Jim Weiss will delight you and your children with these classics of imagination and wonder. Stories include: "Stone Soup" (includes song, "Stone Soup") "Puss in Boots" (includes song, "The Pussycat Rag") "The Shoemaker and the Elves" "Rapunzel"
©1993 James A. Weiss (P)1993 James A. Weiss
Between training the new town garda and trying to set a wedding date with her fiancé, Macdara Flannery, Siobhán is feeling a bit overwhelmed. Shes looking forward to visiting the new bookshop and curling up with an exciting novel - only to discover the shelves contain nothing but Literature with a capital L. The owner not only refuses to stock romances, mysteries, and science fiction, but wont even let customers enter his store unless they can quote James Joyce or Sean Hennessey. Despite the owner deliberately limiting his clientele, hes hosting a reading and autographing event featuring up-and-coming Irish writers who will be taking up residency in Kilbane for a month. Among them is indie author Deirdre Walsh, who spends more time complaining about the unfairness of the publishing industry and megastar best sellers instead of her own creative works, causing a heated debate among the writers. She seems to have a particular distaste for the novels of Nessa Lamb. Then Deirdres body is found the next day in the back of the store - with pages torn from Nessas books stuffed in her mouth. Now, Siobhán must uncover which of Kilbanes literary guests took Deirdres criticisms so personally, theyd engage in foul play....
©2021 Carlene O'Connor (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Child Abuse True Stories presents: Volume four of Kat Ward's sensational autobiography! The year was 1975, and at age 16, young Keri was desperate to strike out on her own. However, as listeners of the first three volumes of this series will know, her childhood was hardly the loving, supportive, preparatory period it should have been. Instead of family dinners and piano recitals, there were shattered dishes and abusive parents. Instead of trips to the museum, there were trips to TV studios - to be molested by celebrities. In short, her childhood was nothing short of a nightmare. Should it really be any surprise then, after such a traumatic baptism into life, that her first foray into the adult world was hardly an unmitigated success? From living in squalor to racking up debts, her new-found independence forced her face-to-face with many of life's grim realities. And despite waiting all her life for her freedom, she soon realised that a world without the institutional bars she was so accustomed to was just too much of a jungle. And every jungle has its predators... But what was a girl to do? Regress back to an abusive enslavement? Or continue moving forward in a world that seemed so backward? She needed a friend - and fast. Naturally, her understandable distrust of others didn't make things easy. Not to mention her warped idea of love. In the end though, her determination proved the deciding factor. As far as she was concerned, she'd performed her final "favour", and cried the last of her tears. But just when she thought she'd finally left her demons behind, she found herself at the mercy of unsavoury characters yet again - and this time, without anyone to turn to... Disclaimer: This is a true story of child abuse. Discretion is advised.
©2014 Kat Ward (P)2020 A. Tricker
Child Abuse True Stories presents: Volume 3 of Kat Ward's sensational autobiography! In this much-publicised third volume, Kat recounts her early-mid teen years; no longer a small child, but a girl on the cusp of adolescence. Still traumatized by her early experiences, but not entirely without that sense of vague hope that is the inalienable property of youth. Now at Duncroft Approved School for emotionally disturbed girls, her life had come to resemble that of a prisoner; a good day was a bad one and a bad day was horrific. A pattern interrupted only by the periodic visits of a certain creepy old man in a shiny tracksuit, with a pocket full of a cigars and a caravan full of demands. There were Rolls-Royce trips to London. There were jaunts to TV studios. And, of course, for Kat, as with most of the girls, there were dreams of a brighter future. But despite all the promises, there was simply no way out. For at almost every turn, another nefarious character was waiting to take advantage of the girls that no-one would believe anyway. Disclaimer: This is a true story of child abuse. Discretion is advised.
©2014 Kat Ward (P)2019 Opal Audio
Child abuse true stories presents: volume 2 of Kat Ward's sensational autobiography!
