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Tafftown – a brand new soap-opera set in Cardiff

Exciting News!

Opening Chapter is delighted to be leading the production of a brand new soap opera set in Cardiff – it’s early days and more information will be available in the coming weeks.

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In the meantime click here to head over to Tafftown for more:

Resurrection

Resurrection by Kiára Árgenta

The Shattering sequel to Opera. Kiára Árgenta’s latest novel is an intimate portrayal of the life and loves of Opera Divas on and off the stage.

Beneath the beauty and glamour of the Opera stars and the richly coloured world they inhabit, lies a morass of insecurity and jealousy, passion and anguish.

A disturbing yet moving book that is written in Kiára’s unique style. Not to be missed.

Coven of One

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** Highly recommended read

“A Fantastic Adventure”

In the bluestone caverns, deep under Masterbridge, someone was taking notice. It had been a long time since there was anything to notice, anything at all, but there was, imperceptibly, something there.

The yellow ridged fingernail reached out to swirl the inky, black water. With a sprinkle of chosen herbs the scene burst into life once again. The shrouded face watched intently as the picture cleared, expanded, shuddered and then settled down to admit the truth…..yes, she was coming.

Coven of One is the story of a simple Hedgewitch’s journey into the furthest recesses of the darkest heart of the darkest demon. A story of spells and potions, imbued with Pagan magic.

Reviews and Quotes

“Dorcas Fleming has completed her training and is ready for a future as a simple hedgewitch.  But as soon as she hears of her placement in the heathen south, it is clear Dorcas’s destiny is to run on a deeper plane.

As we travel with her on her momentous journey, through a vividly drawn and dramatic landscape, accompanied by a mischievous and wise talking cat and a colourful cast, we too are drawn into a magical world of spells, potions and enchantment.  Rooted in the author’s pagan beliefs, this is a truly magical book.


Read it.  I can promise you a bewitching experience that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

— Debi Alper, author of Nirvana Bites.

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Coven of one is also available online as a paperback and for the Kindle. Click here for more info

Opera – the book. Available now!

opera-cover-idea01-after-proof-front-rs‘I could be one of those divas on stage, reaching out for the chandelier with their powerful voices in their elegant world.’

‘At that time, Opera seemed like a glamorous world, a place of opulence and beauty and bouquets of roses for the leading singers. I never knew that once inside the glass bubble staring out at the blackness of the auditorium how ugly it was, how we lived in a world built on nepotism and lies and sore throats and endless fighting over roles. I never knew how much it would take from me, how much pressure I would be under. I saw myself as a diva, a star who would adore the attention, but it came at such a cost, more agony than I ever thought possible. I  sacrificed every relationship, every friendship I ever had on the altar of my ambition.’

OPERA

Inside the cut-throat world of Opera, young mezzo-soprano Natalija is beautiful, talented and arrogant and will stop at nothing to get to the top of her career. She lives and breathes the role of Carmen, casting aside everyone who cares about her. Underneath her public persona lies a troubled and damaged girl who is killing herself and her career with bulimia and overwork. She believes she is ruthless and nothing and no one will stop her reaching the absolute top but in the end she realises her rivals can be even more deadly.

This is the latest novel from Kiára Árgenta and offers the unique opportunity to see what really goes on behind the scenes at the Opera. The author has created a story that is operatic in its own right and chimes with the beauty and the tragedy that defines the sublime art-form both on and off the stage.

Now available worldwide in paperback or as an ebook for the kindle:

Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1904958656/

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1904958656/

 

A new novel that offers a disturbing insight into Opera’s vicious underbelly

New Title launching early November

Inside the cut-throat world of Opera, young mezzo-soprano Natalija is beautiful, talented and arrogant and will stop at nothing to get to the top of her career. She lives and breathes the role of Carmen, casting aside everyone who cares about her. Underneath her public persona lies a troubled and damaged girl who is killing herself and her career with bulimia and overwork. She believes she is ruthless and nothing and no one will stop her reaching the absolute top but in the end she realises her rivals can be even more deadly.

