K.A. Archer

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Excerpts

     The old woman disappeared into the back of the shop. The faint sound of boxes being moved and the woman muttering to herself drifted out through the curtains.

    Ocean glanced at Rufus. He was standing in the doorway of the shop, his arms crossed in front of him. He gave Ocean a pained look. Patience was not one of Rufus' personality traits. Ocean smiled back at him sweetly. 
  
After a moment the woman returned to the counter carrying something.

     ‘What are your names?’ she said.
   ‘Ah, I'm Ocean, and that's my brother Rufus and my sister Daisy,' Ocean said, pointing toward his siblings.    

      ‘Mm, hmm,’ she said, not looking up.

    There was some rustling and then the sound of sticky tape being pulled out of a dispenser. Finally, three loud thumps as if she were stamping something.
   ‘Here you go, then,’ she said, stepping out from behind the counter.

     She thrust a brown paper bag at him. Ocean reached out to take it but she didn't release it immediately. Instead, she took a step towards him. She was so close, he could see a thick lather of purple eyeshadow surrounding her intense, blue eyes and the faint smell of hydrangeas filled his nostrils.  

    ‘Books are very precious, Ocean, but I think you know that, don’t’ you?’ she said, gazing at him.

     'They all have something to tell us if we have the eyes to see, and the ears to hear,’ the woman continued. 'Some say they choose us.’

    Daisy stared at the front gates of Moonton Public School and bit her lip. The school holidays had flown by and now, unfortunately it had arrived. The first day at a new school.

     She wished there had been a guide she could have read, one like the ones her dad was always studying...'A Dummies Guide to Making New Friends for the Shy and Verbally Challenged’.

    ‘Everything is going to be fine,’ her mother said for the tenth time that morning.

     Daisy however couldn’t shake the nervous feeling in her stomach or ignore her clammy palms and dry throat.

    She was almost as scared as she had been when she started Kindergarten, only this time Rhona, her year six buddy wasn't going to be there to help her.

    Daisy studied the country school a bit closer. It didn’t look that scary. It was actually kind of pretty, and different from their old school in the city. Less concrete and more trees. Giant trees, towering over the playground like soldiers poised ready to break up any lunchtime battles.

    Children were squealing and laughing, and she saw flashes of bright yellow uniforms as they darted about the playground. They sounded happy, excited to be back for the start of a new year of school. Some of them were probably reuniting with friends they hadn’t seen all school holidays.

    She remembered what that felt like, only Daisy didn’t know anyone at Moonton Public School, so how was everything going to be fine?

THE MOGGS OF MOONTON BOOK II

THE MOGGS OF MOONTON BOOK I

A bit about me...

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My name is Katrina Anne Archer and I'm a food and wine writer and aspiring children's book author.

In my spare time when I'm not sitting in my sunroom tapping the keys, I'm wrangling three beautiful children and assisting my husband run our small farm in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

On our property we grow grapes for wine-making, have a good sized vegetable patch and are surrounded by animals including two dogs, a cat, two cheeky goats, three sheep, a flock of hens and as my daughter is always reminding me, around 10,000 bees!

 
 

Excerpts

     The old woman disappeared into the back of the shop. The faint sound of boxes being moved and the woman muttering to herself drifted out through the curtains.

    Ocean glanced at Rufus. He was standing in the doorway of the shop, his arms crossed in front of him. He gave Ocean a pained look. Patience was something his younger brother lacked. Ocean smiled back at him sweetly. 
   
After a few moments the woman returned to the counter carrying something.

     ‘What are your names?’ she said.
   ‘Ah, I'm Ocean, and that's my brother Rufus and my sister Daisy,' Ocean said, pointing toward his siblings.    

      ‘Mm, hmm,’ she said, not looking up.

   Something rustled and then there was the sound of sticky tape being pulled out of a dispenser. Finally, three loud thumps as if the old woman was stamping something.
   ‘Here you go, then,’ she said, stepping out from behind the counter and thrusting a brown paper bag at him. 

    Ocean reached out to take it but she didn't release it immediately. Instead, she took a step towards him. She was so close, he could see the thick lather of purple eyeshadow surrounding her intense, blue eyes and the faint smell of hydrangeas filled his nostrils.  

    ‘Books are very precious, Ocean, but I think you know that, don’t you?’ she said, gazing at him.

     'They all have something to tell us if we have the eyes to see, and the ears to hear,’ the woman continued. 'Some say they choose us.’

THE MOGGS OF MOONTON BOOK I

    Daisy stared at the front gates of Moonton Public School and bit her lip. The school holidays had flown by and now, unfortunately it was here. Her first day at a new school.

     She wished there had been a guide she could have read, somehing like the ones her dad was always studying...'A Dummies Guide to Making New Friends for the Shy and Verbally Challenged’.

    ‘Everything is going to be fine,’ her mother said for the tenth time that morning.

     Daisy however couldn’t shake the nervous feeling in her stomach or ignore her clammy palms and dry throat.

    She was almost as scared as she had been when she started Kindergarten, only this time Rhona, her year six buddy wasn't going to be there to help her.

    Daisy studied the country school a bit closer. It actually didn’t look that scary. It was kind of pretty, and different from their old school in the city. Less concrete and more trees. Giant trees, towering over the playground like soldiers poised ready to break up any lunchtime battles.

    Children were squealing and laughing, and she saw flashes of bright yellow uniforms as they darted about the playground. They sounded happy, excited to be back for the start of a new year of school. Some of them were probably reuniting with friends they hadn’t seen all school holidays.

    She remembered what that felt like, only Daisy didn’t know anyone at Moonton Public School, so how was everything going to be fine?

THE MOGGS OF MOONTON BOOK II

 

Coming soon...

Eventide

Kip is an orphan. He has joined Captain Reed's crew on the Andromeda in the hope of finding treasure. When they encounter a boat adrift at sea, Kip discovers a girl onboard. With the help of the ship's Surgeon, he hides her below deck. Evie is a Princess from the Northern Kingdom of Valari. 

 

Kip needs his share of the treasure so he can buy back his family farm. Evie wants to get back home to her father.

How far is Kip willing to go to help the Princess without ruining his chance to claim his share of the gold?

 

And why does Captain Reed need Kip to retrive the treasure?

Contact

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Tel: +61 432 323 295 | Email: katrina@altitude701.com.au

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