Happy Christmas everyone…

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeupWhat a wonderful year it’s been for The Ten Penners.

I just wanted to wish each of our members who are my valued friends: Marion Martineer, coordinator extraordinaire, Kate Russell amazing editor and techno whizz, Elli Housden for her editing eagle eye, Lindy Standage for her continued participation in our group now having been in all three of our anthologies, Julie Baythorpe for her great stories and creating Plinko, to Sharon Alexiou for her artwork and devotion to creating fun stories for children, and Louisa Wright who continues to grow her writing craft.

I wish you and our readers and followers may you travel safely over the holiday season, and have a Christmas filled with joy and love.

– Jill

A fun book launch and announcing our winners!

For your enjoyment, here are some more photo’s from our fun book launch today.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Plinko colouring-in competitions.

For St. Joseph’s Year 2 – the winner is Harper age 8 …Plinko winner Y2 Harper

For St. Joseph’s Year 3 – the winner is Vania age 9 …

Plinko winner Y3 Vania

And for our book launch competition the winner is Paige age 5 …

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And here are a few more highlights of the morning. Thank you to GC Libraries Broadbeach for the venue and refreshments.

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Book launch day is here!!

ten penners book launch picWe are all ready for the big launch of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic!

We’ll be announcing the winners of the ‘Plinko’ colouring competition, sharing our journey into the creation of our book, and enjoying refreshments.

You might meet a Pirate, a Witch, a Highland dancer, a Dragon, and Ted Bear Esquire will be watching over proceedings. We only hope that Baby will sleep quietly throughout, but then again, Baby may need to save the day! (again!!)

-Jill

It’s time to launch!

Only one more day and we will be at Broadbeach library to launch our third anthology, Mystery, Mayhem & Magic. A lovely paperback novel size, that’s jam packed with thirty six stories, poems and novellas, for children aged 8 to 12, and early readers. Though mums and dads c20171019_192841an read the stories to younger children too.

Featuring amazing adventures and magical creatures with a little bit of mayhem thrown in!

To say we are excited is an understatement! We are ecstatic! So, please come along to Broadbeach library on Saturday 4th November, 2017, 10.15am to 11.15am for a sublime celebration of an exceptional team effort in producing our third book.

Book on line or phone 5581 1555.  Bookings are for catering purposes as the wonderful library staff supply tea, coffee, cordial and biscuits. We will be bringing along some treats too! – Marion

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic blog tour giveaway…

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic blog tour giveaway…

MMM coverThese people all entered and were in the draw and will all receive a bookmark consolation prize.

Maud Finch – (the very first post on Dimity’s blog )

Mary Preston – (who commented briefly on 5 different blogs)

Artelle – (fellow host commented on multiple blogs)

Gretchen – (fellow host commented on multiple blogs)

Taryn Gale – (beautifully written post – she’s my boss!)

Michelle Sergeant – (another Foxtel worker)

Jeanene French – (Foxtel co-worker and grandmother)

Desertsand – (on Gretchen’s blog)

Dot H – (on Gretchen’s blog)

Cecilia Adam – (who was prompted by Gretchen to comment for the chance to win – lovely comment)

and the winner is…

drum roll…

Michelle Sergent 1Michelle Sergeant!!

Who is thrilled and collected her signed copy of the book today!

 

 – Jill

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! Blog tour wrap-up!

Yes, the time has come! Today marks the end of a successful blog tour.

The Ten Penners celebrate the upcoming release of our new anthology. We’ve discovered a great deal about the variety of writing styles and talents of the ladies within our group.

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As a final fling, each of us has answered one more question about ourselves, to add to the already abundant knowledge of our group.

Marion Martineer

Marion bio pic 2Q. What were your goals and intentions in this book? And how well do you feel you achieved them?

