“This or That”

It likely comes as no surprise that I’m not wonderful when it comes to making decisions. I mean, there are just so many options to consider, even with things that should be simple, like being asked my favourite colour. (Am I wearing it? Looking at it? Is it for a car or a house or for something artistic? What mood am I in, or what mood do I want to be in? Etc., etc., etc.)

Due to my inability to give a straight answer, the following video clip with me responding to a “This or That” game (filmed while I was at Sydney Writers’ Festival last month), is somewhat hilarious. You’ve been warned!

AKARNAE e-book on sale!

Amazon has a huge sale on the first book in The Medoran Chronicles right now — just AUD$0.99 (US$0.75)!! Total bargain! It’s a great time to start the series with the third book releasing on April 1st, and it’s especially awesome for anyone outside of Australia who has been wanting to have a read!

In a nutshell, Akarnae is basically Harry Potter meets X-Men and Narnia and it follows the journey of 16-year-old girl who finds herself stranded in a fantasy world where she attends a school for teenagers with supernatural gifts while she searches for a way back home. There’s combat classes and archery lessons, sentient libraries, immortal beings and a whole host of memorable characters and exciting twists and turns.

It’s a fun, adventurous, clean read with no overly mature content — numerous schools are now using it as part of the curriculum for grades 8 and up (ages 13+), but there are also readers as young as 8 and 9 years old reading this series — as well as 80 and 90-year-olds! It’s a book for all ages and genders!

Don’t believe me? Then here’s just a sample of the reviews:

“… natural and humorous… cool and scary… good fun and a solid recommendation for YA readers…” – Books & Publishing

“… when it comes to sheer inventiveness, the book would satisfy any fantasy devotee…” – Sydney Arts Guide

“Lynette Noni’s world-building is spectacular…” – The Geekiary

“… a treasure for connoisseurs of the genre…” – Mid West Book Review

So, what are you waiting for? At this sale price, it’s a total steal! Jump in — and happy reading!

How Do I Get My Book Published?

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is along these lines:

“I’ve written a book… but how do I get it published?”

The thing is, as simple as that question might seem, the answer is considerably more complicated—and lengthy. But given how many people ask, I figure I should try and answer it as best as I can, so here goes.

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DRAEKORA: Cover Reveal Competition!!

The countdown is on for the reveal of the STUNNING cover for the third book in The Medoran Chronicles – October 9th is just a few short weeks away now!! This is definitely my favourite cover so far, so I can’t WAIT for you all to see it!!!

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I’ve been blog-silent for the last few weeks, but I did mention in my last post on the 29th of July that I was about to undertake my next project… And on August 1st I started writing the final book of The Medoran Chronicles.

Well… as of 5am yesterday morning, I FINISHED THE FINAL BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Editing: Like Self-Imposed Amputation

Apology time! It feels like FOREVER since I last penned a blog post (even though it really wasn’t THAT long ago)… but I have a good excuse, I promise!! You see, I’ve been systematically cutting off my limbs. At least metaphorically. And by that I mean, I’ve been doing a MASSIVE overhaul of a manuscript that I wrote a while ago and have recently revisited only to discover that the story was there, but the execution most definitely WAS NOT. And so, for the last fortnight, I’ve been head-down, tail-up in crazy editing mode.

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The Medoran Chronicles: A Visual Journey

One of the most common questions I get asked about my books is who I think the characters look like. It’s a really, really hard question to answer, since to me, my characters are so much more than a face or a body. I see beyond how they look to who they actually are, and so making a comparison to a movie star or model or whatever is downright impossible.


Because I get asked it so much, I’ve spent the last little while trolling around Pinterest and found some very vague ideas that will hopefully appease some of my more curious readers. Please be warned though, none of these are EXACTLY right, but they at least give a rough idea of my thoughts. And also remember that everyone “sees” something different when they read a book, and it’s almost a definite that who you imagine is likely waaaaaay different to who I imagine. That’s the beauty of books!

