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October 2023 Newsletter Reprint – Braais, Prizes, & Bucket Lists

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Helloooooooooo, and Welcome to my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world. I love that you come back for more. Thank you!

Our boychild came to visit with his lovely new bride. (He is close to half a century but he will always be my ‘boychild’ just as his sister, Lesley, will always be my ‘girlchild’.)

Terry and Trwinka showered us with kindness. Terry did chores neither his dad nor I can do with ease, and they even cooked us two glorious meals. We thought we’d died and gone to a posh hotel. Not just quick omelets you understand, but meals that took time and forethought. Perfectly grilled steaks and gourmet Caesar salad with half a head of romaine grilled (imagine!) slathered with olives, onions, tomato, creamy sauce and anchovies.  And, yum, delicate nibbles of bruschetta layered with exotic ingredients including Prosciutto, brie and peach jam. OH, and did I mention the made-from-scratch Guiness chocolate cake with whipped cream and cream cheese topping?

My tired pots and pans were so thrilled to have such keen attention, I think they may have had a little dance when the lights went out.


Here is Terry’s foolproof (he assures me) secret to grilling steak on the braai aka BBQ: Most important is to salt and pepper both sides of the steak and let them sit on a wooden cutting board covered with a towel at room temperature no less than 30 minutes. Fire up the grill to maximum heat: 500 degrees. Toss the steaks onto the hottest part of the grill and leave them for 2.5 to 3 minutes depending on thickness. Then rotate 90 degrees for the same number of minutes on the same side.  Flip them, add a pat of butter (a teaspoon) and cook for 2.5 to 3 minutes, rotate them 90 degrees for the same time and remove them. Let them rest off the grill for 5 minutes before serving. Try this and let me know how it goes. I will too!


I believe the universe conspired to challenge me to its fullest extent during my Kickstarter program and the fulfillment period I allowed myself to get the goodies to my backers. She threw in a broken leg supported by tons of hardware, then the removal of the hardware due to infections, then never-in-30-years-experienced real estate challenges, and the shocking loss of someone who’s been in my life forever.

In spite of all these unexpected mounds, and with the help of my awesome team and my amazing formatter, I will get out to my incredibly invested Kickstarter Backers, the e-Book versions of Timeless Beginnings as promised, and before my deadline of  October’s end.

(check out a teaser video –

The bad news is, I won’t be able to have the print books and the special editions out in time, but the file will be delivered to the printer as soon as possible.


S.E. Smith who is my hero, and favorite author to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe, just released her first magazine. Here it is, free for you to enjoy:


Put this on your Bucket List!

The wildebeest migration in East Africa is a seething, beautiful mass of movement unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

The Great Wildebeest Migration is the largest animal migration in the world. Every year, more than 2 million animals (wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle) migrate in a clockwise direction across the ecosystems of the Serengeti (Tanzania) and the Masai Mara (Kenya).

The migration is an endless circuit in which the circle of life is showcased in its purest form. Like the hands on a clock, a seemingly never-ending stream of fauna make their way across Africa’s landscape in search of food and water, never knowing how much time they may have left.

The Great Migration is a famously treacherous journey in which the animals must not only find food to sustain themselves, but also give birth to the future generations that will keep the annual migration alive. It’s a classic game of survival of the fittest, and its contenders are some of the most majestic and resilient creatures Africa has to offer.

Speaking of resilience, it’s an essential ingredient to survive in my chosen passion. Authoring brings with it equal parts of pain and pleasure, sacrifice and celebration. But unlike the wildebeest, we authors are addicted to the written word and like most addictions, once you’re hooked, it’s nigh impossible to quit.

If you have ever had the urge to change the world with words, or the desire to simply provide an escape for one single reader, this conference is essential. So, come on down to the Sunshine State and join us.


NOTE: The contest has already ended – please sign up for my newsletter to never miss the goodies!

To celebrate the imminent release of Timeless Beginnings, ONE NON-Kickstarter reader will be randomly chosen to receive an advance E-copy of TIMELESS BEGINNINGS. Email me with subject line LUCKY’S Timeless Beginnings.

To celebrate my awesome Kickstarter Backers, TWO of you (randomly drawn) will receive your very own crystal pendulums.

Use this wonderful tool to get answers to your YES or NO questions from the universe. (So sorry, U.S.A. readers only.) Send an email to with the subject line: LUCKY’S CRYSTAL PENDULUM.

(Note: EXCLUSIVELY Kickstarter Backers and occasional competition winners will receive their books in 2023.)

Timeless Beginnings will only be available to the public in 2024.


Before I go, I want to introduce you to one of my dynamic editors of my Time Flies seriesDebbie Shannon is not only a talented writer, she was also an air hostess/flight attendant when they were called ‘Stewardesses” here in my adopted country. Though her experiences were much different from ours at South African Airways – they had unions – we paid a price to be ‘chosen’- we’ve shared the same unusual lifestyle, the same passengers, the same unforgettable fun, and the quickly-forgotten overflowing trash cans, persistent jet lag and incessantly sore feet.

But there was one thing Debbie had, which I simply cannot relate to. (Read Timeless Beginnings to understand.) Debbie Shannon was the Poster Child – literally – for National Airlines. I proudly give you Debbie Shannon. She’s on the extreme right. Gorgeous isn’t she?

And so, I leave you with a huge bucket. Now take your list & fill it to capacity. Together, let’s intention those seemingly far-fetched desires, and help each other to remember the universe is capable of delivering ANYTHING we ask for.

Love and wishes for your wishes to come true,



Please go to to purchase my books and other goodies, and if you’d like them signed, that’s the only place to get them.

‘Tis the season to get into the holiday mood, both real and alien, with a special holiday anthology from 11 amazing authors who love spreading good cheers—and great stories!

Don’t miss out on this limited-edition anthology that will get you in the spirit! Coming to your e-readers on November 30, 2023 for a limited time only!



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