September 05th

Shield, Release Day Surprise & The Book That Made Me!

Category: Book launch, Bookshop, Booktrailer, Shield, Uncategorized, Walker Books Australia

Shield was ‘officially’ released September 1st and Walker Books Australia surprised me with an epic book trailer to celebrate!

I basically love it x 1000. My heartfelt thanks to tech genius Michael Windle for creating this mini-masterpiece and to the team at Walker Books Australia for their support and their super sneakiness in keeping this a secret! I may have exclaimed aloud.

On release day I visited some of my local bookstores, Page & Blackmore (pictured below), Whitcoulls and Paper Plus to sign stock and chat with the wonderfully supportive booksellers. It was great to see the spine tree completed and beautiful green stacks gracing the shelves.


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Serendipitously, Shield was parked (in Whitcoulls) right next to another September 1st release: The Book That Made Me. This heartfelt and often hilarious compilation of stories/anecdotes by AU & NZ authors of Young Adult fiction was edited by Judith Ridge and all the proceeds go to the Indigenous Literacy Fund. I was so honoured to be asked to contribute a story for the anthology and I wrote about my great love of Trixie Belden mystery novels.

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Rachael is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors and you can visit the NZSA at and the Top of the South branch Her publisher is Walker Books Australia