Bookshelves and Kindles


A kindle and a bookshelf who says you cannot have both

I need to have both… my kindle and my bookshelves

Hopefully everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I certainly have, busy, busy and busier. Family and friends seemed to appear from nowhere this year. The house was never empty, wonderful to catch up with others and generally have some stimulating and fun conversations but …Yes I know there is always a but, I had just finished my writing course and I was buzzing, all I wanted to do was write. Never really got a minute to myself but oh I love Siri on my new ipad, it  lets me leave messages to myself. Although some of my ideas did not write up as well as I said was still a great way to get them down without a family or friend wanting to ‘see’ what I was writing which FYI I hate!

Finally last week I got my time and house back to myself, was getting to grouchy stage with all the friendliness around, shameful I know but I am sure others get overdosed on people at this time of year, NO? Oh well I do! Then what did I do, stupidly agreed to play beach volley ball, not something I am good at and to prove that I had a very swollen and sore hand for a week. No typing and  no writing! So got my squishy cushion, sun parasol and sat reading on the beach.

Now I have eventually succumbed to technology and I love it. I have a kindle and downloaded the App onto my ipad, absolutely fantastic will never be without them but ( yes another one) when I need cheering up I want a book, to hold and get absorbed into. So I went rooting around my shelves and found Sabriel by Garth Nix, Book 1 of a trilogy. I have read this set of  books a number of times and like my old friends I enjoy their company and can rely on them to cheer me up. Sabriel is a story of magic and of girl who come into magic and her destiny. A good read by a excellent author.

Does anyone else wander through their bookcases or are they now obsolete in the modern home? I love the comfort they offer, the memories I share with the books on those shelves, just having them there is like a cosy blanket. Let me know your thoughts on bookshelves and kindles.


R. K Pavia & My Online Writing Course

The Sanctum of Souls by R.K. Pavia first in the Trilogy

Interesting Read – I Recommend this novel

Well my online writing course starts soon, can’t wait. It is a 5 week course so will keep me busy up to Christmas. Has anyone else done one of these? How did you find it? Never done an online course before so really interested in how that is going to work. Now the thing is, can I be disciplined enough to do it all properly. I really hope so, as if I want to write I need some organisation – I am a little erratic ( stop laughing those that know me).

This month I have started to read  The Sanctum of Souls by R.K Pavia.  I was introduced to this author via the friend of a friend on Facebook and I am so pleased I have found her. I have read her poetry under the name Bex Pavia, which is dark fantasy and the poems have just the right amount of intensity, creepy, ghoulish and shudder. I have downloaded TSOS to my kindle and what I have read so far I am enjoying. It has all the elements you would want in a fantasy, nice interaction between the characters and you get to see a growth in the personalities. The concept, inept hero saving the day, is not new but the angle and world is and I have been told to expect the unexpected.

Just to clarify that ( I have now read all of the book)  there are some unexpected twists and turns, this author is not afraid to surprise you. At a reasonable cost from Amazon a nice addition to anyones reading list. I have also been told she has written a rather nice children’s book for Christmas, The Story of the Snowman – might be a nice present for nephews and nieces.


Some good from the bad…


The Brides of Rollrock Island a mystical yet gritty read with some dark themes.

A little bit of personal news to start this post; our poor car gave up the ghost last week on the way to work and the repair bills is an unnecessary burden this month. had a look at some loans and decided to go with payday247. The end result of this is not only is my car running more smoothly than in years and so much quieter to, I have also gone ahead and bought myself a creative writing course. I am so excited been thinking about it for years so glad to finally have taken the plunge – I wonder if I will be saying that next month when I try to fit the course into my hectic schedule? I have gone for an oh-line course for that reason, gives me a bit more autonomy of when I will work.

I thought people might be interested in this post I found while meandering around the net  – as you do. It is a list of Australian YA writers and some fun facts about them. Maybe I might enlarge on this a bit in other posts, some in-depth info on our own Au bred authors – what do others think? Interesting or what?

I am currently reading ,’The Brides of Rollrock Island’ by Margo Lanagan. It is a beautifully written novel, mystical as well as gritty, with a theme that everything has its price ( oh wait is that me reflecting my finances at the moment??) It has a dark depth and quality to the writing,  that keeps you engrossed and wanting to know more. Look forward to more by this author, in fact I have Tender Morsels on my TRL for next month.