BOOKS by LUCINDA
WALKING OVER EGGSHELLS
Growing up in a mentally abusive household was never fun, but then I married a Walter Mitty character who took me to Africa and into some ridiculous and dangerous situations! To survive, I worked 24/7. I taught children, ran the worst riding school in the world, bred pet animals, announced on radio, lived on a boat and brought up two children of my own. On the lighter side, I hosted a royal occasion, met heads of state, interviewed Nelson Mandela and shook hands with Prince Charles. Much to my amazement, I ‘fell’ into the media, first writing for radio and television, then directing, and eventually I ran my own video production company and won several awards. However, throughout all this, my mother lurked in the background, always there to remind me what a failure I was. The only thing that saved me from admittance to the nearest mental home was an unfailing sense of humour.
AMIE AN AFRICAN ADVENTURE
Amie was just an average girl, living in the town where she grew up, close to her friends and family. She was happily married to her high school sweetheart and she had her future all planned out. Until the day her husband announced he was being sent to live and work in an African country she’d never heard of.
When she came to the notice of a Colonel in the Government, it made life very complicated, and from there, things started to escalate from bad to worse. There was something she had never been told and it put her life in danger.
If Amie could have seen that one day she would be totally lost, fighting for her life, and enduring untold horrors, she would never have stepped foot on that plane.
Amie wants nothing more than a quiet life after her last terrifying fight for survival, but once again she faces danger. She learns that Angelina, the child she fostered before the civil war broke out, may still be alive. What she doesn’t know is this will bring her face to face with a terrorist organization with international connections. This time she is not alone, but of the two friends, one old and the other new, who can she trust? One of them is not telling the truth. Which one will betray her?
AMIE – STOLEN FUTURE
Amie returns to her beloved Africa and a settled life, but her enemies have neither forgiven nor forgotten her. They are determined to take their revenge and reclaim their honour. The events of one night change everything, leaving her with no home, no friends, and no name; no future. Suddenly she no longer exists and those controlling her make it clear; she either obeys or she dies.
They told Amie it was a simple look, listen, and report back mission, but from the beginning, everything went wrong. She is stalked across borders, the aid workers act suspiciously, she’s assaulted, and abandoned in a rural African hut miles from anywhere. What has happened to her partner Simon and can she trust the charismatic Frenchman who befriends her? The discovery of an ancient tribal tradition and a group of young children to rescue, test her skills to the limit. For the first time, she is prepared to kill to protect the innocent caught up in an international sex trade with an extra horrifying twist. Cut for Life highlights the world’s problem with FGM and hopefully will raise awareness of this terrible practice.
Amie unwillingly returns to work for the British SIS back in Togodo with instructions to spy on her old friend Ben who is now the President. She helps to arrange a safari for diplomats eager to bid for the newly-found mineral wealth. but things go horribly wrong as each country will do anything to ensure they win the mining rights – even if it means mass murder.
UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER
It is nearly time for the Grand Royal Annual Ball and Fairyland is in chaos. Cinderella has had enough of Prince Charming and is desperate to get a divorce – as long as she can continue to enjoy her current standard of living. Harold and Snow White quarrel over his philandering and her refusal to go where every woman has gone before. Augustus also has a problem, his wife is a raving nymphomaniac and with 28 children, he can’t meet the household bills. There is a dearth of suitable princes for the available spinster princesses and the annual festivities are held for that very reason. There is friction between Ermintrude the Fairy godmother by Royal Appointment and Featherduster who favours the proletariat. Into all this turmoil, the Green Giant arrives, sent by the ‘Party’ to ferment an uprising among the downtrodden peasants who appear quite happy as they are and not interested in anything he has to say – unless he can provide them with TV sets. A non-politically correct tale much closer to the truth than anything you have ever seen in the movies.
TRUTH, LIES, AND PROPAGANDA
How do you become a writer and follow the dream you had since early childhood, when you need to earn a living? Well, it helps if you are fired from your teaching job, and then crash out at an audition for the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Lucinda ‘fell’ into writing quite by chance, moving from radio to television, to eventually running her own video production company. Many of her adventures while filming are hilarious, and this book lifts the lid on what happens on the other side of the camera and shows the truth of working in the world of television and the media. If you read this book you will never believe anything you see on television ever again. It’s not as glamorous as people think, and Lucinda spent more time in toilets than she did in banqueting halls.
MORE TRUTH, LIES, AND PROPAGANDA
The second book in this series traces Lucinda’s filming career up to her retirement and tells more unbelievable tales from behind the camera lens, as Lucinda and her ‘rainbow crew’ travel across South Africa. They meet Mandela, endure a terrifying helicopter ride, and empathize with the forlorn Bushmen. There are riots, an abandoned patient, a ram with an identity crisis, and a house that disappears. Their stories are both hilarious and heartbreaking, revealing the truth about what goes on behind the scenes in the media. This book proves that propaganda is alive and well on television screens across the world.
Book 1 of my novella recounting my adventures in Botswana, Africa.
This is my thank you to all my readers – this book is FREE!!!
Who would open and run a riding school when I’m scared of horses, can’t ride, don’t know what to feed then or how to care for them? Yes, that would be me. Add to that I had no insurance, no capital and two of the four horses were not fit for the knacker’s yard. But that’s exactly what I did with hilarious results. This is only part of the story, but you can download the second part, also free, from the link in my newsletter http://eepurl.com/cz-Mpv which is only available to my special readers – along with the Amie backstories.
THE AMIE BACK STORIES
The first two stories – the story of Samantha, Amie’s sister on her first journey abroad with her long-suffering fiance – a lighthearted, humorous tale.
Ben is sent back to his tribal village – it is time to undergo the rigorous rights of passage into manhood.
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF LEAH BRAND
Just released – a psychological thriller set in England. Leah suffered heartbreak when her husband and young family were killed in a car crash. A few years later, disabled, unemployed and broke she meets Mason. This should have been the answer to her dreams, but a couple of years on, her life begins to unravel. Inanimate objects move, or change places, her personal possessions are disrupted and she begins to lose her grip on reality. Little by little she questions her own sanity as day by day the terrifying activities escalate until she is on the verge of madness. But who would benefit from her breakdown and why?
Andrea was Leah’s best friend. A strange attraction between a wild, confident, fun-loving, widow, and a quiet, insecure housewife.
But Leah’s gentle and loving nature hide the depths of an underlying iron-hard mental strength. After surviving her vicious husband’s terrifying games and the mental asylum he committed her to, Leah’s only desire now is for a life of peace with her new partner, and her best friend, Andrea. What could possibly go wrong?
Plenty, as it turns out. With her husband now on the run from a mob hitman, and his family each hiding their own secrets, they are prepared to go to any lengths to finish what they started three years ago. Will they succeed this time?
Leah knew the only person she could rely on was Andrea.
This is book two in the series and answers all the questions raised in Book 1: A Year In The Life of Leah Brand.