Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Welcome to the Apocalypse - book trailer

I'm pleased to release this exciting book trailer for Welcome to the Apocalypse - Pandora (Book One)


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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Coffee chat with Aussie author Martin Rodereda, author of dystopian novel Salvage

Can you believe it's only 10 days until Christmas, and 16 days till the end of 2016. I hope that when you reflect back you won't put too much pressure on yourself. It was another year - good or bad - and we need the yin and yan to keep the balance.

You're almost there, just one more coffee chat for this year.

Today's guest is Martin Rodoreda, a Sydney born and based writer with a love of speculative fiction and ancient history. Martin’s writing draws on contemporary themes and seeks to combine action, fiction and social comment into worlds that are simultaneously familiar and foreign, realistic and extraordinary. His debut novel Salvage is set in Sydney in the near future, Salvage projects current political and environmental trends into a dark and dangerous future world. His second novel will transport the reader backwards in history by nearly 2,500 years to the ancient Greek civilisations of Sparta, where a young boy must find a way to grow and thrive in Sparta’s militaristic culture.

Please join me in welcoming him to my virtual cafe.

DL: Firstly, as this is a coffee chat, what's your favourite coffee/tea/other? And what's your favourite time of the day to partake; morning, afternoon?

MARTIN: I'm a latte man. I tend to prefer my coffee in the morning after breakfast, though will sometimes have a second in the early afternoon.

DL: Salvage is a story about a future depleted of resources by mining and pollution, obviously a topic close to your heart. Do you then prefer ebooks over print books? If yes or no, why?

MARTIN: I still have a leaning towards print books over e-books, though I'm not against the ebook option and have read a few in my time. I like the look and feel of a print book and the ability to share it with others. I am passionate about the themes in Salvage, particularly when it comes to clean energy sources and sustainable options. There's no reason why human's can't continue to use paper based products as long as we are sourcing them in a responsible and sustainable way. My biggest gripe is with fossil fuel mining; it is an old and out-dated technology which we know is doing considerable damage to our environment. There are completely viable clean energy alternates that we should be transitioning to at a far greater pace that we are. Our progress is slowed by the fear campaigns run by the mining companies speaking of economic demise if we legislate to hasten the transition. It's rubbish of course; history is full of examples of industries that have declined and others always rise to take their place. 

DL: Do natural events feature in the world building within Salvage, or are they predicted based on current events? And where did you go for your research?


MARTIN: The events that I have created in Salvage are predictions based on my observations of current events. They are at the extreme end of the scale. Bodies of work like An Inconvenient Truth and other climate change science formed the basis of my research. I also reference a number of actual events from the last 10-15 years. Some of these I've witnessed myself but much was researched online.

DL: What are you working on now? Is it the same genre?

MARTIN: I'm working on an historical fiction set in ancient Sparta at the moment. It is a period of time that I have always been fascinated with. The seeds of the idea for this book came after reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (an excellent book!). I loved the idea of taking real people and real events from history and turning them into a compelling story. I'm attempting to do the same with this book; it is set during the Peloponnesian War, a civil war between Athens and Sparta about 50 years after the more well-known events in Ancient Greece (the Persian Wars and the Story of the 300). The majority of characters are people that lived at the time.

DL: And lastly, are you a biscuit or cake sort of person? And what is your favourite biscuit/cake?

MARTIN: One of each? I definitely have a sweet tooth. I'd probably lean towards the cake over the biscuit, though it would be a tough decision.

Thank for the chat Martin. We wish you much success.

About the book


Excessive mining, human pollution and war have left the earth devastated and all but inhabitable to humans. A Dome built over the city of Sydney and controlled by the tyrant Silmac protects what is possibly the last bastion of civilisation. When Silver is abandoned out in the badlands by her salvage crew, she must fight for survival to make it back to safety. But she soon finds that the Dome no longer offers the protection it once did, as she faces betrayal, makes new alliances and uncovers secrets that will bring her into conflict with Silmac himself.

