There's No Present Like

There's No Present Like ...Time

This unique book of quirky tales and poems was written to support my partner during cancer treatment.

So very proud of these writings in the face of adversity, I thought it would be endearing to share my stories with a global audience.

  • I really hope my book brings the warmth of a smile to all who read it, especially someone who may be supporting a loved one through very difficult times.

    All of the content comes from the heart. A tribute to the most amazing man who took me on an awakening journey of adventure and self discovery.

pauline birchall
Crazy Default

Crazy by Default

With the authority and permission from the voices in her head, she threw the lamp on the front door of the hut and stood there elated; as she watched the flames climb the stairs and unto the front door. The fire began to spread quickly, and so her excitement…

She stood there in a trance as the flames climbed higher onto the hut, the voice in her head were cheering her on.

  • They had control over every action of hers, what she does, how she does it, when she should do it, but never WHY.

    Was she deranged, disturbed, demented, distressed, distracted, or just a Demon in disguise?

    Review from a critic - Very beautiful story of the workings of a psychic mind. The plot is engaging.

Crazy Default
Heart's Emotions

Renetha Fenton

Life can be very difficult at times, but being home alone can be an inspiration to a lot of things. It gives you the opportunity to sort out your distraught, difficult and complicated life. You can become a doctor, lawyer or police officer, rather than being a lonely housewife. This book consists of things that happen in everyday life.

A collection of poems to inspire reflecting on life experiences. Love, loss and hope are all there. There is something to touch all of your “Heart’s Emotions”

Heart's Emotions
Life Through Poetry

Life Through Poetry

What is love? How did you experience it? And what role does it play in your life? In this book, I freed myself from fear and allowed my senses to speak to me. I found peace in doing so and realised that “with truth, we can heal”.

Love, family, infancy and self-discovery are the themes explored in this book. I talk about my first love, my relationship with my dad, and how I came to discover that my mother and I shared the same dream “I guess those umbilical cords tied up not just our lives but our dreams too... ”

This is Life Through Poetry and I hope you find truth in it.

Life Through Poetry


This book depicts a heartfelt journey that explores the intricate ideology of the human spirit, destiny, and the evolution of consciousness.
Step into Faiza Ali’s poetic realm and lose yourself in a faithful journey of love, disbelief, and hope. Her dad has succeeded in teaching her that for every wound there is a soothing balm.
Life is a beautifully mingled thread of bliss and distress, a new sun will however always rise. Every trial occurs to polish you and whoever expects the divines’ mercy should be beneficent. She hopes anyone who can connect can take away a message to always be positive.

My Inspiring Journey

My Inspiring Journey

"My Inspiring Journey (This Far)" traces Saul Jawara's life from Gambian childhood to adulthood in Sweden. Saul highlights life and culture in Gambia. In Sweden, he navigates challenges, and opportunities embracing a new culture.

Working in Sudan was also an enlightening phase for him to learn and grow.

Saul's career success stems from discipline, and his people-centric approach, adopting a leadership and management style with an open-door ethos.

Addressing Africa's brain drain, Saul advocates talent retention through strengthened institutions and democracy.

This memoir, a tapestry of diverse experiences, aims to inspire others to embrace transformative life stages in their unique journeys.

My Inspiring Journey
Writing Examples

Writing Examples

Writing Examples is the perfect way to take your writing skills to the next level. This book offers 12 different types of writing styles e.g., creative writing, arguments and letters etc. with detailed explanations of each. With practice and application, you will quickly learn how to craft an essay or a story with style, depth, and clarity. Each example demonstrates how to engage readers and maintain their interest. It also has a glossary at the end to check words that you are unsure of.

  • Improve your grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, organization and more with this comprehensive guide! Whether you are struggling with writing assignments for school or need help improving your writing skills in general, Writing Examples has something for everyone. Above all, this book will be your best companion for grammar school entrance test.
    Get your hands on this unique book and watch your skills soar!

Writing Examples
Diana’s letter

Diana’s letter

"Diana’s letter” explores tranquility, weaving a serene tapestry up to certain ideas. It delves into history, an ever-flowing river without a fixed point in time but with a known destination, anchored by vivid depictions of an alternate realm revolving around Princess Diana. Although the concept at play may evoke reminiscences of Philip K. Dick's opus, "The Man in the High Castle", the 'letter' does not venture into such magnitude. It adheres to a solitary temporal trajectory, albeit with temporal undulations, offering the reader a cultural voyage through an unfamiliar past. Within these pages lies an opportunity for introspection, a journey deserving contemplation on some aspects."


