A Glimpse into the World of Erica Hayes

This month I’m giving you a glimpse into the World of Urban Fantasy Author, Erica Hayes.

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Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy and romance writer. 
She writes dark paranormal and urban fantasy romance, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colourful heroes
with dark secrets.
She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, 
leaving a trail of chaos behind her. Currently, she’s terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland.

Welcome, Erica and thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world. Congratulations on the release of your new book, Scorched. Thanks!

Can you give us a brief outline of the story and its characters?

Sure can 🙂 Verity, the heroine of SCORCHED is a super-powered crime-fighter (yay! Superheroes!) who’s just suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of her archenemy. He locked her in a lunatic asylum as revenge for thwarting his evil plans, and now she’s escaped – but her memory of exactly what happened is splintered. Who betrayed her to the villains, and why? So yeah. It’s an urban fantasy mystery/thriller. With lashings of action and romance.

Sounds good. What led you into the world of urban fantasy?

Well, I was wandering in the woods one night, and I followed this little flickering flame to a secret door under a hill… Yeah. Don’t eat the fairy food, right? I know this now.

So that’s where fairy bread comes from. What inspires your ideas, characters and conflicts?

I’d like to think it was magic, but it isn’t. It’s damn hard work 🙂 but I love coming up with new ideas and plots. It’s the best fun ever! I think my main inspiration is boredom, actually. As in, ‘wow, real life is really boring. Why can’t there be superheroes?’

Since moving to Northumberland, what do you find you miss most about Australia?

1. Weather. Enough said. 2. Real hamburgers. British people don’t understand that hamburgers aren’t just meat and bread. A clue, Britain: salad. And tomato sauce… any sauce, in fact. 3. 3G coverage. In the UK, they think phones are for making calls. Sigh. 4. Milo. It tastes different here! Likewise Cadbury chocolate. I like the British stuff, but it’s just not the same.

What do you love to have near?

Computer. Clothes, I guess, preferably on me 🙂 the whole public nakedness thing? Problematic. Umm… how about chocolate. Does that count as an item?

Yes, it counts. If you could choose anyone as your mentor, who would it be?

Bugs Bunny. That dude enjoys life.

He sure does. You’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately, but where is the most amazing, most unforgettable and most moving places you’ve ever been?

Hmm. Hard to pick just one! There are so many amazing places out there. Ancient ruins have a unique atmosphere, though. I remember visiting Abu Simbel in Egypt, years ago. There’s something almost uncanny about that place. The weight of history, or something.

You obviously love fantasy but in the real world, what chore do you absolutely hate?

Ironing. I just don’t do it. I can’t remember the last time I ironed something.

It’s my pet hate too. If you could learn any skill in the world, imaginary or real, what would it be?

I want to be a wizard like Gandalf. So I can, y’know. Do magic stuff.

What tip would you give us for enjoying life?

Breathe. Oxygen is important. You’re welcome.

Here is the back cover blurb to Scorched: Scorched_sm

In a world where everyone wears a mask, you can’t trust anyone… not even yourself. Verity Fortune was once Sapphire City’s top crime-fighter, wielding her powers of telekinesis to battle the city’s most despicable villains. Now, she’s consumed by a single burning desire: revenge. Against those who took away her mask, her memory, and nearly her life. Having escaped from the asylum they left her to rot in, Verity dons her mask once again and becomes the Seeker, a vigilante warrior for truth. But when she unwittingly uncovers an evil conspiracy deep within her own family, she’s suddenly on the run, alone and hunted by those she thought were on her side…

Another enticing plot full of Intrigue and suspense. It’s been lovely to catch up with you, Erica. Good luck with the new book.

To find out more about Erica Hayes, you can visit her on these sites.

Website http://www.ericahayes.net

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ericahayes.author

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ericahayes

A Glimpse into the World of Young Adult Writer, Stacey Nash


This month I’m giving you a glimpse into the World of Stacey Nash.

