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Historical/Fantasy Fiction
Published:
October 2018
Publisher: Xlibris
 
Along the Waterways is book two of the Dreamtime Mysteries trilogy. Anthropology student, Rex Graham, is presented with a second set of ancestral paintings encoded with clues about the forgotten legends that formed the Dreamtime legends of his people. Rex revisits a sacred tree in his native territory: the resting place of his deceased grandmother, where the atmosphere of the bush has a hypnotic effect on his mind.  After falling asleep, the bush springs to life and ‘Gran Yan’ shares more history with the Australian bush about a bygone era of indigenous peoples: their journeys, adventures, social gatherings and way of life.
The Booran people, territorial owners of the region, returned to their homeland many generations after journeying to the desert in the wake of catastrophic wild-fires, guided by their migrating bird totem, the pelican.
Following their return to Yaraan Grove, the first-born child was named after the great eagle, Mullawaa that guided them home. The boy proved gifted beyond the people’s understanding, and his innovative projects proved unacceptable to their tradition-bound culture. Fearing the youth would anger their earth-mother and punish them with more droughts, they called upon Mullawanda to utilize inventive gifts to rediscover lost skills due to their time spent in the desert, and concentrate on practical needs such as boat-building.  Defying the elders, the youthful adventurer landed himself in unexpected situations and encounters with some unique communities.   
Some unsolved mysteries that were raised in book one unfold, as Gran Yan shares the stories. Action,
suspense, intrigue and a dabble of romance add flavour to the story, along with the unique inclusion of illustrations created by the author, together with her front and back cover paintings.
The book is divided into seven parts and includes a glossary of indigenous languages, index of characters and their tribal groups, plus a bibliography of cultural research.
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Native Companions: Dreamtime Mysteries
Publisher: Xlibris
Published: August 2018
Rex Graham, a part-Aboriginal student of anthropology, is searching for his own indigenous ancestral history: customs, language and dreamtime legends. Due to a lifetime bond to his Aboriginal grandmother, he is enlightened after her passing, when he discoverers the key to his lost people’s history and traditional history: preserved in artwork bequeathed to him on her deathbed. Driven by a passion to learn the truth about the simplistic drawings, the legends unfold as epic mythology: filled with adventure, drama and a wealth of traditional Aboriginal survival and culture.
Barnett captures the strong bond the Booran people have with nature—how they lived off and with the land, communicating with it, respecting it, learning from it. Like any good collection of myths, there is also the educational aspect of these tales. Readers will learn about the spirits the Booran people believe in, manhood initiation ceremonies, and other cultural practices such as communication rules and skin signs with other tribes. Blending a fictional premise with well-researched legends, this book is a great starter read for those interesting in learning more about Aboriginal stories, and includes a glossary of mixed aboriginal language, index of communities and bibliography at the end of the story.
About the Author

 photo Native Companions Author Jenni Barnett_zpsb0mfmdk7.jpgJenni Barnett was born and raised in South Australia. During her college education at Glenelg, the author developed an interest in archaeology and indigenous societies. Further to an extensive nursing career, Jennifer embarked on studies in traditional medicine with which she is still involved.

As a registered Traditional Western and Chinese Medicine practitioner, the author has done considerable research into early indigenous cultures. While enjoying creative writing and drawing, she decided to combine the two art forms and incorporate them in a traditional, pre-European setting.
During her youth, Jenni spent considerable time working in remote regions of Central Australia, where she learned about many aspects of Aboriginal culture. She developed a respect for certain Aboriginal people of the time, whom were still practising certain traditional ways of living, including bush foods and medicines as well as arts and crafts. 

The author is particularly fascinated by the ability of Australian indigenous bush-men to access a higher sense, or instinct. Their survival skills in remote regions of Australia where early pioneers often perished are emphasized in her writing.
As a semi-retired traditional medicine practitioner, Jenni resides with her husband in Queensland Coastal region, dividing her time between writing, sketching and her health practice. Along with her husband she has spent countless hours establishing a bird friendly environment by cultivating native plants and an eco-friendly environment.
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Let’s Go on Safari by Kate Gilman Williams & Michelle Campbell

What happens when Kate, an 8-year-old girl, meets Michelle, a professional guide, while on safari in South Africa? They turn cross-continental emails into a book, packed with amazing photos and conservation facts, encouraging a young generation to advocate for animals!

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Let’s Go On Safari! chronicles the real-life experience of the two authors, and invites the reader to experience the thrill of a safari. The mission of Let’s Go On Safari!: to turn the natural love that children have for animals into advocacy!

