Becoming Australian : Two Home Countries

Shisei Oya came to Australia as a Japanese migrant in 1979. At the age of thirty, he felt that he was at a crossroads, and simply wanted to experience life outside of Japan. Although being warmly welcomed by the people he came to meet, Shisei soon realised that becoming Australian, and being treated as one, could prove quite difficult. However, in the almost forty years since, having come to be accepted by the Australian community and been able to contribute to the advancement of this great country, Shisei feels as though he has [read more...]

Author Talks : I Married Crystal Meth

"I married crystal meth" talks about my struggles as a wife of a former drug and alcohol addict, the devastating effects of substance abuse are powerful and if untreated will prove fatal. I am certain this book will promote hope, inspiration and reassurance amongst both, addicts and their loved ones, it will guide you to the path of sobriety – there is freedom outside the addiction gates. Buy Online

I Married Crystal Meth : for better or worse until Meth tear us apart

After immigrating to Australia I got involved with an Australian man whom I fell in love with, we dated for a short period of time before getting married. I was completely in love with my husband and I did not think anyone or anything could come between us. Life was perfect and it was just like I was living in a dream. Unfortunately that wonderful dream was short lived. After a year of being married, I noticed my husband’s alcohol consumption increased signifcantly. Although his behavioural change bothered me, I tried not to take [read more...]

Incident at Morgan’s Crossing

Author Jack Brislee, novel is a must read for the person who loves an old Wild West Cowboy story with a twist. It is funny and entertaining, and will keep the reader guessing throughout. When the Stranger, an enigmatic trail-dirty, wind-swept, lip-cracked relatively unsuccessful bounty hunter rides into Morgan’s Crossing he finds a settlement in disarray. Spanish Peter and his band of outlaws are terrorising the town and the Sheriff, who has issues with his imported Swedish office furniture, cannot stop them. The town turns to [read more...]

The importance of a relevant congruent book cover

If the outside of your book is badly designed or ugly, why would anyone want to read what’s inside? A book cover is an invitation to a reader or a buyer; it is a way for persuading them to read your book. The cover beckons to them to enter the world of what your book is about and interact with your characters for awhile. Your cover should clearly convey to the reader the genre of your book. It should tell the reader in one glance what the book is about. It should not be misleading, like showing a cake on the cover but is really a [read more...]

Cold Gold – 4

Dennis J. McTaggart, in his fourth book of short stories, once again throws you into a whirlpool of danger and intrigue as Teddy and his team plunder the reefs for abalone. Tom, Curly, and the new diver Bluey, all work together as a successful team, with their eyes peeled for the ever present Fisheries Officers. Barry has to make a confession to Hilda and runs the risk of displeasing Teddy. There is danger about for the beautiful Leckie, and of course, the team goes in head first to assist her. They hit the New Zealand Star Bank [read more...]

Cold Gold – 3

Dennis J. McTaggart, once again leads us on an exciting journey, following Teddy and his band of evildoers as they illegally harvest abalone. Fisheries Officer, Wallace P. Trotter (Piggy) has been moved sideways and has to work with a Fisheries Officer, Brian, from South Australia, who has a shady past. Brian and Piggy, along with their young sidekicks, Justin and James, all plot together to arrest the evil doers. Louie and Gazza, the two down and outs, also get stuck into poaching abalone just to confuse the issue. Detective [read more...]

Cold Gold – 2

Cold Gold 2 has nine stories and an epilogue. The first story (Teddy from then to when) is about my hero Teddy, and gives a brief outline of his life up to when he puts together his team of abalone poachers. The second story (Whale of a tale) introduces two ‘down and outs’ Louie and Gazza. They’re also poachers, and they set an illegal net and a young whale swims into it and becomes entangled. The third story (Teddy and the Japanese submarine) is about two Japanese brothers trying to find out if their father died a hero or not and [read more...]

Cold Gold – 1

Dennis J. McTaggart started life on a farm in the Gippsland Lakes area. He left school at 16 and moved to Traralgon where he worked in electrical retail. His thirst for adventure saw him join the local “skin diving club” where he was offered a job on an abalone boat out of Mallacoota. Dennis soon took advantage of the affordable abalone licenses in New South Wales and started diving out of Eden. Dennis spent the next years working in under water construction and on building sites all over Australia, eventually ending up in [read more...]

Starship Deadfall

Starship in peril! An unprovoked attack from the Leading Weapon Syndicate could be the start of a new war. Why would they break the armistice and risk the judgment of the Confederacy? No; there is more to this holographic image than you have yet to realize. As a Bionic Agent you are at the heart of the matter and have opportunities to see for yourself what is actually taking place. Which faction will you align with? Complete your mission, gain new weapons, build items to help you, search for clues, gain experience and [read more...]