Stacey grew up in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards. Full of history and culture, it provides wonderful writing inspiration. After dabbling with poetry during her teen years, Stacey stopped writing until after university when she was married with young children. Now she loves nothing more than spending her days with her children and writing when inspiration strikes.

Welcome, Stacey. Thank you for joining me and giving us a glimpse into your world.

Thanks for having me, Erin. It’s great to be here.

Congratulations on the release of your maiden book, Forget Me Not, Collective Series Book 1. Can you give us a brief outline of the story and it’s characters?

Forget Me Not is a Young Adult adventure with sci-fi elements.  When seventeen-year-old Anamae discovers a pendant that turns her invisible, she draws the attention of a secret society, called the Collective. They descend on her determined to not only confiscate the pendant, but eliminate her for having knowledge of advanced technology that is hidden from the public. Of course there’s a bad boy hero who whisks her away to safety, but things get quiet complicated when the Collective threaten her family.

Being a fulltime writer, wife and mum, I presume there wouldn’t be a lot of time for cooking. Is there a meal you excel at?

Breakfast. Two slices of bread, a toaster and some vegemite, how can I go wrong? Often I’ll get so wrapped up in my writing that I forget lunch entirely and burn dinner. Just ask my family about ‘crispy’ pizza.

Not counting your wonderful husband and adorable children. What are four items you can’t live without?

  1. My laptop to write.
  2. My iPad to read.
  3. My packet of lollies (usually a mixed bag) to keep me going.
  4. My cat, who likes to sleep next to my laptop. (strictly not on the keyboard). He’s to keep me company.

My family, remind me that there’s life outside of the literary world

Speaking of the literary world. If you could choose anyone as your mentor, who would it be?

Albus Dumbledore, because if Dumbledore is my mentor, Hogwarts is real and I got a letter.

You obviously do love fantasy. Back in the real world, what chore do you absolutely hate?

Pairing socks. It’s mundane, takes forever and now that my eldest is ten and looking for ways to earn pocket money… *winks*

You are a clever woman, Stacey. What tip would you give us for enjoying life?

Keep reading and clean later.

Here is the back cover blurb to Forget Me Not:

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother’s favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they’re no longer pretty pieces of jewelry — they’re part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device — and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she’s Enemy Number One.

She’s forced to leave her father behind when she’s taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

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It’s a stunning clover, Stacey. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world and for being such a lovely person. Good luck with the launch of Forget Me Not, Collective Series Book 1.

As an added bonus, Stacey has given us an except:

Easing the door closed, I climb out of the attic and head to the bathroom to clean my dust-covered hands. Water rushes from the spout and splashes against the sides as the basin fills. A reflection of me stares back from the mirror, my dirty hand clutching my aching chest. Today everything feels so raw, open, and fresh, like it only just happened. Why isn’t she still here?

Rubbing my hands clean, I delve into my pocket for the jewelry. Bringing it to my collar, I pin it into my blouse and the hard edges of the brooch prick my skin. My thumb brushes over the smooth, round sides of the pendant and when I pull it over my head, the chain catches on my hair. After I twist it through the tangle so it finally falls cool against my skin, it nestles in the hollow of my throat. I pick it up between my fingers and with reverent slow strokes, rub my thumb over the shiny yellow center—the pendant Mom never took off.

A shiver shoots up my spine and out through my limbs like an electric current, zapping every cell, every fiber, every part of my being. Walking on graves, that’s what Mom would have said. Maybe it’s an omen about her.

I plant my palms on either side of the full basin and peer into the still water taking a moment to collect my thoughts. The water reflects only the cream ceiling. That can’t be right. I do a double take and look again.

My chest tightens. I hold my hand up, but I can’t see it—not my arm, not my chewed fingernails, not my leather watch on my wrist. Where am I? Mouth gaping, I look into the mirror again, but I see nothing.

Not even my face.

I dip my finger into the warm, reflection-free water. Circles ripple in ever growing rings, but there’s no image. My gaze flits to the mirror, but I see only the open door. I have no reflection.

