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This is an image of front cover of a science fantasy short story, Xenure Station by Maria P Frino.

Xenure Station

 A Billion Light Years. A science fantasy short story

Dawa and Zenac want to escape from The Enforcers. They have three hundred followers who want to do the same. Why do they need to do this and who are The Enforcers? This is a thrilling sci-fi short story of a power couple wanting to keep humanity safe. Can they achieve this? If you enjoy science fiction, science fantasy and stories of heroes who do good for all, this short story will certainly keep you entertained.

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Edward's Cat - Book Two out 30 November 2023

The Rise of the Kittens. And a Dog.

Logan, Edward’s son he has with his magical wife, Sally, is also bullied at school. Being able to transform into a Maine Coon cat helps Logan to fight the bullies. Along with his almost cousin, Chloe, who transforms into a Ragdoll cat and Jack, his friend who transforms into a Jack Russell dog, Logan has help in his quest to rid schools of bullies. Along with his group of geeks, he continues the good work his father did where all schools now have a ‘no tolerance’ rule to bullying.


With enough to worry about at school, Logan also worries about his father being bullied at the A-Alliance, the secret magical society where his family are members. A tear-away group want Edward ousted from the society because he wasn’t born a magical, Edward inherited his sister Milly’s magic when she passed away. This is something Logan doesn’t want to happen because he can’t imagine attending the A-Alliance without his father.


Read how Logan negotiates primary and secondary school with bullies taunting him and his friends. The geek group is determined to rid their school of bullying, but it’s not easy and they rely on the two cats and a dog to help them out.


This magical realism story is for young adult readers from ten years of age up to adults who enjoy stories that involve magic. The first book is Edward’s coming-of-age story showing how grief can be debilitating but with time, life can return to some semblance of normal. Edward used his magical power for good, making good friends along the way while becoming the person he wants to be.


Stay tuned for Book Three coming in late 2024.

This is the front cover of The Studio, a crime short story by Maria P Frino.

The Studio

A crime short story

A crime short story about how stories can become legends over time. Like Chinese whispers, the truth is stretched until no one knows the real story. It is also a story about being different and friendships, how someone who is socially challenged can manage these.

An innocent man is accused of a crime he didn't commit, nor how or why he is even accused. People don’t understand him because he’s different, they place guilt before they even know the full story. Raymond is accused of a crime, but his friend Emily knows there is no way he would commit any crime, let alone this one. Read why Emily has so much faith in her friend and why Raymond can't defend himself without her. Read more.

See Book One below

This is an image of the cover of The Shop on the Princes Highway by Maria P Frino, a young adult short story.

The Shop on the Princes Highway

Young Adult Short Story

This short story is about growing up in Australia as children of migrant parents. The responsibilities of these children were more than those of Anglo-born kids.

Gina and Albert are siblings. They help out in their parent’s shop, D & G Deli, on the Princes Highway in Unanderra, a suburb in Wollongong on the NSW South Coast. The shop is open seven days a week, but both want to play Saturday sports. How can they do this when their parents need help in their small business? This brother and sister are typical of children and teenagers in Australia who worked in their parent’s businesses during the 1950s and ‘60s. They dreamt of being the same as all the other Australian-born kids. Going to the beach or movies on weekends and playing Saturday sports. All they want is to fit into the Australian lifestyle.

This is the front cover of Two Men in a Shed by Maria P Frino, an adult contemporary fiction novel.

Two Men in a Shed 

Adult Contemporary Fiction

A contemporary fiction novel about male friendships and the friendship of two men who love the same woman, Faith. Edward, Faith's current husband, does not know that Dave was married to Faith for a short time. Dave is also having an affair with his ex-wife. Will this secret hurt their friendship?

Dave and Edward are two lonely men who find a connection neither expected. When they meet at the local Killcare Men’s Shed, they form an unlikely friendship.

Set against the backdrop of Killcare, a sleepy, seaside town, Dave navigates his way from there to Northern Queensland and England. His return to Killcare sees him make good friends, find his DIY talents and miss Faith more than ever.

This book contains adult themes, drug use and coarse language. Recommended for 18+ readers.

Xenure Station Trilogy

Science Fantasy Drama

This is the front cover of Xenure Station Trilogy by Maria P Frino, a space science fantasy for all age readers. 3 books in one.

Best Seller

This is the front cover of Edward's Cat by Maria P Frino, a young adult novella with magical elements. For readers 13 years plus.

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This is the front cover of Weaving Words by Women About Women. An anthology of short stories written by women for women. Diverse short stories from eight different authors.

