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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Small Town Authors/Rhymes and Times Remembered

It's true that personal issues and events have consumed my time and attention over the past several months.   One result of this inattention is that I've ignored a couple of my blogs; one titled Rhymes and Times Remembered and the other titled  Small Town Authors.

Author, Bela Kaul, brought this to my attention yesterday when she asked, "Are you still offering opportunities for authors to promote their books on http://www.smalltownauthors.blogspot.com  ?

Now I'm happy to announce that Bela Kaul is February's featured author; sharing an excerpt from her latest book, Beyond Boundaries on Small Town Authors.

Would you like to be featured author on this site for March or  April?   If so, contact me, audrey@persona.ca  and it shall be done.

Just send me your short story or your novel excerpt along with a short bio and, if you wish, a photo of yourself.  

Are you a poet who would like to share a poem or two on my poetry site, http://www.rhymesandtimesremembered.blogspot.com  ?   If so, contact me and I will be happy to put your poem onto my site.

I do not edit, neither do I critique.   What you send to me shall be posted.

Writers helping writers is what it is all about!  ☺



Learning

A few days ago I didn't know what a podcast is.   Today I am learning how to record one. 

Life is like that sometimes.  The right thoughts, the right people with the right ideas, just seem to be there.   It's like the old saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

In the past 2 or 3 weeks I was happy for writing friends who were announcing and celebrating their first audio book publications.

This led me on a journey; a journey that now finds me with my own audio book in production,  (thank you, Earl Sewell),  and the beautiful cover for When God Gives Us Spring already created and uploaded.  (Thank you Yuneekpix.com).

A good friend visited yesterday.  I asked, do you know how to record a podcast?  Well, I certainly asked the right person.    And I will spend a good part of today seeing just how much I will remember of his generous teaching.  (Thank you, John).

I'm hoping I can produce a promotional podcast for what will soon be my first audio book.

Once I have achieved this goal, I'm thinking maybe I can learn to narrate some of my own stories? 

So I'm challenged on this new learning curve; excited by this new adventure. 

There have been many times throughout my life when I've been in situations I didn't know how to handle --   if there is anything I have learned, it is that I am capable of learning.

Life is good and life goes on. 


available soon on Amazon, Audibles, and ITunes


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Audio Book coming soon!

When God Gives Us Spring   is available on all Amazon sites in both paperback and kindle formats   These books have this cover:
Audio book edition of When God Gives Us Spring  will soon be available on all Amazon sites; on Audibles; and on ITunes with the following
beautiful cover
designed by Susan Ruby K
 
AUDIO BOOK
 
COMING SOON!
 
 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy ... feeling at home in Kindle Store on Amazon.ca

 #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Drama
 
  • #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Drama > Canadian
  • #14 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Dramas & Plays
  •  
    Alan Black
    5.0 out of 5 starsTragic and compelling
    April 7, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
                
    Mae Beth Williams
    4.0 out of 5 starsHard to put down; leads to reflection perhaps
    June 13, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
                          
    Mary J. Dicarlo
    5.0 out of 5 starsTragic Story
    March 12, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    My first audio book is now in production. :-)

    Earl Sewell is an author of over 20 works of fiction, an amazing voice-over talent, and an American English Professor. I am over the moon with excitement and happiness because he has offered to produce my book 'When God Gives Us Spring' as an audio book.

    This will be my first audio book. It is currently in production and I will keep you posted on its progress.

     

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Keeping It Simple ... Imagine Being Whole

    https://www.amazon.ca/Keeping-Simple-Imagine-Being-Whole-ebook/dp/B00F8HEX9E/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518566527&sr=1-6&keywords=Audrey+AustinKeeping it Simple: Imagine Being Whole

    Emotional Healing through Meditation, the Chakras and Psychospiritual Therapy
     
    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.

    ~ ~ ~


    Other books by Audrey Austin .... available on all Amazon sites and also available from Create Space.    Below are the Create Space addresses.

    To purchase Social Studies – Book One   
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4712947  

    To purchase Social Studies – Book Two

    To purchase Social Studies – Book Three
    CreateSpace eStore:   https://www.createspace.com/4713425  

    To purchase Moose Road – a Canadian Tragedy
    CreateSpace eStore:   https://www.createspace.com/4463611  

    To purchase Sara, a Canadian Saga
    CreateSpace eStore:   https://www.createspace.com/4461846 

    To purchase Keeping It Simple
    CreateSpace eStore:      https://www.createspace.com/4733596  

    To purchase Ellen and The Hummingtree
    CreateSpace eStore:     https://www.createspace.com/4743813  

    To purchase When God Gives Us Spring
    CreateSpace eStore:     https://www.createspace.com/4754962  