What Others Had to Say:

“I certainly won’t be forgetting Nash’s debut, FORGET ME NOT! A vividly fast-paced tale with adventure, secrets, and kissing!” -Kimberly P. Chase, Author of THE APOLLO ACADEMY.

To find out more about Stacey Nash, you can visit her on these sites.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

Buy Links:

Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00IK07FOQ

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forget-me-not-stacy-nash/1118715581?ean=2940148119388

October 2013 – A Glimpse into the World of DC Green

This month I’m giving you a glimpse into the World of Children’s Author and Surfing Journalist, DC Green. 

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DC Green has written over 2,000 articles for 100 plus magazines and newspapers, contributed to a dozen anthologies and won awards for both his fiction and non-fiction writing. Wavelength magazine in the UK recently dubbed DC ‘a living legend’ with a ‘rapier wit and biting satire… albeit a bit hairy.’

Writing children’s books is now DC’s passion. His six published children’s books include the funny fantasy Erasmus James series and his brand new book for ages ten and up, Monster School, which has already received multiple five-star reviews and two awards.

DC lives on the South Coast of Australia with one slightly crazy daughter and two very crazy guard cats. He continues to surf with high zeal and low skill.

Hi, DC and welcome.

Hi, Erin. Thanks for the invitation.

As a successful surf journalist, what made you decide to write children’s books?

As a surf journalist I’d covered the Bali bombings, won awards and hung out with world surf champions at the best breaks around the world. It was fantastic, but life’s all about new challenges. When my own kids became old enough to read, I was struck with the desire to write something that they would both be keen to read. Nothing beats a challenge!

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I read recently that you were asked what DC stands for and you replied, “My daughter reckons it stands for Dangerous Chef.”

 I’m almost afraid to ask this, but what is your biggest disaster in the kitchen?

I once caused a kitchen fire that almost burned down the house. Seriously.

Okay, forget cooking. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be 

I’d like to rule a small country, preferably with great surf.

That’s fairly ambitious. Has reading a book ever changed your life?

Every book I read changes my life; some changes are minuscule, but some completely rearrange my brain 

If you could choose anyone as your mentor, who would it be and why?

Leonardo da Vinci. He was so accomplished in a wide range of fields from the arts to the sciences to inventing. Plus it would be great to have an insight into Renaissance Europe. And the surf would be uncrowded back then!

Perhaps but had they invented surfboards?

What are five items you can’t live without?

1. My car. There’s not much public transport in my country town.

2. My surfboard. Even authors need leisure activities!

3. My computer. For writing, research and contact with he world.

4. The aeroplane. Beats riding a horse to Perth or catching a trawler to Indonesia.

5. Food. Hungry authors don’t write well.

Agreed, as long as you’re not in charge of the kitchen.

Of your Erasmus James Series, Stinky Squad, Three Little Surfer Pigs and new book, Monster School, do you have a personal favourite?

It’s hard to choose! I spend several months on each book, which is plenty of time to fall in love. Probably my favourite would be the third and final Erasmus book, Erasmus James and the Grat Siege. After spending three books together, I’d really become attached to Erasmus and his supporting characters. It didn’t help that I put them through hell before I finally said farewell. I’m already developing a similar affection for my Monster School characters – and there are still two more books to go.

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Your books have had great reviews.

This fabulous, fun filled fable is so good, I was laughing out loud.

An exciting plot with a timely message.

The language is a mirror to ‘kid-culture’.

Clever use of word and pun will captivate readers of all ages.

Your use of alliteration is brilliant and your play on words send me into fits.

DC Green must have a blast writing.

And my favourite;

I laughed, I cried, I worried about the author’s mental health.

By the way, how is your mental health?

It’s pretty good, considering I’m an author living with a teenage daughter! And thanks for unearthing those reviews!

With writing your children’s books, surfing, touring schools and being a dad, I can see you have a lot of spare time on your hands. As such, what chore do you excel at in the house?

I’m quite skilful at procrastination. Also, I’m good at plate-stacking to make the washing up sprawl seem less menacing.

