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NATIONAL AWARD WINNER

The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman meets the Alexandra Cooper series by Linda Fairstein.

“Beautifully written. The work of a master craftsman.” Grady Harp, Vine Voice

“Endlessly compelling. A fascinating fusion of forms.” Writer's Digest

When Aidan Little Boy leaves his ailing mother’s side to visit his sister on a peyote church property in South Dakota, he encounters a religious cult run by an apparently superhuman leader. Suddenly his nondescript life becomes tangled in a world that has grown disturbing and strange.

In a series of remarkable events, the ancient beings of Native American folktales are manipulated by people with strong connections to the parallel world of spirits. Soon Aidan uncovers evidence that his sister and the rapidly growing congregation are in danger. He must understand these unknown powerful forces before the Reparation, a ceremony that will slaughter thousands of innocents.

This complex and surreal novel merges folktales, history, and the contemporary with magical realism in a hypnotically addictive original tale.

Comparable titles: Alex Delaware books by Jonathan Kellerman, The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter I’m Watching You by Karen Rose, Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin.

Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest 2016 Ebook Award

Shortlisted for Three National Awards

Laine Cunningham’s books are included in the fantastic fiction found on “books to read” and “good books to read” lists curated on online book review sites. Bookworms have compared her stories to bestselling books that garner recommended reading notes by bookstore employees. Browse the full selection of her fiction and nonfiction titles at Amazon books, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore.

“A beautifully written supernatural story - the work of a master craftsman. Fascinating!" Grady Harp, Vine Voice and Hall of Fame Reviewer

The "language has a well-crafted poetry, an impression that is immediate and indelible. The backstory is quick-moving...so heartbreaking. Manitou's character grows and grows in complexity [while the] hero [goes] through absolute hell. It's a huge and compelling struggle. Just a beautifully written book. Endlessly compelling. A fascinating fusion of forms.” Writer's Digest Judge, 4th Annual Ebook Awards

"A fascinating read that was hard to put down. Highly recommended." J. Phillips, Library Thing Reviewer

"The writing and imagery are beautiful, and I would definitely recommend the book to adults looking for a smooth, thrilling read." Angel Leya, Goodreads Reviewer

"Extraordinary. The novel explores the Indian traditions and elegantly blends in elements of fantasy. The compelling characters and their adventures make it hard to sleep on time." Client d'A, Reviewer

"This is the first book I have read by this author, and I'm going to look into her others. You won't even realize how long you've been reading until someone interrupts you!" S. Clem, Reviewer

"Can this, will this, be enough to help Aidan Little Boy in stemming such a great tide of evil? Only way to know for sure is to read on, dear reader, read on. I'm going to have to try out her other books. I'm sure I'd be vastly entertained." Rich, Reviewer

"Laine has such a way of writing that draws not just the mind of the reader, but pulls on heartstrings to connect with characters and story alike. Scored GOLD on this one!" S. Wingate, Reviewer

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About the author

Laine Cunningham writes literary novels in the absurdist, speculative, and historical categories. Her books have received the Hackney Literary Award, the James Jones Literary Society Fellowship, Writer’s Digest’s annual ebook award, and honors from national and international art councils. Her short stories have won the 2016 Hackney Award and been published by Reed literary magazine and Birmingham Arts Journal.

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Sun Dogs Creations
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Feb 17, 2016
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Pages
239
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Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Magical Realism
Fiction / Native American & Aboriginal
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
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Laine Cunningham

A provocative and polarizing book takes the pink pussy power hat and the Women’s March to one of society’s most powerful forces for influence and change. Readers of Hillary Clinton’s What Happened can take action to lift all voices today.

By all appearances, publishing is an open-to-all endeavor. But for female authors and authors of color and LGBT authors, for authors who write about women or people of color or individuals in the LGBT community, entry is all but barred.

