He’s charming. He’s rebellious. He’s as beautiful as he is damaged.
South Shore’s bad-boy surfer Beau Huntington has a solid plan to get through life: one night stands, getting wasted, and walls so high no one can ever get in – it’s all about numbing the pain.
And his plan’s working just fine – until he meets Corrie Johnson.
Corrie is smart, determined, and focused on an elite swimming scholarship. But she has a dark past of her own, and keeps her secrets closely guarded. She’s made promises to herself not to let history repeat – ever.
But is there more to Beau than he’s letting on? And is it time to let herself feel again?
It’s summer holidays and that’s when things begin to unravel.
Because falling in love was never part of the plan and, it’s time for Beau to learn that the fight of his life doesn’t involve his fists.
Hell Bent is a story that matters – about life, love, and death.
It’s a story of how life can spiral out of control for those left behind.
And it’s a story of hope…
available from Amazon, Apple, Nook (B&N), Scribd and GooglePlay.
Hell Bent is Karen Crompton’s debut novel. Check out her bio at Silky Oak Press.
5 out of 5 stars on Amazon by Cagey
All the colours and black as well
I was looking forward to the next offering by this author, and The Rainbow Blindness does not disappoint. In my opinion, this is even better than Aiden’s Alibi – and I enjoyed that book very much. This story of a teenager, struggling to understand who he really is, is both beautiful and upsetting. Set amidst the wide vistas and small minds of a Australian country town, the prose is striking, and the characters feel very real. Very real…
Anyone who has felt the confusion, excitement and angst of adolescence will relate to this book. And while I won’t spoil the ending for other readers, it left me wondering if a sequel might be in the wings. I for one, certainly hope so.The Rainbow Blindness
by DB Allen
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.
DB’s first novella, Aiden’s Alibi is also available at 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.