Dare I say that seems to be most men’s take on chores? What would your tip be for enjoying life?

When all the aspects of my life are balanced – work, family, relationships, leisure time – I’m happiest. Balance also stops me from falling over.

Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world, DC and for being such a good sport. Good luck with the launch of Monster School.

Thanks, Erin. May you write many best-sellers!

To find out more about DC Green, you can visit him on these sites.

– DC’s blog, with all the latest Monster Blog Tour updates: http://dcgreenyarns.blogspot.com.au/

– DC @ Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4527538.D_C_Green

– DC’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DCGreenAuthor

– DC’s publisher’s site (for Monster School orders): http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com

– DC’s other publisher: http://barrelbooks.com/

– Amazon.com (for a kindle Monsters): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FDKBTVQ

August 2013 – RWA Conference in Fremantle, Western Australia

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Wow, another month gone in the blink of an eye, but what a month. The annual Romance Writers of Australia conference was held in the beautiful and historic city of Fremantle in Western Australia. I flew over two days early so I could do a little exploring with Linda Charles (one of my writing mates from Hunter Romance Writers). We ended up in Jail. Okay it was the historical Fremantle jail, but still, it’s a jail.

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Fremantle is full of lovely old buildings built from local sandstone. The conference began on Friday and we had three full days of workshops, celebrating, catching up with old friends and making new ones. Penguin hosted the cocktail party on Thursday night, which kicked everything off to a great start. Then Friday night Harlequin sponsored our Nautical and nice cocktail party where lots of pirates turned up, including Captain Jack Sparrow.








Saturday night the awards ceremony was a celebration of recognition and all that’s been achieved this past year. While the awards were announced we were served champagne, delicate desserts and for those with a really sweet tooth there was a chocolate fountain. I’m delighted to announce I took out third place in the Emerald to which I sincerely thank the judges and readers involved.

To top the night off, Harlequin Escape sponsored an after party where we danced our little hearts out.

This year’s conference was a huge success thanks to the Fremantle committee, guest speakers & workshop presenters, sponsors, volunteers and the Esplanade hotel staff.










SE Gilchrist & Stacey Nash. Yes, that is a torpedo between their legs which is why their grins are so big.


A Glimpse into the World of Ermisenda Alvarez

This month I’m giving you a glimpse into the world of a truly extraordinary young woman. Ermisenda Alvarez is a W­riter, Book Cover designer and Psychology Student. She is also only twenty years old.


Along with numerous solo works, Ermisenda began writing on role play sites at fourteen and completed her first crime novel at fifteen. Driven by the desire to evoke the kaleidoscope of emotions her favorite authors are able to, she kept writing. Growing up bilingual amongst her Spanish family in Australia, she found a love and deep appreciation for language and the power it wielded.

Now she’s working on a joint project with coauthor Eliabeth Hawthorne. Ermisenda has written Leocardo’s perspective of Blind Sight #1, the first book in an urban fantasy series that changes depending on whose perspective you’re reading.

Only last month she recently published Poisoned Waters, a crime novel set on a trans-Atlantic cruise in the 1950s. She lives in New South Wales, Australia.


Welcome, Ermisenda and thank you for joining me and giving us a glimpse into your world.

Thank you for inviting me along. I’m just glad someone is interested into peeking into my world. Who would’ve thought?

Your Spanish background is obviously very important to you. Has it impacted on your writing?

You’re right, it is very important to me and consequently, it has impacted my writing. Growing up and reading so many novels based in America (and occasionally Britain) made me frustrated. Why are so many protagonists American? It’s not a bad thing. I think it’s just because American authors saturate the market and naturally, they are going to write about American characters. While I haven’t written an Australian character just yet (don’t worry, I will get there!), I wanted to explore a Spanish character in Blind Sight. In Poisoned Waters, I explore numerous nationalities including British, Spanish, German, and Dutch, and yes I even included an American. There is so much to explore by having protagonists differ from culture and upbringing. Since I’ve always been fascinated with multi-culturalism, being an example of it myself with Spanish parents but living in Australia, I like to explore it through my characters.

