That’s it for me… I’m done!!

That’s it for me… I’m done!!

No more getting up at 5.30 a.m. unless it’s to go somewhere nice.

No more commuting on Sydney trains.

No more trudging to and from the station through Sydney’s weather extremes of blistering heat, torrential rains, hurricane strength winds that destroy umbrellas.

No more account reconciliations.

No more phoning customers to pay their bills.

No more having to put up with sanctimonious salesmen who forget who pays them?

No more having to work with colleagues who walk around with long faces and are just plain miserable bastards.

That’s it for me… I’m done at being a credit controller.

From 4pm on Friday 29th January 2016 I finished up from a profession that has spanned 45 years.

You know when it’s time to quit and in my case it came earlier than planned.

I had hoped to have phased it out gradually after reaching my 65th birthday in August 2016, but personal circumstances have brought it to an immediate halt. Am I sorry? Yes and no. Dealing with no regular income will be a challenge but it is just one more of life’s problems to overcome.

After 27 years of marriage my wife decided it was time to end our relationship; so as part of the transition process back to bachelorhood I have decided to finish working. This is mainly because of my decision to relocate to Europe to be close to my 91-year-old mother and my two sisters.

I chose to end work now so as to allow me freedom to wind up my affairs here in Australia and make the necessary preparations to set up my new life on the Cote d’Azur in southern France.

All is slowly falling into place and depending on how quickly I can get my superannuation account closed and transferred, and how fast our respective lawyers can finalize the separation agreement will determine when I can finally leave.

In a way I am sad it has come to this – after knowing someone for thirty years to give up such a relationship isn’t easy.

Dealing with the emotional wrenching of separation, leaving a job, packing one’s possessions into several boxes [64 years of one’s life all wrapped up in 11 boxes doesn’t say much – pretty sad really], arranging bank accounts in a foreign country, leaving people you have got to know, is all very stressful. Any one of them could lead to a nervous breakdown… to do all of them at the same time: well there aren’t any words that can describe how I feel.

But life goes on… I have always been a fighter. Whenever I have been knocked down by some personal disaster or set back I have always bounced back. And so it will be again…

As one door closes another opens: for me it is a new start in a new country.

I may be scared at the unknown, but I am also so very excited at the challenges awaiting me.

I hope you will follow my progress in the months and years to come :o)

RLB – Tomewriter

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A new chapter, a new location…

A new chapter is about to unfold in my life effective early 2016 [end of February/beginning of March].

Although we have been married for just over 27 years and been together for almost 30 years, Sandra and I have come to a decision to legally separate.

I will therefore be relocating back to Europe.

As my mum and elder sister both live in the south of France I have chosen to join them there:

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The move to France will allow me to finally achieve my heart’s desire to become a full-time writer.

I currently have three stories waiting to be published:

  • The Sword and the Rose [Book 1 – The Sword and the Rose Series]
  • Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms [Book 2 – The Sword and the Rose Series]
  • Out of the Darkness [Book 2 – The Mark Lander Chronicles]

Three pending to be finished:

  • Passionate Harvest [Book 3 – The Sword and the Rose Series]
  • Dragoon Serenade [Book 2 – Romance in War Series]
  • When Doves Weep [Book 1 – The Mark Lander Chronicles]

New ones to begin:

  • Neptune’s Landing [Book 3 – Romance in War Series]
  • Warm Nights in Alex [Book 4 – Romance in War Series]
  • Lady of Seville [Book 4 – The Sword and the Rose Series]
  • Nightsafe [Book 3 – The Mark Lander Chronicles]
  • Guardian Angel [Book 4 – The Mark Lander Chronicles]

It is hoped that surrounded by the beauty of the Cote d’Azur, as well as the care and love of family and friends I will be able to conquer my fears as I restart my life far away from Australia.

RLB – Tomewriter

 

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Having a clear out………

Over the last couple of weekends I have been under taking in clearing out some of my files, tearing up and throwing away old papers, documents, receipts, completed manuscripts – books now published and others that have been typed and saved onto memory sticks waiting to be published. Plus going through the mountains of books that have been read and just gathering dust.  The ones I no longer want to keep will be taken to a charity shop to hopefully find a new home and at the same time benefit the charity.

