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Dragonfly Publishing Books
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It is the mid-1960s in Perth and Vicki is bored, restless and up for a challenge. Like many young women of the day, she left school early and lives at home. She has a low-paid job as a typist and is friends with two workmates, Gwenda and Nora. The three young women meet each morning for tea and biscuits and gossip. They like grumbling about their pesky boss, chatting about where they’re headed in life and discussing the books they’re reading. Life begins to look up for Vicki when Gwenda suggests she read Coonardoo by Katharine Susannah Prichard. Vicki is bowled over by the novel. From then on, she reads everything she can get hold of by and about Katharine and records her discoveries in a diary. Gwenda supports Vicki’s project, Nora doesn’t; she’s more interested in Gwenda’s troubled relationship and finding a boyfriend. Vicki’s mother thinks her daughter is wasting her time reading books by a ‘radical’ and should be looking around for ‘a nice young bloke to marry’. With the help of a friendly librarian and a retired school teacher, Vicki gradually discovers a new and completely different way of looking at the world and starts to plot her future.
Little Boo does NOT want to go to sleep but Mumma says that Tawny Frogmouths have to go to bed when the sun comes up. Staying up all day and playing games is much more fun, especially if it’s the peekaboo game. Will Little Boo find a friend to play with before Mumma catches her?
Erin Barber works as a junior stylist at her sister Amelie’s popular hair salon, and is forever in Amelie’s shadow. When Erin and Amelie attend their cousin Chelsea’s Hen’s Night at swanky nightclub, Nirvana, sparks soon fly as hunky firefighters put on a sizzling revue to raise money for the Burn’s Unit at a local Children’s Hospital. The fireys—adorning next year’s charity calendar—don’t disappoint, setting the house on fire. And Erin has already become accidentally acquainted with the incredibly ripped and cheeky Mr November! After the smoking-hot performance, the emcee announces a silent auction. The prize? A dinner date with the firey who gets the highest bid. Mr November has already stirred the flames of desire in Erin, but she knows she could never afford to put up the cash for a date with him. Will her dreams of a night with the gorgeous firey go up in smoke? And just what is Erin’s gran, Lizzie, up to?
A violent mob disrupts the East Toronto funeral service for unemployed loner Paul Shoreditch. The riot attracts sensational media attention, especially online, but is soon forgotten. Meanwhile, aspiring journalist, film fanatic and Internet addict Jackie Roberts discovers a bizarre online community that has been sullying Paul’s name for years. What did Paul do to these people? Why is their animosity so intense? Why are they so secretive? As Jackie learns about Paul’s life story, she finds herself empathizing with him despite her gut feelings, but nothing prepares her for the truth. This offbeat mix of satire and mystery dares to tackle some of the most fiery and controversial social topics of our generation. Darkly funny, subversive and sometimes outrageous, Hate Story takes a sledgehammer to the disturbing modern trend of Internet bullying and shaming.
We all have an innate ability to heal ourselves emotionally, mentally, physically and so much more… In 2019, following the onset of a mystery illness, Ann M Basili embarked on a “self” healing journey consisting of daily meditations and communication with a higher power. What resulted was a series of Divine Instructions for how to heal herself from the illness, and more. Reflecting on the self-healing instructions she received, Ann resolved to teach them through her courses, in her counselling practice, and now in an easy to follow, step-by-step book as gentle, guided Metaphysical Healing Meditations and inward reflection exercises to facilitate self-healing at the quantum level. The techniques you will learn can be used alongside medical treatment, alternative therapies or on their own. There are no pre-requisites to learning this modality of healing; everyone can benefit from the skills and knowledge attained. All that’s required is an open heart, an open mind and a willingness to try something new. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to heal yourself in an easy, uncomplicated way using simple techniques to create your own self-healing toolkit, then this book is for you. Welcome to the new paradigm of self-healing.
Sunset, the dawn of my darkness. Sunrise, the eve of my new light. Darkness to light. Soul Refraction. This book is a journey of moments in time displayed in poems and prose. Raw yet captivating, confronting yet uplifting, powerful, passionate, relatable and thought-provoking, it takes the reader and their heart and soul, on a journey from breaking to healing, growing to soaring. Because life is a journey… A trajectory of ups and downs, lefts and rights, light and dark… A soul refraction…
In the wake of global pandemic, COVID-19, best-selling author, Skylar J Wynter and artist, Neshka Turner, bring us a captivating collaboration of art and poetry exploring humanity’s quest for transformation from adversity. Turner’s artwork, an unafraid combination of pieces morphing between stark to rich with symbology, provide the perfect textured landscape for Wynter’s unapologetic exploration of modern-day challenges we face as individuals and collectives in a bid to be seen, heard, and accepted just as we are. SHINE, embodying the work of two women from very different cultural backgrounds and lived experiences, navigating their way towards love of self, is a visual and poetic invitation to all to embrace the abrasiveness of life. The unflinching images captured between its covers will crack you open, let in the light, and set your mind free with a humble truth: we don’t know what we don’t know, so the only way forward is with decency towards self and others.
