Hidden Reads – Issue 6

Welcome hunters of reading treasure and possessors of treasures. Issue 6 is proud to welcome aboard Bob Waldner as our newest Hidden Reads’ contributors and we are happy to bring you another Hidden Read from Jeannie Meekins. Finally, we have a full book review of “Lila’s Choice” by Laura Brown. Please ENJOY!

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* New page added on the Hidden Reads website: Interviews (under Resources)

Here you will find links to all of the interviews Hidden Reads has conducted with professionals. Interviews are conducted by Porle Joen via email, phone, Skype, or in person.  Read the first interview with Black Beacon Books.

* New page added on the Hidden Reads website: Books Galore

Here you will find general listings on where you can buy books! 🙂 If you are looking for a book by one of our fantastic Hidden Reads contributors, check out their author listing HERE.

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The Great Tadpole Hunt by Jeannie Meekins australia

Children's Fiction, 30 pages
  • Illustrated by Melissa Cleeman
  • Self-Published through Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Applie iStore, Kobo, Diesel, Sony, Oyster, Page Foundry, Baker & Taylor Blio, XinXii
  • ISBN: 978-0-9873435-5-0 (Kindle), 978-0-9873435-6-7 (Smashwords), 978-0-9873425-8-1 (XinXii)
  • RRP: $USD0.99
  • Release date: 22nd July, 2013

“You stole Freddie!” Billy yelled, pushing George in the chest.
George stumbled backwards, slipped and fell in the mud. All the other kids began laughing as George sat there looking up at a furious Billy.
“I didn’t steal Freddie.” George tried to hold back the tears. “Why would I want him?”
“To get me into trouble.” Billy kicked at the mud, splashing more over George.
“So, it’s my fault you can’t even look after a stupid tadpole for the holidays.”

Billy has been given Freddie, the classroom tadpole, to look after over the school holidays. He thinks it is an easy job; a tadpole doesn’t need any looking after.

When school goes back, Billy packs his backpack with his lunch and his footy. He grabs Freddie’s jar from his dressing table, only to discover the tadpole is missing! And there is something else in the jar!

Join Billy as he searches for the tadpole, then tries to find another to take its place – and discovers exactly what has happened to Freddie.

A story aimed at younger readers who are ready for their first chapter book. Reading two chapters a night will see your child waiting and guessing to see what comes next. Vivid illustrations make the story easy to follow.

Explore the wonders of nature and see if your child can figure out what has happened to Freddie before Billy does.

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Peripheral Involvement by Bob Waldner

Literary Fiction, 282 pages
  • Illustrated by Melissa Cleeman
  • Self-Published through Createspace
  • ISBN: ISBN-10: 1495302946 / ISBN-13: 978-1495302947
  • RRP: $USD10.99 (paperback), $USD4.99 ebook
  • Release date: 13 February, 2014

Jack Caufield never imagined that he would wake up one day and find a dead woman in his bed. That sort of thing wasn’t supposed to happen to guys like him. He was on his way to law school, but instead of fielding Socratic questions from law professors, he finds himself facing the third degree from a bunch of angry cops. Despite their efforts, they find nothing incriminating, and Jack is allowed to get on with his education and his life. Over the next fifteen years, he becomes a modestly successful corporate lawyer, a well-paid but insignificant cog in the Wall Street machine. He’s resigned to playing a disappointing role in the system that he has come to disdain, until he learns that his encounter with that unlucky girl may not have been coincidental. Confronted with the possibility that the men who run the prestigious financial institution that he now represents may have been involved in a shocking conspiracy, his search for the truth is complicated by the knowledge that discovering it could cost him the success that he’s spent his life chasing.

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Sinister Reads

http://sinisterreads.wordpress.com/

Sinister Reads is a project managed by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) used to promote the work of its members. Horror writers take their craft seriously and professionally – people get a thrill out of being scared, not necessarily being grossed out, but frightened by things they know cannot harm them in reality. Horror can but doesn’t have to be violent or bloody or disgusting; what it needs to do is to create fear in the reader.

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Lila's ChoiceLila’s Choice by Laura Brown

Lila’s life is turned upside down when her oldest friend announces he is coming to town. Friends since they were five, new feelings she was not expecting start to bubble with his pending arrival. When she discovers the feelings are reciprocated, life seems perfect, but he knows her too well. When it emerges that another has feelings for Lila, her confusion begins. I am not giving away any huge plot spoilers by stating that Lila has to choose between two men – the front cover and the title make that obvious. The problem is, how can Lila decide when she doesn’t even know she has to choose? Never fear, with meddling friends and family, and a school full of ready minions, she will know soon enough.

This reader is not usually a fan of chick lit or romance novels, yet Lila’s Choice was surprisingly entertaining and sucked me in from the first page with intelligent symbolism and beautifully placed comedy. An early scene that caught my attention was during a warm interaction between Lila and her unknown choice where, “… he reached forward, grabbing a heart-shaped stress ball.” He tosses it back and forth as she speaks about the other man in her life before Lila turns the conversation to his failed relationship, at which point, “He placed the heart back on the desk where it slowly grew back to normal size.” A simple scene in which the reader learns a great deal about the characters through dialogue and the strength of seemingly unattached symbolism.

The setting provides a slice of originality with a group of work colleagues and friends who are teachers and counselors at a school with a large population of hearing impaired students. I found this difference interesting and educational as the adults interacted with hearing able and hearing impaired students. The author did a brilliant job of presenting the visual aspects of these interactions through the written word. The ability for some characters to speak without words while other cannot, leads to smart one liners and hidden jokes shared between Lila and Ette. The relationship of these two strong and focused women runs a thread of humor throughout the novel that gives it a lighthearted and entertaining appeal.

The characters play off each other and are so believable that you cannot help but fall in love with them all. The dialogue throughout is very natural and stays true for each character. There is a set style for each that separates them as individuals. The characters, though not personally explored in great depth, are so easily relatable that I felt like I knew the core of each. Characterization is built through the interactions of the friends and you could easily classify the individuals. Nate is the sweetheart, Ette is the partier, Kent is the whiner, Bryce is the cool kid, and Lila is the unknowing glue. That’s the simply classification though each develops in their own right throughout the story.

One aspect that I was completely shocked by was my character loyalty as a reader. Usually, when a main character must choose between two others, especially in relation to love, the reader will have a strong connection to one or the other and see that one as the hero. The reader will want for that character to “win” and will even experience anger at the main character for her stupidity in not making the obvious choice from the beginning. The smart writer drives the readers in this way to ensure that the reader gets what they want at the conclusion – the choice is made and the reader feels satisfied. Laura Brown has accomplished something I have not experienced before: she made me feel so deeply for both characters that she could have flipped the outcome and I, as a reader, would have been just as satisfied. If this was intentional or not, I do not know, but it doesn’t matter. I applaud Laura Brown for this achievement.

Lila’s Choice is extremely well written and tells a fun yet heartfelt story. As a reader, I was not overloaded with twists and turns, but rather presented with an easy read. That is not to say that it was not thought provoking, on the contrary, the woven symbolism and clues are enough to entice me to re-read and look for those little things I may have missed. Plus, the characters have purchased a permanent space in my mind and opened me to reading more in the genre. I thoroughly recommend Lila’s Choice to those interested in the chick lit and romance genres and to those that shy away from it. This is a great read simply for it’s entertainment value, but be warned, it will pull at your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone.

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Hidden Reads – Issue 5

Welcome hunters of reading treasure and possessors of treasures. Issue 5 is proud to welcome aboard Laura Brown and JinniS (blogger) as our two newest Hidden Reads contributors. We welcome LJ Clarkson to out article listings and look forward to many great reads in the coming issues. We have two full book reviews of “The 6th of November” by Pablo Solares Acebal and “Paradise Fallen” by Simon Jaysek.

This issue also marks our first exclusive interview! This issue, read our interview with Black Beacon Books, an independent publisher in Australia that likes the weird and unusual. Their founder, Cameron Trost, was kind enough to offer our readers some wise advice and honest words. Read the interview below. Please ENJOY!

