Friday, 18 August 2017

Floribunda and the Best Men

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Floribunda and the Best Men (2017) (Post 231)

Floribunda and the Best Men is another story in the Fairy in the Bed series. It follows a few weeks after Pen and Ink  (Post 204), but although it does deal with Matters Arising (as Flori puts it), it can be read as a stand-alone. 

Plus-sized florist Floribunda "Flori" Alexandris has no idea why Pen Swan should invite her to be a bridesmaid at her wedding, but she agrees anyway. At the church, she encounters the two best men; the biggest Scottish ginger she's ever seen and a cool blond Sir Galahad type. She has no idea which one she should shake hands with first, or whose hand to accept for the bridal waltz. Flori likes the look of them both, but that's nothing to their magnetic reaction to her. How to choose? The men have their own creative solution, but there's something exceedingly odd about Hamish McTavish and Gervais St Clair. They don't offer to drive her van, and when she runs off the road in the middle of the night, no mention of women drivers crosses their lips. So that settles it. They can't possibly be human.
Floribunda and the Best Men is story number seven in this series and although every story stands alone, each also adds something to the building blocks of the series' world. The main characters of #3, one of whom played a large role in Pen and Ink (#6) appear again, as do two characters from #4 who will be main characters in a later story. 

This story marks a couple of firsts for me in writing, which, after 300+ books, just proves we're always learning and trying something new. When I wrote Pen and Ink I made the conscious decision to have an older couple as main characters, so Pen is forty-two. I was holding an email conversation with my editor for the series and asked if she liked stories with older heroines or heroes, and she remarked she really liked BBW stories. I didn't know this term, so I looked it up and thus Flori, (or to give her her full name, Floribunda Rose Alexandris) was born. Flori is a florist who specialises in BBB or big beautiful blossoms, taking the radical approach that flowers should be colourful, perfumed and real. An encounter with Pen Swan, on the hunt for flowers for her wedding, brings Flori into a life-changing experience, and helps her solve the mystery of a childhood friend nobody else remembers. It's been bothering her for twenty-six years.  I had a few surprises along the way with this one. It was the longest to date, which meant I could explore the world of Over There a bit more. When cover time came around, I spent a while looking for pictures to show the art department. They source their own pictures, but it's a little easier if they have an idea of what the character(s) should look like. I found some pics for my Pinterest board, but the model they found is far more what I had in mind. I was pleased with the pictured Flori because my only other venture into a plus-sized heroine (several years ago now) skirted the issue with a cartoon cover. 

Floribunda and the Best Men is a very new book... published today. To see it in ebook go to  BUY HERE
To see my author page with a lot of information about the characters in this series and their world, go to http://larksinger.weebly.com. The next one in the series, which is called The Courting of Eileen, comes out later this year.

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.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Crying Wolf

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Crying Wolf (2009) (Post 230)

Crying Wolf... The brief was to write a retelling of the fable of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". But that wasn't all. There was also a need for the story with the same theme, in a different setting. Since I like writing science fiction at this level (okay, at any level), I set The Starship Apprentice on a starship. Working in hydroponics isn't a lot of fun when everything is monitored by the starship itself, but something just occasionally goes wrong... Instant excitement! The trouble with that is things get fixed and everything's dull 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.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2013) (Post 229)

Journey to the Centre of the Earth... Okay, okay, but at least I gave the school teacher in it the name Mr Verne. This was another commission, in which I was given a length and a subject and then given my head. As usual, I made it as much of a story as I could.  Todd and Cai are told by their new teacher to get ready to go to the Centre. They assume he means the Interactive Learning Centre but instead, they travel by rocket to Iceland and... wheeeee. They learn about the Earth's layers on the way. It's a field trip in a million! Today, while seeing if this book has an internet presence (unlike A Nifty Nest it has) I discovered a Spanish language edition called Viaje al centro de la tierra. The things you find on the internet, eh? (And no, I don't speak Spanish.)


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.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Untold Story of Ms Mirabella

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The Untold Story of Ms Mirabella (2013) (Post 228)


The Untold Story of Ms Mirabella is another short book I did for an educational publisher. I was given the title and a word count. 

Rosalyn and William's teacher, Ms Mirabella, sets them an assignment about running. They decide to do some research by talking to Rosalyn's Uncle Mike who is running a big race. They go along to watch him run, and who should they see but Ms Mirabella, who is also competing in the race.

