Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Work that is still available

A reminder that I have two short stories out there in the world.

Sealed with a Kiss - a paranormal romance

Can a gift from her grandmother protect Lise?

Lise doesn’t believe in vampires. Or so she tells herself. Though, she constantly wears the garnet necklace her grandmother gave her, which wards off the creatures. Andreas, the man she’s attracted to, seems more than a little interested in it. Could there be an ulterior motive?

Available from Smashwords | Amazon | Amazon Aus


Enchanted - a modern fantasy

Katharine’s life has become static. She has no friends and her workaholic husband hardly notices her. Enchantment and fascination comes in the form of a mysterious painting. - 

Available from Alfie Dog Fiction

Happy Reading!!

- yia - 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Taking stock...

Hi my lovely blog followers

I'm sorry that I've not been here for months. If you've followed me on Facebook or Twitter, you may know that my father passed away in March.

He hadn't been a well man, fighting cancer as well as dealing with a lot of other health issues. While his pain had increased (his cancer had metastasised to his bones), it was mainly in control and he was still with us in good spirits making jokes, and his mental facilities were all there. He had slowed down quite a bit and while I hadn't been prepared for him to go when he did, his body thought otherwise.

Suffice to say that it's been a difficult path for me and my family since then. And really the last year or so with his ongoing treatment to battle the disease. My life has been about memorial services - we Greeks tend to have a lot of them in the first year - and trying to get back to normal.

But here's the rub, there is no getting back to normal when a parent dies. Especially when you're living in the same house. Dad was a larger than life character and while his antics could make me shake my head at times, cringe at others, and make me mad some instances (as all parents do), I wouldn't have had him any other way. I miss it all.

Dad and me in 2008 when I first got the iMac.
Loved his cheeky grin.
I was ploughing through my to-do lists trying to get some sense of order, but I realised (thanks to dear friends) that I couldn't go on as per normal. That I needed to communicate more and needed to let go of things more. The not letting go was me trying to make things easier for others, so that they didn't feel overwhelmed, but I overwhelmed myself.

So right now, I'm taking stock. Organising myself, clearing the decks, and most importantly, not rushing my grief and my own health. CFS has been another issue as well as increased pain of fibromyalgia. Stress can do that. But if I don't watch out, I will crash and burn and that's something I don't want and something my dad wouldn't have wanted also, having supported me through a number of crashes.

My family have been leaning on each other and my extended family, wow, all I can say is that I love them more than ever. My friends have been there too, each in their own way. Thank you to everyone who sent condolences and has lent support. It has meant the world to me.

Writing? What writing?
There has been no progress in my writing life - my creativity is dried up, and I've not had the energy to edit or be proactive in my career. And for now that's okay. I'm allowing me to heal and allowing me to get my groove back but I have no timeframe of when I will get back to it. We'll see what happens.

However, every so often I will start posting posts on my writing friends as my way of giving back to the community and spreading the word about their work.  It will trickle in as I'm conserving energy (for a subject at Tafe, and RWA conferences for this and next year).  But stay tuned for more posts...

Until next time, be well.


Sunday, 22 February 2015

"So long and thanks for all the fish...." - bye bye Musa!

I wonder if Douglas Adams knew how much that line would be used? :) But I digress.

It's with a sad heart that the Musa authors learned a couple of days ago that the Musa Publishing doors will be closing on 28th February.

Yep, that soon.

The decision was only made this past week by the Directors to shut shop - they stopped for good business sense, by not going forward and changing the integrity of the business.  Here's the blog post from Musa.

While I'm saddened by the news that a publishing house that put its authors first will be closing its doors, I can not regret my experience with Musa. I had great editors, great cover art, and learned a lot about the publication industry. The staff were always positive and friendly. It was a really great experience for me to begin my career with. And of course, I met the lovely Wenches (never fear, we will continue to band together)

But what does this mean for my work, I hear you ask?

Well from the 28th February, I get my rights reverted to me. Musa are such an amazing group, they've already got the letters ready for their authors, instead of letting us hanging, which has been the case for many other e-book publishers who have shut their e-doors.

That means that Enchanted Realms, Gateway to Hell, and SNOOP will not be available for sale any longer.

Big boo hoo.

I can either sub somewhere else or go the self publishing route. I'm not sure of my path yet, but I've got enough happening in my life that self publishing may not the best time for me now, but still I need to consider it.

