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Genre(s): Science Fiction & Fantasy | Teen & Young Adult
Lucretia’s life as an astronomer is quickly turned on its head by her eldest brother when he is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure as the family move to be nearer the king. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time, misfortunes take their toll. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Can she find the strength inside to overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.
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We are proud to publish our first novel from an author who lives outside of North America. Katy hails from Ireland. When reading this novel, please keep in mind that English is not spelled the same everywhere! Because she is from Ireland and her characters also dwell in Europe, we maintained her uses and spellings. Enjoy!
Genre(s): Mystery Thriller & Suspense | Crime Fiction
***** No.1 on Goodreads List (out of 1,382) “Little Known Authors Worth Reading” *****
The tension starts to mount, even from the prologue as an innocent girl is defiled and killed in front of her dying father by heartless soldiers.
The pace does not let up. The plot takes you through the steamy jungles of the Philippines as ruthless men lie, cheat, and bribe their way to the very top.
More innocents will die as the evil Senator Consuelo murders and schemes towards the presidential election. The old soldier, Paul, is the only one with any power to stop this desperate man from or becoming the president. Can he survive to thwart to powerful senator’s plans or will he too meet his end?
Chloe, the beautiful, young, long-suffering wife of Consuelo is left with agonizing decisions to make. Can she save her husband? Does she want to? The actions increases apace as Election Day nears, with many twists and turns distracting the ruthless man. After police and army raids, street battles, and daring escapes he eventually wins the election. Or does he?
Anyone who has any knowledge of the Philippines will know that the fictional event may not be too far from the truth. But any readers of political or crime thrillers will enjoy the book.
Genre(s): Action & Adventure | Contemporary Fiction
Jonny Bails, Key West’s favorite beer-guzzling, barnacle-scraping street performer, has a night-fishing problem and a penchant for finding bales of marijuana, and trouble. One day, he discovers that he has contracted an unusual case of bioluminescence. His fingers and other extremities begin to emit subtle blue-speckled glows of light.
Jonny Bails speculates on the several scenarios that might have resulted in his rare condition. He works to understand the condition and use it to his advantage, while juggling a new relationship with the short-stayed tourist called Leila. And he must fend off his arch nemesis of the Mallory Square performers, The Biggest One Man Band (or The BOMB, for short) who will stop at nothing to steal the bioluminescent gift.
Once Jonny Bails gains control of his new power, he is able to use it to his advantage. But as with many cases of sudden fame, Jonny is a target. Along the way, he has run-ins with questionable doctors, scheming lawyers, and friends from the past before he finally bumps into an old philosopher who has a few eye-popping answers for him.
Genre(s): Mystery Thriller & Suspense | Police Procedurals
An offshore platform in the turbulent North Sea is a dangerous place…
…there’s the isolation, the machinery and the constant battle with the whims of nature. For Ally Baxter, a safety officer on Falcon Alpha, those whims take an odd turn. When his workmates decide he’s gay, an evening ashore turns ugly as they indulge in queer-bashing, and later his body is found along the route the group followed.
For DCI Jack Carston, the case seems simple enough until a second murder is discovered, this time it’s the prostitute Ally always visited–a young mother with a baby son. Complications mount as Carston must deal with an inexperienced officer under his command and a disciplinary charge brought against Carston himself by a vindictive superior officer.
The obstacles pile up and combine to get in the way of his investigations, just as he uncovers evidence of a plot to wreck the platform itself.
Genre(s): Self-Help | Travel
The Flâneur is an idea originating from the French poet Charles Baudelaire. In Baudelaire’s world, the Flâneur was an idly-rich dandy, who wandered about the streets of 19th century Paris seeking a remedy for ever-threatening ennui.
In this book, the 19th century Flâneur is re-born in the 21st century as the Artful Traveller; a person, not necessarily wealthy or idle, who seeks an authentic experience of a city by strolling about it in an unstructured way, responding intuitively to what they encounter. The Artful Traveller remains detached, non-judgmental; appreciating the nuanced perceptions that come their way.
This portrait of the Artful Traveller is painted from several perspectives; it begins with Baudelaire’s original artful stroller as the outline, then the details of the portrait are fleshed out using Pyschology and Cognitive Science, with finishing touches from a Zen-Taoist perspective.
Introduction. Travel is an expression of the human instinct for freedom and it is an instinct we share with every other creature on this planet. We all instinctively need freedom so we can find what we need in life.
For many people living in the world today, travel is a luxury afforded once or twice a year, if at all. Living sedentary, indebted lives that keep us tethered to one place, the instinct to travel is frustrated but not extinguished.
When we do manage to get away, do we really enjoy the experience? Not if we approach it with the wrong mind-set. The same journey can be a source of pleasure or misery depending. When travel is done with an open mind, it can be a transformative experience. When approached with a rigid, judgmental mind, every encounter is unpleasant.
The Artful Traveller is a handbook for people everywhere wishing to deepen their appreciation of the gentle art of travelling. In all likelihood, if you are reading this, you are such a person.
Read this book with an open mind. Suspend judgment long enough to absorb the message, and then decide.
What people need. Today, most of the problems of survival have been solved. We live mostly sedentary lives where our needs are met by a abundance of consumer goods and services. Yet stroll about a the city streets or shopping malls and look objectively at the people around you. Notice how few of them seem happy with the abundance that surrounds them. Most walk about with a blank expression, some look downright unhappy.
This is probably because while people’s basic needs for food and shelter are being met, their middle and higher order needs for a meaningful life, for self-esteem and self-actualisation are not being met. The psychologist Abraham Maslow describes this phenomenon in his Hierarchy of Human Needs model. To be happy, people need to satisfy the lower-order needs for food, shelter, sex, then middle-order needs for safety and security, then the higher middle-order needs for love and belonging. Above these is the higher-order need for self-esteem. But the highest need of all, sitting like the capstone on a pyramid is Self-Actualisation.
The Artful Traveller is someone who has progressively learned how to satisfy their lower and middle order needs, and who is now using travel as a way to achieve self-actualisation. Of course travel is not the only way a person can do this; it is simply one way, and a very enjoyable way it is too.
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