Sunday, August 19, 2012

News and Updates August 20th 2012.

As I approach the release of my second novel "Gifts Of The Peramangk" in October, I have been busy conducting interviews and participating in feature articles, hosted by some wonderful literature reviewers and bloggers. 

Kristy Centeno has just released an interview I did with her a couple of weeks ago in which we talked about my writing journey over the past couple of years as well as providing an opportunity to share with her readers a little sneak peek about my forthcoming novel. I appreciate the support that Kristy has given me and I enjoyed chatting with her.

Kristy is an author in her own right and has an exciting series of books called Forbidden Mate which I encourage you to take a look at. 

Books reviewer Sharon Tyler posted her review of 'The Hambledown Dream' this past week, describing it as a "deep and enthralling book" whose characters kept her emotionally invested in the story long after she finished reading it.

Considered reviews like this are, of course, always welcome and it's encouraging for me as an author. I value constructive critiques of my work so that I can make future works better.

Laurie from "Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews" posted a feature and interview we did a couple of weeks ago and we've offered up a signed digital copy of "The Hambledown Dream" as a prize in a sweepstakes that is running until the beginning of September. For your chance to win, visit the interview over at her website. 

This coming Wednesday, August 22nd, I will speaking to the children of The Pines School at Parafield Gardens in South Australia as part of their book week celebrations. With a focus on the philosophy "Champions Read", I'll be talking to the students about reading and writing and encouraging them to foster their imaginations. I'm really excited at the opportunity to speak to kids and the joys of reading and writing and I am really looking forward to it. 

Third round edits on the manuscript for "Gifts Of The Peramangk" are close to completion from my editing team and I'll be taking over the reigns once more to conduct the forth round. In the mean time, Central Avenue Publishing has released the product specs for the novel, including an excerpt and cover art. Check them both out here

I've released the cover art myself in my books section. While this is close to the final artwork, there will be a couple of subtle tweaks applied to it by the art team at C.A.P. which I think will really set the cover off beautifully.

For news and updates as we approach October, please check back here at Dean from Australia.

Media enquiries can be directed to Michelle Halket at Central Avenue Publishing.



  1. Have a great time at the school talking to the kids. I know you will enjoy it and they will love you!

    1. Thank you Darlene. I have to admit to feeling a little nervous. This is going to be my first speaking engagement to a group like this and I just hope I can get a good message across. Champions Read is the focus of this years National Book Week Initiative and I was really pleased to be asked to participate.

  2. Hurray, Dean! I really love that cover. Suits the book so well. Can't wait to see what the world thinks of the story--it's a powerful one for sure.

    1. Thanks Molly. The image was sourced from an New York based photographer named Lisa-Marie Mazzucco and the original photo was that of violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. We actually approached Lisa-Marie and Anne for permission to use the image and I have it on good authority that they were both hugely excited about the project.

      I hope to be working on the fourth round of edits by the first week of September and I know once it falls back to me, I'm gonna have to work insanely hard. But, I'm excited.

      You, of course, have had a huge part to play in all of this and I'll be acknowledging that.