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Proud Indie Author

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Keeping It Simple is free today in the Kindle Store

Keeping It Simple - Imagine Being Whole  is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

Currently  #3     in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Alternative Medicine > Holistic

Here are a couple of book reviews:

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.
 
 
Keeping It Simple  is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.
 
This book of self-discovery and personal growth is also available in paperback format from Createspace.com    The link is  https://www.createspace.com/4733596
 
Beautiful cover design is by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com
 
Check out my author's page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Crabapple Court free today in the Kindle Store



Susie Donnelly is missing.  Has she run away?  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.



Currently  #11 in Kindle Store > Books > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Crime Fiction > Kidnapping


a short excerpt from Crabapple Court:

Each individual's truth, until shared, is locked in a sacred space in one's memory. Memory does have its share of weakness. It can be faulty. As weeks turn into months memory is often tested. "Tell me a story and remember what you said."

I find it very interesting that the residents of the seven farms impacted by the tragedy each retain a different personal memory of the accident and its aftermath. Although I am well aware that it would not occur to any ordinary human that an old long-travelled country road could possibly have the capacity to remember, I can assure you that I do. Yes, indeed, I do have a memory. Even though I am very old it remains a good one. I do remember well.

Some thoughts give me reason to smile while other memories I would prefer to forget.




Crabapple Court  is also available in paperback format on all Amazon sites.  It is also available at Createspace.com   The link is    https://www.createspace.com/4463611  

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beyond The Blue is free today in the Kindle Store

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 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 also available in paperback format on all Amazon sites and you will find it in paperback at Createspace and  the link is  https://www.createspace.com/4895004

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

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sara, a Canadian Saga -- free today in the Kindle Store

From the Author

Sara, a Canadian Saga is my first novel. Based on the harsh reality of life during the days of the Great Depression we follow one family.  The story starts in the Maritime Provinces of Canada.  The struggling economy is the deciding factor for Roy who makes the move to Toronto leaving Sara and their then two children behind in Prince Edward Island.  Once he secures employment Sara and the children join him. More children follow and the Canadian Dream is more elusive than ever
 
A review of Sara, a Canadian Saga:
 
Unorthodox Mama's review 

  5 of 5 stars

 I loved it.

 Sara focuses on the lives of Sara, Roy and their immediate family. But you do get a feel of what times are like for everyone.

It was an easy read.  Sara is by far my favourite. Roy was a close second until I saw the kind of temper he grew into.

Sara would be a great add in the Canadian English class.

This is a great read if you are interested in Canadian historical fiction, stories that are of the same or similar fabric of Little House or are just looking for a great read.
 
Sara, a Canadian Saga   is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.  Paperback is also available from Create Space.  The link is https://www.createspace.com/4461846

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

Cover design by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

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.

Poetry from A to Z  is available in both Kindle & Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.   It is also available in paperback from createspace. The link there is https://www.createspace.com/4973413

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

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Maggie's Trip to Toronto - a short story free today in the Kindle Store

Maggie lives her very ordinary life in a very small northern town in Ontario, Canada. She lives in her parents' home and she works at the local variety store.

It is not until her father dies that Maggie needs to travel to Toronto on an insurance matter. Upon her arrival in the Toronto office Maggie gets more than she bargained for.Maggie lives her very ordinary life in a very small northern town in Ontario, Canada. She lives in her parents' home and she works at the local variety store.

It is not until her father dies that Maggie needs to travel to Toronto on an insurance matter. Upon her arrival in the Toronto office Maggie gets more than she bargained for.

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

Friday, April 24, 2015

Short story "Abundance" is free in the Kindle Store today .......

Ellen is distraught. Financial worry and loneliness are making her frantic. When Jethro Tunkel arrives at her backyard gate she is puzzled and fearful but not for long. Ellen does not realize it but with Jethro comes abundance. If you enjoy this short story you will love my novel titled "Ellen and The Hummingtree"


 

From the Author

ABUNDANCE is a short story.  It is also an excerpt from one of my novels titled "Ellen and The Hummingtree".    In this story Ellen is struggling both financially and emotionally.   She is even feeling that her spiritual strength is in jeopardy.    Then along comes a great gift in the person of Jethro Tunkel who arrives at Ellen's back gate with his knapsack  on his back and his guitar slung over his shoulder.    Enjoyment of this short story will lead you to want to read "Ellen and The Hummingtree", a novel which is a fictional memoir of a woman of faith.  
 
Cover design by Susan Ruby K.
 