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* New page added on the Hidden Reads website: Burning Questions.

Here you can leave your “burning question” for publishers (like Black Beacon Books), authors, editors, agents, etc. We will endeavor to conduct regular interviews with professionals to answer your “burning questions”.  If you know a professional who may wish to share their words of wisdom with our readers,or indeed are one yourself, please let me know.

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Lila’s Choice by Laura Brown

Chick Lit / Romance, 315 pages
  • Self-Published through CreateSpace, KDP, Nook
  • ISBN: 978-0615925714
  • RRP: $13.99 Paperback, $3.99 eBook
  • Release date: 10th February, 2014

Never let your friends get involved in your personal life.

Lila and Nate learn this the hard way. They are the star-crossed lovers of Glendale High. For three years the students have waited for the two to get together. They begged Nate to put his past relationship behind him, and cringed when Lila started dating Bryce. Just your typical teenage romance, except they’re the teachers.

Lila, a guidance counselor with a sweet demeanor, has an answer for every problem, every problem but her own. A visit from childhood friend Bryce thrusts her calm world into turmoil, as emotions buried deep inside are dragged to the surface. He soon realizes what only a friend can notice and a lover regret, that Lila, unbeknownst to herself, is in love with Nate.

Nate has seen better days. He is a history teacher stuck living in the past. Depression has kept his love for Lila unspoken, his ego frail after being cheated on.

Now Lila and Nate’s coworkers must unleash a scheme and uncover Lila’s true feelings. In a school this nosey what better way to get fast results than to involve the student population? The students are all too eager to get involved.

If everything goes as planned Lila will have to choose between two men. If her friends fail they might destroy these three and ruin their friendship. No wonder the scheme is called Project Torture.

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By Indicated (LJ Clarkson) australia

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JinniS Art australia

JinniS is an Australian artist who specialises in acrylic, watercolour, and oil paintings. Her subjects are primarily animals and she is available for commissioned work. The site is currently in construction so follow her now to keep updated as her page grows.  Her blog will contain a collection of her artworks including (where possible) the photos from which her work was based. You will be amazed at her attention to detail and the lifelike reproductions.

“JinniS has an exquisite eye for detail. She can capture the realism and emotion like no other artist I have  seen.” – Porle Joen

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http://sinisterreads.wordpress.com/

Sinister Reads is a project managed by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) used to promote the work of its members. Horror writers take their craft seriously and professionally – people get a thrill out of being scared, not necessarily being grossed out, but frightened by things they know cannot harm them in reality. Horror can but doesn’t have to be violent or bloody or disgusting; what it needs to do is to create fear in the reader.

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Black Beacon Books

From http://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com.au: “Black Beacon Books is an independent publisher founded in Brisbane, Australia, in 2013. We publish imaginative and thought-provoking fiction that falls into the genres of mystery, suspense, psychological horror, adventure, black humour and the just plain weird. We aim to provide our readers with tales that entertain and, at the same time, have something to say about society and the human condition. Our potential customers and contributors should be aware that unlike many independent, and indeed major, publishing houses, Black Beacon Books only releases titles that are of the highest quality in terms of content, editing and design.”

We asked Black Beacon Book’s founder, Cameron Trost to tell us a little more…

Why did you choose the name Black Beacon Books?

There are many tropes and symbols used in fiction of a dark and mysterious nature. Amongst them, we have keys, mirrors, telescopes, treasure chests, secret passages, graveyards, skulls, churches, castles, caves, telescopes, clocks, the moon, oil lamps and candles and, of course, beacons and lighthouses. The beacon or lighthouse conjures a setting of darkness, for in daylight they are rendered almost useless. In this darkness, they have a role to play, a crucial role, and that is to either warn away or beckon nearer. That is also the role of Black Beacon Books, to thrust the reader into mystery and darkness whilst providing a distant and guiding light, one that can be seen atop cliffs rising up from a troubled sea or on the peaks of wild mountains. We want stories that both warn you of impending danger and draw you into the worlds they create.

Can you give us a little bit of background about how you got involved in Black Beacon Books and why?

I decided to set Black Beacon Books up because I found that there were too few quality publishers releasing anthologies and short story collections in the mystery genre, especially in Australia. Although we do not only publish this genre (we also publish horror, urban adventure, dystopian, and strange fiction that defies categorisation), the lack of markets for short mystery writers is our main raison d’être. I run Black Beacon Books independently, using my skills and experience as a writer and English teacher, but I collaborate with digital artists and illustrators for each publication.

Why is Black Beacon Books different to other publishers?

Primarily, our difference is in our willingness to push the boundaries by publishing stories whose plot, style, and subject matter are not formulaic and commercially viable enough to suit the requirements of major publishing houses. We cater for the reader who wants to read clever, original, and quirky tales that will really make them think and leave them stunned. Our stories distinguish themselves from the flat field of mass-market fiction designed for the ovine hordes.

Where can people find more information about Black Beacon Books?

From our website at www.blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com. You can order books there. We also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlackBeaconBooks.

How can people contact you?

Through the contact page on our website or on our Facebook page. 

How does black Beacon Books publish authors’ works – hardcopy, electronically, etc?

We publish in both print and ebook formats. However, we always seek to give our print books a little something extra such as interior illustrations or photographs. When we publish short stories or novellas separately, we usually only publish them as ebooks since there is no point in publishing a print book of only thirty of fifty pages.

Could you give us a brief step by step of the process from submission to potential publication? How long does it take?

Our current submission window for Subtropical Suspense, an anthology of mystery and suspense tales set in Brisbane, closes at the end of March. At the moment, it’s only taking about a week to get back to potential contributors – that’s VERY fast. The process is simple. If I read a submission and think that it’s a great story AND it meets the submissions guidelines, then I’ll probably accept it. Then, if the spelling and grammar is spot on, there’s even less of a chance that it will be rejected.

What are the top 3 things that someone should know in order to have their work considered by Black Beacon Books?

Number 1: know how to write a gripping tale that keeps me entertained and keeps me thinking even once I’ve finished it. Also, I don’t mind a clever twist either when appropriate. Number 2: Write a story that matters to you, the story you want to tell, don’t try to copy the latest craze or write to a formula. That’s not our thing. Number 3: Know that we’re just a small press publisher and don’t expect us to make you “the next big thing”.

What is Black Beacon Books’ input into the work? Do you offer any author services? Do you market the works and how?

We’re too poor to do advertising. Time and effort and marketing online, we can do. We don’t offer any “author services” but when you have a story published with us, you can rest assured that I will go through it with the fine-toothed comb of a nit-picking English teacher.

What are some of the common problems that people experience in attempting to get published?

Finding a market that suits your work. That’s why writers need to read submission guidelines carefully and query if unsure. You can have a great story (I hope you do, that’s step number one) but it won’t get published if you send it to an unsuitable market.

What is your one piece of advice for authors considering publication for the first time?

Don’t submit your work until you’ve done several drafts.

Can a self-published author still submit their work for publication?

Of course, but just make sure you read the guidelines. Most markets won’t accept reprints.

What’s excites you (as a writer)?

A great story idea. Especially when I’m pretty sure nobody has written anything like it before. I’ve had quite a few of those and am working on one in particular at the moment.

What is your pet peeve in works you have received (or in general)?

Poor punctuation, spelling and grammar annoy me. However, I won’t automatically reject a great story written by somebody who isn’t a master of our fine language. Do us both a favour though and do your best, please.

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The 6th of November
The 6th of November by Pablo Solares Acebal

The story of The 6th of November begins with a personal introduction from the fictional narrator, Don Paco. He is a man of the church and he is our link to reality as the journey of the people of Requejado unravels and reveals terrifying truths and questionable existences.

