New Release

The misadventures of a very spirited, very real little black cocker spaniel.  When he is left home one day, playful misbehaviour and mayhem ensues.

A jolly picture book for pre-schoolers, detailing the funny escapades of a mischievous dog named Gatsby. The entertaining illustrations in the book are depictions of the shenanigans as they actually happened.

About the Author:

Georgina Fallstrom is the mother of two playful little boys, and owner of a rambunctious spaniel. She finds the time to write books for preschoolers between picking up half-chewed toys (sometimes children’s, sometimes dog’s), and singing “the wheels on the bus” for the 78th time that day. She lives in the leafy suburbs of Hampton Court, where her long-suffering husband, Max, has been forced into owning his first pair of wellies and brushing up on his knowledge of all things Henry VIII. Georgina used to be proud owner of an extensive shoe collection, but now has an impressive assortment of only left or only right shoes, the rest having been torn to shreds by a certain canine. She actually wanted a Labrador, but there you go.

Amazon Reviews of this book:

Brian

5.0 out of 5 stars  Joyful and uplifting

5 December 2020

I bought this book for my great grandchildren and they love it. It is a joyous romp through Gatsby’s naughty yet endearing mischievousness. The pictures are extraordinarily good in how they simultaneously capture his feelings of guilt while he still implores for forgiveness. The final line of the book along with the last photo opposite is achingly heart-warming.

Carrie

5.0 out of 5 stars  Beautiful book, thoughtfully made

5 December 2020

I recently bought this beautiful book for my 2 year old dog obsessed daughter, she loves it so much, we read it several times a day! She loves the cheeky pictures and the questions make each read a little varied, which is a great thing for any parent who reads the same books on regular rotation. I would absolutely recommend to any and all puppy loving inquisitive little people.

claudette eldridge

5.0 out of 5 stars What a gorgeous book with a delightful story, wonderful pictures and the most endearing do

5 December 2020

I bought this for my grandson….
He just ADORED the book!
I had to read it again and again and he was learning the vocabulary too!
Such a delightful story with wonderful pictures.
I can’t recommend highly enough.

“Gatsby Stays at Home” by Georgina Fallstrom is currently available in paperback from Amazon.

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Audiobook Review: Believe by Nanette O’Neal

Best friends share everything, right? Unless it’s a secret that could cost them their lives. Robyn and Kit are born with forbidden magic-sense, the power to see and hear beyond Earthly sight and sound. It’s a curse that haunts them, but the girls are strangely drawn to it—could there be more to this power than they’ve been told?

When they spill their secret, it opens a doorway back to Forever—a beautiful realm where magic-sense began. They learn the truth: they have been given a noble gift. It connects them to the Skyborn royalty of this new world. They’ve been summoned back by the forces for good to preserve the kingdom and revive the power where it once flourished—on Earth. It can thrive again, if Robyn and Kit are brave enough to follow.

However, the doorway awakens more than magical fairy-tales. A dark force is unleashed—one that has battled the Skyborn since time began, and it wants the girls dead, the Earth destroyed.

Beyond the doorway is where the adventure begins—trickery, kidnapping, a prison break, rescue teams, sword fights, magical gold-dust, holographic medallions, and singing orbs—but only for those who have the courage to believe.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Kit and Robyn are new friends, but they both believe in magic which is now a crime. In fact, they both have magic-sense, the power to see and hear more than most people on Earth can. They end up in another world where magic, both good and bad, is everywhere. Nanette O’Neal has built an interesting new world, and I look forward to reading more about it.

Kit, Robyn, and Cam (Robyn’s brother) are just starting their adventures in Believe. They each face their own challenge as they face the dark force that wants them dead. Will they all survive the threats that they face?

The narrator, Joe Christensen, has a voice that is pleasant to listen to. He has good pace and timing, and he brought the story to life.

Believe is a great book for middle-grade readers. It has magic, adventure, fantasy, suspense, battles…it has everything most kids love to read about!

About the Author

Nanette O’Neal is a five-time published author, certified transformational story coach, and professional speaker. Ever since childhood, Nanette was fascinated with the nature of storytelling and how it has the ability to connect us to our higher self and change lives for the good. She uses the power of story to help people find clarity, gain courage, and walk with confidence to become the hero of the most important story of all—the story of you.

A Doorway Back to Forever is a seven-novel series for teens and families designed to entertain, awaken courage, and magnify the divine power within the human soul. The books of the series are Believe, Trust, Defend, Honor, Remember, Restore, and Become. Remember is the most recently released (October 2020) while Restore and Become are scheduled for publication in 2021. Nanette O’Neal is a 2020 top-ten finalist in Fantasy for the global Author Elite Award for Honor, book four in the series. Nanette currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband. She loves her family, hiking, Star Trek, and dogs. 

