Mat Blackwell is a multi-award-winning writer and reclusive bearded troglodyte. He has written jokes for performers as varied as Waleed Aly, Paul McDermott, Corinne Grant, Amanda Keller, Sammy J, Wil Anderson, and Barry Humphries. He also co-created and co-wrote the hilariously grotesque sharehouse-convict-black-comedy BRUCE (brucetheseries.com), which was the 3rd-most awarded webseries of 2017. When he’s not cranking out the gags for TV, or penning satirical novels for discerning adults, Mat writes philosophical essays on music, art, humour, and morality. BEEF is a contemporary satire about love, meat, and infidelity, set in an Australia of the incredibly-near future. It is a multi-generational tale of unseen consequences, and the pressures of legacy. But most of all, it’s the tale of an awkward middle-aged sociophobe’s attempts to not have an affair with a wildly attractive psychic, who insists they are going to end up together, like it or not, because “it’s destiny”.
When eighty-five-year-old art professor Ludka Zeilonka’s grandson is among a group of gay teachers fired over concerns that they’re silencing Christian kids in the classroom, Ludka is drawn into the political firestorm—as both sides battle to preserve their respective rights to free speech, the hatred on display raises the specter of her WWII past, a past she’s spent a lifetime trying to forget.
Muriel Avenue Sluts by Maggie Hasbrouck, contemporary fiction
Seventeen-year-old Julia Turnbow’s mother gets paid to have sex; that’s just how it is. When Jules turns eighteen, she plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps and join the exclusive world of Philadelphia’s infamous Muriel Avenue Sluts. But before all that happens, she has just one wish—to fall in love.
Just when things seem to be going her way, Jules’s world is knocked off its bearings. Her best friend Anna reveals that she’s being abused by one of Muriel Avenue’s gentleman clients. After a routine haircut and shave, Anna’s abuser falls to his death from a second-story balcony—and Jules is just one of two people who knows exactly what happened.
To complicate matters, Jules dives head first into a friendship with the daughter of the dead man. Greta’s a train wreck: she’s charming, unpredictable, and has one too many questions about Muriel Avenue. Then, Jules puts all of Muriel Avenue at risk with an ill-timed slip of the tongue and she finds herself wanted by the FBI. Running from everything she’s ever cared about, all Jules wants is to get back to the people she loves.
Greg Hickey is a former international professional baseball player and current forensic scientist, endurance athlete, author and screenwriter. His debut dystopian fiction novel Our Dried Voices was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Science Fiction Book of the Year Award. His second novel, a literary choose-your-own-adventure titled The Friar’s Lantern, was published in 2017 by Black Rose Writing. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.
I’m a Magna Cum Laude Walden college graduate, a Russian immigrant to the US in ’94, and a fiction writer. My book is about a high school teacher who is haunted by confusing, and at times frightening visions after moving with husband and teenage son to Boston, as result of winning a lottery. A surprise meeting with a strange man at a coffee shop raises questions in her head, which a boy in her English class seems to have answers for. As they get to know each other, can the boy have the answers for the woman, and vice versa?
Rhian J. Martin
Rhian J. Martin is the author of “A Different Familiar,” a novel set in Galway, a city on the ruggedly picturesque west coast of Ireland. The novel explores the ambiguous nature of young adult life, the misery of lost hope, and the human capacity for connection, compassion, and camaraderie across generations.
Rhian J. Martin studied English, History, and International Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, The National University of Ireland, Galway, and The College of William & Mary.
Tina-Marie Miller is a UK based author and writer of women’s fiction. Having previously enjoyed a successful career working for a number of blue chip organisations based in London and the Home Counties, Tina-Marie now lives in a small village in South Cornwall where she spends her time reading, writing, meditating and walking along the idyllic Cornwall coasts. She enjoys nothing more than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea (or a glass of red!), and losing herself in tales of love, life and laughter.
How do you mend a broken heart when you are your own worst enemy? Melissa is lost and hasn’t the first clue of where to find herself. Pea can’t let go of her past mistakes, which is suffering her present and future. Sherri thrives on her vanity, but even the most vain finds herself falling short. Jane just wants to start over and make amends, but how does one mend a broken heart? Life has a funny way of connecting the lost and confused. Some mistakes are meant to be made and some wounds aren’t meant to be healed. Some wounds don’t want to heal. Despite the shortcomings and differences, these ladies find themselves all singing the same tune. Beauty, passion, art, fear, and love all had their hands in the composition of the ladies’ song—a song that reveals the deepest layer of each one’s being.
SCOTTISH AUTHOR OF FICTION
BOOKS ‘A BROKEN SHELL OF A MAN’ and ‘THE KILLING OF JOHN, JOHN AND JOHN’
Reunited, Book, 1, The Hamilton Series.
Life for Dr. Aiden Hamilton has never been easy. Plagued by regrets and closely held secrets, he struggles to maintain his equilibrium and create a future. When a chance encounter brings his past rushing in, he’s forced to confront his controlling family, take action, and break the silence.
Adopted at birth, Savannah Phillips has always felt a piece was missing from her life. After the devastating and tragic loss of her mother, she longs for answers about the couple who gave her away. When presented with the opportunity she pursues her dream, but the reality is far from what she’d imagined.
Sometimes there is no fixing what has been said and done. What we once wanted may simply be unattainable. A chain of uncontrollable events set these two individuals on a path that will forever change their worlds.