New Releases

Dolly Donut

A charming and beautiful children’s story with colour illustrations

About the Book:

Wow! When you walked in, so different, fantastic, the shop amazing and unique. Beautiful hand-carved display cabinets filled with amazing bakes, bread and delicious cakes.

Jack Jolly, the finest baker, a happy, gifted man, friendly and helpful with a big warm smile to greet all who came in to his lovely shop. 

Things were changing! Mr Jolly’s helpers had left and, by himself, Jack began to feel very tired. What could he do? There was no-one in the village to help him! 

Well now something magical happened at the bakery, little Dolly Doughnut. How had she come and why? Who was she? What did she do? What changed?

About the Author:

Jenny Ashford is sensitive with an artistic creative interest in many things. She loves nature, sitting or walking in the woods and she loves to see fields filled with wild flowers, hearing birds singing sweetly and peaceful sounds calm her senses. A still moment is just bliss, watching wildlife and the natural world is just amazing and wonderful to her.

Her other interests include art, yoga, healing and natural therapies, national trust properties and gardens, theatre and a variety of music. She enjoys cooking and sharing food with friends and family and eating out is a nice shared treat too.

She enjoyed each fascinating and precious stage of her children’s development. Her writing began with them in mind. Stories for young children first, then poems. Another inspiration for a story came out of the blue. The need to have something to write her thoughts and ideas on became important, so she kept paper and pencil with her almost always.

Excerpt from the book:

“Dolly Doughnut” by Jenny Ashford is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon.co.uk at:

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Tumbleweed Children

About the Book:

Born at home and never registered, John didn’t apparently exist. John has five years of experience, but no one person has his full picture. It might have lacked love, but it did lack care. There may have been some joy, but the courts have decided that the care system can do a better job; give the boy a chance.

About the Author:

Sharon Watters is the eldest of three sisters.  She was brought up in the 1970s when parenting seemed optional and as a result considers herself a bit wild. Sharon has always loved learning but hated being at senior school as she always felt trapped.  She left school angry and bored at age 15.

Sharon is the mother of three grown men, the grandmother of angels and the wife of the most patient man in the world.

Her first qualification was her driving test at the age of 27. At age 29, she passed her first GCSE, and when she reached age 30, she had passed two more. She continued to study and eventually went on to University to read Environmental Science. Sharon then trained as a teacher and later became a dyslexia specialist.

Sharon spent the rest of her full time career in the Special Educational sector, helping children with social, emotional and mental health challenges.

“Tumbleweed Children” is her first novel.  It is a fact-based but fiction ‘social exposure’ story that she hopes raises questions. Sharon has tried to gain the ears of the powers who could change an immoral system but no one is listening. She has written “Tumbleweed Children” in the hope that someone will hear.

Sharon has often been called a social misfit and only recently gave up trying to understand what that means.

Excerpt from the book:

“I threw the bottle of glue and the pots of glitter at the door followed by a chair. Mr Cheval’s face was at the window in the door and was calling out my name and asking me to open the door; first in English and then in French.

The first time my fist hit his pudgy little face, I was surprised just how much it hurt and wondered why he hit Sophie so often but remembering Sophie’s torment, the blows rained down on him. The blood spurted from his nose as I stepped away to admire my handy work. He hadn’t cried yet but for Muriel’s sake he was going to. I dragged him by the front of his jumper towards the masks and pushed his face hard into one. It stuck at an angle into the glue and then I pushed him back onto the seat of a chair.

Morgan’s plight crept into my mind’s eye. I took his bag and emptied it onto the floor and took great delight in crushing the junior toys under my shoes. There was a reading book that I recognised from my early years of primary school so I picked it up and ripped each page out and into half yelling, “you can’t read, you don’t need books.” It was tears I wanted for Muriel and tears I got. He begged me to stop, Mr Cheval called to me to stop, my head teacher ordered me to stop but I hadn’t finished.

Riley saw a chance and dared to move. He wasn’t scared enough and probably believed that he could still be the ruler. With management desperately trying to stop the situation, I knew that I had to up the dominance or I was lost, and no other odd little soul would ever have power again. He was an adolescent male and I was casting him out.

I reached for the fireworks. This was for Ben. Let’s see how you feel when you can’t breathe Boarer.

The hammering on the door became more urgent and was added to by Riley from the inside. I remember the look of disappointment and betrayal on Mr Cheval’s face. The fireworks were made together because I could be trusted. But he had taught me that everyone has a social responsibility to stand up to evil and it would be rewarded.

