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ACRBA Tour Lakwi’s Lament

on Aug 13, 2017 in Book Reviews

Lakwi’s Lament is touring with ACRBA this month :)

7 – 11 July 2017


Is Introducing

Lakwi’s Lament

By the Light Books 20 January 2017


Jeanette O’Hagan

Book Description:

A middle-grade to Young Adult short story set in the fantasy world of Nardva:

Lakwi would love to read the books in the Royal library, but girls aren’t allowed inside. Her passion for books attracts the attention of her dashing older brother, Prince Rokkan, and her suave cousin, Lord Haka. Will her drive for knowledge lead her into more trouble than she can handle?

Lakwi’s Lament originally appeared in Like a Girl Anthology and is related to The Herbalist’s Daughter and the Akrad’s Legacy series.

About the Author:

JEANETTE O’HAGAN first started spinning tales in the world of Nardva at the age of nine. She enjoys writing fiction, poetry, blogging and editing.

She is writing her Akrad’s Legacy Series—a Young Adult secondary world fantasy fiction with adventure, courtly intrigue and romantic elements. Her short stories and poems are published in a number of anthologies including Glimpses of Light, Another Time Another Place and Like a Girl. She has recently published her short novella, Heart of the Mountain and, in Mixed Blessings: Genrellly Speaking anthology, also a flash fiction ‘Space Junk’.

Jeanette has practised medicine, studied communication, history, theology and, more recently, a Master of Arts (writing). She is a member of several writers’ groups. She loves reading, painting, travel, catching up for coffee with friends and pondering the meaning of life.  Jeanette lives in Brisbane with her husband and children.

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My Review:

This is more an author’s note than a review.

I wrote ‘Lakwi’s Lament’ for the Like a Girl anthology, inspired by Mirren Hogan, to raise money for girl’s education across the world. Like a Girl is available on Amazon and includes stories and poems about girls and women overcoming difficulties, the sacrifices made and potential reached. Even in the 21st century girl’s equal access to education remains a significant issue and keeping girls at school during the teen years have much better outcomes for their health and the prevention of issues such as child marriage and abuse.

Set in Tamra, ‘Lakwi’s Lament’ occurs some years before the events of Akrad’s Children and its sequel, Rasel’s Song, but about ten years after ‘The Herbalist’s Daughter’. While in most Western countries, few would question that girls should have equal access to education to their brothers, this has not been the case throughout history—and indeed in many countries even today. A woman’s role may be seen as confined to wife and mother.

Lakwi’s Lament is a fun story, an adventure with (I think) an exciting finish.

I had fun with the cover design which includes two of Lakwi’s great loves—her puppy Butterbur and her love for books and stories.

You can check out some books reviews of Lakwi’s Lament on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32705336-lakwi-s-lament

I hope you enjoy her story.

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ACRBA Tour My Brother Tom by Michelle Worthington

on Jul 5, 2017 in Book Reviews

My Brother Tom is a a beautifully illustrated picture book that tackles the issue of prematurity from the perspective of an older sibling with the touch of the miraculous. Another lovely book from Wombat Books, the award-winning Michelle Worthington and illustrator Ann-Marie Finn.


ACRBA Tour Unnoticed by Amanda Deed

on Jun 6, 2017 in Book Reviews

a charming and engaging Cinderella retelling set in 19th century NSW


ACRBA Tour Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

on May 2, 2017 in Book Reviews

1 – 5 May 2017
Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

is Introducing
Looking Glass Lies (By the Waterfall Press, 2 May 2017)
By Varina Denman

About the Book:
A poignant and relatable novel, Looking Glass Lies captures the war women wage against themselves, and the struggle to see beauty reflected in a mirror not distorted by society’s unrelenting expectations.
For most of her [...]


ACRBA Tour Activate by Adele Jones

on Apr 4, 2017 in Book Reviews

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance is Introducing Activate (By the Rhiza Press, 1 November 2016) By Adele Jones


Night Witches Blog Tour

on Mar 17, 2017 in News and Events

Mirren Hogan is releasing her historical novel based on the Russian woman pilots who flew during World War II, defending their country from the German army. Mirren and I shared tutorial groups at Swinburne and she co-edited Tied in Pink and Like a Girl Anthologies. While Mirren’s favourite genre is fantasy, she writes great historical [...]


Month of Poetry 2017

on Jan 16, 2017 in News and Events, Snippets

It’s January again … the start of a new year and time for month of poetry again.  In Month of Poetry, I – with a bunch of wild, talented, inspiring poets – challenge ourselves to writing a poem each day of the month.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve felt like my poems have needed [...]


Like a Girl Blogtour

on Feb 4, 2016 in Book Reviews

Like a Girl anthology blog tour with Maree Long and Jeanette O’Hagan


2015 in Reveiw

on Jan 3, 2016 in News and Events, Snippets

Wishing you all a Happy New Year for 2016. Praying that you find God’s blessings on your life and dreams.

2015 has been full of a number of exciting developments, particularly with respect to writing.
I attended a number of workshops, festivals, conferences and retreats in 2015 – including giving my first workshop on Writing Description, Giving [...]


In the Lion’s Den

on Jun 26, 2015 in Homilies

Have you ever been falsely accused? Perhaps you were blamed for the actions or mistakes of others. Maybe you were the target of prejudice or unfounded rumours. Perhaps someone maliciously spread lies about you. When this happens, our reputation and relationships can be shattered but what makes it particularly distressing is that it’s undeserved and unfair.

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