Coming soon! - a new novel in the Viola Vincent Reporting Series - 'Troubled Water'
A contemporary novel about a dying river and two young women fighting to save it...
Caitlin is holidaying with her granddad at the beach when she becomes violently ill after swimming in the river.
At the doctor's she meets Anahera, a young local woman who tells her the river is polluted and local Māori have placed a rāhui on it and the taking of shellfish from the estuary.
Caitlin tips off her reporter friend Megan and their investigation links the contamination to dairy farms up in the valley.
The story in the paper puts the pair offside with Anahera and her whāna, as well as local farmers, and when the TV cameras come to town, tensions boil over.
Can the young friends repair the rift and work together to save the river?
Release, June 2020
A dog near death, a kid with a conscience - lucky they found one another
Underdog, the second book in the Viola Vincent Reporting Series is now available!
A chance meeting with Theo and his dog Mac alerts Caitlin to a puppy farm operating in her community. Through her alter ego Viola Vincent, and with the help of reporter friend Megan, Caitlin embarks on a mission to expose the cruel trade and rescue Sissy, a breeding bitch chained to a life of misery.
The second book in the Viola Vincent Reporting series - stories about real-world issues for young people who care about fairness, truth and justice.
Authentic story-telling by a former investigative journalist turned author.
Available in New Zealand from Copy Press Nelson
As an e-book and paperback through Amazon and other online retailers.
The rescue mission that forms the key storyline is full of suspense and readers will learn about the many benefits of compassion as well as kindness to animals. Dee.
I would recommend this book also to young people, it is a subject that needs to be dealt with and I am sure that puppy farms exist everywhere and if enough people care something can be done about them. We need people like Caitlin and I hope more people will be encouraged to try and fight just causes like these by reading this book. Dexter.
Viola Vincent Reporting: Underdog is a lovely children's book about a young teenage activist who investigates puppy mills. Happy and sad tears. Bernie.
Viola Vincent Reporting
'The metallic scream of a motor, blasted her eardrums. Hot fumes flooded her nostrils…Caitlin watched her mother, a surprised look on her face, somersault through the air like some bizarre circus performer, and land with a dull thud'
The accident that almost killed her mother seals Caitlin’s own destiny. Determined to find out why it happened and who’s to blame she sets off on a journey that puts her on the wrong side of her family and the law. Then she meets a kick-butt reporter and a ghost from the past and the drama really begins…
This is the first book in the Viola Vincent series - a story about having the courage to chase the truth, whatever the consequences.
Released, January, 2017 Available in New Zealand from Copy Press, Nelson or on Amazon and other online retailers.