Articles for the Month of January 2014

Hershey Learns a Lesson by D. C. Rush

In this exciting new release by D. C. Rush the bully learns a lesson.

About the book: Hershey, the notorious cat from the Robby’s Quest storybook series, is still mean-spirited and a bully. Hershey is big, strong and very fast, yet uses all his skills for the wrong reasons; to prey upon the smaller and weaker animals around his yard.

Nomi, the other cat living in the same house, is older and much smaller. Nomi has many friends around the neighborhood. One day, when Nomi’s new friend Tyson comes over for a visit, Hershey decides to attack the smaller cats, however things do not work out as he planned, and Hershey finds himself in a situation that may change him forever.

Enjoy Hershey Learns a Lesson, a story about helping each other to develop new and lasting friendships.

 

Hershey is a big, handsome cat, but unfortunately, his beauty is only skin-deep. Inside he is a bully, he loves nothing more than to frighten other animals, and this includes Nomi, an older but very pretty tan coloured cat who lives in the same house.

If you are fans of the Robby’s Quest series of children’s books, you will already have met Hershey, as the villain, a couple of times before, when he terrorises the birds. In this books he’s still up to no good, he even steals poor Nomi’s food, but what can she do, after all, he’s much bigger than her.

It seems as if there is no way to stop Hershey’s reign of terror. However, one-day, Nomi’s friend Tyson comes to play with her. Horrible Hershey spies them, and when he creeps up and scares Tyson, the events which follow, turn the tables on Hershey and change his life forever.

Suddenly, Hershey is scared and needs help. For the first time, he’s no longer in a position to be bully. However, luckily there are nice kind cats, and when Nomi and Tyson discover his problem, they help him and teach him a valuable lesson at the same time.

The author has combined a wonderful story with a clear message, a great book which is beautifully illustrated by Daniela Fongia.

Available:

from Amazon on Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/Hershey-Learns-Lesson-D-C-Rush-ebook/dp/B00I0YQJK8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390764162&sr=1-1 

and Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401246

 

The Treebobs and the Dizzy Broomsticks by Declan Harney

Ever wondered how broomsticks fly – find out in this magical story.

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About the book:

Mischief and magic abound when the two wicked witches of the magical forest, Badlot Barbara and Rotten Rena, decide to open up their very own broomstick shop in the middle of the forest. Of course witches from miles around pay a visit and cause mayhem while test driving their broomsticks. However, the Treebobs come up with a most cunning plan to put the two wicked witches out of business with quite dizzying results.

 

When the peace of the forest is broken by the sound of tree saws and evil cackling, Treebob Bluebell and two fairies are sent to discover what is happening.

In a clearing, they find Rotten Rena and her cousin Badlot Barbara waving their wands and cackling with laughter as giant saws move through the air cutting down trees and scaring all the tree dwelling animals.

It’s not long before the Treebobs and fairies find out what they are doing, posters start appearing for a broomstick shop. As witches arrive from near and far, and try out broomsticks, the forest dwellers become very unhappy and they form an action committee, but what can it do?

Well, have you ever wondered what magic makes broomsticks fly?  You can discover the secret in this story, and then find out if Rotten Rena and Badlot Barbara’s plans can be thwarted, or is the forest doomed to the sound of witches zooming around, cackling with laughter, as they try out broomsticks?

A brilliantly entertaining story, which is wonderfully narrated by Lindsay Abbott.

Available from:

the Tales4All website as an Audio CD or for MP3: http://www.tales4all.co.uk/buytreebobsnow/

Amazon.com as an Audiobook http://www.amazon.com/Treebobs-Dizzy-Broomsticks/dp/B00A44447W/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1390045419

in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Treebobs-Dizzy-Broomsticks-Once-Treebob/dp/0956987303/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1390045419&sr=8-1

AudiobookCD http://www.amazon.com/Treebobs-Dizzy-Broomsticks-Declan-Harney/dp/0956987311/ref=tmm_abk_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1390045419

also from:

Amazon.co.uk as an Audiobook download http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Treebobs-Dizzy-Broomsticks-Unabridged/dp/B00A45QGW2/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

 

The Treebobs Rescue Rotten Rena by Declan Harney

 A magical story.