A. As a coordinator of a writing group our goals were to have another anthology published. Pulling the team together to have everything on track was reasonably easy because the girls are all very enthusiastic. We are also lucky to have a couple of exceptional editors in Kate Russell and Elli Housden! Our intentions were to produce adventure stories to entertain children and I think we have achieved that. We have had some test subjects who came back with positive comments. Now, we are sending the book out into the general public for scrutiny and we hope to have glowing results as we did with our first two books!

Kate Russell

Q. What do you think most characterises your writing?

A. There is always one element that slips into my writing, whatever genre it is, and that’s Kate Russell bio pichumour. The Kai Russell stories in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic were deliberately written with a sense of fun (and I hope readers get a giggle out of them) but even when I’m writing something more “serious”, humour always slips in. I did try once, many years ago, to write a Mills & Boon type romance, but I just kept wanting to make my characters do silly things for a laugh, so that didn’t really work! Writing with humour comes naturally to me, so there’s no point fighting it. I know that I’m never going to be able to write some deep and meaningful Great Australian Novel because it’s just not my style. I’ll leave that to some other author! Frankly, I don’t want to write about dark and depressing stuff, because there’s enough of that around you every day. I want my stories to entertain, and I hope I do that. Mostly, I want readers to finish my stories feeling happy and hopeful. Even though my first self-Shadow of a Soldierpublished novel, Shadow of a Soldier, which is romantic suspense with supernatural elements, was written as a more dramatic story, there are still lots of fun scenes in it. You can’t have darkness without light. Lately, I’ve been listening (again) to the Harry Potter books on CD, and JK Rowling balances this perfectly. The stakes are high for Harry and his friends, but even when things are at their bleakest, there is still hope and humour. The darkness is never overwhelming (which is not to say I didn’t bawl my eyes out when certain characters died!). I find that when I try to write something too “serious”, I really struggle. But if it’s fun, the words just fly across the page! Of my own books (I have six novels which I hope to publish over the next two to three years), my favourites feature Kylie Cooper, a teenage witch I first wrote about in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. I liked her so much that I’ve now written three YA novels about her! And a close second is a murder mystery featuring a crime scene cleaner as the protagonist, because, although the subject matter is dramatic, the main character and her family are great fun to write about. You’ve probably all heard the saying “write what you know”. Well, I think you should also write what you love and what comes naturally to you! I do.

Jill Smith

Q. What books have inspired you to write?

A. When I was a child my mother read a chapter each night from Enid Blytons’ The Magic jill bio pic cropped sep17Faraway Tree. I still remember begging her to read just one more chapter even though my eyelids were drooping. At school, I wasn’t a breeze through and pass student, like my older sisters. I had to work very hard. I stopped reading books because school gave me so much I had to read that it became a grind. Then I discovered the joy of reading in a small and simple but heart touching book Johnathan Livingston Seagull. All of my family read and I finally caught the bug when I discovered Ann McCaffrey and her wonderful world of Dragons on Pern, and the many other worlds she created. I particularly loved The Ship Who Sang and Restoree. I still have copies of these books on my bookshelf and on my iPad! From there I became an avid reader.

Julie Baythorpe

GE DIGITAL CAMERAQ. So, Julie, where do you get your inspiration to write?

A. Life! The wonderful people I meet in my day-to-day activities, the spectacular places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit during my lifetime. Experiences … mine and my friends and family. And throughout my working life … encounters, events … especially in the school situations, I’ve gleaned a myriad of ideas. I’ve read a kaleidoscope of books, poems and plays, all of which contribute to my creativeness. Heroic people who battle day and night to just survive inspire me. Those who battle adversity e.g. the Rohingya in Myanmar (Burma) at present. Lastly, I attribute my motivation to my delightful family; I love them dearly. All of these elements coalesce to stimulate my writing!