About the Author


Martin has many and varied interests. He loves to read all manner of books, though his first love remains the fantasy genre along with ancient history, myths and legends. He grew up playing table-top miniature games and role-playing games, and still enjoys these when he gets the chance. He loves Australian Rules Football and, while he hung up the boots a few years ago now, he enjoys keeping fit and healthy and having a kick with his boys. He is environmentally conscious and is keen to do his part to ensure a healthy world for future generations.
 
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This was the final coffee chat for 2016. The coffee chats will resume in January 2017. Thank you to everyone who has participated, both authors and readers. I hope you've discovered books you otherwise would not have.

Have a great end of 2016 and see you in the new year!

D L Richardson

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Welcome to the Apocalypse - Goodreads giveaway - starts December 20 (US only)

Greetings! I'm running a giveaway on Goodreads. Win 1 of 10 print copies. Due to the high cost of shipping this is open to US residents only. Sorry. Starts December 20 ,2016. Ends February 28, 2017. Put this in your diary! And good luck.


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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Coffee chat with (now) Aussie author Laura E Goodin


Christmas is getting so close. I haven't even begun to shop, and the number of days left to finish everything I want finished are running out. But you know what, who cares? It's the end of the year, not the end of the world. so sit down and have a cup of coffee or tea and let life go about its business while you go about yours.

Today on my blog I have American-born and now Aussie author Laura E Goodin who has just released her debut novel "After The Bloodwood Staff".

Welcome Laura,
 
DL: Firstly, since this a virtual coffee chat, how do you have your coffee? Are you a morning or afternoon person?

LAURA: I blush to say I absolutely detest both the taste and the perfidious nature of coffee.  Such a betrayal:  it smells so good, and tastes like burnt things.  No, I drink tea (black) to write or to relax, and Diet Coke when I need to do things that are neither of those.  And if you consider working through to 4 a.m. to be “morning”, then I’m a morning person.  The wee small hours are my absolute favorite time to work, but only if I’ve reached them from the nighttime side.  Incredibly, the world seldom chooses to oblige me in this.

DL: I was at a Conflux session a few years ago where you opened the event and you were fabulously funny. Does humour play a part in your newly released novel "After the Bloodwood Staff" and/or any of your other works?

LAURA: Heavens, thank you very much!  Yes, I really enjoy writing humor.  I don’t particularly enjoy either reading or writing dark stories; God knows there’s enough of that on the news.  I find that humor strengthens the spirit and helps develop the habit of finding perspective and a refreshing ridiculousness in the world – skills that could do with a bit of an airing in the current sociopolitical climate, if you ask me.  So yes, ATBS – and most of my other work – includes a healthy larding of humor.  Problem is, humor is really hard to write, not least because it’s so subjective.  Moreover, just like it’s impossible to tickle yourself, it’s nearly impossible to surprise yourself with what you write, and thus you can’t really get an accurate impression of whether a reader is going to experience the right kind of surprise from your writing that will prompt a laugh (or, ideally, a lengthy guffaw that ultimately subsides in wheezes and tears, only to break forth again at inopportune moments).  I will say that one of my favorite sounds in all the world is someone laughing as they read my writing.  (Assuming it’s one of the pieces I intended to be funny!)

DL: You conducted research into the rise and fall of genre boundaries in fiction. I'm always fascinated by the findings of such studies. Can you tell us a little bit about your findings? And is the research published and available for writers to read?

LAURA: The article that summarizes my research was published earlier this year, and is available here: http://www.lauraegoodin.com/Goodin_UncertainBorders_SF47_pp1-68.pdf.  The thumbnail sketch of my findings is that the strict genre boundaries that publishers insisted on from their writers during much of the 20th century were just that:  constraints that publishers imposed on writers.  This hasn’t been all bad, as genre conventions serve a number of useful purposes for readers, publishers, booksellers, and even the writers themselves.  However, there is nothing inherent in speculative fiction that requires these particular conventions.  In fact, if you go back to the beginnings of what is now called “genre fiction” – fantasy, science fiction, adventure, mystery, and so on – you find that writers not only wrote in any number of what are now considered separate genres, but freely mixed elements of all of them in single works!  Moreover, readers were entirely happy to purchase and read books that in later years publishers would reject for not clearly being in one genre or another.  What’s exciting is that, now that the Internet and other digital technologies have “democratized” publishing – in other words, given a wide variety of people the ability to publish at low cost, and allowed writers and fans to interact without the mediation of a large, centralized publisher – writers are increasingly able to, once again, play within, between, and around readers’ expectations.  Every book has the potential to be a new and deliciously bizarre experience!

