Santa vs Aliens – a new free read

This short story was triggered by an actual event.  During the 1980s, my choral friends and I used to sing carols in shopping centres.  The time Darth Vader processed through the crowds next to Santa, accompanied by the Star Wars march, is fixed in my memory.

You can find the story under my Free Reads section.  I hope it brings a smile to your face 🙂


It is summer in Australia.  We have just come out of a record breaking four days over 40C and have already experienced the first bushfires of the season.

The hot weather reminded me of a story I wrote two years ago, while fires were burning in the hills east of Adelaide.

Firesticks is based on an Aboriginal myth about lightning and the discovery of fire.

Summary : The First Fire

Fire was brought to earth by two members of a tribe of people who lived in the sky near the two brightest stars, (their campfires). They came to earth to hunt possums for food but while they were busy hunting, the firesticks got bored and started to play ‘chase,’ starting fires wherever they touched the ground.  Some Aboriginal people saw the fires and were afraid, however then they realised how useful fire could be and lit some firesticks for themselves.

You can find the story in my (free) Beach Apples collection.



Cursed Times, Now What? by @lina_hanson – Elicia Hyder

I read Cursed Times-Now What? in about two days. I loved it! Being that I sort of feel like a brainless writer–meaning that I would love to write historical fiction if I weren’t so lazy–I was blown away by the amount of research and attention to detail that Lina put into this book. Rightfully so, […]

Source: Cursed Times, Now What? by @lina_hanson – Elicia Hyder

Writing Workshop by Shannon Donnelly

In January, I’m doing a workshop on How to Write a Regency Romance for Savvy Authors and so I’ve been thinking about the workshop. I want to cover some of the basic information–stuff you need to know to write a book set in the Regency, but I also want to talk about writing (as in getting the book done), plausibility, and the most critical factor, which is to keep it simple.

Source: Writing Workshop