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Island Hopper Cruise- Part 1

IMG_0221And so began the best four weeks of my life! Not knowing what to expect from our first cruise, we set sail from Brisbane for New Caledonia. Our travelling companions were Sam, our middle son, and his partner Josie. Embarkment day was my birthday, certainly a day I will never forget.

IMG_0230After a short delay boarding the ship Pacific Dawn, we sailed up the coast, able to catch a glimpse of the Glasshouse Mountains as the sun set. It was rough going, really testing those who had yet to get their sea legs. Thankfully I was fine.

IMG_0231Day 1 was a sea day- the ocean was an incredible blue and we had fun spotting flying fish- boy can those little guys soar! That night was the first night of the Pop Star heats. I sang Shania Twain but had no luck getting through.

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Day 2 dawned fine and smooth with New Caledonia on the horizon. We had time to take part in a delicious wine tasting before setting off for our tour of Noumea.

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Soon it was time to return to the ship for the Back to School blast!

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Day 3 was Lifou day and my personal favourite. We took tender boats to the beach then enjoyed an Islander tour, topped off when I went swimming off the beach and patted a turtle! We sat within the parliament hut where all the island decisions are made and were given a woven headband. There was even a feast prepared for us!

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By now, we were getting a taste for cruising- no social media, all food included, drinks at mainland prices and plenty of on board entertainment- not to mention great company.

Stay tuned for my next instalment where we arrive at Vanuatu and then head for home!

Bernadette x

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UK Getaway

Stone Wall South YorkshireMy husband and I just returned from the best holiday of our lives. We spent three weeks based in Dore, Sheffield in southern Yorkshire and wracked up some miles. We tackled a new currency or two, dealt with a foreign language and soaked up all the strangeness that goes along with travelling outside your country.

Tom 50! YorkshireI think we chose wisely for our first long-haul overseas trip. The people of the United Kingdom speak the same language we do, albeit in dozens of different accents, it’s a place of great antiquity and also of rare beauty. Added to that, our son was playing cricket in Sheffield and it was a no-brainer.

 

Castle ruinsAs a fantasy author whose stories are mired in medieval images, the cobbled lanes, stone houses and both intact and ruined castles, were a goldmine of inspiration for my stories.

Castle photo and meAs a side-story, I took along with me a bucket hat from Budgy Smuggler-an Australian company better known for manufacturing swimming attire. You can see the white embroidered budgerigar on the front. It’s a great little hat, light enough to tuck in your handbag and quite stylish, I think.

Over the coming months, I’ll post a series of blogs on my travels, including images from our week-long cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, which we enjoyed before we headed to the United Kingdom.

Eiffel TowerBut before I go, here’s the iconic Eiffel Tower. It’s such a dominant structure and much larger than I ever imagined.

Until next time, happy reading!

 

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The Master and the Sorceress Release Day!!

Sorceress front cover (1)Today another one of my book babies- the seventh- makes its way out into the world. Like a real baby, The Master and the Sorceress has been at least nine months in the making. It’s not just the drafting of the story but the editing, blurb writing, cover design, formatting and uploading, not to mention the promotion. Of course I haven’t done all this myself and I have my editor and cover designer to thank for presenting my story in a truly professional light.

But none of this happens without the driving force of all books- the author. And when I say driving, I mean it to the highest degree. Some days, my books and stories are all I think about. Creating a book is one of the most consuming tasks I have encountered and that is without having to do any promotion. However, in today’s world, no author can survive without promoting their books, even if they are best sellers.

So I offer my book to you. The Master and the Sorceress was created to allow readers to escape the everyday for a time. I hope you enjoy it and would love you to leave a review on your favourite eBook retailer. Paperback copies will soon be available- you can order them now through me here if you live in Australia. I will also have my website shopping precinct up and running by the end of June.

Purchase Links

Amazon , Kobo, ibooks , Smashwords

Reviews- Goodreads and Amazon

Happy reading!

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The Master and the Sorceress- 2 weeks til release!

Sorceress front cover (1)The release of my seventh book, The Master and the Sorceress, is only 2 weeks away.

I can’t wait to send this story out into the world and reveal more of one of the secondary characters from The Lady and the Pirate, sorceress Katrine Aranati. She captivated me while writing The Lady and the Pirate, so much so that I left another story to write hers.

