My Books For Your Reading Pleasure

My Books For Your Reading Pleasure
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

REAWAKENING ... a novel


REAWAKENING  is my second novel written a few years ago now.   I had such fun writing this story and, as it turned out, it was the favourite of my sister, Muriel. 

Below are a couple of reviews REAWAKENING  received at the time of publication.

Unfortunately this book is no longer available in print format but it is available for your reading pleasure in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.


A review by Ann on Goodreads

It was amazing.

Let me first wipe my droplets of moisture from my eyes. Some shed from sadness of a love so strong and true, that never seems to be a " togetherness of two the way I would hope. Then some shed for the amazing job Austin did in making me laugh at the craziness of our "human" lives.

"Reawakening" is a story I could not give anything less than 5 stars too. It is a love story, mixed with sci-fi, also mixed with drama and the comedy that sneaks up if you have the ability to laugh at oneself.

Would I go as far as calling this book a romance...no I cannot! It is a book of love, true love, something many think they know, but will realize if by this story very few may actually have it right. A love on earth where age, appearance were not important to the two involved; happiness, comfort, and love was without a question in their lives. A must read for men and women


a review written by her publisher at Wynterblue Publishing Canada:

Every now and then a manuscript comes across my desk that completely captivates me. Austin has reached inside the human heart and removed all boundaries pertaining to everlasting love ... and her ability to play with the English language successfully is astounding.

Austin's Reawakening is a must read. It will take you into a land not far from your heart and bring you back to earth again believing that all things are possibel with love and hope.

Maggie Lacroix, Executive Director, Wynterblue Publishing.


Cover design:  SusanRK  https://yuneekpix.com

Visit my author's page at  https://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin  

The Silent Star - a short story

Young Andrew suffers many losses. An orphan, he feels alone and unwanted. He becomes the silent star. He walks alongside the track in life; often getting stuck on the wrong side. 

Rose is his redeemer and because of her, and their love for one another, he overcomes all odds and becomes an inspiration to others.

The Silent Star is a short story that dares, like Daniel, to stand alone.

But this story is one of thirteen stories found in short story anthology titled 
The Silent Star plus a dozen.

The individual short story and the anthology titled The Silent Star plus a dozen are available in kindle format only, however, the short story anthology titled The Silent Star plus a dozen Selections is available in both paperback and kindle formats on all Amazon sites.

Writing short stories is my passion.  I hope you enjoy reading them.

Visit my author's page at https://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Thank you for your positive reviews on Amazon and on Goodreads.  :-)







Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CrabappleCourt

Susie Donnelly is missing. Has she run away or is she just a little girl playing hide and seek? Is it a kidnapping? A murder?

Without exception the residents of Crabapple Court do not like to draw attention to themselves or to their homes. They do not like publicity. They do not appreciate media attention but this day, whether they like it or not, the Fairmont residents are keeping them under strict scrutiny. Indeed the eyes of the entire country are fixed upon them.



Available in both paperback and kindle format
on all Amazon sites.

http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Man On The Bench - a short story

The Man On The Bench is a metaphysical delight. She sees the old man on the bench as she walks with her dog through the park just as she does every morning rain or shine. What is it that causes her to change her walking route this morning? What is it that draws her to approach him? What is it that causes her dog to behave the way he does? 

This fictional short story may leave the reader with a tear in the eye and a smile in the heart.

The Man On The Bench is my latest publication; a short story available in Kindle format on all Amazon sites.

