[Blog Tour + Review] SULLY’S GLOW by Simi Godagama, 5 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Title: Sully’s Glow
Authors: Simi Godagama
Illustrator: Nicole Bartlett
Release Date: 5th March 2020
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 294
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon

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Blurb

Harpi the eagle discovers her inner voice that guides her to Sully, a boy with a glow. Sully is unaware of his glow until he discovers he has the capacity to help someone in need. After he meets Harpi, together they meet more friends who each in turn have their own issues that heal and transform through their encounters with one another. Eventually with their combined energy, they transform the world they live in. Sad Sully becomes Smiling Sully, Hopeless Harp becomes Hopeful Harpi, Perfect Parrot becomes Pitch Perfect Parrot, Greedy Giraffe becomes Grateful Giraffe and Cranky Croc turns into Courageous Croc.

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Review

Hopeless Harpi is feeling sad and lost. Her home has been destroyed and she can’t find anyone to help her build a new one. Her inner voice tells her to look for a boy with a mystic glow. She then looks for and finds Sad Sully in a nearby town. With a little help and kindness toward each other, Sad Sully becomes Smiling Sully and Hopeless Harpi becomes Hopeful Harpi. Moving forward in the story, they help more friends find their spark. The group forms a bond and shares the happiness they found in each other to brighten up this lonely world.⁣

This children’s book has amazing illustrations. They vary from majestic full-page to simple single drawings, which make the book more interesting for toddlers to read. The story is written like a long poem and the rhymes bring magic in every line.⁣

It has four short chapters that can be read separately but chronologically. This makes the reading experience flexible as moms (or dads) can read the book as one big bedtime story, or they can just pick one chapter if the little one is already dozing off to dreamland.⁣

It’s wonderful how a children’s book like this can discuss longing, worthlessness, depression, and isolation in such a fun and easy way. The young ones will not only go to bed smiling; they will also learn a lesson or two on how to be compassionate.⁣

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About the Author

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Born in Sri Lanka in 1979, Simi Godagama moved to England at the age of two and has lived in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, ever since. She studied Osteopathic, Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine and today runs the Milton Keynes Acupuncture Clinic where she specialises in women’s health, mental health and fertility. Godagama founded the RuRi Foundation in 2019 which supports educational initiatives in Sri Lanka. She is the mother of six-year-old daughters conceived through IVF.

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Thanks to Authoright and Clink Street Publishing for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.⁣⁣ Check my sidebar; follow me here and on the rest of my social media accounts for more bookish content and honest reviews!

[Blog Tour + Review] OLIVER DOLIVER’S DINOSAUR COMES TO STAY by Papa Perkins, 3 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Title: Oliver Doliver’s Dinosaur Comes to Stay
Author: Papa Perkins
Release Date: 6th February 2020
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 20
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon

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Blurb

Oliver Doliver (who is really just Oliver but he does like having both names) will be mostly Oliver in this story. Oliver is six years (and one month) old and has a friend who is a Dinosaur called Aya Buddn.

This is the story of how they met!

And more adventures will follow.

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Review

This picture book has cute and simple graphics accompanying the narrative in every turn of the page. Short but sweet, this story about a unique yet touching friendship is perfect for children’s bedtime stories or study breaks. This is just the beginning, and there will be more adventures from Oliver and his dinosaur buddy. Hopefully, these next adventures will include more activities and teach more interesting lessons.

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About the Author

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Mark Perkins was born in 1951 and spent his career in art.

He is married and lives in Poole with his wife, Avril. They have 3 children and 7 grand-children.

He and Avril bred Burmilla cats for 20 years and they still have 6 for company, along with two miniature dachshunds, two snakes, bantams and a few rather lovely pond fish.

Following schooling near Poole and in Wimborne Minster in Dorset, he attended Bournemouth College of Art for four years and followed this by gaining a teaching certificate from Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire where he met Avril.

Returning to Dorset, Mark took up a post in an advertising studio in Bournemouth and remained there as creative director until 1991 at which time he found teaching art more rewarding and began teaching art to students from ages 12-18.

As well as being a teacher he was elected to full membership of the CSD Chartered Society of Designers in 1983 after 10 years in professional practice.

