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NZSA ChapBook - September 2015

Hi Everyone
We hope you enjoy finding out about this month's works published by NZSA members!
Congratulations to all those who have books launched this month.

Yours truly
Claire Hill
  ChapBook Editor

Keen to submit your book for the next edition of Chapbook?  Please send to: Claire Hill
Deadline:  28 September.  Please take note of the Submission Requirements as outlined at the bottom of this email.
Terrain: Travels Through A Deep Landscape by Geoff Chapple

Horizons 2: Poems & Stories Published by NZ Society of Authors Top of the South branch

Landfall by Tim Jones

The Jim Drake Mysteries by Stephen Barker

Into Darkness by Hayley Barrett

BabyCues by Philippa Murphy

Earthquakes & Butterflies - Otautahi Christchurch by Kathleen Gallagher

The Prankster and the Ghost by Rachel Stedman

Life on a Small Planet by Peter J. Ellis

Paradise: Eastern Bay of Plenty by Andrea Cooper and Nikki Slade Robinson


Terrain: Travels Through A Deep Landscape

by Geoff Chapple

Geoff Chapple set out on a year-long exploration of New Zealand's geology. He describes it as 'A quest for New Zealand's tectonic secrets' and Terrain is the result.

"I set out to tell the story of New Zealand's  very rapid geological change," says Chapple, " including the lead up to, and lead away from, the plate tectonics revolution. The story is familiar to academics and GNS science people, but lay understanding is much more fragmented. Too often the experts talk in code. I decided to put the story together by taking geologists into the field. I set out to crack the code." 

Available: All good booksellers. Online through FishpondWheelersAmazon

Author's BioGeoff Chapple is an author and journalist.  He founded Te Araroa, the 3,000-kilometre New Zealand walking trail.

Horizons 2: Poems & Stories

Published by NZ Society of Authors Top of the South branch

This anthology contains the winning and short-listed stories from the 2014 and 2015 Page & Blackmore National Short Story Competitions, and the poems that have been selected to be displayed in the window of The Nelson Provincial Museum during 2013 and 2014. 

Maurice Gee says of the anthology:
This is a wide-ranging collection of stories and poems. Some vividly evoke the local scene and the people who live here. Others go out into the world, sometimes into strange places, or dark places in the mind. There’s even one highly entertaining historical spoof.
Big subjects are tackled. We have politics and, here and there, philosophical musings, but sad or happy domestic tales and quiet landscape poems also have a place. It’s an enjoyable collection by writers who know what they want to say and how to say it.

Available: order from Cost $20 plus $2.50 postage.


by Tim Jones

When the New Zealand Navy torpedoes a Bangladeshi river ferry full of refugees fleeing their drowning country, Nasimul Rahman is one of the few survivors. But even if he can reach the shore alive, he has to make it past the trigger-happy Shore Patrol, set up to keep the world's poor and desperate at bay. 

Donna is a new recruit to the Shore Patrol. She's signed on mainly because of her friend Mere, but also because it's good to feel she's doing something for her country. When word comes through that the Navy has sunk a ship full of infiltrators, and survivors may be trying to make their way ashore, it sounds like she might finally see some action. 

Available: Landfall is published by Paper Road Press: It is also available for Kindle and Kobo 

Author's Bio: Tim Jones is a poet, author, editor and anthologist who lives in Wellington. He was awarded the New Zealand Society of Authors Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010 and shared a Sir Julius Vogel Award the same year. His latest book is The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry (IP, 2014), co-edited with P. S. Cottier.  His novella “Landfall” has just appeared from Paper Road Press as part of their Shortcuts series.

For more, see Tim's Amazon author page or his blog.

The Jim Drake Mysteries

Books One and Two both available now!

by Stephen Barker

It’s 1930 and young Jim Drake arrives at Pembury Hall in the south of England with his father, a travelling fencing tutor. There is action and drama aplenty in “Murder at Pembury Hall”, a classic adventure story for young people played out against a backdrop of growing political unrest – an unrest which will lead ultimately to the Second World War. Shifting to 1931, Jim follows his father to the west of Scotland, where the looming presence of Auld Crian, an ancient totem, watches as another drama unfolds on the crags and hills around the infamous Black Castle - “The Crags of Loch Crian” is an exciting sequel, and Book Two of the Jim Drake Mysteries.

Available: Both books are available from online retailers such as Amazon (Book 1 & Book 2), in paperback and eBook formats. Also locally via Wheelers and DuBois Books, or by ordering at good bookshops. Otherwise contact the publisher Scripta, via

Author's Bio: Stephen Barker is an author and full-time family doctor working north of Auckland. His first book for children, “The Secret of Spirits Bay” was originally published by HarperCollins in 2008.

