Book Review: Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus @JayJayBus @rararesources #Daisy #childrensbook

Book Review: Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus @JayJayBus @rararesources #Daisy #childrensbook

Daisy Daydream

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Daisy was a happy red bus who loved travelling the busy streets of London.

When newer and shinier buses came along, the older buses like Daisy began to disappear.

would Daisy become one of the forgotten buses, or was something else planned for her?

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As always great story, great illustration and always plenty to spark my six year olds imagination!

I have written other reviews for Sue’s books so everything I have said in the past most certainly still applies. So check them out below…

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Sue tells us about herself…..

I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

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Lifes A Banquet by Robin Bennett @bookguild @rararesources #memoir #GuestPost

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Lifes A Banquet

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If life gives you lemons, add gin

Life’s a Banquet is the unofficial but essential ‘guide book’ to negotiating your way through life – through education, family life and business, to relationships, marriage, failure and rejection.

Aged 21, Robin Bennett was set to become a cavalry officer and aged 21 and a half, he found himself working as an assistant grave digger in South London – wondering where it had all gone wrong.

Determined to succeed, he went on and founded The Bennett Group, aged 23, and since then has gone on to start and run over a dozen successful businesses in a variety of areas from dog-sitting to cigars, translation to home tuition. In 2003, Robin was recognised in Who’s Who as one of the UK’s most successful business initiators. Catapulting readers through his colourful life and career, Robin Bennett’s memoir is an inspiring tale.

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Aged 11, my idea of culture had been limited to what was on TV for kids for two hours a day. I loved television in a way that you love a morphine drip after an amputation. Charles loved it too, but for the other twenty-two hours a day, when he wasn’t beating me to death with his plastic light sabre, my brother liked nothing better than sitting down with a good Hornblower book or almost anything by Alistair MacLean. I couldn’t see the point. All efforts to get me to read up until then had utterly failed, with no exceptions.

Reading meant concentrating on something inert, it meant sitting still and, above all, it meant not talking.

In short, there was nothing – to my way of thinking – that recommended books.

However, it took a move to France, terrible TV I couldn’t begin to follow and abject boredom to lead me to the one activity I can enjoy to this day that is entirely simple, blameless… and quiet.

I’ve learned with our children that telling them they have to read something is the absolute slayer of any actual desire to read. The only way is to leave enough books lying about the place and hope. And read to them before bed.

My own reading career started with leafing through my mum’s old copies of Country Life and the romance stories in the back of The Lady. Armed with a thorough knowledge of the housing market and flawed, yet terribly attractive men, I moved on to fiction.

Now I don’t, as a rule, like animal books – especially those written from the point of view of an animal (usually a dog, or a cynical cat), but White Fang literally grabbed me by the scruff of the neck. I picked the book out of the bottom shelf of the bookcase in the hall because it was a large hardback with a yellow spine and hard to miss. I then read it through in less than two days. I’ve never read another Jack London since… but, reader, he was my first.

After that, I moved on to Len Deighton, Jack Higgins, and I borrowed my brother’s Alistair MacLeans when I could. I quite enjoyed all of them, but it wasn’t until I discovered Dick Francis that I found an author I could stick with. If I’d been a more careful reader, I would have realised that he had mastered the most important trick of all in writing: character. Create someone the reader cares about and you could have them stacking shelves in Tesco’s for the next two hundred and forty-two pages and it would still work.

My parents, who had always read a lot, noticed that with a book in my hand I became less annoying and so started plying me again with stories they thought I should read, which was more a reflection of their tastes than anything else: this meant I went through a lot of Daphne du Maurier and Jerome K Jerome before I rebelled and regressed.

This took the form of reading all the books I was meant to have read at seven. Around the age of twelve I was comfort reading James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, Danny the Champion of the World (with whom I felt a strong affinity on several levels) and anything else I could lay my hands on by Roald Dahl.

I hadn’t learned a word of French (outside of school) but, ironically, France taught me to love the English language.

Thank you for the insight Robin

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The Oshun Diaries

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High priestesses are few and far between, white ones in Africa even more so. When Diane Esguerra hears of a mysterious Austrian woman worshipping the If a river goddess Oshun in Nigeria, her curiosity is aroused.

