Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Share your Children’s book reviews – A Reluctant Little Prince by Jean M. Cogdell reviewed by Annabelle Franklin

Welcome to the new series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would like more details here is the post that explains how it works: Showcasing Children’s books

The first review is shared by children’s author Annabelle Franklin for A Reluctant Little Prince by Jean M. Cogdell.

A Reluctant Little Prince by [Jean M Cogdell]

About the book

This little boy wants to know what he will be when he grows up. An astronaut or maybe the President? One thing he knows for sure, he can’t be a “Little Prince,” if his mommy’s not a Queen. What will he be when he grows up?

This story is written in simple rhyme and filled with sweet illustrations of a “Little Prince” with a big imagination and a lot of questions.

Young boys will enjoy hearing how one “Little Prince” discovers a world of possibilities.

Annabelle’s Review for the Book

Young children love humorous rhymes, especially when combined with colourful pictures. This delightful tale has both, as the small hero dreams of all the wonderful things he could do with his life. Favourite lines: ‘And when I’m Mr President/I’ll give everyone new toys/Each day will be a holiday/For all the girls and boys’. If only!

I can see this book becoming a firm favourite at bedtime – fun for parents to read aloud, and great fun for children to listen to while they look at the pictures.

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Other children’s books by Jean M. Cogdell

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – More reviews: Goodreads – Website: Jean’s Writing –  Twitter: @jeancogdell – Facebook: J Cogdell

Books by the reviewer Annabelle Franklin

One of the Reviews for The Slapstyx on Goodreads

Caffee K. rated it Five Stars it was amazing

Recommends it for: everyone who enjoys a light read, younger readers who are working on expanding their vocabulary

Even though this book was written for the 8 – 10 year age range of readers, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were well rounded – both the good and the not-so-good ones with well developed desires and motivations for their actions. The trouble the young sisters found themselves in was presented with enough humor I couldn’t decide if I wanted to laugh or shake the adults silly.

None of the characters were predictable until after you had gotten to know them a little bit, which is refreshing with younger books. Each of them had their own unique voice, which made keeping track of who was talking very easy.

The setting was well done. Even the fantastical elements highlighted the realism, rather than detracted from it. I have seen a picture of the house that inspired this story. Even without that picture, I could easily envision the surroundings and where everything was from the quietly written descriptions and the explanations presented in the dialogue. When the story entered purely into the fantasy realms, there was a definite sense of surrealism for the good guys, and a bit of dry humor to keep the darker aspects of the bad guys from being oppressive.

Through out, the dry wit displayed in Annabelle’s writing kept the plot fresh and interesting while the character driven plot twisted and turned through the ride of childhood’s unwanted interest, ability to get into things they shouldn’t, and frightening results. The pace of the story was well done, and had several places that could serve as a stopping point after a bed time read without interfering with the flow of the narrative should someone be reading this straight through.

The tone of the work handled the age appropriate language with grace, and never sounded condescending of a younger audience. Even the not-so-pleasant ingredients that make up some of the dirty problems were not just age appropriate, but done with the typical understated British humor. (Mind you, I’m American, so I may have missed some of the humor or found some that wasn’t intended.)

Annabelle Franklin, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –  follow Annabelle: Goodreads – Blog: Annabelle Franklin – Twitter: @Anabel1Franklin


I think you get the idea of how this works and it would be great if you could help promote children’s books by sharing your reviews with us.. just put the link to one or two in the comments and if I need more information from you I will ask you to email me..

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Summer #Sale – #FREE Books #Adventure #Children’s #Memoir – Mary Smith, Annabelle Franklin, Jemima Pett and Chuck Jackson

Welcome to the Summer Sale in the Cafe and Bookstore and today it is the turn of the FREE books currently available either on Amazon or Smashwords.

Whilst there is no pressure to review books that you download especially when they are free, I hope that you will enjoy all the selection today and share that with others. Thanks Sally

The first author who would love you to download and read one of her books is Mary Smith with No More Mulberries… I loved this book and can highly recommend it.  There are an impressive number of excellent reviews for the book which continues to delight readers. It is FREE from 14th to 18th inclusive.

About the book

No More Mulberries is a story of commitment and divided loyalties, of love and loss, set against a country struggling through transition.

British-born Miriam’s marriage to her Afghan doctor husband is heading towards crisis. Despite his opposition, she goes to work as a translator at a medical teaching camp in a remote area of rural Afghanistan hoping time apart will help are see where their problems lie. She comes to realise how unresolved issues from when her first husband was killed by a mujahideen group are damaging her relationship with her husband and her son – but is it already too late to save her marriage?

