Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A Darker Shade of Black - free promo for 5 days

Its been a while since I've put up a post. I've been back to the Isa for a short visit. Hot and dry was the verdict. Awesome to be there but arriving back in Toowoomba was a great relief. A difference of about 10 degrees Celsius may have had something to do with that. Now I hear that Mount Isa is starting to get some rain and I hope it continues because they need it badly. It sounds like water is starting to trickle down the Leichhardt and Moondarra has picked up a bit. Here's a picture I took of Moondarra a couple of weeks back. It is very low.

Anyway, to other happenings. I have decided to run a Kindle Free Book promo for A Darker Shade of Black for any keen scifi fans out there. Race off and grab a copy please while the promotion is still running. Starts the 4th December and finishes on the 8th. Get in while it's going.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Isa Country

There's no doubt, it is hot up here (after Toowoomba) and it is harsh country but there is a stark beauty about this place that you cant overlook.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Back home

Well, I'm back in the Isa for a couple of weeks. Not much different to when I was last here. Hot and Dry. Water is a big issue with Moondarra and Julius at very low levels. Lead is still a concern but the Mine is managing the risk. I'll post a few photos when I get the time.

Mt Isa in the morning from the lookout

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Grand Champion Garden - Toowoomba Chronicle Carnival of Flowers

The Drew garden - Ward Street, Highfields

There were certainly some beautiful gardens for the Carnival competition this year and if the loads of buses filled with Japanese tourists streaming through the Drew garden at Highfields were any indication this garden was a worthy winner of the Grand Champion title. Australian natives are more my thing but there is an artistic elegance to these large exotic gardens and you have to admire the energy that went into building this particular one.

Not only did it win the overall City category it was also the No1. Veteran's Garden, the No 1. Best display of bulbs and flowering annuals and also No1. Acreage garden. The amount of time and effort that goes into this relatively new garden each year is a full time job. For ex farmer Kevin Drew it must be retirement therapy. Everywhere around the garden are quirky little bits and pieces of his sense of fun and enjoyment of life. His meticulous attention to detail is manifested in the mix of plantings as well as the bits of machinery restored to pristine glory around the yard, and in his spotless shed.

Kevanna, the last house on Ward Street

The waterfall - totally unnatural but totally captivating

Something from the farm

The old family car restored along with petrol bowser and oil tank

Don't complain

The shed. It probably gets dirty sometimes.

Say no more

Were you expecting that?

The map of Australia in annuals. Even though this photo was taken from a platform, not exactly high enough to get the best effect.

The wisteria bower.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Moonless Sea promo

Hello readers, on Saturday I am running a free promotion for The Moonless Sea. It will only run for five days so check in at Amazon Kindle after Saturday to snag a copy.

The Moonless Sea is a story about Dave Hathaway, an ordinary guy who happens upon a clandestine group who are harvesting technologies that have been hidden on Earth from ages past. Dave is thrust into a murderous race to save his wife from the leader of the group while at the same time doing his best to keep the secrets of the ages safe from selfish nationalist interests as a number of nations become involved in the struggle to control the wonders of the mirocele.  http://goo.gl/E4d0NW

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Flower time in Toowoomba

It's that time of year again and the Carnival is on all this week in Toowoomba. The parks and gardens are looking stunning this year so I thought I should put a few photos up on the website to show off some of the wonderful things the Toowoomba Regional Council parks people have put together this year. The ten day Carnival of Flowers draws huge crowds from all parts of Australia and plenty of overseas tourists as well so it is one of the regions biggest tourism money spinners. If you haven't visited before you have really missed out.
View over the Lockey Valley from Picnic Point

Status and Pansies

Laurel Bank Park

Nemo garden and Laurel Bank

Nemo Garden

Poppies at Laurel Bank

Grape Hyacinth

Clivea beds at Laurel Bank

Queens Park gardens

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Free book promo time

It all comes around full circle again and, wow, Monkey Hunt is eligible for another free promo on Amazon Kindle. Last time I think it sold three or four units. Let's see how we go this time. I'll give it a belt on Twitter and Facebook. I didn't have a facebook page last time and just for those of you who came here via my Twitter feed and didn't see the facebook link it is facebook.com/ccordeaux . Hop on and give me a like and I'll like you back. That could sound rather different if you substitute lick for like,  by the way.

Anyway, for those of you who haven't found Monkey Hunt it is a supernatural thriller, a bit gory in places and a bit long, but there's a lot in it. A bit of sex, if you're into sex. But not much romance. Monkey Hunt isn't a romance. The next book in the series may have a bit of romance but still a work in progress but over 40000 words now.

Anyway, on the 5th of this month I think you should download Monkey Hunt and spend a weekend reading it. It's only about 230000 words so you should be bleary eyed on Monday morning at work but well and truly satisfied.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Still Here

I'm a slack bastard, I know. But I am still writing. Currently I'm juggling a few books and tacking words onto chapters dangling off the end of a few, often, unrelated thoughts.

Still working on the sequel to Monkey Hunt and up to 41000 words. I think it will be a big un.

Added a couple of chapters to Silviania and happy with progress so far. Chapter 6 and about 14 000 words so far. Wont go much past 30 000 words.

I'm still going on The Plains Walker, some would call it a dystopian future novel but I regard this one as somewhere beyond dystopia. Currently sitting at 28 Chapters and 66 000 words and will be a two part offering.

Drug House is only three chapters long, and only 5000 words. I just had a look at it and I need to get writing on it again because the first three chapters are crackers.

Working on one other under a pen name, its coming along well too. I need a holiday. So I can get some writing done.

Have to start thinking about some covers before long too...