It is the start of an extraordinary friendship that sustains Diane through the death of her son and leads to a quest to take part in Oshun rituals. Prevented by Boko Haram from returning to Nigeria, she finds herself at Ifa shrines in Florida amid vultures, snakes, goats’ heads, machetes, a hurricane and a cigar-smoking god. Her quest steps up a gear when Beyoncé channels Oshun at the Grammys and the goddess goes global.

Mystifying, harrowing and funny, The Oshun Diaries explores the lure of Africa, the life of a remarkable woman and the appeal of the goddess as a symbol of female empowerment.

 

Doesn’t this book sound really atmospheric.. AND there is a book trailer too HERE : ) I love a good book trailer.

Hi Diane,

What inspired your to write Oshun Diaries?

My desire to share what I’ve learnt from Oshun, the goddess of love and female empowerment, and her amazing high priestess.

Which Authors inspired you to write?

While I admire many, many writers I can’t think of one that has ‘inspired’ me as such. The urge to write, to express my creativity, was so great it just burst out of me!

If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece of advice would you give yourself ?

Live in the moment: enjoy the actual process of writing – the wonder of creativity; worry less about how others will judge your efforts.

What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Just do it!

What are your writing routines?

If I haven’t been able to write for a while I become agitated. As hard as I’ve tried I’ve never been able to achieve a set routine. I write when I’m in the mood – which, thankfully, is quite often

If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Seeing clients as I’m also a psychotherapist – but I’d rather be travelling.

Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

Well, as this is a memoir I guess I’m the main character. I’d love to say Angelina Jolie, but Olivia Coleman would be a more likely candidate!  I see Beyoncé as Oshun.

How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

I tried about thirty agents before one agreed to represent my first book. An agent is always the best bet as many publishers won’t touch unsolicited material. It then took her about six months to find a publisher.

How did you deal with them when you started out

For a number of years I made a living as a play and scriptwriter so I learnt pretty early on that rejection is part and parcel of being a writer – and it’s ongoing. It comes in many forms – a lousy review is kind of rejection, too. I taught myself to build up rejection resilience. Something the writer Harold Pinter said after his first play was thoroughly panned by every theatre critic in London has always inspired me: ‘Even though they all hated my work I continued to believe in it myself.’

Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

Like many writers I have a rebellious nature. I went to eight different schools before the age of eleven and hated every one of them – then left home at sixteen!

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Book Review: Where The Snow Bleeds @WendyDranfield @RubyFiction @rararesources #DeanMatherson #Book2

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“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”
Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist.

The woman’s daughter, Hannah Walker, and her friend Jodie have gone missing whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. It’s clear there’s something sinister about the girls’ disappearance, but then why are the local police department being so unhelpful?

So begins Dean’s journey to Lone Creek on the trail of the missing girls – and he’ll soon find out that in Lone Creek, everyone has something to hide …

My Thoughts:

When the snow bleeds starts with the two main character Eva and Dean not forgetting his dog Rocky.

Dean is hiding from his past, while Eva is just coming back into the police force after losing her husband. These two seemingly different people end up coming together to investigate the disappearance of Hannah Walker and Jodie, who have vanished into thin air. A past police investigation had ruled that they have just upped and left of there own accord, but why is all there stuff still at the lodge if they left of their own accord something isn’t right and the pair begin their own investigation.

Though lodge and it’s location Lone Creek are hiding their own secrets.

I really enjoyed this book, but did get a bit frustrated with the length. This book is very much character driven. So though you get to “the exciting” bits and your only at 78%, this book tells the whole story about both of the main characters and not just all summed up in a epilogue. There are some laugh out loud moments that the girl on the tram discovered as I burst out laughing but I won’t spoil it for you…

I am really looking forward to the next part in this book and cant wait to find out what happens with Eva, Dean and of cause Rocky.

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Who Cares If They Die and Where the Snow Bleeds are the first two books in the Dean Matheson series, with more on the way. As well as her crime thriller series, Wendy has written a YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – and she has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition.

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Birth Of The Mortokai by @DGPalmer3 @rararesources #selfpublished #GuestPost

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Birth Of The Mortokai

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Daniel Welsh was born different—and to Daniel, to be different means to be alone. But what if he’s wrong?

