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    A View Across A Bay

    Bloubergstrand is a seaside suburb of the City of Cape Town, South Africa, 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) due north of the city center. Literally, Bloubergstrand means Blue Mountain Beach. The view across the bay is absolutely stunning. Looking at Table Mountain from this angle, on the left is Devil's Peak, then Table Mountain proper - the top cable car station is on the very right, then Kloof Neck. Next is Lion's Head and in front of that, sloping toward the harbor, is Signal Hill, from where to this day a canon shot marks the midday hour. The hotel we will be staying at for the first week of our holiday…

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    Holiday

    I am sooo excited! Next week Tuesday, 2 Aungust, my husband and I are going for a 2 week holiday to beautiful Cape Town and the Winelands. My next 2 newsletters will come to you from there. I will be visiting all the places mentioned in my books, take many photos, and in general behave like a tourist.    Cape Town is in a winter rainfall area, so we’re hoping for pleasant weather – not that anything will put me off, except when we’re going up Table Mountain in the cable car. For that one day I ask, please, please, please, not too much wind!   But, does an author ever really take…

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    Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, Shifters And Such

    This blog is for books with paranormal elements in them. Remember that pesky vampire I mentioned before? Well, I am happy - and very nervous - to announce that he is about to be launched into the world. It is paranormal vampire romance (naturally) set in Cape Town, South Africa. This vampire - his name is Zanephyn Heardt - is trying to cure himself of the malady of being a vampire, but his plans go awry when his virgin 'cure' accidentally comes across a stranger. There is also a witch and an irritating slayer in the mix to put a spoke in his wheel. And you didn't think I was…

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    Painting Pictures With Words

    How much description is necessary to paint a picture of the setting in your mind while reading a book? The Winelands of the eastern Cape in unbelievably beautiful, with majestic mountains as backdrop to lush green vineyards, rolling away, but would you like pages of description? (How are some people so fortunate to live in such beautiful places?) The wine farms were established almost as soon as the Cape was settled by the Dutch in 1652. Their mission was to provide fresh food to Dutch East India ships passing around the Cape. Farms producing all sorts of crop sprang up, including grapes. The soil is rich and the climate ideal,…

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    Cape Town, A Unique Setting For Paranormal Romance

    So, you are into ghosts and witches, vampires, werewolves, shifters and all those fun creatures? This is the blog where you can find anything paranormal. My personal favorite is of course ghosts with a witch thrown in here and there, and I have that one pesky vampire. Now, about that pesky vampire... Do you want to read A Vampire's Pantry before anyone else, for free? Will you leave an honest review on any online bookstore on launch day? Go here if the answer is yes. ARC Readers Club. You know how important reviews are to authors, and this author is in particular interested in your opinion. Just pick a book,…

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    So, what about the setting?

    How important is setting to you? How much, in your opinion, does setting impact a story? I mean, can you take a tale set in Europe and transplant it to Antarctica and get the same effect? Of course not. The setting is about more than the clothes the characters wear; it is more than a mere backdrop for events. I mean, in Texas we have cowboys and in Australia there are rugged farmers. In the Cape region of South Africa, we have vintners who love their wine. So, when you check the setting of a book, you know what type of hero/heroine you are going to get. So, my question…

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    Did you notice?

    I just wanted to bring to your attention, in case you didn’t notice, that Roxanne’s Ghost is wide now. That means the 2 books in the duology, Find Her and Save Me are now available in many online bookstores instead of being exclusive to Amazon.  Just to remind you what Roxanne’s Ghost is all about: identical twin sisters falling in love with the same man. He married Roxanne, leaving the other sister, Millicent, to smolder.  It is a story of revenge, time-travel, and romance. Find Her ends on a massive cliffhanger, and there is an unexpected sting in the tale at the end of Save Me.   The ghost hides in plain sight from almost the beginning.  Are you up…

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    Just look what I have gone and done!

    Trapped In Yesterday became, well, Trapped In Yesterday. Yup, I have gone and done it again. It is as if something is biting me, and I just have to do it - I can't help myself. I only had to change the cover image of Trapped In Yesterday. The story is still the same - a young widow who is given an interesting birthday gift - a night with a professional sex worker - but her dead husband objected. Which cover do you prefer, left or right? Announcement My duology Roxanne's Ghost is no longer available in Kindle Unlimited. And, me being me, it was too good an opportunity not…