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Children: Picture Books

  Pink Wish Ice Cream Pink Wish Ice Cream
by Andrea Kaczmarek

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As you might guess from her name Mrs Polly Pink-Witch is a witch. In the summer she makes her delicious Pink Wish ice cream and likes nothing better than traveling from town to town in her bright pink ice cream van.

Why is Mrs Polly Pink-Witch's ice cream called 'Pink Wish'?

That's a very good question, and the answer is easy too: if you buy, and enjoy, her delicious Pink Wish ice cream you get a free wish!

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Immy 1
Immy and the Dragon
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

Immy goes walking alone in the forest. On the way she meets some goblins, and a dragon who all think she looks like lunch. She should have stayed at home...

The Immy series consists of DVDs with a power-point presentation of the Immy stories. The DVD insert is a booklet with the same story, sized just right for small hands to page. The stories are accompanied by theme tunes which move with the characters' moods and adventures; also included is some peaceful wind-down music at the end of each story. The Immy series make ideal bedtime stories for toddlers, while just-readers can read off the screen or from the booklet themselves.

Each DVD has the options of playing with a read-along voice and music, or playing only the visual presentation with theme music. This way, parents can decide to read the story aloud for their children; or the children can recite the story themselves!
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Children: Readers

 
Tabika 1
Tabika 1
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

Tabika is no ordinary cat. Life at Green Farm will never be the same after he is "magicked" there from Johannesburg by a grateful fairy. There are many merry meetings while he befriends the Green twins, the white Persian cat neighbour, the dogs and horses, the rabbits, and a remarkable owl. His attempts to purr-suade the cat-hating Mr Green and the local mouse-fairy to allow him to remain there lead to any number of hilarious happenings. No wonder the poor farmer is constantly saying, "I simply don't believe it!"
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Tabika 2
Tabika 2
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

Tabika continues to tell of his wonderful experiences in becoming the Green Farm Cat. He and his group of animal (and one bird) friends cause many upheavals and much amazement. In this second half of his story he has a series of adventures which involve rescuing the Green twins and their Zulu friends, saving a silly rabbit at the cost of several of his lives, and causing the downfall of a gang of crooks. Finally, the mystery of why he is back in Johannesburg is solved.

Humans of all ages owned by cats will love joining Tabika in his various romps and exploits.
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YA Adventure

 
I: The Mystery of the Solar Wind
Solar Wind I:
The Mystery of the Solar Wind

by Lyz Russo

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The year is 2116. Captain Radomir Lascek sails his pirate ship, the Solar Wind, around the oceans, collecting outlaws and fugitives and dodging the authorities. But then he hires three young musicians from Dublin: the Donegal Troubles. Radomir Lascek, with all his wily schemes, is about to learn the real meaning of "trouble".
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I: The Assassin
Solar Wind II:
The Assassin

by Lyz Russo

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"Remember who you are..."

Two data capsules tell an evil story. Both the Unicate and the Rebellion want those capsules - but they are in the possession of Radomir Lascek of the Solar Wind. Hunted by both these forces, Lascek scrambles to keep his Solar Wind alive. But things explode in his face, and he is forced to move. Shattered, Lascek launches his own Master Plan - too early.
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I: Freedom Fighter
Solar Wind III:
Freedom Fighter

by Lyz Russo

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"Keep an eye on them, Federi!"

Captain Rushka Donegal on the bridge! But the young girl doesn't feel up to running a ship full of unruly young crew. And then they come across disaster... So it falls to Federi to pick up the pieces while his Captain is not aboard. And while he rolls his dramatic eyes and gets things done, Paean Donegal arms up and signs on for the Fight for Freedom.
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I: Raider!
Solar Wind IV:
Raider!

by Lyz Russo

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"He used us," said Paean, staggered. "We cut down Unicate leaders and wiped out Unicate forces and... it was all for some alien goddess?"

Alien Touchdown! If the crew of the Solar Wind thought the Unicate and the Rebellion were tough cookies, they haven't yet met the Danaan - from Planet New Dome. Coming to take over Earth - or destroy the planet. Or alternatively, for a mango daiquiri in the subtropical paradise of Southern Free. And then destroy the planet.
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I: The Morrigan Solar Wind V:
The Morrigan

by Lyz Russo

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"In the past, pirates used to elect their captains democratically."