Diana’s letter

"Diana’s letter” explores tranquility, weaving a serene tapestry up to certain ideas. It delves into history, an ever-flowing river without a fixed point in time but with a known destination, anchored by vivid depictions of an alternate realm revolving around Princess Diana. Although the concept at play may evoke reminiscences of Philip K. Dick's opus, "The Man in the High Castle", the 'letter' does not venture into such magnitude. It adheres to a solitary temporal trajectory, albeit with temporal undulations, offering the reader a cultural voyage through an unfamiliar past. Within these pages lies an opportunity for introspection, a journey deserving contemplation on some aspects."

My Life in the 3 Continents

My Life in the 3 Continents

This book tells the story of Kiran’s Journey from her childhood to the present day.
Her memories of the three Continents she was connected to. From a happy life and the freedom she so cherished, thrown into a life of an abusive marriage.
The strength she plucked up to escape her abuser, for her children’s sake, and going as far as changing her identity.
Her struggles, her achievements, and her survival. Making her a stronger person after enduring her ordeal.

My Life in the 3 Continents
The Adventures of Amby the Ambulance

The Adventures of Amby the Ambulance

Welcome to the story of an Emergency Ambulance called Amby. This story is for children and follows Amby on one of his many Emergencies the story also gives a safety message.
At the back of the book, is a handy Emergency First Aid Memory Jogger Chart, to help remind parents what to do when helping their sick or injured child prior to the arrival of an Ambulance.
The purchase of this book also helps raise charitable funds for a UK-based Ambulance Staff Charity that helps sick or injured Ambulance Staff. Let the Adventures of Amby the Ambulance begin.

  • David Byrne is an ex-Emergency NHS Paramedic (srpara) based in the UK. His children’s book ‘The Adventures of Amby the Ambulance’ is based on one of his own Emergencies. He has written this exciting story where Amby responds to a little girl who has been injured after falling from her bicycle. The story has a positive first-aid message for children and a happy outcome.
    The pictures in the book are based on his own drawings.

The Magical Arena

The Magical Arena

Long ago the Gods promised, when darkness rises, a hero would come who would lay waste the dark ones of war! That was long ago, the ancient words lost among the scriptures and old texts.
Now a child is born to a simple life, but after befriending an old man his life is thrown into chaos.
In a world in which armies clash and empires stand or fall. In a land he no longer recognises nor understands. Lost, alone, hunted and enslaved. His only hope of survival is to set off on a path which he must accept as destiny.

  • A destiny, that one day a slave will defy an empire, a child will stand against the might of legions. A simple boy will rise against the darkness.
    His only option is to succeed against impossible odds. For light has chosen its champion, and the road this young child must travel only leads to glory or death.
    His tears will fill an ocean, his rise shall become legend!

The Magical Arena
In The World Of Spud

In The World Of Spud

This is the story about Spud. He’s been grown to maturity in Ted’s garden by the cabbage patch right between the scallions and the cherry tomatoes. Spud was proud of his patch, his full name was Spudnik Kosco Lettuce and all the other lettuces were dark green with envy, as Spud was freshly washed, light and crispy and ready to be a salad!

In The World Of Spud
The Banterless Breakfast Mystery

The Banterless Breakfast Mystery

Jack and his amazing friend Walter, a spud with special superpowers help GP make a very sad day alright again.

It’s OK to feel sad, but it’s also OK to be happy again, and sometimes it even involves chips!

The Banterless Breakfast Mystery
Michael Ede

Michael Ede

Michael is a British-Nigerian business polymath, writer, entrepreneur, football agent, project manager, mentor, and investor. He’s the MD/CEO of Uplift11 Sports – one of the UK’s fastest growing sports management agencies and Maigmike Consulting, an IT service management and consulting firm for the modern age. He has over 18 years’ experience working within the IT domain, having worked for some of the world’s biggest financial institutions, biopharma giants and consulting firms including HSBC, Barclays, Bank of Ireland, Santander, Lloyds Banking Group, AstraZeneca, Capgemini, and WIPRO Technologies amongst others. He’s a member of the prestigious Forbes Business Council – the foremost growth and networking organization for business owners. Michael also runs his personal blog post on his official website (

  • One Shot; that life gives you means an opportunity that demands you step out of your comfort zone and go on the journey of discovering your true self, finding your purpose, testing your full potential, and seeing where you will stand in your future. We all have just the ‘One Shot’ like a sniper to make it all count; One Shot in life – which is often a singular opportunity that tests our full potential. Sharing business experiences and reflections, One Shot, is a literary game-changer!

Michael Ede
The Poems of John Wm Giles

The Poems’ of John Wm. Giles

I wish to thank everyone at Maple Publishers for all their kindness and support, in publishing my book of Poetry. A special thank you to Ruby, Pam and the Team, who have produced a very beautiful printed copy of my Poetry book.