One of the recent reviews for No More Mulberries.

No More Mulberries is more than just a love story but a tale of hardship, loss, survival against all odds, and the importance of family. It is a story about two people who are different as any two can be. Miriam, from Scotland meets Jawad, an Afghan, and fall in love. She moves to his country and begins a love affair with Afghanistan.

When Jawad suffers an untimely death Miriam must decide whether to go back to her own homeland of Scotland with her son or stay. She meets another Afghan man, Iqbal, and sees a way to stay in this country with her son.

The cultural differences are numerous and difficult for the couple to overcome. They must come to terms with complicated problems in her new husband’s past in order to continue with their life together. All couples, no matter what culture they come from, have similar setbacks to deal through.

The author takes the reader on a journey through this backward country and all its antiquated beliefs about medicine and education for girls. The reader is drawn to all the beauty that the author is detailing which shows the love she has for this country.

Although I have never traveled to this part of the world I felt an empathy for the people and their remarkable ability to survive. With the Taliban at their back door they are forced to escape or stand against evil.

This is an unforgettable story about the resilience of one woman to conquer what many could not fathom. An enjoyable book and a must read for all! Kudos to the author for an outstanding novel!

 Read more of the reviews and download the book for FREE 14th to 18th July:

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A selection of books by Mary Smith

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Now time for some children’s books beginning with The Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin which is on Free on Smashwords for all of July.

About The Slapstyx

The sea is dying, poisoned by greedy businessman Zachary Zigstack, who has enlisted the help of the Slapstyx goblins to make sure everyone buys his highly toxic detergent. These grubby goblins fill human homes with grime that can only be removed with Zigstack products. Psychic twins Georgie and Gem must use their magical skills to put an end to Zigstack’s unholy alliance with the Slapstyx.

Twin sisters Georgie and Gem care about the environment and are deeply ashamed of their stepfather Geoffrey, who sells detergents made of bad chemicals that fill the sea with toxic slime.

The twins try to convince Geoffrey to get another job, but he refuses. ‘ZOOM’ is the world’s best-selling cleaning product, and Geoffrey loves being a superstar salesman – even though his boss, Zachary Zigstack, only pays him peanuts.

Together with a tribe of grubby goblins called the Slapstyx, Zigstack has hatched an ingenious plan to make sure everyone buys his dastardly detergent. He has promised the Slapstyx a mountain of gold, which he has yet to deliver.

Georgie and Gem can leave their bodies at will and fly around in an astral vehicle they call their ‘dreambody’. This ‘dreamwalking’ enables them to travel to other dimensions and meet the creatures that live there. One night they dreamwalk to the goblin dimension and rumble Zigstack’s pact with the Slapstyx. The goblins threaten to kill them if they tell anyone about it.

The twins make friends with a mermaid called Eltra whose tribe – known as the Delphinae – look after the dolphins. The ZOOM overload in the sea has created toxic plankton-based monsters called Sloyds who are out to destroy all the other sea creatures. Eltra begs the twins for help.

Though they are terrified of the Slapstyx, Georgie and Gem promise Eltra they will try and stop them working for Zigstack. But can they do it before the world’s oceans are turned into toxic plankton soup?

More to the point, can they do it before the goblins put them out of action for good?

One of the reviews for the book

I have an eight year old step son who I think would absolutely adore this novel! It is a middle grade story about twin sisters who can leave their bodies and fly as spirits, and in Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin, the twins are on a mission to stop an evil magician and his goblin cohorts from selling their uncleanly and unsafe “cleaning” product to the world.

Zachary Zigstack wants to take over the world with his product ZOOM!!! which is apparently going to rid the world of dirt and grime. In reality, he wants to pollute the ocean, and make the entire planet as unsanitary as possible. the twins, Gem and Georgie use their magical projection powers to spy on Zachary and his evil goblins and try to find a way to stop them from polluting the planet.

This was a cute book for a pre-teen, I definitely think that my step son would enjoy it. It’s clear, concise, and has a message that all kids should learn about. The characters of Georgie and Gem were likable, though I felt that the girls weren’t strong in their differences, and they were kind of paper dolls (meaning that they didn’t have very distinct personalities that a pre-teen would look up to), I did think that they were fun and enjoyed their relationship with each other. I however did enjoy the character of Zachary much more, I could just seem him using his dark magic, and bent over himself rubbing his palms together.

