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Jenny Was a Friend of Mine

After promising young college student Jenny Thompson is murdered, her best friend and secret lover Mae is shattered. In a desperate attempt to unveil the killer, Mae summons the five most likely suspects to her family's cabin in the woods. It's her intention to get a confession, even if it kills them.

The Dark Lake

'But sometimes, late at night, I let myself think about what happened. Really think. I remember the throbbing heat. I remember the madness in my head and the fear that pulsed in my chest. And I remember Rosalind, of course. Always Rosalind.' A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode. A brooding, suspenseful...

Two Steps Forward

Zoe and Martin have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Struggling to come to terms with their recent past and looking to make a new start, they both set out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino for centuries. Can these two very different...

The Undercurrent

Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. As in: she has an electrical undercurrent beneath her skin that stings and surges like a live wire. She can use it—to spark a fire, maybe even end a life—but she doesn’t understand what it is. And she can barely control it, especially when she’s anxious. Published by Text Publishing.

No Way! Okay, Fine.

A memoir about pop culture, pop music, feminism and feelings. ‘Brodie is whip smart; merging pop-culture references with vulnerable, personal experiences to create a collection that reads like a hilarious catch-up call with an old friend.’ - Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson Published by Hachette Australia.

Calamity

Icarus Jones never left home. Still living in his parents’ rundown flat in London, Icarus is 44, a paper hoarder, hypochondriac and incompetent museum caretaker. Then big sister Maggie, now a famous author, shows up unannounced a year after their father’s death and Icarus's life will never be the same.

Donna Part 2

Catherine and Minnie continue to help Donna with her transition. Catherine is pushing Donna to get out in public on her own and also to get a job as Donna. All three ladies begin to realize the joy of being women together.

Three Wishes

Three sisters, one birthday, one little problem. "fresh, very, very funny ... also intelligent and unsentimental about family dynamics" - Marian Keyes Published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

The Ladies 'n Waiting

Welby Thomas Cox, Jr.
Online dating really took off in the nineties. It has been successful because dreams can come true whether real or not when identities are withheld and every man is a prince and all women are Ladies 'n Waiting.

The Odd Women

The Odd Women is an 1893 novel by the English novelist George Gissing. Its themes are the role of women in society, marriage, morals and the early feminist movement.

Through Time

Living forever might seem like a dream to some, but to Matthias Worthington, it's a god damn nightmare. The reincarnation of his wife every 26 years and her death every 30 is enough to make him want to die. So when Emma Greene appears exactly 26 years later, he knows she's the one. But, if he can't find a way to break the curse, he...

The Last Anniversary

"I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear." Funny, warm and human this irresistible novel is one you will want to curl up with all weekend - classic Moriarty. Start with the beginning...

The Strongest Man in the World

This heart warming poem is about the complexity of defining strength and how the term means something different to everyone. In this poem, Bilal shares his love and appreciation for his father and how he is indeed "the strongest man in the world". This piece and many more are included in the 2017 Bankstown Poetry Slam Anthology,...

The Hypnotist's Love Story

Life is complicated, relationships aren't black and white. People are never simply good or bad... Sample this addictive novel from the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies. "A sharp and funny romantic tale." - O Magazine. Published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

Truly Madly Guilty

What's meant to be a relaxed backyard barbeque splits apart a group of friends who can't change what they did and didn't do that sunny afternoon. "One of the few writers I'll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed" Jojo Moyes This extract is from the book published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

Big Little Lies

If you haven't read Liane Moriarty yet stop whatever else you're doing and get reading - to start you off, here's a sample of the irresistible Big Little Lies. Yes the HBO series was indeed great, but as you'll see, you can't beat the original...Published by Pan Australia.

Traveller

Counsellor Percy Young lives in Second City in the autocratic State of Union, where ruthless laws confine him to his apartment. Watchtowers and the Listeners survey and archive all citizens; even Percy must authorise this for his clients. Due to increasing paranoia and anxiety, Percy’s work performance and mental health decline. An...

