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  • Mabon

    ‘Magick or Love.

    If both ran deep in your blood, which would you choose?

    On her sixteenth birthday, introvert Lucy DeBane can’t shake the memory of her father’s death, or the possibility that by day’s end a life altering ancestral truth will blow apart the world she knows.

    Lucy is sure of one thing, her feelings for Gil … tall, dark and hot … her first real love.

    So when she hears the chiming of ancient bells and her family’s secret is revealed, Lucy must make a decision … become a DeBane witch, or walk away from family for love.

    Is there a way she can have both?

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  • Mary’s Poland

    Mary’s Poland is the sequel to Mary’s Ireland.

    At the end of Book One we see Mary bid farewell to Ireland and her family, and set sail for her husband’s home: Lida, Poland

    Book Two follows Mary as she tries to adjust to her new life. A life with an incendiary mix of languages, religions, and myths. Of politics, aristocrats, peasants, and revolution. Historical events are woven through the story, with a large part focusing on the ‘Polish’ revolution.

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  • Mary’s Ireland

    Mary’s Ireland is a love story between an Irish barmaid and a Polish sailor. From a working class Catholic family of nineteenth century Belfast, Mary Cannon meets Walenty Nikodemski in her pub, The Shamrock. Initially, Mary is taken by Walenty’s looks especially his eyes, which shine jade black ‘seeing right through me to the very white of my skin’. With attraction battling suspicion Mary gradually sees more deeply into the character, family and home of Walenty, or Nikoda, as sailors call him. Mary never gains the full picture.

    Mary’s largely Catholic Ireland under centuries of Protestant British rule is compared to Nikoda’s Poland under centuries of Tsarist Russian occupation. Fighting hardship with family humour, love and their Catholic faith, the Cannons confront poverty, war, famine, corruption, violence, disease, death and family break up. From a peasant background, Nikoda’s family endures similar hardships also accepting them as a normal part of life, once again buoyed by Catholicism, long banned by the Russian Tsars.

    These cultural similarities include bigotry, which is often based on self-serving fabrications. Mary’s Ireland reflects on this bias through the troubles between the Protestants and Catholics of Belfast, the lives of Jews, nationalism and religion. The Cannons and Nikodemskis bring their prejudices, bravado and egos to the traumas of Crimean War of 1853–1856, the subsequent Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878 and the battles on Belfast’s streets. Wealth, poverty and power breed the bias and underpin the novel, governing life from food, clothing and housing through work and education to religious and political freedom.

    Encased in historical events and settings, Mary’s Ireland enshrines the human capacity to survive hardships and indeed flourish within them, ‘turning donkeys into racehorses’.

    Mary’s Ireland is the first of a trilogy with Mary’s Poland and Mary’s War.

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  • Natural Gas: Consumers and Consuming Industry

    Natural Gas: Customers and Consuming Industries is the 3rd volume in a series of textbooks – following Natural Gas: Exploration and Properties (1st volume) as well as Natural Gas: Operations and Transport (2nd volume) -, which is going to be continued with Natural Gas: Economics and Environment (4th volume). The aim of this series is to provide a student with the basic technical and commercial tools required when following the flow of gas from the reservoir to the burner tip.

    Volume 3 is meant to accompany the reader along the flow of gas from the point of delivery to the burner tip and concludes with the physical flow of gas at the point of consumption. This volume consists of four chapters commencing with chapter 13, which deals with basic technical aspects of gas marketing, especially gas metering, storage and distribution. Chapter 14 provides a description of the various gas markets for residential, commercial and industrial customers (including a brief description of natural gas vehicles and fuel cell technology), while concluding with an introduction to natural gas trading and hedging instruments. Chapter 15 and 16 relate to the role of natural gas in two key gas-consuming industries in connection with power generation and the use of natural gas as a feedstock for the petrochemical industry.

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  • Natural Gas: Economics and Environment

    Natural Gas: Economics and Environment is the fourth and last book in a series of textbooks that have focused on the technical and market related fundamentals of natural gas, while also taking aspects into consideration that one shared between the oil & gas industry.

    Volume 4 consists of three additional chapters and commences with chapter 17 dealing with the economic modelling of a natural gas project. The economics of three models are introduced in this chapter, i.e… (1) an upstream E&P project, (2) a LNG model and (3) a gas-to-electricity (CCGT) model. Chapter 18 describes HSEQ (health, safety, environment and control) related aspects in connection with natural gas, with a focus on environmental aspects. Chapter 19 deals with the industrial environment related to the oil and natural gas industry. A historical overview of the development of the techniques used in this industry is provided together with a selective overview of current technological developments. Volume 4 ends with an outlook on future exploration in the quest for oil and gas that has not ended yet.

