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Conscious Living


Conscious living is being aware of who you are, what you believe, and what you’re doing. Cultural stories. We are all born into a cultural story. We’re all told our cultural story is the truth about how things are in the world and in the universe. However, what you are told depends on: where you’re born,which religion your parents belong to,who is in charge of the government where you live,what they teach in the schools you attend, andthe messages of the marketplace. Cultural stories are exclusive. They teach us about us and them, where ‘them’ are those living outside our cultural norms. Cultural stories tell us who is in charge and what laws we have to follow so we can live together. But, t...
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Scared to Death


Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett  A serial killer murdering for kicks.  A detective seeking revenge. When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised. With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life. For the killer, the game has only just begun… I enjoyed reading this one, which I picked up from Kobo when...
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Beyond the Words


While the crime writer was busy creating the Stella Bruno Investigates series, the mystic was quietly reflecting on the affirmations he’d shared in I Am Affirmations: The Power of Words. Now he’s gathered those reflections into Beyond the Words: Reflections on I Am Affirmations and made them available for you to ponder. You use affirmations every day – whether you’re aware of doing it or not. Every time you use I am statements you make an affirmation reinforcing what you believe about yourself. The meaning of the words you use in your affirmations is determined by the context of your life.   In Beyond the Words: Reflections on I Am Affirmations, modern-day mystic Peter Mulraney explores what...
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Keith Dixon writes Paul Storey Crime Thrillers


Keith Dixon, author of the Sam Dyke Investigations series, also writes the Paul Storey Crime Thrillers. Paul Storey is an ex-cop that gets mixed up in adventures that cross the line between the legal and illegal.   Storey, the first book in the series, introduces us to Storey and his involvement in a scam to sell smuggled antiquities from Syria. It all gets complicated when a Syrian who wants the return of one of the stolen antiquities shows up … and he’s not inclined to take prisoners …     In One Punch, the second book in the series, Storey is offered a job by Bran Doyle, a retired boxer with a colourful background. Storey takes the job but soon finds himself involved in more than driving....
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Stella Bruno Investigates – season one


Stella Bruno Investigates is a series of quick reads – books designed to be read in one sitting. They’re stories designed to be consumed in one irresistible gulp. The kind you can read on the way to work or before you go to sleep. Something addictive to distract you while you wait in line. Intriguing mysteries to enjoy on the train, in the car, or on a flight for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee, with ten times the kick. Set in and around Adelaide, South Australia, the stories focus on the criminal investigations led by Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno. Stella is assisted by Detective Constable Brian Rhodes, who’s approaching retirement, harassed by Detective Inspector Frank Williams...
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Inspector West gets a makeover.


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Refreshing plans for 2018


If you’re anything like me, you’re probably reassessing what’s going on in your life right now and making plans for a better year in 2018. Funny how starting a new year gets you thinking about setting goals or making plans to improve your life in some way. If you’re planning some new projects for 2018, check out Everyday Project Management for an easy-to-understand introduction to project management.   If you’re thinking about lifting your game at work to a new level of performance, you’ll find the workshop-in-a-book inside Everyday Productivity full ideas to help you make that a reality.   If this is the year you’ve decided to get control of your finances, Everyday Money Mangement is the mo...
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Annual Review – 2017


It’s that time of the year again. Time for a look back over the last twelve months and for a gaze into the crystal ball for 2018. 2017 has been a big year: 15 new titles across my range of writing interests. The self-help guy: Everyday Productivity Everyday Money Management Field Notes for Writers The Living Alone Journal The mystic: Sharing the Journey Coloring Journal My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living My Life is My Responsibility Workbook I Am Affirmations: The Power of Words The crime writer: Whistleblower The Identity Thief A Gun of Many Parts Bones in the Forest A Deadly Game of Hangman Taken The Identity Thief Collection Early in 2017, I became part of the Boo...
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The Government Rain Mysteries series


A guest post by LA Frederick , author of the sci-fi urban The Government Rain Mysteries series. I’m delighted to announce my latest two sci-fi novellas, The Forgetful Man and Second-In-Command. The stories are dark, with gruesome happenings throughout. They are from the sci-fi genre and are written in an urban setting, based in modern times in the fictional city of New Hampton. To give you an idea of the type of city you’re dealing with, reviewers have referred to the city as reminding them of Gotham City or Sin City. The mystery theme plays a big part in both novellas and in my overall series. These novellas delve into the background of a few characters and add a little more information to ...
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The Lost Macaw


A guest post by B. L. Blair , author of the Lost and Found Pet series.   The Lost Macaw is the fourth novella in the series. Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job. A former client hires Alex to find her lost parrot. The bright colored bird has flown away before, but this time there is evidence that Molly was kidnapped. The demand is simple—the bird for the pictures. When her client suffers a stroke, Alex is left with a ransom note, a missing bird, and some very incriminating photos. She is in a race against time to solve the mystery of the lost Macaw. Excerpt: “Your little old lady is qui...
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Teachings of Christ Mind


Something for those interested in the thoughts of modern-day mystics: a library of resources on the Teachings of Christ Mind. From the introduction on the welcome page of the library. Christ Mind flows from a way of being that is Christ. It is a way of living that was demonstrated by Jesus and others and expressed fully by the quote: Not my will but thine be done. There is a depth to these words that is revealed through deep self-honesty and an acknowledgement of the wisdom found at the center of an open heart and recognized by a mind at peace. The Way of Christ is not a belief but a way of life that allows and forgives and cultivates the recognition of innocence and safety in each moment. C...
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Silent Song coming to life by Jaci Wheeler