A collision of loss and love. Clara wants to be a writer, a passion she shares with her beloved older brother, Jake. But when Jake is found dead in the wash on Scarborough beach, it shakes her to the core and she’s desperate to understand why he took his life. While studying Psychology at uni, she finds herself assisting with a rehab program in a low security prison. There she meets Michael, an alcoholic and petty criminal with an irresistible pull. He reminds her so much of Jake and constantly challenges her, testing her resolve to stay true to her partner, Dan. As time moves on, Clara sets up her own practice but cracks are forming in her work and relationship with Dan, not helped by Michael weaving his way in and out of her life. She’s treading water and still plagued by Jake’s death. Can she overcome her loss and save Michael before it’s too late?
Ten-year-old Georgina ‘George’ Doherty lives a free-and-easy life with her father, Seamus, in the coastal town of Mirmouth, Western Australia. Together with her best friend Mac, she spends her time seeking buccaneers, buried treasure and people in need of saving. When a cyclone devastates Mirmouth, a secret is unearthed. Dislodged from within the coastal cliffs, a fossilized cocoon cracks open revealing a strange creature! George and Mac stumble upon this creature. Now, they must embark on a thrilling adventure to protect it from the prying eyes of the world. Will they be able to keep their new friend hidden, or will their secret be revealed?
Asha-lee has been blessed with “The Gift” but refuses to acknowledge it. Growing up in a house with chanting and incense burning, and her mother, Lalita, declaring everyone needs to ‘cleanse their spirit’, Asha-lee turned from being a girl wanting to appease her mother to Asha, a young woman wanting just to be “normal”. Asha rents a flat in an old house on Redhill Corner and instantly falls for its once-elegant charm, determined to make it her home. She finds an old cardboard box in her flat containing paraphernalia from years gone by and feels compelled to learn more about their vague connection to the old house, something she hopes the caretaker, Mr Cantronelli, can help uncover. When Asha meets a young woman and her baby at a nearby bus stop, she learns Jocelyn and her husband, Oscar, have recently moved to the area and are struggling to make ends meet. And despite resistance to her psychic abilities, Asha is drawn into a mysterious love story centred around the place she now calls home. What extraordinary secrets will this house reveal to Asha, if only she’d let it? Learning to embrace her gift, can Asha figure out what happened to the young family in the house on Redhill corner and in doing so, finally accept who she really is?
Stella, a FIFO wife and mum of two, is suffering from lust-sickness. Dave, her husband of many years, is too tired to provide the just-desserts Stella is pining for when he comes home from the Pilbara mine he works at. When Dave is away, he and Stella talk nightly over Skype, which gives Stella and her school-mum friends, Jess and Nina, an idea for how to ramp-up her and Dave’s souring romance, nicknaming it ‘Skype-Gate’. They produce a list of ‘sexy’ things Stella is to do when she’s Skyping with Dave, but as with all best-laid plans, Stella’s attempts at online seduction don’t go the way she hopes, leaving her and Dave feeling downright unsavoury. Will Stella ever manage to fire Dave up enough to secure some bedroom treats when he comes home? Or will her efforts to introduce some sweet delights into the bedroom be an end to their love, and quite possibly, Dave? Find out in this quirky, laugh-out-loud novelette.
She really should know better... Lucy's life was fun and uncomplicated. Nights were spent partying with best friend Em, doing what twenty-somethings do: dancing, drinking and ditching any men who wanted more than just a one-night stand. All Joe Morris wanted was for Lucy to be his devoted wife. Now two years have passed since Joe's death and Lucy wakes at sunrise reliving the events of that fateful night harbouring a guilty secret she knows will cause her house of cards to tumble. When Em suggests a holiday to the clubbing island of Ibiza, Lucy jumps at the chance to escape her woes and reignite a lifestyle she'd long since left behind. Ibiza doesn't disappoint and Lucy wants more, but is it all just a smokescreen? Lucy's past won't stay buried for long and she knows what she should do but at what cost? Can she figure it out before it's too late, or will Lucy always be the sunrise girl? A sexy, emotive tale of a thirty-something woman's struggle to reconcile her past in the wake of tragedy and figure out what she truly wants.
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