Camp NaNoWriMo

Hey Everyone!

Many of you may have heard of NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month - that takes place online in November each year. It's a writing challenge where people aim to write 50,000 words in a month. Did you know there is also a Camp NaNoWriMo that runs in April and July each year? It's very similar but you can set your own writing goals.

I signed up to my first Camp NaNo in July of 2015 and that's how I started my writing journey. I wrote the first 20,000 words of Don't Mean a Thing then (though many of those words didn't make it into the published edition). Camp NaNo has come around again and the timing is perfect.

I've published Don't Mean a Thing and my short story Catching Onix. This week I submitted another short story/novelette to a publisher and I'm at at a loose end. I found the notebook I'd begun brainstorming the sequel to Don't Mean a Thing so that will be my next NaNo project. April is a busy month with the kids home from school for a couple of weeks, so I'm aiming for 500 words a day.

Book two will focus on a new couple, Annie and George, but you'll get to see what Matt, Macie and some of your other favourite characters have been up to. You'll get to see more of Darwin and plenty of swing dancing but I think there will be a bit more water and a hero with a beard.

My hubby is in the Royal Australian Air Force (just like Macie) so he's not allowed to grow a beard. I'm quite partial to his weekend stubble. He tried out a moustache once (they're allowed in the RAAF) but he looked like a 70s porn star (not that I watch 70s porn...)

Do you prefer your men with facial hair or clean shaven? 

How to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell

A compelling, heartbreaking tale that will make you laugh, cry and believe in the kindness of strangers. Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Dillon and Miranda Dickinson.

Life is good for nurse Kat. That is until the man she intended to marry legs it, she’s unexpectedly promoted to a position with too much responsibility, and a patient arrives on her ward under strange circumstances.

Susan is a mystery. She refuses to speak or interact with anyone, she’s obsessed with a book of fairy tales, and the only name in her diary is that of Rhys – a plumber she barely knows.

Down-to-earth Rhys is trying to get his life back on track after the death of his beloved brother. His mum is his priority, and she needs him as much as he needs her. Or at least she did, until she starts disappearing, leaving him to find comfort in the form of his brother’s girlfriend.

Complicated is an understatement.

As the lives of these three lost strangers intertwine, will they find a way to lay ghosts past, present and future to rest? And when the chance comes to mend their broken hearts, will they be brave enough to take it?

Hey! Here's my review.

This is more women's fiction than chick lit. The subject matter much deeper than I first expected but with a positive outlook. I enjoyed the entwining stories of the main characters, the different types of love and the different types of broken hearts that needed to be healed. 


  • Where: NetGaelley
  • Format: ebook

In at the Deep End by Penelope Janu

A quick-witted, contemporary romance about losing your cool.

What woman doesn’t love a real-life hero? Harriet Scott, for one. The fiercely independent daughter of famous adventurers, she grew up travelling the world on the environmental flagship The Watch. So when Harriet’s ship sinks in Antarctica and she has to be rescued by Commander Per Amundsen, an infuriatingly capable Norwegian naval officer and living breathing action hero, her world is turned upside down.

Like their namesakes, the original Scott and Amundsen who competed to reach the South Pole first, Per and Harriet have different ways of doing things. Per thinks Harriet is an accident waiting to happen; Harriet thinks Per is a control freak. But when Harriet realises that Per is the only one who can help her fund the new ship she desperately wants, she is forced to cooperate with him.

Per refuses to assist unless Harriet allows him to teach her to swim. But there is more to Harriet’s terrible fear of water than meets the eye. Can Harriet face her fears and come to terms with the trauma and loss of her past? And will she begin to appreciate that some risks are well worth taking—and that polar opposites can, in fact, attract?

Hey! Here's my review.

A light, fun contemporary romance with plenty of action and adventure, balanced out with a deep side of psychological scars, phobias, and a strong ecological message.

The opening scene hooked me in and I was intrigued to find out if these opposites would attract. If you like control freak alpha male heroes and strong-willed, accident prone heroines, then this is for you. I reviewed a complimentary copy.


  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook

Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith

In November 1860, Marian Foster joins a group of Virginia families who are sailing away from America to form a new settlement off the coast of Brazil. As an amateur botanist, Marian eagerly anticipates exploring a new land. She boards Providence confident in the group's plan, but during the voyage, her heart is drawn to Jonah Ashton, the secretive and sullen ship's physician.

Jonah Ashton is determined to finish medical school before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. When family obligation forces Jonah to take a voyage aboard Providence, he plans to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return home. While aboard Providence, Jonah is beguiled by Marian's optimistic spirit and finds himself in uncharted territory. Soon Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?

Get swept away on a journey of faith, sacrifice, and God's unfailing provision in this inspirational story reviewers are calling "a captivating, well-researched, and deftly written tale." Read Aboard Providence today and embark on an unforgettable voyage.

Hey! Here's my review.

I've read all the Uncharted series and it was a delight to go back in time to see how it all started. If you haven't read the Uncharted series, then this book is the perfect place to start, and if you have read them, them you'll love this chunk of Uncharted history following the ancestors as they settled The Land.

This would appeal to people who enjoy sweet, clean historical Christian adventure romance with a hint of magic. I listened to the audiobook. The narrator was fabulous and well matched to the story. I reviewed a complimentary copy.


  • Where: Review Request
  • Format: Audiobook

The Bay of Shadows by Samantha Wood

How far would you go for love?

In a rambling house in a small Australian beach town, Elena Jameson is recovering from her recent divorce. To her delight, she is given the opportunity to foster a little boy, Daniel, whose mother is dead and whose violent father is in rehab. As Elena and Daniel explore the beautiful bay and wild bushland, they form a profound bond that will change their lives forever.

Then Daniel’s father discovers his whereabouts and begins a campaign of terror – not to get his son back, but to prevent Elena giving Daniel a new life.

As the violence escalates, Elena finds that she’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect Daniel from the brutality of his past and an uncertain future. Sometimes the only way to get what you want is to pay the price in blood.

A gothic tale of love and loss, bravery and hope.

Hey! Here's my review.

I love the Aussie setting in this page-turning psychological thriller. My emotions were high as the fate of an innocent child was at stake. A solid debut - I look forward to reading more from Samantha.

I reviewed a complimentary copy.


  • Where: Review Request
  • Format: ebook