Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ice King by Geoff Woodland

Thanks to Geoff Woodland for his fanastic review of my last book, Journey from Walara.

Journey from Walara

After reading Wind from Danyari I had to read the sequel, Journey from Walara, by West Australian author, Laurel Lamperd.
The Hennessy boys go to war, Danny to England to be trained as a bomber pilot, and Will joins the Australian Army and is sent to New Guinea. The story begins in the time of innocence in Australia of 1939. The author showed me the lives of people in outback Australia of that time, and how their innocence changed as the war progressed.
Lamperd has the knack of describing the conditions of north west Australia to such an extent that she has my mouth dry from wind blown sand, only to be washed clean in the next chapter by watered down beer in a London pub on a damp wet night, after a bombing raid over Germany. Her description of the Kakoda trail, the mud, the tropical heat and rain, with the expectation of fighting the Japanese brings to life the bestiality of man when at war.
It is not a story of war, but a story of a family caught up in a war. How relationships are made and broken, some deliberate others beyond control of the character. I read the book on a Kindle and after I’d finished, the characters and the locations stuck in my mind for days, even though I was travelling and seeing new places. A well told story.
If you want to discover more about Geoff and his latest book, 'Ice King' check out his website
'Ice King' A saga set during the dying days of the African slave trade.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Japanese Grandmother

Love Came at Christmas, a short story, is my free read this week. Two homeless teenagers meet at Christmas. Read the complete story on my website at

The park was small and on the edge of the city block. Further down the hill, the river could be glimpsed, blue and sparkling in the morning sunshine. Three yachts, their white sails gleaming, followed each other like sentries on guard.
Yesterday, the girl had sat on the same bench in the park, watching the last minute rush of Christmas shoppers. They all seemed to have a destination to go to and carried their brightly coloured Christmas bags with a jaunty air.
Now, the city was almost deserted except for the boy stretched out seemingly asleep on a bench a few metres away. He was a tall rangy boy, too thin for his height. Fifteen minutes earlier, he'd been eating a pie. The girl had felt a twinge of hunger watching him. She wasn't a pie eater but she was hungry enough to eat anything.  
As if conscious of her watching him, the boy sat up. "Hi," he called across the small area of grass between them. "What's new?"
"Nothing much." She didn't feel like talking to him. She didn't feel like talking to anyone.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Phytophthora dieback which causes the most severe and widespread damage to native plants in Western Australia. The most susceptible of the indigenous species most affected belong to four families - PROTEACEAE, FABACEAE, ERICACEAE, MYTACEAE 

Death of a Species 

To the west country
he said he was going.
The petrol gurgled in the tank.

In place of heat waves
Above the saltbush
came visions of forest country
moss and lichen
running water.
Once my country. 

Dieback's got the jarrah
He said
as he handed me fifty dollars
and roared off in the BMW. 

I thought how dreams could change
From soft green to stark grey. 

Laurel Lamperd

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Six fantasy and animal stories suitable for children 4 - 9. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Read my short short story, Walking to School at my website  excerpt below

The rain, which her mother said would hold off, didn’t. It came on an angle, striking her eight year old legs like a thousand little whips.
She looked desolate, a bundle of red trudging along the dirt road. Her long raincoat, two sizes too big, protected her brown skirt and jumper but not her shoes and socks as she squelched in the mud, avoiding the puddles appearing magically before her.
The car stopped: a black car with grey blinds at the little square-shaped windows. She especially noted the little fringes on the blinds. Even after the vehicle had stopped, the little fringes still danced.

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Set in Roman Britain, Crossroads at Isca is the story of two British girls whose lives are changed forever when they meet two young Roman tribunes from the great Roman fort on the plain.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Epilogue of a Romance



Three flowers of spring
The Chinese said
symbols of new life
new beginnings. 

They ate plums
The deep wine fruit
Oozing upon the lips.
She carried daffodils
dripping with bridal creeper.
He wore a pink camellia
in his lapel. 

When winter struck
Baring the branches of the plum
He was living with a divorcee
in Joondalup.
She had gone home to mother. 

Laurel Lamperd
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When Detective Matt Allenby arrives in the hamlet of Taylors Crossing to investigate a murder, he expects it would be a straightforward case. Then he finds he is falling in love with one of his suspects.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Read Little Egypt, my short story on my website

Two unscruplous men plan to trick Little Egypt, a girl from the suburbs. Excerpt below...

Hubble was always going on about the belly dancer who fleeced his granddaddy in Cairo when he was there with the Anzacs though there was some doubt whether his grandfather ever got to Gallipoli. I heard he'd stayed behind in the fleshpots of Cairo where he made the Hubble fortune even though the belly dancer, Little Egypt, managed to get her fingers into some of it.
I met Hubble at his favourite bar, well known for its high betting poker games that I'd discovered to my cost. I sat down opposite Hubble.
"Ready for another game of poker?" Hubble said with a snigger when I greeted him.
I shook my head and hid my nasty thoughts. "I've come about something else. I found a belly dancer for you, Hubble."
Hubble's eyes sparkled with expectation.
So there was something of his granddaddy still left in Hubble. "She's straight from the fleshpots of Cairo. Her name is Little Egypt."

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Calamty's Corner May

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