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If I Had Said: a novel

If I Had Said: a novel

"Nyssa Lakin," he stammered, "will you marry me?"

Nyssa Lakin is twenty years old when her boyfriend, Reese, proposes marriage, and she finds herself unable to give him an immediate answer. She loves him, but at this stage in her life, with so many unanswered questions still ahead, is she really ready for marriage?

"How I regretted that I was unable to throw my arms around Reese's neck and cry out that age-old refrain from every romantic movie I'd ever watched as a child...I would always stare at the screen, and want to shout at them, 'But how can you know for sure?'"

Nyssa’s choice will determine the direction of her life. In concurrent storylines, If I Had Said examines how Nyssa’s future plays out in the aftermath of this significant decision. One narrative follows the next ten years in the life of Nyssa Nowles, who said yes to Reese’s proposal; the other, the life of Nyssa Lakin, who said no. Through hardship, joy, and sorrow, as well as occasional misgivings about whether she did the right thing, each version of Nyssa works hard to overcome the challenges of the journey that follows her decision.

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The Diary of a Canadian Nobody

The Diary of a Canadian Nobody

Arthur Lakelady has many worries. Alys, his wife, is infatuated with the home renovator re-modelling the kitchen, or so their teenage daughter Gwen says. How Gwen knows this is a mystery to Arthur for she never leaves her bedroom, except to go to school and work. Gwen’s worried a family breakup will spoil her chances of a good university. That doesn’t concern Arthur for Gwen passes all her tests, often with more than 100%. That does worry Arthur; schools, he feels, should understand the meaning of percentage. While Gwen’s university career may be assured, Arthur is worried his son Lance may not even graduate from junior school, unless Lance forsakes hockey and soccer soon.

Neither child’s university career may happen because Arthur’s biggest worry lies at work where his previously pleasant Canadian employer has just been taken over by Americans and they’ve replaced the local executives in order to introduce new ways. Arthur can see the new executives don’t think he’ll ever be new again. One particular new way that is worrying Arthur is IT and the Internet, which has become ubiquitous in 2001 and an ill-prepared Arthur is somehow supposed to lead his troops through this minefield. Arthur hires a young temp, Lydia, to help him but she only adds to his worry. He worries about her wish to be closer to him, which isn’t allowed in the new ways, and he worries she is just drifting through life without proper direction, which isn’t a good thing in Arthur’s old ways.

All these immediate, personal worries aren’t helped by a truly serious one. A modern ‘Mad Mahdi’ has just killed thousands of Americans at the World Trade Center and Canada has agreed to join America and Britain in invading Afghanistan. Arthur’s sees that the world needs someone who can clear the confusion, make the complex simple and package it into manageable pieces -- it needs a diarist. Arthur maybe a nobody right now but in centuries to come he feels he could be considered the ‘Samuel Pepys of the 21st Century’. More info →
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The Stationmaster’s Cottage: River’s End Love Story (Book One)

The Stationmaster’s Cottage: River’s End Love Story (Book One)

A rich and powerful romance set in two eras. A gripping story of fiercely protected secrets, courage, betrayal, redemption, and true love.

Christie’s carefully constructed life turns upside-down with the inheritance of an abandoned cottage in an Australian coastal town. The discovery of old love letters draws her into the heart wrenching world of Thomas and Martha in a fifty-year-old mystery.

She seeks help from Martin, a reclusive artist with a lifelong contempt for her family, and his own reasons to protect the past. As the secrets unravel, so does Christie’s safe world. Will her obsession to right the wrongs of the past lead her to heartbreak or happiness?

