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AMBAR by Coert Steenberg Engelbrecht

He stands in a dark corner pensively, staring as if he was looking at the night sky trying to count all the stars. His body absolutely motionless, his face stark, almost like a predator fixated on it’s pray. But there is softness in his blooding eyes, something in direct contrast with the rest of his tough, rugged body. He absorbs the bacteria into his system and it frantically attacks his body. For the bacteria its only defense is attack, but it’s no match for Ambar, he has fought and won a lot of battles much worse than this. For a moment he becomes nauseous and unsteady as his body reacts to the attack, and then it’s over. Ambar wishes he could just reveal himself to the man and scare the living daylight out of him, but instead he crouches down on one knee and folds his wings around Caythlen. She tries to stay as quiet as possible as she hears the footsteps getting closer. It feels as if her heart is going to burst right out of her chest.

Ambar jumps into the car and grabs hold of Caythlen she is sitting directly behind the driver, on the side where the oncoming car is about to hit them. There is nothing Ambar can do to avoid the colision; he can just try to protect Caythlen from the impact. He pulls her close against his chest and wraps his wings tightly around her, forming a protective cocoon. He looks over his left shoulder, staring at the oncoming vehicle, as if he is thinking; try yout best!

 

Coert Steenberg Engelbrecht

 

Born: 1975-02-18

 

Place: Standerton – Mpumalamga – South Africa

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CATS FOR REAL by Charmaine Ann Gaynor

Four beautiful cats tell their story, as only they can.

Crystal is a kitten bought from a pet shop by a young girl as a gift for her mother.               She is a feisty little cat that experiences her new world with these two special people. Her loves and heartaches are profound.

Baloo is also bought from a pet shop, but this time it is the mother who buys the cat. She is a very tiny kitten and is insecure. She struggles to befriend Crystal. Most people never see her, as Baloo is always hiding away.

Rescue also comes from a pet shop, and is three months old. It doesn’t take him long yo befriend Bella the dog. He is very vocal and likes to meow a lot. He has a wonderful nature and loves everyone.

The fourth cat is Starshine, a naughty feral kitten that finds a home. She is extremely mischievous and looks for trouble with everyone except the guys in the family.

All cats have personalities, just like people. This charming book is a real story that will appeal to cat lovers of all ages.

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ABOUT THESE FARM CATS by Charmaine Ann Gaynor

Set in the 1950s, farmer Josh adopts two kittens left motherless. This is unheard of on his farm, as the folk there know that the boss prefers dogs. He appoints his housemaid to care for the kittens and become their mommy. She reacts badly because she is only fifteen and is scared of the little bundles of fur. But she overcomes her fear and takes good care of them, despite the fact that they can be very naughty.

 
Life on Josh’s farm is interesting, as something new happens every day. The kittens grow into young cats, exploring the farm and getting to meet new animals. They also finally make friends with their “poor relations,” the barn cats.
Farmer Josh is a wise man and has many stories to tell his grandchildren who come to visit him from the city. The children learn about farm life, and when they leave with their mother, they have a greater understanding of the differences between life on the farm and life in the city.

 
In the end, Josh comes to believe that he is finally ready to meet a new woman,one who can be his friend and perhaps ….. his new wife.

 

This is the second book by Charmaine Ann Gaynor of Johannesburg, South Africa. She was inspired by her grandfather’s farm and her great love for her family and animals, specifically cats. “A large part of my childhood is in this story.

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BYWONER deur At Kruger

Hoekom Bywoner as die Meyers stinkryk is? Waarom boer hulle op ʼn koopplaas ver van hulle erfgrond? Skud u leesvere reg vir ʼn storie, geskilder met nostalgie oor plaaslewe, hede en verlede. Vreugde, teleurstelling en angs.

Versmelt met die lewens van ʼn rotsvaste boer, Wyn Meyer en sy eggenote, Alexis: briljant en mooi; die spil waarom die storie draai. Word grootmens saam met hulle vier kinders: Tobias, Blanche, Aldo en Vicky. Altyd Vicky.

