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Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Another FREE promotion for you...


A fantastic anthology of short stories inspired by the theme of past, present and future.

Lose yourself in stories that bring together different generations through time travel as well as exploring futuristic ideas. Explore worlds where determination and resolve overcome impossible feats. Let your imagination go as you read about adventures under the sea, a magician's chair, dragons, and mischievous girls on a mission to prank their teacher.

All in all, a wonderful collection for children who are mature readers and adults.

Dip into our world of short stories...

All monies raised from actual sales of this book will go directly to Foodbank, which provides emergency food for local people in crisis. Downloading the collection for FREE will raise its profile on Amazon and hopefully result in some much needed reviews.

Download it, share it, and PLEASE review it - thank you :)

Vanessa :)

Friday, 14 March 2014

Another FRIDAY FREE eBook

NOW #FREE... until Sunday morning!

READING IS MAGIC is a showcase for a range of authors of children's stories.

Lose yourself in a world were colour starts to vanish, a little girl's imagination runs wild, a cloth that considers itself ugly finds beauty, a cloud discovers magic, children thwart the witch, a teacher chats with school children, a mango seller finds and loses her fortune, humanity remembers the importance of birdsong, a mysterious neighbour disappears, and a knight arrives from the past...

All in all, a wonderful collection to read at your leisure whilst enjoying school holidays, waiting for a friend or unwinding after a busy day.

Dip into our world of short stories...


Download, enjoy, pass it on - thank you :)

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Another donation for Gurnard Primary School

Today, I managed to hand over another cheque to Gurnard Primary School...

Another £49 raised, which brings the total to £116!

Two Gurnard Primary pupils who entered the competition last year talked about the book, the feedback received, and even had time to read one of the stories.

We also got some fantastic feedback yesterday...

REVIEW by Michael Henson

"Why is this the best book of the day? Because it is that good.

The idea behind this book is very simple, have kids write a story about one subject, pick the best and put them in a book. The idea might be simple but there are so many ways for a book like this to fail but this one does not. This is a book for kids, illustrated by kids and written by kids. It is one of those rare books filled with talent that will also help to encourage your child to try their hand at writing. 

I stumbled across this book by happen chance and am totally wowed by how good it is. It is simplistic but it was written by kids and it is for kids, so that works. Grab a copy of this book, read it with your child and then let their imagination run away as they try their hand at being a great author."


It would help us a lot if you would leave a review at the end... thank you.

All the best,

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Get your FREE eBook for children

Last year, I decided to compile ***GURNARD’S BOOK OF DELIGHTS*** after I launched a literary competition to celebrate World Book Day 2013 at Gurnard PrimarySchool

On World Book Day, I presented the school with two signed copies of The Bother in Burmeon by S.P. Moss, and challenged the school children to write a story involving time travel.

Luckily, some did.

The imagination these children showed was fantastic, and the effort taken by the younger ones to illustrate their stories impressive. All children received a certificate, and some The Bother in Burmeon goodies kindly donated by S.P. Moss, who subsequently agreed to judge the Years 4 and 5 entries for an overall winner. I judged the Reception to Year 3 entries. These overall winners in each year group received a £5 Amazon Voucher I donated.

I wrote my first children's story, DETECTIVE GLEN, specifically for this collection and had a lot of fun with it.

Anyway, it's "Read an eBook week" and we are also celebrating World Book Day this week - so it seemed like a great time to run a FREE promotion. So, for the next five days you can get this wonderful collection for nothing! 

Please download it now via amazon to your kindle or kindle device, and if you would be so kind as to leave a review once you are finished I would be really grateful.

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Have a fantastic day.
All the best,

Friday, 14 February 2014

A Gruffalo visits Gurnard School...

I had to blog here to post these amazing pictures of a Gruffalo and backdrop created by an incredibly talented parent at Gurnard Primary School, Jane Watson...

She had even made all the bits detachable... poisonous wart, purple prickles, knobbly knees, the lot!

The children spent a week looking at the story of The Gruffalo by the amazing Julia Donaldson.

I have told Jane she should think about making these resources for sale... every school, library, etc should have one!

The best one is how she made them... from things she had in her garage, and lining paper! WOW...

Without the support of parents like Jane it would be hard for schools to provide these types of resources. Although, I have to say that Gurnard does a fantastic job!

Of course, any of you who have taken a look at Gurnard's Book of Delights will realise how talented the children at this school are.

So, if you feel like having a look... check out the book so that I can make more lovely donations to provide the school with even more Goodies!

Thanks for reading,

Vanessa and...


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Introducing...Sylvia Petter

Today - we've got Sylvia Petter telling us about herself.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

What did you want to be when you grow up?
A vet.

Which children’s books have you read recently?
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

What’s your favourite snack?
Miso soup.

If you could be any character in a book, who or what would you be?
Peter Pan

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Reading, hanging out with mates, pottering in the garden.

Is there anything that scares you?

What story are you working on at the moment? 
A family saga set during and immediately after WWII

Monday, 16 December 2013

Introducing...Britta Jensen

Time to find out a bit more about Britta Jensen...

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I loved Little House on the Prairie, I must have read the whole series at least three times.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was also a frequent re-read as well as A Wrinkle in Time. 

What did you want to be when you grow up?
I wanted to be a “triple threat” otherwise known as a Broadway actor, singer, dancer.  I was always trying to organize the neighborhood kids, as well as my siblings, for dance-offs.  No one was quite as interested in being “seen” by agents as I was.

Which children’s books have you read recently?
Mondays are Red by Nicola Morgan, the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, and I am currently reading Disconnect by Imran Siddiq

What’s your favourite snack? 
Chocolate covered ginger biscuits and a German delicacy called Hoernchen 
(a chocolate dipped crescent biscuit made out of almonds and pastry dough). 

If you could be any character in a book, who or what would you be?
I would want to be a combination of Katniss Everdeen, from Hunger Games, Alexia, from my book The Curse of Beal Atha. I like the idea of having bravery, incredible strength and endurance, as well as serious intellectual prowess. 

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I dance Argentine Tango, knit, sketch oil pastels, and hike through the hills behind my flat.

Is there anything that scares you?
I am terrified of spiders. I grew up in Japan where there are all varieties of creepy crawlies. (We even have hammerhead worms!) Since I’m surrounded by woods where I live in Bavaria, there are these enormous spiders that like to torment myself and my cats Nina and Shiva.

What story are you working on at the moment?
I’m editing my debut novel, The Curse of Beal Atha, and getting ready to start the second book in the series.