I’ve been hooked on story-telling from the time I first heard the words, “Once upon a time…” Many years have gone by since then but the magic has never faded.
Reading opened up a whole new world—a world so vivid, so exciting, so real that there were times when I found it hard to adjust to the humdrum world around me when I turned the last page.
Books allow one to escape into a world without boundaries, where everything is possible and anything can—and often does—happen. Where you will not only meet new characters, but identify with them so strongly that their loves, hates, joys and sorrows become, for a while, your own.
Writing takes the experience of “living someone else’s life” up a whole new notch. When I sat down to write my first novel, I made a surprising discovery – that locked up inside my head were dozens, if not hundreds, of personalities all waiting to get out. I enjoyed setting them free (for a brief time) and hope that you, the reader, will enjoy meeting them in my novels.
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This review by the Editor of the Witness made my day!
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Foreword by Anthony Scott, member of International Guild of Battlefield Guides
This meticulously researched novel brings the BOER WAR history to life in an epic tale that sweeps from the goldfields of Witwatersrand to Ladysmith, the battlefields in Natal, Intombi Camp and the Concentration camps where so many women and children died.
But Thunder On The Veldt is more than a list of historical facts—it is an account of how ordinary men and women reacted, and how their lives changed forever when they were swept up into the turmoil of war.
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I’m proud to announce that my novel, THUNDER ON THE VELDT, will be released by http://www.melange-books.com/ in March 2014. Take a peek at the beautiful cover.
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The weird, alien-looking plant came from nowhere. No one planted it but, one morning when I walked past the hedge surrounding my garden, there it was – a rampant creeper all but strangling the shrubs with a mass of heart-shaped leaves. But it wasn’t the leaves that caught my eye, it was the fruit hanging in profusion from the vine. Hundreds of pale yellow blobs covered with prickly spines. As they ripened, the skin burst open to reveal shiny, blood-red seeds. Quite revolting.
I shivered for they were like nothing I’d ever seen before, not in real life anyway. But in some strange way they seemed familiar. I wondered how that could be then it struck me—they resembled the deadly GMO I’d described in THE PEGASUS PROJECT. And, for just a moment, I allowed myself to consider the possibility that the figment of my imagination had come to life to haunt me.
It took time to identify the plant. No one I asked had ever seen the strange fruit and it took a scientist a good while to look it up in a reference manual. Turns out that the plant is indigenous to South Africa. In spite of its Afrikaans name, “Gif Appel,” the fruit is not poisonous. The Latin name is Momordica of the species Soetida.
The Pegasus Project is fiction. But fact can be stranger than fiction. Read THE PEGASUS PROJECT and find out what might happen if GMO research fell into the wrong hands. Available from http://www.melange-books.com/
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Despite misleading claims made by companies selling them, GMO crops will not alleviate concerns re contamination of water, air or soil. Far from eliminating pesticides, GMO crops have actually increased this chemical pollution. Plants engineered to tolerate herbicides result in the widespread use of chemical-intensive farming. This, in turn, results in weeds that mutate and become resistant to the herbicide, forcing farmers to use ever more toxic chemicals.
To control herbicide resistant weeds, farmers are now spraying more toxic herbicides (6 to 8 different types in extreme cases), resorting to more soil-eroding tillage operations, and hiring weeding crews to hoe weeds by hand in cotton-growing states. In Illinois, weed scientist Patrick Tranel predicts that waterhemp resistant to as many as four families of herbicide may soon make it impractical to grow soybeans in some Midwestern fields.
GMO genes are escaping into populations of weeds and related crops. These “Superweeds” are fast becoming a major concern among farmers. This biological pollution will not dilute or degrade over time. They will reproduce, alter ecosystems and threaten the existence of natural plant varieties and wildlife.
The Pegasus Project is a thriller about the search for a bio-fuel that will replace our reliance on oil. It paints a scenario of what might happen if that research happens to fall into the wrong hands. I like scary stories so enjoyed writing it. I hope readers will enjoy reading it and, at the same time, learn a little about the pros and cons of GM products.
The Pegasus Project is available from http://www.melange-books.com
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