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So What! Stories or Whatever!

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So What!  Stories or Whatever! By G.J. Griffiths 2 out of 5


Synopsis
STORIES FROM THE CLASSROOM! HOW DO THEY SURVIVE? WHETHER STUDENT, TEACHER OR PARENT THEY WILL HAVE YOU LAUGHING OR CRYING! Waterloo Road or Grange Hill meet Gervase Phinn - well maybe! Whether you love this book or hate it you will have to admit that the stories about its characters will stay in your memory for a long time. With over twenty years teaching experience behind him, G J Griffiths has brought to the reader some of the stories about the children he taught, in this amusing and often poignant book. Parents, teachers, pupils and students will all recognise the characters and their tales. All through the book we are made aware of the joys and disappointments experienced by their teachers, Mr Jeffrey and his colleagues. With the ever-present controversy about changing the education system (again!) this is a timely illustration of what is to be found in the classrooms of the contemporary High School.


Review
Slow to …

Paperback and Free Book

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Good morning people!
So I have been sitting on something very exciting for the past month.  If you all look to the photo to your left, it might give a little clue.  And no, it's not to do with the new lamp I picked up for my new house (although I got a little giddy about that also).
I have indeed joined the ranks of writers that have their work published in print.
I confess that I put my reserved Britishness aside and did a few inelegant jumps around the living room when my copy came...
(Link to The Shadow Rises)

I have put off hard copies for a while, even though, as I am sure most writers would agree, I wanted nothing more than to see a physical copy.  To have it in my bookshelf, to be able to pick it up.  It seems to make it all that more real.

Why did I put them off?  To answer that, I have to also confess that after a year in the indie publishing world, there is so much still to learn.
When I first published The Shadow Rises, I researched possible hard copy production.  What…

Blood Tithe

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Blood Tithe (Blood Tithe #1) By Glenn J. Soucy
2 out of 5

Synopsis
At age five, Jeremy is playing with his friend in the woods, outside of a military base in Maine. He falls through an old World War II tunnel, which is half flooded with both water and chemicals from long forgotten scientific experiments. Jeremy is rescued, but his body is forever altered. Soon he discovers that he can gather energy from living things. But his new abilities come with a price...

Review
Jeremy is your average five year old child, until a freak accident that should have killed him, gives him certain powers.
The young boy has to face the fear and distrust of his family, as well as the threat of his nightmares becoming real.

On paper this is just my type of thing and I really wanted to like this book, if not love it. But this is one of those awkward moments when the author is a lovely chap, and I can't offer him a better review.

Don't get me wrong, the writing is very strong, and I can understand why so m…

Interview with Matthew R Bell

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Author Interview:  Matthew R. Bell
About 6 weeks ago, I got to review the debut work from Matthew R. Bell.  Fear of God got 4 out of 5, an impressive rating for any new author. (The review is here, if you wish to nosey)
Unfortunately, as well as being a talented writer, Matthew turned out to be a nice chap as well (some people have all the luck).  So I couldn't help resist claiming his first interview too!

I hope you enjoy the insight into one of our promising new authors.  Please note, that no bribes or blackmail was used in obtaining it.



Congratulations on the release of your first book, where did you come up with the idea for Fear of God?
I first came up the idea when I was 15. I am not ashamed to admit it, but back then I was terrified of events like that in books and films. Of a character being thrown into this horrible situation, losing friends and family, and really it was my worst nightmare. So when I was thinking about it, I really wanted to create something like that, but whe…