Sometimes life is not big enough. Sometimes sharing a classroom with the problems, needs, smells and eccentricities of thirty children for eight hours a day can’t compare with your dreams. Dreams of sharing a campfire with Jack London, riding a freight train with Woody Guthrie, walking a dusty road with John Steinbeck, singing the blues with Blind Willie Johnson.When The River Still Ran follows the fortunes of Joe Abshire, a teacher who, in an attempt to live a life closer to that of his heroes, takes to the rails of Cornwall and the Tamar Delta as a free living, freight hopping hobo. On his travels, as well as discovering that old lives cannot so easily be left behind, Joe learns the tale of Raincrow and Zoraida, two elderly tramps who met and fell in love many years ago, but who now live separate, lonely lives. Convinced that they deserve better from time and fate, Joe does what he can to rewrite their story. A witty, warm hearted and moving journey from the realities of every day life to the dreams, ghosts and moonstreaked rails of the Cornish night. And back again.
In 1950 Australia, Rolf starts a new life. But the war will not go away, Dresden, nightmares, Germany, deserters, killing fields, dead bodies, military hospitals, and refugee centres, fill his mind.
He faces prejudice and his war wounds from Tobruk cause pain. He uses his carpenter’s skills to find a job with Bill Kelly. They become friends.
He is soon in a passionate love affair with Bill’s sister, Elaine, a war widow with two children.
He finds happiness until events from the war catch up with him. A strange man seeks out Rolf because the man’s rich relative lost his money and he thinks Rolf stole it and wants to kill him.
Rolf and Bill’s friendship is affected when they discover they were on opposing sides at Tobruk.
Prize-winning author Reece Pocock has written an authoritative and dynamic story of war and peace that history readers will love.
It’s the slap-leather summer of 1876. Sardinian immigrant Giovanni Sacchettini is on the run — smack dab into the American old west. Historical fiction has only so many bullets and barbed wire, but Gio manages to find them all in chance encounters with Wyatt Earp, General Custer and the rest of the High Noon lineup. Will Sacchettini come of age, get the girl and lend his name to more than twisted pasta … or remain so lost in the purple sage even Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour can’t find him?
“An early contender for my best books of the year list… 4.5 stars.” – Book Lover Book Reviews
If Kisses Cured Cancer is a story about life in a growing coastal town, falling in love and stealing shopping trolleys.
Matt Pearce is depressed, working an uninspiring job and lacking any prospect of dragging his life out of mediocrity. That is until he meets Joy: a cancer survivor who lives beyond the rules of normal people.
As the pair go on a series of unusual dates – from hijacking fish n chip orders, to ‘extreme people watching’ at the airport – their love for each other grows. But Joy’s past is about to catch up with her, and a hidden secret could tear the two apart forever.
If Kisses Cured Cancer is a quirky look at finding love in unlikely places. It is about the importance of connecting with those around you, enjoying every moment and not being afraid to go skinny dipping in the forest.
It will have you in tears of joy, tears of sorrow and tears of laughter.
All Kari wants to do is hate her job quietly for the next 30 years, try to salvage her marriage, and occasionally hang out with her fabulous friend, James. But, as things tend to do, it all goes to hell. Suddenly, but quietly, a pandemic of sex crazed lunatics is taking over the city. As the surrounding population succumbs to the rapidly spreading infection, Kari must rely on her near non-existent survival skills to evade the rapacious horde. But how do you escape a virus that will literally force itself on you? Get it free from 8/18/18 to 8/22/18
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“A delightful book, fun, edgy, unforgettable.” -Mary Kennedy, Best-Selling Author of the Dream Club Mysteries
A seventeen-year-old high school dropout with a hidden talent, Mona, is sitting at the counter of the Fountain Coffee Room, trying not to attract the attention of Maddy Miller, a feisty, unfiltered, hotshot producer, who’ll decide if her brother Joost Larvink, gets to make his Hollywood debut. But before she knows it, Mona is kneedeep in Hollywood politics and some desperate characters, including a stoner screenwriter, engaged to Maddy’s daughter, an action hero jock lost in the closet and an overly dramatic A-list star about to become box office poison. All Mona wants to do is drink and float in the pool. But with her brother’s career at stake, Mona is determined to bend the town at her own will.
Enter Elki Daniels– a carefree K-town native, who spends her days chasing obscure movie memorabilia, healing a traumatized puppy, and acting as de facto leader of a group of defiant girls. Elki is a Hollywood insider who can explain this duplicitous town, and why not, even life.
While steering her brother towards success and away from another nervous breakdown, Mona hooks up with the wrong guy, goes along on a burglary spree, has to save a deranged Mexican gardener and even risks her own, and her best friend life, in Moroni’s gleeful and riotous takedown of Hollywood. (less)
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The Intrepid Adventures of Ralph Ingleton
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Listening to his grandfather’s exciting travel tales, young Ralph dreams of becoming an adventurer himself some day…
Bravely pushing the bounds of exploration. Venturing into uncharted territory. And going where no Westerner has gone before.
However, as an adult, Ralph’s imagination can sometimes get him into hot water.
