2018 releases

Hell's Bell
Scent of the Jaguar
His Outback Nanny
The Queen's Game
366 Days of Flash Fiction
On the Horizon: Simple worlds of speculative adventure
Lusting the Enemy

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Darklight On ... LJ Higgins

Today's Darklight On is Special Guest ... LJ Higgins,

Welcome, LJ




How did you come to write speculative fiction? What attracted you to the genre? 

I've always asked myself 'what if?' What if we were all forced to have microchips implanted in our wrists? What if something destroyed the earth? How would we survive? I love exploring these ideas and creating worlds that make people wonder if we might live in similar worlds in the future. 


Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in-between?

When I wrote the Dreamer Trilogy I was a pantser and I let the story and characters move and grow organically as I wrote. It was both exciting and frustrating at times and when I sat down to write the Secrets of Aurora series I decided to give plotting a go. Plotting has helped me write faster, and although there are times I have adjusted the story so it still feels 'real' I feel it's helped me tell the story in a fast-paced, fun way. 


Do you have a favourite of your characters? 

Picking a favourite is hard, but I thoroughly enjoyed writing the relationship between Aurora and Braven. They have a close bond that is more brother and sister than romantic and I liked how it grew through the series. They also provide plenty of laughs. Braven is a crowd favourite because of his sense of humour. 


What are you currently working on? 

I've just sent Elysium, the final book of the Secrets of Aurora series, away to my publisher and have been working on a novella to accompany the series. I'm also mapping out an alien invasion story.


What is your favourite part of the process of writing? 

I'm not sure if I could pick a favourite. I love the excitement of a simple idea or what if? coming together as a story in my mind. I'll scribble down ideas and mull them over for days until the whole picture starts appearing. I also enjoy when I'm writing and it just flows. The words come so easy and a scene is down before I know it. 


What can we expect from L J Higgins in the future? 

An alien hunter series that I'm mapping out at the moment. I will also be venturing into another genre in a project I'm keeping quiet for now. But I definitely see dragon's in my future. 


Who are your favourite authors?

I read a mash up of traditionally published and Indie books. Some of my favourite trad authors are J K Rowling, Hugh Howey, Laini Taylor, and Sarah J Maas. Some of my favourite Indie authors are Michelle Bryan, M Lynn, and Patrick Hodges


What are you currently reading? 

I just finished reading Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas and enjoyed every minute of it. Next on my tbr list is Legacy of Light by M Lynn and Michelle Bryan. 


Do you have a favourite spec fiction movie or TV series?

I love The 100 and Stranger Things series. I also love the Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings movies. 


Do you have advice for emerging writers? 

