Scarlet Runner

      Lily Ennis
Scarlet Runner

The 1912 Waihi Strike tested the resolve of the worker, the town and the government. None could have forseen its devastating effects or the tragedy that would propel the strike into the annals of history. The story follows Archie and Mary struggling to find love against a turbulent industrial dispute. Battles were fought and lost, love won and lost, men died. The strike was never called off.At a time of worldwide revolt against an oppressed and exploited working class, the 1912 Waihi Strike tested the resolve of Mary and Archie, warring unions, the town and the government. None could have forseen the tragedy that would propel the strike into the annals of history.Mary grew up on the Hauraki gold fields having emigrated from Scotland with her family. As the daughter of a mine manager she enjoys a charmed life and teaches piano, sure that music would be the one thing that defines her.Archie Wright came to Waihi to be near his brother after his wife died in childbirth. With two small children to provide for he accepted a job as a stationary engine driver, a position well below the mine manager job he left in Ballarat.When the engine drivers form a separate union Archie does not join them and the action leads to the longest strike in New Zealand’s history.Amongst the turmoil Mary and Archie fight for the rights of the strikers, he as a union representative and she as a Scarlet Runner. But their message is not well received and the government clamps down heavily on the strikers by sending more and more police to the town as the strike drags on.Archie finds himself opposing his brother and Mary causes grievous upset by defying her father. Her family becomes the target of mischief making which has unintended and fatal consequences and which forces Mary to question her loyalties. Mary has a conviction that in her eyes equals that of her mother, Emily, who fought for temperance and won. Emily’s legacy sits heavily on Mary and she sees the strike as her platform for social change. She is a sponge for Archie’s socialist philosophy and with her Scarlet Runner accomplices ensures the aims of the strike gain sympathy from men and women alike.

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    EarthFlight Two: Dragon's Quest

      Lily Ennis
EarthFlight Two:  Dragon's Quest

The second EarthFlight book sees Dragon and his pilot, Wabbit, soaring across the dimensions in search of Dragon's clan - if only he could remember what they looked like. The book contains three more adventures. Wabbit unwittingly gets them into some sticky situations but as always, Dragon's wise counsel and Wabbit's hare-brained schemes ensures a happy ending for all involved; for now.Dragon and his pilot, Wabbit, discover new lands as they fly between the forgotten dimension, the uncharted dimension and sometimes even Earth. They encounter sticky situations which divert them from their quest: to find Dragon's clan.Dragon is beautiful having translucent wings, lizardy scales and a great sweeping tail that other people have fun sliding down on. He is wise, worldly and kind. Once upon a time, further back in time than he can remember clearly, Dragon was a boy. He doesn't mind at all being a dragon, but he would quite like to find out if he has any relatives - if only he could remember what they looked like.Wabbit is a vivacious girl who quite rightly thinks Dragon is intelligent and serious. At times she is happy enough to take her piloting responsibilities not too seriously and sit back on her luscious carpet saddle, flying through the dimensions wherever Dragon may take her. Wabbit used to be a rabbit and does have a rather cute nose and ears slightly too big for her head, but her long golden hair covers them enough so that she doesn't have to wear a hat.This is book two in the series. Dragon and Wabbit are searching the dimensions for Dragon's clan. The book contains three adventures that will appeal not only to children but also to young adults with a sense of humour and to adults that read to children. Do you remember the days of radio stories where you let your imagination fly away with the story? As Wabbit says, "Up, up and away..."

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