Here is my first foray into short story eSpecials, and I’m very excited to be entering this brave new world. This short story is called DIAMONDS IN THE DUST and is set in 1942 in Darwin when the war came to Australia. Two of the characters have stepped right out of my latest book, THE WHITE PEARL, but here they create a dramatic new life of their own that took me completely by surprise. I loved writing it.
The eSpecial is available to download in the US at:
Penguin US have created a gorgeously spicy cover for it and I hope that readers in America will download and enjoy a taste of my favourite new character – Hatti Hoot who takes Darwin by the scruff of the neck and gives it a good shake.The story takes place in 1942. The war has come to Darwin, Australia, and Japanese planes spit death from the skies in air raids. But Hatti Hoot – red-haired and six foot tall – doesn’t exactly blend in with the crowd and when she spots two men looting a jewellery shop during one of the air raids, she intervenes. A wilful young Malayan girl also spots the diamonds, but then a police officer steps in and everything goes wildly wrong.
I have relished the change of pace from writing 500 page books – I hope you do too.