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Upmarket Women's Fiction
For the general reader and beginning student.
An engaging introductory text of vivid case studies accompanied by clear descriptions of neuropsychological disorders.
Twenty articles & chapters on a range of neuropsychological topics

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Brief Moment in Bestseller Spotlight!

October 29, 2017

Tags: A Drop in the Ocean, Bestseller, E-book sale

Currently (until 13th November) there is a 99 cent e-book sale for "A Drop in the Ocean" and it is always fun to check out the sales ranks on Amazon while a sale is taking place, especially when the e-mail is sent out just once by a large book promotion organisation to hundreds of thousands of keen readers. Especially if one's book hits the Bestseller list (meaning in the top 10 of all paid Kindle books in a particular country; ie: in US in the top 10 paid Kindle books of 5 or 6 million+ books, but probably more like 3 million in Australia or Canada; no one knows the true figures which are increasing apparently by about a million + books per year). As a result of this single promotional e-mail, "A Drop in the Ocean" made it to Bestseller in both Canada (#6) and Australia (#4), in both cases for a whole two days! Also in its categories (Literary fiction, Women's fiction, Contemporary fiction) it got to #1 or #2, and got into the #2 slot for Kobo in Canada as well. (more…)

A Drop in the Ocean wins prestigious Book Award

May 1, 2017

Tags: Writing, A Drop in the Ocean, Book Awards

New Zealand author, Jenni Ogden, wins the Gold in the 2016 Nautilus Book Awards for Fiction, Large Publisher, for her novel ‘A Drop in the Ocean’ published by US publisher, She Writes Press.

She shares the GOLD with Monica Wood for her novel ‘The One in a Million Boy’ published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The Nautilus Fiction Award has been won in past years by many well-known authors, including NoViolet Bulawayo in 2013 for ‘We Need New Names’ (Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize [won by New Zealander Eleanor Catton that year] and winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award), and Barbara Kingsolver in 2013 for her novel ‘Flight Behavior’ (a New York Times Bestseller, and declared "Best book of the year" by the Washington Post and USA Today).

‘A Drop in the Ocean’ also won the GOLD in the 2016 Sarton Women’s Book Awards—Contemporary Fiction; the GOLD in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYS)— Best Fiction, Australia and NZ; and the SILVER in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, Women’s Fiction.

The five winners are listed below.

2016 Nautilus Book Award for FICTION, Large Publisher

GOLD A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden, She Writes Press
GOLD The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
SILVER LaRose – a novel by Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins / Harper
SILVER In the Blue Hour by Elizabeth Hall, Lake Union Publishing
SILVER Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, HarperCollins

Now completing its 19th year, Nautilus Book Awards recognizes books across a wide range of genres that transcend barriers of culture, gender, race, and class, and promote conscious living & green values, spiritual growth, wellness & vitality, and positive social change. Last year, Nautilus received entries from 36 States of USA, and from 12 other nations. Dedicated to excellence and high standards of both message and presentation, the Nautilus program celebrates books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities and global citizens.

Nautilus Book Awards is held in particular high-regard for recognizing and promoting outstanding print books that nurture positive change to co-create a Better World.

Nautilus is one of the few major Book Award programs that welcomes entries from the full range of the publishing spectrum: Author Self-Published, from Small Press (2 to 10 books annual & from multiple authors), and from Large Publishers. All the books selected as Winners are potent seeds for the growth, coherence, and healing of our world.

The Nautilus Mission is to make more visible a wide subject-range
of Better Books for a Better World.

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'A Drop in the Ocean' wins 2016 Sarton Women's Book Award for Contemporary Fiction

April 10, 2017

Tags: Awards, Writing, A Drop in the Ocean

The Sarton awards are sponsored by the Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit community of women writers. The program is named in honor of May Sarton, who is remembered for her outstanding contributions to women's literature as a memoirist, novelist, and poet. The awards are given annually to women authors writing chiefly about women in memoir, biography and fiction published in the United States and Canada. Congratulations to the other four category winners! May the spirit of May Sarton live on! Press release here:

A Drop in the Ocean Shortlisted for Book Award

February 16, 2017

Tags: Awards, Writing, A Drop in the Ocean

Please to share the news that "A Drop in the Ocean" is a Finalist in the highly regarded US Sarton Women's Book Awards, in the Contemporary Fiction Category. Fingers crossed! Winners announced April.

Xmas Books

December 8, 2016

Tags: A Drop in the Ocean, Trouble in Mind, Jenni Ogden, Christmas, Gifts

A Book for Christmas!
Is there a woman (or man) in your life who loves to read bookclub fiction, or a book that will transport them to an idyllic island, if only for a few hours? Consider gifting them 'A Drop in the Ocean' (ISBN(13) 978-1-63152-026-6) for Christmas! It is easy to buy—online of course from most online book sellers and the big book stores like Barnes & Noble, but better still from your favorite independent bookshop. If your bookstore needs to order it in, in the US and Canada they can order it through Ingram Publisher Services, in the UK from Ingram Publisher Services or Baker & Taylor, in Australia from Dennis Jones & Associates ( and in New Zealand from Nationwide Book Distributors (

If engaging, intriguing and informative true stories about patients with brain disorders are more to their taste, gift them my memoir, 'Trouble In Mind: Stories from a Neuropsychologist's Casebook.' I promise these stories are more uplifting than grim. Any bookshop should be able to get a copy for you, or go to Scribe Publications (ISBN 978-1-922070-56-2) in Australia or Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-982700-8) in the US and UK. Or, of course, buy it online.


