A Sea of Green Unfolding to launch Saturday! FB PARTY ON IN ONE HOUR!


Good Morning, or Good Afternoon, as the case may be!

In case you haven’t heard,

There’s a Facebook Party to launch Sea of Green!

It’s on very soon, like in an hour or less!

My author friend Jude Knight, who also writes historicals, and I are having a FB Party here…

https://www.facebook.com/events/257122021420491/

you’ve maybe not seen anything like it… come on by…It’s fun!

What’s in it for you?  

Come live chat with the authors, get the inside story inside the stories, and be in to win prizes, just for commenting!

There will be plenty of book giveaways, and Jude and I have put together a prize for those commenting at the party, including: a

$20.00 Amazon Gift Certificate

plus the first ebook in series for each of us:

Farewell to Kindness,

first in the Golden Redepenning Series, and

A Long Trail Rolling,

first in the Long Trail Series

We’ve invited plenty of fantastic authors like:

Tamara Gill

Bronwen Evans

Jessica Cale

Elizabeth Ellen Carter

Kirsten McKenzie

Vicky Adin

 

so come along and see what their books are about!

Join in!

The party runs from 2-5:30  pm(1400-1730) USA Eastern time, and 0600 -1030 NZ Time

If you’ve never been to a FB party before,

Go to this link, or click on the picture,

then click the DISCUSSION tab, and you’ll be in!

Then follow along and comment or post pictures as you feel the urge!

It’s here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/257122021420491/

 

For those of you in the USA:

I’m on at your 2:15 pm, 4 pm, and 6:15 pm  for 15 min each time, talking about 1) A Sea of Green Unfolding, 2) The Hills of Gold Unchanging and 3) A Long Trail Rolling, in this order (which is the reverse to the series), but the first is for the launch of Sea of Green, this coming Saturday in the USA and Sun in Australasia!

For those of you in NZ:

it’s at 0615,  0800  and 1015 am

I’m on at  for 15 min each time, talking about 1) A Sea of Green Unfolding, 2) The Hills of Gold Unchanging and 3) A Long Trail Rolling, in this order (which is the reverse to the series, but the first is for the launch of Sea of Green, this coming Saturday in the USA and Sun in Australasia!

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Off to get dressed!

xx

Lizzi

Nothing Makes you a Better Writer than Writing


Agree or disagree?

Come see why I think so, and have a few giggles, at my expense.

 

It’s over at Authors of Main Street.  My monthly blog with them!

It’s here.

(https://authorsofmainstreet.wordpress.com/)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

xx

Lizzi

 

 

Depression and Empathy – the writer connection


Jill James, an author in the Authors of Main Street group I’ve been invited to join, has this to say about authors, and the source of the emotion in their writing–their own hearts.

Loved it, hope you do too!

 

Happy Monday, or Sunday, wherever you are.

xx

Lizzi

Go on over to Authors of Main Street to see Jill’s post!

It’s here!

 

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Source: Depression and Empathy – the writer connection

Blogging about The Hills of Gold, New Release on Kayelle Allen’s Site today!


Hi all!

I hope you can buzz over to Kayelle Allen’s site to see the new post I’ve put up about my soon to be released The Hills of Gold Unchanging!

It’s at this link all day today!

http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2017/02/hills-gold.html

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Come on by!

It’s a good one!

xxx

Lizzi

Editing madly, still.

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There’s a free copy of the trade paperback of my award-winning  A Long Trail Rolling up for grabs on the New Zealand Book Council FB page today for any Kiwis out there!  Just comment on the post and you’re in the draw! It’s the first in The Long Trails Series, which includes The Hills of Gold Unchanging, also featured on their website in their Booknotes Unbound! at http://booknotes-unbound.org.nz/sneak-peek-the-hills-of-go…/
See you there!

This book is up for grabs:

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and this is the book featured on their website!

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We’ll run a contest soon for an ebook, worldwide!

xx

Lizzi

 

Blogging at NZ Book Council’s blog today!


Hi all!

I’m blogging about my newest novel, The Hills of Gold Unchanging, on the New Zealand Book Council’s blog today!

In this post is the first public peek at the start of this novel! Even the beta readers haven’t seen it!

 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE POST! 🙂

 

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It’s to be released on 18 February at the Meow Cafe, along with books from six other Kiwi authors!

They are promoting these authors over the next few weeks as part of our lead-up to our big Kiwi Book Feast release party!

 

Our Facebook page is here

 

Our Facebook Event page is here

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Hope you can join us in Wellington shortly!

 

See you there!

 

XXX

LIZZI

 

 

 

Blogging Over at Wild Women Authors!


Hello!

Today I’m blogging about Aleksandra, from A Long Trail Rolling,  over at Wild Women Authors! Come on by!!!

That’s Fri 13th in the USA and Saturday 14th in New Zealand!

I’m also talking about my next two books!~

It’s all here!

http://www.wildwomenauthorsx2.blogspot.com./

 

Enjoy!

xx

Lizzi

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The Third Edition of A Long Trail Rolling is released and uploaded to most websites.

New cover, revised interior!

Take a look!

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And the paperback cover…with reviews by Deborah Challinor, Leeanna Morgan and Booksellers NZ

 

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And a treat inside the covers…

(Thanks Chris, at Bookprinting.co.nz !)

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If you love sagas with gutsy, horsey heroines and  hot Latin Californio men, plus plenty of history thrown in, you might like my current series…

The Long Trails Series

A Long Trail Rolling, Book One.  A third edition–now out!

The Hills of Gold Unchanging, Book Two-18 February 2017

A Sea of Green Unfolding, Book Three-Due May 2017

Tatiana, Book Four -Due August – Dec 2017

Blogging at Bluestocking Belles!


Hello all,

I’m blogging today over at Bluestocking Belles page in their gossipy Teatime Tattler!

Hope you can make it for tea!  Come on by!

just click on the link above!

 

This is an original bit of story. The scene’s written, but this wasn’t included. It might be now!   It’s from one of the upcoming, soon to be released novels in The Long Trails Quadrilogy.

Hope you like it!

 

XX

Lizzi, at home, writing in an island paradise… Thanks to Kajai Lang for the lovely photography.

