A Berry Loving Weekend

A Berry Loving Weekend

A series of love stories set in the folksy little town of Berry

A longtime resident of the NSW coastal village of Berry, favourite weekend destination for Sydney couples, Peter has created a book of short stories surfing the theme of love. The stories, including winners in past short story competitions, etc., are all set in the folksy little town.

A World Apart

A world apart by Peter McAra

A sweeping Australian historical saga that crosses oceans to prove love conquers all…

April, 1820. As children, they shared a schoolroom, but no education can remove the stain of being peasant-born. So when Eliza Downing begins to blossom into womanhood and the future Viscount de Havilland notices, his family steps in to intervene.

Once full of possibilities, Eliza’s life spirals into shame and degradation, culminating finally in a false conviction and transport to Botany Bay. Through shipwreck, exile, secrets, and scandals, Eliza holds fast to the belief that Harry will come for her — but he doesn’t come soon enough, and Eliza must learn to recognise her own value and become the heroine of her own story.

The Spider Lady’s Lunch

the spider ladys lunch peter mcara

Asked by his publisher if he could write something like the best-selling ’50 Shades of Grey,’ Peter came up with the following.
50 Shades is about a virginal 20 year old who’s seduced by an older, sexually experienced man. What about a gender switch? So The Spider Lady tells of a virginal 16 year old male student seduced by his nerdy maths teacher.

His new maths teacher, Miss Ryder was another blow-in.

Living right next door, Hamish often saw her on weekends. He batted away any suggestion he was interested in her comings and goings. One of his mates exclaimed, ‘God, Hamish! How can you live in the same block as the Spider Lady.’

The class had already put her in a box called ‘Misfit & Loner …’

The boys joked about her skinny black-stockinged legs while ogling the tight black skirt. ‘Those big goggly glasses are like insects’ eyes and the stick arms and legs…’

One mimed her quick, darting movements. ‘It’s like she’s catching flies… Miss Ryder the Spider.’ … wants someone inside her,’ another tacked on. Now I think of it, some female spiders eats the male after they mate.’

‘A lay before lunch!’


Bad Angels

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The angels reached accord. They must kill St. Dominic.

The angels reached accord.
They must kill St. Dominic.
There were many ways to do this.

Sure, God could strike him with a lightning bolt from heaven in a flash. But the Angels would have to ask God to do the deed, and their relationship with the eternal heavenly father did not automatically allow that.

Humans could pray to God, and on a good day, he might hear their prayers. But humans tend to be unreliable. If one prays for black, another is likely to pray for white.
It has been thus since the days of Adam and Eve.

All things considered, it would be better to go about the task without involving The Lord. The angels should do it using their own limited powers. Angels can fly, so gaining entry to the secure space would not be a problem. There were already angels inside the Garden – members of the angelic host – who could help.
What of the technology? Everyone knew that the boundary fences were festooned with optical-electronic sensors, visible and invisible. Would they detect angels? That stupid old line speculating about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin was not helpful in this day and age.

No, it would be better to pose as humans, tackle the job accordingly.

Love or Money

Love or money book cover

A sweet story about sustainability, surfing, and searching for what really matters…

When Erin Spenser inherits her grandmother’s beautiful cliff-top property in rural Luna Bay, she knows she has to sell it immediately to fund her ailing mother’s heart transplant. When she briefs her grandmother’s lawyer, Hamish Bourke, the passionate LandCare volunteer explodes: her grandmother, a dedicated fellow volunteer, would turn in her grave.

But Erin has responsibilities that can’t be denied — even by an angry, obstructive, strangely attractive lawyer determined to stand in her way. Her grandmother’s property is a goldmine for holiday developers and her mother’s illness is only getting worse. How can she make Hamish understand that the only way to fix her mother’s heart is to break her own?

The Vintner’s Letters

the vintners letters peter mcara

Theirs would be a many-faceted and often stormy romance, confronted by religious differences and tested by life’s vicissitudes

Son of an Irish father and a French mother, Maurice George O’Shea was a famous Australian winemaker. Educated in France, he was also a man of passion, a romantic. In the cultured and elegant Miss Marcia Fuller, an accomplished pianist, he found his enduring sweetheart.

Theirs would be a many-faceted and often stormy romance, confronted by religious differences and tested by life’s vicissitudes.

But their greatest challenge lay in Maurice’s other consuming passion – making fine wines. He could not tear himself away from his beloved Hunter Valley vineyard. Marcia, every inch a city girl, was appalled by the primitive living conditions of the struggling vigneron.

The Vintner’s Letters is based on their true story as recounted by Simone Bryce, their daughter, and on the letters written by Maurice to Marcia during their courtship.