Writing While Female or Black or Gay, written by a publishing professional with twenty years of experience, describes how the books women write are treated differently from representation through to marketing and remaindering. Authors of color are not allowed to write the fiction that is true to their hearts. LGBT authors, whether they are focused on story writing or book writing, are ghettoized.

In the footsteps of influential authors like Toni Morrison, bell hooks, Jessica Valenti, Tracie Egan Morrissey, Jennifer Pozner, Roxane Gay, Malala Yousafzai and Jill Filipovic, this work provides actionable steps. Anyone concerned about gender equality, true diversity, and the rights of every human being can fix the problems surrounding the lack of diversity in publishing today.

Authors will discover insider information and publishing industry secrets that everyone from agents to editors knows about the adult book market, the children’s book market, literary awards and book reviews. They know how to write a book. They are experienced in narrative writing, writing poetry, and have attended writer workshops. No matter their writing style, they need to know about the publishing.

Every person who has marched or resisted racism and stereotypes can pick up this book and immediately begin reverse engineering the publishing industry. Diverse voices need to be heard today more than ever. Hear the call to action that can open the gates for a better world in Writing While Female or Black or Gay. Because, as Gloria Steinem says, “The only thing worse than trying is not trying.”

 Laine Cunningham writes in the speculative and historical literary categories. Her books have received the Hackney Literary Award, the James Jones Literary Society Fellowship, Writer’s Digest’s annual book award, and honors from national and international art councils. Her short stories have won the 2016 Hackney Award and been published by Reed literary magazine, Birmingham Arts Journal, and Writer’s Digest in their annual award edition.

For over twenty years, Cunningham has been a ghostwriter and publishing consultant. Her clients have been published at the nation's top five houses, received film options, and been shopped to Disney and Pixar.

"Full of wit, sarcasm, insight and humor. [Laine] caves in castles on the hill, roasts the big name publishers (and so called liberal literary magazines as well) and discusses topics that are poisonous for new writers - unless they be young white males (and even there she has some pointers that are laugh out loud funny). Truthful and caustic and sensible. A must-read." Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer

"Something I find particularly interesting about this book is that it lays bare lots about the publishing industry. What influences publishing decisions, how sales are monitored (or not monitored) and how target audiences are categorised. It's really a must-read for every author, even if you're not female, black or gay. The book ends with a list of simple, practical actions all book lovers can undertake in order to help reverse engineer this industry of prejudice." Marion Grace Woolley, Author, Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran

"Read this. If you're a reader, read this. If you're an author, new or old, who is female or black or gay (or minority or LGBT or even a plain ol' white guy - there's stuff in there for you too), then you need to read this." Angel Leya, Goodreads Reviewer

"I was glad the Laine Cunningham wrote this book ... so we the readers can know what goes on behind the scenes and we can therefore show support to minority authors. The book was funny and encouraging to authors, even while talking about the brutal truth of being overlooked. If you're an author ... read this book. It will help you understand what you're up against. If you're just an avid reader, like me, then read this book to educate yourself about how the publishing process works and how bias can affect it." S. Clem, Reviewer "

"'God forbid you be female, black, gay, or any other version of 'not a straight white guy' and pick up a pen today because gender, race, and the politics of power will shroud your words in obscurity.' This is so true. I have the privilege of knowing many published authors and there is still stigma for a female author. This book is well written and eye opening. Highly recommended. While using humor, this book also has a ton of insider knowledge for everyone." M. Slusarcky, Reviewer

"I recently saw a 'meme' on Facebook that said: 'Good morning world, what are we offended by today?' it makes me laugh, there's some true in it, but it's also pointing out a real problem. Yes, these are the real problem our society should analyze and try to find a solution ... A remarkable work and a must buy for everyone without exception." Julius Z, Reviewer

"Laine has made sure that whether you are an author or a reader you will not want to leave this book half finished. Insightful and entertaining." H. Taylor, Reviewer

Laine Cunningham
WINNER, CAROLINA WOMAN INSPIRATION AWARD

For readers of The Secret, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim, Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, and Paul Coelho.

