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

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

DarkSiders Around the Web - September - part 2


Our DarkSiders have been busy....

On Sale Now

Her Outback Playboy by Annie Seaton (Book 1 of Second Chance Bay series) is available for 99c at the moment!

Available from:

Unlit  by Keri Arthur (Book 1 of the Kingdom of Earths and Air series) is on sale now on Amazon!

Available from:

Summer Sky by Lisa Swallow (Book 1 of Blue Phoenix series) is available for FREE!

Available from:
Amazon Aus | iBooks | Kobo |

Blog posts

C.M. Simpson has been sharing first words from her WIP, Mack 'n' Me: The Wolves of Alpha 9 - 31 Aug, 1 Sep, 2 Sep3 Sep, 4 Sep, 5 Sep, 6 Sep, 7 Sep.

C.M. is working on a new project The Dockmasters of Kervesh and she's shared an excerpt as well as first words.

C.M. has been busy with her fellow authors  The Expanding Universe, Volume 4 anthology. 

Nicola E. Sheridan talks about mysterious cats, cats in mythology over on her blog

Lilliana Rose shows a video on cattle driving at the show on her blog, something that is featured in her latest release, Best in Show. Also she shares a Family Show Tradition.

Juanita Kees talks about author on probation on her blog.

Annie Seaton and Juanita Kees both have books featured over on the Australian Womens Writers blog in their August 2018 Round Up: Erotica, Romance and Romantic Suspense. Annie with her book, Whitsunday Dawn, and Juanita with her book, Overdrive.

Cathleen Ross has her book,  Snatched featured over at AusRom Today in column the Five MustRead Releases September.

Keri Arthur shares six sentences:

from Moon Sworn, Book 9 in the Riley Jenson Guardian series.

and from The Black Tide, Book 3 in the Outcast series. 

Theresa Fuller was interviewed by In D'Tale Magazine.

Marie Dry has her latest release, Dawn of the Cyborg, reviewed over at East Coast Book Chicks

Bernadette Rowley continues her travel blog posts. This time she's in London (part 1). 

Thanks for visiting us around the web. 
We'll see you next time...

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Magic Thursday--J L Peridot Shares an Excerpt from Her Latest Novella

Warning: The following excerpt contains strong language.

From The Only Question That Matters:

