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Friday, September 4, 2020

Well done, Shaun Harbour!


Shaun in touch

Our client Shaun Harbour‘s book The Robin and the Wish has been translated into Braille, and published by the Scottish Braille Press in Edinburgh. Here’s a cutting from Shaun’s local newspaper celebrating this. Well done, Shaun, on reaching a new and wonderful readership.

(Reblogged from Bookseeker Agency, with its owner’s permission)

The Robin and the Wish was launched on 16 August in the P’kaboo Book Club on Facebook in its ebook version. The Braille version, produced by Scottish Braille, was available from that night forward.

The book is available here in ebook and Braille version.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Ebook Launch: The Robin And The Wish

 We are happy to announce the long-overdue launch of 

The Robin and the Wish

by Shaun Harbour


Please feel free to attend the Launch on Facebook.

About the Author:

Shaun Harbour lives in the ever inspiring idylls of rural Perthshire.

The only male in a household of wife, 2 kids and 2 cats, he remains a poet/cartoonist/writer who wishes day jobs didn’t have to exist.

He has self-published a few poetry collections, and is a keen singer - maintaining his place as a tenor with the Scottish Police and Community choir for the last 8 years, where he’s performed for royalty, flashmobbed at ‘T In The Park’, performed on stage and on the streets in NYC, alongside Scottish legend Dougie MacLean and toured with Russell Watson.

He once appeared on The Chase, where where he was destroyed by “The Beast” Mark Labbett.

He also likes to draw a little.




Monday, April 6, 2020

The Passing of a Legend

Author of "Tabika", "Regina", "Baa Baa Black Belt"; "Darx Circle" and the not-yet-released "Immy" series, and our loyal and excellent editor Leslie Hyla Winton Noble, passed away after a long and valiant battle against cancer, on 13 March this year.

He leaves a legacy for his readers; but also, as an integral part of P'kaboo Publishers, we feel his absence acutely. 

May he rest in peace.  Goodbye my loyal friend, until we meet again beyond the Gate.

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Blue Between - now on Smashwords

Now available on Smashwords:


The Blue Between

A PLAYGROUND in Knysna, South Africa
A wooden swing. A Polaroid camera.

Andricia, heartbroken on her eighteenth birthday.

Sebastian, an introverted twelve-year-old boy
from London who FALLS for her on sight — and
cannot forget her, even into adulthood.

For years he returns to the place of their meeting,
hoping to see her again.


To see a lovely preview:


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Updates and Errata

For everyone who subscribed and got a weird, sentimental post - it was meant for a different blog.  Apologies, followers!

P'kaboo in 2019:

Welcome to this year.

We have a number of exciting novels and children's books in the burner right now.  Some are nearly ready and some are being edited. Here is a sneak peek:

1.  The Robin and the Wish (Shaun Harbour)

Small Girl lives alone in the Old Forest.  That is, until Robin appears and enriches her life, with song by day and light by night.

But then something dark starts to disturb their peaceful life.  Something that wants Small Girl - and doesn't want to share.

A lingering story with rare emotional depth.

2.  The Immy Series (Leslie Hyla Winton Noble)

Peeps are already familiar with Immy - launched in 2012 in South Africa, then retracted for editing in 2014.

Immy and the Dragon:  Immy is a brave little girl who encounters a dragon in the forest.  The series follows their adventures together.

3.  The Grumpy Princess  (Andrea Kaczmarek)

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This delightful story comes from Andrea Katzmarek, our author of "Pink Wish Ice Cream".  What happened to the princess who, unlike Aurora, was not condemned by the evil fairy to 100 years of sleep?

4.  The Brothers Thanatos (Joshua Gamon)

This riveting fantasy novel (not for children!) is a page turner like few.  Max Thanatos, a mage of the finest order, will go to extraordinary lengths to save his brother Charlie's soul from the Devil.

5.  Wisp (Constance Tonge)

P'kaboo is pretty proud to have signed on the descendant of Bram Stoker himself.  "Wisp" is a story set in a half-light between reality and imaginings; politics and a haunted past. It takes a while to unravel what comes down to, essentially, a fiendish crime against humanity.

There are more books in the developmental process too; and we're hoping that this year, finally, we will be able to bring you the long-awaited sequel by Marie Marshall to "From My Cold Undead Hand"; which is "Kwireboy vs Vampyre".

We are also on the look-out for reviews for the recently published books, "Darx Circle" (by Leslie Noble), and "The Blue Between" (by Annemarie Luck). 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Wishing all our readers, authors, friends and associates a brilliant 2019.