Just write! Let other people read what you're working on and be open to constructive criticism. It's what will help you learn and grow as a writer.

~~~ 

Thanks, L J Higgins!






Utopia: Secrets of Aurora, Book 1


The floating city, Utopia, is all sixteen-year-old Aurora has ever known. With three other cities, it is home to the survivors of cataclysmic events that ended life on Earth years ago.

After witnessing her mother’s murder, Aurora finds herself on the run from the very people who are meant to protect her. With the help of her best friend Fletcher, Aurora must find the truth behind her mother’s death, and why she is being hunted.

While someone wants the facts to remain hidden, Aurora won't stop until each hurtful truth is revealed. But nothing can prepare her for the answers that prove her entire existence has been built on a lie. Will the truth set her free? 

Buy Links:  Amazon
Available in KU

Author Links:  Website / Facebook / Instagram




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DarkSider News for May: Part 2


Welcome to the latest DarkSider News!

Grab that cuppa and chocolate, take a seat and let the good news roll... 





NEW RELEASES


Manu by Anna Hackett is Book 16 in the Hell Squad series and was released on 8th May.



As the battle against the invading aliens intensifies, a group of bad boy bikers and mercenaries will stand and fight for humanity’s survival…

When former berserker Manu Rahia lost his leg on a mission, he was forced to leave his squad. He knows his new role as head of the Enclave’s firing range and armory is important, but hates that he isn’t still out there fighting face to face against the aliens and protecting his brothers’ backs. But then one woman catches his eye. A no-nonsense woman dedicated to her job as head of security. A woman who seems cool on the surface, but who Manu is convinced is hiding more under her business-like exterior.

Captain Kate Scott dedicated her life to her career in the Army. Now she works hard taking care of security for the Enclave and its residents. She learned a long time ago that she isn’t a passionate woman, and that she’s better off sticking to her work. But seeing one big, bronze-skinned, muscled man at the range every day has her hormones going into overdrive. She’s never felt like this and she’s determined to get herself under control.

But when the aliens launch a viscous new attack, right on the Enclave’s doorstep, Kate and Manu must join forces to stop the raptors before more people get hurt. Kate will fight fiercely to protect her team and the base, as well as her heart. But Manu Rahia is a man who knows what he wants, will walk through fire to get it, and what he wants is Kate.


Available from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus |




Destiny's Queen by C.M. Simpson is a dark fantasy short story and was released by C.M. Publishing on 4th May.




A dark fantasy short story about royalty, rivalry, and assassination

Life’s not fair, when you have to find a fiancĂ© or risk setting your kingdom up for a fall. It’s not fair, when your dead lover comes to call, assassins in his wake, and your dead maid by his side. And it’s really not fair, when everything happens on the night of your suitors’ ball. It never rains but it pours. I am a queen by blood and right, and not some random happenstance—yet who am I to argue when Destiny comes to call?



Available from: DriveThruFiction | Smashwords | Amazon US | Amazon Aus |  Kobo | 






Rocky & the Raptors by Carlie Simonsen is Book 6 in the Otherworld Adventures and was released by C.M. Publishing on 11th May.



When Rosie’s teddybear is stolen by a bird, Rocky has to go into raptor territory to get it back, before Rosie tries to fetch it herself—and all without the raptors knowing he’s there. Just how far will he go to bring her Teddy home?


Available from: DriveThruFiction | Smashwords | Amazon US | Amazon Aus Kobo







Magic, Markets & Murder by Janni Nell is Book 2 in the Little Shop of Spells Cozy Mystery series and was released by BOCHOK Publishing on 2nd May.




Welcome to the Spring Equinox Market—a weekend of magic, shopping and…murder.

When small-town witch, Maddie Goodcharm volunteers to help with the market, the last thing she expects is to stumble upon a murder scene. Even worse the crime appears to have been committed by a witch. Nobody’s talking and the sheriff is powerless until he enlists Maddie’s help.

Investigating a murder is hard enough, but it’s not Maddie’s only problem. Someone has given the mayor a love potion. Suddenly he believes Maddie is The One. He’s talking divorce and his wife isn’t happy.

Can Maddie dodge the mayor and his furious wife until she catches the killer? Or will the magical murderer get away?


Available from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus | Google Play | Kobo | iBooks |






Non spec-fic titles


His Outback Temptation by Annie Seaton is the 4th and final book in the Prickle Creek series and was released by Entangled Publishing on 14th May.