I lit the first firework. After the first initial burst of sparks died down a plume of smoke belched out, so I lit the other seven in quick succession. The room filled with smoke, the alarms started screaming, and with great performance, the window at the back of the room was shattered inwards. The huge site manager stepped into the room and just calmly stated, “Out.”

He had broken the spell and as he moved the chair from under the door handle the adults spilled in and swiftly dragged us both out.

The fire alarm screaming after 3:30 only brought adults out onto the tarmac. No one said a word to me. I knew that I would not see the year out, but Riley probably would.”

“Tumbleweed Children” by Sharon Watters is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:

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What Else am I Feeling?

Third book in an award-winning series helping children to express their emotions

About the Book:

From the international award-winning author Katie Flanagan, ‘What else am I feeling?’ is the sequel to ‘What am I feeling?’

‘What else am I feeling?’ helps to introduce and extend further the vocabulary linked to the emotions children are likely to experience. It offers valuable insights for adults in helping to expand their child’s knowledge, understanding and vocabulary regarding a wide range of emotions. Its gentle approach and warm illustrations helps provide the opportunity to open up discussions with children about a wider variety of feelings in a non-intrusive way.

The forewords for children and adults provide a useful background to help develop understanding of the importance of learning about our emotions and growing in our skills to help children become more comfortable with everyday feelings they encounter.

Through useful questions and suggestions, it also offers ideas and guidance for how best to support children with their emotional experiences. It is a versatile resource; easy for carers, educators and family members to use.

Look out for the accompanying journal coming soon for children to use to personalise their own experience of the emotions covered in this picture discussion book.

About the Author:

Katie Flanagan has worked as a teacher for over a decade and currently works as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.  She has always had a keen interest in helping children to develop emotional literacy skills. When she was teaching, she used to help the children expand their vocabulary around the emotions they experience by getting them to answer how they felt during register time.

She used the opportunity to help teach them new words for different feelings. During this time and in her parenting, she found herself trying to define emotions in a child-friendly way to help describe the emotion and when they might be feeling it. This inspired her to create pictures book with a wide range of emotions to help increase children’s understanding of the emotions and the words they could use. She also decided to create a journal so children had a place where they could explore their own experience of their emotions.

She published the first book, What am I feeling? Defining Emotions in 2017 and has had lots of positive feedback from Educational Psychologists and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. She won the American Bookfest International Book Award for children’s ‘mind body and spirit’ category 2018. She has had positive reviews from the SEN resources blog, top parenting blogger ‘What the Redhead Said’ and Melissa Hood, Co-Founder of the Parent Practice.

Katie has qualifications in Psychology, PGCE, National SENCo Award, Time out for Parents, and Group facilitator for charity Care for The Family.

 

What Else Am I Feeling?  Defining More Emotions by Katie Flanagan is available in paperback from Amazon at:

Katie’s first book and journal are also available from Amazon at:

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Tales from Tipperary

The first book in a series of fictional southern Irish tales

About the Book:

The book is set in Tipperary – in the unreal world of the hillslopes below Keeper Hill. Essentially, it is an unashamed homage to a typical past rural community, written in the colloquial and colourful language of the times. It opens with Dandy-the-Galwayman’s arrival in Tipperary shortly after the Famine. The generation that follows him lead a colourful life, weaving a rich tapestry.

Tales include:

  • The reliance of families on children’s rabbit-poaching with ferrets acts of adolescent rebelliousness like setting fire to a load of hay, or building a snowman as a surprise ‘gift’ in an enemy’s back room
  • The death of a young hurler in his very first match
  • The story of a child-saint and her ghostly return to see the new baby
  • The tale of a bonesetter, his place in the community
  • The days of a silenced priest, involving his heroism
  • The confession of an old lady
  • Children cattle-droving at dawn
  • Jealousy when a mountainy man wins the Show-Fair Cup

About the Author:

Edward Forde Hickey lives in Kent with his wife. They have three sons. During the years 1962 until 1998, he taught in inner city primary schools (laterally as a headteacher for 18 years). In early life, he was a pop star with Decca records (see ‘Eddie Hickey/Lady May’) and later sang with the Glenside Ceilidhe Band in The Galtymore Dancehall, Cricklewood (1965/1975).

Born of Irish parents during the Blitz of London, he spent his first five years of life nurtured and moulded by his grandmother in the foothills above Dolla, near Nenagh in County Tipperary. His grandmother is and always was his inspiration; she had a natural gift with words.

