THE AMBER TRAP QUOTE

“Murder on the High Seas.” Thomas Thornton lowered his newspaper to glance at his daughter. “That’s what it says here in the newspaper,” he told her, before he read the article aloud. “The SS Strathnaver out of London via Bombay and Colombo docked in Melbourne yesterday.”

P&O Strathnver

Image from the Internet

Gross Registered Tonnage 22,547 tons

Length x Width 664 feet x 80 feet

Builder and Year of Build Vickers-Armstrongs of Barrow – 1932

First Class + Tourist Accommodation 498 + 670 persons : Total 1,168 passengers

Ultimate Fate Broken up at Hong Kong in 1962

As you can see, the Stathnaver was built in 1932. I moved it forward a few years for the sake of my story to 1929.

MY FLOWERS, MY GARDEN

Top Left: Brazilian Red Cloak 

It’s a fast growing evergreen flowering shrub for tropical or sub-tropical gardens. Mine is flowering profusely at the moment. It flowers from December through until about June or July. It has gorgeous red flowers, big green leaves which are beautiful too. It grows to about 3 metre high.

Centre: Bromeliads

The first of the two is in flower. It’s such a bright, vibrant colour. Bromeliads are easy to grow. Many have patterned leaves, such as the second photo with pink flecks on the green and cream leaves.

Centre Right:

Impatiens. I grow most of mine in pots to cope with the heavy rain we get during summer in my sub-tropical garden, otherwise they could rot in the ground.

Bottom:

A Croton. Crotons do flower but the flowers are insignificant. The shrub is all about the coloured leaves. They develop their best colours in bright light.

The Amber Trap – Book 3 in The Thornton Mysteries

I’m happy to announce that the next book in The Thornton Mysteries series will be released on 21st March.

Murder on the High Seas. Thomas Thornton reads the newspaper article.

Can the murder of a young German man, fatally stabbed during a voyage out of London to Melbourne, have anything to do with the Thorntons? Alexandra’s curiosity is piqued when a Prussian Count, who travelled on the same ship, shows up at Thornton Antiques in search of a rare amber postage stamp.

Alexandra Thornton and Benedict Archer have been married for one year. Benedict is estranged from his family, who own a vineyard in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Alexandra urges him to try to heal the breach. 

Murder. A strange count searching for a rare stamp. A missing opal. A family in turmoil. How are they all connected? 

When a dark secret of betrayal and loss is exposed, Alexandra finds her world shattered.

I enjoyed writing this book. I visited the Barossa Valley in South Australia where the book is set to do research. An area of beautiful landscapes and delicious wines.

The story, in a way, is Benedict’s story. Alexandra persuades him, as only Alexandra could do, to visit his family who own a vineyard. Alexandra can’t believe how his mother has cast him aside. When she meets Joyce Archer, she begins to understand but there is still so much that is hidden.

Then there are murders, a strange count who seems to follow them, pieces of amber from the Baltic, and a missing opal.

While the Thorntons are coping with all of this, South Australia starts it bush fire season earlier than usual. Tragedy soon strikes.

When a dark secret of betrayal and loss is exposed, Alexandra finds her world shattered.

MY FLOWERS, MY GARDEN

Photography is a great love of mine, when I’m not writing books or even when I am. I enjoy taking photos of flowers. I frequently turn them into photoart.

I also love my garden. Recently, I changed to more Australian native plants than I previously had but I like mixing in a few others. Mainly, I love flowers.

The top left are Grape Petunias that grow in clumps and are smaller than many other petunias. These are just as showy and the purple is stunning.

Top right is a Kangaroo Paw. Kangaroo paw is the common name for a number of species that are endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. However many are now cultivated and can be bought in plant nurseries. They have unique bird-attracting flowers. I also have a red flowered one that is equally as stunning.

The bottom left photo is Scaevola aemula, or the fan-flower, native to southern Australia. It grows very well in my sub-tropical climate. The flowers fan out and are beautiful.

The bottom centre photo is of a Double Impatien. I have a few colours and I also have a single flower. I love the doubles as they resemble little roses.

Bottom right is an Osteospermum, also known as African daisies. This is the only colour I have of this one and it’s a stunner.

I hope you enjoyed reading and seeing the photos. I hope to do a regular blog on my flowers and my garden.

Fantastic GIVEAWAY

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….. and lastly what an ending!! It sent chills down my spine. — Pauline Reid

Who do we have here? We have Stephanie, 25, who was in an abused relationship for 12 months, she decided to set herself free from the torture and the situation, and take the car and not much else and drive far away to another place, hopefully to start another life. On her way to goodness […]

….. and lastly what an ending!! It sent chills down my spine. — Pauline Reid

WHEN JACARANDAS BLOOM

Jacaranda trees bloom in October and November in Australia. The trees become laden with purple blossom. It is a sight to behold.

I love the small towns of Maleny and Montville and have often visited. They are set in beautiful countryside in South East Queensland surrounded by farms, rainforest, and waterfalls. A place where flowers thrive and people can relax and unwind.

When I first had the idea for this story, I immediately thought this would be the ideal place for a story about new beginnings.

Although Stephanie is escaping an abusive relationship, and the story is about healing and finding a new path, and not just for Stephanie.

I hope you enjoy When Jacarandas Bloom.

WHEN JACARANDAS BLOOM

WHEN JACARANDAS BLOOM

My new Novella will be Released on 1st November.

Set in the picturesque, idyllic villages of Maleny and Montville in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Stephanie Page has one chance to escape her abusive partner and she takes it. By the end of the day, she finds herself on the top of a mountain range. Is it far enough away? Can she be safe here?

She’s drawn to a rundown tearoom, although she’s not sure why. The owner, Lynette, is cheerful and friendly, and Stephanie finds herself calling in most days. Lynette never has any other customers, so this allows them time to chat.

Lynette encourages Stephanie to visit an antiques and craft place owned and run by Andrew, the son of a friend of Lynette’s. Stephanie calls in. The place is a treasure trove of wonderful antiques and books, but she finds Andrew to be rude and unfriendly. She tells Lynette so. Lynette urges her to go another day and make the effort to befriend him.

Stephanie has just run away from one bad relationship. She doesn’t want another, and she doesn’t want to befriend a rude man. 

From what Lynette says one day over a Devonshire tea, it sounds as if she and Andrew have had a relationship. Then Lynette disappears. When Stephanie mentions this to Andrew, he orders her out of his antiques place.

Things are not what they seem.

Hurt and confused, Stephanie comes to the conclusion that she won’t find happiness here. Is it time to move on again?

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