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Only You (The Angel Ridge Series Book 1)

Only You (The Angel Ridge Series Book 1)

A charming romance about the lives and loves of people in a small Tennessee town. In the tradition of Debbie Macomber. "Hey, ya'll. Dixie Ferguson here. I run Ferguson's Diner in Angel Ridge, Tennessee. Population three hundred forty-five. It's a picturesque town in the valley of the Little Tennessee River, established in 1785. In the early days, its first families--the McKays, the Wallaces, the Houstons, the Joneses, and, of course, the Craigs--staked their claims on hundreds of acres of the richest bottom land anyone had ever seen. After all the years I've spent behind the counter at Ferguson's, I could probably tell ya'll a story about near everyone in town. But we only have so much time, so I'll narrow it down to just two for now. This is a story about coming home. It's also a story about acceptin' folks for who they are. You could say it's a story about Josie Allen, a librarian, and Cole Craig, a handyman, but I say it's a story about finding love where you'd least expect to." More info →
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Breath of Life: Living God’s Promise of Peace in the 7 Dimensions of Wellness

Breath of Life: Living God’s Promise of Peace in the 7 Dimensions of Wellness

No one is immune to the stresses of daily life. The unrelenting demands of work, home, finances, and relationships can be overwhelming and can have a serious effect on our health and well-being. If we let it. Yet, in the midst of all the chatter, chaos, and clutter, God’s still, small voice calls out to us to choose a better way. A way of peace and greater well-being. ,

Breath of Life is an insightful twenty-one-day devotional designed to appeal to the busy person. Join the journey, and discover a balanced, whole-being approach to wellness that is centered on the spirit-breathed Word of God.

Inspiring and practical, each daily devotional explores one of the seven dimensions of wellness that contribute to optimal well-being and presents a My Daily Breath section that includes one or more of the following:

•A song recommendation for inspiration

•A verse for meditation

•A question for reflection

•A tool for practical application

God’s promise of peace is available to us all. We only need to slow down, pursue Him, and breathe deep. More info →
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Digby of the Dinosaurs

Digby of the Dinosaurs

Sixty-five million years ago, a meteor struck the earth and all the dinosaurs went extinct.

Or did they?

Digby Darby has no idea about the extraordinary turn his young life is about to take when he runs off one afternoon. He tumbles into a hidden canyon and finds himself among dinosaurs that escaped extinction and survived to the present day in their secret domain.

The Haanasasen, as the dinosaurs call themselves, have evolved and developed a complex language, social structure and culture over the eons since the meteor hit the earth.

Digby of the Dinosaurs is an enthralling tale of self-concept, struggle, empowerment and identity. Will Digby adapt and find acceptance in this strange new world? Or will he struggle just to survive in the land of intelligent dinosaurs? More info →
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Another Cinderella

Another Cinderella

Cinderella’s stepsister meets an imp, a tinker, and her true self. It just isn’t fair that Cinderella ends up with the prize and Atlantia is stuck with the drudgery. Instead of a godmother, Atlantia gets an imp. Instead of a romantic coach ride to a magnificent ball, she ends up down a side street at the wrong end of town. And instead of a handsome Prince, the only man interested in her is an impertinent tinker. Obviously, something needs to change. Atlantia just didn’t expect the transformation to begin with herself. Was it possible God wanted her to learn something, not only about escaping hardship, but also about herself? More info →
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The Greek Tapestry (Julie & Friends Book 2)

The Greek Tapestry (Julie & Friends Book 2)

During their childhood in Sydney, Maria and her older sister, Nicki, were friends with Dimity, the girl who lived across the street. They grew up together, spending many joyous afternoons in each other’s company. They loved creating art, and Dimity and Nicki, with a little help from Maria, came first in an art project at school with a tapestry they made by hand, which depicted island life in Greece. They always believed nothing would separate them — but would sadly find that nothing was a tall order. When Nicki and Maria’s parents uproot them to move to Greece, leaving Dimity behind, they discover that even the strongest friendships can disintegrate.

Now, almost twenty years later, each of them has their own life. Dimity lives in a designer house with her sexy husband, an industrial designer named Malcolm, and their two daughters. She loves Malcolm, but struggles to get along with his mother, and is tired of playing the accommodating wife. In need of change and inspiration, she sets off to Greece to see where an unplanned journey may take her.

