Just Friends or Lovers?

In the Deep End is the latest book from New Zealand Author, Nicky Webber. It’s a love story between two couples who are life-long friends and is set in both California and New Zealand. Below are a few comments from readers who took on the onerous task of assessing the book during the weeks leading up to its publication on Amazon.com

“I loved reading it! The characters are so real, I felt like I was part of their lives.” – Sue

“Addictive!” – Tina

“Intrigued me from the start and the relationship between the two couples and the close-up involvement in their emotional lives was incredible. I didn’t want it to end. – Jayne

Brand NEW contemporary family saga – the love, lives and a life-long affair between friends.

You’ll love this romance and its complicated premise with characters firmly rooted in reality. Leave fantasy fiction to the fantasists. This authentic love story exposes the sharp edge of passion and pain. Set in California, two couples travel to New Zealand and live and work between both countries adding a richness and contrast in cultures. This family saga provides the perfect backdrop for confronting ordinary life while experiencing an extraordinary relationship. The narrative delves into the main protagonist’s life and how she loves both men, two best friends. This novel takes you into the hearts and minds of these two married couples who navigate through the 21st-century convention.  Based on a true story, In the Deep End, explores the commitment of polyandry, a rare loving relationship between a woman with two or more husbands. The book uncovers what’s taken place for centuries, but has operated underground, within a secretive social layer in society. In the Deep End has a glossary at the back which references past polyandrous relationships which developed into the kernel of an idea informing the basis for this intriguing new book.

In the Deep End, explores the commitment of polyandry, a rare loving relationship between a woman with two or more husbands. The book uncovers what’s taken place for centuries, but has operated underground, within a secretive social layer in society. In the Deep End has a glossary at the back which references past polyandrous relationships which developed into the kernel of an idea informing the basis for this intriguing new book.

More information about the back-story is available on this website a or see live updates on https://www.facebook.com/nickywebbernz


Reader’s Five-Star Reviews

I throughly enjoyed reading this amazing story. It is incredibly well researched and beautifully written.  The characterization is brilliant. No Ordinary Man describes the life and innermost thoughts and emotions of a war hero during his years of military service. I highly recommend this book. Sonja

I started this book with doubts, as it dealt with war. Then I totally got absorbed with the main character Mick and waited eagerly every day for time to read. Now that I’ve finished the book I feel so lonely, I miss them. I hope the author writes more, what a reading a pleasure. Dr A Risenberger

A powerful book.Some do it hard. This book is my first Kiwi perspective on the war, a refreshingly different view, very powerfully portrayed. Excellent. Stephen Goodreads.com

A truly remarkable story. As I read the book I was unable to put it down. Such an intriguing  story with many twists and turns. Well done. Sharron

I really enjoyed betting to know Mick. The detail in the book has been so well researched and Mick a s a person came to life for me. Bernie

It only took a few chapters for me to connect with this book. I had to keep on reading – from the brutalities of war, to the tenderness of enduring friendships and unusual alliances, this book gripped me on a number of levels.  Carmen

No Ordinary Man had me riveted from cover to cover. An amazing insight into this fascination man’s life, loves and tragedies. I was  disappointed when it finished. Marilyn

For these and other reviews see Amazon.com, Amazon.uk and Goodreads.com

See readers comments and feedback on Facebook author page: nickywebbernz

Book Makes Case for Tolerance

Yesterday’s review of No Ordinary Man in the Tamahere Forum: http://www.tamahereforum.co.nz

Tamahere author Nicky Webber has made a strong plea for tolerance in her first book No Ordinary Man. Webber, a former journalist, tells the story of Mick Thompson, a young, World War II soldier who is forced by the times and intolerance to hide his true nature. A brave soldier who fought in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Italy and gained the rank of Sargent, Thompson was also a cross dresser.

A chance conversation led Webber to the story and a meeting with Thompson’s niece. In a few weeks she had old documents, photos, news clippings and his tattered diary.

“It took two years of historical research and many discussions with his niece to pull the story together,” says Webber.

“Apart from getting the facts straight there was the dramatisation of Mick’s life as seen through his eyes, building the character and his relationships. It was tough going living in the head of a 20 year old ANZAC soldier in the Western Desert war!”

Read More in the popular Tamahere Forum online: https://www.tamahereforum.co.nz/2019/04/22/book-makes-case-for-tolerance/

Egyptian Desert where No Ordinary Man is set for part of the story

NEW eBook Release! In the Deep End

Pre-order your new kindle eBook before it’s release on Amazon on April 30th. The contemporary fiction paperback will arrive soon.