The kids learn a few things about prejudices and the reader, with luck, learns a few things about fitness and endeavour. There is no supposition that Ms Mirabella expects to win, or even to place, but she's out there at sixty-plus having a go. 

The story was inspired by my husband's and my entries in the City2Surf race for three consecutive years. We didn't run together, because he was a lot faster than I was. We started together and parted company at the foot of Heartbreak Hill. For a while there I was running alongside one of the Legends, a gentleman who had run every single City2Surf since its inception. On another race (we entered three times) I ran alongside a man who looked like the Dalai Lama. He was having a wonderful time. another time I ran near a father who was coaching his young daughter through the fourteen km. It was great fun, and I enjoyed reliving the experience with Ms Mirabella.


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.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Where did the Dinosaurs Go?

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Where did the Dinosaurs Go? (2013) (Post 227)


Where did the Dinosaurs Go? is a short book I did for an educational publisher. The brief was for a story on this subject, so I looked for a creative angle. I chose to use a schoolroom setting with a difference. Links and Budge are two kids studying astronomy at school under the tutelage of their teacher, Madam Thor. Links and Budge wonder is maybe there are dinosaur like them on other planets, and their teacher says there once were dinosaurs on Earth and guides them through an investigation about what might have happened to them. Madam asks questions and the children come up with solutions and suggestions. 

The story tries not only to showcase past and present theories about what did happen, but also to model an intellectual discussion/lesson format. I quite enjoy finding odd angles for this kind of subject.


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.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Old House

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The Old House (1998) (Post 226)


The Old House is one of the linked stories about Marcus and his sister Teena who are staying with their grandparents while their father is away. In this story, Teena invites her friend Kim for a sleepover. In Hit for Six (book of the day on May 1st) Kim was shown as being good at cricket, but in The Old House her achilles heel is revealed. Kim's not too fond of the dark and she finds the old house where Teena's grandparents live very spooky. Grandpa tells a ghost story, and Kim can't sleep for thinking of it. She hears creaks and rattles. She sees something weird and white. In the end, she creeps out of the house and runs home. In the morning, Mum takes her back, where the white thing is explained as Granny in her nightie. Kim feels silly but to her relief, Teena takes it all as a matter of course. Marcus has a nightlight, so she understands being scared of the dark is just one of those things.

The point of the story is different kinds of courage, and the importance of acceptance, and not mocking people for their fears.


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.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Olly and Kookoo

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Olly and Kookoo (1999) (Post 225)


Olly and Kookoo is one of the nine Olympic Mascots titles I did as a commission in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In this story, Olly, the kookaburra mascot, who was the messenger and cheer squad leader for many of the athletes, gets so involved in his job that he neglects his little sister Kookoo who is excited about his job and wants to help.

Naturally, Olly comes to his senses and finds Kookoo and her friends a role to fulfill. Kookoo is my own invention, as was Millie's Aunty Spike, and her name is obviously derived from Kookaburra. The theme or moral here is Charity Begins at Home, which is something I've addressed in a range of titles. The problem of great achievers who are so busy achieving or doing great things for society that they don't or can't give much attention to those who have a right to that attention is one of those insoluble problems in real life. Lucky we can fix it in a children's story.


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.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Frizzle Sizzle Sunbusters are Cool

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Frizzle Sizzle Sunbusters are Cool (1990) (Post 224)


Frizzle Sizzle Sunbusters are Cool was a commission. Twenty-seven years later I don't remember much about it, except for a distinct impression it was one of those jobs that gave me considerable trouble getting the tone right. I also seem to recall it sold an enormous number of copies in the colouring-in edition... not that this was much of a concern to me since it was a flat-fee book.

As the picture and title imply, this is a non-fiction title about sun-safety. I probably have a copy somewhere, but the only part of it I really remember is mentioning that if your shadow is pooled around your feet like a pair of fallen-down pants, then that's a good time to be out of the sun.





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.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Nifty Nest

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A Nifty Nest- 2000 (Post 223)


A Nifty Nest is an easy-read novel which is rather unusual for its time, being told in omniscient POV. Finch Valley is a lovely place, inhabited by cows, and a lot of finches in the hawthorn trees. Initially I wrote these as hawfinches, but then discovered this is the name of a real kind of bird, so reverted to the generic term. All is well, with the finches collecting straw, fluff, thistle seeds and such for their nests. Then the valley is sold to Mortar Construction.