    To purchase Beyond The Blue
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4895004  

    To purchase Crabapple Court
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4894247  

    To purchase Recompense
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4901516  

    To purchase Dinner At Seven
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/5339180  

    To purchase Silent Star Selections
    CreateSpace eStore:    https://www.createspace.com/5343129\  

    To purchase Simply BE
    To purchase The Last Drop
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/5390505  

    To purchase Poetry from A to Z
    CreateSpace eStore:  https://www.createspace.com/4973413  

    To purchase All Them Houses
    CreateSpace eStore:  https://www.createspace.com/6900612 

     


    #4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Drama
  • #4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Drama > Canadian
  • #17 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Dramas & Plays
  • Available in both Kindle & Paperback on all Amazon sites.
     
     

    Friday, February 2, 2018

    Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy

    #1 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Dramas & Plays
    #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Drama
    #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Drama > Canadian

    Moose Road is doing okay in the Amazon.ca Kindle Store

    Cover design:  http://yuneekpix.com 

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    The Hole In The Wall, a short story, free in Kindle Store, Friday, Feb. 2nd



     

     

    Lucille is worried. The mortgage is due and she doesn't have the money. What leads her into the basement? And is the hole in the wall really an answer to prayer?


    This short story is free in the Kindle Store, Friday, February 2nd, 2018, for your reading enjoyment.

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

    How did it happen?

    How did it happen that too many Canadian officials and Canadian policies stopped caring about the sick, the poor, and the elderly? Not to mention the animals ..... The elderly too often are the sick and the poor. The cost of caring for pets makes it very difficult for many that would be wonderful pet owners if only they could afford the expensive food & health care for animals. 

    What are we doing to help the elderly stay in their own homes? Why aren't there programmes to help with shopping; snow removal, that kind of stuff for seniors who often leave their homes only because they can't do these jobs anymore. 

    PSW's have a heck of a job; on very low pay they are expected to often be alone with so many patients in need of care. We have doctors who can't diagnose yet don't want to give referrals. We have nurses who are tired from working too long hours on difficult shifts. 

    I could rant all day but enough is enough. How did it happen? How is it that we are going so wrong ... in the wrong direction? Yes, the middle class can use some help but help is what is most needed by the sick, the poor, and the elderly...... and the animals.  
    Yes, I write about social issues.  I write about the poor, the sick, the abused, the elderly, and the animals.   I write about them because I care about them.
    People don't want to read about the shocking sadness of social issues personified?
    People don't want to think about them?
    People don't want to know about them?
    If things keep going the way they are currently,
    one day
    you may be one of them.
     
    It's time to start thinking about how we can help
    the poor, the sick, the elderly......
    and the animals.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018

    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 won first place in a WynLit writing competition hosted by Wynterblue Publishing Canada.  In addition to standing alone as a short story it is also a part of my anthology titled The Silent Star Plus a Dozen which is also available on Amazon.  If you enjoy this story you will want to check out the anthology.   This is a story of abuse, overcoming, redemption and inspiration.

    The Silent Star is free in the Kindle Store tomorrow, January 28th, for your reading pleasure.

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

    From the Author

    Each of the stories contained in my short story anthology titled "The Silent Star plus a Dozen" was originally an entry in WynLit 24 competitions offered by my then publisher, Wynterblue Publishing Canada.   These 13 stories did well in competition.  Some took first place but all were short-listed.   The title is as it is because the short story titled The Silent Star received the most positive feedback and reviews.  I hope you enjoy these stories.  Writing short stories is something I love to do.
     


    Monday, January 22, 2018

    Book Launch of Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy

    #10 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Drama > Canadian
  • #10 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Drama
  • #22 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Dramas & Plays

  • Wonderful attendance at the book launch
    of Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy
     
     
    Dayeton Larson performed singing "Old Moose Road"

    Here I am with cover designer
    Susan Ruby K. of  http://yuneekpix.com
     
    The book launch of Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy
    took place a few years ago
    in the beautiful Arts At The Centre
    in Elliot Lake.
     
    Available now in both Kindle and Paperback
    on all Amazon sites.
     
     

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    WEAVING ALICE .. a short story

    Jeremy
    5.0 out of 5 starsVery interesting
    June 17, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
     
               

                
    Carleen E. Nicholson
    5.0 out of 5 starsdid not see that coming!
    October 9, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
     

    The Joy of Creative Writing ... Writers write!


    The joy of creative writing -- Writers write!  
     

    Since childhood I've loved to write stories. I write for the joy of expression.

    To date I have nineteen books published and numerous short stories which dare to stand alone. My books are available in both Kindle and Paperback format on all Amazon sites. Paperbacks also available from Createspace.com

    For local readers most of my books are available in the beautiful, new, Elliot Lake Public Library.

