• Blog Tour

    Blog Tour: Midnight’s Twins by Holly Race (Extract)

    Title: Midnight’s Twins
    Author: Holly Race
    Release Date: 11th June 2020
    Genre: YA
    Page Count: 432
    Publisher: Hot Key32 Books
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52244702-hypnos 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnights-Twins-Holly-Race/dp/1471409163/
    Summary: Fern King is about to uncover a place that she could not have imagined in all her wildest dreams. Annwn is the dream mirror of our world, a place where Dreamers walk in their slumber, their dreams playing out all around them. An enchanted, mysterious place that feeds our own world – as without dreams, without a place where our imaginations and minds can be nourished, what kind of humans would we be?

    But Annwn is a place as full of dangers as it is wonders: it is a place where dreams can kill you. Annwn and its Dreamers are protected by an ancient order known as the Knights – and when Fern’s hated twin Ollie is chosen to join their ranks, Fern will have to do whatever she can to prove she is one of them too.

    But the world Fern discovers in Annwn, in this dream mirror of her London, is a fragile one, threatened by vicious nightmares. Nightmares that are harder and harder for the Knights to defeat. Something dark is jeopardising the peace and stability of Annwn, something that must be rooted out at all costs. And gradually, Fern realises that the danger lurking inside our sleep is more insidious and terrifying than any nightmare. Because if you can influence someone’s dreams, you can control their thoughts …


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    Blog Tour: Beer and Sauerkraut by John Morgan (Guest Post)

    Title: Beer & Sauerkraut

    Author: John Morgan

    Release Date: 9th June 2020

    Genre: Non-Fiction

    Page Count: 104

    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53845484-beer-sauerkraut 

    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beer-Sauerkraut-Insiders-Guide-Germany/dp/1913568040

    Summary:

    John Morgan was born in the UK in 1938 and qualified there as a chartered surveyor.

    He moved to Zurich for three years in 1969 to work for a US conglomerate.

    He then moved to Germany, where he eventually established a successful property consultancy firm together with a Dutch partner, selling this in due course to a German bank.

    John has a German wife and four sons and now lives in retirement on Lake Constance. Having dual nationality and conversing today mostly in German, he is now uncertain whether he is British or German!


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    Blog Tour: Pirate and R by Daniele Forni

    Title: The Pirate and R
    Author: Daniele Forni
    Genre: Picture Book
    Publication Date: 2nd June 2020
    Page Count: 30
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53666365-the-pirate-and-r 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pirate-R-Daniele-Forni/dp/1913340686/
    Summary:The Pirate and R is a simple introduction to the statistical software R, specifically aimed at future data scientists.

    Got to www.thelittledatascientist.co.uk for more codes to use and to stay up to date regarding future publications.


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    Blog Tour: A Cellist Soldier by Robert J Fanshawe (Guest Post)

    Title: A Cellist Soldier
    Author: Robert J Fanshawe
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    Publication Date: 9th June 2020
    Page Count: 276
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53668062-a-cellist-soldier 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cellist-Soldier-Robert-J-Fanshawe/dp/1913340414/
    Summary: A British Battalion moves up ready for the World War One 1917 battle of Arras. A much loved Regimental Sergeant Major is blown up, the man taking his place intensely disliked. A patrol is sent into No Man’s Land to rescue a casualty crying for help.

    One soldier, a cello player, throws his rifle away when the wrong casualty is shot in frustration. Threatened with Court Martial, he walks alone to find the real one, imagining playing his cello. He finds him, legs impossibly injured, pulls him from the mud and carries him towards a German medical station.

    The casualty, Sergeant John Wall, a real soldier shot for desertion in 1917, dies and the cello player is taken prisoner. He runs from the medical station wearing a red cross apron. On returning to his own line he is arrested.

    Witness a flawed Court Martial and a bizarre final ‘victory’ which is to have a profound effect on Ben the cellist’s friend and the fundamental question of justice in war.


  • Blog Tour

    Blog Tour: Again Again by E. Lockhart (Extract)

    Title: Again Again
    Author: E Lockhart
    Genre: YA
    Publication Date: 2nd June 2020
    Page Count: 304
    Publisher: Hot Key Books
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52305282-again-again 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Again-Lockhart-ebook/dp/B07ZZCZ7G6
    Summary: In this novel full of surprises from the New York Times bestselling author of WE WERE LIARS and GENUINE FRAUD, E. Lockhart ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self discovery and possibility.