Katrine is sassy and yet respectful, tormented, passionate, brave, and her impulsive nature gets her into trouble time after time. She’s the type of woman who commands attention wherever she goes and, in The Master and the Sorceress, Katrine makes her hero fight for her.

Here’s the blurb:

Desperate sorceress, Katrine Aranati, no longer knows how to deal with the woman she has become. She runs headlong into a man whose heart’s desire is order and control. James Tomel, master jeweler, is outwardly a pillar of society but he hides more than one dangerous secret.

When they are thrown together on a trip to Brightcastle, fierce creatures from legend pursue them but even more dangerous are the feelings swirling between them. When their hearts and bodies come together, one will flee while the other demands an accounting. Can they find common ground where their love will flourish or will secrets and betrayal kill all hope of a life together?

Find out if love and chaos can defeat order and control in the fourth exciting instalment of the Wildecoast Saga.

The Master and the Sorceress is up for pre-order on Smashwords and Amazon, not to mention Kobo , Apple and Barnes and Noble.

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Cover Reveal!

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This might be my best cover yet! Not long now until The Master and the Sorceress is released. Here is the cover and below is the blurb.

The Master and the Sorceress

Desperate sorceress, Katrine Aranati, no longer knows how to deal with the woman she has become. She runs headlong into a man whose heart’s desire is order and control. James Tomel, master jeweler, is outwardly a pillar of society but he hides more than one dangerous secret.

When they are thrown together on a trip to Brightcastle, fierce creatures from legend pursue them but even more dangerous are the feelings swirling between them. When their hearts and bodies come together, one will flee while the other demands an accounting. Can they find common ground where their love will flourish or will secrets and betrayal kill all hope of a life together?

Find out if love and chaos can defeat order and control in the fourth exciting instalment of the Wildecoast Saga.

 

It’s been over a year since I released The Lady and the Pirate on Valentine’s Day 2017.  In that book, readers were intrigued by Katrine, the younger sister of the heroine, Esta. At times she threatened to take over the story. Well, now she has her own story and we get to find out what motivates her and the caliber of man who might be up to the task of being her hero.

I don’t have a release date yet but as soon as I do, it will be posted here and pre-orders will open. I hope you love the cover as much as I do!

In the meantime, if you like shape-shifter heroes, please click on the image below and check out these free books.

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Until next time, happy reading

Bernadette x

 

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Destiny 2018

cropped-bernadette-rowley-author-shot-resizeIt’s a month since I made my New Year’s resolutions and I thought we could compare notes on how we are going. I’ll refresh you:

I will write more / procrastinate less– just the fact that I have put this out there is keeping me honest with this resolution. It has helped that I’ve been editing which I find easy to do at all times of the day and night.

I will release two new books this year– the first of these, The Master and the Sorceress, is with my editor now and my designer is working on the cover for both print and ebook. This motivated me to write the back cover blurb this morning.

Start the next book– I will follow through on this once The Master and the Sorceress is released but I’m already tossing around ideas. If something enticing pops up, I can get started sooner! The muse is an amazing creature when you get her thinking.

Market my titles so I can earn enough to support my writing habit– I’m concentrating fiercely on this and tackling it from all directions. I’ve had some encouraging approaches from readers, I’m building a street team for my next release and planning the logistics of that launch

Mark out of 10? I would give myself a 7/10- I think I can improve over the next month in the procrastination department.

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Exciting news! There is a better than even chance that this image will form the basis of the cover for The Master and the Sorceress. The model is just how I envisaged Katrine Aranati and the horse is perfect for Demon, too.

 

 

How would you rate your New Year resolution progress? It’s okay if you haven’t accomplished much- there’s still eleven months to go. Perhaps you need to sit down and map out how you will achieve your goals? Or maybe adjust them to make them more achievable. If you need extra help, tell someone about your goals so they can keep you accountable.

If you’re looking to pick up a free copy of my book Princess Avenger, I now have a page where you can do just that.

Or if you’d rather use this Book Cave Innovations promotion, you can pick Princess Avenger up FREE here

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Until next time, happy reading and don’t forget to leave a review!

Bernadette x

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Happy New Year!

Sydney fireworks 2013Looking back over 2017, I notice a vague sense of unease. Have I achieved enough? What could I have done that would have made this year more successful? How can I look ahead at 2018 with an increased level of optimism?

