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The Overwhelmed Novice

Updated: Sep 24, 2021

September 2021

What’s Inside…

  • At the Desk – Update on my writing

  • Things I’ve achieved with my Writing - Release of Betrayed Expectations

  • What’s hot in books – Favourite books in August

  • From Our Garden – Winter veggies

At the Desk...

Chester's Run Series - Book 3 - Betrayed Past...

What happens when you plan for your new protagonist and his girlfriend to break up? Instead, she demands to stick around and claim the starring role.

You write her out and she haunts you every night in your dreams. Until you relent, pause and listen to her tale.

Maggie Donaldson wouldn’t let go of Reuben Mawson as easily as I planned. In fact, she didn’t let go at all. My grand plans of introducing him to a local woman in Chester’s Run never eventuated. Despite this, Maggie and Reuben work hard to overcome their hurdles and be together for evermore.

Dissatisfied with his inner city job, Reuben longs for the more challenging role as a country vet. For her own reasons, Maggie is reluctant to the change but when she lands her own dream job in Chester’s Run they agree to a six-month trial. The twists and turns for this couple only prove how right Maggie was to hang around. I have lived with this couple in my imagination for over three years. Only now has their story come together.

Things I’ve achieved with my writing...

I'm happy to say I have published my second book in my Chester's Run Series, Betrayed Expectations and have been pleased with the readers who have come back to find out what happens in Ivy and Cameron's story.

This was a beautiful story to write and I loved reuniting Ivy with an important person in her life. To find out who that is, you'll have to read the book.

Available Now

Available from my website - Betrayed Expectations

Another bountiful crop…

For the first time we have grown a huge winter crop. The delights from our garden include, brussels spouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, silver beet, lettuce, parsley, coriander, and I even managed to dig up potatoes which spouted from our summer crop. Other veggies like carrots, peas and broad beans are coming through as well.

I watch our kids out picking the produce before they cook. It's such a wonderful feeling knowing they are enjoying the fruits of our labour.

I'm known as the garlic queen, and yet again our harvest has taken off and I'm looking forward to using fresh garlic in December. Also this year's crop of potatoes will go in this weekend, so hopefully it'll be home grown potatoes for Christmas lunch.

Book! What's Hot

In truth, for the month of August I haven't read too much, as I'm working hard to complete the edits of Betrayed Past. However, I did indulge in reading one of my favourite author's books. Anna Jacobs is the reason I took to writing and it's been a long while since I've read one of her book and as usual I loved it.

Marrying Simone is book #3 of the Penny Lake Series.

I also read The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary. I haven't laughed this much over a book in ages. Highly recommend this one. Such a great premise and I just loved Tiffy. She was a great character. I listened to this on Audible and really enjoyed the narrators.

Well, I think that's it for this catch up. Please stay safe and I'll see you again next time.

Take care from my writing buddies and me.

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