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.
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 on 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 for all my readers – this book is FREE!!!
Who but me 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. Add to that I had no insurance, no capital and two of the four horses was not fit for the knacker’s yard. But that’s exactly what I did with hilarious results.