Why the Kookaburra Laughs

Samantha ‘Sam’ Hawkins, as a 12 year old girl, did not want to grow up. Reflecting on the Summer of ’79, in fictional mid NSW town Worribin, Sam was forced to deal with the inevitable changes in herself; in her friendship with her best friend Jono and in her relationships at home with an increasingly violent PTS Vietnam Vet father. ...

Permission To Lie

A collection of short stories set in places as diverse as a nudist colony, the corporate world and prison. Beneath her wry humour and snappy style, Chevalier brings insight and compassion to her depiction of contemporary Australian life and to growing up in America. 'Meant' shows the challenges facing someone leaving jail and starting...

Vuvale

Joe left his village as a teenager for Sydney, supporting his extended Fijian family at home as soon as he was able. His Australian wife, Anna, is about to have their first baby. They have a tiny house, which they share with two of his young nephews. When, Anna, goes into pre-term labour and one of the nephews is accused of a violent...

The House on the Painting

Clara Winters isn’t coping well with her life but presents as if she is; just like one of the exquisite hats she makes in her Fitzroy studio. She discovers her mother left a clue in a valuable painting at the Winters’ homestead on the outskirts of Ballarat. The clue leads to secrets in her mother’s past. Secrets that have held her...

Dear Writer ... Revisited

People who are beginning to write fiction, particularly people living in remote places, often send their manuscripts to an assessor, and the letters in the original edition of Dear Writer were inspired by correspondence I had with writers when I was reading their manuscripts. I used to sign my letters with the name of a character from...

My Hearts Are Your Hearts

What are the hares getting up to among the sunflowers? Who is paying $6000 for a raincoat? The priest is good, kind, adored, believed – but can the schoolgirl trust him? Who kills his wife and dumps the body in the pool? What if you find your death was listed long ago online? With lightness in the telling, with subtle harmonies and...

I Put A Spell On You

In I Put A Spell on You, Sam George-Allen explores how certain practices of women today mirror the work of their spell-casting ancestors. This collection sheds light on who witches actually were, before patriarchal societies painted these women as the wart-faced bedfellows of demons. 

'George-Allen uses an astonishing body of...

Running Nowhere

This is a book that will have a chapter added every week. I have no idea where it will go or if it will even make any sense! But that's the fun of it. All I can say is that Sarah is the main character and as the story progresses, new people will emerge and unexpected twists will occur. So come along for the ride x

Hard Knots

Short story. Jules is pregnant and constipated. And freezing. Her husband is indifferent to her constipation, Google doesn’t seem to be able to help her, and something about her childhood is making her uneasy. It must be performance anxiety – but of what exactly?

The Golden Rule

It was 1870, 5 years after the beginning of the era of the Wild West had begun. This story takes place in Nevada, home of Cowboys, Indians, Gangs, Sheriffs, and ranchers. But this story isn't about them. This story is about a Rancher's son, Richard Foster.

The Descent

When a diplomatic intercept is found to contain an item that could have disastrous effects on the Interplanetary Olympic Games, Denton Staxx has to take extreme measures to prevent the worst from happening.

Howl

If there was one thing that I knew about us, it was that we were soulmates. Destined to spend an eternity hacking away at each other’s very being until we were a pair of broken, empty shells. While his presence still marrs this world, I can never be whole. And so I’m giving in. I’m taking back the distance between us, ready for one...

Fate

Since the day he was born, Fate has been able to see every part of a person's future just by looking at them, plaguing his mind with their love, their loss, and ultimately, their death. When he stumbles across a group of teenagers, he drags them into the world of Visionaries, humans with an extra layer of sight that others don't have....

Existence Flasher

Hal Brandon has been pretty lucky lately. He has a new girlfriend and a new job. His new job has him sell people their own personal afterlife. He is an Afterlife Salesman. But when he has to sell his bestfriend an afterlife he tries to stop the inevitable.