Note from D L: This article looks like a fascinating read. I've added it to my reading pile.

DL: The big, bold stamp on many publisher and agent guidelines these days seems to be 'seeking diversity in writers and characters'. Do you think this search for diversity is playing a part in the pushing of genre boundaries?

LAURA: I think it’s hard to separate out which causes which.  Readers’ demands for diversity (and I do believe it’s readers’ demands, not publishers’, that drive this process) grow in parallel with writers’ yearning to tell stories that all kinds of people can identify with and enjoy, and that honor the differences in people while challenging common assumptions of what’s “normal”.  Through what they offer and consume, writers and readers give each other permission to edge a little further and a little further outside the norms; this, in turn, makes greater and greater diversity seem normal, and encourages a bit more edging.  And long may this process continue, I say.

DL: As well as an author, you're a poet, you write plays, and you compose operas and choral works. Am I right to assume that you appreciate the works of bards and playwrights of yonder years. If yes, if you could travel back in time to meet any of these wordsmiths, or even one of their fictional characters, who would you want to meet and why?

LAURA: I would love to have a beer with Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe – I have a lot of questions, largely to do with spying, swapped identities, and other trickeries.  I’d also love to listen to Conan Doyle (who also wrote plays, albeit with indifferent success; see https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=Conan_Doyle%27s_Hard_Luck_as_a_Playwright), even though I’m pretty sure he would insist on trying to convert me to spiritualism.  And Aphra Bean would definitely be on my list!  I must clarify though:  I don’t write the music, just the words. My favorite collaborator in art, as in life, is my husband, composer and conductor Houston Dunleavy (although I have, on occasion, stepped out with other composers; only in the most appropriate of ways, of course).

DL: I agree with you that a fit writer is a better writer. (Read blog post here). What type of music would accompany the Laura E Goodin Writer's Workout DVD?

LAURA: I think I may be a bit of an oddball in this (as in many other things), but I find I don’t care to listen to music while working out.  Even when I’m running to the stories in Zombies, Run!, I keep the spaces between the story clips silent.  And my main sports – fencing, karate, horseback riding – are usually practiced unaccompanied.  I like the meditative aspect of it, and I like the feeling of enjoying my own company (and, as applicable, that of the horse).  It also helps me pay attention to how I’m perceiving the exertion and what’s going on around me, both of which keep me safer.

DL: And last question, what is your favourite biscuit and/or cake at the moment?

LAURA: Peanut butter cookies, I think.  They’re a staple amongst my people, and they remind me of my beloved grandma.  I don’t go a day without realizing how much I still miss her.  Peanut butter cookies taste like love, because of her.

 
ABOUT LAURA

Laura E. Goodin is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, old-fashioned adventure, humor, plays, libretti, poetry, and (very occasionally) nonfiction. Her work has been published and/or performed on three continents, and plenty more projects are in the works.

Laura is interested not only in the wondrous and sublime that form the core of speculative fiction, but in how music, drama, and other performance arts can incorporate a bit of surreality, unreality, and hyperreality. Encountering strangeness and wonder in unexpected places and unexpected ways is what she finds most intriguing and exciting about being a writer.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK


The sedentary and impractical Hoyle meets Sybil Alvaro in a used bookstore, and she invites him to follow in the footsteps of her favourite author in a search for the mysterious Bloodwood Staff. He’s spent his entire life reading vintage adventure action, and thinks he knows how these things should go.
 
A deliberate subversion of adventure, fantasy and satire tropes, After the Bloodwood Staff  is a brilliant and unexpected ride.

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Thank you to Laura for dropping by my virtual café, and thank you for stopping by to check out another amazing Aussie author. 
 