Radomir Lascek is in trouble. Of all the forces trying to take the Solar Wind out of his hands, Federi is still the most benign. Between Atlantean hellish harpies and the rest of the pirate crew, he has his hands full navigating his newly spaceworthy vessel through Deep Space on a helter-skelter treasure hunt. Weird little alien vermin haunt his ship, and then he runs into something that is simply out of his league: an ancient, evil deity. An entity demanding blood sacrifice.

Aboard, he has one who is an Assassin, however...
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I: Glossary
The Essential
Solar Wind and Shooting Star Glossary

by Lyz Russo

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To help with all the Romani Jib, ship jargon and other expressions in foreign languages, this Solar Wind and Shooting Star Glossary was created for free download. It is being updated with every new book in the series.
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YA Crime

 
Split Decision
Split Decision
by Carmen Capuano

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How was Natalie to know that the decision she was about to make between two potential dates, would forever be a pivotal point in her life? That it would mark the time where childhood innocence ended?

How could she even imagine that the wrong decision would send her life spiralling into the stuff of nightmares where she might not come out alive?
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YA Fantasy

 
Regina
Regina
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

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Beautiful and brilliant young Lady Regina-Valerie, only child of a wealthy lord, has everything. Everything, that is, except friendship and happiness. Her Siamese cat Tickle has a lot to say, but not much she can understand ... until suddenly, she does. Then she is swept from her modern world into a wild adventure in the Warrior Magic Circle land where war is the main thing and 'non-combat creatures' like women are looked down upon. She and Tickle are kept very busy in a battle not only against evil forces and terrifying creatures, but also against the silly customs. To top it all, Regina has to fight with her own nature.

After combating overwhelming obstacles with the help of a prince and princess, a wolfhound, a shy Scottish admirer, horses, and a martial eagle, she and Tickle are set the task of solving an impossible conundrum and tracking to his lair a malevolent creature powerful beyond imagining.

Fantasy lovers of all ages will be captivated by the excitement, humour and imagination in this epic tale of a quest with a difference.
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Baa Baa Black Belt
Baa Baa Black Belt
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

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A pathetic lamb is transformed when his hard work gains him a Black Belt - to the utter amazement of all who know him. Seeking adventure, he enters the Magic Circle land of Fabulous Forest where at first he has a merry romp in the 'Nursery' area, but soon finds himself on a mission involving seriously scary situations. Humour, twists, surprises, mystery, excitement, and lots of fun generally. For children aged 6 - 106.
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Forest Circle Quest
Forest Circle Quest
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

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Plump and pathetic "twins" Patsy and Percival Parker-Pyle are drawn quite by accident into a magical adventure. Talking snakes, water monsters, harpies and a tiger-dragon are just some of the amazing creatures that cross their path as they try to discover what it is they are supposed to be doing. Eventually, solving their quest, they find something entirely new to them: Friends.

A heartwarming story with many giggles.
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YA Paranormal & Gothic

 
Everywhen Angels
The Everywhen Angels
by Marie Marshall

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In these turbulent times with everything streaming towards its final demise, who can be a normal kid and simply go to school?

Caught in the maelstrom of events in the Last Days, the Angels are there when they are needed, preventing accidents, saving lives. They feel like heroes, invincible... until things start going wrong.
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Cold Undead Hand
From my Cold Undead Hand
by Marie Marshall

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VAMPIRES DO NOT EXIST. OFFICIAL. - Oh, yeah?

Chevonne Kusnetsov - gutsy teenager - is good at "docking" vampires. She has to be, because she lives in a world a few decades in the future, where you don't venture out after nightfall. Backed by a "cell" of other vampire hunters, Chevonne is on a mission to break the horrible deathgrip in which vampirekind is holding humankind. What she discovers, will leave you sleepless...
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General Fiction

 
Lupa
Lupa
by Marie Marshall

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What is reality, what is illusion? - A lost circus girl in late 20th Century Rome; a female gladiator in ancient Rome. What connects these two very different women across two millennia? In her riveting novel, "Lupa", Marie Marshall takes you through two contrasting versions of Rome and shows masterfully how people tend to see only what they want to see.
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Almost Dead in Suburbia
Almost Dead in Suburbia
by Douglas Pearce

