An anthology of amazing adventures for young readers

Today, as part of the blog tour for the Gold Coast Writer’s Association’s launch of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic, an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers, we learn about one of the authors featured in the book.

We asked Lindy Standage to tell us about her writing journey.

Q1. How long have you been writing?

  1. I started with a correspondence course when my children were small.

Q2. What writing groups have you belonged to?

  1. Gold Coast Writers Assoc since 2004, S.T.A.R.S. (Screen theatre and writers group) while it operated for many years and has offered practical writing skills, Eloquence coterie and they have recently published an anthology which is the second book this group has published with some of my stories in, Novel Writers group for many years benefiting from candid critiques, and naturally The Ten Penners with all three anthologies ‘Shock, Horror, Gasp’ and ‘Fan-tas-tic-al Tales’ and now ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’ having my stories.

Q3. What genres do you write in?

  1. Varied from children’s stories through, supernaturals, mysteries, and fantasy/adventure stories.

Q4. What books do you read for enjoyment?

  1. At the moment I’m reading M.C. Beaton and I love Rhys Bowen, both murder mystery writers and Cookson historical fiction is one my favourites.

Q5. How has your life affected your writing?

  1. Monica Dickens, Charles Dickens granddaughter, did nursing in the same hospital I trained in Buckingshire in England, had written about nursing, which piqued my interest in writing. I’ve also written about farming, going hands-on and that’s what I did. When I met and married my husband he was a licensed aircraft engineer and this meant travelling widely, he was also a musician and this enhanced my knowledge of various topics. Write what you know. I’ve had a varied working life and applied that to my writing.

Q6. What stories have you written for ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’ and why?

  1. ‘River Adventure’ is about Yowies which have always fascinated me and I have researched the sightings and mythology of this creature in Australia. ‘Horizons’ Two’ and ‘Efang’ and ‘Efang’s Bride’ are both follow-on stories from episodes in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. ‘The Mountains’ is about kids getting lost when going on a picnic.


Lindy Standage draws inspiration from her kaleidoscopic background of careers; nursing, teaching for adult education, owning a craft shop in Tasmania, farming, cattle dealing and hotel work. Her early years were spent in England and after many travels, she has settled on the Gold Coast, where she indulges in her love of writing.

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

“Take the path through a forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.

From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”

Keep these dates pegged.

The blog tour plan is as below:

15/10/17   Sunday -Marion Martineer – Powell – author The Fix-It Man

16/10/17    Monday– Yvonne Mes, Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley

17/10/17    Tuesday – Jill Smith –

Candice Lemon-Scott, author

 18/10/17    Wednesday– Kate Russell –

Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write

 19/10/17   Thursday –

Julie Baythorpe

Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words

 20/10/17   Friday – Robin Adolphs

Artelle Lenthall

 21/10/17    Saturday – The Ten Penners

We will be attending Gold Coast Writers Meeting to announce our book launch

23/10/17   Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-Greenleaf Press

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!

There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November

 So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

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Not one but two Great reviews!!

Award winning author Clancy Tucker collects great reviews like other authors collect rejection slips.

He must be doing something right!! Check out these two great reviews for his latest book, Bold Journey, they will tell you all.

Bold Journey by Clancy Tucker (Clancy Tucker Publishing)

PB RRP $15.00 plus $3.00 for postage Australia

ISBN 9780994601025

Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

The story begins in 1954, when the Agnelli family set out for Australia on an Assisted Migrant Scheme. The positives and negatives of their decision are cleverly woven into a delicate and moving story of migration, with themes of friendship, family, bullying, and the huge impact the kindness and generosity of strangers can have on people’s lives.

Cat Ginelli and ‘Fozzie’ Agnelli have been friends since childhood after meeting on the ship. Their years of friendship, togetherness, learning, discovery, and shared grief, is slowly transformed into something powerful, but unspoken. While life leads them along different and distant paths as they grow, the emotional ties between them remain unbroken.

Will they finally come together at the official function put on by Amnesty International, or will the story of their life together end due to those words unspoken?

The struggles and challenges the Agnelli family face are the struggles of every migrant family of the post-war years. The courage and determination of they have to adapt and succeed reflect the characteristics of migrants of that era, and many of those of today.

Through his work, Clancy again seizes the opportunity to bring into focus, issues that he is passionate about. He addresses the humanitarian need of countries ravaged by war and poverty, with the intention that it will ‘stir the conscience’ of his readers, and the world in general. He makes reference to the Vietnam and Korean wars and their futility in a significant way.

