My Sister Maggie



Date Publsihed: 1/21/23

A story of a family whose matriarchs strive to dictate the lives of the younger generations, only to later reflect on their own shortcomings and the importance of the men they disregarded.

The narrative focuses on the growing, but taboo, love between a woman and her priest, and the guilt that consumes them. Set in the 1960s Yorkshire with links to a small Northern Irish town, the family must confront the death of their child and its ripple effects on their lives, including marital turmoil, depression, and health problems for all involved.

This funny yet poignant tale poses the question, what would we change if we knew the consequences of our actions?


About the Author

Shelagh Taylor is a single mother of four adult children, who was born in the UK to an English mother and an Irish father. In her early 40s, she went to university and gained a Second-class BA(Hons)Youth and Community Services, degree, and began a career working with at-risk children in a professional capacity. She left the UK, just after her 50th birthday, and continued working with vulnerable adults and children in NZ. Then went back to university and completed a primary school teaching diploma.

She has always been an imaginative storyteller, bringing her characters alive, and writing has been a passion since her school days. Now, she has finally combined the two forces to write her first novel, My Sister Maggie, based on her private and professional experiences of the impact of death, separation, and divorce. She adds, humour and heartbreak to her stories to ensure they touch on real-life issues, in a holistic, realistic way.

Now, her dreams of being a writer have been unleashed she hopes to continue to develop her skills to bring the drama of real life to her readers.

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My Name is Light


My Name Is Series


Children’s Book

Date Published: 07/25/2022

Publisher: Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc.

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“My Name Is Light” is the newly minted Book Two of Kelly Anne Manuel’s “My Name Is” Series.

In this story the Child is invited on a journey into Nature where a discovery is made with the help of the Animal Kingdom and a joyful celebration result. The Child is curious and Nature, as in real life, does not disappoint.

“My Name Is Light” begins with a Child in the great outdoors who notices something bright in their vision. The Child takes the opportunity to interact with a feeling of “light.” The Animal Kingdom animates this exciting, fun, and playful adventure. The Child will learn to ask questions and see what fun adventures await when they engage actively in communication. The simple words take on new meaning as the illustrations pair perfectly with their presentation.

The Child will learn that Nature has so many wonders to explore. These wonders are available and ready for action once the Child actively engages with communication that relates directly to their own observations. Children will experience a lighthearted and fun story that will ignite their own imaginations.

Why not explore the author’s theory Childhood is a time of playful fascination as well as learning? This fascination can be enhanced by literature that allows for pretend conversations. It is in Early Childhood that we learn how to connect and interact with others.

“My Name Is Light” offers a path to these connections that allows for observation, self-reflection, and play. Play is so important at this age and the Child who reads these books will be rewarded with the joy of witnessing play at its best.

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