D.B. Allen’s second novella is out!
What do you do when you discover you’re not the person everyone thought you should be?
Your parents. Your friends. Your town.
How can you be yourself, when you don’t understand who you are? And how do you describe the beauty of a rainbow, when you’re the only person who can see it?
The Rainbow Blindness is a story about self-discovery, love and loathing, set against a background of great beauty and looming darkness.
Drew’d seen this new guy around. Kieran was his name. Melbourne guy. A fellow loner. Spent lunchtimes in the library or down in Ms Gibberson’s art studio. Word soon spread. Rumours became fact. Marcus Carty and his mates had already thumped Kieran up a week or so ago. He was new. He was quiet and shy. He was arty. They decided he was probably a pillow-biter. So they beat him up.
Drew knew what it felt like to be on the end of those fists. What it was like to be an outsider. You could pretend you didn’t care, but there were always times when you did. When it hurt. When you wondered why the hell you weren’t like the rest of them. He felt Kieran’s hip brush against his, as the taller boy sat, and each time Dunzie wound the bus into another bend in the road. Subtle contact. Warmth. Something like a promise. Kieran was a handsome young guy. Strong, in his way. The kind of man Drew would see in his dreams. He felt nervous.
The Rainbow Blindness is the second novella in the Modern Relationship series. It is approx. 17,000 words and available as an eBook from Amazon.
From all of us at Silky Oak Press, congratulations to DB — for writing a story that
” … merges the harshness, subtlety and beauty of both the human & natural world.”
This list inspires me to watch less TV and read more.
Australian Independent Booksellers are pleased to announce The Shortlist for The Indie Awards 2014
Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas (Allen & Unwin)
Coal Creek by Alex Miller (Allen & Unwin)
Eyrie by Tim Winton (Penguin)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Random House)
Girt by David Hunt (Black Inc)
Murder in Mississippi by John Safran (Penguin)
The Stalking of Julia Gillard by Kerry-Anne Walsh (Allen & Unwin)
The Good Life by Hugh Mackay (Macmillan)
DEBUT FICTION SHORTLIST:
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Macmillan)
Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson (Hachette Hodder)
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Text)
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Penguin)
Alphabetical Sydney by Hilary Bell, Antonia Pesenti (NewSouth Books)
Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester (Penguin)
The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Macmillan)
Weirdo by Anh Do (Scholastic)
For more information, visit Indie Book Awards.
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If you enjoyed Crazy Stupid Love and The 40 Year Old Virgin, do we have a book for you!
For fans of the great Tom Sharpe, comes a rich, ribald farce that’ll make you laugh till something explodes.
With chapter names like Don’t Talk to the Underpants, Well it Felt Like a Tail, Would You Like Your Hedge Trimmed?, and Purple-Headed Junket-Pumper, you know you’re in good hands. Well … bits of you, anyway.
So join Wally and Masey Head, Bruce the Crumpet-Crazed Gardener, the Lovely Tess, the Tiny Police Force, and the Beautiful Fat Twins for a rollicking risque romp with rope and romance.
This brilliant contemporary story of love, lust and loss is the first in D.B. Allen’s Modern Relationships Series.
“The next week floated by, like dreams sometimes did. I would catch a glimpse of her somewhere in the office. A taste. The essence of Fran. I’d watch her like an artist would, or at least how the artist in me did. I’d notice her hair, or the way her backside moved when she walked. Details of someone special. She’d become the most famous person in my world. My personal celebrity. And I kept thinking about her. Feeling happy. Feeling tempted. Feeling less and less guilty.
And then she invited me over to her place – for a Saturday night of dinner and drawing.”
A novella of approximately 54 pages.