Today we have a sneak peek from author T.D. McKinnon’s historical fiction book, Terra Nullius.
Terra Nullius gives a human face, with all the complexities that entails, from the point of view of the people who were the standing residents of Tasmania, formally known as Van Diemen’s Land, originally, simply The Land.
It took just seventy years to all but obliterate a race of people who had taken care of their land for more than forty thousand years. Trucannini, witnessed the rape and murder of her sisters, mother and brother, and the mutilation and murder of her fiancé, and was herself pack raped by the time she was sixteen. Why are the facts of such huge, systematic atrocities not taught in Australian history lessons? Why are such details about the 19th century not common knowledge even in Tasmania, let alone Australia and the world at large? A nation’s shame perhaps?
Author J.C. Martin is pleased to announce the release of her new crime thriller, Oracle.
As the countdown begins, the body count rises. With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the last thing the city needs is a serial killer stalking the streets, leaving behind a trail of brutal and bizarre murders.
Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is a struggling single parent thrust into the pressure cooker of this high profile case, and as the list of potential victims grows, it becomes apparent that Lancer’s daughter could be one of them.
Fingers point in every direction, and Lancer’s only clue comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.
There are six excellent entries in this week’s challenge. Now is the time for Indies Unlimited readers to choose this week’s winner. On behalf of the IU staff, we want to thank the entrants for doing such a great job with the writing prompt and the merciless constraints of the exercise.
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Which was your favorite flash fiction entry in this week's challenge?
Dick Waters (55%, 29 Votes)
RD Hope (21%, 11 Votes)
Brian Beam (9%, 5 Votes)
Going for Coffee (Jo-Anne Teal) (6%, 3 Votes)
VixieUK (Vickie Johnstone) (6%, 3 Votes)
Matt Valenti (4%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 53
The poll will be open until 5:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time) Thursday
UPGRADE by Stephen Hise
Genre: Contemporary fiction/psychological drama
A very wealthy but unattractive young man undergoes a microprocedure that re-contours his face. Though he sees the same reflection in the mirror as always, others now see him as extremely attractive. Whole new worlds of romantic possibilities open up to him, but there is a terrible and unforeseen price. Upgrade is a fast-moving psychological drama with a twist ending that has readers raving.