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Author Talks This Week


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If you’re anywhere near the Humboldt, California area, come on by one of the Author Talks I’m giving on Friday and Saturday of this week!

Fortuna Library: Friday 24 June, 4 pm at  753 14th St, Fortuna

Eureka Library: Saturday June 25, 3 pm at 1313 3rd St, Eureka

Bayside Grange: Saturday 25 June, 7-9 pm at 2297 Jacoby Creek Rd, Bayside, Eureka

 

Everyone welcome!

Hope to see you there!

Regards,

Lizzi

The Pony Express Rides Again!


Hi All!

It was Great!!!!

Grit in your teeth, hot, sweaty horses and people… and the mochila, being handed from horse to horse every two miles, for 2000 miles…

What else could it be but fantastic?

Here’s where our group started, at Simpson’s!

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It was a three-generation-Hearty Family affair, from Izzy, below shown with dad Matt, Gregg (a few pics below), Jeff (no pics, only saw him once!) and Kellie with her babies and hubby Kevin!

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Pat Hearty’s Group III  of the National Pony Express Association’s Utah Chapter took over the mochila on the morning of the 19th June and we passed it hand to hand and horse to horse until we got into Salt Lake City that evening at around 6 pm. Group II caught up an hour on its runs and we caught it up a further half hour during ours, which was a bit tricky in the streets of Salt Lake City!

What with small disasters besetting some of our group’s members, several of us got to ride two and three times!  I was lucky enough to ride the Pat Hearty’s Leonard and Matt Hearty’s Sonny!

I was even brave enough to use a Go Pro AND a helmet (the former unheard-of and the latter rare)!  Footage will follow after I learn how to edit it…it’s very long and a bit repetitive… but it gives a non-rider the sense of what it might feel like!

Sonny and I coming down from Lookout, or General Johnstone’s Pass, on my first PX ride, the same hill where Aleksandra finds plenty of trouble in A Long Trail Rolling!

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Here’s Sonny and Leonard having a little break between rides:

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Gregg Hearty off to an interesting start! (Sorry Gregg, this pic from previous year, but my rides seemed to always follow Gregg’s and wasn’t able to get a pic!) Kellie and Kevin Kimber in the background

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Linda Hearty and a few riders at the Historic Stagecoach Inn near the old Camp Floyd!

 

The oh-so cruisy Sonny in the streets of Salt Lake, pausing for a snack with the freesias, lavender and freeway behind…

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The Deseret News came and met with us on State Street leading in to Salt Lake and Pat’s son Matt Hearty and Kevin Kimber, Pat’s son-in-law made front page news on the day! Here’s the photo I took while the reporter got his famous slinging-on-of the mochila for the front page… starring Sonny on the right and Kellie (nee-Hearty) Kimber’s mare Cheyenne on the left.

 

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Sonny and Matt racing down the streets of Salt Lake City, complete with pilot cars before and after, led by a police escort!

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Sonny the posing horse, doing his thing again with me after Matt took him on his last lope of the 2016 Express Re-Ride down the streets of Salt Lake:

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‘Let’s go!’  he says…

Thanks to the National Pony Express Association and the State Branches!  My personal appreciation to the Hearty and Hatch families for all their care and assistance!!

That’s all for tonight, folks!

Author Talks this week:

Take good care out there, and if you’re in the Humboldt, CA area, come on by one of the Author Talks I’m giving on Friday and Saturday of this week!

Fortuna Library: Friday 24 June, 4 pm at  753 14th St, Fortuna

Eureka Library: Saturday June 25, 3 pm at 1313 3rd St, Eureka

Bayside Grange: Saturday 25 June, 7-9 pm at 2297 Jacoby Creek Rd

 

Everyone welcome!

Hope to see you there!

Regards,

Lizzi

 

 

 

 

Come Along to a Talk Soon!! Salt Lake, Sacramento, Arcata!


Hi All!

You’re all invited to some talks, coming soon!

What we’ll talk about….

A Long Trail Rolling is an Historical Romantic Suspense novel, and the first in The Long Trail Quadrilogy. The book is a crossover between YA and Adult.cv_a_long_trail_rolling

I am an awarded, self-published author, equine veterinarian with an equine dental practice(UCD grad) and high school teacher. I have recently stepped down from being the President of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. A California native, I have lived in New Zealand since 1991.

2016-reride (1)The purpose of my trip to the USA is to ride a portion of the Pony Express Re-Ride on June 19th, over the Utah part of the trail included in my story. 

There will be:

·      Readings from the novel

·      Talk about the Pony Express (as will have left from Old Sacramento on its way east the previous week!)  I’ve got a PowerPoint presentation with plenty of pics from the Utah portion of the trail and will hopefully have some great Go Pro footage from my riding of the Re-Ride on the 19th of June!

·      Discussion of writing, or researching and writing historical novels

·      Talk about NaNoWriMo with budding writers of any age. I led a group of thirteen year olds through NaNo last year in New Zealan

 We’re open to suggestions! 

Would love to see you all there!

xxx

2016 USA Book Tour: West

 

Salt Lake City, Utah:Travellers rest station

Monday 20 June, from 3-7 p.m.

Venue: The Hatch Residence, 1614 S. 1700 E.,

Salt Lake City, (801) 466-4092

 

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23 June TBA

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25 June late afternoon, location TBA

 

Will be updated as locations are confirmed.

Hope to see you all there!

xx

Lizzi

Talks around the world, anyone?


Hello Everyone!
I’ll be on the road in June and July and wonder if any of you could please give me any leads you might have on bookstores, libraries or the like which might be interested in hosting Lizzi Tremayne for a book talk and signing?

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NZ Launch of A Long Trail Rolling, Waihi Library, Waihi. Thanks very much to Zee for the photo!

I’ll be in Salt Lake City, Utah (To ride in the Pony Express Re-Ride!

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The ‘Pony’ is pivotal in my published novel A Long Trail Rolling) from 19-20 June, and have a talk scheduled the afternoon/evening of the 20th. Everyone invited!

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I’ll be near Sacramento on the 21-22 June, nothing booked there yet.

I will be in Eureka/Arcata, CA from 23-26, and have one booking there so far.