This is an interesting and well-constructed novel which is historically valuable, in that it reflects on the how and why, Europeans left their homelands for a better life, what they found, and what they did with what they had.

Clancy Tucker has created lovable characters and moving scenes. He has presented a wide view of migrant life. All this is folded into a story of love, hope and sacrifice. Suited for ages 8-80, it also shows the multi-faceted lives of post-war Australians through dialogue, varying voices and points of view.

5.0 out of 5 stars

 I LOVED IT 5 May 2017

By Vicki CASE – Published on

 When you pick up a Clancy Tucker book you can be rest assured you will not be disappointed. Bold Journey is no exception – yet another Clancy heart string tugger for sure.

Bold Journey is a story of two Italian families who individually make a decision to migrate to a foreign land (Australia) so their children can have a better life. In doing so, the AGNELLI & GINELLI families have to leave their family & friends behind & sail to the unknown. Despite the distance however, they never forget or lose contact with their families, their heritage or their culture.

En route to Australia, aboard the Achille Lauro, children; Fausto AGNELLI forges a life-long friendship with Caterina GINELLI. The two share so many great times & adventures together until one day their lives have to take an individual road, a road to their chosen careers. Fausto wants to be a journalist, whilst Caterina wants to pursue nursing. Little did they realise, that their careers would bring them together again & again, however not in the circumstances they would prefer.

Years later, they are both nominated for individual international awards for their respective work. Will they again be united, or not?

Bold Journey is another brilliant literary work by Australia’s multi award-winning author – Clancy Tucker. Each of his books are different; yet each contains an ethical moral that will bring you to tears.

I loved this book from beginning to end & I know you will too. I highly recommend Bold Journey, regardless of your age. It’s a beautiful journey that will leave you wanting more – Cat & Fozzie’s journey. I pray there is a sequel.  




5 things I’ve learnt about writing historical novels for young adults: Michelle Morgan

Today I have the pleasure of hosting a blog post for Michelle Morgan’s new book,


Michelle is going to tell us the 5 things she has learnt about writing historical novels for young adults:

 1.      Inspiration is the starting point – I was inspired to write Flying through Clouds by two historical events – the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in March 1932, and the landing and take-off of Southern Cross by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith on Seven Mile Beach in January 1933.

2.      Do lots of research before you even start to write – Before writing a word, I immersed myself in research. I read books about aviators, the Depression and Australia in the 1930s. I watched videos, listened to podcasts, visited museums and searched for old photographs and newspaper articles. I had to understand how people lived in the 1930s and become familiar with that world before developing my characters and narrative. The most difficult research was learning how to fly a 1930 de Havilland Gypsy Moth. I needed to understand the steps involved and the terminology that was used. I read books about flying adventures and watched technical videos on how to fly a Gypsy Moth plane. I also interrogated everyone I knew who had flown before. Research is vital to developing a sense of place, and can also inspire the narrative and character development as it did with me.

3.      Develop multi-dimensional characters who appeal to readers today – When writing for teenagers, the main character is usually a teenager, although there are exceptions. A support cast of interesting secondary characters is also vital. I had to develop personalities and behaviours for all my characters. I often use dialogue to reveal and develop characters, and I keep physical description of characters to a minimum, concentrating more on what they say and do.

4.      Build a strong narrative with tension and conflict – I make it clear in the first chapter of Flying through Clouds that Joe’s dream is to become an aviator. I then put obstacles in his way and explore his reactions. But Joe also has agency and initiates some of the action. He devises a plan and makes choices, sometimes bad choices, which inevitably lead to conflict with other characters. And there’s no story without conflict. Teenage readers also like elements of surprise incorporated into the narrative.

5.      Develop a distinctive voice –  I chose to write Flying through Clouds in the first person from Joe’s point of view. I wanted readers to be able to experience the world of the 1930s through Joe’s eyes, to be accomplices in all his well-intentioned but poor choices. But the first person also has its limitations because the narrator can’t possibly know everything that’s going on around them or get inside the heads of other characters. It was challenging to develop the voice, behaviour and personality of a teenage boy growing up in the 1930s. I read widely but also observed significant males in my life, and dug deep to find the rebellious teenager within.

I hope that Flying through Clouds engages readers with its compelling blend of humour, drama and historical detail.

Flying through Clouds is available now at bookshops, educational and library suppliers, and can be ordered on my website:

 AUTHOR: Michelle Morgan

 Thank you Michelle. They are all valuable lessons for us all to learn. Good luck with your book.

