A Long Trail Rolling


A big Thank You to Annie Featherstone, aka Sophia James, for mentoring me, my award for winning the Pacific Hearts Award.

Thanks to Annie, A Long Trail Rolling is on its final edits, and the balance of The Hills of Gold Unchanging should be completed by end of November during NaNoWriMo! A Sea of Green Unfolding is mostly written and should follow soon!

I hope to have Long Trail available for Christmas!

Thanks to all of you who have written, wondering, once again, when the books will be out!

Back to work. No rest for the wicked! In addition to teaching high school science and equine veterinary dentistry practice, I’ve managed to put my hand up for acting as co-convenor of the Coast to Coast Chapter of the Romance Writers of New Zealand, and also Secretary for the whole RWNZ… Funny, when neither I nor many of the members actually write “romance”!  It’s the most awesome group of enthusiastic, encouraging and empowering writers I’ve yet found in New Zealand…

And, NaNoWriMo starts 1 November… 50 K words in the month of November. If you haven’t been on their page, take a look!  nanowrimo.org

I’d better get back to it!

 

Regards from NZ,

 

Lizzi

 

And the best news of all…..


The best news of all is that…

Ta Da…..

Patrick Hearty, my Pony Express Expert, is going to write the Forward for A Long Trail Rolling!

Patrick and Dr. Joseph Hatch wrote a book about the Pony Express Stations in Utah, called….  you guessed it!

Patrick Hearty The Pony Express Stations in Utah
Patrick Hearty The Pony Express Stations in Utah
Patrick explains something inside an express station, while Dr. Hatch looks on.

(Photo Credit to Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

 

At the Faust’s monument, which is not where Faust’s actually was, incidentally… :)

Patrick Hearty and Lizzi at Rush Valley (Faust's) Pony Express Station monument, out of Grantsville, Utah.
Patrick Hearty and Lizzi at Rush Valley (Faust’s) Pony Express Station monument, out of Grantsville, Utah.

This was the start of an epic trip across Utah, over the Pony Express Trail, Patrick, his lovely wife, my son and I!

Simpson’s Station, the restored version… It’s lovely… I think it might be on the cover of A Long Trail Rolling!

 

 

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He’s always got a story for us!

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Patrick at Simpson’s Spring Pony Express Station. It’s been reconstructed and you can go inside and see how it was constructed. I think it’ll be on the cover of A Long Trail Rolling 
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For a young man who loves to take photos, he sure is camera-shy…. my youngest son…

I so loved just being able to touch the old station... even if it was rebuilt!
I so loved just being able to touch the old station… even if it was rebuilt!

 

 

 

The Mustangs…  They feature in the story, near Dugway!

Here’s a cool pic of them… you’ll understand why we didn’t get any closer to them… The stallion, if you can see it close up, is battle scarred and proud, clearly the winner of many a fight with other stallions for the mares in his herd.

 

 

 

A herd of mustangs out of Dugway... Utah Pony Express Trail.
A herd of mustangs out of Dugway… Utah Pony Express Trail.

It was a fantastic day. Will post more pics another time, but just had to share the lovely trip into the mountains…. Patrick, his daughter and I on their favourite mounts…

 

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The world is best seen between the ears of a horse, and especially when it’s Patrick’s favourite one!

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Patrick and I on the trail.

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Columbines under the aspen… Lovely. Classic Utah high country.
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The rocky, dusty July trail.
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Rest time!

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“What’s for lunch?”
Break time with my wonderful new friends
Break time with my wonderful new friends, Patrick and his daughter, plus 3/4…
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On Patrick’s favourite boy, no less… Lucky me!
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Time for a drink!
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… and a rub… “Leave your bridle on, okay?”



drink time...
drink time…

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“You still takin’ pictures back there?” “Yep…”

If you ever get the chance to go over the Utah Pony Express Trail, do it, you’ll not regret it.

There’s even a man, Davy Crockett, yes, Davy Crockett, who runs an ultramarathon (running) over 100 miles of the trail. See his website at http://ponyexpress100.org/

To those of you who have horses and want to be involved, there’s a re-ride, in both directions, every year. You can ride your portion and carry the mochila. Patrick’s sent me a commemorative  letter two years running, one in each direction.. One from St Louis and one from San Francisco. Got this one last year…  and they even forwarded it to NEW ZEALAND!

