoti series, The Ridge, follows Wayne du Preez as he starts his matric. Completing ...Read MoreGlossary of SlangMy Amanzimtoti Series of novels are set in Amanzimtoti, South Africa; a small coastal town to the south of Durban ...Read MoreCicadas; or, the horror movie chorusThis summer has seen the emergence of the cicadas here in Wellington, New Zealand. In particular the Amphipsalta Zelandica, which ...Read MoreAmanzimtoti Pre-Order Now AvailableIt's finally happened, guys! My debut novel Amanzimtoti: The Ridge is now available for pre-order on Amazon, with an official release date ...Read MoreComing Soon: Amanzimtoti Pre-Launch Update!It's been an interesting week and a bit since I got the results in from KindleScout, and by interesting I ...Read MoreKindleScout: The VerdictSo I've just received word from KindleScout in regards to my campaign for Amanzimtoti: The Ridge and it has not been selected ...Read MoreKindleScout: Week FourA month can be a long time, all things considered. And the past thirty days have felt simultaneously eternal and all ...Read MoreNorth IslandI started this travel blog in January 2016, but have been travelling around New Zealand since April 2014! As you ...Read MoreMiddle EarthGi nathlam hí! My name is Carmen-Shea, and I'll be your tour guide through Middle Earth today! I came to New ...Read MoreTaupo SkydiveSkydiving is one of those things most people have on their 'Bucket List' but which they never really plan or ...Read MoreKindleScout: Week ThreeAnd my stats are going down, down, down! Sinking like that inevitable Titanic I mentioned in my Week Two update. It's ...Read MoreThe Amanzimtoti SeriesSet in Amanzimtoti, South Africa, the series follows Wayne du Preez as he commences his matric. Completing his final year ...Read MoreKindleScout: Week TwoIt's been an interesting second week for my Kindle Scout campaign. Week One saw my stats on a bit of ...Read MoreNew Cover DesignYou all remember that competition I ran to choose the cover design for my debut novel Amanzimtoti, right? The one where ...Read MoreKindleScout: Week OneMy Kindle Scout campaign launched on January 13th, 2016, with my novel, "Amanzimtoti: The Ridge" hitting the Hot & Trending list ...Read MoreVote for Toti at Kindle Scout!I mentioned at the end of my last post, announcing the Winning Cover Design, that I had some exciting news ...Read MoreCover Competition – Winning DesignHuge thank you to everyone who voted on the designs during the cover competition! With over 40 likes on the facebook page, I'm ...Read MoreTop 5 things to do OUTSIDE of AucklandOne of the great things about Auckland (yes, there are actually some great things about the city, despite my opinion of ...Read MoreBay of Islands: Arriving in PaihiaI lasted a week in Auckland after arriving in New Zealand before managing to convince my travel companion to book ...Read MoreCover Competition – Voting Open!Help me pick the cover for my novel! The deadline to submit your own design has now passed, but there's still ...Read MoreTop 5 things to do IN AucklandYou might have found my previous post on Auckland a bit harsh, but a girl can't love every place she visits! ...Read MoreAuckland: a city of shine & grime"This Dwarf on loan from Middle Earth" - by Weta Workshops @ Auckland Airport, International Arrivals This was the first ...Read MoreCover Competition!Want to help me pick the cover for my novel? No doubt you've been drowning in the image of my book ...Read MoreAmanzimtoti: Coming Soon!I'm currently in the process of editing my debut novel 'Amanzimtoti: The Ridge', which is the first book in my Amanzimtoti series. Set ...Read MoreEarly New Years resolution!I left the UK in April 2014 to go backpacking around New Zealand, with the promise to keep everyone updated ...Read MoreShare this:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestMoreEmailLinkedInPrintRedditWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading... 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