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Monday, 17 October 2011

Review - Meet Franklin Bean by Emmy Swain

My review of this book on Goodreads
"At this time of year we are all considering which Christmas gifts to buy. Look no further than Emmy Swain's magical children's book.. The tale is intended for children but it's a universal story about how weird it can be to move to a new place and meet new people, yet this weirdness can be coped with and make you stronger when you meet a special and amazing dog like Franklin Bean. Emmy has written a captivating and enlightening story, which is beautifully illustrated by Levi Whitworth. Looking forward to hearing more about John's adventures with Franklin Bean. “Cool frijoles”
Plus my personal note to Emmy ""My dear you are a word magician. What an enchanting and uplifting story." Want to know more, I would highly recommend visting Franklin Bean.com

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Dawn French - A Tiny Bit Marvellous

A Tiny Bit MarvellousA Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adore Dawn French. She is one of the funniest and most original ladies on television, which is why I bought her book, A Tiny Bit Marvellous. The book is written in 3 voices in a diary style; Mo, the Mum, Dora the daughter and Oscar (whose actual character name is Peter). It is a very entertaining book (with a couple of disturbing moments) and as I read it I could hear Dawn's voice through the text. Apart from the entertaining diary/story, another lovely surprise was the cake recipes and the interview at the back of the book. A bit like those DVDs you get with Bonus Material. I would highly recommend reading this book, especially if you have teenage children. In fact I would highly recommend that teenage children read this book too.

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Monday, 22 August 2011

Wrinkled Rebellion

Whilst the "ok" and "hello" crowd were getting nipped and tucked. People of substance were preparing to make a quantum shift in the "accepted" status quo.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The Phoenix Group - Rising by Colin Andrews

I have shared Twitter timelines with Colin for some months now. Trying not to sound like a stalker, but after following links from his Twitter profile to his website and being an avid reader, the urge to read Colin's stories became irresistible. The Kindle edition is available here. It is a captivating story and a review follows below.


After a motorcycle accident had left him in a wheelchair for four months, the author, Colin Andrews, started writing the Phoenix Group stories nine years ago, when his wife was expecting their first son. The story was originally written for his unborn son to read and was never intended to be published. But Colin's son, now 9 years old, has badgered his Dad to finish the story and the story has grown, as children and stories tend to do.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Colin's son. Rising is a thrilling, edge of the seat story, from start to finish. The reader is transported from newly discovered temples in the Amazon, to the Pentagon, the Peak District, London, the Brown Mountains and places Unknown.

A puzzle must to be solved, the solution will save the world but at what cost? What are the plans of the Phoenix Group?

Rising is only the first part of this four part story and introduces us to the archaeologist, Dr Mark Gillian and his team who include his nephew Pacey, Samantha (Sam), Tom and the dashing Captain Reynolds; the mysterious Jack Collins and Oz and Cook (who are so much more than soldiers).

Great characters and fast paced action/adventure/mystery that would transfer brilliantly to the screen. Can't wait to read Ascension, part two of the Phoenix Group stories, planned for release in 2012.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Empire Avenue (e) TATUM


Have been playing a very addictive social networking game on Empire Avenue

I am (e)TATUM and I am hoping to add the ticker to this blog today.

Think I'm getting the hang of this game but will reveal more about my own personal experiences on this site as I find out.