• Selina Fenech and Serene Conneeley at Mind Body Spirit Festival

Mind Body Spirit Festival…

I've just set up for the Sydney Mind Body Spirit Festival, which kicks off Thursday May 25 at Darling Harbour. I'll be at stand C39 with Selina Fenech, so come and say hello! For the

The Into the Dark Audiobook is here!

Squeee! The Into the Dark audiobook is out now, and I'm so excited! Especially as it went live on the day of the dark moon – I love serendipity! And Into the Light is in

Blessings of Samhain… and Magical Beltane Wishes

Samhain blessings to everyone in the southern hemisphere, and to those in the north, magical Beltane wishes… Samhain, the festival of the ancestors and the dead that marks the beginning of winter, falls in early

Some Old Blogs…

One of my old blogs came up as a memory on Facebook today, so I thought I'd add a few here... They're on everything from breaking contracts to overcoming fear, from blessed bees to exercise...

  • Seasons

The Wheel of the Year

“The festivals of the Wheel of the Year are defined by the cycle of nature, by the dance of the weather gods and spirits of place. They require us to look not to the heavens

Good News For Bees!

I couldn't get a direct link for this story, so I've posted it below. And I very much hope it's true! It's from Cracked.com, part of their article 7 Pieces Of Good News About Huge

  • Into the Mists audiobook

Into the Mists Audiobook is here!

Squeee! The Into the Mists audiobook is out now, and I'm so excited! Even better, Into the Dark is well into production, and Into the Light has just gone into production. All three will be

  • Lughnasadh Sabbat

Lughnasadh Blessings, and an Enchanted Imbolc…

Lughnasadh blessings to my friends in the southern hemisphere... As the Wheel turns from summer to autumn (although it’s taking its sweet time!), what are you grateful for? This is the time of the first

  • feminism quotes

Why I Am a Feminist…

While I absolutely believe all of this, I didn't write this – a friend on Facebook posted it, and asked that it keep being shared, so here it is... Why I am a feminist: 1.

  • The Into the Mists Trilogy

Exciting News – Audiobooks!

OMG! I have the audition from my narrator for the audiobook of Into the Mists! Just before Christmas I set Into the Mists up as a project, to turn it into an audiobook. This morning

  • full moon wishes

Full Moon Blessings 12/01/17

Wishing everyone an enchanted full moon, and a magical, light-filled month ahead. May the coming lunar phase be filled with love, joy and peace, and the inspiration and dedication to make all your dreams comes

  • Platinum Brunette

Carlie’s Favourite Songs

Here are a few of Carlie's favourite songs... Visit Platinum Brunette here... Visit Mick Thomas here... Visit Platinum Brunette here... Visit Green Day here... Visit Platinum Brunette here... Visit POD here... Visit Platinum Brunette here...

  • Meet Rose Tyler

Meet My Character – Rose

What is her name? Rose Tyler, Carlie’s grandmother. She’s one of the main characters in Into the Mists and its sequels Into the Dark and Into the Light – and will soon have her own book, Out of the Shadows:

  • Happy New Year

Hello 2017!

All is quiet, on New Year’s Day… I love the quiet of New Year’s Day, the sense of peace as people stay indoors, recovering from their celebrations the night before. This morning dawned grey and

  • 2016 update, book covers

Farewell 2016…

In this magical time, after the summer solstice, Christmas and Boxing Day, but before the new year… In the enchantment of this inbetween time – between celebrations, between years, between moments, between versions of our

Let’s Talk Writing, Reading and Books!

This blog by K. A. Last first appeared on the Story Queens website... The past few weeks have been very busy for us, and we agreed that maybe we should tell you all about what

  • Serene Conneeley, Story Queens

Story Queen Serene Conneeley

Story Queen Serene Conneeley is a Sydney writer who melds myth and magic with the real world, and finds enchantment in the everyday… When did you start writing? I’m shy, so I’ve always been a

Let’s Talk Publishing: Ready… Set… Launch!