Thanks for checking out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Joshua's Journey -- free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites

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


 

From the Author

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.
 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Celebrating 65,000 visitors to my blog as of today

This blog, Calling All Writers, is celebrating because as of today I have had 65,000 visitors to this site.

I am also celebrating this summer my eighth creative writing anniversary. 

To date I have published 18 books including poetry, short story anthologies, books for children, novellas and novels.   You could say I've been busy.

I have also written two plays.  One titled Chocolate Cookies  has been produced and presented, and the second titled On The Radio is one that I am currently transforming into a novel.

More recently I have written some song lyrics.  One, Listen To Love, is co-written with John Cal who beautifully performs the song.   The second, I Followed My Heart, is co-written with Kimberly Arnold, who has chosen this song, performed by her, to be a part of her album which was recently recorded in Nashville.  Congratulations Kim!

The third song titled Too Late is a song for which I wrote the lyrics, the melody, and I perform the song accompanied by the talented John Cal who composed the beautiful music.  You will find this song on my Facebook page and also on YouTube.

In addition to all this I've written numerous short stories which dare to stand alone in the Kindle Store while some of them have also found their way into anthologies.

I am, indeed, a proud Indie Author; open to learning, growing, and trying new things.  Life is good and life goes on.

In addition to this blog, Calling All Writers,  I also have Rhymes and Times Remembered; a place where poets come together to share their work and I also offer Small Town Authors, a place for writers, published or unpublished.  There they can promote their  work by sharing their short stories or excerpts from their books.

On Facebook I have individual pages for many of my books and drawing on my background as psychospiritual practitioner,  I have written a book which focuses on emotional healing.  This book is titled Keeping It Simple; Imagine Being Whole.    More recently I have published a book of quotations and sayings in a small book titled Simply Be.   In addition,  I have a page which I've titled Therapy Thursday from which I hope you will receive some benefit.   I also try to remember to post each week on Gratitude Friday.

Creative writing is my passion.

I post often to this blog, mostly to let you know about books that are being offered free in the Kindle Store, but on occasion, when the spirit moves me, I do some actual blogging.

Recently I enjoyed participation in the Elliot Lake Arts & Culture Trade Show.  Thanks to those who purchased a book that day.   I will be participating in the Elliot Lake Trade Show happening the weekend of May 1st at the local arena.  I will be there with my books and hope to see you there.

My current work in progress is titled All Them Houses.   I am often encouraging others to write their memoir and this year I am taking my own advice.  I can truthfully state that my life so far has been nothing, if not interesting, and I am enjoying recording my memories before they decide to fly away.

Thank you for your visits here and for your continuing support and encouragement.

Remember, life is to be lived; and life goes on.  You can take my word for it: It is never too late to start something new.   :-)

You will find me on Amazon.  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

You will find me on Facebook.  http://www.facebook.com/audreyaustinca


Designed by http://yuneekpix.com

No Mercy for Magdalena

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

Magdalena Macaire lives with her family in Greektown which is in the east end of Toronto, Canada. In her short life she has known nothing but violence. It's time for celebration. With her friend, Katie, she attends A Taste of The Danforth. There the girls meet local hoodlum, Andreas Christakos, and his buddies. Magdalena accepts a ride with these boys. Will she be driven to murder?

Like many young people Magdalena is disillusioned and very angry with her parents.  She carries this anger out into the world and the consequences are deadly.  Being popular; needing to be popular is given too much importance in our world.  Other more important things like getting a good education, maintaining good self-esteem and establishing good strong values are too often made to take a back seat.   To quote from an old song we need to "teach our children well"

No Mercy For Magdalena  is free today in the Kindle Store.

This short story dares to stand alone in the Kindle Store but is also found in paperback format as one of twelve stories in short story anthology Social Studies, Book Two - Shattered and Broken.

Cover design by Susan Ruby K.
 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Writer Working At Home ........


To be a writer at home one must be prepared for any eventuality.   Eventuality is a fancy word for those things that pop up and demand our participation; things such as cooking, laundry and family responsibilities.  Yep, now I've got your attention.

And of course when working at home as a writer others, including your family and friends, think you are just playing around on the computer and they believe you should be available to do the grocery shopping, the preparation for luncheons or  to sit on committees for all sorts of worthy causes.  And so, of course, you make yourself available because in your heart, yes, you really do want to give back to your community.

And if you are a writer using alternative publishing methods you soon discover that you need to learn how to be a promoter, a marketer, a salesman, a publicist, a networker, a bookkeeper and a distributor. 

Of course there are rewards for a writer's labour.  On occasion you will receive a thank-you for all that you do or a reader will get in touch with positive feedback on your latest release.  