Maria has both the career and the family, but still feels the need to prove herself to her mother. After her mother hides invitations to her cousin’s wedding in Greece from her, Maria is spurred into action. She is sick of her mother’s interference and heads to Greece in search of answers.

Nicki also has a successful career, but she and her husband, Marco, are unable to have what they really want — a child. This fills Nicki with constant sadness, and puts a lot of pressure on her relationship with Marco. Needing a change in life, she follows her sister to Greece, and stays in a peaceful, historic village outside the small city of Ioannina.

Will Greece fill Nicki’s heart with light and hope again?

As Maria, Nicki, and Dimity each try to untangle their complex lives, will they find their way home and weave their own beautiful reality?

The Greek Tapestry (Julie & Friends, Book 2) can be read as a standalone or as part of a series, following on from the delightful Eventually Julie (Julie & Friends, Book 1). In this latest book, it’s Maria’s turn to take centre stage Joining her are many exciting new characters, as well as some familiar and popular faces from Book 1.

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to join the fun in magical Greece!

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The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm Illustrated Book: Full Color Illustrations

The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm Illustrated Book: Full Color Illustrations

"Durant’s story is slyly whimsical as she builds up the world of Marbryn, a world where there are many wonders, but also threats to the existence of Blue’s tribe." - Jack Magnus From Reader's Favorite.

"The Blue Unicorn…reads like old time fairy tales…where life and death choices are made…" - From Fundinmental As The Eyes See It Blog

"The gentle reminders of the importance of acceptance and maintaining a sense of self worth are artfully woven into this fun adventure tale." - From The Reading Addict Blog.

This YA book is perfect for fans of science fiction/fantasy books like Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey and The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony or illustrated fantasies like Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Wizard of Oz series of books by L. Frank Baum. Mix in some Brother's Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale themes and you're good to enter this enchanting world of the metal horn unicorn tribe.

Everybody loves unicorns! OK maybe they don't but for those who do, they will love this story about a little unicorn who was born into a tribe of magical, metal horned unicorns. The little guy has no magic and he has no metal but somehow he must save the tribe from an evil sorcerer. Read this book for teens and older readers to find out if he can do it.

***Please Note***

This is a jpg only file. Text and illustrations are jpgs. If you are unable to use a zoom feature to enlarge the text, please search for and purchase the Kindle file labeled "Plain Text" instead of this one. It contains all of the same illustrations but they are much smaller. The print version of this book provides the most pleasurable reading and viewing experience.

This chapter book is a collector's dream containing page after page of lavish artwork. It contains nearly 100 pages of story text by Sybrina Durant and the same number of pages of magnificent water-color illustrations by Dasguptarts. This book, written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Dasguptarts, offers readers a visual feast of over forty beautiful water-color pictures that each span two pages. Forty-two - easy to digest two-page chapters are chock full of adventurous and entertaining morsels. This illustrated book will become a favorite of teen and older fantasy readers. A companion coloring/ character description book is also available at any online bookstore.

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Dreamland

Dreamland

Daniel Green is a typical ten-year-old boy with just one difference – when he goes to sleep at night, he travels to Dreamland, a magical place where he can create amazing adventures using only his imagination.

But he is not alone. An evil being follows him into his enchanted world and joins forces with Stregona, the powerful witch who reigns over the Dark Forest. Together they are determined to destroy Dreamland.

Who is this dark entity, and what does he want with Danny?