I’ll be in the SF Bay Area on the 26 and part of 27.

London 27th, then down to Worthing.

Over the next two weeks, will be travelling northwards, York, Leeds, etc. up to Scotland, into the Highlands, and then back south through England.

Leave UK on the 12th, and to San Diego for RWA.

Any ideas around those places and times, anyone? All welcome! I will have a PowerPoint presentation on laptop!

Kindest regards,

 

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Lizzi

The Pony Express Rides Again!


It was fantastic, the Pony Express, wasn’t it? 400 horses, 120 riders, nearly two hundred stations and several hundred station keepers, water /feed carters and the like, through hostile territory, alkali deserts, and high mountains, to get mail across the continental USA in TEN DAYS! Unheard of!

The mochila, that piece of leather with the big (locked) pockets, slipped over the express pony’s saddle.

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It would leave San Francisco and be transferred from the saddle of one horse to another, across two thousand miles of the Old West, through to St. Jo, Missouri! (They went the reverse direction, too, of course!)

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But it only lasted eighteen months, I hear you say!  Yes, you’re right!

But now, it’s baaaaaccckkkkk…….

And it’s run every year, by a crazy bunch of historical horse nuts. There’s plenty of info here from the National Pony Express Association about the Pony Express, the trails, the stops, you name it, they’ve got it!  There are even classroom lessons!

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If you want to join them, they’re always mad keen to have more people get involved to keep ‘The Pony’, as they call it, alive!

And I’m riding! Woo hoo!!!!!!

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So who’s with me?

I’m riding through ____________, the section of the trail in Utah where Aleksandra, my heroine, has her most ‘exciting’ ride!

(Fill in the answer correctly to go into the draw for a specially autographed copy of A Long Trail Rolling. Click on the Leave a comment button below!)

First, I plan to speak and sign books in Salt Lake City before the event, details forthcoming. If you can make it, keep your eyes on this blog!

BUT…

If you can’t make it, I’ll be wearing a Go-Pro! Luckily my portion of the trail is during the daylight hours, so you can see it too!

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

Here are some of the Mustangs I saw and photographed on my last trip over the trail!

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Anyone recognise this photo?  Hint, I took it… It’s in several places on this website!

Clifton Flat, on the Utah portion of the trail. That little bit of trail you see there is probably the piece of trail that looks most like the original trail back in the day!

 

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

This is Patrick, the man who’s helped me so much with A Long Trail, and even written the Foreword. He’s a Past President of the NPEA and he and his family keep the history alive every year. He’s written several books about ‘the pony’  with Dr. Joe Hatch.

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I’ll be posting highlights and vlogs from the trail after my ride, so keep your eyes open between the 19th (USA time) and 21st of June!  Sorry I can’t live-stream, but I suspect internet and phone reception’s not the best out there!

Best wishes from NZ to you from all of us, we’ll be up in the Northern Hemisphere soon!

Love from NZ, here’s a pic of me and my equine boys… One is no longer with us, but he lives on through his brother…

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XX

Lizzi

 

USA and UK visit Coming Up!


Hello All out there!

Putting the word out now…..I’ll be in the USA and UK in June and July.

If any of you would like me to speak, please private message me via

Facebook on my Lizzi Tremayne Facebook page  or

Twitter on my Lizzi Tremayne Twitter page

 I’ll be in

Utah: Salt Lake City  (Riding in the Pony Express Re-Ride!)Pony_Express_MapPatrick Hearty, below, is providing me with a horse to ride over Lookout!

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Patrick Hearty The Pony Express Stations in Utah

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Pat and his lovely wife Linda! at Simpson’s Springs!

 

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

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You can see the Re-Ride go past if you are somewhere along the trail!  Here’s the page for more info!

From there, I’ll take a train through Utah, Nevada and down to California, via Truckee Meadows, where Aleksandra and Xavier will ride Dzien, Charro and Rogan en route to California in The Hills of Gold Unchanging, coming soon…

I’ll be visiting  Sacramento,oldsac_pony_express_statue then north to Eureka, then back south to the SF Bay Area–La Honda, where I grew up!La Honda 3La Honda 2

I have a few talks booked, but have room for more!

From there, will fly to

UK: London, south coast, and then north to the Scottish Highlands. 🙂

MAYBE  Virginia. Not sure if can make that one work.

Please let me know if you’d like to see if I can fit you in!

Thanks, and have a great month!

Lizzi

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Finalist!!!


How very exciting!

Opened email today to find this!

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and the lovely note attached:

Dear Lizzi Tremayne

It‘s my pleasure to let you know that your novel, A Long Trail Rolling, has been selected by our reader judges as a finalist in the HOLT Medallion contest in the Romantic Suspense AND Best First Book categories. Congratulations!

 

On June 11th, Virginia Romance Writers will host an awards luncheon to announce the HOLT Medallion Winners and Award of Merit Finalists. Please see the attached invitation for more information.

Etc…..

 Woo HOOOOOOoooooooo…..

🙂

Thanks, everyone, who helped me get this far!

xxx

Lizzi

 

Hamilton Zinefest this Saturday!


Come on by the Hamilton Zinefest  this Saturday!

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Lizzi Tremayne and Blue Mist Publishing will have a presence there, not sure if we’ll have the big red and blue gazebo or not, but we’ll be there with bells on!

 

It’s at Creative Waikato, Alexandra Street (next door to Mr Milton’s Canteen)

Click here for more info.

Take care, all, and hope to see you there!

Kindest regards,

Lizzi Tremayne

The Comstock Lode


Hello All!

It’s been some time since I’ve been blogging, been so busy finishing The Hills of Gold Unchanging and A Sea of Green Unfolding !

A few months ago I completed the research and wrote the sections about Virginia City and the Comstock Lode,

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and am transcribing them from my … scribbles to Scrivener, and I’m in the chapters about the Comstock Lode, in Virginia City and Gold Hill areas of what was then Utah Territory, and is now the state of Nevada.

The Comstock had a unique problem, for the West. Unlike gold lying in veins of quartz between solid rock, as is found in the California mines, in Virginia City, copious silver existed in the mix of loose quartz and clay making up the rich lode. Unfortunately, the composition made the lode highly unstable, as repeated dehydration and re-wetting of the rock mix made it alternately swell and shrink. The timbering methods used up until the advent of Philipp’s invention were unable to hold back the loose rock and keep the tunnels open, resulting in frequent and fatal cave-ins.

