MTW2017 feat. Jerri Schlenker and “The Mystery of Sally”

  February is the month of celebrating Mystery Thriller Week 2017 – a collaboration of over two hundred authors, mystery and thriller fans, bloggers, podcasters and book enthusiasts from around the world. Last month I had the pleasure of introducing you to Jennifer S Alderson and her intriguing article about Amsterdam, Dutch masterpieces, mysterious mist-filled canals and looted art. This month, we… Read more »

MTW2017 feat. Jennifer S. Alderson and “The Lover’s Portrait”

  This month, and for something a little different, I’m chuffed to share with you a little event I’m part of – Mystery Thriller Week 2017 – a collaboration of over two hundred authors, mystery and thriller fans, bloggers, podcasters and book enthusiasts from around the world. Now, of course, you can guess that my personal favourites would be psychological… Read more »

“A dirty book is rarely dusty” – Anon.

This month, in my last post for 2016, I’m going a bit fangirl over this artist: CINDY LANE. Now, I’m not going to repeat what you’ll find in Cindy’s bio: about her studio in Perth, right beside the Indian Ocean, and her stunning portrayals of beaches and oceans and every living thing. I’m not going to rave about the incredible… Read more »

“Ratty’s banter and tomfoolery charmed and disarmed the unwary, drawing his victims in.”

Hello lovelies, A few international artists (204 to be precise) joined forces (like superheroes!) and created something really small in support of something REALLY BIG! I’m so privileged to be part of “A Small World” International Art Show for Cancer Research – these are postcard sized paintings 10cm x 15cm (or 4″ x 6″ for you Imperials) – and this is your chance to… Read more »

“It was the Irish accent which stopped my breath.”

Hi all! Can you believe it’s been a year since the release of The Red Door? As Annie would have said: ‘Bollocks!’ and as Claudia would have said: ‘Durr!’ I know I’ve thanked everyone via Facebook and Instagram, but I’m going to do it again. THANK YOU to every single person who came to the launch, bought an ebook (or… Read more »

That stuff I’m writing? They’re calling it Urban Noir.

  That stuff I’m writing? They’re calling it Urban Noir. Who knew? But that’s what the wise ones from Hachette Australia told me … and I suppose they oughta know! Urban noir in urban Sydney. Here’s a bit more: “Every day, Gordana found new ways to avoid her husband. She didn’t think she could stand any more of his whinging about… Read more »

Hallå everyone! Happy last day of winter!

Rosa   August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Hallå everyone! Happy last day of winter!

Hallå everyone! Happy last day of winter … the winter during which I’ve been painting furiously for an upcoming art show and totally ignoring the First Draft of the Manuscript for Book Two. I can pinpoint the day I left the manuscript exactly … the thirty first of May … ‘twas that day I backed up the document, put a spare copy onto… Read more »

Gargoyles, and other fluffy things

Rosa   May 29, 2016   Comments Off on Gargoyles, and other fluffy things

In which everyone gets excited about gargoyles and Flemish tapestries … “Gordana replaced the handset gently into the cradle. ‘Don’t bother staying up,’ Richard had said to her, ‘I’ll be working late. You’re not upset, are you?’ She wasn’t upset.  In fact, she didn’t mind one bit. Let him bury himself in his tiresome paperwork: fat dossiers of documents bound in red ribbon,… Read more »

MY SPECIAL OFFER ON PET PORTRAITS (Only ’til June 30, though!)

Rosa   May 25, 2016   Comments Off on MY SPECIAL OFFER ON PET PORTRAITS (Only ’til June 30, though!)

REMINDER TO ALL FUR BABY MUMMAS AND PAPAS! Because I adore paws & whiskers too, I’m offering Pet Portraits created from your photos until 30th June: Pencil on Paper 30cm x 42cm $149* Pencil on Paper 42cm x 59cm $199* * Plus GST & Postage, one subject only, unframed. Other sizes & oil portraits available too, don’t hesitate to ask… Read more »

A Return Journey #BookTwo #RawandUnedited

Rosa   May 1, 2016   Comments Off on A Return Journey #BookTwo #RawandUnedited

Of late, I’m often being asked: “When will the next book be finished?” “Patience, Grasshopper,” I reply. (No, there are no grasshoppers in the story. Or any other insects, for that matter. There are a couple of worms, though). Actually, I’m loving the whole process, plugging away and no idea what I’m doing half the time; a career as a novelist doesn’t… Read more »