The Online Launch of ‘A Flame Flickers in the Darkness’- A Good Week!

What a week! Relief is the underlying emotion that ‘A Flame Flickers in the Darkness,’ a historical fiction novel or book set during the New Zealand or Maori Wars, is now launched! I am so stoked and now the fun part begins, getting out and about and selling copies to bookstores et al. Any ideas, just shoot! A couple of newspaper articles are coming up soon as well so watch this space. Also check out the link below to the Oxford University Rugby Club Website – back in the carefree days of the golden locks.

Former OURFC Player Has Book Published

It has been great hearing from lots of people I haven’t heard from in ages this week and I look forward to a catch up soon. It has been a long time coming catching up with a lot of people in New Zealand after 5 years overseas, 3 in the Qatar desert.

The Westlake Boys High School 50th Jubilee is coming up in August and the Otago University U21 Blues Dunedin Champion Team (10-12 year reunion) is long overdue. Can’t wait to have a brew and share a yarn.

Re the book, the feedback from everybody has been really supportive. It is a bit of an unblokeish thing to do, throw a book out there for everybody to read, so cheers for the good luck messages. I look forward to hearing from you once you have read it – I hope you enjoy it.

On that note, I would love to give you all a copy, to share with you what a fascinating bunch of people lived in New Zealand during the 1860s New Zealand or Maori Wars and some of the pretty unbelievable historic events that occurred. Unfortunately, I can’t – it has taken a bit of capital to get the book out there so while I would love to, that is the scoop. Sorry!

To respond to a couple of queries:

Yes, ‘A Flame Flickers in the Darkness’ can be ordered online from the PublishMe online bookstore by people both inside New Zealand and also outside New Zealand – so the crew in the UK , UAE and Qatar – no “wuckin furries,” it’s available.

I also had some great news today that my local bookshop, The Village Bookshop, in Matakana, New Zealand, is now selling ‘A Flame Flickers in the Darkness.’ Those of you in the Mahurangi region can grab a copy from there and it’s not all that far now with the new motorway extension for the crew in Auckland to head up for a look and have a wine or a coffee in Matakana Valley or a fish or a surf at the local beaches while you are at it.
Check it out at: The Village Bookshop

In other news, I entered a surfing contest over Easter, Mangawhai Boardriders v Aotea Boardriders, held in Auckland at St Heliers ;). It was a great day, a big swell was running and good fun was had by all. Standout performers were Sid West of Aotea Boardriders, who won, and Heath Worsfold of Mangawhai who pushed the progressive surfing envelope all day.

Congrats also to my sister, Alex Cowie, who this week won the Kaiwaka Sportswoman of the Year Award for top Netball and Triathlon performances. Well done Al!

Congrats also to the Doha Rugby Club 1st XV who won the West Asian Club Championship last week for the first time in the club’s 38 year old history. More to follow on this – there is a very good yarn to share.

Have a rad weekend – until next time.


Winston Cowie (Winnie)