Finn and the Wild Goose by Sammy Horner – @malcolmdown @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #Finnwildgoose

An urgent quest turns into a wild adventure where Finn discovers that all is not what it seems about his Granda. A fast-paced scramble through a land of banshees and leprechauns, faeries and fiends, leads Finn to the place where the mysteries of the wild goose are revealed.

Sammy Horner is an Irish Musician, Recording Artist, Pastor, Author who spends all his time traveling around the world trying to make it all a little better. When he isn’t in remote parts of the world teaching life skills (practical trade skills, he is also an electrician and a qualified teacher) he tours with his wife Kylie as half of the Americana / Folk Duo, ‘The Sweet Sorrows’. He has two children and two grandchildren. Sammy lives in Wexford Ireland and occasionally gets to live in his own home for part of the year

Buy Link 

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I adored every page of this book! It’s been a while since I have read a fantasy book, but Finn filled me with excitement and wonder on his journey.

I especially liked the illustrations

They added to the wonder of mermaids and leprechauns, the detail in the drawings is beautiful. I also liked how the author added how to say some words at the bottom of the page.

A total of 163 pages had me finishing in just over a day – I’ll be honest, I didnt want it to end! Reading Finn and his grandma’s adventure to find his little sister, Evie, had me turning those pages. I was also eager to find out who they came across along the way.

I hope this isn’t the only book like this that the author writes, I hope there will be more adventures for Finn in the future.

Granny Franny’s Big Red Bus By Sonia Beldom. | #Review @soniabeldom

Granny Franny is always surprising her grand children, Ronni & Jax with sensational stories and surprise days out. One day she decides to do something super special for their birthday. She buys a big red bus to take them on a magical mystery tour of London; what she’s forgotten is that she can’t actually drive a bus. She then meets Thinkerbell, the talking bus bell, and everything changes. Then it starts to rain … a lot.

This children’s picture book is inspired by real life events when the author, Sonia Beldom, saved up for bus driving lessons and passed her bus drivers test so that she could drive old London buses around London’s landmarks. In her spare time from being a TV producer and executive coach Sonia often drives tourists, brides and party-goers in and around London. When the Coronavirus lockdown closed down all private hire of old London buses, she decided to write this book to help raise funds for bus-related charities. This is a book about the unbreakable bonds between grand parents and grand children. It’s about being kind, adventurous, brave and learning new things. This first story introduced Granny Franny, her grand children Ronni and Jax and Thinkerbell the talking bus bell. It’s the story of how Granny Franny first bought her bus and is the first in a series of adventures that takes everyone in the family on incredible adventures at home, overseas and maybe even to the moon.

What a fab little read! Lily-May had to sit with her vintage BIG RED BUS as we read Granny Franny’s adventure.

Thinkerbell really got Mums tongue in a twist, this added to the belly giggles throughout the book. The illustrations are perfect for this book, we especially liked the one about the dinosaur and the Queen – we now have to take a visit!

Throughout the book I kept asking Lily-May if Granny would make it back for Ronni and Jax’s birthday, not knowing added to her excitement.

A wonderfully written book by Soina, we can’t wait for more from her.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Granny-Frannys-Big-Red-Bus-ebook/dp/B089NH4438/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Granny+Franny%27s+big+red+bus&qid=1599215963&sr=8-1

The White Phoenix by Catherine Randall | #BlogTour #Review #TheWhitePhoenix @crr1randall @kaleidoscopicbt

The White Phoenix

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London, 1666. After the sudden death of her father, thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hopper and her mother must take over THE WHITE PHOENIX – the family bookshop in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. But England is at war with France and dire prophecies abound. As rumours of invasion and plague spread, Lizzie battles prejudice, blackmail and mob violence to protect the bookshop she loves. When the Great Fire of London breaks out, Lizzie must rescue more than just the bookshop. Can she now save the friend she wasn’t supposed to have? CAN THE WHITE PHOENIX RISE FROM THE ASHES?
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55101887-the-white-phoenix
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Phoenix-Catherine-Randall/dp/1913208877

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Catherine Randall was brought up in Shropshire but has lived in London since graduating from St Catherine’s College, Oxford with a degree in Modern History. Catherine worked as an editor in book publishing before taking a break to bring up her family. She took a Master’s in Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton, writing a novella for teens as part of her dissertation. Now living in southwest London, she is known in her local area as the writer of two history plays (The Teddington Review and Letters from the Front) performed in 2017 and 2018.

