Rhonda Valentine Dixon

The Adventures of Polly Rocket by Jennifer Calvert

Number 6, Tumble Tree Lane, Lavender Farm evokes a lazy safe and pretty place. Vivid imagery is a strength of this author and once again she doesn’t disappoint. In The Adventures of Polly Rocket, Jennifer Calvert has Polly Rocket the wily cat and Butterbean the silly puppy inhabit a generally harmonious house and yard with

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Emerging from the Shadows: Transcending Fear to Freedom by Elaine Lees

Elaine Lees’ memoir Emerging from the Shadows: Transcending Fear to Freedom is unique for several reasons. Firstly, Lees does not concentrate on domestic violence, yet the abuse she suffered prompted the writing of the book. Secondly, the opinion of the author’s child is also expressed in her mother’s book. Lees’ daughter, Kiri, eloquently voices how

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Amaira’s Fortune

Amaira’s Fortune received an Honourable Mention in the American Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition 2020. Contestants from all over the globe entered narratives which had to be written between the first and last lines of Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’. I’m very happy to get an HM in such a big competition. A squat grey

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Story Published in Short Fiction Break

One of my short stories has been published in the online literary magazine, Short Fiction Break. Go to https://shortfictionbreak.com/its-time/ to read my story It’s Time. Please comment if you feel inclined to and if you think it worthy, please vote in the Readers Choice Award.

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The Omega Writers Book Fair

The Omega Writers Book Fair which usually occurs each year in mid-March brings together Australasian authors with their readers.  There is a Christian theme to many of the books on sale, however, you don’t need to be a Christian writer, or a Christian for that matter, to apply for a stall or be a buyer

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Great-Grandma Elské’s Bamboo Cane – what inspired me to write it?

Great-Grandma Elské’s Bamboo Cane was inspired by a delightful woman in my weekly Tai Chi class.  Elské really did lose the cane and we looked everywhere for it.  Florence suggested the gardener might have found it and put it where it was indeed, eventually located. In the book, Elské’s emotional connection to the cane drives her

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How to Stop Your Words from Bumping Into Someone Else’s – we had no idea how far this book would travel when Anna Tullemans and I wrote it.

On 16 April 2012 I spoke with the forensic psychologist (Dr Jenny Howell) assigned to write a programme for therapeutic services to be implemented at the youth detention centre attached to Darwin jail.  You know the one; it was in the media a great deal because of the abuse the guards perpetrated upon the boys and young men incarcerated

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Life in New Zealand’s railway settlements in the 1950s.

Railway families weren’t wealthy, nor abjectly poor, after all, the men were employed.  Sometimes, as was the case in our family (before my mother married), a woman may also have worked on the railway, possibly in the Refreshment Rooms on the station or in the ticket office. However, generally when a woman married, she stayed home and raised kids. 

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