The introduction by Don Paco starts: “I, the town priest and representative of God on earth, devoted to Him in body and soul, write my memoirs to share them with future generations.” He goes on to say of Requejado that, “Its inhabitants lived on the verge between good and evil; withdrawn into their devastated lives, trapped by a universe that reduced them to ashes… Welcome to Requejado.”

Pablo Solares Acebal has brilliantly used the written words of Don Paco’s thoughts to tell the audience that: “…some parts of this story contain opinions and conjectures.” It is a fantastic ways to remind a reader that while the novel contains historical data, the work is one of fiction.

It was not until I read the last chapter and returned to revisit the introduction that the full implications and understanding of the words mentioned above took hold and weaved a final thread of knowledge that linked the story together for me. Before delving into the word of The 6th of November, the narrative introduction gives you but a taste of what is to come.

Don Paco has a purpose in sharing his memoirs, though to speak more of it here would be to give too much away, so it will suffice to say that Don Paco tells a story through his eyes and ears. As stated in the introduction from Don Paco, he did not witness all events but has pieced together conversations and unintentional admissions.

The flow of the work is regal for want of a better description. Set in the 1930’s, it reads as though written within this era as opposed to being completely modernized as some works tend to be. Pablo Solares Acebal is a profound thinker. His deep understanding of the human condition and provocative thought are delivered in lines such as: “Who was the one who commanded this dew to gather in such an organized and beautiful manner? Only our destiny and the circumstances are able to do so”, “True people never need to say goodbye several times before they finally leave”, and, “Be careful with time. It is worthy but untrustworthy and dangerous”.

Categorized as Horror/Historical Fiction, I feel I should clarify this classification for potential readers. This is not your typical horror story of slow building fear and anticipation through setting and descriptive dread, nor is it one of gore or cover to cover blood-lust. Never have I read a story that I would find so difficult to categorize as it crosses over so many genres. Within the horror genre, I would describe it as psychological/paranormal horror, though even this does not truly do justice to Pablo Solares Acebal’s creation. The horror is in the history, events, and final revelations. It is a story that can not easily been shaken once the last page is turned.

The central characters are Gloria and Maria. We learn of the young love between Gloria and Rulfo (Maria’s son), seemingly doomed to be together only in the shadows when Gloria’s father rejects their courtship. We meet the repressed Maria Dolores in a loveless marriage to Anselmo. The change in these two characters as the story progresses is both subtle and extreme. Good versus evil becomes a playground as the reader is constantly questioning who is the antagonist and who is the protagonist?

The narrator introduces the other characters through a retelling of personal and inferred events. Several less focused characters are peppered throughout, though none is small or insignificant. Each character, no matter how briefly presented, has a solid impact on the story-line and the other characters.

The 6th of November is unexpected, thought provoking, mysterious, and highly intriguing. Though lost in the story and the welcomed confusion, I was intrigued not only by the characters and the the progress of the story, but also in the historical significance and reflections. I found myself researching the histories of the different towns mentioned, the Spanish Civil War, and the date itself.

I would recommend The of 6th of November to those who like to be taken on a journey where the path is not clear and your own conclusions and assumptions are crucial to the impact of the words. This is not average “story-telling”, this is literary poetics that invites the reader to consider their own mortality and morality.

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Paradise Fallen by Simon JaysekBook Review - Paradise Fallen

Paradise Falls seems to be the perfect place for Greg and his young children to settle. The property is serene in its beauty and somewhat isolated from the townsfolk. Greg harbors dark secrets and when a gung-ho officer sets her sights on him, his well constructed lies begin to unravel. Add to the mix a frustrating neighbor with a son who is out of control, plus a cast of characters who take gossip as fact, and Greg begins to wonder if Paradise Falls is the paradise he initially envisaged or just another difficult chapter in his hidden life to be battled with and forgotten.  
Paradise Falls has its own secrets. In a community where everyone knows everyone else’s business, the discovery of a pedophile in their ranks throws the town into accusations and assumptions.

The style of writing is very direct and similar to other script writers who have turned to novel writing like that of Laurent Boulanger. The imagery is clear and the action is written in a way that you can easily visualize on the big screen.

There are no story chapters to break it up and this was intentional. In an interview with Smashwords, Simon Jaysek says: “I’ve deliberately not included numbered chapters so as to keep the story flowing like a movie.” When I began reading Paradise Fallen, I expected this to be an issue for me as I like to finish a chapter before taking a break so that I can easily return to the story, but I found it was not a problem at all. It was easy to follow and I never lost my place or the story flow.

The character of Greg is somewhat mysterious and he has his secrets. Simon Jaysek does a commendable job of building that intrigue throughout the novel and of protecting the secrets that Greg harbours. As a reader, I was given a good insight to Greg as the main character and he was well developed. I felt for him and as the primary protagonist, I followed his story with a desire to see him discover himself and finally achieve some peace.

Overall, the characters are explored at a level expected of a movie. Written from a third person, omniscient point of view, they could potential have been explored deeper; however, for the level of dialogue and action, and the author’s clear intention to entertain, the level of characterisation was appropriate. The author left enough unsaid that the reader can explore greater depths of character in their own mind.

Paradise Fallen is an easy read that will appeal to a cross section of the adult and young adult communities. It will appeal to those who like to escape into a world that is shown and directed with various characters of true human qualities and sometimes animalistic needs. Simon Jaysek has been a screenwriter for twenty years and this experience has translated to his novella with quick action and clean dialogue.

There are erotic situations though they are relatively short-lived and are not required to carry the story. Paradise Fallen delves into the controversial area of paedophilia and readers with particular sensitivities should be warned of this. The events are not deeply descriptive but may still be highly disturbing for some readers.

There is recurring punctuation usage that I found distracting. Having said this, it is consistently used so once the action took hold with the primary conflict, I somewhat forgot about this. One good read through by an editor with strong grammatical skills would weed out this slight issue very quickly.

I found Paradise Fallen to be easy to follow, easy to visualise, easy to read, and with a story-line that clearly developed throughout the pages. Twists and turns come to their conclusions and everything is answered. The ending is somewhat unexpected but is very believable and appropriate. I read the last word with a sense of completion.

Review available HERE

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – Jeannie Meekins: Read an E-Book Week!

Hi all. This is a special bog post to let you all know that one of our Hidden Reads contributors, Jeannie Meekins, has 3 books available during Read an E-Book Week! Read more below including a note from Jeannie, details about her books (including discount codes), links to purchase, and how to follow Jeannie. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out the review of “Under the Bridge” on the review page. “Under the Bridge” is available for FREE during Read an E-Book Week. Go get yourself a copy and while you are there, pick up “By Any Other Name” and “The Great Tadpole Hunt”.

australiaJeannie Meekins

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Event Details: Read an Ebook Week

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week has begun. The week runs from Sunday March 2 – Saturday March 8, 2014. This is US time (Pacific time, I think), so please adjust for your time zone.

I have 3 books involved at heavily discounted prices.

 

By Any Other Name (1)By Any Other Name 

  • Suitable for readers 15+
  • 75% off!!!!!
  • It comes in at the ridiculous price of US $1.20
  • The first 15% of the book is available as a free sample download
  • Use Code: REW75 to get this book for (US) $1.20
  • Get it HERE!

What a father will do to protect his son and what a son will do to save his father

A story of love, hate, life, death and everything in between in the turbulent relationship between a boy and his father.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a kid’s book. There is plenty of material that will appeal to adults. The story follows young Declan Cutler through 35 years of his life.

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UNDER THE BRIDGEUnder the Bridge

  • 100% discounted. That’s right – it’s FREE!
  • Use Code: RW100 at the checkout to get this book for free
  • Get it HERE!
  • Read the Review by Porle Joen HERE!

A story of a friendship between two very different boys that shows it’s impossible to see what’s inside someone when you only look at the surface.

Beautifully illustrated by AT Davidson, this book is suitable for readers 9-12 years.

This book was recently reviewed on Hidden Reads. This is your opportunity to get it for free.