One of my favorite things in movies, television, and even books, is when the title is odd, or doesn’t make sense, until you watch or read, and this is the perfect example of that! Slapstyx is an interesting title, but works great with this book! I give this a 4 out of 5 stars, a fun, charming adventure that any kid would love to go on, it’s a socially conscious one too.

Head over and get your FREE copy at Smashwords:

Also by Annabelle Franklin

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The next children’s author with her books free in July is Jemima Pett with four books to be snapped up. Starting with The Princelings of the North – ( Book 8 of the Princelings of the East)

About the book

Dylan and Dougall are princelings at Castle Haunn, a remote place to the far northwest of an island off the coast of Scotland. So when they discover a prince locked in a tower, their thoughts turn to rescue and returning him to his rightful place in a castle hundreds of miles away. But nothing is ever that easy, and what starts as a simple mission turns into a nightmare that rocks the foundations of the Realms.

One of the recent reviews on Goodreads

Apr 18, 2018 Ahdev rated it it was amazing  ·

A very nice read. Adventurous ride which adults can enjoy as well!

This is the book 8 in the series but one can even read it as a standalone, as the author has given character introductions in the beginning itself. It’s very easy to grasp the story and get engrossed with the Princelings Dylan & Dougall and exiled Prince Kevin’s journey!

The writing is simple and neat, engaging throughout. The chapter drawings and its one-two line details are great ideas! I loved the story and all the characters, a nice travel with fantasy and kingdoms and power games! And happy with the good ending too!! Recommended for all :

Head over and download your FREE copy from Smashwords (the first 50 to apply):

Also FREE for July on Smashwords.

The Book Elves Anthologies Volumes 1 and 2:

The Perihelix (book 1 of the Viridian series) FREE for the first 50 readers

A small selection of other books by Jemima Pett

 Read all the reviews for all the books and buy:

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The final author today with a FREE offer is Chuck Jackson for his new release Guilt – My CompanionA Journey to Healing. Chuck has asked for some feedback on the book should you download it, and has a couple of other requests if you would like to take advantage of this offer between now and the 17th of July. You will need to go to Chuck’s website to get the link which takes you to the free giveaway for US residents only I am afraid. Chuck Jackson’s Free Guilt – My Companion

About Guilt – My Companion

Guilt—My Companion is a story based on the author’s strength and recovery from a dysfunctional family. It begins in the ‘60s during a period filled with social and personal injustice. It tells the struggle of his conscience against societies’ ignorance and prejudice. It follows his journey to recoup from personal tragedy and grief. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Live is a journey, not a destination.”.

But for this story, the journey is the destinations he took. It wasn’t where he intended, and he had little control of the paths he took. Along those paths were heartaches and defeat. He found deception, prejudice, and hate. Lay in waiting was his companion, guilt; the robber of personal pleasure. Follow his story and discover when he conquered guilt, there was nothing inhibiting his self-growth and happiness.

One of the reviews for the book

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars The epilogue best describes the outcome June 20, 2018

The book stayed true to the title. I found it gripping and, in many cases, difficult to comprehend the cruelty imposed upon the author. The epilogue best describes the outcome: (1) Healing involved a desire to change the habit of carrying baggage, and (2) professional help. The author, Denis Waitley, wrote that “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” I believe that the author’s journey possessed all of these.

Without grace, he would not have made the remarkable life he has lived. Without love, he couldn’t fight against the emotional abuse of hate. Without gratitude, he couldn’t have written his books.

This book is for all of us; for the times we’ve allowed ourselves to wallow in the darkness of resentment and anger, guilt, and subsequent depression. By sharing this journey, the author opened up his heart with love, grace, and gratitude and gave us this book.

To get your free download of the book in the US: Chuck Jackson’s Free Guilt – My Companion

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Also by Chuck Jackson

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will take advantage of these free offers and enjoy the books… If you have any of your books FREE in July then please let me know on as soon as possible. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Annabelle Franklin, Terri Webster Schrandt and William Savage

Welcome to the first of the week’s author updates for writers in the Cafe and Bookstore. If you have a new release, offer on your books or a great review you would like to share please let me know in the comments.

First author in the spotlight today is Annabelle Franklin who has received a wonderful review on Goodreads for her children’s book Gateway to Magic.

