Did you hear that whoop of joy? That screech of overwhelming excitement and happiness? It is with utmost delight and sense of pride that I can unveil the cover of my collection of short stories entitled, The Storyteller Speaks.

The ebook will be out in a few days.


No book cover reveal would be complete without the accompanying blurb.

About the Book

It only takes one event to change a life. What is that action, decision, occurrence? Whose life is affected? Changed forever?

In this eclectic mix of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry the pendulum swings between first love and murder, from soul-destroying grief to reconciliation. The tales veer from the sweet satisfaction of revenge to new beginnings, from heart-breaking miscarriages of justice to heart-warming Christmas misadventure.

One common thread binds them all; the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.

Open your hearts and minds as The Storyteller Speaks.

In moments of thrilling ecstatic elation I just need a quick bop and this is is one of my all-time favourite songs to which I let my hair down and dance – I hope you can join me.

A week ago I posted my publishing woes when I was let down. Just as I had accepted the inevitable long delay before starting anew my journey to publication an email from Sally Cronin at Smorgadbord – Variety is the spice of life popped up my inbox.

I read it over and over. Could it be true…I both laughed and cried with joy; my hope re-kindled.

Sally wrote to say how sorry she was for me and that as she and her husband are publishers they would only be too happy to take on my book and prepare it for publication. David runs the publishing company and I was soon in touch with him at Moyhill Publishing.

Both Sally and David were adamant that we could get the book out by Christmas and ever since emails have been winging their way back and forth between David and myself.

David Cronin is a true professional, a joy to work with. His speed in returning amended proofs and answering questions is unbelievable. No query was too much, every step of the way was explained…all in the midst of proofreading and for him formatting the manuscript.

Meanwhile, there was one major hurdle – the cover, or rather lack of one! I  remembered Debby’s  beautiful cover of her latest book. I looked at her book cover designer’s website and found a fabulous cover for my book. I  immediately emailed Yvonne Less at Art4Artists. Within minutes and despite the early morning in Australia I had a reply! After this initial email it only took a few days until I had the finished cover.

I cannot thank David and Sally enough for coming to my rescue; they are both such warm, wonderful people. They work with great professionalism and expertise and the past week has been very uplifting for me.

I am overjoyed and honoured to be published by Moyhill Publishing.

The paperback book is ready however we are just waiting for print proofs and space at the printers. It will be published in January 2018.


  1. Behind the Story

    I’m so happy for you, Annika. What fabulous news! I love the cover. Blowing a dandelion fluff is one of the great joys of childhood which last a lifetime.

    1. Nicki, thank you so much…it is an astonishing time and quite surreal at the moment! 😀 Ahh…I’m so glad you liked the image. Dandelion fluff – I’ve been trying to think what it’s called!! It does bring back those wonderful childhood days, doesn’t it and also I imagined my stories flying on the wind from reader to reader. ❤️

  2. This is awesome news, Annika, and I can’t wait for the paperback! Hey, I was also dancing with you and that video made me smile. How can you not dance to that song? So, so happy for you! Sending Big Hugs! 🎶🎵💕

    1. Yeah!! 😀 Lauren, great to have you dancing along – every time I click on it I just want to bop around – so vibrant and full of life. Thank you so much for your great comment – it is amazing and just about sinking in and I’m so happy you’re looking forward to the paperback. That’s fantastic. hugs back xx ❤️

    1. Betsy, I know…he’s super skinny!! 😀 With dancing like this reckon you could eat what you want and it wouldn’t show! It’s always a laugh looking back at these older music videos…a strong spirit and energy though.

  3. Thrilled for your dear Annika, what a story in itself to publication! I not at all surprised to read that Sally came through for you, and her husband too. She is an absolute diamond. Many congratulations, what a fantastic Christmas gift and what a wonderful read I so much look forward to…Happy Christmas to you my friend and a fantastic New Year. See you in 2018! 🙂 ❤ xxx

    1. Sherri, lovely to hear from you, my friend! ❤️ Sally and David are diamonds…the perfect word for them and all their hard fast work – keeping me on my toes!! 😃 It is an amazing Christmas gift and one I’m thrilled to share on Amazon (!!). Yeah, so glad you look forward to reading it.

      Sherri, I wish you a wonderful Christmas filled with peace and relaxation and may 2018 bring you joy – and hopefully your memoir for us all to enjoy! love & hugs xxx❤️

      1. Thank you so much dear Annika, and much joy to you too for 2018! I will do my utmost on my memoir, your support means the world to me. And again, so thrilled for you! Love & huge congratulatory hugs back to you my friend and see you soon! 🙂 ❤ xxx

    1. Thank you, Lynz…it has been a superb collaboration and I’ve enjoyed working with David and Sally immensely. Their stamina is second to none! So glad you like the cover and blurb! 😀❤️

  4. Fabulous news!!! Congratulations! I always find that things can change for the better in just a few days. I’m very happy that this happened to you.. Best Wishes and good luck with your book 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you so much, Gill!! 😀 I am so happy too at the quick and sudden turn in fortunes for my book – unbelievable, wonderfully so! It is an intensely exciting time at the moment and I very much appreciate your lovely message and best wishes. Thank you! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas! xx

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