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I’ve been banging on about Audio Drama Podcasts over on the Awfully Big Blog Adventure!:

Blog post on dictation

I’ve been messing around with some dictation software and have blogged about how I found the process over at the Awfully Big Blog Adventure. Go see!:

New on the Blog

My new blog on how to promote yourself as an author has gone up today on the awfully big blog adventure. See it HERE.

Twelve Days of Xmas Book Recommendations – Day 12 -Tim Collins

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You can take your pick of the awesome books to read from Tim Collins! Will is be Dorkus Maximus? Or Cosmic Colin? Or you could try the Diary of a Wimpy Vampire:

“Nigel Mullet, the unfortunate and bungling fifteen-year-old vampire, is back! But this time he not only has to deal with his daily trials of bad skin, an annoying little sister, and the worry of his fangs popping out at inopportune moments. Now he’s got real problems to get his teeth into. In his latest hilarious diary, Nigel starts the new term as one of the most popular pupils in school, and he’s finally got a girlfriend after more than eighty years of being single.”

And so endeth my Xmas Book recommendations! Can you recommend a children’s author (one that definitly doesn’t have their own TV/Radio show?). Use the #supportanauthor hashtag to link them together on this great big web of info.

Twelve Days of Xmas Book Recommendations – Day 11 -Clare Elsom


Mega talented illustrator Clare Elsom is also a sickeningly talented author! Her new series Horace and Harriet tell the adventures of a little girl and her best friend, a local statue.

Lord Commander Horatio Frederick Wallington Nincompoop Maximus Pimpleberry the Third (or Horace, for short) has been a statue in Princes Park for hundreds of years. But after suffering endless pranks, graffiti and mountains of pigeon poo, Horace has had JUST ABOUT ENOUGH.

He decides it’s time to get off his pedestal. Surely he can find a better home? One suitable for such a fine commander? Assisted by his new friend Harriet (she’s seven and a quarter years old and definitely NOT a statue) Horace tackles modern life in his quest to find the perfect place to live.”

Check out the whole series at the link above.

Twelve Days of Xmas Book Recommendations – Day 10 – Jane Clarke

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A prolific writer of picture books and chapter books, Jane has written for almost all age groups. Younger readers with love the cute adventures of Dr Kitty Cat and friends!:

Posy the puppy has hurt her leg. Will Dr KittyCat and her assistant Peanut the mouse be able to help Posy in time for the Paws and Prizes sports day?

Check out the plethora of other books Jane has available on her site! This is a series of posts encouraging readers to support all authors and get to a local bookshop to order theirs!

Twelve Days of Xmas Book Recommendations – Day 9 – Chris d’Lacey

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Chris D’Lacey has been at the top of his game in the world of Dragon Lit (is that a genre? It is now) for some time and the Last Dragon Chronicles are perfect for those seeking some fun, fantastical adventure:

David Rain is a student, desperate to find lodgings. When he first moves in to Wayward Crescent with Mrs Pennykettle and her daughter, Lucy, all seems normal enough. True, the house is full of clay dragons, but Mrs Pennykettle makes them to sell, and there’s nothing unusual in that.

But at Lucy’s insistence, David quickly finds himself involved in a quest to save the life of an injured squirrel. A quest that will help him discover things he never knew about himself, not to mention those ever-present dragons… Hrrr!’

Make clicky with the linky for more!

This is part of a series of posts in which I try to inspire bookbuyers to seek out non-celeb authors and give their books a try as presents this Christmas!

Twelve Days of Xmas Book Recommendations – Day 8 – Kev Payne

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How about giving the gift of rhyme this Christmas? Author, Poet and illustrator Kev Payne has compiled his amazing poems into the hilarious collection, ‘Sock It To Me!’:

‘Have you ever covered a baby in ketchup? Have you had to sit on the naughty step? Have you got a magic bike? Have you ever swallowed a fly?! Poet, illustrator and teacher, Kev Payne, has. Join him as he presents a collection of over 50 poems about sausages, school, science, balloons, long car journeys and exactly what teachers are thinking when they are stood up at the front.’

Also check out B is for Blobfish – an A-Z of unusual and unloved animals!

Twelve Days of Xmas Book Recommendations – Day 7 – Dawn Finch

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Fantasy Fans Unite! Dawn’s Brotherhood of Shades is a great present for those in need of a dose of adventure.

From the chaos of Dissolution rises a secret order, a Brotherhood formed to protect the world of the living from the world of the dead. Growing up on the streets of London, Adam knows nothing of the dark and precarious world that exists just beyond his reality – until he dies, cold and alone, aged 14. Now, after years of abandonment, Adam discovers he is important: an Order that was formed many centuries ago to protect the world of the living from the world of the dead needs him – an Order of ghosts.”

Dawn is an librarian extraordinaire and readers will love this title.

Twelve Days of Xmas Book Recommendations – Day 6 – Victoria Eveleigh

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If your kid is mad about horses, then look no further for literary inspiration! Victoria Eveleigh has stableloads of books to delight equine fans. Try Katy’s Ponies Series:

Katy’s birthday doesn’t feel very special, until she discovers a tiny newborn foal on the moor. It walks right up to her with wobbly steps and Katy is spellbound. As she reaches out and touches its forehead, Katy longs for the foal to be hers. But how will she ever persuade her family?”

You can get books from your local bookshop or direct from the author herself!