Freelance photographer Sebastian Richards has put aside travelling the world to show his grandmother he is capable of helping out on the family farm, even though it’s hard to let go of his wanderlust. But when he rescues a beautiful woman from a difficult situation, and Sebastian learns Isabella Romano is going to his hometown, heading back to Prickle Creek holds more appeal.

Isabella has come home to the Outback for a short visit to her father before she heads off to begin her dream job in England. Circumstances throw Isabella and Sebastian together at every turn—so maybe a short summer fling could be fun?

Isabella is determined to leave, even though her heart wants to stay. Sebastian is determined to stay, though his heart wants to go. But the only way for them to be happy is to take a chance on love.


Available from  from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus | Kobo | iBooks |








PRE-ORDERS



Alien Captured by Marie Dry is Book 5 in the Zyrgin Warriors series and is due for release by Black Opal Books on 9th June.




In a bleak future, where government systems are breaking down and poverty and violence reign, on an abandoned farm in Montana, Susannah had a simple plan. She’d capture an alien, sell him to the resistance, and use the money to save her son. 

Instead, Susannah had an arrogant alien trapped in a pit who acted as if she was the prisoner. He wanted to kill her dog and insisted she should care for the wound he sustained when he fell into the pit she dug to trap him. On top of that, she had no way to know if the resistance got her message. Every day that passed, she doubted her decision to hand Azagor over to the resistance. 

But her son, her baby, was being held by people who considered him unclean because he was conceived out of wedlock—and time was running out. 



Available from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus








COVER REVEAL


Hunter Hunted by Keri Arthur is Book 3 in the Lizzie Grace series and will be released in August.






No Ordinary Gift by Mel Teshco is the new cover of the book Believe and it's co-written with Kylie Sheaffe. Initially released in 2013.



Josie Bowheart has only ever wanted to be normal. Instead she’s highly sensitive and overwhelmed by visions and dreams, and obsessed by spirits who need her.

But if normal means living the same lie as her genius brother and doctor, James, she’ll gladly stay just the way she is. First she has to convince James to believe in his own sensitivities and open his eyes to his destiny before it’s too late … because ordinary isn’t a word that serves either one of them.

Can James let go of his fears and his growing drug addiction that suppress his mind and keep him numb to the truth … and finally accept the gift that is his birthright?


Available from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus |




Non spec-fic titles

Overdrive by Juanita Kees is the Book 1 in the Calhoun Customs Garage series to be released by Tule Publishing on 26th June.



Chase Calhoun has worked hard at making Calhoun Customs a world-wide sensation and keeping his father’s dream alive. He hasn’t had time to think about settling down, so he’s not expecting to find love or new life hiding in the attic of their garage among the ghosts of his family’s past.

Charlotte Jackson is on the run from a rebellious past, determined to prove she can be a good mom to three-month-old baby, Zoe. Tired of being delegated to the back office of the racing team her famous NASCAR family owns, she sets out to establish herself as a custom design artist. But she’s out of money, luck and time, and she can’t hide in the attic at Calhoun Customs forever.

While Chase slowly loses his heart to his refrigerator thief and the baby bundle asleep in his laundry basket, Charlotte learns that sometimes family is more than just blood and DNA.



Echo Springs is a 4 book continuity about a group of police officers in a small country town in outback Australia that will feature both Daniel de Lorne and Leisl Leighton. The anthology will be released in print by Harlequin Australia while each individual story will be released digitally by Escape Publishing in September.


Story 1 - Dangerous Echoes by Leisl Leighton,
Story 2 - Embers and Echoes by Daniel DeLorne,
Story 3 - Echoes of the Past by TJ Hamilton, and
Story 4 - Hope Echoes by Shannon Curtis.


Wholesome country living isn’t what it used to be… This town has a dark side, but what will these cops sacrifice to save it? A compelling suspense, set in the outback.

Blue lights in the red dust…

Echo Springs on the edge of the outback – a town where everyone knows your name, and your business. But the wholesome country living and welcoming community aren’t what they used to be. Echo Springs has a dark underbelly, and it is seeping ever outward.

Four cops…

The small police station is overrun, and officers are working overtime to stem the tide of illegal activity from graffiti through to murder. From prickly Leila to heartsore Ben, Cooper with something to prove to Mac who’s driven to succeed, the Echo Springs force is determined to keep the town safe.

