Monthly Archives: August 2013

JK Rowling on raising girls…. http://o

JK Rowling on raising girls….


This is your life…

This is your life…

I believe…

I believe...































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Feeling lucky…..????

It’s a stunning late winter/ early spring day in our part of the world and we’re getting a summer teaser! I have the most amazing conversations with my friend Kerry ( a very smart, very dynamic lady who works in the banking industry) and she told me this story which really touched me.

An old Zulu lady came into the bank the other day and this Gogo (an affectionate term for elderly woman in our country. Literal translation means grandmother) was chatting to Kerry and a colleague of hers and colleague mentioned that this Gogo had traveled all over the world. Kerry, being a traveler herself, immediately asked where she had been and how she had come to be so widely traveled, as this is fairly unusual for an elderly Zulu lady living in rural South Africa. The lady explained that she worked as a char/nanny for an American family for many years in South Africa and when they left, this family kept in contact with her. No, not just a letter or an e-mail…kept in contact to the tune of sending her a ticket to join the family wherever in the world they happened to be for their holidays. For six weeks on that holiday , she told Kerry, she is treated like a queen.

When Kerry mentioned that she was lucky to have made contact with this wonderful family, the old Gogo sent her a wise look and said ‘I was born lucky and I will die lucky.’

This little story will probably have more of an oomph when I explain to you that black woman in South Africa, and in Africa, have it exceptionally hard. Many of them have little education, are frequently treated like third class citizens and have tough lives raising children, a good proportion of them doing so on their own with no financial or emotional contribution from their children’s fathers. A lot of woman are also raising their siblings children after they have passed away from AIDS or from other diseases. I do not blame them for feeling like life has given them a raw deal because in many ways it has. Black woman are the backbone of Africa and they will always have my undying respect.

But this wonderful old lady decided that she was going to be lucky- blessed – and she was…the law of attraction in action! There’s a lesson in here somewhere…about being grateful for what we have and to always have a positive outlook on life. Well, that’s the lesson I’m taking away…because, really, I’m damn lucky and don’t have a thing to complain about!

Take care






Nina Harrington’s Recipe For Disaster

One of my favourite author friends is hanging out with me today….welcome Nina Harrington! Over to you…..

What flavour would you like your Romance?
The world of romantic fiction is famous for having so many wonderful genres and subgenres. From regency to paranormal, contemporary to futuristic, erotic to inspirational, every romance reader can find something that appeals to them.

But that can cause a problem when publishers and booksellers have to slot your books into a particular publishing genre box so that readers can find them. I find that this is particular troublesome for the many different type of romantic fiction which include a mystery or suspense twist.

For example; What does the term romantic mystery mean to you?

For me, romantic mystery describes a romance with the added twist of a mystery subplot. These are not romantic suspense stories with serial killers or dark thriller plots. Far from it, many contemporary romantic mysteries are light hearted entertainment from terrific authors such as Stephanie Bond, Gemma Halliday, Rachel Gibson and so many others. The reader has to study the back blurb before realising that the mystery element has been threaded through the book to add just that little strand of extra spice and conflict to the romance.

But one thing is certain – this genre provides great fun for the reader.

So how could I resist writing one?

‘Recipe for Disaster’ is a fun contemporary romance with a mystery twist, starring a feisty heroine and a hot Italian bad boy lawyer. I hope that you enjoy it!

Take one estranged Italian family,
A celebrity chef cousin,
Add a secret inheritance,
A pinch of family rivalry,
And a red hot hunk for taste.
Mix and simmer until boiling point!

Recipe_Disaster_finalBunty Brannigan knew turning thirty would be tough, but she never expected her life would unravel before the candles on her cake had been blown out…But before Bunty can say Mozzarella she discovers that she is in line to inherit controlling shares in the Caruso family business and someone has attacked her charming celebrity chef cousin Luca in her deli.

Throw in a sizzling hot Italian lawyer and her birthday has turned Bunty’s world upside down!

What will happen when all of the Caruso family secrets are out in the open?

Will Bunty’s Italian grandmother still try to stay in control from beyond the grave?

Can Fabio persuade Bunty to change her mind about dating Italians?

Will the convent girls be forced to finally confess to Sister Teresa the truth about the visiting choirboys and the missing communion wine? And how much chocolate do you need to create a life size man part?

Let the mayhem begin…before it becomes a recipe for disaster!

To discover even more about Nina Harrington, and to keep up with her latest projects, you can visit her at:

Talking music…


I can’t sing to save my life but I love music. When I’m writing there’s always music in the background and I’ve frequently been inspired to write a scene from lyrics I’m listening too.

I’ll listen to anything….rock, soul, blues, jazz, country. Current favourites are Counting Stars by One Direction, Hey Ho by The Lumineers and Pink’s Just Give Me A Reason. I also love South Africa music and frequently write to Watershed or The Parlotones. For some brilliant South African music that is more traditional check out the multi-Grammy winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the ‘White Zulu’ Johnny Clegg.

I love songs with a story (must be the writer in me 🙂 ), so I do gravitate to modern country music. Songs with a good story…um…Meat Loaf’s Paradise By the Dashboard Light (Funny), Pink’s Just Give Me a Reason (Sad), Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying (Powerful) and Garth Brook’s Learning to Live Again (evocative. ) Fellow author Kelly Hunter introduced me to Keith Urban’s Stupid Boy this morning and it almost made me cry. Check it out here:

But now and again there’s a song that resonates with me and right now, Kenny Chesney’s track with Dave Matthew’s I’m Alive stops me in my tracks.

Maybe because it just reminds me – at this crazy, crazy busy time on my life filled with kids and work and writing and LIFE! – to stop and breathe. It reminds me to be grateful. Watch the video here:

Do you have song that defines your life? Or one that you like at the moment? Or one that makes you laugh? Or cry? Let me know…