Warm regards,
D L Richardson
 

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Coffee chat with Aussie author of steampunk fiction, Felicity Banks

Welcome!

Aussie indie authors have been visiting my virtual café for the past two months. and the support has been amazing! Some of the books have been set in Australia and some overseas. Today's coffee chat is with an author of a steampunk novel set in Australia, Felicity Banks.

Felicity is a Canberra based author, and she also writes a lot of interactive fiction which is something I've never ever attempted and wouldn't know how to do.


DL: Firstly, since this a virtual coffee chat, how do you have your coffee? Are you a morning or afternoon person?

FELICITY: What an unfortunate beginning! I loathe and despise coffee—even the smell. So you can keep your coffee to yourself rather than wasting it on me (which does at least simplify one's attempt to email hot beverages). As a steampunk author I should at least appreciate tea, but even that is beyond me. I do drink tea sometimes, but only the sweet, hot, black tea that I associate with travelling in Indonesia.

No, this isn't Felicity. It is one of her publicists.
DL: I love the idea that a steampunk novel is set in the Victorian Gold Rush era. It just goes together like vegemite and toast. How far off is Book 2, and how many books do you plan in this series?

FELICITY: Absolutely! Apart from anything else, children born in Australia in the 1800s still absolutely considered themselves to be British. Of course my own characters have quite different opinions about who they are.

Book 2 will hopefully arrive by September 2017 but no promises! There will be three books altogether.
Another one of Felicity's publicists.
DL: You write a lot of interactive 'choose your own adventure' fiction. Did an understanding of what readers want help with writing Heart Of Brass?

FELICITY: I wrote "Heart of Brass" several years ago, before discovering interactive fiction. Print books take a lot longer to... well, to print... than digital, so the publication order of my steampunk tales is all over the place. In fact right now I'm writing "Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten" (which is a serial story hidden inside the "Choices: And The Sun Went Out" phone app on itunes/android) which is set before all the others, in 1837-8 Europe. I like to think that the main character of "Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten" is a relative of Emmeline Muchamore, but either story is an excellent starting point.

DL: You also work at a games store. Is writing for the gaming industry something you've considered? Or is it just as difficult to break into that market as is it for authors to break into the publishing industry?
 
FELICITY: It IS hard to break into the gaming industry, but not as hard as breaking into publishing. Gaming requires learning writing systems, and that puts off a lot of people—which is handy for the rest of us.

DL: Steampunk translates so well into visual medium. If Heart Of Brass was a movie, who would you see starring in the lead roles? Or would you prefer to see it made into a video game?

FELICITY: I'd want the casting to be Australian, especially for the Aboriginal Australian characters. I don't really play video games (only text-based games) so I'd want it to be a movie. I think by law that means the actors would need to be taken from "Home and Away".
 
(DL adds: I love this Home and Away answer. It's an Aussie in-joke, very funny if you're 'in the know'). 

DL: And last question, what is your favourite biscuit and/or cake at the moment?

FELICITY: Ooh, tough question. Either pavlova or home-made choc chip cookies (the dough is always the best part). Great. Now I'm hungry. I'll expect some raw cookie dough in my email inbox any moment now.

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Will the real Felicity Banks please stand up, or sit down in this case.
Felicity Banks is a Canberra author specialising in fantasy and interactive fiction, including several Choose Your Own Adventure-style stories that take place in the same magical steampunk universe as Heart of Brass. All her interactive fiction is listed under “Felicity Banks” at http://ifdb.tads.org and most of her interactive fiction can be read as an app.
 
Heart of Brass is her thirteenth completed novel, her third novel accepted for publication, and her first novel to be published.

 
ABOUT THE BOOK

 
Emmeline Muchamore is a well-bred young lady hiding explosive family secrets. She needs to marry well, and quickly, in order to keep her family respectable. But when her brass heart malfunctions, she makes a desperate choice to steal the parts she needs to repair it and survive.

She is unable to explain her actions without revealing she has a steam-powered heart, so she is arrested for theft and transported to Victoria, Australia – right in the midst of the Gold Rush.

 Now that she’s escaped the bounds of high society, iron manacles cannot hold her for long.

