Cover Reveal: Sparky The Dragon Bus @JayJayBus @rararesources #Sparky #childrensbook

Cover Reveal: Sparky The Dragon Bus @JayJayBus @rararesources #Sparky #childrensbook

Sparky The Dragon Bus

Question markSparky isn’t your typical double-decker bus.

Behind the dragon and magical paintings, she’s full of fun and adventures for all children.

Jump aboard to find out what makes Sparky so special.

Sue is back with another exciting tale and is ready to introduce us to Sparky.

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Bright, colorful and another exciting bus related tale!

 

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You can find reviews for Sue’s other books below…

Jay-Jay and The Carnival    Jay-Jay his island adventure and where it all started Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus A Spooky Tale

 

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Sue tells us about herself…..

I am an author and a teacher and have written six children’s picture books, all with a bus included somewhere.

Having been able to share my first book, ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, it was time to think about writing a book for younger readers.

While visiting a local school the children were writing stories about a journey, we read Jay-Jay’s book and then I remembered a book that I had written some years before and I read this to the class too, and they loved it.

The original story was based on a walk with my class around the neighbourhood of Bewbush, Crawley. The walk had led to map work and sequencing. Then together with the class I wrote an imaginative adventure.

The events we imagined were put into a class book. The book was shared with many classes and it was always a favourite.

Now years later I decided it was time to update, improve and look at publishing the book.

There is indeed a walk around the district of Bewbush. and following the publication of the book I went back to see if and how the neighbourhood had changed.

‘Oh, I see you have written a book without a bus!’ commented a friend.

But, look through the pages and you will see there always has to be a bus!

The neighbourhood of Bewbush was a new estate built in Crawley town in the 1970’s. The area was built without any shops, school or safe places for children to play. It was an area of high need and was supported by a special playbus which offered a much-needed playgroup venue.

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

 

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Book Review: A Spooky Tale – A Walk With Our Teacher @JayJayBus @rararesources #childrensbook

Book Review: A Spooky Tale – A Walk With Our Teacher @JayJayBus @rararesources #childrensbook

A Spooky Tale – A Walk With Our Teacher

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When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go … But… What could possibly go wrong? why did the class not feel well? Read the book to find out.

 

Our Thoughts.

Another great book from Sue, everywhere the children went on their journey around the village they had to face something scary! When the bus was full of monsters!

Having been out with a group of school kids recently I can totally understand why the teacher got ill! It was exhausting!

As always brilliantly illustrated and will be winning it’s way to my daughters school once this review goes live.

Reviews for other Sue Wickstead books are below…

Jay-Jay and The Carnival    Jay-Jay his island adventure and where it all started Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus

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Sue tells us about herself…..

I am an author and a teacher and have written six children’s picture books, all with a bus included somewhere.

Having been able to share my first book, ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, it was time to think about writing a book for younger readers.

While visiting a local school the children were writing stories about a journey, we read Jay-Jay’s book and then I remembered a book that I had written some years before and I read this to the class too, and they loved it.

The original story was based on a walk with my class around the neighbourhood of Bewbush, Crawley. The walk had led to map work and sequencing. Then together with the class I wrote an imaginative adventure.

The events we imagined were put into a class book. The book was shared with many classes and it was always a favourite.

Now years later I decided it was time to update, improve and look at publishing the book.

There is indeed a walk around the district of Bewbush. and following the publication of the book I went back to see if and how the neighbourhood had changed.

‘Oh, I see you have written a book without a bus!’ commented a friend.

But, look through the pages and you will see there always has to be a bus!

The neighbourhood of Bewbush was a new estate built in Crawley town in the 1970’s. The area was built without any shops, school or safe places for children to play. It was an area of high need and was supported by a special playbus which offered a much-needed playgroup venue.

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

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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

The Nursery Rhyme Bus

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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?

Our Thoughts.

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…

Jay-Jay and The Carnival    Jay-Jay his island adventure and where it all started Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus

 

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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

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

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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 Robin Bennett lives in Henley on Thames, Oxon. He is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children and books on the swashbuckling world of business. His documentary, Fantastic Britain, about the British obsession with magic and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards.

Robin says, “When the world seems to be precarious and cruel, remember that the game is to never give up – there’s everything to play for, and it will all be OK.

 

 

 

 

The Oshun Diaries @DianeLEsguerra @EyeAndLightning @rararesources #Q&A

The Oshun Diaries @DianeLEsguerra @EyeAndLightning @rararesources #Q&A

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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She lives in Surrey with her partner David.

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

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

Where The Snow Bleeds

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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.

There are book trailers also HERE for her first two books Who Cares If The Die and When the Snow Bleeds

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Wendy is a former Coroner’s Assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband.

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.

For behind the scenes gossip and updates on her books (or photos of her cats), follow her on social media!

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

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

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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Currently residing in London, England, D.G. Palmer writes in the Spec Fiction genre, using his imagination to create vivid worlds and captivating characters.

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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