“Do you find me attractive?”
Just like that, I ask him. And why not? We’ve been flirting a little lately, I think. Unless I’ve read him completely wrong.
It’s likely. It’s been a long time since I’ve flirted with anyone, and I’ve never found reading people as easy as others make it out to be. My friends have a knack for sensing the difference between a signal for affection and someone just being friendly. But not me.
The first boy who broke my heart was named Vaughan. His family was from the Aegis colony. He had those beautiful green eyes and high cheekbones his people are famous for. I was thirteen and too tragic. He was kind to me once when we both had detention, and I was too inexperienced to know how easily I could embarrass myself in the months that followed.
Finally, we both attended a Christmas party at the home of a mutual friend. I kissed him under the mistletoe. He hugged me with one hand on my ass. I skipped away, thinking he might ask me out. Later, I overheard him and a big-breasted girl from another school making fun of me when they thought I was out of the room.
The music stops. The whirring fades as twelve spinning wheels slow to a halt. At first, I think I’ve fucked up, and my face and neck are warm—warmer than they would normally be after a spin class. When he leans over the handles instead of looking at me, I think maybe he just didn’t hear me. I’m not sure if that’s better or worse. I step off my bike, but before I can leave, his hand is on my arm.
The word falls out of him between breaths. He is drenched in sweat, and the heat emanating from him ripples the air around the surface of his skin. He squeezes my wrist, forehead resting on his other hand, shoulders rising and falling.
The studio walls glow with a dewy light. It’s morning, almost my last. By this time tomorrow, the AMS Celestial Dream will reach Planet Paradiso, the end of my journey. Or rather, the beginning. But Alexei will carry on and circle back home, wherever his home is. The universe is a big place. We may never see each other again. This is my last chance.
And so, even if I wait for the answer to be no, I suppose I'm glad to have asked. I could have opened by asking, will you go to bed with me? But we barely know each other beyond light conversation and laughter, three times a week or less. A spin class here, a yoga class there—quips and commiserations, captured in forty-five-minute aerobic snapshots, and passing glances in amenities around the ship.
After one final, deep breath, Alexei looks at me. His blue eyes offer the smile that connects us before it travels to his lips. His hand moves to my hand. He gives me another squeeze.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t think that last hill would be so steep. I guess my cardio’s not that good.” He pauses, mouth open. I brace for a rejection, but he gets off his bike and continues. “I do find you attractive, Sofia, as a matter of fact.”
Now it’s my turn to smile. My body wants to turn away so my stupid face doesn’t betray my feelings, my secrets, my fear that he means to share this joke with one of the beauties in tomorrow’s Body Pump.
But I stand fast and hold his gaze. I let him see my eyes, my lips. I let him see me. I am thirty-two now, not thirteen. He is Alexei, not Vaughan. And despite my preparations for this moment, I stand here at a loss for words.
“Well,” I begin slowly, leaning on my bike so he won’t think me too eager, “that is good to know.”
A rustle at the door breaks the silence between us. It’s Danica from housekeeping. Two nights ago, we chatted while she refreshed the kitchenette in my cabin. I liked her then, but her eyes are black like the void and she has the face of a chocolate china doll. Her deep-red tunic fits her petite figure too well, with the cruise ship’s monogram stitched in a precarious position on the edge of her left breast.
She is pretty. And so I bristle now, even though she is the politest of polite as she waves to us.
“Hello, ma’am, sir.” She bobs her head in deference. “May I clean this room?”
I wonder if Alexei likes subservient women. Perhaps the old me would have been a better match for him. But I doubt Danica is subservient off the clock. Her eyes shine far too brightly when she smiles. There is cheek in her. Perhaps he sees it too. When he tells her we’re done in here, I listen for the hidden knowledge in his voice.
But when she wheels her cart inside, his eyes remain on me. He slings his towel over his neck and motions for the door.
“Come on,” he says, “let’s get out of here.”
Outside the cycle studio, the corridor is dim. All of the ship is like this: bright and warm where people gather, conservative where they merely transit. I hear the exclusive Diamond Deck is lush and bright wherever you go; opulence, perhaps for its own sake. An empty room doesn’t need light or comfortable heat. And neither do we, as we pad the shadowed wooden floors on the way to the showers.
I think to ask him, now, will you go to bed with me? But perhaps it’s still too soon? I’m not sure what I’m waiting for. All I can think about are my hours running out.

“Do I call this love already? I am almost disgusted with myself. How pathetic to fall so easily. Perhaps I was the cause of my past heartbreaks. Not stupid schoolboys or an arrogant rich man, but a gullible girl from a flower farm who opens her heart too readily and expects too much.”

Sofia is en route to Planet Paradiso, ready to start a new life after her divorce. But when she accepts Alexei's dinner invitation on her final evening, she realises she's in for more than she bargained for. As the AMS Celestial Dream arrives at its destination, and their one-night stand draws to a close, Sofia must choose between a newfound possibility with Alexei and the freedom she so desperately craves.

The Only Question That Matters by JL Peridot is an emotional examination of healing and resilience through sex and love. Available now on Amazon.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

DarkSider News for September


On the heels of last month's news-fest, comes our latest edition...


Moonfall by Donna Maree Hanson is Book 6 in the Dragon Wine series and was released on 31st August.

Deliciously dark fantasy…

“Shatterwing has all the fantasy ingredients I love: tormented heroes, a truly twisted villain – and a brand new take on dragons!” Glenda Larke, (award winning author of The Stormlord Trilogy)

“Dark and compelling, with strong characters and a sense of grim inevitability that pulls you along with the story.” Craig Cormick, (award-winning author of the Shadow Master Series.)

The story continues…

On the devastated world of Margra, where man-eating dragons are tamer than the humans, a small band of heroes fight for a brighter future.

After a battle with the malevolent baron and the evil dragon creature, Gercomo, to prevent the life giving dragon wine being sequestered in the doomsday city, Eternity, for use by the rich elite, Salinda turns her attention to the looming disaster that threatens their very existence.

