Maria Arena caught the writing bug at nineteen when she was given her first typewriter. After banging out some short stories and taking a few creative writing courses, Maria took a hiatus for children and further study, which led to her first novel, 'Mira Falling', published by Hachette in 2006. Having decided that writing and studying was a good combination for expanding the mind and imagination, Maria went on to complete a Doctorate of Creative Arts, from which came the novel 'Sisterhood'. A research trip to enchanting Edinburgh and glorious Paris formed the basis of a third novel,'Shroudeaters' (coming soon), while the challenges of climate change and water scarcity underpin Maria's current writing project. In between writing novels and short stories, Maria lectured in Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and currently presents the Creative Writing Excellence Program in regional Queensland high schools on behalf of USC. The program engages students in the creative writing process while encouraging them to consider higher education as a pathway to life success. Writing and teaching are important aspects of Maria's world but when she is not doing these, she also loves hanging out with her family and friends, reading, going to the theatre, films and, most importantly, coffee!
The fast moving Supernatural Thriller is sure to make the little hairs on the back of your neck bristle. After certain chapters you might even find yourself looking around to make sure you are alone.
The main character, Daniel Reese, is a proud father and husband who recently purchased his family's dream home; or so he thought! The terror unfolds when he realizes that he is dealing with a force far greater than his mental and physical capacity. Daniel Reese had no idea that opening those massive barn doors would reveal so many dark, bizarre secrets.
In July 2012, Wittegen Press gave away a short story, or story part every day to their readers. Each story was only available for one day, but now the 6 horror stories from The Wittegen Press Giveaway Games have been gathered here into 1 volume.
Sleep Of The Damned by Natasha Duncan-Drake
How would you cope if you discovered your bed was haunted?
BFF by Sophie Duncan
New school, new best friend, but Karen discovers that Debbie has dark secrets.
Just One Day by Sophie Duncan
The house was a bargain and Georgie loves it, so she's not going to listen to the strange warning from the estate agent that for one day every year it is haunted.
The Crosses We Bear by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Shitty hotel, shitty team bonding weekend, but Lyle gets more than he bargained for when he removes the cross from above his bed.
Queen Of My World by Sophie Duncan
Alfred doesn't like people very much, but he knows how to use them to get what he wants and he wants Lissy.
Dead Not Dying by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Jo loves her cat, Tigger, but when he comes back from near death, Jo eventually realises that it might actually have been death itself.
Jack Falling is the golden boy of the Bay but Mira suspects he has a darker side especially when she starts receiving messages from long-dead, infamous murderers, which appear to incite her to commit unthinkable crimes against those who stand in the way of her dream.
One such person is Lily Holborn, the twin sister of Sebastian Holborn, whose wealthy family moves into the house across the street. Handsome and edgy, Mira sees in Sebastian an opportunity to escape Harvest Bay and pursue her dream of stardom. But Lily and Jack, and perhaps the whole town, have other plans for Mira.