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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Hole In The Wall - a review

Short story titled The Hole In The Wall - a review.
Providing, November 12, 2013
By

BirdieTracy (Poetry, Texas)
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This review is from: THE HOLE IN THE WALL (Short Stories - Social Issues) (Kindle Edition)

A very short tale about a woman's faith that the Lord will provide.
Also a rather sad look at "golden years" that can be as tough as those of young people just starting out.

Thank you for your positive review.

Thanks for checking out all my short stories, novellas and novels on all Amazon sites. And thanks for visiting my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

The greatest gift any author can receive is a positive review. Thank you to all my readers for your continued encouragement and support.

Passion for Staying Put - a review

A review of my short story titled Passion For Staying Put.
4.0 out of 5 stars November 12, 2013
By
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BirdieTracy (Poetry, Texas)
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This review is from: PASSION FOR STAYING PUT - a short story (Short Stories - Social Issues) (Kindle Edition)

A short story about a husband and wife who are trying to cope with the loss of their daughter.
Bitterness, blame and guilt are the predominant (and largely unspoken) themes here.
Sad- but well written.

I hope you will visit my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
Many of my short stories dare to stand alone but if you enjoy reading short stories check out my four short story anthologies available at all Amazon sites.

Weaving Alice - a review

Short story - Weaving Alice - a positive review.
5.0 out of 5 stars did not see that coming!, Blue October 9, 2013
By
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Carleen E. Nicholson "CeeWaves" (Dover NH USA)
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This review is from: WEAVING ALICE - a short story (Kindle Edition)
I had not read the description before ii purchased it...the title and cover just appealed to me. I loved it!!! I did not see the ending coming and was totally blown away! Great job!!

Thank you, Carleen.

Check out all my short stories, some stand-alone and also my four short story anthologies at all Amazon sites.
Thanks for visiting my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Shattered and Beaten - a review

My short story Shattered and Beaten has received this very positive review.
If you enjoy this short story too then you may want to check out my anthologies titled Social Studies - Books One, Two and Three.

5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!!!, Kathy Marchand 15, 2014 ...
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T-N-T2 -
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This review is from: SHATTERED AND BEATEN (Short Stories - Social Issues) (Kindle Edition)

Tragic love for sure. Grab the kleenex you will need them. Such a beautiful story of pain triumph and loss. Glad the alternate ending was not the ending, not that I liked either can't wait to see what else is in store for the Evans clan.

Thank you for your great review Kathy. Much appreciated

For all my short stories check all Amazon sites. Thanks for visiting my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

After Words -- a review

After Words -- thank you for this positive review.

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and right to the point!, April 12, 2014

By

Anton S. Wojcik (Rochester Hills, Michigan)

This review is from: AFTER WORDS: a short story (Short Story - Social Issues) (Kindle Edition)

An unputdownable, fantastic, short story, read.
Get it and enjoy it!
This story will hold your attention for sure.

Tony Wo

Thank you Anton. Your positive review encourages me to continue writing my short stories.

After Words and many other of my short stories are available in Kindle format on all Amazon sites. Many of my short stories dare, like Daniel, to stand alone but I have also compiled four short story anthologies for your reading enjoyment.

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


 
 
 
 
My Four Short Story Anthologies
Compiled for your reading enjoyment.
 
Available on all Amazon sites
or directly from Createspace.com
 


Keeping It Simple -- a Review

Thank you T.L. Cooper for your positive review of Keeping It Simple.
4.0 out of 5 stars Get in Touch with Your Inner Energy to Find Your Balance, March 31, 2014


By

T. L. Cooper "T. L. Cooper" (Albany, Oregon, United States) 

 This review is from: Keeping it Simple: Imagine Being Whole (Kindle Edition)

As a practitioner of yoga and meditation, Keeping It Simple: Imagine Being Whole by Audrey Austin intrigued me. Austin explores and explains each of the chakras in easy to understand terms complete with exercises to get the reader in touch with the individual chakras. She simplifies the mysticism surrounding the chakras and gives the reader a sense of the power of paying attention to one's chakras as well as the role each chakra plays in balancing one's energy and therefore one's life. Anyone looking for a better understanding of the basic idea of chakras or even those just interested in better understanding why they feels more balanced after yoga and/or meditation will find Austin's Keeping It Simple: Imagine Being Whole interesting.

