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[BOOK REVIEW] Badger the Mystical Mutt

Badger the Mystical Mutt set to be the Top Dog of children’s books

With Pet Idol in town the judges are not the only ones Badger and Hamish need to convince of their talents as Top Dog and his gang set chase on the enchanting duo. Dog-like tendencies inevitably take over such as the alluring smell of Badgers favourite higgledly-piggledly towers of toast that he is unable to resist…

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[INTERVIEW] Ursula James

My favourite book… The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett

My inspiration… My family

My favourite author… Charlotte Bronte

My advice to any aspiring author would be… Write every day – make it a habit.

The first book I had published was… The Clinical Hypnosis Textbook – Radcliffe Medical Press

My next book is…I’m not worthy – the slackers guide to holistic living

Everyone should read… The Road Less Travelled – M. Scott Peck

The perfect holiday read… Dracula by Bram Stoker

Every story should have… A twist

Best advice ever given… Never, never give up


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Ursula James

Ursula is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Oxford University Medical School and an Honorary Lecturer at Barts and The London Medical School. Her not-for-profit organisation Thames Medical Lectures has taught hypnosis to doctors at eleven UK medical schools including Oxford and Cambridge.

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Finishing School by Ariel Benjamin

Finishing School is the first of the series, telling the story of a disaffected GP who decides to leave London and return to her roots in Yorkshire. Can you really go back? If you do, what happens when the memories start to return to you?

Dr Lillian Richards is a practical woman not given to flights of fancy but when she arrives in Sheffield she finds the history she thought to be true starts to change, and with it – her sense of self.

It all begins when she finds the dead body of a school-friend hanging in his childhood home. Her search to understand why he would have done this leads her to question the events of her past… and their intrusion on her present. The Lady Templars are a secret society. Their group consists of thirteen women at any one time.

Each has committed an undiscovered murder. Thirteen women, thirteen stories. This first tale starts with the introduction of a new member to the group. She tells her story in the hope of admission. Membership of a group in which she can gain absolution. A group which will allow her to use her skills by way of penance for her sin, and if they don’t admit her, she is at risk from their knowledge of her act of murder. Finally, it is only when one member elects to leave that another can join.
How did the prospective member find these women?
She didn’t. They found her.

Publication date: out now Format: Kindle Price: £2.29 Publisher: Sontheil Press

An interview with the author and podcast will soon be available exclusively on Social Literary.


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Hey, Library Girl!

Eighteen-year-old Bria Sandoval is on a quest.  Freshly graduated from high school and determined to find her independence and reclaim her passion for art, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America–and finds herself amidst middle-aged tourists who are nothing like her.  It isn’t long before she meets Rowan and Starling, siblings and hardcore backbackers.  Bria sees an opportunity and seizes it, ditching her tour group and heading off on an adventure through foreign countries.  While Bria struggles with her feelings for her art and for Rowan, she also discovers a love for travel–and for herself.

As with Hubbard’s debut Like Mandarin, Wanderlove took a few days after completion to really sink in.  Wanderlove is very different from Hubbard’s debut: whereas Like Mandarin‘s prose was thick and atmospheric, its tone highly emotional from the get-go, Wanderlove starts out with serviceable prose and a clear voice, but…

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One Book, Two Books, Old Books, New Books

Every January, the American Library Association presents an award to the author of “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”– the Newbery Medal. And every year, we like to seek out books that meet the criteria for this award. It is a GREAT way to learn about some of the newest and best literature for children through age fourteen.

On Mondays at Noon, look for posts on this blog that highlight some of the newly published “Mostly Chapter Books” for children & young adults through age 14 which we’ve discovered. Remember to let us know what you think of these titles in the comments below. We are also maintaining an entire list of all the titles posted this year, click here to see it!

 Humming Room by Ellen Potter Summary: Twelve-year-old orphan Roo Fanshaw is sent to live with an uncle she never knew in a…

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Jade Alyse Writes


As I meticulously compose The Trail’s End, I realize how much correspondence between lover’s plays a part in the story.  Before anything physical transpires between Lucas and Esme, they send a series of letters back and forth.

I’m at the point where I’m debating whether or not writing love letters still have the same amount of power as they did hundreds of years ago.

And would receiving a romantic e-mail or greeting card have the same effect as receiving a love letter adoringly transcribed on paper?

One of my favorite love letters is one from Lord Byron (1788-1824) to his lover Caroline.

How would you feel if you received a letter like this?

August 1812

My dearest Caroline,

If tears, which you saw & know I am not apt to shed, if the agitation in which I parted from you, agitation which you must have perceived through the…

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