According to Australia's ancient cultures, all creatures and things emerged from the Dreamtime. The Dreaming is not just a collection of lore or a long-ago time; it is a living energy that flows constantly through the universe. It is then and now, divine and human, spirit and law. Because the spiritual energy is as vibrant today as ever, these ancient stories show us how to survive in a harsh world and how to thrive in our souls.

In the pages of this self-help book are inspirational stories packed with motivational quotes geared toward self-improvement. Each Aboriginal story, retold for a modern audience, is enhanced with an essay from award-winning author Laine Cunningham. Our modern perspectives on love and friendship, illness and joy, life and the afterlife can be enriched with this ancient knowledge.

In The Dance, readers are inspired to follow their dreams while staying balanced in their lives. Trickery and Seven Sisters address love, friendship, self-esteem, personal development, and women’s power. Other stories demonstrate the law of attraction, the mind-body-spirit or mind-body-soul connection, and how to heal feelings and emotions.

Open this book and take your own journey through the eternal Dreamtime. Every turn of the page will develop motivational thoughts, inspiration, and true joy. Discover that the ancient connection to god/goddess/the divine still resonates in your soul. Discover your own truth.

Excerpts from this book have been published in spiritual, literary, and inspirational magazines and newsletters, and have been honored with a women’s inspiration award.

Laine Cunningham’s understanding of Aboriginal culture began during a six-month solo journey through the Australian Outback. The same visions that drew her into the red desert also told her that she would die there. A miraculous connection to divine energy saved her life and launched her along the path she follows to this day.

"The fact that Laine Cunningham spent six long months on her own in the Australian outback before writing this book gave a rich authenticity to her voice as she shared from her abundantly full, and talented, heart."

Leah Griffith, Award-winning Author Cosette's Tribe

"Loved it! The traditional Aboriginal stories are fascinating reads. From reading Laine's book, it's easy to feel the sacredness in the Aboriginal culture. I hadn't felt this moved by Aboriginal spirituality since viewing Oprah Winfrey's visit to Australia's Uluru rock." Virginia Lathan 

"Well written and highly informative, Seven Sisters was even better than I'd hoped." C Laney, Author, Lessons from the Cockpit 

"Ever since Laine's first book on Australia, The Family Made of Dust, I have waited anxiously for her next creative work. Seven Sisters molded a deeper understanding of the indigenous concept of 'Dreamtime.' Laine has delicately represented a series of spiritual perspectives leading us to the core of the Aboriginal heart. With her insight, she must have been a native medicine woman in a previous life." Dale Stacy, Author, Diamond in the Rough 

"An intriguing look at the culture of Australia told through a rich oral history and passed down through the ages. The stories they tell are their way of explaining many mysteries of the universe and of life." Mary Blowers, Book Review Blog 

"As a teacher I can see this book being great for many audiences. I personally enjoyed the stories as a nice afternoon pleasure read. I can see the book as a whole being used with older children to help them learn to analyze text and younger children to help teach important life lessons." Robin Perron, Teacher 

"Seven Sisters is comprised of unique stories that have been passed down from generation to generation among the Australian Aborigines. The stories offer insights into another culture, each with a life lesson, and the author adds her own insights to each story." Shaman Elizabeth, Author with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 

"I thought this book would be a quick read, but I found myself lingering, absorbing the message of each story before moving on to the next. I found this book to be both entertaining and informative, one I will probably reread quite a few times." Dena Harris, Award-winning Author, Who Moved My Mouse? 

Laine Cunningham
WINNER OF TWO NATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS

TOP SELECTION FOR A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

One of the best novels in ten years. Hackney Literary Awards Committee

Destined to become the next The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

For fans of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Atonement by Ian McEwan, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

In this thrilling debut novel ranked alongside Pulitzer Prize winners William Styron and Horton Foote, a gripping search for a missing friend unearths the price one boy paid for brutal adoption policies.

