Heather Mackay

Publisher info

Mackay Books & Mackay Ebooks
based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Make 2014 the year you take charge and self publish your own book with Mackay Books.
In just 4 weeks you can have your book in hand. Then we start the interesting and fun process of selling the book.

We have worked hard to find a system that helps the self published author recoup as much, if not all, of the money invested in getting a book published, in both hard copy form and ebooks.
Our process is working well and begins with a free manuscript appraisal.

Simply email us your manuscript for a free appraisal and more information on the processes.

Mackay Books & Mackay Ebooks
Phone + 64 9 235 6272
Email: heathermackay@xtra.co.nz

NOTE: We are accepting manuscripts now for 2014 publishing, not only in New Zealand, but also in the USA, England and Australia.

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The Boy
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 44,350. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014 by Heather Mackay. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Elements laying the foundations for the onset of mental illness abounded in Alan Mackie’s childhood and adolescence. Feeling unwanted, neglected, and emotionally and physically abused in his home, he became prey and a victim of childhood sexual abuse. A journey with drugs as his companion helped him to cope and survive in his world—until that world became un-survivable.
An Archaeologist on Holiday
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,050. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014 by Heather Mackay. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
Increasing age is no barrier to having adventures. Archaeologist Brenda Sewell and her husband Eric, in their 60s and 70s, hiked and bussed and joined tour groups away from the usual tourist destinations. Along the way they met people who brightened their lives and showed them many facets of their culture. This full-colour edition contains many photos of Brenda and Eric's travels.
Blogs of the Travel Bugs
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,870. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014 by Heather Mackay. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
A collection of blog posts following a family's world exploration. After we got married it wasn’t long before we headed off to live in Hong Kong, and of course this gave us a whole continent to explore that neither of us knew too much about before then. So by the time Ryan came along in 1997 we already had the travel bug well and truly, and we are now doing our best to pass it on to the boys.
Overcoming Bears
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,730. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
(4.00)
A story about the exhilaration of living in nature's remote places, the generosity and wisdom of some of North America's forgotten people, the horror of war and ultimately, how love and remorse can lead to insight. It maps a poignant tale of joy and pain, beginning in the 1880s in Denmark as the cold tightens its hold, and Eric Nielsen, a farm hand, signs on as a crew member on a herring boat.
Waitai Revisited
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,560. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
12 year old triplet brothers have a forest park and coastal waters in New Zealand as their playground, where they test their survival skills to the limit. Rata, a German Shepherd puppy, joins the family and brings new challenges to the boys’ lives. A drama of dogs, guns and drugs coincides with their friend Katrina’s visit. And their old friend Tamehana Tito, ghost or real, arrives just in time.
The Cave
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,560. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
12 year old triplet brothers have a forest park and coastal waters as their playground, where they test their survival skills. On holiday at the top of the South Island, the brothers discover fossils in a limestone cave. Exciting discoveries are made but unexpected natural forces have tragic results. A chance meeting with a friend proves a life saver, and their friendship has a brand new start.
The Top-dresser
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,170. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
12 year old triplet brothers have a forest park and coastal waters as their playground, where they test their survival skills. A Cessna top-dressing plane comes down in an area in the bush with which the boys are unfamiliar. They track the path of the plane by following the fertiliser trail. The smell of aviation fuel becomes their only lead when the trail stops.
A Day at the Beach
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,160. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
12 year old triplet brothers in rural New Zealand have a forest park and coastal waters as their playground, where they test their survival skills to the limit. At the beach, a sudden storm blows up, and as the 3 boys hurry to safety, they spy two children with a small dog on the increasingly dangerous beach. Huge waves sweep the dog out to sea. The boy and girl – will they be next?
Tamehana Tito
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Price: Free! Words: 11,100. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
12 year old triplet brothers live in rural New Zealand where forest parks and coastal waters are their playground. They have wild adventures that test their survival skills. In story four, the ghost of a mysterious old character is believed to roam the Waitai valley, waiting for someone to find his murderer. The triplet brothers decide to investigate the cold case and find two vital clues.
Out and About
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,870. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
12 year old triplet brothers live in rural New Zealand where forest parks and coastal waters are their playground. They have wild adventures that test their survival skills. Out and About sees the boys confronted by a lone wild boar in the bush. With no-one to help them, they will need to bring into effect all their skills of survival if they are to outsmart this huge angry animal.
Captain Cut'Em Down and Shipmates
