The year is almost over…

This year has been an exciting one for me with the release of The Dragon Sleeps in November. It’s the first book in The Thornton Mysteries. A cosy mystery series with a tender love story.

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Book 2 is with my publisher, with book 3 soon to follow. I’ve finished it except for a last read through.

In January, I’m starting book 4. The research is done. I’m looking forward to writing it.

Book 1 is set at Thornton Park, the family home in Victoria.

Book 2 is principally set in Daylesford, a small town in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria. Dayleford is a beautiful place, and today is known for its spas and for its natural mineral springs.

Book 3 is set at Thornton Park and the Barossa Valley in South Australia. The Barossa is prime wine country.

Book 4 will take us to Norfolk Island, a beautiful island in the South Pacific not far from Australia. I went there last year to do some research. I’m going back in 2020.

I hope you’ll come on this journey with me.

This year also saw the release of Broken, a story that is free on my website.

After the tragic death of her parents, Rachael Watson ran away, leaving her sister to manage the family lavender farm and shop. Three years later, crushed by her unrelenting grief, workplace bullying, and guilt and shame for letting her sister down, Rachael decides to return home.

There, Rachael meets Ebony, a black mare who has been mistreated and beaten. Rachael realises she is not the only one who has been broken.

The Treasure is also free on my website. It’s a novelette – short than a novella but longer than a short story. YA/NA Fantasy.

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Lastly, I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas – or Happy Holidays if you don’t celebrate Christmas – and a Happy, Healthy New Year.



2 thoughts on “The year is almost over…

  1. Ellen, have a friend born in the valley who is descended from German immigrants. I read a historical novel about a German immigrant coming there, settling and bringing with him grapevine cuttings from Germany. He establishes a vineyard, winery and is interned during the War to a p.o.w. camp. Have you heard of it? Any clues to help me track it down? Google has been useless but perhaps you have a local book club or group who might have a record of boo novels written about the Barossa.


    1. Hello, I know William Jacob came to the valley in 1840 and brought vines with him. He started Jacob’s Creek Winery. I think he was German. Many who came to the valley were. They came because there was a lot of unrest in Europe at that time, unrest that ultimately led to the Great War. Unfortunately, I don’t live in South Australia, so I’m not a member of any book groups there. Handorf is a small town that was settled by German immigrants. They have a church there, and I wonder if the church might have some records or you might find a lead in the town’s bookshops. I hope that will be of some help to you. Regards, Ellen


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