I thought i would write a blog post about what i’ve been up to since my last one.
After the stress of the last release, i went on a much needed holiday.
It’s nothing something i ever thought i’d do as i tend to get bad motion sickness. And yes, i was ill most of the time, but those herbal sea sick pills are the best!
I really enjoyed my cruise. We boarded Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas to the north island of New Zealand and New Caledonia.
New Zealand was absolutely amazing and i wish i had more than 3 days there.
I got to visit the beautiful Bay of Islands, venture into a glow worm cave (it was so dark and cold but the little bugs were bright and looked like stars. It was easy to forget you were in a cave) and see the majestic and ancient Kauri trees. Then we sailed to Tauranga and i finally got to go to Hobbiton! OMG it was more than words can express. It was surreal that i was actually there.
Next stop was Auckland.
I just love visiting cities of the world. It’s one of the things on my bucket list – visit almost all the capital cities of the world. Auckland did not disappoint. It was a gorgeous day. My mum and i went up to the Sky Tower and i conquered my fear of heights by peering through the glass panels in the floor to the ground way below. It was freaking scary. Then we went up higher to the top observation deck and that was even scarier but i got some amazing photos and vantage points of the entire harbour.
Then we devoured a much needed coffee, and Oh my God! After living on bad american coffee for a few days, we were dying for ‘real’ coffee. Kiwi coffee is even better than Aussie coffee. It was divine.
After we inhaled our incredible coffee, we caught a ferry across the harbour, 45 minutes to Waiheke island because it was such a glorious sunny day. Waiheke Island is known as the Island of Wine, so of course, when on the Island of Wine, what do you do? We caught the bus a minute up the road from the pier and checked out the shops. As we were short on time and had to be back at the ship by 5pm, we found a bar and had a glass of wine. Now, we usually drink Kiwi wine at home, so we knew it was going to be good. And it was! I wanted to stay there longer, but we had to get back to Auckland, so we grabbed a NZ icecream and boarded the bus that would take us back to the pier.
If you have never tried kiwi icecream, you are missing out! It was the best icecream i have ever tasted. In fact, all the dairy i had over there was the best i have ever tasted.
Fate is funny. Fate is clever. On the ferry back to Auckland, we talked to a lovely Kiwi lady who was on a holiday with her family. We talked about what we each were doing on our trip, and when i mentioned i was an author, she said she may have heard of me. I wrote down my details and she said she was going to look me up. She also said that her niece was an author too. I wish i can remember exacly who she said, Kate or Kelly Curaro? I’m not sure of the spelling. Because i was on holidays i didn’t do anything about it. Oh, well. It’s funny the people you meet while travelling.
On the ship, i also met some lovely people. I got hit on by a handsome room attendant from Guatamala. It was nice testing out my spanish on him. LOL. Seriously though, it might just be that many of the international people on there hadn’t seen a woman in who knows how long, or something. I don’t know what it was, but i felt attractive for maybe the first time in my life. I was always that weirdo nerd girl that nobody wanted to sit with in the school playground and not being able to get a boyfriend, at 28 years old i was now finding that i was attracting the attention of the opposite sex. What happened? Lol. I haven’t done anything different. I made friends with one of my waiters at dinner, a cute Filipino guy the same age as me. I made a passing comment about wanting to learn more languages, and he wrote down a page full of filiopino phrases on the back of the dessert menu, so i could quote, “remember your favourite dessert”. I don’t know if i’m reading more into it than i should, but he could have picked any other set of phrases for me to learn. He kept telling me i was beautiful. *shrugs*.
It felt good and it was a great mood lifter.
That was the gist of my holiday, now it’s back into work and book stuff.
I’ve already been working hard to bring you the next book. I don’t want to rush or stress the process so i am taking my time with each book this year so i’ll enjoy being an author again.
It was nice not being on social media for 2 weeks, but i’ve missed you guys and it’s nice to be back.
Oh, and if you missed my latest spontaneous cover reveal the other day, i’ll share them with you here as well as the pre-order links. The Kindle links will be available on their release days.
Here’s the covers for my upcoming series, Hidden Magic.
Emmaline was once the most beautiful princess in all the lands. She was also the most powerful. You see, she was from a long line of powerful Dragon Shifters, and the magic in her blood was pure and strong. Everyone wanted it. This is the story of the girl with the fire in her eyes – —the first and the last. Eva’s ancestor, Emmaline, was once the most powerful being in existence. She was one to be feared. But when she fell in love with a vampire, she knew she had to make a decision: surrender her power or let it consume her. After all, her father warned her of Darcy. She only found out too late. In the exciting new spin- off of the Dragon Heart series, Discover why some loves are never meant to be. When you play with fire, you are bound to burn
Burn will be available June 15, 2016.
Please note that Burn is a SHORT story prequel. It acts as a little bridge between Thirst and Illuminate.
Emma Raine looks like your average eighteen-year-old. But she holds a secret deep within her. She is a magical being, a powerful queen of a faraway mythical land who fled her destiny. No one will ever know. And she’ll kill you before you ever will. By day, Emma is a law intern in one of Sydney’s top firms. By night, she researches ways of keeping magic hidden, of keeping her world separate from the life she lives now. But something is stirring in the streets of the trendy Australian city. There are whispers of magic, and Emma must stop it before it takes hold. Her search leads her to the dark underworld of drugs and sex… and the man who rules it all. In the enticing first novel of the spin-off of the Dragon Heart Series, can Emma keep her magic hidden from the one man she thought she’d never see again? Or will his interest in her illuminate everything? You can’t run from your destiny
Illuminate will be available late 2016/ early 2017.
Next up though, is Thirst which i’m currently busy writing. Keep following my Facebook page and group for updates.