Special Chance to Win for all Pre-Orders

WIN!!! Loves, I know how much you love my big book giveaways! This time I’ve made it bigger than ever for a special reason. THE GIFT OF LIFE is out on 2 April but I want to thank those of you who go out of your way to pre-order the book should have the chance to win this 8-book pack!

You get ‘the full moon’ (new copies of my previous four novels) PLUS another 4 of my pre-loved books. All you have to do is comment here and send me a copy (email or paste photo here) of your receipt/order for preordering THE GIFT OF LIFE by 5pm 1st Feb. josephinemoon@live.com.au

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!! I will be doing more competitions in the lead up to the launch of THE GIFT OF LIFE, so even if you miss out this time around, you’ll automatically be entered in future draws too!

If you’ve already pre-ordered (thank you!), you can still enter exactly the same way.

Here’s a few outlets I know of who have it for pre-order at a discount price:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-gif…/prod9780143791997.html

https://www.angusrobertson.com.au/…/the-gif…/p/9780143791997

https://www.amazon.com.au/Gift-Life-Josephine…/…/ref=sr_1_2…

_______________

Please note: As always the four pre-loved books in this stack may come with cracked spines, turned down pages, bent covers…. you know the drill! (And having said that, they’re in pretty good shape.)

 

The Day My Ovarian Cyst Burst Mid Flight

_______________________________________________________

       9780143791997      Buy The Gift of Life

Booktopia

Get it on audio here (Audible)

Get it at Amazon here

______________________________________________________

36698“Attention passengers, if there is a medical doctor onboard, could you please make yourself known to one of our cabin crew.”

It took me a while to work out that this voice I could hear was calling for help, for me.

Not long after takeoff from the Sunshine Coast, bound for Sydney and a visit to Booktopia  to sign stock of Three Gold Coins (something I was very excited about), a sudden, sharp, terrible pain contracted in my lower right abdominal region. It was breathtaking, literally. I tried to get up and walk, I tried visiting the loo, I tried waiting it out. But it kept getting worse, I started feeling horribly sick, and when the world started going black around the edges and I went hot all over, I knew I was going to pass out. I told a member of the crew that I was feeling really sick and that was the last thing I remember before I evidently lost consciousness.

I have fainted many times. Severe illness or severe pain can do that to me. But this one was different. When I started to ‘come to’ I was on the floor of the plane, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t open my eyes, and the first thing I was aware of was a loud, rushing sound, like being trapped in a cyclonic wind tunnel. Then I heard voices, from a long way away, and ones I didn’t recognise. I had no idea where I was. To be honest, I truly thought at that moment that I had died or was about to die. As a bit more consciousness came back, I must have moved because suddenly a female voice was beside me, talking to me, and picking up my limp hand in hers. Someone put something flappable on my face.

‘You’re on Jetstar,’ she said. ‘You collapsed. You’re on the floor. We’re giving you oxygen.’

Then I started to gulp air rhythmically, almost like a dog panting. I couldn’t control it and still couldn’t open my eyes. I heard them call for assistance from the passengers and make another call to get an ambulance to meet us in Sydney. Still, my body wouldn’t work. I have no idea how long I lay there like that.

‘She’s hyperventilating,’ I heard the woman say. ‘Her pulse is really fast.’

Then the nausea hit me. I half sobbed, half groaned and rolled onto my side and started vomiting. They brought me bags. They tied up my hair. They assured me I didn’t have to move or do anything. They were unfailingly kind.

It took a long time for me to sit up, though I could only stare at a fixed spot on the floor, all my concentration taken in trying to stop the world from spinning, stop the nausea, stop vomiting.

Eventually, they helped me up and I staggered to an empty row–one they’d cleared for me. The young woman–Jetstar crew–sat beside me, offering me sick bags and paper towels, sips of water and an ice pack as somewhere along the line I’d gotten really hot and flushed. She was so lovely. I’ve no idea what her name was but I remember being impressed that she could sit so close to me while I retched over and over and still be so kind. The pain was still there but had subsided considerably. Now I just felt weak, shaky and horribly, horribly sick.

The ambulance met us on the tarmac in Sydney and took me to Prince of Wales hospital in Randwick. I was there for many hours feeling a little better with each passing hour. The emergency department was heaving with people and super busy doctors and nurses.  But everyone was so kind. I had a lovely doctor–Omid–who was caring, focused, quick to jump in and find a vein himself when success was looking doubtful, and very thorough.

The two main concerns were for a burst appendix or a twisted ovary. An ultrasound confirmed a burst ovarian cyst.

I had no idea I had an ovarian cyst. This event was traumatic enough in itself but for me an equally unsettling aspect is really that I had a nearly three centimetre cyst but had no idea. How easily could that have been a tumour? To be honest, I don’t really give my ovaries too much thought. They are quiet and out of the way, after all. Yet my mother lost an ovary in her mid-thirties to an ovarian cyst. I know women with polycystic ovaries. And I know two that had tumours removed from their ovaries.

