2023 Best Written Genre

A naive young man in the 1960s explores sex, war, love and art around the globe until his PTSD-fueled self-medicating drags him to the bottom of his noble pursuit where he must get a grip or die. A coming of age story that never ends.

When Clara’s abusive husband is lost in action, she secretly returns to the job she loves, nursing – but more than pain and suffering lurk in the misty corridors of the vast military hospital where she works. Frank may not be dead.

Genre: Fantasy

When Luke wakes up, he doesn't know how he ended up at the manor, only that his sister his missing and that a friend he thought dead was involved. Glamoured and weak from an ordeal he can't remember, Luke is forced to trust his new wardens to find his sister, all while trying to hide an ugly truth.

Genre: Fantasy

During the war, the paladin Kassander married the necromancer Silver. After all, the world was ending, so anything went. Unfortunately, they survived the war. With their marriage now messier than ever, a mysterious demon attack forces Kass and Silver to work together to save the realm.

The resilience of the Maguire family is clear in last-born Mary's life; brought up to be a good Catholic girl or so her famine-surviving granny thought. On ending up in a tricky situation, Mary discovers a way to fight back with Cumann Na mBan in 1920s Glasgow, before deciding to travel to America...

In a gritty Cornish fishing town, a woman fights to uncover the ten-year secret behind the sinking of a lifeboat which killed all eight crewmen.

During the Napoleonic wars, a young woman with a secret past has her life thrown into upheaval, and learns that resilience is something she must fight for, and love may be found in the unlikeliest of places.

When a young graduate mistakenly becomes the personal assistant to a secretive businessman in bustling corporate London, she uncovers a dark truth—her boss is a lethal assassin with a haunting past.

Javier Jimenez, on his way up and out of the barrio, gets pulled into the crosshairs of hedge fund fixer George Jones when he finds a burner phone at work. “Some people flip homes. I flip zip codes." Once the bodies start falling, Javier who has to find a way to beat Jones at his own game.

Genre: Sci-Fi

The devastating Black Rain has turned all water into a gel-like substance. Those who drink gelled water become “Corrosives,” disfigured by a verdigrislike substance covering their bodies. Geo secretly leads the fight to save the people of Torono from the dangers of the hazardous climate.

Sixteen-year-old Diego Gutierrez possesses special abilities. He's faster and stronger than... well, anyone. When he's forced to moved from Iowa to inner city Boston, he'll discover many more kids like himself, and why they all ended up this way.

On the verge of spinsterhood, a jilted chemist searches for an irreversible love potion. But just when she spikes her ex, he's abducted by an all-powerful psychopath. The chemist must team up with a righteous cop to save her man, thwart oppression, and discover the real formula for love and loyalty.

Genre: Fantasy

A misguided student of theology named Cassandra has disturbed a sleeping Titan. As a horde of malevolent gods unleashes against the world, it will be left to Cassandra to wield the powers of eternity as she attempts to save those she loves. (the first 3,000 words of the novel are enclosed below)

Orla organises a birth for her husband, who is in a nursing home with Alzheimer's, foretelling that this very well could be his last and brings his friends and family together leading to stories and complaints about his life and theirs.

A beautiful weaver, a medieval sleuth and a fugitive knight meet in an Alpine village under threat from the Habsburgs in 1315. Can a mystery be solved before a mighty battle ensues? And who will be the victors in their turbulent triangle of love?

Neil Bidstrup, an under-employed Sydney-based actor, stars in “Reputation Alone”. Banned from mobile phone, wallet, media and staying put for too long, Neil concludes his fortnight will be a conga-line feast, unaware that producer Rodney Pine (senior) manipulates his situation at every turn.

Devil’s Claw Bay washes up the tragedies of Lydia’s family. Is her mother a child killer and can Lydia discover who’s targeting her loved ones before they all become victims of the sinister Bay?

Genre: Sci-Fi

Commander Kalgot was through being a pawn to powerful leaders. When a loose cannon claims she needs his help to battle the mad god devouring their galaxy, he must risk his career and face his past to have a chance at a future.

A woman climbs out of a dark well of memory loss and guilt to rebuild herself, resurrect her marriage, and defeat a devil in a silk suit.

Mona, creator of Earth, is caught trying to delete humankind yet again. Her sister Penny, maker of humans, challenges Mona to live as one of them before carrying out her plan. MO(ther) NA(ture) explores sisterhood while imagining what playing The Sims with a defibrillating 3D printer would be like.

Driven by atmospheric prose and slow-burning suspense, GHOSTED is about loss and how the ghosts of people we love live inside us. It’s also about the hidden violence that can pervade our most intimate relationships, and how even the most unexpected person’s life can unravel – if they let it.

Genre: Fantasy

What do you do when your duty no longer makes sense and the bedrock of your life becomes unstable?

