Tuesday 12 November 2013

November New Releases and Contest News

A group of us from ACW had the opportunity to meet in person last month at the CALEB Conference in Brisbane and attend the CALEB Awards Dinner.

Left to Right: Catherine Hudson, Rose Dee, Kerry-Lee Harney, Narelle Atkins, Jo-Anne Berthelsen, Anne Hamilton, Jenny O’Hagan, Iola Goulton, Ray Hawkins, Mary Hawkins, Dorothy Adamek.


Congratulations to ACW bloggers Rose Dee, winner of the Fiction Award, and Carol Preston, winner of the Booksellers' Choice Award.

The CALEB Prize 2013 

Omega Writers Inc has the utmost pleasure in announcing the winners in the CALEB Awards 2013. 

Non-fiction and overall Grand Prize: Dr Patricia Weerakoon, Teen Sex by the Book 

Boom Prize: Jada Rolston, Ellie’s Dream 

Unpublished Manuscript: Adele Jones, Integrate 

Reviewers’ Choice: Zachary Veron, Youth Ministry on the Front Foot 

Booksellers’ Choice: Carol Preston, Tangled Secrets 

Biography: Julie Anita Raymond, Adventures with a Glass Eye and Peter Clyburn, Down Humdrum Street 

Children’s Books: Penny Reeve, Wonderfully Madison 

Poetry: Janette Fernando, Taking Flight Andrew Lansdown, Gestures of Love 

Fiction: Rose Dee, A New Resolution


Congratulations to ACW blogger Catherine Hudson, a finalist in the Romance Writers of America MARA chapter's Fiction from the Heartland 2013 contest.


Congratulations to Sheri, the winner of a Kindle Digital Edition eBook of her choice from Mary Hawkins' recently re-released titles with Truly Yours (ACRBA tour post, November 5).


New Book Releases

Suzannah's Gold by Carol Preston (Even Before Publishing, November 2013) 

Suzannah Casey was just twelve years old when she was transported to the Australian colony from Ireland. Though devastated by her circumstances, she was grateful to be given an opportunity to start a new life on the Goulburn Plains with ex-convict, George Oakes. However, Suzannah could never have imagined the trauma and loss that lay ahead of her. She must find the faith and courage to overcome abuse, abandonment, religious bigotry and her own yearnings in order to discover what is more precious than gold.

Spiralling Out of Control by Michelle Dennis Evans (Lilly Pilly Press, October 2013)

Temptation, depression, seduction, betrayal ... Not what Stephanie was expecting at fifteen years of age. Uprooted from her happy, all-girl high school life with a dream filled future and thrown into an unfriendly co-ed school, Stephanie spirals into depression. 

When charismatic high school senior, Jason notices her, Stephanie jumps in feet first and willingly puts all her faith and trust in him, a boy she barely knows. Every choice she makes and turn she takes leads her towards a dangerous path. Her best friend is never far away and ready to catch her … but will she push Tabbie too far away when she needs her most? 

YA Contemporary. This novel contains adult themes. Recommended reading audiences 15+

Life Inspired - A Collection of Poems by Michelle Dennis Evans, photography by Thea Smith (Lilly Pilly Press, October 2013)

A collection of poems that have been inspired by a life enriched by experiences of living - the highs the lows the sorrow and joy. These poems have been complimented by photography by Thea Smith and Greg Dennis to create an exquisite book.

The Celtic Stone by Nick Hawkes (Even Before Publishing, November 2013) 

Chris Norman’s dreams of being a commercial pilot are shattered when he crashes his light plane in central Australia and is badly wounded. His life hangs in the balance, a balance that is swayed by the intervention of an Aboriginal man. He leaves Chris with a mysterious and incongruous legacy, a Celtic cross made of stone. 

Annabelle and the Missing Turtles by Rose Inserra (Wombat Books, November 2013) 

The sea turtles are disappearing from their habitat on the Queensland coast. It's up to the five friends to solve the mystery of where the turtles could have gone. This is the third book in the Australian Girl Series. 

The Invisible Tree: Patience by Kirrily Lowe, illustrator Henry Smith (Wombat Books, November 2013)

Patience - the fourth book in the Invisible Tree series beautifully captures the journey of waiting and the discovery of the virtue of patience found on the way. 

The Crown by Lynne Stringer (Wombat Books, November 2013) 

The Crown is Book 2 in the Verindon Trilogy, following on from The Heir. Five months after arriving on Verindon, Sarah's coronation is rapidly approaching. An unknown enemy seems determined to kill her before she can be crowned. With assassins all around her, Keridan and his squad of agents hide her to keep her safe. But will the danger follow her?


  1. It's such a privilege to be part of this wonderful group of writers, to encourage others in their craft and to be so encouraged in my own writing. The Caleb award bring such a thrill to us all, winners or not. Thanks to all involved in organising the awards and the conference. You are a blessing. I've already read The Celtic Stone and loved it. Looking forward to reading other new releases. I hope Suzannah's Gold is enjoyed by many. I can't thank Rochelle Manners enough for her tireless work for us all.

  2. Congratulations once again to all the CALEB winners & finalists. And to all the authors who have released new books this month: congratulations and fabulous effort in achieving such a significant milestone.

  3. Yes, congratulations to all who are celebrating book launches and contest results. It's great to see so many in our ranks achieving their writer goals... and more. :)

  4. Australia is a very fertile place for Aussie writers. It's great to see. Congratulations, everyone, on your awards and new releases.

  5. PS, I meant to say it's a fertile place for Christian writers. Of course Australia is a fertile place for Aussie writers. I'm a bit silly sometimes. Should proof read comments.

  6. It is always great to meet other Aussie authors online but there is nothing can compare to these face to face times together. I thoroughly enjoyed this years conference - perhaps even more than other years. Or do I feel like that after every conference?

  7. Congratulations to all our great Aussie writers on the Caleb awards. some great sounding books there.

  8. How wonderful to be a part of such a fantastic group of writers! Congratulations everyone, its been a fantastic year and it shows in all the announcements and beautiful covers. It was so lovely to meet you all too - here's to next year!

  9. Awe love a good love fest. So excited to be on the list of new releases this month. Congrats to all the Caleb short lists, finalists and winners. So loved hanging out with a amazing bunch of people last month at the conference in Bris.


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