Philipp was brought from California to try to solve the problem the miners in the Comstock Lode were experiencing. He made it work, and his square-set timbering was to become the gold standard in mining for the next fifty years.

Well done, Philipp!

Here is square-set timbering!

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I really liked this one, because it shows the miners in it…
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This from the Eureka Miner’s Report, photo is of a mine in the Dakotas:

(from: http://eurekaminer.blogspot.co.nz/2010/08/eureka-miner-weekly-roundup-new.html)

Homestake Square Set (323X479)

 

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(From: http://www.onlinenevada.org/articles/square-set-timbering)

And the man himself, who started it all, at the Ophir Mine in Virginia City, Mr. Philipp Deidesheimer.  One can only assume that is his lady wife.

I came across a reference to an episode on the old Western serial Bonanza and looked it up. Just finished watching it!  While the show varies a bit from what I’ve read in the research, it’s a good little watch, and will give you a good idea of how the square-set timbering method described in Hills of Gold works!

Here’s the link for it!

 

 

Enjoy!

Back to writing!

XX

Lizzi

NB:  A big thank you to all of those people who have placed such wonderful photos and drawings on their websites!

XX

L

 

 

 

Come see us at the NZ Indie Book Festival next weekend!


It’s an exciting time for independent and self-publishing writers who want to exercise control of their ideas, their stories, and their books. This festival brings together New Zealand authors, writers, books and readers together in a way never before possible!  At the festival you’ll have the opportunity to talk with authors behind the stories. If you’re a writer, come and meet the literary businesses who can help you turn your manuscript into a print book, e-book or both.
I’ll be in one of three booths, either: 1) The Historical Writers booth, with Zana Bell, Sheryl Buchanan and Rae Roadley – Author; or 2) in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Inc. booth, or 3) in the New Zealand Society of Authors booth, and my book: A Long Trail Rolling will be in all three!

Come on by!
Click here for more information, plus below you’ll find three great vids!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

The promised vids:  Just click on them!

Talking about the Festival:

 

Why writers should go!

 

Why readers should go!

See you there!

 

With bells on!

Thanks for reading!

Kind regards,

Lizzi

Sneak Preview! A blog post for the 21 August on The Romance Studio’s End of Summer Bash…


Just for a bit of fun, here’s one of the blog posts I’m posting on the 21st of this month on The Romance Studio’s End of Summer Bash…

Hello All! Welcome back!

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Here’s another excerpt… with Scotty, horses and sparks flying between Aleksandra and Xavier…

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Oh no, the Furs! And Dzień!‘ she wailed and turned back to face the men.

Dinna fash, mo nighean. I kept the buyer here since yeste’day ’cause I knew ye were comin’. He’s paid fer yer pelts ‘n gone.’ Scotty rumpled her hair.

She smiled her thanks, color returning to her cheeks.

‘And that pony, he’s got a heart o’ gold. Ye dinna need to go, yon wee man’s in the stable, munching’ away with me old geldin’.’

Aleksandra’s chest heaved in a deep sigh. ‘What would I do without you, Scotty?’

‘It’s the least I kin do fer you and yer da,’ Scotty remarked, his voice becoming gruff as he spoke, and a tear glistened in his eye.

‘Papa wouldn’t have been pleased to see Dzień abused so, but there was nothing else for it. He never even slowed down.’ She looked at the floor.

‘Aye, but he’s a bonny one.’ Scotty smiled.

‘It would’ve meant the world to Papa, knowing we made it on time and our year’s work wasn’t for naught.’ Scotty was pleased to see a hint of the girl’s normal glow showing in her eyes, beneath the wet lashes.

‘Right ye are, missy.’ He raised his brows at her. ‘Now, d’ye want me to hold some o’ the money fer now so it canna be taken off ye by highwaymen?’

‘Thanks, Scotty, please keep it all here. I don’t need it yet.’

‘Are ye sure ye need t’leave tonight?’ Scotty was unconvinced. ‘It’s getting’ mighty late, we could make you a bed o’sorts.’

Aleksandra’s eyes narrowed at the dark man still standing in the doorway.

‘I’d rather risk the highwaymen and the wild animals for tonight, thanks. I’ve got my shashka and bow.’

There was a choking sound from the entrance, then Xavier mumbled something about checking the horses and disappeared outside. Scotty turned away and coughed to hide his chuckle from the pair.

Xavier was harnessing Dzień to the wagon when Aleksandra came outside.

‘I can do that,’ she snapped, rushing to the side of the pony, her blue eyes icy and cheeks flushed pink. Xavier smiled at her back as she hurried around to the pony’s other side to finish.

‘I’m sure you can, Querida, but I’m happy to help,’ he said, wrapping a breeching strap around the shaft and buckling it snugly.

‘Thanks,’ she gritted out, looking away as her hands slid down Dzień’s rump towards the crupper.

‘Any possibility you might tell me just why you went loco on me back there?’ Xavier watched her brows drop as she stared at a strap she’d just buckled too tightly. Her lips tightened further as she readjusted it.

‘I want nothing to do with people who insult my friends.’

Como, what?’ He shook his head and blinked at her.

‘My friends, the Shoshone, the only friends I have left alive, other than Scotty,‘ she said from between clenched teeth, and then slumped, sobbing, against Dzień.

Cautious of her all-too-effective looking sword, Xavier slowly approached her. He slid his arm around her shoulders and pulled her against him, watchful for any fast moves on her part, not caring if her tears soaked his shirt. How long they stayed like this, he neither knew nor cared. Once her sobs quieted, he slipped his fingers under her chin, lifting her face to stare into the watery depths of her blue eyes.

‘Okay now, Querida?’

‘As okay as possible, I guess.’ She dropped her head again. ‘The Shoshone are like family to me, especially since Mama died,’ she murmured into his shirt.

‘Are you sure you won’t stay here? I’ll sleep in the stable, if it would make you happier.’

She closed her eyes and was still.

