Joanne Nicholson is an Australian author who enjoys boating, exercising, reading, writing and spending quality time with family and friends.
Joanne's career began in advertising and marketing. After a hiatus to raise her four children, Joanne began a parenting blog (truthaboutparenting.net) to share advice, anecdotes and relatable wisdom on parenting.
Joanne enjoys writing a variety of genres including adult fiction, young adult fiction, children's books and short stories.
To contact Joanne you can visit her website: joannenicholsonauthor.com.
Music has a hidden power that can make you feel emotions, evoke memories and can sometimes make you behave in a way that you don't understand!
Raised by musician parents, Barb always had a love of creating, playing and listening to music.
When Barb discovers her dad is responsible for creating music with subliminal tracks used by the government as propaganda to brainwash an unsuspecting public, she is outraged. Barb covertly changes the hidden tracks only to find that within a few weeks there is social unrest, with anti-government protests and rioting. Realizing she is responsible, Barb confesses what she has done to her dad and together they record a calming subliminal track to play in music throughout communal areas. Barb goes straight into the conflict zone to busk in an effort to sooth the rioters with her new calming backing track. Not only does Barb help calm the demonstrators, but she becomes an overnight sensation in the media.
Before she knows it, Barb has a recording contract and is producing a music video. She even finds love with Jake who stars in her music video.
It all seems too good to be true and maybe it is!
Just as Barb is preparing to fly overseas on a promotional tour, she discovers her dad has laid down subliminal tracks in her music to make people like her. Wanting to achieve success on her own merits, Barb gets her dad to edit the songs to remove the hidden track. Will her success and new found love wither without the subliminal messages or do her fans and Jake really like her for who she is?
Horrorscopes, A Twisted Tale
Short Story - Horror
How accurate is your horoscope?
When a little old gentleman goes into a bustling café to place an order for coffee he is ridiculed and humiliated for not being able to place his order electronically. Upset, he slams down a tattered old magazine on the counter, telling the crowd that karma will come back to haunt them.
As each person who picks up the discarded magazine reads their horoscope, they are surprised to find that it is accurate – but maybe not in the way they first imagined.
After reading this short story, you may not look at your horoscope in the same way ever again!
Would you choose to read minds or is ignorance bliss?
When Chloe finds out she has inherited a skill that will allow her to learn to read minds, she is excited to have an insight into what people think and feel. Initially, mind-reading appears to be an amazing gift as Chloe excels at work, using her skill to manipulate clients.
However, Chloe soon comes to the realisation that those people closest to her rarely say what they think. She is heartbroken to find out that her best friend lusts after her husband and that her husband fantasises about other women.
Unable to stop her mind-reading, Chloe is left with the dilemma of how she can live with her new found skill. Chloe’s life takes on an unexpected new direction as she adapts to reading minds.
In Another Life
A memory of Lily’s late Mum prompts her to do a past life regression to see if they were linked in a previous life. Although skeptical at first, Lily soon finds herself travelling back through memories of her current life and then her previous life in the town of Bathurst, Australia in the early twentieth century. Lily is surprised to find out she was a male and her Dad in this life was her brother in her past life.
Wanting to confirm the facts of the regression were real, Lily researches the property she saw in her memories and discovers Elizabeth, her little sister from her past life, is still alive. Curiosity leads Lily to contact Elizabeth to see what she is like as an elderly woman and to test whether they have a connection in the present.