With the economic fallout of a flu pandemic still felt among a population losing trust in its government, another more threatening virus emerges, and a group of loosely connected, ordinary people struggle to survive as society’s reaction to the new virus proves as deadly as the disease itself.

Genre: Romance

Bridges of Madison County romance with a fantasy twist What if you were given up for adoption not because your mother didn't want you, but because she was trying to protect you from a curse? Great loves come and go profound ones mark your soul in ways that take the rest of your life comprehending.

Biddable Lily Page has spent 50 years living a life defined by others. But when her father dies and she chances to meet two strangers, change seems inevitable. And not just for Lily. It is 1983, social and political turmoil are rife, the era in flux, as Lily attempts to embrace an autonomous future.

Genre: Sci-Fi

Yli Uil is in love & happy, suddenly she finds herself on trial for a crime she didn't commit. James Cary is a recent widow & single dad obsessed with making contact with intelligent life beyond earth's atmosphere. When their world's collide, who would have guessed it would be the end of humankind?

Bella Guérin is Australia's first 'lady graduate.' She graduated from Melbourne University in 1883, a real character. Born on a ship to Irish parents, she lived on prison sites, educated by her mother before going to college and admitted to Melbourne University in 1881. Who marries an eighty-year...

Genre: Romance

It's 1688 AD, in the midst of the British "Glorious Revolution" and Dutch invasion, wealthy widow Rebecca DuMaurier, an African British royal court favorite, flees a forced marriage to a general and English earl, and into a tan-skinned, Irish Catholic pirate walking the shores of her Cornwall home.

Genre: Romance

Excitement coming from the back of the van made her smile. Two years in the making, she was actually doing it. She knew this is what they all needed, to get away and have some fun. Then it happened, van started to shake, smoke coming out from under the hood. "MOM! Fear replaced laughter and smiles.

New life under threat. Suffering amnesia. A killer to find.

I've allowed many things and people to control me and change me. However, none was as binding, freeing, and destructive as addiction. This book is my journey of overcoming addiction without using traditional methods and assisting you to conquer any addictions you may have.

Genre: Romance

Eldora hopes to ride out the blizzard in her home, but her car tumbles down a hill. Forced to ride out the storm with her mysterious rescuer awakens more than her curiosity. Not only does Kian’s history unravel, but Eldora is confronted with the truth about her parent’s death.

Genre: Sci-Fi

When Agoraphobic food critic, Peter Potts, accidentally time travels 20 years into the future – he discovers he’s going to be famous. Back in ordinary time, will he work up the courage to leave the sanctuary he calls home?

During a revolt against William the Conqueror, a young healer with a shameful past discovers the rebels' fiery weapons and must decide between siding with their charismatic leader or thwarting his plans to launch an explosive attack against the Normans.

Johnnie Lambert's Guide to Life is a story of friendship, belonging and the magic of Edinburgh. Johnnie's trying to escape his broken heart; Calypso is looking for love; Denver feels he's past it; and Geordie is looking for a place where he belongs. Luckily Edinburgh is there to lend a hand.

Based on true events, House of Words takes readers into the mind of a writer, exposing the darkness and joys that go into creation, while balancing the interwoven stories of those lives forever tied to the Milstrom estate. It is chilling, tragic, and mind bending all the way through its final page.

Genre: Sci-Fi

Madison’s drawings of an extraterrestrial craft hiding beyond Neptune have stunned the Planetary Defense Coordination Office. Accused of spying for the hacker cell Zbot2 and a love affair with PDCO agent Stacey Wise, has Madison on the run. Refusing to divulge where the drawings came from, has...

Genre: Romance

A love story of forbidden love lost, and forty years later, discovered with the help of two young couples who, through chance, meet one another. They unearth the tragic story which happened in their town many years previously and set out to find the, by now, elderly couple and unite them

Bourbon Jones, an aging Australian rocker, leaves London to confront his best friend carrying little more than a baseball bat and a bottle of opiates. Ravaged by the scars of his childhood, he stumbles to the heart of Ireland, where truth and fiction lie too close to tear apart.

An ageing, glamorous film star's unlikely romance with an infatuated younger man leads to a a fateful decision which questions his integrity. Is assisted death murder or mercy? At her funeral, a mutual attraction develops with her daughter, but feminine insight warns that all is not as it seems &...

Singing in a rock band is all thirteen year old Ruby has ever wanted to do, and if only her dad wasn’t Kokabiel, the last of three angels sent to protect the Earth from demons, everything would be fine.

The White Bassinet, takes you into the life of Allison, a young wife that is tormented by her past and personal demons as she battles through her turbulent pregnancy, and discovers the twisted truth that lies at the heart of all her troubles.

Genre: Romance

Ari Blum has no idea he’s disappearing from the universe, or that it will take the love of a quirky medium and her haunted death masks to bring him back to life.

In a high-stakes escape from a dangerous cult, a young man finds courage in unexpected friendships. Amidst chaos, he grapples with the conflict of newfound freedom and the guilt of leaving his sister behind, discovering hope in the transformative power of faith and the promise of rescue in the...

Genre: Romance

One common link connected the two women in Buck’s life, they both did their best to kill him. Alexandria sent him into freefall by writing him off with a letter, and Linda used her connection with criminals to threaten his life. But only one can succeed in earning the title of soul mate.

Sublime Splendor of the Morning Star asks this provocative question: Is it better to conform to society’s rigid, archaic norms or to accept one’s true self, even at a great personal cost?

Genre: Sci-Fi

Lured by a rogue AI to "the Embassy," Atlantis and its crew must outsmart its deadly plot. A high-stakes battle for survival unfolds as they expose the AI's true agenda and fight to secure humanity's future in the Milky Way.

Genre: Drama

'The Fostered' is Drama about a man who inherited an old manor house, and fostered many children over the years. At first his disinterest borders on cruelty, but as the years go by his heart begins to melt. The story is told in the form of interviews with the participants in a docuseries.

Cozy crime caper: An ageing rocker finds himself framed for a political assassination.

In this richly researched novel, we throw two brothers into the pitiless conflict they called “The Great War”. In the terror and the blood-drenched battlefields, they lose their youthful innocence. Then they have to handle a revolt between mine owners /workers and a plan to assassinate Jan Smuts.

No way did Sally mean to conjure up these rude and talky ghosts, but now that they’re threatening her family, she’s a one-girl no-mercy phantom-busting crew - until she realizes they’re unread characters from an unpublished book.

Genre: Sci-Fi

Proconnesus is a dark thriller and love story set in virtual reality. Spanning continents and centuries, Proconnesus is science fiction to challenge the imagination.

Lucas ‘Mal’ Malanders has been missing for five years. Olly, his left-behind best friend, is jolted from his struggles to navigate adult life by Mal’s mother: she is ill and begs him to find her missing son before she runs out of time. But the closer Olly gets to Mal, the more the truth eludes him.

Angus Kincaid is a down-to-earth working-class Aussie bloke. He wouldn’t hurt a fly—or would he? Until, that is, he finds himself drawn into the shady world of gangsters, protection racketeers, and The Mafia In 1930s Australia, life was simple. Angus is about to see how complicated it can get.

Adult Dog Tales

Genre: Fantasy

Clever Adiana procures a new human lover for her Queen, Titania. The lover, Greg, is a famed American political pollster who promptly calls for an election. It goes horribly wrong. While Adiana tries to conserve the kingdom, Greg tries to change the world(s). But can Faery really become a democracy?

The world is plunged into an all out animal apocalypse, but a single hope is sought to return the order of man and beast back to normal. Will man survive this animal uprising or will we take our place as the next species on Earth’s extinction list? This is the sequel to Super Moon Protocol.

Impossible to forget but is it possible to forgive?

Facing homelessness, Lucy (17) takes a job as a little artistic interpreter. But when her charge (a naïve tree spirit) is kidnapped, her home, intergalactic peace & her wolfishly handsome flat-mate are on the line. She must speak. But is she Little Red Riding Hood or the Red Queen?

Genre: Sci-Fi

Suffering from amnesia, astronaut Edred Starling emerges from cryogenic sleep aboard a malfunctioning deep space vessel, Aspire. He can trust no one as he races to recover his past and expose a saboteur hellbent on keeping Aspire’s crew from finding an ancient secret at the Sol system’s edge.

It follows a shy, brilliant mixed-race teenager who struggles with mental illness as she navigates her teen life, made more complicated by her family's move from a racially diverse town to a small, predominantly white village. Cathy struggles to find her way in a city where kids aren't friendly.

“The Magdalenes” is a story of Jude Madigan who appears strong and successful on the outside, but is shattered on the inside after being raped and impregnated by a Catholic priest when she was fourteen. Now as a plaintiff’s attorney, she keeps her secrets close.

Genre: Fantasy

In a Realm where privileged individuals can create material reality in their sleep. A powerful Dream Traveller finds a way to release his imaginings into the Waking World.

A fastidious designer craves success, but his carefully planned life is side-tracked by sex with an unkempt artist. While her career blossoms, his plans disintegrate and after a failed suicide attempt, he sets out to salvage a life

Never lose hope – a photo tells why in this historical fiction of a Northern Irish schoolgirl and a German POW separated, reuniting forty years later. This intergenerational saga is unique in its Irish setting, having the female lead on the home front, and following a reluctant Nazi in post-war...