Delighted Little Me!

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As the author of a singular ebook that is out in the word for all to see,  I often neglect to check reviews of my completed virtual baby, as I am busy on crafting a few other tales,

Reviews do not come thick and fast, so imagine my delight when i discovered this little review on Amazon!

Four Stars for The Frog Prince!

“This is an amusing look at the prince’s problems as a frog and his efforts to find the evil witch who had changed him into a slimy amphibian. There are many possible suspects, starting with the Hippo Princess and her parents. Even his own mother comes under suspicion.

Adults will enjoy it as well as kids. Also it’s a “chapter book” so younger readers won’t feel like it’s for toddlers, instead of big kids like second graders. :)”

http://getBook.at/The_Adventures_of_the_Frog_Prince

Reading Rewires My Brain

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I tend to find that what I’m reading can sometime affect how I write, the most noticeable effects come from reading a really good poem. My brain seems to alter and  even my speech pattern wants to change.

Especially if I’ve read a rhyming poem, then I struggle not to write in rhymes.

The temptation is then to find a really good book and read it over and over in order to make sure I write consistently well. However, if I read something that’s badly written my writing suffers too.

Does anyone else have this phenomenon?

Ty the Bull gets Five Cups of Tea! (It’s the ultimate anti bullying book)

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I’m finding it hard to write this review as it’s such a personal tale. It’s based loosely on experiences of Rex, the young man who illustrated this book and who has found himself the victim of bullies.

He has bravely rallied round to speak out in the hopes of reaching out to others.

If only for that reason this book deserves all the stars available.

This tale follows a young boy named Ty, I think many will be able to get behind the plight of young Ty, who could never figure out what made him so different to all the other kids.

This is a very short but very poignant tale. Anyone who has been bullied or knows someone who is being bullied should read this as a reminder that you’re not alone and it can get better.

Moving away from the message of the book I think this is well written and, considering it’s length, it’s a well rounded tale.

Adults and children will enjoy this, and they already have.

I award this Five Cups of Tea!

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Play Judge a Book with Ty the Bull!

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Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover! Today we have Ty the Bull by Brenda Perlin, Rex Baughman and K.D. Emerson.

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below! If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on sunday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Fresco!

 

The Chronicles of Carter Blake Gets Four Cups of Tea!

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Ok, let us start with Carter, the main character- sometimes I liked him but sometimes I thought he was an insufferable know it all.

As a 14 year old kid he kept asking impertinent and, to my mind, occasionally unrealistic questions.  He also measured everything he saw in centimetres.  Where short, tall, or hulking would have done as a description, he introduces the dimensions of almost everything in centimetres.

I don’t know why this bothered me so much, but it did.

Carter is also very knowledgeable about a great many things and gives very long and in depth descriptions.

He also didn’t act like any typical 14 year old boy, but Carter is the walker of worlds, although we don’t really know what this entails yet, it seems to give him certain powers and a great deal of wisdom.

There are glimpses of the 14 year old and it was an interesting to see the juggling act between what seems to be a demi god and a 14 year old boy.

As for the rest of the story, there was always something happening, and there was never a dull moment, which made it more engaging to read.

There are parts of the story that aren’t made as clear as they could be and parts that are a little over explained, however it didn’t detract from the overall story.

There are many beasties and demons, friends, foes and fights- I would recommend this to any fantasy reader who loves beasties.

I award this 4 cups of tea:

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Play Judge a Book with The Chronicles of Carter Blake

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   Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover! Today we have The Chronicles of Carter Blake by R.W.Foster.

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below! If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Ty the Bull.  I think you’ll like Ty.

 

Neverwhere Wins a Golden Biscuit Award!

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I’ve been wanting to read something by Neil Gaiman for a long time but never got round to it.

I decided to start with Neverwhere and was not disappointed.

I think I’ve found a new favourite author.  It was the right mixture of compelling, exciting and graphic.

Neil very cleverly takes the well known London above and warps it into something dark and intriguing.

I don’t think there was a character or chapter that wasn’t compelling, gripping, and terrifyingly real.

As a result I’m going to keep this review short or it could end up being very long and gushing.

Suffice it to say you’ll never look at London the same way again, or any city for that matter, for who knows what lurks beneath?

 

I award this book Five Cups of Tea

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Tying your story together (aka nailing jelly to the ceiling)

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I read an article recently about writing your novel from the middle.

I thought it sounded insane; how can you start in the middle?

If you have a really solid story line that’s set in stone I guess it’s possible, but my story only started because I tried to write a short story. (It’s now set to be a trilogy, so I think I need to relearn the term ‘short’.)

From a short intro I decided where I wanted my story to go and how it should begin and end and I knew roughly what my characters should do in the middle.

But of course my characters  had their own ideas. They decided they didn’t like the middle at all and avoided it at all costs.

The middle became this gaping hole that gradually began to be filled in; the more filling I had the more ideas I had for the rest of the story.

To conclude, I don’t think I could ever START from the middle, however I do agree that sometimes, in order to write a story more believably, you need to have reached the middle in order to know your characters. To know where they’ve come from, where they’ve been and how they think.

One of my MC’s in particular has not been very forthcoming about who he was, and that was frustrating, but now he has told me I have so much more to add to the story.

To get to know him I had to develop his character more and that included getting to  the halfway point.

So yes, in theory writing your story from the middle makes sense, you know all your characters so much better and you have a pinnacle to reach so your story doesn’t droop in the middle, but in practice writing from the middle is a statistical impossibility; for me anyway.

I guess the moral of the story is there is no right way to write a story.

I think I’ll have more success nailing jelly to the ceiling than picking a one size fits all writing technique.

Play Judge a Book with Neverwhere

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   Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover! Today we have Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere .

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below! If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for The Chronicles of Carter Blake by R.W. Foster.

Clone 3 Gets Four Cups of Tea!

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What can I say about Clone 3? The story, the concept, the characters. All check.

Meet Clone 3, AKA Trio, she doesn’t know who she is, where she is, or how she got there.

All she knows is she’s woken up in a dystopian world full of children, who fight to survive, in a world without adults and dwindling resources.

Add to that there are groups of children who seem to have been mutated into terrifying creatures by a deadly virus called the sick.

So what’s a girl to do when she find herself in this world, but follow her instincts?

I have to say that I will be reading the next in this series, I can’t wait to see how it unravels, I loved all the characters and the detail of this book.  I could clearly picture every character and really got to know them and root for them.

The only thing I’m uncertain about is Clone 3’s age.  I imagined her to be the only woman in a world full of kids, but Spoiler (she ends up kissing one of the older kids.)

That span me out no end. End Spoiler.

Also every time Trio found herself in dire straits I kept thinking she was more than capable of kicking her way out. She often did, but there were a few times she refrained for no apparent reason.

All in all, I award this book Four Cups of Tea

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