He produced designs for advertising, print and all forms of graphic communication. He specialized latterly in the design and production of large exhibition stands for national and international clients.

Ill-health forced Mark into retirement in 2000, which gave him the chance of pursuing his own interest in drawing and painting for his pleasure; much of which was contained in many sketchbooks, avoiding the necessity of explaining his thoughts to others in a public arena.

Throughout the past few years he has moved from abstract concepts into the more satisfying world of the printed book for children. His printed works include Alphabetcats, A Nature Diary, several volumes of the work of Lesley Anne Ivory and latterly ‘Words, Works & Worlds’ – a compendium of pages from his sketchbooks.

However of all of these, it is writing for children which inspires him most, and even now as he considers the thought of being 70, he reckons it’s not too late to discover what he perhaps should have begun 20 years ago.

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[Blog Tour + Review] COFFEE TRAVELLER by Fahad Ben. G, 3⚝

About the Book

Title: Coffee Traveller
Author: Fahad Ben G.
Release Date: 29th October 2019
Genre: Poetry
Page Count: 140
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Get it on: Goodreads | Amazon

A collection of musings about travel, life, love, family, relationships, the future and growing up in Saudi Arabia, by the author and poet Fahad Ben G.

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Sample Poem

Invisible lines tie me to you whether I like it or not.

No matter how much I travel away from you, no matter how far we are, and no matter how different our roads are;

No matter how distinct our stations are, and no matter how your routes and mine are different;

The invisible lines continue to tie me to you.

Constant they are… they exceed the multitude of people between you and me.

Tense they are… indifferent to the laws of the universe or the gravity of Earth.

Unaffected by the amount of rocks and dismal valleys,

That separate my icy mountain from your flaming mountain…

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Review

Fahad Ben. G compiles all his poems about love and life as he travels and drinks coffee. This compilation became the poetry book we get to know today as Coffee Traveller. Thanks to Faye at Authoright and Clink Street Publishing for sending me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I love how the poems are simple and easy to digest. The emotions in every line will hit you right in the feels. The reason why I gave it a 3 and not a 4 is because of the typo errors that distracted me from my reading. I understand that English is not the author’s mother tongue but the book should at least be properly edited, especially for minor grammatical mistakes. And while I don’t really mind recurring themes, I hope that the author did not use the exact same words when writing the next poem. Overall, the pieces written here are relatable, short, and sweet.

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About the Author

Fahad Ben. G was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has a Bachelors Degree in English Language Translation from the College of Languages and Translation at King Said University, and a Masters in English Linguistics from Imam Mohammed Bin Said University. Having lived in France and Japan, he finally settled in London in 2017 where he now works in the diplomatic sector.

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[Blog Tour] BROTHERS by Kirk Weddell

About the Book

Title: Brothers
Author: Kirk Weddell
Release Date: 26th November 2019
Genre: Literary Fiction
Page Count: 332
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon

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Blurb

Owen Kerrigan – the cantankerous lighthouse keeper of a remote Irish island has been estranged from his only brother Patrick for most of his adult life. His only solace has come from immersing himself in the legend of a long lost treasure belonging to the wreck of a Spanish Armada galleon that is rumored to be hidden beneath his light.

But after tunneling in vain for years, Owen is issued with a sudden eviction notice. In desperation, with only days left to find the gold, Owen begrudgingly asks his brother for help. Hoping it may help to rebuild their relationship after more than thirty years of silence, Patrick reluctantly agrees.

As they attempt to unearth the fortune, Owen becomes increasingly drawn to Ellen, an enchanting descendant of the Pirate Queen – Grace O’Malley, who ruled the island at the time of the Armada.

As Owen’s imminent eviction looms, they race to solve the riddles ingrained in the ancient folklore of the island

and realize that Ellen may unwittingly hold a vital clue to finding the treasure. But the rift which kept the brothers apart for so long threatens to thwart both Patrick’s hopes of reconciliation and Owen’s dream of finding the fabled hoard.

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Excerpt

Don Pedro de Mendoza, the war-weary Captain of El Gran Grin, roared out a loud, crude sailor’s oath when the deck dropped from under his feet and slapped the lid from his hand. The heavy laden chest slid, leaving more furrows in the already torn plank floor of his quarters. The twenty-eight-gun galleon tossed him off his feet, and he ended up half sitting, half lying, on his sea and rain-soaked bunk.

