Monthly Archives: February 2013

A Clan Destine Event

Sisters in Crime, Queensland is holding a crime evening at 6pm on Thursday 28 February at Ceylon Inn, 29 High St, Toowong, when true-crime writer Ruth Wykes will ‘interrogate’ authors Katherine Howell, Sandy Curtis, RC Daniells and Lindy Cameron about their road to publication and their latest books. All are welcome. For more formation, check out the Sisters in Crime web site: or contact Sylvia at (07) 55248254.

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Chameleon receives another great review!

Kathy’s in-depth description of people, places and events enabled me to live the story, as though I was actually seeing it all. Her plot, well developed, kept me guessing and the twists and turns enticed me to keep reading. The historical events from Africa showed me more about some of the cultural and social differences, and enhanced my journey to another time and place. Well worth the read. ~ Brian Hamilton

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Review: Me & Her by Karen Tyrrell

Karen's coverKaren Tyrrell demonstrates great courage in bringing her true story of her battle with bipolar disorder into the public domain. Told with honesty, this story details the terrifying descent into mania that could beset anyone. Karen documents the progression of her illness and the false starts she made at recovery, until she ultimately triumphed and was able to return to her loved ones. A sobering yet uplifting story and hats off to Karen for having the courage to not only overcome her illness but also to write about it in an attempt to help others who might be on a similar course.

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New Release: 12 Weeks to the Perfect Parrot by Verna Shannan

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12 Weeks to the Perfect Parrot by Verna Shannan book is intended for parrot-owners who would like to cure or prevent behavioural problems in their birds. Verna is an acknowledged expert on parrot behaviour worldwide. She has worked with birds at Taronga Zoo in Sydney; attended workshops in Sacramento, California, with such notables as Liz Wilson, Phoebe Linden and top avian veterinarian, Fern Van Sant; and a three-day Pet Parrot convention in Minneapolis, where she met and listened to Sally Blanchard and many other avian specialists. Since then she has helped many owners to understand and relate to their parrots as well as curing their birds of problems like feather plucking, biting and excessive screaming.

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Free ebook download: Harvest by Anne Scott

Anne Scott, author of Harvest, a science-fiction novella set in Australia, is offering the ebook version of her book for free download from between 7 and 11 February.
Harvest is a salient worldwide message. Our society is infested with every compilation of electronic gadgetry with delivery made into the silent, antisocial, interpersonal world of cyberspace and hence the child’s brain. Who would have thought the places meant to be the safest in our society are the most duplicitous: our homes and schools. What … who lurks behind those electronic screens that daub every home, every schoolroom, capturing your child’s mind in a prison of his own aspirations, corrupting the young brain to his nefarious agenda? … Harvest … the grim reaper of our children’s minds. How he did this and why is what this story is all about.
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Click here to read an interview with the author.
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Interview with Anne Scott, author of Harvest

Anne Scott is the author of Harvest, a recently released science fiction novella that is extremely pertinent to our time. Michael Harris produces cartoon movies aimed at children, but when his screenplays are hijacked and corrupted by some unknown force, he is at first angry and then concerned. Together with Jenny, his next-door neighbour, his son Billy, Jenny’s son Jimmy and the Harris family dog, Fred, they set out to discover what is causing this phenomenon and why. In trying to uncover the truth, the boys and Fred play a pivotal role. Harvest will appeal to both adults and children and is available for free download from Kindle between 7 and 11 February.
Below is an interview with Anne Scott:

Q: How did you come up with the title of your book?
A: Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Harvest is a collector not of children but their manipulated minds.
Q: Where did the idea for the book come from?
A: Through listening to a speech by Dr Susan Greenhill the British neuroscientist and subsequently reading her book ‘Identity in the Twenty-First Century’.
Q: What genre does your book come under?
A: Science Fiction/General Fiction.
Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: ‘Harvest’ is not a fairy tale but a reality play. It shows the dynamic changes to the cellular structure of children’s brains in the twenty-first century brought about by an obsession with electronic devices in the silent tasteless world of cyberspace.
Q: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent or represented by an agency?
A: The last two.
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: 3 – 4 months.
Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: Where will the future take us and how free do we think we are from the intrusions of the twenty-first century.
Q: What other authors could you compare your book with.
A: George Orwell and John Wyndham. They both show what happens when outside influences encroach on our freedoms to force resolutions.

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