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MandyM | 2032 comments If you're an author, here's the place to let us know what you've written, what you're currently working on, upcoming new releases, appearances, prizes and give-aways etc... Feel free to start your own thread to promote your work!


David Delaney | 786 comments Thought I would show some of what has happened to me in the short 3.5 years I have been writing.


Steven Lawrence Hill Sr. - President & CEO ASA Publishing co. Michigan, U.S.A.
"Dave, our pleasure to have your wonderful poetry stocked on our shelves, looking forward to many more volumes."

John Williamson Australian singer/songwriter
?It was great to read your stories and to hear, like me, that are enjoying putting your pictures into words?

Mel. From the Sunrise team wrote "Wonderful, you should be proud"

Pat Morrish, ABC radio far north Queensland, from my live interview.
“Wonderful book, makes you laugh & also brings a tear to your eye”

Steve Ahmet, Easy listening 846, from my live interview. "Fantastic book from a local Cairns poet"

Claudia from ebookreviews
"His poetry comes from his heart, and touches a wide range of emotions that all can relate to - from his restless contemplations on war, to his loving poem to his wife, to the beauty of his homeland, Australia."
http://ebookandbookreviews.com/catego...

Reviewer David Anthony from Spectator news magazine Yeppoon & North Rockhampton.
"The burial of the pet dog brings a Lawson-like tear to your eye".

Paul Oliveri. Freelance journalist/writer.
"A stunning collection of poems inspired by one blokes life experiences both growing up & working in the country he loves"

Full page Feature in the Cairns post weekender
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2...

Full page feature in the North Queensland Register magazine

Full page feature in the Canadian National News paper October 2008.
http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home...

2.5 page feature in Blues Country magazine December 2008.


Full feature in ‘Blues’ country magazine May 2010.


Two of my poems were submitted and accepted for print in the magazine The Curious Record Edition 21, June 2008. This is a NSW magazine and distributed world wide.


Two of my poems were submitted and accepted for print in the magazine The Curious Record Edition 22, 2008. This is a NSW magazine and distributed world wide.


ASA Publishing Co. Michigan. U.S.A. poetry competition 2007
2 poems awarded judges top 10 choice awards and 6 poems published in their anthology
“Life is a journey well expressed”


ASA Publishing Co. Michigan. U.S.A. poetry competition 2008
2nd place for "I was there" plus 2 poems "Heroes amongst us" & "Drought" awarded judges top 10 selections, all 3 poems to be published in their soon to be released 2nd anthology
“Spectrum visions of a changing moment”

My poem "Storm", “A true North Queenlslander” & “Wet Season” accepted for Tropical writers group Anthology 2008 "Raining on the Sun"


My poem “Taking of Beersheba” awarded the “Double Tap” award by the International War Veterans Poetry Archives November 2008.


Stuart R McCallum, Author of “Beyond my Control”

The fundamental skill of writing is to show the reader; not tell. Reading your poetry, I could see all the characters and feel the emotions. Dave your stories flow well, and being a poet your descriptive storytelling is highly entertaining.
This is my honest opinion mate, no bull.
Thanks mate for the opportunity to read your many “short stories”.

Best of luck mate.

Successful book signing day at Angus & Robertson Stockland shopping centre Cairns.
Successful book signing day from Pt. Douglas markets north Queensland.
Book sales to Undara lava tubes & Outback farm stay Mt Mulligan for nightime 'Camp fire readings'

Co chaired TAFE bush poetry workshop, a prelude for the ABC far north radio & Cairns show 2008 bush poetry competition.

I don’t think there was a prouder Aussie around than myself the moment I received word that the last 4 stanzas of my poem “Villers-Bretonneux” would be recited at the post dawn service breakfast by Lt.Col. Paul Murphy, ANZAC day 2008 from the small town of Villers-Bretonneux north France and both my books presented to the school library.

Invited performer reciting 3 poems at the Australia day celebrations Yorkeys knob, 2008

Invited guest performer at The Tropical Writers Festival Cairns August 31st 2008

Invited to perform 2 poems ANZAC day 2009 “Heroes of Gallipoli” and “Diggers” at Fretwell park sporting complex in Cairns.

Invited to perform “Colours of Cairns” for the Cairns Tourism awards night 12th May 2009

“Rhymes of Times” accepted for distribution in Tasmania by Blackgum Distribution
Services.

