THE THING ABOUT SPACE, THE DEBUT NOVELLA FROM SHAUN POWELL.
When Clare surrenders the spare-room in her Dublin apartment to Bunker, an online marketplace for lodgings and homestays, she doesn’t think much of the fleeting guests that come to stay. In fact, she does her best to avoid them.
Struggling to finish her sophomore novel, and lumbering through life in the wake of an unimaginable tragedy, Clare has lost her way.
But when Zoe, a mysterious and magnetic young woman from Belfast, checks in, Clare can’t help her curiosity, and it’s this unexpected encounter that will lead her on an extraordinary night around The Fair City – a night that will change Clare’s life forever.
THE THING ABOUT SPACE is a striking story about love, loss and friendship, and all the space in-between. Composed entirely in lockdown during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the novella is the debut release from Shaun Powell, an Irish writer who has previously garnered close to ONE MILLION READS online with his earlier work.
Bev, Ellie, Morgan and Samantha—the “Fabulous Four” and besties for life. Popular and admired, they were always joined at the hip. But high school doesn’t last forever. Years later, when the ultra rich and successful Morgan begins receiving hate mail then goes missing under suspicious circumstances, the list of suspects includes her three best friends. Full of twists and turns, this dark literary psychological suspense has a shocking surprise that you won’t see coming.
Sophia Giannakos will settle for nothing less than the rare love her parents share. At a tender and impressionable age, she has found her soul mate in Dean, the boy she has known her whole life — until secrets and deceptions pull them apart. No stranger to heartache, Anastacia, Sophia’s mother, attempts to comfort her, without revealing ugly family truths that could haunt her daughter’s future. In the year 1956, Anastacia, a former NYU student, finds herself in the challenging role of a single parent. Left with emotional wounds from a bad marriage, she is reluctant to trust and resists her growing feelings for Alexandros, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets — ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family. The story continues in the 1970’s, as their daughter attempts to negotiate between two cultures. Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean, have shared a special connection since childhood. Although their desire for one another is undeniable, Dean resists her, rebelling against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage. When he can no longer fight his feelings, Dean asks Sophia to conceal their love. She hesitantly complies, until it becomes too much for her. Like her mother, Sophia loves with every fiber of her soul, leaving her shattered when Dean pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, leaving her no choice but to find a life different than the one she’d hoped for. Evanthia’s Gift is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and across two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.
Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she’d hoped that by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years while raising her two daughters.
In 2015, three years after the death of her mother from pancreatic cancer, she published her debut novel, Evanthia’s Gift, book one in a women’s fiction, multigenerational love story and family saga, inspired by her mother and her Greek heritage. Kammenou continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her interview with him was published in the nationally circulated magazine Reminisce.
The complete, award winning series of The Gift Saga is available on Amazon in print, Kindle and Audible—Evanthia’s Gift, Waiting For Aegina, Chasing Petalouthes. Her latest release, Love is What You Bake of it, is the first book in a new series.
Effie Kammenou is a first generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, or posting recipes on her food blog, you can find her entertaining family and friends or traveling for ‘research.’
As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the books for a little extra ‘flavor.’
Who will care for the strange frog who has floated ashore? What can be done about his missing sister? And how can a very small frog outwit a large, furry Thing? —But Pibbin has made a promise, and he means to keep it.
Book 5 in TALES OF FRIENDSHIP BOG ~An easy reading adventure for ages 7 and up. ~Includes colorful illustrations, story map, and frog photographs.
Those gifted with power don’t get to choose a normal life.
Kitty Fairlow’s hunting skills come from more than years of protecting her secluded village. She inherited an ancient spirit, a secret long kept, even from her. Until now.
Grey-skinned creatures out of portals to a barren land rip Kitty away from her idyllic life. Her quest is to gather a group of heroes capable of defending their world against a race that devours life energy. Though she hasn’t prepared for this duty, she was born for it. She is a Constellation.
And she’s not the only one.
Kitty, along with a high-born dancer and snarky juggler who can’t stand each other, must find the rest of their kind soon. Because otherwise they’ll be dead before they even realise they are the last hope to save the world.
Snake looks so mean and tough! Can Kitten charm him into being his friend? You bet he can! You and your child will be very surprised by what a snake can learn from a kitten.
