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
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 44,350. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014 by Heather Mackay. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Biography » Gay and lesbian
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,050. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014 by Heather Mackay. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests, 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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,870. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014 by Heather Mackay. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests, Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,730. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
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.
Captain Cut'Em Down and Shipmates
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 7,880. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013 by Heather Mackay. Categories: 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
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 680. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012 by Heather Mackay. Categories: 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,100. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012 by Heather Mackay. Categories: 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,330. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012 by Heather Mackay. Categories: 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.
Before Maori - NZ's First Inhabitants
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,540. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2011 by Heather Mackay. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Immigration and Emigration, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
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
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 30,700. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2011 by Heather Mackay. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Boating and sailing
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
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 30,450. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2010 by Heather Mackay. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Essays, Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Biographies
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,600. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2010 by Heather Mackay. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,240. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2010 by Heather Mackay. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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.


Don't You Love Me, Mummy?
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 24,510. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2010. Categories: 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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  • 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!