This blog by author Rebecca Bosevski first appeared on the Story Queens website… If you are a seasoned self-publisher, today’s blog might trigger memories of the perils of your past, but if like me, you

  • Selina Fenech, Story Queens

Story Queen Selina Fenech

Story Queen Selina Fenech is an amazing artist, and also an incredible writer – she’s the author of the beautiful fantasy series Memory’s Wake, and the intriguing Empath Chronicles. When did you start writing? I

  • L. L. Hunter, Story Queens

Story Queen L. L. Hunter

Story Queen L. L. Hunter is the author of The Legend of the Archangel series, The Eden Chronicles and many more. When did you start writing? I started writing in my teens, primarily song lyrics

  • K. A. Last, Story Queens

Story Queen K. A. Last

Story Queen K. A. Last is the author of the paranormal romance series The Tate Chronicles, and the beautiful Immagica, which has been described as “a little bit Alice in Wonderland, a little bit The

  • Glastonbury, Chalice Well, Tor

The Wales (and England) Adventure – Glastonbury and the Isle of Avalon

This week I am so grateful to be back "home" in Glastonbury, the mystical Isle of Avalon With thanks… Friday November 4… NaNoWriMo day 4 – 628 words… Today I am grateful for coming home

  • Wales, Bath, Jane Austen

The Wales (and England) Adventure – Bath and the Malvern Hills

Travelling from Wales to England, via a few more ancient monuments, to stay in the place where Jane Austen lived – the perfect place to start writing for NaNoWriMo 🙂 With thanks… Tuesday November 1…

  • Brecon Beacons, Wales

The Wales Adventure – Brecon Beacons and the South

Heading down south and into the mists. So much myth and magic in Wales... With thanks… Thursday October 27… Today I am grateful for perseverance (cue Terrorvision song)… I was sad to leave Anglesey this

  • Anglesey, Wales, With Thanks

The Wales Adventure – Anglesey

Beautiful Anglesey, off the north west coast of Wales, aka Ynys Mon, the Druid’s Isle... With thanks… Sunday October 23… Today I am grateful for an awesome day with Juz, exploring the Neolithic monuments of

  • Pembrokeshire

The Wales Adventure – Pembrokeshire

The beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline was gorgeous, and there were a few significant ancient monuments too... With thanks… Tuesday October 18… When we get home we’ll laugh about today, and how awful it was. I hope.

  • London, Wales

The Wales Adventure – The Beginning

After a long plane trip to London, our excellent adventure begins! With thanks… Saturday October 15… Wishing everyone much love, joy and magic on this beautiful full moon night. May its sweet light illuminate you

Let’s Talk Writing: I Dare You!

This blog first appeared on the Story Queens website... Let’s Talk Writing: I Dare You! This month’s blog was going to be about what we’re scared of, and how we have – or plan to

Happy Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse 19/09/16

Wishing everyone so much love, joy and magic on this beautiful full moon night. May its sweet light illuminate you with inspiration and inner wisdom this month, and inspire you to work towards your dreams

Happy New Moon and Solar Eclipse 01/09/16

Wishing everyone all the love, energy and inspiration of the new moon, and the solar eclipse, and the passion and power to begin whatever it is you’ve been longing to manifest into the world... May

Winter Solstice Blessings… And an Enchanted Litha

Wishing all my friends in the south a magical, blessed Yule, and those in the north an inspiring, energising summer solstice. The winter solstice is about the re-emergence of light from the dark, so it

So, You Want to Write a Book. Let’s Do It!

I originally wrote this post for the Story Queens website... Let’s Talk Writing: So, you want to write a book. Let’s do it then! So, you want to write a book. There’s an idea stuck

Mind Body Spirit Festival

It's been a crazy four days at the Mind Body Spirit Festival – not to mention a crazy night at the online launch I shared with Felicity Pulman – and I'm feeling a little drained.

