Writing Retreat at Kenepuru Sound

A week today and Penny and I are off on an exciting adventure! We’re spending one night in a hobbit hole, and then we’re flying to Nelson. From there we’re driving up into the Marlborough Sounds to the Kenepuru Sound (an arm of Pelorus Sound). We’re staying at a friend’s newly purchased sheep and beef station. Isolated. Quiet. Just the two of us. And we are going to write, write… read more


New Audiobook Available!

Where Lions Roar at Night Audiobook

Where Lions Roar at Night is now available as an audiobook! I will be adding the next three books of The Barn Chronicles series over the next wee while, so do keep an eye on my audiobook page.

As soon as I complete recording those, I will then record Where the Jungle Calls.

I really hope some of you will enjoy this new format of read more


Book Award

I’m excited to announce that Where the Jungle Calls has just won the 2021 Christian Indie Award in the Children’s 8-12 year category.

‘Since 2008, Christian Indie Awards (originally called Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award) honor Christian books by independent authors and small publishers for outstanding contribution to Christian life.’

Where the Crickets Sing won the same award in… read more


Twenty-five Writing Tips

by Rosie Boom

Forewarned
is forearmed. Set the cold steel of your blade against the throat of your
enemies – bad dialogue, weak antagonists, bland characters – to name a few.

A
practical session identifying some of the most common mistakes made by writers.
And for each potential mistake, a down-to-earth, simple remedy.

Make your writing tighter, lighter and brighter.

Thanks to Bob Mayer for some of
the ideas for this workshop.

1. Start!

  • A
    simple but obvious truth. Many

Homewood Stoves

Those of you who have read The Barn Chronicles will know how much we, the Boom family, love our beautiful cast iron cooking stove – a Heritage made by Homewood Stoves. Our Homewood kept us warm during the long cold winters we had in our uninsulated 100-year-old barn, and ensured we had delicious lamb roasts and casseroles for dinner when the power went off for days during storms… read more


Reading in a Tree Hut

Last week I received the sort of email any author loves to get! Olivia wrote to me, “Dear Rosie Boom it’s Olivia here! I just wanted to say that I am reading your Barn Chronicles again for the third time! I am on the third book, Where the Crickets Sing, and I love it so much! Also, I have been reading your… read more


Hello 2021!

Hello from New Zealand!

It’s been ages since I posted here, and I apologize for that! The book tour of March 2020 survived for just five short days and then had to be cancelled due to our country going into lockdown with COVID 19. In the last nine months, our family has had the joy of an engagement in India, three weddings, read more


ITINERARY for ROSE AND PENELOPE’S BOOK TOUR

WARKWORTH 11th March Wednesday @ 3.30pmWarkworth War Memorial Library,1 Baxter Street, Warkworth 0910PUKEKOHE 12th March Thursday 3pmPukekohe Reformed Church, 2 Victoria Street, Pukekohe

CAMBRIDGE 13th March Friday 1.30pm – 3pmCambridge Baptist Church, 58 Queen Street, Cambridge

HAMILTON 13th March Friday 6.30pm – 8 pmWest Hamilton Community Church, 27A Rifle Range Road, Dinsdale

TAURANGA 14th March Saturday afternoon 1 – 3pmPapamoa Baptist, 180 Dickson Rd, Papamoa.

ROTORUA read more


Colouring-In Competition

Calling all young artists! I’m running a colouring-in competition for Where the Jungle Calls. Winners in both age categories will receive a signed copy of the book. You’ll have to download and print the appropriate page, and then once it’s been coloured in, send it back to me via email: rosie@rosieboom.com.I’d like permission to post them on my website and Facebook…hopefully that’s okay.Don’t forget to clearly print your… read more


Review of Where the Jungle Calls

Reviewed by Kathryn Drinkwater, Editor of New Zealand Christian Writers

Where the Jungle Calls is a true-life story written for boys and girls who will quickly connect with and be enthralled by the adventures, dangers and mischief found within. It’s taken from three years of the author’s childhood and is written in the voice of Rose the child sharing experiences as they happen. For those who have experienced the… read more