Happy Holidays from my family to yours, and a new release too!
I hope you're enjoying good health, good friends, and your favourite foods… and some new release books!
We've just had a lovely and sunny Christmas down under in our little green spot of New Zealand.
Plenty to do, with the farm, writing and vetting!
My latest interesting dentistry patient is a nearly 2000 Kg White Rhino at the Auckland Zoo! He'll hopefully soon be right as rain!
Speaking of vetting, I've just begun a new series… (and yes, I'm still continuing The Long Trails series!)
Did you ever want to be a veterinarian?
Once Upon a Vet School is a new series of contemporary vet fiction.
Share Lena’s escapades from the time she decides to become a veterinarian, through her education and practice time in the USA, to her career as a rural equine and sometimes zoo-dentistry veterinarian in New Zealand.
This novel is the seventh in this series, comprising tales of a girl who dreamed of becoming a vet… her life on the way and beyond. And yes, it's semi-autobiographical. I'm not telling which parts are and which aren't! I'll leave that up to you to guess!
The first-written book in the series, Once Upon a Vet School #7, is now out! I figure if George Lucas of Star Wars fame can do it, so can I!
She needs help…he needs to stay away.
Lena has a problem—one that could keep her from graduating from veterinary school. There’s one person who can help her, but will he?
After a messy divorce, Kit returns to his first loves—horses and his old veterinary school alma mater, as a resident. Becoming involved with his talented and beautiful equine track student Lena isn't on the cards.
Luckily, she's sworn off relationships after her last romantic disaster. Besides, if there's one thing a veterinary school faculty frowns upon, it's a relationship between a resident and a student. Like oil and water, they just don't mix.
Take this month's quiz!
Once Upon a Vet School is available on its own or as part of a a nine-story anthology called Christmas Babies on Main Street... and can you guess what sort of a baby is in my story?
The first person to respond with the correct answer via email wins a paper copy of
Once Upon a Vet School #7: Lena Takes a Foal!
Message me with the answer here:
In case you hadn't heard, I had another new release earlier in the year: Book 3 in The Long Trails series, A Sea of Green Unfolding!
This is the story of my heart about my adopted green, green country of New Zealand.
It follows my characters Aleksandra and Xavier from the area of California where I grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods and follows them through some pretty big challenges and their decisions to emigrate far to the south to a new land in New Zealand.
Learning the many facets of the history of New Zealand has changed the way I think about the social structure here… considerably. I've met some wonderful people while researching the history of the areas near where I currently live and made some friends I'll keep for a long time. The acknowledgement section is considerable. 🙂
It's had some great reviews by some pretty big names! One is on the cover!
When you’ve lost everything,
the only way to go is up—
Tragedy strikes in Aleksandra and Xavier’s newly-found paradise on their California Rancho de las Pulgas. Their friend Von Tempsky invites them on a journey to a new life in peaceful New Zealand, but change is in the wind.
When they reach Aotearoa, they disembark into a turbulent wilderness—where the wars between the European settlers and the local Māori have only just begun.
(LOL, who spotted the error I just fixed, other than Matthew?)
Take care out there on the roads and enjoy the rest of your holidays!
If you enjoy the books, please leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads! Every review, no matter how short, helps this indie author!
My Christmas New Release Gift to You
This is a short story I've just released, called In the Home Paddock. It was recently entered in a contest and the judge's comments were:
In The Home Paddock: “One of several stories entered that has a rural vet as the narrator. However this one was a class above the rest because of the hidden narrative of a lost son, the eldest of a farming family.
Judging by the tear in the old farmer’s eye the sick cow is more than just a pet, and the way the story builds on this early observation demonstrates wonderful structure and poise.”
I hope you enjoy it!
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Please keep an eye out for another new release announcement, coming soon!
I'm looking forward to hearing from you! If you want to comment on this post, click on the title and it'll take you to a page where you can post! Working on fixing this function. 🙂
Hasta luego! Que le vaya bien, as Xavier would say!