FREE for a limited time: The Ridge On May 1st I announced I would be running a five day promotion on Amazon, to allow my first novel The ...Read More The Rough Draft: April 2020 Dusting this old thing off to once again bring you The Rough Draft, whereby I keep you updated on where I ...Read More 2020 A-Z Reading Challenge I used to be such a voracious reader, devouring hundreds of books a year every year for as long as ...Read More Goodreads Giveaway – July Congratulations to Elizabeth who is this months Goodreads Giveaway winner, having beaten almost 1500 other people to claim a copy of ...Read More Cursed Child Tickets Arrived! My tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child arrived today! asdfghj BEYOND EXCITED for this omg. I can hardly ...Read More WINNERS – Signed “The Ridge” Bookcards Huge congrats go to... Andreja, Angie, Charlize, Hulttio, Kaitlin, Paul, Sandra, Shauna, Tara, & Teon for winning the signed bookcards, ...Read More Goodreads Giveaway – June Congratulations to Anastasia who is this months Goodreads Giveaway winner! I ran this giveaway a little longer than a month, and ...Read More WINNER 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 More Introducing… “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 More The Rough Draft: April Round Up Well I'm kind of glad April's over and done with! This month saw the second novel in my Amanzimtoti series, Inyoni ...Read More Amanzimtoti Ghost Stories Hey all, I'm planning to release a Halloween-themed novella at the end of October, and though it will be a ...Read More WIN 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 More Cover Reveal I’ve been working with the absurdly talented LC Chase on the cover for book two in the Amanzimtoti series, Inyoni ...Read More Goodreads Giveaway – March Congratulations to Hope for winning my first ever giveaway for a signed paperback copy of Amanzimtoti: The Ridge! With over ...Read More Want 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 at Toti High with something akin ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More Weta Airport Welcome to "Weta" Airport, Wellington, New Zealand the very middle of Middle Earth! Wellington Airport has to be one of ...Read More 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 ...Read More Goodbye Wellington March has been one helluva crazy month for me! Not only did I successfully publish my debut novel, but I ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More Amanzimtoti: The Ridge – OUT NOW! After the drama of Amazon accidentally [ closing my account ], and only regaining access to it around 10pm NZT ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More Excerpt – 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 More Glossary of Slang Glossary of Slang My Amanzimtoti Series of novels are set in Amanzimtoti, South Africa; a small coastal town to the ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More KindleScout: Week Four A month can be a long time, all things considered. And the past thirty days have felt simultaneously eternal and all ...Read More North Island I started this travel blog in January 2016, but have been travelling around New Zealand since April 2014! As you ...Read More 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 ...Read More Taupo Skydive Skydiving is one of those things most people have on their 'Bucket List' but which they never really plan or ...Read More 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 ...Read More The Amanzimtoti Series Set in Amanzimtoti, South Africa, the series follows Wayne du Preez as he commences his matric. Completing his final year ...Read More KindleScout: Week Two It's been an interesting second week for my Kindle Scout campaign. Week One saw my stats on a bit of ...Read More New Cover Design You all remember that competition I ran to choose the cover design for my debut novel Amanzimtoti, right? The one where ...Read More KindleScout: Week One My Kindle Scout campaign launched on January 13th, 2016, with my novel, "Amanzimtoti: The Ridge" hitting the Hot & Trending list ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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 ...Read More 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! ...Read More Auckland: a city of shine & grime "This Dwarf on loan from Middle Earth" - by Weta Workshops @ Auckland Airport, International Arrivals This was the first ...Read More Cover Competition! Want to help me pick the cover for my novel? No doubt you've been drowning in the image of my book ...Read More 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 More Early New Years resolution! I left the UK in April 2014 to go backpacking around New Zealand, with the promise to keep everyone updated ...Read More Share this:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestMoreEmailLinkedInPrintRedditWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading... Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.