Meteora

An epic Cyberpunk odyssey Can you imagine a future without war? One without crime, homelessness or hunger? One where all of humanity is united under a single banner? *************************** Deep inside Meteora, the last city built on earth, something is terribly wrong. It is a utopia of flying cars and robotic Caretakers where...

His Billion Dollar Baby

For her whole life Eliana Maxwell has had no real family. Her parents abandoned her, leaving her with a crippling heart defect and no idea of who saved her life as a baby. Then, in the midst of being thrown out of her home, she meets the one guy that can give her everything. But it comes with a price. Join Eliana as she navigates...

Tales of The Realm

Two children share memories of their lives, and in doing so open the door to a dark but beautiful realm. In this land imagination becomes reality, dreams become possibilities, and the dark recesses of their souls become the most frightening of enemies. Three stories spanning more than thirty years, Tales of The Realm follows the...

Good Muslim Boy

'Good Muslim Boy' published by Hardie Grant Books, tells the story of Osamah Sami’s journey from Iran during the Iraq war to the suburbs of Australia and his quest to fit into his new life whilst trying to stay a good Muslim boy. In turns comic and tragic, Osamah’s story explores the universal truths of growing up, falling in love,...

VOTE DINKLES 2016

A clown's meteoric rise to political fame. This story contains adult language & themes, sophomoric language & themes, lots of drinking, even more womanizing, criminal acts depicted humorously and humorous acts depicted criminally. There is enough in this story to offend everyone.

This Broken World

On Earth, there is nothing rarer than peace. People search for it. People long for it. And I truly believed we had found it. But it was false. Our peace was a lie. After the Old World came to an end, we had received a chance, a real opportunity to find it within our world. But it wasn’t meant to be. When they came, they ruined...

Broken (2016)

Gabby's life has been anything but easy. She is surrounded by friends who seem to have everything she doesn't: money, social standing, and happily married parents. While dealing with the loss of her mother, she experiences her first heartbreak. She commits herself to her studies and runs away from any emotions that aren't safe. Bradley...

The Girl From Vault 101

A fan-fiction based on the video game series Fallout, more specifically Fallout 3. Follow the adventure of Rowan, a character inserted into the life of the Lone Wanderer as her sister. With failing relations regarding her adopted father, James, Rowan craves a better life outside of the metal walls and stench of fear. Escaping was easy...

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Polish-born writer Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski). Before its 1902 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood's Magazine. It is widely regarded as a significant work of English literature and part of the Western canon. This highly symbolic story...

The Iliad & The Odyssey

While Homer's existence as a historical person is still a topic of debate, the writings attributed to the name have made their mark not only on Greek history and literature, but upon western civilization itself. Homer's epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, laid the foundation upon which Ancient Greece developed not only its culture,...

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (often shortened to Huck Finn) is a novel written by American humorist Mark Twain. It is commonly used and accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It is also one of the first major American novels written using Local Color Regionalism, or vernacular, told in the first person by the eponymous...

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1903-1904, by Arthur Conan Doyle. The book was first published on March 7, 1905 by Georges Newnes, Ltd and in a Colonial edition by Longmans. 30,000 copies were made of the initial print run. The US edition by McClure, Phillips & Co....

Ulysses

Ulysses is a novel by James Joyce, first serialized in parts in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, then published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach on February 2, 1922, in Paris. It is considered one of the most important works of Modernist literature. Ulysses chronicles the passage through Dublin by...

The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon is an 1898 children's story by Kenneth Grahame (originally published as a chapter in his book Dream Days), which served as the key element to the 1941 feature film with the same name from Walt Disney Productions. The story has also been set to music as a children's operetta by John Rutter, with words by David...

The Raven

"The Raven" is a narrative poem by the American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. It was published for the first time on January 29, 1845, in the New York Evening Mirror. Noted for its musicality, stylized language and supernatural atmosphere, it tells of the mysterious visit of a talking raven to a distraught lover, tracing his slow...