But sometimes you will overhear, "Does he need to send so darn many promotional emails?" 

A writer needs to learn how to block this type of negativism.  Let's face it, if this person does not know how to stay quiet and simply  hit the delete button then he cannot be expected to be supportive of another's efforts.  

Besides it is all worthwhile when you receive the response, "Thanks for your email.  Please put me down for two copies of your book."   Amen! 

It's all a learning curve.  And if it is not always fun, it is always interesting. 

Sometimes though the world cooperates.  Everything flows and you find the time to meet with your characters and you are able to do what you love to do.  You write. 

Yes, sometimes a writer working at home does find some time to write.   It may be at  two in the morning but whenever it happens the sun shines and all is well; at least in this writer's world.

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


 

From the Author

I wanted to illustrate this book although I am not a visual artist.  The most important thin.g 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.



From the Back Cover

Simply BE ...  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 available in both Kindle and paperback formats on all
Amazon sites.  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Dinner At Seven - a Review by Victoria Street

A review of Dinner At Seven by Victoria Street

I have started to read a really good book - Dinner at Seven - written by Audrey Austin. Thank you, Audrey. It is really enjoyable probably because the story-line is located in Toronto!
I would like to see more people enjoy this love story - couldn't put it down and finally went to bed at 4am!
 Once again Audrey has formulated a wonderful suspense of life and love. The young lady thinks as most women that to be comfortable in a relationship is really love. When she find that she is embroiled in a passionate and all encompassing relationship, she starts to question her life and her ability to trust. A very good read.
 
 
 
Dinner At Seven is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.
 
The paperback edition is also available from CreateSpace eStore:   https://www.createspace.com/5339180 

Or visit my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
Chanti is a 13 year old girl living in Nawada, South Bihar, India. Her parents introduce Chanti to Sam Saraswati, a Canadian and within a very short time the marriage takes place. The child bride travels with her new husband to Elliot Lake, Canada where they live with Sam's parents. Life is good for Chanti until Sam's parents are killed in a car crash. Suddenly at the age of 15 Chanti is mistress of the household and expected to take over all the household duties Shirley Saraswati performed. Children are born of the marriage. Chanti's husband becomes more abusive as time passes. Feeling alone and trapped in her situation Chanti dreams of returning to Bihar but it is not until she has reached the age of sixty-eight that she finally makes her decision to leave her husband. Will she succeed in her attempt to escape?

"Chanti's Escape" is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites. This story is also available in paperback as one of the twelve stories in Social Studies, Book Three - Weaving Alice which is also available in Kindle on all Amazon sites.

Thanks for visiting my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Cover design by Susan Ruby K.
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

TOO LATE -- a song written in memory of my father

Recently a new door opened and I have written the lyrics to three new songs.   The one I wish to share with you now is one in which I wrote the lyrics, the melody, and I perform the song.  The music is by talented John Cal who brings my words to life with his beautiful arrangement.  Thank you,
John.  I have written this song in loving memory of my father.

https://youtu.be/MeQ3Kbw0t5s


Sunday, April 19, 2015

When God Gives Us Spring - free today in the Kindle Store


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?

When God Gives Us Spring is a novella available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.  The paperback is also available at the Create Space store.  The link is   https://www.createspace.com/4754962

Today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites When God Gives Us Spring  is free for your reading pleasure.

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

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Weaving Alice - Free in the Kindle Store today



#29 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Metaphysical

Weaving Alice is a short story and it is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

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


This short story is also available in both Kindle and Paperback formats as one of twelve stories in a short story anthology titled Social Studies, Book Three - Weaving Alice  on all Amazon sites.     

A review of Weaving Alice - 5.0 out of 5 stars did not see that coming! Oct. 9 2013
By Carleen E. Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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!!
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Quest for Cammirand - a mystery -- free today in the Kindle Store

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.


 

From the Author

"Quest for Cammirand" is a story written for a mature audience exploring as it does social issues including spousal abuse; rape; deception; betrayal, murder and other topics of a sensitive nature.  It is not a story for young readers.  I love writing short stories and, as is  often the case, with this story I found that, once I got started, the characters took the lead and it was all I could do to keep up with them. 
 
Quest for Cammirand  is one of my short stories that dares to stand alone in the Kindle Store and it is free for your reading pleasure today.
 
Quest for Cammirand is also one of the twelve short stories found in one of my short story anthologies,  Social Studies, Book One - Dying To Be Popular.  
 