As a result of her research for The White Phoenix, Catherine takes workshops about the Great Fire of London into primary schools. She is passionate about encouraging reading and volunteers with the charity Prisoners’ Reading Groups. She is currently working on her second novel.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/crr1randall

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What a truly beautifully written book…. and that cover! I love the summer of the gold foil used, it really is a wow factor.

The story starts on a sad note, with Lizzie’s father passing away – what an awful thing to happen while none of the family are there.

The next question is who will run the bookshop? The White Phoenix is set in a time when women are to be home tending to the children not running a business (this narked me somewhat) I liked that Lizzie was feisty and stuck her heels in.

The story line pulled me in thick and fast, fears of the plague hitting hard, men thinking they know what is best for The White Phoenix and Lizzie’s family. So much detail has gone into writing this book and it shows.

Definitely one to recommend.

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Follow The White Phoenix blog tour, running from 28th August – 3rd September. The details of the blogs hosting this tour can be found below.

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Debut book – King of the Swamp by Catherine Emmett, Illustrated by Ben Mantle | @Emmett_cath @BenMMantle @simonkids_uk

Today we welcome Catherine Emmett and Ben Mantle to the blog!

Catherine posted about her debut book on a Family Lockdown facebook page and I asked if I could share it with all our wonderful followers 😁

Without further ado I bring to you, King of the Swamp.

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‘King of the Swamp’. by Catherine Emmett and Ben Mantle

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McDarkly lives quietly all on his own, growing orchids in his dank swamp, until one day his peace is disturbed by a rollerskating king who wants to turn the swamp into a roller-skate park! McDarkly has ten days to prove that the swamp isn’t damp and dark, but an enchanted world. Can he do it, or will he risk losing his home forever?

Waterstones says:

Brilliantly bonkers and chucklesome, Emmett and Mantle’s hugely enjoyable picture book finds a determined creature set out to save his swamp from an avaricious developer. Smuggling a thoughtful story of conservation and climate change into an anarchic knockabout, King of the Swamp will delight and educate all young readers.

To celebrate the launch, Catherine is running a drawing competition on Facebook and Twitter.  Kids are to draw ‘King of the Swamp’ and the winner will get a signed book and a free author visit for their school!

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Once upon a time, when Catherine Emmett was a lot littler than she is today, she grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne and spent a LOT of time reading books.

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Books about lots of different things, but mostly books about horses.

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When Catherine grew up, she moved to the Big Smoke where she worked in a big, boring office, making big, boring spreadsheets.

One day, Catherine was asked to give a career talk to some school children.  She didn’t want to tell them to make big, boring spreadsheets, so she told them to find something they really, really loved doing instead.

But the more she thought about what she’d told those school children, the more she began to think about what it was that she really, really loved doing.

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And one day, she packed up her house, her husband and her three small boys and she left the Big Smoke, leaving the big, boring office and the big, boring spreadsheets behind.

Catherine moved to a house surrounded by big, beautiful fields under a big, beautiful sky.  She filled the house with books and she filled the fields with horses.

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And now she had worked out what it was that she really, really loved doing, she didn’t make big boring spreadsheets anymore, now she made big, beautiful picture books instead.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherineemmettauthor

Twitter: @Emmett_cath

Insta: @Catherine_Emmett_Author

Website: http://www.catherineemmett.co.uk

Illustrator – Ben Mantle.

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Ben was born in Leamington Spa in 1980, and developed a very early interest in things artistic, designing programme covers for school productions and even coming first in his local library colouring-in competition. From there he went on to study animation at Surrey Institute of Art & Design, graduating in 2003.. He then gained valuable experience working on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” before moving to Brighton to work as ‘Head of Animation’ in a media company, focusing on Character and Background design.
He was also part of the Animation team creating the BAFTA winning ‘Big and Small’ CBeebies website. Since 2008, Ben has been working as a Children’s Book Illustrator from his shared studio in Brighton and he also produces screen prints and digital artwork to exhibit. He illustrated ‘Callum’s Incredible Construction Kit’ which won the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book prize 2013.