 

Sharron Alexiou

Q. Where do you get your ideas from, when writing for children?

A. Most of my ideas come from children and being around them. Lots of ideas and sparks Sharron Afly being around them. It could be a funny thing they’ve said, a new craze, friendship, or problems they have. Just recently my son went to school with a new t-shirt. His friend said, ‘You have a new t-shirt, I can smell it, it has a new smell!’ All the children went to smell his t-shirt. It was a funny moment and a great idea for a story. My childhood memories, what made me laugh and tick as a child, a photo or picture can trigger a hundred thoughts and develop into good stories. Why? What? When? How? Where? Are always good questions to ask yourself when writing. I love Pinterest. I’m always finding/make up my storyboards with pictures and ideas on it. Every day, I’m finding myself with new ideas for books. I have this big jar, with names of picture books, I want to write. Maybe that might be another book? ‘The never-ending jar of stories!’

Ellie Housden

Elli H profile picQ: What are the advantages of belonging to a writers’ group for you?

A: Giving and getting feedback on our writing to improve the final product.

 

 

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Q. Why do I write?

A. Because it makes me and other people happy. It’s an achievement to see my stories in print.

 

 

Lindy Standage

Lindy bio picQ. How have you found this writing journey creating stories for Mystery, Mayhem & Magic?

A. It’s been an inspiration and has made my life happy.

 

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. If you haven’t caught up with previous posts go back now and check them out. Leave a comment so that you can still be in the running to win a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

MMM cover

“Take the path through a forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.

From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”

15/10/17   Sunday -Marion Martineer – https://marionmartineer.wordpress.com/Dimity Powell – author The Fix-It Man http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/

16/10/17    Monday– Yvonne Mes, www.yvonnemes.com Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com/

17/10/17    Tuesday – Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com/

Candice Lemon-Scott, author https://candicelemonscott.com.au/

18/10/17    Wednesday– Kate Russell – https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com./

Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write https://intheirownwrite.wordpress.com

19/10/17   Thursday –Julie Baythorpe https://juliebaythorpeauthor.wordpress.com/

Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words https://thoughtsbecomewords.com/

 20/10/17   Friday – Robin Adolphs   http://www.robinadolphs.com/

Artelle Lenthall www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com

21/10/17    Saturday – The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/

We will be attending Gold Coast Writers Meeting to announce our book launch

23/10/17   Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net/

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!

There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November. 

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

There’s also a colouring competition, ‘Plinko’ our mascot, for children to send in via email. The winners will be announced at our book launch on the 4th November at Broadbeach Library. Book to attend – Download our book launch poster PDF here >>>  Ten Penners Approved Poster Broadbeach Library

Download the book launch competition form, here >>>Plinko-Colouring-In-Competition-2017_Booklaunch

the ten penners logo 2017

 

 

Happy Blog tour Eve!

Yes, the time has come! Tomorrow The Ten Penners celebrate the upcoming release of our new anthology.

MMM cover

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

“Take the path through a forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.

From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”

Please take the journey with us and discover how diverse and talented a group of ladies we are.

The blog tour plan is as below:

15/10/17   Sunday -Marion Martineer – https://marionmartineer.wordpress.com/Dimity Powell – author The Fix-It Man http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/

16/10/17    Monday– Yvonne Mes, www.yvonnemes.com Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com/

17/10/17    Tuesday – Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com/

Candice Lemon-Scott, author https://candicelemonscott.com.au/

18/10/17    Wednesday– Kate Russell – https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com./

Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write https://intheirownwrite.wordpress.com

19/10/17   Thursday –Julie Baythorpe https://juliebaythorpeauthor.wordpress.com/

Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words https://thoughtsbecomewords.com/

 20/10/17   Friday – Robin Adolphs   http://www.robinadolphs.com/

Artelle Lenthall www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com

21/10/17    Saturday – The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/

We will be attending Gold Coast Writers Meeting to announce our book launch

23/10/17   Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net/

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!

There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November. 