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This Great Blockbuster Trilogy of the So What! Stories has it all – Humour, heartache and criminal thrills and spills!In Book One we follow the career of teacher Robert Jeffrey through the antics of his pupils – both in and out of the classroom. Giggle and gasp at the hilarious and sad tales of pupils; and with romance, bullying and intimidation, teachers that struggle and those that are popular you will be getting a full range of High School life!In Book Two we find Molly Pearson, Robert’s student teacher, attempting to create a wildlife and nature garden with the help of her Year 7 kids, against dramatic odds! Self-harming, arson, gang violence and teenage angst all seem to be teaming up as obstacles to block success from Molly and her class of 11 year-olds! In Book Three the reader has to keep up with ex-pupil detective Shantra as he pursues the desperate criminals who caused trauma and tragedy to the school community. A criminal fireworks stunt that goes disastrously wrong leads to death and mayhem; while the conspiring fraudsters look like they might get away with things! Just how does a black spider monkey come to assist detective Shantra in his attempts to catch the felons?Each novel in the trilogy tackles different themes and stories; but with some favourite characters returning from time to time to link all the threads in a fascinating tale of contemporary life around the school community. Teachers, parents and students will all find something with which they can identify. With smiles and tears, laughter and anger in equal measure there are lessons in life for everyone in this amazing blockbuster!NOTE: All 3 books in the So What! series are now available in a single Trilogy collector’s edition – Paperback ISBN 978 1520380575 kindle ASIN B01579VDFO
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Do you wish you could close your eyes and the Trump presidency would just go away? … Behold the next best thing. It’s another time, another place. Welcome to the Trumpassic Period. They’re all here. The Tyrumposaurus, the Crookadillary and the rest of the not quite ready for prime time dinos. Read along as they traipse through the Puhl-DePlugg Reservoir, where politics meets paleontology in dozens of delicious dinosaur tales guaranteed to turn that frown upside down. See Trump’s White House news through a dinosaur lens in the first year of this unforgettable farce.
Candida “Sweetberry” Armstrong, a beautiful, vain woman, has spent her life hustling men. Deacon Josiah Hess has been her lover for twenty years. Unashamed of the affair, they’ve flaunted the relationship in pubic, including before his wife. Sweetberry has even bears him a child. Because of his wealth and status, the church has turned a blind eye. Sweetberry is quite pleased with herself even though women whisper about her behind her back. Then Luther McGill comes to town. Popular, mysterious, and wealthy, he sweeps Sweetberry off her feet and soon proposes marriage. In him, Sweetberry sees a chance for the good life; love, marriage, and financial stability. Happy at last, she begins planning their life together. Deacon Hess, however, doesn’t bow out gracefully, and on the church ground after a soul stirring revival, he bludgeons Luther to death. Sweetberry is thrown into the abyss. The trial of Deacon Hess exposes her, forcing her to face the woman she is and the life she’s led. Insanity looms from the demons that show up to taunt her to the ghost of Luther that appears at the window at night. Then unexpectedly, a shocker is revealed and she discovers the real reason Josiah Hess killed Luther. “The Burden of Sweetberry” is set in the fictional town of Sipsey, Alabama, in the 1960s. It features aspects of African-American culture common for the time, including style of speaking, humor, worship, and songs of praise.
Historical Fiction novel set on the prairie lands of the American West in the 1860’s The Southern Cheyenne’s led by Chief Black Kettle find themselves in conflict with the US cavalry and settlers wanting to take their land. Through this conflict an unlikely friendship develops between Black Kettle’s adopted daughter, Morning Dove and Captain Clinton McKay of the US cavalry. Will their friendship turn into love or will they stay on opposing sides? Come and join them on their journey in “Whispers Among The Prairie” and find out.
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Danny McCall loves basketball more than anything in the world. So why would he risk his basketball scholarship, the love of his life and his entire future to fix the point spread in a series of college basketball games?
Set in the early 1990s, Shadow Games is an exciting page-turner, filled with fast-paced hoops action. A topical novel for readers of all ages, the book is a powerful portrayal of the loss of youthful innocence.
Apart from Love is not your typical love story. All-consuming, heart-wrenching, and dark, it is an epic that starts when Ben returns to meet his father, Lenny, and his new wife, Anita. It is then that he discovers a family secret. How will they find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness?
Joe was eighteen when he saddled up his horse and left the side-hill farm in Tennessee for points west. He started the long trek of finding his brother’s killer. Somewhere out yonder where the long grass grew he would find the mate to the gun which hung low on his hip; the one with the Bluejay engraved on the handle. When he did he knew what would follow. There would be smokin’ guns and the running of blood.