Website – http://www.benmantle.co.uk

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/BenMMantle

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Ben-Mantle-illustration-163019703868052/

#BlogTour #Review #HomeAloneHarry by Jerry Rhodes and Rachael Messiter – Illustrated by Nicky Hill | @TalkingPaws @rararesources

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Harry is a mischievous young dog, adored by his family, Dad and Mum, Maisie (8) and Max (5). When the family leave him on his own he creates chaos. Dad demands, “That bad dog must go!” Alone and sad in bed that evening, Max asks, “Can anyone help?” How will the Thunkies respond to his call?
Purchase Link – https://shop.thunkies.com/

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Jerry Rhodes’ life-long research and teaching is the inspiration behind ‘Home Alone Harry’, this first book in a series for children featuring the cartoon characters, Thunkies®. After completing his degree and teacher training at Oxford University, Jerry’s career as a school-master was cut short by polio. He changed course to a management career in industry, discovered his talents for creativity, and formed his world-wide consultancy to collaborate with international organisations. A special project with Philips led to the discovery of ‘Thinking-Intentions’, to which he has now given the playful name, Thunkies®. Jerry writes his books from his weather-beaten old farmhouse in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds.

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Rachael Messiter, a Dog Listener, uses the approach known as Amichien® Bonding pioneered by Jan Fennell. Rachael has her own practice, Talking Paws, based in Staffordshire. Previously she lived with wolves for close on two years in Colorado, USA, to learn how packs work. She has identified a group of issues that dog owners experience that are due to the well-meaning but flawed behaviours of owners, rather than ‘nuisance’ dogs. How to properly avoid and resolve such troublesome issues will be the theme of each book in the series Thunkies® love Dogs.

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Nicky Hill is an illustrator and storyteller from Winterbourne near Bristol. Her artwork is featured throughout the Thunkies® Love Dogs books, bringing a bright, vibrant style that captures the imagination. A great lover of animals both wild and domestic, Nicky also illustrates and writes her own series of books about ‘The Wotton Pack’; a group of inquisitive pooches who spend their days and nights having many adventures. She currently lives with her own pack of three dogs in Wotton-under-Edge, a small town in Gloucestershire, where she also co-runs the shop called ‘The Collective’.

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Social Media Links
Website – https://thunkies.com/
Shop – https://shop.thunkies.com/
Facebook – @thunkies
Instagram – @thunkies
Pinterest – thunkiesteam

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I read this to my 4 year and the dog, Alfie joins us every evening for story time, so this was a fun book to read together.

I loved the idea of this not only being a sory book but also a teaching book. Lily-May linked Harry and Alfies habits, Alfie will pine if our eldest goes out without him and he can be a little naughty as a result. At just 4 years old Lily-May realised that through this book. She understood why Harry was seen as being ‘naughty’ and she wasn’t happy with Dad saying he had to go!!

Its beautifully written and the illustrations are wonderful, bright, bold and a little cartoon like. Definitely a thumbs up for that.

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Follow this great and fun blog tour by reading the other readers and bloggers thought to Home Alone Harry.

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#BlogTour #Excerpt #TheHauntingAtParadiseHouse bykillian Wolf | @Killian_Wolf22 @rararesources

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The Haunting at Paradise House
If you were given the chance to become a powerful sorceress, would you leave behind everything you thought you knew?
When Addison is offered the position of her dreams through a mysterious phone call, she rises to the occasion and moves to the Florida Keys to a mansion called Paradise House. Footsteps from playful ghosts, a room of killer dolls, and an all too intelligent owl lead her to the mysteries that lie within the walls, to reveal the true reason behind her invitation. When dark forces get a hold of her and her patient, Addison is left with no choice but to take extreme measures to protect the ones she loves. Will Addison be able to acquire the necessary skills fast enough in order to protect her patient, and defeat the evil entities that thrive in the mansion?

Purchase Links
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-Paradise-House-Reapers-Veil-ebook/dp/B07YSX85V5/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-haunting-at-paradise-house-killian-wolf/1132250095?ean=2940161216682

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-haunting-at-paradise-house

Trailers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cRH2NEPDBU

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Killian Wolf is a Miami, FL native who enjoys pirates, rum, and skulls as much as she loves writing about dark magick and sorcerers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology and a Master of Science in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy.

Killian writes books about obtaining magickal powers and stepping into other dimensions. She lives in England with her husband, a tornado of a cat, and the most timid snake you’d ever meet.

When she isn’t writing, you might find her at an Archaeological dig, rock climbing, or sipping on dark spiced rum while working on a painting.

