Sunday, 10 December 2017

Our Amazing Bodies

Our Amazing Bodies (2008) Post 344


Our Amazing Bodies  is a non-fiction science title; one of a series. It has one of the creepiest covers of any of my books...although that might be just a subjective reaction. The text has spreads about cells, heart, lungs. bones, muscles and so on, and also covers concepts such a fight or flight, exercise, and "bendy" bodies. It has a glossary and some suggested ways of interactive reading. Brain, eyes, nails and hair all get a mention. Nine years after writing it, I don't remember how much of the content was "set" and how much I got to choose. It's a handsome series, creepy cover notwithstanding. Oh, and maybe other people don't find muscle pictures creepy... might be just me.



ABOUT THE BLOG


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Looking Out for Sam

Looking Out for Sam (1994) Post 343


Looking Out for Sam  is a Christian romance and in fact is was short-listed for Christian Children's Book of the Year back in the day. It started life as an idea about a girl taking up with a  boy with a Galahad complex. Over time, this changed somewhat, to the romance between a Christian boy and an agnostic girl. Sam and Bree aren't based on anyone in particular, but Sam's situation... the eldest of a very large family, is reminiscent of a family I knew. Bree's real name is Breeze, but she prefers Bree... "The horse or the hooker?" asks Sam. Travelling reluctantly to Tasmania with her mother for a holiday she doesn't want, Bree is angry and resentful that the only other possibility is helping her father and stepmother renovate a house. Bree finds her mother annoyingly suggestible. She is a determined person herself, going for things that last. When she meets Sam on the ferry, and he offers her a handkerchief, she finds herself on the back foot after making sardonic comments about people who visit Tasmania. Sam says, "I live there." The awkwardness soon blows over, and the two become good friends. Just one thing bothers Bree... he's so helpful to everyone and he really believes in turning the other cheek. By the end of the book, which is also the beginning, Bree is standing in a church, desperately making bargains with a power she isn't even sure exists. 


By the way, I once travelled over the strait on a ship, and met a lovely lad who engaged me in conversation. No romance developed. I was well and truly married and twice his age. 

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Eggcitement for Blinky Bill

Eggcitement for Blinky Bill (1992) Post 342


Eggcitement for Blinky Bill  is one of four original stories I wrote under licence. These stories are longer than those which were derived from the series, and allowed for more plot. In this one, Blinky finds a nest of rotten eggs and spends a delicious day or so unleashing them as stink bombs. The whole village is annoyed with him, and after Mrs Snake threatens to kill him, he makes himself scarce for a while. Unfortunately, the place he chooses to snooze is a bush with yellow flowers... the very rare bush botanist Berryman Green digs up to study. Blinky escapes from the lab, gets carried off in a truckful of sheep, sold at auction, dangles from a bridge, falls on a train... meanwhile, Mrs Snake is under scrutiny. The story ends with Blinky finding - you guessed it - another nest of off eggs!


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Maria's Diary

Maria's Diary (1996) Post 341


Maria's Diary  is a short chapter book I co-wrote with my husband for
the education market. It's the journal of ten-year-old Maria, who has been feeling unwell. Her mother takes her to the doctor where they receive the news that she'd developed Type One Diabetes. The story tells about her time in hospital, about the adjustments she has to make, and about how the condition affects the everyday life of a child, from giving herself injections to doing finger-prick tests, to discovering the importance of regular meals and the difficulties of birthday parties. 



ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Blinky Bill and the Magic Show

Blinky Bill and the Magic Show (1999) Post 340


Blinky Bill and the Magic Show is a story written under licence. In this one, Blinky and Nutsy go to see a show put on by Magico the Magician. Magico wears a black mask and Blinky is sure he's seen those eyes before... Throughout the show, while the other Greenpatch children clap and cheer, Blinky continues to identify bits of the magician. By the time Magico asks for everyone's picnic lunches to be put in his magic cabinet, Blinky is wildly suspicious, and with cause, for the picnics vanish. So does the magician. So, after finding a lever, does Blinky, whereupon he exposes the thief and gets back the lunches. Danny Dingo. How COULD you?

