Introducing Author Deryn Pittar

Deryn is a New Zealand author whose work I enjoy. A lovable lady, it was through Deryn I became an editor in the first instance. When her first publisher closed the book, she was adopted by Junction Publishing, who have released all her books.
Her works range from futuristic romance, through young adult futuristic adventure to her latest YA fantasy, Lutapolii.

deryn-croppedHer author bio at Amazon  – which reveals her work you want to buy – reads…
“I write fantasy, romance, cozy mystery, Young Adult, Sci.Fi. and short stories. I am published in all of these genre. I also dabble in poetry.

I belong to several writing groups and book clubs. I am an avid reader. I enjoy helping emerging authors and read the work of some of my fellow authors, and they read mine. In this way we help each other get our plot lines in order and our characters believable.

I live in New Zealand, which is [away off to] the right hand side of Australia, between the equator and the south pole, if you have a map handy. It looks isolated but with the internet we are moments away from anywhere in the world. A collection of islands, we have a democratic government and produce a lot of food which we sell around the world. The population is outnumbered seriously by sheep and cows – and I’m still looking for the hobbits.

I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them.”

via Deryn Pittar at
junction publishing

Reviewing “Irish in the Blood”, by Marie Gray

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This is the story of a family before and after emigrating to New Zealand in 1887, and is the answer to the question Marie and indeed her uncles and aunts often asked her grandfather (their uncle), to which the answer was an infuriating “Tell you one day.”

After his passing, Marie’s husband encouraged her to travel back to Ireland to find answers. She did so, and more. After receiving only hints of knowledge during her visit, she returned to New Zealand and began a full journey of research, aided by her grandmother’s journal, kept whilst travelling on the powered steamer Cuzco under Captain Murdoch.

pic20171207_07Husband and wife Patrick Magill and Mary-Jane (née Campbell) sailed with their children James (Jim), Mary, Robert (Bob) and Annie, heading to South Africa (Capetown), then east to Australia (Melbourne). There they took the Governor Arthur up the Yarrow River, to visit with Uncle Jack, who had travelled out some years before to try his luck at the gold fields. After losing his friend, he settled to the land, now a flourishing homestead.

The Magills shipped to New Zealand aboard the Arawata, arriving in the Hawke Bay Ahuriri port close to Napier.

Published 1997, by Hodder Moa Beckett Publishers Limited, Auckland, NZ
ISBN: 1-86958-481-3