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“Wolf & Stone, Tree & Dove” Sequel to the Lia Mendez trilogy

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

sc00057a12wstd-1The sequel to the Lia Mendez trilogy, Catherine Hoffmann’s Wolf & Stone, Tree & Dove is now available as an ebook.

For Lia, Frederic and their daughters beginning a new life in Australia, the shock of the new looms large. Lia’s strength supports her family as Frederic struggles to make sense of their antipodean land. As Regan and Merci set out to find their place, no one could foretell the journeys on which they are embarking.

Available from Amazon at $(US)4.99, and at equivalent price from all Amazon’s national websites.

“Paradise – One shot”

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

cover-art-italicCatherine Hoffmann’s 60s-style hip young adult novel, Paradise – One Shot  has been launched as an ebook, available from Amazon.

Just what is Lou’s problem? She acts so cool, belligerently cool – but it’s not for real. Under her hip speak bravado, Lou hides a massive insecurity which keeps her on the outside, never really one of the group. She shared her dreams with her only close friend, Aurora; but Aurora died just after school finished … or did she?

Working as an assistant in a municipal library, Lou is just whiling away her life until the beautiful Mark walks in; he’s young, perhaps much too young, but he’s beautiful – strong, athletic, and definitely interested in her.

How does that relationship go? And will Lou succeed in her one shot at the paradise she yearns for?

From Amazon Kindle at $(US)2.99 or the equivalent price through Amazon’s national websites.

“Taking Wing” now available as ebook

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

PrintThe third volume of Catherine Hoffmann’s Lia Mendez trilogy is now available as an ebook. Find it on Amazon for $(US)4.99 a copy or the equivalent price in your own currency on your national Amazon site.

Taking Wing is a story about belonging to each other in family, loss of livelihood and hope in the much loved country of birth, and finally, arriving destitute in a new land far away to create a new home.

‘Across the Burning’ now available as an ebook

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Across the Burning 7cm highCatherine Hoffmann’s novel of love and survival during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, Across the Burning, the second story of the Lia Mendez trilogy,  is now available as an ebook.

Find it on Amazon for $(US)5.99, or the equivalent in your local currency via your national branch of Amazon.

‘Of Exile and Yearning’ now available as an ebook

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Of Exile & Yearning smaller pic 37mm highCatherine Hoffmann’s luxuriant novel, the first book of the Lia Mendez trilogy, Of Exile and Yearning, is now available as an ebook.

It is available on Amazon for $(US)6.99, or for the equivalent price in your own currency on your national Amazon.

“The author’s themes are thickly woven: history, the spiritual quest, exile, the question of destiny and choice, the imperatives of faith and the shapes it adopts.” Alex Skovron

‘Breaking the Stereotype’ now available as an ebook

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

PrintDewi Anggraeni’s discussion about the integration of Chinese descent people into Indonesian society, based on interviews with eight Chinese Indonesian women, Breaking the Stereotype, is now available as an ebook.

At present, the ebook is only available from Amazon and, as it is loaded  with other distributors, we will let you know.

The selling price is $(US)4.99, direct to your cloud or your Kindle device.

Review – Dessi’s Romance

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Dessi’s Romance by Goldie Alexander

Ebook available from Amazon Kindle $(US)3.99


‘What is the best way to punish a so-called “close friend”?’

Emma and Dessi have been best friends forever, as have their mothers. Nothing comes between them until ‘schoolies week’ when ‘love’ hits Dessi for the first time – then disaster! All the problems and worries of the end of Year 12 are here: jobs (Emma works in ‘the supermarket-from-hell’), results, tertiary applications and ‘schoolies week’ at Surfers. But alas, poor Dessi has also just acquired a badly broken ankle.

This is a teen romance told in two alternating voices. Emma is the artistic one, and she’s sure her folio from Year 12 Art will get her into a course she’ll love – or she hopes so. She spends quite a bit of time throughout the story sketching her environs, or thinking how she could mix a particular colour she encounters (especially, it must be said, among her friends’ faces, who are going right over the top with alcohol and drugs, in celebrating schoolies week.)

