The Rough Draft: February Round-Up

February has officially become the Month of the Hermit for me! Not a bad thing at all between the oft-unpredictable ...
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The Rough Draft: January Round-Up

January has been a bit of a whirlwind month for me- most of it good, some of it... pending a trial-run ...
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You 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 ...
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The Not-So-Elusive Print Edition

It's been an exciting year already and we're only into the second week of January! On Monday evening I received my ...
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New Year, New Look

I hope you've all had an enjoyable festive season and are looking forward to a brand, spanking, new year! I'll ...
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Where does the time go…?

It feels like only yesterday I was letting you all know about my upcoming roadtrip around the Northern Territory of ...
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On Writing: Amanzimtoti Two Months On

Just over two months ago, on March 14th 2016, I launched my debut novel Amanzimtoti: The Ridge! It feels like both the ...
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NaNoWriMo In May

We've just hit May 1st here in Australia and since I'm currently jobless and have the next 25 days free ...
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Finding Toti: Map & Points of Interest

Toti Map & Points of Interest Wondering where Wayne lives? What the beach actually looks like? How far away they all ...
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Weta Airport

Welcome to "Weta" Airport, Wellington, New Zealand the very middle of Middle Earth! Wellington Airport has to be one of ...
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Hello Australia

It's been around five weeks since I left New Zealand, since I left my home and my 'family' in Wellington, and crossed ...
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Goodbye Wellington

March has been one helluva crazy month for me! Not only did I successfully publish my debut novel, but I ...
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Wild Wellington Full Day Tour – Part One

As my time in New Zealand is quickly drawing to a close and I'm beginning to realise that there's still so ...
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I 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 ...
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Rivendell Archway Opening

"It's a big house this, and very peculiar. Always a bit more to discover, and no knowing what you'll find ...
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Amanzimtoti: The Ridge – OUT NOW!

After the drama of Amazon accidentally [ closing my account ], and only regaining access to it around 10pm NZT ...
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not with a bang but a whimper

Amanzimtoti: The Ridge has officially launched! I've just received an email notification from Amazon informing me that the novel was ...
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Toti Book Promo Business Cards

So... I did a thing!  And isn't it just the cutest wee thing you ever did see? I'm all heart-eyes ...
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Excerpt – Amanzimtoti [1]: The Ridge

Excerpts & Previews; You can now read the first three chapters of Amanzimtoti: The Ridge for free! Wayne's picket-fence dreams with ...
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Glossary of Slang

My Amanzimtoti Series of novels are set in Amanzimtoti, South Africa; a small coastal town to the south of Durban ...
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Cicadas; or, the horror movie chorus

This summer has seen the emergence of the cicadas here in Wellington, New Zealand. In particular the Amphipsalta Zelandica, which ...
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Amanzimtoti Pre-Order Now Available

It's finally happened, guys! My debut novel Amanzimtoti: The Ridge is now available for pre-order on Amazon, with an official release date ...
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Coming 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 ...
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KindleScout: The Verdict

So I've just received word from KindleScout in regards to my campaign for Amanzimtoti: The Ridge and it has not been selected ...
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KindleScout: Week Four

A month can be a long time, all things considered. And the past thirty days have felt simultaneously eternal and all ...
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North Island

I started this travel blog January 2016, but have been travelling around New Zealand since April 2014! As you can imagine ...
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Middle Earth

Gi nathlam hí! My name is Carmen-Shea, and I'll be your tour guide through Middle Earth today! I came to New ...
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Taupo Skydive

Skydiving is one of those things most people have on their 'Bucket List' but which they never really plan or ...
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KindleScout: Week Three

And my stats are going down, down, down! Sinking like that inevitable Titanic I mentioned in my Week Two update. It's ...
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The Amanzimtoti Series

The Amanzimtoti Series Amanzimtoti (pronounced A-MAN-ZIM-TOTI) from the isiZulu ‘amanzi mtoti’ meaning SWEET WATERS Set in Amanzimtoti, South Africa, the series ...
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KindleScout: Week Two

It's been an interesting second week for my Kindle Scout campaign. Week One saw my stats on a bit of ...
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New Cover Design

You all remember that competition I ran to choose the cover design for my debut novel Amanzimtoti, right? The one where ...
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KindleScout: Week One

My Kindle Scout campaign launched on January 13th, 2016, with my novel, "Amanzimtoti: The Ridge" hitting the Hot & Trending list ...
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Vote 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 ...
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Cover Competition – Winning Design

Huge thank you to everyone who voted on the designs during the cover competition! With over 40 likes on the facebook page, I'm ...
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Top 5 things to do OUTSIDE of Auckland

One of the great things about Auckland (yes, there are actually some great things about the city, despite my opinion of ...
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Bay of Islands: Arriving in Paihia

I lasted a week in Auckland after arriving in New Zealand before managing to convince my travel companion to book ...
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Cover 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 ...
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Top 5 things to do IN Auckland

You might have found my previous post on Auckland a bit harsh, but a girl can't love every place she visits! ...
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Auckland: a city of shine & grime

"This Dwarf on loan from Middle Earth" - by Weta Workshops @ Auckland Airport, International Arrivals This was the first ...
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Cover Competition!

Want to help me pick the cover for my novel? No doubt you've been drowning in the image of my book ...
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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 ...
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Early New Years resolution!

I left the UK in April 2014 to go backpacking around New Zealand, with the promise to keep everyone updated ...
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