A Kiwi’s Sense of Place … and No 8 wire

In a recent blog my writing buddy, Serenity Woods mentioned Kiwi authors’ sense of place… Serenity wrote …When I first moved to New Zealand, the librarian at the school where I work told me that Kiwi authors have a very strong sense of place….New Zealanders have a strong sense of national identity, and this often […]

Promotion for the Indie Author

Book Promotion                                                                           As an indie author it’s up to me to promote my own books. This is the norm now as most traditional publishers expect their authors to promote books they accept for publication. So what are the options for Indie Authors? Social media… but too much and it’s a sure fire way to lose friends Newsletters … these can […]

The Return – Latest Release is #7 on iBookstore Contemporary Romance List

     My Latest Release …. The Return Book II – Prodigal Sons. When Logan Sinclair turned his back on his home, his family and the prosperous Racing Stud of Darkhaven and vanished… he also turned his back on Piper and her love … and his return after ten long years is greeted with suspicion and […]

Friends Working Together

  Seven New Zealand Indie Authors have banded together to produce this fabulous omnibus….Seven good novels for 99 cents… There is nothing so sweet, or so fraught as love the second time around … in this boxed set there are marriages that failed, chances not taken, friendships taken for granted and relationships forbidden…. Six of […]

Jolly Lobster Award

    Susanne Bellamy  is a tough act to follow. Her post was wonderful. While I’ve never gone fishing for lobsters as a child me and my siblings spent hours fishing in out local creek for fresh water crays …     These little critters are cunning and crafty and it took a lot of skill to catch them barehanded…their […]

Autumn Comes to The Antipodies – a time for reflection

The clocks have gone back and the evenings are drawing in, the leaves on the deciduous trees are colouring up and the mornings are often misty…to me there is something decidedly melancholy about bidding goodbye to another summer…a feeling I suspect is universal, after all Native Americans measured their age in summers. Autumn is also a time […]

The Romance Reviews 3rd Anniversary Party

LOVERS’ LIES …..The first book in the series PRODIGAL SONS …. will feature on The Romance Review site on 10th March….   Don’t miss your chance to win some fabulous prizes      Read an excerpt to find the answers  https://www.shirleywine.com/lovers-lies/           Visit The Romance Reviews to enter this quiz and win some […]

When Research is Fun

The setting for the series … The Mulleins of Katherine Bay Recently my DH and I bought a new caravan…to make it easy for me to do research for my rural romance novels of course… So this last weekend we set off for a trial run around The Coromandel Peninsular …. the setting for my series […]


It’s strange where research leads a writer… Work on my new series Prodigal Sons means that I need to know more about horses … race horses and trainers in particular…so where better gain hands on experience than to visit one of the world’s leading sales venues Karaka.  Today, Auckland Anniversary, saw me sitting in the sales pavilion of […]

Getting Inside a Writer’s Head…

  Hello Everyone Firstly thanks to Jane Beckenham for asking me to join this blog hop ….  Getting inside a writer’s head … what a scary thought … are you really game to take that risk? I remember vividly going to a luncheon where the guest speaker was Diana Gabaldon, author of the The Outlander  […]

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