Author Archive: Aurora House

Red Dust Dreams an International Book Awards Finalist!

Lannah Sawers-Diggins is the very talented author of Red Dust Dreams, a book that gives a voice to those living in the outback, revealing what life is really like ‘in the sticks’ through interviews, articles, and Lannah’s own experiences. She took a chance to spread Red Dust Dreams throughout the world and entered into the 2017 International Book Awards, where she was a finalist in Non-Fiction: Narrative: http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2017awardannouncement.html. Such a…
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Australian Publisher Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts

If you’ve written a novel, autobiography, or children’s book, Aurora House is currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts, and we’d love to hear from you! Now, some of you may be thinking you’d prefer to go with a ‘traditional’ publisher such as Penguin or Allen and Unwin, and it is still possible to submit unsolicited manuscripts to them on specified times of the week/month. The downside is their general ‘waiting period’ is…
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Lost in Time: Roman Threat/Third Reich Rises

Excerpt 1 I took position on high ground and waited. Now, the time of tense inactivity followed. Hours before the expected arrival of the Romans, all men were in place. It was necessary. After hours of quiet and inaction, nature, startled by the concentration of such noise and activity of people from the last few days, began to recover. Birds’ chirping, looking for food, floated on the autumn air. Curious,…
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The Faceless Man Book Review

Title – The Faceless Man Author – Isaac Oosterloo Publisher – Aurora House Publishing Whether it’s leaning hard into a sharp corner in the east coast hinterland rain forest, or the endless lonely desert miles across the top end, Isaac Oosterloo puts the reader in the saddle as you join him and his best mate, Monkey on an epic journey through some of the most beautiful and harsh landscapes Australia…
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Mumma to Be

Hilarious and informative. Mumma to Be is entertaining while helping first time mums with so many tips and tricks and what to expect. Chapter 1 excerpt The nosy truth Your nose often begins to have a new lease on life. You can actually begin to smell things you never even knew had a scent; the whole world smells like a different place, like a shitty place really. Grocery shopping never…
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Flames of Rebellion

Review by Caitriona Nienaber I really enjoyed reviewing your manuscript Flames of Rebellion. Apart from learning quite a lot I found it to be quite gripping. The manuscript flowed really well. Your dialogue (in keeping with the era) was first-class and really fleshed out your characters. You created such endearing and believable characters amongst the miners and really portrayed their daily life convincingly. Even though the subject matter was at…
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Wheels of Mizfortunate

A Rude Awakening As I opened my eyes I was dazed. Somehow I knew this was a hospital room and I was lying on a narrow hospital bed, unable to move. When I saw the nurse enter my room patting her hair and looking around, I remembered why she was curious; it was in my long-term memory. I guessed she was primping in case I had visitors. She knew I…
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Tin Baths, Tallymen & Time Travel

Pocket money in the early 1950s was one of life’s unaccustomed little luxuries that parents liked to give their children. My hardworking mother and father were no exception, always managing to treat my brothers and I to one shilling each per week, although sometimes a little less if money was scarcer than usual; this was equivalent to twelve pennies before decimalisation. We endeavoured to find any part-time odd jobs available to boost our weekly allowance. I remember my younger…
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Flames of Rebellion excerpts

Chapter 1 On the Bullock Track Around mid-morning the next day Tom led the team through a heavily timbered section of the track. Patrick was walking alongside the dray absentmindedly filling his pipe with tobacco. He was concentrating on pushing the leaves in with just the right pressure, so he didn’t immediately  notice when Tom started pulling the team to a halt. When he looked up, he saw four men file out…
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Promoting your Website

Getting yourself seen is vital to the future of your book. Once you have your website, it needs to be listed with online directories as well as other means of promotions. Pingmyurl.com lists your website on 1121 directories. Its a good place to start. More information will be added soon!      

FutureQuest review by Satis Shroff

Review: Future Quest: Building an Awesome World Future (Satis Shroff) Sedlmayer, Albert, Future Quest 2012 Aurora House, Sydney, Australia ISBN 978 0987304032, 488 pages, Paperback Can you write about world peace and how to change the world? There have been politicians who’ve had a vision or a dream of a change in the society and set about achieving their goals. The author Albert Sedlmayer mentions that his Dad was a…
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For Immediate Release

MARION BROWNLIE FACES DEMONS Sydney 21 November 2013. Aurora House is proud to announce the release of Facing Demons, by inspirational author and renowned intuitive healer Marion Brownlie. “In ‘Facing Demons’ we witness Marion’s courage and determination as she faced the many challenges of embarking on a spiritual journey. Honest, raw and often confronting, Marion’s story is sure to inspire and offer hope to many others who are seeking to…
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Albert Sedlmayer – FutureQuest

In January 2009 I started writing FutureQuest, and late 2011 got this 130,000-word non-fiction manuscript to a stage ready to present to a publisher. In researching publishers it quickly became apparent that large publishers were overwhelmed with submissions, apparently preferring low-risk manuscripts from previously-published authors. I saw that they seem to have set publishing programmes that could never do justice to a work like FutureQuest, which engages in world events…
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Plotting your Novel

7 WAYS TO PLOT YOUR NOVEL – While you may feel like outlining or plotting your novel is to reduce an artistic creation to a parochial method of organization, you shouldn’t. Plotting your ideas can help you brainstorm and prepare your novel before you take it in to the book binding services that will immortalize it. So read on and learn about how to make your book the best it…
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Build your Author Platform

BUILD YOUR EXPERT AUTHOR PLATFORM – A platform encompasses the ways you are visible and attracting potential readers. It conveys your expertise and influence. And if you’re pursuing a traditional publishing deal, literary agents and publishers expect nonfiction writers to have established platforms. (It’s difficult, if not impossible, to land a book deal or acquire an agent without one.) Every author’s platform strategy will be unique to him or her….
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Facing Demons Reviews

Facing Demons is fast becoming ‘THE’ book to read. This autobiography by Marion Brownlie shows, rather than tells, her story. The ups and downs, self healing, and becoming spiritual were all part of the journey. Read these reviews, then decide to read the book for yourself… “This is a very honest, open and brave account of a truly remarkable woman’s experiences both in this physical realm, and in the spiritual…
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Encounter

PROLOGUE The young boy’s eyes fluttered open and focused on the tent flap swaying gently in the early morning breeze. The aroma of sausage fat on burnt coals and blackened marshmallows still pervaded the air from last night’s meal. He looked over at his dad still asleep in his sleeping bag. These were the best times ever. Each year, for his birthday, Jonathon Smith and his father, David, would go…
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The Idealist

Chapter 1 The street echoed with the sound of running feet — running. The young man stopped and gradually the echoes faded away. He was completely out of breath, his heartbeat pounded in his ears. When his breath came back, he swore. His quarry had escaped into the night. José Antonio walked back to where his car stood, its wind- screen shattered, front tyres flattened, all the result of a…
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