Novel & Memoir

Novel & Memoir This is one of our newer categories, and in all cases the stories are connected with Atlantic Canada, either by content or by author’s place of residence – and all publications add to our knowledge of the Atlantic Provinces or Canada and its place in or relationship with the world.

Dancing on the Third Step


NEW January 2018: fourth novel from Dolores (Anna) Moffatt-Careless

Dancing on The Third Step  9781895914576  – 5 x 8  novelette; 54 pages $9.95 e-book (ePub3) :  $4.95 9781895814569 ( Kobo, Kindle)

(Novelette): In 2012 yet another jar was uncovered near Qumran. The jar contains a memoir written by Mary, the mother of Jesus. It becomes known as Mary’s Jar. Whereas to date the world has only had glimpses of Mary through Matthew, Luke-acts, John and the Protoevangelium of James, now we discover the humanity of a questioning literate wife and mother. She loves to dance. She is overflowing with human feeling and emotion that supersedes her chosen position – a woman hand-picked to bear one of the most unforgettable men of all time. She knows He is special, makes allowances for His uniqueness and suffers emphatically as mothers do. We travel back in time and enjoy the life and times of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary.


“The priest put the child on the third step of the altar and the Lord God put grace upon the child, and she danced for joy with her feet”. Protoevangelium of James, 7.3


Prologue: Since the Nissan and the death of my Son, I could but remember and weep. Now that my eyes are dry and scarred from so many tears, I know it is time to write my story. Every season, I carefully write several pages; it is time consuming because I must plan what I shall write. I hope any errors will be small, for once it is written, there is no going back. Some day, after I have joined my Son, the truth shall be revealed. Until then, it will be stored within a jar. For some time I remained with John; Jesus had placed me under his care. John and my son James still come to visit but they are very busy with Christian teachings. I am back in Nazareth and although my brethren visit when they can, I am mostly alone. Some of my children have left for distant lands, fearing reprisals. They asked me to go with them but I want to be where my Joseph lies buried and where I can still see the spirit of my Son running across the square and hear the echo of His voice in this house.



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Like the Whistling of the Wind (ISBN 9781895814385)

HALF PRICE SPRING SPECIAL on all historical novels. Regular $23.95,  now only $11.98 until May 30th. Other books andnovels in the historical series,  which regularly retail for $12.95 are just $6.47 for this same period. 



A sophisticated, imperious but resilient mother and heroine strives to keep herself and her family together during the Revolutionary War (American War of Independence) with her husband and sons away from home on opposite sides in the conflict: Loyalist vs. Patriot; from New York to Saint John (1775 – 83). An historically accurate and linguistic masterpiece for all avid readers —  complete with the appurtenances of a new super-novel suitable for film or stage.



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This is the first of the ‘supernovels’, with three themes in one book. Primarily it is an historical novel set during the American Revolutionary War (War of Independence) from 1775-1783. It is a story of a family split along political lines, where the father (a military Colonel who fought with Wolfe at Louisbourg and Quebec) and one son are loyal to the King, while the other son serves with the Continental Army under George Washington. This son serves with Benedict Arnold during the campaigns along Lake Champlain and the ill-fated attack on Quebec City. Later the sons meet at Yorktown with the surrender with British General Charles Cornwallis.

The mother, Sulla Dramma, is the chief protagonist and heroine, who lives for the duration in New York, from where she was eventually evacuated to Saint John, N.B. to join her husband at the end of hostilities. She suffers many personal indignities, including imprisonment in an asylum for the insane (Luza Prison), but is resolute throughout it all to hold her family, (and her New York home which she adores), together. She is a courageous and especially literate woman who wants her sons to be educated as well, but the war has intervened. Her primary contact with the front and her family is through many letters throughout the novel, in which she assiduously corrects for grammar and spelling, not only of her two boys and husband, but even of the great writers and newspaper columnists of the day.

It is a story of the Loyalist/Royalist versus the Patriots/Rebels depending upon which side one is on. The language used is both sophisticated and late 18th Century. It also contains many rhyming couplets and a dozen original musical scores. The emphasis on language is intriguing, especially when arguments between the author and editor erupt as the story reaches a conclusion. It is a masterful mix of historical drama with real historical characters and those created by the author. The details of battles won and lost from 1775-80, including the commanders on both sides, are accurately reflected throughout this 334 page novel.

