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The Armoured Train Incident – Out Now!

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A hundred and fifteen years ago today, on 15 November 1899, near the start of the Anglo-Boer War, an armoured train manned by British soldiers and containing a young British journalist named Winston Churchill ground its way towards Chieveley in the misty hinterland of Natal, South Africa. The Boers, those fearsome, brave Afrikaner farmers known for their horsemanship and marksmanship, had proved to be a fearsome and formidable force. So as the train steamed along the track, the soldiers were well aware that the often elusive enemy could strike at any time.

The Armoured Train Incident commemorates this event and pays tribute to the brave men involved, including Alexander James Stewart and Charles Wagner, who both played a part that day.

The Armoured Train Incident is available in print from Amazon as well as other online bookstores, and as an ebook from Kindle, Smashwords and most other ebook retailers, including iBooks and Sony.

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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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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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Betty Bee’s Garden Adventure available now!

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Betty Bee throws caution to the winds – literally – when she decides to stay out in a storm to collect pollen for her hive. This wonderfully illustrated book shows in a series of delightful colour pictures just what became of Betty Bee!

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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

Chameleon is available from Amazon:



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Chameleon by Kathy Stewart: free ebook download

front cover copyFor those of you who missed out on this at Christmas time and in celebration of Australia Day, I’m making my debut novel, Chameleon, available as a FREE ebook for three days, 26, 27 and 28 January. Please download it at


and, if you enjoy it, please consider posting a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Thanks!
If you don’t have a Kindle, you should still be able to download the Kindle version via an app on your tablet, iPad or other device.
Please feel free to pass this offer on to your family, friends and colleagues as well.
Chameleon is a saga set in South Africa and the surrounding territories between 1914 and 1946, and traces the lives of five main characters from two families as they unravel the mystery that triggers events at the start of the book.
Chameleon was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award in the UK in 2010.
Here is some more info:
It’s 1914.
Troops mass for war in Europe, and even at a 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 …
If you’d like to read an interview about Chameleon I did in December 2012, you can find it here.
Recent comments about Chameleon are:
‘It’s a real page-turner! There are so many twists and turns.’
‘I can’t wait to read more.’
‘I’ve started your book and am so enjoying it!’
‘I read your book yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it.’
Happy reading and I look forward to hearing from you in 2013!

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5-star review for Chameleon

Hazel Barker has given the debut novel Chameleon by Kathy Stewart a 5-star review on Amazon:


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