So too are some of my clothes; things I haven’t worn in a long time, others that no longer fit.

All is going out of here one way or another.

Today, as I was sorting out some stuff I stumbled upon a few minor writings scribbled on note paper and possibly never seen or read by anyone but me… until now.

I was about to tear them up and throw away, but instead here they are saved on my blog… now I can throw out the scribbling:

There are no dates when these were written so I have no idea which came first.  Therefore I am presenting them in alphabetical order:

All writings below are Copyright© Robert L J Borg 2015

 

Abandoned

I’m lying down in a comfortable place. The sky above is an azure blue. It’s not cloudless though. There are clouds, big white fluffy ones – like balls of cotton wool which have been pulled apart so they become stretched; thin in parts, bulky in others.

The sun breaks through them occasionally and bathes me in its warmth; when it disappears behind the clouds their shadows dance across my body.

Then a round face, bright, brown-eyed appears before me; lustrous hair in pig-tails. Then it speaks in a high-pitched voice: “MUM! A baby’s been abandoned on our front step!”

*

Cloud Shadows

Like a pestilence they rush upon us

From the outer reaches of the sea;

Unstoppable forces of nature

They bound over every hill and valley

A deep-throated rumble is heard

Carried on the breeze;

A dazzling flash of lightning

Dissects the sky, incinerating trees

 

The sun fights to dominate

Its place amongst the heavens;

But the wind drives the clouds on

Blocking out the sun’s radiance.

Cloud shadows race quickly

Across a fragile land they assemble;

Storm clouds show their mastery

In fear man and beast tremble.

*

Cold Front

Pushing against the wind I trudge on. Collar up, scarf wrapped around my neck in a failed attempt to keep warm. Hands gloved, one deep in my pocket; the other gripping the brolly in a strained attempt to keep dry.

Rains slants at an angle; sheets of it bucketing down. Wrestling with the brolly as it bends, twists and finally snaps, exposing my fragile body to winter’s bitterly cold front.

*

In Too Deep

It was hard to sleep

Amongst the constant chatter,

I tried counting sheep

Though it could hardly matter.

I knew the hotel was cheap

Even the curtains were a tatters,

The room was a shit heap

I should have known better.

Hiding out from some creep

To avoid a promised batter,

Each sound made me leap

Thinking how my bones would shatter.

 

Wondering if my safety would keep

Concentrating through the noisy clatter,

I knew I was in too deep

And my head would soon be on a platter.

*

Remote Control

I am in a remote place, restrained by wilderness; without persons or beasts about me. I feel my senses tested.

At night the cold is so intense my mind feels numb. By day as the warmth of the sun bathes my body I become so alive.

There is no fear amidst the loneliness, only happiness in the knowledge that I am alert to my surroundings.

I do not weep, but permit tears of joy to flow freely at the grace of being utterly in full control.

*

Third Time Lucky

What’s that old saying of try, and try again? But how often must one “try” to get it right? Or should the saying be: How many times are we allowed to get it wrong? Whichever way you look at it, whether you get it right or wrong there are times we should ask ourselves: Should we try it at all?

Worse, if we have tried it and failed, why would we want to even try it again? Let alone more than once!

So what fool came up with the remark of “Third Time Lucky”?

Obviously someone with unshakeable optimism………… stupid sod!!

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Unusual Engagement

He glanced up slightly bewildered. A light streamed in through a crack in the curtains. Surely it wasn’t morning already?

He pulled at the bedclothes trying to block out the intrusion; burying his face into the pillow.

It was no good. Curiosity at what the light was got the better of him. He rose from the bed and padded to the window. Drawing the curtains back revealed a sight he would never had imagined.

In a floodlit street a kneeling dwarf seemed to be offering a huge diamond ring to an Amazonian woman.

It was the most unusual engagement he had ever witnessed.

*

That’s the end of my diversion for the day… getting back to clearing out more rubbish!!