Putting everything at risk…

But the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, and it’s not just the town these officers have to keep safe. It’s their hearts as well. With bullets flying and bodies piling up, they will have to decide how much they’re willing risk and what they’re willing to lose.




AWARDS




Blood Kissed by Keri Arthur (Book1 in the Lizzie Grace series) won the Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance Award at the 2017 Australian Romance Readers Awards.




AUDIO NEWS

source: Pixabay

Anna Hackett
has a number of her books available in audio format. Check them out HERE









AROUND THE WEB


Sales

Leisl Leighton's first two books in the Pack bound series is on sale!



Pack Bound: Book 1, is 99c

 iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | 


 and Moon Bound:  Book 2, is $2.99.


Interviews



Keri Arthur is talking about converting to Indie Publishing in an interview with Sarah Williams in her Write with Love Podcast.



TJ Nichols is on AusRom Today with the blog post '10 Things You Didn't Know about T.J. Nichols'. 





WEBSITE UPDATES


Pages updated recently: Rowena Cory Daniells.






Congratulations to all our DarkSiders!



Thanks for joining in our news. We'll see you next time...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Get Cozy with a Paranormal Mystery

New release!

Magic, Markets & Murder is the second book in the Little Shop of Spells cozy mystery series. This series is such fun to write. I hope you enjoy the following short excerpt.



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Silence closed around me like a shroud.  
Suddenly I didn’t want to look inside the tent. It did no good telling myself not to be silly, that the women had probably decided not to bother with the party, that right now they were most likely having a quiet dinner somewhere. I wanted to creep away and hurry back to the party. But I couldn’t. My fingers fumbled with the zip. Then the tent was open and I shone my light inside.
The beam picked out jeans and a sweater, which had been thrown over the back of a camp chair. Underneath, footwear—sneakers and flats—had been placed neatly side by side. As I moved my light around, items lying haphazardly on the floor caught my eye—a brush, a purse and an open lipstick that had been squashed into a bright pink mess. Had someone trod on it? I moved the light and other things came into view—a hand mirror, an earring and the bottom of a long black skirt. Protruding from the skirt was a pair of bare feet. I was so shocked, I dropped my phone and the tent plunged into darkness.
Had I really seen a pair of bare feet? No. My imagination must be playing tricks on me. Determined to prove that there was nothing sinister here, I picked up my phone and shone the light inside again.  
A chill swept over me as I once again saw the bare feet with painted toenails and a smear on the sole that matched the pink lipstick on the floor. Had I found another dead body? 
Only a few short weeks ago, I'd found my first body...well, actually, I'd found two bodies in a few days, but who was counting? This couldn't be happening again.



***






Welcome to the Spring Equinox Market—a weekend of magic, shopping and…murder.

When small-town witch, Maddie Goodcharm volunteers to help with the market, the last thing she expects is to stumble upon a murder scene. Even worse the crime appears to have been committed by a witch. Nobody’s talking and the sheriff is powerless until he enlists Maddie’s help.

Investigating a murder is hard enough, but it’s not Maddie’s only problem. Someone has given the mayor a love potion. Suddenly he believes Maddie is The One. He’s talking divorce and his wife isn’t happy.

Can Maddie dodge the mayor and his furious wife until she catches the killer? Or will the magical murderer get away?



Now available


Available on iBooks 10th May.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

DarkSider News for May



Welcome to the latest DarkSider News!

Let May ignite your reading...


NEW DARKSIDERS


Welcome to the DarkSiders, Theresa Fuller!


Theresa Fuller was born in Singapore to Peranakan parents. She was encouraged in her writing by her teacher, Chia Hearn Chek, a well-known local author. Educated in Singapore and Australia, she worked as an analyst/programmer and later as a high school teacher. Her first short story THE CRICKET SON was published in VOICES OF THE PAST, An Anthology of Stories Passed Down In Australian Families.

Her breakthrough novel is the Steampunk YA THE GHOST ENGINE, published in March 2018. It won a mentorship at the Australasian Horror Writers’ Association. THE GHOST ENGINE combines her love of technology with her enthusiasm for Victorian England.

Theresa currently resides with her family in Sydney, Australia.



Welcome to the DarkSiders, M.L. Tompsett!