Emily Mortar, child of the proprietor, is upset when she sees the beautiful valley being changed. Mr Mortar points out that people, just like finches, need a nice place to live and comforts her with descriptions of how Finch Village will look. The finches, losing their source of nest materials, are bewildered. Most of them go to live elsewhere, but one pair sticks it out.
Slowly, the village takes shape. Emily begins to see that her father is doing his best. He keeps one big hawthorn tree, and this is where the remaining finches try to make their nest.
Meanwhile, Ms Spinner opens a wool shop, Mr Knitter delights in a house where he can have his grandchildren to stay, Anna Petal begins to make paper flowers, and Mr Click, Mr Fashion and Ms Brush all settle in. Dr Bauble, a big cheerful woman, decides to hold a street party for everyone. The newcomers decorate the village and after the party, high winds blow some of the decorations down.
The finches are delighted. Drink straws, tinsel and streamers and paper flowers are taken for their nest, which glints like a jewel in the hawthorn.
The villagers love the nifty nest, and adopt the finches as a kind of mascot, arranging for nesting material in perpetuity. More finches come back to live in the valley and things move forward.
The finches now build normal nests but some of them have the occasional taste for something nifty.

This little book has the theme of change and progress, which is something I often use in my fiction. In this case, I wanted to show the positive side of progress.

Until today, A Nifty Nest was unusual in that its cover apparently existed nowhere on the internet. I took a photo of my own copy... and now here it is.

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.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Bush Rescue

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Bush Rescue- 2015 (Post 222)


Bush Rescue is book  2 in the Pup Patrol series.

Stamp and James are on the road again and they've brought their new friend Ace along. Stamp is happy to have a new friend, but no one has taught Ace any manners! It's up to James and Stamp to show her how to behave - if only she would listen! 

When Daisy Ado the Cockatoo flies into the Fourby, James decides to return her to her owner. But what's that smoky smell on the wind? There's a bushfire coming to the town of Jasper, and the local vet has his hands full. Will James, Stamp and Ace be able to save all the town pets in Jasper? 

As with the Pet Vet and Jack Russell series, we had a lot of fun with the character and place names. We named Daisy Ado, the cockatoo, from two sources- the song "Daisy a Day" and the character Daisy Adair in "Dead Like Me". Daisy always introduced herself as "Daisy. Daisy Adair" in a kind of reverse-James-Bond, and we thought.... oh well, you get the picture. The town of Jasper is named after Jasper, one of our dogs. Although we'd decided to have a completely new cast of characters (aside from our core three) in each book, we introduced a girl in this one who reappeared in Book 3. After all, James is a friendly and personable young man, so why wouldn't he make friends with a capable country girl?

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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.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Farm Rescue

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Farm Rescue- 2015 (Post 221)


Farm Rescue is the first book in the Pup Patrol series.


Initially, we pitched a series about a kelpie, but the publisher preferred a border collie, so we switched to that. Our idea was to make a change from our Jack Russell and Pet Vet series. Since Jack was probably better known and more successful than Pet Vet, we returned to the male dog with a male master model. The changes came from the fact that Stamp was a big pup rather than a young dog, and James was a nineteen year old rather than a young professional or an established police officer. In the first two series, place was important. Doggeroo and Cowfork were communities with characters who came and went into one another's stories. We sent James and Stamp off on a year-long working holiday, so each story takes place in a different setting. Their base of operations is the Fourby, James' trusty vehicle.

We also decided that rather than cases (medical or detective) we'd have adventures, set off by naturally occurring phenomena. 

The first adventure is Farm Rescue...

Stamp is having a pawfectly wonderful time travelling around the country with James in the Fourby 4WD and then it starts to rain. And rain and rain and rain. It rains until the Fourby is all muddy, James's hair is damp and Stamp starts to smell like wet dog! It rains so much that they have to stop at Pepper Plains Farm for somewhere warm and dry to stay. But all the rains making the river rise. Will James and Stamp be able to help the folks at Pepper Plains Farm?
  
At the end of the story, James and Stamp visit Dr Jeannie and Trump at Cowfork. Jeannie and James are cousins, so this is a natural encounter. Dr Jeannie has a cranky little dog who needs rehoming... enter Ace, who is going to really shake up James and Stamp's cosy masculine world.

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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.

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Ham Heist

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The Ham Heist- 2010 (Post 220)


The Ham Heist is the twelfth book in the Jack Russell: Dog Detective series.