RLB – Tomewriter

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FRIDAY FREEBIE: Juanita Chavez

How can I not reblog this? Especially when the story centres around ice cream, chocolate, and most importantly… Romance: All the very best with this novel Juanita

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Friday Freebie with Juanita Chavez

Tell us about Friday Freebie book:
Aidan and Evie are lovers who parted company on a misunderstanding. Evie is terrified of commitment and having her heart broken again while Aidan knows there’s only one woman who can make him happy—and that’s Evie. There’s only one way he can convince her they have a future together—a long coastal ride on his Harley from Newcastle to Sydney where he pulls out all the stops to convince her.

Loving Evie is a short novella originally published as Never on a Sundae, part of the Edible Delights anthologies from Secret Cravings Publishing, who are now sadly out of business. I wrote it under the pen name Seanna Smythe. Because the story is a lot sexier than I normally write, I thought it needed a more exotic pen name to go with it, so Juanita Chavez was born. Ms Chavez…

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RELEASE DAY ALERT: Camille Taylors’ ‘Not Forgotten’

Loved the blurb… so will add this to my “to read” list. Great cover as well.

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Not Forgotten
Camille Taylor

Detective Matt Murphy is assigned the case no one else wants.

The Butcher is a ghost, killing all over Australia for years, and now he’s made the coastal city of Harbour Bay his hunting ground. Up against a brick wall, Matt has no choice but to contact the only surviving witness-seventeen-year-old Hallie Walker. But Hallie has been in a psychological rehabilitation centre since the double murder five years ago, and Matt needs help.

Gifted psychologist Natalie Miller sees a lot of herself in Hallie and vows to help her heal.

Natalie is no stranger to a violent past, and is usually wary of men. She is stunned by her response to the hot detective, and becomes determined to not only see Hallie released-as she believes the girl has been misdiagnosed-but to help Matt solve this unsolvable case.

Matt and Natalie face danger at every turn, but…

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Fried Brain?

I had hoped that the writers’ conference I attended the last month in Melbourne would have done something towards creating that spark one needs to kick-start my writing again.

Fat chance: For some unknown reason I just can’t seem to get into my current works in progress. I had high hopes that I would have at least finished my two novellas by now to leave me time to write my prequel to Out of the Darkness. It is becoming rather disheartening that my motivation seems to have fizzled out… for now at least.

What didn’t help of course was the collapse of my US publisher at the commencement of this month. Even though they have reverted my publishing rights for my two books [and mum’s novel] it does mean that I have to start all over again trying to find a publisher willing to take them on.

That, and also waiting to hear back from the publishers that I had pitched to at the RWA Conference for Out of the Darkness. Of the three publishers [not mentioning any names for fear of jinxing myself] I haven’t heard back at all just yet. What caught me off guard though this week was receiving an email from a publisher I had submitted the book to in April and had totally discounted due to five months that had elapsed from when I had sent the book to them with the following response:

Thank you for your manuscript submission.

We apologise for the delay in response, we have had a change in staff which has unfortunately resulted in a backlog of submissions.

We appreciate your patience, and we endeavour to assess your manuscript over the next month.

So there’s still hope out there then??

There is also hope for The Sword and the Rose; Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms; and Mum’s book A Tangled Web when the publisher I contacted in the UK [again not mentioning any names – I’m not usually superstitious, but it doesn’t hurt to keep quiet just in case] regarding them sent me the following acknowledgement:

Hi Robert,

How lovely to hear from you – and I am sorry to hear about what’s happened to Secret Cravings.

I’ve actually moved on and work on a different imprint, but will send these over to my colleagues on the acquisition team, who I’m sure will be in touch in due course.

So with all these things happening in my writing world and having recently started with a new day job to keep the income coming in to pay the bills my brain seems to have fried itself to the point where I am getting headaches and dizzy spells. So much so that a visit to the doctor got me referred to have an MRI of my brain resulting to a further referral to see a specialist. The appointment has been scheduled [at a cost of $400 for the consultation] and I’m due to see him in a couple of weeks. No doubt he’ll confirm there is a brain, but will he be able to tell whether it is truly fried?