May 6, 2016

Tags: Next Act for Women, reinvention, women novelists, She Writes Press, A Drop in the Ocean, Off-grid Living, Great Barrier Island

Love to to read and share this interview in Next Act for Women;
Publishing Her First Novel While Living Off-Grid: Jenni’s Story. (Link:
Next Act For Women is an award-winning site included in "The Must-Read Blogs of 2015 For Those Over 50 on Huffington Post." It is the creation of an incredible woman, Hélène Tragos Stelian. She posts in-depth interviews with 50+ women who have followed their passions and changed direction. Her hope is to create a community where women can read about and join women who have made this leap, learning from each other as they strive to live out their Next Act. That’s me! Woo Hoo!


April 8, 2016

Tags: Writing, A Drop in the Ocean, Book Awards

The Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYS) for 2016 have been announced and A Drop in the Ocean is the GOLD WINNER for

Very nice too!

More Special Reviews from Wonderful Authors

January 25, 2016

Tags: writing, A Drop in the Ocean

In the last week or so A DROP IN THE OCEAN has been getting many great reviews on Netgalley and two more humbling endorsements from two of my most favourite authors, Robin Black and Barbara Claypole White. I have of course added them to my other endorsements from generous authors under Reviews, but wanted to share NOW! These authors take so much time to first read and then write an endorsement when they are all completely overloaded themselves with deadlines for their current book and all the marketing stuff that f goes with it (apart from their normal lives...) And I added the final sentences of a review from "For The Love of Books" (one of the many Netgalley book reviewers) because I really love it!

"This is a quietly majestic book, taking on quests for identity, for connection, for love, for self - always with dignity and with an impressive breadth of understanding. Like the turtles whose lives and habits are tracked in these pages, the characters at the heart of A Drop In The Ocean move gently but with enormous consequence. Here is a book to lose oneself in - and then share, enthusiastically, right away."
—Robin Black, bestselling author of Life Drawing and Crash Course: 52 Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide.

"A novel about turtles, the fragility of life, and the complexity of love, A Drop in the Ocean will transport you to remote islands with its lyrical natural imagery. This is a story to savor, discuss, and share.”
—Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son

"I fell in love with the island and with Tom myself, but those turtles. Oh, those turtles, I wanted to quit my day job and head to Australia to do everything I could to protect those magnificent, wise creatures.”
—For the Love of Books

Festivals and the love of books

November 29, 2015

Tags: Brain Matters, Writing, Books, Festivals, Being Happy

Nicky Pellegrino and Jenni Ogden in conversation at the Waiheke Literary Festival, November, 2015.

Writers and Readers festivals are pure bliss for those of us who love books. I have been to many throughout the world; in fact if we are traveling anywhere I check out book festivals (and music and wine and food festivals) in case by tweaking our dates we can go to more. I think it is the buzz of being in the midst of so many others who love the same things as you do. But NZ hosts festivals every bit as wonderful as overseas festivals. I particularly love the Auckland Writers Festival, which is massive but incredibly well-organised and very friendly. World-class writers (including world class NZ and Australian writers) are guest speakers, and this year they sold over 63,000 tickets to events. WOMAD NZ in the beautiful New Plymouth is a wonderful weekend of music from many countries in a fabulous atmosphere and held in an incredible venue. (more…)

Cover Reveal! My new novel...

August 11, 2015

Tags: Writing

Getting one's cover for one's new novel (especially one's debut novel!) has to be one of the best moments in one's writing life. Here is the cover for A Drop In The Ocean, not out until May, 2016, but I'll remind you again then, no doubt! Here is a brief "back cover" description.

"On her 49th birthday, Anna Fergusson, Boston neuroscientist and dedicated introvert, arrives at an unwanted crossroads when the funding for her research lab is cut. With her confidence shattered and her future uncertain, on impulse she rents a cabin for a year on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. But Turtle Island, alive with sea birds and nesting Green turtles, is not the retreat she expected. Here she finds love—for the eccentric islanders who become her family; for Tom, a laid-back turtle researcher; and for the turtles whose ancient mothering instincts move her to tears. But Anna finds that even on her idyllic drop in the ocean there is pain, and as the months fly past her dream for a new life is threatened by a darkness that challenges everything she has come to believe about the power of love.

Evocative and thought-provoking, A Drop in the Ocean is a story about second chances and hard lessons learned in the gentlest of ways.