Gabriel Branch is a man displaced. Having lost his boyhood family to a government’s attempt at genocide, his emotions balance on a razor's edge. Then his best friend disappears in the vast Australian desert. The only clue is an Aboriginal artifact that leads Gabe back to the land of his birth.

As he searches for his friend, long-suppressed memories resurface. Memories of the uncle who swung him up into a tree and called him Little Breeze. Memories of the mother he lost. Memories of the candy the social workers used to lure him away from his Outback home.

Vast, dangerous and beautiful, The Family Made of Dust is a remarkable story about the special relationships families can treasure even when they have been broken apart...and how a spare and beautiful landscape can resurrect that which we hold so dear.

Comparable titles: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Laine Cunningham’s books are included in the fantastic fiction found on “books to read” and “good books to read” lists curated on online book review sites. Bookworms have compared her stories to bestselling books that garner recommended reading notes by bookstore employees. Browse the full selection of her fiction and nonfiction titles at Amazon books, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore.

"Ms. Cunningham shows an Australia beautiful and brutal. You know it isn't going to be a gentle ride but you're still not expecting to be kicked out of your seat onto the desert floor, rolling to a stop in the sharp-as-glass spinifex. Don't be surprised when you want to put it down but can't."  Garrison Somers, Editor-in-Chief, The Blotter literary magazine 

"From the very beginning, we are in the hands of an exceptional writer as well as a master storyteller…and it is a rare treat to find both of those things in one place. A seamless package that explores not just the soul of her main character but the soul of a nation and its people. A truly special book."  Edmund R. Schubert, award-winning author of Dreaming Creek and Editor of Tor anthologies

"Written by a master storyteller, this fast-paced novel initiates Cunningham into the ranks of respected authors such as Michael Ondaatje and Sarah Gruen. A deeply felt work sure to please." Dena Harris, award-winning author

"This is not an uptown homicide but one inked with shamanic intrigue and a spiritual battle of the souls." Dale Stacy, author, Diamond in the Rough

"Characters so real and memorable you won’t put this book down. This book will leave its mark as one of the best stories ever to lie in our laps."  Pamela King Cable, author, ALA’s 2012 Top Fiction Pick Televenge

Laine Cunningham
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM FAULKNER AWARD

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold meets Invisible by James Patterson in a haunting, atmospheric contest between a female FBI agent and the monsters in the human soul.

When FBI agent Priya Conlin-Kumar tracks two different serial killers hunting in the same city, she begins to see visions of a demon king. After one killer falls, she hones in on the seemingly inhuman predator who continues slaughtering at whim.

The closer Priya gets, the more intense their battle becomes. Soon it touches all the law enforcement officers--female and male--assisting with the case. Inexplicable events make Priya and her lover, the county sheriff, wonder if gods and demons are walking through the city.

Immortal energies gather for a final event that will shake the mountain. Priya must access the dark, sensual power of the goddess Kali if she is to have any chance at defeating the demonic predator. And she must do so before more civilians and law officers become the latest victims.

Showcasing magical realism and the heartfelt sensibility of a strong female protagonist, Beloved blends the human darkness of Greg Iles (True Evil) and Mary Higgins Clark with the literary sensibilities of Yann Martel (Life of Pi) to interweave suspense, deep emotions, and stark prose.

Comparable titles: Fox and O’Hare series by Janet Evanovich, Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, Quincy series by Lisa Gardner, Burn Factor by Kyle Mills, Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter.

Beloved was supported by fellowships and art residency programs from the Vermont Studio Center and Wildacres Arts & Humanities Center.

Laine Cunningham’s books are included in the fantastic fiction found on “books to read” and “good books to read” lists curated on online book review sites. Bookworms have compared her stories to bestselling books that garner recommended reading notes by bookstore employees. Browse the full selection of her fiction and nonfiction titles at Amazon books, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore.