M. L. Tompsett has been creating worlds to escape to since she was a little girl. Years later she is still enjoying her writing in her imaginative make-believe worlds with interesting characters and steamy scenes. Finally moving forward to the big wide scary world of publishing in print and the new world of digital eBook publishing.
Married to her childhood sweetheart, they live in Victoria, Australia and have two fully grown, handsome and extremely talented in their own way - sons.

Over the years, M. L. Tompsett has worn different hats throughout the years, apart from being a full time caring mum and loving wife. She has also been a secretary, a football manager, basketball coach, receptionist, managers assistant, mum taxi, business owner, administrator, author and a lover of fine chocolate, ok nearly any type of chocolate, especially milk chocolate covered liquorice. (YUM)
With her first series, out on the digital shelves and in print (softcover).

M. L. Tompsett is excited to see something she has been working on for far too long become a reality in the published world.

“Now with three books out as well as a digital box set, it is a humble experience seeing my books out there for the public to enjoy.”




NEW RELEASES


The Ghost Machine by Theresa Fuller was released by Bare Bear Media on 8th March.



She thought she could change the world... 

When Lady Elizabeth Ada Lovelace, a beautiful, arrogant suffragette, purchased the 19th-century Algorithmic Engine in order to become the world's first programmer, she planned to break the shackles of inequality for Victorian women. 

Until her world became that of the machine... 

Instead she learns the true meaning of equality when she ends up trapped, brought down to the level of the machine. Inside the double-crossing computer, Elizabeth must match wits with a stubbornly idealistic ghost and a chillingly handsome doppelganger in the computer's endless series of mind games. But as the machine learns to become a sentient being, time is ticking away. Elizabeth finds herself falling in love with the ghost trapped in the machine. Together they are pitted in a race against the machine to escape before the Algorithmic Engine shuts down – killing them all. 

Now all their worlds hang in the balance. 


Available from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus | 




You Never Know by M.L. Tompsett is Book 3 of the Sex, Lies and Family Secrets series and was released by Tompsett Publishing on 13th April.



Leaving her family behind, and escaping her future, Alex Smithlyn attempts to live amongst the humans in their realm and away from Dark Ones and her destiny. From their first meeting at high school, both Alex and Branx Rayden knew their destinies are to be with one another. 

Years later, our young couple is recruited by Dillion Sparks, the head of The Corporation, both Alex and Branx work as partners in the SFD or the Special Forces Department, in the City branch. Where they solve crimes, catching the bad guys and the bad paranormal entities gone rogue. Fighting for good, capturing and eliminating the evils of this world, until someone close to our young couple decided Alex is next on the list for extermination. 

Alex alongside with the love of her life - her secret husband, Branx, are captured, tortured and close to death. Using her hidden abilities, Alex manages to rescue them both and barely managing to save her husband’s life. It soon becomes apparent, Alex was not meant to escape and live to tell about it. 

As her past soon catches up with her, Alex will require her family’s help more than ever, to keep her and Branx safe. As a mysterious man appears, who is he, but more importantly what is he and why is he looking for Branx and why did he want to capture, Alex? Secrets are revealed, shattering one family and changing their lives forever. 

Can the love Branx and Alex feel for one another be strong enough to survive the evils around them? Will they live long enough to find out the truth before it is too late? With Branx by her side, Alex must survive if she is to become the next Queen of Darshia. Who said the life of a Princess, is ever easy?

The book can be read alone or in series order.


Available from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus | Smashwords | Google Play | iBooks | B&N




Sex, Lies And Family Secrets series (Books 1, 2, & 3) by M.L Tompsett was released as a box set by Tompsett Publishing on 20th April.


Book 1 - The Guy Next Door

Dark Ones, assassins and fighting to survive, become Alexia’s new way of life. In this new series of Sex, Lies And Family Secrets: The Guy Next Door. This is book one of the series.

Weeks away from turning eighteen, Alexia Steele is about to face the hardest challenge in her young life. The love of her life - Drake, is gone and Alexia’s mother just revealed a massive family secret, changing her life forever. Arriving in a mysterious new world where Dark Ones roam, Alexia is on a mission to protect the people she loves at the same time fighting to stay alive and work out who is trying to kill her.

