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Now on Kindle!

One of the blessings of the new digital book age is that a writer’s previous books, now out of print, can be dusted off, given a minor makeover and unleashed upon the world once more. So it was with my crime novellas, Fly By Night and Sacrifice, and thus it is again with my fantasy books, Witch Honour and Witch Faith.

Fly By Night and Sacrifice, featuring Frank and Milo, were released as a single novel in 2004 by Homosapien Books. Frank and Milo are musicians, and a couple, and they keep stumbling into trouble. In Fly By Night it’s animal smuggling and murder; in Sacrifice it’s a serial killer!

Witch Honour was originally short-listed for the George Turner Prize in 1998 as ‘Witching Ways’. After the short-listing, I edited the tome into a trimmer version and wrote the sequel, Witch Faith, which was short-listed for the George Turner Prize in 1999. Finally, both books found a home with US publisher Five Star Science Fiction, an imprint of Thomson books, and they were published in hardcover editions in 2005 and 2007 respectively.Being in hardcover, and in the US, limited their availability somewhat.

The Witch books follow the adventures of a group of witches: Sylvia (who was inspired by my friend Yvon Hintz, who did the new covers), Leenan, Magda and Tephee. Magda is actually a qualified doctor from a technological civilisation who has ended up on this world with a strange past and a present where magic works. There are rogue witches, battles, dragons, love, betrayal, journeys, disappointments, joys and the occasional song!

Now the copyright for all of these books is back in my hands, and I’ve finally had the chance to format them all and get hold of some new covers. In due course, I will submit all four books to Smashwords for other e-book formats.

Follow the links to download the books from Kindle:

If you download the books, or have read them in their former lives as hard copy books, I’d be grateful if you wanted to leave a review on the Amazon site for them.

If you spot any errors that I’ve missed, let me know about those too. One nice thing about e-books is that you can make edits *after* the book has been published!

In the meantime, I hope that you all have a lovely time off over the next few days, if you’re taking the Easter break. Me? I’ll be working through my pile of paperbacks as a final effort to clear the physical book stash before I really start to work on the virtual book stash that is now growing in my new Kindle!

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 55 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 39 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 8th with 48 views. The most popular post that day was Pleasantly brain dead.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, members.iinet.net.au, goodreads.com, and narrelle.livejournal.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mortal words, love songs for the shy and cynical, rob shearman, pride and prejudice tv series, and liar justine larbalestier.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Pleasantly brain dead September 2010


Lessons in language: Tactfully changing tack October 2010


Review: Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman October 2010


GaryView: Get Vajazzled for $17! August 2010


Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Yohangza Theatre Company September 2010