I’m sure many of you will feel the same. For me, I believe that unease is caused by not having achieved enough in my writing. I took on extra days at work and added responsibility which led to reduced writing time. I fell victim to procrastination so that even when I did have time, I didn’t write enough. Even when I knew I was falling into this trap, I found it difficult to drag myself out.

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So in 2018, I will write more and procrastinate less. I will get two new books out to my readers. One is written and one half written so that shouldn’t be too difficult. I will start the next book. I will  market all my titles. By the end of 2018, I will be earning enough from my books to support my writing ‘habit’.

At this time, I believe it’s important to focus on the positives from the year. All my family is happy and healthy. Michael and I bought an apartment which means no more dead money. Sam turned 21 and we enjoyed a celebration with our friends. Sam and Tom went overseas for the English cricket season, Tom scoring 1000 runs! They returned safely. Our family grew closer, along with extended family and friends.

the-lady-and-the-pirate-webcover-finalI published The Lady and the Pirate and have had some encouraging reviews. I joined three new writers groups which I’m sure will be a great support in future. Michael had his gall bladder out, bringing to an end a year of hell(2016). He, Sam and James began working on a farm which might lead to all sorts of opportunities in the future. James got a job offer from the Defence Force and 2018 should see him enter that organisation.

What are your regrets from 2017 and what will you do to rid yourself of them in 2018? Will you make that doctor’s appointment, apply for that job, take the plunge with a mortgage or even start writing that book you always promised yourself? Will you start studying, travel overseas, de-clutter your home or start a family? Will you take a chance on love? Will you commit to reading 50 books and leaving reviews for the authors?

36794-095Whatever you decide you will do, take action now. Don’t let this special new beginning be wasted. I’m going to make 2018 a big year for my writing. No regrets in 2018- let that be our mantra- no regrets in 2018.

Until next year

Bernadette xx

 

 

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Happy Halloween!

Princess Avenger Ebook coverIt’s that time of year when everyone’s thoughts turn to the paranormal. So what better time for an author in the paranormal genre to get out and about?

Princess in Exile Ebook CoverThis blog has been very quiet lately and I apologize but life gets hectic. Hope you have all been busy with your own projects including a huge reading list of fantasy and paranormal titles. There’s never enough time in the day for reading!

The Lady's Choice Cover- newAs a bonus for my loyal followers, I’m having a special on three of my books for Halloween. Princess Avenger (SFREE), Princess in Exile (RAE50) and The Lady’s Choice  (RAE50). Princess Avenger will be FREE and the other two books half price- just apply the coupons, SFREE or RAE50, as applicable when you checkout on Smashwords. All files types are available including Kindle.

Bernadette HalloweenIn the meantime, I sincerely hope you all enjoy getting out and meeting your neighbors, not to mention indulging in some dress ups and candy. Here’s me at last year’s Halloween. Fun!!

Until next time, happy reading!

Bernadette xx

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FREE BOOKS galore!

It’s been quiet here of late but I’m back with a last minute opportunity I don’t want you to miss. For the next two days you can get a FREE copy of Princess Avenger as well as 35 other Fantasy and SciFi books. Check them all out! Please take advantage of this and tell your friends. I’ll see you soon with more exciting news…

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Release Day- The Lady and the Pirate

the-lady-and-the-pirate-webcover-finalIt’s finally here- the long awaited release of The Lady and the Pirate, book 3 of the Wildecoast Saga. Featuring pirate Samael Delacost and Lady Esta Aranati, otherwise known as Lady Moonlight. These two are made for each other but it takes a long time and some personal revelations before either of them will admit it.

Samael Delcost 1Samael roams the seas with his dark elven crew, pirating and making himself rich on the hard work of other folk. But there is a secret in his past which sends him on a collision course with Admiral Nikolas Cosara. We met Nikolas in The Lord and the Mermaid so it’s great to see him and his beautiful wife Merielle back in Wildecoast 3.

Estelle Aranati 1Lady Moonlight seeks to prop up her impoverished estate by smuggling in her spare time. Her ship is her connection to her dead father and her only means of escape from her obligations to her people. Combine that  with a younger sister who has magic in her armory and you have the recipe for some fireworks.

This is a rollicking yarn with two new characters in a familiar setting, Wildecoast and the country and oceans around the King’s seat. Look out for the next book in the series where we will get to know Esta’s sister Katrine a little better.

Happy reading.

Please join me for my Facebook launch from 3 pm Valentine’s Day, Brisbane time.