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Robyn and Kit are best friends who share everything—unless it could get them killed. They both have magic-sense, a dangerous curse where they see and hear things beyond earthly sight and sound. Robyn sees things that aren’t there, and Kit hears voices when no one is in the room. They dare not tell each other because it could get them arrested, but they can’t stop thinking about it. Finally, when the local bully, Logan, goes too far and teases Robyn about her secret in front of Kit, they spill their guts to each other and a magical doorway appears. It has a special message carved on it: Welcome Skyborn Warrior. Your Awakening is Now. It’s an invitation to step through, but there’s a problem: Robyn sees it, but Kit doesn’t.

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New Releases

Orion’s Messenger

Schoolboy Alex is transported to a magical island faraway and thus begins the adventure of a lifetime

A dull, wet school holiday which has been so disappointing, is drawing to a close for Alex. All this changes when an unexpected visit to the Great Museum of History with his eccentric aunt sets off a fantastic chain of events. Alex finds himself transported to a fantasy place called Blue Sky Island, in the midst of talking creatures, a kindly wizard and a magnificent golden eagle called Orion, as the legacy of The Magic Orb is revealed.

Pitted against the dastardly schemes of The Grizzly Grumpot, find out what happens to Alex and his new friends when you step into this colourful world of adventure, mystery… and spells that don’t always work!

About the Author:

Antonia de Winter is a children’s author, poet and songwriter. She lives in northwest London with her husband. She has been surrounded by colour all her life, having been involved in the family’s soft furnishing and interior design business in Notting Hill. Antonia has two married children and four grandchildren. She enjoys swimming, walking, narrow boating and taking photos, particularly of family and the changing seasons. Her dream would be to once again take a skidoo across the frozen wastes of Lapland, which is an awe-inspiring experience!

Orion’s Messenger lay on the back burner for over 30 years, waiting to be published – whilst all the above took priority. However, it is never too late to print a magical story which will let children’s imagination fly – and so, finally, here it is…

Antonia is currently working on the sequel to Orion’s Messenger and on a collection of poetry to be published in the near future.

The colourful characters and all the illustrations in Orion’s Messenger are brought to life by talented artist Daniel T. Sullivan.

Excerpt from the book:

The room was in dark shadows once more.

“I must be seeing things,” whispered Alex under his breath.

“I’ve been calling you for such a long time,” said the Voice.

There was another flash of lightening, this time with a loud clap of thunder. It nearly made Alex jump out of his skin!

“I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Is it really you?” he gasped.

“Oh yes, I assure you I am quite real,” said the Voice.

Alex was shaking as he stuttered, “I – I – I don’t understand…”

“Come closer Alex,” said the Voice.

Alex took two hesitant steps forward. Another flash of lightening lit up the loft brilliantly. Alex’s eyes became as big as saucers for there, perched on the back of the old dining chair, was an enormous bird.

“Who, who … who are you?” he asked, but he knew the answer already. 

“Orion’s Messenger”by Antonia de Winter is available in hardback from the Book Depository at:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Orions-Messenger-Antonia-de-Winter/9781839751899

This book is currently available in paperback from:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Orions-Messenger-Antonia-de-Winter/9781839751820

It can also be downloaded in e-book format from Amazon at:

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Margaret Beaufort of Bourne, Collyweston, Maxey and Deeping: The Tudor Dynasty

Exceptional biography about the mother of Henry VII who had a profound impact on English history

An amazing woman from Bourne, Collyweston and Maxey who had a profound impact on history but has been virtually forgotten in our Lincolnshire locality.

Read tales of her survival from the traumatic birth of her son (Henry VII) when aged only thirteen, her ever-changing fortunes in the Wars of the Roses, being condemned as a traitor by Richard III and her eventual triumph, which saw her become the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty.

As the only blood link from the Normans to our present Royal Family, her legacy through her symbols and academia is still far-reaching today.

About the Author:

Margaret has always had a deep love of her hometown of Bourne. She can trace her paternal ancestry back to the 1660s in the Bourne Abbey registers. She attended at the Bourne Abbey Primary School and was later educated at Bourne Grammar School; it was here that her interest in history began, with her history teachers, J. D. Birkbeck and his wife, Margaret.

Margaret’s husband, Ken, also a teacher at the ‘Robert Manning School’ is keen to preserve the heritage of Bourne and is in the latter stages of constructing a model railway of Bourne Station that will soon be ready for exhibition.

