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  What if…?
        ...everything you thought you knew about yourself was wrong?

       ...you could hear or see anything you wanted to

– in the next room or across the universe?

Find the answers in three novels and two novellas in the Beacon series.

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BEACON BIRTHRIGHT
A threat beyond anything humanity has ever faced is racing toward our solar system. Will those who can stop it learn to work together before it’s too late?

Adam Desai is a self-made man. From humble and mysterious origins he has built a career as the director of a prestigious space center. He is also a man who knows right from wrong, and something about the impending launch of the shuttle Arrafin seems very wrong.

Deputy Governor Shana Akers is used to handling high-stakes situations. But can she believe Adam’s suspicions? The launch is worth millions to the local area, and she knows she’s not always the most level-headed when it comes to Adam.

On the day of the launch, Adam is confronted by a pair of mysterious visitors, and suddenly everything he has ever believed about himself must change. Faced with a danger that threatens the entire planet, Adam and Shana must find the strength to trust not only each other, but the visitors, whose unusual abilities defy explanation.

Only united do they stand a chance of averting disaster, and their choices will set them on a path to reclaiming humanity's birthright.


remembering ...
a very special day

As many of you know by now, in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, I was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Not long ago, I was invited to Government House in Sydney to be presented with my award by His Excellency General The Honourable David John Hurley, Governor of New South Wales.

Throughout my career I have addressed 2,000 delegates at a Romance Writers of America National Congress, been interviewed on national television by everyone from Ray Martin to Kerry Anne Kennerley, and served as an Australia Day Ambassador for a decade. But when it came to the investiture, I was more nervous than I’ve ever been.

First you stand in front of the assembled VIPs and guests while an aide explains how wonderful you are, then you approach the governor who pins the medal on you. I have photos proving all this, but a total blank where His Excellency spoke to me and I responded. It was that kind of day.

During the investiture ceremony

We were blessed with glorious spring weather to enjoy the gardens after the presentation. And because this was the time when Queen Elizabeth became the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, we toasted her health, then those of us old enough to remember the words sang God Save the Queen.

The most common response I heard from other honorees, is that there are many people more worthy of such recognition. I certainly feel that way. At the same time I’m delighted that a key reason for the award was my being a role model and mentor to emerging writers.

Of all the aspects of my career giving me the most pleasure, mentoring other writers along their journey to publication stands out. While writing books remains the cornerstone of my work, sharing the journeys of new writers, not always publicly, gives me huge satisfaction.

Then there are the wonderful communities, large and small, where I’ve been privileged to serve as their Australia Day Ambassador. From giving the Australia Day address, participating in citizenship ceremonies and presenting community service awards, I’m blown away by how much these generous individuals and groups contribute to their communities. I’m also reminded how fortunate and thankful I am to be an Australian, especially at times like this.

Valerie Parv AM

Valerie and her guests, Linda Tate (left) and Margaret Lawrence (right) with His Excellency Governor David Hurley

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HOT NEWS

Entries for the
2016 Valerie Parv Award
have now closed

The winner will be announced
at the
Romance Writers of Australia
conference in Adelaide
Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August

The 2015
Valerie Parv Award winner
was announced at the
Romance Writers of Australia
National Conference
on 25 August
Congratulations to
VPA Winner
CARLY MAIN
for Momento Mori
2nd
Anna Romaine
3rd
Dave Sinclair
Highly Commended
Laura Boon
Kat Colmer
Dee Scully

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