Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
Shuffling through old favourites, and "must reads" requires self-control if a purge of the bookshelves is to succeed. However, there's one little book that stops me in my tracks every time I come across it. I've no recollection of buying it, so I've a feeling it once belonged to my dad, although it isn't his name written in pencil on the cover. No publication date either, though readers are addressed by a term once used to identify Native Americans, and the author calls himself Big Chief I-SPY, and claims to live in a Wigwam, on the banks of the River Thames. (aka Charles Warrell, who lived for 106 years).
Political incorrectness aside, the I-SPY series produced some great little "explorer" books. Pocket sized, and illustrated with exquisite cameos, with easy to follow text that invited children to add their own notes. Long before game-boys and such like, these books were considered essential to keep the kids amused on long journeys. According to Big Chief I-SPY, in the UK alone, there's over ten thousand different types of insect. Most of ours are pretty benign, unless you happen to be another insect: from the book's preface:
"The insects in this book are specially selected, and they include poisoners, paralysers, stingers, stinkers, bloodsuckers, and thieves – a sinister sounding crew."
Now, boys and girls, all you need do is substitute the word "characters" for "insects", to write the creepiest horror story ever.
In other news: "An Explosive Time" is featured in today's Kindle Books and Tips as a "Bargain Book". I know many of you have already enjoyed this read, but by clicking this link - you can like the facebook page and help "An Explosive Time" gain visibility. Not only that but - and here's the best bit - you'll also find lots of other free and bargain books. That's a triple whammy!
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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