By Elsie Johnstone

‘Our Little Town’ outlines the life, spirit and character of a Victorian fishing village through the voices of one family across five generations. Elsie Johnstone has captured the views, thoughts and memories of 28 members of a Lakes Entrance clan that traces its origins back to William Carstairs, one of the town’s original founders and a legendary professional fisherman.
Rather than a dry history, it is a colourful, living re-creation of what it was like to grow up in a town of only a few hundred people, 320 kilometres from the state capital and dependent so much on the sea for its viability. Each voice, in its own individual way, tells of experiences and feelings as a tiny community expands. Secrets are revealed, long-held criticisms unearthed, insights given into why relationships succeeded or failed. Significant events are described, often providing vastly differing views from witnesses. Weddings, funerals, wars, the circus coming to town, football, surfing, tourism, negotiating the treacherous waters of the Entrance, the skills, strength and vitality of the women keeping the families going while the men went off to work out to sea or at the Salmon Company; all this and more is outlined in an accessible, enjoyable read.
The storytellers range from Jack Allen, then 86, to Megan Allen who was 14 when she wrote her story. In between there are daughters and sons, aunts and uncles, cousins and grandchildren – all descendants of Robert and Annie (Carstairs) Allen – offering their views in their own individual style.
Across 80 years, from the arrival of electricity to the establishment of the first internet café, ‘Our Little Town’ carries the memoirs of ordinary people going about their ordinary lives. That is its charm.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/494867.

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Sep 20

Orphan

By T.R. Connolly

Brazil! At once exciting and exotic; rich and poor; ambitious and laconic. Beckoning the world to come. Bem-vindo! It is time. The world stage awaits and the table is set. The Olympics! A showcase for the world to see. Rio, Amazonia, Brasilia, and Sao Paolo. Favellas, music, and Carnival. World class slums; first-class beaches. The beautiful people. Seven hundred years ago native Kayapo Indians owned the earth, the jungle. Sugarloaf was merely a mountain; Christ had not yet come to the New World. Canoes plied the Amazon River, the River Negro, and the Xinga; trade flourished between tribes. An empire existed. Now the world will come and see its oxygen plant, see the mighty Amazon, the watershed of a nation, and visit its exotic jungles. That is, if Brazil can survive the street protests of millions over corruption, the Zika virus, an underground river undermining a stadium, and Chunk DeLuna, the beast of Brazil.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Orphan-T-R-Connolly-ebook/dp/B06XTH2DGN.

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By Gary A Schnabel

Clayt is not a large man. He is the Sheriff of Wallowa County, Oregon in 1892. Wallowa County is an isolated, idyllic and peaceful corner of Northeastern Oregon, and Clayt aims to keep it that way. This soft spoken, pint sized, two fisted lawman manages his corner of the world with an iron will, a cool head and an eagerness to engage the toughest challenge head-on.

While camping on the shores of Wallowa Lake with his wife Elnora (Norey) and two daughters, Clayt encounters a young boy emerging from the forested hillside, exhausted, hungry and on the run from a pair of hired killers. The Sheriff decides he should protect the boy from these would-be assassins and find out why they are after him. Young Philip Ainsley tells a story of riches, religion, debauchery and death from his early years in San Francisco’s Barbary Coast to his recent life on the Portland, Oregon water front.

Thirteen year old Philip’s wealthy father was killed by his ruthless business partner, now using his hired thugs to find and kill Philip, who had witnessed the murder. If Philip lives to tell the story, Gus Dekker’s accumulated fortune is history, and so is Gus Dekker.

A series of hired guns shows up in the Wallowa Valley via rail, river boat, stage coach and horseback looking for Philip. Unfortunately for them, they run head first into Sheriff James Clayton Shackelford. The sparks and the bullets fly as Clayt, with his father-in-law and his two deputies, and with the aid of a large Nez Perce Indian preacher whose name translates in English to “Great Bear Who Runs Fast”, confronts each threat with his considerable bag of old west law enforcement tools. And Philip, a city boy, learns the ways of the west.

Meanwhile, a federal investigation has opened into the disappearance of the son of a well-known San Francisco politician and Augustus Dekker is a suspect. Young Phillip, the son of Dekker’s deceased partner, was given a box of documents and other artifacts by his father the day he was killed. The box is securely stashed in a pawn shop with the only ticket being held in the possession of his father’s trusted friend Annie Laurie McGregor. U.S. Marshal Sweeny is looking for any piece of evidence he can find.

Could the box contain the evidence the Marshal needs? Where is the box? Can the Sheriff protect young Philip from the would-be killers? Where is Philip? Can the Marshal connect San Francisco with Portland with Wallowa County and Sheriff Clayt before hired assassins get to young Philip Ainsley?

All this adds up to a unique, entertaining, semi-whimsical, semi-historical romp through the Old West, as it really was.