‘No, it’s okay. I’m sorry, Xavier. I’m upset, but that’s no excuse for my nastiness. Thank you for this.’ She nodded her head at his tearstained chest.

De nada. It is nothing.’ He smiled. ‘May I accompany you to your home, at least?’

‘No, really, I’m fine, thank you again. I’d better go farewell Scotty, it’s getting late.’

‘If you’re sure…’ Xavier shook his head and followed Aleksandra back inside.

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Hope you enjoyed the tale! Want to read more?

Come on by my website to see how you can get your hands on a copy, whether ebook, paperback or hardcover! It’s now also available in LARGE PRINT in paperback and hardcover with dust jacket from bookstores around the world! Just tell your favourite bookstore book buyer they can order it from Ingram!

OR…

you can win a free ebook copy if you’re the lucky winner of our giveaway!

To enter into the giveaway, just comment on the blog with what you liked about the excerpt or blog post and one lucky person will be in to win a copy of A Long Trail Rolling, my new Western Historical Romantic Adventure, or… a Horsey Historical Romantic Adventure, complete with plenty of suspense!

Next week, after the party, I’ll pick one winner from those who commented! 

Hope you enjoy the excerpt, and I’ll be back tomorrow with some posts about The Long Trail Quadrilogy, still in progress!

Good luck in the competition!

About the Author:

Lizzi grew up riding wild in the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods, became an equine veterinarian at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, practiced in the California Pony Express and Gold Country before emigrating to New Zealand. When not writing, she’s swinging a rapier or shooting a bow in medieval garb, riding, driving a carriage or playing on her farm, singing, or working as an equine veterinarian or science teacher. She is multiply published and awarded in special interest magazines and veterinary periodicals.

For more information, please visit:

my website

my Facebook fanpage,

 

Thanks so  much for reading!  Hope to see many of you over there or when you come to visit in New Zealand!

Regards,

Lizzi Tremayne

Hi All! Come on over to Cynthia Woolfe’s Blog, we’re over there today!


Hi everyone!

I was invited to an interview with Cynthia Wolf, Historical Romance author extraordinaire!

Click Here!

Here’s the header on her lovely page!

Cynthia Woolf's Banner

Cynthia Woolf’s Website Banner

Come on by and learn a little about where I got interested in writing, how the series began, and some things about me you might not have known!

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Leave a comment and I promise to reply!

Take good care,

Kindest regards,

Lizzi

Blogging NOW (yes, today, for the next 24 hours or so!) at TRS, in the UK


Hello All!
I’m blogging right NOW on over at TRS, in the UK, so they should be waking up to it, at this link…

 

The Romance Studio Blog– TRS

 

Come on over and take a look!

Please Share? Thanks so much!

FOR any of YOU from Polska!!!

Plenty of Polish bits, including my own recipe for Zurek and Zakwas!

🙂
XX
Lizzi

A Long Trail Rolling–Aleks and Xavier meet…and sparks fly…


Cover for A Long Trail Rolling

Hello All!

Here’s a bit of the story from when Aleksandra and Xavier have just met… and clashed, just a little… 🙂

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She saw the men exchange glances over her head.

‘Aleksandra, is that safe? You know about the unrest between the Pah-Utes and the settlers’ army, don’t you?’ Xavier brushed his hair back from his face with his hand, the light reflecting off the signet ring on his middle finger.

She scowled at the dark Californio. ‘My father is blood-brother to the ShoshoneChief,’ she tossed her head at him, ‘of course I’ll be welcome in their village.’

Xavier’s face shadowed and his lips tightened to a fine line. ‘It’s your funeral.’ He turned from her and moved to stand just outside the door, staring off into the distance.

‘Children, children,’ Scotty muttered under his breath and shook his head. ‘Aleks, I’m sorry to remind you of him, but who’s this “Vladdie”? We need to get word ’round so we kin bring ‘im to justice.’

She dragged her gaze back to Scotty from where she found it, perusing the handsome stranger’s broad shoulders and trim hips in snug leather leggings.

‘That’s the scary part, Scotty,’ she paused and looked back at Xavier. Despite her anger, she had to admit he was a fine figure of a man, with raven blue-black hair past the collar of his buckskin shirt and sparking brown eyes, nearly black when she fell into them as she awoke…

She shook her head and refocused, turning to Scotty.

‘Vladimir Chabardine. Cossack arms master, servant of the Tsar, armed and extremely dangerous. Papa’s nemesis.’ She looked down at the ground, pausing until her voice returned.

‘OKyy….’ Scotty ventured, eyebrows raised. ‘How will we know ‘im?’

‘Unfortunately, I don’t know what he looks like. He’s Russian or Ukrainian. Papa said he had blond hair, probably gray by now, and a strong accent. He’s ten years older than Papa. He’ll handle a horse and a shashka like a Cossack, but further than that, I know nothing,’ she said, dropping her eyes to the floor and looking away.

‘Sure that’s all y’know?’ Scotty raised his eyebrows at her.

Why do I get the feelin’ there’s somethin’ she ain’t tellin’ me?

‘Well, Rogan’s missing,’ the trader saw Aleksandra bite the side of her cheek, ‘so I imagine he’ll have taken him. He’s an unusual horse for these parts, wouldn’t you think?’ Aleksandra’s eyes seemed to hold a challenge and this time she didn’t look away.

Scotty tilted his head sideways and pursed his lips. ‘What else, girlie?’

Aleksandra squirmed and was silent for a moment before she burst into action and spun toward the door. ‘Well, gentlemen, thanks for the shut-eye, but it’ll be dark before I get home as it is, so I’d best get going,’ she said, then stopped short.

Oh no, the Furs! And Dzień!‘ she wailed and turned back to face the men.

Dinna fash, mo nighean. I kept the buyer here since yeste’day ’cause I knew ye were comin’. He’s paid fer yer pelts ‘n gone.’ Scotty rumpled her hair.

She smiled her thanks, color returning to her cheeks.

‘And that pony, he’s got a heart o’ gold. Ye dinna need to go, yon wee man’s in the stable, munching’ away with me old geldin’.’

Aleksandra’s chest heaved in a deep sigh. ‘What would I do without you, Scotty?’