Authors Kate Gilman Williams and Michelle Campbell are donating all royalties to organizations across the globe who work to protect animals, aid in the poaching crisis and promote youth activism, including:

-33% to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

-33% to the Jane Goodall Institute

-33% to Global Wildlife Conservation

*Kate Gilman Williams and her family will match the moneys raised with a personal donation to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.

So when a kid buys a book – they are making a direct contribution to help save endangered animals.

Let’s Go On Safari! proves that advocacy has no age limit, and that kids can save animals on the brink of extinction.

About the Author’s

Kate Gilman Williams wrote this book when she was 8 years old. A trip she took to South Africa – and the friendship that developed with her safari guide, Michelle Campbell – inspired her to write Let’s Go On Safari! Upon learning about the threats facing wildlife, Kate came home determined to do something to help the animals who were being harmed by humans – and she knew her generation could help.

Kate is now 9 years old and in third grade at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Her favorite subjects are writing and art. She also enjoys acting and playing volleyball.

Michelle Campbell was born in South Africa, raised in Asia and schooled in the UK. Working as an economist in the Middle East, it was her love for nature that drew her back home to South Africa, where she worked as a safari guide for 6 years. Driven to make a more meaningful contribution to conservation, she spent a year volunteering for wildlife projects in Southern and Eastern Africa (living in her Land Rover!), documenting and sharing her conservation involvements and adventures on her website, Wild Wonderful World. Today she is working on a project of her own, advocating for wildlife, connecting people to conservation initiatives and encouraging children through education and exposure, to save wildlife.

Q&A with Let’s Go On Safari! author Kate Gilman Williams:

Where did you grow up /live now?

Austin, Texas

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Broadway actor

What is your education/career background?

I am in third grade at Trinity Episcopal School.

Do you have any pets?

I have three dogs and one bunny.

Where/When do you best like to write?

I like writing on my couch in the evening.

When you are struggling to write/have writer’s block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again?

Reading back over my writing.

What do you think makes a good story?

Interesting characters and lots of dialogue.

Is there a message/theme in your book that you want readers to grasp?

That saving African animals and not poaching is important – and I want to tell kids they can make a difference, too.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book? How long it took to find a publisher

What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

Figuring out how to start it – and how to end it!

On the weekend, what are you most likely to be doing?

At the gym playing volleyball, reading, and having a playdate

Who are some of your favorite authors?

J.K Rowling and Stuart Gibbs

Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things on it?

Traveling to Paris, and publishing some of the other stories I’ve written

What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

Michelle, who I wrote this book with, and my mom.

What’s the best writing advice you have ever received?

Don’t give up!

What was your favorite book as a child?

The Harry Potter books

What is the one book no writer should be without?

Let’s Go On Safari!

How does your family feel about your writing career?

They are VERY proud of me.

If your book was turned into a movie, who would you like to play you?

Emma Watson – she played Hermione in the Harry Potter movies.

Q&A with Let’s Go On Safari! author Michelle Campbell:

Where did you grow up /live now?

Born in Osuth, Africa, grew up in S.E. Asia & UK. Now live in South Africa.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I ALWAYS wanted to be a safari guide! My first real (memorable) safari was when I was 7 years old. I was sitting on the tracker’s seat, and I told my dad I wanted to be game ranger!

What is your education/career background?

Degree in International Economics, and professional field guide qualifications, including walking & rifle qualifications.

Do you have kids and/or pets?

No human kids, but I raised two genets (a nocturnal, catlike mammal found in Africa, southwestern Europe, and Arabia) that were abandoned by their mother… they literally fell off my roof!. I raised them, taught them to hunt and released them back into the wild – a bittersweet moment.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Or what first inspired you to write? It wasn’t until I started working in the bush that I started writing. I suddenly had so many amazing stories to share, especially when I learned something new about the complexity of nature, which never fails to blow me away.

Where/When do you best like to write?

In the bush! Sitting outside, with the birds chirping and wildlife grazing peacefully – it is a true escape and never fails to inspire.

Do you have any interesting writing habits or superstitions?

Not really, I do like to be alone and preferably be outside though!

When you are struggling to write/have writer’s block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again?

Running! It always clears my mind and lets me get lost in thought.

What do you think makes a good story?

One that is well rounded, where you get the full story and the opportunity to form your own opinion as a result. I think stories that touch our emotions often end up being good ones!

What inspired your story?

