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About the Author: Laine Cunningham

Laine Cunningham’s work has won multiple national awards, including the Hackney Literary Award and the James Jones Literary Society fellowship. In past years, the Hackney Award was received by Horton Foote and William Styron, placing Laine in the ranks of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. She has also received fellowships and residency slots from the Jerome Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the New York Mills Cultural Center, Wildacres and the Cornucopia Arts Center.

Her most recent novel, Beloved: A Sensual Noir Thriller (fka He Drinks Poison), follows a female FBI agent who must access the dark power of the goddess Kali in order to bring down a serial killer. The book was shortlisted for the Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner award.

Her first novel, The Family Made of Dust: A Novel of Loss and Rebirth in the Australian Outback (fka Message Stick), touches on social tensions between Aboriginal and mainstream cultures in Australia. The work was hailed as “The best novel in ten years” by the Hackney awards committee.

A companion book, Seven Sisters: Spiritual Messages from Aboriginal Australia , is also available. The work retells Aboriginal stories in a way that helps modern people address age-old issues of love, parenting, illness and death.

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To support her writing habit, Laine owns a publishing consultancy called Writer’s Resource ( For twenty years she has helped other authors write, rewrite and pitch their books to publishers.

She tends to eat too much chocolate but figures a happy writer with smudgy fingers is much more fun than a cranky one with never a spot on her manuscripts.

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Goodreads rating: 4.67

Paperback, Published in May 2016 by Sun Dogs Creations

ISBN10: 098223998X | ISBN13: 9780982239988

Page count: 206

Shortlisted for Three National Awards

A short vacation turns into a sinister game to save a sister and a lover in this compulsive and compelling story from award-winning author Laine Cunningham.

"Whatever is dangerous, let me do it...I am supposed to die."

The words from an ancient warrior's song ring through the centuries to find Aidan Little Boy, a Lakota Sioux man intent on rescuing his sister from a religious cult. When Aidan Little Boy visits his sister at her church's South Dakota headquarters, he hopes the minister's reputation as a faith healer is real. But Gidgee Manitou is something far more powerful...and more dangerous.

As the Reparation ceremony draws near, secrets long buried rise to the surface like souls plucked from their graves. The ghosts of warriors past chant the sacred Tokala song, telling Aidan that in this battle, lives must be lost to save the innocent.

A profoundly moving story about the abiding love between siblings and the strength of romantic love, Reparation is both a gripping page-turner and an emotionally charged journey through the brittle first tendrils of romance into the power--and destructive capabilities--of love in its many forms.

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