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About the book:

In this magical story from the ever-popular Treebob series, Rotten Rena, the wicked witch of the enchanted forest, comes up with yet another mad scheme involving one of her very own magical potions. Of course since Rotten Rena isn’t the cleverest of witches it all goes wrong with hilarious results! Of course its up to the Treebobs to rescue her.

 

 

Poor Rotten Rena is not very good at magic, however, when she finds an old book she decides one of the potions will be the perfect way for her to make her fortune.

Potion made, she sets up a stall in the forest, unfortunately, the forest dwellers are frightened of her, and the only person to appear is her cousin, Badlot Barbara, who is also a wicked witch.

Taunted, Rotten Rena takes her own potion, only to discover it was not what she thought it was…

Luckily, good fairy Bindweed Bell has seen it all, and knows Badlot Barbara will be far worse than Rotten Rena for the forest dwellers, so the Treebobs and fairies send out a search party.

They soon find her, but will they be able to help, and if so, how?

This is a wonderful story, the comical wicked witches and clever working together of the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest are brought magically to life by the narrator Lindsay Abbott.

Available from:

the Tales4All website in MP3 format: http://www.tales4all.co.uk/product/treebobs-rescue-rotten-rena-mp3/

and also as an audiobook from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Treebobs-Rescue-Rotten-Rena/dp/B00A46MQJI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389879899&sr=8-1&keywords=the+treebobs+rescue+rotten+rena

and Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Treebobs-Rescue-Rotten-Rena-Unabridged/dp/B00A45QKQ4/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

The Treebobs and the Giant Mole by Declan Harney

Magic and mayhem in the Enchanted Forest.

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About the book: 

Another fun filled Treebob story straight from the magical forest.

When Rotten Rena a truly wicked witch makes an enemy of Mole Hill Marge she does so at her peril as Marge is famous for being a very stubborn mole indeed. However not even Rotten Rena dares to imagine the lengths that Marge will go to in order to get her own back but Rena soon finds out when Mole Hill Marge becomes Mountain Marge and its down to the Treebobs to save the day.

 

 

One day, the peace of the Enchanted Forest is disturbed by Rotten Rena and Mole Hill Marge arguing, Marge is a large mole, and she’s sitting on top of her hill wearing sunglasses, she loves digging and insists she will dig whenever and wherever she likes, despite threats from Rotten Rena.

Later that day, whilst digging, a happy singing Marge comes across the wicked witch Badlot Barbara’s cottage. Badlot Barbara is not friends with her cousin Rotten Rena, today and so she agrees to help Marge take revenge on Rotten Rena, and gives her a magic potion.

The next day the ground trembles as a gigantic Marge tunnels through the earth. As she causes havoc, it is apparent that something has to be done to stop her, but what?

I love listening to audio books and, even as an adult, I find the adventures of the Treebobs relaxing and entertaining. The magic and characters are delightful and the story is brought alive by the wonderful voices of Lindsay Abbott.

Available from:

The Tales4All website for MP3: http://www.tales4all.co.uk/buytreebobsnow/

and as an Audiobook from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Treebobs-Giant-Mole/dp/B00A46MPFS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389701559&sr=8-1&keywords=treebobs+and+the+giant+mole

and Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Treebobs-Giant-Mole-Unabridged/dp/B00A45QCBW/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

How the Treebobs came to be, a Video Story by Declan Harney

The story of how the Treebobs began is a lovely one and a great introduction to this wonderful series of children’s books about the magical Treebobs.

You can hear it on the  Tales4All website in its ‘Storytime Corner’ http://www.tales4all.co.uk/storytimecorner/ or by clicking the link below.

Through the wonderful voices of the narrator, we discover all about how the Treebobs came to be. We learn that they were elves, who originally lived in a beautiful valley, which had everything they needed, and they were very happy. However, one day a terrible thing happens and before long, they are forced to find another home.

After a long journey, they arrive at a valley with a dense magical forest in it, could this be their new home?

Well, many creatures live in this forest including wicked witches and lovely fairies, as the elves discover. However, luckily, their journey has a happy ending, but what that is, you will just have to listen to find out.

