Purchasing books

You can purchase these books using the Paypal “Add to Cart” buttons under the cover photos, or direct from the publisher via bank deposit or cheque (send your order and preferred payment method by E-mailing us here). Paperback price includes free postage within Australia.

All prices quoted on the Peggy Bright Books website are in Australian dollars.

Peggy Bright Books is only open to submissions by invitation at this stage.

When buying from our website, please note that it may take several days for your payment to clear, and that e-books are sent as an attachment by email to purchasers. Should you prefer instant reading gratification, all our titles are also available (in mobi format) through the Kindle Store on Amazon.

If you live outside Australia, and you want physical copies of books mailed to you, please contact us (editor@peggybrightbooks.com) with your address so we can calculate extra postage costs. Thank you.

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New! “Never Forget” by Edwina Harvey

Never Forget coverDoes a genetically modified orphaned elephant calf hold the key to saving African elephants from extinction?

Never Forget is an 8,000 word novelette by Edwina Harvey that explores the themes of genetic manipulation and racial identity. Described by the author as “schmaltzy science-fiction”, Never Forget is a prequel to the short story, When Whales Cry (published in Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, Peggy Bright Books, 2017).

The 35 page A5 booklet includes an elephant charm.

Reviews
Diana Roos, Facebook:
“…’Never Forget’ is an engaging [novelette] written in the first person and is a prequel to another appealing story which I have also read called When Whales Cry. Without giving any spoilers, it tackles a sensitive subject in a very different approach that made me wish if only it were true. Who knows, besides being an entertaining read, maybe it will inspire someone to discover a solution [to ivory poaching]”

Chris Jones, Amazon.com.au:
“Like in the Whale’s Tale, Edwina looks at our treatment of the biosphere and animals through the lens of speculative fiction. Although short, this story was quite enjoyable, and had interesting characters. It’s worth the read.”

Anna Kashina, Amazon.com:
“I am a fan of Edwina Harvey, and I wasn’t disappointed with this story! It’s an enjoyable read throughout, with the effortless writing that just grows on you from the very first page. Great characters, setting, and story line. The design is beautiful too, it definitely deserves a separate high mark. Overall, highly recommended.”

Hazel-Anne Nair, Goodreads:
“This beautiful little story offers up a perfectly balanced account of a scientist’s struggle to save African elephants from ivory poachers. Whilst doing so, it delivers a caveat as the need for conservation of these magnificent beasts is weighed against the concerns of local villagers whose farms are regularly destroyed by them. Foreign investment moguls as well as so-called “sport” hunters all cop a serve as Edwina Harvey offers up a very neat solution to the problem. There’s tension and just the right amount of science as the scientist races to have his work validated, with a very adorable elephant thrown in. A very enjoyable tale!”

$6.95 including postage in Australia.

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PBB Dragonwell

We are pleased to be selling a select group of titles from US press Dragonwell Publishing.

Ashamet, Desert Born by Terry Jackman

Ashamet cover

On a desert world a warrior nation worships its emperor as a god. But for Ashamet, its prince, the future is filled with danger…

Ashamet is confident his swordsmanship, and his arranged marriage, will be enough to maintain the empire’s peace. But when a divine symbol magically appears on his arm, closely followed by an attempt on his life, he no longer knows who to trust. Worse, the strange attraction he feels toward a foreign slave could be another trap. As events unravel, too fast, Ashamet must find out if this innocent young male is a tool for his enemies–or the magic key to his survival.

Ashamet, Desert Born is a debut adventure fantasy featuring an exotic Arabian-style setting and elements of same-sex romance.

316 pages. Price: $32.95 including postage within Australia


Mistress of the Solstice by Anna Kashina

Mistress of Solstice

THE DARK ESSENCE OF RUSSIAN MYTH

As the head priestess of the ancient Solstice cult, Marya must sacrifice a virgin every year. She copes with this gruesome duty by assuming a mask of cold detachment, as her father—the evil tzar Kashchey—devours the maidens’ souls to maintain his youth and power. It is his power alone that keeps Marya’s kingdom safe from all enemies—or so she was raised to believe.

When Ivan arrives on a quest to stop the virgin sacrifices, Marya throws all her magic against him. To maintain her life—and that of her father—she must destroy Ivan before he completes his quest. But can she find it in her heart to do so?

Baba Yaga, Leshy, Vodyanoi, and the ancient animal deities come alive in this beautifully crafted romantic story that will take you into the authentic world of Russian fairy tales—with a dark, sensual twist.

