Retreats, Anthologies and Covers

Is anyone else wondering where May went? It’s been an exciting month, though also with it’s tragedies as our thoughts go out to the people of Manchester.

Retreat, Refresh, Return

Writing While Soaking up the View

On the first weekend in May, I headed up to Toowoomba for the Omega Writers Retreat. Beautiful weather and surroundings, great speakers, delicious food, great company. Some of the highlights:

  • Deb Porter’s presentations on publishing and good style
  • Delicious Gluten Free food and plenty of it.
  • Time to write, to soak up the beauty, to chat
  • A time of reflection and worship and prayer for each other
  • Chatting with emerging writer, filmmaker, actor – Charis Joy Jackson on the way up
  • Seeing new publications and talking to other writers
  • Attending Ruth Bonetti’s second launch of From Midnight Sun to Southern Cross

I’m looking forward to next year.

Charis and Jeanette


Some of my stories will be published in different anthologies this year.

  • Stasia’s Stand (YA fantasy) in Crossroad Anthology (Birdcatcher Books) – 1st July 2017
  • Rendezvous at Alexgaia (Sci-Fi Space Opera) in Futurevision (1231 Publishing) – 1 pm, 9th September 2017 (Northlakes Library, Northlakes, Qld, Australia)

Exciting development (for me at least πŸ™‚ ) – I have another 10,000 word Sci-Fi story accepted for another anthology. So watch this space!


  • I had fun participating in the Page Turners Book Launch – with the launch of Cindy Tomamichel’s Druid’s Portal
  • Next week the SF/Fantasy Faire is on again next week – don’t miss out on a great line-up of Science-Fiction and Fantasy authors
  • Wombat Books is celebrating 8 years of Publishing – 2-5 pm 17 June, Redlands College, Anson Road, Wellington Point
  • Launch of Blood Crystal – end of June
  • Launch of Crossroads Anthology – 1st July
  • Launch of Futurevision Anthology – 9th September
  • Oz Comic Con, Brisbane – 23-24 September

Reduced price – short time only

Until the end of the week, Heart of the Mountain is on sale at 99c USD.

Fantasy adventure under the mountain – as the twins Retza and Delvina join with the abovegrounder, Zadeki, to save the underground realm from disaster.

If you haven’t read it yet, why not grab a copy from the following outlets:

Amazon US

Amazon Oz

Other outlets (Nook, Kobo etc)

Final Edits and New Stories

So, what else have I’ve been working on?

  • Edits for Blood Crystal (Book 2 Under the Mountain) and Akrad’s Children (Book 1 Akrad’s Legacy).
  • New short stories – both a couple of sci-fi shorts and some fantasy pieces.
  • A cyborg trilogy – finished a rough first draft of book 1 & halfway first draft on book 2
  • Filling out the plot for Stone of the Sea (Working Title) of Book 3 in the Under the Mountain novella series
  • Covers for Blood Crystal and Akrad’s Children

Cover Reveal

This Friday, I’ll be releasing the book cover of Blood Crystal … watch this space.

Looking forward to an exciting year.Β  Wishing you the best in your reading (and writing) adventures.


6 thoughts on “Retreats, Anthologies and Covers

  1. Wow Jenny, you’re on fire. I know about your Akrad’s legacy series , but had somehow missed that you’re also working on a cyborg trilogy. And all those short stories! Wow. How do you find the time to do it all? I’ve had to let a few opportunities for shorts disappear because I’m finding it hard enough working on the novel. Good luck with all of those endeavours. I pray that you’ll soon be able to reap the benefits of all that writing.

    • Hi Nola, Trying to keep up with everything is a bit of a stretch at times – especially with this pesky cyborg story insisting on being told. I wasn’t planning on writing it, but in writing a short story, it took on a life of its own and I want to get it down while it’s still fresh. The good thing is that each book is likely to be 60-70,000 words (not 120,000 πŸ˜‰ ). Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  2. Jenny, I could almost replicate Nola’s comment. A really impressive list on all fronts. And you are so organised! I do wish you all the best for the projects you’re working on.

  3. You sound extremely busy, Jeanette! Maybe you could write a post on how you fit so much writing into your schedule. Do you have a special routine? I love hearing how other writers actually do their writing!

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