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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Beyond The Blue is free today in the Kindle Store

#53 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life

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.

From the Author
 
BEYOND THE BLUE  is a story that takes place in a Toronto neighbourhood way back in the 1950's.   I actually remember those days well.  Bullying was a problem then, as it is today, although to a lesser degree in that in those days it was rare that weapons be used or that drugs be involved. 
 
Yes, it was more innocent but, make no mistake, for the child being bullied it was a harrowing experience.   "Enigami" is the message beyond the blue but what on earth can that possibly mean?
 
  This coming-of-age story is one I believe many young children will find believable and inspiring.   I hope you will enjoy it too.
 
Beyond The Blue is free today in the Kindle Store.
 
This book is also available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.  It is also available from Createspace.com in paperback format.  The link is  CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4895004
 
Check out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Monday, March 30, 2015

Simply BE

  

#33,766 Paid in Kindle Store
 
Simply BE is a collection of inspirational thoughts, sayings and quotations. This book is a reminder of the importance of striving to be who we really are. It’s all about choice, and knowing that who we really are is a good thing to be,

I wanted to illustrate this book although I am not a visual artist. The most important thing I hope to illustrate is that we don’t have to be perfect. We do the best we can with what we have and give thanks.

It is my hope that Simply BE
Will encourage you to step up
And be all that you know you can be.
 
Simply BE is available in both Kindle & Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.
 
It is also available in paperback format at Createspace.com  
Here is the link:  CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/5378530
 
Cover design:  Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com

Poetry from A to Z .....

 
#22 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Canadian
  • #22 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Poetry

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    For poetry lovers out there,  I hope you will enjoy my anthology Poetry from A to Z.
     
    Available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.
     
    Also available in Paperback on Createspace.com  The link is 
    CreateSpace eStore:  https://www.createspace.com/4973413

    Short story -- Hope of Glory is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites

    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.


     
    When writing Hope of Glory I thought of my own childhood and of my brother who, at a young age, became father figure to myself and my younger siblings. Fortunately for our family my brother did not take a wrong path but it is easy to understand how a young man might make some wrong choices given such heavy responsibility at too early an age. 
     
    In addition there have been many times throughout my life when I've been assured that the power of prayer is a force to be reckoned with.  These are some of the influences which impacted on my writing of this short story.  I hope you enjoy it.
     
    Hope of Glory  is a short story that dares to stand alone and it is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.
     
    And you will find this story, along with eleven others, in short story anthology titled Social Studies, Book One - Dying to Be Popular  which is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.
    Cover design by Susan Ruby K.
     

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    RECOMPENSE - a novella free in the Kindle Store today

    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?

    Currently  #59 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Relationships > Love & Romance

    RECOMPENSE  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

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Ellen and The Hummingtree is free today in the Kindle Store

    Ellen and The Hummingtree makes a great Mother's Day gift.

    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 free for your reading pleasure today in the Kindle Store.

    This book is also available in paperback format from all Amazon sites or directly from Createspace.com   The link to Ellen on Create Space is     
    CreateSpace eStore:     https://www.createspace.com/4743813
     
    The beautiful cover design is by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com
     
    Check out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
     

     
       

    Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy is doing well in the Kindle Store






    13,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy is doing well in the Kindle Store.
     
    This book is also available in Paperback format on all Amazon sites or from createspace.com
     
    Check out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
     
    Beautiful cover design is by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    Books - I love them; reading and writing

    I just want to say thank you to everyone who has enjoyed reading any one of my books.  Creative writing is my absolute pleasure.

    This summer I will celebrate my eighth writing anniversary.    I was unable to devote my time to creative writing prior to leaving my day jobs.   I've never worked harder than I do now in so-called retirement.   I am currently working on a memoir titled, All Them Houses which will be number nineteen, and also on a novel titled, On The Radio. which will mark my twentieth publication.

    My books are available exclusively from Amazon, both Kindle and Paperback; and from Createspace.com in paperback format.

    My books seem to be most popular in North America but there have been some sales in England, Europe and Australia.   Keeping It Simple  has even found a few new homes in India.  It seems that one of my books has gotten off on the wrong foot in England, however, I'm pleased to see that one of my short stories, While You Were Sleeping,  is being well received there.

    If there was a race between the Kindle and the Paperback formats, I would need to declare the Kindles the winner.

    I, personally, am on the old-fashioned side and my preference remains to hold a real book in my hand.  But lately I've been thinking about checking it out, and buying myself a Kindle Reader.   Today's technology is wonderful!

