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Request to a Year by Judith Wright

If the year is meditating a suitable gift, 

I should like it to be the attitude 

of my great- great- grandmother, 

legendary devotee of the arts, 
who having eight children 

and little opportunity for painting pictures, 

sat one day on a high rock 

beside a river in Switzerland 
and from a difficult distance viewed 

her second son, balanced on a small ice flow,drift down the current toward a waterfall 

that struck rock bottom eighty feet below, 
while her second daughter, impeded, 

no doubt, by the petticoats of the day, 

stretched out a last-hope alpenstock 

(which luckily later caught him on his way). 
Nothing, it was evident, could be done; 

And with the artist’s isolating eye 

My great-great-grandmother hastily sketched the scene. 

The sketch survives to prove the story by. 
Year, if you have no Mother’s day present planned, 

Reach back and bring me the firmness of her hand.

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A Mother’s Story by Rosie Batty with Bryce Corbett

Description

An updated edition of the profoundly moving and inspiring memoir from Australia’s domestic violence crusader, Rosie Batty.

Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation, but the world. 

Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke and was then shot by police at the Tyabb cricket oval. Rosie had suffered years of family violence, and had had intervention and custody orders in place in an effort to protect herself and her son.

Rosie has since become an outspoken and dynamic crusader against domestic violence, winning hearts and mind all over Australia with her compassion, courage, grace and forgiveness. 

In January 2015, Rosie was named Australian of the Year, 2015. Inspiring, heartfelt and profoundly moving, this is Rosie’s story.

A percentage of royalties from sales of this book are going to the Luke Batty Foundation.

‘A brave, resolute and heart-breaking tale’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Every Australian should read this book’ Tracey Spicer

‘Just finished A Mother’s Story. Loved it. Cried. Got angry. Important book, beautifully written’ Juanita Phillips

‘This highly emotional book … She suffers but she is not a victim. Batty is comforting and terrifying. She is protector and avenger… She has moral authority and dignity … compelling’ ABR


About the Author

Rosemary Anne “Rosie” Batty (born 9 February 1962) is an Australian domestic violence campaigner and the 2015 Australian of the Year.

Her role as a campaigner began in 2014 after her 11 year old son Luke Batty was murdered by his father Greg Anderson. 

As a campaigner, she has spoken publicly about her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence in order to raise public awareness and advocate for changes in police responses, the delivery of support services and government engagement.

Batty is considered to have had a significant influence on national public attitudes, donations and allocations of funding, government initiatives, and police and legal procedures related to domestic violence in Australia.

https://www.amazon.com.au/Mothers-Story-Rosie-Batty-ebook/dp/B00VPOCYZY

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A Man by Oriana fallaci


Product description

Saved from execution through the intervention of world leaders, Allesandro Panagoulis, an implacable Greek freedom fighter, endures years of imprisionment and torture before regaining his freedom and resuming his war against corrupt …

The book is a pseudo-biography about Alexandros Panagoulis written in the form of a novel. Fallaci had an intense romantic relationship with Panagoulis. 

She uses the novel to put forth her view that Panagoulis was assassinated by a vast conspiracy, a view widely shared by many Greeks.

The work has had mixed reviews. Some readers find the harsh polemic repetitive and disturbing. Fallaci is said to have been angry at Ms. magazine for not reviewing the work and this enhanced her reputation as an anti-feminist.

Quotes

“Don’t help me then, hand me over to the police, what’s the use anyway–”

“Of suffering, fighting? It allows us to live, my boy. A man who gives in doesn’t live, he survives.”

https://www.amazon.com/Man-Oriana-fallaci/dp/0671252410

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The Nifi by Linda Fagioli-Katsiotas



Description

The Nifi opens in 1983 in the remote Greek village of Margariti where the narrator, a young American woman who speaks no Greek, finds herself. 

A month before, back in a New York suburb, she had impulsively married a Greek immigrant from a local restaurant and had agreed to accompany him back to his village for an undefined period of time.

The village is in the poorest area of Greece and the narrator must acclimate to a countryside lifestyle, no running water and paralyzing culture shock.

Her new mother-in-law, Chevi, welcomes her and through her son, is able to convey the heartache and betrayals of her life, slowly emerging as a heroine in a heart-wrenching tale.

This story is rich in the culture and traditions of one small valley and the events that defined generations on both sides of the Atlantic. It will leave you with an unquenchable yearning for more!

https://www.amazon.com.au/Nifi-Linda-Fagioli-Katsiotas-ebook/dp/B014B5TRYE

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After the Game: A Field Party Novel by Abbi Glines

Pre-order:  August 22, 2017.

Product Description

Three years ago Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape the town turned against her and she had no option but to leave. Now, she’s back but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the two year old little girl that no one believed was Rhett Lawton’s.

Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation and Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so her parents can be near her grandmother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The town hasn’t forgot their hate for her and she hasn’t forgot the way they turned on her.

When Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter Bryony stranded on the side of the road in a rain storm he pulls over and gives them ride. Not because he cares about Riley but because of the kid.