 

 

 A 2013 Pony Express Commemorative Letter! In NZ!
A 2013 Pony Express Commemorative Letter! In NZ!

How exciting. Thank you Pat!  And thank you to all the horses and riders who carried those little letters in the mochila for a total of over 4000 miles!   Let me know if you’re interested in riding in a re-ride and I’ll get word to Patrick.

There’s a great website about the Pony Express at   http://www.xphomestation.com/  From that site, here’s a news release of the ride just past…  http://www.xphomestation.com/2014-NR1.pdf  Tom Crews, who runs the site, has placed oodles of  news, history, stories, etc. of the Pony Express, as well as school program information on the trail!  When the re-ride is going, they track the mochilas in real time as they cross the United States! Stop by and see them!

 Thanks so much again to Patrick and his wonderful family for having us and letting us in on their life and trail…  The Pony Express Trail.

Thanks for stopping by!

See you again real soon!

L



… And the winner is…… A LONG TRAIL ROLLING, by Lizzi Tremayne!


Yep, we did it!

My first novel, A Long Trail Rolling, has won the 2014 RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award!

To say I’m pleased is a bit of an understatement!  The big one I get to keep for this year, and a smaller version, inscribed with 2014, forever!

The conference was fantastic, with amazing speakers from New Zealand and overseas, including:

James Scott Bell, Marie Force and, Courtney Milan, Yvonne Lindsay, Trish Morey,  bestselling authors

Jim Azevedo from Smashwords

Kevan Lyon from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Sue Brockhoff and Lilia Kanna from Harlequin Australia

Malle Vallik from Harlequin North America

Flo Nicoll from Harlequin UK

Sarah Fairhall, Penguin Australia

Karina Bliss, Yvonne Walus, Kamy Chetty, Lisa Whitefern and Frances Housden, award winning authors

With such a lineup, we couldn’t miss, other than not being physically able to attend every workshop!

The agents and editors took pitches throughout the weekend. I pitched A  Long Trail Rolling and its sequels to:

Kevan Lyon, Founding Partner of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency,

Sue Brockhoff, Head of Publishing at Harlequin (Australia) and

Malle Vallik of Harlequin Digital Editorial Initiatives North America (Toronto)

AND…

They have all requested the full manuscript!

I’m sure it helps to have won the competition!

Accepting prize for A Long Trail Rolling first place in the Pacific Hearts Award 2014
Accepting prize for A Long Trail Rolling first place in the Pacific Hearts Award 2014

The awards dinner was great, and fellow Coast to Coast Chapter RWNZ member Sheryl Buchanan won second place in the same competition!

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Sheryl, the second place-getter for the Pacific Hearts Award, and her husband.

The C2C’ers who went to the Awards Dinner, Sheryl and her husband, Khushi, Bernadette, Netta, Iola, Catherine, Me, Matthew and Paul.
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Netta and Paul
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I felt like a princess…..
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Bernadette and Netta’s husband Paul

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Iola and Catherine

A great time was had by all!

The new trophy for my Writing Trophy Bookcase!

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My Writing Awards… From Top Left: Trophy for Best Practitioner Publication by an Equine Practitioner 2010 “Equine Dentistry”. Top right: Trophy and ribbon for Pacific Hearts Award 2014. Lower Left: ribbon for Finalist in Great Beginnings 2013.

Oh, and for my spare time, I was promoted to Secretary of the RWNZ this year, so I should be able to keep up with what is going on!

 

I don’t think a conference could get much better for me…

Now back to work, to get these submissions finished!

 

No rest for the wicked!

 

Take care, all!

 

Lizzi

Storyboard for ‘Intervening Novel’ Created…


Yes, you heard me right…

I’ve given in…

Some of my fantastic beta readers have told me things like…..

“Too much has happened between A Long Trail Rolling and its Epilogue.”

(Hmmm… I didn’t really think so, but your other comments were well-received, Kate…)

Thanks, Kate L.