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In the sleepy village of Wiggleswood there are ghosts. After a car accident involving two neighbours, Ralph and Fred, both await their turn to cross over to the other side. But only one is really dead. The other was merely... in a bit of a hurry. In the confusion, the metaphorical gate is slammed in both their faces. However, when Ralph goes 'back', he finds his body already has a new occupant; his dead neighbour, Fred.
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Short Stories

 
Mercury Silver - a collection of shortstories
Mercury Silver
Various authors

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A collection of short-stories by various authors, covering the whole spectrum from romance through dry satire, to the spooky and the hilarious.

'Oh good!' Deon remarked to himself, rushing forward. He had noticed her immediately as she made her way out towards the parking, battling with an apparently faulty shopping trolley. In fact, he had slowed his steps to enjoy the view. There was something about her whole bearing and appearance which he found appealing from the first glance. Then the fates had been kind to him. The trolley had shed a wheel, and the whole thing tipped over, spilling contents in all directions. She said an unladylike word, but he liked the voice with which she said it. (from: "Fifth Date" by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble)
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Chiaroscuro - 4 shortstories
Chiaroscuro
Lyz Russo

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4 quirky short-stories by Lyz Russo.

Fanta Claus
It is a little-known fact that Santa Claus has a younger brother. One Christmas, things come to a head.

The Family Pool
Mary Adams has married into a well-moneyed family. In time she begins to understand that there is a price to pay for this.

The Racing Finn

Finnegan O'Flannagan is interrupted in his drunken pity-party by his friend Lady Millennia, who demands (stomping her foot) that he stand in for her jockey in the annual races. But Finn is no horseman...

Suzie

A small child walking home alone every afternoon. Why should Tom follow her home?
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Poetry

 
Naked in the Sea - Poetry
Naked in the Sea
A collection of poems by Marie Marshall

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Pearl 2:

you secret
enfolded
in salt-flesh
hidden
in a sea
of love-songs

© Marie Marshall, 2012

A collection of poems on nature, love, art and modern life by Marie Marshall.

Marie Marshall is a widely recognized Scottish poet. More about her on her website and her P'kaboo Authors Page.
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Music Books

 
Violin Tunes 1
Violin Tunes for Beginners
by Lyz Russo

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The perfect companion to any violin method, this tunes book brings favourite children's songs, easy Christmas carols and basic canons. The first in a series, it caters for the very recent beginner who has mastered the first few tunes. Learning more tunes improves facility and gives the young violinist a feeling of confidence while building both repertoire and a critical ear. The CD facilitates learning by ear and provides a check-back for the young musician.

Also useful if you are a self-starting adult, as it contains the best-known English and American childhood tunes which are easy to play. Learn by listening to the CD, following the key on the last page, and playing.
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Not Another Scale Book!
Not Another Scale Book!
by Prof Alan Solomon
Scales and arpeggios are traditionally the bugbears of young violinists, who would much rather play music than learn technique. Yet these elements are important building blocks for becoming a versed violin player.

"Not Another Scale Book!" teaches scales, arpeggios and various additional techniques in a friendly, practical way, using the natural logic of the violin rather than keyboard-based theory. Ranging from raw beginnings to concert technique, this book is packed with golden nuggets that will change the way you play, forever!
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A Tensional Guitarist A Tensional Guitarist
by Iain Rossouw
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This book is for anyone who can already strum a few chords on the guitar. With a solid backing from theory, Iain Rossouw shows you how to transform your play into something unique and innovative, using the tensions (dissonances) inherent in every scale. Whether you are a classical or jazz guitarist with advanced technique, or a "camp fire" guitarist who only plays three chords, this book is aimed to take your guitaring to a new creative level.
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The Guitar Syllabus 1
The Guitar Syllabus - 1
by Nico Benade
A graded guitar method for beginner to intermediate (modern). Very easy-to-read layout, suited for self-study (teenagers/adults). Includes CD, chord charts, tabulature, and many photos of chord shapes. Also available in Afrikaans.
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The Guitar Syllabus  - A
Die Kitaar Sillabus
by Nico Benade
Afrikaans version:

