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Fabulous London- Part 2

Day two in London, we had a pretty good idea of what our itinerary would look like. First call was the Thames River cruise we had booked as part of our three days on Big Buses in London. We jumped on the closest stop to King’s Cross, where our hotel was, and enjoyed the sights of London – such juxtaposition of ancient and new architecture.

Amazing St Pauls Cathedral is quite a dominant structure but we also kept catching glimpses of The Shard – often viewed  alongside centuries old structures.

Our Thames Cruise took us from the Tower of London to Greenwich and back. Along the way, we learned how the banks had been transformed over the centuries, from slums and warehouses, to million dollar apartments and tourist attractions.

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As we arrived in Greenwich, a charming town, we spied The Cutty Sark, a magnificent sailing vessel, built in 1869. I didn’t get the chance to explore it but really regret this. It would have enabled me to get an idea of life aboard ship- for future novels.

We headed on up the hill to the observatory, residence of nobles and site of the Octagon Room, used for viewing the heavens. Also here, if course, is the Zero Longitude line. On the way back to port, we enjoyed a closeup view of the bridges, including Tower Bridge.

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Not a bad view of Tower Bridge

My favourite part of London came next- The Tower of London, a massive structure – prison, home of the Crown Jewels and garrison. It’s history spans 1000 years! Once home to exotic animals (gifts to the monarchs from other countries) , now only humans and ravens live there. The ravens were very large birds where I had imagined they were the size of a crow.

 

Beefeaters are part of the pomp and ceremony. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photos of any of the crown jewels including the Coronation Crown.

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The White Tower sits at the centre of the complex and houses the armoury. It was built by William the Conqueror during the early 1080’s. It provided accommodation for the king and his representatives as well as housing a beautiful chapel.

 

The wall itself houses many families and in olden times, the wall towers were the home of royalty. Below is King Edward’s chamber. The Ancient fortress now overlooks modern high-rises.

 

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Amongst the greens are remnants of the original fortifications constructed by Henry VIII.

I had to leave too soon and would recommend setting aside a whole day for this marvellous place if you can.

Next time, we finish up day two in London with Buckingham palace and plan our last day in this marvellous city of contrasts!

Until then …

Bernadette x

Cover Reveal- Elf Princess Warrior

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Caught up in a vicious civil war, elven princess Gwaethe Arenil is desperate to save her faction and reunite her people. Help presents itself in the form of Captain Jacques Vorasava, the dashing human Brightcastle commander. But does Jacques’s aid come with more dangers than Gwaethe can endure, both for her people and her heart? This story continues themes from The Elf King’s Lady.

When I wrote The Elf King’s Lady, I realised I would be returning to  give Gwaethe Arenil her happily ever after. Gwaethe is the half-sister of Elf King’s Lady hero Kain Jazara and there was much left in his story, let alone Gwaethe’s. The exotic elven princess is determined to save her people and bring Kain into his rightful place as leader of the elven race.

Gwaethe was a major secondary character in Elf King and this is where she met Jacques Vorasava, the human she finds difficult to resist. They fought on the same side, creating a bond of respect and loyalty that laid the foundations for deeper feelings. But as they are thrown together a second time, Gwaethe begins to realise the yawning chasm that separates them.

Elf Princess Warrior is a story of inter-racial love set amidst the greater conflict of war. I hope readers enjoy the story as Gwaethe and Jacques navigate the treacherous territory of lust, love, war and political intrigue. Elf Princess Warrior will be available at the end of the year.

Please leave a comment below to go into the draw to win a copy of my most recent book, The Master and the Sorceress.

Until next week!

Bernadette x

 

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!

 

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!

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.

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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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