Check out my author's page at https://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin





Saturday, July 7, 2018

Celebrating my 11th Writing Anniversary :-)

 
This week I celebrate my 11th writing anniversary. During these years I have had published by Wynterblue Publishing Company, (forever grateful Maggie Kirton), and later as an independent author, 19 paperback books plus many short stories that, like Daniel, dare to stand alone. My short stories, which I love to write, are available in my 5 short story anthologies. Individually they are available in Kindle format only on all amazon sites.
I want to thank you, my readers, for your continued support throughout these 11 years.
This past year has been one of much transition and I have written little but inspiration, accompanied by motivation, has made a recent visit. I am writing again. Tomorrow will see the publication of a short story recently written and titled "The Man on the Bench". I've recently submitted a poem to White Mountain Publications which they may or may not accept for their annual anthology. I hope they will but, to me, what is important is that I felt inspired to write it.
I continue to work on "All Them Houses - part 2 - from John Paul to Bedlam". I also continue to work on "A Handful of Memories". I hope to have both of these works published this year.
Two of my novels, "Sara, a Canadian Saga", and "When God Gives Us Spring" will soon be available as audio books. Sara is being narrated by Falon Echo; When God Gives Us Spring is being narrated by Earl Sewell. I look forward very much to these audio book releases.
I continue to sell my books exclusively through all Amazon sites. Visit my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
To celebrate my 11th writing anniversary this coming Tuesday my very first novel, "Sara, a Canadian Saga", will be offered free for your reading pleasure on all Amazon sites. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Jacob's Seven Letters ... a short story

Jacob's Seven Letters is a Short Story by Audrey Austin. As a child Jacob suffers great losses and this is a story of one man's journey in search of promise, hope and redemption.









This is a story that, like Daniel, dares to stand alone in the Kindle Store.   Jacob's Seven Letters is also found as one of the stories in short story anthology titled Social Studies, Book One - Dying To Be Popular.


If you enjoy reading short stories check out my trio of short story anthologies.


Visit my author's page at  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Thank you for your positive reviews.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Joshua's Journey .... a short story by Audrey Austin





Joshua is an old man who lives in his room in a nursing home. He tells his story in a matter of fact way with no apology. He has experienced his share of difficulties and life has left him angry and bitter. He is unprepared for his meeting with Victoria. Because of his encounter with this little girl, Joshua makes the decision to do the right thing.  His action is his gift to himself on his birthday.  

From the Author:

I've sometimes had occasion to meet an elderly person who is quite angry and bitter about life.  I tend to feel sorry for such a person and I confess I wonder what has happened in his earlier years to make him this unhappy and cantankerous in old age.  These were the thoughts and the questions in my mind when I wrote the short story, Joshua's Journey.

Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

I hope you enjoy the story.

Monday, June 11, 2018

No Mercy For Magdalena .. free in the Kindle Store Wednesday, June 13th

Magdalena Macaire lives with her family in Greektown which is in the east end of Toronto, Canada. In her short life she has known nothing but violence.

It's time for celebration. With her friend, Katie, she attends A Taste of The Danforth. There the girls meet local hoodlum, Andreas Christakos, and his buddies.

Magdalena accepts a ride with these boys. Will she be driven to murder?

Check it out at my author's page  http://amazon.com/author/audreyaustin   

or on any Amazon site.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Keeping It Simple - Imagine Being Whole


By special request of some of our Centre’s students I put together some rough notes and this teaching material was utilized in class.
Since offering the Meditation Circles at Holy Trinity United Church and also the Emotional Healing Classes through Learning in Retirement in Elliot Lake, I have received requests for a book on the topic of self-discovery and personal growth. These requests have encouraged me to get to work and expand on my earlier rough notes to create this book: Keeping it Simple
It is my highest hope that you, the reader, will find it a useful guide as you continue your journey along the path of self-discovery and personal growth.

Audrey Austin

~ ~ ~

BASE CHAKRA is located at the base of the spine. This energy centre is your survival centre, your connection to the earth, your human-ness. When we think of the base chakra we associate it with the colour red.

SACRAL CHAKRA is located below the navel. This energy centre is the centre of all desire; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. When we think of the sacral chakra we associate it with the colour orange.

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA is located just above the navel and below the breast. This energy centre is the centre of will, determination and perseverance. When we think of the solar plexus chakra we associate it with the colour yellow.

