Three Red Seeds by E Maclean

Jade StJohn's "to do" list: terminate pregnancy and save billion dollar mining project, or should that be save the pregnancy and terminate the mining project?

Three Red Seeds immerses readers in the red dust of remote outback Western Australia and the 40,000 year old indigenous culture as they follow protagonist Jade St John for one hectic week.

Jade is a white woman equipped with the insensitivity and professional savvy necessary to do a tough job in the mining industry but this week’s challenges push her beyond the limits of physical and emotional endurance.

Using an ancient Australian bush remedy to bring on miscarriage Jade swallows three red seeds before enduring a six day wait for them to take effect. Through a series of events her dogged determination to end the unwanted pregnancy begins to wane. Anxiety and tension rise as Jade reassesses her life plan.

The manuscript explores issues surrounding career versus motherhood common to working women across the globe. What makes this narrative unique is the key role Australian indigenous elders play in influencing the tertiary educated white woman’s opinions. Throughout the week they impart their wisdom by stealthily orchestrating situations for Jade to learn important life lessons.

Use of close third POV keeps protagonist and reader guessing to the very last paragraph.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Sept. 2, 2010
  • Last updated Sept. 2, 2010
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  • Retired user
    ATrueCritic wrote 4 years, 6 months ago
    Your first paragraph needs work. I didn't read past the first paragraph because neither would any potential customer if thing showed up on the shelves of a bookstore. It sounds like your trying to hard to use unique words and alliteration. And very few times is a person moved by the way an author talks about his or her character's breath. I would suggest aiming the first paragraph more at how she feels then how she's breathing. Also in the ...
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  • HECROW55's avatar
    HECROW55 wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Couldn't help but take a look at your work after reading your message to the author of spiritual warfare.
    I back your book
    Would you please consider taking a look at my manuscript 'Thy Wondrous Works Vol One The Law of Moses Fulfilled' and give me feedback.


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    SandiTrue wrote 4 years, 10 months ago
    Dear E, The emotional roller coaster that Jade finds herself on is clearly felt in the wording. I found myself bringing up my own shoulders and feeling anxious in response. I love the opening with the description of Jade fishing the seeds from the tin, but I would like to know a little more about what brought her to this point. I feel like the most recent events regarding the pregnancy will be revealed further in the story, but is ...
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    Elijah Enyereibe Iwuji wrote 4 years, 10 months ago


    Brilliant, intriguing and fabulous tale. Read only two chapters, very fascinating and vividly flows. You are actually a gifted and masterful writer. Your characters are visual as you paint them, with authentic and original voice. Will continue. Goodluck.

    Elijah E. Yamslaw (Victims of African Wealth)

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    Andy M. Potter [Retired] wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    E, wonderfully evocative depiction. we instantly get into J's body and mind, and see valuable insights into her world. you tell us what we need to know and no more.
    on my shelf.
    no picky quibbles.
    best, andy

  • A. Zoomer's avatar
    A. Zoomer wrote 4 years, 10 months ago


    Dear 3 Red Seeds,
    The premise of the story is fabulous and you unfold it masterfully (mistressly?)
    The timing for your protagonist is crucial and you begin with the tension of will she choke?
    Your writing is fluid and purposeful. The characters and setting enchanting. I don't read this as chick lit. I read it as literature.
    Backed with enthusiasm.
    A Zoomer

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    Wadim wrote 4 years, 10 months ago
    Hi E, Sorry about the delay. Finally, here are my comments. You left me wanting to read more. Only four chapters: I want to know what happens next! I have lived in Australia and indirectly have some knowledge of the Native Title and related issues you incorporate in the book. You describe the harsh Australian outback vividly and you also provide useful background about the issues between the mining companies and the indigenous owners without going into the ins and ...
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    nsllee wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Hi E

    Great title and lovely visual writing style, so physical and in the moment. There's a real sense of place and you make your MC's predicament very present for the reader. Backed.


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    GK Stritch [Retired] wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Ah, jaded Jade the white woman and Three Red Seeds. Good work, E Maclean, crisp and clean.

    GK Stritch
    CBGB Was My High School

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    John Warren-Anderson [Retired] wrote 4 years, 10 months ago
    Chapter 1 is both literate and vivid. It pulls us into Jade's mind and into her situation. An unusual and well crafted story but I think a couple of tweaks will improve it. Avoid starting sentences with words ending with ing. It weakens the statement. I think you need to being in the smells and the feeling of the outback. The oven-like heat, the smell of the baked ground, flies. You know the place, as do I, but others don't, ...
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    Walden Carrington wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    I love the narrative style of Three Red Seeds. Your descriptions paint such vivid images throughout this compelling narrative. Backed with pleasure.

  • vessels's avatar
    vessels wrote 4 years, 10 months ago
    You're a gifted writer, E., whatever that's short for. I keep expecting to read a full book here and sometimes only portions are uploaded, but what I read, I really enjoyed, because your writing is so fluid. I'd start the book at paragraph two -- we (or at least I do sometimes) waste an incredible amount of time on opening paragraphs, sometimes to realize later we don't need them, and maybe you disagree, but to me, the book should just ...
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    Marsi [Retired] wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Many thanks for the backing. Red Seeds on my WL. Will get back. Haven't time to do more than read the blurb but the Australian setting and the concept bode well. Back soon.

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    Telegraph wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    A intriguing read. Charcter and scenes seem as if you could step into them. C W

  • Terry Murphy's avatar
    Terry Murphy wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Good to see a story with such a strong, capable and credible female MC having to cope in such traumatic circumstances. Very well handled. And all crafted vividly in such an atmospheric wilderness of a background. Not my usual read, or pace, but the writing carries the story.


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    Caroline Hartman [Retired] wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    E Maclean,
    I believe you may be a master. Your descriptions bring to life the rugged terrain, the ancient culture and lore. Jade seems very real and I'm in her mind easily. You foreshadow well and create just the right amount of tension. Jade is at a crossroads in her career and life, a crossroad many, many women throughout time have met. Best of luck.

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    mariahj24 wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    This book paints a very colorful picture in the mind. It gives the reader a sense of accomplishment. Very well crafted, nice work. Backed, Mariah

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    Sly80 wrote 4 years, 11 months ago
    The description of Jade's thoughts, emotions and actions are almost surgically inscribed onto the page, 'confirms its presence with a sharp prick into the thigh muscle', 'Jade's hands form tight capsules', 'Perhaps she will actually feel a pulling, a letting go, a release'. Jade and nature are one and the same in this story, as if her contact with the mines and with the indigenous people have somehow planted her deeply into the ground, and what is growing in her ...
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  • SPW's avatar
    SPW wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Not my usual read, but it is well written, good pace and your descriptions are quite vivid.
    You have taken a sensitive subject and approached it with care and feeling.
    I will keep my eye on this and wish you the best of luck.

    Yuko Zen is Somewhere Else.