 This video takes me back to special times reading stories with my children. I find myself just wanting to turn back the clock, sit them on my knees, cuddle them and say, “Now, if you’re ready, then the story will begin.”

Bella…A French Life by Marilyn Z. Tomlins

A wonderful story.

About the book:

An Evocative French Love Story.

Men leave, says Bella.

There is Jean-Louis – French, a successful Paris lawyer and wealthy, elegant and a good-looker, but arrogant, selfish and scornful of ‘losers’.
And he is married and the father of two daughters.
Colin – English, a writer, cultured, kind and protective – steps into Bella’s life, but in his own words, “I always run. I always have to be elsewhere, in some other place.”
Will Jean-Louis leave his wife? Will Colin stop running? Bella, alone this winter at her guest house on the beautiful Normandy coast of France, recalls words once said – pray that your loneliness will spur you into finding something to live for, something great enough to die for – and she hopes that this ‘something’ will be either Jean-Louis or Colin.

 

Romantic, intelligent and truly evocative of the sights, sounds and tastes of rural Normandy; Bella…A French Life will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

 

About Marilyn Z. Tomlins:

Marilyn lives and writes in Paris. She writes whatever takes her fancy: spoof news, book reviews, posts for her blog, gossip about showbiz stars, short stories, books, poetry. She also reports on crime. She was born in British Colonial Africa and is a British national. Eight years ago she became interested in the Second World War French serial killer, Dr Marcel Petiot and she researched him for two years. Over the next two tears she wrote DIE IN PARIS and, then, for the following two, rewrote it and then edited the rewrites.

 

Set in Normandy, France this is a love story, which was born in the tragedy of war.  When Bella’s parents fell in love, it was against all the rules, however, rules, as they say, are there to be broken, and in the face of adversity, their love endured.

If you live, or have lived in a small rural community, you will know that although they are tight knit and very supportive, these communities forget nothing, events are retold through generations even after many years have past.

Bella’s story is one of tragedy, acceptance, love and longing, and of two very different men Jean-Louis, the charismatic Frenchman and Colin, a thoughtful English writer.

The author has written a wonderful story, which is beautifully descriptive and held my attention until the very end.

Available from amazon in Paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Bella-French-Life-Marilyn-Tomlins/dp/0992670039/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1389116282&sr=8-1

and in Kindle format: http://www.amazon.com/Bella-French-Life-Marilyn-Tomlins-ebook/dp/B00GN5E29Q/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1389116282

Forebears by John Needham

A review pre-release of a fascinating story of discovery spanning the 20th and 21st Centuries.

A fascinating story.

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This story starts with Jay, standing in the church at the funeral of his Grandmother, June. After the wake, his Granddad offers him the opportunity to read his Grandmother’s diaries, which she has kept since she was a child.

That night, Jay and his partner Helen snuggle up together and open one of the journals….

As they begin turning the pages, they find themselves drawn back through the years to June’s childhood.  But then another, parallel narrative appears: we are taken back two more generations to begin with June’s own grandmother.

The story spans 105 years, and follows generations of the same family, down the female line, starting with Juniper, an attractive young woman who becomes a Governess in 1906. Her life, like so many others was moulded by circumstances beyond her control. When World War 1 started, everyone, including her boyfriend was sure it would be over by Christmas, but unfortunately, as we know it was not, and our glimpse into her life gives a wonderful insight into what living before, during and after the First World War was really like.

As the story progresses, I found it fascinating to read about the changes in attitudes, fashions and morals throughout the 20th and into the 21st Century.

At the end there is the opportunity to sample the authors debut novel ‘Convergence’, which is about Martin, one of the characters in this book.

This, in my opinion would make a good book for students of Modern History to read, or anyone interested in family life in the 20th and 21st Century. Within its pages  you will find it all, love, life, birth death, the full gamut of emotions. At the very end there is a satisfying, surprise plot twist.

The Telephone That Talked by Declan Harney

Now for something different!

The Telephone That Talked is one of the stories in a book called The Shop That Sold Wishes and Magic by Declan Harney.