—Colorful illustrations hold your child’s attention —Enjoyable to read out loud — over and over again! —Teaches children about diversity without preaching —Weaves facts about snakes into the story —Every book ends with a moral of the story —Paperback version includes free coloring pages
Praise for the “Kitten and Friends” series:
“…shows children how to accept and work with each other’s differences (and is not at all preachy in the way it does it.) I can’t praise this book highly enough!” — Amazon Reviewer
“…I like the “Kitten and friends” series for my young readers. The plots are both simple enough for them to follow and intriguing enough to hold their attention. Often they’ll ask if they can borrow it to read by themselves, which I see as a great sign that I picked a good one.” —Amazon Reviewer
“…Aviva Gittle’s children’s books– especially the “kitten books”– are the best for modeling behaviors most parents would have their little ones acquire. Kitten is outgoing, confident, and playful.” —Amazon Reviewer
FREE story narration by Aviva Gittle on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/aviva-gittle/kitten-and-snake
PRINT version includes a FREE coloring book inside! Available on Amazon.com.
A message from Aviva Gittle, author and owner of Aviva Gittle Publishing
Every Kitten and Friends book ends with a “Moral of the Story” to help your child remember the main lesson of friendship and acceptance in the story. Also, you and your child will learn something about each creature that Kitten meets. Did you know snakes could swim?
If you like Kitten & Snake or any of the books in the Kitten and Friends series, please leave a review. Also, tell friends and family about this terrific series that teaches children friendship skills in a fun and entertaining way! Thank you so much. :-)
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Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.
The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s.
Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions.
Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna’s journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.
The Flower Fairies Meet the Talking Rainbow Rocks combines magic and science in a fun, meaningful way! Readers learn about seven kinds of rocks and the seven colors of the rainbow in the correct order. One fairy garden, four flower fairies, seven talking rocks, and one owl spark imagination while sharing a gentle message about diversity, acceptance of others, and friendship.
JINGO the orangutan loves his beautiful jungle habitat — but when bulldozers arrive, can he and his animal friends band together to save their home?
Venture deep into the rainforest with this vividly illustrated picture book!
Parents will enjoy an engaging story that speaks directly to kids showing what deforestation can do on animals and wildlife habitats.
Children will love reading about Jingo and his brave friends!
Jingo in the Jungle is based on the true story of an orangutan – in Indonesia – defending its home and habitat from being destroyed by a bulldozer.
Join in the fight by learning more today!
“Serena deserves a constellation of stars for consistently writing picture books that capture children’s attention and deliver important messages.” – G. Williams, editor.
“I’m in love with Jingo and his humour that appeals to both children and adults.” – D.W., writer.
From the Author
I write books for young children that have the future of our planet at their heart. I passionately believe that children are our last chance to improve our ecosystems, find solutions to major climate problems, and save the planet.
I also believe in the importance of reading to children from an early age, and hope that my books engage children (and parents!) and inspire them to believe in a better future.
Benefits of Environmental Education
According to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are four reasons to provide children with environmental education:
To make them more aware and conscious of environmental problems.
To boost their interest in caring for and improving the environment.
To enhance their ability to learn about their surroundings.
To broaden their ecological knowledge in subjects such as landscapes, air, water, natural resources and wildlife.
About the Author
Serena Lane Ferrari is a mother and an English teacher. She writes books for children concerning the future of our planet.
Serena hopes her stories will encourage future generations to be aware of and engage with environmental issues.
As Greta Thunberg says, “No one is too small to make a difference.”
About the Illustrator
Born in the countryside of Tuscany, Italy, Ferdinando Batistini is an illustrator and concept artist for animation and games.
Raised up in the family’s farm, at 24 years he decided to change his life and start what he loved the most: drawing. After attending the NEMO Academy in Florence, with the maximum of votes, he started a career as a freelancer, working for important publishers.
This is a story of goodness, friendship and mutual assistance. The
little elephant Luke decided to make friends. But no one wants to be
friends with him because of the trunk. The trunk seems silly, clumsy and
noisy for other animals. Luke is sad and lonely… But everything changes when Luke helps other animals in different situations using the trunk. This book is for children 3-6 years old.
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