Social Media Links –
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/killianwolf22/
Twitter- @Killian_Wolf22
Instagram- killian_wolf

Giveaway to Win a paperback copy of The Haunting at Paradise House (UK Only)

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Extract from “The Haunting at Paradise House,” book one of “Reapers of the Veil”
By Killian Wolf

There was movement on the blankets by her feet. She couldn’t move her neck to see what was crawling up her legs. It felt like sharp pins inching their way up her body. In a panic, she tried to shake them off but was still unable to move.
Then a heavy weight pressed down on her chest and an icy cold breath snarled close to her face.
Her breathing stalled. Addison tried opening her mouth to scream but her lips were frozen shut, and no sound would come. Her eyes were heavy, but she tried to squint in order to make out the figure in the blackness. It was too dark. Whatever it was moved in closer to her head and smelled her hair.
Addison shut her eyes again as tightly as she could, holding her breath. Her insides jolted, and she felt a sharp pain pressing down on her stomach. What was that? Knives? The feeling shifted swiftly, and she caught the sharp movement of claws and a tail by her feet. Her heart skipped a beat.
She tried again to move and scream, but it was no use.
“Dax,” she screamed inside her head.
The creature moved towards her again and closed its large claws down on her neck. She screamed silently, gasping for breath. Her esophagus closed as the creature tightened its grip. Her mind grew hazy and her heartbeat slowed.
Then something happened. The creature let go. She felt it release its pressure, but she still could not move. What’s happening?
A buzzing sound vibrated in her ears, growing louder and louder, sending her eardrums to the point of bursting. The bedroom spun uncontrollably around her.
Then, she lifted. Am I dying?
Trying to peer through the darkness, she looked for some sort of sign. The buzzing had finally stopped, and everything went silent. She ascended completely above her body, but there was no bright light.
It was still dark only now she could finally make out the details of the room. Her room. She was still there.
Addison could finally move again. She spun around, her arms wrapping around herself effortlessly. She felt lighter than a feather. Looking into the mirror in front of her bed, she saw herself, only it did not look like her. The person floating in the mirror before her was smaller than expected, like a floating ghost. Despite her bodiless form, she shivered. Am I dead?
She looked down at her hands. They were tiny, and blue. They left a trail that followed as she moved. Addison’s mouth dropped as she counted only four fingers in each hand.
Glancing down at the bed, her eyes widened at the hand lying beside her. She jumped, which almost sent her flying to the ceiling.
Who is that? She tried to nudge the hand, but it barely moved. It was heavy, stiff and cold. Addison gasped at the strange sensation. The hand beside her was hers. She looked down and saw her lifeless body lying on the bed, covered with scorpions. I died? How can I be dead?
It took her a moment to process the situation. There was being choked…then there was the paralysis…the beast. She turned again, slowly.
And there it was.
The first thing she noticed was its size despite it being almost as black as the room. Its chest was larger than her head. Its flaming red eyes burned with emptiness and wrath. It opened its elongated jaw to show its long sharp fangs, snarling at her. Its face was menacing. Too frightened to move, they stared at each other for a moment. Can it still hurt me?
The creature backed itself into position like a lion ready to pounce on its prey. That’s when she jolted back. Addison flew up to the ceiling and the beast darted after her. I can fly? I’m flying! Addison flew through the door and out of the room. She didn’t want to look behind her, so she hid in the first place she spotted, under a table behind the family room couch.
She closed her eyes and waited. If she had a pulse, she knew it would be off the charts right now. Oddly enough, she could still feel her heart beating. The silence surrounding her was intense. The house felt completely lifeless. She opened her eyes as if expecting the creature to have gone away. The room looked empty. Is it gone? Addison heard breathing coming from behind her. Oh no… She turned around hoping that it had been her imagination.
The creature was there, its mouth gaping. It licked his lips and leaped towards her.

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#BlogTour #Excerpt #TheGiftOfEvil by Frank Hinks | @talesofraimon #GiftOfEvilBook #DarkroomTours

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Gift of Evil by Frank Hinks

The Gift of Evil tells how Griselda the witch turned to evil when but a child. Number 19 in the Tales of Ramion, it is the first in a prequel series which follows the witch Griselda from birth and written to be enjoyed independently of previous stories. Sir Tancred Grunch wants an heir, but not a baby. When he decides to let his granddaughter stay with her parents until the age of five, the Princess of the Night (source of evil) screams in fury. Stupid man! By the age of five Griselda may be set in the path of good! The Princess sends birthday presents to ensure Griselda follows the path of evil.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47821231-the-gift-of-evil

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Evil-Tales-Ramion/dp/1909938297

I took the book sleeve of so I could see what was hiding underneath, have to say I do love the red and white contrast!