Edward has always been interested in folklore and the Irish past (its music, dance and literature). He was a champion Irish step-dancer. He taught and adjudicated it, even as far afield as in Australia, before dedicating himself to research into hillside communities in north Tipperary, from where he brought back tapes of original songs for The English Folk Dance and Song Society.

He keeps a small farm in the foothills of north Tipperary and visits it often.

Review of the Book:

“A wonderful collection of tales delivered by a natural storyteller completely beguiling an effortless evocation of an almost forgotten world a wonderfully personable narration endlessly charming characterisation

Life and death are treated with simplicity, profundity and a lightness of touch. Every individual tale is undoubtedly very strong.”

Jakob von Beyer, Director of Addison and Cole

 

Tales from Tipperary by Edward Forde Hickey is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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Butcher Boy

A nostalgic story about a young Mancunian lad with a love for loud music and misadventure

About the Book:

There was nothing extraordinary about Pugnatious Smelt. He was just an ordinary boy, born to an ordinary family in a small South Manchester suburb in the 1960s.

This book documents his growing pains as he learns what life is about and how easy it is to make the wrong decisions and yet end with the right result, sometimes.

Excerpt from the book:

“Pugnatious would look at the adverts each week to see if any of the album bands were on live that Saturday and if they were off he would go with a select bunch of friends to experience them first-hand. He was still nowhere near driving age and so it was a bus into the centre and then a walk, a walk he had done all those years before with his father to see the Spinners, this was very different, it seemed that this new generation of musicians felt the need to play loud. Now there is a difference between loud, as measured by Mrs Smelt when he played his records at home, loud as in the volume he played them at when his mother was out and loud at the Free Trade Hall, this was proper loud. So loud he could feel the bass drum in his chest, his teeth would hurt when the guitars hit high notes in the middle of solos and his ears hurt from the overall cacophony of sound. A good night at the Hall would be measured by the ringing and hissing in his ears once he left the building.

Pugnatious like his peers wanted the volume, the louder the better, the greater the ringing in the ears the better the night had been, the more his parents advised against it the more he wanted it, Van Der Graaf Generator gave it to him, Cream gave it to him, Yes gave it to him, Mr and Mrs Smelt gave it to him warning of the dangers of deafness in later life.”

“Butcher Boy:  Pugnatious Smelt – an ordinary boy” by Dik Cavanagh is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:

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Book Review: Stories and Places I Remember by Joe Giordano

Humorous and poignant, Stories and Places I Remember will take you around the world from the streets of Brooklyn to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Meet Anthony in 1950s and 1960s Brooklyn, then journey with a host of other delightful, contemporary characters portrayed in twenty-six tales set in New York, Texas, Brazil, Greece, Ireland, the Middle East, and Italy that will tickle your wanderlust.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read a couple of Joe Giordano’s books and especially liked Birds of Passage, so I had a feeling I’d enjoy these short stories. I wasn’t wrong!

The first few stories are about Anthony, a kid in Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s. He’s Italian, and his parents are immigrants, and he has some interesting stories to tell. The rest of the stories about other people in New York and several other states and countries.

All of the stories in Stories and Places I Remember are short and to the point, and I enjoyed every one of them. What I especially liked was that there was no way how to tell how each story would end. Different people make different choices, and that shows well here. From laugh out loud funny to horrifying to sad, there’s a taste of everything.

If you don’t have time to sit down and read a novel, this is a great book to pick up and read a story at a time. I hope Joe Giordano has more of these stories to come!

About the Author

Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Italy. He and his wife Jane now live in Texas.

As a former 3M International Executive Vice President, Joe experienced the global cultures and locations he writes about.

Joe’s stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, and Shenandoah. His novel, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story (2015), and Appointment with ISIL, an Anthony Provati Thriller (2017) were published by Harvard Square Editions. Rogue Phoenix Press published Drone Strike in 2019.

Joe was among one hundred Italian American authors honored by Barnes & Noble to march in the 2017 Manhattan, Columbus Day Parade.

Visit Joe’s website at http://joe-giordano.com/.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stories-and-places-i-remember-joe-giordano/1137467004?ean=2940162872108

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54884376-stories-and-places-i-remember

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https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Joe_Giordano_Stories_and_Places_I_Remember?id=W8b2DwAAQBAJ

Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1037818

New Releases

Czech Mate

A female journalist battles the aftermath of social and personal revolution, arming herself with humour, friendship and love

About the Book

Early in the 1990s, the Czech Republic was changing, desperately trying to enter a western capitalistic lifestyle. But the change was slow motion compared to the turbulent life of a young female journalist trying to do it all – end her first marriage, mother two kids, while drowning in lots of work. One could also say – divorcing chin first, pulling new jobs while juggling old jobs, surrounding herself with loyal friends, and marrying a new man, the love of her life, who was – ooohh my god! – a foreigner… how scandalous!