How to succeed as an independent author: An interview with Row Murray

Wrangling shelf space in a bookstore is hard and competitive, even if you’ve been "traditionally" published. But that’s not to say it’s totally impossible as an independent author! I interviewed Row Murray – successful bookstore shelf wrangler – about how she found distributors and readers for her book, For Foxes' Sake.

To Become a Whale

The story of a young boy who has recently lost his mother, trying to make sense of the world of men and then embarking on a breathtaking adventure of his own - a stunning literary debut in the tradition of Favel Parrett's Past the Shallows and Tim Winton's An Open Swimmer. This is an extract from the book, published by Allen & Unwin.

The Tell-Tale Heart

"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye". The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the...

Gradually Then Suddenly

After the death of her beloved grandmother, Ella Riley inherits her home and her belongings, including a ring with a mysterious inscription. As Ella solves her grandmother's final riddle, she discovers a tale of fear, escape and new beginnings. "This time though, I saw a countdown to freedom and finally I had my own secret, my own...

Forever Alice

The scientists and technicians in the humanoid robotics industry were always in control of their creations, until something unexpected made them regrettably aware of the dangers associated with the development of artificial intelligence and machines equipped with the option of rationalization, self-awareness and independent thinking.

The Dark Side of Moonlight

Kierra Johansen is attacked on a late night walk, taken to a dismal planet, and discovers she's a witch all in a whirl of activities. She's then faced with the task of restoring Skybriar; the dark, seemingly hopeless planet, to it's former glory, by defeating the demonic king Damion, along with some new friends she meets along the way.

The Darkness

The 2015 NaNoWriMo Tablo.io Novel Contest winner. A virus decimated the entire planet's human population. No treatment or vaccine could be found, so contraction—meant death. Humanity was forced to seek refuge in hermetically sealed self-sustaining bunkers, commonly referred to as ‘biospheres’. After the world’s power grid failed,...

THE TIMETURNER

Six months after Harry Potter defeated the Dark Lord, Voldemort, the wizarding world was trying to recover and start anew. Then, someone decided to turn back time and change history where Harry Potter was reduced to nothing more than a myth. Strangely, only Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger, mortal enemies at best, were unaffected by...

The Equator

Tempests of sleet and snow have imprisoned the world with a frozen grasp for more than a century. Rune's father has chased a myth for years - The Equator, hidden somewhere on the planet. A year after his father's untimely death, two fractions locked in a feud arrive in Old Francisco in search of his father's research. The race is on...

Gate 6

This walled city protects its citizens and mass exports an essential product that improves lives globally. But is there something darker going on?

the hunting party

A Vaian soulbinder, an Zephyrian windwalker, and a Peleni firebreather. Three dragonchildren from different corners of the continent who live, hunt, and sleep together. After settling in their new house, the three take a short break from their hunts, finding nothing of interest. When an ominous wind blows through their town, bringing...

Northern Arrows

As a child, a young village girl found a wolf in the forest. Years later, they live for the hunt. But all is not as it seems, and the two hunters have decided it is better to investigate on their own than to wait for things to fix themselves.

dandelion

The town of Vendelle is dirty and filled to the brim with thieves, abusers, and queer teenagers with magical abilities. One of these teenagers, Theo, has listened to the whispers of the dead and pieced together the story of a curse that has afflicted the town for centuries, and a girl that will be able to break it. When the time comes,...

Second Chance At Love

25 year old Jaylin Medina moves from California after catching her fiancée, Derek Smith, with her best friend, Claire Peterson, two days before the wedding. Determined to start fresh, she moves to New York City, and swore to never fall in love again. Meet Sebastian King, your typical player, he gives one night of pleasure and nothing...

