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Book giveaway!

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From the author of Chameleon comes this historical fiction novel, Mark of the Leopard, the second in the African history series, a story of romance, mystery, danger and betrayal set against a backdrop of wild lands and raging seas. In 1703 Sabrina Barrington and her children are shipwrecked and presumed drowned off the Cape of Good Hope, the site of the present-day city of Cape Town. Fourteen years later, an investigator tells Sabrina’s brother, Lucien Castle, that one of his sister’s children has been seen on the island of Madagascar, off Africa’s east coast. It is imperative to return the youngster to England before his twenty-fifth birthday, otherwise his grandfather, the corrupt and detested Robert Barrington, will usurp his rightful inheritance. Castle is the only one who can confirm the young man is not an impostor. In order to do this he must leave the comfort of Amsterdam in Holland and embark on a journey into the unknown. Will Castle be able to overcome his demons and find his nephew in time? Or will he succumb to the perils that beset his epic expedition every step of the way? In a voyage that takes them from the untamed island of Madagascar to the storm-tossed Dutch outpost at the Cape of Good Hope, Castle and his companion must face innumerable dangers and battle not only rival investigators but also each other.



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Self-Editing Your Novel is here!

Exciting news is that Self-Editing Your Novel is now available on Amazon! It gives many useful tips on how to self-edit fiction, including how to cut down on word count if your novel is a bit long. Follow the step-by-step guidelines to learn how to eliminate common errors and make your work really shine.

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http://www.authorsally.net/Self-Editing Your Novel


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Chameleon – suspense, excitement, romance, all rolled into one!



Chameleon was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award in the UK in 2010. Set in Africa, this family saga encompasses all the intrigue and mystery of that sun-drenched continent.

What readers have to say:

Kathy Stewart writes with empathy born of love of the vast and often troubled land of South Africa. Its history from 1914 to post World War II is seen through the lives of an English family struggling to run a general store in an isolated region, and the Africans whose lives are changed by the conflicts raging around them. It is a powerful story of loss, secrets and betrayal, and ultimately the endurance and healing power of love. It’s a darn good story ~ Sandy Curtis, author of six crime novels

Set in the historic background of South Africa, shadowed by the brutality of a war fuelled by racial tension, Chameleon’s characters act out their conflicted twisted lives. The reader is drawn inexorably into the characters’ motivations as the book charges to an unforeseen denouement. This debut book explores complex characters in a raw way. It’s an absorbing read. ~ Anne Herron


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Great reviews for Chameleon!

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It’s been so gratifying to see all the wonderful comments people have made about Chameleon. Thanks to all those who have given me feedback. I really appreciate it.

Here are some of the comments:

‘I couldn’t put it down …’
‘The plot kept me guessing and the twists and turns enticed me to keep reading.’
‘The historical events from Africa enhanced my journey to another time and place.’
‘Well worth the read.’
‘The author deftly weaves a story from intensive research, and gives an authentic feel to the characters and situations.’
‘The book grabs the reader from the start.’
‘Intensive research gives an authentic feel to the characters and situations.’
‘I recommend Chameleon to all those who love mystery, history and romance.’
‘I recommend Chameleon to all those who love mystery, history and romance.’
‘Chameleon has many twists and turns which leave the reader guessing until the final chapters.’
‘The reader is drawn inexorably into the characters’ motivations as the book charges to an unforeseen denouement.’
‘This debut book explores complex characters in a raw way. It’s an absorbing read.’
‘This debut book is an absorbing read.’
‘Shadowed by the brutality of a war fuelled by racial tension, Chameleon’s characters act out their conflicted twisted lives.’
‘I enjoyed Chameleon immensely.’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed Chameleon … I am so impressed.’
Chameleon by Kathy Stewart http://www.authorsally.net/Chameleon

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Interview with Kathy Stewart, author of Chameleon

The past few years have been full of high profile reads — 50 Shades of Gray, Twilight, and more. Love them or hate them, you have to admit you have at least heard of them.

As independent authors, authors with small press publishers, or mid-list authors we all dare to dream we will be next, and well let’s face it, you never know …

With that thought I jumped on this Hop. What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s an authors’ game of tag.

One author posts, and then tags up to five other authors, who each link back to them. It has the potential to reach different audiences, and you, dear reader, have hopefully just increased your “to read” list, finding new and exciting authors you may never have found otherwise. Some of us are published, some still writing, others are just being released.

Either way, for you fiction lovers a treasure trove awaits and I’d like to thank fellow author Sandy Curtis for tagging me to participate.

Click the links to find out about Sandy Curtis’s books.

Web site: http://sandycurtis.com/

Blog: http://sandycurtis.com/blog/

Buy Fatal Flaw: Clan Destine Press  and Amazon Kindle

In this particular hop, I, and my fellow authors in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it.

If this or any other item piques your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.


1: What is the working title of your book?

My newly released book is Chameleon, but I have a number of others in the pipeline: The Mark of the Leopard, Race Against Time and Clear Island Murder.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for Chameleon came to me when I was researching my family history and I began to ask What if? Chameleon is pure fiction but it’s based on events that could have occurred and is set against a backdrop of what did occur, that is, the Herero Rebellion and the First and Second World Wars.

3: What genre does your book come under?

It would come under African saga, but it could equally be classed as historical fiction, crime and mystery.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I would choose Morgan Freeman to play Ntando, Anne Hathaway to play Catherine, Keira Knightley to play Eve and Jonathan Rhys Meyers to play Richard. David Oyelowo would be perfect for Mandla and Octavia Spencer or maybe LaChanze would be ideal as Zukisa. I’d have to give the others more thought.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Against a backdrop of the impending Great War, Richard, the Moss family’s sometimes-guest, leaves the remote Transkei to enlist, taking fifteen-year-old Fred Moss with him, thereby catapulting the Moss family into turmoil and fourteen-year-old Eve into crisis.

