Catching Up

I’ve been neglecting my blog, so it’s high time for a short update.

2016 was a busy year, with time taken up in travelling and researching (sometimes both at the same time), and of course writing.

I’ve been hearing from many readers regarding Daisy. Please rest assured that I’ve no intention of abandoning her as at the end of After The Roses. There’s much still to share of her life and that of other family members.

In the mean time, I’m thoroughly absorbed in my work in progress. This is quite a departure for me, as it’s my first non-fiction book, although the period (Victorian New Zealand) is certainly familiar. I’m finding it involving and challenging, and am looking forward to sharing it eventually.

But I will be returning to my beloved characters. They’re occasionally unruly, sometimes maddening, and never far from my thoughts.

New Zealand forest


  1. Now you REALLY have me excited. Fiction or non-fiction, I am ready for anything that you write. You are one of my top five favorite authors!


  2. I have just come across your work, I loved all of the books on Amy and her family. I hope that you have more to follow on Daisy and her journey to be a doctor, of course Eddie and the rest of the family also. I will look forward to the release of the next book in the series, I pray it will not be years from now.
    Thanks Tammy


    1. That’s lovely to hear, Tammy. I’m afraid it won’t be soon, but I hope not *too* many years away.


  3. I’ve read and re-read the promises to keep series as well as the spin off books about daisy, these are my go-to reads whenever I feel the need to escape. I always recommend this series to anyone asking for something new. Thank you for sharing their world with us and I look forward to hearing more about Daisy’s adventures in Auckland as well as what happens between her and Eddie.


    1. Thanks so much, Samantha, that’s lovely to hear. And thank you for recommending my books!


  4. Hi Shayne!

    I’m so happy to have come across this post! My sister and I have read all your books to date (even though our reading tastes are usually not in sync 🙂 We both are big fans of the Promises to keep series and have been on tenterhooks waiting for the next release. I’ve reread Amy’s story over and over again, and it is one that grips the imagination and the heart. I appreciate the detail of life and history you sow into each novel. The characters themselves linger beyond the page and I find myself processing the tales of their life and times long after I have moved onto a new work. Sister and I always recommend you to friends or family when they are looking for a new author/good read. I’m looking forward to reading your new books in the future, thank you!


    1. Hi Josephine. Thanks so much for your kind comments. It’s lovely to think of you and your sister sharing your enjoyment of the books!


  5. Hi! Me again, I was just checking in to see if you had written more for Amy. She suffered so much, I just can’t think that she deserves a happy part of life.


    1. Hi Vickie,

      Not recently, but she’ll definitely appear in the next Daisy book.

      I so much agree that Amy deserves happiness after all she’s endured. She’s very happy in her life as it is in “A Second Chance” and the later books. I’ve just been re-reading “Settling the Account”, and I still get a bit weepy over some of the saddest parts.


  6. During the past four weeks I’ve read your five books starting with Sentence of Marraige and ending with After the Roses. I was engrossed as I read while recouperating from knee surgery and the days passed quickly. I look forward to you continuing the story in future books!


    1. Martha, it’s lovely to hear that my books kept you company while you were recuperating! Thanks so much.


  7. I love these books! I have read the series multiple times. Your writing style is beautiful and descriptive.

    I grew up adoring the Little Houses on the Prairie series and this is along the same vein only for adults.

    I am from the US and am unfamiliar with some of the different things mentioned in the book. While Amy had to use multiple texts I am lucky to be able to Google everything! I have looked up everything from the style of military uniform Malcolm wore to the beetle that Eddie pulled from its home in the tree.

    I am so looking forward to your “current work in progress” and cannot wait to hear more about Daisy and Benji’s journeys. Also, I’m hoping for a happy ending for Thomas. He has made such a sacrifice in keeping his promise to Jack.

    You were born to write! Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us.


    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Beth – and what a lovely name you have. 🙂
      It’s great that you’ve been looking up images! Being able to envisage things does make the reading experience richer.

      I’m oh, so glad that you’d like to read more about Thomas. That’s a definite possibility. 🙂


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