The End of The Sea

Jax Darwood is eighteen when his uncle sends him out to sea, hoping to rid him of his fear of water. Jax isn't scared of water. He's scared of the beasts that swallow and crush ships that dare set out. He's scared of the dark deep that ate his parents alive. He's not scared of the water, he's scared of both what's in it, and what sails...

Now That I Found You

“Reagan,” Professor Jameson said setting down his folder on the desk in front of hers as she packed up her belongings. Reagan looked up and then looked away quickly, going back to packing. “I know, I need to work on-” “Reagan.” “Yes?” She asked, stopping and looking up. Professor Jameson sounded very serious. “I need to ask you a...

Everything Fails

Life in the 32nd Century. Bloody battle with a shadowy cult that’s become a social institution. Restless desire for family and freedom from demons imagined and real. Loves that never die against hates boiling anew. Win or lose, it all will fail.

The Deputy and the Dancer

In this second installment of the Fayehallow series, we go further into the lives of Maggie Cummings and Dan Elliott. Most of their acquaintance has been tainted with hostility. However, when Maggie's life is threatened, Dan does his best to protect her and comes to realize his hostility hides his deep attraction for her. Can they look...

Menopause and Men

Take a read of the town of Driftwood. A crazy group of woman and men that somehow learn to coexist in a community that's far from perfect but makes imperfection look so dam good. Strap yourself in.Down a couple of quiet ones and take the trip of your life. To Driftwood that is.........

Oliver Twist

The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters — the arch-villain Fagin, the artful...

Pride and Prejudice

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." Adversaries at first in the endless rounds of balls, parties and social gatherings, they soon develop a grudging respect for one another that blossoms into romance when each comes to appreciate the tender feelings that...

A Tale of Two Cities

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love...

The Second Seal

Three seals never meant to be used. Three races under the eye of Gods. One girl who must save them--asssasin, shadow, slave, and spy. Who is she, really? This young adult fantasy will thrill young and old alike. * New title for "In the Shadows of Gods," with substantive changes made. All comments welcome. All rights reserved...

Maywitch [Complete]

When suspicious incidents begin rattling North America, it doesn't take long for the authorities to realize that something supernatural is happening. To solve the problem, though, they'll have to ask for help from Maywitch - the organization of mages tasked with keeping their peers in check. Kay Adamis, a young witch struggling...

Great Expectations

Humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of "great expectations." In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the...

Jane Eyre

Orphaned as a girl and raised by an abusive aunt, Jane grows into a woman with a deep sense of morality and the courage to resist injustice. As Brontë's novel follows her path to adulthood, Jane struggles with poverty, the restraints of social conventions, and a forbidden romance with her employer Mr. Rochester. Brontë dives into a...

Smile for the Coup D'état

Broke, drunk, and caught up in the mayhem of a military coup d'état in Thailand, Peter and his dangerously charismatic friend, Joseph, double down on their pursuit of destructive obsessions. But the crimes that they have committed together are becoming increasingly hard to hide under the tumultuous new political order. Pressured...

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon...

Moby-Dick

In his first battle with the great white whale, Captain Ahab lost his leg. Living with the constant reminder of his failure, Ahab gathers a second expedition, with the singular purpose of hunting and killing the beast that crippled him. Told from the perspective of crew-member Ishmael, the hunt for Moby Dick leads the crew ever further...

Same Day

June 7th. 7AM - Midnight. For Laura (or Becky, or Jana, or half a dozen other names, depending on her mood), that's been the day for as long as she can remember. She should be old and feeble, or dead, but instead she's stuck in her twenties, with no consequences and only the rules the world has given her, until they're shattered to...

Nathan Farrugia on digital publishing and the importance of near-death experiences

I recently sat down with Nathan Farrugia, Australian author of the Fifth Column series. His first novel, The Chimera Vector, is a number one bestseller on the Amazon and iBooks stores, and also claimed the title of Apple iBooks Thriller of the Year. We chatted about the trials and tribulations of publishing digitally, as well as his...