#NaNoWriMo Day 1 Started

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First Lines written for Day 1 NaNoWriMo

So I finally put pen to paper and I have lots of ideas jotted down. I have written around 1,500 on this years project.  I will need to write on average just shy of 2,000 if I am to reach the target of 50,000 by the end of the month.

Ruby’s Pocket Treasures

I am creating short stories and poetry for a collection of books for younger readers or those simply young at heart. I want to do mini books 4x6inch that are affordable for kids to buy with their pocket money. To start with I aim to create four titles around the holiday seasons. Here are the very VERY rough mock ups. Click the image below to enlarge (opens in a new window)

Rubys Pocket Treasures

Four New Books

  1. Ruby’s Christmas Wishes
  2. Ruby’s Valentine Kisses
  3. Ruby’s Easter Feast
  4. Ruby’s Halloween Treats

The mini books will be themed seasonally, and contain short stories, poetry, teasers and puzzles.

Here is a little one I did today inspired by my friend Chris Turnbull whose wonderful Christmas Book is a pure delight ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas’. 

I have a little toy dog called Miss Ruby Heart (these books are what she would like) when I saw Chris’s poem ‘The Dog Peed on the Christmas Tree’ I felt that Ruby would have to tell on Little Dime  expressing that it was him and not her peeing on the tree.

His Dog Peed on the Christmas Tree

The dog peed on the Christmas tree,
it was not me but him.
He even had the nerve to eat,
the baubles and the trim.

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He was just a tiny thing,
they called him – Little Dime.
A naughty little pup was he,
when they got him Christmas time.

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But they love him and now he listens,
to everything they say.
A dog is a family’s friend for life
not just for Christmas day.

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Remember a Dog is for Life!

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If you are taking part in the Challenge Good Luck

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#NaNoWriMo 2019 Day 01

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Welcome November and Happy NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). So I have decided to take up the challenge. My aim is to mainly concentrate on short stories but let us see where the wind will take us. If you are taking up the challenge I would love to hear from you, maybe we could even become writing buddies? My link is in the image at the top of the page.

Happy Writing

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Book Review ‘Sad Farewells’ Maria Gibbs

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 101 of my Goodreads Challenge 2019

I am a big fan of this series ‘Children from the Streets’ by Maria Gibbs and for me the title says it all ‘Sad Farewells’ (Book 4). Be sure to have your tissues ready for this tear-jerker, you will be taken on a real rollercoaster ride of a read.

The whole series is very highly recommended and I feel I have really gotten to know the characters, as if they are a real family not just some cleverly crafted characters of fiction.

This book follows the stories and thoughts of Jose the original twin taken from Brasil to live a life of luxury in England (whilst his brother Pedro grew up on the streets) and his mother Christina. It is so difficult to tell you anymore without giving away some of the story. However, if you have not read the previous books you really should to enable you to follow this sad family saga, inspired by true events.

Start with ‘A Boy from the Streets’

A Boy from the Streets by Maria Gibbs

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Halloween Teaser (Currently on Kindle Countdown)

‘Young Ebenezer ~ Confronts the School Bully’ by Rose English

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So quite recently some of my lovely Indie Author friends and I went to Silsden in Yorkshire to a Children’s Halloween Spooktacular hosted by Many Hands and David Driver from Drystone Radio. There were writers workshops, crafts to create Hallowen spooky paintings, creatures and stories. Several of the stories were shared on the local radio and a fun day was had by all.

#RubyTubeDay Halloween Spooktacular video on YouTube

Here is my interview sharing a teaser from Young Ebenezer Book 2.

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Halloween treat much better than sweets!

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Young Ebenezer ~ Confronts the School Bully by Rose English

Happy Halloween to you all. As a special celebration Book 2 in the Young Ebenezer series is currently on a special Halloween Promo starting at just 99p or 99c for our dotcom friends. A children’s book, a story in verse.

‘A Halloween treat, much better than sweets.’

A time for candy and costumes,
pumpkins and ‘Trick or Treat’.
But beware of the bully
lurking just down the street.

Ebenezer is really excited! It’s his first Halloween to go out ‘Trick or Treating’. Jacob Marley is excited too, but this school bully plans to steal all the kids’ sweets. Can Eb and his friends, along with the magical clock Grandfather Time teach Jacob the error of his ways? Or is the boy doomed to a life of crime, just like his wicked father?

The story of ‘Ebenezer and the Bully’ is a magical rhyming tale of behaviour matters, and the importance of being kind. It’s a treat for families to share or for reading alone, aimed at children aged 8-12 years old. With characters loosely based around the Charles Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, you’ll meet the Ghost of Christmas Past – a golden red puppy named Miss Ruby Heart – along with the Grim Reaper who will surprise Jacob by revealing his future self.

#RubyTubeDay YouTube teaser from Miss Ruby Heart

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Goodreads 2019 Book 100 ‘Zak – My Boy Wonder

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 100 of my Goodreads Challenge 2019

Dr. Seuss was right when he said
‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?’
Zak certainly stands out, he truly is a ‘Boy Wonder’ he is thoughtful and caring and even though he has endured countless operations since being born his smiles will still manage to melt your heart. A truly inspirational young man.