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Pomes

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John Thomas Ahearn’s long awaited collection of poems

Pomes, Older and Younger, a debut poetry collection from John Ahearn, offers a basket of poems that will stay long after they have been read, poems that manage to smile at the realities of love and life. John Ahearn believes that all the old forms are there to be used in the working poet’s toolbox – that there is a form for every expression. His unsparing modern eye does the rest.

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Listen

Gothic Folk musician Marc Roberts presents a collection of his unique poems, stories and song lyrics.

Listen…love, sadness, the esoteric, the everyday…

Listen…beauty and ugliness and a poetry of both…

Listen…the wheel is whispering…can you hear?

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His work has considerable stylistic variety, With a Shelleyan tremulousness at one end of the spectrum, and a hard edged fantasy – glitter at the other’
Richard Poole
‘If you worked in a health food shop, and had Andi Sex Gang as one of your top friends, then maybe you would write songs like this…’
Noel Gardner

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Listen is also available in many ebook formats at Smashwords

The Walker

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A unique collection of short stories by Derec Jones.

What’s the point of this trudge around town? Why is the richest man in the world a miserable git?

The stories in this collection are both challenging and accessible, simply told yet illuminating.

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Excerpt:

Me?  I’m just a walker, a walker and a watcher. I observe, I see things and I interpret them in my head. It used to be just a game, when I was younger, playing with people’s lives, my mind; but there’s a price to pay. Open yourself up; peel away the layers of self-justification and stare at the void. The price of being different, of being aware. So, I walk, and watch, and remember, storing away all the looks on your faces. I spend many a happy hour lying sleeplessly in my bed thinking of you, recalling those expressions.

Can you picture this?

A body walks down a street or in a shopping arcade – a market. It’s a man, could be a woman?  Or maybe women are different. Does it have to be a man?  This guy is walking. OK – you listening?  He has his hands in his pockets, his head bowed, bent towards his feet – walking – he passes a shop window; you stare out from behind the counter. He lifts his head from the floor and turns it towards you. You expect an intelligent stare – an inner knowing glow – at least a mad look, something to make you shiver with unknowing. No, what you see is a blank frightened look – the face of a loser – a shambolic dirty-coated greasy-haired, pimply-skinned loser. He puts his head down and moves on, shuffling forlornly, in character, on the damp concrete floor. You sigh with relief and turn back to your life your own hope renewed.

I’m still walking and watching.

The Words in Me

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Collected poetry

Excerpt:
On Walls

On walls
low brick walls
boys sit
and think
boys spit
and cover the tarmac
with white globules

In their rooms
they keep grime
proddable stuff
dark places
to hide futures

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And now available for the Kindle (UK) and Kindle (US)

Fabulous Fillings for Baked Potatoes

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Excerpt:
Spicy Chick Peas and Carrots
2 tablespoons / 30ml vegetable oil
2 large carrots, diced
2 red onions, chopped
10 spring onions, cleaned and chopped finely
8 cloves garlic, crushed
4 tablespoons / 60ml curry powder
2 x 14oz / 400g cans chickpeas un-drained
4 tablespoons / 60ml tomato puree

Heat the oil in a pan, add the carrots, onions, spring onions and garlic. Cover the pan and sauté, stirring to avoid sticking, until the carrots are beginning to soften. Turn the heat up, add the curry powder and stir in, cooking and stirring for a minute or so. Add the chickpeas and the tomato puree; stir well and simmer for 20 minutes.

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C O N T E N T S

  • Introduction
  • Potato History
  • Potato Nutrition
  • Types of Potato
  • How to Bake a Potato
  • Beans and Stuff
  • Curries
  • Stir Fries
  • Sauces and Extras
  • Baby Bakers
  • Glossary
  • Index