In the collection, readers, both present and future, will discover a tapestry of poetry encompassing narratives, poignant moments, surreal experiences, darkness, love, and loss.

  • The surreal elements within the verses stem from the author's distinct perspective on true reality, as seen through the mind's eye. The poet's life parallels others of their kind, where verses originate from the depths of the heart and the essence of being. The words on these pages mirror the universal journey of poets, inviting all to explore the intricate landscapes of emotion and imagination.

    I cannot thank everybody enough at Maple Publishers for their professional work to get my Poetry book out there to the general public. So with my very sincere thanks again to all at Maple Publishers, I will ever hold you in my heart and memories.

    With my very deep regards to all at Maple Publishers

    - John Wm. Giles (Poet)

The Poems of John Wm Giles

Marion Shepherd

Marion was born in Inverness, Scotland and was brought up in Wales. She has also been fortunate to live in other wonderful parts of the UK including the Shetland Islands, Cornwall and Gloucestershire.
Marion now lives with her family in the beautiful cathedral city of Worcester. All the locations have influenced the backdrops to her novels.
After running her own business as a professional practitioner of Hypnotherapy for 11 years, Marion had to retire due to health issues.
Marion has always been interested in what makes people tick; their motivations, how the mind works and fuels their behaviors. She uses her professional knowledge for character development when writing.

Marion Shepherd
All The Shadowed Places

Jonathan Joy

Born in London in 1950 Jonathan Joy was five when the family moved to Sussex. Having completed his schooling at East Grinstead Grammar School. Jonathan returned to London twenty years later. Studying Graphics and Illustration at St. Martin’s School of Art. Leading to a working life mostly spent researching, illustrating and writing. Examples of Jonathan’s work can be found in the pottery reports of Canterbury Archaeological Trust. A town- trail for Minehead, Somerset, and the Skibbereen Famine Trail, West Cork, Ireland. Retired and now living in Lincoln. Jonathan works as a volunteer, researching documents for inclusion in exhibitions at the new Visitors Centre at Lincoln Cathedral.

  • Mr. Peel’s Posters tells the story of the life and work of John Websdale Peel (1794 – 1859). Printer to the Establishment. Mr. Peel lived and worked in nineteenth century London, where death was commonplace, and life for many was harsh. From the 1820’s Mr. Peel’s Printing Office supplied circuses, theatres, and places of entertainment with a wealth of posters and handbills. With their bright words and rich woodcuts Mr. Peel’s Posters offered a world of fantasy and dreams. A far-cry from the nightmare that was London.

Mr. Peel's Posters

Oliver Hilditch

As featured on Observer

A 14-year-old from Bognor Regis, empowered by a diagnosis of dyslexia, has published a book

Chichester Free School student Oliver Hilditch had never felt confident writing essays, book reports or short stories.

  • “The most he’d ever written for a piece of work was probably around 300 words, and that’s at the high end,” his dad, Alex Hilditch said.
    “Because he was struggling with it and everything else, it just killed his confidence,”
    That was until Oliver was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia just after his 14th birthday.
    “When we got the results for that, it was almost like a light switched on for Oliver. He knew the ability was there, he just needed to do things a slightly different way.”
    After some extra tuition, Oliver, who lives in Bognor Regis, discovered that not only did he quite like writing, he was actually very talented.
    Supported by his parents and his tutors, he eventually wrote a 5,000 word short story called ‘Moth Men’, the longest piece of written work he’d ever produced.
    ‘Moth Men’ has since been released as a book, published by White Magic Studios and Oliver’s parents say it has done wonders for his confidence.
    “He was speechless when the books arrived. It was like all his Christmases came at once,” said Roma Hilditch, Oliver’s mum.
    She added: “we’ve all talked about how difficult the current situation is, with people self-isolating or working and studying from home but, actually, for Oliver, it played out in a completely different way.
    “We had so much more time with him, and we discovered that he doesn’t work as well in a class of 30, he’s much better on his own, because he just gets on with the work.”


Emma Haywood

‘Brains, Beauty and a Big Heart 💓 That’s how a real life Border Collie Dog is best described as. This is the first book produced by Collie Creations Ltd and is focused on this extraordinary breed of dog.

There is so much love for our adorable furry friends. The book has been launched to give the younger members of our generation a combination of cartoon characters based on a farm that is relatable to real life. There is so much about farming life and Tessie Dog is the perfect character to follow’.

Emma is a Psychology Student at a London University. One of her greatest passions in life is dogs, especially Border Collies. Having spent most of her life living near the Derbyshire Countryside, which is Sheep Dog territory, Emma has moved to London to continue with her studies but also to aid the development of the Tessie Dog brand.

Tessie Dog and Farmyard Friends

Sasha Goff

As featured on Observer

Sasha’s foray into children’s story books was fuelled by a quite contrasting genre – horror.

