A fun market

The Ten Penners at The Lanes Halloween Market 002Today was a perfect day for the Halloween market .The sun was shining all day until the clouds started rolling in late in the afternoon but it didn’t rain and the movie of the night played for all the excited children who had already bounced, learnt how to juggle or hula hoop, had their faces painted and no doubt had a full belly from all the wondThe Ten Penners at The Lanes Halloween Market 003erful street food sold from quirky vans! The range of interesting food was great. And there among the plethora of market stalls was the Gold Coast Writers’ Association (GCWA) showcasing lots of local authors and answering questions for curious writers. I was there representing The Ten Penners, which is a sub group of the GCWA, along with Julie Baythorpe, Kate Russell and Jill Smith. We all had fun chatting and reading from our new anthology Mystery, Mayhem & Magic. We handed out lots of colouring-in competition forms too! Our winner will receive a fully signed copy of our new book and will be announced at our book launch next Saturday morning 10.15am at Broadbeach library. Hope to see you there! – Marion 🙂

Meet our mascot – Plinko!

Plinko photo!Say hello to Plinko. He is our, soon to be famous, character for our colouring in competitions. We are expecting Plinko to be adorned in lots of wonderful colours, and maybe even something sparkly? But which ever way the kids create, the lucky and talented winner shall receive a completely signed (by all 8 authors) copy of our latest book Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.

Download the official competition form which can be found on our Media Kit page.

So get colouring! Winners will be announced at our Book Launch at Broadbeach library on Saturday morning 4th November, 2017.       – Marion


Terms and Conditions:

Entries are for Australian residents only.

There are three age group categories for children under 12 years of age.

Entries may be sent by email to thetenpenners@gmail.com

Be sure to have your entry received by us no later than midnight on the 31st October, 2017.

Winners will be announced at our Book Launch – Broadbeach library on Saturday morning  10.15am, 4th November, 2017. And posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Google The Ten Penners…yay!

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic underway…

Covers The Ten PennersSerious editing and finishing is at hand this weekend by the whole team.

I’m loving our communication and can’t wait to see the group next weekend to see and feel how we are progressing. Lots of positive vibes happening!

Our adventure book Mystery Mayhem & Magic is going to be awesome! I can’t wait to see what the cover may be!

Marion 🙂


Happy Easter from The Ten Penners…

Happy Easter to all our readers, followers and friends. Travel safe and enjoy your holiday.

I’m putting in an excerpt from Fan-tas-tic-al Tales, it’s one of Jill Ford’s contributions to the book. Petal and the Easter Bunny.

easter bunny and eggsPETAL AND THE EASTER BUNNY


From Fan-tas-tic-al Tales

Hannah Elizabeth and Petal were eating Easter Eggs. The little girl sat cross-legged on her bed and Petal sat on the floor. He took up all the space in Hannah’s bedroom.

‘Where’s my egg wrapped in the pink paper with the silver stars?’ asked Hannah.

‘Oh, was that your egg? So sorry,’ Petal said with his mouth full of chocolate.

‘You are a piggy. I was saving that egg for tomorrow.’

Petal shifted himself to a more comfortable position. The whole room shook and a large piece of plaster fell from the ceiling. Petal brushed the bits that had fallen over him onto the floor.

‘I just love the Easter Bunny,’ said Hannah, popping another piece of chocolate into her mouth.

‘I helped the Easter Bunny deliver eggs once,’ said Petal yawning.

‘You didn’t!’ said Hannah amazed.

‘You don’t believe me, do you? Just because I’m not cute, soft or cuddly. You’ve really hurt my feelings, Hannah Elizabeth.’

‘I’m sorry, but are you sure you are not fibbing?’ said Hannah, licking her fingers.

Petal glared at her.

‘All right Petal. Why don’t you tell me all about it?’

‘It was a very long time ago. I was very young, a baby really. I was still green.’

‘Green?’ Hannah looked at her Dragon. He was dark grey with a pink chest.

‘I picked my own colours when I was two years old. Wizard Knowsthelot gave me tins of coloured polish and I rubbed the polish over my scales until I was the shade I wanted. Now, do you want to hear about the Easter Bunny or not, Hannah Elizabeth? Don’t you know it’s very rude to interrupt someone when they are trying to tell you something?’