This is a heart-wrenching story, more so than any other book I have ever read because sadly it is TRUE! This is a memoir unlike any other and it has taken thirteen years for Jo to feel she has the strength and the time to share her story with us. The story of how she and her family have overcome so many obstacles when bringing a critically ill baby into the world.

The book although not terribly long is dotted throughout with images of Zak right from birth and as he grows and goes through ever more operations so his smile grows and reaches into your very soul.

The parts that stand out for me are those where Zak has undergone another major operation and awakes to ask for food. The boy always seems to be hungry but then that has to be a good sign.

You cannot help but fall in love with this young man and his family, a truly inspirational story. Very highly recommended.

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New Release ‘Seal Mother Retold’

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Seal Mother Retold by Rose English

This new book has been a long time in coming. Seal Mother is the re-telling of a Selkie folktale many cultures have versions of the story of the seal maiden who comes onto the land, sheds her skin and takes on a human form. This is my original story and the one that inspired the children’s book ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’.

‘Seal Maiden: a Celtic Musical’

Thank you to Karan Casey & Friends for permission to use snippets from the beautiful album ‘Seal Maiden: a Celtic Musical’

My favourite ‘The Seasons’ is composed by Ger Wolfe with vocals by Karan.

The Silkie Song’ vocals again by Karan Casey

‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’

To celebrate the release of ‘Seal Mother Retold’ the children’s book is FREE to download for two days. Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October 2019. The beautiful illustrations were created by a young artist in the US – Hannah Ryan. See the samples below.

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The seal watches over
the child on the sand.
Her lovely young daughter
born of the land.
The girl sits on a rock
with her feet in the water,
Not yet aware
she’s the pretty seal’s daughter.

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Rainne’s Saturday Spotlight

Back in February ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’ was chosen as a Saturday Spotlight on Rainne’s Rambling’s I just wanted to share it here with you as on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October 2019 the book will be FREE to download to celebrate the release of my original story that sparked the children’s illustrated tale.

Click to read more as the Seal Mother Spotlight is after ‘As Dreams are Made On’ by Maria Gibbs.

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I have two short reads for my spotlight this week.

 

As Dreams Are Made On by Maria Gibbs

51g5gh8s1nlMatty Taylor: a beautiful young woman is starting out in her new life with her husband. Plagued by visions that seem all too real she seeks advice from the Gypsy at the local fair.

Donald Taylor: cannot believe his luck when Matty agrees to marry him. A methodical, down to earth, man who requires irrefutable evidence to believe in the existence of anything.

Thomas Trevelyan: Enigmatic and exciting but with an agenda of his own.

Matty is pulled from her life in the 21st Century into a frightening dream world where Thomas Trevelyan rescues her from a crowd of angry peasants and spirits her off to his secluded house in the woods.

Frightened when he cannot wake Matty from her sleep Donald has to start challenging the way he thinks in…

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‘The Other Side of the Streets’ by Maria Gibbs

#BooksWeLove and it is fab to see Rainne has fallen in love with The Children from the Streets book series by Maria Gibbs read te review by clicking the link below

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The Other Side of the Streets

Children from the Streets #3

 
The Other Side of the StreetsRio, Brasil has always been split in half.

Marcos Martinez is from the half where homelessness and poverty is the norm. The son of a man who lived on the streets until he was adopted at the age of twelve, Marcos has made it his mission to defy the norm and make something of his life.

Gio Silvas knows only the lifestyle of the other side. A billionaire’s son, he’s a selfish, weak, narcissistic bully who thrives on hedonism, vibrant carnivals, and untold wealth—a lifestyle where the word “no” is not part of his vocabulary.

When Gio falls for Marcos’ twin sister Caro, a hard life lesson is heading his way. Will he see the error of his ways and change, or will his love for Caro push him and her family past the point of no return?

Familiar characters await, along with new…

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#RubyTubeDay Poem ‘The Big Bad Wolf’

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Well we hope you are enjoying #NationalPoetryDay don’t forget to visit the website for more information about the day and check out what is happening in your area. Are you still smiling, or maybe you have not checked out ‘Highly Contagious’ on the previous blog post?

The Big Bad Wolf

#RubyTubeDay Poetry ‘The Big Bad Wolf’

The Big Bad Wolf
came out to play,
with three little piggy’s
for the day.

First he would huff
and then give a puff,
to blow their house down
but the last was too tough.

When Sunday came round
He was really quite bored.
he fancied a change,
and a chance for reward.

He decided to help,
re-build the pigs houses.
So he set off to work,
in check shirt and brown trousers.

Wolf smiled as he worked,
and sang a sweet song.
The pigs were impressed,
and they all sang along.

As they all worked together,
the house was soon finished.
The pigs gave their thanks
yet Wolf’s mood had diminished

An idea came to mind, and a sly smile crossed his lips
as he left with their thanks, and them calling him winner.
But standing outside he took one giant breath,
And with a huff and a puff, there was roast pork for dinner.

Beware of the Big Bad Wolf, make sure he does not come to blow your house down. Call back later for more poems. Don’t forget to SMILE!

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