Mark Lingane's novel Tesla (Book 1: Tesla Evolution) has been selected as a text in ‘Writing for Adolescents’ courses across several US universities. Sucker won BooksAndAuthors Book of the Year 2015 (Science Fiction). It was also a finalist in the Foreword Reviews' Indiefab Book of the Year  Award across both Horror and Humor categories.My Big Bear Story, written by Cherie Curtis (also known as Cheryse Durrant) and illustrated by Jacqui Read, was launched by Creative Regions in November as a useful tool for discussing the issue of family violence with children.Nothing Lasts Forever by Althea Foster has been published by Xlibris AU. It is available on Amazon.comGeoff Barlow’s series of articles on famous Queensland Governor Sir Walter Campbell, published in the Owen Dickson Society E-Journal, were recognised recently by an invitation to Government House. Co-written by Professor James Corkery, the articles have now been cited in the Canadian Parliamentary Review, several Australian legal journals and a number of academic texts.Random House’s Random Romance digital list is to print Aquila, by Sue-Ellen Pashley, in March.Dimity Powell’s short story ‘Park Ride’ will be published in this year’s Short and Twisted 2015 anthology, due out in July via Celapene Press. ‘Park Ride’ was short-listed for the Charlotte Duncan Award 2014.Mark Lingane's books, Fusion and Sucker have both been listed in the top ten self-published books (worldwide) of 2015 by the Bookbag. Sucker was also listed in the Favourite Indie Books of 2015 by SPR.  Ellen van Neerven has won the Nakata Brophy Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, for her poem 'Expert'.Bella Sharma has published Journey of a Gambler's Wife. It is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and on Kindle.Melanie Myers' short story 'Recess' was shortlisted for the Lane Cove Literary Awards and was published in the Summer 2016 edition of Kill Your Darlings.Jeanette Grant-Thomson has released her fourth book, Lantern Light, published by Ark House Press.Graeme Buckley has published Jailbait, a sequel to Tough Like Donna on Amazon.Pamela Rushby is  pleased to announce her historical novel, Sing a Rebel Song, set in Barcaldine during the 1891 Shearers’ Strike, has been published by Omnibus Books.Andrea Baldwin has been selected to participate in the Affirm Mentorship Program 2015, a partnership between Affirm Press and Varuna the Writers' House, to develop her contemporary adult novel "The Child Pose" for publication.Caroline Glen was runner-up in the Earth Vision competition with her poem 'To Sue', and won the Jean Stone Poetry Award with 'West for Wonder'.Jane Smith's narrative non-fiction book, 'Captain Starlight: the strange but true story of a bushranger, impostor and murderer' has been published by Big Sky Publishing  Sharmayne Riseley received a highly commended award for her story ‘Fish Families’ in the Stringybark Short Story Award 2015, and it has been published in the awards anthology Standing By. The anthology  is available now as an e-book, and will be in print from 15 June 2016.Sandy Curtis has had three contemporary romances, No Cure For Love, The Marriage Merger and A Tender Deception, e-published by Ormiston Press. Her thriller Grievous Harm has been nominated in the Australian Crime Writers Association’s Ned Kelly Awards.Lalith Kayshal has published her romance novel The Lost Crown through Seventh Wave Publishing.M.J. Tjia has received a two-book publishing deal with Legend Press (UK). The Heloise Chancey Mystery series includes She Be Damned due for publication in Summer 2017, with the follow-up in 2018.Duncan Richardson's second children's novel Who's the Enemy? set in Brisbane during World War Two, will be published by Interactive Press in June.Christine Wells will launch her book, The Wife’s Tale that has been published by Penguin Books Australia, at Avid Reader.Mocco Wollert has had her poems ‘A-B-C Poem’, ‘Party Girl’ and ‘Elgar’s Violin Concerto’ published in The Australia Times.S.J. Cameron is proud to announce the publication of his 195,000 word eco-thriller XYLO: A Novel In Three Branches, about a strange girl and an even stranger tree and their fight to save a stand of pristine rainforest from the hands of rapacious developers. Available on Amazon Kindle.The MacGregor, the second novel in the Nightshifters series by