New Beginnings

DEALT IN SIN

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Sasha Hanton

Morgan wants power so she makes a deal. What she doesn’t account for is deals with a demon always come with a hidden cost.

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Sasha Hanton grew up in the tropics of Darwin, Northern Territory. From a young age, she devoured books and iced coffee, both of which she continues to intake on an almost daily basis. Now living on beautiful Bribie Island in Queensland her time is split between writing and spoiling her puppy Miley.

Sasha, who has a Bachelor of Journalism from Bond University, has dabbled in the journalistic profession but finds fiction far more fascinating. Her first published work The Short Story Press Collection draws on her love for a diverse range of genres and passion for short stories.

Throughout her life, she has been a lover of history and mythology, and at any time will find some way to weave one or the other into her storytelling. When she’s not writing or reading she can be found walking her dog and volunteering.

Q.   Which book left you empty inside once you finished writing it?

I have an ebook called Customerpocalypse which was pretty draining on me to write. Mostly it left me empty because I wrote it during a difficult stage in my life, I was working in a tiresome job and coming home dead tired but forced myself to write it for NaNoWriMo. The subject material and genre were also very outside my normal zone; it’s more of a comedy and handles working in customer service and living in a post-apocalyptic society.

Q.   Have you ever read the ending of a book after only reading the first few chapters? If no, why, if yes…why?

Yes because I was very dissatisfied with a plot development that was occurring so I peeked at the ending to see if I was interested in finishing the book (it was the first in a series)—I wasn’t.

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Q.       Who is the best villain you have written to date?

To date probably the only overtly villainous character I’ve written is Celtic, a malevolent spirit in my manuscript It’s All Magic to Me (which I’m currently sending out to publishers).

Q.    Best closing scene, you have written?

I actually really like the closing scene I wrote for Customerpocalypse, both the original closer I wrote for it and the epilogue closer I added later. For a book that completely drained me I’m really satisfied with how I ended it.

Excerpt from your story.

The heady smell of lavender choked the air. Shadows danced across the walls, twisting with the flicker of candlelight. Morgan sat in the centre of the room, her burgundy hair tumbling over her shoulders and creating a veil over her face.

She had agonised over every little detail in her preparation and it had taken days of planning to acquire the resources for the ritual. The thick white chalk lines alone had taken over a day to correctly mark on the cement floor. Twisted words rolled off her tongue as she started with a whisper, slowly raising her voice. Her eyes were closed, the strain of keeping them that way but a small price to pay if this worked. She felt a breeze surrounding her, heard the low whistle piercing the silence and sensed—deep in her gut—the pull of magic, fear and anxiousness.

“Who summons me?” The voice assailed her ears, its words creeping inside her and writhing beneath her skin. Biting her bottom lip and clenching her nails into her palms, Morgan struggled to keep her eyes closed.

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The Teacup

BEGINNINGS

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16 stories.

16 Australian authors.

One theme.

Beginnings.

Austin P. Sheehan BookBaybZ

Austin P. Sheehan is a writer of speculative fiction, a lover of language, literature and ’90s TV.

Armed with a psychology degree, he went out into the world to further study humanity, and now prefers the company of his wife and their greyhounds.

He grew up in the valleys of Victoria’s high country, and despite living in Melbourne for the past decade, he always feels at home amongst the mountains. In fact you’ll often find mountains in his stories, whether they’re sci-fi, fantasy or alternative history.

Austin has also been getting coffees and doing photocopying as the work experience kid at the Aussie Speculative Fiction group.

Q. What sentences in writing have changed your life?

“Two possibilities exist; either we’re alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

Q.   Which book left you empty inside once you finished writing it?

My novel tentatively titled ‘Emma and the Madhouse Kids’ was the first book I’d written, it was a bizarre feeling of elation and exhaustion when i finally wrote ‘the end.’  I thought I’d finally be able to return to a normal life and see my friends and family again. 

 

Q.  What don’t you want to see in a well-written villain that happens frequently?

Usually if they’re written well, they aren’t one-dimensional stereotypes. or completely flawless except for one glaring weakness.

Q. Best closing scene, you have written?

The ending of ‘Emma and the Madhouse Kids’ still brings tears to my eyes, but people have also reacted rather strongly to the end of ‘A Song for Ganymede’ so I can’t wait to share those with the world.

 

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‘The Teacup’ is a story set in an alternate-history Germany, where something particularly nasty is hiding in the mountains near Rettenberg.  It focuses on Franz Kessler, the village repairman, his wife Marguerite, and their daughter Astrid, who enjoys reading Franz’s tea leaves.

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Franz Kessler gave his teacup to Astrid, who smiled back at him before examining its contents. This was their ritual. Every morning she would whisper a word to him, over breakfast he would consider it while he sipped at his tea, and pass the teacup back to her when it was almost empty. Today he was meant to focus on the future, but his thoughts kept returning to his work.

While Astrid had a keen interest in reading tea leaves and fortune telling, Franz just did it to make her happy. The older he got, the more important his bond with his daughter became. His wife Marguerite, on the other hand, wouldn’t have a bar of “that silly hocus-pocus,” as she called it. She wanted Astrid to focus on finding a full-time job and a decent partner, both of which were in short supply in their village.

