An endearing animal fantasy story from master storyteller Dick King-Smith. The story begins with a mysterious egg washed up on a Scottish beach, the morning after a great storm. Kirstie and her brother Angus find the egg and take it home. The next day it has hatched into a tiny greeny-grey creature with a horse's head, warty skin, four flippers and a crocodile's tail. The baby sea monster soon becomes the family pet - but the trouble is, it just doesn't stop growing!
An enchanting tale of magic, friendship and adventure for readers aged 9 and up - from bestselling author, Holly Webb. Olivia is the princess of Venice. So when the waters start to rise, she knows only her magic can prevent disaster befalling the city. Desperate for help, and for a friend, Olivia discovers something incredible: a water horse, hidden in the canals of the city. Invisible to most, Lucian knows the deepest secrets of the sea - secrets that could hold the key to saving the city. But can their friendship overcome those plotting against Olivia, and against Venice itself? The Magical Venice books are all share the same beautiful setting, but can be read as standalone stories. The series includes: The Water Horse, The Mermaid's Sister, The Maskmasker's Daughter, and The Girl of Glass. Discover more by Holly Webb with her Rose and Lily series - also filled with magical adventures.
A sweeping historical love story - from the author of EAST OF THE SUN. Catherine Carreg has grown up a tomboy, spending her days racing her ponies with Deio, the drover's son, in a small Welsh village. But Catherine is consumed by a longing to escape the monotony of village life and, with Deio's help, runs away to London. Alone in the unfamiliar bustle of the city, Catherine finds a position in a rest home for sick governesses in Harley Street, run by Miss Florence Nightingale. Then, as the nation is gripped by reports of the war in the Crimea, Catherine volunteers as a nurse - and her life changes beyond all recognition. Arriving in Scutari, she is pitched into a living nightmare and, against the passion and heroism of one of the most traumatic wars in history, she is forced to grow up quickly and painfully, and learn the hardest lessons of love and war.
The Manor - Season 01 Episode 03 (1.03) Tom, The Manor's one and only freshwater merman, knows they have a new werewolf stray among their ranks, but he doesn't understand the depths of the situation until Josh's old pack show up, aggressively wanting him back. Unusually, when the invading werewolves encroach on the grounds, Paden, the Kelpie who lives in The Manor's large lake and Tom's powerful but normally aloof significant other, takes more than a passing interest. With Lucy's blessing, Tom and Paden are dispatched to deal with the intruders. Tom's main worry is whether Paden will remember Lucy's request not to kill any of them if the pack do anything stupid. The Manor is a series of novelettes, divided into seasons, each book a new episode in the exciting and delightfully naughty lives of Lucy and her companions. Don't forget to check out the podcast Virginia's Sexy Stories at your favourite podcast site, to hear the author read naughty extracts of the books in the series.
Literary star Sasscer Hill's growing multitude of fans who have been chomping at the bit for another Nikki Latrelle Racing Mystery need wait no more! Hill’s latest spellbinding, page-turning suspense story, The Sea Horse Trade, takes readers to South Florida for a wild ride on the dark side, mixing horse racing, a mysterious drug kingpin, prostitution, and a mother’s brave search for the daughter she was forced to give up at birth. When Nikki works the January meet at Gulfstream Park near Miami, something about a new racehorse owner worries her. Bad enough she’s expected to handle Currito Maldonista's evil-minded colt, but Nikki begins to suspect the Colombian may be a drug lord, using horses as a cover to sell his product in the United States. Worse, could he be abducting underage American girls into a network of overseas sex trafficking? Nikki's world and Maldonista's become further entwined when Nikki's oldest friend, Carla Ruben, comes to Florida to find the teenage daughter she gave up for adoption years ago. The teenager's adoptive parents died unexpectedly, and the exotically beautiful girl was last seen in Miami. Could Maldonista be involved? Nikki and Carla must put lives on the line to find out. A thrilling new racing mystery from the Agatha and Macavity Award-nominated author of Full Mortality and Racing from Death! “If you love Dick Francis, you’ll love Sasscer Hill. If you don’t love Dick Francis, you’ll still love Sasscer Hill! This twisty and fast-paced page turner is cleverly plotted and genuinely entertaining—Hill’s insider knowledge and love of the horse-racing world shines through on every page. Sasscer knows her stuff!” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity–winning author
Little People, Wild Men and Spirit Beings Around the World : a Study in Comparative Mythology
Author: Gary R. Varner
Pubpsher: Algora Publishing
Category: Social Science
