The Funny Business of Life KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEAL 99p

THE FUNNY BUSINESS OF LIFE (Mozart, Murder and Messiah)
Book 2 in the ‘Sing with the Choir’ series.

REDUCED TO 99p until 31st March 2015 – grab it while you can!

About the book:

Miriam has a secret, a secret she cannot bring herself to share, a secret that leads to a brutal stabbing on Bonfire Night at St Cecilia’s School.

We travel back in time to investigate the mystery, meeting a host of colourful personalities along the way, including the bumbling Director of Music Lancelot Prokofiev, the predatory french teacher Celeste Dubonnet, Brunhilda the chocolate-loving music secretary, Dorian the sixth former who can understand complicated mathematics but forgets the day of the week and the egotistical conductor, Tristan Proudfoot.

Demons are wrestled and surprises abound before we return to Bonfire Night for the final revelation of a dramatically altered future.

For readers in the UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Funny-Business-Life-Mozart-Messiah-ebook/dp/B00OQT8OR2/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427285009&sr=1-3&keywords=jenny+worstall

For readers in the USA:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OQT8OR2

ENJOY SINGING WITH THE CHOIR!

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My review of ‘Cabbage and Semolina’ by Cathy Murray

Cathy Murray’s easy conversational prose tells of her happy childhood in the fascinating fifties – shadowed by the war and the heavy cost paid by the nation, but looking forward to a modern age. We get glimpses of an earlier long-vanished world too as she remembers her grandfather telling her how he went to work in the mines at the tender age of twelve and showing her the field where the pit ponies had their two weeks annual ‘holiday’ above ground.

The author looks with the eyes of a child, quite rightly starting with school dinners, for food is children’s main preoccupation, as anyone will tell you, and she also has periods of reflection when she observes through her adult eyes.

I particularly enjoyed reading about Miss Heaps, the rather formidable piano teacher, and how she managed to get a hundred per cent pass rate by ridding herself of the weaker pupils – a practice not generally encouraged today!

How times have changed we think as we read about liberty bodices, pens being dipped into ink bottles at school, ‘Listen with Mother’ on the wireless, pre-decimal money and the early days of the NHS, but we also realise that some things never change when we read the delightful descriptions of children playing with whatever comes to hand (the Geiger counter!) and having fun whatever the circumstances.

Cathy has described an ordinary childhood in ‘Cabbage and Semolina’, and in doing so, has made it extra-ordinary.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cabbage-Semolina-Memories-1950s-Childhood-ebook/dp/B00UDHAP5A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427021266&sr=8-1&keywords=Cathy+Murray

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Book review 106: Jenny Worstall reviews An Explosive Time by Julia Hughes

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This is my review of Julia Hughes’ novel, ‘An Explosive Time’, posted on Morgen Bailey’s excellent site for writers this morning.

Originally posted on MorgEn Bailey's Writing Blog:

Today’s book review is brought to you by short story author and novelist Jenny Worstall. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

An Explosive Time (Celtic Cousins Adventure Book 3) by Julia Hughes

Genre: Young Adult / Adventure

An Explosive Time cover imageSynopsis: When a circus elephant goes missing on Detective Inspector Crombie’s watch, he immediately thinks of Celtic Cousins Wren and Rhyllann, who have to his mind made a career out of being the collective bane of his existence. And his instincts are correct: the cousins HAVE been up to something–but when Crombie finds out what it is and why, he runs into resistance not only from his immediate superiors, but also from the corridors of power in Whitehall itself. Described by one reviewer as a “Masterful British Thriller” this is the third…

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My review of ‘Perfect’ by Rachel Joyce

PerfectPerfect by Rachel Joyce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perfect! Very emotional read – beautifully written.

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Book review 095: Jenny Worstall reviews ‘A Raucous Time’ (Celtic Cousins Adventure Book 1) by Julia Hughes

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My review of ‘A Raucous Time’ by Julia Hughes, featured today on Morgen Bailey’s wonderful site.

Originally posted on MorgEn Bailey's Writing Blog:

Today’s book review is brought to you by short story author and novelist Jenny Worstall. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

A Raucous Time (Celtic Cousins Adventure Book 1) by Julia Hughes

Genre: Young Adult/ Adventure

Purchase link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raucous-Time-Celtic-Cousins-Adventures-ebook/dp/B0062SDMV8

Review:

A Raucous Time cover imageA Raucous Time is the breathless tale of two dare-devil cousins, Rhyllann and Wren, who are pursued by ruthless criminals in a series of incredible adventures, aided (and abetted) by Detective Inspector Crombie and the police force.

King John’s treasure is the original source of all the trouble (lost in 1216 in a terrible disaster). Rhyllann and Wren should be in school but instead they are involved in all manner of hair-raising exploits. There is double-dealing, police corruption, a mysterious note in code, a terrifying near collision…

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Book review – for readers and writers – no.85: Jenny Worstall reviews Thrift: The Misadventures of an Inadequate Teacher by Phil Church

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My review of ‘Thrift’ by Phil Church.

Originally posted on MorgEn Bailey's Writing Blog:

Today’s book review, of a humorous novella, is brought to you by short story author and novelist Jenny Worstall. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

Thrift: The Misadventures of an Inadequate Teacher by Phil Church

Thrift coverSynopsis: A failing secondary school, a selection of confused teenagers, a play doomed for disaster and a distinctly below average teacher. Being a successful teacher is difficult, especially when you are not overly keen on doing any work. Still, the narrator of Thrift is undeterred as he lies and cheats his way through the Christmas term, hoping that he can save his career, and perhaps even earn himself a thoroughly undeserved promotion.

Available from http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thrift-Misadventures-Inadequate-Phil-Church-ebook/dp/B005L9VJYQ and http://www.amazon.com/Thrift-Misadventures-Inadequate-Phil-Church-ebook/dp/B005L9VJYQ.

Review

Thrift is a wonderfully laconic account of a failing comprehensive school teacher.

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‘The Funny Business of Life’ – Kindle Countdown 29th Dec to 5th Jan

My new novel, ‘The Funny Business of Life’, is reduced to 99p/99c on Kindle Countdown from 29th December 2014 to 5th January 2015.

Funny Business of Life Kindle Cover

Book Description:

Miriam has a secret, a secret she cannot bring herself to share, a secret that leads to a brutal stabbing on Bonfire Night at St Cecilia’s School.

We travel back in time to investigate the mystery, meeting a host of colourful personalities along the way, including the bumbling Director of Music Lancelot Prokofiev, the predatory french teacher Celeste Dubonnet, Brunhilda the chocolate-loving music secretary, Dorian the sixth former who can understand complicated mathematics but forgets the day of the week and the egotistical conductor, Tristan Proudfoot.

Demons are wrestled and surprises abound before we return to Bonfire Night for the final revelation of a dramatically altered future.

‘The Funny Business of Life’ is a not entirely serious murder mystery and is the second book in the ‘Sing with the Choir’ series. The opening scene is set in 2014, eleven years after the end of the romantic comedy ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ (Book 1 in the ‘Sing with the Choir’ series). Both books can be read as standalone titles.

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