HEART CHAKRA is located between the breast bone and the neck. This energy centre is the centre of unconditional love; love of self and others. A fond reference to the heart chakra is, “the place where heaven and earth meet.”
This fond reference is used because the base, sacral and solar plexus chakras are all energy centres associated with our human-ness whereas the next three chakras are considered centres of a spiritual nature. When we think of the heart chakra we associate with it the colours pink or green.

THROAT CHAKRA is located in the area of the throat. This energy centre is the centre of all forms of communication and creativity. When we think of the throat chakra we associate with it the colour blue.

BROW CHAKRA is located in the centre of the forehead. This energy centre is the centre of our understanding. When we think of the brow chakra we associate with it the colour indigo.

CROWN CHAKRA is located in the top centre of the head. This energy centre is the connection to your higher self and to your Higher Power. When we think of the crown chakra we associate with it the colour purple or white

Thanks for checking it out at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Monday, June 4, 2018

Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy

Some reviews of Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy

Review

Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy has received its first review. I'm thrilled to share it with you.

"I grabbed your book and headed for bed. This was about 7:30.
I turned out the light just after midnight.
I couldn't put it down!
... Your characters are so real and believable! I absolutely fell in love with the Road, and Santo's dad, Arthur broke my heart and I think we all know someone a little...
like Eunice...
Just wonderful!
I liked how you interjected the Road's thoughts midway, and I liked the ending!
The story is riveting. I felt like I knew these people!"   Susan Ruby K.

A review by Lucy AnnSpence:
"WOW !!! Just finished reading this fabulous book...Audrey, you have a winner here...thoroughly enjoyed it and held
my attention right to the end...."
 
Moose Road is an exciting story and the characters living on the same road were all so down to earth, and it is a story you will not want to put down
until you have finished reading it as I know I couldn't. There has been a lot of research put into this story and the author is to be commended on her
great work.  Eleanor Lambert.

 
Moose Road, 15 Oct 2013
By 
The Brit "KC"
This review is from: Moose Road a Canadian Tragedy (Kindle Edition)
I give four stars for a really good story.
Who is to blame for the Moose Road Tragedy? Can Moose Road itself tell us?
Listen to the seven families as they give their accounts for what happened.
Do they blame each other? What conclusions do the insurance investigators draw?
Who does the judge blame? And why is murder committed after the enquiry?
To find out, you have to read, Moose Road.
It is a really good story.

From the Author

2012 was spent writing Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy.   Here in my home town of Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada we had recently suffered great losses due to a mall collapse which killed two people, injured others, and of course deprived many of their jobs and businesses.

Moose Road is not about this mall collapse however my frame of mind while writing this story was influenced by all that was going on around me.   And, of course, an Inquiry was happening here in the real world.I realized the importance to many of placing blame for what had occurred.

This was the bedrock of Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy.  My thought was what if no one is to blame?  What if it were an accident.  And, indeed, on Moose Road there is the accident between the snow plow and the school bus. There is an investigation; an inquiry; and judgment is made.   But what happens once this decision is made by the Judge is what shocks the small Town of Mansey and fills headlines across the nation.

I put my heart and soul into the characters who live along Moose Road.  They became very real to me and I sometimes had a hard time keeping up with them.

I hope you enjoy the story.
 
Check it out at my author's page  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Friday, May 18, 2018

To celebrate the long weekend, all the short stories listed below are free in the Kindle Store on Sunday, May 20th for your reading pleasure.  

The MacPhersons are a Scottish clan who love to wallow in the drama of their neighbours while keeping just enough distance to avoid involvement. They are a nosy lot. They don’t suspect that everyone on the street is on to them. This couple is blissfully happy in their ignorance; unaware that they are known by every resident on Cordelia Crescent as The Observers.