Steek u kop in ʼn miernes karakters; sienlik en onsienlik. Japan en Bharat Naran. Twicey en Blinde Dries, en vele meer. Ook moordend jaloerse troeteldiere, mensvreter krokodille, lastige bobbejane en rondloper seekoeie. Husse met lang ore, tokkelossies, trolle, voorvaders en engele.

 

At Kruger is op die eerste dag van Februarie 1953 in Springs gebore. Hy het tussen die koekepanne en mynhope halfwas geraak, verkas na die Noorde – Dendron – en daar verder grootgeword. Hy het aan die Hoër Landbouskool Kuschke matriek geskryf en hom aan die Universiteit Pretoria bekwaam as landbouwetenskaplike. Sy vrou, Annelize, destyds ʼn nooi Swanepoel, het hy op die dansvloer by ʼn Mopanie Manskoshuis bokjol ontmoet. Van die trouery het twee kinders gekom, heelwat later het daar ʼn skoonseun en -dogter bygekom, asook vier kleinkinders. Augustus 1980 ʼn lappie aarde Noord-Oos van Pretoria gekoop. Weeksdae gewerk, Saterdae geboer en Sondae gerus. At hou van kos op die tafel uit eie hande, stroomaf in sy kano, dans, lees en skryf.

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PADLANGS deur Swerwer

“SWERWER” belee ʼn prominente posisie in die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing en verkies dus dat die publikasie onder die skuilnaam “Swerwer” uitgegee word.

Die skrywer het vir baie jare, as gevolg van sy werk, ʼn swerwersbestaan gevoer en in die alledaagse handel en wandel met baie mense in aanraking gekom. Daar het baie situasies en voorvalle oor sy pad gekom wat hy graag met lesers wil deel en wel by wyse van hierdie kortverhale. Baie van die verhale kom uit eie ondervinding waarin ‘n gesonde verstand en ʼn vrugbare verbeelding ook ʼn baie groot rol speel.

Waar verhale ware situasies en gebeure beskryf, is die name van persone en plekke dan ook uiteraard fiktief en op geen wyse het enige naam wat gebruik word hoegenaamd enige verwysing na, of toepasssing op enige ander persoon of plek wat toevallig dieselfde naam mag dra nie, aangesien dit bloot toevallige gebruik van ʼn bestaande naam sal wees.

Die hoofkarakter is ʼn persoon met die naam “STOFFEL” en die verhale word soms in eerste persoon en soms in derde persoon vertel, om geen ander rede as om bietjie afwisseling te verskaf nie. Die skrywer poog om verhale beskrywend, tog nie vulgêr of aanstootlik aan sy lesers oor te dra nie. Elke verhaal bevat dan ook ʼn agtergrond storie, sodat die leser hom- of haarself in die toneel kan plaas en dan saamleef in die verhaal. Dit is nie net ʼn klakkelose beskrywing van die “daad” nie.

“SWERWER” deel in hierdie publikasie ʼn aantal kortverhale waarmee hy graag ʼn groot aantal lesers wil bereik wat aanklank gevind het by gewilde erotiese publikasies soos “BLOOTS”, “SKARLAKEN KOORS” en “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY”. As gevolg van die groot belangstelling en navrae wat die skrywer op sosiale forums soos Facebook, Twitter en ander gevolg het, blyk dit asof daar wel tog ʼn plek vir hierdie tipe “stout” verhale bestaan, wat die leser aan die dink sit en party mense se saai lewens ʼn hupstoot in die regte rigting kan gee!

Die skrywer het jare gelede vir die eerste keer met hygromanse en/of erotiese verhale te doen gekry, toe hy sy oë op tydskrifte soos ‘PLAYBOY’, ‘PENTHOUSE’ of selfs ‘LOSLYF’ kon slaan. Tog was dit nie die naakte fotos wat sy andag getrek het nie, maar wel die erotiese verhale wat daarin verskyn het. Deur die jare het die skrywer self sy hand aan ʼn paar verhale gewaag, maar nooit daaraan gedink om dit te publiseer nie.

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