Both would admit that their main hobby now is singing, being members and soloists in ‘Stamford Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ and the ‘Stamford Singers Concert Party’. They are members of the ‘Bourne Abbey Choir’ and perform in their own entertainment group, ‘Tinderbox’.

Having become fascinated with the life and achievements of Margaret Beaufort and seeing her as one of the most influential women in history, Margaret was confused as to why little to no mention has ever been made linking her to their local area, and in particular, Bourne. She hopes this biography will help rectify this and give the mother of the Tudor dynasty the recognition she deserves.

Excerpt from the book:

“Margaret’s life was a roller coaster of wealth and poverty, stability and frantic disaster.  So many of her family were either killed in battle, executed or, like her father, had committed suicide.  Throughout all this, Margaret had to steer a course of diplomacy and humility in order to survive but at the same time had to keep her strong resolve and courage.  What an achievement then in her finest hour, to see her son crowned on the battlefield by non-other than her husband Thomas Stanley.

Margaret’s family always had to face the fact that their line was illegitimate.  John of Gaunt produced his line of Beauforts whilst still married to his first wife, even though he did eventually marry his mistress, Katherine Swynford.  Richard II, John of Gaunt’s nephew, did legitimise them but with the proviso that no-one in their line of descendants could ever have a claim to the throne.  Margaret would know this and must have wondered when this question of Henry VII’s legitimacy could rear up and deprive him of the throne she had fought so hard to gain for him.

The character of Margaret cannot be fully explained without an examination of her part in the Wars of the Roses.”

“Margaret Beaufort of Bourne, Collyweston, Maxey and Deeping: The Tudor Dynasty” by Margaret Wainwright is available in hardback from Amazon at:

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Redundancy

This book is intended for anyone who has been, or is being, made redundant.

It explains how redundancy is a natural process in today’s modern world, and nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of.

It gives practical, sage advice on how to approach redundancy, and how to put it in proportion and perspective.

Written in a readable, flowing and pithy style, this book provides peace of mind and explains how redundancy is not something to be feared, but a true lifetime, golden opportunity.

About the Author:

Paul Williams is a consultant, author and speaker, specialising in organisational culture, transition management, team dynamics, individual behaviour and collaborative working.

His disarmingly readable style marks him out as a uniquely effective author, willing to address the issues concerned with people, and building high performance teams.  Using his inimitable, pithy style he has tackled the thorny subject of redundancy in a succinct, readable and empathetic way.

Excerpt from the book:

“Being made redundant can come as a terrible shock, and be seen as an almost fatal personal blow.  It can set loose a tide of despair which, if left unarrested, can result in a self-fulfilling prophecy of personal failure.

It needn’t be like that!

This short book has been written for those who are facing the threat of redundancy, those who have been made redundant, or indeed anyone – be it a friend, family member, colleague or manager – who know someone who is facing what they will perceive as a daunting process.

Hopefully reading this book will help everyone to realise that redundancy should not be the harbinger of personal failure, but be perceived as a real and genuine golden opportunity.”

Review on Amazon for this book:

Wordly Traveller

5.0 out of 5 stars  Change is good

27 November 2020

“With the coronavirus lockdown and unemployment increasing in general, it’s a difficult time for many of us. What I particularly like about this book is it’s written in a colloquial way which makes the advice provided really easy to understand and follow. The author has many years of business experience and shares his commercial expertise by encouraging us to see being made redundant as an opportunity for change and personal growth, which is a good thing and not something to be feared or loathed.

They say the measure of a person is how they deal with change and move forward. This book guides us on how to do so.

If you’re facing redundancy, pick up this book and give it a read. It’ll help you realise the opportunity that change provides, both in term of understanding the possibilities and fulfilling your potential.”

“Redundancy:  A Golden Opportunity”by Paul Williams is available in hardback from Amazon at:

This book is also available to download in e-book format from:

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Abigail Bear – The Lockdown

Abigail is a little bear – with a big love of dance. She loves to dance with her friends at Madame Swan’s dance school, and she really enjoys telling her class all about it at school.

So, what will happen when both her dance class and her school must close suddenly, without warning? Will Abigail ever get used to the new normal?

A heart-warming story of hope and resilience – even in the toughest of times.

About the Author:

Shona Stringer is a Mum to three children (Abigail, Toby & Jude), and a Dance Teacher/Principal of ZEST Dance Studios in Leeds.

During lockdown#1 2020, Shona decided to write a short story for her younger students, as it was becoming apparent many were struggling with the confusion of their newly-imposed normal. They were missing their friends & family as well as missing their school and dance lessons.

Abigail Bear is the dance studio mascot and has been loved for many years by generations of dancers. Shona hopes now that Abigail can bring more joy and happiness to children far and wide.