I was ABC far north radio’s 1st “Poet laureate” from early November 2008 until early December 2008 writing topical news related poetry and performing on a mid week morning program.

On March 21st 2009 I performed at Olympic park Sydney, I was the only Queenslander selected (and asked for an encore) to perform my poem “Night Mistress”along with 6 other poets for a project organised by the Redroom Company titled “Dustpoems” a collection of Truck driving poetry
http://dustpoems.com

Interviewed by “French Wire service” with my feature published in Fairfax media worldwide. eg, Europe, Japan, England, middle East, etc.

Full page feature in Artery magazine.
http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/__...

Feature in Sydney morning herald.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-...

Recent article in the German magazine expactica.
http://redroomcompany.org/static/uplo...

Commissioned by the Cairns regional Council to write and perform my poem
“150 Years Young” celebrating the arrival in Cairns 25th June 2009 of the
Q150 Steam Train recognising Queensland’s 150th birthday.

“A Farmer's Plight” awarded a Commended place in the 2008
Scribbli Gums/Gumblossoms competition Tasmania.

Invited performance 26th June 2009 at Internationally acclaimed Undara Lava tubes for a night of “Camp fire readings”
http://undara.com.au/newsletter

My poem “Two Mothers” selected for publication in the Tasmanian Times
http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/...

My poem “Sharing some Tea” selected for publication in Burning Bush publications, California, U.S.A.
http://www.bbbooks.com/146F09.html

I recently had the honour of presenting both my books to the library aboard the USS Essex when invited on a tour of the ship, resulting in an article published in the Northern Courier an ADF magazine which is distributed where ever Australian Defence personnel are serving around the world.
http://nsc.newspaperdirect.com/epaper...

Among the many libraries world wide that have “Rhymes of Times” included are….

Prince Phillip.. Buckingham Palace library
President Barack Obama.. The White House library
Princess Mary of Denmark.. Fredensborg Palace library
Mr. John Fairfax’s personal library.

November 2009 I was involved with Redroom company’s “Sea things” project and my poem “Ocean Life” was recorded by both Redroom and ABC radio national
http://redroomcompany.org/projects/se...

December 5th 2009, invited to perform my poem “Santa’s Aussie Run” at the local Forest Gardens, Cairns, Carols by Candle light

January 2010, my short memoire ‘Tony the Wog’s Mango Tree’ selected for publication in February’s James Cook Univerity’s sought after LiNQ magazine.



Featured poet and 7 poems published in April 2010’s edition of www.writinraw.com

2010, My poem ‘New Generation Veterans’ published by (that I know of) 20 RSL clubs & or associations & read at 8 different ANZAC day commemorations Australia wide.

‘Old Life Dreams’ awarded a commended place in Scribbligum poetry competition 2010
http://www.scribbligum.com/gum_blosso...

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/64...

11/25/ 2009 Stuart McCallum (Australia) gave to: Rhymes of Times by David J Delaney
status: Read in November, 2009

Australian Poetry Written by a True Blue Aussie

Today, poetry is too often frequently overlooked in our society. Thankfully, modern day poets like Dave Delaney, bring it to the fore.

Delaney’s book ‘Rhymes of Times’ gives the reader an insight into the wondrous culture and beauty of Australia’s exquisite bush country and people. Like all great Australian storytellers, (Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson) he knows how to spin a fabulous yarn.

A panorama of ideas and themes are in Delaney’s collection, which are powerful pieces and a never-ending source of enjoyment. I have no hesitation in recommending this delightful collection as a must read for all.

Lori Newman author of “Here all along” (America) rated “Rhymes of Times”:

Read in October, 2009

First, I must say when this book arrived in the mail, my fourteen year old daughter begged me if she could read it first. As she handed me the book later that afternoon she smiled and told me "It's really good." She loved the photo's, she loved the poems and one even had her tearing up.

So, I thanked her for giving it back in one piece with out tears to wet up the pages.
I have to say her thoughts on the poems are 100% correct. David, you are a master at telling your stories in poetry. I was even tearing up and laughing out loud as well.
I could feel your laughter, your fears and your pain through out each page. Beautifully written and loved by both my fourteen year old daughter and myself.

