By Graeme Johnstone

It is the longest-running deception in the English language and the most successful. Four hundred years of duping the world.
A tale of deceit, corruption, love, passion. Of murder, fixing and bribery, centred on the writing of some of the greatest works known.
A tale of two remarkable men, the frenzied times they lived in, and the fixated people that surrounded them.
William Shakespeare.
Christopher Marlowe.
One is the real playwright.
The other is the stooge.
Which is which?
‘The Playmakers’ is the novel that answers the question. An absorbing tale of conspiracy, manipulation, romance and murder when two young men from vastly different backgrounds are flung together by their passion for the written word.
Shakespeare, the savvy, street-wise actor and producer, and Marlowe, the educated brilliant writer. Each has his own dark secrets, aspirations and singular approach to life and love, but they are bonded forever when caught in a web of political intrigue, corruption and ultimately brutal murder.
To escape torture in Elizabethan chambers of horror and save their lives, they are reluctantly cast as the main players in the greatest theatrical performance ever, acting out an extraordinary literary deceit that has lasted to this day.

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Sep 20

The Point

By Aline Strong

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Sep 20

The Patrons

By Daniella Brodsky

Editorial Reviews of Daniella Brodsky’s novels:
“This is so much fun!” – #1 New York Times Bestseller Nora Roberts

“A super fun read with everything you could want . . .” – #1 New York Times Bestseller Meg Cabot

“You’ll get a kick out of Brodsky’s books.”-NY Post

“Readers will simply love Lane and her wild imagination.” -Booklist

“ . . . powerful stuff and also very funny.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“ . . . poignantly humorous and touching.” – Herald Sun

“ . . . you’ll be cheering her on as she loosens her tight grip on the past and embraces a life on her own two feet.” – Women’s Weekly

THE PATRONS
It’s a simple exchange; but it changes everything. “This is my card,” he said. “You call me whenever you need to.” A saucy romp through the nation’s capital is the most entertaining way yet to take the topic of starving artistry to a practical, raw level. Maybe in the old days they had it right: if you want to make pure, quality art, what you need is a patron.

Two nights ago, in the wake of her father’s fatal diagnosis, Joanie Price told her husband she was leaving him in a Connecticut PC Richards, drove without a plan to DC, and didn’t tell a soul. Her husband proceeded to empty the bank accounts.
“Have you thought of how many men would enjoy your company in this town?”

And so it begins. Compulsively readable, it’s wickedly enjoyable to see ourselves in Joanie’s shoes, and as we do, her erotic experiment hurtles us through a story of self-discovery that’s transformative, witty and enduring.

Daniella Brodsky is the author of six novels published by Penguin, Random House, and Simon & Schuster, most recently, VIVIAN RISING and most famously DIARY OF A WORKING GIRL, which was adapted for the screen by Disney, starring Hilary Duff. She has also had a long career as a journalist and made a name for herself with THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO NEW YORK nightlife, back when she didn’t need a babysitter and a disco nap to stay out past seven. Daniella has taught fiction craft at the ANU and at her Captain Cook Studio. A native New Yorker and enthusiastic Australian, Daniella lives in North Queensland, where she teaches creative writing at James Cook University. Daniella was a Varuna fellowship recipient, and shortlisted for the Katharine Susannah Prichard

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By Jeannette Melton

When the tooth fairy forgets to visit the children of Greenly Land, the town’s people come up with a plan to remind the tooth fairy to visit.