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

There’s also a colouring competition, ‘Plinko’ our mascot, for children to send in via email. The winners will be announced at our book launch on the 4th November at Broadbeach Library. Book to attend – Download our book launch poster PDF here >>>  Ten Penners Approved Poster Broadbeach Library

Download the book launch competition form, here >>>Plinko-Colouring-In-Competition-2017_Booklaunch

_Jill

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic blog tour…

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The Ten Penners are getting very excited, we’ve received a proof of our new book Mystery, Mayhem & Magic!

MMMCover

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

“Take the path through a forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.

From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”

The blog tour is now not far away so keep these dates in mind.

15/10/17   Sunday-Marion Martineer – https://marionmartineer.wordpress.com/

Dimity Powell – author The Fix-It Man http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/

16/10/17    Monday– Yvonne Mes, www.yvonnemes.com

Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com/

17/10/17    Tuesday – Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com/

Candice Lemon-Scott, author https://candicelemonscott.com.au/

18/10/17    Wednesday– Kate Russell – https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com./

Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write https://intheirownwrite.wordpress.com

19/10/17  Thursday – Julie Baythorpe https://juliebaythorpeauthor.wordpress.com/

Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words https://thoughtsbecomewords.com/

20/10/17   Friday – Robin Adolphs http://www.robinadolphs.com/

Artelle Lenthall www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com

21/10/17    Saturday – The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/  Attending Gold Coast Writers Meeting at Fradgely Hall to announce the launch of the book

23/10/17   Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-

Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net/

 

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!

There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November. 

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

There’s also a colouring competition, ‘Plinko’ our mascot, for children to send in via email. The winners will be announced at our book launch on the 4th November at Broadbeach Library. Book to attend – Download our book launch poster PDF here >>>  Ten Penners Approved Poster Broadbeach Library

Download the book launch competition form, here >>>Plinko-Colouring-In-Competition-2017_Booklaunch

 

– Jill.

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.

 

Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon 2016 …

GCW LL group

GCWA-May-2016The Ten Penners were well represented at the GCW Literary Luncheon on Saturday 23rd July, at Southport Yacht Club. In the picture above you can see Marion and her husband Jason, Jill and husband and most of Kate’s head beside me. Jennifer was on another table.

All the members and guests enjoyed the sunshine and stimulating company of guest authors and keynote speaker Madonna King.

The guest authors were Elaine Ouston, Karen Tyrrell, Dimity Powell, Angela Sunde and Brett Alegre-Wood. 

madonna king pic with micGCW LL 2016

The meal was delicious and the everyone enjoyed the day.

Terrific raffle and door prizes were drawn.

Books were signed and sold by the authors. It was a successful day all round.

guest authors GCW LLRobyn and I GCW LL 2016

Madonna and Gavin cutting cakeMadonna spoke about her interviews and writing both memoirs of Ian Frazer and Joe Hockey. meal GCW LL 2016

July is massive…

Vacen Taylor picThe next Gold Coast Writers meeting will be a must go to! On the 16th July at Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads.

Vancen Taylor is the author of the Star Child series. An accomplished script writer also. Being recently short listed in an international script writing competition.

She will be discussing the differences between novel writing and script writing. She will be testing the writing skills of every writer in the room with her micro fiction.

I’ve been counting down the days. The Ten Penners will be well represented.

This is also the last chance to book and pay for the Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon being held at Southport Yacht Club on the 23rd July.
With Madonna King, of ABC fame, the Keynote speaker.madonna king pic with micHer books will be available. Other guest authors Angela Sunde, Karen Tyrrell, Anita Bell, Elaine Ousten, Dimity Powell and Brett Alegre-Wood chatting with the lucky people attending. There are some great raffle prizes including a High Tea at the Marriott, a meal for two at the Hilton, books and lots more. You can book your seat and pay on line through the Gold Coast Writers website. Direct deposit BSB 034 279 Acc 435 364, or BPay! If you prefer, come to the next GCW monthly meeting! On the 16th July at Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads.
Why don’t you join us? There are still tickets available!