The only metal that really matters is gold.

 
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You can also buy interactive fiction HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by Felicity. Get busy writing and let me know when Book 2 is out.
 
And thanks to all the readers who support such a great campaign of promoting Aussie authors.

Author chat "How I came to love sci fi without even realising it."

This post originally appeared on Elders of Genova in October 2014.
In October 2014, I was kindly invited to write a guest post for a new sci-fi blog Elders of Genova. To be honest I haven’t written one of them for a while. I'd been busy writing, I had nothing new to say, and I thought, what do I say that readers that, a) they haven’t heard before or b) they want to hear for the first time? Seeing as how Elders of Genova was a science fiction blog (I believe it's now defunct) I decided to talk about how I fell in love with sci-fi genre without even knowing it.

The TV years:

I was ten years old and at home from school. I had tonsillitis. I was the type of kid who got tonsillitis three times a year but they never took out my tonsils. Just gave me a dose of antibiotics that later became the reason I suffered a few years of food allergies. But I digress.


Maya from Space 1999

So there I was at a neighbour’s house while my mother took my siblings to school and on the TV came this show called Space 1999. I watched it with my mouth wide open. And no, this wasn’t merely due to my inability to swallow at the time. It was because it featured a character named Maya (Catherine Schell) who could shape shift into anything – bug, monkey, monster, mouse. In this episode she shifted into a black panther, which was the most magnificent thing my ten year old brain had ever seen. From that moment on I was hooked on sci-fi, even though I didn’t realize it.

Since Space 1999 aired during the day, I only got to watch it when I was sick, yet that brief introduction was enough to make me a loyal fan of shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and Lost In Space. These shows aired after school, so my backside was firmly planted in front of the TV and no homework was done till the glorious adventure ended. And still, I didn’t realize I was addicted to sci-fi. To me, these were just cool shows.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071054/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The movie years:

My transition from sci-fi series on TV to sci-fi movies was seamless because the movies I saw were on TV. Our family wasn’t the type to go the cinema or even hire videos. TV was it! The first sci-fi movie I remember watching on TV was Logan’s Run. I absolutely loved the twist at the end. Not long after, I saw Planet of the Apes and the twist at the end blew me away. Westworld became my favourite movie ever for a while, even if Yul Brunner did give me nightmares. I could go on and on and on about the movies I loved and never once realised I was a sci-fi fan.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070909/?ref_=nv_sr_3
 

I didn’t begin going to the cinemas till I started earning my own money. My first date, at fourteen years of age was chaperoned by my older brother and my date and I saw Return Of The Jedi. And still, if you’d said I was a sci-fi fan I would have called you crazy. Sci-fi fans were…weird, right? Geeks, nerds, unpopular. Besides, why would a fourteen year old girl who thought she was tough and cool choose to see a sci-fi movie? Probably because I was actually nerd though I didn’t really know that either. Blessed are the youth for our ignorance.

The reading years:

One of the first books I ever bought as a child from the school book club was Trapped In Space by Jack Williamson. I had the choice of typical girl books with ponies and hair brushing sessions but I chose a story about an astronaut who is lost in space. Perhaps because I had three brothers and I preferred playing with toy cars rather than dolls, this led to my choice of book to read. Perhaps it paved the way for my reading choice as an adult.

 
I devoured Dean Koontz and Stephen King, while most of their stuff was considered horror, they both delved into stores about aliens. And then I read books by Michael Creighton and STILL didn’t think for a second that I was reading science fiction. But I was. I think I told myself that science-fiction had to be about space, but that was not true. I’ve no idea where I got that idea from except from maybe those early years when sci-fi on TV was about space.

My most recent addition to my book collection is Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson. It’s a riveting read about robots that go berserk and kill humans – sort of like Westworld. The best thing about growing up watching classic sci-fi stories is that I get to enjoy them in their original format, as books, which I’m in the process of buying as many as I can get onto my Kindle.

The writing years:

I began my life as a horror writer, though none of my works got published. I then tried my hand as at contemporary women’s fiction, which I discovered wasn’t me. At all. I can’t help it. Everything I write ends up with a fantasy or horror or science fiction or supernatural angle. The speculative fiction genre is what I like to read best.

