Another 4 star review by Ind'Tale Magazine. Reviews like this inject me with confidence, makes me proud of what I have written and gives me the drive to continue to perfect my craft. Readers, I appreciate your time and your honesty. Thank you for reading Doctors Beyond Borders. Thank you Natasza Waters!
Check out the review!
Dr. Ariadne Tate offers her medical know-how to the people of Sudan. She’s prepared for an experience that will numb her past and give her future a new palette. Danger, poor living accommodations and one unexpectedly sexy Dr. Ford Gosden all pose a challenge. Healing the sick and feeding the impoverished is a noble act, but a romantic tumble while in the employ of the Medecines Sans Frontieres would not be advisable. Ariadne puts her attention and energy into the hospital and endless patients. Working alongside the competent Dr. Gosden creates a strain but builds respect. Falling in love is not an option, especially when Ariadne caught her last lover in bed with a co-worker.
Ms. Tyler pens a clear literary landscape of Sudan. Intrigue builds as the reader is offered a look into the Sudanese struggle. The danger and hardships of lending expertise to a nation at war holds a factual note. The conditions of poverty, fear, but also hope, are well documented. A frail balance between avoiding rebel attacks and politics is ever present. Ford and Ariadne’s love story is frustrating as it spins in one place for too long with a repetitive sequence of hospital, kitchen table and sleep. Between these points are lustful looks but little forward momentum. However, when the action begins to play out, readers will be pulled into the story with a surprising twist.
“Doctors Beyond Borders” resonates with a realistic view of strife and a relatively satisfying romance that fulfills a happy ending.
It was about time I got myself involved in some housewife fun. Please feel free to check out my series here on the blog. I'm proud to be a housewife beause I love putting my family first. There's nothing wrong with that is there? They're awesome. Sometimes, I'm made to feel there is something wrong with it though. Not fair.
You want to know what I've been up to today?
Woke up at 4:35am made my boys lunches then drove them to swimming training for a 5:15 start. Came home, made a packed lunch for my daughter, got her up, made her breakfast then drove her to school. Went straight to the supermarket on the way home and did the weekly shop, came home packed it all away then proceeded to make toasted muesli for my husbands breakfast, muesli bars for my kids lunch boxes, a chocolate biscuit cake also for the kids and hummus for me. I love the stuff, am on a health kick and figure why buy it when it's so easy to make! Now I'm writing this blog which will be published today before I blast some of my favourite tunes out of the speaker and dance like nobody's watching, cos nobody is. Then I'll prepare lessons for my school classes this week, finish off writing up an exam paper for my year 9 students and get some words down on my manuscript BASE, a story about a DJ, Dizzy J, who's world is turned upside down when Kurt starts working behind the bar at the club she rocks. Then it's time to pick up my daughter from basketball training and dinner! Phew! *she collapses into her chair and wipes her brow*
For those of you who wonder what housewive's do all day there's a snippet of A day in the life of a Real Housewife.
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The Housewive's are back in full force. We've been busy doing what housewives do. So if you want to know what Sydney-sider home managers are getting up to, read on. Meet Annette. She is not only a glamazon but has brains too! Annette is not verbose, preferring to stick to the facts ( it's that scientific brain of hers) and when you're not expecting it bowls you over with a line that'll have you choking on your bubbly! Warning: Do not drink while reading this post.
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Boy, oh, boy, are you in for a treat today bloggers. Check out Janine's contribution to the series. She is an anti - housewife. And don't we love her for it! This lady has a wit and honesty that is so refreshing its like a splash of lime in your daily gin and tonic.
At the outset, I have to confess to not being a true real housewife. Unlike some of my good friends who have already contributed, I find it all very difficult, and am pretty rotten at it. The prospect of staying home also fills me with fear that my youngest will want to open negotiations (again) re me homeschooling him, and I’ll have to tell him, yet again, that I would rather shoot myself in the foot.
