My Books For Your Reading Pleasure

My Books For Your Reading Pleasure
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Create Space dot com addresses for my books in paperback format

Here are the addresses to purchase my books in paperback format directly from Create Space.

To purchase Social Studies – Book One  



To purchase Social Studies – Book Two



To purchase Social Studies – Book Three


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To purchase Moose Road – a Canadian Tragedy:


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To purchase Sara, a Canadian Saga


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To purchase Keeping It Simple


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To purchase Ellen and The Hummingtree


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To purchase When God Gives Us Spring


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To purchase Beyond The Blue



To purchase Crabapple Court



To purchase Recompense



To purchase Dinner At Seven



To purchase Silent Star Selections


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To purchase Simply BE\


To purchase The Last Drop


To purchase Poetry from A to Z


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Two Short Stories: The Silent Star AND Joshua's Journey free this weekend in the Kindle Store

Here are two dramatic short stories for your reading pleasure this weekend.

The Silent Star is free in the Kindle Store Saturday, January 23rd.

Joshua's Journey is free in the Kindle Store Sunday, January 24th.

THE SILENT STAR: Young Andrew suffers many losses. An orphan he feels alone and unwanted. He becomes the silent star. He walks alongside the track in life; often getting stuck on the wrong side. Rose is his redeemer and because of her and their love for one another he overcomes all odds and becomes an inspiration to others.
THE SILENT STAR is currently #9 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Collections & Readers
#23 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > Canadian
#24 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Short Stories

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.
JOSHUA'S JOURNEY is currently #5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Parenting & Relationships > Aging Parents > Aging

If you enjoy these short stories your positive reviews are most welcome on Amazon or Goodreads.

And thanks for checking out my other short stories, poetry, novellas, and novels while you are visiting my author's site at

For those of you who live in Elliot Lake some of my books are available in The Elliot Laker Store. And all my books are available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on all Amazon sites.

Moose Road - a Canadian Tragedy

#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Drama > Canadian
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Drama
#8 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Canadian > Drama
Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy is a story you will truly enjoy. This novel is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats.
Here are some reviews of Moose Road, a Canadian Tragedy:

4.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 19 2014
By heather
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book and all the diverse characters, including the personification of the road.

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Sept. 4 2014
By Deb Morrison
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good Canadian location read and tugged the heartstrings

5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and compelling April 7 2014
By Alan Black - Published on
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 o heck with the chores, I finished the book in one sitting.

4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down; leads to reflection perhaps June 13 2014
By Mae Beth Williams - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchaser
The first narrator, the road itself, reappears to provide commentary on the views and viewpoints of the families living in this rural community. Strong characterizations that are not stereotyped help the book develop thoughtfully. The Canadian setting added local flavor to a 'far north' setting. I found this book enjoyable - if you can say that about a tragedy...

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ellen and The Hummingtree is FREE in the Kindle Store Saturday, January 16th

Ellen and The Hummingtree will be FREE for your reading enjoyment in the Kindle Store this Saturday, January 16th.

Here are some reviews of Ellen and The Hummingtree.
4.0 out of 5 stars

 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, 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.

4.0 out of 5 stars
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.

5.0 out of 5 stars
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.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

When God Gives Us Spring - a novella free Sunday, January 10th 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, free in the Kindle Store, tomorrow, January 10th.
This book is also available on Amazon in paperback format.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

RECOMPENSE - a novella free in the Kindle Store, Saturday, January 9th

This Saturday, January 9th, RECOMPENSE is free in the Kindle Store.

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.  '

Check out this review of RECOMPENSE

Meeting strangers
By Cindy J. Smith on October 31, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Two people live together for years in harmony. Not married, not in love, just together. Enter the internet. The story leads us to places that are very real. What happens when they both create on-line identities that seek love? Sometimes when you meet strangers, you find out it is really you. I did enjoy the story. I give this 4 stars.  

This Saturday, January 9th, RECOMPENSE is free for your reading pleasure in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy Birthday, Ki! Tomorrow, January 2nd, "No Stone Unturned" is free in the Kindle Store

Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 2nd, is Ki's 9th birthday. To honour him, and all those in the animal kingdom, I am offering a short story titled "No Stone Unturned" free in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites. Hope you enjoy it.

I've often thought that if animals ruled our world it would be a more sane and a much kinder place to be. Dudleyville is a kingdom ruled by King Dudley. All the animals in this peaceful kingdom deal with unexpected terrorism in a surprising way.

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