In case you can’t remember how to spell ‘Ak-cra’. #rtaylorward #akcra #yalit

What is it they say about working with children and animals?


My little Ak-cra Rangers helping to get a spelling message out.



“So near & yet so far” – immortal words I have come to know intimately #rtaylorward #akcra #YAlit #globalwarming #YA

Thought it was time for a publishing update (even though I still don’t have aĀ …..’YES, YES, YES’ we can finally hit the PRINT buttonĀ …..a publishing date for Ak-cra).

The covers have been tweaked and the black and colour ratio’s have been reduced so that they fit within ‘ink publishling’ requirements / guidelines.

The covers have been submitted to Lightening Source (LSi is my on-line printer) and I am waiting *with baited breath* to hear back from them. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

ONCE LSi say the cover is acceptable I will be able to have a printed hard copy of Ak-cra sent to me for final proofing ……….which I shall speed read!.

THEN – we will be good to go and Ak-cra will be available for digital download on or Print of Demand (again via Amazon).

I will also have a ‘truck’ load of hard copies — ready for a quick autograph – and shipping out to those who like to read a personalised book.

Ak-cra will also be available in selected independent bookstores with ‘Team Ak-cra‘ in Cairns doing a great job with possibly two local stores wanting to stock Ak-cra. I may have to make a trip to Far North Queensland – somewhere we tend to go every year on holidays, as it is so beautiful- so no hardship having to fly up to Cairns for a day or two.

My Ak-cra banner has arrived …. and it looks pretty cool (see middle image…. and yes, I have ‘played’ with the image so the colours are not reflective of how the banner actually looks :).


Talk again soon ….. and hopefully (cue to a picture of me with every digit and limbĀ crossed) I will be able to say that Ak-cra is GOOD TO GO ! !Ā 

As always, take care and look after the ones you love.


Ak-cra teaser: opening par, chapter 10 Monsters #akcra #rtaylorward


Come in all shapes and sizes.Ā 

None of us are immune to them.



Ak-cra publication update: still waiting for my Lightening Source profile to be completed. Once that is finalised I should be ready to ‘rock and roll’ with publishing Ak-cra on

However, with Christmas only days away, not sure when everything will be finalised (most probably not until after the Christmas break).

A wise man once said ‘patience is a virtue’.

hmmmmmm……………don’t know if I like wise men.

Take care



Can we make 100 facebook ‘likes’ before Ak-cra’s publication date? #rtaylorward #akcra #globalwarming #YALit

Chasing 100 facebook likes before Ak-cra’s publication date.

A challenge I know …… but hey, if each person asks one other to ‘like’ my facebook page …… then the numbers will take care of themselves šŸ™‚

All the animals featured in this little ‘album’ also feature in Ak-cra. They also, sadly, feature on conservation lists for vulnerable/threatened (etc) species.

And yes………you did (only yesterday) see my favourite turtle (Startle) and koala (Whadda) on my blog. But every time I see them they make me smile, and you can never have too many smiles.

So – if you’re feeling so inclined – – please like my facebook page and help me get to 100 likes before publication date (which is mid December …………….)




Global warming is a central theme in Ak-cra.

Ak-cra:Ā a novel for all ages. Of adventure, magic and mystery with the survival of a people, and of a planet, at its heart.

A gripping page turner tackling one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Can two alien teenagers make humanity see the damage global warming is doing to the Earth? Can they saveĀ their ocean home?

Join me as we ‘take a ride of a lifetime’ with Ā Cerr and Sena as they face untold danger andĀ limitless adventure both below and above the waves.

Ak-cra is two grand adventures in one. Book One: Below the Great Water ad Book Two: Above the Great Water.

Ak-cra (combinedĀ book one and two) – publishing mid December 2013Ā 


The environment and conservation feature heavily in Ak-cra

How can a much loved symbol of Australia be on the vulnerable species list (with many arguing their plight is much worse than ‘vulnerable’).

If we can’t save the iconic, the cute, the cuddly, the world famous KOALA, then what animal can we save?

No Tree

No Me

Team Ak-cra Zoombie Flash Mob #rtaylorward #akcra Coming Soon


Starring some of Brisbane’s scariest Zoombie kids (and maybe a grown up Zoombie or two).

Want to be part of Zoombie and Ak-cra history?


AK-CRA flash mob

Send me an email and I’ll give you all the details (it will be North Brisbane and a week-end in mid December).

It’ll be ghoulish fun.