Deborah Marie Newbitt, a resident of Christchurch, New Zealand, has been an avid poet since the age of eight, when her Nana Ivy Preston, a renowned author, encouraged her to write. In her debut anthology, Nature’s Universe, Deborah’s passion for the natural world is evident in each of the 30 poems included. Whether read as a family or individually, the poems are infused with detail and insight, reflecting Deborah’s unique perspective on the wonders of nature. Each poem in Nature’s Universe celebrates the beauty and diversity of our planet. So, whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply looking for a moment of quiet reflection, Nature’s Universe is the perfect read.
What does it mean to have an individual identity? In this short collection of poems, B. Ronald Judd explores the obstacles that the modern world imposes upon our understanding of individual identity, while also exploring the foundations of individual identity in both nature and community. Far from having total freedom to define ourselves, we must at last submit to the limitations that are imposed upon us. We must discover that this world is not our own.
This is a story of loss and being taken on a journey of self discovery by people who come from differing walks of life. Some come from a very plain lifestyle while others come from a military life. They are drawn to a place that does not exist in the normal world but one that comes from the past that was dying from the lack of life, these are beings who do not come from our time, but a time of gods and heroes where everything was ruled by the gods. All characters are brought to a place they bring back to life. They stay and bring life to it and the forces that drew them to it, in this place they all find peace. They find a place to live rather than a place to stay.
On a chilling night in February 2019, Bradly Moore, a 32-year-old man, was discovered brutally murdered in his home.
The London police were on the case immediately. But this was no ordinary murder. Moments after his death, an emergency message was sent to eight individuals from Bradly’s contacts. All of them were summoned to the crime scene, making each one a suspect. With eight potential culprits and zero evidence, the investigation seemed nearly impossible.
But among the suspects, one stands out: forensic psychologist, Oliver Johnson. Oliver isn’t just any professional; he was Bradly’s oldest and dearest friend. Pressured by Bradly’s grieving family and driven by personal loss, Oliver is thrust into the center of the inquiry, using his expertise to unravel the case.
As he delves deeper, Oliver grapples with his own whirlwind of emotions, from anxiety to grief. And amidst the chaos of evidence and testimonies, a haunting question remains: Who killed Bradly Moore?
This book chronicles the path from discovery to cancer diagnosis, through treatment to a year on down the line. The roller coaster of turmoil and emotion the author went through is charted in these poems. From the initial shock and disbelief there follows fear, confusion, planning, plotting, anguish and anger. There is also humour and a hopeful ending.
A boy has just left his friend’s house and is walking the short distance to his home. His birthday is in two days. He is turning 13, the start of teens. Halfway home, and as he is typing a message to another friend, he is bundled into a van and left unconscious. From that moment onwards, his life is in the hands of his captor. Would he survive or be killed? Would he be found by the police or would it be too late?
Micho Sangera weaves a rich tapestry deriving from carefully selected urban tropes to come up with a taut, emotion-charged short story collection in which supposed friends turn out to be deadly rivals, friendships are lost and won again and in which everything is not what it seems. 10 Sojourner’s Tales simultaneously shows us that storytelling is much more than characters as vehicles taking the plotline forward, as it references some of the more unconventional narrative styles, thereby revealing to us that sometimes form is equally important alongside the account itself. From reverse narratology, diction-bending narration to characters speaking to us from the afterlife, the collection recounts unlikely motivations behind the depicted actions of its characters, making us chortle in the process when not invoking in us the empathy that brings out our humanity through scenes of pathos that show literature is as much about lived experiences as storytelling.
It is December 2019, and preparations for Barbados Prime Minister Jeffrey Motby’s annual Christmas reception have been thrown into disarray when a close and dear friend of his dies in a vehicular accident. One week later, another long-term friend dies by drowning. Motby becomes concerned. Was this coincidence, or were his two friends’ deaths connected? He is unable to comprehend their untimely deaths and his friendship with them going back over 30 years as Mango Club members.
While not strictly a national security matter, Motby quietly asks the Barbados Intelligence Bureau (BIB) to investigate the deaths to see what, if anything, connects either or both deaths to him, his family, or his government. The apparent suicide of a third friend makes the investigation official. BIB operatives and Barbados police officers review the three deaths in different Caribbean countries. Other Mango Club members' lives are also threatened.
Can the Chaos Theory help? Are the killings being made due to anger, envy, jealousy, revenge, or elements of all four of these factors? The Barbados crisis has the potential to ripple across the Caribbean Sea and beyond. Long-held personal secrets are exposed and friendships fray. Only hard work, cooperation, trust, ingenuity, and some luck help in solving the 12 Presents puzzle.
‘Noel, you mentioned 120 days several times and I want you to tell me what that means.’
‘120 days? Yes, I will tell you, why not? But what will I win?’
As smart as he is damaged, Noel, an internationally renowned writer on psychology, has been detained in a mental health clinic after hearing voices and attempting suicide. Christina, the doctor assigned to examine him, has her own concerns, not least her complicated family life. The growing friendship between these two intelligent, complex people is threatened by the ‘many guests’ Noel has in his head.
Ekavi Korouli’s remarkable book is distinguished by its unusual, kaleidoscopic style, which portrays the actions and shifting emotions of her characters with truth and compassion.
Lady Elizabeth Barrington-Elsworthy’s charred remains are discovered after her home, Barrington Hall, is burned to the ground. She was ‘the keeper’ of the infamous Barrington jewels and heirlooms and her untimely death means that their whereabouts are now unknown. It is believed they are hidden somewhere on the estate. The estate is closed. Years pass and then Cavendish House, a palatial building, now stands where Barrington Hall once stood.
The property is now divided into fourteen apartments. Cherishé Love lives in apartment 4. She discovers a book, ‘The History of Barrington Hall’, that references the missing heirlooms and also that a substantial reward is being offered by Lord Henry Barrington-Elsworthy if they are found. Cherishé and her best friend Sonia are determined to seek out the treasure but they are not alone - others are also keen to look for them.
So begins an hilarious journey where lies, deceit, betrayal and lust all have their part to play.
In this book, Australian actress and author SuzanMarie has curated a dictionary of words that will never sound angry in any conversation. SuzanMarie discusses and digresses words from 'aglet' to 'zoo' by influencing mindfulness into our daily conversations.
150 Words That Will Never Sound Angry (most of the time).
Not all monsters live solely in your nightmares. Dean looked across at his friends and family. He breathed a sigh of relief. They were safe for now, huddled together in this fort. Safer than they had been since that day; every noise shook them to their core. Scanning the room, something moved in the shadows. His heart stopped and he jumped out of his skin, reaching for his gun. His friends looked at him and knew. Darkness was coming.
That day was like any other normal day. There were faint sirens in the background but that was not unusual. The town was quiet but bustling. They met up like always after school. Having known each other forever, they came together like magnets. They had each other's backs…literally. Back to back they asked, “Where were you at 15:37 today?”