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By John Haack

Close to mandatory retirement age, John and his wife Maxine felt that there still was room left for adventure in their lives. On a whim, and with no considered thought to the effects of their decision, they purchased a rundown olive grove and vineyard in Argentina, facing the Andean peaks. Travel was very much on their minds and this turned out to be their adventure, sometimes one too large to handle, let alone fail. They moved out to Argentina from their home in Spain, and soon learnt that the task ahead required a serious upgrade of the property.
“In the Shadow of Giants” relates the experiences they lived through during the years that the adventure lasted. Here John describes the day to day events that coloured their lives, both on the property and on the travels and treks they made to the outer limits of the continent.
Located in Mendoza, a western province neighbouring Chile, the farm was in the foothills of the Andes, looking directly up to the peak of the Aconcagua- the highest mountain in America- and on the edges of the desert of Cuyo. Here John and Max arrived one miserable, wintry day in August with their two dogs, ready to take up the challenge of transforming this rundown farm into a profitable Garden of Eden. All of this, despite their combined ignorance of the real matter at hand: they had no knowledge regarding Agriculture or farming.
John takes us through the initial stages of settling in to the foreign, primitive society they had joined. We read about the personalities and beliefs of their newly discovered employees and suppliers as John and Max quickly realized they were forced to construct a home on the property with limited resources.
Local lore placed the blame for poor weather on the three giant peaks of the Andes, which looked down on the town and punished or rewarded the populace via the weather conditions. If in good grace with the giant gods, the farmers were rewarded with placid conditions, boding well for the harvest. However, retaliation for sins unknown could be swift and fearsome. During their time in Mendoza they learned to overcome some arctic cold winters followed by long ultra hot summers. John relates the pleasures and agony of hot zonda wind, or storms bringing hail in the neighbourhood, generally days before the harvest. They also survived a couple of important earthquakes, which threatened all the housing and the vines.
There is constantly an upbeat feel to the experience in John´s descriptions, not always agreeable, but always challenging and ultimately successful in all its facets. Employees became friends, and newly developed friends became, as they would claim, family. Appreciated and trusted. They considered themselves fortunate, as old friends and real family travelled across the globe to keep them company for a few days and enjoy the efforts as they developed. Not least was that they were able to find time to see the region. The book includes details of a backpacking trek through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, including tales of banditry, a run-in with police and visits to some of the oldest civilizations on the continent. We also read about an 8000 kilometer trip in their aging Isuzu van through the wonderland which are the lakes of the middle Andes and the glaciers of Perito Moreno to the end of the world, as Tierra del Fuego is known; and another across to the east of Argentina, along the wetlands of Corrientes to the fabulous Iguazu waterfalls.
After eight years John and Max reached the conclusion that it was time to round off the adventure. The farm was thriving, and travel aspirations were largely completed, so all that was left was maintenance and repetition. They sold the property amid tears and promises to meet again, and are now back in their home in the south of Spain, with an open eye and a large antenna, searching for a new experience.

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By Cheri Gilliard

Chloe is in turmoil while trying to find her way through a world filled with unexpected disappointment and pain—and time travel. Nothing is like she thought, once she meets her half-angel guardian who would do better to go nurse his hangover on someone else’s time. But he won’t leave her alone, making her fly with the angels, and battle with demons—and not just the kind inside of her.
Chloe’s boyfriend cheats on her and she just wants to die. But it’s not so easy to end it all. An amazing winged creature swoops in and saves her mid-jump. The angelic intervention must be a sign her troubles are over! But things only get worse. Missing her plane, losing her passport, crashing her car are nothing compared to when gangbangers jump her on a dark, empty street. She’s too paralyzed with fear to even scream for help. But her amazing half-angel creature reappears and saves her again—flying her right up through the heavens!

But they soar directly into more trouble. Horatius, her Nephilim savior, has a heap of his own problems. His beer habit doesn’t help a bit when he has to fight against his demon father, who targets Chloe with his evil rage. Chloe needs to be protected, and Horatius transports her to sixteenth century Scotland to hide her. But a curse renders him powerless and medieval Highlanders kidnap Chloe. Separated from Horatius, she has to depend on her own wits to escape and survive, and then negotiate with demons to get back to her own time and life.

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By Ronald Tracy
Wow! There is a lot of information in a simple, easy to read format packed into this guide that can help anyone catch flounder. It describes the tackle, tips and techniques that that flounder find hard to resist and includes helpful tips on how to locate these fish. For instance, have you ever caught a flounder in under a minute? Amazingly helpful, get your copy today!
Let me start by saying, I was excited to write this book because it involves the tactics and techniques that I and my friends use to catch flounder. I try to keep the information as simple and practical as possible so anyone can understand and use it when they go fishing. I asked some very knowledgeable captains if they would share what they do to catch these fish consistently and share their tips inside the book with you in no nonsense, practical way.
As a bonus, (because I want you to be successful at catching fish) I added some video links so you can see the techniques I describe in action and learn that they work. For instance, have you ever caught a flounder in under a minute? There is a video link where I show you how I did this using the techniques outlined in this book. I call it “The 1 minute flounder”. In this video clip, (which is the first video clip I ever filmed by myself) I describe what I am doing before I cast out my line. Watch the clip and count the seconds from when the bait hits the water to when I hold the fish and you may be just as amazed as I was when filming the video. And while you are there click the subscribe button and it will inform you when new information is posted. It’s free. Here is a tip, the links work best in the eBook format, you just click on the link and it takes you there, and the eBook format is available on many different reading devices. I have a downloaded copy on my smart phone and it works the way I had envisioned.
Now in this book, I cover the basic tackle and equipment that I like to use because it works very well for the inshore fish that we are after. And yes, I have included a video link that shows you what I look for in the baits and lures that work for me so that you will know what to look for in baits and lures that can work for you. Now manufactures are bringing out new baits and lures all the time, which is part of the reason we spend so much time in the fishing section of our favorite stores… To see what is new and buy what we think will work. This is a section I am considering developing for the Flounder Bytes website so you can keep up on the latest developments in the fishing industry.
You will also find information on the inshore areas including the primary and secondary locations that flounder use at various times of the season to help get you started in the right direction while trying to locate these fish. This book is a fast, easy read and packed with the information, tips and techniques you need to help you get on the fish fast. That is my personal promise to you!

