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Bev Robitai currently works as a writer, book coach, and freelance photographer while travelling in New Zealand and Ontario in Canada. It's an itinerant lifestyle of year-round summer involving boats and motorhomes and a ski chalet. She writes mostly light crime fiction, sometimes based in the theatre and sometimes straying into post-apocalyptic sci-fi. Her novel Murder in the Second Row was launched in June 2010 in a historic theatre that was also used as the setting for Body on the Stage. A decade of backstage experience gave her the raw material for both books.

A stand-alone novel Eye for an Eye is the tale of a quest for justice, inspired by the actions of a real-life conman whose trail of victims made the author angry enough to imagine retribution - in some very inventive ways...

The Sunstrike novels are set in a post-apocalyptic present day world when a major solar storm has wiped out all electrical technology. They are optimistic survival adventures following normal people learning and adapting to difficult new circumstances.

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Where to buy in print

A Tumble and a Litre of Milk
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 339,290. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015 by Bev. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
A mature romance. Aggie Hilman is in her fifties, traumatised by two bad marriages. Through a minor tumble on a dark night, she meets Colin Wilkes, the owner of the local hardware store, who later visits with a litre of milk to check on her welfare. This is Aggie's story, her slow acceptance of the friendship of another man. She has truly fallen into safe hands at last, in a close rural community.
Mystery in the Tussock
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,430. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 10, 2015 by Bev. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Melanie, nearly seventeen, faces a tough final year at high school while strange events at the family horse ranch threaten her safety. There's a confusing rift in her long-term friendship with Tom, a new boy seeks her attentions, and there's an unpleasant episode with a previously trusted school friend. Her father's promise to build her a horse-training arena is the only thing making her smile.
Dinosaurs' Stomp
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013 by Bev. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
The dinosaurs are gathering for a party, in this lively rhyming picture book. Kids will love the strong words and actions, especially boys.
In Arthur's Footsteps
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,750. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012 by Bev. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Arthurian
Rowland Thomas Knight is the seventh son of a seventh son, whose lineage stretches back to the day of King Arthur Pendragon. From the old Arthurian seat of Cadbury Castle in Somerset to beautiful wild places in New Zealand, Thomas encounters signs, portents, and demons from the Underworld as he finds his own place in the centuries-long struggle between good and evil.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,210. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011 by Bev. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
At 17, Chas Winter was part of a group that brutally bullied Donald Bracken. The weedy teen Donald was compelled to make the bullies pay, joined the Army, and became a highly skilled assassin. With his skills honed, he returned and the serial killing of his tormenters began. Chas Winter was now a police officer. Tasked with stopping the deaths, he learned the dreadful consequences of his acts.
Deer, Pigs and a Little Bit of Bull
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,830. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2011 by Bev. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hunting, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A New Zealand story that follows two young men, Rolly and Jim, as they’re hired and fired by hard-case bosses after spectacular mishaps. They find an injured dog and learn how to hunt pigs in the bush, but it’s down at the pub that the tales really fly, fuelled by plenty of the amber nectar, as real blokes out-do each other’s yarns about fishing, hunting, and the ones that got away.
From Rags to Riches Pearces' Ocean Book One
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 132,950. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011 by Bev. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Simon Pearce, born in poverty on the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall, England, escapes a dangerous life of smuggling to rise up through the ranks and eventually captain his own ship. He marries a beautiful Portuguese woman, starting a family dynasty that flourishes through the excitements of the 18th century.
From Birth to Bliss
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 50,730. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2011 by Bev. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Pregnancy & Child Birth
(4.00 from 1 review)
This manual relates specifically to the practical realities of the first days and weeks of life with a new baby in it, and explains what baby needs to learn in his transition to life outside the womb. It will ‘fast track’ the new learning for both mother and baby with a clear plan of action to follow. Tried and true methods that work.
Dare Seize the Fire
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,350. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2010 by Bev. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
(4.00 from 1 review)
'Love is not a crime' but passion is a flame stolen from the gods. Homosexual laws, religion, sexual freedom and violation, and politics across a broad spectrum from communism to libertarianism, are like fire, exciting and dangerous, evoking powerful passions. These are the personal narratives of three very different characters and deal with the ‘big’ themes of religion, sex and politics.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,390. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2010 by Bev. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Detective Cameron Fuller, still haunted by the loss of his little brother to baby snatchers, is faced with an eerily similar case 30 years later. As his team of likeable, intelligent police colleagues investigates the snatching of Mandy-Jane Olsen, the dark underbelly of New Zealand society is revealed. Greed is a strong motive, but revenge is even stronger.
Tangled Web
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,240. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2010 by Bev. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Renee Gailbraith couldn't have foreseen that the launch of her revolutionary micro-chip would be life changing. Liam Polson, contracted by an underworld cartel to steal Renee’s invention, worms his way into her life,then defects from the cartel and marries her. As police and cartel agents pursue the newly-weds the body count rises. Pacy, violent action, danger & desire with a shock ending.



Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,430. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology / Rural, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
The farming community of Putorino is a typical district which makes up the foundation of New Zealand farming. This school project from long ago details the history of the land and its people.
A Reassuring Guide to Worrying
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015 . Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Stress Management, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
A quick and simple guide to a clear mind and happy heart. This book gives you a range of easy techniques that will help you to stop worrying. Sleep well, feel better, enjoy life without the constant niggle of worrying thoughts blocking your progress. Some tried and tested tips along with new techniques will free your mind from stress and open the way to achieving the life you want.
A Reassuring Guide to Self Publishing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,490. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
For technophobes, this simple guide shows you how to self publish on Smashwords and Amazon with step-by-step instructions. The process isn’t hard but it can be intimidating the first time – this guide gets you through the whole process from typing THE END to receiving your first royalty check.
Sunstrike: The Journey Home
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,250. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.00 from 1 review)
When a massive solar storm obliterates earth’s technology, Bradley, a carefree young man, is stranded at an Indonesian holiday resort far from home. He faces a long and perilous journey home to help his widowed mother, encountering storms, dangerous wildlife, and others seeking to profit from unwary travellers. Faced with destruction, deception and death on his travels, Bradley grows up fast.
Starstruck Hero
Price: Free! Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Sunstrike spin-off story. Clint behaves like a movie hero. He drives like Jason Statham, rides like John Wayne, and would fly like Top Gun if he ever tried. When he’s thrust into a major disaster, he reacts with confidence and style, leading others from danger and caring for the helpless. But despite his bravery, he can’t protect his family when a solar storm knocks out all technology.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,970. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Sunstrike follows the life of Averie Brown, an ordinary woman in suburbia, when solar flares destroy the world's electricity supply. As society comes to terms with the loss of transport, communications, and food supplies, Averie picks up some useful survival tips and a teenage companion who is not what he seems. With no outside help, she is forced to investigate a number of suspicious deaths.
A Passion to Perform
Series: Theatre Mystery. Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
(3.00 from 1 review)
A short - (barely 2000 words so don't look for Gone with the Wind!) Johnny is a young man burning with ambition to perform on stage. He's sure the Regent Theatre is the place where his dreams will be realised, so he auditions for the lead in Romeo and Juliet and receives help from an unexpected source.
Gazza's Lament
Series: Theatre Mystery. Price: Free! Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
A theatre short - very short at barely 2000 words, so don't expect War & Peace! Gazza is Head of Lighting at a small provincial theatre and just wants to be left alone to do his job, not drawn into touchy-feely socialising by a visiting director who forbids swearing. This short is to lure you into the Regent Theatre where you can meet the characters and feel at home in the setting. Come on in!
Laid to Rest
Series: Theatre Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
A short story set in the historic Regent Theatre, where ghosts of years gone by still roam among the red velvet seats. James, a visiting actor, senses that one of them has an important message to pass on.
Body on the Stage
Series: Theatre Mystery, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,470. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Dennis Dempster is fat, lonely, and dissatisfied with his life, but things are about to change. He joins a theatre group that’s staging a production of Ladies Night, full of male strippers, muscles and buff bodies. Suddenly fitness becomes a new option. In the course of his transformation he finds new friends, new purpose and a new love. And then he finds a dead body.
Eye for an Eye
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,080. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
If a crook stole from your family and got away with it, wouldn't you want justice? Your father dies, and you see the thief living a life of luxury on his money. Wouldn't you track him down to exact revenge? Robyn Taylor would, and she's not a woman you want to mess with. She's from a quiet New Zealand backwater, but she can handle herself on the streets of Toronto. Until things turn really nasty.
Murder in the Second Row
Series: Theatre Mystery, Book 1. Price: $3.90 USD. Words: 75,110. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.57 from 7 reviews)
Many things can go wrong between casting a show and Opening Night. Finding a body in the second row is just one of them. When manager Jessica Jones battles to save the old Regent Theatre from developers, a dead actor in the auditorium is the last thing she needs. Then the police officer heading the investigation starts to take a very personal interest in her. Will the show go on?

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Bev's favorite authors on Smashwords

Sharon Hendery
Latest book: Dare Seize the Fire.
Published November 18, 2010. (4.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Bev

  • Butcher of Dreams on Jan. 11, 2011

    It takes a gripping ebook (and my lack of an ereader) to keep me glued to my computer in this perfect summer sunshine when I could be at the beach. But for the last two days I’ve been too engrossed in the unfolding story of Lee Fairchild and her struggling New York theatre to spare a thought for the tempting waves lapping on golden sand just a couple of blocks away. No, I’ve been in a cold dark theatre being scared out of my wits – and loving it! This book keeps raising the level of suspense with consummate skill, teasing the reader and daring them to guess who the murderer might be. Like Lee, we’re unable to figure out who to trust. The people closest to her have so many secrets to hide we just can’t tell who’s responsible for the escalating weirdness, the blood-laced rituals, and violent deaths that threaten to bring the theatre to its knees. You northern folk, buy Butcher of Dreams and read it now. Those in the southern hemisphere, buy it and save it for next winter! Reviewed by Bev Robitai, author of Murder in the Second Row.
  • Shadows in the Night on Jan. 23, 2011

