A.B. Gayle

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Unlike many authors, I haven't been writing stories all my life. I've been too busy living life.
My travels took me from the fjords of Norway to the southern tip of New Zealand. In between, I've worked in so many different towns I've lost count. I've shoveled cow shit, mustered sheep, been polite to customers, traded insults with politicians and need to be forgiven on occasions when I get confused as to who needs what where. Now that I'm settled in Sydney, Australia, my real-life experiences can morph with my fertile imagination and create fiction which I hope readers will enjoy.
My philosophy on posting reviews is to recommend books I like which I think other people may not read and state why I like them. These are only the tip of the iceber

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Thanks for the lovely words about Steve and Don. Glad you enjoyed them and the book. I have plots drawn up for other books where they would…more
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Thanks for the lovely words about Steve and Don. Glad you enjoyed them and the book. I have plots drawn up for other books where they would appear as secondary characters, but I am not writing at the moment. Hopefully, my mojo will return and I can transfer the stories from my head to the page. Unfortunately, you can't force these things and I'd rather not do them than not do them or their stories justice.(less)
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Description: Initiation is another story in the ongoing saga of Cedric the Sex Slave Cyborg first met in the short story "Reversal" included in Noble Romance Publishing's m/m anthology "Echoes of the Future". Life has taken a dramatic turn for Cedric. Jen was different. She was bred to be different: taller, stronger and faster than the majority of her clan. She accepted those differences because without them she could not fulfil her role as warrior and protector. What she found difficult to accept was her inability to form a loving relationship. Her fellow bounty hunters managed to build meaningful, loving relationships. Why couldn't she? Cedric was also different, but he was constructed to be different. One of a kind. On a desperate mission to learn from the best - the feared warriors of the Anasazi clan - his decision to join their all female space-faring crew as combat cyborg should mean the secret of his unusual past would be safe. Wouldn't it?
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Listened to the dramatised version, but would be interested in reading it as well. If you’ve read Pigeon Tunnel, this makes a lot of sense. There are three father figures here. His biological father, his British spymaster and Axel. Weirdly, it is the ...more
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This book is nowhere near "what another planet might be like". Mars is Bradbury's symbolism of alien or foreign civilisations. The whole concept is to demonstrate how western civ, deals with people that have a different culture. The main point is... See Γείτων’s answer.
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Fabulous book. So utterly impossible, but still operated in logical parameters. Loved the pithy comments on life, politics, and poetry.
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I loved Three Wishes and What Alice Forgot, but I couldn’t get into this one.

There was none of the humor of those two, nor the sly digs at the absurdities of modern society as lived in the leafy suburbs of Sydney.

Perhaps because the three main femal
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Wow. What a book.

Perhaps you have had to try and write books without a traditional structure to appreciate the difficulty of what Moriarty has done here. Knowing just how much detail to put in for each reveal. When and how to switch between the three
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Great collection of snippets retelling (to the best of his memory) incidents and people from David Cornwell’s long life.

If you can, get the audio version. Cornwell (aka John Le Carre) is a great voice actor and mimic) and this really brings the stori
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Much better than Iced and Burned. I enjoyed the first 5, and those two Dani books didn’t do it for me. Being in present tense and multiple POV didn’t help. This one is mainly Dani with a smattering of Kat. I know a chapter toward the end was present ...more
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Fabulously well constructed and well written book. Loved the audio version.
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“...it's the groups that can't accept diversity that hate and fear us the most. They should celebrate diversity, not just accept it.”
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“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

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“Who needed rings to bind you unto death when you had scars and stitches, bruises and blood?”
John Wiltshire, Conscious Decisions of the Heart

“There was one moment when it could have gone either way. Nikolas's heart told him one thing, but his cock another, and it was the cock that won, his cock made the right decision.”
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message 25: by Em

Em Thanks for the invite A.B! I'm sure we'll have plenty to chat about:)

message 24: by Tina

Tina Hi A.B. :)

Thanks for adding me.

message 22: by A.B.