She is forced to fight with old traditional thinking, the socialistic school system, and a judgemental society. But she is never alone – with the help of her faithful friends, family and a refreshing dose of humour, she finally wins her life game of Czech Mate. And finally, a fresh start. Canada – here they come!

If you enjoyed this book, try the prequel:  Somersaults.

Excerpt from the book

‘After a sleep of what seemed only a few minutes, the phone rang. I reached behind my head, found the telephone receiver and hoarsely said, “Yes?”

“I’m in a jam,” the other end whispered.

“Everyone is in a jam. Who am I talking to?”

“Ivana. I can’t talk aloud. Yesterday, actually this morning, I returned home and didn’t even have time to take off my shoes when my old man yelled at me: ‘Where were you?! And don’t tell me you were at Vaclava’s place, because she just called.’”

“Shit!” I was never a good strategist.

“I was told you told him I wasn’t at your place.”

“Clever boy. And were you?”

“I was, but I left early. Because I missed him so much.”

“So that’s OK; I told him the same thing. Next time you expect to be with me, at least tell me about it, so I won’t call when you are with me.”

I smashed down the receiver and went to make myself a coffee. I had hardly taken five steps when I stumbled over someone’s prostrate body. Dead body; crossed my mind. They snapped Melnek’s neck and left him on my carpet. Now he will stay here until I pay 10,000 crowns. When I pay they will snap my neck to prevent me ratting on them.

I knelt down beside the dead body, turned it, and at last reality dawned on me. This dead body had long blonde hair and snored like a bricklayer.’

“Czech Mate:  Don’t Shoot the Journalist” by Mira Mackis available to purchase in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:

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Somersaults

A stubborn girl and young woman swims through chameleonic Socialism and its velvet funeral

About the Book

There are somersaults and there are somersaults. Physically … no big deal. Lots of people can do them. This book is about the other kind of somersaults – through life. In this case, from a little girl plunked into the mid-fifties in socialist Czechoslovakia to a rebel at school with beliefs twisted and turned by social storms. Then in 1968, her family lives through morphing into socialism with a human face, the consequent invasion of the Warsaw Pact armies, and ultimately, the Russian occupation. And eventually, for many ordinary people, the reality of the so-called Velvet Revolution of 1989.

When the girl grows into a young woman, she fights with traditions and old thinking. Plenty of humour, the discovery of limits, many sides of the same coin, the power of friendship, stepping into worlds of taboo, and challenging one’s own fear – every somersault has consequences. Intimate, funny, honest.

If you enjoyed this book, try the sequel:  Czech Mate.

Excerpt from the book

‘When a ring from the front gate jarred our thoughts, I could not believe that life on the street could break through our doors and walls, wanting to get inside.

“Go and have a look from the window and see who it is,” mum sent dad. Until then, we had never locked the door and our visitors normally didn’t bother delaying themselves with pressing a bell. Some of them didn’t even stop before opening the bathroom or toilet door whenever they turned up to make us happy with their presence.

“A soldier,” father commented from the window. He hesitated for a moment then energetically stepped from our living room towards the front door.

“I hope you are not going to open it,” mum jumped up from the typewriter causing the smaller photo-frames to lurch and with a crash, hit the desktop.

“Of course I’m going to open it. I’m going out. After all, we don’t have to hide like mice.”

“He has a sub-machine gun,” mum called out to dad and caught the sleeve of his sweater.

“He has it on his back, not in his hands,” answered dad. “If he wanted to shoot, he wouldn’t ring the bell. Girls, go into the kitchen; I’m going out.”’

“Somersaults:  Through the Keyhole” by Mira Mackis available to purchase in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:

This book is also available to download in e-book format from:

The book will soon be available in Audio format.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Bus Ride by Joanie Chevalier

The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure

When Devon discovers his car stolen, he must find transportation to get to his destination before the deadline to get what’s rightfully his: the urn containing one-fifth of his deceased momma. He hops on Bus No. 255 and changes the course of the route. As the passengers’ personalities and needs emerge, they go from being strangers to a bonded family within hours as they fight for each other, and themselves… in more ways than one. Funny and sentimental, this story will grab your heart as you cheer everyone on Bus Route No. 255, maybe even the busnapper.

