A man lurks in the shadows, spying on a girl in a red party dress.
The girl, Sophie, is trying to shrug off a bad date. Not for a moment does she suspect that this night is the end of life as she knows it. The man pounces; Sophie is grabbed and driven away. Held prisoner in a basement, she grapples with constant fear, all the while sustaining herself with thoughts of escape. Meanwhile, her captor is engaged on another mission, that of abducting a young boy to complete his 'family'. Will Sophie ever escape? Or will the man kill her? And what of the boy who refuses to submit to the man's demands? Can he possibly survive the man's merciless anger?
Enter the minds of a psychopath and a defenceless teenager in this mesmerising and timely page-turner with its unforeseeable twists and edge-of-the-seat suspense.
CROSSING THE LINE (Ford Street) ISBN 978 1 876462 70 3
Being abandoned is nothing new for former foster child Sophie. But things look up when she moves in with Matt and Amy.
So how come she ends up in a psych ward? And aren't therapists supposed to help?
A YA novel, Crossing the Line was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Awards and has published in Germany.
NOBODY'S BOY (Celapene Press), ISBN 978 0 9872556 0 0
Ron Green's family is broken, just like him. He isn't able to live with his mum or dad, or step-mother. He's nobody's boy. Now he's being fostered by his aunt who has three sons of her own.
It's a chaotic, angry environment, and young Ron isn't at all happy. When strangers, Rosie and Bob, offer to care for him, he jumps at the chance, rebels against his aunt, and is placed with them.
It's the kind of home he's always dreamed of. There is only one thing missing. He aches to be with his dad... A verse novel for ages 8 to 12 years.
Available from all good bookshops or from Celapene Press. Purchase Nobody's Boy for $14.99/
HOW TO SELF EDIT TO IMPROVE WRITING (Five Senses Education)
With 500 editing exercises (and suggested revisions), this hands-on book is idea for a writer wishing to increase his or her chances of publishing success or for use in writing workshops or for use by writing teachers. Cost $22 posted. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org