Farewell 2019 – Happy New Year 2020

December  2019, as you can see, we had a wonderful final meeting for the year.

This year after celebrating the commencement of another start to a year of creativity we took on Melissa Gijsbers is the 12 days of Christmas challenge – Day 1 25th December 2019 and the 12th day ending on 5th January 2002. We had a lovely catch up.

The Day 3 prompt was – ‘A Christmas card arrives in the mail addressed to you. The handwriting is beautiful cursive that belongs to another era, and the postmark is from December 191? – Who sent it to you and why?’

We all did a ten-minute exercise. It was great fun.

Happy New Year everyone. – Jill


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


Cover reveal…Mystery, Mayhem & Magic

MMM cover

The Ten Penners meeting today was another productive one.

We heard the last of the Kai stories by Kate Russell. These tales are sure to have kids enjoying the rib tickling antics of this young man!

We had a professional headshot taken with a proper camera and discussed upcoming promotion of the new book Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.

And now, drum roll….. The Cover Reveal!! Thanks to Starla Martineer for the cover design and photography!

Petal and the Easter Bunny …part two

PetalFor those who read the first half of Jill Ford’s PETAL AND THE EASTER BUNNY STORY that I posted yesterday, here is the second half that appeared in The Ten Penners book ‘Fan-tas-tic-al Tales’.

Happy Easter again!


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

‘You had just eaten all the eggs.’

‘So I had. Well, I had to do something and fast, before Mrs Bunny found out. I was a very sorry little dragon let me tell you, and I had a nasty tummy ache.’

‘It was all those Easter eggs,’ said Hannah.

‘I suppose. What I did then, was a bit naughty, but I was very young and I was terrified of Mrs Bunny. She gets so hopping mad over the littlest things. I collected up all the egg wrappers and flattened them out, nice and smooth again. Then I went down to the river. There are always a lot of nice round stones along the riverbank. We have stone skipping competitions there. It’s lots of fun. If you are very nice to me, Hannah Elizabeth, I might take you one day.’

‘Get on with the story, Petal. I want to know what happened!’

‘When I got to the river, Prince Velvet was skipping stones. Only back then, he was just a grubby little boy who hadn’t learnt to blow his nose properly. He hadn’t been taught how to be a Prince. He only wore a toy wooden sword around his waist. We were best friends until we were put into the book.’

‘I suppose it was hard to stay friends, once you had to start fighting,’ said Hannah sympathetically.

‘We are still friends, but it isn’t easy. And it isn’t fair that I get to be killed at the end of the story all the time. I don’t see why we can’t take turns.’

Hannah giggled and leant over and patted Petal’s knee. ‘You die so beautifully Petal,’ she said, ‘I’m sure Prince Velvet could never die as well.’

‘It takes talent,’ Petal boasted. ‘Anyway, I told Snotty, that’s what I call Prince Velvet, what I had done and he agreed to help me. He’d been spanked by Mrs Bunny a few times himself and he was frightened of her too.’

Snotty. Oh gross.’ Hannah wrinkled up her nose in disgust.

‘I told you, Prince Velvet didn’t know how to wipe his nose properly and you promised to be quiet, remember? Mrs Bunny had made herself responsible for bringing up all us kids in Storybook Land properly.’

‘She didn’t do a very good job with you, did she?’ Hannah said. Petal threw an egg at her. He snorted and flames shot out of his nostrils. Hannah’s teddy bear burst into flames. Hannah smothered the flames with her pillow. She knew there was not any real danger because Petal’s flames did not burn. ‘I think I’ll be a firefighter when I grow up. I’m getting a lot of practice putting out fires,’ she said.

Petal ignored her. ‘Snotty and I collected a lot of pebbles and wrapped them up and put them back in the basket.’easter bunny and eggs

‘That was very naughty.’

‘I know, but you would understand if you knew Mrs Bunny. Snotty and I made such a good job of wrapping the pebbles, that no one noticed the difference. The next morning Carrots and I started out to deliver the Easter Eggs. We left earlier than usual because poor old Carrots was on crutches. Mrs Bunny waved us goodbye. She had packed us a huge picnic basket full of yummy things to eat. We put the hamper in Carrots’ hand-wagon, with the basket of eggs. By then, I was feeling really bad about what I’d done, but I didn’t know what to do about it.’

‘Petal, what you did was really mean,’ said Hannah.

‘I know, I know. I knew dear old Carrots would get the blame and he would probably lose his job as the Easter Bunny. I wanted to confess, but if I did Mrs Bunny would have spanked me. I got a headache in my tummy.’

