The Kingfisher’s Debt – reviewed on The Reader Booksellers NZ blog

Reviews are scary beasts – should you read them, not read them? And am I the only one who holds their breath while reading a review of your book?

The Reader, which is Booksellers New Zealand Blog, had this to say in a recent view of my novel, The Kingfisher’s Debt:

Reading The Kingfisher’s Debt took me on a wild romp around Dunedin to many places I have been to, but after reading this Urban Fantasy I will look and think differently about these familiar places.

Carpenter’s crisp descriptive writing is delightful and I could mentally picture many places she includes in the novel. ‘Their vivid dark blooms a tangle of untrimmed canes. The state of the roses, like the cars filling every space along Pitt Street, indicated this neighbourhood was primarily rental properties.’ The cover of the book is stunning and inviting, with appropriate photos cleverly aligned in the kingfisher photo.

I enjoy a good thriller / mystery but this book is unlike what I normally read, with fantasy elements skillfully interwoven throughout, adding more intrigue and mystery to the plot, and keeping me guessing to the end. The ending was strong but I am hoping the Dunedin based author will write a sequel – Reviewed by Lesley McIntosh

Phew! What a great review – I breath again!

Read the full review of The Kingfisher’s Debt on the Bookseller Blog here

Dunedin Public Library – City Of Literature Collection

I am so grateful for the wonderful support of the Dunedin Public Library, seeing my novel added to the libraries City of Literature collection was incredibly rewarding – as much as holding the novel in my hands for the first time.

Located on the ground floor beside the main staircase there’s a cosy, quiet reading nook. Pull up a comfy chair and read some great New Zealand and Dunedin writers next time you’re visiting. You can look up the entire collection online HERE


Otago Access Radio Interview with Vanda Symon “Write On”


I cannot tell you what a privilege it was to receive an invite to be interviewed about my novel and writing on, Vanda Symon‘s long running radio show and Podcast Write On via the delightful Dunedin Otago Access Radio – OAR 105.4 FM.

Vanda is one on New Zealand’s top  local crime writers. It was very hard not to be total starstruck in her presence. She was 100% totally lovely and welcoming. I was not worthy… You can listen to the episode here.

Can you hear the fear in my voice?

Or do I mange to hide it?

You tell me…

Regrets in life: Not asking for a selfie with Vanda. Sigh.

Guest Appearance: Dunedin Public Library “Genre-8: Flights of Fantasy” evening

I’m honoured to be part of this Dunedin Fantasy Author line-up:

Genre 8: Flights of Fantasy

Spend an evening in the company of 8 Dunedin SpecFic Authors. Each writer discusses aspects of their particular sub-genre, and gives a reading from their own work, with a chance for the audience to ask questions.

Followed by spot prize book giveaways!

Whether you’re a reader or a writer of fiction, enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in the many facets of speculative writing.

The authors who will be reading from their work are:

Andy Evans
Carolyn McCurdie
Daniel Stride
Deb E Howell
Jayne Castel
Kura Carpenter
RL Stedman
Sean P Martin

Details: Genre 8: Flights of Fantasy

Location: 4th floor in the Dunningham Suite of the Moray Place Dunedin City Library

Date:  11 October 2018 

Time: 5:30pm — 7:00pm.

This is a free event, but to ensure your seat bookings are advised. There is a email address or phone number for booking here.

Prose Writing Tips at the Dunedin Writers’ Workshop

I will be giving a brief talk at the Dunedin Writers’ Workshop on the 12th of September covering “Kura’s Quick and Practical Tips for Improving your Prose.”

LOCATION: Dunedin Writers’ Workshop, room 108, first floor of the King Edward Court Building
DATE: WEDNESDAY 12th September
TIME: open from 6pm, readings start at 7pm.

See you there,

Room 108 King Edward Court

Guest Appearance at the SALON

I have been kindly asked to read an excerpt from my novel The Kingfisher’s Debt at the next “Salon” Meeting, which is a monthly event for authors run by the Otago/Southland branch of the NZSA (New Zealand Society of Authors).

I will be appearing alongside of Carolyn McCurdie, Dunedin author of The Unquiet, a YA Sci-fi novel. I’m a big fan of Carolyn, so I’m looking forward to hearing her talk.

LOCATION: The Athenaeum Library, in the Octagon between Thistle and The Craic,
DATE: MONDAY 10th September
TIME: open from 6pm, readings start at 7pm.
Food available at The Craic. Alcohol strictly BYO.

See you there, should be a fun night.