It is featured on the Tales4All website in its ‘Storytime Corner’ http://www.tales4all.co.uk/storytimecorner/


This story is called ‘The Telephone that Talked.’ Now if you are like me, you sometimes find yourselves talking to inanimate objects, especially if they are frustrating you, well this story will make you think because the telephone talks back!

However, I am getting ahead of myself. In a small village there is an antiques shop owned by a lady called Mary. This shop is mysterious because, with every purchase you make, you sometimes get a novelty gift, one you don’t find out about until afterwards.

Living in the same village is Miss Grimshaw, she’s the sort of ‘good soul’ who can always be relied upon to help in an emergency, bake cakes, child mind, and who never chases anyone for payment. Everyone uses her, but no one cares about her, and therefore, she’s so lonely, sometimes she goes shopping just to see somebody…

One day Miss Grimshaw goes into the antiques shop, she cannot remember ever having gone in before, however Mary seems to know her. She persuades her to take an old Candlestick Telephone, and when she asks how much it is, she receives an unusual reply.

Back home, Miss Grimshaw plugs the phone in, however, no one calls, next time she goes out, people give her strange glances, poor Miss Grimshaw cannot understand why.

However, when she finds out she discovers something truly magical has happened and her life is changed forever.

I loved listening to this slightly creepy story, and am intrigued to find out about the others, in this book.

 

“Warning Shot” – Nick Seven, Book 3 by Tim Smith

A fast paced action thriller.

Warning Shot (Nick Seven)

Author Bio:

Tim Smith is an award-winning best selling author whose books range from romantic mystery/thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. He is also an award-winning freelance photographer.

About the book:

Nick Seven and Felicia Hagens left the CIA for the laidback ease of the Florida Keys, leaving behind a life of intrigue. When Nick’s former mentor becomes part of a conspiracy with international repercussions, Nick breaks his self-imposed exile to stop him. The case throws Nick and Felicia into a juggernaut of espionage, government cover-ups and political assassinations. Will they succeed in stopping the plan in time? Can their relationship survive another unwanted adventure?

Author’s Website: www.timsmithauthor.com

 

In some lines of work, strong friendships develop between men, born of mutual respect, loyalty and trust. Having absolute faith that your partner will be watching your back can mean the difference between life and death in some professions.  Working for the CIA is one of these professions and   Nick Seven and his mentor Special Agent Gadge Harmon had such a relationship.

However, the repercussions of a stakeout in Brooklyn, New York one night in 2006 changed both their lives forever.

Now, years later, Nick has retired from the CIA and has settled in the Key Largo, Florida, with his beautiful sexy ex-spy girlfriend Felicia. Putting  the life of a spy behind him, Nick is happy, life is good as they say. Then one day he receives a surprise visit from Gadge’s wife Verna, a woman who has never liked him.

From her, he sadly learns how life has been for his old friend and mentor. His last job before he retired was at the Guantanamo Bay facility overseeing the detainees. Gadge is a meticulous follower of the rules, and unfortunately he cannot come to terms with what he saw there, and the experience, she says, has changed him immeasurably. Verna is very worried and she thinks he is in self-destruct mode, however, after visiting him, Nick realises very quickly that there is more going on than meets the eye, Gadge is hiding something. But what is it?

He calls in the help of a trusted colleague, and with the assistance of his girlfriend, Felicia they battle to discover what is really happening, and what they can do to help his old friend and mentor. In their desperate search for answers they delve deep into hidden corners, however, nothing prepares them for the secrets they discover, a web of political intrigue, cover-ups and a conspiracy of international proportions.

I loved reading this fast moving thriller so much that I just could not put it down and finished it in one sitting. It was jam-packed full of action and excitement right from the start, a great story with many twists and turns to keep you guessing and some very explicit sexy scenes.

This is the first book I have read by this author, it was everything I could have asked for in a spy thriller and I shall certainly be looking out for his others.

Available from Amazon on Kindle:
 

http://www.amazon.com/Warning-Shot-Nick-Seven-ebook/dp/B00FDJPKS0/ref=la_B002HDEN4M_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380064039&sr=1-12

This book will soon be available on Nook, Smashwords and All Romance E-books, among other sites.