Published by Halcyon Press NZ
Blow Me Socks Off comes hot on the heels of the popular youth-hunting book Cor Blimey, Mate. There’s even more action, more fun and fright, more blood and guts, more adventure… In this follow-up book of hunting stories, you’ll dart to and fro from the known and into the great unknown. At times, all that will stand out are the whites of your eyes, the sweat on your brow and heart beating hard.
Something will be moving...
Maybe a crimson spot on a stag’s forehead is the only thing you’ll see before he falls forward to rest on the ground, never to wake, or the flash of his rear end as disappears into the native bush forever. Maybe you’ll hear Storm’s breath cut sharply as he and his master await the first familiar green flashes in the early night sky, iridescent, the shimmer, the flat orange feet and the frantic shot before the wild duck falls to the ground. Maybe you’ll be lucky and come across your own white stag, your own cunning boar and maybe you’ll be unlucky to have a Camp Mutha on one of your hunting trips.
There’s the Glory Hunter who’s full of arrogant wit and shit, there’s the boy who promises to keep his aim straight, the mighty stag that beats to death his enemy and the wild boar who meets an untimely end when lured by a female of his own kind.
We had spotted it some time ago. It was a twelve pointer, and I knew right then and there that I had to have it. We crept through the native bush as quietly as possible, Dad with his rifle slung over his shoulder, me right behind him. But the twigs beneath our feet crackled noisily as if to warn of our approach. It must have worked because each time we came in rifle range, the creature fled. I cursed the twigs. Why wouldn’t they mind their own business?
Marion is delighted to be working with Kiwi and International Illustrator Richard Hoit on Elton the Skycrane - a children’s picture book series beginning with four titles. Elton, the third biggest helicopter in the world, fights wildfires and carries heavy-lift jobs and rescues. It’s a super-exciting series and children are sure to fall in love with Elton and his friends, Connie the helicopter and Flaps the aeroplane bomber.
Marion is thrilled to have her Young Adult manuscript Pipi accepted by The Cuba Press. This will be released in the first quarter of 2022. (On Hold)
Marion’s project for 2021 is the reprint of the sort-after Injun Joe - The Legend of Smoking Joe Collins. Injun Joe will be a limited edition, collectable. Each book will be printer stamped as such. The print run is very small. New excerpts, bigger size, hardcover book in elegant slipcase. Over 160 new photos, larger and enhanced. From 263 to 320 pages. Email early to secure your copy.
Love and Loss, one of four beautiful anthologies published by Exisle Publishing (NZ), includes Marion’s short story Small Things. Her story beat hundreds of other entries from around the world. Love and Loss, Human Kindness, Fear and Courage, Struggle and Success can be found on Amazon as well as bookstores throughout New Zealand, United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Direct Link: https://exislepublishing.com/product-category/emotional-inheritance/timeless-wisdom/
Marion is delighted to announce that every book she has written is eligible for the Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Royalty Scheme 2020. To meet this criteria, there must be more than 50 books (each title) in National Libraries in New Zealand. Every book taken out, receives a 3 cent royalty paid yearly. A great help to authors.
If you missed watching National TV Programme Country Calendar (Nov 2019) that included a sneak peak of Marion’s books as part of Katy and Jason’s (son) sheep milking operation in Taupo, watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPBN4S-HfI8
Marion has been enrolled at the National Office of Rural Women New Zealand as a Branch Member of Honour - a honour conferred on her by the Kenepuru Branch in consideration of long and outstanding service to Rural Women New Zealand. 16/Jul/2019
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