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By day, Frank Hinks is a prominent and well-respected Chancery QC based in London, with an international practice which includes Hong Kong, Cayman, Bermuda, BVI and the Bahamas. Outside his highly successful legal practice, Frank has always had a passion for storytelling. The Ramion adventures were inspired by the bedtime stories he would create every night for his own children. Wife taught not self-taught Frank developed his abilities as an artist under the critical gaze of his wife Susan Haire, fine artist, President of the London Group (founded 1913) and inspiration for the witch Griselda. Frank has produced over 600 full page gouache paintings for the Tales of Ramion series, assisted by his son Alexander (graduated Wimbledon College of Art with Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for best degree show). Frank works mainly in a small art studio off his room in Serle Court chambers in Lincoln’s Inn.

Website: https://www.ramion-books.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RamionBooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ramionbooks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talesoframion/

Let’s have a peek inside, shall we…

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#BlogTour #Review #LulusGuideToSpace | @SweetCherryPub @Darkroomtours #LulasGuideToSpace #ShaunTheSheep #DarkroomTours

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Lu-La’s Guide to Space

Official movie-tie in for the Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon.
Learn all about space with Lu-La! This guide is packed with interested facts, colourful images, stickers and posters.
Packed with scientific facts to inspire a love for space for inspiring young minds! Perfect for children aged 6+.

Information about the Book
Title: Lu-La’s Guide to Space
Release Date: 26th September 2019
Genre: MG
Page Count: 32
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guide-Space-Official-Shaun-Sheep/dp/1782265902/

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Official junior novel for the Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon

Shaun is an unusually clever sheep living on a northern English farm, but his life is far from boring!
Fascinated with what the humans are up to, Shaun always finds himself in trouble.

This is a must-read for fans of Shaun the Sheep and is the perfect tie-in for Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Faramaggedon.

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Official 2020 annual for the Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon

Shaun is an unusually clever sheep living on a northern English farm, but his life is far from boring!
Fascinated with what the humans are up to Shaun always finds himself in trouble.

Fans of the TV show will love interacting with Shaun and his flock, and this fun-packed annual is a great way to celebrate Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon.

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Search and find Shaun the Sheep in all of these fun locations!

Shaun is an unusually clever sheep living on a northern English farm, but his life is far from boring! Fascinated with what the humans are up to Shaun always finds himself in trouble.

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Oh my word!

Talk about taking me back to my childhood!!

I’m not sure who had more fun with these, the 4 year old or me?!!

Hats of to Sweet Cherry Publishing for producing these rather addictive books. They are bright, bold, colourful and page turningly awesome!

Lily-May loved Lu-La’s guide to space, especially the stickers in the back and the solar system poster which is currently stuck on her bedroom wall.

For The official film guide we broke it down into chapters. Only being 4 one chapter before bed was as long as the attention span lasted. She loves aliens so I knew she would enjoy this book, she even asked questions along the way.

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The Farmageddon Annual is stunning!

Its bright, bold colours have me mesmerised. There is so much detail in this book, Sweet Cherry have certainly thought of everything for this book. Puzzles, facts, posters, quizzes, drawings… the list is endless!

Lily-May has loved doing the mazes and spot the difference puzzles, she has her pencils at the ready for design you own sections (pics will be loaded onto instagram as and when she let’s me photograph her work)

And finally, the book that has caused many a giggle….. Where’s Shaun? The man in the stripy outfit eat your heart out! We have had hours of fun finding all the hidden pictures, the sheep on Tower Bridge is our favourite!

