BOOK LAUNCH – ‘One for All’

April 1, 2014

It was a dark and stormy night….cafe 1

This is a line could begin the story of many auspicious occasions in my life – my previous book launches, my fortieth birthday party, my wedding in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. And so it was, once again, on the night of my most recent book launch. ‘One for All’ was welcomed into the world on an unusually sodden autumn evening last Thursday 27th March 2014. The nasty weather certainly didn’t deter any of the guests who arrived with beaming smiles and countless enthusiasm, even after having battled the rain and ensuing heavy traffic by car, bus and boat. So I guess that it’s true – rain really does bring good luck!

IMG_6052The launch was wonderfully supported by fellow members of the literati and many supportive friends. Amongst those in attendance were a myriad of talented authors – Sisters in Crime, thriller, fantasy, romance and children’s writers.

Brisbane authors_ Leonie Hardy_Christina Lee_Brenda Cheers_Brenda Cross_Karen Tyrrell_Sharon Phillips_Lea Scott_Charmaine Clancy

Jackie Edwards_Christine Ryan_Amanda Christian_Stephanie Rowe_Karen Walsh







As it happens, the weather was somewhat aligned with the book in many ways.  The epilogue of ‘One for All’ begins during a particularly nasty storm in 1942, causing a horrific WWII plane crash which sets in motion a series of events for three generations of a military family, leading to a tempest of crimes committed against them in more present times.  Throughout the book, bad weather continues to play havoc with the cast, thwarting their efforts to race against a ticking clock until the story turns full circle on itself like a tornado.

Website picsYou wouldn’t believe some of the things a girl has to do in the name of research and authenticity! The writing of ‘One for All’ has taken me on my own meteorological journey from plunging into steep aerobatic manoeuvres in a WWII war plane to traversing the stormy Brazilian seas in a creaky boat, and riding a horse through the parched Arizona desert.  


IMG_6049‘One for All’ is the first book in a new crime series featuring sassy risk-taking undercover detective Sol Ramirez, who has only ever had one burning agenda as she climbed the U.S. police ranks – to track down the men who gunned down her parents and trafficked her as a teen. I had always said I wouldn’t write a series – that I didn’t have the commitment to stick with one character for that long – but Sol had other ideas and her story grew to be bigger than a stand-alone book could handle. The second book in the series is due out early next year where Sol helps another family take on an illegal adoption ring so watch this space…

Robert_DoddI would like to thank all those who braved the weather to attend the launch and a special thank you to my husband for his many and varied roles throughout the creation of ‘One for All’, research assistant, bag carrier, beta reader and launch host.  Thanks also to Erina and the wonderful venue Cafe Bouquiniste 

Lea Scott_Erina Wannenburg Cafe Bouquiniste owner








Unfortunately a crime of another kind kept one of my guests from attending. You can read about its happy ending on her blog ‘The Hipsterette’.

‘One for All’ is available in print and e-book versions. A list of online retailers can be found here.

Photos by Karlen Wannenburg (




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