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The Great Tadpole Hunt SmashwordsCoverThe Great Tadpole Hunt

  • Also FREE!
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Billy has been given the job of looking after the classroom tadpole over the school holidays. When school resumes, Billy is shocked to find the tadpole has gone!

This book is suitable for children who are ready for their first chapter book. It is illustrated in a fun style by Melissa Cleeman with characters that are sure to capture a child’s imagination.

Hidden Reads – Issue 4

Welcome hunters of reading treasure and possessors of treasures. Issue 4 is proud to welcome aboard Pablo Solares-Acebal and Simon Jaysek as our two newest Hidden Reads contributors. We have more articles from our two article writers (Marthilda Burton and our own Porle Joen), as well as the full book review The Silver Strand by our Hidden Reads self-published author, LJ Clarkson. Please ENJOY!

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* New page added on the Hidden Reads website: Writer’s Resources (marketing, publishing, tips…)

 

Here you will find an array of helpful resources from publishers (self-publishing platforms and traditional publication links) to marketing resources. Please be aware that Hidden Reads provides these resources as suggestions. It is up to you to do your research and decide which, if any, of these resources are right for you :)  **This page will expand over the coming months.

 

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Paradise Fallen

Paradise Fallen by Simon Jaysek australia

Mystery / Adult Romance Novella, 94 pages
  • Self-Published through Smashwords
  • ISBN: 978-0-9923718-0-7
  • RRP: $3.99
  • Release date: 14th November, 2013

When a stranger with two young children buys a secluded property in the idyllic rural community of Paradise Falls, malicious rumours start to circulate. Heavily tattooed Greg Brown, (turns out it’s not his real name) claims he’s a cartoonist, (he used to paint lurid graphics on Harleys). His kids seem to be happy, (but are they really his children?). His wife died of cancer. (no she didn’t).

Constable Pauline Pedermin is determined to find out the truth about Greg Brown. Especially as he lives next door to her new best friend, horse-riding companion, (and hopefully someday, lover), Marion. But Marion, a preacher’s wife now divorced, with three teenagers and no alimony wants a man in her life. Surprisingly, (or perhaps not) she finds her ‘bad-boy’ neighbour increasingly attractive.

And Paradise Falls has its own simmering secrets – the porn-addicted property developer who plots to get rid of his wife; the seductress who has a weird love of dogs; the hunky house-painter who gets hit on by housewives; the serene schoolmistress with a saucy past; the creepy paedophile who cruises the back-roads. And the nerdy hacker who causes untold havoc.

A bungled burglary and a curious kidnapping kick Pauline’s investigations into high gear. She hunts down the criminals in her unconventional way. Crimes are solved, lovers are lost, sinners exposed, the flighty flee. The gossips of Paradise Falls argue the fallout over their beers and their yoga.

But what is the truth about Greg Brown? And where did he go?

Have a sneak peak with Amazon Look Inside! CLICK HERE

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6th of NovemeberPRE-PUBLICATION

The 6th on November by Pable Solares-Acebal

Horror / Historical Fiction, 100 pages
  • Self-Published through Amazon and CreateSpace
  • ISBN: TBA
  • RRP: US$10.00
  • Release date:
    • Australia – June 10, 2014
    • UK – March 10, 2014
    • USA – May 6, 2014

In The 6th of November, Pablo weaves a complex but fluid narrative that combines fragments of history with the intricacies of love, family, and politics. The reader is thrown into a world that is both exciting yet frightening, with characters that, at every turn, are as visible as the story itself. Pablo’s narrative, to a large extent, defies every traditional definition of technique and style, as he lavishly combines and floats from realism to magic realism, masterly using both to tell this intricate story. The 6th of November is not for those who enjoy bland and conventional narratives; it is one of those little volumes that will stay around for a long time. – By Timothy Ogene

Available from:

  • Watch out on Twitter, Facebook, and Hidden Reads for links to The 6th of November as they become available.

Read reviews HERE.

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By Mathilda Burton australia

“Finding the Groove”
– 
http://selfavenue.com/finding-the-groove/

“Firsts”
– 
http://selfavenue.com/firsts/

“Thank You for the Compliment”
– 
http://selfavenue.com/thank-you-for-the-compliment/

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By Porle Joen australia

“Launching Your Book in Style (Even on a Tight Budget) – Part 4: Sweet Music”
– http://www.wikinut.com/launching-your-book-in-style-even-on-a-tight-budget-part-4%3a-sweet-music/1n7xx4e0/bullqv9x/

Launching Your Book in Style – Part 5: Presenting Awakening
– http://writing.wikinut.com/Launching-your-Book-in-Style-Part-5%3A-Presenting-Awakening/l-tjg68u/

“A Different Perspective”
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http://www.wikinut.com/a-different-perspective/3hjlv5kv/16ps2za9/

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Sinister Reads

http://sinisterreads.wordpress.com/

  • Sinister Reads is a project managed by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) used to promote the work of its members.
  • Horror writers take their craft seriously and professionally – people get a thrill out of being scared, not necessarily being grossed out, but frightened by things they know cannot harm them in reality. Horror can but doesn’t have to be violent or bloody or disgusting; what it needs to do is to create fear in the reader.

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The Silver Strand

LJ Clarkson – The Silver Strand australia

Isabelle Tresdon is your typically twelve year old girl who just wants to be normal. She does not wish to stand out or draw attention to herself, let alone incite the attention of her personal school bully, Jemima. So when she suddenly sprouts a strand of silver hair that sparks and causes her to bleed pink dust, her first instinct is not one of wonderment, but of terror at the idea that others will notice her difference.

Before she can learn the origin of her silver strand and grasp the complexity and wonder of the magic that it holds, Isabelle makes the potentially fatal mistake of wishing her strand away. Only once her silver strand has withered does Isabelle discover the secret world she was destined to enter. She must save her magic, her life, and the secret world hidden in the core of the Earth where magic is expected and uniqueness is embraced. In this world exists Mastermind Academy – a place where she can learn to harness the power of her silver strand.

The characters created by L.J. Clarkson in The Silver Strand are varied, ranging from simple and obvious to complex and intriguing, from cute and cuddly to mean and menacing, from small and brave to ominous and stupid. Even Isabelle experiences life in a shape-shifted form where dangers threaten that she would never expect. The duo of Esme and Boldrick are lighthearted characters that are quick to adapt to situations. They provide a link to the secret world of Mastermind Academy while offering a level of amusement through their Martin and Lewis style banter. The character of Isabelle experiences a clear growth in both self and maturity as she learns to accept herself and realizes that taunts from Jemima deserve the least of her fear and attention.

There are many lessons for the young reader in The Silver Strand. The author’s background in environmental engineering shines through her characters. Isabelle is an avid scientist who soaks up knowledge and uses this throughout the novel to logically deduce explanations for situation and wonder at how things that seem impossible could become possible with scientific insight. The character of Esme is a lover and protector of nature. She provides insight on natural plant growth and protection and is angered at mistreatment. Esme is driven by a desire to save her world and its resources. These are timely lessons for the next generation.

The Silver Strand is targeted to age range of 9 to 12 and I think this is close to the mark. I would expect younger children from the age of 7 with an average to above average reading ability to thoroughly enjoy the journey. It is age appropriate for 9 to 12 in regard to styling and vocabulary; however, a well-read child of 11 or 12 may find some of the fantasy concepts and dialogue too young. I can see the future volumes in this series evolving the way of Harry Potter and targeting an older audience as Isabelle matures. The author has very wisely ended Book 1 with a sense of intrigue. I believe this first book will prove to be a back-story to the greater adventures which unfold in future books.

I found The Silver Strand to be a fun and light read with some very original concepts. I did find myself on occasion noticing some heavy parallels with familiar concepts and ideas and at those points, I had to remind myself of the target audience. The most intuitive children’s book authors mix original concept with those that are proven and which their readers demand and L.J. Clarkson has done this to perfection. Through the eyes of the target age, I felt the story and the fantasy elements were brilliant, as were the educational aspects heavily peppered throughout. I particularly liked the inclusion of the glossary at the end of the novel. It is a nice reminder of the different elements of the novel and an easy referral for a re-read or prior to picking up Book 2. I would suggest the manuscript needs one more phase of proofreading and editing to polish it to the level children expect – they are brutal and will notice every tiny grammatical error, though this is a minor issue that is easily rectified.