Into Darkness

by Hayley Barrett

Fifteen-year-old Alexandra Spencer’s life was not supposed to turn out this way. She was not supposed to go on trial for a crime she did not commit. She was not supposed to be found guilty. And she was not supposed to be sent to Elder Grey Detention Centre, a place of horrors many don’t survive.
She is however, supposed to be the daughter of the wealthiest, most influential man in the post-apocalyptic city of New Phoenix.
But apparently, she isn’t.
As Alex struggles to cope with her new life in Elder Grey, an act of friendship ends in tragedy. When someone she thought was an enemy pulls her from her despair, Alex discovers that old friends cannot be trusted, prejudice is another word for fear, and trust, not blood ties, make a family.
Available: ebook format, the paperback will be released in six weeks.  Available from Amazon, Kobo and iTunes.
Author's Bio: Hayley Barrett began writing in the aftermath of the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 as a way of escaping from the ongoing terror of the natural disaster. Not totally happy with her efforts, in 2012 she commenced a novel writing course. Into Darkness, her first novel, is the result of the course and two years hard work.
Hayley lives in Rolleston, ten minutes south of Christchurch, with her husband and three children. When she isn’t driving her kids to their sports practices, games and other after school activities, she enjoys playing squash, relaxing in the sun and reading. Most days she wishes there were more hours available to spend writing.  You can find out more about Hayley and read the first chapter of her new novel at


by Philippa Murphy

BabyCues is a revolutionary parenting book. It delivers original, proven findings and practical know-how that helps to achieve natural digestive balance for newborns throughout their first six months - reducing, if not eliminating, the abnormal behaviours of colic, reflux, lactose overload, dairy overload and inconsolable crying.
Nurturing families through myths, conundrums, remedies and biological facts, BabyCues unveils - for the first time ever - the likely, positive brain developments that occur when newborns display Six-Wind-Cues.
This simple read, and candid guide, helps cultivate a choice of care based on common sense and dependable ‘life-logical’ solutions. These reacquaint us with the fact - there is a manual for all babies. We call it biology: Mother Nature calls it life.
Learn the causes of upset behaviour, ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ communication and the digestive capabilities of a newborn. Discover practical feeding, winding and sleep techniques, together with helpful calming methods. Gain a new understanding of what forms a baby‘s cues and what they are really saying. You will also read the results of Philippa's New Zealand Survey on Colic and Reflux and some of the parent's personal accounts of these behaviours.

Available: eBook and paperback from or 

Author’s Bio: Philippa is a mother, a leading international practitioner through her service BabyCues and the author of ‘BabyCues – Nurture with Nature, Prevent and remedy colic, reflux, lactose and dairy overload, Nature’s logical answers.’ She is a member of the Infant Mental Health Association New Zealand, has been on the NZ National Board for Pregnancy Help, and a committee member for both Parent Centre and Canterbury Homebirth, New Zealand. By nurturing within a baby’s biology and working with her original research, which spans decades, Philippa has earned an outstanding reputation in her field — employed by royalty and celebrities, including Kate Winslet. 

As an author, Philippa has published many articles in her specialty field including a paper with Lincoln University on her research about the ‘Colic and reflux situation in New Zealand 2012’ published by the Academic Journal of Nursing and Midwifery. She has written for New Idea Magazine, OHBaby, Family Health Diary, Family Times, Space, Good, Little Treasures and more.

Earthquakes & Butterflies - Otautahi Christchurch

by Kathleen Gallagher

Photographs by Michael Coughlan, designed by Katy Yiakmis

"A lyrical, impressionistic novel set amid the series of devastating Christchurch earthquakes beginning on 4th September 2010, through to late 2012. As buildings crumble, the ground opens, and liquefaction and water springs up, seven folk, their lives in pieces, go on. The photographic journal, the italicised voice and the engaging narrative, work powerfully together to create a journey through time, inside the reaches of the world of spirit, to a place of healing." 224 pages

Available: Books are NZ$30 each, plus postage. To purchase a Book, email your name, address, & ph. Books can be purchased at or at your local independent book store.

Author's Bio: This is Kathleen Gallagher's first novel. Kathleen Gallagher is a poet, playwright, writer and filmmaker. She received the NZ Playwrights Award in 1993 and the Sonja Davies Peace Award in 2004 for "Tau Te Mauri Breath of Peace".She has authored 3 collections of poetry, 16 plays and 6 feature films. Her films "Earth Whisperers Papatuanuku", "Water Whisperers Tangaroa" and "Sky Whisperers Ranginui", have played in cinemas throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and in Film Festivals around the world. She has four children. Kathleen lives in Otautahi Christchurch with her husband, Michael Coughlan who is a wood worker, designer and photographer.