    I find it most remarkable that, with today's technology, my books can be made available throughout the world.   As a child growing up, this phenomenon was beyond my imagination, though I am told I have a pretty good one. 

    I have always been an eclectic reader.   I have always lived my life in an eclectic fashion; so it is not surprising that my books also are an eclectic reflection of my thoughts, ideas and imagination.   I am not locked into one genre.  

    It would be unrealistic of me to hope that you will enjoy everything I write, but if one or more of my books has pleased you, then my mission is accomplished and I feel overjoyed.  Thank you.

     

    Here are a few of the books not on the above book shelf.  Not all, but most, of my book covers are designed and created by Susan Ruby Krupp.

    She is an amazing talent and I highly recommend her to any author seeking a cover for his book.

    Her website address is  http://www.yuneekpix.com


     

    Featured author on Small Town Authors is Mary Lou Pearce



    Enjoy "A Brief Time In London", a wonderful short story by author, Mary Lou Pearce, who is April's featured author on http://smalltownauthors.blogspot.com
      
    If you are an author living in a small town and if you would like to have your short story or novel excerpt featured in May, please message me.

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    Francesca's Confession -- short story free today in the Kindle Store

    Francesca's Confession  is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites for your reading enjoyment.   Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
     
     
     
     
     
    In a marriage for more years than she can even remember, Francesca is frustrated by her husband who spends his day sitting in the lezyboy 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.


     

    From the Author

    How often do couples argue?  How often do their fights become physical?  How often do the parties say, I didn't mean to do it?   This is exactly what happens in this story.  Married for many years they have grown bored with each other.  He is in love with the women in his classic movies.  She has given up hope of romance and deals daily with her frustration.  Both have let themselves go and when she throws the remote at him it is just another incident in their saga of anger and monotony.  When she is arrested, she can't believe it.  They will soon release her and send her home.  Or will they?
     
     
    Francesca's Confession is one of my short stories that dares to stand alone.   It is also found, however, as one of twelve stories in short story anthology titled Social Studies, Book Two - Shattered and Broken which is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.
     
    Cover design by Susan Ruby K.
    of http:www.yuneekpix.com
     

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Simply BE -- my most recent publication

    I am very pleased with the current ratings of my most recent publication Simply BE.

    #14,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    • #21 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Inspirational
    • #40 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Self-Help > Self-Esteem
    • Simply BE  is a collection of inspirational thoughts, sayings and quotations. This book is a reminder of the importance of striving to be who we really are. It’s all about choice, and knowing that who we really are is a good thing to be,

      I wanted to illustrate this book although I am not a visual artist. The most important thing I hope to illustrate is that we don’t have to be perfect. We do the best we can with what we have and give thanks.

      It is my hope that Simply BE
      Will encourage you to step up
      And be all that you know you can be.
     
    This is a very short book; only 90 pages.  Simply BE is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats for your reading enjoyment and, I hope you will find the affirmations uplifting and helpful.
     
    Thanks for checking out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
     
     
     
     

    At The Edge of His World -- a short story for children free today in the Kindle Store

    AT THE EDGE OF HIS WORLD is a story written for children. Gerald is a chipmunk who quite enjoys living inside the garden wall. One day a big loud tractor arrives and the men start tearing down the wall. Oh dear! Whatever will Gerald do to save his home?


     
    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.
     
    Other stories I've written for children include The Last Drop for the very young and Beyond The Blue, a novella for school-aged children.
     

     
    You will find these books, and more, on my author's page at

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Simply BE

    I am very pleased with the copies of Simply BE which arrived this morning.   Who would ever believe that I would illustrate a book?    I live surrounded by artists, yet I have always said I can't draw a straight line.   And recently I have been experimenting and it seems to be true that, without a ruler, I definitely cannot draw a straight line.

    Yes, to illustrate this book was something that was important to me.  And so I did it!

    "Sometimes we forget that we are born into this world as human beings.
    We forget because too much of the time is spent as human do'ers.
    We do this; we do that; and then we do some more.
    Sometimes we become involved in doing so much we forget who we are.

    Simply BE is a reminder to all of us that it is possible to be who we really are."

    Simply BE is a collection of inspirational thoughts, sayings and quotations. This book is a reminder of the importance of striving to be who we really are. It’s all about choice, and knowing that who we really are is a good thing to be,

    I wanted to illustrate this book although I am not a visual artist. The most important thing I hope to illustrate is that we don’t have to be perfect. We do the best we can with what we have and give thanks.

