on the writing & reading trail

Latest ArtsLink Newsletter

The latest ArtsLink Newsletter (Issue 3) visits Maastricht with a link to an Andre Rieu concert item, explores a little of the fascinating city of Maastricht before heading to the Rembrandt Museum in Amsterdam, thinking a little about Anne Frank and letting readers know about a new book from Nene Davies. Redhanded should be available soon.

Find the Newsletter here – http://eepurl.com/b_o3_b


Online course creation

For a long time I’ve thought of developing an online course but felt my lack of computer skills made it impossible. Now, I realise I can do it – with help from the Easy Course Creation material put together by Joseph Michael.

Yes! Joseph Michael, the Scrivener Coach.

I’ve looked at Joseph’s preliminary blogs and Facebook posts and followed through on the suggestions so far and now I’m optimistic. I’m already brimming with ideas how to design the course for online presentation. And I will be able to publish it.

You can do it too!

Take a look at these links and gain YOUR own confidence:

Discover the tools to help

These are the tools that made me realise it can be done. Thinkific is my favourite from this collection.                                               https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/freereport/lauriegilbert/


And that’s not all – have a look at the bundle:


Get the bundle here:        https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/coursecreationbundle/lauriegilbert/

And a FREE 3-Part Video Series

FREE 3-Part Video Series  –  Revealing the Exact Roadmap, Mindset, & Strategy for going from “no idea” to earning 5-figures a month (and beyond)…in as little as 12 weeks.

The first video is available now – https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/eccvideo/lauriegilbert/

More ahead in coming days – stay tuned.



Easy Course Creation – by Creator and Founder, Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael can help you to design, produce and profit from an online education course.

If you don’t know about Joseph Michael, you should find out. I’ll tell you the bare bones in a moment.

Easy Course Creation – FREE Course Creation Bundle

Right now I want to let you know about Joseph’s latest venture – Easy Course Creation, designed to help you to identify and translate your idea(s) and the skills you already have into a successful online education course.

Find out how to overcome the natural reservations we all have by sending for Joseph’s FREE Course Creation Bundle to help you on your way to produce a profitable online education course.

Do it now! It is only available for a limited time. Click the link. https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/coursecreationbundle/lauriegilbert/


Course Creation Bundle

Course Creation Bundle


About Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael is the Scrivener Coach, the man who developed the wildly successful program – Learn Scrivener Fast – that helps writers to use the powerful Scrivener writing software effectively, efficiently and quickly. He developed his coaching flair from teaching over 17,000 students. I undertook Learn Scrivener Fast recently and testify to the clever design, clarity and practicality of the course. Joseph demonstrates how versatile it is for:

– fiction

– non-fiction

course development

–  blogs and other projects.

Find out more in a webinar – Thursday, August 25

Find out more about Easy Course Creation by enrolling in a webinar – ‘The  Digital Nuts & Bolts of Creating a Course That Sells (While You Sleep)’ here. https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/augwebinar/lauriegilbert/

Make it real. Discover how to have a successful online education course that can change lives for the better.


You can get Joseph’s free Course Creation Bundle here – right now https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/coursecreationbundle/lauriegilbert/

And enrol in the free webinar ‘The Digital Nuts & Bolts of Creating a Course That Sells (While You Sleep)’ here. https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/augwebinar/lauriegilbert/

What you experience on this webinar will be different to most other trainings that only teach you “what to do”. During this workshop, you’ll actually learn “how” to make Scrivener work for your unique writing style.

Joseph will also be answering all your questions LIVE

Don’t delay.

ArtsLink Newsletter

The ArtsLink Newsletter is for readers, writers, and others interested in the arts who might like to follow the random harvests I reap from many a fascinating blog and other sources.

  • ArtsLink Newsletter Issue 2 – content
    One of my brothers regularly alerts family members to Internet links for video or photographic treats.
    I always enjoy them and several have contributed ideas that have found a place in my novels. His recent pick of a National Geographic YouTube video titled How wolves change rivers set me on an unexpected trail:
    # a spectacular conservation story
    # a reminder of an enjoyable novel
    # a nostalgic trip to ferret out a sixty-year-old travel journal
    # a surprising Book Club choice
    # a Disney movie
    # and more.
  • Access the ArtsLink Newsletter, Issue 2 at http://eepurl.com/b6sGr1
    Do sign up by using the ‘subscribe’ button on the top left of the Newsletter page if you’d like to receive future issues. I’d love to meet you there.
  • Wolves


ArtsLink Newsletter

You can find the first issue of the newsletter at http://bit.ly/28IYPhW

If you like the idea of the newsletter, visit Winfreda Donald’s blog at http://bit.ly/28Iru6p and sign up for future issues.


Some of Pat's books

Some of Pat’s books

Crime stories
If you like crime stories – and enjoy a sense of place – Pat Noad’s series of books about amateur sleuth Annie Bryce are for you. Where better to unravel a crime than in the vast and amazing state of Queensland?
Find out more about Pat’s stories by visiting her website
and about Pat by visiting her blog.

Enjoy the photographs on the site as well.

New blog on the block

Sara Delaval, new blogger

Sara Delaval, new blogger










There’s a new blog on the block. My mouth is watering already – looking forward to a new recipe book to be compiled by Sara Delaval. And I just love the banner on the blog home page and the photo of a delectable pear dish on the Writing Page. Go to wordsentencestories.wordpress.com to find out all about the blog and Sara’s plans.