But after that simple car ride he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could he believe Riley and risk losing everything?

 

About the Author

Abbi Glines is the international bestselling author of series like SeaBreeze, Rosemary Beach and The Vincent Boys, all of which have had titles on the NYT bestseller list. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @abbiglines and can also be found at AbbiGlines.com.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MYT850I/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut

Product Description

The true story of Deng Adut – Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope

Deng Adut’s family were farmers in South Sudan when a brutal civil war altered his life forever. At six years old, his mother was told she had to give him up to fight. At the age most Australian children are starting school , Deng was conscripted into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. He began a harsh, relentless military training that saw this young boy trained to use an AK-47 and sent into battle. He lost the right to be a child. He lost the right to learn.

The things Deng saw over those years will stay with him forever. He suffered from cholera, malaria and numerous other debilitating illnesses but still he had to fight. A child soldier is expected to kill or be killed and Deng almost died a number of times. He survived being shot in the back. The desperation and loneliness was overwhelming. He thought he was all alone. 

But Deng was rescued from war by his brother John. Hidden in the back of a truck, he was smuggled out of Sudan and into Kenya. Here he lived in refugee camps until he was befriended by an Australian couple. With their help and the support of the UN, Deng Adut came to Australia as a refugee. 

Despite physical injuries and mental trauma he grabbed the chance to make a new life. He worked in a local service station and learnt English watching The Wiggles. He taught himself to read and started studying at TAFE. In 2005 he enrolled in a Bachelor of Law at Western Sydney University. He became the first person in his family to graduate from university. 

This is an inspiring story of a man who has overcome deadly adversity to become a lawyer and committed worker for the disenfranchised, helping refugees in Western Sydney. It is an important reminder of the power of compassion and the benefit to us all when we open our doors and our hearts to fleeing war, persecution and trauma.

About the Author

Deng Adut is a lawyer working in Western Sydney. He uses his spare time to help other Sudanese refugees. Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney who has filed for GOOD WEEKEND, GQ, VOYEUR, ROLLING STONE, THE BULLETIN, COSMO, CLEO and the SMH, AGE and WEST AUSTRALIAN newspapers. Ben’s previous gigs have included editing SPORT&STYLE and JUICE magazines, and working on the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD as a Senior Feature Writer. He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HDL3LI6

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Fallen Crest Seven (Fallen Crest Series Book 7) by Tijan

Product Description

The last book in the Fallen Crest Series is coming soon! This is the preorder for when it releases May 16th. The order of reading is:

Fallen Crest High

Fallen Crest Family

Fallen Crest Public

Fallen Fourth Down

Fallen Crest University

Logan Kade

Fallen Crest Home

and then the conclusion: Fallen Crest Seven.

Official title, cover, and blurb is coming May 10th!

About the Author

Tijan didn’t start writing till later in life. She’s hoping she’s doing it right, and if not, she’ll continue to keep trying! She is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best selling author of various romances in different genres, which include series and stand alones. She has an English Cocker that she absolutely adores, a man she couldn’t be without, and this insatiable need to keep writing the words, all the words!

The end is coming♥

Amz US: http://amzn.to/2nWnjj6

iBooks/Kobo/Nook:

https://www.books2read.com/u/mK9OMB

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TYCOON by Katy Evans, Release date: June 20th

***EXCITING NEWS***

So happy to finally share what I’ve been working on for the past few months!! TYCOON is a brand new sexy STANDALONE and releasing in ebook, audio and paperback on June 20th. I am so very stoked to share this sexy baby with you!! Blurb and preorder links below! June 20th….cannot wait for you to get here! 😉
TYCOON

Kindle: http://amzn.to/2p5jM0V

iBooks: http://apple.co/2p4Ye4C

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He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.

Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.

That man is gone.

In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.

He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.

The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.

It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.

I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.

And he doesn’t.

Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.

Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.

He’s assessing every piece of me, to the point I’ve never felt so bare.

I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.

Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.

Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.
Release date: June 20th.

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Undeniably Fated, A Significance Novel, Book 7

Undeniably Fated a SIGNIFICANCE novel

EMBER and TROUBLE

Ember s life has been a series of events leading her to just one fated moment The one moment she s waited for her entire life, when she can finally find the one she s supposed to be with and feel his touch buzz along her skin But when tragedy comes, there s no one to blame and no one to save her, not even her significant.

Or maybe the impossible will become possible. Lando Ember s life has been a series of events leading her to just one fated moment The one moment she s waited for her entire life, when she can finally find the one she s supposed to be with and feel his touch buzz along her skin But when tragedy comes, there s no one to blame and no one to save her, not even her significant. Or maybe the impossible will become possible. Landon has wanted to be a firefighter since he was a kid A. .

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“Landon,” I whispered and leaned in a little because the mowers outside were so loud it was hard to hear. 

He leaned in, too, and put his hand on the bed beside me, his fingers lightly brushing my thigh as he did so. I heard my surprised breath burst forth as I looked down at those fingers as they caressed my sheet-covered leg. 

