Articles for the Month of December 2012

Southern Adventures by Tracy Kauffman

A lovely, thought provoking story.

Southern Adventures

Photo’s can be very thought provoking. For the viewer they have the power to bringing back memories, of all kinds.

The book opens with Kay looking through her old photo albums, recalling her memories.

She starts with her earliest, her childhood in Harvest, Alabama and the happy times she shares with her sisters and family. However as the book progresses we learn of places she visits, her highs and lows, her loves, and the tragedies of those around her.

The reader watches her transformation until, as the book draws to a close, she looks back, reflecting over all her achievements, wishes, prayers and dreams, and finishes with words of wisdom.

This is a lovely gentle story of one girls life in Alabama and other places, very personal and with an important message at the end.

Available in paperback and as a Nook Book at:-


Barnes and Noble

As a Nook Book


Points of View by Tony Thorne MBE

A fantastic and imaginative futuristic spy thriller.








Horace Mayberry has always dreamed of becoming a special agent, but being born with eye problems, his dreams seem even more impossible when, just after his 17th birthday he becomes totally blind.

Then Professor Oscar Freeman enters his life and offers him a revolutionary procedure, which he has developed at his special nanotechnological laboratory.

Soon Horace discovers the laboratory is government funded, and the military have many uses for his eyes. His training commences and Captain Aubrey Jacksons is assigned to look after him. It is soon obvious to everyone that the potential uses for the eyes go way beyond anyone’s expectations.

However, danger is forever present for Horace, in the form of Rudolph Beckmann, who wants to steal the technology for his own uses.

Will Rudolph Beckmann succeed?

Will Horace fulfil his dream of becoming a special agent?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this futuristic, action packed thriller. Its fast pace and intriguing technological possibilities left me hoping that Tony Thorne has many more adventures lined up for Horace Mayberry in the future.


Available in paperback from:-


Barnes and Noble

or as a Nook Book

Brianna the Ballet Fairy (KiteReaders Fairy Series) [Kindle Edition]

New Release on Kindle  – Brianna the Ballet Fairy

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Brianna the smallest fairy is dreaming that one day she might dance for the Fairy Queen, when a naughty pixie overhears.

Will the pixie’s magic really help her to learn to dance?

A friendly dragonfly whispers the truth to her, and then Brianna and the reader discover the message hidden in this enchanting book.

This is my favourite book so far, a lovely rhyming story with beautiful illustrations by Kimberley Soderberg.

I imagine, it will be loved, by any little girl who loves fairies’ and dancing.


Best Friends Patchs and Princess by Diane Marie Lumpkins


A nice stocking filler – for very young children.


Patch the rabbit and Princess the Miniature Doberman are the best of friends who love to spend their day playing happily together.

In this beautifully illustrated little book, young children can enjoy being read to, or trying to read about their adventures. There are also Bonus pages at the end of the book to be coloured in.




Day of reckoning by Roger Knowles


Day of Reckoning by Roger Knowles

Product Details

Available in Kindle format.


Simon is just an ordinary family man, wife, two children, and a dog called Orph.

This story chronicles one of his days, a day when a combination of farsical work situations and comical family events leads him to question whether he can change his future completely, start a new career perhaps? Having read The Naked Emperor I was looking forward to reading this prequel and I wasn’t dissapointed.

What a difference a day makes….

I can recommend this hilarious book as a brilliant read to anyone who just wants to smile for a change.




This book is only available as a Kindle book, as are all Roger Knowles books.

Roger suffers from CFS/ME and his books are sold to raise money for and awareness of CFS/ME.

Richard the Lionheart by Tracy Kauffman

Richard the Lionheart Man and King.










Available as a paperback at Amazon

and Barnes and Noble


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this very interesting book, which chronicles in a very readable way, and great detail, the life of King Richard I.

Starting with his birth in Beaumont Place, Oxford, England in 1157, to his childhood, where he was given to the Franks, for slave labour, by his own father, who disliked him, through no fault of his own. We discover how he managed to enter the court of King Phillip II, who came to think of him as a son, and where he was trained as a knight.

Through this book, we learn about Richard boy and man. How he gained the title Richard the Lionheart, his close relationship with his mother who he loved dearly, his family and friends, his military career, and rise to the throne as Richard I, King of England.

There’s so much information contained in this book, how he gained his reputation as a great crusader, his meeting with Robin Hood, his loves, his marriage to Princess Berengaria of Navarre and his children.

It finishes with his untimely death in 1199, his successor, and the fate of his Queen.

Convergence by John Needham

A gentle and thought provoking inter-racial love story available in Kindle format.







Having enjoyed carrying out many house renovations, when Martin Spencer decides to stop, and make the second of a pair of cottages an income, by renting it out, he discovers that being a landlord isn’t as easy as he thought it would be.

Martin had married, very young, Judith, his Indian landlord’s beautiful daughter, and they had had two children. Never racist, he welcomes his new black tenant Lily Richards, who has found herself sadly alone in the world in later life too. Very soon they are enjoying each other’s company, and an easy friendship develops.

As Martin and Lily share their very different lives with each other, the reader, gains an insight into the prejudices, from both sides, associated with mix marriages through the decades.

The book actually continues into the future, following their lives forward….

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this gentle, love story. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, there are many life lessons, nestled, within the pages of this lovely book.

Athletic antics (Birdgirl) by Kimberley Jane Pryor

Kimberley’s love and knowledge about birds, especially birds of prey, comes shining through in this very enjoyable book about a girl called Ava and the magical Rainbow Bird.

Athletics antics (Birdgirl)

Available on kindle.


Ava loves birds and is very caring; however this doesn’t save her from being teased by the `popular’ girls at her school.

She shares a love of shot put and discus with her dad and decides that she would like to make him proud by enter these events at the School Athletics Carnival.

When spiteful teasing means the loss of something important, she calls upon her friend the Rainbow Bird for help, and is transformed into a magnificent bird of prey, which saves the day and leaves her with a good luck talisman.

Despite everything Ava comes through in the end in this great book which will appeal especially to girls and lovers of birds of prey, as it has some fascinating facts about the Black-shouldered Kite in the back.


Forgive To Win!: End Self-Sabotage. Get Everything You Want

Forgive to Win! by Walter Jacobson







Available in paperback and Kindle format.


Walter Jacobson has, in this book produced a clear recipe for self-help, through helping others.

He teaches us how our negative and cruel actions and comments to others are our subconscious way of sabotaging our attempts at self-healing, fuelling our negative feelings of self-loathing and guilt. He clearly explains how we use others’ misfortune to make excuses for ourselves, and that only by learning to be forgiving and kind to others can we find the way to forgive ourselves.

Clear examples are given of how it is possible to change for the better, helping others in so many ways, and, in return, helping ourselves.

The author has provided a very well thought out formula for self help, which he presents as the Forgiveness Diet.

The Forgiveness Diet, like any diet, is composed of various requirements for balanced healthy daily living. The amounts and composition, of the various constituents are explained in detail. Included, to help in the reinforcement of the diet, are affirmations, mantras, and visualizations. The author discusses dreams, their meanings, and how they can be used in a positive way.

This is no miracle cure. The author suggests the Forgiveness Diet be followed initially for 90 days, that the depth of healing will vary from person to person, and that the changes are for life. He advises how to cope with loved ones who are worried about the new you, and warns that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Eventually, you can progress to the Success Diet, which is an expansion enabling you to embrace your goals and ambitions.

What a perfect title. I feel this book could not fail to change anyone’s life for the better, and implementing the diet would definitely make them a nicer person to others and themselves.