Born an albino with a photographic memory, Daniel Welsh never expected to fit in. Yet, when he is approached by Trinity—a young girl who definitely isn’t human—she reveals a whole new world where he might just belong. Ariest is a place where his features aren’t a disability or the mark of a freak, but rather a trait of powerful mages born of human-faerie unions. His father is a renowned war hero and swordsman, his mother is a human doctor, and that makes him a powerful mage that’ll tip the scales. Magic is real—and so is the threat it brings.

Trinity and her father, a battle mage, aren’t the only ones to have discovered Daniel and his gifts hidden in the human realm.

The Shade have awakened.

Enemies to the fae realm long thought dead have been lying in wait for their moment to strike. Young mages like Daniel are the perfect morsel for their starving appetites and they start their killing spree without delay with the nearest unsuspecting mage boy. Daniel cannot sit idly by while monsters take innocent lives, so he will embrace a destiny he is only just beginning to understand… even if it means losing a life that’s finally worth living.

Birth of the Mortokai is a young adult coming of age fantasy adventure novel. Trigger warning: this novel contains descriptions of albinism, a real genetic disorder that affects 1/17,000 persons worldwide per year.

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An avid reader and player of video games, in the past, he was part of table top roleplaying groups where he nurtured his storytelling by penning several story arcs.

Feel free to follow him on Facebook, Goodreads and Instagram. If you wish to receive updates about his latest books, event dates and other exclusive news, sign up to The World of D.G. Palmer and enter his mind. He warns it can be a mess sometimes, so make sure you wipe your feet on the way out – you never know what you might take with you.

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Manipulated lives

Five compelling true-to-life stories each highlighting a narcissist’s manipulative mind games

Narcissists are everywhere.

They can be witty, charming and highly charismatic.
Anyone can be their target.

At first their devious, calculating mind games can be hard to spot because they are masters of disguise, but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

All stories highlight to what extent narcissistic abuse can distort lives and threaten our self-worth yet ultimately, also send a positive message that once the narcissist is unmasked, the victims can at last break free.

 

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Buried Treasure @gilliallan @AccentPress @rararesources #Q&A #SelfPublished

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Their backgrounds could hardly be further apart, their expectations in life more different. And there is nothing in the first meeting between the conference planner and the university lecturer which suggests they should expect or even want to connect again. But they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. Both have unresolved issues from the past which have marked them; both have an archaeological puzzle they want to solve. Their stories intertwine and they discover together that treasure isn’t always what it seems.

Hi Gilli, and welcome to my blog.

What inspired your to write Buried Treasure?

Unfortunately, I don’t experience ‘inspiration’ in the way many writers do. Mine is a more pragmatic approach. If I’ve witnessed, experienced or even heard about an incident, it can find its way in, in the most unexpected places. But the story and the way it pans out, is totally unpredictable, and only reveals itself to me AFTER I’ve started writing.  This is how it was with BURIED TREASURE. The scenario and building blocks of the story were derived from my own experience and elements I had ‘easy’ research access to – treasure, archaeology, a Cambridge College and conference planning.

My great uncle unearthed a hoard of silver Roman table-ware on his Suffolk farm. Known as the Mildenhall Treasure it is now one of the most famous discoveries housed in the British Museum. I have been involved for more than a decade in the organisation of biannual conferences held at Queens’ College, Cambridge. And my son is an Early Medieval historian and (desk) Archaeologist.

I reasoned that if I made my ‘hero’ an academic archaeologist, and my heroine an events & conference planner, and the back drop for a proportion of the story a university college, it would be easy to flesh out the detail,  trusting that once set loose in the world I’d created, my imagination would do the rest.  What could go wrong?  In fact, it was probably the hardest book I’ve ever written.

What made you decide to self-publish?

I was mainstream published at the beginning of my writing career.  But after bringing out two of my books, my small independent publisher ceased trading, having found it difficult to compete with the big boys in the industry.  I banged my head against brick walls for some years until the invention of the ebook, when I self-published my books TORN, LIFE CLASS and FLY OR FALL.  Accent Press became interested and took me on, republishing them under their own brand. Having been a little disappointed with my sales figures, when I finished BURIED TREASURE, I decided to try my hand at self-publishing again.  So I am currently a hybrid!!!!

Which Authors inspired you to write?