Meet the passengers on Bus No. 255, an unlikely group of people who have no choice but to try to get along and survive when their bus gets busnapped. Meet Devon, who has a deadline he must meet, or risk losing what’s his; Doug, a dreamer of a better life, but first must face a sad truth; Frankie, a life full of loneliness, but unexpectedly becomes a hero; Gloria, a woman who finds validation in the most unexpected place; Autumn, a girl who desires a family, and a sense of belonging; Dave, a man seeking justice and equality, learns to love himself as he is; and the Garcia family, whose family ties brings them to the brink of danger. Follow these passengers as they each fulfill their destinies, together.

Purchase Link – http://getbook.at/TheBusRide

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Doug drives a bus and works a lot of overtime to try to give his greedy wife the lifestyle she demands. When his bus is “busnapped” one day, he doesn’t really mind.

Every person on the bus that day has issues of his or her own. I like how the reader learns about each person as the story unfolds. At the beginning of each chapter, the day and time are listed so that you know if it’s today on the bus or previously – usually yesterday or earlier today. By the end of the book, all of the characters have been developed, and even the busnapper is endearing. I found myself wanting the best for each person.

The bus trip changes the lives of every passenger on the bus. Even though there is some danger and even though the people on the bus have big problems, the story is written in a lighthearted way which made it even more enjoyable. One of my favorite parts is the end when the outcome for each person is told. I definitely recommend The Bus Trip.

About the Author

Joanie Chevalier is a multi-genre Indie Author; Founder & Editor of RAC Online Magazine: Promoting and Encouraging the Reader/Author Connection; and Founder of Our Indie Author Room FB Group, a place where writers in all stages of their career go to learn, inspire, and teach.

Joanie loves the outdoors and nature, reading and supporting fellow indie authors. Her writing is a blend of everything she likes to read: suspense, horror, crime, psychological, non-fiction, and a good short story. She thinks her two Chihuahuas look adorable in sweaters.

Social Media Links –

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Joanie-Chevalier/e/B00P1946MS 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoanieChevalier  

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JoanieC

RAC Website: https://readerauthorconnection.com/ 

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Audiobook Review: The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…

Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.

But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.

The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.

Amazon

My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Space Between Time is from Emma’s perspective and the narrator has the perfect voice for Emma. She also does a good job with timing.

Emma grew up wealthy with a movie star father and a gorgeous mother. What sounds like a storybook childhood was anything but. Her father was rarely around and her mother was unhappy and depressed. In fact, Emma felt protective of her mother and they were very close.

When Emma was older, she began using her middle name and didn’t want anyone to know who her father was. Not only did she not like the fame, but she didn’t like her father. She built a life but had some mental problems. She was eventually able to confront her demons with help.

I liked the story but could have done without the theories and the math. Rather than adding to the story, it distracted from it, and I tended to “tune out.”

This story is unique and if you don’t mind a slow-moving book (unless you like astrophysics), you should like it.

About the Author

I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.

I was brought up in the west of Scotland (quite near Paisley, but thankfully not too close) and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.

I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember.

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.

I am married with two grown-up children and live in East Lothian.

Website https://www.charlielaidlawauthor.com/
Twitter claidlawauthor

New Releases

An enthralling chronicle of two young men – one white, one black – in apartheid South Africa

About the Book

The destinies of two young men in apartheid South Africa become inexorably intertwined in their pursuit of what is right.

Zak Ginsberg is shaped by his parents’ sad histories. Awareness of the Second World War, his Jewishness and the status of the black population slowly infiltrate his consciousness.

Mpande Gumede has spent an idyllic childhood in rustic Zululand. At high school, he realises for the first time, that he is a second-class citizen.

Zak studies the art of saving lives. Mpande pursues the craft of destroying lives. Both are drawn into the anti-apartheid struggle. The one acts because his ancestors were victims, the other because he himself is a victim.

Newspaper and Amazon reviews: 

The Jerusalem Post

”The novel’s epic proportions, sharp political context and Hoffmann’s keen eye for detail make for an engrossing and enlightening read.”

The Jerusalem Report

”Hoffmann…. is a fine writer….

Be warned: This is the kind of book that might cause to you to smile or even laugh as you read it, but it will ultimately make you cry. Once you start reading it, though, you may not be able to put it down.”

Amazon

”A splendid book which juxtaposes the needs of conscience and one’s place in society.”

”A rare gem fusing literary genres….

(It) does not take us down the beaten path and feed us the same clichés we’ve heard before. Here, novel insights are presented in a beautiful, elegiac language, and a profoundly gripping and genuinely unique ending turns everything on its head.And throughout all of it, heartwarming humor bubbles beneath the surface, making the pain of the characters just a little less terrible to endure…..