    It is my hope that Simply BE
    Will encourage you to step up
    And be all that you know you can be.



    Susan, as always, has created a beautiful cover.  The people, of course, are my parents, and me along with my sibs: my original family.   The beautiful trees in the background are what I view every day; this is the pathway through the little woods behind my home in Elliot Lake.  It is in this way that Susan has succeeded in bringing the past into the present.  Thank you, Susan.  Check out her site at http://yuneekpix.com


    It won't be long now before I will be participating in the Elliot Lake Arts & Culture Trade Show.  I will have a table there and I'll be there with some of all my books, including a couple of copies of Simply BE .   

    And, of course, Simply BE is also available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.  Thanks for checking out my author's page at  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    This book can also be bought on-line directly from Create Space.com  The link is
    CreateSpace eStore:  https://www.createspace.com/5378530

    This summer of 2015 I will celebrate my eighth writing anniversary.  Whether you choose one of my poems; a short story; a poetry or short story anthology; a personal growth guide; a book written for children; a novella or a novel; it is my hope that you will enjoy your reading experience.
    I am not locked into a singular genre.

    I am eclectic in my reading and also in my creative writing.   As I state in Simply BE, I strive to be all that I can be, by the grace of God, and this is also my hope for you. 

    The Elliot Lake Arts & Culture Trade Show is happening in a few weeks on Saturday, April 11th at the Civic Centre.  Hope to see you there.


    Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy - free today in the Kindle Store

    #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Drama & Plays > Tragedy
    #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Drama

    5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and compelling April 7 2014
    By Alan Black - Published on Amazon.com
     
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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 FREE today in the Kindle Store however it is also available in paperback format on all Amazon sites.
     
    Cover design by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com

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

     

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Simply BE

    Simply BE is a collection of inspirational thoughts, sayings and quotations. This book is a reminder of the importance of striving to be who we really are. It’s all about choice, and knowing that who we really are is a good thing to be,

    I wanted to illustrate this book although I am not a visual artist. The most important thing I hope to illustrate is that we don’t have to be perfect. We do the best we can with what we have and give thanks.

    It is my hope that Simply BE 
    Will encourage you to step up
    And be all that you know you can be.


    Cover design by Susan Ruby K. of yuneekpix.com
    Interior illustrations by yours truly.

    Thanks for following me at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    Poetry from A to Z -- free today in the Kindle Store

     


    Currently #4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Poetry

    Poetry from A to Z is a collection of poems, some of which have been previously published in various anthologies. This collection includes a variety of subjects and styles for your reading enjoyment.

    From my earliest childhood days I have memory of my mother, a wonderful poet, sharing her poetry with others.  It is her inspiration which has prompted me to put together this, my first book of poetry, which contains 50 poems that I hope you will enjoy reading. Free today in the Kindle Store.

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

    Monday, March 23, 2015

    The Last Drop available now in paperback

    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/5390505   is the link that will take you to The Last Drop on Create Space.
     
    For some time now this book for young children has been available in the Kindle Store but I'm delighted to tell you that it is now available in paperback format at Create Space.
     
    Within a few days it will also be on the shelf on all Amazon sites.
     
     
    "The Last Drop" is a storybook told in rhyming couplets written for young children.  Alison and her brother Bobby are experiencing a very unhappy rainy day but umbrellas in pink and blue save the day.  
    This story is educational.  Each rhyming couplet begins with the letter A, B, C., etc. until the story is told.  This helps the young reader to learn and enjoy the alphabet.


    "The Last Drop" is written by Audrey Austin.

    Cover design and illustrations throughout are by Susan Ruby K. of Yuneekpix.com             

    Sunday, March 22, 2015

    Crabapple Court and When God Gives Us Spring -- both novellas free today in the Kindle Store



    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.







    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?

    These two books are free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

    Both novellas are also available in paperback format.  Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    Friday, March 20, 2015



    Simply BE is now available in paperback format directly from Create Space.com.   Here is the link: 
     
    Simply BE is a collection of inspirational thoughts, sayings and quotations. This book is a reminder of the importance of striving to be who we really are. It’s all about choice, and knowing that who we really are is a good thing to be, 

    The wonderful cover design is by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com   I love this cover and the way it brings the past into the present. Thank you, Susan.



