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Time Square | UFO – Paperback giveaway

TIME SQUARE | UFO follows our new favourite heroes from the first of the TIME SQUARE books as they embark on their first exciting mission. It’s brimming with great humour, quirky characters and plenty of edge-of-your seat action.  You won’t believe that so many twists and turns are in the one book.

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The effects of the Shift have caused havoc at Time Square. Time itself is in danger of imploding and Operation Slingshot has been activated to save the day. Team ELMR embark on their first mission to locate and rescue the first of the missing travellers.

To celebrate the release of TIME SQUARE | UFO in paperback, I’m hosting a giveaway on Goodreads. So, if you would like to be in the draw to win your own hot-off-the-press paperback copy of my newest adventure, click on the cover above or the link below to enter. But hurry, this giveaway only lasts for 10 days. You only have until 22nd October 2014. Don’t miss your chance to win a piece of history.

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Kids Movie Trailer | Home | 2015

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

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When Earth is taken over by the overly confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh. The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.  (IMDB)

If you liked that, then click the MOVIE TRAILERS link at the top of this page or click on the MOVIES category in the right hand margin to see all of the other new and favourite trailer links I’ve posted.


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Kids Movie Trailer | The Penguins of Madagascar | 2014

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (2014)

Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. (IMDB)

If you liked that, then click the MOVIE TRAILERS link at the top of this page or click on the MOVIES category in the right hand margin to see all of the other new and favourite trailer links I’ve posted.


While you’re here, please check out my edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventure books by clicking the pic below.

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TIME SQUARE | UFO – Released to an adoring world on Oct 1st

It’s a monumentally exciting day for a little author from down under. The second book of my new TIME SQUARE series, TIME SQUARE | UFO, is now on sale at Amazon all around this big world.

Not since man landed on the moon has a launch been so widely anticipated. It gives me goose bumps when I think of the billions of waiting fans who have almost certainly camped out for this book. Please help me celebrate by grabbing yourself (and everyone that you know) a copy, so that it races to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list. According to my calculations it can be done, as long as enough people buy it. You could help me break all records and you may even be featured on the news, right in the middle of frenzied fans crowded around an Amazon website. I promise I’ll even say hi to you when I’m on EllenGood Morning America and the Today show.

TIME SQUARE | UFO follows our heroes from the first book as they embark on their first exciting mission. It’s brimming with great humour, quirky characters and plenty of edge-of-your seat action.  You won’t believe the twists and turns that are in this one.

TS - UFO - Final 2The effects of the Shift have caused havoc at Time Square. Time itself is in danger of imploding and Operation Slingshot has been activated to save the day. Team ELMR embark on their first mission to locate and rescue the first of the missing travellers.

  • Mission: ELMR-01
  • Date: 8-July-1947
  • Location: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America

Mission Brief: Readings indicate that the target traveller has possibly been captured by a brilliant, but eccentric, scientist who is investigating reports of extra-terrestrials that have crashed in the Roswell area. Due to this, it is essential that the target is located and rescued before he unwittingly reveals our secret. If the secret of time-travel is revealed to such a random mind, then it could spell disaster and have a huge impact on the world.


GRAB AN EBOOK COPY NOW, BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT!

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BIG NEWS – THE PAPERBACK WILL BE OUT SOON

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Then, jump over to my TIME SQUARE site to learn more exciting details about my popular TIME SQUARE series, which includes
TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT and TIME SQUARE | UFO.


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Kids Movie Trailer | Big Hero 6 | 2014

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

BIG HERO 6 (2014)

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. (IMDB)

If you liked that, then click the MOVIE TRAILERS link at the top of this page or click on the MOVIES category in the right hand margin to see all of the other new and favourite trailer links I’ve posted.


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Book Review | Frankie DuPont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor | Julie Anne Grasso

Frankie DuPontFRANKIE DUPONT AND THE MYSTERY OF ENDERBY MANOR
by Julie Anne Grasso ★★★★★
Kindle edition
Purchased from Amazon

When his cousin Kat disappears from Enderby Manor, Frankie Dupont jumps on the case. Bumbling Inspector Cluesome is convinced that Kat is lost in Myrtle’s Mesmerising Maze, but Frankie isn’t buying it.