This bold new novel examines the complexities of marriage and the love bonds that hold us and sometimes kill us. It explores the irrationalities of human nature with a riveting narrative that challenges social convention. This moving family saga contradicts moral stereotypes, defying love-bonds that should last a lifetime.

Set in California, two couples are lifelong friends struggling with the sudden death of Mila Jones, leaving her husband, Alex, alone with his best friends, Fred, and Amira Davis. This contemporary romance uses humor and poignancy to investigate their forbidden love. They travel between New Zealand and America delivering a vibrant backdrop for what seems like ordinary domestic life, while experiencing an extraordinary love affair, often captured in private emails exchanged between the main protagonists.
 
These well-crafted personalities buck social norms as they navigate their way through an emotional tempest that threatens to rupture them apart.

Only $3.99 for the eBook which downloads to various electronic devices including your mob phone. Get the FREE Amazon kindle App from your app store so you can read it on your laptop, tablet or phone anywhere, anytime.

Those who prefer paper will enjoy the new paperback due to be released by April 30th. Will keep you posted. Please share. THANKS

ANZAC With A Difference

Celebrating our our hard won democratic freedoms

Somehow, with recent acts of violence, our thoughts go to the soldiers who lost their lives during world wars fought for our freedom and democratic rights.

There are only two weeks until our Annual national ANZAC DAY commemoration on April 25th. It is an event that unifies us all. Will it be different this year, our hearts and minds seared by new fear and anguish at the new way wars are fought? With the country on high alert, all public gatherings, some now consolidated, require heightened police presence.

Somehow, with recent acts of violence, our thoughts go to the soldiers who lost their lives during world wars fought for our freedom and democratic rights. Our recent terrorist experience has raised awareness about violence and how prepared are we for a modern ‘war on terrorism?’

Initially, it was heartening to read the outpouring of compassion and respect for everyone from all New Zealander’s in a catchall phrase, “we are one.” But over recent weeks trawling through social media, I have been astounded at the deep-seated racism very close to the surface of our social fabric. I hope these so-called ‘concerned citizens’ will pause to consider the massive sacrifice New Zealand has undertaken to secure our freedoms and rights to live and practice our beliefs, opinions and religious associations.

WWII was the most prolonged and most critical land campaign ever fought by New Zealand forces. During 1941 to 1943 about 14,000 kiwis were killed, wounded or became prisoners of war. The war continued for a further two years until liberation staggered across a broken Europe towards the end of 1945.

Back in 1939, New Zealand’s population was a mere 1.7 million people. As we tend to do, Kiwi’s punch above their reputation for courage, bolstered by the heroic efforts of the Maori Battalion and all the ANZAC soldiers who put in a massive effort to win what was to become a World War. About 140,000 Kiwi’s served overseas in WWII. Those who gave their lives in the long five-year battle throughout Europe, the Pacific and North Africa amounted to 12,000 deaths. On a per capita basis, this was the highest loss of life by any single country in the commonwealth.

Apart from the heavy personal losses to friends and families back home in New Zealand, there was also the financial burden. New Zealand spent £574 million on the war, money our small country could ill afford. Taxes contributed 43% while 41% came from loans and 16% from America.

As a unified country, our sacrifice for a war in the northern hemisphere was significant. A sacrifice for democratic rights and freedom of RESPONSIBLE speech give us pause to consider what this means. This is especially so when thinking about the ANZAC price our country paid to encourage positive, unified appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy today. New Zealand is a relative paradise where expression of opinion is everyone’s right. But remembering the other ‘Right’ about treating fellow Kiwi’s of all persuasions in a Right way, with respect and consideration is another way to reduce hate speech and dissent. Considerable verbiage is communicated in cyberspace that could easily explode in our backyard, fermenting extremist responses. Be compassionate, thinking Kiwis. Love one another and work towards unity, not racist segregation. Having lived in South Africa for 20 years, I know that never works! My hope on this national unifying ANZAC Day is that we all consider the way we express ourselves in the big wide, world. Make it positive.

Nicky Webber is the author of No Ordinary Man, a unique true story about an ANZAC soldier’s secret double-life.

Wrestling with Words

  • Most of the comments, edits and changes have been handed back to me for my new contemporary romance, In the Deep End. I’m now in the highly technical phase of ‘turd polishing‘ as it’s officially known in the publishing industry. The BIG question is; How perfect and shiny can I get my second book before it hits the shelves?
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It’s Autumn and I set myself an April deadline to get ‘In the Deep End‘ published. I can still get there but now in the cold light of early April, I can see there’s going to be a lot more spit ‘n polish required than first anticipated. Ahhhh yes those heady salad days of summer when it all looked perfect. UNTIL, on closer inspection, several chapters needed rewriting, some of the story line had veered off the tracks, taking the plot into hell and back. I’ve also had to cull segments of useless prose and rebuild that abomination into something magical. Sweat mixed with sleepless nights and aching finger tips connected to hunched shoulders. I mean, what am I doing writing this? There’s much more work to do!

