22nd Davitt Awards – Nomination
Goodness me, what an honour it is to be nominated this year for a Davitt Award 2022, which is organised and judged by the leading ladies of Sisters in Crime Australia.Read more
A little update…
I’ve missed connecting with you. What have you been doing for the last few months?Read more
Queensland Literary Awards – Nomination
I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards for my latest novel, Lady Vigilante (Season Two).Read more
Crime & Thriller KU Free Reads
Two weeks of non-stop action, thrills and spills is nearly over! ❤🔥 💋🔪Read more
Meet our leading lady…
Lovely readers, I want to introduce you to someone very special – she’s the voice of Betty (and the narrator!) in the Lady Vigilante Radio Show Podcast. I am so lucky to have Bonnie as the leading lady of this production, as she is so busy and such a huge and diverse talent in the audio industry. Drumroll please, for our incredibly talented voice artist, Bonnie Bogovich!Read more
Radio Show Podcast – Scene 5 is LIVE
In this epic scene, our vigilante Avon Lady decides to make a house call to some unsuspecting gangsters. They really shouldn’t answer the door…. We also find a bit more about who Betty Jones REALLY is and why she hates the criminal underworld with such a vengeance….. Listen at HayleyCamille.com/podcast Voice Actor Cast for thisRead more
Plotter or Pantser
According to the powers that be in the writing world, there are two types of authors – plotters and pantsers. Plotters – writers that need to lay out every plot point, turn and twist, ending and foil, then get all the chapters and scenes summarized before any of the writing even begins… <and> Pantsers –Read more
Betty’s Origin Story
Hello readers! I want to give you an update on my last couple of weeks, as it’s been crazy busy (in a good way!) I’ve been taking a little interlude between episodes #16 and #17 and getting very busy writing a short (about 9K words) origin story for Betty. I wanted to do this, becauseRead more
Radio Show Podcast – Scene 4 is LIVE
Betty’s ready to head out and dish up some cold-blooded justice, but not before serving up a delectable dinner to her doting husband and children. Tonight, lies are on the menu… Listen at HayleyCamille.com/podcast Voice Actor Cast for this Scene: Bonnie Bogovich: Betty Jones & NarratorBrian Roberts: George Jones & AnnouncerOrrin Barry-Smith: Georgie (Jnr)Read more
War of the Worlds
You might be wondering what a Science Fiction novel has to do with Avon Calling? Let’s blame Mr. George Jones. There’s a scene in Episode #16 Better the Devil You Know, where George flips out at some rather *revealing* news he’s just heard about Betty. Here’s the scene and what he says: ” George startedRead more
Radio Show Podcast – Scene 3 is LIVE
Betty flicks through her Vogue and sips her tea while uncovering secret plans for drug heist. Some drugstore cowboys are neck deep in trouble and they’re about to learn a lesson they won’t live to forget.A woman’s work is never done… Listen at HayleyCamille.com/podcast Voice Actor Cast for this Scene: Bonnie Bogovich: Betty Jones &Read more
Victory Red ~ Wartime Glamor
The only lipstick to wear in the 1940’s was red, red and more red! Red lipstick symbolised the optimism, fighting spirit and patriotism of the second world war. Wearing it was considered to keep spirits up during the dark days of the war. Politically charged campaigns put red lipstick on the top of the cosmeticRead more
Radio Show Podcast – Scene 2 is LIVE
Betty Jones is a woman with a dark past, which she paints each day with Avon cosmetics and a picture-perfect smile. She’s out on the job selling Avon when she discovers her customer’s abusive boyfriend needs a house-call. The kind of visit only she can give… Listen at HayleyCamille.com/podcast Audio Cast in Scene 2: BonnieRead more
A Little Nod to a Disney Classic
When Betty needs a diversion to distract her husband’s attention after she arrives home in the middle of the night looking like she’s done a few rounds in a bar brawl, there’s only one thing that can get her off the hook. A very cute, homeless and bedraggled mewling kitten. I mean, she’s got toRead more
Adina’s Escape through the Rotunda
In Episode #9 “Serenade to a Savage”, we see Adina’s distraught flight away from the Gala Ball after her argument with Jacob. She dashes down the giant curved stairs of the rotunda, away the Governor’s Room, has a brief encounter with the concierge and disappears into the dark night – where she encounters even moreRead more
Radio Show Podcast – Scene 1 is LIVE
Betty Jones, devoted wife, Avon Lady, and mother-of-two, is being held hostage by the notorious criminal mob boss that terrorized her childhood and ruined her young life. Thirty-one mercenaries stand ready to kill her.Betty’s fate seems sealed. Or is it? Listen at: HayleyCamille.com/podcast Voice Actor Cast for this Scene: Bonnie Bogovich: Betty Jones & NarratorDavidRead more
The Desk with Too Many Drawers
The first Easter Egg I want to tell you about, appears in Episode 9 “Serenade to a Savage” in a scene where Adina and Jacob are having a heated discussion at City Hall in a private room, while Betty deals with Donny’s downfall on stage. Here’s a reminder of the scene: Adina pushed through, lettingRead more
I want to lift the curtain on some of those little Easter Eggs you may have missed in the series as I write, but that I think deserve a special mention. There is a huge amount of research involved in writing the Avon Calling series. Fashion, Gangsters, Weapons and WW2 are my usual topics,Read more
Listen to the ‘Avon Calling’ Radio Show here!