Seeing the exchange, Marguerite picked up her sudoku book with a huff and shuffled out of the room, shaking her head with disdain. Franz watched his wife leave, perplexed as usual by her deep-seated dislike of Astrid’s harmless hobby. When Franz looked back at his daughter, her free hand covered her mouth and her face was ashen. His eyes caught hers, deep green and full of fear. Turning to the sink with trembling hands she emptied and washed the teacup. Franz joined his daughter to dry the remaining breakfast dishes, looking out the window which offered a view of their small yet well-kept front garden. A faint frost still covered the grass, the warmth of the day’s sun hadn’t reached them yet.

 

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Getting Her Story Heard.

It started on a sunny afternoon at the Maleny Dairies in the spectacular Sunshine Coast Hinterlands, Queensland. A best selling Author attends a charity cow race and who should be the guest of honor?

None other than…

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Break The Spell

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 Belinda Brady – Author of ‘Break the Spell’

Belinda is passionate about stories and after years of procrastinating, has finally turned her hand to writing them, with a preference for supernatural and thriller themes; her love of both often competing for her attention. She has had several stories published in a variety of publications, both online and in anthologies. Belinda lives in Australia with her family and has been known to enjoy the company of cats over people.

 

Q. What sentences in writing have changed your life?

Way too many to choose from. I adore so many authors and they each have their own talent and unique way of writing that I simply can’t point at one sentence and state it changed my life. If I had to mention one sentence, and this I remember from one of my childhood favourites, is from R.L. Stine’s thriller titled Beach House. 

He slid the glass door shut, closing out the sound of Amy’s last terrified screams.” 

That line gave me such chills, and I loved this book so much that I still have my original copy, all these years later.

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Q. Have you ever read the ending of a book after only reading the first few chapters?

Reading the end of a book is a weakness of mine, especially if the book comes highly recommended, and I can’t help but spoil things for myself. One book I couldn’t stop myself from reading the ending of was, ‘Gone Girl’, by Gillian Flynn. I was already hooked on the storyline and wanted to see how it ended, but of course I still read the entire book after that little spoiler.

Q. Who is the best villain you have written to date?

My villain in my story, ‘Break the Spell’. I have a fondness for all my villains, but this one really stands out. You’ll have to read my story to find out why!

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Q. Which book left you empty inside once you finished writing it?

Though I am yet to write a book, a short story I wrote titled, ‘A Quick Minute’, which can be found in Issue 7 of The Ginger Collect publication, left me feeling empty for what I had done to my main character. Even though I knew her fate when I first thought of this story, it still hurt to write it. I think the normalcy of her situation, before it all goes to hell, is what really hit home for me

Q. Best closing scene, you have written?

I’m really fond of the closing scene I wrote for my story, ‘Break the Spell’, in this anthology. It’s a wicked little twist and one I thoroughly enjoyed writing. 

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Dangerous Deeds

Beth Prentice is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Westport Mysteries, The Unleashed Mysteries and the Aloha Lagoon Samantha Reynolds Mysteries. Killer Unleashed, her GHP debut novel, received a bronze medal in the 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Awards. Her main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life…and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When she’s not writing you will usually find her at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing her favorite pastime—people watching!

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Q. What sentences in writing have changed your life?

I’m not sure any writing has changed my life, but one line I wrote definitely affirmed it. It’s from Dangerous Deeds and is something I believe deeply. Discrimination is wrong.

Q. Which book left you empty inside once you finished writing it?

None. I always leave my books on a happy note. I want the reader to close the book and walk away with a smile.

Q. What is the best opening sentence you have written?

“You have dialed emergency triple zero. Your call is being connected.” Invitation to Murder. This line immediately pulls the reader into the action – someone has just phoned emergency – Oh, my goodness! What’s happened? Every reader who reads that first line needs to know the answers and more.

Q. Have you ever read the ending of a book after only reading the first few chapters? If no, why, if yes…why?

Lol, I always read the last page first!! It relieves the anxiety of not knowing what’s going to happen and then I can relax and enjoy the story J

Q. What don’t you want to see in a well-written villain that happens frequently?

I hate it when the villain is just plain bad and doesn’t have any other qualities. Even bad guys believe what they are doing is for good reasons. They’re multi-dimensional and need to be portrayed that way J

Q. Who is the best villain you have written to date?

I think Joe Woods from Dangerous Deeds. He reappears in Deathly Desire, the third instalment in that series. He thinks he’s a great guy and full of love, but he’s seriously evil.

Q. Best closing scene, you have written?

I think it’s the last chapter in Deathly Desire, the third instalment in The Westport Mysteries. We learn what happens to Lizzie and her stalker. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’d made the decision for something bad to happen to a major character in that series. This scene wraps everything up and still gives me the feels when I read it.

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Who knew buying a house could be so dangerous…

Lizzie Fuller bought a lonely, run down old house that pulled on her heartstrings. Why? Probably because it reminded her of herself.

What she didn’t bargain for was the engagement ring and letters of forbidden love hidden under the attic floorboards. Nor the lazy cat, or the drop-dead gorgeous handyman. And she definitely didn’t want the stalker.

As the renovation begins and the house starts to slowly return to its former glory, the letters dog her dreams. Why was the writer forced to turn away from his love? Why was their love forbidden? And why was this all hidden under the floorboards?

Filled with a drive to reunite the ring with its rightful owner Lizzie sets on a journey of lost love, heartache, and public damnation.

But can she restore the house to its former glory, and find who it all once belonged to before her stalker catches up with her? Or will she lose everything…including her life?

Dangerous Deeds is the first book in this light-hearted romantic mystery series. If you like crazy families, fun engaging reads, and a sweet romance, all tied together with a ribbon of danger then you’ll love this first book in The Westport Mystery Series

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