I think any child with a sense for adventure will enjoy the journey of Isabelle.

Review available HERE

 

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Hidden Reads – Issue 3

Welcome hunters of reading treasure and possessors of treasures. Issue 3 is proud to welcome aboard L.J. Jackson – a new Hidden Reads contributor. We have more articles from our two article writers (Marthilda Burton and our own Porle Joen), as well as three full book reviews of the work of some of our Hidden Reads self-published authors – MR Graham, Jeannie Meekins, and Carole Nomarhas. ENJOY!

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You can now find a new structure on the Hidden Reads website. We have cleaned it up a bit so have a look (there is a site map for quick reference). Links to book reviews are now available here.

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The author submission page has now been updated to reflect the breakdown of submissions into three categories:

Hidden Reads Submission Form 2014 – Self-Published Authors – this form is for submission of self-published novels, novellas, short stories, anthologies, and long non-fiction.

Hidden Reads Submission Form 2014 – Article Writers and Bloggers – this form is for the submission of articles and blogs. Articles can include journalistic of other non-fiction short works, shorts stories, poetry, etc that have been published with approval on sites such at Wikinut, Ezine Articles, Hub Garden, etc.

Hidden Reads Submission Form 2014 – Events – this form is to advertise your sales, promotions, and appearances. If you are having a limited time sale on you self-published work or appearing at a convention as a special guest, tell us about it here.

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LJ Clark

The Silver Strand by L.J. Clarkson australia

Children / Tween Fantasy Adventure, 283 pages
  • Self-Published through Lightning Source
  • ISBN: 978-0-9923017-0-5 (paperback);  978-0-9923017-1-2 (e-book)
  • RRP: $17.95 AUD $11.99 US
  • Release date: 24th September, 2013

Brief synopsis of the story (the blurb on the back of the book is fine: Ever since twelve year old Isabelle Tresdon’s silver strand of hair sprouted, it’s been nothing but trouble: bleeding pink dust and sparking like a firecracker.  Refusing to be known as the girl with the freaky, grandma hair, she wishes it never grew and the hair withers and tarnishes.

The only problem is, the strand is Isabelle’s source of magic, and she can transform particles of energy into matter. It’s also her ticket into Mastermind Academy, a secret school inside the hollow earth. Five days remain before the strand drains her magic and life, forcing Isabelle to enter into a deal with two trickster Masterminds to save it. But what she doesn’t count on is that there is more at stake than just her life.

The Silver Strand, a tween fantasy Adventure for 9-12 year olds, is book 1 in the Mastermind Academy Series.

Available from:

Reviews:

– Amazon gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-starblank-star Reviews available here.

– Goodreads  gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-starblank-star Reviews available here.

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By Mathilda Burton australia

“The Turn Around”
– 
http://selfavenue.com/the-turn-around/

“Recognising and Accepting Your Faults”
– 
http://selfavenue.com/recognising-and-accepting-your-faults/

“Being Afraid”
– 
http://selfavenue.com/being-afraid/

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By Porle Joen australia

“Launching Your Book in Style (Even on a Tight Budget) – Part 3: Decorating Your Venue”
– http://www.wikinut.com/launching-your-book-in-style-even-on-a-tight-budget-%E2%80%93-part-3%3a-decorating-your-venue/2gx8w43-/3yow5m7j/

“Book Review – Red Queen by Honey Brown”
– http://www.wikinut.com/book-review%3a-red-queen-by-honey-brown/15bomc-5/3_g-pmwy/

“Film Review – Red Hill (2010)”
– 
http://www.wikinut.com/film-review%3a-red-hill-2010/2s3j8xqp/2w2_5iti/

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Sinister Reads

http://sinisterreads.wordpress.com/

  • Sinister Reads is a project managed by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) used to promote the work of its members.
  • Horror writers take their craft seriously and professionally – people get a thrill out of being scared, not necessarily being grossed out, but frightened by things they know cannot harm them in reality. Horror can but doesn’t have to be violent or bloody or disgusting; what it needs to do is to create fear in the reader.

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MR Graham

Mr Graham – In the Shadow of the Mountains

There is a stranger in town. Burns City is the kind of small town in which a new arrival turns heads and starts tongues flapping so when the stranger arrives under the cover of an icy blizzard, speculation begins among the townsfolk, but little do they know how wrong they are. In the Shadow of the Mountains is a paranormal fantasy novel wonderfully constructed by MR Graham that will leave you guessing and perhaps even leave you with a bit of a scar on your chin from the numerous jaw dropping revelations.

The story follows the usually uneventful lives of child prodigy Aaron, slacker/clown Chris and his best friend Liz. The small town of Burns City is not prepared for a sudden spate of local murders and it is not unexpected that some suspicion falls on the shoulders of the newest community member. Can is be a coincidence that the murders began just days after his arrival? Aaron is convinced that this man who is finally someone he can converse with on an intellectual level is innocent; however, Chris is not so sure. Without intention, the trio of teens stumble into a supernatural world that can’t possibly exist and Aaron and Chris are forced into an unlikely teaming with the strange man in the house at the end of the street. What follows is page turning plot with twists and turns that will keep you guessing and then questioning your own conclusions.

In the Shadow of the Mountains begins with a very detailed description of a small town, free from crime where everyone knows everyone else. An icy blizzard approaches as does a stranger drawing a powerfully ominous parallel that sets the scene in a way that is not thoroughly understood until the last pages. MR Graham has done a marvelous job of creating a sense of setting around the story-line and characters that grips the reader until the final word. The author has a remarkable talent for creating a scene in which you can see, feel, and even smell the surroundings.

Journal entries by Liz and Chris show their undeniable youth at the beginning of the novel and the author has captured the vocabulary and teenage issues with perfection. The first journal entry occurs after a wonderfully visual description of the town so it is an unexpected change of pace. It shows the author’s ability to embrace the point of view and thoughts of her different characters. It is a valuable inclusion to have the internal thoughts and insights and serves well to highlight the growth of these characters throughout the novel, none more so than Chris.

In the Shadow of the Mountains is wrapped and entwined with intrigue and hidden meanings with enough clues and throw away lines for the attentive reader to be able to piece together the mystery, but even the attentive reader can easily miss the clues that lead to the biggest revelation and the moment that my jaw hit the ground before I broke into a massive smile of approval and excitement. No spoilers here, you will just have to read it yourself and I highly recommend that you do.

Review available HERE

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UNDER THE BRIDGEJeannie Meekins – Under the Bridge australia

There are few of us that can say we were never bullied at school. It is a sad reality that although we are all different, that difference can be a target for others who are themselves probably also bullied. Under the Bridge is a beautifully written and illustrated children’s book by Australian author Jeannie Meekins that addresses this very real issue and provides a very valuable lesson to the reader. “One day you might be the one no one wants to play with,” Mrs Wheeler warns the school bully. But it is not just about bullying, there is also the wonderfully presented idea of seeing the world from a different perspective.

Under the Bridge is set in an Australian school that I would hazard to guess is in Melbourne due to a very Victorian discussion of AFL teams that takes place between a group of children. Michael is new at the school – an already difficult situation without the addition of being harassed for his ethnicity. Michael meets another boy, Kyle, who is also different though not as obviously, and they strike up a friendship. As the two friends learn about themselves and teach each other about their differing worlds, the gap between differences closes. And as expected, the school bully learns a valuable lesson in understanding.

The journey of Under the Bridge addresses the themes of racism, sexism, and unconscious discrimination and assumptions. Jeannie Meekins has woven all of these through her piece using very typical and relatable situations and interactions. I have read similar stories that explore the themes of bullying and discrimination, but what sets Under the Bridge apart as unique, aside from the beautiful Australian setting, is the way in which the lessons are presented. The learning and knowledge come through a child who himself is discriminated against, not by the other children but by the adults in his life who want to protect him yet are preventing him from being a part of the society of children he interacts with. Children can be cruel, but adults can be blind.