Thank you to all my readers. Your positive reviews mean the world to me. Keeping It Simple is available in both Kindle and print format at all Amazon sites. Visit my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

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Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy ..... a Review

Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy has recently received another positive review that I am happy to share with you. Thank you, Alan Black. And thank you to my readers. Your positive reviews mean the world to me.

5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and compelling, April 7, 2014

By

Alan Black
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This review is from: Moose Road a Canadian Tragedy (Kindle Edition)

Austin has written a not so simple story, weaving the lives of multiple residents on Moose Road around one tragic accident that leaves no one on the road or in the nearby Northern Ontario Canada town untouched. The subplots tug at our desire to comfort some residents of this town with a hug and those same subplots yank at our exasperation switch yelling at us to slap sense into some of these same people. The main story cries for our attention and gets it.

Austin is able to show us one tragedy from every point of view except the moose. The characters are so real that I wonder what Austin's neighbors thought about having their secret lives dragged into the public view. I started this book just to have something to read in between my own chores. However... to heck with the chores, I finished the book in one sitting.

Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy is available at all Amazon sites in both Kindle and print format.

Thanks for visiting my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
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Luc Rivet, featured author this month on Small Town Authors



Featured author for May,2014 on Small Town Authors is Elliot Lake's own Luc Rivet. Check it out at http://smalltownauthors.blogspot.com and there you will find a selection of Luc's wonderful short stories for your reading pleasure.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Let It Rain" an Exhibition of Yuneek Umbrellas created by Susan Ruby Krupp

The opening reception of Susan's Umbrella Exhibition "Let It Rain" is happening this Sunday, May 4th from 1 to 4 pm in Blind River's Timber Village Museum. I hope to see you there. Come on out and show your support for one of Elliot Lake's talented local artists who just happens to be my lovely daughter.

Short Story "The Silent Star" free today on Amazon

The Silent Star is one of my short stories which dares to stand alone. It is one of the stories included in one of my anthologies titled "The Silent Star Plus a Dozen". If you like this short story you will be sure to enjoy my anthologies.... The Silent Star is FREE today only on all Amazon sites. Check out my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

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.

#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > World Literature
 



Thursday, April 17, 2014

At The Edge of His World

AT THE EDGE OF HIS WORLD is a short story for children.  I was inspired to write this story when my own stone garden retaining wall was being demolished and a new more modern and stable one was being constructed.  My own chipmunk was frantic and I felt very sorry that we were, of necessity, destroying his home.  It was either take the wall down or wait a while longer while it fell down of its own accord.  I was also very relieved once my new wall was built to see the little fellow under the Forsythia bush near a small hole in the ground which I knew was his brand new entrance into his new home ........ so this is a short fictional story for children based on this author's true experience.   I hope your children enjoy the story and I hope you do too.   

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When God Gives Us Spring ....

When God Gives Us Spring: a novella
Authored by Audrey Austin

List Price: $9.95
Fiction / Historical
Michael Custis Washington is a young black slave living on a cotton plantation in the Province of Virginia. He was born in 1802. Left an orphan at the age of five he is taken into the big house by his master, Alfred Gordon, to be trained as a house servant. While in this house he suffers severe emotional and sexual abuse. When he finally runs away with his wife Lucinda he is helped by the Quakers. Through the Underground Railway they reach the Elgin Settlement in Ontario, Canada. Freedom is his at last. But when the American Civil War breaks out in 1861 Michael chooses to join the Union Army. He works his way back to Virginia. Is he seeking justice or vengeance?
CreateSpace eStore:    https://www.createspace.com/4754962

Weaving Alice -- Kindle Short Story Free Today ....