    Volume 4 in hand is the last of four volumes on the various aspects of natural gas and the oil and gas industry. The aim of this study – including all of the four volumes – was to enable the reader to acquire sufficient knowledge of the fundaments of the natural gas industry in order to enable him or her to participate in a qualified decision making process.

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  • Natural Gas: Exploration & Properties

    Natural Gas: Exploration and Properties is the 1st volume in a series of textbooks to be continued with Natural Gas: Operations and Transport (2nd volume), as well as Natural Gas: Customers and Consuming Industries (3rd volume). This series will end with a 4th volume Natural gas: Economics and Environment. The aim of this series is to provide a student with the basic tools required when following the flow of gas from the reservoir to the burner tip.

    The first chapters or sections of Natural Gas: Exploration and Properties provide an overview of the market environment and the geological environment with reference to natural gas. Natural gas properties and characteristics are dealt with subsequently, while phase diagrams relating to gas reservoirs form part of an additional chapter. Geophysical- and formation evaluation methods are further described in the following sections. The text ultimately ends with an introduction to the principles relating to fluid- and gas flow, as well as to the formation testing of gas reservoirs.

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  • Natural Gas: Operations and Transport

    Natural Gas: Operations and Transport is the second volume in a series of textbooks following Natural Gas: Exploration and Properties (first volume).

    This series is continued with Natural Gas: Customers and Consuming Industries (third volume) and Natural Gas: Economics and Environment (fourth volume). The aim of this series is to provide a student with the basic tools required when following the flow of gas from the reservoir to the burner tip.

    The first chapter of Natural Gas: Operations and Transport deals with the chemical composition of raw gas and the contaminants contained within. Subsequently a variety of methods for gas purification and processing are discussed. Natural gas compression and pipeline transport are addressed during the following sections of this text. Alternative means of transport in connection with natural gas liquefaction and LNG shipment are highlighted in the last chapter of this second volume.

     

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  • New Balloons

    Can you imagine sucking air through the tiny hole in your closed fist or spending twenty-four hours sucking air in and out through a plastic straw? Imagining is hard when breath comes easily to you. It is something humans do every day. Something we all take for granted. Breathing was a luxury Leanne thought she would always have… until it was taken away from her.

    Cystic fibrosis stole Leanne’s young life, acquainting her with a journey of failing health and, ultimately, leaving her knocking on death’s door. The propitious hopes of a medical miracle became a life line, with a double lung transplant being Leanne’s only hope for survival.

    New Balloons is a passionate and honest memoir that will take you on a physical and emotional roller coaster ride of life with failing lungs. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Leanne faces her own death with a valiant strength and resilience, reminding us of the most important things in life. Hope resonates through her words and draws the reader into a warm repository of emotion. Her positivity in the face of adversity echoes of a reality very few of us have faced. A candid and thoughtful insight into organ donation through the eyes of a lucky and grateful recipient.

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  • On the Buses

    ERG’s Melbourne Project was Automated Fare Collection system for the Ministry of Transport. It was reported to be the world’s first multi modal system enabling patrons to utilise the same ticket for bus, rail and tram travel. ERG employed over 100 staff on the project. The architecture was a large distributed computing environment ranging from vehicle based fare devices through Unix depot computers to central mainframes.

    When I commenced, construction had just begun at the individual device level and overall architectural issues were a major concern. An intensive period of backfilling industry standard processes, strategically planning the development of the three main sub systems in parallel, resolving critical system integration issues and enabling full end to end testing resulted in all three sub-systems being delivered on schedule. From August 95 through to February 96 some 24 Formal Deliverables were all delivered on schedule.

    AES constructed all vehicle and platform device software. It was written in embedded C, running on OS/9 and utilized bisynchronous Communications. AES also developed the Unix based Depot Computers which acted as data concentrators in collection, and gateways for distribution of fare, route and table data throughout the network. Ticket Vending Machines were developed with EFTPOS, Contactless Smart Cards and Magnetic Striped Tickets.

    The Software Group comprised 70 people with 8 Team Leaders reporting to Lawrie at peak development.

    Overall the system we were constructing was structured in a hierarchy of “levels” which meshed in with each other to capture a fare from a commuter, pass it up to the clearing house and distribute funds to the service providers. The Card Issuer and the Central Body would at the same time, be transmitting their data downward and imposing Issuer rules on the governance of all fare collection, validation and transmittal processes.