200 pages. Price $26.95 including postage in Australia


Once Upon A Curse anthology

Once Upon A Curse

Fair maidens, handsome princes, witches, and fairy godmothers all show their dark and dangerous side in this anthology inspired by myths and fairy tales, retold by some of the best authors in this generation and by some upcoming new talents. Told with a dark twist, focused on the lure of the gorgeous evil, this collection will take the readers on a wild ride through magical realms of Ancient Greece, old Russia, medieval Europe, and modern day America.

A 282 page anthology featuring short stories by Peter S Beagle, Nancy Kress, Patricia C. Wrede, Cindy Lynn Speer, Lucy A Snyder, Siobhan Carrol and Anna Kashina

Price: $26.95 including postage in Australia


The Chocolatier’s Wife by Cindy Lynn Speer

The Chocolatiers Wife

ROMANCE, MAGIC, MYSTERY… AND CHOCOLATE!

When Tasmin’s betrothed, William, is accused of murder, she doesn’t doubt his innocence. She gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. But as she settles in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for. Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbours, and William’s own family, who all resent her kind – the sorcerer folk from the North — she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real killer is still on the loose – and he is intent on ruining William’s family at all cost.

The Chocolatier’s Wife is a truly original, spellbinding love story, featuring vivid characters in a highly realistic historical setting.

262 pages.

Price: $26.95 including postage in Australia


Dragonwell Bundle Special!

All 4 Dragonwell titles: The Chocolatier’s Wife by Cindy Lynn Speer, Once Upon A Curse anthology, Mistress of the Solstice by Anna Kashina, Ashamet, Desert Born by Terry Jackman for only $96.95 including postage within Australia

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Reminder: Get your gift certificates!

Need a last-minute gift for a special person? Don’t have time to go to the shops, or want to deal with crowds?

We have gift certificates in $5, $10, $20 and $25 amounts, which you can buy through Paypal.

Once purchased, you will receive by email a gift certificate with the purchased amount on it, which you can then send on to the intended recipient. Gift Certificates can ONLY be redeemed by emailing a purchase order to editor@peggybrightbooks.com

Peggy Bright Books Gift Certificates have *no* expiry date.

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Edwina Harvey Bundle

Get all three of Edwina Harvey’s books: YA SF novel, The Whale’s Tale; Urban/Rural comedy fantasy, The Back of the Back of Beyond; and An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, a book of collected writings, for only AUD50 (includes postage within Australia).

Paperback book bundle $50

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If you live outside Australia, please contact us (editor@peggybrightbooks.com) with your address so we can calculate extra postage costs. Thank you.

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Anthology sales

Cover of Light Touch PaperCover of Use Only As DirectedPrices for our two anthologies (Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear and Use Only as Directed) have been reduced to $17.95 each (including postage within Australia). This is a savings of $7 per book over the previous RRP!

Light Touch Paper

Use Only as Directed


BUNDLE BUY! Buy both our award-nominated anthologies, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear and Use Only As Directed for the special price of only $24.95 including postage in Australia.

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Congratulations to Edwina Harvey

Congratulations to Peggy Bright Books author and editor, Edwina Harvey, on receiving the A Bertram Chandler Award at Swancon 2018 in recognition of her work in Australian Science Fiction, as described here. This award is given by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation. Photo by Cat Sparks: Edwina with Robin Johnson from the ASFF.
Edwina Harvey receives Chandler award

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Congratulations to Lewis Morley

Peggy Bright Books would like to congratulate Lewis Morley on winning the “Best Artwork” category in this year’s Australian Science Fiction (Ditmar) Awards for his cover art of Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body by Simon Petrie. Announced at at the 43rd Swancon Convention in Perth on 1 April.
Photo by Graeme Batho.
Ditmar award

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A Life of Pride

Cover of "A Life Of Pride"Peggy Bright Books is pleased to offer for sale a limited number of A Life of Pride: The Story of Adventure from Broken Hill to Cricklewood by way of Darkest Africa by Alan G. Pride

Roaring out of the Australian Desert and across the Seas comes the true story of a Broken Hill boy who found thrills, adventure and romance in a life of speed, power and Pride!

Alan Pride had a life-long affinity with motor bikes, fast cars and steam engines, from trains to tramp steamers. Working as an engineer on the last remaining tramp steamers travelling from England to Africa and back, his life was often dangerous, hilarious and everything in between.

The knock-about kid from Broken Hill finally made his way back home to Australia, married the English Rose love of his life and raised a family, but the adventures and his passion for motorbikes and cars never stopped.