I wanted to do something to save wildlife. I used to feel helpless – what could I do as one person to fix this gigantum problem of poaching, when even the biggest NGO’s in the world can’t stop it? But then I realized that if EVERYONE did a little something, a lot could be achieved. So our book aims to inspire children to advocate for wildlife and take a stand against poaching.

Is there a message/theme in your book that you want readers to grasp?

Wild animals are in danger – not just from poaching, but human wildlife conflict and loss of habitat. If we don’t do something to stop this downward spiral, we will lose so many of these incredible species to extinction.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book? We asked a panel of kids to read (and help us edit) our book,, and I was surprised to learn how few of them knew about the threats facing wildlife in Africa. That made me feel even more compelled to tell this story and spread the word.

What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

The time difference! And language – how some phrases and words that we use in South Africa are not used in America. There was some funny confusions between Kate and I – like lavatory and potty!!

On the weekend, what are you most likely to be doing?

I love to be outside – walking, birding or exploring. I also enjoy watching rugby, having a braai (bbq!) with friends and family, and playing sports.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Wilbur Smith, Tim Butcher, Peter Godwin, Alexander McCall Smith

Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things on it?

I ticked some huge items off my bucket list during my conservation expedition this year: I got to see see gorillas, chimps and even a shoebill! One day I would love to travel on safari to the Pantanal to see Jaguars, and India to see tigers – the comparison to our African cats would be incredible to experience.

Have you won any awards or honors (not just for writing)?

ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS

Loughborough University Head of Department Prize (2009) – For academic achievement.

Peter Symonds Economics Department Prize (2006) – Outstanding achievement in Economics.

Robert Branagan Memorial Prize (2004) – For an exceptional career at the Westgate  School.

SPORTING DISTINCTIONS

UAE Rugby 7’s Hurricanes II Captain 2011/12

Loughborough University Sports Colours 2009

Women’s University Rowing captain 2006/6 and 2007/8

Sports Leader Award BST

RFU Tag Rugby Community Coaching

 

What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

My father – his encouragement to follow my dreams and endless enthusiasm for my “bush lifestyle” has been a huge support.

What’s the best writing advice you have ever received?

Write from your heart.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Born Free by Joy Adamson

What is the one book no writer should be without?

A notebook!

If your book was turned into a movie, who would you like to play you?

No idea!!! My co-writer Kate can answer that one for me!!

My Review

5 stars

Kate Gilman had the pleasure of going on safari in Southern Africa when she was 8 years. While on safari she made a new friend, Michelle Campbell the wildlife guide. This experience inspired Kate to write a book with Michelle about the safari and encourage others to protect the wildlife. This book is a wonderful collection of photographs that were taken and is filled with so much information that Kate learned along the way.

I would love to go on safari at some point in my life. The pictures in the book made me feel like I was right there with Kate. I really like how this experience encouraged Kate to write this book. What a great message about saving the animals and a perfect way to introduce other kids to do the same thing.

This is a wonderful book for any age with a wonderful story, amazing pictures, and a great message for everyone to care for animals. This book would be a great addition to any kids bookshelves, schools, daycare, library, and anywhere else you can think of for a book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank PR by the Book for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Thread of Hope

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Thread of Hope (Choices and Consequences – 2) by Rachel J. Bonner

The enthralling sequel to the compelling Strand of Faith.

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Is honesty always the best policy?

Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

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During the book tour Strand of Faith will be at 99p,

Thread of Hope is priced at £2.99 through Amazon UK.

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Strand of Faith details…

A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

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You can find my review here.

About the Author

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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My Review

5 Stars

As Prospero and Leonie have become closer, Prospero is willing to renounce his vows for her. But both are scared that their past will make the other hate them. But during a training session something happens and leads Leonie to a coma after using her abilities to help people which leads to Prospero being heartbroken that his actions led to her injury.

Gabriel is also torn that he will have to hurt Prospero and Leonie if he is to save the world. But he learns more about Leonie’s past, which was brutal, and how she has abilities that she doesn’t know about that is needed to save everyone.

I loved Strand of Faith and couldn’t wait to hop into this book. We start right where Strand of Faith ended so I recommend reading the books in order. I felt for Prospero and his past but Leonie’s past broke my heart. That poor girl has gone through so much and has so much more to go through. I just want them to find their own place in the world to live but so much more is needed from them.

This is an amazing sequel that ends quite abruptly. Now I have to impatiently wait for the next book. This is a great series and one to check out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

 

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