"A rather extraordinary novel ... that is likely to become the recipient of many awards. This intensely compelling novel [built from] fantasy, spirituality, and mystical otherworld atmospheres [and] an admixture of carnal lust ... results in a tapestry so well woven that it literally is a story that remains with the reader permanently. Highly recommended." Grady Harp, Vine Voice

"Beloved ranks among the great novels of all time. Cunningham combines tenacity and courage along with profound insight to create a...disturbing yet fascinating ... story. It is impossible to read this book unmoved." Pamela King Cable, Author of Televenge, ALA Top Pick

"A captivating must read!" Robin Perron, Reviewer

"A hard look into hope and horror possible in the human mind." Rich C, Reviewer

"Priya is a worshipper of Kali, and the visons she experiences ... become more important when it becomes clear that one of the serial killers is fixated on her. There is plenty of action in this novel. I found it difficult to put down [this] deep, dark novel." Jennifer Cameron-Smith, Top 1000 Reviewer

"Had me on the edge of my seat from the first paragraph to the last. This fast-paced thriller is incredibly well written-a dark sensation. The setting, the prose, the plot, all of it comes together to create a nail-biting story, which draws you in." Leah Griffith, Author Cosette's Tribe

"This story is beautiful, smart, ... with lyrical storytelling and strong character development." C. Hope Clark, Author Lowcountry Bribe and The Carolina Slade Mystery Series, Editor of award-winning FundsforWriters.com

Laine Cunningham
15 Outdoor Christmas Light Ideas is packed with fun, unique, and creative ideas that are incredibly simple to make. Easy enough for the kids and the grandparents, 15 Outdoor Christmas Light Ideas will make your holiday season bright!

The holidays bring pretty houses and lawns dressed up with Christmas lights. Some yards are so crowded with angels and snowmen that there’s no room for Santa Claus!

You don’t have to use thousands of miniature holiday lights to become a superstar in your neighborhood. People who live in an apartment or condo don’t even have to have a yard. They can use these ideas for a fantastic light display on a balcony or in a window.

Using the fifteen easy and simple decorative light ideas in this book, anyone can arrange their outdoor Christmas display in an utterly unique way. Just a little creativity and a handful of inexpensive, affordable light strands will “paint” your lawn, house and mailbox with lights.

Every idea in this book can be made with incandescent lights or LED lights. Most of the ideas take only minutes to create. Each project is very inexpensive. With 15 Outdoor Christmas Light Ideas, you’ll learn how to “paint” with lights. Create the impression of a star-filled sky, a slippery ice field, or a lovely meadow for lawn reindeer.

Lay out a North Pole scene with an igloo to house Santa’s workshop complete with a “North Pole” sign. With just a few craft items, create a string of penguins that look as cute in the daytime as they do at night!

Additional entries teach you how to make giant outdoor globes for one dollar, a forest of Christmas trees for less than $5 each, two kinds of cozy hearths, a Southern-style bottle tree Christmas tree, and giant candy canes.

With this book, you will be able to decorate your mailbox like a lighted holly tree. Add a glacial waterfall for trellis figures that flap, fly, and swim. A toy workshop scene, a manger scene, a letter to Santa station, and a lighthouse candle round out the variety.

Set the whole thing off with a unique lighted border that will capture attention. Every idea in this book is easy enough to make with your kids. They are also creative enough to be fun for the grandparents!

15 Outdoor Christmas Light Ideas will create true joy for you, your family, and your neighbors. Grab this book for a great holiday season created by you and your family!
Laine Cunningham
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM FAULKNER AWARD

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold meets Invisible by James Patterson in a haunting, atmospheric contest between a female FBI agent and the monsters in the human soul.

When FBI agent Priya Conlin-Kumar tracks two different serial killers hunting in the same city, she begins to see visions of a demon king. After one killer falls, she hones in on the seemingly inhuman predator who continues slaughtering at whim.