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Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 7,880. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
An illustrated pirate tale for ages 6 and up. A ferocious storm blows up, and Captain Cut’EmDown and his crew on board the pirate ship Rollicking Life, can do nothing but secure the vessel and ride it out below deck. Next morning they are among dozens of other silent pirate ships, all with their sails tattered and torn, masts broken, decks covered with the creeping seaweed … and skeletons.
Webster's Dusty Ride
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Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 680. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Webster the spider has a scary encounter with a vacuum cleaner and is helped out by Doug the bug. Easy rhymes and skilled illustrations bring this story to life.
Turning Point
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,100. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
A middle-aged man finds romance amid dramatic adventures then starts a world-wide business.
Mrs Crabolli's Curious Casseroles
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,340. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Eleven year old James lives next door to Mrs Crabolli, also known as ‘Old Crabby’, a mysterious woman he believes may be up to no good. Could she really be eating the neighbourhood pets? Has she got a taste for… children? Could she possibly be capable of… murder? James and his friend Charlie are determined to find out.
Shadows of Doubt
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,720. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Historical » Regency
(4.00)
Julia Farraday is a young woman of independent means, making her way in Regency society. She is invited to her friend Philip's palatial home and meets the dashing Chevalier Alain d'Augusseau who is with the French Embassy. He knows Julia's fascinating friend Lenore, who has a shadowy past. Is Alain safe, or should Julia choose Stephen, the man on the right side of the law?
Before Maori - NZ's First Inhabitants
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,540. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2011 by Heather Mackay. Category: Nonfiction » Social Science » Immigration and Emigration
This book explores a variety of evidence pointing to a long-term pre-Maori inhabitation of New Zealand. It covers the movement of people from Africa, across Asia and down through the Pacific, tracing their route by demonstrating striking similarities of language and culture. Far from being divisive, the book encourages all native-born New Zealanders to think of themselves as one people.
Sea Gypsies Down Under
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 30,650. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2011 by Heather Mackay. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Boating and sailing
(3.00)
A guide to life at sea. A collection of interviews with cruising folk who shared their own personal experiences. Some told of frightful events while others had wonderful relaxed voyages. There is a mine of valuable information about storms, pirates, shootings, shipwrecks, man-overboard, diving experiences and shark attacks, plus other helpful advice for those who want to go cruising offshore.
My Life at Otauma
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Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 30,740. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2010 by Heather Mackay. Category: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Essays
Chris has retired in his middle years to a village where young Maoris are abundant. Accommodation is scarce and Chris has room for a boarder. Addiction? Bullshit? Humour? Beauty of body? Will his interest in Literature sustain Chris through all his dilemmas? Will he at last finish Book, small though it is?
Cripin Place
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,610. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2010 by Heather Mackay. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(5.00)
David’s life story isn’t for the faint hearted, feeble minded or humourless. It exposes how life is for persons living with MS, dependant on the vagaries and mindless inconsistencies of State funded care and oft times compassionless bureaucracy. A gripping and roller-coaster read, you will be outraged, humbled, overwhelmed, angered, nourished and inspired in turn, sometimes on the same page.
Second Chance
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,250. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2010 by Heather Mackay. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(4.00)
John's a (FtM) transgender man. In 1950s UK, prejudice about sex change was rife. Joan helped, through private surgery, Jo’s change to John. Both emigrated to NZ, married, & lived happily until Joan’s death in 1989. ‘Second Chance’ is the sequel, a new love story. John, now retired, married Zella, who won her own battles with depression and cancer. Anyone can have a second chance.
Shadows in the Night
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Price: Free! Words: 54,840. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2010 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.50)
The violent world of smuggling is seen through the eyes of Julia, a spirited young woman who leaves the court of George III to live with her great-uncle in the country town of Winchelsea. How many people are hiding secrets? Can she risk losing her heart to the dashing Mr Hamilton who she suspects of leading a double life? In dangerous encounters she learns the truth about those she trusted.
The Spanish Woman
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,400. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2010 by Heather Mackay. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00)
The Spanish Woman is based on a true 17th century story of a young Spanish noblewoman, Luisa de Coyes Francheros, who was captured by Turkish pirates. She is ruined, and if she returned home would be forced to live in a convent for the rest of her life. In Turkey she befriends the Sultan's mother, and is plunged into an alien world of Court intrigues set against an extraordinary love story.

