My Books For Your Reading Pleasure

My Books For Your Reading Pleasure
Proud Indie Author

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Man On The Bench - a short story

On Sunday July 29th, my most recent short story titled The Man On The Bench will be free in the Kindle Store for your reading enjoyment.

The Man On The Bench  is a metaphysical delight.  

She sees the old man on the bench as she walks her dog through the park just as she does every morning, rain or shine.

What is it that causes her to change her walking route this morning?  What is it that draws her to approach him?  What is it that causes her dog to behave the way he does?

This fictional short story may leave the reader with a tear in the eye and a smile in the heart.

This short story and all my books are available on all Amazon sites.  Check out my author's page at  

Thursday, July 19, 2018

I have one copy of RECOMPENSE on hand :-)

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

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

 In their later years Maurice and Alison become acquainted with the Internet and with the Senior Befriender Chat Room. 

When temptation with the name of Conrad enters their lives the shared bonds of loyalty and trust are put in jeopardy. Will deception rule the day?

RECOMPENSE, like all my paperback books, is sold exclusively on all Amazon sites.     This book is available in both Kindle and Paperback.   

I don't keep books on hand as a rule, but I do have one copy of RECOMPENSE.

If you live locally and are interested in purchasing this copy please message or email me.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

REAWAKENING ... a novel

REAWAKENING  is my second novel written a few years ago now.   I had such fun writing this story and, as it turned out, it was the favourite of my sister, Muriel. 

Below are a couple of reviews REAWAKENING  received at the time of publication.

Unfortunately this book is no longer available in print format but it is available for your reading pleasure in the Kindle Store on all Amazon sites.

A review by Ann on Goodreads

It was amazing.

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 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 where 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

a review written by her publisher at Wynterblue Publishing Canada:

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 possibel with love and hope.

Maggie Lacroix, Executive Director, Wynterblue Publishing.

Cover design:  SusanRK

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The Silent Star - a short story

Young Andrew suffers many losses. An orphan, he feels alone and unwanted. He becomes the silent star. He walks alongside the track in life; often getting stuck on the wrong side. 

Rose is his redeemer and because of her, and their love for one another, he overcomes all odds and becomes an inspiration to others.

The Silent Star is a short story that dares, like Daniel, to stand alone.

But this story is one of thirteen stories found in short story anthology titled 
The Silent Star plus a dozen.

The individual short story and the anthology titled The Silent Star plus a dozen are available in kindle format only, however, the short story anthology titled The Silent Star plus a dozen Selections is available in both paperback and kindle formats on all Amazon sites.

Writing short stories is my passion.  I hope you enjoy reading them.

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Thank you for your positive reviews on Amazon and on Goodreads.  :-)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


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.

Available in both paperback and kindle format
on all Amazon sites. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Man On The Bench - a short story

The Man On The Bench is a metaphysical delight. She sees the old man on the bench as she walks with her dog through the park just as she does every morning rain or shine. What is it that causes her to change her walking route this morning? What is it that draws her to approach him? What is it that causes her dog to behave the way he does? 

This fictional short story may leave the reader with a tear in the eye and a smile in the heart.

The Man On The Bench is my latest publication; a short story available in Kindle format on all Amazon sites.

Check out my author's page at

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Celebrating my 11th Writing Anniversary :-)

This week I celebrate my 11th writing anniversary. During these years I have had published by Wynterblue Publishing Company, (forever grateful Maggie Kirton), and later as an independent author, 19 paperback books plus many short stories that, like Daniel, dare to stand alone. My short stories, which I love to write, are available in my 5 short story anthologies. Individually they are available in Kindle format only on all amazon sites.
I want to thank you, my readers, for your continued support throughout these 11 years.
This past year has been one of much transition and I have written little but inspiration, accompanied by motivation, has made a recent visit. I am writing again. Tomorrow will see the publication of a short story recently written and titled "The Man on the Bench". I've recently submitted a poem to White Mountain Publications which they may or may not accept for their annual anthology. I hope they will but, to me, what is important is that I felt inspired to write it.
I continue to work on "All Them Houses - part 2 - from John Paul to Bedlam". I also continue to work on "A Handful of Memories". I hope to have both of these works published this year.
Two of my novels, "Sara, a Canadian Saga", and "When God Gives Us Spring" will soon be available as audio books. Sara is being narrated by Falon Echo; When God Gives Us Spring is being narrated by Earl Sewell. I look forward very much to these audio book releases.
I continue to sell my books exclusively through all Amazon sites. Visit my author's page at
To celebrate my 11th writing anniversary this coming Tuesday my very first novel, "Sara, a Canadian Saga", will be offered free for your reading pleasure on all Amazon sites.