This book is beautifully illustrated by AT Davidson who captures the Australian landscape with colourful depictions of the Australian flora and fauna. The illustrations add colour and clarity to the words and are perfectly positioned throughout the work. The school children are presented in uniforms that all Australian children would be familiar with complete with the typically Australian broad-brimmed hats. The children’s expressions are very easy to read and compliment the story. The intelligent and wise beyond his years, Kyle, often wears a broad smile that shows his optimistic approach to life. AT Davidson is a fine artist with a high attention to detail that allows the viewer to feel the warmth of the sun through the placement of shadows.

The vocabulary would be suited to a child with a reading age of 10 to 12 though would appeal to children outside of this age bracket. The vocabulary is age appropriate and the characters are highly relatable even if their specific differences are not. The author does not use the differences themselves to get her point across, but rather the children’s feeling about how they are treated and how they respond to this. A great read with a valuable and timely message.

Review available HERE

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Soul Horizon_ebook_FinalCarole Nomarhas – Soul Horizon australia

“The port had a name but it was of no importance to Terras.” This is the opening line of Soul Horizon by Australian author, Carole Nomarhas. The first sentence of any novel should be a window into all that follows with a hidden premise that will urge readers forward and this is precisely what the author achieves. From the first well constructed and visually inciting paragraphs, I was drawn into the world of Soul Horizon. In just three paragraphs, I had a clear sense of setting and the deeper character of Terras.

Terras and Quell are two very different beings, both hunted for their own reasons. Forced into each other’s worlds on-board a dying ship, they are taken on a journey of fear, heroism, and discovery and the reader is encourage along, enticed by possibilities and intrigue. Alien species, humans, mutants – in Soul Horizon, they are all versions of humanity and alien. The author has brilliantly created several different races without determining absolutely which is “Human”, if any. All have an aspect of humanity yet all are distinctly alien to each other. The interaction between two opposing species is brilliantly delivered from both points of view. Rarely do we see two adversaries so well described from each differing point of view. What we find is a humanistic fear of each other hidden behind arrogance and the belief that each is moralistically superior to the other.

Quell is instantly a strong character and just as instantly likable. He knows his place in comparison to other species but it does not stop him from pushing beyond those inflicted limitations. His strength of character and his childhood fears and adult rebellion are nicely summated in the line: “…no longer child-sized and forced to stare up at the Hironi. Not like the old days. Behind that mask they’d be about eye to eye.” He has stored anger and self-doubt but an external arrogance and confidence that he himself proclaims as suicidal: “Quell tried to match the Hironi’s arrogance. It was not a game for beginners.”

Nomarhas makes use of long descriptive sentences interwoven with short, punchy wording that flows brilliantly. I easily read this work in one sitting as each chapter left me wanting to know what happens next. The dialogue is structured in such a way that there are sections of conversation though it is certainly not overdone and the dialogue stays true for each character. The dialogue and even the vocabulary used within the descriptions of each character’s lot are strongly tied to that character. The Hironi is and precise, arrogant, direct. Quell is a brave-heart, teetering on a tightrope of arrogance and fear that pushes him to the edge of his very life – the words around him are more cautious and casual and often truncated. Soul Horizon is peppered with beautifully descriptive passages such as the interacting consciousnesses of a Speaker and his ship.

I am not interested in stories that tell you what to think; I like to be challenged, I like to have a clear visual of the setting with the ability to create the picture in my mind while leaving room for my own assumptions and creations. I like a story to build questions and to loop back and answer those questions and I like to feel that if I read the work again, I will find more links and additional hidden clues will jump out at me to make the world of the novel even clearer. Soul Horizon fed me a healthy dose of exactly what I was after. I will read this book again, and again, as it is the type of read in which you know there are more discoveries to uncover, more links and hidden messages. Highly recommended.

Review available HERE

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Hidden Reads – Issue 2

Welcome hunters of reading treasure and possessors of treasures. Issue 2 is an unintentional Aussie feast so enjoy our newly found Hidden Reads from Australia!

To find out more about Hidden Reads, CLICK HERE.
To advertise your work on Hidden Reads, CLICK HERE.
To read about our authors, CLICK HERE.

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Under FIND A HIDDEN READ on the Hidden Reads website, you will now find a “Featured Hidden Reads” page. This is to acknowledge those authors that have supported Hidden Reads from the start including MR Graham, Daniel Turner, Mathilda Burton, and our two latest Hidden Reads contributors – Jeannie Meekings and Carole Nomarhas. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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Keep an eye out for the next blog as you will find several reviews of some of the above mentioned authors written by yours truly. If you are an author, for a very limited time, I am offering a free review so hurry and submit your work. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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All Self-Published Authors/Article Writers/Bloggers are now invited to submit up to three works per blog update so make sure you submit your older treasures!

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UNDER THE BRIDGE

Under the Bridge by Jeannie Meekins australia

Children’s novel, ~ 40 pages (e-book format)

  • Illustrated by AT Davidson
  • Self-Published through Amazon/Smashwords/Barnes & Noble/Apple iStore/Kobo/Diesel/Sony/ Oyster/Flipkart/Scribd/Page Foundry/Baker & Taylor Blio
  • ISBN no.: 978-0-9873435-2-9 (Kindle) / 978-0-9873435-3-6 (Smashwords)
  • RRP: $0.99USD (ebook)
  • Release date: March 5, 2013

“Why can’t I play footy with you?” Michael asked.
“Because I said so,” Jake answered.
“Oh, who made you boss anyway, Jake?” Kyle asked.
“Stay out of this, Kyle.” Jake turned his attention from Michael. “We’ve got nothing against you.”
“What have you got against him?”
“He’s Chinese,” Jake said, as though the answer should have been obvious.
“So?”
“Chinese don’t play football.”

Life can be tough when you’re different – and school can be a nightmare. Kyle helps new kid, Michael, see the world through different eyes. Together, they show their class’s tough kids that it’s impossible to see what’s inside someone when you only look on the surface.

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Soul Horizon by Carole Nomarhas australia

Space Opera / SF Novella, 55 pages

  • Self-Published through Amazon Kindle
  • RRP: $0.99 AUD
  • Release date: October 28, 2013

Everyone has secrets, some secrets haunt you, some secrets can get you killed, and some secrets are far more dangerous…

Terras
The Port had a name but it was of no importance or meaning to Terras. He was an alien in this place. Hironi. A hunted creature driven to ground and last resort. On this ship which lay as helplessly caught as he, cradling him in its ruined body. Bitterly cold in its death throes. The stale air had the stink of his own fear and for a moment it threatened to suffocate him.  His hand slid greasily on the weapon. He could die sooner than of starvation. And wondered bitterly if that was not a mercy. Others had come. Come to steal. Come to kill. And now another hunter came…

Quell
Quell was a ship’s Speaker, dumped in the wrong Port at the wrong time, broke and unshipped. Even worse than that the Port had a problem and Quell was elected to solve it – get an exiled Hironi out of the Port, on a ship that was barely more than a derelict. A ship no other Speaker had been able to work.

Now Quell and Terras are both out of options and running for their lives, on a ship with secrets of its own, keeping one step ahead of their enemies, trying to stay alive – and trying not to kill each other. Be careful where you voyage… you cannot always find your way home.

Soul Horizon is a short space opera novelette of around 14,000 words. It originally appeared in a slightly altered form in the Alien Shores anthology from Aphelion Publications.

Available from Amazon

Reviews:

– Amazon gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star Reviews available here.