WEAVING ALICE is a story about a meeting on earth between personified good and evil. The mystical ending will bring a smile to your face.
                                  

Imagine if you will a mystical, magical gift of tapestry creation powerful enough to eradicate the evil in our world.   This is the gift that Alice possesses.   Good versus evil told in an attention-holding manner.  I had a lot of pleasure writing this suspenseful story and I hope you will enjoy it; especially the surprise ending.         

 

 Weaving Alice is currently #38 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Metaphysical

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dying To Be Popular -- a short story free today on Amazon sites

A young teen's fashion sense is determined by what can be found to fit in Pennington's. She can no longer pretend to be happy; not even to please her mother. Why did she suddenly desire to be unattractive? When no one arrives for her birthday party she knows what she needs to do.




DYING TO BE POPULAR

She chooses to be obese and suffers the ridicule, unpopularity and bullying as a result.  How very sad that no one ever takes the time to discover what it is that this young teenager is doing her best to hide.   The number of teen suicides is a frightening statistic in our western society; one to which a reader's attention will be drawn through the reading of this story.  Feeling alone, alienated and unable to reach out to someone for help and understanding it's a sad fact that it is not uncommon for a teenager to reach out to food for comfort.  Emotional eating that leads to this young girl's death reminds us that all addictions kill sooner or later in one way or another.
 
Free today on all Amazon sites.  If you enjoy this short story you will want to check out SOCIAL STUDIES - Book One; An anthology of twelve short stories including Dying To Be Popular.
 
My author's page is found at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
 
Social Studies - Books One, Two and Three are also available in print format directly from Createspace.com   The links are below.

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

To purchase Social Studies – Book Two
CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4713265  

To purchase Social Studies – Book Three
CreateSpace eStore:   https://www.createspace.com/4713425
 
Cover Design: Susan Ruby K.
Yuneekpix.com
 
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

No Stone Unturned - free today on all Amazon sites ...

My short story titled "No Stone Unturned" is free today only at all Amazon sites.  Check out my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

This is a short story for animal lovers.  Fear reigns in Dudleyville. All the animals turn to their leader King Dudley for guidance. This is a story for the young at heart aged six to sixty -- there is a lesson to be learned.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Find Firinn - a short story

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 is ill. Alzheimer has made its claim. Forba is there at her uncle's bedside when he takes his last breath.



Editorial Reviews

Review

Uncle Farlan and his niece Forba invite you to "Find Firinn". This Kindle short story is free today, April 13th, and if you have any Scottish blood in you, it's a story you don't want to miss. If you have known & loved a victim of Alzheimer Disease this is a story you don't want to miss. Check it out at amazon.com/author/audreyaustin And if you enjoy the story thanks for your positive review on Amazon.com 


Review by Eleanor Lambert; Bermuda.
 I just read "Find Firinn" and enjoyed it immensely. It brought back a few memories of my own and of course thought immediately of  my sister-in-law. Anne,who was from Scotland. I gave this story 5 stars.        

From the Author

The relationship between Uncle Farlan and his young niece is enduring.   Yes, he taught her to respect and always remember their Scottish heritage but even more important is the loyalty and love the two share throughout life up to the day of his death.  Alzheimer Disease is a terrible thief.  But even Alzheimer could not steal Farlan's memory of the secret he shared with his niece. 
 
                             

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 

 
"Find Firinn" is a short story available in Kindle format at all Amazon sites.
 
 

REAWAKENING

Reawakening is a novel that reveals itself in a place called Notsew.   Here is a story that takes the reader on a journey, along with the story's characters, far from earth.   In this place called Notsew the powers that be have great curiosity.  They want to learn more about why human beings do the things they do and mostly they want to learn about some strange phenomena best described as emotion.   The story's characters find themselves unwilling participants in an experiment. 

