Jennifer Douglas is a literary publicist who believes in the right of equality for all authors. With a vision of a world where positivity is the norm and negativity is long forgotten Jennifer works alongside authors creating a marketing and publicity plan that meets the needs of the individual.

With years of experience in publicity, public relations and the marketing industry, which includes working with Allen and Unwin and Palmer Higgs Publishing, Jennifer has become a well sort after reviewer. To work with Jennifer is to know you are working with someone who will not hold back on being open and honest about your book and its marketing possibilities.

Having undertaken many courses in writing and poetry over the years Jennifer has a vast knowledge in the field of writing and reviewing, being able to provide an efficient, effective and professional service. As a qualified Early Childhood Educator and a home educating mum with over 16 years experience, she has a passion for quality children's books and educational resources.

Having spent 6 years as the founder and managing editor of two magazines, Good Gabble and Rattling Reviews, Jennifer has an eye for marketing and sales, knowing what the consumer is looking for and how to reach them. She works individually with each client meeting their needs and the needs of their product. She has many years experience in critiquing websites, placing herself in the shoes of the consumer who is browsing. Many clients return time and time again knowing they will be receiving an honest, open and non judgmental review or critique. Jennifer prides herself on providing a friendly, non threatening and personal service. Her clients are able to contact her personally throughout the whole review process.

For further information on the services Jennifer offers please visit her website www.jenniferdouglasliterarypublicist.com. This blog is a review base only.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pet Porpoise Pool - Coffs Harbour NSW Australia

A visit to the Pet Porpoise Pool in Coffs Harbour NSW is more than just a day out, it is an experience never to be forgotten. Educational and invigorating it provides an up close and personal interaction with Dolphins and Seals that will touch your heart and bring close to home the therapy they provide.

To enter the gate is to enter a marine park that, although not large in size, provides a day of entertainment for the whole family. Hands on experiences enable connection with marine animals which include fairy penguins, turtles and fish. Every visitor is given the opportunity to be kissed by a seal or dolphin and get a dolphin fin shake. Professional photographers are on hand, with the opportunity to purchase the photo to keep as a record of their experience.

Twice a day ( three during NSW summer holidays ) visitors can experience a Marine Magic presentation which showcases the natural abilities of both the dolphins and seals. They are educated on the habitats and importance on the continued existence of these amazing animals. An undercover grandstand and wheelchair access is provided. After the show guests are encouraged to pat and play ball with the dolphins, whilst being supervised by a trainer.

For an extra cost the Pet Porpoise Pool also offers an up close and personal meet the dolphins experience. During our visit we were lucky enough to experience one of these sessions, which left us with a deep respect of the dolphin and seal species, an understanding and respect that will stay with us for a lifetime. This experience gave us the opportunity to enter the water with a dolphin and a trainer. We fed the dolphin, had a pat, played ball, threw a hoop, had a tickle and shook hands. The anatomy of the dolphin was explained, along with the care of the species and their habitat. A photo was taken as a momento, with one for each guest included in the price. Once out of the pool we were introduced to a seal, had a cuddle and a wave to finish the session.

For the younger child why not engage in a meet the babies experience. My young three year old was captivated during this 30 minute session where she was given the opportunity to touch a baby dolphin whilst she stood outside of the water. We threw a ball and hoop and shook hands. The general anatomy was explained, at the correct child ability. After playing with the dolphin we met up with a baby seal who played fetch and painted us a lovely picture which we were able to keep. Again photo's of the moment are provided. Truly a magical experience for the young.

Whilst enjoying your day you will need to eat. One of the good things about the Pet Porpoise Pool is the provision of a large grass area allowing you to bring your own barbeque lunch, relaxing whilst the children enjoy the playground. If the finances allow and dining out is more your style then why not relax in the comfort of the fully licensed Creekside Cafe, but take care as a cheeky peacock may decide your lunch is to his liking.

Our experience at the Porpoise Pool was breathtakingly amazing. We walked away talking about it for days. We learnt facts about marine life that we would never would have had the opportunity to learn. As a family we spent quality time engaging in an activity that was enlightening, fulfilling and environmentally educational. My little one cried as we left not wanting to leave her new found marine friends. We found service to be of high quality with all staff being friendly, courteous and eager to educate.

Before visiting the Pet Porpoise Pool I was concerned about the welfare of the animals that the park contained due to my beliefs in animals in captivity. My fears were soon put to rest. The Pet Porpoise Pool was originally founded in December 1969 by Mr Hec Goodall as a marine rescue and rehabilitation centre, and continues to provide a home for rescued marine animals that are not suitable for return to the wild. The environment of all animals is kept to that of as close to their natural habitat as possible. All enclosures are of  high cleanliness standard, with the animals welfare of high priority. Contact sessions with the animals are supervised and controlled. A high respect for these animals is evident. A link to WDCS ( Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society ) can be sourced from the site of the Pet Porpoise Pool.