Being a full time student who speaks a couple of languages and is learning another, how do you find time to write, design covers and publish your e-books?

Time is a funny thing. I have always felt like I have had too much of it being at school and university. This is why I started so many hobbies such as graphic design and writing. Now that I’m doing more work whether it be volunteer or otherwise alongside university, I have noticed that time has become scarce. But, for the things we enjoy, we must make time. As many may agree, it’s not hard to lose an hour mindlessly browsing social media pages (yes, Facebook I’m looking at you), surfing the web, or starting another time-consuming television series. I like to think that writing and graphic design is part of my leisure time. I enjoy it as much as socialising. Whereas some may watch television or go to the gym in their spare time, I work on writing and design. It’s both a challenge and a relaxing getaway.

You have the world before you. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

That’s truly a hard question, Erin! I want to learn to do so much more. One thing that I have always wanted to learn more of is languages. I would love to learn them more than just chit-chat with native speakers. I want to learn so many languages inside out, to the point I could translate my novels and re-read them from fresh eyes. I find that with every language (and different dialects) there are histories enveloped in the words. My love of words stretches further than English, and even Spanish. I always think of language as a single shade of colour we perceive the world through. While it may be a tad dramatic, I definitely believe that my experience of knowing more than one language has influenced me and my interactions. I can read literature and legends from Spain and even Latin America in its purest form. Nothing lost to translation.

When you learn a new language you are suddenly open to millions and possibly billions of more people whom you can interact with, whose stories you can read and share. It often saddens me to think there are so many stories I cannot know in their original, raw form simply because of language. I would love to be able to absorb and share the world’s history of stories in their full rainbow shades.

If you could choose anyone as your mentor, who would it be?

I don’t think I would choose a mentor. There are people I look up to for different reasons. Probably the author I have the most respect for is J. K. Rowling but that is simply because of the impact her books had on me and my life. Maybe she would have a few life lessons to spare me in regards to writing, but I don’t think they’d have much impact. I would enjoy having a mentor if I had the opportunity to have one but I don’t think I could really choose one. Going along the road of writing with just myself and Eliabeth Hawthorne (my co-author for my urban fantasy series, Blind Sight) has taught me so much. Sometimes, I wish I had a mentor to help me along the way. But you know what, I learnt it regardless. I learnt the hard way but I will never make the same mistake again. I’ve surprised myself and I have found the self-publishing journey thus far to be one of the most challenging but also rewarding experiences for myself personally. And maybe I also say no mentor because I have always remembered one of many of my father’s life messages, ‘Depend only on yourself.’ If I was to choose a mentor I think I’d just want someone who is a great editor and enjoys my work. As for the rest, I can learn it. I hope?

Where would you like to see yourself in ten years time?

Rich. Famous. Haha, not really. I’d love to just see myself happy as plain as that sounds. I do have to admit that while I do not write for money, it would be absolutely fantastic to earn an income (even if it’s $1 a week) from my work. Even if I earned a good wage from writing, I believe I would still work somewhere else as well. After all, it’s through life that writer’s find inspiration. What kind of inspiration is there to find stuck in my writing office (which, unprofessionally, is just my room) all day? Fame isn’t an ambition either but I would love to gain some kind of fan-base for my books. To be acknowledged by fellow readers that what I write isn’t utter crap but something worthwhile. I don’t think there is any shame in a writer admitting those two things. After all, wealth and fame are possibly the two most significant markers for ‘achievement’ in our society whether or not they should be. They just are.

Thank you, Ermisenda for giving us a glimpse into your world. You are certainly destined for great things

Thanks for having me here, Erin. It’s been a pleasure.

These are just a few of Ermisenda’s Book cover designs.




To find out more about Ermisenda Alvarez, you can visit her on these sites.