 

Matt’s been a bit more blunt…

“You need another novel in between A Long Trail Rolling and A Sea of Green Unfolding”, he said, out of the blue the other day.

 

 

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(Hmmm… just redid my business card to reflect novels number one and two…)

Thanks, Matt…

 

A Sea of Green Unfolding

 

What does he know, anyway? He’s just another author…

 

Hmmm…

 

It simply didn’t bear considering, as I was flying along with Sea of Green and didn’t want to look back over my shoulder. I tried to forget about it.

Enter Sheryl, hostess of our monthly C2C RWNZ Branch meeting. Last Saturday, Sheryl, a writer and teacher, offered a fantastic workshop on creation of storyboards as a preparation for novel writing…  and Matt had to say it…  again…

“You ought to do your board on the novel between your first and third.”

“My first and third?” I knew what he meant, but wasn’t about to admit it… “I’ve only written two..”

He’s relentless.

“Stories.” He arched an eyebrow at me.

“Oh.” I gulped.

He just grinned and returned to perusing magazines for visuals of characters to use in his own storyboard for his upcoming “Glass” speculative fiction quadrilogy.

“But I haven’t thought about it yet,” I muttered, as I slunk away to find some materials.

Grumble, grumble…

 

Out of the ashes of my attitude has come…

Ta da!

 

…the storyboard for the ‘intervening’, soon to be my second, novel.

 

A Sea of Green Unfolding will have to be relegated to third novel…  but I’m going to finish it first!

 

So here’s the storyboard.. It’s unfinished, as yet, but it’s on its way!

It’s 3-D, so I’ve shown it in two views!

 

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In this ‘new’ second  novel, Aleksandra and Xavier’s 1860 saga continues from the Pony Express Trail of Utah, via the gold country of 1860’s Nevada and California, through Old San Francisco, to the old Californio Rancho de las Pulgas, Xavier’s old family hacienda.

The ‘new’ third novel, A Sea of Green Unfolding, will take up where this one leaves off…

Working on a name for this new ‘second’, intervening, novel… Something about “The Hills of Gold…. ”  or “The Golden Hills… “

Can you think of a good name?  I’d love to hear it! This might have to become a competition!

 

BIG THANKS to both Kate and Matt,

you were both right.

 

Thanks for coming by!

Take good care and see you again soon!

Lizzi

A Long Trail Rolling is a Pacific Hearts Finalist


Hello All!

Thanks for stopping by! A couple of bits of news for you today!

I’ve just heard I’ve been selected  as one of three  finalists in the RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award 2014 with A Long Trail Rolling (previously called Express Desire).  The Pacific Hearts Award is a full-novel competition, the only one run by RWNZ! (For more information:  http://www.romancewriters.co.nz/contests/pacific-hearts-award-2014-2/ ).

 

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Winners will be announced at the upcoming RWNZ Conference, http://www.romancewriters.co.nz/2014-conference/  

I’m truly buzzed about my placing!  Can’t wait to hear! Hope to see many of you at the conference!

 

 

More news,  I’ll be the new Secretary of the RWNZ, starting at said conference!

My final bit of news, is that author Jean Drew offered me a great opportunity, a guest post on her blog this week!

 

It’s up now and is entitled  ‘Love of all things historical gets Lizzie writing!’

In it, I answer questions, like:

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In which genre do you prefer to write and why?

Can you give us some details about your upcoming release/s?

Who are some of your favourite authors?

When you are not writing, what are your hobbies, passions, etc?

Do you have any advice for new writers beginning their adventure?

And then there’s a blurb, an excerpt from A Long Trail Rolling,

and a new Bio!

 

Hop on over and take a look! 

It’s at  http://adventuresinauthorland.blogspot.co.nz/2014/07/love-of-all-things-historical-gets.html

Feel free to come back and tell me what you think

Thanks for visiting!

 

Regards until next time,

Lizzi

Lizzi in Action

 

Reading Choice Excerpts from my Stories in Tauranga– Two Time Slots Now!


Hello All!