    And you will never guess who did the illustrations throughout the book!

    Yes, yours truly!  

    I wanted to illustrate this book although I am definitely not a visual artist. The most important thing I hope to illustrate is that we don’t have to be perfect. We do the best we can with what we have and give thanks.

    It is my hope that Simply BE
    Will encourage you to step up
    And be all that you know you can be.

     Simply BE is also  available in both paperback and Kindle formats on all Amazon sites.   Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin 
     
     

    Weaving Alice free today in the Kindle Store



    Friday's free read is one of my short stories titled Weaving Alice.   You will find it in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.  Check out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    Here is one of this story's reviews:

    5.0 out of 5 stars did not see that coming! October 9, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I had not read the description before I 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!!
     
     
    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 dares to stand alone in the Kindle Store.  However, it is also available in paperback format as one of twelve stories contained in short story anthology  titled Social Studies, Book Three - Weaving Alice.
     
    Cover design Susan Ruby K.
     
     
     
     

    The Second Self - a short story free in the Kindle Store


    The Second Self was free today in the Kindle Store. Currently #8 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Psychology & Counseling > Social Psychology & Interactions

    THE SECOND SELF is a short story about one boy's endurance of extreme abuse at the hands of someone well-respected in the community. So extreme the sexual, emotional abuse that the young boy develops another personality. This short story is not intended for young people to read. It is my hope that this story and others like it will raise the awareness in communities across the country and, indeed, around our world that a child abuser is often an individual that no one would ever suspect. Unfortunately these people do not wear a warning sign on their back.

    This story was difficult to write. I wanted to be explicit in order for the reader to feel even a tiny fraction of the horror that this child endured. Although this is a fictional story, in life it is true that more often than not the child abuser is someone who holds a position of trust; someone the child believes would be safe be it a teacher, a minister, a neighbor or, as in this case, a close relative.

    For short story lovers, just to let you know that The Second Self is also one of a dozen short stories found in one of my short story anthologies titled Social Studies, Book Two - Shattered and Broken which is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats.

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

     

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Simply BE is available now from Createspace.com



    Simply BE is now available in paperback format directly from Create Space.com.   Here is the link: 
     
    Simply BE is a collection of inspirational thoughts, sayings and quotations. This book is a reminder of the importance of striving to be who we really are. It’s all about choice, and knowing that who we really are is a good thing to be, 

    The wonderful cover design is by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com   I love this cover and the way it brings the past into the present. Thank you, Susan.



    And you will never guess who did the illustrations throughout the book!

    Yes, yours truly!  

    I wanted to illustrate this book although I am definitely not a visual artist. The most important thing I hope to illustrate is that we don’t have to be perfect. We do the best we can with what we have and give thanks.

    It is my hope that Simply BE
    Will encourage you to step up
    And be all that you know you can be.

     
    Within a few days this book will also be available in both paperback and Kindle formats on all Amazon sites.   Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin 
     
     

     

     

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    The Silent Star Plus a Dozen -- free today in the Kindle Store





     "The Silent Star plus a Dozen" was originally an entry in WynLit 24 competitions offered by my 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.      

    "The Silent Star Plus a Dozen"  is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.



    If you prefer the paperback edition, check out "The Silent Star Plus a Dozen Selections"  available on all Amazon sites.     
      

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    My Irish Connection. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

    One of my ancestors, Richard Dawson, of Monghan County, Ireland is my Irish connection.

    The Dawson family who came to the area in the 17th century has been the main benefactor of the parish ever since. It was Richard Dawson, a banker and Dublin alderman, who in 1729 built the present (Church of Ireland) church on the Dartrey estate. It was established in its own separate parish of Ematris soon after. The Dawsons added a north gallery to the church in 1769, and much later the Corry family (from Rockcorry) added a south gallery, raised on arches to avoid desecrating the burial ground beneath it. A fire caused serious damaged in 1811 leaving the church for a period without a roof. The fine west tower was built in 1840, and the sanctuary apse (centre above) in 1870. With the demolition of the Dawson mansion in 1950, and their once thriving estate turned over to forestry, St John’s appears isolated. However it shares services with St James’ church, Rockcorry some 2½ miles away, which the Dawsons built in 1855, and both churches continue well supported by the local farming community. But the view from St John’s cemetery across Inner Lough, once described as “one of the best in Ireland”, is currently obscured by conifers:

    I still hope to get to Ireland one day to see the Dawson Monument.