About the book

Steven Topcliff loves gaming but doesn’t believe in fairies or magic – until tricky cousin Tracy drags him away from his game console and gets him to press a red button on a mysterious stone they find in the local park. The stone turns out to be a one-way gateway to Fairyland, where nature rules supreme and technology is banned by law.
Lost without his video games, Steven struggles to survive in this scary new world. The inhabitants are dangerous, sometimes deadly. The Land itself is a living being that deals out instant magical punishments to lawbreakers. And the truth about Tracy is terrible indeed. Homesick and horrified, Steven is desperate to escape.
Ignorant of the rules, it’s not long before he breaks them and ends up in the custody of the ruthless Fairy Queen. He learns she’s the living power behind the Land and its creatures, and she has no intention of setting him free. He also suspects she’s not telling him her true reason for keeping him prisoner.
Whatever her game is, Steven isn’t about to play it her way.
His only chance of escape is to magic his own gateway home, so he attempts to build up some psychic muscle. The Queen uses all her guile to distract and torment him, and he lives in dread of being eaten alive by gruesome snake-like monsters that live in her garden; but the biggest block to his concentration is his own lack of faith. He still doesn’t believe it’s possible for a human being to do magic.
Can he believe in himself enough to forge the new gateway? And can he rely on the few friends he’s made to help him outwit the Queen?

Reviewed and awarded five stars by the Happy Meerkat

Steven Topcliff loves nothing more than sitting at home and playing videogames. But when his cousin Tracy visits she entices him to take a trip to the woods and when there she dares him to press a big red button. But what will happen if he presses it, and will he dare to do it?

I can’t believe how much I loved this book! ‘Gateway to Magic’ is an amazing fantasy adventure that reminds me a lot of tales like Alice in Wonderland. Steven’s cousin Tracy is an annoying girl and dares him to press a button which will take him to Fairyland. He doesn’t want to do it but he doesn’t want to appear scared either. The story is told in the third person and is so well imagined, I’m really amazed at how enjoyable this book really was.

It’s not really a spoiler to say that Steven does press the button and ends up in Fairyland. The adventure starts right away when Steven meets a strange character and there’s never a dull moment after that. The tale moves across different locations in Fairyland, the action is quick but you never get confused over where you are despite the fact that there are so many strange and unusual things about Fairyland. Along the way Steven has several adventures, all the while trying to get back home. These adventures are all so well imagined and so interesting that I couldn’t put the book down, constantly trying to see what happened next!

The characters in the story are well thought out, I particularly love Nigel and all the scenes with him. Not only are his circumstances funny but because of what he is, there are constant funny moment throughout the book. Steven’s character is an interesting one that many kids will recognise even though he’s not always that likeable. However I liked the way he developed through the story and it’s something some kids might recognise in themselves too.

I won’t go into any details about the rest of the story but it is really amazing with so much happening and a brilliantly good ending that is very satisfying. I liked the interesting twist of the question at the end. This story really has an amazing and almost ‘Alice in Wonderland’ wacky feel to it. Franklin has done an amazing job of creating a tale and fantasy world that is so, detailed, so different, and yet believable. I actually read and finished this book in one day I was that engrossed.

I’d really recommend this book to any keen readers of fantasy. Though aimed at children some adults with an imaginative mind might enjoy reading this too, I certainly did! It’s a brilliant book from start to finish and made all the more interesting by the videogame element. I can’t wait to read more of this author’s work!

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Also by Annabelle Franklin

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The next update is for Terri Webster Schrandt and her book Better Blogging with Photography, reviewed by author Tina Frisco.

About the Book

There is truth to the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. As a blogger, are you weary of constantly hunting for images to illustrate the subject of your blog posts?

Perhaps you are a new blogger struggling to get more readers. Or a seasoned blogger continually seeking inspiration for quality blog posts.
This guidebook is designed to help you utilize your own images on your blog or website.

While free image sites abound, there are limitations to using so-called “free” images. Gone are the days when bloggers can innocently copy and paste an image from the web and paste it into their blog post.

What will you get out of this guide?

In each chapter I give easy but important tips for maximizing the use of images on your blog’s website and within each blog post.

Seven informative chapters walk you through–

  • the importance of using images;
  • the real dangers of using others’ copyrighted images;
  • easy ways to edit your images using free programs and apps;
  • building unending inspiration and content around your own images;
  • attracting readers with images used in quotations, blog link-ups, and other tools;
  • how social media sites link your images, and why you need them;
  • a list of image resources available.

After reading this short guidebook, you will want to grab your smart phone or inexpensive digital camera and start taking photos!

The review and recommended by Tina Frisco

A Gem of a Little Guidebook

If you’re considering using photos on your blog to generate readership/sales, or simply to make your website more attractive and appealing, reading this book will ignite your enthusiasm and give you the tools needed to begin.