I’ve been busy working on my second novel, and researching heavily. Thank you to the many people behind the scenes who are helping me in my quests~

Michelle, curator at Papakura Library, for her help with my MANY Hunua Falls questions,

Linton Stuart and Murray Sutton (who dragged me over hill and dale last week, showing me the backroads of Pukekohe and the old Maori trail over to Ararimu and Paparimu AND showed me Maketu paa site.. or Maketu Rock, as in this 1880 painting that I accidentally found online the NEXT DAY!)

Maketu Rock, maketu pa, by Alfred Sharp :View of the rock of Maketu, near Drury, NZ. 1880. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, NZ. Ref. Number: D-033-007 The centre foreground shows the site of an ancient pa of the Waiohua people, with a view of the southern approach to the Manukau Harbour and Auckland isthmus. A track leads on to the wooded promontory from the left foreground. Beyond the rock and to the right of it is a settler's farmhouse showing fenced fields, tree stumps, and rows of garden plantings. Two figures on horseback ride on the road at the base of the promontory, near the farm, and a woman and child stand in the centre of a nearby field. In the left distance, two rivers flow away into the Manakau Harbour and the Waitakere Ranges appear on the far horizon.The light effects and appearance of the sky indicate that the time is shortly before sunset used with permission : http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=60022

Maketu Rock, maketu pa, by Alfred Sharp :View of the rock of Maketu, near Drury, NZ. 1880.
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, NZ. Ref. Number: D-033-007
The centre foreground shows the site of an ancient pa of the Waiohua people, with a view of the southern approach to the Manukau Harbour and Auckland isthmus. A track leads on to the wooded promontory from the left foreground. Beyond the rock and to the right of it is a settler’s farmhouse showing fenced fields, tree stumps, and rows of garden plantings. (where the farmhouse is now was a Maori village.. which features in my story, as well!!! )  In the left distance, two rivers flow away into the Manakau Harbour and the Waitakere Ranges appear on the far horizon.The light effects and appearance of the sky indicate that the time is shortly before sunset
Used with permission : http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=60022

 Shannon for her glorious maps,

Rose (the author of the most splendid book I’ve ever seen on von Tempsky) at the Auckland War Memorial Library,

Rose's Gorgeous Book on von Tempsky

Rose’s Gorgeous Book on von Tempsky

This is a BIG book! Contains his artwork, in colour and in black and white, and his story. It was done as a limited edition. Have a read!

This is a BIG book! Contains his artwork, in colour and in black and white, and his story. It was done as a limited edition. Have a read!

And to so many more of you, thanks!

I am also writing, of course! Loving unfolding the history of New Zealand, Maori and Pakeha… 1863 was an incredibly turbulent and confusing time for many of the people who had learned to share life together here… when the “government” decided they needed more land for the settlers from abroad that they had promised land to… and not just any land, but the best, most productive, already-under-the-plow, land… It was not pretty. And didn’t improve much.  I want to share the story.

Anyway, this coming Friday, 14 March, I will be reading excerpts from BOTH of both of my novels at the Celebration of Independence, as part of the first New Zealand ‘indie author’ month. There will be authors (stories for children in one area, and for adults in another), at THE CARGO SHED, on Dive Crescent, Tauranga, down near  the Strand.  The day’s event runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

I’ll be speaking/ reading from12:30 p.m. till 12:55 p.m.  on Express Desire,  and again from 3:00 pm until 3:25 pm., on A Sea of Green Unfolding. This has changed to TWO slots.

Come along if you want to hear some great stories. There will be some great local writers speaking, and many of the authors will have books for sale on the day.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Regards from NZ,

Lizzi

What Draws us to History?


Here’s a post I wrote for Bethanne Strasser’s Through the Heart Shaped Glasses blog earlier this month. I thought some of you might appreciate it!

What draws us to history?

  • Is it the romance of a different time from our own?

  • Is it what history can show us about ourselves?

  • How we’re different from or similar to others in the past?

  • Does it show us links to the people we were, and how we will be in the future?

  • Does it show us where we’ve diverged when people have made new beginnings?

  • Do we hope it will give us hints about where to seek in the eternal quest for who we are and where we fit in to this world?

