Hi everyone,
Welcome to the blog tour of ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’ !


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As a new member of The Ten Penners , I can only say how honoured, proud and privileged I am to be included in this talented group of writers.
My blog host today is the brilliant Gretchen Bernet-Ward. Thank you so much Gretchen for interviewing me. I appreciate it! Check out my interview with Gretchen at Thoughts Become Words
The Ten Penners are super excited to be launching our new young readers’ anthology ~ ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.’ There’s something on every page to delight and enthral all readers … young and old.
‘Plinko’ was inspired by my interest in all things astronomical … from planets to suns and constellations. When I was teaching, I found the children enjoyed creating models of the planets, asteroids and moons. Along with me, they loved learning about our Solar System and beyond. ‘Plinko’ will integrate into Science lessons on Space. And it’s cute!

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Birch the Dinosaur and the Bogan Dinosaurs’ is a tribute to my son David and his two dogs ~ Bonnie Lass and Wee Jock. They all live in Tasmania in a huge vegetable garden (with a small house attached, of course). I think this is my favourite story from those I’ve written. I wonder which will be yours?


So thank you for visiting my page. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be in the running for a book prize. And enjoy!

Below is the information for our blog tour, book launch, colouring competition and more.
Happy reading ~ Julie Baythorpe

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Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!
“Take a path through the forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.
From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”
Keep these dates pegged.
The blog tour plan is as below:
15/10/17 Sunday -Marion Martineer – Powell – author The Fix-It Man
16/10/17 Monday– Yvonne Mes, Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley
17/10/17 Tuesday – Jill Smith –
Candice Lemon-Scott, author

18/10/17 Wednesday – Kate Russell –
Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write

19/10/17 Thursday – Julie Baythorpe
Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words

20/10/17 Friday – Robin Adolphs
Artelle Lenthall

21/10/17 Saturday – The Ten Penners
We will be attending Gold Coast Writers Meeting to announce our book launch

23/10/17 Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-Greenleaf Press

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!
There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November.

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

The colouring in competition entry can be found on the Ten Penners website at

More good luck!

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Fabulous Meeting with the Ten Penners today! It’s all systems go for our Book Launch and Blog Tour. Need to make a costume! Yikes!


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Looking forward to the book launch of our young readers anthology ‘Mystery, Mayhem and Magic’ on Saturday 4th November at the Broadbeach Library from 10:15 am to 11:15 am. Looking forward to seeing you there!


We have seen the proof of our children’s story anthology. Copies on the way! Will be available on

The Ten Penners new young reader anthology … ‘Mystery, Mayhem and Magic’ has been sent to the printers! Not long now!


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Had a wonderful book launch last Sunday. Sold heaps! Thanks to everyone who came along and enjoyed the day! Great weather, delicious food and wonderful company. Thanks again!

Looking forward to my book launch for ‘Under the Fig Tree … a Reid Devron murder mystery’ on Sunday! Yippee!!

Enjoyed the Ten Penners meeting on Saturday. Our children’s book ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’ nearing completion! Stay tuned for the book launch!

Organizing my stories and images for ‘Mystery, Mayhem and Magic’!

I have my website up and active! Oh happy day!

A great children’s book written by The Ten Penners … ‘Mystery, Mayhem and Magic’ is nearing completion. Will be available in the near future. Can’t wait!

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   A fabulous cover!


A great meeting at Gold Coast Writer’s Association meeting at Fradgley Hall at Burleigh Heads on Saturday. Ocean spoke of publishing and marketing and Jenny Old outlined her life in the Northern Territory in her book ‘McAlester.’ I am organizing my Book Launch for ‘Under the Fig Tree … a Reid Devron murder mystery for 10th September!

Terrific session with the Ten Penners on Saturday. I have completed my little story for the new book … ‘Chance Encounters’.    Just need to edit and polish it and find a title! Any suggestions. Read a page to the All Genres group. Good constructive advice as a response. Looking forward to writing now that all of the tiling is finished! Happy writing!


Wonderful listening to Vacen Taylor’s informative talk on Script Writing at GCWA meeting yesterday. I’m putting my webpage on the GCWA Bookshelf to get my great books out there. Happy reading and writing everyone!

Lots achieved at both the ‘All Genres ‘ and ‘Ten Penners’ Groups of the GCWA  today. I’ve learned  I have a long way to go in my writing. Brilliant writers in these group. Apologies for the brevity … just trying to make a point. Have a great week and Happy Writing!

coffee-smileyEnjoyed Terry Spring’s talk on Writing at the last GCWA meeting. Learned so much! Thank you, Terry, a wonderful author. Sold and signed two books too! Yay! Writing every day now and loving it. Hope you are too. My books are available at Cheers!

Had a great time at ‘The Ten Penners’ meeting last week. Enjoyed the writing exercise inspired by Marion.

Also wrote a short piece of dialogue during the ‘All Genres’ meeting. Heard wonderful excerpts from on-going novels. Looking forward to both meetings next month!

coffee-smileyAttended Gold Coast Writers Association meeting on Saturday. Listened to Hans Ornig talk on ‘Exponential Writing’. Wonderful!

I’m not writing this week. Working on my web/blog site. I’m returning to writing next week. Need to get at least 10 pages finished. Happy writing to you!

I have written 30 pages of my new Reid Devron murder mystery novel! It’s for a competition. Lots of editing in the next few days.

coffee-smiley‘Ballyhoo and Babble … Tales of Fright and Delight’ can now be bought at for only $1.99! A bargain! You can also buy it (for $10:00) from me at next months Gold Coast Writers’ Association meeting! 3rd Saturday in May ~ 2:oopm at Fradgley Hall, Burleigh Heads! And I’ll sign it! Happy Writing … and Reading!!