JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Nicole Webb




Tell us about yourself:

With a Media Background of 30 years, I have been a reporter, news producer, programs producer and a television news reader on Prime News NZ and Sky News Australia.

More recently I spent seven years living as an expat in Hong Kong, where my hotelier husband and I had our daughter Ava. After four years surviving and then thriving in the glittering harbour city, we moved to Xi’an, a second-tier city in central China with 9 million people.

I have been working as a freelance journalist, MC-ing and moderating at events around Asia Pacific, as well as media training and writing articles on everything from travel to parenting, lifestyle and current affairs. I’ve also been writing my critically acclaimed blog, Mint Mocha Musings: The hotelier’s Wife, an Expat Affair Aroundthe Globe – since 2012.

I published my story in the expat anthology Once Upon an Expat in 2016 and my first memoir China Blonde will be published in September 2020.


Tell us about your book:

China Blonde is the story of one family’s journey to the Middle Kingdom where they discover the power of love, friendship and acceptance.

“Having found true love late in life, Nicole would rather be anywhere with her hotelier husband, James, than without him, so two weeks after he flew out to Xi’an in North West China, Nicole and their three-year-old blondie, Ava cautiously followed suit.

It’s only a two-and-a-half-hour plane ride from Hong Kong to Xi’an, but the great divide between the Communist-led nation of China and its independent little sister is very real.

Culture shock hits them head on as they’re jostled off the plane into the alien-like airport. They’re the only blondes in a sea of locals and it feels like all eyes are on them, with everyone wondering why these fair-haired foreigners are so far from home.

But now this is their new home and they are about to begin life in a five-star hotel in China, the middle of a bustling tourist strip housing a 1300-year-old Pagoda and so much more. But somehow this pair of blondes become far more photographed than the famed Pagoda itself!”

After four years in Hong Kong, we thought we were ready for life in the Motherland, and jumped at the opportunity to move to Xi’an, in the very centre of China. How wrong we were! Nothing could have prepared us for the culture shock, not just of living in a city so different from our own, but not knowing anyone and having to somehow find our tribe where few people spoke our language.

CHINA BLONDE isn’t just another expat story about landing on foreign shores knowing not a single soul, it’s also about China, a country that is currently making news headlines around the globe on a daily basis.

This memoir is extremely timely as we watch many countries questioning their future relationship with this superpower.

Yet, still, most people only know China as a burgeoning economic power with a Communist party led government.

Isn’t it time we found out more about this nation set to become one of the world’s most formidable countries? Don’t we want to know more about these people who are currently the world’s major inbound tourists (and only 8 per cent hold a passport)? Just who are they, how do they think and what do they want?

China Blonde offers a very rare, personal and educated insight into the Middle Kingdom, a nation of kind and generous people who until recently have only lived to survive in a country of 1.4 billion.


What influenced you to write your current genre?

Originally, I wasn’t planning on making this a memoir. I had every intention of keeping myself out of the story, but the more I spoke with writing experts and the more writing courses I did, it became clear, I was part of the story. Thus, China Blonde was brought to life.


Who are your favorite authors?

Gosh, so many. I love Australian authors like Liane Moriarty for her chick lit and easy escapism, and Jane Harper for her thrilling outback murder mysteries.


What are your favorite books?

As a child I was obsessed with Enid Blyton’s books, followed by Trixie Belden mysteries…. As an adult I still love books that take me on a journey into another world.

Some of myfavouritefiction booksof late includeWhat Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, Suspense & romantic elements novel, Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine, and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Memoirs I’ve loved are Michelle Obama’sBecoming,Tara Westover’s Edcuated and Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe.

Ava in China(1)

Who are your favorite literary characters?

I’d say Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby and who can go past Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games and Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale are both extraordinary heroines.


Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

I would love you to come with me on my journey in China Blonde in the hopesome part of it stays with you long after you’ve finished reading.


Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?

Please visit my website



Your Opinion on Social Media Platforms for Author/Reader interaction Matters

Your Opinion on Social Media Platforms for Author/Reader interaction Matters

Mornin Friends!
I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to go through this survey about a potentional author/reader social media platform Ally & I are brainstorming.


New Release From Jadi Campbell

Guest Post from Jadi Campbell

Well, actually it is an email I received from Jadi Campbell that I want to share with you.

Dear Friends,

My new book is about to be published! The Trail Back Out is a collection of ten short stories. This is my fourth book, and my first finished work in four years.