    This is a fascinating tale, rich with period detail and written with great historical fluency. Evan Andrew knows his material and uses it to weave a compelling story of Julia and her change of circumstances. From a glittering life amid the bustle of the Royal Court, she leaves to live with a curmudgeonly great-uncle out in the country. She expects a quiet life, but is swept up into the danger and deceit of smugglers who operate along the south coast of England. There is romance too, and a difficult choice to make there. Immerse yourself in this intimate view of days gone by.
  • The Spanish Woman on Feb. 10, 2011

    Wow, Evan Andrew really knows his historical background. The story is a little slow to start, but once we get into following the heroine's dramatic adventures it's absolutely rivetting. She shows astonishing presence of mind to cope with the rough treatment she gets when her ship is seized, and to strike up the right relationships with her captors to ensure her survival. Placed in an unthinkeable situation, she triumphs and we get a vivid glimpse into life in 17th century Turkey as a warm and genuine love story unfolds.
  • Cripin Place on Feb. 10, 2011

    An extraordinarily honest, tell-all tale about the slow loss of ability that comes from living with Multiple Sclerosis - and yet it's a tale of inspiration, strength, and laugh-out-loud moments. David writes with that strong English sense of humour, finding ways to laugh at the most dire situations that would have others squirming with embarrassment. A highly entertaining book that deserves a wide audience - I recommend it.
  • The Falling of Shadows on March 03, 2011

    I just read 'The falling of Shadows' and was very impressed. It has real depth and some fabulous writing - with the sort of characters that stay with you long after the book is finished. It’s a powerful contemporary family story told with genuine warmth, and I loved it. I hope Wren Harris puts more books on Smashwords soon – I’ll be first in line to download them.
  • First Class Male on April 28, 2011

    The hero of this romance is indeed a first class male, which is refreshing in a genre where the heroes are often, at least at the start, domineering, truculent and aggressive. Alex Bentley is actually nice – a desirable male lead with integrity as well as good looks. He treats frustrated writer Rachel Clark with kindness and decency, never snarling or behaving badly as their relationship unfolds. Rachel is a lively and intelligent heroine, and she too behaves like a real person, not a limp flower at the mercy of her emotions. Given that two such smart, sensible people would have no trouble in getting together, it takes a strong plot to keep them apart, and Raven West provides this very convincingly. The stakes increase with each turn of the story, leading to a fully satisfying conclusion thanks to the cleverness and persistence of the characters. The writing style is clever too, there are repeated phrases and a symmetry in the characters’ actions which serve to lift First Class Male to well above average. You may feel that you know more about the US Postal service than you expected by the end of the book, but you’ll have enjoyed a strong and vibrant story about people who are well worth spending time with. Reviewed by Bev Robitai
  • Undercover Reunion on Jan. 13, 2012

    It's great fun to find a book that seems to be written specially for ME! I was a devoted fan of The Man From Uncle and would dearly loved to have been one of their agents (I even had a membership card but an overzealous teacher confiscated it and lost it.)Raven West has tapped into the same desire that a million women of 'a certain age' must have had and has made it come true, and at a boring old school reunion, too! There are strong characters and plenty of action, so it held my interest all the way through. As a proofreader I found a few glitches, but they didn't detract from the story and I'm sure the author will have uploaded a corrected version by now. (Hint!) An easy read that ticks a lot of boxes for an entertaining crime novel.
  • Shadows of Doubt on July 25, 2012

    I enjoyed Julia's adventures in Shadows in the Night and was delighted to find the sequel was even more fulfilling. Julia has men vying (in a courtly manner of course) for her affections, and is torn between the safe, slightly self-satisfied Stephen (and his appalling mamma) and the high-octane, high-risk French charmer Alain. The maid Smithers might not have agreed but I felt Julia made the right choice in the end!
  • Overcoming Bears on Dec. 02, 2013

    Posted on behalf of Ken Christopherson. "I just finished reading "Overcoming Bears" by Willow Alber and had to write to tell you how enjoyable the read was. As a Canadian who has lived from coast to coast I was able to envision the locals that Willow describes in her work. I am currently living in Saskatchewan, right on the Montana border, so her comments on the Kalispell area were also easily recognizable. Her insights into generational family dynamics made the book hard to put down and illustrated that everyone has "bears" to overcome. I surely hope there is a sequel coming as there is a lot more of this story to be told. Please encourage Willow to keep up the good work."
  • The Viking Space Princess Part 1: Skyla on April 24, 2014

    This is a very promising Part One, and I can't wait to find out what happens next. The story is powerfully set up with strong characters in a vividly-created setting - I love the Viking Maidens in full battle array! Why hasn't anyone done Viking Space women before?! Skyla has landed herself in a difficult and probably dangerous situation on board a spaceship she had only planned to visit briefly when it suddenly launches into battle mode. I'm hoping Part Two lets me know she survives!
  • Georgina on May 05, 2014

    An inventive story that grabs you immediately. The setting is fresh and well-described, the characters strong and believable, the plot astonishing! Makes you wonder where these ideas come from! But I was very happy to be entertained by them.