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 admit that though I’m not a huge fan of Christmas, I am definitely a new year kind of girl. I like the idea of it being a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning. It’s…

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 Australia and how I expected to be MIA until the end of June. It’s been around three months since I ended that roadtrip and I feel like I’ve only just lifted my head long enough…

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 the ditch into Australia. I was pretty upset to be leaving New Zealand, and even though I chose to head to Australia, I did it more as a way to avoid heading back to the UK…

Amanzimtoti: The Ridge – OUT NOW!

After the drama of Amazon accidentally [ closing my account ], and only regaining access to it around 10pm NZT last night, my official launch day for Amanzimtoti: The Ridge was more of a quiet panic than a celebration of becoming an officially published author! Now that I’m back in control, however, I’m once again…

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 Zealand in April 2014 because I was a huge Lord of the Rings fan and wanted to explore ‘Middle Earth‘ as envisioned by Peter Jackson through his trilogy of movies. Four months into my adventures and…

Taupo Skydive

Skydiving is one of those things most people have on their ‘Bucket List‘ but which they never really plan or want to do. Sure it sounds like it’d be pretty cool to have achieved, but when push comes to shove most of us probably wouldn’t book a day and just go for it! That is, unless you…

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 follows Wayne du Preez as he commences his matric. Completing his final year of high school won’t be his only problem however when a boy from his past returns to small town Toti, throwing…

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