Website: https://ermiliablog.wordpress.com/

Blog: https://ermiliablog.wordpress.com/

Blog Free Ebook Covers: https://ermiliablog.wordpress.com/free-book-covers/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ermisenda.alvarez?ref=tn_tnmn

Facebook Free Ebook Covers: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ermisenda-Design/175308379283857?fref=ts

A Glimpse into the World of Writer and Story Editor, Serena Tatti

This month I’m giving you a glimpse into the World of Writer and Story Editor Extraordinaire, Serena Tatti.

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Serena Tatti left a promising career in medical research to raise her family. Cliché, but true. Having always been an avid reader of romance novels, she decided to try her hand at writing one of the many stories that lived in her head. Several more followed in quick succession. While she loved writing her books, soon it was evident that the proofreading and editing skills that had often been utilized in Serena’s medical research days were being used more and more by friends. After working in the editing field for several years, Serena started her own editing business, Serena Tatti Editing Services. She lives in Victoria, Australia.

Ciao, Serena. Thank you for joining me and giving us a glimpse into your world.

Grazie, Erin. I feel very honoured to be here today.

As you can see my questions differ a little from the normal. With your Italian background I can only imagine the wonderful dishes that come out of your kitchen. What meal do you think you excel at?

I love cooking and trying out new recipes occasionally. I guess my most requested dishes are: Lasagna with Napoli sauce and three cheeses (no meat); Chicken with Mushrooms and Spring Onions served with a tossed salad; and Dreamy Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake. If you’re not full after all that…maybe I should have served my Spinach Dip first.

Serena, my mouth is watering just thinking about those dishes. Aside from the delicious meals you cook, what are five items you can’t live without? Continue reading

May 2013 – Where does the time go

It’s been another busy month. My family and I are now settled in our new home, surround by native bush and an abundance of bird life. The view is magical. I’ve finished the curtains and my husband has put up all our pictures, so it feels very homely. We still have a lot to do outside and the kids hate it when we say, “Okay guy’s, all hands on deck this weekend as we’re going to dig drainage trenches or spread gravel.” They escape the first opportunity they can. Little rascals.


I also escape occasionally. And I never miss my Hunter Romance Writers monthly meeting. We’ve had three unpublished writers offered contracts this year as well as some of our published authors. 2013 is turning into a great year for the HRW’s.

I’ve also managed to read some very good books over the last month. As a big fan of Deborah Challinor, I had to read her latest book, ‘Behind the Sun’, which is the first book in a series of four. It’s an historical set in the 1830’s, revolving around the transportation of female convicts, a floating brothel and the friendship of four extraordinary women.

I also read Kylie Griffin’s latest book, ‘Allegiance Sworn’, the third in her Light Blade Series. Kylie has come up with a fantastic paranormal fantasy about humans, half bloods and demons. Kylie weaves an intricate tale of alliance, hatred, trust and forbidden love between these three races. I can’t wait for book four.

And, I read Stephanie Lauren’s latest historical romance, ‘And Then She Fell’. I love historical romances and Stephanie Laurens is one of my favourite authors. She has written over thirty books, mostly set around one family and their acquaintances. Her books are vividly detailed, sensual and always have an intriguing mystery to solve.

As to my own writing! I have two ms on the go at the moment. A romantic suspense set in Northern NSW and a romantic fantasy set in an English Castle. I’ll always be a bit of a pantser (writing as it comes to me), although I am becoming more of a plotter. I now have two large corkboards divided up into chapters and covered in sticky notes relating to each of these stories.

I do have some good news. One of my manuscripts has made it into the last round of the Australian RWA Emerald Award. The winner will be announced at the RWA Conference in Freemantle on August 17th. It’s a dream come true just to be one of the three finalists.        

My E-book short story, An Irish Rose is doing well and I’ve had good feed back from readers. The only criticism being it was too short and they wanted more. I can live with that. If you would like to read ‘An Irish Rose,’ you can download it through Smashwords, Amazon, Barns and Noble, Kobo or iTunes.

Ciao for now, take care and be good to yourselves.

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Erin Moira O’Hara