A.B. Gayle Thanks, mate. Nice to meet you.

message 21: by Byron

Byron Hey, another Aussie... YAY.. Thanks for the add A.B.

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A.B. Gayle Ah. Very interesting, my niece is in that field. And I'm pretty sure she lectures down at the GC.
Of course, I barrack for the Cane Toads. I still remember Billy Moore chanting "Queenslander" coming out of the tunnel. And of course, Darren rools, man. I've been a fan of his from Day 1.
But, you said you weren't into sport.....

message 19: by BJ

BJ lol go queensland! haha Do you go for the Blues or the Maroons? ;) haha so you guys are spread all the way up and down the coast! :P

The results will have the final say :S haha I'm studying Nutrition and Dietetics :D

message 18: by A.B.

A.B. Gayle Hi John. I live in Sydney but am a Queenslander by birth. I have a sister living in the GC hinterland and another in Brisvegas.

Hope the exams went well. What are you studying?

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BJ Hey A.B Thanks for the invite :) I'm friends with Justin, but we haven't really spoke much :( I think he lives near Tweed Heads but I don't have my licence yet (need to hurrrrryyyyyy upppppppp haha) so my world's pretty insular atm XD where abouts in this amazing country do you live? :)

Oh and the surf yesterday was amazing :) I went to Max Brenners in the Marina here after finishing exams and it's right opposite the beach :) so good - so bloody hot :( hahaha

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A.B. Gayle Lol, don't hold your breath, Yvonne. It's one of a number on the drawing board, and I'm not sure what to start with first: "Angel+Devil" (the follow up to "Red+Blue" a novel at the fingers crossed submission stage with Dreamspinner), "A Very Bad Idea", "Another Joe Blow" and "Who F*cked Cock Robin" whose characters and plot have been swirling around in my head for months!

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Yvonne Thanks for the friendvite. Glad to hear about the plans for the book. I'll check it out once it's available.

message 14: by A.B.

A.B. Gayle Hi, Fang I'm away at moment and only have mobile IN. Will send email soon. LooseId rejected Red+Blue. Too much emotional growth for Bem not enough sex!

Fangtasia Hey, A.B., long time no hear. How are you doing?

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A.B. Gayle Karen K wrote: "Thank you for the friend add, A.B., and for the info. I may have to take a look for your suggestions. *winks*"
My "source" is no longer there, so if you find them, do let me know.

message 11: by Karen K

Karen K Thank you for the friend add, A.B., and for the info. I may have to take a look for your suggestions. *winks*

message 10: by A.B.

A.B. Gayle Thanks for the friending "Fangtasia"
I checked out your reviews and added a few books to my "To Read" pile which, after all, is what Goodreads is all about.

Fangtasia Thanks for the friendvite, A.B.!

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A.B. Gayle Silver wrote: "Thanks for the Add :o)"
Hugs and thanks. Take care,hon and look after that little Indian.

Silverus Snape (used to be  silver pixie) Thanks for the Add :o)

message 6: by A.B.

A.B. Gayle I may no post regularly at the SF thread, but I do read it and note the comments made. I find it all helpful while editing. It's good to see the story from a reader's perspective.
Sometimes authors (and editors) are too close to the work.

Sarasaya Alison, Thanks!!
And the pleasure is all mine.

My insights are at your service.:-)

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Mel Thanks A.B., I'm sending you a PM :)

message 3: by Alina

Alina Hey, Alison. Thanks for inviting me :) I look forward to chatting SF and other books with you.

message 2: by A.B.

A.B. Gayle Hi Lisa
A sequel? You're the second person who asked me that. Sometime during the following week they will need to discover whether their May/December relationship can survive the pressures of their age difference.
Reality and the easy option would be that it wouldn't and come the day after the Mardi Gras party the following weekend, Patrick would be waving a bittersweet goodbye to Damien at the airport. But maybe they do have a future together.
Both you and I will have to find out how!!!

Williammaltese Well, hey ... friends, of course!

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