A guest post by Jaci Wheeler , author of Silent Song, giving us an insight into deafness. Well worth the read even if you’re not into YA books. Many authors I know pull from events or people from their own lives for inspiration or storyline. I’ve never been that way personally. I’m an extremely private person by nature, so it’s very unusual for me to use any of myself in my books. That is actually my favorite thing about writing, I’m able to fully create worlds and people out of thin air. It allows you to become whoever you want for the moment. I usually create a main character who is nothing like me because it allows me to be and do all the things I’ve always wanted to. I’ve had a very even...
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Stella Bruno Investigates – Book 5


Abduction, Suspense, and a Strange Demand. Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates the abduction of eight-year-old Julia Ryan, taken from her nanny at gunpoint. When the kidnapper demands something outside the control of Julia’s family as ransom for her release, Stella is determined to find him before it’s too late. Detective Constable Brian Rhodes is confident the kidnapper will make a mistake. If you enjoy mystery and intrigue, you’ll love Taken, book five in Peter Mulraney’s Stella Bruno Investigates series of quick reads. BUY from  AMAZON Original link
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World-Building 101 by Simon Lindley


A guest post by fantasy writer Simon Lindley,  author of Mannethorn’s Key. I write and read a lot of crime fiction but I also read a lot of fantasy and thought you might like to explore a new fantasy voice with me. The Realm, The Land, Middle Earth, Narnia – I presume you have spent some time visiting at least one of them. I know I have. And, if all goes well with the ‘travel brochures’, Drageverden will soon be another fantasy ‘tourist’ destination. However, I expect people will only visit if the place promises immersive adventure! World-building in fantasy is as critical to a plot as character development. When done well, it can transport the reader so absolutely that they yearn for the pl...
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I am refreshing


A reflection on ‘I am refreshing’. An extract from my collection of reflections on the I am affirmations. I am being made new again. This is a meaning that’s come to me from the world of computers. It seems every other day there’s an update to refresh the operating system or one of the programs on my computer. If I open the web browser, there’s a button to click for refreshing the webpage I’m viewing in case it’s changed since the last time I looked at it. Meditation is one way I use for refreshing my operating system. Reading is a way of updating my programs by refreshing my beliefs. If I do not engage in refreshing activities I remain the same. I go stale. Unless I refresh, I continue to o...
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Wise Before Their Time


A guest post by Ann Richardson , author of Wise Before Their Time: People with HIV and AIDS talk about their lives. “As Powerful As Any Great Classic Of Fiction” So said Sir Ian McKellen in his Foreword to my book. And it is. Do you remember the terrible times of AIDS and HIV in the 1980s and 1990s? If not, are you curious to learn what it was like for those diagnosed? Wise Before their Time, first published in 1992, shows in moving detail what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS when there was no real treatment for this life-threatening illness. It tells the true stories of over forty young men and women from all over the world, attending an international conference of people with HIV and AID...
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Where do your stories come from?


Guest post by Paul Toolan, author of the collection of short stories: A View from Memory Hill: Stories of ‘a certain age’. If only I received royalties every time a reader asks me this! Here, there and everywhere is the true but unhelpful answer. In ‘A View from Memory Hill’, there’s a story called Old Man, Young Pub that was triggered by seeing…an old man in a young pub! I was at the Brighton Festival [Brighton, England – I used to live there] with old friends/fellow retirees. We dropped into a wonderful, low-ceilinged pub called The Basketmakers, whose decor has barely been touched since it opened. I remember thinking we were the oldest people there, among many young and lively folk, some ...
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Who The F*ck Am I?


Crime Fiction About An Undercover Cop By a Former Undercover Cop A guest post by Stephen Bentley , former UK Detective Sergeant, undercover cop, barrister (trial counsel) and now writer and author, on Who The F*ck Am I?, the first book in his new Steve Regan Undercover Cop series. ‘Crime fiction about an undercover cop by a former undercover cop’ is roughly how the blurb goes on the Amazon listing for my latest book ‘Who The F*ck Am I?’ The title may be a tad controversial to some, but it is part of the very fabric of an infiltrator. Identity confusion among undercover agents is a medically recognised condition. It is Book One in a trilogy featuring Steve Regan, a fictional British undercove...
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Her Brother’s Keeper


Have you ever helped out a stranger only to have it turn your normal life into something that resembles a nightmare? Arina did.   A guest post by fellow Aussie writer Kitty Boyes on Her Brother’s Keeper, book 3 in her Arina Perry Series. After a dead man is discovered in one of Arina’s motel units, his only relative, an older sister, asks Arina to help her. The sister believes her brother was murdered. Despite being dissuaded from getting involved, true to form, Arina dives in. Head first. Without knowing exactly what she is getting into, she inadvertently puts lives on the line. Including the life of her two-year-old son, Ben. Money laundering and multi-million-dollar tax evasion scams are ...
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A Deadly Game of Hangman


Stella Bruno Investigates is a series of quick reads – books designed to be read in one sitting. Each book in the series only takes around an hour and a half to two hours to read. So, there’s no waiting for days to find out who did it. The series is set in and around Adelaide, South Australia, and centres on criminal investigations led by Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno. I have the inside information on Adelaide – it’s my home town. Stella is assisted by Detective Constable Brian Rhodes, who’s approaching retirement, harassed by Detective Inspector Frank Williams, and distracted by Shaun Porter from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In addition to all the crime, the stories ...
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