Forty-seven year old Gwendolyn arrives at the pearly gates. St. Peter searches and finds her name recorded in The Big Book. She is distressed to learn that she is barred entrance to Heaven. He gives her one last mission to complete on earth. Will she achieve success and be granted entry by St. Peter?

Hope of Glory:  Their father died and mom needed to work. To her young son she insisted, "hold her hand, Lester." And hold his sister's hand he did. They reached a certain age and a role reversal took place. Now it was sister, Linda, keeping her eye on her big brother who was heading in the wrong direction. Later on his death bed Lester is convinced there is no hope of glory for him. Little does he know of his sister's love and the power of prayer.









It is moving day; a most difficult time. Not only is she saying good-bye to the house but also to her mother. She feels okay though, keeping herself together, until she reaches The Linen Cupboard.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

After Words:  John Rowe, a retired teacher, discovered a whole new world thanks to his new laptop. He enjoyed chatting on-line but now it was time to meet the young woman. Sure, he exaggerated a little about his appearance, his age, his life. Did he exaggerate too much?


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ellen and The Hummingtree

Ellen is a woman I came to know well during the writing of my third novel Ellen and The Hummingtree.

She often puzzled me yet she also had the ability to make me laugh and cry.  I grew to love her.  And the more I came to know her I began to realize that she truly is a composite of the many caring spiritual women I have known throughout my life. 

Alzheimer is a dreadful disease and Ellen's victimization is a heartbreak.  My writing of Ellen and The Hummingtree comes straight from the heart.  I hope you will love her as I do.     

Ellen and The Hummingtree is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.  Visit my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

I'm currently in the process of adapting one of the chapters of Ellen into a 10 page play as an exercise for Elliot Lake Writers.    I've often thought Ellen and The Hummingtree would make a wonderful three act play; the adaptation will be a future project perhaps.       

Monday, May 14, 2018

Keeping It Simple .... Imagine Being Whole

Keeping it Simple: Imagine Being Whole

Emotional Healing through Meditation, the Chakras and Psychospiritual Therapy

by
Audrey Austin
Psychotherapy Practitioner/Author/Teacher


Cover Design:
Copyright © 2010-2012 Susan Krupp:
Contact Susan:
http://www.yuneekpix.com

~ ~ ~

A note from the author:

As a Psychospiritual Therapist and co-owner of Creative Connections Centre in Caledon East, it was my privilege and pleasure, in addition to carrying on a private counseling practice, to facilitate meditation and other personal growth classes in our “One Room Schoolhouse”.

It was not uncommon for an interested student to attend his first introductory meditation class with no prior knowledge of meditation or of the chakra system. For this reason I found it beneficial and in the highest interest of all concerned to keep it simple.

Simplicity in meditation, as in life, is an admirable goal. My students and I recognized as classes proceeded that it was not always easy to be simple. Life, with its myriad of challenges, has a habit of doing its best to get in the way. Nevertheless we kept our focus on this goal and felt grateful when it was achieved.

By special request of some of our Centre’s students I put together some rough notes and this teaching material was utilized in class.

Since offering the Meditation Circles at Holy Trinity United Church and also the Emotional Healing Classes through Learning in Retirement in Elliot Lake, I have received requests for a book on the topic of self-discovery and personal growth. These requests have encouraged me to get to work and expand on my earlier rough notes to create this book: Keeping it Simple

It is my highest hope that you, the reader, will find it a useful guide as you continue your journey along the path of self-discovery and personal growth.

Audrey Austin

~ ~ ~

BASE CHAKRA is located at the base of the spine. This energy centre is your survival centre, your connection to the earth, your human-ness. When we think of the base chakra we associate it with the colour red.

SACRAL CHAKRA is located below the navel. This energy centre is the centre of all desire; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. When we think of the sacral chakra we associate it with the colour orange.

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA is located just above the navel and below the breast. This energy centre is the centre of will, determination and perseverance. When we think of the solar plexus chakra we associate it with the colour yellow.