As we release the new Radio Show, scene by scene, you’ll be the first to hear it! You can listen to the podcast (on Spotify, iTunes or GooglePlay) here: https://hayleycamille.com/podcast We have an amazingly talented cast of voice-over artists working on the project already, and Episode One is currently in production, which we will releaseRead more
Doyers Street and The Bloody Angle
I promised an explanation about the image behind Betty on the book cover. Here it is! The background of the cover image depicts a dark alley at night, with a single street light looking down on Betty as she walks the foggy asphalt, bloody knife in hand. What you are looking at in this image,Read more
New Cover Art!
This new cover took me far too long to get together, mainly due to the cost of procuring exclusive rights to use the image of this perfectly put-together 1940’s lady who is the epitome of our beloved Betty Jones (exclusive rights to graphic images aren’t cheap!) But she was worth the wait. I’ve got someRead more
Your Reading List
Don’t miss an episode – you’ll find the full ‘Avon Calling!’ booklist here: COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTION ON AMAZON Want to Binge Read Season One? Fill your eReader with Episodes #1 – #10 on Amazon HERE for only $6.99 (>30% off individual prices!) Episode #1: “A Woman’s Work is Never Done”Episode #2: “A Dream That I Can Call My Own”EpisodeRead more
Podcast News – Have your say!
We’ve had some fantastic feedback so far, by readers letting us know what they’d like featured in the upcoming new Avon Calling Podcast!Read more
Avon Calling WON the KBR Award!
Avon Calling WON The Kindle Book Review Reader’s Choice Award! To all my amazing readers, who voted and shared the book – you made this happen.Read more
Avon Calling: The Podcast!
We are planning to create an old-style radio serial! There will be different voices for all the characters, jazz & 1940s music, sound effects, and all the bells and whistles!Read more
Book Review: The Dry
I loved the very “Australian” flavour of this crime novel. The language, scenes and tones were familiar to me and all at once, managed to be both inviting and suffocating. The characters were multi-dimensional, interesting and there were plenty to both love and hate.Read more
Book Review: The Lost Girls of Paris
Switching chapters between two protagonists, this wartime novel about spies and secrets was an interesting and lovely one to listen to on audiobook.Read more
Book Review: The Killing Floor
Over the years, I’ve had numerous reviews mention that the main protagonist in my Avon Calling series, Betty Jones, reminds them of a female ‘Jack Reacher’ (from author Lee Child’s series of crime action novels featuring this character as protagonist). I thought it was high time I read one of his Jack Reacher novels to see what they were getting at!Read more
Nomination for The Kindle Book Review “Reader’s Choice Awards”!
If you haven’t had a chance to vote for Avon Calling, please help me get Betty’s name in lights for all the world to see!Read more
Holy Moly! Golly Gosh! Did you hear the news?!⠀
Even My Baby Girl Is Talking About Betty’s Newest Misadventure!Read more
New York, New York!
In April 2017, I took a VERY long flight from Brisbane, Australia over to New York (hello, jet-lag!) on a special bookish holiday!Read more
1940’s Hepcats and Jitterbugs – Can you talk the talk?
I thought I’d make a snappy little list for you of some of the terms you’ll recognise from the Avon Calling! episodes. Here’s some swell 1940’s slang — and what it means!Read more
Behind the Scenes – Making the HUMAN Book Trailer
Creating and producing the book trailer was a really new experience for me, and one I won’t easily forget. It was absolutely fantastic.Read more
The Power of the Naked Mole Rat
Fascinatingly, there are animals on this earth that have biologically evolved ways to combat some of the larges health problems we humans face- and some of them aren’t that different from us.Read more
Welcome Back, Archaeopteryx!
While you’ve been kicking back lately catching up on Game of Thrones (and who could blame you…), a team of researchers in China have unearthed the fossil of what they believe to be, the earliest known bird.Read more
An Invisibility Cloak – For Your Brain!
Yep, they’ve done it. Scientists have finally created a chemical concoction that turns your organs transparent.Read more
Behind the Scenes – Making Ivy’s Spear!
I got to play cave-woman for a few days (and ouch, hand punching/ sewing through six layers of leather was hard on the fingers!). But, like any creative process, the end result was definitely worth it.Read more
This is Writing – An Author Interview with Hayley Camille
I was lucky enough to be interviewed recently by Scott Mullins for the publishing site “This is Writing” recently, and am delighted to present his work here!Read more
Happy (Geeky) Holidays!
I hope you’ve had a fantastic holiday break! Here’s a little update from me with sparkles of seasonal news and a FREE GIFT for your e-readers as well!Read more
Fantastic reviews are already rolling in!
After much anticipation, my latest Science Fiction Adventure novel, HUMAN, is now available!Read more
I made an impromptu video tutorial about how to deal with spiders you don’t want around (without killing them!)Read more
Cruel Sister – A new adventure by David Greagg & Kerry Greenwood
I was delighted last year to meet Kerry Greenwood, author of over 60 books, including the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series and Corinna Chapman Mysteries, along with her partner David Greagg, who is also a noted author of both fiction and non-fiction books, as well as an educator, mathematician and many other impressive titles.Read more