Terri Webster Schrandt has condensed her knowledge of photography and blogging into a terrific little resource guide. Better Blogging with Photography outlines how to upload print copies of photos, take and curate photos using a mobile phone or digital camera, and acquire photos from contacts or garner them from the Internet. Included are websites that offer free images, and the author wisely cautions to always check the rights and restrictions for each image. She also describes how to edit your photos and suggests downloadable software that’s either free or at minimal cost. An added perk is the chapter on links and resources.

Schrandt has managed to encapsulate the basics of her subject matter into a 50-page comprehensive guidebook. Whether you’re new to blogging or well-seasoned, Better Blogging with Photography will set you on the right track to enhancing the appearance of your website and increasing your readership. I highly recommend this book.

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And the final author update today is for William Savage who has just released This Parody of Death: An Ashmole Foxe Georgian Mystery (The Ashmole Foxe Georgian Mysteries Book 3

About the book

Ashmole Foxe, bookseller and man about town, moves through Georgian Norwich with the ease of a native and the cunning of a born hunter. So when a bellringer is found with his throat cut, who better to find the killer? Yet Foxe soon scents more than murder. Complications come thick and fast. A family torn apart. A group committed to a secret heresy. A son who betrayed his father. And a woman determined to protect her life’s greatest passion — even if that costs one life or more. Fighting through a tangle of lies and deceit going back decades will push Foxe to the limit. By the end, no one will escape unscathed.

The early reviews

I’ve already finished reading William Savage’s latest novel, “This Parody of Death”, and enjoyed it just as much as Ashmole Foxe’s two previous mysteries.

These stories are set in Georgian Norwich, which adds an extra layer of enjoyment for readers who know the city and can imagine (or even recreate!) Foxe’s journeys through its streets, but you don’t have to know the area to appreciate them.

Savage continues to interweave Foxe’s romantic vagaries with his detecting and Mrs Crombie’s character continues to develop.

His Adam Bascom stories, set in Napoleonic North Norfolk, are excellent too.

Fantastic Read! By Lyndsay Hill on 2 April 2017

A great read – as always William brings his characters to life and you feel you know them personally…..his story lines encourage and intrigue and always keep you guessing. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like your crime detective novels!

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Also by William Savage

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If you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore then please let me know if you have a new release, an offer on your books or a great new review.

Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update – New covers and reviews

My thanks to those of you in the bookstore who have let me know your updates and news. I will feature your updates as they come in and also work my way through the bookstore finding new reviews and sharing them.  Contact me on if your book in the store has a great new review we can showcase.


The first update is from D.Wallace Peach who has brand new covers for her Dragon Soul Quartet having moved to self-publishing.


You can buy the complete series at a special price of £7.28 but here is Book 1 in the series.

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In the distant mountains of the Mirror, exiled skyriders fly dragons in the old Way, merged in flesh, blood, and bone. Twenty years past, they fought for the freedom of the valley’s dragons … and lost.

Imprisoned in the stone lair, the captive dragons beat their webbed wings and thrash serpentine tails. They tear their flesh and batter their bodies against the black bars of their cells, iron grating against iron. The once peaceful creatures howl, tormented by spine and spur, their fury matched only by their despair.

Treasa, the daughter of exiles, seeks the secrets of a hidden past and a father she never knew. Gifted with visions, she glimpses pieces of years long lost and a veiled future that only raises more questions. The dragons visit her dreams, laden with contradictions that tear at her heart—for one day she sails in unfettered flight, her arms thrown wide, and the next she writhes in tortured darkness, desperate to be free.

The lair’s black-garbed riders sense the dragons’ growing savagery. Yet Conall longs to grasp their power, to subdue them and soar. He will endure the reek, filth, and terror of the lair to earn his right to fly. With a heart encased in steel, he masters the weapons of compliance to see his will done. At the cost of the woman he loves.

Then, a curved talon rends flesh and dragon scale, rattling against white ribs. Blood falls like rain and the world shifts. Treasa and Conall must decide who they are and what they stand for. Thus the battle for the dragon soul begins again. Alliances form, old myths are revealed, and new myths are born.

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Also by D. Wallace Peach


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My next update is for Annabelle Franklin whose children’s books would make the perfect gift for the younger members of the family.

61rpmg12skl-_ux250_Here is Annabelle’s first book – Gateway to Magic.