Friday, November 2, 2018

A Month Of Launches at Grosvenor Library, Durban

Our Durban arm of P'kaboo Publishers, Leslie Noble, writes: 

Out to Launch – all of November!

I have been working hard to put this together.  I wrote the first book mentioned a while ago (but it has not officially been launched yet), and have had a hand in editing, formatting and publishing all the others.

The month of launches finally became official today, only one day before the first launch!  Nail-biting stuff, and hasn’t given the publicity much time to get noticed. Anyway, it has a month to gather momentum, and with the fantastic books coming forward it is bound to raise great interest. It is forming part of Durban’s efforts as a UNESCO City of Literature (see top heading on the right).

Review by Colleen Chesebro for "Nix Romipen" - author Lyz Russo

Thank you Colleen Chesebro for this beautiful review of "Nix Romipen" - volume 6 in the Solar Wind series.

Rate this book

After the clash with the Morrigan, Federi, and Paean long for peace away from the captain and his politics, including the lack of privacy aboard the Solar Wind. After all, the two have never had a proper honeymoon or much time alone. To remedy the situation, Federi takes matters into his own hands, and the two escape to Romania, Federi's place of birth.

Once there, Federi recognizes his bond with the Romney has strengthened his resolve as memories of the old gypsy curse of Falco ignite his urge to pursue the Unicate. Everywhere he and Paean look, the Unicate has decimated the people of planet Earth, especially the Romney.

Read the whole review at this link.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

A lovely review for "The Morrigan" (author: Lyz Russo), by Colleen Chesebro, Fairy Whisperer

Thank you Colleen, for this wonderful review on Goodreads.

Reviewer Colleen Chesebro
In book five, "The Morrigan," the entire crew of the Solar Wind is back, along with some new and fascinating space entities. Dana, an alien from the planet New Dome, remains aboard the ship flaunting her agenda with Captain Radomir Lascek. Little has changed in that department and Perdita remains the key to protecting humankind from Dana’s malevolence.

But that's only the beginning of this saga. Hang on... the Solar Wind is in danger and it's up to the pirate assassin, Federi, and his wife, the lovely genetic engineer/musician, Paean, to save the day.

As the Solar Wind undertakes another trip into space there are rumors of a hidden treasure that beckons to the captain and the crew.  Dana, Empress of New Dome leads the expedition into deep space. The problem is, she's not exactly an ally and secretly wants the treasure for herself.

It doesn't take long for the crew to figure out there are some strange things going on inside the ship. Peculiar visitors have boarded the ship causing havoc with the crew. To make matters worse, the space crawlers seem to be multiplying. Some of the aliens take to impersonating the crew and when Paean wakes up one morning to spot Federi's old girlfriend in his arms, she's had it! You can be sure the fireworks between Federi and Paean will be explosive.

Then, there's the problem with the Solar Wind. The ship appears to have become sentient and personally involves itself with the evil entity, "The Morrigan," leading the crew into further danger.

There were many twists and turns in this story and the end totally surprised me. The writing and the dialog are crisp and engaging. I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning and "The Morrigan," tops my list for fun speculative fiction. There is something here for everyone. If you love science fiction, romance, fantasy, mysteries, and high octane action, you have found your next series to read. Did I mention pirates?

Keeping a series fresh and interesting illustrates the writing expertise of the author. Lyz Russo has woven an entertaining futuristic tale around the two characters that propel the story forward, Federi and Paean. There's an age difference here, and I can't wait to see if these two have what it takes to stay married. Only time will tell.

The author gifted me a copy of this book. I enjoyed it so much, I had to review it.

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars

The Morrigan is the fifth book in the Solar Wind series.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Immy and other stories

Focus on Children's Books:

While we are setting up shop here in Ireland, we are placing additional focus on children's stories.

Delightfully, Immy and the Dragon by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble and Amanda Fieldgate, has just been reformatted and proof copies are on hand.

Immy was originally a multimedia creation (and still is, but this is for now on hold).

She is now available in paperback, soft booklets, or in a collective.

A good close-up look at our Pink Wish Ice Cream, by Andrea Kaczmarek and Eva Kuenzel, reveals that the booklet is great! 

More of our children's books include Tabika 1 and 2 and the entire Magic Circle Saga series by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble.

Many of these books are being overhauled with newer covers, and there are further children's books in the pipeline.  We can't say too much yet.

... Watch this space for surprises!