Reparation: A Novel of the American Great Plains

Sun Dogs Creations
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Sharp Objects meets Everything I Never Told You in a relentlessly creepy family saga.

Perfect for viewers of “Twin Peaks,” “Dark Places,” and “Westworld.”

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

“Endlessly compelling.” Writer's Digest

To save his sister, Aidan Little Boy must confront the darkness that lives in the heart of America’s frontier.

When his sister joins a group living on a remote ranch, Aidan Little Boy encourages her. For four years, he has been their mother’s caretaker and hasn’t been the brother he wants to be. The group offers Fanny new friendships and a community deeply embedded with their father’s Native American traditions.

But the ranch holds ancient secrets that threaten to spin Fanny into a darkness she is too innocent to understand. As Aidan investigates the group, he unearths a web of lies that trace back to America’s settlement. Unsure who to trust, he opens his heart to a Cherokee herbalist as they uncover a plot so shocking they must risk their own lives to save innocent ones.

Hailed as “endlessly compelling,” Reparation is an emotional tour de force about the dangers one man must face to rescue his family as well as himself.

Comparable titles: Gone Girl, Dark Places, Save Yourself, Bury This, The Girl on the Train, The Poisonwood Bible, The Silent Wife, In the Woods, Cartwheel, Carrie, Beneath the Scarlet Sky, The Horse Whisperer, American Gods, 1Q84, Blindsighted, I’m Watching You, Night, Killers of the Flower Moon, The Lost City of Z, The Light Between Oceans, The Handmaid’s Tale, They Both Die at the End, Riding Lessons, The Immortalists, The Round House, We Are Called to Rise, Calling Me Home, The Turner House, Plainsong, and Winter’s Tale.

Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest 2016 Ebook Award

Shortlisted for Three National Awards

The "language has a well-crafted poetry, an impression that is immediate and indelible. The backstory is 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's novels 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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Feb 17, 2016
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Fiction / Crime
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
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The message is one simple word: Vengeance.


Anonymous threats aren’t unusual for a crime reporter. Even direct threats face to face are common, most never amounting to more than words. Michael Elliot has assisted the police with putting enough criminals behind bars to have earned his fair share.


But when Megan Scott, the love of his life and frequent investigative partner, goes missing, Michael realizes this threat is real. He has a list of five potential kidnappers, each more cold-blooded than the last, for the police to investigate.


Michael’s instincts often steer him in the right direction, but he can’t wait for the police to find Megan. Someone is out for revenge, and now they’ve given him just forty-eight hours to find her or she dies.


How is he going to beat the killer at their sick game?

"Suspense is high...great characters." — Reviewer

"A hair-raising read. Brace yourself!" — Reviewer

"Highly recommended." — Reviewer

Books by Sandra Nikolai in the Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery series:

(Each book can be read as a standalone)

False Impressions (Book 1)

Fatal Whispers (Book 2)

Timely Escape (Short story prequel to Book 3)

Icy Silence (Book 3)

Dark Deeds (Book 4)

Broken Trust (Book 5)

Cold Revenge: A Psychological Thriller (Book 6)

Box Set: Books 1-3

Box Set: Books 4-6

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Delilah is beautiful, a temptress… but a killer?

Nothing, oh nothing, could be any sillier.


The men in her life unexpectedly die.

She never has time to tell them bye-bye.


The murders are gruesome, the details so gory.

Only the killer would know the whole story.


She's a minister's daughter, or at least that's the rumor.

Could be a setup by someone who knew her.


Delilah is a captivating, daring, and frightening novel… a dark, glittering gem. This could happen in real life. The twist in the plot is a real killer, if you know what I mean! – Kirk's Reviews


A brilliant read with huge suspense! Frightening and fantastic! A truly unexpected ending! 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer


Never saw that coming! I thought I knew who the killer was, but I was wrong… dead wrong! Goodreads reviewer



          He had a strange, obsessive attraction to Delilah, so much so that he couldn't bear the thought of her being with anyone else. But the authorities needed more… much more. Delilah was the one with the alter egos, not the men in her life. She was certifiably crazy.


The detective assigned to the case was well aware that he could be the next victim of Delilah, or was it someone else they had missed that was the killer? These were certainly not the usual crimes of passion he was assigned to. This case was disturbing, with each subsequent murder more gruesome than the one before. But the detective couldn't resist the case, and the murderer was well aware of his fascination.