This book is in A4 format, 204 pages, lavishly illustrated with photos throughout.

Price $37.95 (includes postage in Australia)

(To buy e-copies of this book see the Kindle store on Amazon.)

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An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things

Eclectic Collection coverEdwina Harvey’s new book of collected writings, An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, was launched in June at the 2017 Australian National SF Convention, Continuum 13.

What reviewers are saying about An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things by Edwina Harvey:

Lorese Vera (Lecturer In English Language, University of Canberra): “I loved the dark suburban tales best in this sometimes creepy sometimes laugh out loud collection… I just loved the Vampire story with its lust for a particular kind of female blood … Creepy but somehow erotically fascinating… The dark tales are definitely adult while some of the lighter ones could be for children, or for grown-ups in a mood for some humour.”

Pascal Inard: “Edwina is a gentle and generous soul and her humour shines a light even in the darkest places… I feel the world is a better place for books such as this, and I must point out that Edwina is the first writer who has managed to make me read and enjoy a vampire story – no mean feat!”

Hazel-Anne Nair: “The book delivers what it promises: it is indeed an eclectic collection of dragons, talking horses, amorous aliens and randy satyrs. There is also stuff to feed your darkest conspiracy theory fears… One standout is “Only Women Bleed”. This story traverses the taboo line… and then treats the reader to a dark romance. Other stories of note are “Space Cow”, and “HG” – both tales of the many different types of relationships between men and women…All in all a thoroughly satisfying collection. I recommend it to anyone wanting to dip their toes into this very nice, but ultimately darker than you think, ocean.”

ebook $4.99: choose format

Paperback $25.99

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Medtrek 6

Photo: Edwina Harvey, speaking on writing at Medtrek 6 SF convention, Penrith, NSW 28–30 July 2017. Edwina was a Guest of Honour at the convention.

Edwina Harvey speaking at Medtrek 6

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Other Stories and Other Stories

Adam Browne Other StoriesPeggy Bright Books is pleased to offer for sale a limited number of Adam Browne’s collection of short stories, called (appropriately enough) Other Stories and Other Stories, published by Satalyte Press, 2014. Each copy has been individually signed by the author.

From the back cover of Other Stories and Other Stories: the exquisitudinal stories herein contained, or barely contained — glittering, lacy, plangent with ideas and pungent with wordplay, all touching on — sometimes delicately, sometimes with fists, sometimes with greasy intimacy — diverse curious and amusing notions, such as an endeavour by British colonials to terraform Hell (contrast with the story dealing with the late Carl Linnaeus’s attempts to classify the species of Paradise); a planet wrapped in fabric where pirates boom and roar in galleoned steam irons; a look at what it will mean to be disabled in the future… etc., etc. — a book to be handled with care, so close is its resemblance to a clutch of Faberge eggs, their Faberge chicks waiting to be hatched by the warmth of the Reader’s startled regard.

Paperback: $25.99 (includes postage in Australia).

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Tame Animals of Saturn

Cover of Tame Animals of SaturnThe Tame Animals of Saturn, by Adam Browne, is a sumptuously-illustrated compendium of fantastical animals inspired by the imagined extraterrestrial menagerie of nineteenth-century Christian mystic, Jakob Lorber.

Limited signed edition. A4 size, 46pp including internal colour.

Reviews

“It’s a rare pleasure to come across a book this gnarly. The text is a scholarly yet transreal commentary on the imagined life story of someone who may or may not exist, very much like the author. No matter. The words are sparks from the flames that are the profuse illustrations. Elephants within your body cells, cities on a donkey’s back, a butterfly wing covered with eyes, a toothy head under your table. A full-on surrealist extravaganza, an art book like no other, a treasure.”
—Rudy Rucker

The Tame Animals of Saturn is a brilliant, utterly unique piece of writing that transports you to not so much another place as another state of mind. Adam Browne takes the reader on a guided tour around a madman’s Saturn. Beasts of immense proportions move ponderously across the land and skies, and Saturnians—like Earthlings, only more efficient—float lightly through enormous houses grown from vast trees. A place you would think strange enough, even before a luminously bearded Thomas Edison joins the fray.”
—Review by Stephanie McLeay, in Aurealis issue 90

Interview:  RMIT Blog Central interview of Adam Browne

Free sampler (PDF)

Paperback $26.95

    e-book $4.99. (Review PDF copies available on request. Please email us here.)

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Use Only As Directed

Cover of Use Only As DirectedUse Only As Directed

A varied mix of 14 speculative fiction stories by some of the best Australian and New Zealand authors in the genre in settings that range from the back yard to the depths of space.

Edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey

Cover art by Lewis P. Morley

Authors: Stephen Dedman, Dirk Flinthart, Dave Freer, Michelle Goldsmith, Alex Isle, Lyn McConchie, Claire McKenna, Charlotte Nash, Ian Nichols, Leife Shallcross, Grant Stone, Douglas A Van Belle, Janeen Webb, M Darusha Wehm. 216 pages.

Paperback
$17.95

Ebook $4.95

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The Back of the Back of Beyond ***FREE*** Sampler

Cover of The Back of the Back of BeyondThis ebook is a sample of Edwina Harvey‘s collection of short stories set in a rural Australian landscape you never knew existed. Shortlisted for the Best Collected Works category of the 2014 Ditmar Awards (for works published in 2013).

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To purchase the full book, in either eBook or paperback form, see this page.

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The Back of the Back of Beyond

Cover of The Back of the Back of BeyondThe Back of the Back of Beyond

Come and join the Party!

Through her short stories “No Pets Allowed”, “Get Me to The Worldcon on Time”, “My Sweet 286” and “Party”, Edwina Harvey introduced her readers to a world where flatmates discover the difficulties of raising young dragons in small suburban apartments, where “flying” to a science fiction convention takes on a whole new meaning, and where “the next door neighbours” on an Australian rural backblock are out of this world, but the parties are legendary.

Now collected here for the first time, these stories are interwoven with seven new tales set in the same universe.

Come and be introduced to a rural Australian landscape you never knew existed somewhere out in the back of the back of beyond.

Review: Bookonaut

Paperback $19.95
 

Ebook $4.99

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Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear ***FREE*** Sampler

Want to see what all the fuss is about for our Ditmar nominated anthology, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear? Download our free sampler for a taste of all the great stories this anthology contains.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear author, Sean McMullen, whose story, Hard Cases, has been turned into a film.

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Light Touch Paper – Stand Clear

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Light Touch Paper – Stand Clear
Matchless prose to fire your imagination! Offering 13 wonderous works of fiction from Joanne Anderton, Adam Browne, Sue Bursztynski, Brenda Cooper, Katherine Cummings, Thoraiya Dyer, Kathleen Jennings, Dave Luckett, Ian McHugh, Sean McMullen, Ripley Patton, Rob Porteous and Anna Tambour.

Reviews
“In all, Light Touch Paper Stand Clear definitely has a good strike rate of stories … This collection is a fine example of what a very loosely themed anthology can look like. Recommended.”
— Tehani Wessely, ASIF website.

“A diverse collection with something for everyone means that it may not be seen as outstanding by any particular readership. My impression is that it holds its own … it is a collection you could revisit and find joy in, depending on changing mood or taste. There’s not a piece that I think is padding in other words.”
—Sean Wright, ‘Sean the Bookonaut’ website

“… this baker’s dozen has got plenty of substance to its dough and the stories are all readily digestible.”
—Rod MacDonald, ‘SF Crowsnest’ website

“An eclectic collection containing stories from a variety of Australian and international authors, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear is an engaging body of work that contains a number of excellent stories, quite a few memorable ones, and should have something to suit almost anyone.”
—Michelle Goldsmith, ‘Vilutheril Reviews’ website

“If anybody you know gets going about the dearth of quality Australian spec-fic being published at home, you needn’t counter with words; just point them toward this smashing collection of shorts … Read this. That is all.”
—Lachlan Huddy, ‘Aurealis XPress’ newsletter

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$17.95

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The Whale’s Tale

The Whale’s Tale is an exciting new young adult science fiction novel by Edwina Harvey. In a future where whales and dolphins can communicate with humans, and where the Whale Nation has brought space travel back from the brink of extinction, humpback whales tour the galaxy in massive spaceships called “The Whaling Fleet” performing Whalesong to receptive audiences. Uki is a teenage Japanese girl who steals a file from a whale to impress a guy in her gang, but she gets caught, and has to perform restitution to Targe, the humpback whale she’s stolen the file from, by touring the galaxy with Targe and his dolphin sidekick, Charlie. Uki doesn’t like Targe, Targe doesn’t like Uki, and Charlie thinks he’s in for the worst tour of his life until they discover Uki has a special talent.

“Wow! What a whale of a tale!” – Sheila Tracy

Book review by June Young in New Zealand.

Review by Jonathan Dean.

Released November, 2009. ISBN: 9780980699807

Paperback $19.95

Ebook $2.95

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