The closer Priya gets, the more intense their battle becomes. Soon it touches all the law enforcement officers--female and male--assisting with the case. Inexplicable events make Priya and her lover, the county sheriff, wonder if gods and demons are walking through the city.

Immortal energies gather for a final event that will shake the mountain. Priya must access the dark, sensual power of the goddess Kali if she is to have any chance at defeating the demonic predator. And she must do so before more civilians and law officers become the latest victims.

Showcasing magical realism and the heartfelt sensibility of a strong female protagonist, Beloved blends the human darkness of Greg Iles (True Evil) and Mary Higgins Clark with the literary sensibilities of Yann Martel (Life of Pi) to interweave suspense, deep emotions, and stark prose.

Comparable titles: Fox and O’Hare series by Janet Evanovich, Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, Quincy series by Lisa Gardner, Burn Factor by Kyle Mills, Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter.

Beloved was supported by fellowships and art residency programs from the Vermont Studio Center and Wildacres Arts & Humanities Center.

Laine Cunningham’s books are included in the fantastic fiction found on “books to read” and “good books to read” lists curated on online book review sites. Bookworms have compared her stories to bestselling books that garner recommended reading notes by bookstore employees. Browse the full selection of her fiction and nonfiction titles at Amazon books, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore.

"A rather extraordinary novel ... that is likely to become the recipient of many awards. This intensely compelling novel [built from] fantasy, spirituality, and mystical otherworld atmospheres [and] an admixture of carnal lust ... results in a tapestry so well woven that it literally is a story that remains with the reader permanently. Highly recommended." Grady Harp, Vine Voice

"Beloved ranks among the great novels of all time. Cunningham combines tenacity and courage along with profound insight to create a...disturbing yet fascinating ... story. It is impossible to read this book unmoved." Pamela King Cable, Author of Televenge, ALA Top Pick

"A captivating must read!" Robin Perron, Reviewer

"A hard look into hope and horror possible in the human mind." Rich C, Reviewer

"Priya is a worshipper of Kali, and the visons she experiences ... become more important when it becomes clear that one of the serial killers is fixated on her. There is plenty of action in this novel. I found it difficult to put down [this] deep, dark novel." Jennifer Cameron-Smith, Top 1000 Reviewer

"Had me on the edge of my seat from the first paragraph to the last. This fast-paced thriller is incredibly well written-a dark sensation. The setting, the prose, the plot, all of it comes together to create a nail-biting story, which draws you in." Leah Griffith, Author Cosette's Tribe

"This story is beautiful, smart, ... with lyrical storytelling and strong character development." C. Hope Clark, Author Lowcountry Bribe and The Carolina Slade Mystery Series, Editor of award-winning FundsforWriters.com

Laine Cunningham

A provocative and polarizing book takes the pink pussy power hat and the Women’s March to one of society’s most powerful forces for influence and change. Readers of Hillary Clinton’s What Happened can take action to lift all voices today.

By all appearances, publishing is an open-to-all endeavor. But for female authors and authors of color and LGBT authors, for authors who write about women or people of color or individuals in the LGBT community, entry is all but barred.

Writing While Female or Black or Gay, written by a publishing professional with twenty years of experience, describes how the books women write are treated differently from representation through to marketing and remaindering. Authors of color are not allowed to write the fiction that is true to their hearts. LGBT authors, whether they are focused on story writing or book writing, are ghettoized.

In the footsteps of influential authors like Toni Morrison, bell hooks, Jessica Valenti, Tracie Egan Morrissey, Jennifer Pozner, Roxane Gay, Malala Yousafzai and Jill Filipovic, this work provides actionable steps. Anyone concerned about gender equality, true diversity, and the rights of every human being can fix the problems surrounding the lack of diversity in publishing today.