Excerpt from the book:

“She went to her bedroom, lay on her bed, and thought about what Mummy Bear had said.  She didn’t really want a new normal; she was quite happy with her old normal, so why did things have to change?

She turned over to look at the photographs next to her – all of Abigail in her sparkly costumes and tutus.  She missed her dancing friends, too.”

“Abigail Bear – The Lockdown”by Shona Stringer is available in paperback from Book Depository and Amazon at:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Abigail-Bear-Lockdown-Shona-Stringer/9781839752773

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Colosseum

During the Festival of Death in Rome, four American art students go missing. One of the students is eventually found dead, horribly mutilated as if by wild beasts inside the Colosseum.

One year later, Nick Thorn is sent by the New Sanctuary to help the father of one of the missing students, a desperate man who is still looking for his daughter.

The New Sanctuary believes that Thorn has a psychic ability, a ‘special gift’ that could help him; Thorn however has always denied such a thing, claiming it to be pure nonsense and probably the product of an overactive imagination instigated by his drinking problem.

Shortly after Thorn arrives in Rome, the Festival of Death begins again and another of the missing students is gruesomely murdered. It is now a race against time to find the other two.

Can Thorn find and save the remaining two students or will Mania the Roman Goddess of Death succeed in devouring their souls and satisfy the blood lust of her followers?

“Richard Valanga writes about the Afterlife like nobody else today, he’s the 21st-century Dante of the North.” – Tony Barrell, The Sunday Times

“The author’s talent for writing engaging tales of the paranormal is second to none.”   

“The author Richard Valanga writes like a poet and has a brilliant and impressive imagination to match.”

About the Author

Richard Valanga has penned six paranormal fantasy novels previously including:

The Wrong Reality

Blind Vision

The Complex Trilogy (Complex Heaven, Complex Hell, Complex Shadows)

The Sunderland Vampire

These are some of the reviews Richard Valanga has received on Amazon with respect to his writing:

First for Blind Vision…
5 out of 5
Blindingly good book

This, the second book by Richard Valanga, I have read and it’s even better than his first, Complex Heaven. If, like me, you enjoy fantasy novels that you can’t put down then this author is for you.


The second is for Complex Heaven…
5 out of 5
Complex and gripping.

I read this book in two sittings, very difficult to put it down. The characters are well developed and the plot twists and turns as it snakes to a dramatic conclusion. I heard through the grapevine that there is a sequel coming soon, it can’t be too soon for me.

“Colosseum” by Richard Valangais available to purchase in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:

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Joshua Piecrust and His Alphabet of Rhymes

Do you like rhymes? I’ll bet you do – the sillier the better, too!

Joshua Piecrust’s Alphabet’s about as dotty as it gets! For here you might meet anything: hamsters dance, bananas sing; a courteous dragon (and it’s simply chilling what became of him!) An octopus? Well, count the legs! Find out where elephants lay their eggs!

Piecrust’s left some gaps for you to play at writing nonsense, too.

Grown-ups might want this book on loan: advise them, “Go and buy your own!” or else keep very careful track in case you never get it back!

About the Author:

In his time, Richard Evans has been an art student, has run a hostel for homeless men, slogged his way through 30 more-or-less overcast years of pen-pushing in an office, and now with inexpressible relief basks in the sunshine of retirement.

When not fully engaged in pottering harmlessly about, he writes nonsense in various forms, pretends to be a wood-carver, and meditates twice every day. Richard is the father of the internationally-known singer-songwriter, Emi Evans, and he lives with his Japanese wife in an old cottage in rural Dorset.

Excerpt from the book:

C    ….is for Camels

Camels are humpy and lumpy and grumpy
and look on the world with disdain.
They sing in the bath if there’s nobody near
with a voice like a stomach in pain.

It’s pretty unwise to invite one to dinner
(that is, if you’ll take my advice).
They chew sideways, I fear, without closing their mouths
which is not, let’s be frank, very nice.

They have too many elbows and too many knees;
when they sit or lie down, without fail
they collapse in instalments with all of the grace
of a deck-chair confronting a gale,
while maintaining that same supercilious sneer 
(a small but distressing detail).

Some camels have one hump and some have a pair –
why not add a few more at your leisure?
Arranged fore-and-aft or perhaps side-by-side,
with a head at each end for good measure.

Though their faces and figures give cause for concern,
though their manner lacks polish and fizz,
camels’ hearts are undoubtedly In The Right Place –
 
except we’re not sure where that is.

“Joshua Piecrust and his Alphabet of Rhymes” by Richard Evans is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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