Of course, reality dictates that a turd can only be polished so much and I need to release my imaginary written world to the cut and thrust of public opinion. I still face the purgatory influences of wayward typesetting and formatting. A simple example, look back at the top of this article. See that indented dot outside the margin to the left of the first word? Standing their bold and defiant. What the hell? Even here the vagaries of body text and spell checking haunt me.

Anyway, deep slow breathing and grim determination will lead me away from temptation to check social media, go for a walk, pat the dogs or silently dream as the receding summer sun disappears for the new season to take a grip on my April deadline!!! No Pressure … NOT Much!!!

Extraordinary Secret Double-Life

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If you think everything’s already been written about WWII, think again. Nicky Webber’s new book, No Ordinary Man, has a whole new take on this Kiwi soldier’s life. This former journalist has developed a unique narrative about this ANZAC soldier fighting in the trenches during the Western Desert War. This true- story skillfully combines her creative talents with historical facts and sheds an intriguing light on this unusual character.

To the outside world, Mick Thompson seems like any other young soldier heading off to WWII in 1941. As the war is nearing its zenith, Europe and America throw all their resources at the expanding Nazi terror. But Mick hides a profound secret which he tries to repress as the war expands across Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and into Italy.

Most would say he’s just an ordinary trooper surviving in cramped trenches, where Nazi enemy forces relentlessly pound him day and night. In these circumstances, most of us would revert to jibbering, depressives. Instead, Mick creates an alter-ego that goes well beyond his wildest imaginings. This fabrication is so addictive, Mick continues to maintain the identity swap after his return to New Zealand in 1945. He soon develops a love for his neighbour’s wife, forming the emotional crucible of his real-life story.

Can this war hero maintain the fiction of his restricted reality? Will his affair blow his cover and confidence? Mick’s secret obsession is just one of his many aspects explored in this complex character. This clever narrative examines the emotional and psychological roller coaster of war, love, and sex with humor and insight across the backdrop of the world at war.

“I’m no historian, so the book is written as seen through the eyes of Mick’s real-life personality, with hours of collaboration with his niece, diary notes, a few photographs and lots of historical research to match his movements to facts,” explains Nicky. “This is why it took more than two years to write this intriguing story.”

Find out more and see 5-Star reviews on Goodreads.com

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43679767-no-ordinary-man

The Kindle/eBook and paperback versions of, No Ordinary Man, are available on Amazon-worldwide.

Follow the author, Nicky Webber on:

https://www.facebook.com/nickywebbernz or WordPress – nickywebber.com

WIN a FREE copy of No Ordinary Man

BE IN TO WIN A FREE COPY of No Ordinary Man delivered to you anywhere in NZ. See video for details. Be quick! It closes on April 1st and winners will be notified later that day. PLEASE Share. THANKS

Just send an email to me nicky@how.co.nz with the word YES to be in the draw to win one of these three free copies of my new book. The draw will take place on 1st April, 2019, so make sure you contact me to be in with a chance. The winners will get their book delivered to them free anywhere in New Zealand.

So you have less than a week to email me the word “yes” to be placed in the draw for your FREE book! Best of Luck! See my video about this on Fbk nickywebbernz or watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/17VnZEeqQPU

WIN a FREE copy of No Ordinary Man

BE IN TO WIN A FREE COPY of No Ordinary Man delivered to you anywhere in NZ. See video for details. Be quick! It closes on April 1st and winners will be notified later that day. PLEASE Share. THANKS

Just send an email to me nicky@how.co.nz with the word YES to be in the draw to win one of these three free copies of my new book. The draw will take place on 1st April, 2019, so make sure you contact me to be in with a chance. The winners will get their book delivered to them free anywhere in New Zealand.

Please be assured that my email is secure and your emails address will not be used by another other parties, businesses or individuals. I keep all my readers emails strictly private and secure with Bitdefender security software.

So you have less than a week to email me the word “yes” to be placed in the draw for your FREE book! Best of Luck! See my video about this on Fbk nickywebbernz or watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/17VnZEeqQPU

If you want to participate in the DRAW and live overseas please include which city and country you live in, so I can contact you with freight charges. The book and packaging will be FREE, of course, but you will need to pay for postage (estimated $USA10.00) Thanks.

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