I would recommend it to anyone who seeks something more from a novel than just a quick thrill, and who would like to be challenged, emotionally as well as intellectually.”

”A Wonderful Historical Fiction Dealing WithAnti-Apartheid Activism in South Africa”

”Jack Hoffmann has produced a superbly written novel…

This is a subtle, thoughtful work that deserves a wide readership.”

”Riveting….This is a skillfully-written book about two young men in South Africa as their paths cross in pursuit of what is racial equality.”

“He Does Not Die A Death of Shame” is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon UK at:

www.amazon.co.uk/Does-Not-Die-Death-Shame/dp/1789555663

This enthralling book is also available to download as an e-book at:

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An account of a manorial estate in Medieval England

Today, in times of fading borders and challenged national identity, this book celebrates a treasured feature of English Heritage

About the Book

Domestic rebellions and foreign wars, the king’s rule, murder, traitors and execution, crippling debt, arranged marriages of young heirs and heiresses, avoidance of taxes, medieval decrees of inheritance, the black death and famine.  All that and more can be found in a fascinating new book based on the meticulous research of exceptional author Murray Johnston.

While his first book, The Watford Knight’s Fee, will satisfy serious students and enthusiasts of medieval English history, his second opens the door to everyone.  A time machine takes the reader along a fascinating and sometimes wobbly journey with the lords of the manor through 700 years – including, unique in English history, one family for 500 years.

Welcome to the world of manors in medieval England!

For more details about this book, see:  https://www.giveamanor.com

Excerpt

Eustace III: The Rebel

In his later years, King John saw a transition of the Watford manor to Eustace III. His father died well-advanced in years, so Eustace III was no youngster, long since ‘of age’. Although not destined to be lord of Watford for long, Eustace lived through one of the most tumultuous times in English history – the First Baron’s War and the Magna Carta…

John de Ardern, brother of Eustace III, was disappointed to find that the 7 virgates in Watford given to him in his father’s lifetime were mortgaged. His father, Eustace II, had given John’s inheritance as security for a loan from the Jews of Northampton. Eustace II paid 70 shillings annually to the king’s exchequer for the debt, and now the same obligation lay on John’s shoulders. Unfortunately, like his father he was short of cash. Instead, John provided a horse for the king’s use as substitute for his father’s annual payment of 70s, and so the king granted John his lands…

The First Barons War commenced when the barons attacked but failed to take Northampton Castle. Nonetheless, they proceeded to successfully take London. King John was forced to attach his great seal to the Magna Carta in June 1215. But John set aside the Great Charter and the war with the barons continued. Many of the barons, including supporters such as Eustace de Watford, were cast adrift by the king due to their allegiance to the rebel cause.”

About the Author

Murray Johnston is the author of several books on family history venturing as far back as the 16th century. Rediscovering medieval places, events and people became an inseparable part of his life. Exploring connections to an ancient English parish introduced him to the medieval world of manors and the rise and decline of one in particular through seven centuries. Living the adventure of researching more than a thousand documents found in England’s greatest archival institutions gave Murray the basis for his latest book: Give a Manor Take a Manor.

“Give a Manor Take a Manor” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Give-Manor-Take-Decline-Medieval/dp/1789556899

This well-researched book is also available to purchase in paperback at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Give-Manor-Take-Decline-Medieval/dp/1789556880

The e-book and audiobook versions of this book will also be released soon.

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About the Book

International Political & Environmental Folly – Edition 7 [issued in early 2019] was started after a two year stint in USA & Canada was completed in 1959.

This publication shows that political organisations are taking too much money from the public and using it incorrectly. The politicians blame the banks for the same reason but it is thought that both are to blame.

The politicians appear to be taking the global warming threat seriously but do not seem to recognise the full story since the physicists who advise the Government appear to have gotten the issue wrong too.

This is a complex matter which is explained in the book entitled above. It is serious matter because eventually & SOON the central black hole of our galaxy, the Milky Way, which has been taking up space matter for millions of years will explode because the temperature and pressure rise with the take up till the system melts…. followed a few milliseconds later by a nuclear explosion.  This will undo the mechanism that holds our galaxy together and chaos will reign, killing all Earth bound life unless….

The book at Edition 7 goes on to explain how to shift the solar system out of ‘OUR GALAXY’ thereby saving the LIFE STOCK of Mother Earth. Of course, that assumes the task is completed before the predicted event takes place.

The author gave up the impossible task of warning Central Government
of the situation that was being built up by local authorities & Central Government in 2007 and bought a property in the Caribbean.  It was then he decided to carry out the seemingly impossible task of getting enough information to halt the ‘progress’ of local authority & Central Government.