From tales of Eddie, high on LSD and trapped by “What Died in the Fridge” or a compulsive gambler hiding during a Category Five storm in “Better Weather”, to the luminous title story of two strangers meeting by chance in the backwoods during a pandemic, I wanted to describe the pain and humor of being alive. Included in this collection are “Rules to Live By”, a funny and deeply thoughtful story about what we choose to teach our children. I wondered about our responsibility to others as a hunter is shot and left for dead in “The Green Under the Snow”. In “Do Dreams Float?” a wife considers a hit-man’s offer of revenge. And the eternal search for happiness is carried out by a gloomy little girl nicknamed ‘Princess Rain Clouds’.

I finished these tales during the coronavirus lockdown. These are descriptions of everyday life in strange times. Whether during the upheaval of the last century or the present COVID-19 crisis, The Trail Back Out will guide you through a labyrinth of questions about how to live and love.

The Trail Back Out will be published as paperback and eBook for Kindle on August 23, 2020. The version for Kindle is available now for preorder. Click on one of these links to order a copy:

Information on all my books is available here:

I wish you all a safe and healthy autumn.

Happy reading,



Story Origin Group Promotions

Story Origin Group Promotions


For those of you who are unfamiliar with Story Origin, it is a platform where readers can connect with authors, and authors with other authors.

For those of you familiar with ProlificWorks (formerly Instafreebie), it is the same type of author/reader networking platform, only better, in my opinion.

As an author, Story Origin helps me keep track of how many group giveaways, and group promotions I am in, and it helps me keep track of book swaps for my monthly newsletter.

The group giveaways are a fun way to find new favorite authors.  You click on the link, pick a book(s) in the promo group that interests you, and pending on the type of promo group it is you are either taken to purchase site or a download page.

For the month of August, I am in two such Group Promos.






If either, or both of those group promos catch your interest, click on the link and enjoy!


And a side note to my fellow authors who are unfamiliar with Story Origin, and do not use their service, it was a game changer for me, and has been incredibly helpful with Newsletter Swaps and Group Promos.  I highly recommend you check it out.



JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Jadi Campbell




Tell us about yourself:

You can see from my photograph that I was born a bookworm. I’ve always loved books. At the age of six I decided I was going to grow up to be a writer. It took me 50 years to finally do it. I have worked in Marketing and Underwriting at a national insurance agency, as a secretary in the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and for over three decades now as a massage therapist. My German husband and I are avid travellers. Everything I’ve experienced is fodder for my writing!




Tell us about your book:

Tsunami Cowboys is about Todd, a hero with dangerous fantasies. Coreen is trapped in a cult. Ronnie dreams other people’s futures. Guy is waiting for disaster at a Christmas Market. And Lynn, the connecting thread, takes a train with a seductive stranger. By turns terrifying and funny, my book tells the story of tsunami cowboys, the people who ride life’s waves.



What influenced you to write your current genre?

I want books that make the outside world vanish while I’m reading them. My tastes bounce all over the place; while my first love is literary fiction, I also enjoy reading mysteries, fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction. Some authors transcend their genre and achieve great art.I aspire to write literary fiction that might someday stand with the authors and books I revere.

Who are your favorite authors?

Classical: Shakespeare

Recent: Ray Bradbury, John Fowles, George Orwell

Contemporary: Anne Patchett, early Stephen King, Geraldine Brooks, NK Adjei-Brenyah, Michael Ondaatje, Tim Winton, Margaret Atwood

What are your favorite books?

It’s so hard to choose! My current desert island books would be:The Overstory by Richard Powers. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Hannah Green. A Moveable Feast by Hemingway. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. The Middle Mist by Mary Renault. Daniel Martin by John Fowles. Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. My favorite short story is The Persistence of Vision by John Varley. And I’ve read Ray Bradbury’s books over and over at every stage of my life, beginning with high school.

Who are your favorite literary characters?

JD Salinger’s Glass family, Margaret Atwood’s often nameless but always sarcastic female protagonists, and Tyrion from Game of Thrones.

Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

No matter how extreme the situations my characters find themselves in, you as my reader will always recognize yourself or people you know.If you forget reality as you turn the pages, then I’ve done what I set out to do as a writer.

Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?

I blog at

My books are available in paperback and eBook on Amazon.

My author page is

I’ve been wordy enough over the years that if you google my name, lots pops up. I would love your questions if anyone wants to know more.

Thanks so much for allowing me to do this interview. It was a pleasure and an honor!



About Me Inspirations Uncategorized

Inspiration for TJ’s Hydrophobia in The United

Inspiration for TJ’s Hydrophobia in The United




A main character in The United, The Realm of the Light Book 1 is TJ Parkinson.
TJ has three unique physical traits.  All three of the traits are based on my personal experiences.
1st, his sensistivity to bright lights. You may recall from the book that whenever he was exposed to bright lights, he got a headache. Tgerefore he always wore sunglasses. I have that same problem. When i step outside on a bright day without my sunglasses, i sneeze, and on occassion get a headache. I have a couple friends and a couple brothers who also sneeze in sunlight which i have learned after doing a quick google search is fairly common, effecting approximately 25% of the human population.