Jenny Brigalow, is out this month through Harlequin Escape. Jenny has sold her teen novel The Overlander to Bloomsbury Spark (USA) for publication mid this year.Barry Roseberg's story, 'A Close Shave', has been accepted for the anthology,  Growing Pains.Bev Floyd has published The Rise and Fall of the Australian Democrats through Boolarong Press.Integrate, a YA novel by Adele Jones  that won the 2013 CALEB Prize for unpublished manuscript, was released in September by Rhiza Press.Kerry Lown Whalen was highly commended for her short story, 'His Father's Son' in the 2015 Morrison Mentoring Short Story Competition. It is published in the anthology, 'Flourish.' Her short story, 'Decisions,' entered in the Toowoomba Literary Awards 2015, was published in the anthology, 'Brio.'Award-winning author Kendall Talbot, has released her much anticipated action adventure romance, Treasured Secrets with Escape Publishing. The sequel, Treasured Lies, is due out 1 October 2015.Morgana MacLeod's flash fiction piece, 'Psychobilly Five & Dime', has been published in Thumbnail 6.Allison Rushby's middle grade historical fantasy, The Turnkey, will be published by Walker Books Australia in early 2017.Jackee Ashwin has publishing her memoir 'Relinquished, Returned, Rejected' through Balboa Press.Boyd Craig’s second book, the novella Following your knows, has been published through InHouse Publishing.Julie Chilver’s short story ‘Tea in the Caddy’ has received a highly commended in the Eaglehawk Dahlia Short Story Competition.Karen Tyrrell won an RADF grant to publish picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember in May 2015 to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.Aboriginal Studies Press will publish  Jacki Ferro's book, Alice’s Daughter: lost mission child which is a memoir about Rhonda Collard-Spratt.Rita Lee Chapman has published her third book, the crime mystery Dangerous Associations, through Amazon’s Createspace.Sarah Ridout a 2013 QWC / Hachette Manuscript Development Program will be publishing her novel, Le Chateau, in September 2016 with Echo Publishing.Shelley Russell Nolan's YA paranormal novella ‘Angel Fire’ has been e-published in the collection ‘Sisters of the Shadows’ by Ormiston Press. In Oct, Ormiston Press will also be e-publishing Shelley's NA urban fantasy ‘Lost Reaper’.Robin Storey came third in the Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction competition and her story ‘Make Believe’ appears in the anthology Cocktails, published by Stringybark .Hazel Barker has signed a contract with Armour Books for Book One of her memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind. The book will be published in mid-2016. She has also signed a contract for her historical fiction, The Chocolate Soldier with Rhiza Press.Pamela Jeffs short story 'This Wild Stretch of Ocean' was shortlisted for the 2015 Toowoomba Writer's Festival Literary Prize. It has now been included in the 2015 anthology 'Brio' published by the Toowoomba Writer's Festival and the Fellowship of Australia Writers Queensland.Neville Mills recently published his fourth book, The Curious Letters of Mervyn Mudal. More details on his website www.nevmills.comDancing Queen by Diane Demetre has won the 2015 Luminosity Publishing Readers' Choice Awards in the categories of Best Book and Best Cover.Gold Coast author, Dimity Powell’s short story, 'Park Ride', will be featured in this year's Short and Twisted 2015 anthology, due out July via Celapene Press. 'Park Ride' was shortlisted for the Charlotte Duncan Award 2014.Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven was selected as a joint winner of the Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier Literary Award.Kendall Talbot has released her action adventure romance Treasured Secrets with Escape Publishing, the first of her Treasured series. Treasured Lies is due for release in October and the third book, Treasured Love, is due out in April 2016.JM Peace, who attended the QWC Hachette Manuscript Development program in 2013, has since signed with Pan Macmillan. A Time to Run is due out in June this year, with sequel A Mother’s Work also contracted.Not Just Black and White , by Lesley Williams and Tammy Williams  was shortlisted for the Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

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