Magic exists everywhere, even in Amazon reviews #akcra #rtaylorward #YA #globalwarming #indie #climatechange

MAGIC …. Now you see them, now you don’t.


For some ‘very, very, very strange reason’ sometimes I see my reviews on Amazon and sometimes they ‘just disappear’ only to ‘re-appear’ at a later stage ………

Here is the latest reviews I could find. A big thank you to Ron Merrin and Kim ….. and YES, definitely a sequel coming.

And please, keep the reviews coming too. 

5.0 out of 5 stars     Fabulous       10 August 2014

By Ron Merrin –
This review is from: AK-CRA: (Kindle Edition)

I enjoyed the book immensely. A great storyline with the characters being refreshingly aware of global issues that confront us all. The Kindle version is excellent value for money. There has to be a sequel!

5.0 out of 5 stars      R Taylor Ward knows the meaning of “Cliff-hanger”!               5 August 2014

By Kim 

This review is from: AK-CRA: (Kindle Edition)

R Taylor Ward knows the meaning of “Cliff-hanger”! I was just getting into this book when it ended in serious suspense! I can’t wait to find out what will happen next! The world of Ak-cra is cleverly crafted and different to any other underwater world I’ve ever read about before. I love how bits and pieces of the civilisation are revealed throughout the story. The characters are strong and quirky like the CE Trio LOVE THEM! This is a great book to read with kids. My 9yo daughter loved the book specially the idea of aliens living in the ocean. It also sparked a conversation about climate change.


Unlike Caesar you have nothing to fear from the ‘Ides of March’. Infact you have lots to gain #rtaylorward #akcra


March madness has arrived and to celebrate I’m giving away some Ak-cra goodies.

Fancy an Ak-cra phone case, or maybe a t-shirt or autographed postcard…….. or better still, an autographed book signed by the author *me* with a personal message ‘just for you’.

It’s Easy ……. and you know all the worthwhile things always are.

All you have to do is:

Go to my facebook page – – and go to my ‘GIVE AWAY TO A GOOD HOME” post, then:

1. LIKE my facebook page (see the big thumbs up symbol …click on it ….. that’s for those who may be new to facebook).

2. LEAVE a comment on this thread ….. could be as simple as a  or’ gidday’ or a ‘pick me’. I’ll even settle for the letter ‘L’ (yup, that ones an ‘insider joke’).

Come the end of March …… everyone’s name will go into the barrel and 12 lucky winners will be announced.

Why 12? I hear you say.

12 …… is for the ’12 Reasons Why’ ….. my take on the ’12 Days of Christmas’ — the 12 Reasons to read AK-cra.

And for all my little ‘Ak-cra Rangers‘ out there, remember:

“Don’t be a Stranger, be an Ak-cra Ranger.
“Don’t be a Zero, be an Ak-cra Hero!”

……and yes, no matter where you live in this great big beautiful world of ours, I will post your prize (it may just take a ‘wee while’ if you live in the jungles of Borneo, or the Highlands of Papua New Guinea or the Siberian wilderness) but she’ll get there none the less.

Enjoy … and I can’t wait to hear from you.


Ak-cra update: “And so….are the Days of Our Lives”…..I feel like I’m caught up in a publishing soap opera #akcra #rtaylorward



Man, the Gods are certainly playing with me.

FINALLY….. after many weeks of (*little cough*) patient waiting my publisher profile has been setup and approved — and cyberspace and I are finally in sync.


Or at least I thought so.

This is where the Universe comes into play

I’ve just found out that Ak-cra’s sensational cover has too much black in it (***WHHHHHAAAAATTTTTT*****) and will need to be revamped.

INSERT very big SIGH …. from both @Sally Jelbert and myself (okay, okay …..INSERT lots of swearing and screaming).

ALL THIS MEANS ……… is more ‘patience’ will be required on my behalf (and yours) before we can hit the publish button.

Poor Sally is working furiously trying to sort it out (and I thank her enormously for all the talent, effort and hard yakka she has brought to this project).

So… my little friend below…… we’ll have to put our heads back, chill out and ‘wait a wee bit longer’.

To those that haven’t read Ak-cra (in manuscript format)….. I promise you the wait will be worth it…..and thanks for sticking with me.

To my beta-readers ………. believe it or not, you will soon have a hard copy in your hot little hands.

Layback koala


Ak-cra Update: You’ve heard of The Hunger Games? I’m playing The Waiting Games #rtaylorward #akcra #globalwarming #YA


Not much has changed, except for the date, since my last Ak-cra update.

2014 is marching on……. we’re already 15 days into the new year and still no word when Mr Cyberspace will get around to pushing the ‘GO’ button on Ak-cra.

There is zero I can do but wait ……………. as has been the case for the past month or longer ………..   😦

Thought you might like to take a look at Ak-cra’s completed cover (thanks again to the very talented Sally Jelbert for her cover design, and the incredible photo by Patrick Hoesly)

Final wrap around cover in jpeg


PS…… must warn you though …… I don’t have the greatest voice!

Chapter One teaser: Save Ak-cra from humanity and #globalwarming #rtayloward #akcra

Here’s another teaser for you

Chapter One and Cerr is learning about Ak-cra’s fate

Storm clouds building over Ak-cra

Storm clouds building over Ak-cra

Join Cerr as he hears about the damage global warming is doing to Ak-cra
Join Cerr as he hears about the damage global warming is doing to Ak-cra


The pull of the ocean can be hard to resist when you’re a creature of the Great Water #akcra #rtaylorward #RTW #YAlit

Ch 15 teaser : Cerr unable to resist the pull of the oceaan Surf's up! Kangaroo style!


Chapter 15 teaser: Cerr, having been on the surface of the Earth for many weeks is finally unable to withstand the magnetic pull of the ocean.

PS: for all my non-Australian blogsters …….kangaroos and the surf …..pretty rare occurrence 🙂

4 joeys, 1 branch & loads of yummy leaves …what could possibly go wrong? #akcra #rtaylorward #RTW


They have about as much energy as I can muster at the moment !


These little guys even look cute when they ‘fight’.

Keep an ‘eye’ out for mention of ‘Kira the Koala’ in Ak-cra.

“No Tree, No Me” …. visit the Australia Koala Foundation at