– Blue Tyson’s Guide to Science Fiction: gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-starblank-star

– Carole Nomarhas’s “Soul Horizon” is a piece of space opera which has a rich and detailed background, and is presumably part of a series of shared universe stories, or at least I hope so… Thoughtful and exciting, with sharp dialogue and some original hyperspace theories. – Martin Livings, Fresh Ink, Eidolon Magazine, review of Alien Shores Anthology

– “Soul Horizon,” a skilfully written story of far-future space intrigue. – Robert K.J. Killheffer, Review of Alien Shores Anthology, Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

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“Day In, Day Out”

By Mathilda Burton australia

http://selfavenue.com/day-in-day-out/

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“Launching Your Book in Style (Even on a Tight Budget) – A Series Introduction”

By Porle Joen australia

http://www.wikinut.com/launching-your-book-in-style-even-on-a-tight-budget-a-series-introduction/452zh29i/1i-7hxpk/

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“The Difference is Perception”

By Mathilda Burton australia

http://selfavenue.com/the-difference-is-perception/

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“Music Review – The Revolution is Never Coming by The Red Paintings”

By Porle Joen australia

http://www.wikinut.com/music-review%3a-the-revolution-is-never-coming-by-the-red-paintings/3syib7_c/11xwzo9x/

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“Childlike vs Childish”

By Mathilda Burton australia

http://selfavenue.com/childlike-vs-childish/

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“Mitcham Railway Station – Thank You for 131 Years of Loyal Service”

By Porle Joen australia

http://www.wikinut.com/mitcham-railway-station-%E2%80%93-thank-you-for-131-years-of-loyal-service./2417u7jv/228qvf4o/ 

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Sinister Reads

http://sinisterreads.wordpress.com/

  • Sinister Reads is a project managed by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) used to promote the work of its members.
  • Horror writers take their craft seriously and professionally – people get a thrill out of being scared, not necessarily being grossed out, but frightened by things they know cannot harm them in reality. Horror can but doesn’t have to be violent or bloody or disgusting; what it needs to do is to create fear in the reader.

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Hidden Reads – Welcome!

Welcome to the first Hidden Reads Blog Post where you will find some great authors and fantastic reads that you never knew existed! It’s been a rapid and intense road since the inception of Hidden Reads just 6 weeks ago, and here we are sending this first posting out to over 230 followers. This is just the beginning 🙂

In this Hidden Reads post, you will find a children’s book that promises to educate, entertain and enthrall, a murder mystery with a paranormal twist that will keep you turning the pages, a horror fantasy novel that will make you laugh, cry and possibly a little hungry, a book of poetry that is anything but normal or nice, along with several fascinating Hidden Reads articles and blogs.

I hope you enjoy this first installment.

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MR Graham

In the Shadow of the Mountains
by MR Graham

Paranormal Fantasy, 242 pages
    • Self-Published through Kindle Direct Publishing / Createspace / Smashwords / Nookpress
    • ISBN no.: 9781481032391  / 9781301921362 (Smashwords edition)
    • RRP: $3.99USD (ebook) / $9.99USD (paperback)
    • Release date: Dec. 2012

In the twilight of the year 2003, a stranger arrives in the tiny town of Burns, Colorado. Whispers begin to fly as bodies appear, savagely mutilated, throughout the neighborhood, and the responsibility falls on two monstrously unprepared high school students to uncover the truth before the undead can destroy their hometown.

Chris Doyle is a slacker and a sci-fi geek, barely eking through his senior year of high school; Aaron Margolis is a child prodigy who could have graduated at age twelve if his parents had let him. They have never had anything in common until a woman is murdered and Aaron comes asking for Chris’s help – he is seeing Texans who cannot be real.

Then the high school’s English teacher disappears and is replaced by Daniel Leland, the sharp and reclusive newcomer, a man already convicted by public opinion. He says that he is a hunted man, and Aaron believes him, but Chris is not as sure. Doubts or no, Chris has no choice but to join up with the teacher when his best friend is kidnapped by superhuman forces, but this adventure is nothing like his comic books.

Available here:

See all of the Books of Lost Knowledge series HERE.

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WW1 HISTORY BOOK5

Simple History A simple guide to World War I
by Daniel Turner

Children's, History, 24 pages
  • Illustrated by Daniel Turner
  • Self-Published through Createspace
  • ISBN no.: 978-1494356125
  • RRP: $8.22
  • Release date: Dec. 7, 2013

Jump into the muddy trenches of the World War I and discover the story of one of the bloodiest wars in history! On the way meet the soldiers and leaders of the conflict and explore the exciting weapons, tanks, planes & technology of battle. Illustrated in the popular minimalist style of today, young reader’s imaginations will come to life. Simple history gives you the facts in a simple uncomplicated and eye catching way. Simple history is part of an ongoing series, what will be the next episode? Designed for children aged 7 -12.

Available here:

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Awakening
by Porle Joen

Horror Fantasy, 456 pages
  • Self-Published through Createspace
  • ISBN no.: 978-1478207412
  • RRP: $US24.95
  • Release date: Aug. 17, 2012

Evolution created the First. It was a First that Awakened the Createds. The Createds were an accident, a slip up in the evolutionary brilliance of the Firsts. Now, the Firsts seek to eradicate their mistake. She woke with no memory, no knowledge and no reason. She knew only the hunger and an overwhelming desire for his life and his death. Understanding and acceptance will inevitably bring insanity and destruction. Blood lust is her savior as she accepts her confusing existence and embraces the path of vengeance. Faced with her enemies, her instincts and self emerge and she must kill her own kind to survive and to save those she loves. There is only one rule.

Read Reviews HERE.

Available here:

  • Amazon
  • CreateSpace – Hidden Reads Exclusive – Use code 97JJAFHA on checkout to get 25% off!

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Love, Life and Evisceration
by Porle Joen

Poetry, 248 pages
  • Self-Published through Createspace
  • ISBN no.: 978-1479282081
  • RRP: $US12.95 hardcopy, $US2.99 e-book
  • Release date: Feb. 22, 2013

A Random Collection of Poetry, Thoughts and Creepy Stuff that goes on in My Mind…. Strap yourself in, things are going to get bumpy! Love, Life and Evisceration is a collection of works accumulated over more than 20 years by a mind that should probably be locked away for the safety of humanity. Nevertheless, Porle Joen has been let loose. Smile, laugh, cry… Run in fear! 

Available here:

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ARTICLES
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“The Last Train From Mitcham”

By Porle Joen

http://www.wikinut.com/the-last-train-from-mitcham/ktr9nbo8/1oj879ai/

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“Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me”

By Mathilda Burton

http://selfavenue.com/things-i-wish-my-mother-had-told-me/

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“New Year Resolutions – A Recipe for Success?”

By Porle Joen

http://www.wikinut.com/new-year-resolutions-a-recipe-for-success/ui2j5ft9/1idk7008/

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“Happy Tears”

By Mathilda Burton

http://selfavenue.com/happy-tears/

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“WOT R U TALKIN ABOUT? – Are Text Acronyms Destroying the English Language?”

By Porle Joen

http://www.wikinut.com/wot-r-u-talkin-about-are-text-acronyms-destroying-the-english-language/2v-wanr5/17sc11nq/

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“Getting Yourself Out of a Rut”

By Mathilda Burton

http://selfavenue.com/getting-yourself-out-of-a-rut/

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BLOGS
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Sinister Reads

http://sinisterreads.wordpress.com/

  • Sinister Reads is a project managed by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) used to promote the work of its members.
  • Horror writers take their craft seriously and professionally – people get a thrill out of being scared, not necessarily being grossed out, but frightened by things they know cannot harm them in reality. Horror can but doesn’t have to be violent or bloody or disgusting; what it needs to do is to create fear in the reader.

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2014 – The Year of Hidden Reads :)

Hidden Reads

For those who love to read, those who love to write and those just looking for something a little different. You won’t find J.K. Rowling here, but you certainly might find a Hidden Read that you can love even more than Harry Potter!