Join Danny in this magical story for children age 9-12. More info →
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¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends Kindle Edition

¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends Kindle Edition

¡HOLA! gives children 6-10 an early and fun start in learning Spanish. Parents can use it with their children, whether or not they know Spanish. Go to website http://www.polyglotkidz.com and download the audio. Follow the book along with the audio to learn the pronunciation. Kids take an imaginary trip to Mexico where they meet Panchito the Mexican Jumping Bean. They follow his adventures while being drawn into the culture and learning Spanish. Activities follow to practice Spanish. They include a treasure hunt and a skit. Culture Corner give more ideas for practicing Spanish while learning more about Mexico, including the song for breaking a piñata. Children can follow directions for making a traditional Mexican Mask. Parents should go to Parents' page on website for more advice on how to use the book. More info →
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What’s At The End Of Your Nose?: A Slipperyville Tale

What’s At The End Of Your Nose?: A Slipperyville Tale

Tired of hearing "I'm bored! There's nothing to do." ?

Sidney Snail is so sick of Slipperyville that he's about to snail out of town in search of adventure. A timely word from mysterious Old Samuel Snail convinces Sidney to give his surroundings one last chance before he snails out of town. Just when he least expects it, Sidney starts discovering amazing things right in front of his nose.

This book will help kids find magic and meaningfulness in even the simplest things around them. With delightful black & white illustrations on matte paper, "What's At the End of Your Nose?" can also be used as a coloring book!

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Dr. Guinea Pig George

Dr. Guinea Pig George

Who says guinea pigs can't be doctors? Dr. Guinea Pig George really does think he's a doctor, and it never occurs to him that he might be wrong!

Then one day George goes on an unexpected house call. Follow clever George as he takes advantage of a "pig-culiar" situation.

It can be a tough world out there. Dr. Guinea Pig George helps show kids that yes, they can be what they want to be, and should believe in themselves even if their dreams seem out of reach.

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Eventually Julie: Julie and Friends (Book 1) Kindle Edition

Eventually Julie: Julie and Friends (Book 1) Kindle Edition

Julie has had enough! At 27, she feels overwhelmed with the ”shoulds” her family pile on her, and an office job that she detests. It doesn’t help that she’s carrying her “baggage of unfinished business” with her, weighing her down even more… making it impossible to see clearly and dig herself out of the rut her life has become.

When she finally decides to take action, a chance encounter presents her with an opportunity to deal with her messy past, so she sets off to Paris to find the answers that can set her free, and live a life full of meaning and passion. Julie loses herself in the sights and smells, and in the beauty of travelling in one of the most romantic cities in the world. She opens her heart to love, and begins to be true to herself… until she discovers a secret that sets her right back to where she began; uncertain about life — about love!

When Julie arrives back home to Sydney, she needs to make some serious decisions, or risk missing out on true love… and finally having the career she always wanted.

Join Julie and her delightful and witty friends on a journey of fun, adventure, and passion. Set in and around Sydney, as well as London and Paris, Eventually Julie is a “finding yourself” romance that deals with being stuck in a rut and eventually finding the right ingredients to live a life that is true. More info →
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Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends Kindle Edition

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends Kindle Edition

Easy and fun introduction to French for children 6-10. The book should be used with parents. Free downloadable audio version plus many resources on website http://www.polyglotkidz.com. Kids board Pete the Pilot's magic plane for a trip to France. They meet Louis l'escargot, France's popular snail, follow his adventure, learn French and absorb the culture. Fun activities follow to practice and expand French with family and friends: introductions, colors, daily expressions and a skit. Culture corner, where kids learn more about life in France, including a song. Craft section introduces impressionist art, and shows children how to add an impressionist touch to their pictures. More info →
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Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream

Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream

On vacation from her job as an airline ticket agent, Becky and her friend happen upon a big air show in Miami. What transpires that day will change her life in ways she could not have imagined. While falling hopelessly in love, an ironic twist of fate brings her the relationship that she has been searching for. In the process she learns to overcome the heart-wrenching obstacles in her path, create a new career and develop new insights. She emerges stronger and more vibrant than ever. Find out how Becky transforms her heartbreak into a new life that is positive and uplifting. Becky's story will give you hope for new life and new love. Journey with her now, as she inspires you to hold fast to your dreams and to always keep your heart open to the power of love.

Sometimes no matter how hard we search for it, love in the end, finds us.

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