The Ten Penners Meeting today …

kate me louise marionToday is the July meeting of The Ten Penners and it promises to be a busy meeting.

We are planning another school visit. In August and we are going to:

Broadbeach State School is an independent public school for the beginning of Book Week.

As a sub group of Gold Coast Writers we are going to be attending both the next monthly meeting at Fradgley Hall in Burleigh on the 16th July, and the GCW Literary Luncheon on the 23rd July.

Looking back at past GCW Festivals we’ve had a great time while continuing to learn our writing craft.

LITERARY LUNCHEON FOR GOLD COAST WRITERS

GCWA Literary Luncheon 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016madonna king pic with mic

Southport Yacht Club
1 Macarthur Parade,
Main Beach, Queensland 4217

Time: 11:00am -3:00pm, arrivals from 11:00am
Literary Luncheon is at Southport Yacht Club this year.

  • Members $45.00 and NON Members $50.00
  • Guest Speaker is Madonna King

This will be a lovely event to share a splendid meal with writers and friends. The guest speaker Madonna King will be well worth waiting for. I’m counting down the days.

Join me if you can. I would love to meet up with all my writing friends.

Vacen Taylor pic

You can book your seat and pay on line through the Gold Coast Writers website. Direct deposit BSB 034 279 Acc 435 364, or BPay!If you prefer, come to the next GCW monthly meeting! On the 16th July at Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads. The meeting room is above the library.The next Gold Coast Writers meeting will be a must go to! Vancen Taylor is the author of the Star Child series. An accomplished script writer also. She will be discussing the differences between novel writing and script writing. She will be testing our writing skills on the 16th July.

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Sat 1:45 PM · Burleigh Heads

June, getting that loving feeling..

Kate with her mum daughters and sistersThe Ten Penners meeting today may be a washout! The rain is teeming and the news says to stay off the roads. Oh no! I don’t think I can survive without my monthly dose of Ten Penners magic!

Just to prove there are many members of this wonderful group here are a couple of pictures of Kate and her family, mum, sisters and daughters.starla and marion tea party

Then our co-ordinator and guru of the group Marion Martineer with her talented daughter.

 

Motivation to write for children …

On Mothers Day, I was able to share a lovely time with my112.JPG son and his partner, and enjoy being with our grand daughters. They are a true delight.

Being a Grand mother is true motivation to write stories for children.

During Grandparent’s Day at St Joseph’s we were treated to spending time with both girls in their classrooms. Then visiting the Library for Book Week.

I collected the money for three copies of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales sold after our Ten Penners visit. Looking forward to our next school presentation in August.

 

 

Dual Visions and Fan-tas-tic-al Tales at Bookface Pacific Fair

me and my books at bookface pac fairDual Visions, my Sci-fi book. Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. Our book of short stories, poems and novellas for children 8 to 12. Written by The Ten Penners, are both for sale at Bookface Pacific Fair.

This is a lovely bookshop with café attached.

I’m delighted to be on the shelf with many other local and talented authors.

If you haven’t been able to pick up a copy before now go in and check it out.

I’m hoping to add more titles soon. I notice many of the books there I’ve read and reviewed. Such as Chameleon by Kathy Stewart, and Karen Tyrrell’s Me & Her, Me and Him, Jo-Kin Battles the It and many more.

Fan-tas-tic-al Tales reaching out …

Signing fun!The Ten Penners are planning more school visits in the near future.

Fan-tas-tic-al Tales continues to delight children. My work colleague Louise, tells me her daughter was quite proud of being able to read her first ‘grown up book’.

Another friend tells me that his daughter. Too little to read, is proud to take her copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales with her to school daily.

So we are contacting the two schools these children go to and will have news of more outings shortly.

The success of our trip to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. Due to the welcome we received, by Mrs Smith the Teacher Librarian. The sessions were well timed and arranged.

So watch this space for more exciting news.