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Continuing my book collection authors, books and bio’s…

Here are books by local Gold Coast writing friends of mine. I've thoroughly enjoyed their books and invite you to do the same. First my lovely writing buddies and fellow members of The Ten Penners Kate Russell and Julie Baythorpe. Kate Russell is a writer based on the beautiful Gold Coast, Australia. "Shadow of a… Continue reading Continuing my book collection authors, books and bio’s…

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Maddy West and the Tongue Taker book review by Jill Smith

Maddy West and the Tongue Taker by Brian Falkner (Goodreads Author), Donovan Bixley (Illustrator) Book review by Jill Smith copyrite March 2021 Maddy West is a normal nine year old with a remarkable gift. Her mother takes her to the doctor and he tells them her gift is valuable. Her best friend Kazuki is a great baseball pitcher, he’s… Continue reading Maddy West and the Tongue Taker book review by Jill Smith

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This is a very Irish story. I love how Maeve sets the scene as a small coastal town that serves the tourists during the short summer months then barely survives through the tough winter.The prologue is the pivotal scene in the book, later repeated as the critical scene unfolds.The 1950s are tough for those who… Continue reading

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More Book Reviews…

Following the blog tour for 10 Naughty Numbats I thought I should read some more picture books to warm my heart. Somewhere in Australia by Marcello Pennacchio, Danny Snell (Illustrator) Scholastic offer another delightfully illustrated learn to count picture book. The Australian animals enhance the lesson for the youngsters to count on. and another picture book... Amy… Continue reading More Book Reviews…

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Books on Tour Blog Tour kicks off with…

The Blog tour kicks off with Romi Sharp of Just Write for Kids post. This is a delicious introduction to the creative world of the author Grace Nolan. Learn the Tens Facts with Grace Nolan Posted on February 22, 2021 by Romi Sharp #onetotenandbackagain #tennaughtynumbats #bookcampaign #booksontourpr Just like her new picture books, author Grace Nolan is an absolute delight to meet! Her… Continue reading Books on Tour Blog Tour kicks off with…

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Territory by Judy Nunn reviewed by Jill Smith©Feb21

Book Review by Jill Smith©Feb21 Title: Territory Author: Judy Nunn Publisher: Arrow – Random House This is cracking yarn, full of the history of our beautiful country particularly Darwin and the majestic Northern Territory. I love the way Judy Nunn creates characters who are worthy of love and worthy of hate yet appear to the… Continue reading Territory by Judy Nunn reviewed by Jill Smith©Feb21

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review by Jill Smith©Jan21 Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling Author: Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling) Publisher: Sphere This is an engrossing read. I’m not hugely into crime fiction or murder mysteries but this book is superb. J K Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, has created an intriguing view of London while introducing Cormoran… Continue reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith reviewed by Jill Smith

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Book Review Hollopox by Jessica Townsend reviewed by Jill Smith

This is one of my favourite series of books and I'm already eagerly anticipating the next instalment. If you've never read 'Nevermore' or 'Wundersmith' I recommend you grab yourself a copy and allow your mind to dwell in this fantastical, sometimes frightening, often hilariously funny world creative by Jessica who is Australia's J K Rowling.… Continue reading Book Review Hollopox by Jessica Townsend reviewed by Jill Smith

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Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas writing challenge

Here's the next prompt and story. Day 6 Writing Prompt Hello Jill,This email should have been sent out yesterday, however I was spending some time with my kids and missed sending it!Today's writing prompt is inspired by my activities yesterday:For Christmas, you were given vouchers to a shop called 'The Imaginary Compass', a shop you had never… Continue reading Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas writing challenge

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Happy New Year

Cheers everyone! Have a safe and happy celebration! May 2021 bring you love, time with family members, be creative and innovative and enjoy overcoming challenges. Life is short, live every minute. - Jill

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Viking Voyager by Sverrir Sigurdsson and Veronica Li Book Review by Jill Smith

Book Review by Jill Smith@Dec20 Title: Viking Voyager an Icelandic Memoir Author: Sverrir Sigurdsson with Veronica Li Publisher: Mascot Books This is a fascinating memoir that spans an amazing life, a difficult marriage, a pledge to travel led by Sverrir’s career and a Viking Voyager wanderlust. The book starts with a background of the family… Continue reading Viking Voyager by Sverrir Sigurdsson and Veronica Li Book Review by Jill Smith