Thank you for sharing your writings with us.


Mar 13, 2010

Peter Hill (England) rated it:

Read in March, 2010

I really loved this collection of poems, some simple in form and a few very moving, but all touching the emotions of the reader.
You can see that David loves life and the people around him but he also loves writing and that comes out in every poem.
A couple of them had both myself and my wife brought to tears through the imagery and the story and that is what makes good poetry.


MandyM | 2032 comments Hi David,
Wow! What a ride it's been for you. I got shivers reading about your poem being read at the dawn service in Villers-Bretonneux. I've just bought "Rhymes for Times" and can't wait to read it!


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David Delaney | 786 comments Thank you Mandy, hopefully will be in your possession before the weekend.

Dave.

BTW, just to add to the bio, late last week I completed another interview with another American magazine, www.writersnewsweekly.com & I will be featured in their September 1st edition. My poem 'The War at Home' will be published in the December issue of Cairns RSL's magazine 'Sit-Rep' & I am hoping very soon to start working on, in conjunction with the Cairns RSL, a 'military related' book of my poetry to be sold & distributed via cairns RSL.


Vicki Tyley (vickityley) | 1165 comments Wow, wow and WOW! I'm so excited when I hear success stories of Australian writers doing so well.

Bravo, David.


David Delaney | 786 comments Awww!!..shucks!..thank you Vicki (-:


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David Delaney | 786 comments Received a phone call yesterday arvo from the editor of the Mossman/Port Douglas gazette, 1 of my poems won the gazette's 2010 short story & poetry competition, I entered 1 short story & 2 poems.

I also received word that my poem 'Still they fight the fight' will be published in the next edition of 'Legacy' & my poem 'The War at home' is to be published in the next national issue of 'Partners of Veterans'

Yep!!'I'm excited' (-:


MandyM | 2032 comments Woo Hoo!!


David Delaney | 786 comments Thank you Mandy (-:


Maggi Andersen | 62 comments Very excited! My young adult fantasy novel, WAVING AT THE MOON comes out on the 7th September. http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?...
Blurb: In a post-apocalyptic world, Evie French has just turned seventeen. She and her cousin, Marcus Peters, sixteen, struggle to survive after being left alone in their parent’s bed and breakfast hotel in outback Australia. An endless drought has killed Evie’s father’s avocado trees and all the surrounding habitation. Nothing grows in the fetid soil. Hope comes in the form of a nineteen year old boy, Joel Pitt. He arrives on his motorbike with his dog, Rasputin, bringing supplies. He climbs the tallest tree on the crest of the hill, and locates an area of green down along the coast, hundreds of miles away. The three pile onto the bike, with Marcus and Rasputin in the sidecar, and embark on a trip that will take them over mountainous terrain with a limited supply of food and water. What might they find if they reach the coast? Will other people have survived the devastation? And who bombed their country? No one seems to know.
http://www.maggiandersenauthor.com


David Delaney | 786 comments WOW!!!..sounds very interesting Maggie & congratulations & all the best for your release.


Maggi Andersen | 62 comments Thanks, David.


Jacqueline George (JacquelineGeorge) | 239 comments Just letting Mandy and everyone else know that I have at last got around to posting the Australian editions of my titles. I have to say I don't much like the covers of the American ones - perhaps we Aussies are more sensitive, introspective, intelligent - no, that doesn't seem likely.

Anyway, there are the new editions. The only significant change comes near the beginning of Light o'Love where I have put back some sections the Siren-BookStrand editor objected to. I think she had been watching too much Walt Disney and thought Hallowe'en was all pumpkins and trick-or-treat. Of course, we know it is much darker than that...


MandyM | 2032 comments Jacqueline wrote: "The only significant change comes near the beginning of Light o'Love where I have put back some sections the Siren-BookStrand editor objected to. I think she had been watching too much Walt Disney and thought Hallowe'en was all pumpkins and trick-or-treat. Of course, we know it is much darker than that...i>

That's really intriguing Jacqueline! I much prefer a dark Halloween story. Well I'm just going to have to buy it now!!



Jacqueline George (JacquelineGeorge) | 239 comments You're welcome, Mandy. Contact me direct (my email is on my website) and we can arrange some Mate's Rates. Cut those nasty distributors out of the loop!