He lifted my chin, his thumb swiping up and down my lips as his stare bored into mine. It was like he was looking for something, searching my face in a slow caress. And when he found that something, the corner of his lip lifted before he eased into my space and latched his mouth onto mine.

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     When her hair moved and I saw her face, I got a good look at her. Her lips were open a little and pink and glossy with whatever girly stuff she had put on them, her skin was golden tan and smooth, her features fit together like the perfect little puzzle of her family’s genetics of good-looking people, her eyes that looked up at me were so blue, and she was the most stunning human being I’d ever seen.

    I felt like the biggest tool for thinking it, knowing she was in this mess right then, but it didn’t make it any less true.

    “Hey,” I told her softly when our eyes met. Wow, those eyes. She stared up at me, saying nothing, like she expected me to fix everything, right the wrongs of injustice and battle any demons that may come to steal away the light, right then and there. And in that moment, that’s exactly what I wanted to do—that’s exactly what I would have done.

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“I have a feeling,” he took another deep breath, calming, and I’d never felt so smug, “that I have a lot to learn about all this.”

Knowing that it was my bliss that was helping him, my calming touch that was taking his angered veins and wrangling them like vines in a thunder storm under his skin, knowing that only I could be his drug from now on, was making me more than a little blissed out.

“Yeah,” I whispered, “and I can’t wait to show you.”
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The guy who I could only assume was Maggie’s—yep, he was her husband, unless some other person in this family was going for a sly backside feelski, and if that was true, I was coming in to a family with more “problems” than just keeping their secret superhero identities.

Her husband said, “If you have a sarcastic mind, you’re done for.” He grinned at me and then looked down at her, his face changing a little to reveal his affection for her. “She can’t hold back the giggles with the sarcasm. It does her in every time.”

She smacked his arm. “Don’t tell him all my secrets.” She looked at me and shook her head. “Besides, Caleb can hear everything, too, by default through me. And he has no room to talk. He’s the most sarcastic person in here and makes me snort in front of complete strangers on purpose.” The guy laughed loudly at that. “So…” she shrugged, “I’m sorry. We’re a very open family.” 
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https://www.amazon.com/Shelly-Crane/e/B0055Q9PWS

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Exclusive cover reveal and excerpt: ‘As She Fades’ by Abbi Glines arriving in April 2018

About the book

First there was an accident. What happened next changed everything.

On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken from a coma.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up… with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange detour.

Abbi Glines’ millions of fans will adore As She Fades, a novel as romantic as it is full of twists and unexpected turns.


EXCERPT

The smell of summer evenings always made me feel happy. Since I was a girl, it was the reminder that school was over and adventure awaited. Swimming in the lake, playing basketball with my older brothers, and of course our annual family vacation. However, this year it meant freedom. A new life, a new beginning. For me and Crawford.

I glanced over at him driving and the warmth in my chest grew at the sight of him. We had been together since we were kids. First as friends, and then it grew into more as we got older. Today we had walked across the large stage set in the center of our high school football field and received our diplomas. We were graduates. Finally.

“Still seems hard to believe it’s over. High school,” I added for clarification. Although I was sure he would understand what I meant.

He cut his eyes toward me and the corner of his lips curved up just enough for his eyes to sparkle the way they did when he was amused or pleased. “It’s not over. It’s just beginning, V. Our life will be exactly like we planned it.”

I wanted to believe that. We were going to the same college. Crawford had a scholarship for football. A full ride. It wasn’t my first choice for school but I wanted to be where he was. We had never been apart.

“Everyone seemed almost scared tonight. Like they were drinking and partying to forget the fact we’re adults now. This is it.”

Crawford shrugged. “I bet most of them are terrified. They don’t all have plans like we do. They have to decide what’s next.”

He was right, of course. He always was. One of the things I loved about Crawford was his confidence. He didn’t worry and back away from a problem. He faced it head-on and took control. I felt safe with him, like he would always have the answer I needed.

His hand reached over and covered mine. “Our life is going to be amazing. College is going to be just what we need. To get out of this town but not too far away. We can spread our wings and still come home to visit easily enough. You’re going to love it.”

And I believed him. My mind was playing through all the fun things we would see and do. Excitement for what was to come bubbled up in me and I was so ready for August to arrive.

Our favorite song came on the radio and Crawford turned it up and began to sing along with his off-key voice. He was a terrible singer, but he knew it made me laugh so he did it often. Joy swelled up in me for the life I had, so strong it was hard to contain it. I began to laugh as he hit another bad note. This was my life and I loved it.

It was then that Crawford slammed on the brakes and the world began spinning. The smell of burning rubber and the violent screeching of wheels took away all my other thoughts. Dreams vanished in that instant. Completely.

Excerpt from As She Fades by Abbi Glines. © 2018 by Abbi Glines. To be published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Book Group.


About Abbi

Abbi Glines is a No. 1 New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party, and Existence series. (When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers.) When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers’ lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later.
Find out more at abbiglines.com.