‘Sorry. Well, go on. Tell me what happened, Petal.’

‘I’m trying to. Now let’s see. Where was I?’

‘You were green,’ said Hannah.

‘That’s right. I was still green. I was lying on the grass having a snooze when Carrots, that’s the Easter Bunny, hopped on top of me. I guess he didn’t see me. He’s very short sighted and…’

‘You were green at the time,’ Hannah interrupted.Petal

‘Well, I rolled over and squashed Carrots.’

‘You killed the Easter Bunny!’ Hannah cried out, shocked.

‘No, I just broke his leg and crushed a couple of his ribs. It was the week before Easter. He was in a terrible fix, so of course, I had to offer to help.’

‘Come on Petal. You never could help the Easter Bunny. You’d eat all the eggs,’ Hannah said laughing.

‘You are not going to be quiet, are you, Hannah Elizabeth?’ Petal said with a pout.

Hannah pretended to zipper her mouth shut. ‘I really would like to know what happened,’ she said. ‘I’m truly sorry Petal.’

‘All right then. I’ll give you one more chance,’ said Petal, who was bursting to tell Hannah his story.

‘Anyway, as it happened you are right. I only meant to sample one egg, but I ate the lot!’

‘I knew it,’ Hannah exclaimed shaking her head. ‘Oops,’ she clamped her hand over her mouth guiltily.

‘One more word and you’ll never know what happened. Not ever. So there, Hannah Elizabeth.’

‘I’m really very sorry Petal.’

‘So you should be. Well, I was very frightened. Carrots’ mother has a nasty temper. She would have spanked me if she found out what I’d done. She was already cross with me for injuring Carrots.’

‘How can a bunny spank a dragon? It doesn’t seem possible.’

‘Carrots’ mother would have found a way. Remember, I was only a baby back then.’

‘You still are,’ said Hannah sniggering.

‘That does it. I’m not telling you any more of the story.’

‘Please Petal. You know you’re bursting to tell me what happened. There’s still a serving of chocolate chip ice cream in the freezer. Mum said it’s mine. It’s yours Petal if you tell me what happened.’

‘I’m trying to,’ snapped Petal. ‘But you are making it very difficult Hannah Elizabeth. Now, where was I?’



The Ten Penners inspiration…

shock-horror-gasp-coverLast Saturday The Ten Penners had a wonderful and busy meeting.

James Blomberg the son of our Lorraine Blomberg who created the covers of both ‘Shock, Horror, Gasp’ and ‘Fan-tas-tic-al Tales’. She contributed stories including ‘The Big Squeeze’, a novella, and the memorable ‘Tree of Trolls’ a rhyming story with illustrations to mafan-tas-tic-al-tales-covertch.

James brought in a large art folder of works she created during her lifetime. Several ready to be put into production as children’s picture books. We suggested ways James might be able to get her work published and that we would certainly hold her memory dear.

We intend to dedicate our next anthology to Lorraine.

Here is one of the intricate and memorable illustrations she created. I have a story idea that might go with this and be added to our next book.

lorraine b drawing king ted.jpg


We write for children and enjoy the delight they share in every little thing they see. Being able to purchase books like this and read them to our grandchildren is inspiration for writing stories that we hope will be equally loved. The Ten Penners are on a mission to create a new and exciting set of short stories, poems and novellas to be delivered in 2017. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our readers and don’t forget if you haven’t already purchased your copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales, we have copies in paperback and available on-line through Amazon. https://www.amazon.com.au/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=fan-tas-tic-al+tales

Title: One Christmas Evone-christmas-eve-covere

Author: Corinne Fenton


Illustrator: Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

This is a truly delightful book and one I will be giving my granddaughters this Christmas.

Award winning Corinne Fenton has skillfully written a charming story about a girl going to Luna Park with her Grandfather. The illustrations are magnificent and the thought that Bella had been given one silver coin for the ride she chooses is a bit magical. I simply love the joyful feeling the book evokes.corinne-fenton-and-marjorie-cf-with-one-christmas-eve

Corinne has again been awarded the accolade of having Myers Melbourne and Brisbane put her book in their window as their Christmas window display.