One of the latest reviews for the book

A great adventure By Angelbear on June 7, 2016

Main characters – Steven the human, Nigel the shapeshifter, The fairy Queen and Mr Fildew the Queens Dungeon master.  Places – Earth and Fairyland

What story is about – Steven get mad tricked into pushing back the button that will send him to fairyland by his cousin Tracy.

After spending some time there and getting tricked by nasty goblins and a mischievous shape shifter, Steven just wants to go home but can’t find anyone to help him. After Steven steals cakes from the fairy market he ends up in the Forrest of pointy fingers to be punished.
He eventually gets out of it and becomes the fairy queens consultant hoping that she will send him home.

My Review Even though this is a children’s book I did enjoy reading it to my daughter.
The author has a really good imagination and I think a younger person would have been totally engrossed in the magical world of fairies and goblins.

My daughter loved the Sock worms and Fairy queen.

The characters and places are fun and certainly magical and even though Steven faces real danger he manages to get out of it.

It gives the advice through way of punishment that if you do something wrong you should work out why it is wrong, learn form it and change yourself so you don’t do it again.

Also by Annabelle Franklin.

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Now for an update on a colouring book that was published mid-year by artist Tracy Campbell that has received rave reviews.

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A selection of the reviews

Yummy Goodness By Skye Goddess on June 7, 2016

Tracy Campbell’s book, Calm Coloring has gorgeous drawings just aching to be filled with color! I absolutely love the author’s whimsical style, and positive spirituality. Every page is filled with yummy drawings and optimistic spiritual affirmations. I can’t see how you could not feel good after coloring a page from this book. My personal favorites are the Heaven mushroom, the Kindness fish, and the Thank You Bonus cupcake at the end (you really want the bonus cupcake, it’s good enough to eat).

I love coloring as a form of relaxation. Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love is a perfect way to add an element of fun to your stress reduction. What better way to prepare your mind and body for deep prayer and reflection than by stepping away from your busy life for 15 minutes and diving into this coloring book for all ages.The best part is the artwork is whimsical and fun and can actually be completed in one sitting.

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Thank you for dropping in today and of course always delighted if you would leave your feedback and share the post.  Thanks Sally

New Book Fanfare Revisited- The Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin

New book fanfare

Welcome to the New Book Fanfare revisited and today a children’s book. The Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin. Since Annabelle published the book last July it has received some great reviews and I have just included a small selection. You can read the others via the link to Amazon.

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About the Book

Twin sisters Georgie and Gem can’t work out why their house gets so much dirtier than everyone else’s – until they discover their home is the headquarters of the Slapstyx Goblins, who love to spread dirt wherever they go. They also love gold, and dodgy businessman Zachary Zigstack has promised them a mountain of it if they’ll help him sell his disgusting detergent. This putrid product is poisoning the world’s oceans, and the twins must use their special psychic skills to put an end to the goblins’ dirty dealings – but can they do it before the goblins put an end to them?

Here is a small selection of some of the reviews that Slapstyx has now received.

Raising children’s awareness of modern issues through an entertaining tale of bad versus good. By pejo on 22 Feb. 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

How many times have you asked yourself ‘where on earth does all the dirt come from’ when cleaning the house. Read this and the answer will be revealed!
Young people like morals to be clearly defined and they will enjoy seeing the ‘baddies’ get their come-uppance in this story. It is a truly modern twist on raising topical issues regarding the environment, written in a manner with which children can identify.
A great fantasy adventure with more than a touch of realism By Daisy Lewis on 24 Mar. 2015  Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I really enjoyed this story and sympathised with the twins being blamed most unfairly for something that wasn’t their fault. There were laugh aloud moments through the book too. I wish I could dreamwalk. No, I really, really wish I could dreamwalk!
Very funny. An amusing way to highlight the dangers of harsh cleaning products and their effect on the environment. Full of magical creatures – goblins, mermaids and sea monsters.

The Slapstyxis available on Amazon at and Smashwords at

Visit Annabelle’s author page for more information on both her books. Annabelle Franklin

About the Author:


Annabelle Franklin lives on South Wales’s Gower coast, in an area of outstanding natural beauty that provides plenty of inspiration for fairy tales and fantasy. She’s had various ‘day’ jobs, played in two bands, taught children to play keyboards, written and performed in plays and made a short film.


She has published one other children’s book, Gateway to Magic, and her short story Mercy Dog appears in Unforgotten (Accent Press), an anthology themed around WW1.

When not writing, Annabelle helps to rescue ex-racing greyhounds and lurchers. She shares her chalet home with two rescued hounds.

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