David Delaney | 786 comments G'day Jacqueline, see you at the TW book launch on Sat. or the Festival eh!..I too like the sound of a 'dark' halloween story. (-:


Jacqueline George (JacquelineGeorge) | 239 comments Yes, see you there, David. I expect I will have some books in my car...


David Delaney | 786 comments G'day everyone, here is the link to the recent interview I did with a Pittsburgh based writers magazine


http://www.writersnewsweekly.com/inte...

Dave.


Vicki Tyley (vickityley) | 1165 comments So much exciting news on this thread. Congratulations to you all!

Cheers
Vicki


Tracey Alley (TraceyA) | 485 comments Hi all,
As I mentioned in my intro post I'm also an Australian author. I have two novels and two short stories available on Amazon and Smashwords.
Erich's Plea
Ursula's Quest
A Very Hairy Adventure
An Unholy Encounter

I've received some great reviews so far for all of them - very pleasing - and am currently offering Erich's Plea as a Goodreads giveaway.
I'm hoping to have Slade's Destiny, the final book in the Witchcraft Wars trilogy finished before Xmas and then I might try my hand at something other than fantasy or not, haven't decided yet.

I also have a collection of poetry called 'Reflections: A Modern Anthology' that I released on Amazon under a pen name, Lea Martin that's not too bad.
All of this is still very new to me so I'm still finding my way around this site as well as trying to market my work but I'm having fun while I'm doing it :)
I'm also on Facebook, under The World of Kaynos, and Twitter and have recently started a blog that related to my current non-fiction WIP - http://traceyalley-whitehorse.blogspo...

Cheers,
Trace


Colleen O'grady | 36 comments I am editing a novel I have written and would like some feedback...can I put something here?


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Sure, this would be a good spot for it Colleen.


Colleen O'grady | 36 comments Preface: The Facts
Four hundred summers ago, the Spanish conquistadors raided a small Apache village along the Sweetwater. Amongst the Spanish was an Irishman, a captured slave. The Apache nation rose and fought the conquistadors. In the ensuing battle, the Irishman escaped and made his way to the Sweetwater. The small Apache village took the Irishman in and he subsequently married an Apache woman. When their son was born, the Apache woman died.
For twenty years, the Irishman lived with the Apache, then a priest came to the village and when he left, the Irishman went with him, taking his teenage son Johnny Knife Fingers. On the night of the Irishman’s departure from the Apache village, Singing Woman dreamed, and this is what she dreamt:

The Legend
Johnny Knife Fingers travelled to a green land far across the sea. In this emerald Isle, he raised children, and for fifteen generations their descendants would remain there. Then one would cross the sea to another land. Another will also leave and cross many seas, far away from his land and Apache land, to a brown, dry land. Then from the land across the sea, one would return to Apache land. His son will be Cabrito, Knife Man. In the brown, dry land far away across the seas, the other will be born. She will return to Apache land and her name will be Ko-ha-Lena, Crippled Fingers. For many summers, they will be on their own in their own lands, then Cabrito will come for Ko-ha-Lena and together they will return to Apache land.
Four trials will Ko-ha-Lena suffer, each trial will leave her hair partly white. When the fourth trial is over, her hair will be as white as the pure snow. Then she and Cabrito will make the signs together that will bring peace to all nations.
For together they are whole, apart they are only half. Together their power is such that when they are one, the nations will know the signs. As such required preparation and this is what the Apache did in preparing for the two Mindreaders of the future



The Apache
After the Irishman left, Singing Woman and her people moved to the White Mountain. There in the hills were many caves where the Apache sheltered. In one cave, a passageway led through to the other side of the mountain, where there was a cave, very large, with a smaller cavern off to the left of it. A natural entrance led into the cave from right of the passageway, while the passageway itself led out onto a rock ledge. Over the top of the entrance jutted another ledge, like a beetling brow. The cave had a natural window, which looked out across the valley and many miles beyond. This is what could be seen from that window.
To the left, far away on the horizon,
You can see the land of the Sioux.
To the right, far away on the horizon,
You can see the land of the Shoshone.
Away across in front of us,
Is the land of the Utes.
And at the bottom of it,
Is the land of the Apache.
It disappears to the left of us
Under the nose.
On arrival at the caves, Singing Woman took her helpers and went to the cave on its own. There they carved the Legend. On the rock of one wall were the stories of the Irishman and Johnny Knife Fingers; and of the generations of families to follow, and of the births and growing up stages of Cabrito and Ko-ha-Lena. These were carved in an ancient language. On another wall were the stories of the movement of the tribe, called the Eagle people, in their own language. The carvings showed the future. They showed the killing of the two fawn bucks when Cabrito was born, for the clothes he would wear in the future. They showed the killing of two white bucks for Ko-ha-lena on the day that she was born, for the clothes that she would wear. It will take several summers to make these clothes. On the roof of the cavern they carved the future story of Ko-ha-Lena and Cabrito, and the birth of the Small Eagle. The carvings included Ko-ha-Lena's Trials.

