Lost in the Museum Hits the Headlines!

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Tim Jones and Eileen Mueller are Lost In The Museum, or outside it! Photo by Ross Giblin, used with permission of Fairfax Media NZ – 629542114.

Lost in The Museum was featured in the Dominion Post last weekend, on the Capital Day page. Both Tim Jones and I had fun in the glaring sun with the fresh Wellington wind creating new hairstyles and making our eyes water! What a photo! Brilliant!

The Cook Strait News also ran an article last Monday. I know that Dannevirke News mentioned Lost In The Museum with Lyn McConchie featured as their local author and that other newspapers are also keen on this quirky collection which is is set in our national iconic museum, Te Papa Tongarewa — NZ’s home of national treasures.

Behind Lost In The Museum is a great team who has put in long hours, selecting stories, editing them, formatting, proof-reading and typesetting.  I’d personally like to thank Alicia Ponder and Lorraine Williams for accepting my stories and providing great editing feedback, to Mary MacCallum for her editorial input and keen eye, and to everyone who helped in the book production.

Our cover artist, Geoff Popham, did a brilliant cover. Everyone comments on it! We look forward to working with such a talented young artist again. William Carden-Horton added richness to the anthology with his offbeat illustrations.

Thanks to all the authors. It’s an honor to have my work in an anthology with yours!

Check out the articles! Or this review on Beattie’s Blog. Lost In The Museum can be purchased from NZ bookstores, or from Amazon.

Lost In The Museum DomPost
Lost In The Museum in the Dominion Post
Cook Strait News features Lost In The Museum
Cook Strait News features Lost In The Museum

 

 

9 weeks until Storylines Family Day!

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Wellington Free Family Day on 24 August 2014

 We have 9 weeks to go until Storylines Family Day!  Are you passionate about helping kids read? Would you like to make a difference to children’s literacy? Do you enjoy having fun?

Help kids unlock the meaning in books and bring their reading experiences to life — join us as a volunteer for the Storylines Family Day in Wellington.

Crafts, live performances, storytelling, face-painting, competitions, music, and other fun activities are an essential part of our festival, highlighting New Zealand authors, illustrators and books. If you’d like to volunteer on the day, please contact me.

Around 2,000 children attend Family Day at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. Let’s make it a great experience for them.

Please share this with your networks via email and social media. I look forward to hearing from you and having fun at Storylines Family Day together!

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Lost In The Museum – Live on Amazon!

Lost In The Museum by Phoenix Writers is live on Amazon!  Zany fantasy stories set in Te Papa, NZ’s national museum. If you want to taste before you buy, pop over to amazon to preview the book. You can get your copy here now! (I have two and a half stories in this anthology! One is co-written!)

Lost In The Musuem
Quirky fantasy stories about Te Papa, NZ’s national museum.

In a recent review on Beattie’s Blog, home of the New Zealand book community, reviewer Lee Murray calls the book, “a rollicking cavalcade of adventures.” Ms Murray says, “The stories journey—sometimes at breakneck speed on John Britton’s V-1000—through history, through time, guided by fictional Director Tui Merriweather, and the corridors cleared by resident ghost-buster, Miss Evangeline Marple. They follow the lives of goddesses, ghosts, kings, a cross-dressing bridegroom, a misplaced ice-cream vendor, and a stray pterodactyl.”

Signing Lost In The Museum at Phoenix Science Fiction Society
Signing Lost In The Museum at Phoenix Science Fiction Society

The full review is here.

Lost In The Museum is in NZ bookstores and it’s proving popular! Nearly half of the initial print run has galloped out the door!  Retrospace in Auckland stock this book, and in Wellington, The Children’s Bookshop and Unity Books have copies on their shelves. Lost In The Museum can be ordered through all bookstores. If you have any questions about Lost In The Museum, feel free to contact me.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KTV5K0U

Baby Teeth – hear my story Dad’s Wisdom

Baby Teeth-Bite-sized Tales of Terror is now available as an audio book. My story Dad’s Wisdom has been uploaded as the sample. Pop over to Sound Cloud to listen!
Narrated by the amazing Chris Barnes of Dynamic Ram. Enjoy his cool accent!

Don’t get too scared by this bite-sized tale of terror! It’s an adventure of a wee child, terrorized by the thing hiding under the bed. Hopefully it will have you laughing before you’re done!

 

Lost In The Museum – Review

Copies of Lost in The Museum are zipping off the shelves.

Lost In The Musuem
Lost In The Museum by Phoenix Writers, quirky YA fantasy stories in Te Papa, NZ’s national museum.