With the aid of the powerful cadre, an ancient source of power and knowledge, Salinda fights to save her planet, Margra, from the final moonfall—an event that will destroy the already ravaged planet.

Currently safe within the underground city of Barraheim, a heavily pregnant Salinda knows that the end is looming and that a solution must be found. Plagued with doubt, she ponders whether her child be born before moonfall or born at all.

With Nils’s, her alien mate incapacitated and others in her band recovering from injuries, Salinda struggles to decipher an ancient text that speaks of a machine that might help them.

And in the dark spaces beneath Barrahiem lurks something else, something mysterious and dangerous…

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Dawn of the Cyborg by Marie Dry was released by Black Opal Books on 1st September.

On a future earth, Aurora has been desperately searching for her long-lost sister, when she is sacrificed to Balthazar, leader of the fearsome Cyborgs who invaded earth. Now she is stuck on an alien spaceship with a crazy Cyborg who thinks she can give him a soul and who has a weird fixation with the way she moves. Aurora is desperate to return to earth to search for her sister while the President of United Earth insists that only she can save Earth from enslavement by the cyborgs. After spending time with the cyborgs, Aurora realizes that the machine she thought would be easy to betray, the machine she has to betray, if she ever wants to rescue her sister from enslavement, has turned into a man she could come to love.

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The Beating of Our Hearts by JL Peridot is now on Wattpad.

Dani and Rao have an unusual friendship. For starters, their home aboard the AMS Celestial Dream is also home to Rao's two girlfriends, Tammy and Jo. And when Dani's deadbeat boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, Rao finds his friendly feelings taking a heavier turn-especially after he learns a little secret about Dani's new toy boy, Arjen.

"The Beating of Our Hearts" is a story of sex and friendship; of trust and exploration; of honesty, betrayal and love.

Non spec-fic titles

Dangerous Echoes by Leisl Leighton is Book 1 in the Echo Springs series which was released by Escape Publishing on 4th September. 

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.

Brilliant forensic pathologist, Erika Hanson, fled from Echo Springs as a teenager, leaving behind a past of tragedy and pain. But when local police announce they’ve found her beloved brother’s body in a meth lab explosion, she knows she must return to clear Peter’s name and find out what really happened. Because Peter would never get involved with the drug tag sweeping across the small town of Australia and destroying lives.

Hartley Cooper has a past with Erika Hanson, but that’s not going to keep him from doing his job. He’s seen what grief can do, and denial is only the first step. But Erika is convinced that Peter can’t be involved, and her meticulous, professional skills start to convince Hartley as well. When Erika’s digging and questions get too personal, the town turns against them, Hartley knows Erika might run again. But this time he’s ready. And he’s not going to let her go.

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

Undetected by Anna Hackett is Book 8 (and final!) in the Treasure Hunter Security series and was released on 4th September.

Darcy Ward, co-owner of Treasure Hunter Security and computer hacker whiz, has made a deal with the devil. She’s agreed to work with Agent Arrogant and Annoying—aka Special Agent Alastair Burke of the FBI’s Art Crime Team—to lay a deadly trap for infamous black-market antiquities ring, Silk Road. 

But even before they get started, things go bad. Really, really bad…

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Best in Show by Lilliana Rose is a rural romance to be released by SoulMate Publishing.

Maxwell McCarther is a farmer who once burned by love has decided never to open his heart again and is only interested in fun times with women. When exhibiting his cattle at the Royal Adelaide Show this year he meets Zoe Preston, a city girl, sassy, strong-minded, and a ball breaker. Suddenly the wall around his heart begins to crumble, but will he manage to keep his temper in check so he has a chance of love once again.

Zoe has a high powered job in her twenties, and city life is where she thrives. Until she meets Max, a farmer, who matches her strong will, and sharp tongue. But can she get this tough farmer to open his heart without being hurt? Is this the fling she needs or something more lasting and long-term which has always been her dream? Will farm life be for her even for love?

Life is often unplanned, and when circumstances force Zoe and Max together, will their love help them find a future together?

