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  • An Ocean Away

    As a child, to have your world turned upside down at a day’s notice is a catastrophe. Everything comfortable and normal was swept away on that day and a new life begun.

    William lived in mid-nineteenth century rural Northern Ireland, never straying far from home or family. Always poor, always struggling, and always normal. His father, worried that he might settle down and continue in poverty as generations before, decides his son must take advantage of worldwide change and pursue a life outside the valley. He puts his son on a cart that leaves the valley for Belfast…

    What follows is a life of change and challenge.

    Swept along by chance, William determines he will follow the gold rush to Australia. He finds his way onto a steam/sailing ship, threatened by bullies and the elements, we follow his steps as fate guides him in pursuit of his new life.

    One more waif in a world of many, following life where it sees fit to take him. William is only one of many who found the courage, the patience and the willingness, and this is his story.

    Never easy, sometimes funny, and often dangerous. We peek into the lives of people at the time and through him, see how they lived on the docks and on the ship.

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  • Bunty Bailey’s Adventures in Berrima

    “No happier or more adventurous child has ever been born!”

    The year is 1849. Nine-year-old Bunty Bailey lives with her family in the country town of Berrima, New South Wales, between Sydney and Canberra.

    Brave, adventurous, kind-hearted, every day brings a new adventure for Bunty as she explores the secret places around the growing township and neighbouring countryside.

    And real dangers abound! From the natural world to bushrangers and escaped convicts, Bunty will need all her courage to protect the lives of those around her.

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  • Fairy Folk and Fantastic Friends

    Fairy Folk and Fantastic Friends: Fairy Picture Book of Cute Bedtime Stories about Friendship.

    The Fairy Folk would love to introduce you to some of their fantastic friends, such as Fuzzy Buzzy, Mr. Caterpillar, the Gloopy family fairy, Father Pumper, Lenny Longarms and many more.

    Fairy Folk friends love being helpful so enjoy reading the stories they have to tell, and see how they help those who are sad or don’t know what to do next.

    Cute picture book of short bedtime stories of fairies, elves and pixies.

    The Fairy Folk books are a joint effort with Helen and Linda co-authoring. Helen creates the illustrations and stories and Linda sets up the layout and does the publishing.

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  • Flames of Rebellion

    On his release from gaol, all Patrick Flanagan wanted was a good woman, a family and a peaceful life. Then he heard the call that reverberated around the world. Gold!

    Leaving Moreton Bay behind, he jumps aboard The Cumberland to work for his passage to the goldfields. On the voyage he befriends Fergus, an old sailor at the crossroads of new technology. Together the pair jump ship in Melbourne and head towards the Ballarat Goldfields to make their fortune.

    But, their dreams of easy riches are soon shattered as they not only battle the elements and the elusive nature of the gold, but also corrupt administrators and brutal law enforcement officers of the Colony, including an old acquaintance of Patrick’s.

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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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  • Senlac

    Senlac is an anti-war love story.

    Classical composer Jack Stalwart is called up to go to war. The night before he leaves, in a vivid dream of the Norman invasion of England, Jack’s dilemma of being torn between his family and his country is mirrored by the Saxon hero King Harold as both are forced to make a stand in the struggle for peace.

    Sometimes quirky and funny, sometimes caustic and heartbreakingly sad. Senlac looks at tomorrow through a prism of the past, and shines a spotlight on the pathway for today.

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  • Whispers Among the Prairie

    Set in the American West Whispers among the Prairie features the plight of the Southern Cheyenne’s lead by Chief Black Kettle. They seek peace with the white man but find war through the battles of Sand Creek and the Washita.

    One particular woman named Morning Dove becomes a bridge between her own world and the other world that threatens her way of life. Black Kettle is her guardian and insists she learns the English language. Little does she realise that a chance meeting with Captain Clinton McKay would change her destiny and everything she believed in.

    Enter Captain Clinton McKay, after the civil war he becomes stationed at Fort Laramie, Indian skirmishes abound and has a brief romance with Nancy, the General’s daughter. One day Nance disappears while riding out of the fort’s grounds and is never seen again.
    The friendship of Morning Dove and Clinton develop at Camp Supply after the battle of the Washita. Friendship turns into love and is a complete surprise to them. Eventually they confess their love for each other but have to sneak around and hide their love so no one knows. They know their love won’t be accepted into mainstream society which is anti- Native American at this point.

    Captain Clinton McKay is presumed dead after a stagecoach attack but survives with the other passengers trespassing over the prairie lands and finding safety at an army fort. Morning Dove hears reports of the attack and comes to the conclusion that Clinton is dead and eventually marries a tribe member.

    Once Clinton comes back to see Morning Dove, his heart is broken and feels it will never be repaired. He takes an assignment to Texas to stem the Comanche uprising but he never makes it there and turns back to win Morning Dove’s love.

    Clinton is seen as a deserter and is wanted by the army, he is found guilty and is sent to be killed by firing squad but The Cheyenne Dog Soldiers rescue him by creating havoc and fighting the soldiers at the fort.

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