Authors will discover insider information and publishing industry secrets that everyone from agents to editors knows about the adult book market, the children’s book market, literary awards and book reviews. They know how to write a book. They are experienced in narrative writing, writing poetry, and have attended writer workshops. No matter their writing style, they need to know about the publishing.

Every person who has marched or resisted racism and stereotypes can pick up this book and immediately begin reverse engineering the publishing industry. Diverse voices need to be heard today more than ever. Hear the call to action that can open the gates for a better world in Writing While Female or Black or Gay. Because, as Gloria Steinem says, “The only thing worse than trying is not trying.”

 Laine Cunningham writes in the speculative and historical literary categories. Her books have received the Hackney Literary Award, the James Jones Literary Society Fellowship, Writer’s Digest’s annual book award, and honors from national and international art councils. Her short stories have won the 2016 Hackney Award and been published by Reed literary magazine, Birmingham Arts Journal, and Writer’s Digest in their annual award edition.

For over twenty years, Cunningham has been a ghostwriter and publishing consultant. Her clients have been published at the nation's top five houses, received film options, and been shopped to Disney and Pixar.

"Full of wit, sarcasm, insight and humor. [Laine] caves in castles on the hill, roasts the big name publishers (and so called liberal literary magazines as well) and discusses topics that are poisonous for new writers - unless they be young white males (and even there she has some pointers that are laugh out loud funny). Truthful and caustic and sensible. A must-read." Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer

"Something I find particularly interesting about this book is that it lays bare lots about the publishing industry. What influences publishing decisions, how sales are monitored (or not monitored) and how target audiences are categorised. It's really a must-read for every author, even if you're not female, black or gay. The book ends with a list of simple, practical actions all book lovers can undertake in order to help reverse engineer this industry of prejudice." Marion Grace Woolley, Author, Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran

"Read this. If you're a reader, read this. If you're an author, new or old, who is female or black or gay (or minority or LGBT or even a plain ol' white guy - there's stuff in there for you too), then you need to read this." Angel Leya, Goodreads Reviewer

"I was glad the Laine Cunningham wrote this book ... so we the readers can know what goes on behind the scenes and we can therefore show support to minority authors. The book was funny and encouraging to authors, even while talking about the brutal truth of being overlooked. If you're an author ... read this book. It will help you understand what you're up against. If you're just an avid reader, like me, then read this book to educate yourself about how the publishing process works and how bias can affect it." S. Clem, Reviewer "

"'God forbid you be female, black, gay, or any other version of 'not a straight white guy' and pick up a pen today because gender, race, and the politics of power will shroud your words in obscurity.' This is so true. I have the privilege of knowing many published authors and there is still stigma for a female author. This book is well written and eye opening. Highly recommended. While using humor, this book also has a ton of insider knowledge for everyone." M. Slusarcky, Reviewer

"I recently saw a 'meme' on Facebook that said: 'Good morning world, what are we offended by today?' it makes me laugh, there's some true in it, but it's also pointing out a real problem. Yes, these are the real problem our society should analyze and try to find a solution ... A remarkable work and a must buy for everyone without exception." Julius Z, Reviewer

"Laine has made sure that whether you are an author or a reader you will not want to leave this book half finished. Insightful and entertaining." H. Taylor, Reviewer

Laine Cunningham
WINNER OF TWO NATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS

TOP SELECTION FOR A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

One of the best novels in ten years. Hackney Literary Awards Committee

Destined to become the next The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

For fans of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Atonement by Ian McEwan, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

In this thrilling debut novel ranked alongside Pulitzer Prize winners William Styron and Horton Foote, a gripping search for a missing friend unearths the price one boy paid for brutal adoption policies.

Gabriel Branch is a man displaced. Having lost his boyhood family to a government’s attempt at genocide, his emotions balance on a razor's edge. Then his best friend disappears in the vast Australian desert. The only clue is an Aboriginal artifact that leads Gabe back to the land of his birth.

