Multi-Awarded Writer and Club Founder Re-Launches Fiction Book

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Mystery, murder and magic await readers in Bette Shiels’ Outback adventure novel

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Recently, reported that an archaeologist says he found the oldest piece of rock art in Australia and one of the oldest in the world: an Aboriginal work created 28,000 years ago in an Outback cave. With such news hitting world news headlines, Bette Shiels, founder of the Bundaberg Writers’ Club and multi-awarded short story writer, re-launches her novel, titled MIRIKATA MAGIC, set against the backdrop of the alluring Australian Outback.

Shiels’ book follows the adventures of an innocent but ambitious young woman. Kaylene Scott is cajoled by a budding entrepreneurial lover to become a partner in a project to convert a redundant Rocket-tracking Station in the Australian Outback, into a modern, Tourist Bus Stopover in the hope of gaining great wealth. She is sent to supervise the landscaping and conversion, with four tradesmen, in readiness for the opening.

Whilst driving through the desolate outback, she stops to offer assistance to a family of stranded travellers. Here she meets Todd, an intriguing half-caste Aboriginal man who leads her through his world of Dreamtime Magic, as he searches for his identity. Unexpectedly, she becomes involved in the mysterious death of a stockman on her first night at Mirikata, involving conflict and an unknown world of Indigenous Dreamtime Legends.

Magical and mysterious, mixing vivid imagery and creative storytelling, realism and fantasy, suspense and intrigue, MIRIKATA MAGIC is a novel that will engage readers from the first page down to the very last.

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About the Author
Bette Shiels was born in Melbourne, Australia, one of nine children, poorly educated but with a love of the written word. Before becoming a published writer, she and her family of five children, followed her husband Col’s career as a Civil Construction Supervisor, throughout Australia. They fostered many children during that time and adopted another. Her writing career began when her family had grown and left home. She was soon winning numerous short-story competitions, founded the Bundaberg Writers’ Club and taught Creative Writing for eight years for the University of the Third Age, and wrote a weekly column for the Bundaberg News-Mail newspaper. Her hobby is writing and performing Australian Bush poetry. She and Col settled in bushland near Bundaberg in 1998 where they designed and built a rammed Earth house by hand. Shiels still lives there since losing her soul-mate, Col, in 2009. This is her third published book.

MIRIKATA MAGIC * by Bette Shiels
Publication Date: March 11, 2011
Trade Paperback; $29.99; 277 pages; 978-1-4568-6924-3
Trade Hardback; $49.99; 277 pages; 978-1-4568-6925-0
EBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-4424-0

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