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An Italian restaurant turns to a new food source, with surprising and sickening results. A plate of meatballs will never be the same again.When you order a meal in a restaurant, how can you be sure you get what you asked for? Isn’t that meat a little pale to be beef? And what tastes like chicken doesn’t mean it’s actually chicken. The thing is, most diners are completely oblivious as to what goes on in a restaurant’s kitchen. They order, eat and pay, with no clue as to where the food has come from.Take the Alfresco Paradiso in A Little Leg Work. When this renowned Italian restaurant turns to a new food source, with surprising and sickening results, it means a plate of meatballs will never be the same again. And while no one knows what the Alfresco’s chefs are up to, the public loves it and gobbles it up. A local detective (and weekend gourmet chef) tries to find out just what it is that makes the meatballs so good, while his brother-in-law, a journalist, smells a page one story. Meanwhile, the Alfresco owner becomes a celebrity and all those involved in the restaurant start rolling in the cash, including a butcher, an adventurer and a morgue manager. They all get to tell their own story and have their say because the book is told from numerous points of view.Royce Leville’s debut novel pushes the boundaries of taste and the limits of traditional narrative style. Replete with footnotes, multiple narrators, gristly scenes and thousands of satisfied eaters, A Little Leg Work will disgust, intrigue, amuse and offend, and leave you salivating for more.
How do you find a way to fit in when you don’t really feel you belong? Hunter follows the stories of Eric, a teenage boy, and two men, one a Nazi from Austria and the other a Nazi from northern Germany. Eric has just moved from the country to the coastal town of Crescent Bay and has difficulty adjusting. To earn some money, he begins doing odd jobs for seniors and comes into contact with the two old men. Of Germany descent himself, Eric becomes fascinated by the men and the stories they tell. Are they Nazis? Should he contact the police? He discovers that one of the men has damning evidence against the other and is forced to choose who to turn over to the police. Set during the Gulf War and with a backdrop of middle class Australian coastal life, Hunter is a coming of age story which poses some interesting questions about nationality, social acceptance, conformity and middle class suburban life in Australia. Winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Surrounded by people, constantly connected and instantly gratified, yet lost, unsatisfied and alone. Like so many people around him, Joe Solitus is drifting through life, a phone in his hand and a laptop under his arm. A pharmaceuticals salesman in Montreal, he’s a normal guy in his late 20s living in the digital age. He works, dates, meets friends, swims, goes to yoga class, talks to his cat and surfs the internet. But a lot of what he does is time-wasting, a filling of a void. There is no search for higher meaning, to find his place in the world, or to come to terms with grief and loss. He’s caught up in what he’s doing and so is everyone else. There’s no time to question anything. With the help of some real-world friends, Joe manages to get outside his comfort zone, first at a tech-free resort, then by going on a digital diet, and finally by starting a movement that goes viral online: Simplicity. He wants to reduce his dependence on technology and get control of his life. But he’s not the only one who wants this. What starts as an underground movement quickly goes mainstream. The simplicity truisms, lifted from the statements Joe’s father used to make, become the gospel for a disenchanted generation desperate for guidance and definition. Joe’s quest to focus on what’s important and get control of his life leads him to face truths he had always avoided and to become the person he never wanted to be. Is Joe Solitus the spokesman for the digital generation? Is simplicity the answer?
Two men go in search of the real Australia, and find it in a bar in Munich. But what will they do with it now they’ve found it?Australia. What comes to mind when you see or hear this word? Guys in khaki shorts jumping into crocodile infested waters. Long, white sand beaches. Shrimps on barbecues. Athletes and actors. “Really? Mel Gibson is Australian?” Surfer boys and pin-up girls. Cuddly koalas that aren’t really bears. Come on. There has to be more to Australia than that.There is. Much more. True Blue Tucker is the story of Darius and Humphrey, two friends who go looking for the real Australia, a journey that takes them to Australia’s north-west, Canada’s ski hills, London’s damp streets and Munich’s bars. Along the way, they learn about themselves, about their country and about what the world thinks of Australians. Ambitiously and misguidedly, they set about changing the stereotype, by opening an Aussie bar in Munich that tells the real history of Australia. It’s out with the inflatable crocodiles and in with information about stolen Aboriginal children; out with Paul Hogan and in with Pauline Hanson. And there’s convict stew on the menu, and not kangaroo burgers.No other work of fiction tackles the topic of Australian identity, history and society quite like True Blue Tucker. What does it mean to be Australian? Read this book to find out.
Strange situations, unsolvable problems, secret lives, redemption and revenge. Who are the people behind the names? Frankie, Pavel, Willard, Esmeralda, Milo, Shannon … these are just some of the stories in The Book of Names. There’s a benevolent locksmith with keys to every lock in town. There’s a serial-killing vet who harvests his victims’ organs. A pediatrician battling her own imaginary friends. A group of men locked inside a container, stranded at a harbor somewhere. A performance artist who can open a bottle of champagne in an extraordinary way. And more. Royce Leville’s second book is a mesmerizing collection of the bizarre, the off-kilter, the strangely normal and the cleverly humorous.
It’s a simple story, a journey, a search, a pursuit. There is a man from Perth, an American woman, their daughter. The woman is intent on creating chaos wherever she goes, through urban art, and her work extends to creating chaos in her own life by having a daughter. The man is intent on finding his daughter and in doing so finds himself and the songs inside him. It’s a road trip novel, starting in Perth, Australia, and traversing America, Canada and Europe. It is also a meditation on art, creativity, success, growing up and taking responsibility. A highly ambitious project, the book includes a CD of original music, plus illustrations and song lyrics.