Meet My Character – Carlie

What is her name? Carlie (named for the goddess Kali) Parker. She’s the main character in Into the Mists and its sequels Into the Dark and Into the Light, and the story is told from

May News

NEW RELEASES Exciting times! Last week the first copy of the Into the Mists Trilogy Hardcover Omnibus arrived, and it’s sooo beautiful And thick, and heavy But I love it! I have an exclusive preorder

Squeeee! The Into the Mists Trilogy

NEWS Today I’m so happy that the first copy of the hardcover omnibus edition of the Into the Mists Trilogy arrived. And I love it! It looks amazing! Even better than I’d hoped! 🙂 And

Samhain Blessings… and Magical Beltane Wishes

Samhain blessings to everyone in the southern hemisphere, and to those in the north, magical Beltane wishes… Samhain, the festival of the ancestors and the dead that marks the beginning of winter, falls in early

Samhain Recipes

Samhain, the festival of the Ancestors and the dead that marks the end of autumn and the beginning of winter, honours the Wheel of the Year as it turns towards the barrenness of the coldest

A Beltane Recipe

Beltane marks the first day of summer, and is representative of vitality, fertility and the energy of the sun, so its foods include luscious fruits like cherries and strawberries, green leaf, herb and flower petal

Thank You!

Thank you so so much to everyone who has sponsored me. Over the last two weeks I’ve undertaken three challenges to raise money for two great causes – and thanks to my lovely friends, I

No Excuses, No Regrets

No Excuses, No Regrets Originally written for inSpirit magazine... You get what you work for, not what you wish for. Are you ready to carve out the mental and emotional space to achieve your dreams?

Camp NaNoWriMo Day Two

Had to laugh at one of our Camp NaNoWriMo pep talks today... “Too intimidated by the blank page? Just sneak up on your story. The first sentence can literally be "I have no idea what

Camp NaNoWriMo Begins

Today Camp NaNoWriMo began. This is the second one I’ve done, and I decided to continue writing Rhiannon’s story, which I began last July during my first Camp NaNoWriMo. Camp is a little less stressful

Lughnasadh Blessings – and An Enchanted Imbolc

Wishing all my friends in the south a magical Lughnasadh, and those in the north an enchanting and enchanted Imbolc… On this day of gratitude and thanksgiving, I am grateful for my love-filled life, and

A Lughnasadh Recipe

Lughnasadh ~ Summer’s End Seasonal foods and herbs play a large part in witchy celebrations, so below are a few of the Lughnasadh recipes I experimented with for Witchy Magic. Lughnasadh marks the end of

An Imbolc Recipe

Seasonal foods and herbs play a large part in witchy celebrations, so below are a few of the Imbolc recipes I experimented with for Witchy Magic. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

What Do You Want – and How Badly?

This is a fascinating article by author Mark Manson, which is definitely worth a read… If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be

Magical Mermaids, Fabulous Faeries and Wonderful Witches

Lucy and I have been chatting, and decided new year, new specials So we’ve cut the prices of our Faery Magic, Mermaid Magic and Witchy Magic ebooks on Amazon… We’ve also added a new option

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a magical night tonight, as we farewell the old year, and all the good, bad and strange we’ve been through, and welcome in a new one. I am grateful for a magical 2015

Countdown to Christmas Specials

Buy one, get one free… I thought I’d offer a little special to get in the festive spirit Buy a copy of Mermaid Magic or Witchy Magic from my Etsy store, and receive a free

NaNoWriMo 4 – Done!