Alexia starts her search for her next-door neighbour, the absent love of her life - Drake. Alexia soon finds Drake surrounded by women, wanting prestige of marriage. Will their love be strong enough to reunite them, or is Alexia already too late?

It soon becomes clear not all family can be trusted and will the person who wants Alexia dead; succeed in their evil plans for power.


Book 2 - Dark Surprises

Alexia is back, and finds herself drawn into the paranormal world she thought she had left behind.
We finally get to meet Lucy and see how her life dangerously entwines with Alexia and Drake in the next instalment of Sex, Lies and Family Secrets: Dark Surprises.

What happens when your sexy husband is mistaken for someone else and kidnapped by violent, evil, men? You take charge and organise a rescue of course. Finding out Witches are real, and her best friend Lucy comes from a family of Witches. With Lucy by her side, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives against the Dark Witches, who are out for blood. 
Alexia finds herself learning and using Lucy's spells and gifted magical charmed necklace to rescue Drake from a Dark One traitor. Can Alexia save Drake in time or will this spell the end for our loving couple. And, then there is the mysterious woman in the shadows, who is she and why does she seem so familiar?

Book 3 - You Never Know
see above for blurb



With strong sex scenes, this read is for 18 years and older.

This eBook contains coarse language, sexual themes (yes-steamy sex scenes), blood, vampires, young love, violence, nudity, handsome - muscled men. Some readers will notice this book is written in UK English/Australian, which means words will be spelt different to USA English. If you are offended by any of these themes, this book is not for you.


Available on: Amazon US | Amazon Aus



Phase by Maree Anderson is Book 2 of the Liminals series and was released  on 18th February.



My name’s Wren, and I’m a liminal who can phase in and out of the real world. Super-cool, right? Yeah, not so much. See, I’m still struggling to learn how all this liminal stuff works. Not to mention my father’s experiments are mucking with my already volatile liminal abilities. Then there are my twin brothers: Liam, who’s obsessed with destroying Daddy-Dearest’s empire no matter what it costs, and Reilly, who’ll sacrifice everyone—including me—to save the monster lurking Between. Oh, and that monster? She just happens to be my mother. 

If not for Kade, I’d be losing it big-time. But my boyfriend’s got major issues of his own—issues that are slowly stripping him of his sanity. If we don’t escape this hellhole soon it could be too late.

What’s the point of being so damned powerful if you can’t save the ones you love?


Available from: iBooks  | SmashwordsB&N  | Kobo |  Amazon US | Amazon Aus |




Mack 'n' Me: Origins by C.M. Simpson is Book 1 in the Mack 'n' Me Odyssey sci-fi series and was released by C.M. Simpson Publishing on 20th April. 



I ran away from home to find a better life—not be forced into one. You can call me picky, but a girl likes to be asked if she wants to work for you, not coerced—and Odyssey should know better. Now, I have to find a way to kick free—of Odyssey, and my trainer, Mack—without getting myself killed. Surviving the mission is just the first step. Getting out from under, that’s gonna take some doing.



Available from Smashwords | Amazon US | Amazon Aus | DriveThruFiction | Kobo |




Shifter Bound by Leisl Leighton is Book 3 of the Pack Bound series. It was released by Escape Publishing on the 20th April.




One pack, one coven, a destiny intertwined...
Five hundred years ago, facing extinction, a group of powerful witches united to create a pact with the Were to save witch-kind. The pact expelled an ancient evil, known only as the Darkness, that was blocking the Were from their wolves. With the Darkness destroyed, the Packs and their Covens grew strong as they thrived beside each other in their brand-new world.

But the Darkness was not destroyed.

Shifter-Witch Eloise O’Brien has betrayed her Coven and almost killed her brother to save the Were Pack she’d infiltrated as a spy. Now living with the Were she once feared and hated, she learns the truth of who she really is—the prophesied Nexus. A witch of unspeakable power, she must make a choice between the light and the dark, between Iain McShane, the Lone Wolf she is coming to love, and her once beloved brother and Coven who are now working for the Darkness.


Available from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo |




Playing God by Lana Pecherczyk is Book 3 of The Game of Gods series and was released by Prism Press on 1st May.


HE ATE THE SOUL OF AN EVIL WITCH TO SAVE HER MENTOR, BUT AT WHAT COST?

Once confused with the enemy and abandoned by her father, Roo Urser spent most her life hiding her fearsome powers. But then she met Cash, a hunter with secrets of his own, who revealed her true purpose in life: to play the Game of Gods. Now she must use those powers to survive.