My free time these days comprises of being either on Facebook, LinkedIn, watching TV, helping around the house or reading. I just wish I could do some writing… I do miss my characters and the mischief they get into. I expect there will come a time that something will snap and I’ll be joining in their adventures once again.

RLB – Tomewriter

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Secret Cravings Publishing – Thanks for everything, you will be missed

It is every author’s dream to have their work accepted by a third-party publisher and it is this recognition that your work is worthy of being published that keeps us writing. So imagine the sadness a writer feels when the publisher who gave you that first encouragement goes belly up?

Two years ago I received my very first publishing contract for my novella “Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms” from Secret Cravings Publishing, USA; and a few months later a second contract for my saga “The Sword and the Rose” by them as well.

Both books were published and released in 2014.

Also I mustn’t forget that they also published in 2014 my mum’s novel “A Tangled Web” which sold better than my two books together…

Sandy Sullivan and her editorial team were wonderful at ensuring the books well presented by the time they were ready for release. Not forgetting the brilliant art work by Dawne Dominique for the covers.

It was a sad day indeed yesterday when I learnt that my wonderful publisher had closed its doors for the last time.

If only someone out there could have rescued them :o( but it was not to be.

Secret Cravings Publishing you will be missed and I will always be grateful to you for believing in me.

Wishing you all the very best for the future, Sandy Sullivan, and hope that one day Secret Cravings Publishing will be restored.

Sincerely

Robert L J Borg a.k.a. Louise Roberts

and Viviane Elisabeth Borg

 

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Time for an update

Apologies to my followers for the long silence, but things in my personal life have been a bit unsettled of late and there hasn’t been much time, let alone enthusiasm to do any writing.

The reason for this has mostly been to the fact that my day job as a contractor at Kimberly Clark was coming to an end, and I had been frantically devoting as much time as possible in trying to find another job. Fortunately I have now scored a permanent role at Konica-Minolta so hopefully I won’t need to worry of an end date any time soon.

With the day job secured [a necessity as book royalties cannot be relied upon to make a living – unless of course you’re a famous author such as George RR Martin, Ken Follett, or J K Rowling to name just a few], I can now revert back to picking up where I had left off with my writing projects.

I have three books currently on the go; two novellas for Louise Roberts and a novel for me:

  • Passionate Harvest – Book 3 in The Sword and the Rose Series
  • Dragoon Serenade – Book 2 in the Romance in War Series
  • When Doves Weep – Book 1 [but is in fact the second book] in the Mark Lander Chronicles.

When I say that When Doves Weep is the second book it’s because after I wrote Out of the Darkness which is listed as Book 2 in the Mark Lander Chronicles I thought it would an idea to write a prequel to allow my readers to find out where Mark Lander, and Mark’s best friend Jim Saunders come from. The prequel also introduces the second of Mark’s closest friends, Chris Hardaker who will become a prominent character in the two subsequent proposed books in the series [Nightsafe – scheduled for 2016 and Guardian Angel – scheduled for 2017].

Having said that though, at present my creative juices appear to have dried up and I can’t seem to get into any of my works, apart from dabbling in a couple of hundred words here and there. Luckily, though, on the 21st of this month I shall be heading to Melbourne for the two-day 2015 Romance Writers of Australia Conference. I have enrolled to attend several workshops that I hope will kick-start my creativity again:

Saturday 22nd August

09.30 – 10.30                      How to Plot A Page Turner

11.00 – 12.00                      How Stories Work

12.00 – 13.00                      Scene Diagnosis

14.00 – 15.00                      Not another Sex Scene

Sunday 23rd August

11.00 – 12.00                      Deep Editing

12.00 – 13.00                      Media Boot camp

14.00 – 15.00                      Fact into Fiction

Somewhere in between the workshops I will also be pitching my novel Out of the Darkness to three publishers [put it this way, I have submitted my pitch appointments, I just now need to receive the designated time slots]. Even though this latest novel is written in my own name rather than Louise Roberts, and even though I have placed it into the genre of Crime Fiction, this book does contain romantic elements and as such I believe it could be included in the Romance Genre as well. I hope it will be well received – I have only had one book published this year [Letter from a Stranger] so it would be a great morale booster to get the opportunity to get another published in 2015. In truth however, even if I was lucky enough to score a contract for it, because of the long drawn out editing processes the book might not be released before 2016. Anyway… fingers crossed I say, one never knows how things turn out.