Each summer, when the snows were gone, the Apache moved back to these caves, and it took two hundred summers to complete the carvings. The work was passed down from Singing Woman to Singing Woman until it was complete.
Then the Apache left. The story of Ko-ha-Lena and Cabrito however, were sung around the fires and the Apache knew they would come. The Apache knew, the Sioux, the Shoshone knew, the Ute, Chickasaw and Comanche knew. All together twenty-seven different Indian tribes knew. Down through the ages with all Singing Women went this tale of remembrance

'Then he will call her
And she will heed him
Though her lips are sealed
For he is banished!'
He will kiss her
Then he will know
She will be
His Ko-ha-Lena
They will come together
Under the sign of the eagle
Then she will walk in the wilderness
With The Wanderer.



































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MandyM | 2032 comments What an amazing story Colleen! How did you come to write stories of American Indians when you come from Australia? I felt like I was sitting around a campfire listening to someone speak when I read that. So I feel your words and the rhythm of the sentences really creates an atmosphere of story-telling and tribal wisdom. I'm not good with grammar but just a couple of sentences I didn't really get at first and had to re-read 3-4 times to understand. They were:

For together they are whole, apart they are only half. Together their power is such that when they are one, the nations will know the signs. As such required preparation and this is what the Apache did in preparing for the two Mindreaders of the future

and

with a smaller cavern off to the left of it. Does 'of it' need to be there? It feels wrong for some reason. Could you say 'veering to the left' or something like that?

and I felt this small phrase was out of character with the rest of the poem: Under the nose.

I've never done any editing so I'm not really sure what you want. Lovely story though Colleen. Well done.:)


Laurel Lamperd Colleen wrote: "Preface: The Facts
Four hundred summers ago, the Spanish conquistadors raided a small Apache village along the Sweetwater. Amongst the Spanish was an Irishman, a captured slave. The Apache nation..."


Lovely, Colleen. You are probably interested in the American Indians like I'm interested in Ancient Rome and Greece. It doesn't seem to matter where you live and the Internet is a great source of information. Laurel


Laurel Lamperd If anyone is a cat lover, www.lldreamspell.com have just published an anthology of cat stories. Cats in a Dreamspell. My short story, A Cat named Ginger is one of the twelve short stories. Laurel


MandyM | 2032 comments Laurel wrote: "If anyone is a cat lover, www.lldreamspell.com have just published an anthology of cat stories. Cats in a Dreamspell. My short story, A Cat named Ginger is one of the twelve short stories. Laurel"

Thanks Laurel, I'll go and have a look.:)


Tracey Alley (TraceyA) | 485 comments I've been working on a series of children's books - first readers, age 6-7, but don't quite know where to get them published. Obviously kindle ebook is out as they just wouldn't translate well but I'm wondering if I should go with CreateSpace or if there's a similar Aussie set up somewhere that won't cost a fortune. I'd like to keep the retail prices for the stories as cheap as possible so some of the POD people I've approached are just way out of the ball game.

Any suggestions?


MandyM | 2032 comments Tracey wrote: "I've been working on a series of children's books - first readers, age 6-7, but don't quite know where to get them published. Obviously kindle ebook is out as they just wouldn't translate well but..."

Tracey there is a very vigorous discussion on publishing/promoting in Australia on the discussion thread: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3...