‘It’s the least I kin do fer you and yer da,’ Scotty remarked, his voice becoming gruff as he spoke, and a tear glistened in his eye.

‘Papa wouldn’t have been pleased to see Dzień abused so, but there was nothing else for it. He never even slowed down.’ She looked at the floor.

‘Aye, but he’s a bonny one.’ Scotty smiled.

‘It would’ve meant the world to Papa, knowing we made it on time and our year’s work wasn’t for naught.’ Scotty was pleased to see a hint of the girl’s normal glow showing in her eyes, beneath the wet lashes.

‘Right ye are, missy.’ He raised his brows at her. ‘Now, d’ye want me to hold some o’ the money fer now so it canna be taken off ye by highwaymen?’

‘Thanks, Scotty, please keep it all here. I don’t need it yet.’

‘Are ye sure ye need t’leave tonight?’ Scotty was unconvinced. ‘It’s getting’ mighty late, we could make you a bed o’sorts.’

Aleksandra’s eyes narrowed at the dark man still standing in the doorway.

‘I’d rather risk the highwaymen and the wild animals for tonight, thanks. I’ve got my shashka and bow.’

There was a choking sound from the entrance, then Xavier mumbled something about checking the horses and disappeared outside. Scotty turned away and coughed to hide his chuckle from the pair.

Xavier was harnessing Dzień to the wagon when Aleksandra came outside.

‘I can do that,’ she snapped, rushing to the side of the pony, her blue eyes icy and cheeks flushed pink. Xavier smiled at her back as she hurried around to the pony’s other side to finish.

‘I’m sure you can, Querida, but I’m happy to help,’ he said, wrapping a breeching strap around the shaft and buckling it snugly.

‘Thanks,’ she gritted out, looking away as her hands slid down Dzień’s rump towards the crupper.

‘Any possibility you might tell me just why you went loco on me back there?’ Xavier watched her brows drop as she stared at a strap she’d just buckled too tightly. Her lips tightened further as she readjusted it.

‘I want nothing to do with people who insult my friends.’

Como, what?’ He shook his head and blinked at her.

‘My friends, the Shoshone, the only friends I have left alive, other than Scotty,‘ she said from between clenched teeth, and then slumped, sobbing, against Dzień.

Cautious of her all-too-effective looking sword, Xavier slowly approached her. He slid his arm around her shoulders and pulled her against him, watchful for any fast moves on her part, not caring if her tears soaked his shirt. How long they stayed like this, he neither knew nor cared. Once her sobs quieted, he slipped his fingers under her chin, lifting her face to stare into the watery depths of her blue eyes.

‘OK now, Querida?’

‘As OK as possible, I guess.’ She dropped her head again. ‘The Shoshone are like family to me, especially since Mama died,’ she murmured into his shirt.

‘Are you sure you won’t stay here? I’ll sleep in the stable, if it would make you happier.’

She closed her eyes and was still.

‘No, it’s OK. I’m sorry, Xavier. I’m upset, but that’s no excuse for my nastiness. Thank you for this.’ She nodded her head at his tearstained chest.

De nada. It is nothing.’ He smiled. ‘May I accompany you to your home, at least?’

‘No, really, I’m fine, thank you again. I’d better go farewell Scotty, it’s getting late.’

‘If you’re sure…’ Xavier shook his head and followed Aleksandra back inside.

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Hope you enjoyed that tidbit, other excerpts here, or go to the Store page!

Take care!

Lizzi

Great interview on SONZA (Spotlight in New Zealand Arts)!


Hello All,

Hop on over to SONZA’s site http://sonza.co.nz/book-launch-giveaway-a-long-trail-rolling/ for a Zee’s interview of me and her report on my NZ Book Launch!

Enjoy!

Regards,

Lizzi

NZ Launch of A Long Trail Rolling, Waihi Library, Waihi. Thanks very much to Zee for the photo!

NZ Launch of A Long Trail Rolling, Waihi Library, Waihi. Thanks very much to Zee for the photo!

What a book launch!


Hello All!

Thank you for coming along to the launch at Smith Flat House in Placerville, CA, on the 14 of January, 2015!

A Long Trail Rolling is finally rolling!


BUY LINKS: 

For those of you who have asked, here are the best buy links!

Softcover: CreateSpace

Ebooks: Smashwords

Ebooks and paper: Amazon

We are planning a book signing tour around New Zealand right now! Please let me  know if you have a great venue and a crowd to go with it!

I’ll post the video from the launch party as soon as it’s available!

We gave away a few paper copies of A Long Trail Rolling and Cover Posters on the night, and we nearly sold out of a whole box of books!

I spoke about what history means to me, historicals, my thoughts on the process of my writing, and read two excerpts.

Prize draws of paper copies of A Long Trail Rolling and posters of the cover were enthusiastically welcomed!

People especially liked hearing about how I wrote the story, and why, which was a bit surprising to me! They were also interested to hear about the current opportunities in self publishing. I think a few people might just progress the writing they started in the past… and were afraid to pursue!

Thanks to everybody, once again, for coming along! Can’t wait to catch up with the rest of you!

 

Just as an aside…The book launch ‘happened’ at the end of a tour of southern England… and the Isle of Wight… where I found the inspiration for the next series!

Here’s my new author pic, taken by Matt at the B & B where we stayed in Goring-by-Sea,  a neighbourhood of the Borough of Worthing in West Sussex, England. I’ll talk about it another time!

My new author pic, taken by the man at our B & B in Goring-by-Sea. What a fantastic trip!  Thank you Matthew!

My new author pic, taken by the man at our B & B in Goring-by-Sea. What a fantastic trip!
Thank you Matthew!

Back to work! Bye!

XX

Lizzi

A Long Trail Rolling

by Lizzi Tremayne

The Long Trail Book One

 

Cover for A Long Trail Rolling

Cover for A Long Trail Rolling

Escaping her father’s killer, Aleksandra rode the Pony Express—full speed into the middle of the Indian Paiute Wars.

She didn’t expect to become a target, but she is one now! 