A graded guitar method for beginner to intermediate (modern). Very easy-to-read layout, suited for self-study (teenagers/adults). Includes CD, chord charts, tabulature, and many photos of chord shapes. Also available in English.
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The Guitar Syllabus 2
The Guitar Syllabus - 2
by Nico Benade
The second book in a graded guitar method. Advanced material deals with 12 keys. Includes CD, chord charts, tabulature, and many photos of chord shapes.
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CD Shoppe

 
Krag en Ander Stories
Krag en Ander Stories
by Iain Rossouw
Iain Rossouw likes commenting on global and social situations. "Krag" is a comic social commentary in Afrikaans on the Eskom power-outages in 2008, which frustrated the musician in constantly interrupting his recording. "Be My Friend" is an emotional song on friendship. "Spanish Walk" and "Save It", two instrumental pieces, are easy listening, the first painting a Mediterranean image and the second, reminiscent of his "Keep the Park" (on his first CD), which is a song about conserving a play-park that was under threat of being turned into a car park. "Two Guitars" is not an original but a traditional gypsy piece, including a violin, thrown in for variation.
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Quests 1
Quests
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble
A collection of easy-listening pieces written in the classical symphonic styles, by South African composer Leslie Hyla Winton Noble. High-quality electronic instrumentation. Ideal for road trips, or during meditation / prayer.

Each of the albums is an attempt to express, in 'classical' music, what the composer's fantasy novels are aimed at doing – following an adventure with a quest at the root of it. The Holy Grail, or whatever other subject, may not necessarily be found. That is of lesser importance. The adventures encountered in the attempt are what the story, or music, is all about.

Quests 1:

This first selection uses the composer's favourite combination of instruments – piano and violin. Two adventures are set out in the first two full sonatas. Then three nocturnes follow, each of which may be regarded as a night-time interlude within a Quest.
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Quests2
Quests 2
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble
This album continues with the theme of using 'classical' music to carry the listener through an adventure on the lines of Quest fantasies, such as are found in tales like those of King Arthur or some of the Greek legends, and which continue with writers like Tolkien. This time, the medium is solo piano, and three full piano sonatas take the imaginative listener through a gamut of different experiences. Though featuring some unusual elements, the music largely retains conventional sonata form, and remains melodic.
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Quests 3
Quests 3
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble
The composer's fourth piano sonata opens the Quest adventures in 'classical' music continued in this album. Four full movements give a 30-minute journey through many different situations.

Then comes a trio with the addition of an alto recorder to the violin/piano combination which was found in the first album. This excursion is given a different dimension by the high purity of sound unique to the recorder.

Finally, all the stops are pulled out when the next Quest makes use of a full orchestra, including a harp in the second movement.
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Quests 4
Quests 4
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble
This adventure has the addition of four shorter pieces, three of which are featured in the composer's fantasy novels. One of them actually has a key role.

The main section, though, is taken up first with another journey using solo piano in a three-movement sonata, and then with another full symphonic treatment.

The first movement of the latter is dark and brooding, but those to follow become increasingly light in content until the third movement runs straight into a lively waltz as a triumphal ending to this quest.
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Sets, Series and Collections

The Immy Collection
Story, music and voice recording by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

Illustrations by Lee Young

This multimedia package includes a DVD with still images and text, for on-screen reading, with options to be read aloud with music, or only musical background; the DVD insert is a booklet itself containing the complete story and illustrations in mini-version for children to read themselves.

The music is composed for children to learn to recognize themes of the various characters, moods and different instruments.

Reading level suitable for preschoolers; stories suitable for all ages from 3 years up.
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The Tabika Series
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

Illustrations by Amanda Fieldgate
He's no ordinary cat.

Resembling a small, but fluffed out tiger, Tabika, with his striped markings and unusual colouring, is larger than most cats. And yet it is not his size that makes him the extraordinary feline that he is. No - this talking, precocious and insatiably curious bundle of fur is a cat that has a more than healthy appetite for adventure.

Bored and fed-up with city life, he is beckoned by adventure in the form of a fairy who magically whisks him away to the countryside. Soon he arrives at Green Farm where his life takes a rather interesting turn of events. Along the way he meets and befriends the various creatures in and around Green farm, including Scampetty and Puff (the rabbits), Rufus (the owl), Rip and Tear (the dogs that everyone is afraid of) and Purr (the oh-so-lovely white Persian cat), amongst others.