I dedicated this story to my dear sister, Muriel, because she just loved it.  Of all the things I had written this was her favourite.   And though my sister is now also far from earth the love we shared continues to make me feel as close to her as ever.

Although I didn't know it at the time I wrote Reawakening, I believe there were greater forces at work.  Why do I think this?  Because the love my sister & I continue to share is the kind of love shared by the characters in this story.  Nothing and no one - not even death - can lessen the power of love. 

     Audrey Austin is happily retired and living with her best friend, Brian, in Elliot Lake, ON. "Reawakening" is Audrey's second novel. Her first novel, "SARA, a Canadian Saga", is in its fourth print run and, like Reawakening, is now available in both Print and Kindle format on all Amazon sites

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

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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 . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Review

With regard to this book let me share with you one review by Maggie Kirton who is the Executive Director of Wynterblue Publishing Canada.

She writes, "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."

  Another review of REAWAKENING:

" 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 were 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.

Ann237 Beauregard
           
From the Author
Reawakening is a novel that reveals itself in a place called Notsew.   Here is a story that takes the reader on a journey, along with the story's characters, far from earth.   In this place called Notsew the powers that be have great curiosity.  They want to learn more about why human beings do the things they do and mostly they want to learn about some strange phenomena best described as emotion.   The story's characters find themselves unwilling participants in an experiment. 

Although I didn't know it at the time I wrote Reawakening,
I believe there were greater forces at work.  Why do I think this?  Because the love my sister & I continue to share is the kind of love shared by the characters in this story.  Nothing and no one - not even death - can lessen the power of love. 
 
Cover Design by Susan Ruby K.
 
Reawakening  is free today only on all Amazon sites.
 
Reawakening is available in Kindle format
 
 
Reawakening in its third print run is almost sold out
in paperback format.
A few copies are available directly from the author
audrey@persona.ca 
 
This book will soon be available in print format from createspace.com
             

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Recompense - a novella -- free today only at all Amazon sites

RECOMPENSE - a novella  is free today only at all Amazon sites.
 
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?



From the Author

Bringing two worlds together was my goal in bringing together Maurice from Salt River, Capetown, South Africa and   Alison, a postal clerk in High River, Alberta, Canada.  Cultures blend but passion is lacking.  I thought of these two people living together as a couple; not too unlike many couples who live together for years in unsatisfactory boring relationships. Then I thought what if, when they reach their senior years, something happens to wake them up?    That's when I decided to introduce Conrad and the Senior Befriender Chatroom.    Writing "RECOMPENSE' was an enjoyable challenge.  Most of us are unused to reading about senior men and women in romantic situations .......... I thought maybe it is time that I write something that will make us see our elders through new eyes. 

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  "Recompense" - a novella - current rating:  #46  in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Relationships > Love & Romance

Friday, April 11, 2014

Francesca's Confession - free today

Francesca's Confession - a short story is free today only in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

In a marriage for more years than she can even remember Francesca is frustrated by her husband who spends his day sitting in the lazyboy chair watching old classic movies. Her frustration is fulfilled when she tosses the remote and hits him upside the head. Little does she know that this temper tantrum will change her life forever.

Morning Kindle Store Rating: 
#9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Parenting & Relationships > Parenting > Emotions & Feelings
  • #28 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 15 minutes (1-11 pages) > Parenting & Relationships

  • Afternoon Kindle Store Rating:  #5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Parenting & Relationships > Parenting > Emotions & Feelings
       
  • #14 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 15 minutes (1-11 pages) > Parenting & Relationships
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    Check out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    When God Gives Us Spring -- Kindle and Paperback

    When God Gives Us Spring - a novella is now available in both Kindle and paperback format. This book can be purchased at all Amazon sites and the paperback is also available directly from Createspace.com

     To purchase your copy:
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4754962

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

    When God Gives Us Spring is an historical fiction novella. Michael Custis Washington is a young black slave living on a cotton plantation in the Province of Virginia. He was born in 1802. Left an orphan at the age of five he is taken into the big house by his master, Alfred Gordon, to be trained as a house servant.

