When the Pilot Light Goes Out

Pilot Light suffers a breakdown following a string of personal losses. His grief leads him to commit a crime that doesn’t go to plan. Whilst delirious he attempts to cover his tracks. Through a sequence of flashbacks we understand how a nice, ordinary bloke has come to be feeding hacked up body parts to the hunting dogs at London Zoo.A shattered, battered and bruised Pilot Light collapses, trapped in a reed bed. He has just committed a truly terrible crime. His getaway vehicle, the canal boat, is moored up only a few meters away. Weak and bloodied having been wounded and suffering the after effects of a drug fuelled comedown Pilot Light drifts away having become stuck, he then loses consciousness.How he came to be in that predicament is then revealed to the reader through a succession of flash backs chronicling his life and the lead up to his ultimate guilt induced breakdown and rampage. After suffering the final straw Pilot Light seeks his revenge on the world by plotting the burglary which he figured will right a few wrongs and provide all the wealth and happiness he had aspired to give Chloe during their normal life together. All he has to do is get home following the heist but first he must drop someone off at London Zoo whilst overcoming riding a bike, hiding the stolen goods and driving a car and a canal boat all whilst being one handed. Will this prove to be the last time the Pilot Light goes out?
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The Chair - Lucas

Lucas is drawn to the chair. His is a sad story, but when he sits in the chair, he gets the answers he has been searching for.Lucas lost his parents at an early age. After twenty years, he still doesn't know what happened to them. When he comes across the most beautiful chair he has ever seen, his world changes and he gets his ansers.
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The Orion Ghost

Jennifer and twins Jack and Claire spend their summer holiday in France. When they meet two French children, their adventures begin. While unravelling an 18th century mystery, the children are caught in another more dangerous one. Who is the ghostly girl haunting Jennifer? Will the children escape from a gang of criminals? And why does Orion seem to be guiding all their actions?“The Orion Ghost” is a fast paced adventure story. Twelve year old Jennifer and her twin siblings Jack and Claire fly to the Atlantic coast of France to spend their summer holiday in a rambling chateau with their artist Aunt Isabelle. When they meet two French children and their dog, who live in an ancient nearby lighthouse, their adventures begin. They discover an old map and a huge, ancient key hidden in the pocket of an 18th century greatcoat. The children set out to decode the map and search for treasure hidden by the original owners of the chateau who were forced to flee from Paris at the time of the French Revolution. While unravelling the 18th century mystery, the children are unwittingly caught up in another much more dangerous one. Will Jennifer find out the identity of the ghostly girl who has haunted her since her arrival in France? Will the children escape from the clutches of a gang of criminals? And why does the star constellation of Orion seem to be guiding all their actions?About the authorOlivia Rogers grew up in Australia. She now lives in London and the Atlantic coast of France where “The Orion Ghost” is set. She has previously published text books for college students and is currently writing the next Jennifer Jeffries adventure which is set in Paris France.
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A Life in Words

"For many years, I have made my living by the pen. In 2005, when my autobiography was published in Chinese, I gave it the title《文字就是生命》 or A Life in Words. These words encapsulate the beautiful connection between me and my lifelong devotion to the literary arts. Literature and I have transformed into a single entity, and I can feel Chinese characters bobbing along through my veins." —You Jin
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Trading Knives

When Corgren's life hangs in the balance will he choose to server a mysterious stranger and gain power for revenge? This short story is a prequel to the upcoming title, The Bow of Destiny and contains a sample chapter from the novel.Corgren makes a living as a prize knife-fighter in the rough fighting rings along the Hart river. When a mysterious stranger offers him power to gain revenge on his enemies for his service, Corgren dismisses it as a con. But when the stakes are high against an opponent as skilled as himself, will Corgren accept offer? This short story is a prequel to The Bow of Destiny, Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga and contains a sample chapter from the upcoming novel.
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Girl on the Block

Gabrielle Hamilton meets April Bloomfield in a lyrically written memoir about life as a female butcher.When 16-year-old Jessica Wragg applied for a job at the local farm shop in her hometown of Chesterfield, England, she never expected to land a position behind the all-male butchery counter. Young and enthusiastic, and fueled by a newfound fascination with the craft, Wragg quickly realized that she was an outcast in a world of middle-aged men who spoke a secret language to fool customers and were reluctant to share the tricks of their trade with a novice.A decade later, against all odds, Wragg is pulling back the curtain on an industry that is still problematically set in its old-school ways. Like her female counterparts in the restaurant world, she has had to fight to establish herself in the meat industry, memorizing muscle and bone and tendon, while battling sexism and ageism. Girl on the Block is a fish-out-of-water story that blends...
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THE SPIRIT IN QUESTION

English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University's production of Puzzled: The Musical. But she didn't expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage. The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad. With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague...or will it soon be curtains for Lila too? - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE SPIRIT IN QUESTION by Cynthia Kuhn | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all....
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Swiss Watching

New updated edition, new statistics and Epilogue One country, four languages, 26 cantons, and 7.5 million people (but only 80% of them Swiss): there's nowhere else in Europe like it. Switzerland may be almost 400 km from the nearest drop of seawater, but it is an island at the centre of Europe. Welcome to the landlocked island. Swiss Watching is a fascinating journey around Europe s most individual and misunderstood country. From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future, Diccon Bewes proves that there's more to Switzerland than banks and skis, francs and cheese. This book dispels the myths and unravels the true meaning of Swissness. In a land of cultural contradictions, this is a picture of the real and normally unseen Switzerland, a place where the breathtaking scenery shaped a nation not just a tour itinerary, and where tradition is as important as innovation. It's also the story of its people, who have more power...
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Culann, Celtic Warrior Monk

Exciting historical novel set in 7th century Ireland and Northern Britain. Life, love and loss of larger than life characters who lived in these troubled times.Exciting historical novel set in 7th century Ireland and Northern Britain. Life, love and loss of larger than life characters who lived in these troubled times. We follow the adventures of a gallant Irish warrior, an intrepid Irish Princess and a daring young Pict. Their predicaments as well as the plight of many others were influenced by plagues and battles as a backdrop to looming events that took place prior to and after the Synod of Whitby in 664.
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The Culann Chronicles, Book 2, Picts' Plight

Exciting historical novel set in 7th century Caledonia and Northern Britain. We follow the adventures of a gallant Irish warrior monk, an intrepid Irish Princess who joins the Celtic Church and a daring young Pict.Exciting historical novel set in 7th century Caledonia and Northern Britain. Life, love and loss of larger than life characters who lived in these turbulent times. We follow the adventures of a gallant Irish warrior monk, an intrepid Irish Princess who joins the Celtic Church and a daring young Pict. They combine to rescue a group of Picts who were captured by Dal Riata warriors and return them to their Hebridean homeland.
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Slow Train to Switzerland

A bestseller in Europe and the United Kingdom, Slow Train to Switzerland is now in a new paperback edition! Diccon Bewes, author of the immensely popular Swiss Watching, follows Thomas Cook's groundbreaking tour from England to the Swiss Alps. Bewes uses traveler Jemima Morell's diary from 1863 to retrace the trip and explore the revolutionary affect the journey had on both Britain and Switzerland. In June 1863 an English lady set off by train on the trip of a lifetime: Thomas Cook's first Conducted Tour of Switzerland. A century and a half later, travel writer Diccon Bewes, author of the bestselling Swiss Watching, decided to go where she went and see what she saw. Guided by her diary, he followed the same route to discover how much had changed and how much hadn't. She went in search of adventure, he went in search of her, and found far more than he expected. Slow Train to Switzerland is the captivating account of two trips through the...
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