If you don't get much feedback here maybe you could post your question there as well. Or start your own thread in the Book Related Banter discussion board. I'm sure you'd get plenty of responses.:)


Colleen O'grady | 36 comments Thanks Laurel, I thought I would make a legend up and have an Australian woman get mixed up in it


Colleen O'grady | 36 comments Mandy wrote: "What an amazing story Colleen! How did you come to write stories of American Indians when you come from Australia? I felt like I was sitting around a campfire listening to someone speak when I read..."

Thank you Mandy. I guess there is a story behind the story, for I have never been to the States. The poem quoted 'under the nose' refers to the shapew of a mountainside seen from the cafe window. Your editing greatly appreciated and 'of it' has been deleted for you are right. One always needs another to read one's work sometimes. 'For together they are whole etc' comes out in the story as mindreaders. I've finished writing it and am seeking publishers, but not sure what genre to put the novel under, they I have tentitavely stated fantasy


Lindy Dale (LindyDale) Hi All,
This looks like the place for me, being an Australian author. I live in Perth, so am frequently distracted from my writing by the lovely weather but have recently had my first book released by Fontaine Press. It's called Heart of Glass and if you're into a good love story its one for you to read.
Heart of Glass
Heart of Glass

Hope to see some of you on my site or FB page!

Lindy


Jenny | 114 comments Tracey - re kids' books: Educational publishers publish the greatest volume. Type 'Australian educational publishers' into Google and you'll find them. Two of the biggest are, Blake Education and MacMillan. You'll need to check out their websites to see what series they publish to get an idea of word counts etc and whether your work will fit. There are also the trade publsiehrs: Penguin and the like.

Unfortunately kids' publishing is very tight in this country. Even though I've had 3 kids' novels and a number of short stories published I'm still finding it almost impossible to find homes for other finished manuscripts. A lot of it comes down to luck and timing, so good luck!


Joanne (goodreadscomJoVo) | 258 comments Hi everyone - I hope to be able to contribute to this group too. I'm a writer living in Darwin, and it's wonderful to see so much energy and enthusiasm about writing on this site!
My website is www.joannevanos.com and my books are listed there. Is a temporary site till I get time to finish it...

best wishes to all,
Jo


Lindy Dale (LindyDale) Tracey wrote: "I've been working on a series of children's books - first readers, age 6-7, but don't quite know where to get them published. Obviously kindle ebook is out as they just wouldn't translate well but..."

Hi Tracey,
Createspace cost nothing but as with Lulu you have to give 30% to the US govt in tax if you dont fill in copious forms which take months. Also the cost of getting physical books to Aus is VERY expensive.
Try OzPOD. They are in Mandurah WA near me, and after the small set up cost they appear to be the most competitive from all the research I've done. You can also order any number of books which many wont let you do. I'm thinking about using them next but havent seen any of their work yet.


David Delaney | 786 comments Here I am in Port Douglas accepting my 1st place plaque.






Amber (elfkingdom) | 361 comments Prologue
For the last 100,000 years and more, anyone looking up at the night sky would have found their eyes riveted to the largest, brightest star in the velvety black. Each night it seems to twinkle more merrily than the last, causing the surrounding stars to seem smaller and much more insignificant by comparison. Yet unbeknown to the Human Race, this magnificent star is not merely a planet but a galaxy. It is situated many billions of light years from the Earth; mere mortals would never be able to comprehend the vast distance between their world and that which flirtatiously sparkles at them each night.

It is called the Twilight Galaxy, for never does its nighttime ever become any darker than the Earth’s dusk hours. The sky becomes tawny, rosy gold as the suns retreat to the outer planets; and the mystical, magnificent creatures who call that galaxy ‘home’ either retreat to their private quarters or, in the case of the wilder ones, seek out the most unrestrained, uninhibited and enthusiastic parties.

The Twilight Galaxy is not at all like those Solar Systems mortals have come to regard as ‘normal’. In the Milky Way, the sun is the centre of the galaxy and all planets and moons orbit it. In the Twilight, the planets and suns mainly orbit the centre and smallest world. When it is time for the dusk hours to descend upon the inner planets, the suns’ orbit changes direction and they move to rotate around the outer planets until it is time to return to their previous positions. As it has always been that way, nobody questions the lack of full dark, or the absence of any moons in the galaxy. Nobody questions that which has been the norm for so many years.

