Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Giveaways, Guests and Greetings

Australian and New Zealand followers, you still have until before next Wednesday to leave a comment and be entered in the draw for Return to Baragula. Do remember you need to leave a comment AND be a follower to be in the draw.
As I mentioned last week this is Book One in my Baragula series. There will be another giveaway contest for Book Two, Outback From Baragula, before Justice at Baragula, Book Three, is released in May! Not long to wait for that book now, so do check back here! I will be including overseas followers later when I can offer them the e-books Ark house Press have said will be released as well!

Ray and I have been really blessed with hosting overnight guests this last month or so.

In fact, just after I typed that last sentence two lovely friends arrived to share with us. They have become “Grey Nomads” with a camper-van travelling around Australia and we have not seen them for many, many months. They returned to Tasmania for several weeks to see family and friends and we are so privileged to be included in their visit! (And that information is so you know I do have a bit of an excuse for this blog post being late – once again!)

I have truly had a feast of fellowship with guests these last few weeks. Jo-Anne Berthelsen and her husband stayed a few nights with us and while our long-suffering husbands also enjoyed fellowship as fellow ministers, we enjoyed sharing “writer talk”. We are both published by the same company, Ark House Press, and I am really looking forward to reading her next book, Helena’s Legacy, scheduled for release in June. Jo-Anne is also a wonderful speaker – as we discovered when she was the main speaker at the Baptist Women Ministries’ conference in March. Do click on her name to go to her website and learn about this lovely woman who blessed me so much during our time together.
(However, I'll make sure I don't stand in front of the stayed glass of our door next time. I promise you that is not a halo!)

 Last week we were privileged to also have John Mackay stay overnight with us. He is the International Director of  Creation Research - the man the media has called "The crocodile hunter of creation." and an international speaker He had several appointments in our area and was great to renew fellowship with him in this way and be informed, blessed and challenged by his message. This photo was taken with John and another member of his team at Brady's Lookout between where we live and Launceston - a beautiful place.

With still catching up on the hundreds of neglected emails, organising book launches for Justice at Baragula  and Ray’s two books in Melbourne (June 4th – more details later) and Launceston as well as family and other commitments, this of course does mean I haven’t written anymore of my new manuscript. But I do know God IS in control! The time to write will come.

And now I must finish here and get back to checking the proofs for that new release in May.

Please remember the draw for that first book in the series, Return to Baragula. The draw will be Tuesday evening and announced next Wednesday.


  1. So sorry readers, but for some reason I cannot see the followergadget with all my followers photos and names. So sorry if you are trying to become a follower! Hopefully this will be fixed tomorrow.

  2. Problem apparently fixed! Sorry ausjenny, couldn't respond until I knew it was. Anyone who wants to become a follower just click on "Follow above the photos of those alreadr following. Leave a comment as well before Tuesday evening next week and you will be in the draw too.

  3. Hello Mary,

    Have just read your ad re writing workshops in "The Tasmanian Baptist Advance". Would the workshops cover devotional writing, I wonder?

    Regards, Carolyn, Deloraine

  4. Carolyn, as you may have read here, my husband writes devotional material, including being a regular contributor to Upper Room daily devotional booklet. If we are able to hold a Word Writers Fair as in other states, this is a topic that could be covered in a workshop. Could you email me at and I will add you to the list of writers who have made contact with me. It seems that with the event held in Perth this year it looks like being next year now before we can get ourselves organised.
    Thank you for your comment