Seventeen year old Aleksandra, trained in the Cossack arts from infancy by her father, finds herself alone and running to prevent her Pa’s killer from obtaining a secret coveted by the Russian Czar, one which could alter the forces of power in Europe. Disguised as a Pony Express rider in 1860’s Utah Territory, she finds herself in even deeper trouble. Her Californio boss Xavier has a strength to match her own, but can they overcome their differences before the ever-increasing odds overtake them?

With this debut Western Historical Adventure, Lizzi Tremayne won the 2014 RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award and was a finalist in the 2013 Great Beginnings A saga of the Old West with a multicultural cast of those who make up America, it would interest readers who enjoy Westerns, horses, American Indians, immigrants, and the Pony Express. It has a capable heroine, strong historical detail, period veterinary treatment and frontier-pushing characters. It compares to the work of Phillipa Gregory, Diana Gabaldon and Jean Auel, with a little Laura Ingalls Wilder thrown in.

This novel is the first in The Long Trail quadrilogy of historical adventure sagas following her characters from the wilderness of 1860 Utah to Colonial New Zealand. 

 

Genre: Western Historical Adventure Fiction with Romantic Elements

Content/Theme(s): Western, horse, native American, Indian, immigrant, Pony Express, veterinary, Utah Territory, Old West

Publisher: Indie, as Blue Mist Publishing

See buy links above! Available from  CreateSpace, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and many others.

Excerpt:   

A Long Trail Rolling 

Links:

Lizzi Tremayne Twitter

A Long Trail Rolling Facebook

Lizzi Tremayne Facebook 

Pinterest

Thanks for reading!

See you soon!

Lizzi Tremayne

A Long Trail Rolling is Being Published as We Speak! Cover Reveal, Buy Links and USA Book Launch!


Hello All!

A Long Trail Rolling is finally live.

BUY LINKS: 

For those of you who have asked, here are the best buy links!

Softcover: CreateSpace

Ebooks: Smashwords

Ebooks and paper: Amazon

 

BOOK LAUNCH:


Come along to our USA BOOK LAUNCH of A Long Trail Rolling!
14 January 2015 in Placerville, CA!
please RSVP at Eventbrite: https://eventbrite.co.nz/event/15130485690/


Looking forward to seeing you all there! Will have a book launch in New Zealand upon our return home!
XX

 

A Long Trail Rolling

by Lizzi Tremayne

The Long Trail Book One

 

Cover for A Long Trail Rolling

Cover for A Long Trail Rolling

Escaping her father’s killer, Aleksandra rode the Pony Express—full speed into the middle of the Indian Paiute Wars.

She didn’t expect to become a target, but she is one now! 

Seventeen year old Aleksandra, trained in the Cossack arts from infancy by her father, finds herself alone and running to prevent her Pa’s killer from obtaining a secret coveted by the Russian Czar, one which could alter the forces of power in Europe. Disguised as a Pony Express rider in 1860’s Utah Territory, she finds herself in even deeper trouble. Her Californio boss Xavier has a strength to match her own, but can they overcome their differences before the ever-increasing odds overtake them?

With this debut Western Historical Adventure, Lizzi Tremayne won the 2014 RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award and was a finalist in the 2013 Great Beginnings A saga of the Old West with a multicultural cast of those who make up America, it would interest readers who enjoy Westerns, horses, American Indians, immigrants, and the Pony Express. It has a capable heroine, strong historical detail, period veterinary treatment and frontier-pushing characters. It compares to the work of Phillipa Gregory, Diana Gabaldon and Jean Auel, with a little Laura Ingalls Wilder thrown in.

This novel is the first in The Long Trail quadrilogy of historical adventure sagas following her characters from the wilderness of 1860 Utah to Colonial New Zealand. 

 

Genre: Western Historical Adventure Fiction with Romantic Elements

Content/Theme(s): Western, horse, native American, Indian, immigrant, Pony Express, veterinary, Utah Territory, Old West

Release Date: 10 January 2015Softcover book cover for CreateSpace!

Launch Party: 14 January 2015, Placerville, California! 

Publisher: Indie, as Blue Mist Publishing

Will be available from  Smashwords, Amazon,(preorder from these two) and CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Draft 2 Digital and many others. Will

post buy links as soon as they are available.

Excerpt and more

A Long Trail Rolling excerpt

Links:

Lizzi Tremayne Twitter

A Long Trail Rolling Facebook

Lizzi Tremayne Facebook 

Pinterest

Thanks for reading!

See you soon!

Lizzi Tremayne

 ……………

Freebie excerpt!

Lookout Pass, she reminded herself as she neared the summit. Glancing north to the distant white tops of the Onaqui Mountains, she swallowed hard as she thought again of her papa and the fossil he’d fossicked for her from its rocky ledges.

The spotted pony broke into a lope over the crest of the hill and began the mile-long descent. Aleksandra’s thoughts filled with memories, she was absentmindedly fingering the fossil inside the medicine bag hung about her neck when she felt the first arrow whizz past her head.

Her heart stopped in its tracks and she flung herself to the left side of the Palouse’s neck in a Cossack hang, lying flat against his side.

‘Yah! Yah! Let’s go, Scout!’ she shouted, throwing the reins at him.

He needed little urging to run full tilt down the steep and treacherously rocky trail as the yells of Indian warriors echoed through the narrow valley. The arrows came hard and fast from the southwest, screaming like a mad bunch of hornets.

Smart. Her lips curved in the hint of a wry grin.

The Indians had placed themselves between the trail and the setting sun, so Aleksandra couldn’t see her attackers in the glimpses she stole,from beneath Scout’s neck, of the world whizzing past. With the ground only three feet from her head, the scent of sage filled her nostrils when Scout crashed through a clump of brush. Briefly considering letting go of one of her death-grip holds onto the racing horse to pull a gun from her holster, something akin to suicide, she tightened her lip in a grimace and stayed put, trusting far more in the Palouse’s speed and handiness to save them. Knowing her weight hanging off to one side had to put him off his best, she tried to stay out of his way, keeping as still as possible, tucked down on the side of the skidding and leaping beast. Praying the cinch would hold, she sent fervent thanks to the pony selectors for their choice of horses.

How I would love to have my bow and arrows, but I only need to get us through to Doc Faust at Rush—

The Palouse interrupted her musings as he threw up his head and reared, angrily trumpeting and shaking his head for a moment, nearly dropping Aleksandra, then resumed his headlong rush down the hill. When he carried on, she heard whistling sounds with every breath and turned her face forward to see where the noise was coming from.