If sharing this experience does anything, I hope it gives you pause to consider your ovaries. Do you know the signs of ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer? Do you take them seriously? I say I had no idea that I had the cyst, and yet in truth, I do ignore pains. Having a few rheumatological conditions already, I have a high pain threshold and a great ability to ignore pain and dismiss it as just an everyday companion of my life. But we really can’t afford to be so flippant, can we? Obviously, it’s not practical to run to the doctor for every small twinge or passing headache. But maybe we just need to include a bit more mindfulness about our bodies, actively making time to ‘tune in’ and ‘check in’ when we feel something before hastily dismissing it. Stay up to date with information about signs and symptoms to look for. Check in with your doctor.

Also, I do want to say a huge thank you to the Jetstar crew and to the entire planeload of passengers who were disrupted by my event, and at least one person I know of who had been waiting for her meal and didn’t get it at all. That night in hospital, while waiting for results, I suddenly wondered if people had Tweeted about it and complained but I did a search and no one had, and in this day when people seem so keen to take to Twitter to gripe about everything, I do appreciate that.

I’m also very sorry to say that I obviously didn’t make it to Booktopia to sign stock, so if you were hanging out for a signed copy from there, I am very sorry.

Finally, a couple of people have said to me that there might have been a connection between the cabin pressure and the event and having googled that I certainly came across quite a few women who’ve had this happen on a flight. So if you know you have ovarian cysts, I would urge you to discuss that with your doctor too.

Pre-order, Booktopia

img_0108

Have you pre-ordered your copy of Three Gold Coins? The good news is that I’m heading to Sydney to the wonderful people at Booktopia on 14 March to sign copies, so you could nab yourself one endorsed with love from me!

Three good reasons to pre-order your copy:

  1. Every pre-order helps the author by contributing to the first week’s sales figures, thereby helping the book rise up the best seller rankings and making it more visible to others.
  2. The second the book is released, the Booktopia crew will pack it up and post it to you without you even having to drive anywhere.
  3. No chance of forgetting or missing out!

 

I can’t wait till you get this book into your hands.

Here’s what some early readers have said about Three Gold Coins:

Thank you!

Pre-order link now working!

9781925266146

Huge apologies to anyone who tried to pre-order a hard copy of Three Gold Coins via Booktopia. The technical gremlins were undermining our shopping fun.

But the good news is it is now working. Hooray!

So, if you would like to ensure you are one of the first people to get their hands on Three Gold Coins and help an author out at the same time (pre-orders really help our sales rankings) then hurray on over to Booktopia now knowing all is well in the land of computers.

Thank you!

Three Gold Coins: Three Reasons to Pre-Order Now

‘What a gloriously wonderful read, I loved it.’ Cathy Kelly (on The Tea Chest)

One coin for love, one for marriage, one to return to Rome.

Two days ago, Lara Foxleigh tossed three gold euros into the Trevi Fountain. Now, she is caring for a cranky old man and living in a picturesque villa, half a world away from her home and the concerns of her loving family.

Soon, it seems as if those wishes she made in Rome just might be coming true, and she may even be able to help heal a fifteen-year-old tragedy.

Until Lara’s past threatens to destroy everything she loves…

Three Gold Coins is a masterfully written celebration of food, family, triumph over adversity, and love – a deliciously imperfect life.

 

9781925266146

I am delighted to share that pre-orders are now open for Three Gold Coins. Here are three reasons to pre-order:

  1. The moment the book is available, it will come to your door and into your hands to begin reading.
  2. Pre-orders help authors. When you pre-order, each one is counted towards the sales in the first week of publication, which means the book rises up up the bestseller lists and makes it more visible to others who are looking for a good book to read. So, thank you!
  3. You can order in either paperback or digital formats.

To order a physical book, go to: Booktopia.

To order digital copies, go to:

iBooks

Kindle/Amazon

Thank you for your support and happy reading!

 

 

 

 

The Beekeeper’s Secret has taken flight!

I am so very proud to let you know that my third foodie fiction novel, The Beekeeper’s Secret, has taken flight and is now out on the shelves around Australia and New Zealand (and will be out in the UK/Ireland in July).

I had a great time down in Sydney last week launching this book and was thrilled to be invited to Booktopia to sign a couple of hundred books (which you can order your signed copy here). And I was very blessed to have my friend, Ashley Jubinville, to accompany me, spending an extraordinary number of hours creating a stunning beehive cake for the morning tea spectacular with my publishers.

Thank you to everyone who has bought the book so far and for those who’ve sent me great feedback and/or taken the time to write reviews online. It is much appreciated.

Fly free, little book xx

You Can Now Pre-Order The Tea Chest!

9781743317877If you’re just super keen to get your hands on a copy of The Tea Chest, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can pre-order it right now! Try Booktopia for your orders in Australia.

Here’s the blurb that might just entice you to hit that buy now button!

Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she’d be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family’s future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.

Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. Both need to start again.

When Kate’s, Leila’s and Elizabeth’s paths unexpectedly cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate’s magical vision of London’s branch of the newest and most delectable tea shop, The Tea Chest. But every time success is within their grasp, increasing tensions damage their trust in each other.

With the very real possibility that The Tea Chest will fail, Kate, Leila and Elizabeth must decide what’s important to each of them. Are they willing to walk away or can they learn to believe in themselves?

An enchanting, witty novel about the unexpected situations life throws at us, and how love and friendship helps us through. Written with heart and infused with the seductive scents of bergamot, Indian spices, lemon, rose and caramel, it?s a world you won’t want to leave.