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Anika has nowhere left to run.   

Stuck at the edge of the desert and unable to return home, she and her dingo companion steal from travellers about to cross the climate-ravaged sands to Alice Springs.  

Such journeys are fraught with danger: heatstroke, dehydration, snakebite. Many people die trying to reach Alice, Anika knows this first hand. She tried once and nearly lost everything.   

But when she gets caught stealing, her hand is forced. With a group of enraged, gun-toting travellers on her trail, she must run one last time.  She must face the desert and its ghosts again.  

This time, there's no turning back.

About The Author

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Nikky grew up as a barefoot 90s child in Perth, Western Australia, before moving to New Zealand in 2016. 

By day she works as a professional content writer and by night authors speculative fiction, often burning the candle at both ends to explore fantastic worlds, mine asteroids and meet wizards. Her creative work has appeared in magazines, on radio and in anthologies around the world. 

Her debut novel, The Rarkyn’s Familiar—a dark tale of a girl bonded to a monster—will be published by Parliament House Press in 2022.  

You can find her online at:  W: | T:@NikkyMLee | F:nikkythewriter

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