Of course, his journey certainly wouldn't be complete without an enemy or two in the mix, and his attempts to persuade certain cat-hating folk on the farm to allow him to stay leads to much hilarity.

Reading level suitable for 8 years+ ; stories suitable for all cat lovers, with many funny moments.
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Magic Circle Stories
by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

Magic Circles are different but intersecting places in a magical parallel universe. Each has its own characteristics while they are still interconnected.

Baa Baa Black Belt: A small black lamb who starts off bullied and ridiculed, is fed up - and decides to consult "Rambeau" about martial arts lessons. This is such a successful move that it takes him on a journey right across a Magic Circle land, and you will not believe what happens next...

Regina: The girl who has everything. Looks, brains, skill in every sport, rich parents who indulge her every whim... all except manners, and friends. Not surprisingly when she is dumped head-long into a Magic Circle adventure, she suddenly has to learn a few new skills.

Forest Circle Quest: Percy and Pat, almost-twins, have more challenges than is fair. Not only are their parents absent, chronically leaving them in the care of an aunt whose defense is to stuff them with food; but they are also as a result overweight, unhappy and on top of all, bullied. That is, until one day when a mysterious black lamb deals their bullies a few choice jiu-jitsu strokes, and a Lady Regina invites them to spend a "magical" holiday at her chateau...

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Darx Circle: With a truly South African flavour, Darx Circle starts out with some horrible things happening in a settlement near a river. Dengana, a boy of about 12 years, is called away by a "tokoloshe" (small scary spirit person) to help solve a problem in the Magic Circles world. At the same time Hugh (a dreamy boy with misdiagnosed "learning disabilities") and Tyrentia (a horrible brat who can see fairies) are recruited into the Glim Ring by two fairies, for the same purpose. The story gets very dark in places, but after all it deals with the Darxem - the evil fairies.

This book will be released within the next few months. Watch this space.

For more fluent readers, ~ 11yrs and up. These fair-sized YA fantasy books are for children who love losing themselves in a good read.

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The Solar Wind Series
by Lyz Russo

"The Treasure Islands of bygone eras," said Federi. "Used to be paradise."
"Used to be? And nowadays?" asked Shawn.
"Today they are crawling nests of all sorts of predators," said Federi with a far-away look in his eyes. "There is bloodshed nearly every time we land here. Half of the time it has nothing to do with Captain’s ethics."

The year is 2116. Captain Radomir Lascek sails his pirate ship, the Solar wind, around the oceans, collecting outlaws and fugitives and dodging the authorities. But then he hires three young musicians in Dublin – the Donegal Troubles. Radomir Lascek, with all his wily schemes, is about to learn the real meaning of "trouble".

Go along with the Solar Wind and her crew of teenage fugitives, on their dangerous journey to find freedom and safety in a world filled with fear.

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The Marie Marshall Collection
Novels and poetry by Marie Marshall

For Marie Marshall fans. Marie is a celebrated Scottish poet and her novels are fast-paced, riveting and definitely off-the-wall.

Naked in the Sea:A collection of raw imagery in poetry, to be taken one-a-day as a soul supplement.

Lupa: An injured Serbian circus girl lost in Rome; an undefeated female gladiator in ancient Rome. How are these two connected across two millennia? What do the parallels in their lives mean? And what is that mysterious person, Vittorio, up to? A real-life mystery flirting with mysticism, Lupa is much more than your average blood-and-sandals gladiator novel.

The Everywhen Angels: Three teenage children have three different angles on what happens when they are called through a kind of portal to act as Angels during the Last Days. This is quite a deep read, throwing open questions such as whether it is right to interfere with a person's fate.

Pre-release bonus: Be amongst the first to receive "From My Cold Undead Hand", a teenage vampire novel with a difference. Spiced with Marie's unique brand of feisty, defiant young heroine, unexpected twists and street-wise jargon, this story throws you into the deep end of a vampire problem the size of which the world has never seen before. Good luck to you, hope you come out alive...

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All four Quests
Music by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble


A collection of four neo-classical CDs which are easy to listen to and provide surprising themes and development.

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