'This explosive debut reels you in from the first page and never lets up. Sinister, unsettling and gripping.' The Sun A heart-stopping, gripping thriller for fans of C. L. Taylor, Karin Slaughter and Linwood Barclay

On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn's abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke.

But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.

It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping.

She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.

But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

Praise for I Know Where She Is

'This explosive debut reels you in from the first page and never lets up. Sinister, unsettling and gripping.The Sun 'Ebook of the Week'

‘A clever, fast paced and gripping thriller, brought to life by a truly outstanding lead character.’ The Chestnut Reading Tree

‘An excellent roller coaster of emotions with some great twists and turns. Five stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews

‘A fast paced, dark, gritty thriller, that will hook you from the first page.’ Whispering Stories

‘A thriller of the highest order.’ The Writing Greyhound

‘Fantastic story full of unexpected twists and turns.’ Turn The Page

‘This book is dark, and delicious. I loved it.’ Rachel Dove

‘A compulsive read... plot twists that leave you breathless.’ Reader review

‘Had me hooked from the first page and I didn't want to put it down.’ Reader review

‘Gripping and twisty throughout, kept me gripped from the word go. An absolute must read! Definitely one of the best books of it's genre that I have read this year.’ Reader review

‘This novel's starts with a bang and doesn't let up from there. It is a hard-hitting, fast-paced novel, that will have you guessing what is going to happen next.’ Reader review

‘One of the most gripping books that I have read in a long time.’ Reader review

‘I decided to start this last night and finally finished at 3am! I could not put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Fantastic read could not put this down :) Would recommend’ 4* Reader review


For fans of NPR's On Being, 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.

For fans of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, This is Me by Chrissy Metz, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop, I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven, and Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus. 

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? 



One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, GQ, The Dallas Morning News, Buzzfeed, BookPage, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews   


Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York Times) There There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.
There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.
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.

For fans of Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, Down the Nile by Rosemary Mahoney, Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman, A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson, Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks, Now is the Time to Open Your Heart by Alice Walker, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, No Place Like Home by Brooke Berman, A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi, Gorge by Kara Richardson Whitely, My Paris Dream by Kate Betts, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman, and Graduates in Wonderland.

Review from Writer's Digest Ebook Award Judge, Jan 2018

Many people fantasize about getting away from it all a la EAT PRAY LOVE. At the relatively tender age of 27, author Laine Cunningham walked the walk, scrapping her restrictive but high-paying corporate job and seemingly secure lifestyle, camping for six months in the Australian outback.

WOMAN ALONE is the product of that adventure and is a fine addition to the woman on her own category of memoirs. Each short chapter is an unpretentious, entertaining and well-preserved slice of life, whether they be misadventures with Australian cuisine, animal mishaps or the many questionable characters she meets along the way. 

Lively, pithy characterizations and descriptions put the reader right on the scene. The Outback is also full of hidden dangers, as she readily acknowledges but has the good sense to mostly avoid. “It would take me ten years to circle back and close out the last of the Outback’s lessons,” she writes at the end. As a travelogue and as an impetus “to launch you onto your own path,” to use the author’s words, it succeeds. 

Reviews for other works by Laine Cunningham 

"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


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn meets Night Film by Marisha Pessl in an atmospheric thriller. Perfect for fans of “Sharp Objects,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Stranger Things.”

When FBI agent Priya Conlin-Kumar tracks two different serial killers hunting in the same city, 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 what’s really capturing the victims in a dark and strange web.

Showcasing a powerful female protagonist, Beloved blends the darkness of “Sharp Objects” with the ingenious depth of “Stranger Things.”

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

“Author Laine Cunningham does an excellent job in creating a tightly structured, suspenseful story. The opening scene grabs the reader by the necktie and doesn’t let go. That’s a tall order for anyone, including the author who’s telling the tale from multiple points of view. Yet with polished transitions, an ear for realistic dialogue and a flair for getting inside each character’s head, readers find themselves caught. Well-written and powerful.” Writer’s Digest Ebook Award Judge, Jan 2018

"A rather extraordinary novel ... that is likely to become the recipient of many awards. This intensely compelling novel ... 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

"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

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