I read the Outback Midwife via a book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a light, easy read and by the end of the book I felt like I knew Beth and liked her so much that I didn’t want the book to end. This memoir details Beth’s life as a midwife from the time she qualifies until she decides to retire. Although all her experiences had a significant influence on her life, none were more profound than her posting to a remote Aboriginal community in the far north of Queensland. Beth writes with compassion and empathy and her love for the people she nursed is amply evident via her writing. A wonderful and uplifting true Aussie tale.
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A hundred and fifteen years ago today, on 15 November 1899, near the start of the Anglo-Boer War, an armoured train manned by British soldiers and containing a young British journalist named Winston Churchill ground its way towards Chieveley in the misty hinterland of Natal, South Africa. The Boers, those fearsome, brave Afrikaner farmers known for their horsemanship and marksmanship, had proved to be a fearsome and formidable force. So as the train steamed along the track, the soldiers were well aware that the often elusive enemy could strike at any time.
The Armoured Train Incident commemorates this event and pays tribute to the brave men involved, including Alexander James Stewart and Charles Wagner, who both played a part that day.
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Jillianne Hoffman is said to be the next Patricia Cornwall, Kathy Reichs or Karin Slaughter, and in my opinion she has earned that accolade. I found her book, Pretty Little Things, a ripping good read.
The book starts with us in the living room of a pervert listening to a religious program on TV. He is an artist and an artiste, gathering pretty little girls for his macabre collection.
Next we switch to the bedroom of Lainey Emerson, a troubled thirteen-year-old who has posed for an online photo that makes her look fifteen, where she agrees via an online site to meet up with a boy she knows only as ElCapitan.
Special agent Bobby Dees is called in to look for Lainey when she goes missing. His job is particularly poignant for him because his own daughter, Katy, has been listed as a runaway for the best part of a year.
Matters are complicated by a has-been TV reporter, who receives from the abductor, nicknamed Picasso by the press, paintings of the murdered victims, horribly mutilated and tortured, and he seeks to revive his flagging career through exclusives on the kidnapping cases.
As each new clue is revealed, the tempo hots up, and we are taken into the mind and torture chambers of the pervert, as well as the life of Bobby Dees and his wife Lu-ann as they struggle to adjust to the possibility that this creature has their beloved Katy too.
You won’t expect the ending, and the pace and timing of each new scene will keep you riveted. A thoroughly recommended read.
Available at Amazon: http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonPrettyLittleThings
All for Socks by Adam Vickerstaff taps into the heart of every child’s fears: what lurks in that dark space beneath the bed? As Thomas lies in bed listening to his mother’s phone conversation with his beloved but estranged father, he sees the last of his socks disappearing under his bed. Knowing that the missing socks will only cause more problems with his mother, he decides to take action. Despite his fear of the unknown, he ventures under the bed, into that deepest, darkest recess of his fears, where a whole world of adventure awaits him. Together with his best friend, Teddy, he sets out to recapture his socks from the Sock Herders and, as it turns out, also save the world from a terrifying fate.
This imaginative and enthralling story is wonderfully illustrated, bringing the creatures in Adam and Thomas’ minds vividly to life.
All for Socks is the first in a series and can be bought from
Amazon UK via http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonAllfor Socks
or Amazon USA via http://www.authorsally.net/AllforSocks
For more information, check out Adam’s web site
Exciting news is that Self-Editing Your Novel is now available on Amazon! It gives many useful tips on how to self-edit fiction, including how to cut down on word count if your novel is a bit long. Follow the step-by-step guidelines to learn how to eliminate common errors and make your work really shine.
Chameleon was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award in the UK in 2010. Set in Africa, this family saga encompasses all the intrigue and mystery of that sun-drenched continent.
What readers have to say:
Kathy Stewart writes with empathy born of love of the vast and often troubled land of South Africa. Its history from 1914 to post World War II is seen through the lives of an English family struggling to run a general store in an isolated region, and the Africans whose lives are changed by the conflicts raging around them. It is a powerful story of loss, secrets and betrayal, and ultimately the endurance and healing power of love. It’s a darn good story ~ Sandy Curtis, author of six crime novels
Set in the historic background of South Africa, shadowed by the brutality of a war fuelled by racial tension, Chameleon’s characters act out their conflicted twisted lives. The reader is drawn inexorably into the characters’ motivations as the book charges to an unforeseen denouement. This debut book explores complex characters in a raw way. It’s an absorbing read. ~ Anne Herron
Betty Bee throws caution to the winds – literally – when she decides to stay out in a storm to collect pollen for her hive. This wonderfully illustrated book shows in a series of delightful colour pictures just what became of Betty Bee!