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Non spec-fic titles

Nothing to Hide by Claire Boston is Book 3 in the Blackbridge series which will be released by Bantilly Publishing on 17th September.


Native orchids aren’t the only thing under threat…

Park Ranger Will Travers is the new outsider in the small, tight-knit community of Blackbridge. But as a loner at heart, the only thing he needs is his work, and right now that means protecting the endangered orchids at the local motocross club. He just has to go up against the gorgeous club president who leaves him lost for words and tripping over his own tongue.

Fleur Lockhart has no desire to be responsible for the extinction of a species, but while Will might be tall, dark and handsome, he’s also abrupt and sullen. Then someone starts dumping illegal waste and vandalising the track, and Will and Fleur are forced to work together to discover who is responsible.

As the bond between them grows, the attacks escalate, getting more and more deadly, and Fleur appears to be the target. Will they find the culprit before more than orchids are crushed to death?

Available from: 

Print - Booktopia | Book Depository |


The Songster & the Pirates by C.M. Simpson is a science fiction fantasy short story set in the Luna Wolves Universe. It is to be released by C.M. Simpson Publishing in September.

Once a space merc, now a singer, Taran keeps her identity as a siren secret. When spacewolves join the audience at her current gig, she knows what they’re looking for. The only question is can she slip away, before the wolves and her past can catch up with her?

Cursed by Keri Arthur is Book 2 in the Kingdoms of Earth & Air series and is to for release in November 2018.

The Dock Master by C.M. Simpson is Book 1 in the The DockMasters of Kerevesh series. Release date not yet known.

Congratulations to all our DarkSiders!

Thanks for sharing in our news. Until next time....

Monday, 3 September 2018

DarkSiders Around the Web for September!

Welcome to DarkSiders Around the Web! 

This is the second edition of the DarkSiders Around the Web. 
It was previously featured in DarkSider News but is now its own column. 

Reader Groups

LJ Swallow has a Facebook group for readers where there are exclusive teasers, ARC opportunites and more. Head on over to this link!

Juanita Kees has started a Book Club for her readers on the Groups iO platform. You can go sign up here or read her blog about it here.

On Sale Now

Cotton Field Dreams by S.E. Gilchrist (Book 1 of the (A Mindalby Outback Romanceseries) is on sale for a limited time for $1.99 via Bookbub

Don't Tell a Soul by D.K. Hood (Book 1 of the Detectives Kane and Alton series) is on sale now on Amazon for AUD$1.49!

Available from:

Blog posts

C.M. Simpson has been sharing first words from her WIP, Mack 'n' Me: The Wolves of Alpha 9 - 23 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug27 Aug, 28 Aug, 29 Aug, 29 Aug and part 2.

C.M.has also been sharing her editing with Shadow Trap (Book 2 of the Shadow series, which will soon be re-released) - Excerpt 1, Excerpt 2, and Excerpt 3

Donna Maree Hanson has a map of Magra in her upcoming release, Moonfall, which she has shared on her blog. 

Juanita Kees shares a review on her book, Overdrive, Book 1 in the Calhoun Customs Garage series.
Juanita shares a sneak peak at some edits from Fast Lane, Book 2 in the Calhoun Customs Garage series. This is due for release in March 2019. 

Juanita also has a guest post by MC D'Alton with her book Iron Heart, and with Linda Charles and her story, A Reason to Stay.
D.D. Line is a guest blogger over on the BookBayBz blog with Confessions from an Aspiring Writer

D.D. also has a big round of what she's up to and book reviews on her post, 'Short' Stuff

Lilliana Rose talks about snatching time to write and  inspiration for herself over on her creative blog, Cafe Pondering.

JL Peridot has a report on her WIP, The Dragon's Den.

Keri Arthur shares another six sentences from Hunter Hunted, Book 3 in the Lizzie Grace series. 

Eleni Konstantine continues her posts about the books she's reading in a series. This time it's authors beginning with L

Daniel de Lorne talks about breaking into mainstream romance with a gay romance set in the Outback.

New Look Website

Lilliana Rose has now relaunched her website to have a new look. Go check it out here

Thanks for visiting us around the web. 
We'll see you next time...