Some of these pics are of well-known celebs, some are more obscure or random people I just stumbled upon a photo of. Either way, I must reiterate that it’s a VERY rough comparison.

So without further ado…


I was torn over picking an Alex but I kind of see her a bit like this (minus whatever she’s holding in her hand):


Or even, perhaps more so, something like this:

But if I had to choose a celeb comparison, I’d probably go with Lyndsy Fonseca from Nikita:


Nikita Pictured: Tiffany Hines as Jaden, Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex Photo Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW © 2010 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.



Jordan is IMPOSSIBLE because it’s all about character with him. But still, let’s go with this guy, since he looks like he’d be pretty mischievous like Jordan:



Oh, Bear. So much love for this huggable friend!! Maybe someone like this:



D.C. is just as equally difficult to equate to picture form, but we’ll go with this as a vague possibility. Just imagine her eyes being more greenish-blue rather than straight blue as in this photo:

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Ooooooh, there’s honestly no way to cast an equivalent for Aven!! I mean, seriously! There’s no way a photo can show his immortal status, charisma, and supernaturally good looks! But since I’m at least trying to answer the oft asked question, let’s go with someone like this (but with more golden hair and eyes):


Or even, this:



Again, it’s impossible to compare Roka to anyone, but I’d probably go with someone like Tyler Hoechlin who is Roka-level-of-attractive but also comes across as warm and friendly, which is super important for a character like the Meyarin heir. (Though, imagine him with golden eyes.)

Random side-note: I did the Supanova tour with Tyler last year so I’m ridiculously glad I never made this comparison before now, because that would have been an interesting (*cough* awkward *cough*) conversation!!




Like all the rest, Kyia is super hard to put a picture to, but let’s go with something similar to this (but with perhaps a little more clothing, haha):



Zain is, like, the epic warrior dude, so maybe he’d be similar to either of these guys but with darker skin:



Actually, a kind of perfect Zain would be Jason Momoa, especially like his character Ronon in Stargate Atlantis:


(Pronounced like “Yikes” but with an “N” – so “Nikes”)

Niyx is totally and completely allllllll about character, so again, impossible to put a face to! But something like this:


Ha! Asking me to put a face to Kaiden really, truly is impossible. Like, totally. But since I get asked ALL THE TIME about him, let’s go with this guy, but change the eyes to a much brighter blue:


Kaiden’s bestie… Also ridiculously hard to pick… Gah! This is SO hard!! Maybe someone like this:

XIRAXUS (and Alex)

Maybe something like this:




Ahh, A’enara (pronounced “Ay-en-are-uh”)… the ice-like dagger/sword. Also impossible to find a pic of, but perhaps something like this:A'enara3

Or even something like this (ish):


This pic is the inspiration for where the Akarnae Academy is located – Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. This shows my “Lake Fee” and “Mount Paedris” and the “Ezera Forest” running along the edge of the water. If you turned around from where the photo was taken, you’d look back up the slightly sloping hill at the academy itself. Pretty as a postcard! :-)

Academy Grounds - Lake Fee and Mt Paedris 2


It’s really hard to find a house for Bear and his family, but perhaps something like this, rather large and surrounded by the forest:

Bear's house 3

Alternatively, I also imagine it a little like this, so perhaps a mix of the two:



The Lost City truly IS impossible to find in a picture anywhere, because there’s just sooooo much about it that’s fantastical. But here’s very, very, VERY vague idea. Just imagine spiralling towers and the Myrox making the city glow as it’s surrounded by the waterfalls from the Golden Cliffs.



And that’s all! Remember, these are only really, REALLY vague concepts, and other than that image of Mount Hood National Forest, none of my characters or places were inspired by anything seen on this page. I literally found all these pics after writing the books.

Let me know your thoughts – whether you agree or disagree or if you have someone else in mind for any of the characters!