Learn more about the Pet Porpoise Pool and their Marine Magic Experiences online at www.dolphinmarinemagic.com.au Definitely worth a visit when you are in the area!

article: Jennifer Deaves
photographs: Sam Lo Photography 

Inversion - Gary Fettke

One Man’s Answer For World Peace and Global Health

Inversion is not fiction, non fiction or a biography, it is a message. One man, Gary Fettke, has a concept that he is sharing with the world. A belief and an idea that he wants heard. Gary is a man with a passion for our planet. He believes that with enough determination and passion we can all alter the direction of our world, we just have to work together.

 In the introduction to Inversion Gary Fettke writes,

“I am a surgeon and a patient. I am a teacher and student. I am part of a family – a husband, a father and a son”

What he neglects to mention is that he is an author with a concept that has the thought processes of his readers ticking, grasping his idea and making changes, which, no matter how big or small, will make this planet a better place to be.

  Gary Fettke is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who resides in Tasmania Australia. At 22 he graduated from medicine and married. When he was 25 his first child was born, then another at 28 and 32. At 29 he was the youngest individual to pass his surgical fellowship.

  At the age of 37 Gary's career was turned upside down as he found himself not only a surgeon but a patient. Whilst operating his vision began to deteriorate, resulting in him undergoing urgent neurosurgery to remove a tumour from the base of his brain. This was followed by treatments of radiotherapy and chemotherapy and learning to walk again. Gary soon overcame this setback in his life and returned to his surgical practice.

  Four years later, at the age of 41, he found himself undergoing a further neurosurgical procedure and another five days in intensive care. Once again this did not stop Gary, he returned to his surgical practice a few months later. Today he still has an 'ongoing' relationship with his tumour but does not let it get in the way of his life dreams and goals.

  As well as being a surgeon Gary is an environmentalist at heart. He has planted over 12 000 trees on a small farm whilst continually educating those around him on the benefits of trying to save our planet. Inversion One Man's Answer For World Peace and Global Health is only one of the ways Gary is spreading the word

   In Inversion Gary's message is loud, clear and simple: we just invert the way we look at our problems, on both a personal and world level. By inverting our process we begin to see problems as a whole, leading us to understanding the best way of approaching them. Gary challenges his readers to consider all aspects of  life – Religion, Media, Environment, Benevolent Dictatorship and Global Health.

 In his chapter 'An Action Plan' Gary writes “ Now is the time to look at the similarities that link us together, rather than the differences that push us apart. Celebrate the similarities, rather than the inflaming differences” and this is what Inversion One Man's Answer For World Peace and Global Health is all about, the unity and positivity of fellow man.

“We live on the same planet, breathe the same air – we are each other,” writes Gary.

As I read this book I absorbed every word. I listened and I thought. I embraced the logic behind a concept that, with a little bit of effort to begin with, would soon become part of  my everyday life. I asked myself how I could help Gary shout his message from mountain tops. If only we could get this message across to our media and politicians, get them to invert the negativity they generate into our society on a daily basis, invert the messages they portray and the negative actions they take. Inversion may be Gary Fettke's “attempt to alter the course of the juggernaut of chaos, violence and madness that is our world today” but through Inversion many will listen and become part of a movement that is making a change.

To read Inversion One Mans Answer For World Peace and Global Health is to become empowered to change the way you think and act in both your personal and professional life. Set out in an easy to read format I became so engrossed in the content that I found it hard to put down, completing the book in one nightly read. Inversion is beautifully present in hard cover, consisting of 127 pages. Lined pages are provided at the conclusion allowing the reader to note reflection points and list their own inversion, encouraging participation and action.

Grab a copy of Inversion One Mans Answer For World Peace and Global Health for FREE!

 Whilst writing this review I received an unexpected email from Gary Fettke which showed the strength of his compassion and desire to make a difference. Gary wrote:

Inversion - One Mans Answer for World Peace and Global Health is now FREE. *

Just thought that I would let you know about the book. Recently a young soldier was killed in Afghanistan - doing what he thought was right and proper to make the world a better place. He was the son of a close colleague of mine. It personalised a few things and after speaking with his father I feel that pushing the messages in Inversion further is something I can do.

Just do it through the web site which automates things and covers the postage.



  I urge all to grab a copy from http://www.onemansanswer.com/ and listen to what Gary has to say. Together we can make a difference!

“Let us stop reacting to yesterday and start building for tomorrow” - Gary Fettke

ISBN: 978-0646481814

review: Jennifer Deaves