    When Adelaide Buchman’s younger brother succumbs to a drug overdose, she saves his life. In the aftermath, looking for distraction, she becomes a stylish, bright charmer who blows off school and falls madly in love – even though her heart is shattered.

    Adelaide is catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times while finally confronting her brother, their history, and her own strength.

    A raw and funny story that will surprise you over and over, Adelaide is an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people.


  • Blog Tour

    Blog Tour: Felix M Temple

    Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Felix M Temple and I am bringing you some information about his books, along with a guest post. Enjoy!


    Title: The First Law of Fate
    Author: Felix M Temple
    Genre: Thriller
    Publication Date: 4th June 2020
    Page Count: 342
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53667117-the-first-law-of-fate 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1913136868
    Summary: The Russians, Chinese and Americans are planning to control satellites. The French program secret additional functions to a satellite. The Italians are working for a number of Gulf States to include secret interception facilities.

    The Russians know about the French plans, so do the British. Secret files are hacked from some US military systems.

    François Duhamel investigates for the DGSE. CIA agent Bruce Waller flies to Paris. Sir Charles Beresford of MI6 has to work out why the President of the US thinks there is a British double agent. The three friends work together for their mutual benefit.

    The British think Michael Cocke is responsible. The Turks buy intelligence from him. They believe he has double-crossed them.

    The Russians obtain a copy of American agents in Russia, and the British discover a list of Russian agents in the Middle East. The Indians obtain a Chinese document they give to MI6.

    As the problems are resolved, Michael Cocke’s life is expendable. The Turks hand him over to the Russians; the Americans and Russians have time to get their officers out; the Chinese agree not to attack the British in exchange for the return of the secret document; the French avoid a collapse of the government.


  • Blog Tour

    Blog Tour: The Broccolis by J.C. Allan

    Title: The Broccolis
    Author: J C Allan
    Genre: Picture Book
    Publication Date: 21st May 2020
    Page Count: 22
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53439458-the-broccolis 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Broccolis-J-C-Allan-ebook/dp/B087RS1JSC
    Summary: Meet the Broccolis – your vegetable super hero family.

    This is their first adventure together!

    Next time, you will be able to continue the adventure at Barney’s Birthday. Keep an eye out for book two where their story continues.


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    Blog Tour: If Only They Could Talk by Ian Walker

    Title: If Only They Could Talk
    Author: Ian Walker
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    Publication Date: 28th May 2020
    Page Count: 270
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53482988-if-only-they-could-talk 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/If-Only-They-Could-Talk/dp/1913340279/
    Summary: Miles Goodyear’s whole life has been planned out for him. Born into a wealthy brewing family in Chesterfield between the wars, he knows he will go to the local grammar school, followed by St John’s College, Oxford. After graduating, he will then follow his older brother into the family business where he will remain until the next generation eventually takes over when he retires.

    But life – and a series of bad decisions – go against him and, as a result, things turn out very differently from what was originally planned.

    If Only They Could Talk is the story of one man’s reflection on his life, his failed relationships, his regrets and his dashed hopes. It’s about someone born with so much, who loses everything as he struggles to cope with a changing world. Or at least that’s what his relatives are led to believe as they clear out his house following his death.

    Gradually, the house reveals its secrets, but nothing his relatives find there can prepare them for the final twist to Miles’s story.


  • Blog Tour,  Reviews

    Blog Tour Review: The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

    The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    Published by: Bloomsbury
    Pages: 424
    Release date: 14/05/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: Windyedge Airfield, Scotland. World War II. Louisa Adair, newly orphaned and shunned for her mixed-race heritage, has come here to the edge of the world to look after an old lady with a dark past. Jamie Beaufort-Stuart is a flight lieutenant whose squadron is posted to the airfield over winter. Ellen McEwan is a young woman held hostage by the German pilot who lands at Windyedge one wild stormy night carrying a terrible secret.
    Three young people desperate to make a difference in a war that has decimated their families, friends and country. When the means to change the course of history falls into their hands, how will they use it? And when the enemy comes looking for them, who will have the courage to strike back?
    A thrilling story of wartime secrets, international intrigue and wild courage from the award-winning
    author of Code Name Verity, with three young heroes you’ll never forget.