That is the unique horror of lockdown serendipitously coinciding with the start of maternity leave, with a 2 year already desperate for nonstop housebound entertainment.

  • Like many, when trying to explain the big events in life to her boys, Sasha found picture books invaluable. But with nothing out there to explain the historical events unfolding in the world around – and a desire to capture them (in some strange form of sentiment) – The Leopard Who Longed To Be Free became Sasha’s debut novel.

    Sasha was born and raised in London, where she now lives with her husband and three young children. When not moonlighting in children’s literature, Sasha ‘daylights’ as a Compliance Manager at a financial firm, informing another set of children, albeit slightly bigger, what they can and can’t do.

Sasha Goff
The Leopard Who Longed To Be Free

Sabeen's Family

As featured on BBC

A cookbook never conceived before….

This is no ordinary cookbook; indulge in a flavorful journey, celebrating the inspiring story of Sabeen Mansoor through her amazing food. Starting from childhood until her sad demise due to Covid-19 at the young age of 43, it contains her mouth-watering recipes, life events and anecdotes on Pakistani culture.

  • The book is a delight for anyone who loves cooking authentic Pakistani and International cuisine as Sabeen shares her secrets of producing delectable dishes.

    Written by her family, this book will inspire readers with Sabeen’s Talent, Ambition, Passion, Love, and Values. It expresses that life can continue to be celebrated even after it ends, and that purpose can sustain loss.

    Keeping with the compassionate nature of Sabeen, 30% of each book’s profit will go to two charities: Vineyard Community (Food Bank), Richmond London and The Citizens Foundation (TCF) Karachi, Pakistan.

The Pink Lady
The Pink Lady

John Taylor

As featured on Sunderland Echo

An award-winning historian has written a book which looks in detail at Sunderland’s Victoria Hall tragedy which claimed 183 lives.

Two years of tireless work went into John Taylor’s new publication which focuses on the disaster of 1883.

The tragedy happened when the children were crushed in the stampede for free toys during a show and John’s book is a 210-page look at the children who were involved that day.

  • “These were young children, some three and four year old,” he said. “Can you imagine their excitement as they went through the streets of Sunderland. Over 2,000 of them went to that show and you can imagine them meeting up.”

    John’s book is titled The Day The Children Fell Asleep and it puts detail to the youngsters within the disaster.

    At the end of the show on June 16, 1883, an announcement was made that children with certain numbered tickets would get a prize. Worried about missing out, many of the estimated 1,100 youngsters in the gallery stampeded toward the staircase leading downstairs.

    At the bottom of the staircase, the door opened inward and had been bolted so as to leave a gap only wide enough for one child to pass at a time. Those at the front became trapped and were crushed to death by the weight of the crowd.

    John, 78, from Hastings, has relatives who come from the Hetton area. He learned about the disaster when he was studying for another book he had planned.

    John, a Spurs fan, said: “I was actually doing research on a Tottenham Hotspur footballer called Albert Hall and I was looking into his life when I found something on Victoria Hall.”

    He added: “It was the biggest ever disaster involving children in the UK, I believe, and when I heard about it, I could not believe it. I started some research and it went from there.”

    But John’s painstaking look into the detail of the disaster had a profound effect on him. His book was written over time because he had to take a break from the research as the stories ‘upset him so much’.

    “I came back to it and then I came back to it again,” he said.

    As well as the heartbreaking tales of those who lost their life, there are moments of joy – such as the mother who rushed to the hall to find her daughter. She could not find her little girl.

    She went back home to find her daughter playing in the street. The child explained that she had fallen asleep on the stairs and avoided being involved in the tragedy that day.

    John, a former asphalt roofer who went on to become a college teacher in the profession, is a father of two and grandfather of 8. He was raised in Wimbledon before he moved to Hastings.

    He is a member of the Hastings Writing Club and a winner of the Catherine Cookson Writing Club prize.

The Day The Children Fell Asleep
The Day The Children Fell Asleep

Nick Shingleton

The fantasy romance, Godless, is Nick’s debut novel.

Nick J Shingleton was born and grew up on the South East coast of England. She travelled before completing a BA in Scriptwriting for Film and Television. Having relocated back to the South East, Nick completed a Masters in Creative Writing, and continues to bring a little chaos into her partner’s life.

  • Before being found injured on the beaches of France, Bedelia Rose was a Reaper and a Guardian. She escapes that life and becomes a respectable mother of two.

    She lives a simple life with her husband and children, until a crack forms in the Barricade which separates Europe from Britain and Bedelia’s past catches up with her.

    In order to free herself of her past, Bedelia must return to Britain and complete the mission she started. She must kill the Guardians and destroy the religion that strangles the people.