The Robots Are Coming!

The trailer for I Heart Robot has been unveiled! And you can watch it right here…

What do you think?

Mark your calendars! The robots arrive March 31!

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I HEART ROBOT Blog Tour

Although I HEART ROBOT will be fourth published novel, I’m still feeling that giddy excitement courtesy of the butterflies in the my tummy stirring up cyclones as release day approaches. We’re still more than a month away from release – which happens March 31st – but we’re already gearing up for promotion.

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On February 26 the trailer is taking place. This is hosted by Xpresso Blog Tours and if you’re interested in participating, please go here for more information and the sign-up form.

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Next, we have the official blog tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter. The tour runs from March 30 to April 12. You can host guest posts, interviews, promo spotlights and of course reviews, so if you’d like to get your hands on an ARC of my book or share the love for Scandinavian androids on your blog, please pop over here to sign-up.

I am so excited for the release of I Heart Robot! I cannot wait to share this story with the world. Thank you to everyone for all the support over the past year and all the love you’ve already shown this book. I couldn’t do this without my readers!

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New Publication

While the theme of this one is a little belated, I hope you’ll still enjoy my latest short story: The Machinery of Xmas.

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This story was written at least two years ago, but finally found a home with the awesomely odd Space Squid online magazine. You can read the story for free and in its entirety over here:

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Tja Sverige!

We survived the move, managed to finish all the unpacking on Christmas day, and have stumbled upon Viking runestones pretty much in our backyard.

20141220_113218On our first walk through the surrounding countryside, this was the view that greeted us. I wasn’t really sure what that shiny yellow thing in the sky was considering it had been almost a month since we’d seen the sun in Finland, but in Sweden we’ve only had one cloudy day since we’ve been here! Feels miraculous for this time of the year. This photo also shows a tiny sliver of the cultural reserve our house backs onto. Here there are Bronze Age and Viking artifacts including the remnants of Viking settlements, a very old Viking cemetery and several runestones. We’ve only just began to explore this area!

20141220_120713This is our little house – an old-style wooden building in typical Scandinavian fashion replete with vegetable patch that leads into the forest.

On Christmas eve it started to snow and the world has been transformed…

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The country lanes are now dusted with snow and it’s been so cold we’ve got frost on top of the snow turning the trees sparkling white in the sunshine. It’s all really quite spectacular and otherwordly.

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The almost-noon sun spilling across the snow. Can’t even begin to describe how beautiful this was! And of course the most important member of our family is absolutely loving his new home. Lego kindly agreed to pause his exploration of the forest for a photo op.

P1030924All in all we’re extremely happy in our new home.

Now it’s time to learn some Svenska and get back into writing.

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Life Changes and Other Surprises

This time last week, I had absolutely no idea my life would change in a major in a mere handful of hours. Last week Friday we got the call that my husband had been offered a job in Stockholm, Sweden. Cue much excitement followed by extreme bewilderment, possible confusion and generally overwrought emotion.

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Bye bye Finland. You’ve been good to us in so many ways. I’m sure we’ll be back…

In just over seven years of being together, my other half and I have lived on three continents. When we moved to Finland, we never thought we’d be staying as long as five years, but we did and life was good. In fact, life in Finland was too good, too easy, too comfortable and that made it unbelievably difficult to uproot the life we’d created here to start all over again, however…

If I’m honest, I’ve been itching to move, not because I want to leave Finland – mä rakastan Suomea – but because I want to see more of the world and live in different countries, to experience a different culture from within. Hence the bitter-sweet excitement about moving to Sweden.

In many ways, Sweden is like Finland and won’t be too great a culture shock. But that’s what we thought when we moved from South Africa to Australia so I’m not going to kid myself into thinking’ home-away-from-home’ again. I want to approach Sweden with a fresh perspective ready to embrace and immerse myself in the culture and language.

So… there goes any and all attempts at winning NaNoWriMo yet again. I’m convinced the universe is trying to tell me something by always throw me curve balls in November. We are now furiously doing all the things required for an international move asap and plan to be in our new Swedish abode before Christmas.

I am going to be super sad to leave Finland, a country I’ve been entranced by since I was 15, to leave our friends and the known way of life here, but I am equally excited to experience something new and can’t wait to see how these new experiences will affect and influence my writing – not that I anticipate much of that happening between all the imminent packing and admin!

With much love and fondness, I bid Finland farewell and say ‘nähdään’ because I absolutely intend to be back in Helsinki to see friends, eat pulla and drink kossu.

Stockholm!!

Stockholm!!

Sverige, vi kommer!

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