Dell and Emmelisa Planemaker are two ordinary children who lead uneventful lives in a small town in Lancashire until they discover a unique computer that takes them on an extraordinary journey. They are guided by a strange-looking man from a far-off distant planet who helps them to undergo a tough space mission: to follow their father's Trail of Light.
Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this anthology shares stories about what it takes to beat the odds. More than 100 writers contributed these essays, fiction and poetry to raise money for disaster relief charities in the region. Featuring writing from Orson Scott Card, Wil Wheaton, and Robin Lee Hatcher. At times tear-jerking, at times humorous, this book is guaranteed to inspire and remind readers that the human spirit knows no boundaries.
"Universe Pathways" is a Greek magazine specializing in science-fiction, fantasy, horror literature and art. The English version of the magazine is published every four months. The magazine publishes stories and artwork from Greek writers and artists as well as writers and artists from all over the world. The publishers also accept music, paintings, comics and articles about cinema and modern Science.
Shelagh Watkins is writer, editor and publisher at Mandinam Press, and author of two books: Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine and The Power of Persuasion. She set up the Children’s Fiction group on LibraryThing, the Published Authors group on Goodreads, and the Published Authors Network group on LinkedIn. Shelagh also created the Published Authors Network on Ning and is administrator of the Published Authors forum. There are over four thousand members in the combined groups and networks.
Shelagh's first novel, Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine, was serialised on radio during May-July, 2009 (daily episodes on Preston FM's Chat City with a weekly forty minute omnibus on Sundays).
Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine
Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine is a story of flight, fantasy, adventure and courage. Although Emmelisa Planemaker is a strong-willed little girl, she misses her dad, who died when she was only five years old.Emmelisa and her brother Dell have a happy and carefree life until their father becomes ill and is forced to retire at the age of forty-three.
After retirement, Mr. Planemaker decides to build a scaled, model airplane because he wants to build something lasting for his children but he dies before completing the task.
Three years later, Emmelisa is being seriously bullied at school by a group led by the notorious school bully, Mayja Troublemaker. When Emmelisa becomes increasingly withdrawn and unhappy, she seeks help and advice through the computer her father had used to locate specialist model aircraft companies in his quest to build a model airplane.
The computer is more than just a computer and full of surprises: Mr. A. Leon Spaceman being one of them! He guides the two children to Hardwareland, where they train to become astronauts and take on an extraordinary mission into space: to follow their father's TRAIL OF LIGHT.
Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine was a top ten finisher in the book art category of the Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll 2005.
Beth Durban is persuaded to write a letter to the editor's page of a national Sunday newspaper in response to a film critic’s prejudice against adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. When she receives an unexpected visit from the newspaper's critic, F. William D'Arcy, she’s bemused but, after several sightings of the inquisitive journalist, she’s neither pleased nor amused.
Beth is so distracted by the unwelcome interest from such an arrogant man she fails to see that a close work colleague is falling in love with her. As a scientific researcher in a Scottish University, she has led a varied life travelling the world, spending time in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, America, Singapore and Israel. With such a full life, she has had little time to form any serious, romantic attachments that might lead to a permanent relationship.
When she decides to take driving lessons, Beth opens up new opportunities for herself and realises that perhaps she isn’t too old to find love after all.
In September 2008, I published an anthology of short stories and poems written by members of the Published Authors Forum: http://publishedauthors.org The cover for the anthology finished second in the Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll 2008.
In October 2005, one of my poems, Hope for a Safer Place, was chosen for inclusion in the anthology Stories of Strength, which was written in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to help raise money for Disaster Relief charities.
Leo's Daughter: Mistress of the Web
My first short story was accepted by Universe Pathways Magazine. Special thanks to George Sotirhos at Universe Pathways for reading my story and accepting it for the English version of the magazine.
Issue 5 of the English magazine with my story inside can be previewed on lulu.com:
If you make a PDF or Word document file of some or all of the contents of your book(s), you can upload the documents to Issuu.com. I've uploaded two full books: Literature & Fiction Interviews Volume I and Literature & Fiction Interviews Volume II:…
The 2011 Nashville International Book Festival takes place June 3rd through 5th at RiverGate Mall in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Throughout the mall will be local television, government and sports personalities reading for 30 minutes to a group of children or students. Authors will also sell and sign their books and novels and there will be several no cost literary workshops, classes and panel discussions open to the general public. For more information or if you want to participate please go to www.NashvilleInternationalBookFestival.info or you can call us at 313.862.5000. Thanks and we hope to see and hear you at the "Celebrity Read Out".