I was born at the age of four

photo-dr-judith-o-malley-fordToday we continue our interview with author, Dr Judith O’Malley – Ford to discover who she is and what prompted her to write this book. Follow the promotional tour to learn a little more each day.

 The Book: The Secret Stalker of the Prostate by Judith O’Malley-Ford

 Synopsis: This book has the potential to save many lives. Every question regarding anatomy, disease processes, decision making procedures for the treatment and considerations of the side effects, psycho-social effects and the impact on relationships, are concisely covered – all in layman terms.

cover-front-smlFor those men who are in the process of taking that difficult step of presenting prostate problems to their doctors, including those unfortunate enough to be facing investigation for prostate cancer, this book is for you.

More about Judith:

  1. Other than writing, what else do you love?

I also love painting, and drawing and reading. I have had 2 watercolour exhibitions. I love quilting and spending time with family and friends.

14. Describe your perfect day.

Every day I achieve the things I set out to do.

15. What five words best sum you up?

Hard-working, passionate, dedicated, positive, meticulous.

Author profile:

I wrote a story once, starting with the statement, ‘I was born at the age of four”. I think this says a lot about who I am. If I set myself a task, I will always see it to the finish.

My heritage is a mixture of Irish, Scottish, and French. My paternal grandparents were born in Ireland. My grandfather was a stonemason craftsman and died before his time from an associated occupational lung disease. There are enduring examples of his work in public places in Brisbane where I live.

Recently I compiled a picture book of the family history, with pictures dating back to family gatherings of my mother’s family and her great grandmother.

Check out the posts on the other blog tour sites to learn more.

The book is available at all book stores. If it is not in stock yet, ask them to order it for you. It is also available from the Morris Publishing Australia’s website And on Amazon as an eBook.  

Promotional tour dates and addresses:

19th November
20th November
21st November
22nd November
23rd November
24th November
25th November


all-of-us-together-front-coverToday I am pleased to welcome the amazingly talented,  award winning author Bill Condon. Bill is celebrating his new book, All of Us Together with a promotional tour. Just for something different, I’m posting a play that Bill wrote based on the book. Enjoy this extract from the story. It’s bound to make you smile.

We don’t have to wish Bill good luck with his book, his reputation as a great writer is so well known that I’m sure it will fly off the shelves.

All of us Together is a junior fiction novel set in Australia’s Great Depression of the 1930s.

When John O’Casey leaves his family to go in search of work, his wife Margaret is left to raise their three young children, Daniel, Adelaide, and Lydia. Daniel, being the eldest, tries to take on the role of being a leader, but as he discovers, it’s hard to be a man, especially for a boy who’s only twelve-years old.

Although the events within these pages take place many years ago, it is not primarily an historical novel, but one that examines the lives of the same kind of down-to-earth people, who live and breathe today. This is about a family who remain hopeful and resilient, as they stand together through the hardest of times.

All of us Together is an uplifting story, told with poignancy and humour.


A short play adaptation by Bill Condon from All of Us Together, a novel for children aged 8 to 12 years, published by About Kids Books (RRP $14.99)





NARRATOR: When John O’Casey left home to look for work his family knew he might be gone for a long time. Mum would need her son Daniel’s help, more than ever before. But was he up to the task?

MUM: If your sisters see you being brave, Daniel, then they’ll probably be brave, too. Today more than ever, you’ve got to be a leader.’

DANIEL: I’ll try, Mum.

MUM: I know you will. Now, have you brushed your teeth?

DANIEL: I’m not sure.

MUM: It’s either “yes, I have” or “no, I haven’t”. Which one?

DANIEL: No, I haven’t.

MUM: Leaders brush their teeth without their mothers telling them. It might be something to keep in mind.

DANIEL: All right.

MUM: Oh, while I remember it — I haven’t seen your underpants in the washing lately. How long have you been wearing those ones you’ve got on?

NARRATOR: Daniel does a quick calculation and come up with four. It sounds too high.

DANIEL: Only about two days, Mum.

NARRATOR: She looks at him like she’s having trouble believing a word that falls out of his mouth.

MUM: Before you leave this house, boy, I want you washed and brushed. Every last living bit of you.

DANIEL: Yes, Mum.

MUM: As for the state of your underpants — what if you got yourself skittled by a bus on the way to school? With dirty underpants on? How would that be?

DANIEL: Not the best.

MUM: That’s the first thing you’ve got right all morning. It would be a disgrace. There you’d be lying dead, and people would be looking at your dirty underpants. They’d think I was a neglectful mother. Is that what you want?


MUM: I should hope not. There’s hot water in the kettle. You can nip into the bathroom and get yourself washed. I won’t tell the girls about your father until you come back. Hurry along.

