The Black Flower

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Nick’s a binge-drinking redneck; Ashlea’s a wild party girl. It’s a perfect match – until it isn’t. When tragedy strikes, Ashlea grows up fast. But Nick can’t escape the booze – or the ghosts of his childhood.

With Nick out of control, Ashlea delivers an ultimatum – with deadly consequences.

THE BLACK FLOWER is a raw portrait of teenage chaos. It was originally published in Page Seventeen. More
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Words: 7,290
Language: English
ISBN: 9781370900978
About Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard is a Perth-based YA and fantasy author originally from Geraldton, Western Australia. His short fiction has been published in Indigo Journal and page seventeen. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder.

A graduate of Edith Cowan University’s Creative Writing program, in 2015 Holden was awarded a prestigious ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. The following year, he undertook a mentorship through the Australian Society of Authors, developing his debut novel. He is a current committee member of the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre in Joondalup.

In 2017, Holden began releasing his short stories as eBooks: titles including “A Man”, “The Scroll of Isidor” and “The Black Flower” are available through Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

Holden is a discordant confluence of identities: a geeky rocker; a bogan who learned to speak French; and a gym junkie who has played Pokémon competitively. He may be the only writer to switch to decaf and live to tell the tale, and he’s quit smoking more times than he cares to admit.

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Review by: MiaMG on July 26, 2017 :
Such a good story. Your use of language is amazing and so descriptive. You made me feel really sorry for Nick after getting more insight into his life. Very sad but interesting read.
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Review by: David Jason on July 25, 2017 :
This story was very interesting. It was incredibly insightful. Your writing is also excellent!
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