Dessi is the literary one. She writes flawless poetry. This is one of the strengths of the book – unlike many stories in which a young person is a poet of some renown, but the poetry is very weak – here the short simple free verse poems are a delight.

Love is a leach, a bloodsucking vampire

whose sole aim is to turn you into a babbling idiot

with sightless eyes, deaf ears, and helpless limbs.

The story is a powerful picture of people at the end of their school years and the beginning of their lives in romance, work and tertiary study. It is gripping reading, as the relationships get more and more complicated, and we yearn for their resolution.

Virginia Lowe

Goldie Alexander’s New ebook – Dessi’s Romance

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Goldie Alexander adds to her already large collection of books for young adults with the new ebook, Dessi’s Romance. Emma asks her best friend, Dessi, to visit her boyfriend, Abdul, while she’s away at Schoolies’ Week in Surfers. Maybe not the best move, but staying home in Melbourne turned out okay for Dessi. And Emma wasn’t really lonely in Surfers!   Dessi’s Romance is now available on Amazon’s Kindle.

Catherine Hoffmann’s ‘Taking Wing’

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The third novel of the Lia Mendez trilogy, Taking Wing, was released in September 2011.

The Lia Mendez trilogy, spans three generations of the Mendez-Kremzier and Heiman families, the paths of their lives intersected by the conflicts and changes which shaped Central Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. Of Exile and Yearning (2009) and Across the Burning (2010) are the first two books of the trilogy.


Set in the era when Europe’s thousand year thrust for universal fraternity detours into the Communist tyranny, Taking Wing follows an ordinary man and an extraordinary woman, Frederic and Lia, as they struggle to stay sane in the face of civic stupidity and individual evil.

Lia is called to open her arms to the difficult truth that has always been her pillar of fire. Frederic, as husband and father, strives to hold on to all that is real, and not be stifled by his natural scepticism. Their children, Regan, inheritor of a past of wonder and betrayal, fights for self-definition, and Mercedes, a child born wounded, seeks the source of healing within.

Taking Wing is a story about belonging and forsaking, the loss of all and the state of abandonment, and finally, the coming to nothing that turns out to be everything under another land’s new stars.


ISBN 9781920787202

Literary fiction

pb 233 x 151 mm

268 pages

$28.95 rrp

Special offer: In Australia, a personal order for one copy with postage included costs $30.00.




Dewi Anggraeni’s Breaking the Stereotype: Chinese Indonesian women tell their stories

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Dewi Anggraeni’s third non-fiction book, Breaking the Sterotype: Chinese Indonesian women tell their stories, is published by Indra Publishing, and will be launched in Melbourne on 10 November 2010.

The Indonesian version of the book, Mereka Bilang Aku Cina: Jalan mendaki menjadi bagian Bangsa, is published by Bentang Pustaka, Yogyakarta, and was launched in Jakarta on 20 October 2010.

In his foreword to the English version, Associate Professor (Emeritus) Dr Charles A. Coppel, the University of Melbourne, states that:

Breaking the Stereotype … marks [Dewi’s] first venture into biography, but we already know from the sub-title (‘Chinese Indonesian women tell their stories’) that this is another form of storytelling.

These are the stories of Chinese Indonesian women … [who] remained in Indonesia through the longue durée of the Suharto New Order with its discrimination against ethnic Chinese, suppression of public expression of Chineseness, and outbreaks of anti-Chinese violence.

Underlying and feeding into these phenomena were negative stereotypes of the ethnic Chinese. … In telling the stories of these Chinese Indonesian women, Dewi shows us something of the variety of their experience. In so doing, she is deliberately seeking to break the negative stereotype of the ethnic Chinese and to allow us to see these individuals in the context of their Chinese ethnicity and in their full humanity.

ISBN  9781920787196


pb  210 x 138 mm

240 pp

Illustrations, Bibliography & Index