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Picquet

Sci-fi, Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Historical themes
piq-01A new world, a dangerous place mistakenly assessed as suitable for human colonisation.
An inexperienced corporal must lead a motley group of civilians to the only possible point of extraction.
Mistake, or exile?
Corporal Kopa Redding becomes a senior member of the rapidly diminishing group of colonists to a new planet. A horde of monsters pursues them, and kills off more of them every night. If not for the lights …
And then it happens, there are no lights, and Corporal Kopa Redding is on night picquet. They come …

An exciting, fast-paced run through an alien world where nothing is familiar.

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Not On The Cards

Urban Fantasy/Arcane/soft sci-fi
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A simple mistake, to fall in love.
Worse, to bear the child in secret.
Worst of all is when her baby is stolen at the birth.
A mother will do anything, travel all worlds, through times and planes and dimensions, even beyond hell, for her child.
Chiri’s first concern should be the safety of her daughter, but as the Gate-Keeper responsible for the lives of millions, those now in grave peril due to her error, she must choose.
Will she sacrifice the search for her child, or abandon her world to the fate decreed in the Cards?

Reviews:

M said: I enjoyed the book. It read like a short story — very fast paced, very focused on plot.  I got caught up in Chiri’s desires.  …  I liked the way it was a growing mystery enfolded in a sci-fi thriller.

L said: Congratulations! It’s so beautifully written, so polished. …writing is so engaging and therefore held my interest. I wanted to keep reading throughout, it’s a page turner! I love the sense of place with Camberwell, too, the markets and the junction. It’s real and grounded. The later scene where the junction itself becomes the portal is really good. I can visualise it all so perfectly. The pace of the scenes … is great. It’s edgy and I felt all the emotions that Chiri was going through.
I loved it, Cage – not a genre I normally read, so thank you for the introduction to it, and for the privilege of being an early reader. Best wishes for a best seller!

C said: Fast paced from the start; I was completely enthralled with her fears and journey. I would recommend this to the person who wants something interesting and different. Not witches, not warlocks, but enough arcane mixed with soft sci-fi, and in places we can see, smell, and hear. Loved it. GoodReads 

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Agoness 

(Smashwords and Amazon and  iBooks )

Fantasy/Military.
The rules of kingship have been lost with lack of care and the passing of time, but when the Prince retaliates against the Daughter of the Holy when she refuses to marry him and ensures she is sentenced to death by pyre for refusing him so publicly, the old ways reawaken, and the people remember and enforce the word of rule.
Agoness-e-cover-v-02-largerA01Landis must ensure the Daughter of the Father Holy lives. Not an easy task when she speaks up in the wrong places at the wrong times and says the wrong things to annoy the wrong people.

When the laws of the land have languished and staled into cruelty, Landis, RSM, an ordinary soldier, is given the task to ensure the Daughter of the Father Holy, brought forth to renew the Faith of the Scriptures, lives despite the sentence of Death by Pyre. Can he succeed against an arrogant Prince and an evil Queen?

Reviews by Reading Minds , iArtichokeuThe Book ProphetLF Books

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Who Will Rule Magic?
Kraken, Dragon, Cat vsKangaroo, Cockatoo, Crocodile

(Smashwords and Amazon  and iBooks)

e-cover-1alargeFantasy Allegory, Conservation.
Australia is hosting the International Conference for Creatures of Magic and their Representatives. Standard procedure, a bit of a lark for the delegates. Nothing ever changes. Except this time.
Kraken abdicates. Dragon resigns.
The host country must provide Candidates to undertake the Test of the Puzzle of the Ages. If they fail, Cat becomes Overall Ruler of Magic, the Overlord, the King of all he surveys, by the Law of Singularity.
Uh-uh – no way! Cocky won’t let a bird-killer Cat lord it over the Creatures of Air. Never. Not on his sticky-beaking watch. But it can’t be done by one – all must succeed, or all fail. Who Will Become the Overall Ruler of Magic on Earth?

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Equine Neophyte of the Blood Desert

(Smashwords and Amazon and  iBooks )
red horse -smlabYA Fantasy.
Trapped into potential slavery, no choices. Neesa plans her escape, prepares for the day she can be free to make her own choices. But on the day of Allocation, she’s accused of cheating, of manipulating the List, and when the Master of Horse comes to claim her as his student, the Master of Gold refuses. He has other plans for her, and none of them involve her remaining alive for long.
The only chance she has is to run into the desert of death, the red desert, and chase the Master of Horse. Better a death by desert than from the cruel hands of the Master of Gold.

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The Anthologies: 

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Stories in Shorts    Dogs N Cats N us

                        

Also in a combined paperback (through Amazon only):

Dogs N Cats N Shorts

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Current Projects

Some Shorts from the Blog:

At  The Back Door
Friday Night
Purpose
Sam
Friends for Life
Moving On
Not His Name!
The Prod
There
Retribution
Onward

Down

Something
Consequences
That Itch
The Shocking Toilet

A Word or Two
Borders
The Black Stump

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Spirit Moments – poem by CS Dunn, published as part of A Trail of Tales, Adelaide Fringe 2016. Market: 8-12 year olds. Spirit Moments

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