Forced to attend The Ludus and pitted against bloodthirsty contenders, freedom is only a few trials away. If Roo passes the trials, she can declare independent. If she fails… she faces a fate worse than death. Trapped in Urser House where her monstrous father is making secret deals threatening to topple the Game, and the world, Roo becomes determined to uncover his plans. Soon, failing is the last thing on her mind.

As lies and deceit surround her from all sides, Roo must decide who to trust amongst her powerful companions—her emotionally scarred mentor, her oddball brother, or her rival Players. But when the souls inside her battle for supremacy, her thoughts become unstable. How can she survive when she can’t trust herself?


Available from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus |




Dear Tiger: Help Me Find My Sisters by Carlie Simonsen is Book 6 and final book in the The Tiger Letters series and was released by C.M. Publishing on 20th April.


Simone and Tiger are almost within touching distance, when their lives take dramatically different directions, but Simone needs Tiger’s help, and he faces a difficult choice. Does he try to join her, as she races to rescue her sisters, or can he be of more help where he is? And will this be the mission that ends with them together? Or will they be torn apart… again?


Available from: Smashwords | Amazon US | Amazon AusDriveThruFiction | iBooks |







Non spec-fic titles


Whispers at Wongan Creek by Juanita Kees is a print anthology called Country Whispers along with authors Elizabeth Dunk and Tricia Stringer. It was released by HarperCollins Australia  on 30th April.




Whispers At Wongan Creek

Travis Bailey sometimes feels like he holds the community of Wongan Creek together with his bare hands. Between his farm, his orphaned niece and his elderly neighbour, he doesn't have time to fall in love. Social worker Heather Penney is living on borrowed time. Her mother died of motor neurone disease, and nothing for Heather is guaranteed. Wongan Creek, and Travis, might be getting under her skin, but she can't afford to get attached. But as old secrets resurface, Travis and Heather find themselves fighting to save the farms and the futures of Wongan Creek's residents – and possibly their own lives.



Available from: HarperCollins Australia | Booktopia








PRE-ORDERS



Non spec-fic titles

His Outback Temptation by Annie Seaton is the 4th and final book in the Prickle Creek series and is due for release by Entangled Publishing on 14th May.




Freelance photographer Sebastian Richards has put aside travelling the world to show his grandmother he is capable of helping out on the family farm, even though it’s hard to let go of his wanderlust. But when he rescues a beautiful woman from a difficult situation, and Sebastian learns Isabella Romano is going to his hometown, heading back to Prickle Creek holds more appeal.

Isabella has come home to the Outback for a short visit to her father before she heads off to begin her dream job in England. Circumstances throw Isabella and Sebastian together at every turn—so maybe a short summer fling could be fun?

Isabella is determined to leave, even though her heart wants to stay. Sebastian is determined to stay, though his heart wants to go. But the only way for them to be happy is to take a chance on love. 




Pre-order from: Amazon US | Amazon Aus | Kobo | iBooks |






COVER REVEAL


Manu by Anna Hackett is Book 16 in the Hell Squad series and will be released on 9th May.








FREE READ

Tangent by Maree Anderson is a novella and is Book 1.5 of the Liminals series and was released  on 13th February. It was first published June 2016 in the Downunder YA Authors’ Dangerous Boys anthology. 



Revealing his lethal power could save her… or doom them both. 

For two years, lone wolf Rix has protected Lily… and lied about his true feelings. Best to keep treating her like the younger sister he never had, because how could she possibly love a hulking great lummox like him? Then Lily vanishes, and Rix discovers someone is snatching liminal kids to use in covert experiments. Rix will risk it all to find Lily. And once he tracks her down his plan is simple: phase in, grab her, get the hell out. But Lily’s merely bait for the real target: Rix. 

Vaughn Kincaid, the man behind the experiments on lims, is a driven, sadistic bastard—even his own sons are horrified by the things he’s done. He won’t hesitate to torture Lily and use her as a means to control Rix. Rix’s only ally is Kade, one of Vaughn’s long-term lab-rats. But despite Kade’s willingness to share information, he has an agenda and Rix isn’t convinced he can be trusted. To keep Lily alive, Rix may have to reveal the dangerous liminal ability he’s kept secret his whole life, and risk becoming the one thing he’s vowed never to be again: a killer. 


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Skyfire by Donna Maree Hanson is books 5 of the Dragon Wine series. 

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