He follows the evidence trail to a conniving concierge, a six-fingered chef, a talking parrot, a mad maid and a shifty dwarf, and quickly finds himself in a desperate race to recover Kat before her time runs out…

An exciting new illustrated middle grade mystery series for children aged 8-12. [Goodreads]


My Review

Recommended for young readers keen to get the inside scoop on how to solve a mystery.

This is a true mystery geared towards younger middle grade readers. Frankie’s dad is a private detective and happens to be away on a case when something very mysterious happens. Cousin Kat goes missing … enter Frankie, keen to put his developing detective skills to the test.

The trail of his missing cousin soon leads him to Enderby Manor, a hotel that has a very mysterious past and is staffed by a cast of oddball characters. The case is assigned to a bumbling Inspector Cluesome, but he soon finds that he has a new pint-sized rival in the investigation stakes. There’s a classic battle of experience (Cluesome) vs young enthusiasm (Freddie) to be the first to get to the bottom of Kat’s disappearance.

Frankie’s investigations soon uncover that the hotel has loads of secrets hidden within its grounds and he collects plenty of clues along the way. Although I must admit there were some clues that I missed, it all climaxes with Frankie finding out that …(?)… did …(?)… and then …(?)…  (No spoilers from me, folks).

Julie Grasso also throws in a bit of  supernatural magic and we soon find that the mystery of Enderby Manor is much bigger than just a disappearing cousin. I expect that young readers will enjoy trying to spot the clues and solve the mystery before the end. This is the first book of a series, so it’s safe to say that there will be plenty more cases in the future for Frankie to solve.

In a nutshell

Frankie is the new sleuth on the block who I’m sure will win fans amongst younger readers. He’s accompanied by a cast of quirky characters who add some fun to the mystery. Recommended for young readers keen to get the inside scoop on how to solve a mystery.


Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


If you’re keen to know more, then click below to head on over to Julie Anne Grasso’s website.

Julie Grasso Books

 


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Book Review | Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll | Scott Peters

Mystery of the Egyptian ScrollMYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN SCROLL (Zet Mystery Case #1)
by Scott Peters ★★★★
Kindle edition
Purchased from Amazon

You, who have dug deep and sifted hard for a story to read, have unearthed an ancient treasure: a mystery from the dusty ages, when a boy could be a hero and fight for the good of all . . .

ZET HUNTS FOR A STOLEN SCROLL IN HIS FIRST EXCITING ADVENTURE.

 12-year-old Zet and his sister Kat are in charge of the family pottery stall now that their father is off fighting the Hyksos. Who knew putting food on the table could be so hard?
When he hears a thief has stolen an important scroll–and that there’s a reward for the thief’s capture–he’s determined to win it.
The chase leads him into forbidden temples whispering with the voices of ancient gods, into a web that threatens to crush his family forever. [Goodreads]


My Review

I picked this book up from Amazon a number of months ago and it finally made it to the top of my TBR pile.

Set in ancient Egypt this one had my interest from the start. Zet and Kat are a brother and sister combo who have a hard life, supporting their family while their father is away at war. Then, on a normal day just like any other, everything changes when Zet gets wind of a reward on offer to catch the thief of a mysterious scroll. That’s when their lives go from selling pots at their humble market stall to being caught up in a huge mystery that threatens the very safety of the Pharaoh.

I admired these kids, they both showed great respect for others and exhibited some wonderful qualities. As the mystery deepens, so too does the severity of the situation. Poor Zet and Kat just seem to sink deeper and deeper into trouble as they try to clear the name of an innocent friend. By the climax of the story there’s a very real possibility that they will lose absolutely everything (which isn’t much).

With opponents that seem unbeatable and tension building, Zet and Kat practically need to pull a sphinx out of a hat to put things right. Do they succeed or not? …. you’ll need to find out for yourself.

It’s quite obvious from his website that Scott Peters has a great interest in Egypt. He has a lot of interesting Egyptian themed activities over there for readers who want their Egyptian adventure to go that little bit further than just reading the book.

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This was an exciting adventure that will appeal to kids who are fans of mystery, adventure and ancient Egypt.


Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


If you’re keen to know more, then click below to head on over to Scott Peters’ website for some great Egyptian treasures.

Scott Peters Blog


While you’re here, please check out my edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventure books by clicking the pic below.

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