     

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  • Otto the Otter’s Muddy Puddle

    Otto the Otter is in trouble.
    His pond is a mess and a muddle
    from the trash of tourists
    who are less than subtle.
    To save his home he needs some muscle.
    Can Otto rescue his friends
    and together clean up this muddy puddle?

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  • Our Children Our Legacy

    Our Children, Our Legacy explores the duo of reproduction and nutrition.

    The health we pass onto the next generation will determine whether our children and their children continue to become victims of chronic diseases, or whether we act now to change that legacy. The need for parents-to-be to get their own metabolic health in order and maintain that during pregnancy, and after, is imperative. The nutrition information mess, the agendas influencing our foods, and the important winds of change regarding nutritional successes in recent years especially for the disorders of metabolism are creating havoc.

    This book explores the societal dilemma and offers clear advice on how to build a strong foundation for lifelong health, starting even before conception.

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  • Paradise Pearl

    When the day is done and the fun’s all been had, there’s no better way to dream than a story before bed.

    Especially when the story comes to life…

    As Dad tells the tale, curious Sophie and Jack enter a large treasure box that transports them to Paradise Island. A land of sunshine and sparkles, adventures and dangers, gangster pirates and very curious characters indeed.

     

    Set up as a play that can be acted by children, or other theatre, this little book is of immense value

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  • Payback – A gripping multi-national crime action thriller

    An aboriginal massacre. A CIA agent gone rogue. The hunt is on!

    Part-Aboriginal Sydney lawyer Cory, devastated by the loss of his family and friends, accepts the aid of ex-ASIO officer Martin to help track the fugitive and bring him to justice.

    Through crocodile infested waters of Cape York, North Queensland to the dry Savannahs of South Africa, the fugitive utilises his shady contacts to outrun his punishment.

    Can Cory bring him home to face justice?

    Will it be court trial or aboriginal tribal justice?

    This gripping multi-national crime action thriller will keep you turning the pages and on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

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  • Petal – The Other Side of Suicide

    ‘I often wonder just how I managed to survive the loss of my Mark to suicide – the pain almost crippled me in so many ways. I have always been a believer that everything happens for a reason… but THIS… Suicide… there was no rhyme and no reason it seemed. Suicide always leaves you with so many WHY’S… which led me on a journey to find out WHY… bringing more pain at each discovery.’

    In 1998, Tanya French was a busy and happy wife and mother of three, doing just what every other mother does – to do her utmost to give her family the best life they could possibly have – whilst simultaneously managing a highly successful international company with her husband, Mark.

    Then, her world and that of her family changed dramatically when Mark suddenly and tragically took his own life, sending her family, friends, and a whole town into total shock. This man – this outgoing, vivacious, talented, funny, life of the party – had ended his own life, prompting Tanya to set out on a journey to understand why he would choose to end his life so tragically and so violently and why he would leave those that loved him so much.

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  • Poetry and Hot Chocolate

    Poetry and Hot Chocolate is book two in a series of four books.

    The windows frosted up with falling flakes
    The snow grew denser and covered footsteps
    As the fire started to soften its crackling
    The smooth serene-sounding radio took its place
    The living room felt cosy as I snuggled into my blanket
    And forgot the troubles that resided in my past
    Instead enjoying the current moment
    Looking at the frozen tears of God that eloquently descended
    I took a whiff of the vanilla-scented candles
    That propelled me to scribble down a few poems
    While I sipped my bliss-infused hot chocolate

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  • Poseidon’s Academy

    Getting sucked into a whirlpool, sleeping in monster-infested woods, and battling psycho sea-nymphs was not how Hailey planned to spend her first year of high school. But when you’re the only Zeus in the world, life tends to get a bit complicated.

    The Great Battle saw the world changed forever when humans killed the gods and absorbed their powers. One power was coveted above all others: Zeus’s.

    Thirteen-year-old Hailey Woods is the first Zeus in over a century. Unlike everyone else, she hates her powers because of an ancient prophecy that claims a Zeus will have to save the world someday. Hailey doesn’t want to save the world. She wants to be a normal teenager.

    Poseidon’s Academy, an underwater palace where her powers don’t work, was meant to give her that opportunity. But when she arrives, she discovers the sea-nymphs living there are plotting to resurrect the gods, and Hailey must find a way to stop them before they can enact the prophecy. 

    So much for normal!

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