For more about Hidden Reads, CLICK HERE!
For Author Submissions, CLICK HERE!
*** Author submissions will ONLY be accepted by submission through the above link. 🙂

 

2014 – The Little Year That Will

2013, you were a strange one alright!  You gave me the soft launch of “Love, Life and Evisceration”, you sent me back to school to do my Master of Arts in Creative Writing, you made me quit a job in the city to get something with less hours and closer to home so I could have no excuse to procrastinate with writing, you didn’t kill my yellow palm tree, you gave me a gluten intolerance (grrrr), you gave me more Thor (Yay!), you gave me the idea of Hidden Reads, you gave me JITAG (Jumping In The Air Giggling – don’t ask, just go with it, lol) and I am pretty sure you gave me a grammatical intolerance of ‘your’ vs ‘you’re’ on Facebook. Thank you for the memories 2013, but it’s time for you to become the past for 2014 is bursting at the seams with anticipation. I don’t do “New Year Resolutions” – I do not resolve to resolve my issues. When a change needs to be made, you start straight away, you don’t give it a start date because that is a setup for failure in most cases. It’s like smoking: “I’ll quit next week.” No, just don’t light that one, never light that one, and you will be done.  Decisions that change your life must be instant and action must be instant. It’s true, I don’t ALWAYS follow my own advice, but I think I do a better job of it then most, lol. DO, don’t TALK. 🙂

When did this become a lecture on personal development? Hahaha. OK, so on with what we have been up to and what is in store:

  • We have over 210 followers so far! YAY. Please keeping sharing on social media to push that number as high as possible before launch day. 
  • I will be continuing to find forums to post on to increase our numbers. 
  • I will be writing an article this week to publish on EzineArticles about self-publishing for free and how to market yourself for free – clearly, there will be a link back to Hidden Reads.
  • I have had an “IDEA” that I would like to explore whereby Hidden Reads will create a quarterly anthology of short stories in which all Hidden Reads authors can showcase their work. The first edition in the very least would be offered for free 🙂  This is in the infancy stage of development as it literally just hit me a few minutes ago so there will be more on this down the track. 
  • I am shocked to say that I am still struggling to find article writers and bloggers to advertise on here. I am about to take a very intense voyage of headhunting!  If I am headhunting, I will also be targeting so I am going to search for AUSTRALIAN bloggers and article writers that produce work that may be of interest to Hidden Reads Followers.  

Don’t forget to follow Hidden Reads:

Blog (link https://hiddenreads.wordpress.com)
Facebook
(link https://www.facebook.com/hiddenreads)

Twitter 
(link: https://twitter.com/HiddenReads)

 

That’s it for today. I have to get my uni work done, get some words on paper (well, the PC screen), and go treasure hunting for the best HIDDEN READS 🙂

Porle Joen
Hidden Reads Manager

Launch Date Approaches!


Christmas – What for you steal my time? 😛

 

Ah Christmas, always a time of soooo many things to do – ARGH!  Hahaha. Well, now that it is out of the way, it’s time for Hidden Reads to spreads it’s feathers and display it’s plumage – come on, let me see you shake your tail feather 😛  What’s with all this bird talk? I have no idea… moving on.

So what’s new? Not as much as I would have hoped to be completely honest but now that the chocolate has run out and I don’t have anyone left to drink with, I can pull my socks up and dive into getting everything together and underway. It’s been rather warm in Melbourne, so maybe I will forgo the socks, but I will definitely pull up my “Get your ass in to gear and get this brilliant idea showcased” invisible stockings! That was a long winded way of saying, “Yep, been a bit lazy, you know… life,” but that would have been a lazy way of saying it so to show that I am pulling up my ‘Get your ass in to gear and get this brilliant idea showcased invisible stockings’, I went overboard. Hahaha. Exhausted yet? Welcome to ME people!  My head is a playground in which mutant mini elephants with monkey heads dance to Bob Marley and sip Pina Coladas through the hollowed bones of tax agents and politicians (that last part is the horror writer in me splashing a dash of delicious – if you like it, check out MY books available – end of shameless self promotion… for now :P).

OK, so now that I have convinced you I am over the lazies by writing a bunch of words that don’t actually mean a hell of a lot, on to what we really HAVE been up to and what we have planned in the next week.

  • LAUNCH DATE has been pushed back to January 5, 2014 – more on why below. 
  • I will be posting on the CreateSpace Forums TODAY. For those of you unfamiliar with CreateSpace, it is a self-publishing platform where you CAN quite literally publish your work without paying a cent. Have a look at them at https://www.createspace.com. Once we launch, there will be a page available under Resources for Writers with links and reviews of CreateSpace, the Amazon KDP program, and other publishing platforms including companies that offer services to help new authors decide on their best option. Feel free to let me know who YOUR preferred platform is for inclusion 🙂 
  • I will be searching for platforms as mentioned above and where I can, posting on their forums to promote Hidden Reads and encourage new members. 
  • The “Self-publishing” company that I was in talks with has sadly proven to be not in the spirit of Hidden Reads. They were a company to which authors paid quite a large sum for minimal services in return – I don’t like that! In addition, when I offered free advertising to their members, they said they would discuss this at their “meeting” which apparently has now been put off until the New Year. Out of a respect for indie authors and out of the desire to not see them pay out the wazoo for bugger all with a company that seems to be all talk, I have withdrawn my request. Should any of the authors get wind of Hidden Reads and wish to advertise, absolutely they can, but I will not be dealing directly with the company. *Sticks out tongue and says na na na na na* Hahaha. 
  • It’s time to admit it, I need MORE authors! Hence the push out of the launch date. Yes, a lazy couple of weeks on my part has not helped but I’ve explained that already – get off my back! HAHAHahaha. I would like to invite those authors that I have already accepted to submit up to two more works each to be included on the “New Hidden Reads” launch day list. Please fill out a new form for each submission – Click Here to go to the Author Submission Page. 
  • We need bloggers! Bloggers have been very slow coming on-board which surprised me! I thought bloggers would be all over free advertising, hahaha. So if you are a blogger, please fill out the appropriate form on the submission page. If you KNOW a blogger, send them this:

Oi you! Blogger!

Want free advertising? Hidden Reads wants
to tell people about you! Submit your
blog HERE (link: https://hiddenreads.wordpress.com/author-submissions/)

and don’t forget to follow Hidden Reads:

Blog (link https://hiddenreads.wordpress.com)
Facebook
(link https://www.facebook.com/hiddenreads)

Twitter 
(link: https://twitter.com/HiddenReads)

Cheers – from ME, your friend. You know me. Hahaha.
(maybe insert your own thing here, lol)

  • It’s not all bad, we are approaching 200 followers! Pretty good since we are in pre-launch still. Most of these are Twitter followers (I had no idea how intense Twitter is these days, lol). So, if YOU are one of our followers, Thank You and stay tuned because Hidden Reads is about to be revealed in all its glory and if you are NOT yet one of our followers… Are you nuts? Follow now! Hahahahah. Every time someone new follows, a writer gets their quill 🙂 
  • Well, that’s it for today folks. Don’t forget to SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! More followers is more readers for our writers. And writers and bloggers, I need your submission! Do it! You know you wanna 😛

Porle Joen

Hidden Reads Manager

1st Official Pre-Launch Post (short but sweet)

Hi all,

OK, we are officially starting to release posts so now, when you come to Hidden Reads, the first page you will see will be the latest post. For sharing purposes, you can share The Posts Page – http://www.hiddenreads.wordpress.com or The Info Page – https://hiddenreads.wordpress.com/all-about-hidden-reads/ (or any other page you wish, of course).

We have 142 followers and I will be advertising in the coming days on Facebook or Google so I expect to see those numbers jump.

As far as contributors, I will say, we need more, particularly from Australia. As an Aussie, I know we are a bit lazy, lol. But as WRITERS, we can be anything but lazy! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi and all that crap – get fired up! Get involved! Finally stop waiting for readers to come to YOU and go find them!

Please share through whichever medium you are using; Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, LinkIn, whatever…. Let’s get Hidden Reads in the best possible position when it launches.

For more Info on Hidden Reads, CLICK HERE!