    I am an eclectic reader and writer. I'm not locked into a single genre.

    I have written three books for children: The Last Drop; At The Edge of His World; and Beyond The Blue. All are available in Kindle format. The Last Drop & Beyond The Blue are now also available in paperback.

    Several of my poems have been published by White Mountain Publications and The Ontario Poetry Society. My first book of poetry titled "Poetry from A to Z" is now available in both paperback and kindle editions.

    On Facebook my author's page is found at
    http://www.facebook.com/audreyaustinca

    I love to write creatively. I have celebrated my 10th writing anniversary. Whether you choose to read my poetry, my novels, novellas,short story anthologies, or a short story that dares to stand alone, it is my hope that you will enjoy the read.

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

    Thank you for your encouragement, support and positive reviews.
     
     

    Find Firinn ... a short story that dares to stand alone in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites

    FIND FIRINN (Short Stories - Social Issues)

      
    Uncle Farlan teaches his young niece, Forba, Scottish folklore and history. Emigrating to Canada is not something he wants but to stay with family determines his decision.
     
    The importance of finding firinn he instills into Forba's young mind. Many years later Uncle Farlan falls ill.  Alzheimer has made its claim. Forba is there at her uncle's bedside when he takes his last breath.
     
    FIND FIRINN  is one of many of my short stories that dare to stand alone in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.
     
    Visit my author's page:   https://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
     
     

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    REAWAKENING

    REAWAKENING is my second novel published by Wynterblue Publishing; my first science fiction book.

    About Reawakening:

    Unlike many of their acquaintances they stayed in love and they stayed married for many years. Jim was now an old man, even by earth’s standards, when he suffered the fatal coronary. He left his young wife a childless widow. She mourned. She grieved. She never remarried. Jim was her only love. Linda grew old as her husband before her had grown old. She died a peaceful death.

    And then it happened . . .

    ----------------------------------

    Publisher's Review:

    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 possible with love and hope.

    Maggie Kirton
    Executive Director
    Wynterblue Publishing

    REAWAKENING is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.

     
    Cover Design by Susan RK

    DRAMA - a Novel Idea

    DRAMA - A Novel Idea is an anthology containing three of Austin's most popular novels in a boxed set: Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy; Ellen and The Hummingtree; and Sara, a Canadian Saga.

    This novel anthology is available on all Amazon sites in Kindle Format only.

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

    This amazing cover design is by
    Susan Ruby K.

    SOCIAL STUDIES ... Books one, two, and three

    SOCIAL ISSUES - Books One, Two, and Three are each short story anthologies.  Each anthology contains a compilation of 12 short stories with the focus on social issues including such subjects as spousal abuse, elder abuse, child abuse, and animal welfare.  

     I have drawn from my experience as counselor and psychospiritual practitioner in order to write and compile  this trilogy of anthologies about contemporary topics that sadly are far too common in the world in which we live.

     
    Cover design on each of these books is by Susan RK;  http://yuneekpix.com
     
    These books, and more, are available in both Kindle and Paperback formats
    on all Amazon sites.

    BEYOND THE BLUE ... a coming of age novella

    BEYOND THE BLUE is a coming of age novella.

    12 year old Anthony Breckenheimer is a clever boy with blue eyes, red hair and like his father, he is a little on the chubby side. He lives in the big City of Toronto with his mother, his little brother Ronald, and his little sister Leona.

    His father died a year ago and Anthony misses him greatly especially when he is confronted by bullies on his way to and from school; the biggest and baddest one being Jerry Hasselbergen.

    One day while in his classroom Anthony discovers a magical window. What he sees through this window and beyond the blue changes his life forever.

    BEYOND THE BLUE  is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.

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

    RECOMPENSE

    RECOMPENSE

    Maurice Wilson lives in Salt River, a small town near Cape Town, South Africa. He is the son of a black father and a Caucasian mother. After the sudden death of his parents he makes the decision to move to High River, Alberta, Canada, the place of his mother’s birth in search of a sense of belonging.

    He becomes a Canadian citizen, is employed as a mail carrier for Canada Post.

    The morning of his first day on the job he meets Alison Pierce, a plain woman whose silent passions run deep. Shortly into her relationship with Maurice all her hopes for fulfillment plummet, however she continues to live with him for more than twenty-five years.

    In their later years Maurice and Alison become acquainted with the Internet and with the Senior Befriender Chat Room. When temptation with the name of Conrad enters their lives the shared bonds of loyalty and trust are put in jeopardy.

    Will deception rule the day?

    RECOMPENSE is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.