This matter was solved by mentally returning to the UK research station that employed the writer as a scientist in charge of the Physics Electronic Section where coating of plastic bodies with a ‘metal skin’ was discussed. Although the BH termination is somewhat different, the writer solved the case of BH’s behaviour from the result of that recalled investigation, and the book developed from that standpoint. The book warns that a serious matter exists unless action is promptly taken.

About the Author

Born in 1925, the author served in The Royal Navy and was loaned to the Royal Canadian Navy during WW2. He and his wife Joan (who has now passed on) have three daughters.  Following demobilization from the Royal Navy, the author studied mathematics, physics, and electronics which were put to use in the USA and Canada. Returning to England, the author settled in Hertfordshire and was employed in research, military, medical, industrial electronics, nucleonics, and avionics. On retiring, the author relocated to Dorset where he obtained his pilot’s license and later his own Cessna Aircraft for recreational use. He also indulged in another hobby, horology. Later still, an attempt to relocate to his Caribbean retreat ended due to ill health. The author underwent spinal surgery in January 2011 and hopes to renew his recreational flying in due course.

International Political & Environmental Folly by Daniel Tissington is available in paperback from Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/International-Political-Environmental-Folly-7/dp/1789553911

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New Releases

This book has a timely message as the UK attempts to struggle out of the chaos of Brexit. It asks the question, should the majority carry the vote? If the answer to that question is yes then we have a lot to consider. Do our leaders always serve us well? Have they got our interests before their own? Should we just follow like sheep? The author asks some searching questions and finds some disturbing answers. This is a book that needs to be read – before it is too late.

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“When I started to write this, the thought that was the uppermost in my mind is how our leaders are misleading us all. As I said right at the beginning, we have been guilty in the past of trusting blindly the leaders and those in authority over us, just because they are in the position they are in. Now when we see what is happening in the UK, in America and in many other places in the world, perhaps we realise that if we choose a blind man to lead us, then our world will turn into darkness. Do we really know what people are thinking? Do we really know that we’re not being fed poison drip by drip, so that our hearts and minds are changed?

This is not a time for leaders who have selfish ambitions. What we need in our lives are servant leaders, not those who place themselves in power over us as lords. There is only one Lord, and that is the Lord God, and with him caring for us, there is no need for us to follow blindly in ways that may not be good for us. God has a plan for you, and he will be the one who will guide your destiny if you trust in him. You can be very much less certain of what will happen to you if you put your trust in human beings.

Now it is time for us to take back the power to ourselves. I’m not suggesting that we use violence to take over the reins of power. With God as our Guide, we need to find a way to change the world in a peaceful and quiet way, and a way that is validated by goodness, fairness, and the desire to have all people treated equally. A movement has started in the area of climate change, where frequent demonstrations, many including children taking the day off school, to make a difference in the world that they will inherit. This is the kind of change that we need, and we also need to do what we know is good for us, and that is aligned with integrity on Christ-like grounds.”

About the Author

Meverly A. Benjamin is a Dutch national and a seasoned finance analyst, development consultant, speaker and author, with fluent multilingual abilities in English, Dutch, and Twi. My Dream was her debut novel. The inspiration behind this novel was Meverly’s real-life struggles as a single mother against prejudice and various hardships following her divorce. With a strong belief in God, she managed to work hard to make her dream a reality, and it is her Christian faith which informs and shapes her current perspective and motivation for writing Chaos of Brexit.

“Chaos of Brexit:  The Majority Carries the Vote” is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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Eric has a miserable childhood in a violent, drunken family in a tough London housing estate. He compensates by looking for perfection. For him, this means worldly success in a diplomatic career as far away from his childhood as possible. His single-minded ambition comes at a price. It makes him leave his childhood sweetheart Katie behind, since he knows that she can’t keep up with him. Their ways part. Eric marries an upper-class woman and becomes an Ambassador. However, Katie and he never quite lose touch. After his wife’s death Eric and Katie come together again. There is action and pace, fun and sadness, a huge variety of life experiences and a sense of providence and redemption.

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“Katie cried herself to sleep. The next morning she woke up with a heavy head and a terrible anguish. The worst had happened to her. Eric did not want her. He was not going to marry her. She felt as if the floor had fallen from under her feet. She could not fathom it. He was not going to marry her because it would make her unhappy. That just wasn’t true. She might not have understood everything, but as she knew she made him happy, of course happiness would have followed in a marriage. She would not have demanded anything; she was content for him to rule the roost. He knew better anyhow.