    While in this house he suffers severe emotional and sexual abuse. When he finally runs away with his wife Lucinda he is helped by the Quakers. Through the Underground Railway they reach the Elgin Settlement in Ontario, Canada. Freedom is his at last.

    But when the American Civil War breaks out in 1861 Michael chooses to join the Union Army. He works his way back to Virginia. Is he seeking justice or vengeance?


    To purchase your copy:
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4754962

    When God Gives Us Spring -- now in paperback format :-)

    When God Gives Us Spring - a novella has been doing well as a Kindle Book. I am very excited to announce that this book is now available for your reading pleasure in paperback format.

    When God Gives Us Spring is an historical fiction novella. Michael Custis Washington is a young black slave living on a cotton plantation in the Province of Virginia. He was born in 1802. Left an orphan at the age of five he is taken into the big house by his master, Alfred Gordon, to be trained as a house servant.

    While in this house he suffers severe emotional and sexual abuse. When he finally runs away with his wife Lucinda he is helped by the Quakers. Through the Underground Railway they reach the Elgin Settlement in Ontario, Canada. Freedom is his at last.

    But when the American Civil War breaks out in 1861 Michael chooses to join the Union Army. He works his way back to Virginia. Is he seeking justice or vengeance?

    To purchase your copy:
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4754962

     

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    The Big Book -- free today on Amazon sites

    The Big Book - a short story is free today on all Amazon sites. This story is currently #22 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 30 minutes (12-21 pages) > Humor & Entertainment

    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?

    Short stories are my pleasure to write. "The Big Book" was especially fun. I am quite convinced that God has a wonderful sense of humour and in this story my imagination clearly visualized this woman learning her life lessons in a most unique way. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

    "The Big Book" is a short story that, like Daniel, dares to stand alone. However it is also one of the 12 stories contained in short story anthology titled SOCIAL STUDIES - Book Two.

    If you enjoy this story then I hope you will check out Social Studies - Books One, Two and Three. These anthologies are available in both Kindle and Paperback format from any Amazon site or purchase the paperback copies directly from Create Space.

    To purchase Social Studies – Book One

    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4712947

    To purchase Social Studies – Book Two

    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4713265

    To purchase Social Studies – Book Three

    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4713425

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

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Weaving Alice - a short story free today on all Amazon sites

    My short story titled "Weaving Alice" is free today on all Amazon sites.

    http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin will take you to my author's page.
    WEAVING ALICE is a story about a meeting on earth between personified good and evil. The mystical ending will bring a smile to your face.

    Imagine if you will a mystical, magical gift of tapestry creation powerful enough to eradicate the evil in our world. This is the gift that Alice possesses. Good versus evil told in an attention-holding manner. I had a lot of pleasure writing this suspenseful story and I hope you will enjoy it; especially the surprise ending.

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    Some of my books .. visit http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin












     
    All Cover Designs by Susan Ruby K.

    Ellen and The Hummingtree -- in both Kindle and Paperback format


    I am very excited to announce that Ellen and The Hummingtree is now available in both Kindle and Paperback format from Amazon as well as directly from Createspace.com The second edition in print format has a new cover beautifully designed by Susan Ruby K. of Yuneekpix.com Visit my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    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.

    Some reviews of Ellen and The Hummingtree:

    A GOOD read!
    By susan on January 5, 2014
    Format: Kindle Edition
    A very relatable story with an unusual twist, the connection Ellen has with others both visible and invisible is a journey into sometimes comical, sometimes intensely personal and sometimes very real and ordinary. It's an enjoyable read that left me more familiar with my own beliefs and hopes.

