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Review – Meet Franklin Bean by Emmy Swain

My review of this book on Goodreads

Meet Franklin Bean

“At this time of year we are all considering which Christmas gifts to buy. Look no further than Emmy Swain’s magical children’s book.. The tale is intended for children but it’s a universal story about how weird it can be to move to a new place and meet new people, yet this weirdness can be coped with and make you stronger when you meet a special and amazing dog like Franklin Bean. Emmy has written a captivating and enlightening story, which is beautifully illustrated by Levi Whitworth. Looking forward to hearing more about John’s adventures with Franklin Bean. “Cool frijoles”

Plus my personal note to Emmy

“My dear you are a word magician. What an enchanting and uplifting story.”

Want to know more, I would highly recommend visting Franklin

This review is also posted on my dedicated review blog : Maggie’s musings

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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in 21st century, Reviews, TaTUM


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The Phoenix Group – Rising by Colin Andrews

I have shared Twitter timelines with Colin for some months now. Trying not to sound like a stalker, but after following links from his Twitter profile to his website and being an avid reader, the urge to read Colin’s stories became irresistible. The Kindle edition is available here.  It is a captivating story and a review follows below.


After a motorcycle accident had left him in a wheelchair for four months, the author, Colin Andrews, started writing the Phoenix Group stories nine years ago, when his wife was expecting their first son. The story was originally written for his unborn son to read and was never intended to be published. But Colin’s son, now 9 years old, has badgered his Dad to finish the story and the story has grown, as children and stories tend to do.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Colin’s son. Rising is a thrilling, edge of the seat story, from start to finish. The reader is transported from newly discovered temples in the Amazon, to the Pentagon, the Peak District, London, the Brown Mountains and places Unknown.

A puzzle must to be solved, the solution will save the world but at what cost? What are the plans of the Phoenix Group?

Rising is only the first part of this four part story and introduces us to the archaeologist, Dr Mark Gillian and his team who include his nephew Pacey, Samantha (Sam), Tom and the dashing Captain Reynolds; the mysterious Jack Collins and Oz and Cook (who are so much more than soldiers).

Great characters and fast paced action/adventure/mystery that would transfer brilliantly to the screen. Can’t wait to read Ascension, part two of the Phoenix Group stories, planned for release in 2012.

Cover Image for Ascension from Colin Andrew's Website

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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in TaTUM


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