Lizzi_archerFor me, this last reason is why I write in the historical genre. When I began writing, I never thought about all this. I only knew I was drawn to stories of the past. The Dark Ages, the Elizabethan Period, and the Old West equally held me enraptured since even before I began to read myself, for the simple first reason above.

I began researching and writing historical novels only a few years ago. It soon became clear that I was looking for answers to questions in my own history and present. What I discovered has helped me become more comfortable with the person I am.

As I study, I repeatedly ask myself how I can make the information I unearth palatable to someone who might never pick up a book of historical fact, search out an old battle record or travel to a remote graveyard to read the inscription on an old tombstone. Can I offer readers some inkling of what happened in their own town or country to give it the unique flavour it carries today?  Some idea of why a certain town emerged just when it did? Most importantly, to shed light upon the reasons a particular society developed the way it has? Perhaps it will provide a piece of the puzzle, which will allow a whole population to try to open the doors previously closed upon the past, allowing healing of the hidden wounds that prevent peaceful cohabitation.

Several towns in the West define themselves as being part of the Pony Express Trail. The stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder played a large part in my understanding of the westward-moving American pioneer, and the peoples and lands they encountered, and how the settlers dealt with adversity. In my first novel, Express Desired, soon to be published, I use Aleksandra, the daughter of a Polish immigrant trapper family, to show snapshots of 1860 life in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains. She must survive when she is left alone in the world, and becomes a “boy” rider for the famed Pony Express.

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Although the ‘Pony’ as it was called, only lasted for a mere eighteen months, it still captures the imaginations of thousands, if not millions, of people, even one hundred and fifty years after its inception.

I show some interactions with American Indians in the novel,  both positive aspects and negative.

In my second novel, A Sea of Green Unfolding, more than halfway completed, I show aspects of 1860′s history of both the San Francisco Bay Area, (or the part from Redwood City, via La Honda, and through to San Gregorio)  and 1863 New Zealand. Discover why  Redwood City grew so quickly? Learn why it was called Redwood City. In the same book, I offer the reader aspects of New Zealand history which are certainly not taught in primary, and only rarely in secondary schools here. They are shadowy aspects of our history which portions of our society wish had never happened, and would rather forget. Although almost apologetic, many of those who know are content to bury it beneath the carpet, so most people are unaware of the whole story and resolution cannot be attained. This untold history has shaped us as the people we have become. The conflicts began long ago between the Maori (and before that, the earlier Moriori) people who had already settled New Zealand before Captain Cook came in the 1700′s and the white settlers from England, Europe and Asia.  There was wrongdoing on both sides, but much has remained hidden from the general view.

Overall, I hope to effectively use history to paint a picture, so that readers can better understand some of their own past, answer some of their questions about themselves and become more comfortable with their own place in the world.

lizzi_writerBio:

I’ve just completed my first novel, and am halfway through the second.

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About my first novel, Express Desired, an historical Fictional Suspense with Romantic Elements: Seventeen year old Aleksandra Lekarski, alone and running to prevent her pa’s killer from obtaining a secret which could allow world domination by the Czar, conceals herself as a boy Pony Express rider in 1860′s Utah Territory. Her “Californio” boss Xavier Arguello has a spirit to match her own—along with a mutually undeniable attraction—and together they overcome the evil that threatens them.

A Sea of Green Unfolding is the sequel to Express Desired, about a young couple’s journey to adventure from the California of 1862 to the turbulent wilderness of New Zealand. Tragedy strikes in Aleksandra and Xavier’s newly found paradise on their California Rancho and Von Tempsky’s invitation draws them to a new life in New Zealand—where the land wars between the European settlers and the local Maori have only just begun.

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I am rewriting my life. I’m the mother of two teenaged boys, a part time hobby farmer, a medieval re-enactor, rapier fighter and archer, a kayaker, a carriage competition driver, a gardener, a singer, a cook and an equine veterinarian with post-doc veterinary certification in equine dentistry. Following a back injury,I work part time at equine veterinary dentistry and part time at high school teaching of Science/Bio/Chem. Mostly, though, I’m writing! I look forward to your visits to my blog and to hearing your thoughts on the above.


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