Aussie novella, Heartland series book 2, a mystery

Thank you for the great support for Somewhere Far from Iris. John and I appreciate your interest and efforts.

The second installment in John Holland‘s Heartland series, a novella length mystery, is now available.

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A lovely English governess goes missing from the homestead on a local cattle station in the Australian outback. The local people think the mysterious Min Min light has something to do with her disappearance. Senior Police Constable Mick Creedy doesn’t buy into paranormal explanations and is exploring foul play. However, when the young woman’s mother, Eveling, arrives from England wanting a full investigation, including the possibility of a paranormal event, Mick needs to balance his methods with a grieving parent’s needs. Eveling’s inclinations further complicate matters as they might lead her into a danger Mick does not yet understand. Pressure mounts as unexpected feelings for the victim’s mother raise the stakes in this case that seems to have no leads.

Editor’s note:

I suggested to John, “Hey, you should write a mystery.” We were on Google Hangout, so I could see his sly smile. A few days later he sent me The Light at the Bottom of the Garden. Once again I was drawn into his straightforward style and was delighted by finding John’s humor in the story. I still laugh every time I read the scene between Mick and Bessie.

We hope you enjoy the story! If you do get a chance to read this installment in the series, a review at your favorite online book review forum will help other readers discover John’s unique voice.

Nia Simone

You can read the first 20% of this fun book at these outlets.

Kindle electronic book: Amazon

and Smashwords (electronic book formats: epub, mobi, PDF, lrf)

You can also check out this nice interview with John at Smashwords. There’s another really good interview I just found out about here: Patti Roberts and Guests.

 

 

I edited an Aussie novella…

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My friend John Holland let me edit his Heartland novella series. I love his work! We released the first installment, Somewhere Far from Iris a couple days ago.

A man struggling with depression travels back to his Australian outback hometown to reconstruct himself and walks into an explosive situation that is somehow entangled with the secret of his origin.

Here is the longer blurb. I also included my editor’s note for some background on how this project started.

Clinically depressed Shane Morris is trying to learn how to cope with his condition and find balance within the turmoil of his mind. He embarks on a mission to reconstruct himself by going back to his roots in the Australian outback town of his childhood. In Iris, this man who thinks he is nothing discovers at its extreme, life has two poles, the tender and the brutal. In the fires of the worst and best expressions of man, Shane learns he’s far from nothing and just where he fits into humanity’s broad spectrum.

Editor’s note:

When I first opened this file, I was sitting in our friends’ house in Sydney. We had left Townsville just days before. My husband and I spent three weeks with John and his family so John and I could collaborate on a novel. John sent me an email saying this story idea had poured out of him after we flew out. But, he said, he didn’t know where it was going and wasn’t planning to finish! No fair. I was riveted. So I demanded he finish. And when I received the finished draft, I was thoroughly satisfied with the story.

I never know what John’s going to come up with next for his stories. I found Somewhere Far from Iris to be twisty and intense.

I am pleased and honored to be John’s editor and thrilled to help bring this book to you.

Your reviews will really help other people find John’s work, so please post your review at your favorite online book review forum. Your support is very much appreciated.

Nia Simone

Available at Amazon: Somewhere Far from Iris

Smashwords: Somewhere Far from Iris

 

 

 

Charters Towers 3, the streets

Given that Charters Towers is inland (from Townsville), behind a mountain range and in the outback, I expected a desert city. The town is filled with trees, though, a lush oasis, though the outback in this area is also dotted with trees, filled with grass and fed by a huge river (the Burdekin River), so it is not quite right to call Charters Towers an oasis either. But the trees are larger and there is a wide variety of them.

The visitor’s center is open 7 days a week and the town has preserved its historic downtown.

I think my favorite thing about Charters Towers was seeing contemporary people living in this historic town — the mix of the old and the new. It is a charming place where I could well imagine living!

We parked across the street from the visitor’s center. This is looking down the main street. Our little white rental car is in the foreground on the right.P1060021

Another street shot:

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Some of the historic buildings:

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The bank:P1060029 P1060036

The police station:

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And every day life:

A tavern:

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Modern stores in old buildings:

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A pub:

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An open lot with a park behind it, showing some of the trees.

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