Trouble arrives early and often for Jo, the new Hospitality Manager at the Santa Barbara Hotel. Shortly after starting, she faces assault, gets reluctantly deputized by police to bust a money laundering ring, and earns local fame pulling vital documents from a crashed plane.
Jo handles the nonstop chaos with aplomb while navigating a troublesome relationship with the pompous head waiter and kindling a new romance with Bob. But just as things seem to stabilize, Bob drops a bombshell: he’s been temporarily reassigned to manage another hotel in Cape Town.
Everyone suspects longer than a few months, leaving Jo’s professional and personal lives in flux once more. Can she continue excelling through turmoil at the Santa Barbara without her right-hand man? Jo primed herself for anything but this. The trials never cease for the hotel’s beleaguered-yet-brilliant new hospitality manager.
In an unprecedented venture, the world’s richest man turns a remote island into a live social experiment and reality show. It attracts a diverse group pursuing extraordinary goals: private visionaries, scientists, and military figures, all operating beyond mainland constraints. As the world watches, global tensions escalate towards war.
Key players include Bonita Apple in the communist camp, Samson Tunn from Space Force testing new technologies, and local Sevi Akonga striving to preserve the island’s heritage. From a mainland cave, Jonah Smith narrates these events as the world teeters on the brink of chaos, offering a riveting glimpse into ambition, power, and the fragility of societal order.
Fear and grief alter those who experience them. Trauma teaches lessons we never anticipated and imparts wisdoms for which we never prepared. The characters in The Storyteller embark on the most vital adventure of their lives – the one deep into their minds and most profound heartaches. They battle curses and hardships to survive, fighting fang and witch’s nail to break free.
Set in the small South African town of Klerksdorp, we follow a group of apparent strangers united by their adversities and rallying against an entire world concealed behind an ominous veil. This is a story to make you feel and think in equal measure, until your heart breaks one final time.
Casey, Liam and James show us fear stems more from thoughts than imagined monsters. By finding courage through hardship and confronting the past, they transform terror into strength. This is how we overcome, how we ascend: through ties that bind. We adapt or die.
Pungo, the protagonist, a young Mandan Indian from North Dakota, led three Indian friends in the final challenge to complete the four-day rite of passage ceremony and manhood called Sun Dance. One of the young Indian boys was accidently killed but the accident was blamed on Pungo. His punishment was expulsion from the tribe, surely a slow death on the plains of North Dakota in the early 20th century. Running from a violent thunderstorm, he found shelter in a cave, where he slept until awakened by an unusual sound. Investigation revealed a wounded wolf, which had fallen over a ledge inside the cave. It was unable to escape. Pungo rescued and nursed the wolf back to health. He named him Sundance in honor of the Sun Dance rite he had just completed with his tribe. Pungo and Sundance settled deep in the mountain wilderness, where they met others including a brown bear, a wild stallion, John who chose the wilderness over being a street person, a survivor who plunged over a waterfall, two thieves and Maria, who worked in the nearby town. Sundance assisted Pungo in all these encounters and was a faithful companion in the lonely and harsh environment.
"Hey, you listen to me now,' Daniel's tone was gentle. 'The opposite of brave is not scared, it's cowardly, and you're no coward. If you do something that puts you in danger, even though you're scared, it makes you even braver than if you weren't scared in the first place. Do you get me?"
Sara sniffled and wiped her nose with her sleeve. "I think so. I never thought I could be brave and scared at the same time. I guess I can lead for another bit then, seeing that I'm so brave!" She turned slowly in the passageway to continue in the direction they had been moving.
Journey with Daniel and Sara on a wild adventure across a mystical land. Undertaking a daring quest in search of three strange treasures, our pair find themselves in a magical world full of wonder and danger at every turn. Their quest becomes a race against time, aided by new friends and hindered by dark forces. Will they make it? For not all is as it seems on Well-Keeper Island.
This story takes place on the beautiful island of Kauai and features the spirited cancer survivor, Serenity Jenkins.She and her best friend, Emma, have the mundane job of cleaning vacation rentals. But when Uncle Pete, from across the cul-de-sac, is mysteriously murdered, her life takes an alluring turn. Serenity finds herself acting as a ‘Private Eye Extraordinaire’. Surrounded by an amusing cast of characters, she gets herself into hilarious antics while trying to solve the case.With side-line romances, non-stop action, and tons of island adventure, this story is a fun read!
The worldâ€™s most secret service, MI60, is at risk of being exposed. Their agents can no longer go into the field. The brains behind MI60, James S. Brogan, turns to the most unlikely source to protect the nationâ€™s security by covertly recruiting two unwitting boys to undertake a dangerous world-roaming mission. Brothers, Jack and Charlie, become the youngest and newest secret agents of MI60; the Rockwall Brothers are born.
Ever wondered if angels and demons could be real? And if so, how and why would they exist? Well, it just so happens that one Griffin Holster, a young man living in the northeast of England, lives in just such a reality where science fiction and mythology become the truth. He may not be the most intelligent of guys and is still trying to find his way in life like many others, so follow Griffâ€™s narrative through an adventure filled with horror, suspense, new-found history and action.
Jenna is fifteen, a couple of weeks away from her sixteenth birthday. After her step-father abuses her, she runs away to a beach house owned by her grandmother, Glenys, which has been empty for years.Looking after herself, determined to be independent and to stay safe, she cautiously gets to know the local shopkeeper, the elderly Maori man who leaves freshly caught fish on her doorstep, and a teenage boy on holiday in a neighbouring cottage. She uncovers the history of her nan and finds that history can repeat itself, but in a good way.This is a beautifully written, heart-warming story set in New Zealand. The characters are lightly but cleverly drawn, and the environment is vividly brought to life. This charming book will appeal to young adults and readers of all ages.
A giant cosmic dust cloud is first noticed in 1962, its discovery kept a secret so as not to cause worldwide panic, finally hits the Earth fifty-five years later with catastrophic devastation that wipes life from the face of the planet. One man, Colton Lee Steele, miraculously survives whilst stationed in Antarctica and thus starts his struggle to at first comprehend the enormity of his predicament and then plans and travels to the Northwest Territories to finally find a place he can call home. It is a harsh environment he finds himself in but through perseverance and true grit, he discovers an inner strength that will guide him through his final years, and along the way discover that life will always find a way.
On holiday at a small seaside resort, Bridget meets Tom, whose aunt pilots the airship Goodcheer that takes lucky tourists on sightseeing trips around the bay. She does not guess what a role the airship will play in her life as she gazes out to sea with her wheelchair-bound brother and remarks casually: “Isn’t it funny how we often see clouds on the horizon and like to think they’re mountains?”Nor does she foresee the role of the sinister Madame Retsinis, a fairground fortune-teller who talks darkly of opportunities to travel to far lands…Or what it all has to do with the strange local tales of Manny Reeve, a local eccentric who claimed to have visited a land whose people were threatened with ecological disaster, fierce tribal conflicts and power-hungry tyrants.
Indians in India and elsewhere relentlessly talk of corruption in their country. India ranks 76 in Corruption Perception Index of 168 countries. To be fair to India, every other country has the same problem to grapple with. It appears to be endemic, a worldwide phenomenon. It is said that if all the 25 countries in Europe were rid of corruption, their GDP would double. In Australia, the perceptions of both public and private corruption increased dramatically in 2016. This book is a story about corruption in India, how it works. A fiction written with a sense of humour.