The novel is an ideal candidate for a film or stage production. The cover is an original painting by portrait artist Jacqui Mitchell.

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Through the Gates of Hell & Back: memoir of a footslogger from ‘The Avenue’ (ISBN 9781895814149)



SECOND PRINTING: the first printing sold out in ten weeks after its original release.  The authors are: John B. O’Brien with his daughter, Devonna (O’Brien) Edwards.



20% off this best-selling memoir from World War II … one of very few, as well as the last one written by a front line combat soldier, who survived his war wounds to take his place in society as a pharmacist, raised a large family and contributed to the youth of his adopted community. all of the royalties from this publication are donated to KidsSport Nova Scotia in honour  of John B O’Brien


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This book is an unabridged memoir written by and for infantrymen who bore the brunt of war. It chronicles the hardships of the footslogger struggling through the mud and cold, witnessing the torn flesh and death of comrades at arms, penned with a poignant humour and sprinkled with lessons learned,as a boy is transformed into a man during his journey “to and through the gates of hell and back”.


It is the story of the Canadian First Division’s determined and bloody fight through Sicily and Italy, a fight that ended for John Bentley O’Brien on the outskirts of Ortona (The Gully). Follow this personal account from his initial enlistment in the Halifax Rifles in 1940 as a member of the signal corps – to his stint in the Merchant Marine sailing in U-boat infested waters and his subsequent court martial – to his transfer to the West Nova Scotia Regiment with whom he served overseas from 1942-44 – and with whom he remained connected through 40 years of reunions and the Royal Canadian Legion.


Cover is by well-known portrait artist and illustrator, Jacqui Mitchell.


Flat rate shipping: until Summer, 2018, Free in Canada and $5.00 to continental USA.

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African Chronicles- a memoir (ISBN 9781895814422)

Spring Special: Save at least $7 off your order if you buy before the end of May. $20.00 with reduced flat rate shipping: $8.00  in Maritimes. and $10  in the rest of Canada …. good  until May 30, 2018. Tax is only the GST at 5%. International shipping is also at a reduced rate. Please call 1-877-211-3334 with Promo Code: BDAC.  Credit cards can be accepted over the phone. Delivery in Canada within 5 working days of placing order; for the West Coast  and remote regions please allow two extra days.


African Chronicles, a stimulating, challenging two-volume memoir of one of the most turbulent periods in African history in the 1960s: v.1 Rhodesia – Zimbabwe and v.2 Nigeria- Biafra by Burris Devanney.


In 1965 newlyweds Burris & Louanne Devanney travel to an Africa of bright prospects on Canada’s new international assistance program. Their first posting is to a remote 40 year old mission station in rural Rhodesia, where they encounter the tragic absurdities of “petty apartheid”. Their second posting is to a famous secondary school in Eastern Nigeria, which is on the brink of secession and civil war. Thus begins their life-long passion for development work and for Africa.  Theirs is a traveller’s tale of uncertain journeys, challenging missions, durable friendships and deadly conflicts – a montage of compelling stories chronicling the courage, resilience, tragedy and humour that distinguish the lives of individuals and of countries on the edge. Emerging from the narrative are singular perspectives on African history and the “Great Game of Development.”


The front cover is an original painting by artist J.E (Jacqui) Mitchell.


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After their early experiences in Africa detailed in this memoir, Burris and Louanne Devanney were responsible for establishing and managing one of the more successful NGOs in The Gambia, including the formation of as university program in that country (with Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS). They also expanded educational opportunities for public education, health ( e.g., AIDS, malaria) and other training opportunities, such as police and government services. In all, close to 1000 high school and university students, health workers, educators and police from Nova Scotia went to The Gambia to help build that country. For his work, Devanney was awarded the Order of The Gambia (officer status) as well as an honourary doctorate from SMU.


African Chronicles is a gripping story of adventure and discovery – and a well-researched must-read for anyone who wants to understand why Africa is still held in the doldrums of poverty years after colonialism has ended. – Julius H. E. Uzoaba, Ph.D. (Edinburg), Ottawa, Canada

A proverbial “page-turner” . . . We are treated to the inside story of young Canadian innocents who carefully chronicled kindness and cruelty, luck and learning, impertinence and fear, as they mapped their first steps on a lifetime relationship with Africa. . . . Just a mighty good read! – Barbara MacDonald Moore, Director, International Programs, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Ottawa, Canada.

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