The results are in for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and it looks like my dreams of standing with the hummingbirds in Seattle will have to wait a while. Three men have taken out the honours with interesting looking titles. The winner is decided by readers, so read their excerpts and cast your vote. I’m thrilled to have made it to the semifinals and on the strength of the feedback I received, will be fishing for a North American agent and a publisher there, as well as in Australia too of course.

In other news, the QWC/ Hachette Programme is once again open for submissions. I won a spot in their 2008 Bribie Island manuscript development retreat and had a wonderful time, and learnt a lot. It’s really worth a go. Favel Parrett, Past the Shallows, Phillipa Fioretti Book of Love and Fragments of Dreams, and Chris Currie, The Ottoman Motel, were all in my group and have gone on to publishing successes. Who knows? The next one could be you! The rest of us are still out there trying, and we’re getting closer all the time.


YEEHAH! OH YES OH YES OH YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Made the top fifty in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award! Click here for the good news. My stomach was churning as I saw the Ds come up and then there I was. Top  fifty. Top 1% from the 5000! Och Miene Gute!
Click here to read an excerpt and write a review of your own if you like.
You may not have noticed but I’m very, very excited. It’s like getting a spot on THE VOICE for writers!
Huge thank yous to all those who “liked” my entry.
Love to all,


A man picking lotus near Angkor Wat

A man picking lotus near Angkor Wat

The world seems to be turning suddenly very fast for me at the moment. First the launch of Thrill Seekers after waiting so long and now this! My Cambodian novel under the title “When it Rains”has made the quarter finals of the Amazon/Penguin USA breakthrough novel awards. It feels like a miracle. 

Here’s what the Amazon reviewer had to say about the excerpt,

“My overall opinion of this excerpt is that I can’t wait to read the rest. It is sad and revealing yet true and important. Apparently from reading the pitch, the author experienced this trip to Cambodia and has put together this fine piece of fiction so that through this story others may read and get an understanding of life in this country. It is very, very good writing. ”

That makes my day!

If you have a few minutes could you please click on the link, join Amazon if you haven’t already – it takes less than a minute I just did it – , then “like” my entry.  If you’ve got an ereader you can download an excerpt and do a review.
And if you’re feeling extra benevolent please share this link too.
Thank you all so very much.
I hope that one day I can help you make your dreams come true too.
With love,