Then she saw the arrow.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Kind regards,

Lizzi Tremayne

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/ ).

 

 Pacific Hearts trophies

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

 

Hunua Falls… A Special Kind of Awesome


It happened on the way to St Cath’s Faire, an SCA reenactment event, last Sunday near Clevedon.

A massive change in the direction of my new novel, A Sea of Green Unfolding.

 

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It came to me while I drove past the Waihou River (Called the River Thames  by Captain Cook when he first landed his longboat there so very long ago), past Cook’s landing site, through Netherton, Ngatea, on and on through the Hauraki Plains. Just after the new motorway portion of SH2 began, I took the road less travelled, the old SH2, then up Lyon’s Road, past Paparimu, through Hunua, to finally arrive at Clevedon.

As I passed the sign for Hunua Falls, it drew me. I’d never seen them, but I promised myself I’d find them on the way home….. because I knew they needed to be in the story… in a big way.

Wow… They took my breath away.

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I found the Hunua Falls, buried deep in what would have been the “vast untrodden Hunuas” in 1863, if it were in a book by  Jack Lasenby*. They are nothing less than awesome… and as of that day, will play a big part in the novel.

While I was in Clevedon, I “accidentally” met someone who could answer many of my questions. Out on a walk in the forest there, I met a woman who’s lived there for the past 50 years…  and she was… at a meeting of the local historical society the previous night….

Now, I don’t really think there’s such a thing as coincidence anymore… Just the Universe looking after me… And hopefully you, my reader!

 

Watch this space!

*Jack Lasenby, whose books  I would highly recommend for bush Kiwiana: Harry Wakatipu Comes the Mong…  If you’ve ever dreamed of “going bush”, being a “real bloke”, or a “deer culler”, you owe it to yourself to read this book, and others of his! Even if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool “non-reader” who loves to go bush, you’ll love this.

9780143318088.jpgOne description: from Timeout.co.nz……”The third title in an outrageously entertaining collection of tall tales about a 12-year-old Urewera hunter with a moustache and a sneaky, greedy old pack-horse called Harry Wakatipu is another marvellous adventure story that is full of crazy characters and bizarre experiences. Harry is supposed to help but spends most of his time sleeping, telling lies and eating tins of condensed milk. And he farts a lot! Rich in off-beat humour and bushlore, this latest novel from a legendary storyteller is ideal for ages 9 to 13, particularly boys.”

It’s  also for anyone who wants to laugh till their guts hurt!

 

 

NaNoWriMo has Begun!


Hello All!

Well, first day, I didn’t make my goal of 1700 words on the new novel I began on 1 November,

A Sea of Green Unfolding,

the sequel to Express Desired, wherein

Aleksandra and Xavier are still reeling from the death of their first newborn child when they discover that they have lost Rancho de las Pulgas, their old Spanish land grant held by Xavier’s family for generations. An invitation from von Tempsky in New Zealand offers the escape they desire and draws the young couple to start a new life in the Coromandel goldfields. Challenges separate the pair as they journey to their destination, but they are finally reunited again in the turbulent wilderness of 1862 New Zealand—only to become immersed in the land wars between the European settlers and the local Maori, which have only just begun.

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Yesterday, however, I nearly caught up. Today I will be caught up and pass day 3’s goal of 6100 words.

My favourite part of the writing so far (it’s the first draft, so please be kind…) :

 

She felt her heart could sink no further. Pushing aside the bedroll tied over her saddlebags, she pulled out a locket on a fine silver chain and clutched it to her heart before clasping it round her neck and letting it drop inside her neckline between her still-engorged breasts, the tears again falling swiftly as she looked west, up into the hills. A memory of her mother’s voice came unbidden…

‘I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help…’

She resolutely set her jaw and turned back to face the masts in the distance before her, one hand gripping the locket through her buckskin shirt and the other on the reins. The wharf at Redwood Creek was full of ships, she could see, even from this far away. The houses and buildings of Redwood City, the county seat of San Mateo County, clustered near the road leading to the embarcadero. Rough workers huts near the water’s edge emptied as the men trudged towards the wharves on the deepwater channel, nodding their heads to her as they headed for a day shifting timber, shingles, hay and wheat from laden wagons onto rafts, ships and barges headed for San Francisco and beyond. The smell of the tanneries turned her stomach as she rode past them and she put a hand over her mouth and nose, as if she could stop the smell. From the alley between the blacksmith shop and the shipbuilding yard, several men turned to stare at her and one whistled low under his breath, but she never glanced their way. The courthouse loomed on her left, the newly begun fire station beside it, but she barely saw them, her goal Dr.Tripp and Mr. Parkhurst’s road west into the mountains, heading for Arroyo Honda, and the coast. She’d never seen the ocean. Under the circumstances, it seemed like the thing to do.

Back to it.  Just wanted to send out an update!

Have a great day, and to those of you doing NaNoWriMo,

GO FOR IT!  SEE YOU AT THE FINISH!

Namaste,

Lizzi

PS, to those of you who have asked, Express Desired is with an agent in New Jersey. I hope to hear from her any day now whether or not she’s keen to run with it!

Photo we took in July 2013 of Clifton Flats, Utah. One of the last remaining portions of the Pony Express Trail in Utah which still resembles it "back in the day". It's the fine line running toward you to the right on the photo. Thanks Patrick Hearty, for showing it to us!

This is a photo we took in July 2013 of Clifton Flats, Utah.   It’s one of the last remaining portions of the Pony Express Trail in Utah which still resembles it “back in the day”. It’s the fine line running toward you to the right on the photo. Thanks Patrick Hearty, for showing it to us!

 

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Have a great day, I will.  I’m writing. 🙂

Regards,

Lizzi

A Sea of Green


A new signature, thanks to my son Elliot and his awesome skills with Photoshop!

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For NaNoWriMo!

The new short synopsis…

This sequel to Express Desired is about a young couple’s journey to adventure in the turbulent wilderness of 1861 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.

Plotting today, tomorrow and getting ready for  01 November 2013 USA date to start!