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Don't You Love Me, Mummy?
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 24,510. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology
Violent abusive behaviours that shatter lives in a community have their roots in the past, meaning today we are dealing with intergenerational violence. With energy and determination, this generation can bring it to an end. This book is a blueprint for change, well-researched by an author experienced in social challenges.
How to Hold a Book Launch
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
One of a series on self-publishing from Mackay Books, this explains how to launch your print book and maximise sales. Learn how many books sell at launches, with promotional tools to boost pre-publicity. Find ideas for venues, catering, and timing. With this information your book launch will be an enjoyable event that will set you on the path to being a successful writer.

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Smashwords book reviews by Heather Mackay

  • Murder in the Second Row on Aug. 04, 2010

    Got stuck into the book today (travelling to work) and it reignited SOO many memories of the theatre I know....the smells, the carpet, the dodgy steps, the overused glass mugs, the instant coffee, the stocks of props/furniture/fabrics, the jokes... Awesome work. It really took me on a trip back in time to how the theatre used to be! Cool yet spooky to be reading a book set in a place I know so well. The pace kept up nicely and I loved the romance with Jack. Can we have a Jessica for our theatre, please? She’s such a handy person to have around!
  • Dare Seize the Fire on July 11, 2011

    These are beautifully-crafted stories by a writer with a deep understanding of human nature. The subtle interplay of characters reveals hidden currents of emotion as they explore themes of religion and conflict. The stories of each of the 3 characters are quiet and thoughtful gems.
  • Pearces' Ocean on Aug. 01, 2011

    Wow, this is a great read. A strong story and very well-presented. It's a wide-ranging historical yarn with lots of action, well-described so it that makes you feel like you're right there. You really want to follow the characters to find out what happens to them - and plenty does. Lots of interesting glimpses into the life and times of the period, well wrapped in a story that will satisfy the most demanding armchair adventurer. Recommended.
  • Lives Interrupted on Nov. 07, 2011

    Wow. I just finished reading this after buying it last night - I was late to bed, and had to stop reading several times this morning to get dry hankies and a stiff coffee! This is a powerfully written story of seven lives intertwined, and the effect that the London Underground bombings had on them. It's a challenging feat to handle an ensemble cast like this, but the author presents each character's viewpoint in a clear and compelling way so that the threads are easy to follow from scene to scene. The book starts off in such an ordinary way, describing the normal ups and downs of the characters' lives, that the sudden explosions and shattering violence are even more dramatic. The descriptions are so real that I assume the author must have done some intensive research to depict the conditions so vividly. The long-term damage to the victims is sympathetically portrayed, and their reactions always have a ring of truth. I found the end just a little sudden, but then I'd been expecting more because of the page count, when the last couple of pages are taken up by a bonus short story. Can't complain about that! This book will live with me for a long time and I'm already looking forward to reading it again. Might just have to find a new box of tissues though!