Image by Madhurima Handa from Pixabay

Second is TJ’s stutter and omission and odd phrasing of words. This trait to him is naturally occuring, but for me it is the result of a concussion caused by a traumatic blow to my head that litterally knocked my head on straight. No seriously, all the curvature in my neck was straightened out. The consequences of that blow extended beyond the stutter to other cognitive issues, such as a constant dull headache that lasted over ten years.
The third physical trait TJ suffered from was hydrophobia.
I am a natural born hydrophobe.
The only time in my mother’s life she was afraid of water was while she was pregnant with me. While in open water, or thinking about being in open water, or dreaming about open water my breath gets short, i get light headed, i clench my fists, i am told my skin turns pale, and I am afraid.
The one good thing i have learned from dealing with hydrophobia is to not allow my fears to control my actions.

Tuesday Thoughts

I want to try something a little different today.

I personally believe the best way to get to know my fellow authors is by reading thier books.

So, for my fellow authors, to help me add your books to my read list, will you please comment with your purchase link & blurb?

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JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “BEING ROCK” by MANDY PREECE


Being Rock cover


First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:


Personal: Something that’s unique about me is that I love playing Indian Bhangra dance music loudly and dancing around my living room when no-one is watching!  The whole experience of being a white woman trying to do Indian dancing leaves me breathless with laughter and always makes me feel good.

My other joy is being inspired by people who think differently. I love quirky thinkers.

Professional: I set up an end of life volunteer scheme in my local hospice so that volunteers can support people who would be otherwise dying alone. I was NHS Volunteer of the Year 2019.

I am also a mum, wife and self-employed communications coach and health-care volunteering ambassador.




What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

Genre is a non-self-help self -help book!

My audience would be working parents – people who are trying to juggle work, children and perhaps at the same time caring for their elderly parents. These are the people trying to be ‘there’ for everyone and at the same time manage their own self-care.


What was the inspired you to write this book:

People at end of life – they were the ones who were teaching me about the power of connection.I had to learn the art of ‘being alongside’: to listen with acceptance and not agenda. The work also taught me the value of self-care. I am super honest in the book about my own difficulties and how I began to manage my life.



Tell us about your book:


At its core the book is about being a ‘Rock’ for yourself and others. To value and hear our own needs as well as listening to others. I redefine listening, reframe empathy and (hopefully) make self-care possible.

This is my real-life experience – honesty pervades. Hopefully it will make people laugh, occasionally shed a tear and nod a lot because they totally get it.

One reader said Being Rock defines ‘university-of-life listening’ and that’s what makes it so refreshing.


Where can we purchase your book:


The e-book and paperback are on Amazon.

 Being Rock cover

About Me Uncategorized

July Goals

Well, when it comes right down to it, I only have 1 goal in July.


To make some headway in The United as a screenplay.  That’s it.  If I can successfully pull that off, I will be a happy camper.


What about you?


Do you have any exciting goals for July?



JQM Literary Spotlight Presents Tsunami Cowboys by Jadi Campbell




First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

When I started out as a writer I would never write the words “The End” until I’d begun a new writing project, even if it was just an idea jotted down on a piece of paper, the first two paragraphs or some bit for my next story. Now I know: trust the Muse. I have more ideas for wildly diverse writing projects than I’ll ever get to finish before I die.



What is the genre and audience for this book:

Literary fiction; I do not write magical realism. With that said, in Tsunami Cowboys you may get trapped in a cult or dream other people’s lives….


What inspired you to write this book:

I was inspired by my love of travel and current events (the war in Yugoslavia, the 2004 tsunami that hit the day after Christmas, and the predictions that the world is going to end).


Tell us about your book:

As I write this, Tsunami Cowboys is long listed for the Screen Craft Cinematic Book Competition Award.

We’re all tsunami cowboys. Few people are 100% good or evil, right or wrong. In this book you’ll meet a hero with a drug problem and dangerous fantasies. And a girl whose family believes the world is about to end, plus a character who witnesses other people’s possible futures when she dreams.Life for all my characters is sometimes like a tsunami, a gigantic tidal wave that washes everything away. You drown, or you ride the wave. I am fascinated by the grey zone in the crest, that place where we make our decisions.


Where can we purchase your book:

Tsunami Cowboys is available as paperback or eBook on My author page is at