Many books captured my imagination when I was a young reader. But if I am really honest, the first book that inspired me to try to write romantic fiction was not Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre, or even one of Georgette Heyer’s sparkling Regency Romances, all of which I read and enjoyed at a ridiculously young age.

I must have been around 12 – a critical moment for girls, when hormones are on the rise – and I was actively looking for someone or something to feed the romantic impulse which was blossoming inside me.  I found a dusty old hard back on the book shelves at home – the book – The Knave of Diamonds – by Ethel M Dell, was dated 1913. It had probably originally belonged to my great grandmother.

Although she didn’t try to stop me, my mother did try to dissuade me from reading this book. Looking back, I don’t think it was the subject matter or the sexist attitudes that worried her so much as the critical disdain then prevalent about the quality of Ethel’s writing. Prolific, and a huge bestseller, Ethel was, arguably, the first writer of romance, as we understand the term. Shy and reclusive she had begun writing young and had many short stories published in magazines.  Her writing is characterised by its focus on love and longing, repressed passion, a lot of heavy breathing, unutterable emotions and racing hearts. For the times, they were considered very racy. The Knave of Hearts ticked all the boxes for me.

If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece of advice would you give yourself ?

Not to take anything for granted and not to have unrealistic expectations. The world of publishing has changed a great deal since the digital revolution.  I started writing seriously back in the days when the only way to make your book available was to find a mainstream publisher.  Within about 4 months of finishing my first book, Just Before Dawn, I was lucky enough to interest a publisher, and the book hit the bookshelves the following year. But my visions of being a best-seller, of fame, of going on chat shows, and the money pouring in, were soon dashed.  Making a name for yourself is still as difficult. These days, although it is relatively easy to self-publish and put your book out in the marketplace, it is another matter entirely to raise its profile above the myriad others and to sell it.

What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Don’t postpone starting to write until you “have the time” or because you think there’s some magic formula, and if you read all the ‘How To’ books, or go to enough writing courses and workshops, then you’ll discover the trick. In my view the only way to get better at writing is to do it … NOW!

You may only be able to grab a few moments here or there, and I’d never tell anyone not to read books on the craft of writing, or deny that you can be inspired or pick up tips from courses and workshops, just don’t let these activities replace doing it

What are your writing routines?

I don’t really have a writing routine.  This can be a problem because it’s too easy to do something else.  Once a book has caught fire, however, the routine I need to impose is on the rest of my life.  Writing is all I want to do.

If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

I would be doing art.  I went to art school and, as I’ve already said, my first career was as an illustrator on advertising. I still do art, in the sense that I’ve produced an annual family Christmas card, since I was seventeen and have attended life drawing classes forever.  In recent years I have also been involved in book illustration.

What writing tools do use, and which one could you not live without?

I use the desk top computer in my study.  I can’t write seriously on anything else.

Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

To play Jane Smith I wouldn’t want a drop-dead gorgeous actor. This could be taken to mean that my ‘either/or’ choices are plain. They are not, of course, but they are not classically beautiful and both have character, and are very good actors, which is often more important than looks.  Carey Mulligan or Anna Maxwell Martin.

To play Theo Tyler, who is nearing forty, I need an actor who will look good with white hair.  I have found one actor who has played a white-haired character in Game of Thrones – Harry Lloyd. My other suggestion, in case Harry is unavailable, is Tom Riley.

Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

There are loads of facts readers won’t know about me, but are they interesting enough to recount here?  The fact I used to be a commercial artist is something many people know.  It was the kind of job where I had to be able to turn my hand to drawing anything, from a motor bike to a baby. But I’ve not told many people that I once drew a woman holding a vibrator against her face. The product was ostensibly being marketed as if its purpose was to massage the cheek muscles!

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Gilli Allan began to write in childhood – a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Writing was only abandoned when she left home, and real life supplanted the fiction.

After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as a commercial artist, and only began writing again when she became a mother.

Living in Gloucestershire with her husband Geoff, Gilli is still a keen artist. She draws and paints and has now moved into book illustration.

Currently published by Accent Press, each of her books, TORN, LIFE CLASS and FLY or FALL has won a ‘Chill with a Book’ award.

Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is also a writer. His most recent work, published by William Collins, is ‘Viking Britain’.

 

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