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Harriet and the Heman

Harriet and the Heman (2011) Post 339


Harriet and the Heman is a stand-alone science-fiction comedy romance novella I wrote as part of a multi-author series back in 2011. The brief was to write a story including a set of attributes pertaining to a card in the Tarot. I've always liked writing s-f, and this one was a lot of fun. It's not suitable for young readers, hence the Lark Westerly pen name.
To quote the blurb... Harriet Barnstormer pilots the 'Cornish Pisky', the only original strat-ship left on the deep-space run.
 Despite the use of the word Pisky, this story has nothing to do with my 2017 title Pisky Business. This Pisky is an old spaceship, and Harriet, bless her ornery heart, is going to hang on to it as long as the rust holds it together. Harriet has other retrograde notions, too. Once she gets hold of something that suite her, she keeps it. If it wears out, she replaces it with something identical. Therefore, she's not pleased when a certain compulsory item in her repertoire is superseded and she's offered a new, improved model... Enter the Heman, a totally unnecessary upgrade from her perfectly reliable (until it wore out) purse-pecker. Harriet comes out swinging and writes so many rude messages that finally the company manager comes to sort her out.

If you fancy a bit of saucy fun with Harriet, you can buy her story HERE.


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Monday, 4 December 2017

The Carson Street Kids Learn about Our Communities

The Carson Street Kids Learn about Our Communities (2007) Post 338


The Carson Street Kids Learn about Our Communities is a non-fiction title about which I remembered little, probably because it was written to tight guidelines. It was one of those books I happily agreed to write (after all, I live in a community) but I then discovered the community had be be a North American one. Okayyyy. Meet the Sheriff? Fortunately, there are also firefighters, librarians, suburbs, principals and such. The book is not so much a story as a description of how a community works. It aims to introduce town stalwarts by their titles, show a bit of how they work, and give their hobbies.  Four communities are introduced to the reader, and there's even a suggestion about inviting the mayor to "your school"!

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Outback Rescue

Outback Rescue (2015) Post 337


Outback Rescue is the fourth book in the Pup Patrol series. Fresh from their adventure on the Tablelands, the crew of the Fourby head off for the Gulf of Carpentaria. Flood waters hold them up, so James decides to leave the main road and detour past Wahwee Creek. On the way, they stop at the Billabong Camp, where James gets advice from three local men and Stamp and Ace make the acquaintance of the camp dogs, are tempted by hens, and spend a magical time singing with the camp pack. Back on the road, they encounter bull-dust, and then, later still, rescue a couple of stranded tourists.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Court in the Act

Court in the Act (2007) Post 336


Court in the Act is the story of Project Tatters. Alia Singh and Nathaniel Raven are twelve-year-old neighbours. Alia has found an old video of a signing chimp; a chimp taught to use human signing. This sets the pair off on a quest to communicate with animals. The story is told through the amused observation of Math, Nathaniel's brother, a trainee vet. Having achieved mixed results with the cockatoos in the park, old spaniel Tatters, a retired racehorse and the enigmatic roof cat, Nathaniel and Alia argue the point and discuss points of view. A close encounter with the roof cat leads them to a surreal court, where they are accused, on behalf of humans, of treating animals with disrespect. Old Tatters acts as their advocate, and the kids promise to continue Project Tatters and tell someone important. This important person, as Math discovers, is him! 

This story is full of echoes of my younger days. Tatters is based on our old spaniel Ace, who bore (with grace) many of the indignities in the story from my own children. The places are named after writers... Attenborough, Durrell and Lofting - and yes, Doctor Doolittle gets a name-check. The three cockatoos in the aviary, and the aviary itself, are (or were) real... I met them in Portland. 

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Friday, 1 December 2017

The Titanic

The Titanic (2008) Post 335


The Titanic is another non-fiction title in the same series as Dino Dig. This time, the heavily illustrated (with drawings and photos) book tells the story of the ship Titanic, from its construction to the fascination of its relics. Each spread takes a particular concept and develops is, so we have spreads featuring Construction, On Board, Unsinkable, Luxury, The Route and so on. There's a glossary, and suggested activities. The Titanic story has fascinated readers, including children, for a hundred years or more, but beyond the fascination is a tale of death, misjudgement and disaster. Can you imagine how the whole thing would play out on News 24? 