Being a teenager isn't easy. Even kids who grow up in happy, loving households encounter all manner of problems during adolescence. But children who were abused, raped, bullied, mistreated, or neglected during their earliest years, face the transition at an even greater disadvantage. For they not only come completely ill-prepared, but also badly scarred, and often are still licking the wounds from their childhoods.
This second volume of Kat Ward's sensational autobiography covers her plight as she grew in stature, and began to challenge the authority structures that had ruled over her young life so cruelly up until that point. It was a desperate rebellion in true teen spirit, but even with all the will in the world, she was still a child in a world full of grown-ups. And if there's one thing an abuser knows all too well, it's how to wield their power over the powerless...
Disclaimer: This is a true story of child abuse. Discretion is advised.
©2014 Kat Ward (P)2019 Opal Audio
Dive in to the fantasy saga where a motley group of heroes must recover a stolen relic. Twins Belwynn and Soren can communicate telepathically. They must lead a team of mercenaries, priests and exiles on a mission that becomes far darker and more important than they had bargained for. Perfect for fans of multi-character epics like Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones. Praise for this series: If youre a fan of great characters and plenty of action set in a well-developed fantasy world, then this is your series. With interesting, well-fleshed out characters and a genuinely enthralling plot, this one really stood out for me. Usually the author's writing links out a little for the next book or two, but not this guy, it stays right up there. You really need to get the rest of this series, you deserve it. Comprising books 1-3 of The Weapon Takers saga, this box set follows an epic quest for the seven weapons of Madria. Soren, an ambitious wizard Belwynn, his twin sister, who shares a telepathic link with him Rabigar, an exile of the Krykker race Elana, a mysterious priestess Moneva, a killer with a dark past And a host of mercenaries, sorcerers, knights, dukes, kings, and strange new races. Who will lay claim to the weapons? Who can be trusted? And as war comes to Dalriya, who will take a stand against the dark forces that have been unleashed on the land? Listeners have compared this series to The Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings, The Belgariad, and A Game of Thrones. This quest to retrieve a stolen religious relic ticked so many of the boxes that got me into fantasy in the first place: an epic quest, a cast of diverse characters, swords and sorcery, otherworldly landscapes, strange creatures. Couple all this with a world which has a detailed history replete with political rifts, feuds and machinations, there is a lot going on. I especially liked the mix of characters, each bring their own skills and personalities to the party. (CF Welburn, author of The Ashen Levels)
©2017, 2018, 2019 Jamie Edmundson (P)2020 Jamie Edmundson
Child abuse true stories presents: Volume 1 of Kat Ward's sensational autobiography!
From the outside, there was no reason to suspect the family life of young schoolchild Keri was anything but unremarkable.
Two loving parents, a backdrop of 1960s Britain; life had provided for her, at least with the riches of modesty. Keri herself however, would often confound teachers with her erratic behaviour, which was at best sullen and withdrawn; at worst violently disruptive. When challenged, she would only exacerbate her growing reputation as a fantasist; weaving terrible tales about the "abuse" she was suffering at the hands of her very creators. But it was the much-celebrated age of innocence; the childhood of our modern culture. Big brother had not yet been born and Nanny was only looking out for her dearest, as opposed to the entire State. Who would take the word of child on such matters? After all, she was just a bad egg - wasn't she? Well, no. She wasn't.
She was indeed, for over a decade, the victim of an abuse so staggering that merely to read about it is enough to freeze even the thickest of blood. "Keri" is the story of what happens when truth is imprisoned in a little glass jar and buried deep within the Earth, condemned to a sentence of eternal silence. For truth may be repressed, but never suppressed. It will always find light eventually.
And in this gut-wrenching account of her early life, author Kat Ward takes the reader through every shade of darkness, whilst never allowing the candle of hope to fully extinguish, so as the truth may indeed find its rightful freedom.