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By Kathryn Collett

One of the best-loved books in the Bible holds a mystery.

While working in Corinth, the Apostle Paul penned his letter to the Romans. Paul chose a woman named Phoebe to hand-carry his letter to the church in Rome. In Romans, Chapter 16, Phoebe’s name is at the head of a long list of noble workers Paul praises for their service.

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea. Welcome her in the Lord as one who is worthy of honor among God’s people. Help her in whatever she needs, for she has been helpful to many, and especially to me.” [Romans 16:1-2, NLT]

Who is Phoebe? Why did Paul choose this woman to deliver his precious letter? And why would Phoebe volunteer to make a nearly 1000-mile, sometimes harrowing, always dangerous, journey from her home in Cenchrae, Greece to Rome?

In this first book in the Phoebe’s Journeys series, Of Passion And Pride, Phoebe is a teenager living near Corinth, Greece in the small shipping village of Cenchrae, a few miles south of the bustling city of Corinth. When her father dies unexpectedly, Phoebe finds herself at the center of a power struggle. Although she is only sixteen-years-old, headstrong Phoebe is determined to protect her father’s legacy and retain ownership of her family’s lucrative Greek shipping agency, regardless of the roadblocks she encounters.

Evil jealousies, long-held resentments, and the morés of Roman society conspire against her. Even Phoebe’s lifelong friends and family have their doubts and shake her resolve. Phoebe begins to question what she can believe and who she can trust.

Meanwhile, just north of Phoebe’s hometown of Cenchrae, the Apostle Paul is working in Corinth with fellow tentmakers, Priscilla and Aquila. Paul is struggling to make ends meet and fund his next mission. When their paths cross, an unlikely partnership is formed between Paul and Phoebe.

This is a richly imagined backstory of the woman Paul chose to be his emissary and carry and present his letter to the Christian church in Rome. Of Passion And Pride brings texture and nuance to first-century life in the Roman Empire. Corinth is no longer just an ancient city on a musty map. You’ll experience the cosmopolitan excitement and the debauchery of the Agora marketplace. You’ll meet soldiers, servants, and gladiators who all have important roles in Phoebe’s world. You’ll enter the hushed halls of Proconsul Gallio’s villa and hear him debate the Apostle Paul, using techniques taught to him by his father, philosopher Seneca the Great.

Suddenly, life at all levels of society from the mariners to the merchants, from the synagogue leaders to the `Corinthian girls’ is real.

Phoebe’s Journey, Part One, Of Passion And Pride, is sure to capture your imagination and enhance your understanding of the life and culture in New Testament times.

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By Scott Godwin, MS

Work is not what it used to be. It’s not valued, respected, or enjoyed. This is a tragedy. There was a time when and if a man was working, he was happy and fulfilled.
It’s time to put the good back into work.

Work is a beautiful and joyful thing. Work is about more than just making money, though making money is important. This book is about finding meaning, fulfillment, and health through work. This book will show you how to be proud again of a job well done.

If you’re underemployed, unemployed, or working but not motivated, happy, or fulfilled, then this is the book for you. It’s been called “Chicken Soup for the Soul meets Harvard Business School”. Healthy Work will change forever the way you look at work, inspiring you and teaching you the way.

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By K. L. M. Eton

Any woman or man who has ever been a part of a family since birth, or who has ever been in charge of anyone under the age of 18 years, will find themselves in at least one of these essays detailing the hilarious family situations – and their consequences – we all – not if, but when – recognize. Mr. Murphy, the gentleman of “if it can happen, it will” fame, has assured us this nonsense will continue until time immemorial. Laughter, as soon as it can be mustered in relation to an incident, makes the bitter pill of embarrassment one must swallow during the calamity easier to take. Having partaken of (please note I did not say “caused”) too-numerous-to-count incidents in my lifetime, I know this first-hand. In which essay will you be forced to admit you have participated? Whether that story is still in your closet or you have trumpeted it to anyone and everyone who would listen, you must now laugh!

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