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Maid by Stephanie Land – New Book Release

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IndieBound’s February Next List features a new hardcover release Maid by Stephanie Land. A memoir about her experiences in working as a maid to make a living as a sole parent.

Stephanie Land’s Maid is a must-read of the highest order, a memoir of a single mother struggling to survive while performing the household labor that many of us take for granted. While at once deeply personal — you’ll fall hard for Stephanie and her daughter, Mia — it is also an essential social commentary about how we treat the myriad domestic laborers who toil in our homes, often unseen and unappreciated. Read it alongside Nickel and Dimed or Evicted for a stunning, unforgettable look at American poverty and determination

Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

Listen to Stephanie’s an interview on writing this book about her experiences in working as a housemaid in this interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air

Kindle Edition on Amazon


Educated meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land’s memoir about working as a maid. A beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in the western world. Includes a foreword by international bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich.

‘My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.’

As a struggling single mum, determined to keep a roof over her daughter’s head, Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, working long hours in order to provide for her small family. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today’s inequitable society.

As she worked hard to climb her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labour jobs as a cleaner whilst also juggling higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren’t being told. The stories of the overworked and underpaid.

Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of the upper-middle classes and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. ‘I’d become a nameless ghost,’ Stephanie writes. With this book, she gives voice to the ‘servant’ worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.

Maid: Barack Obama’s Summer Reading Pick of 2019!
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Eye of the TimeGate

Eye of the TimeGate is an in-house publication and the epic new science fiction novel from our very own Russell Forden. The book is available as a hard copy publication or as an eBook in multiple formats suitable for most electronic readers.

Russell has written several science fiction stories and worked on other creative writing projects with LisMel Publishing. He lives in Melbourne, Australia and you can follow his upcoming publications and writing project on his Amazon Author Page or on his author blog at Stories in The Key of Time.

Russell Forden

He describes Eye of the TimeGate as; “… a social science fiction novel about, among other things, time travel into the past and the effect it has on the main characters (scientists all) and society as a whole. My aim with the novel was to tell a realistic story of time travel’s discovery, where the idea of time travel was treated as a real thing, rather than as a gimmick to tell some other story. I wanted to explore the social, political and psychological ramifications of time travel, much in the way Carl Sagan did it for first encounter situations with his novel Contact.”

Kathy Rodriguez is a geologist who has just lost her lover, John Hannebury, in an accident while investigating an unusual object discovered underground. Lina Thigpen is an experimental physicist who, with her colleagues at the Tesla Institute, helps to investigate the strange anomaly discovered by Rodriguez and Hannebury. It becomes apparent that, not only is it a time machine, but there are many more such machines – Timegates – in underground installations around the world. Lina and Kathy take part in the international time travel research program that is then implemented using the Timegates. But while commercial interests and the military constantly push to take over the program, both women are given opportunities of fulfillment beyond their dreams. Their stories culminate in a rescue mission that unlocks secrets that could change the world.

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Eye of the TimeGate

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Eye of the TimeGate – The Swamp Podcast #36

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Eye of The TimeGate Book coverThe Swamp Podcast co-host Russ has finally released his new science fiction novel Eye of the Timegate and he can’t wait to tell everyone about it. So, in this podcast, Rui and Russ talk about the journey in the publishing of Eye of the TimeGate and all that palaver.

Topics covered include working with small publishers and editors, selecting cover artists, and the merits of using Create Space to publish a ‘hard copy’, as well as the lowdown on Smashwords versus Amazon Kindle self-publishing platforms.

To break the monotony, the boys also share their list of Best Time Travel Novels of All Time. What Russ’s novel is doing in that list, we don’t know, but it’s there!

It may even possibly have something to do with David.J.Lake’s book, The Man Who Loved Morlocks.