Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Gifts of the Peramangk

The Larks would like to welcome Dean Mayes to the Nest today. We are excited to spotlight his novel, Gifts of the Peramangk. Be sure to check out the giveaway details at the end of this post.

About The Book: 

In 1950s Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and put to work on an isolated and harsh outback station. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her secretly by the kind-hearted wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia's prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship and racism.

Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter Ruby plays the violin with the passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst poverty, domestic violence and social dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice with her grandmother's frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor and with his help, she embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a rare opportunity. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.

About The Author:

Dean Mayes has been writing, blogging and dreaming for most of his adult life, in between raising his two children, Xavier & Lucy (who was born during the writing of his debut novel The Hambledown Dream) and holding down a very busy day job involving a stethoscope. Dean lives in Adelaide, Australia with his partner Emily and his two children.

The Hambledown Dream, a lyrical and moving paranormal romance, is his first novel. Dean is preparing for the world wide release of his second novel "Gifts Of The Peramangk" on October 26th 2012.

He writes regularly for a loyal following at his blog Dean from Australia.

This giveaway is open internationally to readers 16+ years of age. The winner will receive a SIGNED ebook from Central Avenue Publishing.


  1. Great chance to find a new author

  2. Thank you for the opportunity to be featured at your great, great site. It's really heartening to see my book showing up at such varied places across the web.

    A little note about the cover - I recently posted an article at my own official site about the design process behind the "Gifts of the Peramangk" cover which is almost a story in itself. You might like to read about it here:

    I'd like to add a little something to the giveaway contest if I may. I would love to send the winner a personally signed "Gifts of the Peramangk" lobby card as a keep sake.

    I'll keep an eye on the contest and endeavour to make contact with the winner. 

    Again, I thank you very much.

    1. That sounds wonderful, Dean. Thank you for being so generous!

    2. If you could let me know the winner details I'll make contact with them to arrange the signed lobby card.

    3. I will send her email to you via twitter if that is okay with her. I'll ask the winner this evening. :)

  3. Thank you Reading Lark and Dean Mayers!

    1. Congratulations Heather. Email me - banistersmind at gmail dot com with your shippin details and I'll send you a signed book mark.


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