There had to be some hidden reason for him not to want to marry her. She knew and felt that he loved her. Was it perhaps something connected to those deep, dark moods of which she had the odd glimpse on the occasions when he had got drunk in her company? The depth of those dark feelings had frightened her. She realised that she knew only patches of his character and what drove him on.

To the world he was jolly and superficial. What had he wanted? Now that she thought about it, Katie remembered how at the beginning he had tried to interest her in history, art and music, but seeing that she did not have the same enthusiasm, he had given up on that. He had tried to teach her card games, but she had no card sense, and it had had to be given up.”

About the Author

Ulla Marita Beattie was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1945, which explains why many of her stories have a Nordic flavour. She has travelled widely and has lived in Austria, Russia, Cyprus, Belgium and Switzerland.Since 1997 she has been based in London, with frequent visits to France. She is married and has two daughters, now grown up. She has had a lifelong interest in children’s stories, particularly those read to her own and other people’s children.
You can read more about Ulla and her books at www.ullabeattie.co.uk

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Book Review: Once You Kiss a Stranger by Pat Herbert

Strangers can be exciting. They can also be dangerous. When Petra meets Jason through an online dating site, little does she realise the kind of man he is. Complications follow when he falls for Becca, her prettier sister, whose picture Petra has uploaded to the site instead of her own. Things start to spiral out of control when Jason’s estranged wife turns up unexpectedly. Set on marrying Becca, he takes drastic steps to rid himself of her forever. Meanwhile, Jason’s friend Marcus is torn between loyalty to his friend and suspicion he is a cold-blooded murderer. Then Becca receives news no one ever wants to hear…

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My Review

I have read several of Pat Herbert’s books so I was happy to read this one although it’s not the same genre as her usual mysteries.

Sisters Petra and Becca are single, and Petra wants to find a man. Unfortunately, although she’s pretty, her sister is gorgeous, and men always fall for her instead. Becca suggests that Petra try internet dating. That’s how they meet Jason and Marcus who have been friends for years.

I guess you could call this a love quadrangle. Petra loves Jason but Becca has Jason. Becca loves Marcus but Marcus loves Petra. Petra finally gets Jason but realizes that she loves Marcus. These relationships are crazy! At first, I was put off by them falling for each other so easily and quickly before they even knew each other, but I realized that is actually the way it is for a lot of people nowadays.

I didn’t care for Jason or Becca. Petra and Marcus were closer to “normal,” but even Petra wasn’t my favorite person. I’m not quite sure why, but it could be because of her obsession with Jason because of his looks. My opinion of did Petra change at the end of the book.

The ending was good and I ended up liking this book even though it’s not the genre I usually read.

About the Author

Pat Herbert lives in London, England and works as an administrator and receptionist at a private health clinic. She worked previously as PA to the Managing Director of Thomson Books before they were taken over by Penguin. This is her 16th novel. In her novels, Pat likes to include all the hallmarks of British suspense thrillers including unpredictable characters, dark deeds, misdirection and misunderstandings, and at times, a touch of the supernatural.

Book Review: Smash and Grab by Joe Albanese

Wick was a normal young man, passing his days at a part-time job and wasting his nights with friends and booze. That was until someone smashed a brick to the side of his head and knocked Wick’s life upside down. The culprit, Kenny, a young man in a dire situation, has only one goal: to get the job done, no matter who gets in his way.
On opposite sides, Wick and Kenny, along with their shared circle of friends, low-lifes, drug dealers, an ex-flame, a cop battling his own demons, and each other, will find out just how similar their situations are, and if only one of them can make it out alive.
 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Smash and Grab is a short story about Wick, a young man who used to sell drugs and has gotten himself into some trouble with a dealer but he’s trying to take care of his problems and clean up his act. His good friend, Dustin, is only interested in going to parties and making sure that he has enough drugs for everyone to have a good time. Wick’s acquaintance, Kenny, is in the same dire circumstances with the drug dealer so they are trying to work together to scrape up the money to pay him back. 

Their plans don’t work out as they expected and things quickly come to a head. Even though this story is short, it has some suspense and I found myself connecting with Wick and wanting things to work out for him. If you want a satisfying quick read, Smash and Grab is a good choice.

 

 

About the Author

Joe Albanese is a writer from South Jersey. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry can be found in publications across the U.S. and in ten other countries. Joe is the author of Smash and GrabCainaCandy Apple Red, For the Blood is the Life, and a poetry collection, Cocktails with a Dead Man.

Twitter: @JoeAlba88