Disclaimer: This is a true story of child abuse. Reader discretion is advised.
©2017 Newdawnmedia (P)2018 Newdawnmedia
The quest for the seven weapons of Madria comes to its thrilling conclusion. Few remain to resist the implacable advance of the dark forces unleashed by Diis. In the ice wastes of distant Halvia, Rabigar must locate the spear of the legendary Giants. In the vast expanse of the Lantinen Sea, Soren must search for the lost race of the Asrai. In Kalinth, Belwynn must hold back the armies of the vengeful Lord of Ishari. As time runs out, she knows she must face her greatest test. Can she confront a god, and win? The Giants' Spear is the stunning climax to the epic fantasy series, The Weapon Takers Saga.
©2019 Jamie Edmundson (P)2019 Jamie Edmundson
Orphaned Lucy St. John, described as "the most beautiful of all", defies English society by attracting the eye of the Earl of Suffolk. In 1609, the court of James I is a place of glittering pageantry and cutthroat ambition, when the most dangerous thing one can do is fall in love. Lucy's envious sister Barbara is determined to ruin her happiness and drives Lucy into exile from the court. Heartbroken, she has to find her own path through life, becoming mistress of the Tower of London and gaining a fortune through the patronage of the Duke of Buckingham. But with great wealth comes betrayal, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival - and her honor - in a world of deceit and debauchery. Elizabeth St. John tells this dramatic story of love, betrayal, and loyalty through the eyes of her ancestor Lucy and her family's surviving diaries, letters, and court papers.
©2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Elizabeth St. John (P)2018 Elizabeth St. John
Bolivar's Sword is the fabled weapon of the greatest hero of the Krykker race - and Rabigar needs it. There's just one problem. Rabigar has been exiled from his homeland, never to return, on pain of death. Belwynn has escaped from the clutches of Ishari. But her brother Soren, and her friends, have not been so lucky. Who will help her in a rescue attempt that seems certain to fail? Meanwhile, the armies of Ishari are on the march, aiming to smash the resistance of the Brasingian Empire. Will the fragile coalition hold? Or will the dark forces that have been unleashed destroy their world? As war comes to Dalriya, the stakes couldn't get any higher... Bolivar's Sword continues the action-packed series, The Weapon Takers Saga. If you like multiple character storylines, set in a rich and detailed world, you'll find this epic fantasy tale hard to put down.
©2018 Jamie Edmundson (P)2018 Jamie Edmundson
Meeting up with your fated lover after 3,000 years apart is not bad - at all. Having your ancient nemesis show up at the reunion party is no fun - at all. Helle may believe in second-chance love, but she sure doesnt believe in reincarnation. Okay, she didnt believe in stuff like that until she met Jason Morris a year or so ago. By now, she has accepted that sometimes impossible things are quite, quite possible - like an ancient princess being reborn as an ambitious financial analyst. Finding Jason was like finding the part of her that had always been missing - a perfect match. But handling Sam Woolf, the reborn version of their ancient nemesis, is something of a trial. No sooner do you have him well and surely beat, but up he bounces again. Sheesh, will it take an oak stake to permanently rid their lives of him? Sam Woolf is a powerful adversary. Too powerful, even. Jason and Helle will need help from unexpected quarters to finally bring this tangled, ancient love-and-hate triangle to some sort of conclusion. Question is, will they survive the experience?