The Twilight is a galaxy of mystery and secrets. Nobody would ever believe that the creatures of Leelale and Dopest - who fight one another over Bartral - are irrevocably connected to creatures on the planet Zircondia. And the centre world is riddled with buried scandals, laced with concealed secrets, and teeming with lies and deceit. Nobody questions the rules: the adored men don’t feel the need; the suppressed women haven’t the courage.

But times are changing. Everybody has a story to tell; precious few are willing to share what they know, even with their own families. Perhaps they fear reprisals; perhaps they feel the past is better left where it is. They pretend ignorance, that they can retain the sense of safety and security they so treasure. But for the creatures of Zircondia, and one race in particular, there is to come a time when trouble rears its unwanted head. The inhabitants of that centre world know the planet is an oasis; their galaxy the prize in frequent, ferocious battles between beings from neighbouring Solar Systems. Still they feel safe and secure. The rules are simple: don’t dredge up the past; don’t get above one’s position in life; don’t question the rules. Despite this, life is never, ever boring.

However.

Someone is about to disregard all the conditions governing life on Zircondia. Someone who sees the truth as a far greater triumph than safety and security. Success will not be easy. The past will have to be examined. Creatures questioned. But lives are well-kept secrets, hidden for many thousands of years from even those closest to them. Victories are celebrated, embarrassments are buried quickly.

One creature seeks to unearth it all.

This is the Prologue to Enchantment's Deception. I've had some very positive reviews about it, with one person declaring it a 'fairytale for adults'. Here is also a link to a YouTube book trailer my publishers have made up for me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cTESt...

Thanks! :-)


Jenny | 114 comments Ah, a Twilight galaxy! So that's where those pesky vamps come from!


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MandyM | 2032 comments Jenny wrote: "Ah, a Twilight galaxy! So that's where those pesky vamps come from!"

LOL!

Thanks Amber for that great excerpt.:)


Joanne (goodreadscomJoVo) | 258 comments Amber wrote: "Prologue
For the last 100,000 years and more, anyone looking up at the night sky would have found their eyes riveted to the largest, brightest star in the velvety black. Each night it seems to twi..."


Congratulations on your book, Amber - it sounds terrific! I looked at the Youtube link - very interesting - first time I've seen a promotion like that. Well done.


Tracey Alley (TraceyA) | 485 comments L.A. wrote: "Tracey wrote: "I've been working on a series of children's books - first readers, age 6-7, but don't quite know where to get them published. Obviously kindle ebook is out as they just wouldn't tra..."

Thanks to Mandy and Jenny with their suggestions and thank you also L.A. - I'll definitely give them a go. I like the idea of staying self-pubbed as long as possible as the money rates can't compare unless you're one of the real big 'uns.
Cheers,
Trace


Laurel Lamperd L.A. wrote: "Tracey wrote: "I've been working on a series of children's books - first readers, age 6-7, but don't quite know where to get them published. Obviously kindle ebook is out as they just wouldn't tra..."

At one time I thought of +Createspace and Kindle but it seems so difficult for overseas writers including Aussies to be paid for books sold.Oz banks charge $10 to change an overseas cheque. Createspace doesn't use Paypal for overseas authors. Laurel


Laurel Lamperd Amber wrote: "Prologue
For the last 100,000 years and more, anyone looking up at the night sky would have found their eyes riveted to the largest, brightest star in the velvety black. Each night it seems to twi..."


Your book looks like ti will be an interesting read, Amber. Laurel


Amber (elfkingdom) | 361 comments Thanks to all who looked at the trailer and read the Prologue! I have to admit, I don't have a website so I was 'testing' it out on goodreads...


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MandyM | 2032 comments Laurel wrote: "October Calamity's Corner is now online. Email calam@live.com.au and have the newsletter delivered free monthly to your computer.
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Thanks for that email address Laurel. I've sent off my request!:)


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Jacqueline George (JacquelineGeorge) | 239 comments It's Friday afternoon, everyone is shutting down for the weekend, and I have just had some EXCELLENT news. One of Australia's most dynamic book distributors has agreed to take my books on. Whoopee! (Excuse me if I keep the details under my hat until everything is signed.)

Rushing off to the bottle shop to buy some champagne...


Amber (elfkingdom) | 361 comments Congratulations Jacqueline! That's amazing news, good luck and all the best!


David Delaney | 786 comments Congrats mate, great news eh!


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