Beautiful cover design of my Social Studies anthology series is Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com     What a talent!  Check out her site if  you are an author seeking a cover designer.    Her book covers are Amazon and Create Space ready for you to publish, whether you are an individual writer like me or a publishing company.  You will find no one better to meet your design and artistic needs.
 
Check out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
 
 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Find Firinn - free today in the Kindle Store

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.


 
Uncle Farlan and his niece Forba invite you to "Find Firinn". This Kindle short story is free today, April 16th, 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.    
 
 

Find Firinn is also available in paperback format as one of the twelve stories contained in short story anthology Social Studies, Book One - Dying To Be Popular on all Amazon sites.

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Find Firinn - Amazon Best Sellers Rank:  Currently    #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Parenting & Relationships > Aging Parents > Aging    

Cover design: Susan Ruby K. -  http://yuneekpix.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sara. a Canadian Saga -- free today, April 15th, in the Kindle Store

The time is 1916. Sara is a 10 year old girl in rural Prince Edward Island. Roy is a 10 year old boy in mining town, Nova Scotia. Through their eyes we see, feel and experience their childhood challenges. We follow them through adolescence and their turbulent teen years. We celebrate their courtship and suffer their lost innocence in the wedding ritual. They take us through the Great Depression and share with us the frustrations, dreams and challenges they face in adulthood. As parents they introduce us to their children. This story appeals to all ages because Sara and Roy hold up a mirror and ask the reader to recognize truth about the human condition for many Canadian families through difficult economic times. We witness love that does not come neatly wrapped and experience the quiet, sometimes desperate, drama of lives unfolding.

Sara, a Canadian Saga is my first novel. Based on the harsh reality of life during the days of the Great Depression we follow one family.  The story starts in the Maritime Provinces of Canada.  The struggling economy is the deciding factor for Roy who makes the move to Toronto leaving Sara and their then two children behind in Prince Edward Island.  Once he secures employment Sara and the children join him. More children follow and the Canadian Dream is more elusive than ever

A Review of Sara, a Canadian Saga:

5.0 out of 5 stars Table Talk July 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I’ve read "Sara" twice now, the second time to my son who thoroughly enjoyed Austin’s portrayal of the early 20th century living conditions. This story is uniquely Canadian and could easily be marketed to students as part of their Canadian education. It is a narrative that figures in the histories of Canadian families everywhere. If you come from generations of Canadians someone in your story has a story just like "Sara."

The line that cracked me up and drew me into the story can be found on page 11:

"Their mother set the steaming bowls of vegetables in the centre of the large, old, wooden table that no amount of wax and polish could dignify."

I won't over-analyze why this struck me as hilarious except to say I laughed out loud when I recognized myself in this character. What sad, sad state Rebecca was in over her table! As you read on you will discover that this table is a silent witness to generations of love, hope, fear, strife, courage, ignorance and finally, understanding. What a beautiful metaphor for an old scratched up, banged around, inescapable history and our fear of endlessly repeating it.

Thank-you for inviting us to the table Ms. Austin.
 
Sara, a Canadian Saga  is 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
 
Beautiful cover design by Susan Ruby K. of  http://yuneekpix.com
 
Sara, a Canadian Saga is also available in paperback from Createspace.com  The Link is:  CreateSpace eStore:    https://www.createspace.com/4461846

Sunday, April 12, 2015

DRAMA - A Novel Idea a trilogy of novels





#96 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Collections & Readers

DRAMA - A Novel Idea   is a trilogy of Canadian novels available in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

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.





Beautiful cover design by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com

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




What not to ask a writer....

You are a writer too, yes?  And don't you just love it when someone asks, "What are your books about?"

It is every writer's nightmare question.

I have eighteen books on the table; each one unique and special in its own way.

I am not locked into a single genre in my reading or writing preferences.

How many hours can you spend with me in order to explain to you what all my books are about? 

The ideal question to a writer is,  "I am most interested in .........  Do you have a book on this topic?"

When asked, "What are your books about?", I do my best to turn the conversation back to the potential reader and ask, "What kind of book do you most enjoy reading?"

Sometimes it works.  Sometimes --  well, we just do our best and carry on.  :-)

You will find my books on all Amazon sites in both Kindle and Paperback format.   I hope you find something  from among them to please you.

http://www.amazon.com/audreyaustin

REAWAKENING - free today in the Kindle Store

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."

Reawakening is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.  This book is also available in paperback format directly from the author.  audrey@persona.ca


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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Crabapple Court -- free today in the Kindle Store


Currently #12 in Kindle Store > Books > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Crime Fiction > Kidnapping

Where is Susie Donnelly?

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.

Crabapple Court  is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.


