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99 books for 99 cents and I’ve been playing fairy princess

Hi, Everyone, with Christmas fast approaching why not pop over to the 99c book fair and treat yourself? Not only are there 99 books on offer for only 99 cents each, but there are also giveaways and my prize-winning short story, Seeing Him Again for the First Time, is available to read for free.

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I’ve recently been stretching my creative wings in a slightly different direction with my photography. As you know, I make and photograph historical costumes

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and other things (mostly the flora and fauna near my home in NZ).

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I’ve always wanted to create more ‘fantasy’ style images so I had my first go at it yesterday with the help of the wonderful Ashley Crawford as the model and the very talented Ri Takarangi as the makeup artist. I made my ultimate tulle extravaganza of a dress, paired it with a crown I made about ten years ago and we had an amazing time living out all our fairy princess fantasies. Of course, my mind is whirring with ideas for new costumes now. 🙂

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If the pictures appear fuzzy on your screen it’s just because they are compressed for emailing. If you open the email and follow the link to the blog on my website you’ll see them as they are supposed to look.

I hope you and your families have a great Christmas.

Kind regards

Kathy

A quick note re changes to Amazon affecting NZ and Australian customers

Hi everyone, I wouldn’t normally contact you two days in a row, but Amazon has been making changes that affect their customers (and authors) in Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, they’re doing this without consultation or even notification and we, as NZ authors, are finding out when we go to Amazon.com to check on our books only to find them no longer available to us 😦

The nuts and bolts of the matter (as I understand it) are, Amazon want NZ and Australian customers to purchase their ebooks from the Amazon.com.au  site. They are therefore making it impossible for anyone in these countries to access ebooks on the US Amazon.com site (this includes the author). The books are still available as normal to US-based customers on Amazon.com, but when someone from NZ or Australia looks for them they either do not come up at all or they get a notice saying the book is not available for sale but with no explanation that it can be purchased from the Australian site instead.

You can understand our frustration as authors. We can no longer see our rankings or reviews as none of that information has been transferred over to the Australian site.  I have gone from having multiple reviews on my books on the US site to one or none on the Australian site. Plus, we will be missing sales from our NZ and Australian customers who are unaware of the changes and assume our books are no longer available when they go to Amazon.com.

So, for my US-based customers everything remains as normal, but for my Australian and NZ customers here is the link to my books on the Amazon.com.au site. 

Short stories and another contest final

Hi, I’ve added my short story Seeing Him Again for the First Time to the short stories page of my website. It came first in the Romance Writers of NZ chapter short story contest for 2018. You can read it here. I hope you enjoy it.

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Also, one of my works in progress has finalized in the Romance Writers of America’s Arizona chapter’s Valley of the Sun hot prospects contest for 2018. I’ll hear if it has placed in December.

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A new blog tour with lots of giveaways plus I have new photos for you

Hi, everyone, I’ve just started a new blog tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Tours. The first post is on Passages of Time. You can enter the competition here to win one of ten free ebooks of The Moral Compass if you live in the US.

The second stop on the tour is on Donna’s Book blog.

I’ve also been taking lots of new photos of historical costumes. Ashley has done an amazing job of portraying the wistful Victorian heroine. If the photos look blurry or pixilated on your device you can click on the newsletter to be taken through to my site where the images are better quality.

 

 

Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the ‘guess the era’ contest. The correct answer was Edwardian. I made the white ensemble based on pictures of garments from around 1908.

I’ve picked two entrants at random to receive ebook copies of The Moral Compass and A Pivotal Right. The winners are (drumroll….) Maria Dalmau and Christa Gettys. I’ll be emailing you both soon.

Never one to rest, I’ve been trying out new models in the costumes with the aim of creating a library of great images for other historical authors to access. Olivia did really well in her first session.