Corinne describes the book on her blog:

The story is of a 7-year-old girl called Bella who visits Luna Park with her Grandpa on Christmas Eve 1968. Grandpa gives her a silver coin to spend on whatever ride she chooses – then Bella sees the beautiful carousel – ‘Would it be enough for just one ride?’

myer-windows-2016The back story is that Bella is of Italian descent and while her parents are in Italy visiting relatives, Bella is staying with her grandparents who live near Luna Park.

The book celebrates Christmas, family, caring for one another and people settling in Australia and of course, the magic of Christmas.

– Jill.

Kids grow up and have adventures..

The Ten Penners Christmas meeting will be at Marion’s pool side common area on the 3rd December. We are looking forward to sharing our joy of creating stories then along with delicious treats.

marion-and-jason-with-starla-and-partner-formal-nightMarion has just seen her beautiful daughter Starla go to her school formal. She is now free to explore a graphic design course next year. And it seemed like yesterday she was in our little Fan-tas-tic-al Tales launch play at Gold Coast Writers meeting in 2009.

Reflecting that the children in our lives are growing up fast. My heather-in-the-tree-great-shot-oct16grand daughters are now six and seven and exploring the world in ways we could never have imagined in our childhood.

They have never known a world without colour tv’s, computers or iphones.

When Maria did a school assignment she asked me about my life growing up and one question was – did you have a horse and cart? I’m not quite that old, I replied. But my grandmother did.


So far our next anthology has a variety of stories from aliens visiting Earth and finding us too hostile. Some picture poetry, a follow up to a story in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales called Red Beard the Pirate, another about a shrinking boy, a novella about a flying boy, a little girl who has a best friend in her talking teddy bear who manages to get her into trouble and then saves her – twice. It’s all coming together and we hope to be on track to publish in the first half of next year.  – Jill.

The Ten Penners gathering stories …

the-ten-penners-nov-16The Ten Penners are gathering new stories for the next anthology. It’s exciting and with Christmas not far away, the ideas are gathering momentum. I wrote another little story yesterday as a second adventure for Trinny. It’s all coming together!

Now that Fan-tas-tic-al Tales is available on Amazon, it would be a great Christmas stocking filler for the little ones in your life, or for the young at heart. – Jill.


Lorraine Blomberg artist …

lorraine-blomberg-artistI had been trying for some time to catch up with a former member of Ten Penners in Lorraine Blomberg. I took this picture of her when I presented her with a copy of my little story I wrote to accompany her drawing. It was an entry in the Gold Coast Writers Paint and Prose competition in 2012. She was ill at the time and I had hoped her health would improve.

collie-dog-trinny-and-ted-bear-esquire-drawing-by-lorraine-b I put a post on my blog on the 2nd November 2012.

Just days ago I managed to contact her father in law who informed me she succumbed to cancer two years ago.

I was most upset. First that she had passed, and second that we didn’t know.



She was a wonderful person, a very talented artist and a generous contributor to the writing, editing and compilation of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. She painted the cover and was very fussy about the colour in the final publication. We will be dedicating our next book to her. The Ten Penners miss our dear friend Lorraine.

The Ten Penners School visit…

The Ten Penners had a wonderful time at marion BB primary school visit 22Aug16Broadbeach State School on Monday 22nd August. We had a room beside the library where even my small voice could be heard.

The children were from Grades 4, 5 and 6 and we had our biggest audience in the last session. So over 250 students enjoyed hearing about Fan-tas-tic-al Tales!marion BB primary school visit 22Aug16 pic

We’ve have had lots of entries in the Petal colouring competition. Results will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

Broadbeach Ind Primary School visit…

The Ten Penners Aug16Today we did our final preparations for the Ten Penners visit to Broadbeach Independent Primary School visit tomorrow.

We’ll be there early to start Book Week for the students in Grades 4 and 5.

With a fined tuned Power Point presentation. We should wow our young audience!

Again there will be a colouring comp for the kids to win two copies of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.


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