The chest slammed into the wall, rattling a lantern that had long-since blown out. Don Pedro gritted his teeth and sucked in a hissing breath. His entire body tensed—then the ship lurched again, forward this time. Don Pedro took as deep a breath as he could, sucking in enough rain and salt spray to make him choke. He pushed himself off his bunk and, with the practiced gait of a veteran seaman, danced his way across his cabin to the chest, which obliged by sliding neatly toward him.

The lid had slammed closed, and Don Pedro checked one set of iron hinges with his bruised, almost-numb right hand and the other with a quick glance. If they bent any more, locking it would be a waste of time.

“¡Capitán!” a man called from the doorway—Don Pedro hadn’t heard the door open, or at least hadn’t been able to pick that sound out from the racket of his ship being ripped to splinters on the jagged rocks.

“¡Fuera!” Don Pedro roared back, pressing down with all his considerable weight on the lid of the chest. He blinked up at the seaman who stared back at him, eyes wide, blood pouring from under his hairline to mix with the rain and paint his face a livid orange in the flickering illumination of the nearly constant lightning.

“¡Las rocas!” the sailor shrieked back.

Don Pedro lunged at him, riding the heave of the deck under his feet to crash hard into the man. He took up the sailor’s torn and drenched tunic in his fists and bellowed into his face, “¡Vete, perro estúpido!”

He pushed the sailor back out of the door. For a moment Don Pedro thought the sailor had slapped him across the face, but then his mouth filled with a rain-drenched cloth. He grabbed at it as he half-fell, half-stepped back into his cabin. The door slammed in front of him, striking the toe of his thick leather boot and sending a knife of pain up his leg. He swore again and tumbled back, and the lightning illuminated the cloth—a tattered quarter of the pennant of the Squadron of Biscay.

Tossing the flag aside, he fell to his knees and cast out on both sides for anything to grab onto. The ship lurched again, and he huffed out a breath but managed to stay on his knees at least. Lightning flashed bright and close, and he could finally see the ruin his cabin had become—heirlooms lost, charts soaked and torn, glass and splintered wood everywhere. The cabin leaned hard to the port side. Thunder crashed above him, so loud his ears began to ring.

The chest slid past him, following the thunder with the grinding sound of its iron bindings once again tearing through the decking. The chest caught something Don Pedro couldn’t see, and then it tumbled over.

“¡No!” he shouted, but the chest tipped to one side, then plowed the rest of the way into the wall.

Lightning flashed again, revealing the blazing reflection of a mountain of gold coins—a king’s ransom, a treasure no man could ever turn his back on, a fortune worth a hundred galleons of Spain—all to pay for safe passage home in case of capture. Ransom money for a ship and crew not yet held hostage. It was more gold than Don Pedro had ever dreamed existed in any one place, let alone that he’d ever be trusted with its safe passage.

Safe passage …

Don Pedro surged to his feet and took two long steps, then fell onto the chest. The ship rocked under him again and there came a splintering crash—wood ripping itself apart. “El mástil,” he whispered to himself. He couldn’t hear the words over the sound of the mast coming away, but the feel of the words on his lips made his flesh crawl. “Dios,” he cried, “¡Dios me ayude!”

And he pushed the lid closed. A few of the coins slid away as the ship rocked again, not coming back to center but listing ever more to port with each deafening crash. The gale whistled, so he couldn’t hear the coins bounce away, couldn’t hear the sound of the lid finally coming closed. He’d saved most of them—lost only a few.

And how many men? he thought.

Don Pedro shook that thought out of his head, spray whipping from his dense gray beard. He caught sight of himself in the mirror his wife had given him— just a glimpse as it rolled past to shatter against the wall. He looked older—older even than he felt. The lines in his face were deep, the bags under his eyes deeper still.

Holding the lid closed with his whole body weight, Don Pedro tore the ornate gold key from the chain around his neck. Holding tight to the bow, beautifully, lovingly shaped into a crown-and-anchor. He made three attempts to stab it into the keyhole of the big black iron lock while his ship broke apart. He could hear it being torn to shreds, and he screamed in harmony with it.