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Sep 20

Heart of Bold

by Sophie Ward Koren

Written off the cuff with one finger in the center of the cosmos, Heart of Bold is part memoir, part soliloquy, marking the turnings of the author’s life through the prism of a kaleidoscopic pen. Originally created in blog format, this unique compilation charts the life of twenty-something author Sophie Ward Koren as she embarks on manifesting her heart’s desires: moving to New York City, falling in love and living the creative life she yearns for. The author navigates the intense experiences of city life, new and old relationships, death, doubt, a new career and moving to a different country, all to the beat of her own drum and a uniquely colorful language. The book is a timely narrative non-fiction exploration on life as a young female creative, written during the Girls era for the new Beat generation. With Sophie’s modern approach to telling the stories of life, this book is sure to become a warm companion on the arm of any young soul exploring new territory. Peppered with poetry, quotes, memories of the past and visions of the future, Heart of Bold is a rich tale emboldening readers to carve their rightful place in the universe, encouraging us all to find the treasures we seek.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Bold-Sophie-Ward-Koren/dp/1523638001.

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By Harold Antony ‘Tony’ Larkins

Throughout the 1980s, Christopher Skase could do no wrong. The Australian businessman had the golden touch, turning a pot of $20,000 into a global development, tourism and media conglomerate worth billions.
His award-winning Mirage resorts on the Gold Coast and Port Douglas set international benchmarks in design, luxury and style; his media interests grew to include a television network spanning the nation; his eye for a business bargain with hidden potential never seemed to fail him.
With glamorous wife Pixie by his side, the French champagne flowed. Yachts, parties, Rolls-Royces, jets, the world was the couple’s oyster, and they were rarely out of the headlines.
Then it all came crashing down. Quickly. And hard. A series of commercial and national events combined to strike like an economic tsunami and suddenly the name Qintex was being washed away forever.
The next decade was spent on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the cash and the high life long gone, as they tried to recover their losses and start afresh.
But illness began to dog him and ultimately, imprisoned in a hospital gaol ward, life was reduced to fighting off orders to extradite him back to Australia.
How did it all happen? Where did it all go wrong for the man dubbed ‘Señor Skase’? What was the mysterious lung disease that created such intrigue and prevented him from returning home? Did it really? Was he putting it on? What did he really die of?
And, when the smoke cleared, where did all the money go?
Tony Larkins knows all the answers.
Married to Pixie’s oldest daughter, Tony Larkins spent nearly eleven years on Mallorca working side by side with Christopher Skase as he tried to re-establish his life, his business and his credibility.
Trials, punch-ups, projects, drink, drugs, breakdowns, madness, threats, gaols, extraditions, guns, gun-runners, movie stars and a hacienda full of huskies, it was a dramatic saga that a constantly marauding media pack ensured was rarely out of the headlines.
Now, the truth. By the man who lived through it all.
Skase, Spain and Me.
Never a dull day.

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By J.W. Holliday

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By Patricia Ann Johnson

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By Tony George

A study by The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy reports that 57% of men and 53% of women admit to committing infidelity at least once. And although anecdotal, many experts believe that half of these individuals will cheat repeatedly. To avoid becoming a serial victim of a cheating partner, it’s essential that you learn to distinguish the excuses from the root causes of recurring infidelity.

Because serial cheaters are rarely forthcoming with answers, Why Cheaters Cheat uses real-life examples of infidelity to help you sift through the excuses and identify the issues that create a propensity to cheat again. Only then can you make an informed decision to stay or walk away.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/648737.

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By Nicole Geurin MPH RD

Short on time, but still want to eat well? 5-Minute Meals features over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can make in less than 5 minutes. Each recipe contains simple, real-food ingredients with easy-to-follow steps, complete nutrition information, and beautiful photos of the prepared dish. It’s perfect for students, singles, novice cooks, and busy people on the go. Don’t settle for fast food when you can have real food… fast!

Recipes include:
– Apple Cobbler Oatmeal
– Grilled Fish Tacos
– Pesto Pita Pizza
– Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/645038.

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By Sara Hammond

The story of Anne Blake continues from The Gardener’s Daughter. Anne’s father has died, and she has been sent by Lord Greville to live with the famous floral artist, Mary Moser, not as a housemaid, but as her student. As Miss Moser discovers her new student’s talent and the unfortunate circumstances in her past, she mentors the young woman in both art techniques and etiquette. Once again, Anne finds she is living on the edge of society. The year is 1808, and London is a busy place. A reunion with Lord Greville, the reappearance of the cad, Lord William, and an incident with an apothecary’s clerk fortifies her resolve to become a better artist. Anne worries for her future and wishes for a purpose to her life when she hears of a need for a botanical artist and a planned journey to far off America.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/657183.

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