Crabapple Court  is also available in paperback format on all Amazon sites as well as from Createspace.com   The link is 

 
Beautiful cover design is by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com
 
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Here is an excerpt from Crabapple Court:


Annie Benjamin is a good housekeeper. But she is also a good woman who makes unfortunate choices when it comes to choosing a boyfriend.  It is not uncommon for Annie to arrive for work at Annette's kitchen door with a black eye, a bruised arm, or a scratched face. Annie's boyfriend, Ronald, has a mean streak wider than the front lawn and deeper than the backyard swimming pool that no one uses anymore now that the girls are grown and gone from home.

Annie confides in Annette.  "He's a mean man and I don't know how to keep him off me.  But what worries me the most is the way he eyes my little girl, Arabella.  If he ever lays a hand on my Arabella I swear I'll kill him."

"Has he ever hurt your little girl, Annie?"

"No, ma'am, not that I know of and he better not!  Maybe I shouldn't tell you this, Ms. Colletti, but I've heard rumors that a few years ago my Ronald messed around with a little girl in the Toronto projects.  He did things with that child no grown man is supposed to do.  I don't even know if the rumors are true but just knowing someone thought he could do something like that scares me to death. He better not ever hurt my Arabella. He just better not, that's all!"

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Crabapple Court - an excerpt


Annie Benjamin is a good housekeeper. But she is also a good woman who makes unfortunate choices when it comes to choosing a boyfriend.  It is not uncommon for Annie to arrive for work at Annette's kitchen door with a black eye, a bruised arm, or a scratched face. Annie's boyfriend, Ronald, has a mean streak wider than the front lawn and deeper than the backyard swimming pool that no one uses anymore now that the girls are grown and gone from home.

Annie confides in Annette.  "He's a mean man and I don't know how to keep him off me.  But what worries me the most is the way he eyes my little girl, Arabella.  If he ever lays a hand on my Arabella I swear I'll kill him."

"Has he ever hurt your little girl, Annie?"

"No, ma'am, not that I know of and he better not!  Maybe I shouldn't tell you this, Ms. Colletti, but I've heard rumors that a few years ago my Ronald messed around with a little girl in the Toronto projects.  He did things with that child no grown man is supposed to do.  I don't even know if the rumors are true but just knowing someone thought he could do something like that scares me to death. He better not ever hurt my Arabella. He just better not, that's all!"

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Susie Donnelly is missing.  Is she just a little girl playing hide and seek or has she run away?  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.


Crabapple Court is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats from all Amazon sites.

Thanks for visiting my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

Crabapple Court is also available in paperback from Createspace.com   The link is CreateSpace eStore:    https://www.createspace.com/4894247

Monday, April 6, 2015

Poetry from A to Z is doing well in the Kindle Store

#39 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Poetry
  • #39 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Canadian
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    Poetry from A to Z is doing okay in the Kindle Store on Amazon.ca
     
    Thanks to my poetry loving readers.
     
    Check out my author's page http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin
     
     

    Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy

    Thanks everyone. Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy is doing well in the Kindle Store on Amazon.ca

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

    Thanks for checking out my author's page at http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    Beautiful cover design by Susan Ruby K. of http://yuneekpix.com

    Ellen and The Hummingtree is "free" today in the Kindle Store

    My Easter gift to you today (Easter Monday) is a "free" Kindle reading of one of my novels titled Ellen and The Hummingtree.

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

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

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

    Ellen and The Hummingtree is free today in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

    Thanks for checking out my author's page at  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin

    Sunday, April 5, 2015

    Passion For Staying Put is free today in the Kindle Store

    #11 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Death & Grief > Grief & Bereavement
  • #34 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Relationships > Marriage

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    Eleven years have passed. Arthur and Marion attempt to move on in the aftermath of the tragic loss their only child, Jennifer. Passion for Staying Put was a semi-finalist in the 2013 John Kenneth Galbraith Short Story Writing Award Competition.
     
    Passion For Staying Put  is free today for your reading enjoyment on all Amazon sites.
     
    Passion For Staying Put is one of my short stories which, like Daniel, dares to stand alone.  However, you will also find it as one of the twelve stories contained in short story anthology titled Social Studies, Book Two - Shattered and Broken.
     

     
     
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    Saturday, April 4, 2015

    Simply BE is free today in the Kindle Store

    #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Inspirational
  • #4 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.


     

    From the Author

    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.

    From the Back Cover

    Simply BE ...  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 available in both Kindle and paperback formats on all
    Amazon sites.  http://www.amazon.com/author/audreyaustin