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Two dramatically diverse lives unite in a marriage that ends with a cruel and bloody murder, intense  police investigation and shocking confessions. Daisy Fisher, haunted throughout life by a tragic childhood, is a financially well-off widow and professional homemaker, seeking companionship in her senior years. Dan ‘Spinney’ Morrison, widower, an enigmatic and itinerant carpenter, advertises for a housekeeper-companion. Daisy and Dan meet and begin life together in rural Cape Breton.
Hanging Daisy is the true story surrounding a 1957 murder in a quiet Canadian farm community and the mystery that surrounds it to this day. Questions remain about what really happened between Daisy and Dan in that lonely farmhouse…and why?

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Final Cover Elementary Yoga

This book is intended for you and the children in your life to share and enjoy together. Along the way you will both experience the wonderful benefits that Yoga provides. You won’t have to go out and buy any expensive sports outfits, pay steep membership fees or race off to the gym or arena. Yoga can be enjoyed anywhere and at a time that suits you! You can practice Yoga at home, on a beach, in the backyard, during a break from chores or even while waiting in a long line-up. Nor will you have to worry about what other people think, or compete with them. Yoga is all about your well-being and it is not competitive.

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Proof 2 Front Cover Hearts of OakThe result of two decades of research, travel, and interviews, Hearts of Oak illuminates the life and times of Gaelic Presbyterians from Scotland’s North-West Ross. Part memoir, part documentary, part social history, Hearts of Oak follows their arrival on the shores of Boularderie in 1837 to their gradual migration into urban areas. Through saved letters and diaries, the narrative is told through the eyes of a particular individual in each chapter. As their lives unfolded in the new world, remarkable stories emerged: the importance and spread of schools and academies, the scourge of tuberculosis and other epidemics that roared through colliery towns, the search for a better life which often meant migrating to the United States, not to mention global economic depressions that had dire impacts on the fragile economies of colliery towns.

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The Phone Book eliminates the intimidation and fear that sets in when you start to dial. With clear language, fun stories and quick, simple lessons, you’ll learn how to leave messages, inspire conversation, book meetings and appointments, follow up on emails and texts, close a sale, handle complaints, facilitate conference calls and much, much more.

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Cape Breton is one of the most admired and celebrated islands in the world. There are many reasons why this is so, not the least of which is its wealth of remarkable waterways. Most notable is the Bras d’Or Lake, a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve, one of only sixteen in Canada. The Margaree-Lake Ainslie River System, another of Cape Breton’s treasures, was designated in 1998 as Nova Scotia’s first Canadian Heritage River.

AQUA: The Waterways of Cape Breton celebrates these and many other of the island’s rivers, lakes and harbours. In this book you will discover much about Cape Breton’s waterways, including their physical features and how each of these waterways contributed to our natural and human history. You’ll learn practical facts, such as species of fish in each waterway and where marinas and beaches are located, and for the believers, some folklore and ‘fish stories’. AQUA is not a guide book. It is a ‘casual reference’, as useful and informative for outdoor enthusiasts as it is entertaining for armchair adventurers.

Pat O’Neil has worked for thirty years in the writing/publishing industry as a writer, editor and publisher. She was Managing Editor and principal writer for The Cape Bretoner Magazine for six years. She has been published in several Canadian magazines and newspapers and has worked as a copywriter and producer for both radio and TV. As owner and operator of Solus Publishing she published books by several local authors. She has written two travel guides and two hiking books and has co-written eight full-length screenplays.

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Proof Front Cover Come Hell or High Water

The Victoria Co-operative Fisheries has a way of defying the odds. It was born in 1956 as the fishing industry transitioned from salt fish and canned lobster to fresh product destined for the Boston market. It had to compete with Nickerson’s, Leonard Brothers and F.W. Leslie’s, the Goliaths of the North of Smokey fishing industry, as well as suitcase buyers during the lobster season. In the early years the small co-operative did not meet the expectations of many of its fishermen but stayed the course. After sixty years, leadership initiatives, member solidarity and an enlightened response to industry crises, the Victoria Co-operative Fisheries can claim its place as a major force in northern Cape Breton’s fishery.

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