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Dark Star; The Rosie Black Chronicles Book 3…

The third book in The Rosie Black Chronicles is OUT NOW

Dark Star will be the final chapter in Rosie’s battle with Helios.

Will she win?

Who will survive?

Not everyone is going to get out of this one alive. 

Available from all good bookstores and online.

BUY: Booktopia  Amazon  Kobo  JB-Hifi  Bookworld

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Books I loved as a kid

swallowsHere in Australia, 2016 Book Week is in full frenzy and I’m heading to a local school to do some presentations which had me thinking about my favourite books when I was a child.

I was one of those kids who read by torchlight when I was supposed to be sleeping, anyone else? Scary stories, mysteries, fantasy and those fantastic choose-your-own-adventure books, remember those??

I also read a set of books by an author few may remember now, Arthur Ransome. He wrote a series called Swallows and Amazons and the kids in it went on boat rides alone, ate awful sounding tongue sandwiches (honestly what was with the tinned tongue in the 1930s??) and solved mysteries.

By today’s standards the books may seem very old fashioned  but I still think the most popular books, the books kids love, are still at heart very  much the same. They’re about children stepping out into scary worlds on their own, being resourceful, having adventures, facing danger and surviving. The settings may have changed but what we all yearn for is constant; a chance to show you’re more than people think, to find your inner strength, to shine, to be part of something magic, something bigger, to take some power back in a world where children are told they have very little agency, that they must ‘do as they’re told’.  That’s the magic of those stories, whether it be Swallows and Amazons or Harry Potter, the story makes us feel part of something special and I love that despite the change in our society, the generation gap, we still have a bridge that connects us all.


Publication Date for Redemption

It’s been a long time coming but finally, Redemption, the third and final book in my Twins of Saranthium series will be coming out in ebook on November 5.  I don’t have a cover yet but it should be here soon! It’s been years in the making but at last it is done. I hope people are happy with how Shaan and Tallis’s tale ends. For more information on the books to go my main website here

Thanks so much to Booknut for making Rosie the dystopian book rec. xx

Big Sky writers festival

Since having children getting to any festival has been a massive challenge but this year I’m starting to come back. Cue excitement!

Thanks to the fabulous folk at my local library in Geraldton I will be appearing at the Big Sky writers and readers festival this May. It’s been a long while between festival coffees for me but I couldn’t be looking forward to it more.

More details about what I’ll be doing will be coming when I have them.  In the meantime, check out the website….HERE



How to finish a book when you’re a full time parent….

If you’re like me and trying to write while juggling miniature people who think ice cream is a food group, then this new post may be for you over on my main site, Writing with a toddler handicap….

Genesis for just $3.99

The ebook of Genesis is out for just $3.99 this Australia Day weekend on Kobo.

Ebooks available now

Rosie face thinHi all, I just realised I haven’t let people know that the Rosie Black series is now available in ebook!
Yes you can download it from:

Amazon     Kobo  ITunes   JB-Hifi

Spread the word!



On being dumped and how it helped me

Fellow sf writer Karen  Miller kindly invited me to write a  Guest Post: Lara Morgan over on ime on her blog and I’m dissecting what it was like for me to lose a contract otherwise titled, Even Published Writers Get The Blues.


I’m talking about writing, Betrayal, snacks and other important things! At AusRomToday


AusRomToday LaraMorganAuthor Spotlight
Lara Morgan

Describe yourself in one word:

What is your background with regard to writing?
I have been writing since I was a child, starting with some truly appalling poetry and plagiarising famous works (especially by Enid Blyton). Surprisingly none of these have been published! I was the typical English Lit student nerd in high school and studied creative writing in university but there were long gaps in my twenties when I did no writing at all. It took until my thirties for me to get serious about it. See next question……

When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
I was working at a community newspaper and had been dithering about with a fantasy book since 1996 but I never really thought I could be a published writer. To me writers were other people, out of…

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