HEART CHAKRA is located between the breast bone and the neck. This energy centre is the centre of unconditional love; love of self and others. A fond reference to the heart chakra is, “the place where heaven and earth meet.”
This fond reference is used because the base, sacral and solar plexus chakras are all energy centres associated with our human-ness whereas the next three chakras are considered centres of a spiritual nature. When we think of the heart chakra we associate with it the colours pink or green.

THROAT CHAKRA is located in the area of the throat. This energy centre is the centre of all forms of communication and creativity. When we think of the throat chakra we associate with it the colour blue.

BROW CHAKRA is located in the centre of the forehead. This energy centre is the centre of our understanding. When we think of the brow chakra we associate with it the colour indigo.

CROWN CHAKRA is located in the top centre of the head. This energy centre is the connection to your higher self and to your Higher Power. When we think of the crown chakra we associate with it the colour purple or white.

Keeping It Simple - Imagine Being Whole is available in both paperback and Kindle formats on all Amazon sites.

Check out my author's page at  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day! ♥♥♥

Many people comment that I look a lot like my Mom. I think I do too. But, to be like my Mom ... not so easy. I think I'm more like my Dad. 

My mother had the patience of a saint. I never once heard her yell or express anger. She was always there for me and for my siblings. We always came first in her thoughts, her caring, and her love. She was a wonderful person and I was so very fortunate to be her child. 

She raised a large family in a not so large home and her organizational skills would be envied. Her laugh was contagious. She wrote stories and her poetry is beautiful; a very talented writer who set the bar high with her example of trust and abiding faith. 


Happy Mother's Day in Heaven, Mom.
I love you for eternity. ♥♥♥

Friday, May 11, 2018

Short Stories

I love short stories.

If you do too, then you will want to check out Social Studies; my trilogy of short story anthologies where the stories within focus on the social issues of our time.  There are a dozen short stories in each anthology.

The beautiful cover designs are by http://yuneekpix.com

These anthologies are available in both paperback  and kindle formats on all Amazon sites.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Passion for Staying Put .. a short story





Eleven years have passed. Arthur and Marion attempt to move on in the aftermath of the tragic loss of their only child, Jennifer. Passion for Staying Put was a semi-finalist in the 2013 John Kenneth Galbraith Short Story Writing Award Competition.

As a mother and a grandmother I cannot imagine anything more devastating than to experience the loss of a child.  To move on; get over it; get on with life must be near impossible yet there are many who, like the characters in this story, do find a way to take the steps from one day into the next.   To write about such a life event was an emotional experience for me.  God bless all who lose a child yet find the inner strength to carry on.

Passion for Staying Put ... a short story, is available in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.  Visit my author's page  at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Thursday, April 19, 2018

When God Gives Us Spring ... audio book will be released soon

I am thrilled that Earl Sewell is in the final stages of producing "When God Gives Us Spring" as my first audio book. It will be available soon from Amazon, Audibles, and ITunes.

National bestselling and award-winning author Earl Sewell has written over twenty novels and has had his work featured in several anthologies and magazines. He has won literary awards for the novels "The Flip Side of Money" "Keysha's Drama," and "Maya's Choice." In addition, the American Library Association placed several of his teen titles on its widely distributed Reluctant Readers List.

Sewell is also a voice-over talent and has narrated several books written by other writers and has done voice-over work to promote products and inspirational videos.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College in Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in creative writing from Goddard College.

Earl is also an endurance athlete who has finished a number of marathons and Ironman 70.3 triathlons. Additionally, has completed a cross-country bicycle tour from Red Wing, MN, to Bar Harbor, ME.

 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Audio Books






I'm thrilled that two of my books are in production to be audio books available through Audibles, Amazon, & ITunes. "When God Gives Us Spring", brilliantly narrated by Earl Sewell, will be released soon. "Sara, a Canadian Saga," is in the early stages of production. It will be narrated by Edmonton producer, Falan Echo and released this summer.