But there's a silver lining to everything.

This week (until 28th February), Musa have slashed 80% off the prices on their website. That's right 80%!

You can get Enchanted Realms for only 20c*, Gateway to Hell for 60c, and SNOOP for 40c. Click on this paragraph to go buy them while you still can.

*that's in US currency.

I've been grabbing some Musa titles that I've wanted to grab for some time while I can, especially by the lovely wenches - let me name them for you so you can check out their work on Musa site (just click their names):-

As you can see, Musa published such a range of titles. I was lucky I could publish fantasy (Enchanted Realms) and paranormal (romance with Gateway to Hell; Noir with SNOOP) with them. Too bad our journey together had to end here.

I'll keep you updated on any news on these titles.

To all my fellow Musan authors, good luck and I'll keep an eye out on the web for you! To the Directors, thanks for the hard work you put into the company! I know I'm a better writer because of the opportunity you presented me with. 

Yia sou!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Wenchy Monday - Holley Trent: Tex-Mex Meatroll PLUS free reads!

Welcome to the Taverna, Wenchy Holley Trent, who has a mouth-watering recipe on offer AND some free reads. 

Holley’s Tex-Mex Meatroll
by Holly Trent

This meatloaf spin-off has ground up tortilla chips. Its airier texture is due to rolling the meat rather than patting it into shape. This dish is a perfect substitution for pickier eaters, and the cheese in the middle adds a little something for the kiddos.

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. mustard powder
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (can substitute Pepper Jack)
3 cups crushed corn tortilla chips
¼ cup mild salsa

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix meat, egg, and seasoning in a bowl.

On waxed or parchment paper, pat the meat mixture into a rectangle as wide as your loaf pan or slightly less wide than the width of your paper if you're baking on a cookie sheet.

Cover the surface of the beef with the tortilla chips. Just eyeball it. You don't need to use the full three cups - just make sure you have good coverage.

Spread the cheese over the top. Pretend you're building a pizza.

Take one end of the paper and roll the meat as if it were sushi, but don’t catch the paper in the roll. Gently tease the roll to the end and carefully transfer to a greased pan.

Pat the ends so they're rounded and the ingredients inside don’t fall out.

Brush the top of the loaf with salsa. Water it down a bit if doing so makes it easier to spread.

Cover with foil. Mold it against the roll a bit to provide structure to the meat holds its shape as it cooks.

About 45 minutes in—when the roll has firmed but not completely cooked—remove foil. Apply another brushing of salsa.

Bake until a thermometer reads 160°F.

Let the meatroll rest for at least ten minutes before cutting.

While your dinner is baking, check out some of my free reads over at my website.


Holley Trent is the author of Executive Decision, Mrs. Roth’s Merry Christmas, and Her Resident Jester – all available now from Musa Publishing's Calliope Romance Line.

To see all of Holley Musa Publishing books, please click HERE.

Learn more about Holley Trent on her blog and follow her on Twitter.


Friday, 13 February 2015

Fragment Friday - Dragon's Quest

Today, I introduce Fragment Friday. The day where I bring you a fragment (or snippet) from my work.

Today it's from Dragon's Quest, a flash fiction story published by Antipodean SF back in June 2011. 

News of the dragon's capture reached the castle. But not of who had caught the elusive beast. The Prince of Renu? The Lord of Rawry? Or any of the other dozen in pursuit?

The Steward Mikhail waited, hoping this ridiculous show would cease. He kept this to himself. Here on assignment, he would see it through. For the sake of the dragon.

And her keeper.

Over the next day, many of the pursuers trotted back to the castle — but not the one he waited for.

"Mikhail, what ails you?"

Caught off-guard, he schooled his features. "Nothing of import, Sire."

King Patrik raised his bushy eyebrows. "I know you and my daughter are firm friends."

Mikhail inclined his head. "Indeed. With all these men vying for her hand, and a dragon on the loose..." He trailed off, for the first time finding it hard to speak.

The King gave him a sad smile. "I understand, Mikhail. But the law is the law. Anyone who captures the dragon has her hand in marriage." He hastily looked away.

You can read the rest of the story here.

If you'd rather hear me read the story, it's located here.  (My story begins at around 19.20 mark)

Hope you enjoy it!


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