6: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Chameleon has been self-published. I’m not sure if I’ll do the same for The Mark of the Leopard.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About eight months, but it’s taken years and many iterations to achieve the final product.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

At the risk of sounding pretentious, Chameleon is probably most like Bryce Courtenay’s earlier African works, such as The Power of One; Wilbur Smith’s African works; Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; or sagas written by Australia’s Peter Watt.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always wanted to write – ever since I can first remember, but the inspiration for Chameleon came from researching my family history, and then the opening scene when Mandla is running through the veld covered in blood came to me as if in a vision and the story was born from there.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Chameleon entailed vast amounts of research, particularly into little-known conflicts such as the bloody Herero Rebellion. The story is set in a part of the world which is beautiful but also remote, which means very few will have been privileged to visit it. I hope that my book will give readers a chance to explore the wilds of the Transkei and discover how life was for Africans, both black and white, in the time before Apartheid but when prejudice was still ingrained. I have tried to portray how this bias affected the lives of everyday people and how this could lead to tragic and unexpected consequences.

Kathy Stewart

Web site: www.authorsally.com

Blog: http://authorsally.wordpress.com

Chameleon can be bought via Amazon


as a paperback or ebook.

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog next Wednesday (28th). Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and new releases! Happy writing and reading!

Daniel Prokop

Find out about Daniel and his books at:




David Byerlee

Blog: http://davidjamesbyerlee.wordpress.com/

London’s Falling can be bought at http://www.amazon.com/ and http://www.redhen.com.au/

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Chameleon is about to be be released!

Exciting news is that Chameleon, my African saga set between 1914 and 1946, is about to be published on Amazon within the next few days. It’s been a long time in coming and it’s so exciting to finally be on the cusp of having it released.

Based on The Chameleon Factor, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award in 2010, this story is about the Moss family whose fourteen-year-old daughter Eve is madly in love with Richard, a stranger who has lately come into the midst. It is 1914, and as troops mass for war in Europe, even at their remote trading store in Transkei, South Africa, the Moss family and their sometimes-guest Richard feel the impact on their lives. Then Richard enlists, taking fifteen-year-old Fred with him. Albert and Martha are furious and afraid for Fred, but fourteen-year-old Eve is shattered, her hopes of eloping with Richard dashed. All she has to remember him by is a strange wooden mannikin …




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News – Festival of Independent Writers and Publishers

With only seven days to go before the Festival of Independent Writers and Publishers, the countdown has begun. To
complete our stellar roundup of authors and speakers, we have the Gold Coast
Bulletin’s ‘Informer’ Michael Jacobson, editor Laurel Cohn, publishers Sylvana
Scannapiego and Paul Higgs, as well as authors Darryl Greer and Kathleen
Stewart. For more info on these and other speakers, please check out: http://www.indieauthorsfestival.com.

Tasmanian-born Michael Jacobson
has been a journalist since 1980 and joined the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1989. He
is the newspaper’s senior feature writer. Michael’s first novel, Windmill Hill,
was published by Hodder in 2002 and was a national best-seller. His second
novel, Always East, was another best-seller and was published in 2004. He is
currently finishing his third novel. Away from writing, Michael loves The Who,
the Sydney Swans and merlot. He loathes flying, Neil Diamond and rugby union.

Laurel Cohn is an editor passionate
about communication and the power of narrative to engage, inspire and
challenge. Since the late 1980s, she has been helping writers develop their
stories and prepare their work for print and, more recently, online
publication. Many of the writers she has worked with have gone on to be
successfully published. She spent five years with one of Australia’s top
literary agents and four years as Consultant Editor to the NSW Writers’ Centre
before turning freelance. She works with individual writers, self-publishers,
trade publishers, businesses and community organisations.

Since 1981, Publishing Solutions and its team of professionals has
created, shaped, designed and produced books, magazines, journals and many
other print and digital communication works. We cover all aspects of publishing
from editing, design and print or electronic through to marketing and
distribution. We are proud of our remarkable track record for creating
successful titles that remain memorable experiences. Our clients are many and
varied: publishers and non-publishers including an extensive number of
corporations and traditional publishing houses. We
have helped hundreds of authors, individual self-publishers, historians,
biographers and academics to achieve their publishing goal.

Initially established to service the pre-press needs of the book publishing industry,
today the company provides a one stop shop to the book publishing market.
Palmer Higgs provides not only book production but also expertise in all forms
of electronic media and has developed skills in web site design, back end
database development, eBook technologies and XML workflows. The combined
experience of the Palmer Higgs team and our network of technology suppliers
ensure that the company is positioned to create and manage content across all
mediums. In conjunction with DNAML and LG Electronics, Palmer Higgs is
producing animated children’s books for the LG SmartTV App Store.

Writing is Darryl Greer’s life. He has written several novels and has had numerous
articles published in national and international law and travel magazines as
well as in ezines. In late 2009 he self-published his novel The Election details of which can be
found on his website www.darrylgreer.com. Promoting his book has been a
surprisingly satisfying experience. Darryl now resides with his wife in the
Gold Coast hinterland. Apart from writing he enjoys keeping fit, travelling,
reading, writing songs, playing guitar and singing, cinema and theatre.


Kathleen Stewart owns and runs Authors’ Ally, an editing
service situated on the Gold Coast. She has always been passionate about writing
and has worked as a professional editor since 2004. Many of the books she has
worked on are now selling in bookstores and online and many others are in the
pipeline. She has written a number of full-length manuscripts herself and was
lucky enough to have her first polished work, The Chameleon Factor, shortlisted
for the CWA Debut Dagger Award in the UK in 2010. Her short story book, Over To
You, will be available at the festival.

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