Anyway, it’s no wonder I find myself veering towards writing speculative fiction. Through science fiction we not only explore unchartered planets we also explore what it is to be human, sometimes using topical subjects and taboo topics and current affairs to act as a mirror to hold up to humanity and say WTF are you doing? Sure, the government and the media attempt to do this, but when fiction writers, screen writers, movie producers, actors, singers ... when we do it, people tend to take notice. Why? I think it’s because we’re not peddling reform and more regulation, we’re peddling the excuse to look within and make the necessary changes on our own.
 
Thanks for letting me reminisce about my childhood.
D L Richardson
 

D L Richardson is an author of paranormal books for teens, and author of apocalyptic and dystopian sci-fi books for adults. Lover of coffee, music, and animals. Lives in Australia with her husband and dog. WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE - PANDORA avail now: for fans of Robopocalypse, The Hunger Games, Ready Player One, World War Z.
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Monday, 5 December 2016

Coffee chat with Aussie indie author O.N Stefan, mystery thriller writer


The countdown to Christmas is on! This is where we panic that we haven't finished reading all the books we wanted to read, and here I am possibly adding more books to your 'consider pile'.

I'm joined today in my virtual café by an author and reader from Australia, O.N Stefan. O.N loves creating something from the world around her. Her characters are from everywhere and nowhere.

She loves reading mysteries, thrillers and fantasy but is known to read sci-fi or anything else that catches her attention.

For fans of O.N Stefan, O.N is currently working on the sequel to her first novel "The Deadly Caress".

D.L: Firstly, since this a virtual coffee chat, how do you have your coffee? Are you a morning or afternoon person?

O.N: I'm a herbal tea person and I drink tea any time of day. I love a cuppa first thing after my one hour morning walk where I think about what I'm writing that day.

D.L:  Your novels are suspense and thrilling. What is the most thrilling thing you've ever done, or what did you once do that scared you?

author O.N Stefan
O.N: When my main character was violated by a serial killer, I cried. I was most scared went on a helicopter ride over the MacDonald Ranges and there no doors and I was sitting right next to where the door should be. But I wouldn't have missed that ride for the world as the sights were amazing.

D.L:  Do you belong to any writing groups and how do these help you with your writing?

O.N: Some years ago, I belonged to a writing group but now I find some Facebook groups are my go to for help with any writing problems or just to share some news.

D.L: Are you the type of person who would go on the ghost train at the amusement park? Or do you live vicariously through your novels?

O.N: I love ghost trains and will go anywhere to gain a new experience. A couple of years ago, a crematorium had an open evening and I went along, even though I had to push through my fears of such a place.

D.L: How long have you been writing? And what is your biggest achievement so far?

O.N: I've been writing for about ten years. Initially, more off than on but now that my family and work is not making so many demands on my time, I write most days.  I guess my biggest achievement is when I rose to the top 10 in my category on Amazon with "Sleep Then My Princess"

D.L: And last question, what is your favourite biscuit and/or cake at the moment?

O.N: My favourite biscuit is a dark chocolate thin shortbread, in either orange or peppermint flavour, sold by Aldi. (no shares in that supermarket.) 

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ABOUT the book
"Sleep Then My Princess" is an emotional thriller set in Arizona. While mourning the death of her husband, Senior Tissue Engineer, Stephani Robbins, is plagued by recurring visions of a child being locked up in a chicken coop. Meanwhile, someone is sending her creepy love poems, roses, and photos that have been taken without Stephani's knowledge. As more photos appear, the police suspect that Stephani has hired someone to take these photos. Before she can convince the police to take her seriously, she is kidnapped. While imprisoned she discovers why she has been having these visions and it is more chilling than she ever imagined. Can she make it out alive?
 
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O.N Stefan, thanks so much for dropping by my Virtual café. The best bit about my virtual café is the virtual calories from all the virtual cake.

And to all the readers who dropped by, thank you for showing you support in my Aussie indie author spotlight. More coffee chats to come.

Best wishes
D L