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

DarkSider News for August - Part 5!

Welcome to the DarkSider News!

August...what an amazing month for our DarkSiders! 
Here's more news to round off the month...


Arcane Awakenings: Books Three and Four by Shelley Russell Nolan contains the next two novellas in the Arcane Awakenings series which was released 21st August.

Freedom comes at a cost.

In Hidden Aftershock, after escaping from the Wood Estate and being reunited with her family, Angel is finally free to enjoy her life. But she knows it won’t last. Dr Wood is still out there, determined to complete her research. When unexplained earthquakes rock Easton, and Angel’s dreams point her in the direction of the Estate, she makes a decision that could end her freedom for good.

Then in Blind Sight, after being blinded in a car accident, Belinda begins having visions of future events. When her ability becomes public knowledge, she is targeted by a ruthless scientist. Only by joining forces with Angel and the others will Belinda have any hope of escaping the trap he sets for her.

Angel and Belinda must overcome their limitations to gain the freedom they deserve. But will the cost of that freedom prove to be too high?

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

The New Herd by Lilliana Rose is a short story that was published on the e-zine, Stupefying Stories.  You can find it here.

This story is also included in the short story collection by Lilliana called Dark Reflections.

Sometimes the mirror we look into is flesh and bone and the reflections seen are shadows within us. Dark Reflections is a collection of short stories from a variety of genres, science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk and even contemporary. Each story reflects a darker tone of human nature, ones that we would prefer to ignore, or pretend not to exist. Come and sit by the mirror and see what will be reflected back at you. 

Available from:

and other buy links at Books2Read

Non-spec fiction titles

Echo Springs is a print book that features the four stories in the Echo Spring series written by four different authors including our own, Leisl Leighton and Daniel de Lorne. It was released by Harlequin MIRA on 20th August. The e-book versions of each individual story will be coming 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.

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Uninhibited by Mel Teshco is Book 5 (& final) in the VIP Desire Agency series. It was released on 28th August.

Can call girl Anna see past Benedict’s less-than-perfect physical fa├žade to the man who loves her?

Anna was once a spoilt daddy’s little princess…until one fateful New Year’s Eve she is witness to her father shooting his best friend over a botched gun and drug deal. She soon uncovers her family’s nefarious past and despises what her surname, Leon-Zade, represents. It’s a name synonymous to the biggest organized crime family in Australia. She can’t be what her family wants her to be anymore. She runs away and becomes Candy, a beautiful and desired call girl.

Benedict Knight is the first to admit that he’s far from perfect, inside or out. His huge battered body, thanks to his ex-rugby days, isn’t the prettiest to behold, and he’s done things he knows are best left in the past. It doesn't stop him from wanting the most exquisite, perfect escort on the planet, and no price is too high to obtain her. He’ll stop at nothing to bring Candy to his huge cattle station for a weekend and enjoy her all to himself.

Except Benedict knows Candy is really Anna, daughter of a well-known and notorious family. She hasn't just locked her past away, she's locked her emotions away, too. Benedict's new goal is to release all of Anna’s emotional inhibitions and show her that bringing in the New Year doesn’t need to be a tribute for lies and deception. He intends to prove that it’s not just about resolutions…it’s about facing her fears and trusting her heart.

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Mack 'n' me: The Wolves of Alpha 9 by C.M. Simpson is Book 5 in the Mack 'n' Me Odyssey series.

Dragon Soul by LJ Swallow is Book 1 in the Daughter of Shadow series coming in September.


Shadow's Rise by C.M. Simpson is Book 1 in the Shadow series and has had a new cover done to reflect the story more.

When the gods discover an ancient power has suborned a king, and now menaces their domains, they must find agents to act on their behalf. Will a goddess’s temper over losing a favorite to the cause stand in their way? Or the capture of one of their chosen mean the attempt is doomed to fail before it has begun?

Buy links available from:


A short story by D.D. Line was shortlisted for the Little Black Dress Ghost Story Competition run by KSP Writers Centre in WA. The winners were announced on 25th August and D.D.'s story came second in the Open section. 

Congratulations to all our DarkSiders!

Thanks for sharing in our news. Until next time....