Dale Cusack

Biography

Dale Cusack was born in Australia in 1970 and moved to New Zealand before his first birthday. He has written many short stories and four novels for children.

Dale mainly writes for the tween and teen readers although adults still enjoy his stories.

He is fluent in Japanese and Mandarin and holds an Asian languages degree. Dale is married with one son and is currently living in Christchurch, New Zealand.

He enjoys discussing his stories with his readers and invites their feedback at every opportunity.

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Books

The Grace Trilogy
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 117,350. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Grace Trilogy - For the first time, all three electrifying volumes in one book. The Drawl, horrifying creatures from a higher dimension have started feeding on humans. Grace has seen them, but she is the only one who can. Grace soon learns she is not alone in the fight against evil; cats also have the ability to see them. Follow Grace and Boot as they face their greatest fears!
Grace and the Drawl Invasion of Earth
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Series: The Grace Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,030. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In the final volume of the Grace trilogy, the Drawl push through and invade the human dimension. Now Grace stands shoulder to shoulder with her kind as they face their greatest challenge yet. Doctor Yang has perfected the technology that allows the cats to appear in their true form in the human world. Grace comes to learn of Shadow's past and the true meaning behind her destiny and the Nellaf.
Gwen and the Dragon
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,290. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Three young children discover a hidden door in their castle library. As they explore their way through the secret tunnels they discover they are not alone; horrible things live in the dark. They soon discover a plot to over-through their King. Can they find their way out and warn their parents before the enemy army marches on their home? And what else can they hear slowly creeping towards them?
Grace and the Drawl
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Series: The Grace Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 38,820. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Have you ever wondered what animals can see that we can't? Fourteen-year-old Grace knows. The Drawl, terrifying creatures from a higher dimension. Protecting us from these nightmarish creatures are our cats. Grace is drawn into their world and soon discovers there is more than meets the eye to her family cat. Will she find the courage to fight alongside her new friends or will she be lost forever?
Grace and the Revenge of the Drawl
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Series: The Grace Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,420. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A passionate plea from her friends brings Grace back to the cat world. Things have gone terribly wrong in Grace's absence, however. She races to unravel the mystery of her friends disappearance as the Drawl close in on her. What terrible machine are the Drawl constructing and what plans have they for the human race? All will be revealed in a climactic battle in volume two of the Grace trilogy.

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  • Helium3 on Dec. 30, 2010

    First off let me say I liked it. Since this is a series I can see plenty of room for Travers to grow the characters. They did appear a little two dimensional and it seemed as though their personalities were only trickling out slowly. One character, Aurora, left the greatest impression in my mind as I was reading. I could clearly picture her striding down the corridors of the space academy with her entourage of suck-ups in tow. I felt Mervyn to be an interesting young guy. I think Travers could have had him react more strongly to the destruction of his home world and abduction of his father. We might have seen his friend Lauren comfort him here as well. Still this sets a great stage for events to come and the deviously evil little De Monsero came across as exceptionally callous when asked to help Mervyn catch the spy rocket.  This was followed up by a very exciting game of swot. A giant game of ping pong played in low g with your body instead of a paddle. This was one of the most exciting chapters in the story and I felt the desperate frustration that Mervyn must have felt as events transpired against him. It is clear that Travers has a good grasp of science and the story is workload with great sci-fi ideas throughout. Carbon nano fibers that change colours with the flick of a switch. The see through titanium crystals in the viewing room and the biolinks people use to communicate are all great ideas that add to and help set the scene as a futuristic space collage. Though I was a little perplexed to see people still using email. But I guess they have to call it something. I noticed in the blurb someone mentioned this was a story apart from the usual wizards, wands and vampires stories that are saturating the market at present. This is certainly true, this story is set in space and without a wizard or techonomage in sight but I can't help drawing some parallels to Harry Potter. Three friends, underdogs at a new school. The swot game resembled the game played in the Harry potter books and the vile De Monsoro is a ringer for the evil Melfoid of Potter fame.   I think Travers is on to something here. With only a hint of the very interesting Lauren's character revealed and the mysterious Aurora still to show her true colours and loyalties I can see plenty of potential for exciting times for these misfits. I give it 5 stars because its short comings are easily addressed in view of it being a series. Though I have yet to read the others. It is very clearly a professionally written story. A few typos and so on are found in modern best sellers just as often as indie publications and indie authors often take greater pride than the industry publications.  The story is also a step up from a lot of what I have read coming from the indie world of books. A lot of it is poorly written and this story is definitely a work apart and very well written. Easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable. I think air in a breached vacumn is blown out rather than sucked? But I'm not a physicist.  
  • Angel's Story on Dec. 30, 2010
    (no rating)
    Taking into account that this is the authors first attempt and that the author is very young I have decided to focus on the positives in my review. The story is written in a style largely void of dialogue. I remember my writing tutor saying that novels should be around eighty percent dialogue. Let the characters tell the story rather than the author. Character development is another key component of good writing. We place characters into novel situations and then they tell us how they are reacting to that. In your story angel discovers she is a vampire. How do you think you would react to that news? As a fourteen year old girl yourself you must have a good idea? You merely said that "she was shocked". Maybe you could have fleshed this out a little. Angel was shocked, her head spun and she felt dizzy.  "Are you ok?" Alex asked moving forward to steady his friend. "would you like some water? Or perhaps a little blood...." "I'm ok I just need to sit down." Alex looked on unconvinced. "No really I'll be ok, I just need a minute. I kinda suspected deep down but....well I mean, a vampire! It's just so unreal" You see the use of dialogue to describe the emotions she is feeling and how she is reacting and her friend is reacting to her reaction. This is far more interesting for readers to follow than a documentary style.   On the positives you have imagination, you have the drive to complete a story, and you are brave enough to publish it for peer review. Keep writing, experiment with dialogue. Try writing out conversations between characters you make up. Say a conversation between a priest and a vampire on a midnight bus traveling through the city. Anything for practice. I'm happy to read and review your work as I'm sure many others on here as well as a previous excellent suggestion that you join a writers group or forum. You will need a thick skin.
  • Diary of Infection: A cure for death on Dec. 31, 2010

    Great stuff, I much prefer zombies to vampires. I wonder if this work will influence future writers and become a seminal reference to zombie culture.
  • Evanescent on Sep. 20, 2011

    This story is epic, at eight hundred and ten pages on my iPad it is not a quick read. Thats because Portillo has taken her time to create a rich and lucid stage for her characters to play their parts. Each character, unique and careful scripted into the story. There is no wasted dialogue, no random prose or imagery. Every noun, every verb every tantalizing adjective is leading the reader to a fantastic climax. And not just the love, but the adventure thats in store for Brinn as well. Read my FULL REVIEW on my blog http://chillitweenreads.blogspot.com/2011/09/evanescent-by-kristen-portillo.html