Latest novel – Future Hope

Latest novel – Future Hope

Future Hope

Future Hope

Future Hope is Winfreda Donald’s third novel in The Long Shadows Series. The story continues to trace the separate lives of Freya and Alexander. Once more their paths cross in unusual circumstances – this time in Kruger National Park. They resolve to clear up the mysterious events that led to their parting some seventeen years previously – after Freya completes her humanitarian aid mission in southern Sudan. Will their lives change as the clock tips over on New Year’s Eve 1999 into the current century?

Future Hope is currently available as an e-book from major online booksellers and will be published in paperback format at the end of February.




Today’s blog guest is Sara Delaval who recently published her first novel Cicadas in Summer. Congratulations Sara and thank you for visiting today.

Sara's first novel

Sara’s first novel

Where did you grow up Sara – and what brought you to Australia?

I was born and grew up in London, having survived a boarding school designed on Dickensian lines. What I remember most is being cold all the time. Summers were very short and heating everywhere was inadequate and I dreamed of living somewhere warm and sunny. So a girlfriend and I decided to join the ten pound poms and emigrate. After all, we could always come back and settle down later… I didn’t know then that you can never go back.

I’ve told some of that story in a mini-memoir for my family. It was great to have my memory jogged about the ‘old days’.

When did you first start writing?



As a young child I used to scribble stories in an exercise book at school, which I gave to my mother when I returned home on holidays. She would laugh indulgently and read them out loud, and even then, they sounded bad! But it didn’t stop me. My imagination was the happiest place in my life – only when lost in a book, or writing stories was I able to switch off from reality and create a world I’d like to live in. Typewriters helped later, but it was the word processing on computers which made it a whole lot easier, eventually.

What would you say are the main influences on your writing?

As a teenager I loved history and gobbled up historical novels, and books on travel – even cookery books. In fact, I just loved reading and all the books I have read during my life have influenced my writing in different ways. Now I lean more towards mysteries, detective novels and stories with adventure. I’d have to say that “life” in all its forms, has influenced my writing, things I have seen and done, my career, people I have met and of course, my own family.

How much does the story of Cicadas in Summer owe to your own experience?

Everything! Before I retired, my job was helping disadvantaged people and families. I managed a “social housing” service, and met all sorts of clients. It taught me a lot about how some people survive – just! The expression “how the other half live” was coined for these people, many of whom struggled all their lives. It was sometimes frustrating but I met many wonderful people and “Cicadas in Summer”, which isn’t a true story in any way, is based on my experiences. A sort of “What if?”

What is your writing process?

I’m ashamed to say – what process? I am not nearly disciplined enough and I know it. I’d like to be able to say that I shut myself in my office between the hours of X and Y – but I have never been able to do that. “Family” issues intervene, but I am trying…

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Refer above! Also, one of the main delights in my life is cooking, so a lot of time is spent shopping, preparing and cooking food, plus I have a house to look after, family, friends I need to keep in touch with, books to read, etc . etc.

What do you read for pleasure?

I’m one of those people who can read several books at once – depending on my mood. These days I love detective stories, political thrillers, adventure stories by writers like Clive Cussler, Dan Brown and Matthew Reilly, plus the odd romance for a change. I have a study full of books and can never get rid of any – only add to them; and I go to the library regularly to find new writers to read.

Do you have other writing projects in progress?

I thought you’d never ask! Of course I do. I am writing my second novel, as yet untitled, based on a theme of domestic violence (another experience learned in my job). A beautiful model marries a handsome man, but all is not as it seems and he gradually becomes more violent and controlling…

I have said how I love to cook, well I am also planning a “recipe memoir”, bringing together many of the lovely recipes I have kept through my life and sharing them, along with stories of people I have met. This is something I have wanted to do for years and I’m finally getting around to it.

Sara Delaval

Sara Delaval

You can find Sara’s book on Feedaread (http://bit.ly/17eKHL2), Amazon (http://amzn.to/1vNPkrF) and all popular online bookstores. Happy reading.

Thank you Sara for telling us your story. I look forward to reading your next novel, and turning the pages of that personal recipe book.




Sara Delaval’s first book has just been released. It is currently available through Feedaread.com and will shortly be available through most online booksellers.

Cicadas In Summer

In Brisbane, single parent Kate Anderson, 34, drops her two youngsters at school before a routine visit to Lisa, an emergency housing client. A Queenslander, social worker Kate has rebuilt her life after divorce and enjoys her work supporting disadvantaged people. After being first to witness the gory scene following the brutal murder of Lisa and her children, Kate turns to her close-knit family for support. She meets Jack, her brother’s solicitor friend and gratefully accepts his help, as the horrors multiply to engulf her. Suddenly and inexplicably, as she tries to piece the mystery together, Kate becomes the target of a prowler and telephone threats. Determined to find out why this is happening and feeling that the police are missing something, she ignores all warnings of risk to herself. Jack’s assistance becomes increasingly important and although romantic entanglements are out of the question, Kate finds herself strongly attracted to him. Events escalate with another killing and when Kate’s own precious children are kidnapped the stakes reach a new level. With the help of the police the children are rescued. Then when Prue, a work colleague disappears, Kate becomes bait to catch the killer.

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