©2020 Anna Belfrage (P)2020 Anna Belfrage
In 2126, the United Kingdom has assumed a leadership role in space exploration. There is a colony on Mars, UK-built ships are exploring the solar system, and the UK-designed Sagan Space Platform is confidently asserted to be the largest man-made object ever placed in earth orbit. That feeling of confidence in human advancement is seriously tested when a 5.2-kilometer-long starship suddenly emerges from a temporal anomaly out beyond Saturn and parks itself in orbit near the platform. A further shock comes after the starship's computers learn to translate Earth's languages, and it becomes possible to communicate with her crew. The ship is called Warrior, and far from carrying potential invaders from somewhere in deep space, her captain reveals that the ship was built in Earth's orbit and has just returned from a 15-year exploration mission that, accounting for extensive travel in "jumpspace", took 86,985 years in real time. Returning touches on fear of the unknown and the lengths to which some people will go to retain power and dominate others "for their own good", or to overcome cognitive dissonance when the world of reality suddenly disagrees with their long-held beliefs. From the crew of the huge ship, to a former evangelist who's been President of the United States for 29 years, to a 15-year-old girl from Denver who finds the simple act of scolding someone for using the wrong ham radio channel sets her on a course for the strangest adventure of her young life - this is a fascinating science fiction adventure, with a profound warning for today.
©2017 J.T. McDaniel (P)2017 J.T. McDaniel
A fast-paced and action-packed adventure, set in a detailed and compelling fantasy world. Toric's Dagger is just another religious relic, until it's stolen. Belwynn and her twin brother, Soren, volunteer to lead a team tasked with its retrieval. Drawn into a world of danger and treachery, they must rely on Soren's magical abilities, and on the telepathic bond they share. Now, as kingdoms and empires start to fall, the twins confront the dark forces that threaten them. They must not let the Dagger fall into the wrong hands. But when mercenaries, zealots, and sorcerers are all hunting for the same weapon, who should they trust? Book one of the Weapon Takers saga, an epic fantasy series in the tradition of Tolkien, Tad Williams, & George R. R. Martin. The story is told from multiple points of view and is perfect for listeners who like their fantasy done on a grand scale. Connect with the author at jamieedmundson.com. "Outstanding...Quite simply, this is the most fun I've had reading since the Kingkiller Chronicles" (readper)
©2017 Jamie Edmundson (P)2018 Jamie Edmundson
The weapon takers have bought themselves some time to complete their quest. But when their enemies return, they will find that they have become more ruthless and more terrifying than ever. In the steppe lands of the far north, Soren must seek out the bow of the Jalakh tribes. In Kalinth, Belwynn must face a mysterious evil disguised as a friend. And in the high mountains of his Krykker homeland, Rabigar must learn a bitter lesson: Nowhere is safe. The Jalakh Bow continues the action-packed series, The Weapon Takers Saga. The series concludes with book four, The Giants Spear.
©2019 Jamie Edmundson (P)2019 Jamie Edmundson
World War III rages. What can she do to protect the innocent? Ellie Noors hope hangs by a thread. Tortured to within an inch of her life by sadistic terrorists, shes horrified to learn her husbands efforts to free her cost half a million lives. But grief must wait as Ellie is swept up in an interdimensional attempt to stop all-out nuclear destruction. Shocked to discover the key to saving the universe lies inside her, she becomes a potent instrument to respawn Earths lost protector. But with the worlds atomic arsenals locked and loaded, and sinister beings on the attack, she fears only an unfathomable miracle can halt humanitys extinction. Can Ellie unleash her hidden power and prevent her planets annihilation? The Resonance is the third book in Michelle Medhats riveting The Trusted thriller series. If you like fast-moving action, sci-fi suspense, and powerful players at war, then youll love this provocative, mind-blowing novel.
©2020 Michelle Medhat (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing
Jason has spent 3,000 years looking for Helle. Now he has finally found her. Unfortunately, so has Sam.... Ask Helle Madsen what she thinks about reincarnation and shell laugh in your face. Besides, Helle has other stuff to handle, what with her new, exciting job in London and her drop-dead but seriously sinister boss, Sam Woolf. And then one day Jason Morris walks into her life, and despite never having clapped eyes on him before, she recognizes him immediately. Very weird. Even more weird is the fact that Sam and Jason clearly hate each other's guts. Helle's life is about to become extremely complicated and far too exciting.
©2020 Anna Belfrage (P)2020 Timelight Press