The deck dropped from under him, and the chest slid away. Don Pedro turned the key to lock the chest, then yanked it from the hole as he fell back and his head slammed against … something. His bunk? The ship listed harder to port. He held on to the side of his bunk with his left hand to keep from sliding. The portside bulkhead came away then, revealing the storm-tossed sea only a few feet beneath him.

Lightning arced across the sky, and he could see land.

“Dios me ayude,” he said, squinting into the rain, his words drowned out by the roar of thunder.

He put the heavy gold key to his lips and kissed it, and the deck fell out from under him. The cold sea surged in, and to Don Pedro de Mendoza it felt as though the whole of the ocean had fallen atop him. He grabbed for something, anything to keep him from the water and the rocks. His fingers found cold steel—he couldn’t see what it was—but before he could register that perhaps he’d saved himself, whatever he held came free of whatever held it and he was falling. The air was driven from his lungs, and he closed his eyes so he couldn’t see himself taken from his ship, from his command, from his treasure, to die on the cruel rocks of a foreign shore.

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About the Author

Kirk Weddell is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker; Brothers is his first novel and is based on his earlier Writers Store Grand Prize winning screenplay. After graduating with a degree in neuroscience, Weddell moved into writing; his science fiction screenplay Alone was shortlisted for the prestigious Oscar Academy Nicholl Fellowship in 2016 and is entering production next year, and his short film Dutch Bird won numerous awards at International Film Festivals. Weddell lives in Wimbledon, South London.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, 25th November: Fountain of Books
Tuesday, 26th November: A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
Wednesday, 27th November: The P. Turner’s Book Blog
Thursday, 28th November: Books and Poetrii
Friday, 29th November: Jazzy Book Reviews
Saturday, 30th November: Becca’s Book Affair
Sunday, 1st December: Donna’s Book Blog

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[Blog Tour] A Reluctant Spy by Miller Caldwell

About the Book

Title: A Reluctant Spy
Author: Miller Caldwell
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Genre: Thriller
Page Count: 250
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Get it on: Goodreads | Amazon

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Blurb

Hilda Campbell was born in the north of Scotland in 1889. She married German national Dr Willy Bűttner Richter in 1912. They honeymooned in Scotland and returned to settle in Hamburg. Dr Richter died in 1938. After visiting her ailing parents, Hilda returned to Germany just before the Second World War began. She became a double agent, controlled by Gerhardt Eicke in Germany and Lawrence Thornton in Britain. How could she cope under such strain, and with her son Otto in the German Army? Nor did she expect her evidence to be so cruelly challenged at theNuremberg Trials. Learn of her post-war life, which took her abroad as a British Ambassador’s wife.

This is an extraordinary story based on the life of the author’s great aunt, Hilda. The book includes several authentic accounts.

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About the Author

I retired at the age of 53 as I found I had mild cognitive impairment MCI. This is a condition which gives me a poor memory but a sharp mind. It was difficult to find work that would take me and so I decided to write books. Sixteen years later, I have written twenty three books with another two yet to be published. I have learned the book writing skills though writing clubs and writers magazines. Over the years I find my writing is much better received. I am seen as a novelist but I have three illustrated children’s books, several biographies and three self help books as well. My website sags with the volume. But I cannot be pigeon holed. It depends what theme obsesses my thinking, as that will be my next book.

I have been on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland and have been their Events Manager. I am due to speak at next year’s Wigtown Book Festival as A Reluctant Spy will be a documentary by then. That reminds me I have an agent. A Literary as well as a Film agent in Mathilde Vuillermoz. With her on board I will release some of my self published books through her. Without an agent it is becoming more difficult to attract traditional publishers. So I remain optimistic and find like a graph, my trajectory is currently on an upswing.

Check out Caldwell’s social media accounts: Website | Twitter

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Tour Schedule

September 23: Infinite Pages
September 24: A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
September 25: Splashes into Books
September 26: Fountain of Books
September 27: _Forbookssake
September 28: Big Book Little Book | Emilys_Book_Corner
September 29: Books_AndPoetrii
September 30: Rambling Mads
October 1 : Mixing Reality with Fiction
October 2: Jera’s Jamboree
October 3: Turn the Page
October 4: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 5: Book Room Reviews
October 6: Donna’s Book Blog