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Tour Schedule

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Monday 30th September
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@mumof2point5

Tuesday 1st October
@minireviewers

Wednesday 2nd October
@daydreamin_star

Thursday 3rd October
@irish_bookfairy

Friday 4th October
@beinguniquebooks
@donna_marie_r85

Saturday 5th October
@rebeccajlsk

Sunday 6th October
@mummyanndmex2

Monday 7th October
@thebookishfairyblog
@relentlesslypurple

Tuesday 8th October
@dough_nut81

Wednesday 9th October
@emmaarosaliine

Thursday 10th October
@mummysnowyowl

Friday 11th October
@crazycarneysmum
@emilys_book_corner

Saturday 12th October
@catskidschaos

Sunday 13th October
@smallhousebigtrips

#AuthorTakover – #SpaceDust by E. De Sousa

We have a wonderful treat for you today! Eloise De Sousa, the author of Space Dust is taking over…… so enough from me and over to Eloise!!!

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As this is my first blog tour, I’m really excited to be here and share my new children’s book, Space Dust, with you. Thank you, Nicola, for hosting me today.
Written under interesting circumstances and very little time, the book came into being after a chat with my local librarian. I met with her to enquire about starting a children’s writing workshop at the library. She, on the other hand, wanted an author to do reading sessions during the Summer Reading Challenge held over the six-week school break. With little hesitation, I agreed to do the story telling but thought, how much fun would it be to read a book that follows the theme of the Challenge? Hey presto, the book suddenly became an idea, a seed waiting to be planted. With less than two months to write, illustrate and publish the book before the Challenge began, I could feel the pressure of trying to create a book that would accommodate the wide age range of children attending the library events. Boring sentences containing vast amounts of information on space just didn’t work!
After my first attempt, I decided the best thing to do was ask the children at my school for feedback. What better group to do that than my Book Club! Ruthless and honest, they tore the book to shreds, leaving me feeling rather deflated. The book had to be scrapped.
After a gruelling day of teaching those delightful critics, I mentioned my epic fail to my son and one of the teachers passing my desk. In no time at all, we had a brain storming session and came up with various plots, themes and character profiles ready to entice even the strictest young critic. With new ideas fighting for prime position, I went home and started writing numerous drafts of the book, each one different in their attack but not strong enough to call them good.
Then, it happened. The dream. It whispered and whimpered in my sluggish brain, singing rhymes and telling tales in the early hours of the morning. I woke up with Little One’s voice crystal clear in my head; Big Ox’s bald patch shone in the sun in my mind and their story began.

Thank you for stopping by and finding out a bit more about this special story crafted for the local libraries to support their Summer Reading Challenge. Please click on the link below if you haven’t already ordered your copy of Space Dust.

Click here to order your copy of Space Dust.

Do send in your pics and reviews of the book, or any of the others. I’d love to share them with the rest of the readers.

Here is a list of my children’s books available now:

If you would like to find out more about my books or about me, please click on any of the links below:
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Thank you for joining me. Tomorrow, we will be visiting Belinda Missen. See you there!

#BlogTour #Review #TheOath by Michael L. Lewis | @rararesources

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The Oath THREE JUNIORS A BLOOD OATH A DEADLY OUTCOME 1955. The polished veneer of a boys’ boarding school in Northern England masks a cadre of wickedness. Seniors viciously torment any junior they deem unfit. Jonathan Simon, in his first term is warned that there are three monsters in his dorm; seniors Flicker, Sleeth and Tunk, and that the code of conduct mandates no snitching. Simon befriends two other juniors; pixie-faced Ian Gracey and witty, grossly overweight Arthur Crown. During a cross-country run, the three friends take a short cut and stumble into the cadet rifle range. Corps Sergeant Sleeth puts them through a degrading punishment using human excrement. The three juniors swear a blood oath never to allow another bully to abuse them. Will this oath be their downfall, or will they make it through the school year? Snitching could have serious consequences but keeping silent will break their blood oath. As Simon, Gracey and Crown try to survive this perilous journey, the constant threat of harm brings their friendship ever closer…

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Book Guild: https://www.bookguild.co.uk/bookshop-collection/fiction/teens-young-adult/the-oath/

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Michael L. Lewis was born and raised in England. After preparatory school in London, he was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. Michael now lives in Los Angeles, California, has a law degree, and writes full-time. He was on the Board of Trustees for several schools and has been a member of the same book club for twenty-five years.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44252300-the-oath

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAttorneyMichaelLLewis/

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The first thing that grabbed me was the cover, eerie yet eye catching!

Any school can be cruel but this one sounds brutal!! The story grabbed me as I was thrown into the boys school life and the story took on a darker side. The characters took on a life of their own in my mind and I was eager to know more. The darker side of the story had me welling up at times 😦

Definitely a read I would recommend to my friends.

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