This trilogy came from a short story - Xenure Station: A Billion Light Years. It is the continuation of Dawa and Zenac's story and their struggles with the High Priest Enforcer and The Enforcers who follow him.
Xenure Station Trilogy, a sci-fi space drama where The Enforcers and The High Priest Enforcer are taken on by two power couples who free humans from the grip of this dystopian society.
Book 1 – Xenure Station: A Billion Light Years.

Dawa and Zenac want to escape from The Enforcers. They have three hundred followers who want
to do the same. Why do they need to do this and who are The Enforcers?
Book 2 – Xenure Station: The Revenge.

Leyna was Thadd’s girlfriend before she went to Xenure Station. She and Thadd worked out a plan to overthrow his tyrannical father, the High Priest Enforcer. Leyna is caught by Xenure Station’s security forces after Thadd dies, so she vows to keep going with their plan.
Book 3 – Xenure Station: The Return.

Dawa and Zenac join forces with Leyna and Eween. The High Priest, now known as Dilvant, resides in Crete. Will he remain quiet or is there trouble ahead for all of them?

Edward's Cat

A Magical Tale of Edward, his Twin and a Cat.

A young adult novella. 
Edward's Cat is a young adult (YA) novella about a teenage boy who can transform into a cat. Even though his twin sister had the power before she died and was able to control it, Edward has no control over how or when he transforms. When Milly, Edward's twin, passes away, her power is bestowed onto her brother. This is a magical realism tale of growing up, learning about yourself and becoming the person you want to be. See how Edward and his mother deal with their grief and how Edward uses the power of Milly the Cat to exact revenge against his bullies at school.  Read More

Weaving Words
A Collaboration

An Anthology by Women About Women

Weaving Words is an anthology of diverse short stories written by women, about women. It emerged through the collaboration of eight passionate writers who got together to share ideas, offer advice, and give each other support. Their passion and creativity fuelled their efforts and culminated in a book filled with unique and fascinating tales, as varied as the authors themselves.

This eclectic collection spans a range of genres from murder to travel, from comedy to mysticism. Each short story will take you on a journey, where you will be touched by the simple kindness of gifting casseroles, share in the heartbreak of a dysfunctional love, be startled at revelations of unknown families, laugh at a neurotic house sitter, be intrigued whilst searching for hidden treasure, and fall under the spell of a mystical healer. The writers call themselves ‘Women About Women’ and this is their first anthology. The touching, suspenseful, and magical stories contained within do share one common trait: They are quite simply unforgettable.

Sample one short story in

Weaving Words here -

Dahlia's Garden by Maria P Frino
This is an image of front cover of The Decision They Made by Maria P Frino. A novel with historical elements and family relationships and sagas..

The Decision They Made

Debut Novel

A family saga set during WWII and the 1980s. Two sisters, Amelia and Simona Lillostra, share a secret. One so distressing to them it is never to be revealed. What they didn't count on is a young Russian man entering their lives, a man related to Amelia's Russian lover from WWII.

Larissa Mina is a journalist working in television and has her life turned upside down when a family secret is uncovered. She finds out something that has her asking who she really is and has consequences for everyone in her family.

When TV anchor, Larissa Mina meets Alexey Dubrovsky at an awards night, neither has any idea there is a secret in both their pasts. What is this dark family secret and why were two loving sisters torn apart?

Also available in Italian - La Decisione Presa. Buy online or at various bookshops in Sydney.

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I am happy to work with other creatives in collaborations. Writing, editing, publishing, or podcasts. I have already contributed to an anthology by Women About Women - Weaving Words; have been interviewed on a few podcasts, and have interviewed authors as well. I'm happy to discuss book publishing, writing, and collaborations with you. If you're interested in working with me, send me a message via my contact form below.

Maria P Frino Author headshot. Photo of Maria P Frino Author of fiction novels, novellas and short stories. Editing services also available.


Novels and Short Stories

Maria has made a career in using words to communicate. Working at a TV station, her first paid job, nurtured Maria's love of words. A move to Sydney to study Communications gave her the opportunity to work with advertising & public relations agencies, corporate companies, magazines, and newspapers. She has written and edited PR, ads, corporate communications, and newsletters for products from food to jewellery, fashion, and interiors as well as garden and building products. When she is not writing corporate communications or as a Senior Reviewer for the online site, Weekend Notes, she works on her short stories, novellas and novels.

Her first published story, The Studio is a short crime story. Xenure Station: A Billion Light Years is Maria’s second short story. Both are available as eBooks wherever books are sold online.

The Decision They Made, Maria’s debut novel and her other books are available on her website – Buy these books as eBooks or print.


Weaving Words, an anthology Maria collaborated on, is also available as an audiobook. Maria contributed two short stories to this anthology along with eight other authors. She is open to collaborations with fellow authors and artists. You can follow her on X, Instagram, Threads, and Facebook.

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'In the spirit of reconciliation Maria P Frino, Author, acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.'

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