Regardless of what happens to Out of the Darkness, I am hopeful that the two romance novellas I am currently writing will have been picked up by a publisher or two by the end of this year which is when I am aiming to finish them both. Although there are no guarantees in life except perhaps taxation and death I am confident that whether they are published or not I will be moving on to starting the next two novellas planned for each of the series.

I have decided that the series will have no less than 4 books each; what happens after that will depend on how successful or unsuccessful they are. For now therefore the series will consist of:

Under the name: Robert L J Borg

The Mark Lander Chronicles

When Doves Weep – Book 1 [WIP]

Out of the Darkness – Book 2 [Completed]

Nightsafe – Book 3 [In Planning Stage]

Guardian Angel – Book 4 [In Planning Stage]

 

Under the pen name: Louise Roberts

https://louiserobertsromance.wordpress.com/

The Sword and the Rose Series

The Sword and the Rose – Book 1 [Published by Secret Cravings publishing – 2014]

Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms – Book 2 [Published by Secret Cravings publishing – 2014]

Passionate Harvest – Book 3 [WIP]

Lady from Seville – Book 4 [In Planning Stage]

Romance in War Series

Letter from a Stranger – Book 1 [Published by Luminosity Publishing – 2015]

Dragoon Serenade – Book 2 [WIP]

Neptune’s Landing – Book 3 [In Planning Stage]

Warm Nights in Alex – Book 4 [In Planning Stage]

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What happens after I complete these projects is anyone’s guess. My son Brad believes I should try something new, such as fantasy or science fiction – I’ve told him to write me a premise of a story and I’ll ghost write it for him, but to date he hasn’t come up with anything. I am tempted however to use him [or his name at least] and his faithful German shepherd as a crime fighting team of the 24th century in outer space – ha ha!!

As we authors always say – “don’t mess with a writer as you will never know what they might do to you in a story”.

Meanwhile however there are books to write so I had best get on with it… it’s no point keeping the ideas locked in my mind: I have to share them.

 

RLB – Tomewriter

 

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HUMP DAY HUNK: Louise Roberts

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Hump Day Hunk with Louise Roberts

Born in Holloway, North London on 20th March 1918 Sergeant William “Bill” Brooks was a tall, blond-haired, well-built young man. He had been apprenticed to his father, an electrician by trade, since he had left school at the age of fourteen. Bill was the second eldest of twelve living children. The eldest, a sister, May stepped in to the role of “mum” when their own mother had died at the young age of fifty six.

When war was declared in September 1939 Bill quickly joined up with the Royal Artillery as an anti-aircraft gunner and was sent to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force. Later he would be one of the last men to be taken off the beaches at Dunkirk. He would then serve defending southern England at the height of the Blitz.

As part of a morale boosting exercise…

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Moving On…

With Letter from a Stranger released it is time to move on to existing projects. Passionate Harvest still needs to be completed so I shall be concentrating on this novella moving forward.

However, over the last few days I have been piecing together the plan, synopsis and blurb for the next book in the Romance in War Series.

I was going to hold this back for a while, but after the excitement in completing Letter from a Stranger I couldn’t resist in carrying out the initial research and putting pen to paper for the next book in the series: Dragoon Serenade. The title came about from my love of all things Glen Miller – in particular the number Moonlight Serenade, and of course the code name of the Allied Landings in southern France that were launched on 15th August 1944: Operation Dragoon.

By wanting nothing more than to start writing this story [I tell a lie I have already written the first 1,000 words], I am determined to complete Passionate Harvest as soon as possible.

I suppose I had better end this blog, so I can get on with what I should be doing… writing my stories.

If you don’t hear from  me for a while it will be because I am trying to deal with my ever demanding alter ego :o)

RLB – Tomewriter

 

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