Beattie’s Blog, the cornerstone blog of the New Zealand literary world, has just posted a great review of Lost In The Museum by Lee Murray! Pop over and see it!

Lost In The Museum is available from all good bookstores. Retrospace in Auckland and The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, Wellington are two of my favourite stores that stock Lost In The Musuem!

Join in the fun and read some great work from Wellington authors, new and famous! Enjoy these mad capers, zipping around Te Papa!

Ebook

Just in case you’re not one to lug around paper books, the ebook will be out next Monday, 9 June 2014!

A huge thank you to Phoenix Science Fiction Society and Wellington Creative Communities for their support.

Back Cover Blurb

Get lost in the museum where past, present and future collide.

What does Weta’s giant mechanical baby do after hours? Who is altering the time space continuum? Where or when has James gone? And what secrets is Tui Merriweather hiding?

Dive into mayhem at a well-known Wellington waterfront destination. Going to the museum will never be the same again.

Authors:  Tim Jones, Tracie McBride, Lyn McConchie, Glynne MacLean, Phillip Mann, Rob Campbell, Lillian Hetet, Jenny Hammond, John Homes, Eileen Mueller, Jeena Murphy, A.J. Ponder, Vic Scott, Jean Stevens, Lorraine Williams

Short Story Submissions Open: Twisty Christmas Tales

Phantom Feather Press are opening their doors to short story submissions for a print edition of The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales.

Courtesy of www.netanimations.net
Click the picture to see Santa gallop – courtesy of www.netanimations.net. Submissions open now!

Well-written, offbeat, zany Christmas tales with a kiwi flavour or a fantastical twist will capture their editors’ hearts and earn you a spot in this festive book for kids and their families. So rein in those mischievous elves, decorate the pohutakawa and sprinkle your enchanted pavlova with fairy dust. Get in the spirit of tinsel and magic as you weave Christmas wonder for eager children!

Stories must be suitable for 8-12-year olds. Limit 1,500 words.

More details and submission guidelines are here. Have fun creating crazy Christmas capers! Deadline is 22 June 2014!

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Lost In The Museum – Launch at Conclave II

The Lost in the Museum book launch

2pm, Saturday, 26 April at Surrey Hotel, Auckland

at Conclave II, the New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention


Join Conclave II Guest of Honour, Lynn McConchie, & authors Alicia Ponder & Eileen Mueller


Get lost in the museum where past, present and future collide.

What does Weta’s giant mechanical baby do after hours? Who is altering the time space continuum? Where or when has James gone? And what secrets is Tui Merriweather hiding?

Dive into mayhem at a well-known Wellington waterfront destination. Going to the museum will never be the same again.

Authors:  Tim Jones, Tracie McBride, Lyn McConchie, Glynne MacLean, Phillip Mann, Rob Campbell, Lillian Hetet, Jenny Hammond, John Homes, Eileen Mueller, Jeena Murphy, A.J. Ponder, Vic Scott, Jean Stevens, Lorraine Williams

Lost In The Museum
Lost in The Museum – cover art by Geoff Popham, stories by Phoenix Writers.

Copies of Lost In The Museum in all good bookstores soon.

 

SpecFicNZ web post – Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists

The Sir Julius Vogel Award finalists are listed at this link from SpecFicNZ.

It’s a fantastic honour that my two of my works are on this list. Thank you to all of my wonderful readers that nominated Ahi Ka and Twisty Christmas Tales for Sir Julius Vogel Awards. It’s great to know that you enjoyed my stories. Without readers, there would be no point in writing! Thanks also to Alicia Ponder, the co-author of Ahi Ka. She’s amazing to work with.

Voting takes place next weekend at Conclave II, the national Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Wish us luck!

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Thanks for nominating me for Sir Julius Vogel Awards

 

Lost in the Museum – Cover Art.

Lost in the Museum is coming soon!

Lost in the Museum concept art
Lost in the Museum concept art

Last year I joined Phoenix Writers (the Wellington-based arm of Phoenix Science Fiction Society) just as they were closing submissions for this collection of crazy capers in Te Papa – NZ’s national museum. My stories squeaked in before the deadline and were accepted. Over the past two months, I’ve spent some time helping this book come to life.

Geoff Popham has created beautiful artwork for the cover (this is not the final version, but close.)  He is one talented graphic designer and illustrator. We’re lucky to have him for Lost in The Museum.

Stay tuned for launch details and a sneak preview of the final cover art!