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Dino Dig

Dino Dig (2008) Post 334


Dino Dig is a non-fiction title that introduces the concept of dinosaur fossils, how they are made, what they tell us and how they are reconstructed. There are lots of clear pictures, and high concept words are highlighted and defined. Rather like the book I once had to write on the concept of torque for very young children (it was never published, because the publisher changed its mind about the concept), this was difficult to write for the required level. It's difficult to write about dinosaurs without using polysyllabic words, which a lot of adults would find challenging to pronounce. Because this is a high concept, high interest book, it would probably please older readers who are looking for something quick and clear on the subject.
    Others I wrote in the series include stories of the Titanic and Pompeii... it mightn't be Game of Thrones, but the death count is pretty high, all the same!

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Blinky Bill's Pet

Blinky Bill's Pet (1992) Post 333


Blinky Bill's Pet is one of a handful of "original" novels I wrote under licence. By "original", I mean they were never filmed for the TV series, and weren't novelised from existing material. A family wins some money and moves to the country. One of their reasons is so the younger girl, Rosie, can have a pet. When they arrive at their new place, it's discovered dogs and cats are banned, due to some sensitive environmental issues... rare plants (these were discovered in another book). Red, Rosie's dad, feels bad, so he suggests she can have a pet after all. It just needs to be an Australian native. Red sets out to trap a pet for Rosie catching first Flap, then Splodge and Blinky Bill. They all escape, and Blinky, having learned about pets from eavesdropping on the humans, decides to have one himself... Rosie!  After her experience of being an unwilling pet, Rosie decides she'll wait until they move house again, and informs the penitent Red that she'll wait for a cat or a dog.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Fix-Its

The Fix-Its (2006) Post 332


The Fix-Its does what it says on the tin. It's a story about a couple who love fixing things. They renovate their old house, and then branch out into helping other people. They decide to make it their business, so they plan to buy a van, paint their slogan, design a website and advertise their services. Unfortunately, these plans are interrupted by people who need things fixing. And... they all say "You ought to be a business". The Fix-Its just can't get any time to get things underway until someone they helped puts her organisational skills to work. The Fix-Its use simple machines and tools, and explain their use to their friends. That's why it's called a Content-Based Fiction Book!


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Monday, 27 November 2017

Shadowdancers

Shadowdancers (1994) Post 331


Shadowdancers is another one of my favourites; one of a loosely-connected series of four books. The other three are Amy Amaryllis, Wintersong and Candle Iron, pictured below.
Shadowdancers has a lovely cover. It's not a strictly accurate depiction of the main characters, but it catches the spirit of the book. I have the original painting hanging on my wall.
When I was writing this story, I named it Pirry Merimba, because it was a sequel of sorts to Amy Amaryllis and because it also involves a body/personality switch between two girls. I had recently been doing some work in NSW, and took a liking to some of the place names, so I called the Raven sisters Merimbula and Eden. For some reason (never did get to the bottom of it) my editor didn't like Merimbula for a name, so I changed he to Pirimba. For a while, the book was called Pirry Pirimba, but them we changed the name to its final incarnation; Shadowdancers. Pirimba Raven is a rebel, and goes diving from a high cliff when she should be at school. Her sister Eden is plainer, younger and better behaved, but she is as appalled as the rest of the family when Pirimba breaks her back and becomes quadriplegic. Later, Pirimba gets pneumonia and falls into a coma, leaving Eden bereft, and with survivor's guilt.  
Pirimba has been experimenting with astral travelling, and when she seems gone for good, Eden is surprised to find a young man named Craig who believes her theory of where her sister really is. Why wouldn't he? His own sister is the Amy from Amy Amaryllis. Meanwhile, in the land of Rargon, Pirry of Midpoint, an acrobatic dancer, or Valourn, has lost her mind. Her dance partner, ShuMar is amazed and frightened when his friend wakes from her daze as someone else.  While Pirry is "absent" from her perfectly functional body, Pirimba is delighted to use it, but what will happen is Pirry ever wakes and wants it back?
I originally intended to make Pirimba paraplegic, but after some research I discovered some paraplegics can function pretty well on their own. Therefore, I had to do more damage for poor Pirimba than I intended. The things we do to our characters! So, what happens to the characters after the credits roll? There are some clues to be had in the sequel, Wintersong.





























ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Translations in Celadon

Translations in Celadon (1998) Post 330


Translations in Celadon is one of my favourites. It's a YA fantasy, written around the same time as Trinity Street, Shadowdancers and Aurora.
Rosanna Hopestill is a shy student at St Boniface College. She falls under the manipulative spell of Sari Roberts, an exotic-looking girl who is convinced she has great powers. In a way, she has, but they don't work the way she thinks. Sari has a fascination with name magic, believing, or pretending to believe, that names influence the way destiny plays out. Her name "translates" as Princess Fame Bright, and she is determined to rule her kingdom. Sari's kingdom is the green world of Celadon, whose capital city is Cerulean. 
Under Sari's influence, Rosanna, whose name translates to "Horse Still Hoping", the golden boy Asher Phillips (The Happy One who Loves Horses), misfit Suzanne Wise, (White Lily Wisdom) and Asher's foster brother Rafe Winter (Wolf Shield Winter) arrive in Celadon, "translated" into the literal interpretation of their names. Sari is the princess, Asher, her faithful groom, Suzanne, a crone, Rafe, a werewolf and Rosanna, to her dismay, is literally a horse.
   Sari conducts her band to the city to take the throne, but everything goes dreadfully wrong because Sari is in fact harnessing and using Rosanna's power of s'imagination and, Rosanna, being a horse, now thinks like a horse. 
   Of the five who enter Celadon, only three come home.
    Names have always been an interest of mine, and s'imagination, the creation of reality, is a metaphor for the way authors work. My son was a teenager when I was writing this, and so I talked over some of the plot points with him, in a general fashion. I was interested in the way a teenaged boy (which of course I've never been) would see things. I remember asking him if a pair of David-and-Jonathan friends ever found themselves on opposite sides of an issue, and fought seriously, whether they could ever repair the friendship. He said no, because one would kill the other. (He knew I was talking about fiction, I should add!) Well. After that, I knew at least one of the characters would never leave Celadon. 
   This one belongs to one of the elite band of books that worked exactly the way I wanted them to. 
   I love the cover, but it's an odd one. If viewed from one angle, it's a girl's face blended with a horse. Viewed another way, I can see a pistol. I'd be interested to know which of these images (if either) jumps out to readers.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any 

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Knightfall

Knightfall (2002) Post 329


Knightfall is the first book in The Reluctant Knight trilogy. Simon, faced with three unpalatable choices for his holidays, accepts the job of exercising a pony. How difficult can it be? 
Pretty difficult, as it turns out, because Traveller is no ordinary pony. She has attitude, and one of her favourite things is tossing Simon over the hedge. Once there, he finds himself in the land of Bravaria, where King Kevin needs a champion. The dragon king wants one too, while Peggy the pearly dragon fancies Simon as a midnight snack. Then there's Becca the serving maid, not to mention all the damsels who have plans for Simon that include bopping him over the helmet. The old knight Humphrey Bickerstaff trains Simon, Becca feeds him food with so much pepper he can't taste anything else and he spends far too much time polishing his armour.
All Simon can think is it isn't like this in books.
I had a lot of fun writing this series, especially with the names. Characters include Anne De Vere, Selina Sans Clemency, Princess Elizabeth Rudbeckia Gracenoria Shortshanks, Baroness Ethelburtga Wilberforce, Lady Fiona of Castle Frioth, and Orange Ankles, whose real name happens to be Lord Perridan. In fact, I had so much fun with Simon I brought him back for two more outings.

Meet Simon (and his stepsister, Reba...)

Simon unfolded his ankles and rocked onto his hands and knees. He lifted one leg out behind him. tucking his chin to his chest.
            Sarah gave him a very cross look and went out.
            Reba bounced in, all tossing curls and blazing orange shirt.
            "If that's the Pose of the Dog," bossed Reba, "you lift your leg like this." She grabbed his ankle and hoisted his leg in the air.
            "Let go!" Simon's arms gave way and he bellyflopped onto the carpet.
            Reba seized his arms, pulled his cuffs over his hands and knotted the sleeves together. "Pose of the Strait-jacket," she announced and gave a nasty smile. "I know lots of yoga. What do you say to that?"

            "Goodbye!" was what Simon said to that. He bolted out the door and down the yard to the toolshed. It took four whole minutes to get his sleeves untied and rearranged, and when he had finished he moaned aloud. She'd got to him again.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, leave a comment.