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ALPACAS with MARACAS By Matt Cosgrove

Macca and pal Al are the best of friends and LOVE spending time together.  When there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest, they just can’t resist.  But what will their act be?   Will they shimmy and shake?  Dance and prance?  Whatever they choose it will surely be a performance to remember!

Goodreads rating 4.33/5



Master of his Fate By Barbara Taylor Bradford

The first book in an expansive and intricately detailed new historical fiction series from master storyteller Barbara Taylor Bradford, Master of the Game is filled with drama, intrigue and Bradford’s trademark cast of compelling characters.

When back to back tragedies strike the Falconer home, shattering this idyllic life, it seems as though James might never recover his former glory….until a royal summons gives him the chance to prove that he truly is a master of the game…..

Goodreads rating  3.81/5


Hazards of Time Travel By Joyce Carol Oates

Time travel – and its hazards – are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and  is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America – Wainscotia, Wisconsin – that existed eighty years before.  Cast adrift in time in this idyllic Midwestern Town she is set upon a course of rehabilitation – but cannot resist falling in love with a fellow exile and questioning the constrains of the Wainscotia world with results that are both devastating and liberating.

Goodreads rating: 3.11/5



Stan Lee By Bob Batchelor

The Amazing Spider Man. The Incredible Hulk. The Invincible Iron Man.  Black Panther.  These are just a few of the iconic superheroes to emerge from the mind of Stan Lee.  From the mean streets of Depression – era New York City to recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Lee’s life has been almost a remarkable as the thrilling adventures he spun for decades.  From millions of comic books fans of the 1960s through billions of moviegoers around the globe, Stan Lee has touched more people than almost any person in the history of popular culture.

Goodreads rating:  3.61/5

Bush Nurses Edited by Annabelle Brayley

It takes something special to be a bush nurse working in rural and remote Australia.  Some of these stories will raise the hairs on the back of your neck, others will a make you laugh and some will make you cry.  But there’s no doubt you’ll be amazed at the strength of character and the skill of these nurses who are the backbone of medical practice in rural and remote Australia.

Goodreads rating: 3.58/5



Paramedic: One Woman’s 20 Years on the Front Line By Sandy MacKen

Sandy’s unique perspective as paramedic with the NSW Ambulance Service will open your mind, awaken your heart and shine a light in some very dark places.

Goodreads rating 4/5




Two romances in the one case, ready for Valentine’s Day!

A Waiting Game By Diana Palmer

His kisses aroused and demanded a passion she had never known. Nicholas Coleman had given her everything — the chance of a lifetime. Now he demanded–and offered–so much more.

Goodreads rating:  3.4/5

A Loving Arrangement By Diana Palmer

Her platinum hair cascaded down her shoulders. She no longer blended with the woodwork, but she was still a fugitive from the man who had betrayed her. Was she merely exchanging one risky masquerade for another?

Goodreads rating:  3.5/5









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Did you know?

To Kill a Mockingbird was the result of a generous Christmas gift.

We all look for that perfect present for those we care about. Something both meaningful and inspiring. In the late 1950s, a Broadway composer and his wife gave just such a gift to a struggling young writer named Nelle Harper Lee.

Lee wanted to write after developing an interest in English literature in high school. After graduation, she attended Huntingdon College in Alabama for one year, and focused on writing. She then transferred to the University of Alabama to study law before turning her sights back to writing. She wrote for the university newspaper before dropping out of college without achieving a degree, opting to move to New York to pursue a writing career.

To support herself in New York, Lee worked for several years as an airline ticket agent.  She struggled with working to support herself and having the time and energy to write. Luckily for Lee, she befriended Michael and Joy Brown. Michael was a popular composer and lyricist who worked on Broadway, and was financially well off.

For Christmas 1956, the Browns gave Lee a generous gift: one year’s wages. With the gift came a note saying, ‘You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas.’ Who could say no to that? Lee quit her airline job, and once free to write what she wanted, produced the story that would become To Kill a Mockingbird.

Reportedly, the first draft read like several short stories stitched together, rather than a seamlessly written novel. But the Browns had also put Lee in touch with a literary agent, Maurice Crain.  With Crain and editor Tay Hohoff, Lee reworked the initial manuscript, and two and a half years of rewrites followed. Even after those rewrites, Lee was warned that the book probably wouldn’t sell more than few thousand copies.

However, Lee’s hard work paid off beyond her wildest expectation. Perhaps it was published at just the right time, as the civil rights movement was kicking off in earnest. Whatever the reason, the book’s popularity skyrocketed shortly after its publication in 1960. It was picked up by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Literary Guild, featured in Reader’s Digest, and won a variety of literary awards, including the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. By 1962, it had been made into an award-winning movie.

To Kill a Mockingbird has now sold over 30 million copies, and has been translated into 40 languages and remains hugely relevant even today. In 2009, it was reported that Lee was still earning $9,249 in royalties every day. At the time of her death in early 2016, Lee’s estate was valued at over $45 million. The Brown’s original Christmas gift to Harper Lee had multiplied many times over.

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