    The Write Read for a Wintry Afternoon
    By Phyllis Humby on February 20, 2013
    Format: Kindle Edition
    My books have been gathering dust and creating stress. Yes, it stresses me out when everything seems to take precedence over reading. Anyway, today I finished a book that I couldn't wait to receive in the mail - months ago − Ellen and the Hummingtree by Audrey Austin, a writer from Elliott Lake.

    I had the good fortune to meet Audrey online and become acquainted with her writing. If memory serves correctly, I first noticed Audrey's work on Commuterlit.com, a site that has featured my work as well.

    Ellen and the Hummingtree is an interesting book about a woman of deep faith who has a unique coping mechanism. She speaks to God. Now, I know you will argue that many of us speak to God. But Ellen believes God lives inside a large yellow quartz rock in her backyard. Oh, and of course He speaks to her too. There's a little hole in the top of the rock. Never mind, just read the book.

    It is a collection of well-written stories that weave back and forth through the emotional circumstances of a woman's life. These stories delve into her relationships as a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Oh, and cousin - I forgot about her cousin Marielle.

    In my opinion - only my opinion - the theme of this book is fear. I know that some of you who are familiar with this book may harrumph at that statement but a book is very personal. It's interpreted differently by each reader. That's why I love talking to my first readers. I'm fascinated by the interpretation of my work. Each person sees something different or relates with a different character. I digress (as always).

    Audrey's character, Ellen, is on her own to raise two children. Fear. Her grandson, who has a learning disability, is bullied at school. Fear. God lives in a rock in her backyard. That would scare the crap out of me. (My attempt at humour - I'm sorry)

    Ellen has many fears, as do we all. The fear of growing old and senile, the fear of having to give up a home to live in a facility. Then there is the ultimate fear. Of growing older and older and older, when all she wants is to re-unite with all the loved ones that have passed on. You do remember that I said this was strictly my opinion.

    Near the end of the book there is a chapter I Need You to Remember Me. I remember reading that story, or at least an edited version, some time ago. Please tell me, Audrey, that this was a published short story at some point. If not, I had an incredible déjà vu moment. I liked the story the first time I read it - otherwise I never would have remembered it - and it will remain indelible in my mind.

    The last chapter Time to Go Home is melancholy and poignant. I have witnessed death and thought about life after death. I appreciate Audrey Austin's rendering. This chapter was a fitting ending to a thought provoking book with a unique approach.

    Ellen and the Hummingtree by Audrey Austin; a good read for a wintry afternoon.

    Ellen and the Hummingtree
    By celticfrogreviews on February 20, 2013
    Format: Kindle Edition
    Ellen and the Hummingtree is the story of Ellen and a rock through which she speaks to God. The rock moves with her as she lives her life. Ellen doesn't have an easy life, but the rock encourages her and gives her courage. Through Ellen we meet her family and close friends, and especially the voice of God that whispers to her through the chunk of yellow quartz.

    Ellen is very human with her share of flaws. The story is as much about her learning to accept those flaws in herself and others as anything else. She grows substantially by the close of the book. There are times when I wanted to give her a good talking to, and other times when she shows grace and humility.

    Audrey has created a memorable character in Ellen. She is very well portrayed and has a wonderful complexity. The story moves back and forth in time as Ellen explores her life. The important movement isn't chronological but her development of love and faith through the rock in her garden.

    I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it for those who like strong women characters.

    Available on all Amazon sites. Visit my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
     
    1st Edition cover by Susan Ruby K.
    of Yuneekpix.com
     
    2nd Edition cover by Susan Ruby K.
    of Yuneekpix.com
     
     

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    Sugarville -- free today on Amazon

    Another of my short stories titled "Sugarville" is free for today only in the Kindle Store. You will find it at all Amazon sites. It is off to a good start today with its rating.