As he searches for his friend, long-suppressed memories resurface. Memories of the uncle who swung him up into a tree and called him Little Breeze. Memories of the mother he lost. Memories of the candy the social workers used to lure him away from his Outback home.

Vast, dangerous and beautiful, The Family Made of Dust is a remarkable story about the special relationships families can treasure even when they have been broken apart...and how a spare and beautiful landscape can resurrect that which we hold so dear.

Comparable titles: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Laine Cunningham’s books are included in the fantastic fiction found on “books to read” and “good books to read” lists curated on online book review sites. Bookworms have compared her stories to bestselling books that garner recommended reading notes by bookstore employees. Browse the full selection of her fiction and nonfiction titles at Amazon books, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore.

"Ms. Cunningham shows an Australia beautiful and brutal. You know it isn't going to be a gentle ride but you're still not expecting to be kicked out of your seat onto the desert floor, rolling to a stop in the sharp-as-glass spinifex. Don't be surprised when you want to put it down but can't."  Garrison Somers, Editor-in-Chief, The Blotter literary magazine 

"From the very beginning, we are in the hands of an exceptional writer as well as a master storyteller…and it is a rare treat to find both of those things in one place. A seamless package that explores not just the soul of her main character but the soul of a nation and its people. A truly special book."  Edmund R. Schubert, award-winning author of Dreaming Creek and Editor of Tor anthologies

"Written by a master storyteller, this fast-paced novel initiates Cunningham into the ranks of respected authors such as Michael Ondaatje and Sarah Gruen. A deeply felt work sure to please." Dena Harris, award-winning author

"This is not an uptown homicide but one inked with shamanic intrigue and a spiritual battle of the souls." Dale Stacy, author, Diamond in the Rough

"Characters so real and memorable you won’t put this book down. This book will leave its mark as one of the best stories ever to lie in our laps."  Pamela King Cable, author, ALA’s 2012 Top Fiction Pick Televenge

Laine Cunningham
For fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.

At twenty-seven, Laine Cunningham seemed to have it all: tons of friends, a college degree, plenty of all-night parties, and a secure job. Yet every morning she dragged herself through a life that was corporatized and overly industrialized, a life that falsely glamorized everything she was supposed to want.

Guided only by a map pulled from an old copy of National Geographic, she camped in the Australian Outback for six months…and she did it alone.

Traveling in a time before Expedia or Travelocity, and without any guidebook or travel guide from Lonely Planet, the trip was never intended to be a vacation. Instead, it was a search for something deeper, something that lay inside. Cheap plane tickets or the cost of the airfare were far less important than the investment Laine made in herself.

The self-guided adventure tour around the country covered nearly 17,000 miles. Hostels were preferred to hotels, and then only when camping under the stars wasn’t an option. Otherwise, her best accommodation was the red sand and her only travel guide was her instinct about where on the map to explore next.

Told with warm humor and sparked with suspense, the search revealed a woman's most important discovery: herself.

Praise for Laine Cunningham's Prior Books

"Laine Cunningham combines tenacity and courage along with profound insight. Her bravery is contagious. I keep Laine’s books on a special shelf in my library, referring to them when I need inspiration.” Pamela King Cable, Author, The Sanctum and Televenge

“The fact that Laine Cunningham spent six long months on her own in the Australian outback before writing this book leant a rich authenticity to her voice as she shared from her abundantly full, and talented, heart.” Leah Griffith, Author, Cosette’s Tribe

“Demonstrates a mastery of psychological introspection and an uncanny feel for the spirit of place.” James Jones Literary Society

“Mesmerizing and meaningful an inspiring.” Grady Harp, Vine Voice

“An exceptional writer as well as a master storyteller.” Edmund R. Schubert, Author and Editor for Tor

"An affirmation of life.” Shirley, Goodreads Reviewer

“I thought this book would be a quick read, but I found myself lingering, absorbing the message ... I found this book to be both entertaining and informative, one I will probably reread quite a few times.” Dena Harris, Author

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