The countdown has begun!

The countdown to the launch of Breaking Beauty has begun! To give you a taste of the beautiful stories to come, we have created a small sample per week to be posted on our Facebook page until the big day on Friday 7 November.

Don’t forget to book your spot at the Adelaide party:



Breaking Beauty Book Launch


MidnightSun Publishing


Breaking Beauty

a short story collection by twenty-seven brilliant writers

Katherine Arguile Lesley Beasley Gillian Britton Rebekah Clarkson Jessica Clements Katherine Doube Annabel Evitts Ruby Ewens Matthew Gabriel Corrie Hosking Rosemary Jackson Melanie Kinsman Stefan Laszczuk Jo Lennan Gay Lynch Mary Lynn Mather Amy T. Matthews Rachael Mead Lilliana Rose Bernadette Smith Anna Solding Reg Taylor Heather Taylor  Johnson Lynette Washington Bryan Whalen Sean Williams Kimberley Zeneth

Edited by Lynette Washington

Esteemed author Sharon Kernot will launch Breaking Beauty at The SA Writers’ Centre, Second Floor, 187 Rundle St, Adelaide Friday 7 November 2014, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Please join us for a beautiful celebration of stories.

Please RSVP to Anna Solding 0400 047 426 or by Wed 5 November
for catering purposes

Breaking Beauty – the cover


Here it is!

What do you think? I love it and I hope you do too.

I think it’s striking. And memorable. We wanted something that would jump off the bookshop shelf and straight into your hands as you thought to yourself, “Oh yeah, I really need to read that book!”

Kim Lock is the talented designer who fulfilled our vague and erratic design briefs over and over again, until we were all happy with the cover. Check her website out – she’s also a superb writer and the author of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks.

I’m also thrilled to announce that Professor Brian Castro has written a stunning Introduction for the collection. My mind was blown when I read it. It’s pretty special.

Join us for the launch of Breaking Beauty 6:30pm, Friday 7th November at the South Australian Writers Centre.







Story Review: Ite Missa Est (Go, You Are Sent Forth), by Felicity Volk, Spineless Wonders Publishing

Long stories cover ebook pdf

When you are told you only have a few months to live, it doesn’t really matter what age you are, self-reflection becomes an imperative. In Go You Are Sent Forth, Berenice, a retired nun, is in exactly this position and she reflects on a life of sacrifice and stoicism. She decides to live her last months differently and sets out to experience some of those things she’s long denied herself.

Felicity Volk treats this emotionally complex subject matter with delicacy and bravery. Her characters are vividly drawn, as are their surroundings. We understand Berenice’s journey as much as we understand her friend Mary’s lack of understanding. Go, You Are Sent Forth is a beautiful story told with compassion and understanding by a skilled writer.

Go, You Are Sent Forth is one in a series of 12 longish short stories in the Amanda Lohrey Selects series. Each story sells for a measly 99 cents (or you can buy the whole bundle for ten bucks). At first I have to admit that even a digital advocate like me set out reading this story wishing it was on paper. If I had a printer, I think I would have printed it. My screen is large and overwhelming to read text on at times, and of course the screen feels like work, not pleasure. I wanted to hold a slim volume in my hands and settle back on the couch. But what I found was that this length of story actually worked surprisingly well in ebook format. The story is long enough that you feel you’ve really been taken into another world, but not so long that reading it on the screen felt arduous. If you are thinking about ebooks but not sure it’s your cup of tea, I’d suggest starting with Go, You Are Sent Forth – for a 99 cent investment you can get a taste of the medium without much commitment in time or money.

Who would I recommend this to? Lovers of short story and anyone wanting to dip their toe into ereading.

Click here to buy Go, You Are Sent Forth, or the whole series.