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    Blog Tour: Brilliant Baxter by Carol Cordrey

    Title: Brilliant Baxter at the Funfair
    Author: Carol Cordrey
    Illustrator: Tim Bulmer
    Genre: Picture Book
    Publication Date: 7th May
    Page Count: 20
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53327925-brilliant-baxter-at-the-funfair  
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Baxter-At-Fun-Fair/dp/1912850583
    Summary: An exciting visit to the Funfair for Eliza, her grandmother, Grinny, and their much loved Labrador, Brilliant Baxter. This story’s easy rhyme and vibrant illustrations are certain to delight both children and adults.

     


    FIVE FAVOURITE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

    Where’s Spot is etched on my memory because it played such a key role in encouraging both our daughters to love books.  When our elder daughter was under two years of age, she seemed to become disinterested in books and bedtime stories This book’s bright illustrations, simple language and sweet story about a puppy,  brought to life through lifting flaps, was an instant success with her and it rekindled an interest in books which has lasted her entire life.  

    Peter Rabbit is an ideal book for a young child because they can relate to its main, mischievous character with such ease and they never forget him as they grow up.  Also, Beatrix Potter’s beautiful pictures are so gentle in style and she cleverly attached just enough narrative on each page to maintain the interest of both child and adult without exhausting them, particularly at the end of a tiring day. The background to Potter publishing this book which has achieved global popularity made me realise that with enough determination and skill, a woman can influence the entire world from the comfort of her own home.

    Mr Men on Holiday is among my favourite books for children because it makes a child look forward to fun, active family holidays.  Short but sweet, it manages, also, to convey empathy, good friendship, humour and gratitude in the most easily absorbed manner which both children and adults can appreciate. The colourful images of happy, smiling characters are so strong that they print themselves (and those of the other Mr Men books) on memories forever, indeed, Little Miss Sunshine looks like it was an inspiration for today’s internationally popular Smiley Face Emoji. 

    Swallows & Amazons relies on text and not imagery to encourage children to enjoy the great outdoors, not least of all during school holidays.  It shines a healthy light on team – even gang –  membership, provided that good intentions and natural rivalry lie at the heart of it all.  The story is distinctive because of its exciting narrative and elements of risk which demonstrate how imaginative, creative and daring children can be and that sometimes adults would be wise to listen to them, instead of those roles always being reversed. 

     Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes was bought for our daughter when she was around 10 years of age and she loved the rhymes and the unusual, cartoon style of illustrations by the imaginative Quentin Blake.  The simple rhyme and good rhythm made it possible for her to memorise some of the stories, so much so that she used to enjoy reciting sections!  Equally engaging was Dahl’s innovative and distorted perspective on traditional children’s stories which taught his young readers that satire is a brilliant tool to see life and people through a different and sometimes clearer lens. 


    Author Information

    Carol Codrey has a strong history within the art world, starting out as an Art columnist before becoming an Art Editor for Sheengate Publishing Ltd. For Guildford Borough Council she created and marketed the annual Guildford Calendar for five years. She was also an Art Columnist and Critic and then Art Editor for Run Wild Media Ltd. She was on the judging panel for the annual international Wildlife Artist of the Year competition for five years. She has also written art features for the Home supplement of the Financial Times, the NADFAS Magazine – now re-titled The Art Society Magazine – and the National Trust Magazine. She has been repeatedly invited to be the sole judge of the Post Office and British Telecom Art Club’s annual art exhibition. She is a longstanding member of the Royal Automobile Club and has written varied features about the Club’s art collection for its members’ magazine, Pell Mell & Woodcote. She was also the founder and co-creater for six years of the annual and unique London International Ice Sculpting Festival.

    During the past eighteen months, Carol has fused her experiences of family life with her combined love of writing and art. The results are a series of short story books for young children, written in rhyme and illustrated by a successful artist and illustrator who has brought the characters to life. The books are ideally suited to children of pre-school age as well as to early readers as she is very enthusiastic about encouraging all children to develop a love of language and art. Carol is married and has two adult daughters.

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/carolcodrey1