Fearless

Three Weeks to FEARLESS

The Avena Series, Hidden, Broken, Fearless

The Avena Series, Hidden, Broken, Fearless

Hi everyone

It’s three weeks until FEARLESS is released and I’m very excited to be at this point. To celebrate and put everyone in the mood, in the next few weeks I will be releasing two chapters that you will not find in any of the three books. One will be from Nathaneal’s viewpoint when he was a child on Avena, while the other is from Ebony’s father’s point of view on the day their house burned to the ground. I will have more information on these chapters in the lead up to the FEARLESS release, so please stay tuned.

To catch everyone up, here is a brief summary of what the Avena Series is about.

The Avena Series is the story of an angel named Ebrielle who was abducted at birth, stripped of her name, hidden in a secluded valley on Earth, and raised to believe she is an average girl. But in her heart she knows she is different. How different puts her on a course of discovery, catapulted into action when she meets a troubled boy named Jordan. Their bond alerts the heavens, specifically her eternal soul-mate Nathaneal, a prince in the world of angels who has never given up searching for her, and unfortunately also the dark angel Lucien, whose obsession for Ebrielle brings the young loves and all the worlds of Earth to the brink of devastation.

This is also a good time to remind anyone who would like to attend the fabulous Book Launch that Dymocks in Sydney’s CBD is hosting for the FEARLESS release next month. The launch will be held on the 18th of July at 11 am. I couldn’t be happier to be back in my home state for this, and I would love to see you there.

Invitation to FEARLESS Launch

Invitation to FEARLESS Launch

Countdown to FEARLESS Release in 5 weeks and 4 days

Invitation to FEARLESS Launch

Invitation to FEARLESS Launch

Dymocks and Bloomsbury Publishing are holding a launch to celebrate the release of FEARLESS. So if you are in Sydney in July, on the 18th at 11 am, I will be at Dymocks, 424 George Street, and I would love to meet you and sign your books.

This is going to be a great event as I will be sharing the launch with Bloomsbury’s amazing Young Adult Manager, Sonia Palmisano, who will be giving an exclusive preview of Bloomsbury’s upcoming Young Adult books.

Bloggers and Young Adult fans, this is an event not to be missed. Come and have a great time. Details are on the Invitation posted above.

I am especially looking forward to this event as I was born in Sydney in the outer suburb of Windsor on the Hawkesbury River. I went to Marayong Primary School and Rooty Hill High, worked in Pitt Street as a Stenographer while commuting from Plumpton, and subsequently from my first home in St Clair.

FEARLESS will be my seventh published book, the final in the Avena Series, and I could not be more thrilled to celebrate the release with a launch in my home state.

I look forward to seeing you there.

RSVP to eventscoordinator@dymocks.com.au

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Win a Signed Copy of Broken

Win a Signed Copy of Broken

What Inspired The Avena Series

Q. What inspired you to write your new series about angels?

The Avena Series, with the titles Hidden, Broken and Fearless, began as a thought in my head many years ago and developed over a series of events that happened to me during 2004 and 2005.

In 2004 I had just finished writing The Key, the third book of The Guardians of Time Trilogy. The Key was at the copy edit stage and almost ready to send to the printer for publishing. I had started to think ahead to what I would write next and one thing I knew was that it would be about an angel. Then I became ill. I was feeling run down and becoming short of breath. But I was a mother of three teenagers and didn’t think much of this until I found it difficult to climb the stairs at the front of my house.

It wasn’t long after seeing my doctor that I was diagnosed with aggressive Myeliofibrosis (bone marrow cancer). My body was not making blood anymore and what blood I had in my system was turning into scar tissue and enlarging my liver and spleen. I found out later that I had only a few weeks to live, but a stem-cell bone marrow transplant using my sister’s cells saved my life.

I spent twenty weeks in hospital in an isolation ward where I endured some very dark and seemingly endless days and nights. A few weeks into my recovery from the transplant I suffered a setback in the form of a fall, and because the chemotherapy had weakened my bone structure, I fractured five vertebrae in my low back and over the course of the next few months, my spine (and my height) crushed down by seven inches. I had a lot to deal with and my pain medication had the side effect of making me drowsy.

But when I returned home I felt that I had been given a second chance at life, and my experience in the hospital had me thinking about the wonderful people, the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pain specialists, and all my family and friends, my fans who wrote to me, and people I had never met wishing me well, and everyone who had been praying for me. They seemed like angels, and indeed to me they were.

My illness was the catalyst for writing The Avena Series. I took my thought of a story about an angel, gave it the theme of second chances, and developed my plan for three books. It took time to write due to the adjustments I had to make, the follow-up treatments, and my determination to build up my concentration levels again.

I am proud of my new series, and grateful to Bloomsbury Publishing for their wonderful support and belief in me. The Avena Series tells the story of an angel named Ebrielle who was abducted at birth, stripped of her name, hidden in a secluded valley on Earth, and raised to believe she is an average girl. But in her heart she knows she is different. How different puts her on a course of discovery, catapulted into action when she meets a troubled boy named Jordan. Their bond alerts the heavens, specifically her eternal soul-mate Nathaneal, a prince in the world of angels who has never given up searching for her, and unfortunately also the dark angel Lucien, whose obsession for Ebrielle brings the young loves and all the worlds of Earth to the brink of devastation.

Fearless Book 3 of The Avena Series

Fearless Book 3 of The Avena Series

Hidden, Book 1 of The Avena Series   Broken, Book 2 of The Avena Series