Kisses by Clockwork Cover Revealed

Kisses by clockwork

Ticonderoga Publications have released the fabulous cover for their forthcoming anthology, Kisses by Clockwork, which includes my dark, fantasy romance, “Siri and the Chaosmaker”.

I wrote the first draft for this story in Clarion West 2008 Week 2. I have given it several revisions since, with the final edit while on holiday in France as I was taking the TVG High-speed train from Paris to Avignon. Lovely scenery, nice place to write.

Kisses by Clockwork will be launched in a few weeks at Continuum in Melbourne. Stay tuned for details.

Pre-World Fantasy Convention 2013

This trip seemed so long in the planning, but here I am at last in Brighton UK, waiting for World Fantasy Convention 2013 to begin. I’ve registered, picked up my load of books and pamphlets, met a few people and looking out at the wet, windy weather, wishing I could bring it back with me during the Perth summer.

Getting to the con has been a month long effort. Phil and I decided to take a holiday in France and Italy, starting out in Paris:

Paris Fromagerie

Before heading down to the fabulous village of Loches, where the sights, history and food kept us busy for a full five days:


imageThen down to the Luberon:


Then sur Le pont d’Avignon


And on to Cinque Terre (Italy)


And finally Firenze:


After WFC, we’re touring south England for a few days, before heading to London until mid November.

More photos of our grand 2013 Europe tour with details can be found at Phil’s blog.

Website News

I’ve been tinkering with the website on the weekend. I like the layout and the background. I’m planning on finding a steampunky picture for my header, and when I do, I’ll probably adjust the text to match. But that may take a few weeks, so in the meantime I’m using this awesome sunrise photo taken by my lovely niece Bethany Ryles during a photography marathon called the Endless Sunrise at Byron Bay where “every year on the 15th January an army of photographers embark on a thirty day journey to capture the perfect shot of the sunrise from Australia’s most easterly point…to raise integral funds for Positive Change For Marine Life and The Jonno Howell Photographic Scholarship Fund.”

Thank you Bethany!