    Sunday, March 15, 2015

    Simply BE -- coming soon to Amazon

    Coming soon to Amazon
    in both Kindle and Paperback formats.
     
    Cover design by Susan Ruby K.

    Simply BE -- Coming soon to Amazon






    Now for something a little different. "Simply BE" is my first book of inspirational quotes and sayings to lift your spirit and brighten your day. Enjoy a couple of Biblical quotes; a couple from Desiderata but the majority are my creation. This book makes great gift-giving. In this beautiful cover Susan, of http://yuneekpix.com, skilfully brings the past into the present. Thank you Susan. Coming soon to Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback formats

    Keeping It Simple is free today in the Kindle Store

     
    Keeping It Simple  is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.  Below are a couple of reviews this book has received.
     
    Thanks for checking out my author's page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
     
    It Really is Possible to Heal
     Mary Belanger 
     
    This  very well written manual  is by Audrey Austin; a wonderful therapist, author, and teacher.  
     
    This book is written in a  sequential manner.  A reader is given a methodical overview of meditation, psychospiritual therapy, and the chakra system.  Learning to open  blocked chakras enables the reader to unite mind, body, and soul.

    I am very grateful for Austin who has created such a wonderful resource on chakra meditation.
    It really is possible to heal. Keeping it Simple has my Five Star rating. It has changed my life for the better.
     


    A very easy-to-understand explanation of chakras

    By Anu 
     
    This is a well written book - very easy to understand the concept of chakras and the significance of each chakra. I am yet to try out the exercises for opening up each chakra. But if you are looking to familiarize yourself with the 7 chakras of the Indian/yogic tradition, I highly recommend this book.

    Saturday, March 14, 2015

    DRAMA - a Novel Idea is available in the Kindle Store



    I'm happy to announce that DRAMA - A Novel Idea is available in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

    DRAMA is an anthology which contains three of my most popular novels: Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy; Ellen and The Hummingtree; and Sara, a Canadian Saga.
    Compiled as they are in this boxed set, you, the reader, will not only save some money, you will also have the convenience of having all three novels contained in one publication.


    The beautiful cover design is by Susan Ruby K. of yuneekpix.com
    Check out my author's page: amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    DRAMA - a Novel Idea -- boxed set available soon in the Kindle Store

    I'm happy to announce that it won't be long now before DRAMA - A Novel Idea will be available in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

    DRAMA   is an anthology which contains three of my most popular novels:  Moose Road - a Canadian TragedyEllen and The Hummingtree; and Sara, a Canadian Saga.

    Compiled as they are in this boxed set, you, the reader, will not only save some money, you will also have the convenience of having all three novels contained in one publication.

    The beautiful cover design is by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com 

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

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Quest For Cammirand - short story is free today

    Short story lovers - I hope you have enjoyed the free stories all week.  Today for your reading enjoyment is the Kindle Edition of Quest For Cammirand  which is currently  #52 in Kindle Store > Books > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Mystery > Private Investigators
  • #58 in Kindle Store > Books > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Crime Fiction >Murder
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    Peter Lowenza is an insurance investigator in search of a woman, Cammirand Gauthier, whose husband Jessie Gauthier has died. Cammirand is beneficiary of his estate and stands to inherit millions of dollars. She had been abandoned by her parents at an early age, abused and deceived by her husband, Jessie Gauthier who was known to be a ruthless businessman. Rumour has it he was an abusive husband. Is this why Cammirand has disappeared? It is the insurance investigator's job to find her. What happened to Cammirand Gauthier? Peter sets out on a quest.
     
    Free today in the Kindle Store on all
    Amazon sites.
     
    

    Quest for Cammirand  is a short story that dares to stand alone in the Kindle Store.   However, it is also available as part of the short story anthology titled Social Studies, Book One - Dying To Be Popular  which is available on all Amazon sites in both Kindle and Paperback formats.
    
     
    Cover Design by Susan Ruby K. of

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Joshua's Journey is free today in the Kindle Store ...

    Continuing with the free short stories this week, today I invite you to enjoy "Joshua's Journey'.
     
     
     
    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.


     
    In my life 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.  I hope you enjoy the story.
     
     
    Joshua's Journey is a short story that dares to stand alone but if you are  a short story lover you will find this story along with 11 others in anthology titled Social Studies, Book One - Dying To Be Popular.   This anthology is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites
     
     
     
     
     
    Cover design by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com    
     
     
    Check out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin