Author Spotlight: Barbara M Webb

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Pick up Barbara M. Webb’s latest book, True to Herself, for 99¢ during a limited Amazon promotion!


True to Herself coverThe year is 1985. The first British mobile phone call has been made, and the first debate in the House of Lords has been televised.

What brings four women together in West Gidding a village near London? Scarlett Hughes is a sexy, dark-haired teacher who was a Bluebell dancer in Paris in her youth; Zara James, an eccentric art gallery owner, who escaped from what was known as Yugoslavia, harbours a secret; Felicity Green, a talented water colourist, refuses to have children in order to carve out a place for herself in a male-dominated art world; and then there is Moira Capaldi, formerly an international air hostess, who comes all the way from Sydney, Australia.

Resigning from an established career in education, vacating her marital Sydney apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and abandoning her wayward husband, Guido, Moira Capaldi arrives in West Gidding to follow her passion for art and develop her painting skills.

Instead, the neatly devised plans are disrupted when romance unexpectedly seeks her out on the Greek island of Leros, and Australia lures her back for a short visit with devastating consequences.

Does Moira need to address the demons of her past before she can embrace any happiness in the present?

“True to Herself”

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense/Psychological/Cultural Heritage

Release Date: March 14, 2017

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Barbara M Webb

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I graduated from Queensland University, with an English major. After graduating, I worked for Qantas as an airhostess before teaching English for many years.

I lived in 7 of the 50 countries I have visited. These days I live between Quito in Ecuador and Cornwall in the UK. I speak 3 languages.

Writing has always been part of my life but only recently have I published three books. I enjoy rug making, living in new cultures, and gardening. I love going to the theatre, concerts, and films. I no longer dance the tango: instead, I watch it with pleasure.

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Webpage – Cornwall2theandes

Award Recipient from the Dublin Writers’ Conference 2016

Also from Barbara M. Webb

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Following the death of her husband from cancer, Barbara Webb set off alone to make a new life for herself in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, 2,800 metres above sea level. In ‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’, she describes how she adapted not just to the altitude but to a new language and a new culture.

The experience gave her the confidence to explore other places in South America, and the book charts her travels to Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile.

‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’ takes up where Barbara left off in ‘From Cornwall to the Andes’, which recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband.

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How do you cope with a terminal diagnosis for your husband?Mving from Grief in Cornwall cover

Grief affects us all; the only thing that’s different is how we deal with it to empower ourselves.
In “From Cornwall to the Andes”, Barbara Webb recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband in Cornwall and, after his death, dealing with the pain of his loss. In this poignant memoir, Barbara takes us on an emotional journey from grief to self-fulfilment.
At the same time, we travel with her from Cornwall to Ecuador where she worked as a volunteer at the Teatro Bolivar, in Quito for several years. From there she went to Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. Through her travels in South America, she finds a new rhythm to life.
This true story is interspersed with accounts of some of her other travels, as she has visited 50 countries and lived in seven.

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“So, You Want to Be Canadian: All About the Most Fascinating People in the World and the Magical Place They Call Home” by Kerry Colburn, Rob Sorensen

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“So, You Want to Be Canadian: All About the Most Fascinating People in the World and the Magical Place They Call Home

Genre: Travel/Canada/Trivia

Release Date: January 20, 2012

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So, you want to be Canadian? Who doesn’t these days? Canucks are enjoying a major renaissance in attention, from their enlightened social policies to their wild and wooly pop culture. This playful, trivia-packed book is a long-overdue celebration of all things Canadian, from the mysteries of “eh?” to the difference between an Ogo Pogo and a Windingo to how to prepare moose stroganoff (mmm!). Featuring a dreamy list of Canadian hotties, a toe-tapping roundup of Canadian smash hit songs, a handy Canadian-American translator, and pointers on how to eat, dress, and apologize like a Canadian if you weren’t lucky enough to be born a Canuck, So, You Want to Be Canadian demonstrates once and for all why Canada is so cool (formerly just cold).

Kerry Colburn is the co-author of The Rebound Journal, My Fabulous Life and My Dysfunctional Life. She lives in San Francisco.

Rob Sorensen is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, but now lives in San Francisco, where he left his heart.

“The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel” by Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland

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“The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novell”

By Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Genre: Science Fiction/Steampunk/Time Travel

Release Date: June 13, 2017

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From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidentally meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterizes all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.

Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of the bestselling Reamde, Anathem, the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle as well as Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 All-Time Best English-language Novels. He also writes nonfiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired magazine and has worked part time as an adviser for Blue Origin, a company developing a manned suborbital launch system.

Nicole Galland’s five previous novels are The Fool’s Tale; Revenge of the Rose; Crossed; I, Iago; and Godiva. She writes a cheeky etiquette column for the Martha’s Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.