Tonight I am grateful that I made it! I wrote 50,789 words in November, for National Novel Writing Month, which is a huge chunk of the first draft of my next book*. It feels so

NaNoWriMo – Halfway

It’s not easy, but it is worth it... I can’t believe day 15 is done, and I’m halfway through NaNoWriMo… I stayed up too late again, and blitzed through two thousand words in a slightly

NaNoWriMo – Day Five

I can’t believe it’s already day 5 of NaNoWriMo*! Four days of writing done, and 7333 words committed to paper, which means I have 665 words up my sleeve for one of those days that

Countdown to NaNoWriMo

It’s only three days until National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo – kicks off, and as usual I’m woefully unprepared. As in, not at all. Each year I think (hope?) that I’ll have some time

Guest Blog – Felicity Pulman

This week’s guest blog comes from Felicity Pulman, author of the wonderful novel I, Morgana and the magical Janna Chronicles, amongst many others. She has recently returned from a three-month writing adventure in the UK,

Countdown to Book Expo 2015

Book Expo kicks off Saturday October 17 in Sydney, and there are lots of fun talks and seminars that will be running both days. And I’m looking forward to hanging out with Selina Fenech again

Book Expo – Free Tickets

It’s almost time for the last festival of the year! Book Expo is a dedicated event for readers to engage with authors and publishers. It includes workshops and talks by writers, illustrators, publishers and more,

September 2015

The previous month passed in a blur of extra work at the magazines, but things got back to (sort of) normal on September 1st Which was the day I started Steptember, a month of walking

August 2015

August made me grateful that Camp NaNoWriMo was in July, because I ended up working six days a week instead of three all month at my day job, which severely affected the time I had

July 2015

This July I decided to sign up for my first Camp NaNoWriMo, a slightly less frantically, frenetically based version of the November project. It was fun to do it with some friends, to encourage each

June 2015

June was a month full of the beauty of Sydney winters, all blue skies and sunshine, with a chill in the air – so pretty and vivid and crisp. It was also a month of

Magical Winter Solstice Blessings

Wishing all my friends in the south an enchanted, enchanting Yule on this Midwinter night, and my friends in the north a magical Litha on this Midsummer day... The winter solstice occurs today, June 22,

The Heart of Brasil

Healing Your Heart This is an article I wrote for InSpirit Magazine, which appeared in their January 2015 issue. Someone was asking me about it the other day, so here it is… I believe the

May 2015

The beginning of this year was a bit of a blur – I was finishing Into the Light, the third book in the Into the Mists Trilogy, and suffering my usual self-doubt over it being

Autumn and Spring Equinox Blessings

Equinox blessings to you! Today is the day of harmony and balance, when the sun is directly above the equator and there are 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark. In the southern

Meet My Character – Guest Blog

I recently took part in the Meet My Character: Book Blog Tour, where I wrote about Carlie from Into the Mists. You can read that here. Then I tagged two other authors to continue the

Dark Moon Blessings

Wishing everyone much love, and blessings of the dark moon, as we approach tomorrow’s new moon and Chinese New Year. Now is a time to reflect, and to be brave and look within, before embracing

Book Review – Into the Mists

Into the Mists Serene Conneeley is an Australian author who has captivated many readers with the first two books of her current ‘Into the Mists’ trilogy series. Work on the third and final book will

Book Review – Into the Dark

Into the Dark Into the Dark Serene Conneeley is an Australian author who has captivated many readers with the first two books of her current ‘Into the Mists’ trilogy series. Work on the

Lughnasadh Blessings

Today is Lughnasadh – in the southern hemisphere anyway – the first day of autumn and the first harvest festival, a day of celebrating the things we have metaphorically harvested, the things we’ve achieved, the

Book Review – Seven Sacred Sites

So touched by a lovely review for Seven Sacred Sites: Magical Journeys That Will Change Your Life in inSpirit magazine. Magical Journeys That Will Change Your Life Serene Conneeley’s book Seven Sacred Sites

Meet My Character Blog Tour

Author Felicity Pulman invited me to take part in the Meet My Character Book Tour Blog – you can read my post about Carlie from Into the Mists further down the page, and enter a

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a wonderful 2015, full of love, joy, adventure and magic. Make this the year you dare to go after your dreams! Dream big, take chances, risk everything, learn from so-called

New Year’s Blessings

Tonight I am grateful for a beautiful night with my hubby, dreaming a new year into being, celebrating a year just gone, and being happy to just be together and exist in the moment. I’m

