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Introducing Rock Star

Rock Star cover
Rock Star cover
MidnightSun has been lucky enough to secure the ebook publication of Kristin Weidenbach’s fascinating and entertaining book Rock Star. The story of Reg Sprigg – an outback legend. It was first published in paperback in 2008 by East Street Publications but has not previously been published as an ebook. You can now buy it as an ebook from MidnightSun in EPUB format here and as a Mobi (Kindle) file here.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we asked Kristin to answer a few questions Continue reading Introducing Rock Star

One Step at a Time — it’s Pozible!

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time
We can’t believe that Easter is already upon us. At Midnight Sun headquarters we’ve been hard at work organising a crowdfunding campaign for the children’s picture book that we plan to publish next year. It is called One Step at a Time and it is about a Thai boy called Luk and his baby elephant Mali. One day Mali steps on a landmine and her friend Luk stays faithfully by her side as she recovers and is fitted with a prosthetic leg. Continue reading One Step at a Time — it’s Pozible!

Kristin Weidenbach

Kristin Weidenbach writes popular non-fiction focused on Australian history. She is the author of the picture book Meet Banjo Paterson and Tom the Outback Mailman, which is a picture book for junior primary readers based on her Australian bestseller, Mailman of the Birdsville Track: the Story of Tom Kruse.

She is the author of Rock Star: the Story of Reg Sprigg and King of the Outback and has also written for Outback magazine and Australian Geographic.

Kristin is a PhD immunologist who specialised Continue reading Kristin Weidenbach

Rock Star: The story of Reg Sprigg — an outback legend

Rock Star
Rock Star
by Kristin Weidenbach

Oil; uranium; geology; conservation; these are the catch-cries of our times and Reg Sprigg embodies them all. Reg is regarded as the greatest geologist of his generation and one of the best Australia has produced.

By the age of 30 he had discovered the oldest fossils in the world and some of its deepest under-sea canyons. He had worked at Australia’s first two Continue reading Rock Star: The story of Reg Sprigg — an outback legend

What will 2014 bring?

MidnightSun has been very busy behind the scenes lately, planning this year and beyond. Although we are currently snowed under with interesting manuscripts and in the process of reading them all, we have decided on a couple of projects for this year.

We are going to step into children’s book publishing for the first time with Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich’s beautiful One Step at a Time about the relationship between a young boy and his elephant. This bright and moving picture book will be a gorgeous present for all the little ones.

We are also delighted to announce Continue reading What will 2014 bring?

Announcing the BIG news!

The shortlist for the Most Underrated Book Award has just been announced and Anna Solding’s The Hum of Concrete is on it! This is such an amazing initiative by the Small Press Network, which gives the shortlisted entries new exposure. MidnightSun is so proud of Anna and honoured to be selected alongside other excellent small publishers. The other three shortlisted entries are: Fish-Hair Woman, Merlinda Bobis (Spinifex Press), Staunch, Ginger Briggs (Affirm Press) and Whiskey Charlie Foxtrot, Annabel Smith (Fremantle Press). We wish them all the best. The winner will be announced at a presentation on Friday 15 November at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. Read more about the shortlist here.

Catching up…

Although it may look like we haven’t done much the last few months, MidnightSun has actually been hard at work behind the scenes reading manuscripts and deciding on what to publish next year. We have submitted The Hum of Concrete to the Most Underrated Book Award. Both Kim and Anna have had speaking engagements. We have sponsored the Langhorne Creek Writers’ Festival. More about all of these exciting news in due course…

What is happening right now is this: Anna Solding is currently in Sydney and will head to Canberra tomorrow to participate in two events. One is organised by the ACT Writers’ Centre and one by Small Press Network, and both are facilitated by brilliant Charlotte Harper at Editia. The events take place at Gorman House, Wednesday 23 October, at 6pm and 7 for 7.30pm respectively. If you happen to be in Canberra, please come along and say hello.

Book signing at Dillons Bookshop

The weather gods indulged us for this book signing, so being outside chatting with people was a real pleasure. Kim, true to form, was all smiles. And after seeing the book both on the counter and in the new releases section, who could blame her?

Reviews of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Reviews of Kim Lock’s Peace, Love and Khaki Socks have been overwhelmingly positive:

Daystarz: 5 of 5

One word. LOVE. I love this book. It is warm, genuine and emotive. It is real. It is entirely believable…This is so much more than just a book about pregnancy – it’s also a story about a woman’s search for validation and empowerment.

Peace, Love and Khaki Socks is simply adorable. It definitely makes my best books of 2013 list. An excellent debut novel from a promising Australian author. Continue reading Reviews of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Successfully launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Heather Taylor Johnson launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks
Heather Taylor Johnson launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Thank you so much to those of you who were able to join us for the launch of Kim Lock’s Peace, Love and Khaki Socks! It was a festive night full of smiles. Author Heather Taylor Johnson did a stellar job launching the book and the audience was wonderfully supportive.

Kim spoke beautifully about her journey to publication. Her Freudian slip, saying that she had a few people to ‘spank’ rather than to ‘thank’ lifted the Continue reading Successfully launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Reviews are coming in – and they are brilliant!

We are so proud to announce the first six reviews of Kim Lock’s Peace, Love and Khaki Socks and they are overwhelmingly positive.

Daystarz: 5 of 5

One word. LOVE. I love this book. It is warm, genuine and emotive. It is real. It is entirely believable…This is so much more than just a book about pregnancy – it’s also a story about a woman’s search for validation and empowerment.

Peace, Love and Khaki Socks is simply adorable. It definitely makes my best books of 2013 list. An excellent debut novel from a promising Australian author. I will be keeping a keen eye out for Ms Lock’s next literary venture Continue reading Reviews are coming in – and they are brilliant!

Sneak Peek of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Chapter 1

Honestly, I couldn’t have given a shit if she was wearing undies or not. All I really cared about was trying not to throw up on her sandals. But rather than say so, I smiled and offered a feeble halflaugh.

I had only met Tamika twice before, but she was the fifth person to advise me that evening that the Regimental Sergeant Major’s new girlfriend wasn’t wearing any underpants.

I swallowed, and implored myself not to vomit. That would draw far too much attention. Turning away from the woman in question, and her supposed lack of undergarment, I asked: ‘Can you see your Continue reading Sneak Peek of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks