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When not writing, Madeleine enjoys podcasts, knitting, forteana, indie films, kettle bells and long blacks.
Mysterious disappearances, a battle for the spotlight and terrifying nightmares. It’s just another day at Beacon Hill High School.
Auditions for Macbeth are over, and on the bus ride home, a mysterious driver gives sixteen-year-old Violet and her friends’ three strange predictions:
One of the girls will shine like a star.
One will invite darkness into her breast.
One will depart forever.
Please, how cliché. Besides, Violet clearly knows that she’s the star.
But when she isn’t cast as Lady Macbeth and strange things begin to unfold, and the eerie predictions begin to come true, Violet can’t help to wonder which one will apply to her.
Determined to be the one that will shine like a star, Violet will do whatever it takes to get the leading role – no matter the horrifying consequence.
Modern-day Shakespeare meets supernatural mystery with this nail-biting young adult horror by Madeleine D’Este.
In 1882, “Marvellous” Melbourne was flush with gold-rush cash and the British Empire’s second biggest city.
Evangeline, a seventeen year old reformed urchin and acrobat, is settling into a new comfortable life in Melbourne with her long lost father, Professor Caldicott. But learning to be a lady is awfully dull. Then one day, the police arrive, seeking the Professor’s expertise in catching an Alchemist.
Is this a chance for Evangeline to test out her new invention and save the day? With regular breaks for tea and cream buns, of course.
Evangeline & the Alchemist is a cozy mystery adventure novella and the first in The Antics of Evangeline series.
A dark Family Secret. A web of deception. Exiles in alien lands. Who will survive their Australian Christmas calamity to celebrate the festive season?
Harbouring a dark Family Secret, prodigal grand-daughter Kate brings her unsuspecting partner home to Christmas lunch with her menagerie of weird relatives…
25th of December 2056, Mary and her soldier boyfriend Nick are sent to break up an illegal meeting on their space-ship. But old memories resurface, forcing Mary to rethink the choices she's made...
Exiled to an alien land with no means of return, the blooming of the Christmas Bells now brings Sara only grief and despair…
Clara gets more than she bargained for when she plays a new virtual reality platform. Suddenly, virtual characters are coming after her in reality. The only way to stop them - is to play the game to the end…
Nine-year-old Juliette covets her brother's Christmas present, a chocolate bar hidden away by her father. Preoccupied by the search, she is oblivious to a crisis unfolding outside…
When a private investigator lands a much needed job just days before Christmas, the last thing he expects is to be drawn into a surreal web of deception and justice…
An Antipodean Christmas feels awfully topsy-turvy to Evangeline and when she goes to buy gingerbread for her father, she finds that the weather is not the only odd thing about this festive season…
Queen Aeria of the Northern Elves reluctantly agrees to help Mrs Claus find her missing husband. Now Aeria is in for an unforgettable experience, some uncomfortable truths, and a few unfamiliar traditions from the Great Southern Land...
Set sail with our Narrator - spectral convict mariner, Jacob Bloodsworth - as he nets a catch of eight Australian speculative and contemporary Christmas stories bobbing in the ghostly waters off the coast of this Great Southern Land.
Christmas Australis contains a novella, two novelettes and five short stories - something for everyone this Festive Season.
Buy A Frighteningly Festive Anthology of Spine Jingling Tales and treat yourself to eight individually crafted stories from Down Under!
Agata, the Duchess of Ambrovna, was never meant to take the throne.
In a land where men rule, her sole purpose was to smile and curtsey.
However, when war left her land leaderless, the Fatherhood religion begrudgingly allowed a first; a woman to rule.
Now the war is over the men have returned more arrogant and cruel than ever, and the Duchess is shoved back into a life of needlework and silence.
But with her new thirst for justice, Agata is reluctant to allow her country to return to its old ways.
Without her position of power, Agata and her circle of women look to the taboo wisdom of the Wasp Women for answers. But this ancient knowledge comes with consequences, and with death and treachery on the horizon, Agata must decide whether it is worth the risk.
Coming back from a Sunday at the seaside, Evangeline and her family witness three strange lights darting across the sky, manoeuvring in a most peculiar way.
Melbourne is abuzz with rumours but who is behind the mysterious lights? Could it be an invasion? A runaway airship? Or visitors from further afield?
Luckily, Evangeline Caldicott is on the case, determined to uncover the mystery and unravel a few family secrets along the way. With help from her latest inventions and raspberry tarts, of course.
Join Evangeline on her first four adventures with the Alchemist, the Bunyip, the Spiritualist and the Mysterious Lights
Four fun and delightful novellas together in one collection.
Evangeline is a seventeen year old reformed urchin and acrobat, settling into a new life with her long lost father, Professor Caldicott. Life is comfortable in Marvellous Melbourne, but learning to be a lady is awfully dull. Until...
Evangeline and the Alchemist - Gold is turning dull overnight. Who is swindling the good people of Melbourne with fake gold?
Evangeline and the Bunyip - Melbourne is under threat from a fearsome Bunyip. Can Evangeline catch the beast and win the reward?
Evangeline and the Spiritualist - A famous spiritualist moves next door, causing a scandal in the neighbourhood. Is she a charlatan or is she the real thing?
Evangeline and the Mysterious Lights - Strange lights appearing in the night sky and rumours are running wild. Who, or what, could be responsible?
The Antics of Evangeline is a collection of steampunk mystery-adventure novellas set in 1880s Melbourne.
Mrs Picklescott-Smythe’s mummy unwrapping soiree doesn’t quite go to plan, and for once it’s not Evangeline’s fault.
Evangeline is a seventeen-year-old ex-urchin and aspiring world-famous inventress, recently resettled in Marvellous Melbourne with her long lost father, the Professor.
It’s the infamous spiritualist, Madame Zsoldas, who interrupts the party with a sinister warning and she is not the only who feels something strange.
And when Madame Zsoldas moves into Collins Street, Evangeline is determined to attend one of her famous séances and unravel her own family secrets. But not everyone is as welcoming.
Can Madame Zsoldas truly speak to the dead?
Who is Uncle Augie trying to contact?
What does Evangeline want with the Professor’s spare hand?
And are there any coconut macaroons left?
Mystery, mysticism and gadgets, Evangeline and the Spiritualist is another romp through 1880s steampunk Melbourne. With plenty of tea and crumpets, of course.
In 1882, Melbourne is under threat from a fearsome Bunyip and The Argus announces a reward for the capture of the beast. But Evangeline is not afraid, this is a perfect chance for Evangeline to test out her new monster catching device and save the day. With help from her best friend, Mei, and plenty of raspberry tarts of course.
Evangeline and the Bunyip is the second episode in The Antics of Evangeline series of mystery and mayhem set in steampunk Melbourne.