Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Book Club - Lock down style!


Book Club - Lock Down Style!



In the strange and uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic some things have not changed. That includes people coming together to connect and support one another.


 This was our book club where we spent a couple of hours Sunday afternoon together, albeit 'virtually' together.

Tips for a successful virtual book club done 'lock down' style!

Video Conference☑️

Treats supplied by host☑️

Book read☑️

Afternoon of fun and laughs with great friends☑️

Stay safe and keep well. Xo




Sunday, 15 December 2019

Book Club 2019 Review



A bunch of friends thought it would be a good idea to start a book club this year. Turns out it was the BEST idea! I have always been a reader although there are times that reading for pleasure simply got lost in my week. That's why when I was asked to join a book club this year, I jumped at the idea of giving myself permission to stop and read for pleasure, well, for conversation really! 

Here are our picks for 2019. 

Would I have chosen all the books on the list? Probably not. Did I enjoy all the books on the list? Yes. Would I recommend them all? Not necessarily. Each had such different writing styles, varied settings and rich characters that I couldn't help but want to meet them. I can't wait to see what is selected in 2020. But what should I pick when it is my turn ...

Have you read any on the list? 

What are your Summer reading recommendations?





Saturday, 2 November 2019

Odyssey Books #WeLoveOurAuthors - My turn!


Odyssey Books is the publishing company I recently signed with for my new YA novel. 


For the month of October they are running a #WeLoveOurAuthors campaign. Look whose turn it is?! Mine!

Thanks very much Odyssey Books for my first interview about The Ruby Locket. 

Bring on the 2020 release date. 
Introducing Kerina and Saxon ... I hope you love them as much as I do. Xo






Sunday, 20 October 2019

Odyssey books #WeLoveOurAuthors Week 3


Odyssey Books is the publishing company I recently signed with for my new YA novel. 

For the month of October they are running a #WeLoveOurAuthors campaign. Check out their website and learn more about the talented authors!


Here is a snapshot of the third week of authors. Follow the links to learn more!


Describe your writing style in three words.
Quiet. Thoughtful. Warm.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Punchy. Fun. Surprising.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Taut. Emotional. Pacey.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Literary. Poetic. Emotive.


Monday, 14 October 2019

Odyssey books #WeLoveOurAuthors Week 2



Odyssey Books is the publishing company I recently signed with for my new YA novel. 

For the month of October they are running a #WeLoveOurAuthors campaign. Check out their website and learn more about the talented authors!



Here is a snapshot of the second week of authors. Follow the links to learn more!


Describe your writing style in three words.
Slow fuse drama.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Dark. Suspenseful. Fast-paced.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Whimsical. Enchanting. Understated humour (I know, that’s a cheeky four!).

Describe your writing style in three words.
Sensitive. Swift. Gripping.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Describe your writing style in three words.
Quirky. Friendly. Sometimes bleak.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Compassionate. Engaging. Storyteller.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Frivolous. Optimistic. Chocolatey.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Informal. Clear. Entertaining.


Monday, 7 October 2019

Odyssey books #WeLoveOurAuthors



Odyssey Books is the publishing company I recently signed with for my new YA novel. 

For the month of October they are running a #WeLoveOurAuthors campaign. Check out their website and learn more about the talented authors!



Here is a snapshot of the first week of authors. Follow the links to learn more!

Describe your writing style in three words.
Action. Clever. Heart-warming.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Fast-paced (is that cheating?) Gripping. Fluent.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Honest. Textured. Imaginative.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Magical. Fun. Uh-oh.

Describe your writing style in three words.
The favourite thing I’ve ever heard from a reviewer about my writing style is that it ‘flows like water’.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Honest. Unfussy. Real.




Thursday, 26 September 2019

Never too old for Picture Story Books!






In 2017 I graduated from completing a Master of Education by research. I have always loved picture story books and think they are one of the most valuable tools in education. Recently I was thrilled to see some research from my Master of Education study published! Did you know that 38% of Foundation to Grade 6 teachers are using picture story books daily?

Traditionally, the use of a Picture Story Book (PSB) was intended for three- to seven-year-olds as a stepping stone towards literacy development and understanding (Salisbury & Styles 2012), with topics and themes covered appropriate for a younger audience.

However, recent years have seen changes in PSBs by addressing topics such as violence, human rights and grief with children. These kinds of changes have made the PSB also appropriate for older audiences (Martinez & Harmon, 2012).

Follow the link to learn more about the findings of my small-scale research project investigating how primary teachers use picture story books and how it has influenced my own classroom practice.