Solstice Blessings, of Light and Dark

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the shortest night, and the moment that the sun halts its journey southward and stands still, before turning back and heading towards the

Meet My Character Book Blog Tour – Felicity Pulman

Australian author Felicity Pulman’s latest book is I, Morgana, a beautifully written story about King Arthur’s half-sister, a woman loved and loathed in equal measure. Just as exciting for readers, a reworked version of her

Meet My Character Book Blog Tour – Sophie Masson

Author Sophie Masson is the award-winning author of numerous novels for children and adults, on such diverse topics as Ned Kelly, Shakespeare, Marie of France, and other novels set in France and drawing on Sophie’s

November 2014

With thanks... November 2014... I am grateful for a day and a night with Jillian, hanging with my workout buddy, the magic of creating a novel during NaNoWriMo, and all the cups of tea Juz

Author Spotlight – Felicity Pulman

Australian author Felicity Pulman’s latest book is I, Morgana, a beautifully written story about King Arthur’s half-sister, a woman loved and loathed in equal measure. Last night she was awarded a fellowship to spend three

Interviewed about Into the Mists

I was interviewed recently about Into the Mists, about the importance of the mists to the story, as well as the importance of the two black cats, and lots of other interesting questions… Below are

The Upside of Bad Reviews

A fascinating blog post from author Anne R Allen, who not only survived bad reviews from the Amazon bullies – she got a huge sales lift. Thanks Mean Girls! Read the full blog post here.

Interviewed About NaNoWriMo

I was interviewed by Canadian writer Dianna L. Gunn about NaNoWriMo recently, for the first of her Author Spotlight articles to celebrate the upcoming NaNoWriMo. She found me on the NaNoWriMo site on the list

Sad – less than 20 per cent of WA students read books…

A very sad story today – less than 20 per cent of teenagers read books😦 Read the full story here. Margaret Merga, who interviewed the students as part of her PhD studies at Edith Cowan

Best-selling Author Goes Indie

There’s an interesting article about indie publishing at Publishers Weekly. Read the full story here. New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge has written 32 novels, sold millions of copies, and been translated into 22

NaNoWriMo Countdown

Less than four weeks til NaNoWriMo starts (yikes – it gave me a bit of a shock writing that!)… Here’s an interesting interview with author Sophie Kinsella from the BBC, about her tips for writing

An Article on Indie Publishing

Reinventing Publishing – PW Talks with Author Claire Cook. Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs, recently made the transition from traditional publishing to self-publishing, choosing to leave her big-five house and agent. Her

Indie Vs Traditional Publishing

Traditional Publishers Have Let Me Down For The Last Time…  Tom Douglas Traditional publishing? Been there, done that, got the heartache! I started my book publishing career a dozen years ago at BookLocker.com, which is

Into the Mists – Book Club Reviews

I was so touched to discover that a book club was reading Into the Mists, and blown away when they sent me their beautiful reviews with their orders for Into the Dark… xx Natasha: We

August 2014

With thanks... August 2014 I am grateful for a weekend with a dear friend, for Pauline Nordin, for all those who sponsored us in the 40 Hour Famine, for fun times at the Festival of

A Magical Interview, and Sacred Sites

When I was in Scotland late last year, an English journalist emailed me to request an interview, and to review Seven Sacred Sites. My mum sent off a copy of the book for me, and

I, Morgana – A Magical Book

I, Morgana by Felicity Pulman I, Morgana is a new interpretation of the King Arthur story, and a rich new addition to the much-loved (and hotly debated) canon. Morgana, the daughter of a king, half

Reviews of Into the Dark

The first few reviews of Into the Dark have been published on Amazon, and I’m so happy that people are loving it… You can see them – or add your own – here… Thank you

Australian Women Writers Challenge Update

Can’t believe it’s already July. I guess I couldn’t really update my Australian Women Writers Challenge because for the first several months of the year I was on a reading-for-pleasure ban while I finished writing Into