NARRATOR: But Daniel has a question that won’t let him leave.

DANIEL: Mum . . .

MUM: There’s a pair of clean underpants in your drawer. Off you go.

NARRATOR: He still doesn’t go.

MUM: Goodness, boy. You’re hanging around me like a bad smell. What is it you want?

DANIEL: There’s something I have to ask you.

MUM: I’ve got a mile of things to do. Won’t this keep till later?

DANIEL: One question, Mum. It’ll only take a few seconds.

MUM: A few seconds then, but not a breath more. Out with it.

DANIEL: I wanted to know if . . . if . . .

MUM: Oh for heaven’s sakes. If what, Daniel?

DANIEL: If you’re going to leave us, too?

NARRATOR: Mum stares at Daniel. For a moment it looks like she’s getting ready to bite his head off.

MUM: Oh yes, mister, I’ll pack my bags and leave this very day.

NARRATOR: Her stare becomes a smile.

MUM: If you don’t change those underpants!

Bill will also be touring online to promote his latest junior novel, All of Us Together, in the following blog tour:

17 November Di Bates

18 November Clancy Tucker

19 November Sally Odgers

20 November Sandy Fussell

21 November Dee White 22 November Dimity Powell

23 November Elaine Ouston 24 November Melissa Wray 25 November Susan Whelan 26 November Romi Sharp

A rollicking adventure from start to finish

sharp shooter cover

If you love an action packed adventure written by someone who understands how to grip you from the first sentence and hold you until the end, you need to read this book.

I was recently asked to review Sharp Shooter by Marianne Delacourt. Being a huge fan of Marianne’s books I eagerly agreed. This book didn’t disappoint.

SYNOPSIS: Tara Sharp can see auras, and it’s ruining her life.

When she tries to turn her inconvenient secret into a paying gig, her first job lands her in the middle of a tug of war between the biggest, baddest crime lord in town and the hottest business man Tara has ever met.

With only a narcoleptic ex-roadie, her pet galah and a vanilla slice for back up, Tara is ready to take on trouble with a capital ‘T’.

Sharp Shooter is a hilarious, action-packed novel and Tara Sharp is Triple F: Funny. Fast. Feisty.

WINNER of the Davitt Award 2010 Best Crime Novel and nominated for Ned Kelly Award 2010 Best First Crime Novel


This highly unusual hero reads auras and is at first scared of her ability. But when she meets a mentor who helps her understand how unique her ability is and how it can be used to help other people she is off on a life-changing adventure. Strong, compassionate and dependable she is drawn into the lives of other people and puts herself in great danger to help them.

This book has a fast pace that we are used to from Marianne and the hero’s unusual abilities, feisty attitude and loyalty to her friends and family endear her to the reader. While it could be considered a crime novel, it also has the flavour of chic lit novel.

I am a fan of Marianne’s books and this one didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait for the next.



Michael bauerWhat makes a story funny? Award-winning author Michael Gerard Bauer knows! This knowledge has made him a popular author in many countries.

Want to have your readers rolling around the floor laughing? Want to know if your story has what it takes to be a best seller? Then don’t miss Michael’s workshop on writing humour on October 24th.

Workshop bookings and our competition to win a free evaluation of your humorous children’s story from Michael close Wednesday 21st at 5 pm. To win one of our 4 evaluations your entry must be in by then. Details of the competition are on the website.

In Michael’s workshop, we look at the basic question, ‘What makes something funny?’ Once we’ve identified the key ingredient of humour, we will apply what we have learned to important aspects of storytelling, such as plot, character and language use, in order to produce laugh out loud results.

Michael Gerard Bauer. Michael is a multi-award-winning, Brisbane based writer of YA and Children’s Books. Michael’s most recent publications have been the very popular Eric Vale series and its spin-off series, Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale. These hilarious books for younger readers are fully illustrated by Michael’s son Joe Bauer. Michael’s books are used widely in schools and are currently translated into 12 languages and sold in over 40 countries.

Cost: 1 day $80
Book now: Phone 07 54981 332 and pay by credit card or go to our booking page and pay by PayPal.


October 31st : Tutor Elaine Ouston

Workshop Publishing: We examine all your publishing options and help you create a killer synopsis, perfect pitch and submission letter.

Decided to self-publish?
You will also learn about self-publishing options.

Competition: Send through the first 20 pages of your manuscript (any genre) by October 25th.
Course cost: $50

Book now: Phone 07 54981 332 and pay by credit card or go to our booking page and pay by PayPal.

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