‘That was your conscience getting to you,’ said Hannah wisely.

‘Don’t I know it? It’s always there waiting to spoil a dragon’s fun. Carrots noticed something was wrong. Then, like the big baby, I really was, I broke down and confessed. I cried all over him.’

‘Goodness Petal, you could have drowned him,’ Hannah joked.

Petal ignored that.

‘Carrots never said a word, he just looked at me sadly. I would have felt better if he smacked me hard. “Are you truly sorry Petal?” he asked me.

‘Oh yes,’ I cried. ‘I never meant to be so naughty.’

“That’s all right then,” he said smiling at me. “Do you see that Green Easter Egg, sitting on the top of the pile? That’s yours. Why don’t you eat it now Petal?”

Oh no! He wanted you to swallow a stone,’ Hannah gasped.

‘That’s what I thought. “Open your egg Petal,” he insisted. So I did, and do you know something, Hannah? It was chocolate. Thick creamy milk chocolate.

Hannah clapped her hands and cheered.

‘Carrots knew what I had done almost right away.’

basket of easter eggs“I’m glad you confessed Petal,” he said to me. “If you hadn’t, Easter magic wouldn’t have been able to work and there would have been a lot of disappointed girls and boys, unwrapping river pebbles.”

‘It pays to own up when you do something naughty,’ said Hannah.

‘Anyway, we delivered all the eggs. It was amazing. Every time we got down to the last egg in the basket, abracadabra, the basket would fill itself up again, and that’s how I saved Easter.’

‘But Petal, if you hadn’t been a piggy, Easter wouldn’t have had to be saved.’

Petal glared at her. ‘That’s the very last time I’ll tell you a story, Hannah Elizabeth.’

‘I’m sorry, but it’s the truth. Do you want this last egg?’

‘Let’s have half each,’ said Petal licking his lips.

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

Joyful Christmas wishes

christmas-elf-2016-copyThis little Christmas Elf wants to wish all those who’ve helped me on my writing journey through 2016 to have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year Season.

I’ve read and reviewed lots of great books. Discovered that writing groups are fun to be part of but not necessarily if you are on the committee.

The Ten Penners are a very big part of this journey. Writing stories for children has been a delight, and our new anthology is coming together nicely for 2017 publication. smiths-christmas-tree-2016

I sold another copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales to a work mate who is giving it to her much-loved grand- daughter.


christmas-decos-2016I love Christmas with the lights and goodwill messages and hope that the next year will bring joy and delight to all those I know and love.

The world has become a more frightening place in many ways, but, I truly believe the humanity of the world will overcome the evil and hostility that exists.

So to all readers of this blog and followers of The Ten Penner’s we all wish you heartfelt joy for Christmas and the New Year. May you enjoy your family and appreciate and love them always.   – 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.


Halloween Hangover…

kate-r-halloween-oct16This is Kate channeling her inner Kylie Cooper for Halloween.

If you don’t know who Kylie Cooper is you need to buy a copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales for the youngster or young at heart in your life. It would be a great Christmas present and its only $3.99 on Amazon



The Ten Penners will be having our next monthly meeting at Broadbeach Library Community Room on Saturday 5th November from 10 am to 12 noon. We are working on our next anthology with cover ideas, new adventure stories being written. It’s all exciting.

The Ten Penners exciting news…


fantastical-tales-amazon-proof-sept16Exciting news! Kate has worked her magic and we have a proof of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales to be approved ready for release in the Amazon universe.


Kate Russell – Writer 

Look what came today! The proof for the new version of ‘Fan-tas-tic-al Tales’ to be released on Amazon and as a Kindle e-book (once the other members of The Ten Penners have approved it!)

Here is Marion reading ‘The Tree of Trolls’ by Lorraine Blomberg to the students who attended at Broadbeach State School on the 22nd August.

And here I am doing my little talk at Broadbeach State School. It was a great day!

The Ten Penners Colouring Comp Finalists…

Fan-tas-tic-al Tales coverThe Ten Penners Colouring competition finalists…

At Broadbeach State School, on the 22nd August. We had a huge response to the PETAL colouring competition! These are the finalists. Go into this PDF: petal-comp-finalists-bb-state-school

The winners announced. Their copies of Fan-Tas-tic-al Tales awarded at the school assembly on the 15th September.

Wonderful entries and well deserving winners!The Ten Penners Aug16

This is Kate Russell on the 22nd August. Her little talk to the children on the day.

Go to the YouTube link – https://youtu.be/DN_JXvFyvjY

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.


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.


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.


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.