Every Saturday ALLi will tell the world about our members' latest book launches, news, awards, freebies, workshops and updates on the writing life and take a look at the projects and businesses of our partner members.
Ian Richardson – an Australian-born former senior editor with BBC World Service radio and television – was mystified why his mother wasn’t keen to talk about his missionary great aunt Florence “Florrie” Cox, whom he found pictured in an old photograph. His journalistic curiosity set him off on a 10-year investigation that led to him battling the Victorian Supreme Court in Melbourne to gain access to her divorce files which had been mysteriously and uniquely marked “Closed for all time”.
When the file was eventually shown to him, Ian discovered that his aunt had a very rare gender condition that had passed unnoticed in an era when the discussion of anything related to sex was considered a total taboo. An affair by her husband with a fellow missionary caused such scandal that the
Australian Baptist Church, with the co-operation of the court, the Freemasons and the media, mounted a hugely-successful cover-up.
Ian’s recently-updated account of his investigation is revealed in God’s Triangle, available here in paperback or Kindle ebook:
The story is currently in development in Australia as a feature film by Walker Films and Deep Rock Films with the financial backing of Film Victoria.
Outside the Box: Women Writing Women is a box-set which brings together the work of authors who are at the forefront of a strong cohort of ground-breaking women who are writing and self-publishing literary fiction.
Released in eBook format on February 20 (pre-orders from January 12) and available for just 90 days, this treasure house of novels introduces an unforgettable cast of characters:
- A woman accused of killing her tyrannical father who is determined to reveal the truth.
- A bookish and freshly orphaned young woman seeks to escape the shadow of her infamous mother—a radical lesbian poet—by fleeing her hometown.
- A bereaved biographer who travels to war-ravaged Croatia to research the life of a celebrity artist.
- A gifted musician who is forced by injury to stop playing the piano and fears her life may be over.
- An undercover journalist after a by-line, not a boyfriend, who unexpectedly has to choose between her comfortable life and a bumpy road that could lead to happiness.
- A former ballerina who turns to prostitution to support her daughter, and the wife of a drug lord who attempts to relinquish her lust for sharp objects and blood to raise a respectable son.
The first short story in AD Starrling's action thriller series Seventeen is now out.
First Death (A Seventeen Series Short Story) 1570. Carpathian Mountains, Moldavia. Ten-year-old Lucas’s life is a simple but happy one. All that changes when the Hunters finally track down his whereabouts.
Forced to bear witness to horrific scenes that forever shatter his innocence, he discovers the shocking secret behind his less than ordinary existence.
And the next short story is available for pre-order. Dancing Blades (A Seventeen Series Short Story) 1624. Edo period. Japan.
When hunted half-breed immortal Lucas Soul hears tales of legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto during his travels in the Far East, he sails to Japan to meet the great man and convince him to take him on as an apprentice.
Can the immortal rescue the young man in time and change the master’s mind?
Join Soul as he embarks on an exciting adventure that sees him grow as a warrior and gain the respect of the greatest samurai who has ever lived.
Grandma’s Poetry Book, by Di Castle and illustrated by Denise Horn is available on the Weldmar Hospice website. £1 from each website sale (Paypal) will go towards the charity.
Grandma’s Poetry Book charts the nostalgic journey from birth to teens as seen through the eyes of a grandmother. It captures the many facets of those fleeting, easily forgotten moments as the grandchildren grow. Touching and funny in turn, the poems resonate with a grandmother’s love for her grandchildren.
Weldmar is a Dorset based charity and is the only agency providing specialist palliative care in north, south and west Dorset.
Fenella J Miller and Wendy Soliman have collaborated with three other Regency writers to produce a five author box set, Regency Quintet – Valentine's Edition.
We decided to do this as we have seen how successful both box sets and multi-author box sets can be for those involved. The idea behind the joint-venture is to offer our readers an opportunity to discover different writers that they might not otherwise have tried.
We are not doing this as a moneymaking venture, priced at £1.50 it could never be that, but as a marketing exercise to increase visibility for all of us.
If successful then there will be a Regency Quintet – Christmas Edition.
In December, I published my second novel, Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts, a character-driven mystery, set in Provence. The kindle version is now available in the UK and US on an introductory Countdown deal until February 6th.
Terri is a talented art curator, stagnating in a dead end job in London. Her ex-boyfriend, Oliver, is violent and abusive and now he's stalking her; a post curating the retrospective of a famous but reclusive artist seems the perfect escape.
Portrait painter, Peter, Stedding, lives in the mountains of Provence, in a house he shares with his wife, daughter and eccentric sister, Celia. The setting is idyllic; the atmosphere is not: Peter is rude and obstructive, his household strained and silent.
Searching through Peter's old paintings, Terri finds a tantalising clue. Soon she is caught up in a cat and mouse game in search of the truth. But is it wise to start digging up the past?
I have finished writing my debut contemporary romance novel called, From Here to Nashville and I’m on the brink of self-publication next month.
It is possible to pre-order it at this link: Amazon UK and if you’re in the US: Amazon US
From Here to Nashville is a contemporary romance novel with a country music theme.
Rachel Hardy dreams of being a successful country music singer in Nashville’s Music City, four thousand miles away from her lonely life in Dorset.
When Jackson Phillips, an independent record label owner, encourages her band to audition for a nationwide ‘Open Mic’ competition, she decides they have nothing to lose.
But when she starts to fall in love with Jackson, the stakes suddenly get higher and she finds herself with a great big dilemma on her hands.
Debbie Young Gives Two Talks at the University of Winchester
Debbie Young represented ALLi at the University of Winchester in England, on Tuesday 27th January, when she went to give two talks.
First was a public lecture giving an overview of self-publishing and expert advice on how to do it well. The second was a seminar to the university's students on the MA Creative and Critical Writing course, advising them on how to build and grow effective author websites.
Both sessions were very well received, and it was only the next morning that she learned that part way through her first talk, there had apparently been an earthquake in Winchester, that neither she nor the audience had noticed!
She's blogged about the evening on her own author website here.
If you are a member of The Alliance of Independent Authors and you would like to showcase your work on our ALLi Showcase, please send it to [email protected] to reach me no later than the Thursday proceeding the Saturday you would like it published.