This is the same boy who was visited by the knowledge fairy on the eve of his 14th birthday and who is now happily certain he knows everything about everything. The very boy who has told me he’s nocturnal (“What! Now you're a vampire?” I shot back), so no need to worry about his lack of sun exposure and his predilection for playing computer games right through the night. Of some concern is that he's hooked up with Anthony in Nevada, whose father's in jail and whose mother is a barmaid - nothing wrong with that in itself, but she keeps on taking off and depositing him with his grandparents. Anthony is home schooled - quite likely by himself, given his dubious parents - which is also the probable cause of my boy’s recently modified request to teach himself the entire high school syllabus, if the alternative is me inflicting self-harm. His true soul mate however, seems to be Pablo in Mexico - a 24 year old PhD student who has a Russian girlfriend, and who most likely is giving him many dubious tips about how to pick up naked Eastern European chicks with fat collagen lips.
He and his learned cabal of year 8 mates, only a month back, earnestly discussed and reached unanimous consensus during recess, and over many Mothers no doubt, that no woman in her right mind would intentionally fall pregnant at the ancient age of 39. “Therefore, I’m clearly an accident!” he stormed at me as he loped through the door after school. (Well yes, but more of a gift really, but I didn’t rise - it was difficult. ) So, you can tell already, it’s far safer, and more sensible for me to be in the office come 8.15 every day.
Like anything, the more you do it the easier it becomes. It's no different when it comes to writing a book. Now I'm not saying you can do it with your eyes closed after the first, but you learn things along the way from editors and other writers who read your work and pick up the mistakes in your style, form and sometimes content. Each subsequent book takes less time to write and though it may be riddled with editorial errors it's still a whole lot more polished than that very first manuscript you kissed for luck before sending it off.
As a debut author with one itty bitty book out there in the Amazon jungle, trying to get exposure for it has been harder than writing it. At least when you're writing the story you have a plan, you know where it's going and though you may get stuck occasionally the plethora of ideas floating around your mind helps you wriggle free. However, promoting it and getting exposure is a whole different ball game and I'm just learning how to play.
Since Doctors Beyond Borders was published and even before that epic day (for me!) it's been reviewed, spotlighted on blogs and bandied about social media. All of that has helped get it in front of readers. However, you have to be on the case to maintain the buzz. It's time consuming and sometimes I feel like it's all I'm talking about and that everyone's just bored with me! The more books you can publish the better it is for your brand but that's easier said than done. It is a very long process from beginning to end. At the moment, I have a book for sale, one being assessed by a publisher and another two in the pipeline. The sooner I get the next book out, Cuffs, the better, but I've chosen to wait and see if this publisher will take it up. I'm really hoping they will.
There is always the option to advertise, but I'm not sure if I want to go down that path just yet. To me books need to be spread to others by the people who love them, the people who read them. Besides, it's expensive and if I'm in the business of writing and selling books then I have to make a profit no matter how small. We'll see though, I may change my tune in time. You have to spend money to make money, right? Decisions, decisions. See what I mean? I just want to write. It's fun. It's sexy. It's what I love to do. Promotion, on the other hand, can be a slog.
Hi there friends,
My blog has been very quiet lately. I've been busy working, teaching, learning and over this last two months or so have had to change my priorities. This chapter will all come to an end in about seven weeks when my temporary teaching block will finish up and I'll have more time to blog and write books.
However, like all good things, I will miss the full time teaching role. It's my very first. It has been an amazing journey implementing theory into practice and I have learned so much along the way. Getting paid is something that hasn't happened to me for a long time too. Being a stay at home mum for many years, the funds from my husbands income were (and still are!) available to me. However, there is something about knowing you have earned some money and contributed financially to the family unit that makes you feel worthy. Not that I haven't contributed above and beyond in my role as mother, wife and CEO of our home, but it seems in our society if you're ain't earnin' you're ain't deservin'. My husband and other men never made me feel this way. I hate to say it but it was working women (and only a couple but that's enough) that made me feel unworthy. Go figure.
Not only have I been earning some bucks teaching but I was paid my first royalty payments today for my debut romance, Doctors beyond Borders! No need to pop the champers, it wasn't a great deal of money, more than I expected, but I'm not off to London and Paris on a shopping spree not with my expensive taste! LOL.
All jokes aside, unlike receiving a wage/salary there is something deeply gratifying about receiving payment for something created or composed from your mind and having people out there buy it, read it and in some cases like it enought to review it. However, though it's my baby other people played a part in getting it out there like my my lovely editor Lauren McKellar and Managing Editor of Escape Publishing, Kate Cuthbert and I am eternally grateful to them.
So now I work on finessing my craft and writing more books for readers to read. Cuffs is currently being assessed by a publisher and I'm still working on Base.