The Prankster and the Ghost

by Rachel Stedman

‘The school will be good for you, Tayla,’ said the inspector. ‘You’ll have children your own age to play with.’
‘Dead children.’ 
‘Well, yes. True. But you can’t have everything.’
Stuck in a hospital bed, unable to move, Tayla decides to leave his body. But floating around intensive care is kind of boring, although being invisible means he can do some cool practical jokes. Until the inspector arrives, that is.
Jamie, newly arrived from Scotland, is lonely. No one can understand his accent and all his practical jokes are going wrong. Plus, his new school is seriously weird. Perhaps it's haunted...
Shortlisted for the 2012 Tom Fitzgibbon Award, The Prankster and the Ghost is a crazy story of pranks, friendship and learning to live with loss.
Caution: The Prankster and the Ghost contains plenty of ghosts and heaps of practical jokes.
Suitable ages 9 - 99+

Available: through Amazon as e and print or through my website.

Author's Bio: Rachel Stedman lives in Dunedin with her husband and two children and enjoys hiking, cycling and reading (of course). She has published short stories in Semaphore, Moon-Drenched Fables and The School Journal. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award and was the winner of the Tessa Duder Award. In 2014 her first novel, A Necklace of Souls, published by HarperCollins, was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award and was awarded A Notable Book by Storylines. A Necklace of Souls also gained Best First Novel at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Inner Fire, her second novel, was published by Waverley Productions in 2014, and A Skillful Warrior in 2015.

Life on a Small Planet

by Peter J. Ellis

Born in the East End of London in the 1930s, Peter Ellis’s ancestry included costermongers, boot and shoe repairers and fish porters. Growing up throughout World War Two, he witnessed the aerial dogfights in the Battle of Britain and the nightly flights of enemy bombers heading for London. 
At the end of schooling a chance encounter led Peter into an apprenticeship in electronics and high vacuum technology, beginning a lifelong interest in science and engineering which led him into work developing scientific instruments for a series of American weather satellites. This in turn led to the award of a PhD in applied physics and periods of work in the USA at the time of the first Moon landings. Peter and his family eventually migrated to New Zealand, where he eventually became the director of DSIR’s Division of Information Technology, followed by a period in Australia as head of one of BHP’s research groups in their Melbourne Laboratories. 
This is the personal story of an applied scientist’s engagement with some of the groundbreaking technologies of the twentieth century, starting with electronics in the radio valve era and moving on to digital technology and the design of instruments for use aboard Earth-orbiting spacecraft. Throughout this account the author emphasises the whole process of learning and then the application of knowledge and experience in industry, state sector and university contexts, including the development of constructive working relationships with colleagues in six different countries. 
Humorous and memorable anecdotes pepper the narrative, and many events are illustrated with pictures taken at the time. 
Peter and his wife Kathy now live a quiet life in retirement in Waikanae, New Zealand.

Available: through Paper Plus, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu. Or email the author.

Paradise: Eastern Bay of Plenty

by Andrea Cooper and Nikki Slade Robinson

The Eastern Bay of Plenty – it’s a stunning mix of endless beaches, sparkling rivers, lush native bush... and lots of sunshine! And at long last there's a book to celebrate the area. Locals have had the opportunity to be part of the production, with a photo competition run during the summer of 2014/15 providing many stunning images. Primarily a photographic celebration, this book also contains a potted history and background of the region. A5 (21cm by 14.8 cm) and full colour throughout with 100+ pages. 

Available: from late August throughout the Eastern Bay of Plenty in all good bookshops and many retail outlets, from Mann Print  or by emailing  Retails for $24.95.

Author's BioNikki Slade Robinson is a long time children's author and illustrator, having worked with many publishers in New Zealand. Her previous title was 'Muddle & Mo' (pub Duck Creek Press - David Ling) which has also been picked up by both Australian and American publishers.  She has created 8 titles to date as an author/illustrator, and illustrated over 70 titles.  More titles are scheduled to release over the next 12 months.
Andrea Cooper is a multi-media artist. This is her first book project.

ChapBook Submission Requirements:

Are you an NZSA member? Like to feature your new book in Chapbook? Please email the following to Claire Hill
  1. A JPG image: The book's front cover (we don't need back cover). And jpg only please - the software we use won't accept anything else.
  2. A Blurb: 1-2 brief paragraphs about the book. (Max 200 words)
  3. Available: Don't forget to include relevant information about where your book can be purchased. If your book is available to purchase online, include the html links.
  4. Author's Bio: A brief paragraph about the author (Max 150 words) A broad strokes description of who and what you are. A bio is usually written in third person and isn't a full CV - just the edited highlights. NB: A link to your website or CV isn't a bio! And please do a final read and spell check before you send!
Next Deadline: 28 September 2015
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