    #7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Religion & Spirituality > New Age > Mysticism

    You can check it out also at my author's page found at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    If you read and enjoy this story then thanks in advance for your positive review on either Amazon or Goodreads. Your reviews mean the world to me when you have enjoyed reading something I have written.

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

    Books by Audrey Austin - Canadian Author -- available through Amazon.com


    My Books .....

    My friends and family know I've been doing a lot of writing but even I am surprised to learn that if I include the short stories that dare to stand alone I now have 50 Kindle offerings. These include 5 novels; 3 novellas; 4 short story anthologies; three books for children; and Keeping It Simple which is so far my only book on personal growth. I say so far because I have plans to write more in this genre.

    These 50 include seven books which are also available in print format. All 50 are available on all Amazon sites in Kindle format and my author page is found at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    The seven books which are available in print format are novels titled Sara, a Canadian Saga; Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy; Ellen and The Hummmingtree (most recent book to go into 2nd edition); Short Story anthologies titled Social Studies - Books One, Two and three and also Keeping It Simple - a personal growth manual which keeps the focus on the trinity of the 7 major chakras, meditation and psychospiritual therapy.

    I want to thank everyone who buys and reads my offerings. I very much appreciate your support and encouragement to continue. It is my plan to have Reawakening as well as The Silent Star Plus a Dozen published in print format before I continue with my next novel, my current work in progress, Crabapple Court which will be published in both Kindle and Print Format.

    Visit Amazon.com to purchase my books.

    To purchase books in print format from Createspace.com below are all the links.

    To purchase Social Studies – Book One

    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4712947

    To purchase Social Studies – Book Two

    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4713265

    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




    Friday, April 4, 2014

    After Words ...

    My short story, "After Words" is enjoying some attention today in the Kindle Store. It is free today so you may want to check it out at any of the Amazon sites.  Or visit my author's page http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    #5 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 15 minutes (1-11 pages) > Romance

    Ellen and The Hummingtree available in print format ...

    I am delighted to announce that my novel titled Ellen and The Hummingtree is now once more available in paperback format. This book in its second edition is currently available from createspace.com The link to Ellen is https://www.createspace.com/4743813

    Special thanks to Susan Ruby K. of Yuneekpix.com for this beautiful new book cover.
     
    Ellen and The Hummingtree is also available in Kindle format at all Amazon sites.


    Ellen and The Hummingtree in print format will be available on Amazon sites within a few days. My author's page is http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

     

    After Words -- free today only in the Kindle Store

    One of my short stories titled "After Words" is free today only in the Kindle Store.

    Everything changed six months ago when John bought a laptop. He'd been on his way, as usual, to the movie rental store to rent his daily video. A new computer store had opened up in town. John impulsively wandered into the new store and surprised himself when he put the purchase of the laptop on his credit card. 
     
     One thing seemed to lead to another. John Rowe, a retired teacher, discovered a whole new world thanks to his new laptop. He discovered the chat room. He enjoyed chatting on-line but now it was time to meet the young woman, Mary. The widowed John is 78 years old and, sure, he exaggerated a little about his appearance, his age, his life. Did he exaggerate too much?

    #21 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 15 minutes (1-11 pages) > Romance

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

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Jie Ke's Teahouse

    The first in the family to be born in Canada Jie Ke struggles with the cultural demands of his conservative Buddhist family. He is determined to open a business called Jack's Tavern but his Grandfather has something to say about the proposition. What will Jie Ke do when he hits a wall of Chinese family tradition?
                                       
    It is quite common for children born in Canada of immigrant parents to have a struggle  when trying to convince their parents and grandparents, whose ways and traditions are a strong reflection of their cultural upbringing and background, to be more liberal in their thinking.   Most often the children rebel but sometimes, as in the case of this young man, understanding is found and the outcome can be quite surprising.            
     
    Jie Ke's Teahouse is a short story offered free today only in the Kindle Store.