Bringing together a medley of stories, myths, and folklore Gary Varner shares a fascination and respect for humankind's early and contemporary cultures and wonders at similarities across the board. Here, he focuses on "Little People" and giants, animals and were-creatures, and the odd, helpful or threatening ways imputed to our earthly companions including dogs and cats, bats and spiders, and the stories people have told each other about them since time immemorial. Gary Varner has performed a valuable service in these books. [Presenting] lore from about the world, a collector's hoard of traditions rich and strange, ... Varner shows there really are obvious and puzzling similarities between widely separated cultures. Gary Varner has pointed the way to some important cross-cultural readings in the ageless themes of stone and water. - Jeremy Harte, Curator of the Bourne Hall Museum, Surrey, England, in Northern Earth magazine, #103, 2005 Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone is an excellent guide to large-scale magical stones and stone magic. This book is a must for anyone interested in megalithic sites. Most highly recommended. -PanGaia Magazine, United States As with other books by the same author, this is a book based upon broad research into the subject, stretching across the world. What results is a fascinating weave of stories and images, descriptions of sites and associated tales, that leaves a sense of a thousand deities whispering in the air. Because it is so broad a sweep, the positive outcome is an overreaching perspective of the patterns and commonalities held between human communities - our ancestors - all around the world. The book is a sound overview and provocation toresearch more deeply ourselves, to find alternative visions, tales and interpretations, to find out more about the sacred currents, their depths and importance - both to our ancestors and to ourselves. The author's notations are comprehensive, allowing us easily to follow the clues. A valuable piece of work. -The Druid Network, England * Gary R. Varner is a lecturer and writer on folklore and early religions. He is author of several popular books comparing legends and beliefs around the world, including The Mythic Forest, the Green Man & the Spirit of Nature (Algora 2006); Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred Stone (Algora 2005); and Sacred Wells: A Study in the History, Meaning, and Mythology of Holy Wells. His approach incorporates details from ancient cultures and from Native American, UK and European, Asian, South Pacific and African folklore. Varner is a member of the American Folklore Society.
THE LITTLE SEA HORSE is a heartwarming adventure brought to life by the author, Clara Stuart. It is a story of people touching the lives of their neighbors, with the help of a tiny creature who was discovered by mere chance. If the Lewiss hadnt gone fishing that morning, if they hadnt decided at the last minute to take one last vacation before winter came, this little wonder would have died, never to share his special gift with the world. Although the story is completely fictional, the author dots the story with similarities from her personal experiences, as well as the sweet spices of inspiration sprinkled throughout the book.. A few years ago, she and her husband had gone fishing on the Snake River in Northeastern Oregon. It was a cold, damp and foggy morning, but that didnt keep them from enjoying the scenery that they loved so much. They shoved their boat away from the dock and headed down the Snake River toward their favorite fishing spot. Just as they rounded the bend, something in the water caught Claras eye. I wonder what that is? she asked her husband. It was just a Styrofoam bait box someone had carelessly tossed overboard. He didnt pay much attention to it, but Clara, well with the imagination that she has, it sent her mind whirling and creating. By the time they got home she already had the first two chapters planned, and a story was born. . . Al and Ellen Lewis were on vacation, enjoying a little fishing at their favorite place on earth. It was the beginning of autumn, and the days were dreary and cold. They were motoring out on the Snake River taking in the gorgeous view, on their way to their lucky fishing spot. The snow capped mountains stood tall behind the brown rolling hills in Northeastern Oregon. The River was cold and murky and fog ways laying low along the banks. All at once Ellens eyes were drawn to a snag in the water, seemingly caught up in the currant. The water was churning, or was it. . . ? Coaxing her husband to get closer to the thing that was thrashing and fighting for its life, they only frightened it more. It freed itself but at the same time plunged into the frigid water and went under. As soon as it popped to the surface, Ellen grabbed it and pulled it into the boat. As the drama unfolds, it takes the Lewiss on an adventure of heartbreak, compassion, and love. The special little Sea Horse that they pulled out of the water, although tiny and helpless, turned out to be the very burst of inspiration that this small community needed. People who had neglected to stay in tune with their neighbors, came together in the time of need, taking the Lewiss full circle and beyond.