Jack's person, Sarge, is getting married, but Jack is more interested in guarding the whole huge ham from hopeful ham-heisters. Poor Preacher is still frightened of dog-boggarts, and his mother Jill insists Jack must solve the problem. What's a dog detective to do? Plenty! And as Jack says, the best cases always begin and end with ham.

The little dog on the cover here is our very own Preacher, son of Ace.


Knowing this was going to be the last book in the series, we decided to do something different again. We returned squarely to the doc-centric crime... this time, a fine sliced ham vanishes from Sarge and Caterina's wedding banquet. Jack and the gang follow up the clues, with Foxie firmly in the frame. (He has form.) The innocent Foxie isn't happy. We solved the crime towards the end of the book, leaving a final chapter to reunite Jack with his daughters as swell as many old friends. There is a very special guest--someone Jack has mentioned before but whom we haven't met. We also broke another of our self-imposed rules for the series and introduced a child character in a large role. The story ended with a very cheerful bang.

So, we turned in the manuscript and got a friendly request for a rewrite. Our chosen ham-thief would NOT DO. Therefore, we had to insert a new suspicious character and re-route the clues to point to this late-comer.


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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.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Inspector Jacques

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Inspector Jacques- 2009 (Post 219)


Inspector Jacques is the eleventh book in the Jack Russell: Dog Detective series.

Long series can sometimes get repetitive, so we decided to shake up the formula a little by giving Jack an intellectual rival and a case that bent our cardinal rule; that Jack's cases must feature things that are the legitimate concern of dogs.

Jack has always been top dog detective in Doggeroo, but suddenly there's a newcomer trying to claim his title. Inspector Jacques is a French bulldog with attitude, and a fang-resistant collar, as Jack discovers. Meanwhile, poor Preacher has run afowl of the terrible dog-boggarts.

When we decided on a French detective dog to come up against Jack, we needed a legitimate reason for it to be in Doggeroo, and we wanted to make use of the fact that he was foreign. Why French? Initially we were playing with the idea of a dog whose name was almost the same as Jack's and we hit upon Jacques. As it happens, Jack is an offshoot of the name John, but John comes via Johannes. Jacques is a from of James, from Jacquot, sometimes changed to Jakkin in the middle ages... This may be coincidental, but the names still seem bound together. We were playing with the name Jacques le Bark (so sue us) but in the end common sense prevailed. The obvious breed for the Inspecteur was a French Poodle so we decided not tp be obvious and went French Bulldog instead.

As for the case- poor Jack just can't work out why any dog would be interested in paintings! The dog-boggarts? Our own Preacher was frightened of children when he was young and we got into the habit of saying, "Oops, dog-boggarts approaching," and making a detour. 

Funny, the things that get into books. This is another of my favourite collars...um, covers. 






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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.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Blue Stealer

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The Blue Stealer- 2009 (Post 218)

The Blue Stealer is the tenth story in the Jack Russell: Dog Detective series. 

Sarge and Caterina  Smith, owner of Lord Red, are preparing for a party. Auntie Tidge is welcoming a newcomer to Doggeroo. Meanwhile, Jack is teaching his young son Preacher the basics of detection. What better place to start than the case of the Blue Stealer! 

The Blue Stealer, as you can see from the cover, is a blue heeler. He is a clever and deceptive dog, whose master has trained him all too well. Jack needs some human help on this one, but Sarge is still distracted.
We weren't sure whether this would be the last of the Jack series, so we brought one plot strand that had run through this book and the last one, to fruition. Sarge has been spending rather a lot of time with Caterina Smith and this book culminates with their engagement party. For Jack and Preacher this means sharing Sarge's attention and a closer relationship with their friend Red. It's a happy ending, but as it happened there were two more books to come.

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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.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Fowl Play

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Fowl Play- 2008 (Post 218)

Fowl Play is the ninth story in the Jack Russell: Dog Detective series. Jack and Foxie have problems with hens and Jack has a close encounter with a not-dog.

Fowl play in Doggeroo! Auntie Tidge and her friends buy some chooks. When you mix fowls and dogs, you get pan-dog-monium with added hen-sterics.

When the chooks are attacked, the dogs are blamed-- but Jack's super-sniffer detects something strange in the air. With Foxie flipping out, and Sarge and Preacher spending far too much time with new friends, who will help Jack crack the case of FOWL PLAY? Meanwhile, Ralf Boxer is under siege from the ruthless rooster...

Fowl Play is the only one of the Jack series that has not been published by Kane Miller. This has led to some confusion about numbering as American readers number the books 1-11 rather than 1-12. 

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