Tuesday 12 May 2015

May New Releases

Next of Kin by Carol Preston (Rhiza Press, May 2015)

Fanny Franks was raised to believe in honesty, equality and acceptance, regardless of background or circumstances. When she meets brothers Jack and Jim, she is drawn to them by the alienation and injustice which seems to pervade their lives.

She is determined to intervene and help them find happiness, until trauma in her own life brings discrimination and shame for which she is ill prepared. In dealing with her own struggle she comes to understand what Jack and Jim are going through, and they find where they truly belong.

Seaside Proposal by Narelle Atkins (Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, May 2015)


And she isn't sharing it with anyone, including Zach Montford. Even though she feels an instant connection with the good-looking banker and youth leader, she's wary of rejection. Besides she's only in the close-knit beach community until she meets the one man who can fill in the blanks about her history. 

Zach hopes his temporary stint with the church will help him decide whether to go into full-time ministry. Though his career plans are uncertain, he's sure about his growing feelings for Billie. When a shocking revelation throws everything into question, Zach and Billie have a chance to put the past to rest…and walk into the future together.

Standing on Their Shoulders by Rhys Bezzant (Acorn Press, May 16, 2015)

Being a Christian means being part of a bigger story, for God has worked in the course of history to make a people for himself. There is great joy in being part of this story, because we are spared the anxiety of creating ourselves out of nothing. Rather than going it alone, we stand on the shoulders of those before us in the faith, and consequently see further.

The studies in this book tell the stories of twelve great heroes of the faith from the last two thousand years of history. Sometimes their strengths drove their story, sometimes their weaknesses, but their lives left others profoundly changed. From each of these flawed but faithful mentors, we can draw courage and receive spiritual nurture as we contend for the faith today.

Do You Remember? by Kelly O'Gara and Anna O'Neil, Illustrated by Kelly O'Gara (Wombat Books, April 28, 2015)

Do you remember how much we loved each other?
The times we would spend all day in the fields? 
You’d tell me stories and we would laugh for hours.
Those fields always remind me of you.

A beautiful exploration between a child and their ageing grandparent presented with outstanding illustrations, by newcomer illustrator, Kelly O'Gara.

Children will relate to the mice as they read the story and understand their grandparent's condition. The book can cater for multiple ageing conditions but specifically is focussed on explaining Dementia to children.


Christian Writers' Conference, 23-25 October, 2015.

The Christian Writers' Conference is again being held at Bacchus Marsh (near Melbourne) from 23 - 25 October. We are pleased to announce Simon Kennedy is our speaker at the opening plenary session on Friday night. Simon is the new president of Omega Writers Inc. and has a great vision for Australasian Christian Writers. 

Super early bird registration opens on 15th May for one month at the special rate of $300. The cost covers two nights' accommodation and six meals plus workshops. Over the weekend there will be 24 workshops on offer with skilled presenters on a range of topics associated with writing and publishing. A variety of genres will be covered. All our presenters have a Christian world view but it is not necessary to write Christian material to benefit from the conference.


  1. Do You Remember sounds like an outstanding book/topic for kids.

  2. Some lovely books there - and I'm looking forward to the conference.

  3. Congratulations to you all on a simply marvellous achievement in both creating your work and getting it published. Do take the time to celebrate.

  4. Terrific line up of new releases - and the conference will come around quickly :)

  5. Terrific line up of new releases - and the conference will come around quickly :)

  6. Some great new releases here. Thanks for telling us about them.

  7. Looks like a great and varied line-up of new Australasian releases. Congratulations, Carol, Narelle and Rhys.

  8. Thanks, everyone :) It's always exciting to see new releases from local authors, and we have a few more coming up next month, too!

  9. Thanks for including the conference, Narelle. Registrations open tomorrow (15th).

  10. Each of these new releases look so inspiring. Looking forward to an encouraging conference.


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