Nothing Ventured: An Angel Drake Short Story of Mystery, Mayhem, & Mirth

Angel has a date with a YouTube star. It’s the crush of her school days, Danny Rush, who perfected being both super cool and insanely hot aged fifteen, then never looked back. Quite frankly, she can’t believe her luck.

Angel’s mother is less enthralled. The wiles of a YouTuber mean nothing to a technophobe still having trouble with email. No, she’s more impressed by ‘proper jobs’, and to that end lines Angel up an unwanted interview, coincidentally, with another old school chum.

Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?

Elkin Hardcoves’ Review: 4.6-Stars

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It’s a dark, smog-choked new Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt — an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.

Jatin’s home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son. …

At five, Katharina is placed in a convent.
At twenty-three, she escapes.
At twenty-five, she marries the most controversial man in Europe.

This is her story — of courage, resilience in the face of adversity and a determination to choose her own life.

Diane Andersen’s Review: 5-Stars

Having a lifelong interest and admiration for Katherine von Bora, wife of the 16th-century reformer, Dr. Martin Luther, I was excited to get the chance to read and review Margaret Skea’s novel, Katherina: Deliverance. …

“Don’t do that! That’s our home! You’re just not being green. Use a bin or take it home. Keep the beaches clean.” Starfish, Crab, and Seagull live on a beautiful beach which is being ruined by rubbish and plastic. Join them as they speak to the people on the beach and remind them about the importance of looking after the beaches and coastlines for everyone.

5-Year-Old Logan’s Review: 5-Stars

My favorite part of the book was teaching the people to pick up the trash, and I didn’t like the people throwing their stuff on the ground. …

Time-shifted to the past, three twenty-first century children fight to survive or risk being lost in time forever.

When Maisie Brown is time-shifted to 1471 during a school trip to Warwick Castle, it’s the beginning of an incredible adventure. The only problem is she has to share it with Lizzie, the class bully, instead of her best friend Danny. He’s managed to get caught up with an army marching to battle.

Determined to save him, Maisie and Lizzie leave the safety of the castle. Battling against everything that Medieval England throws at them, the girls find unexpected help from a…

Dreamscape: Looking for Altheda is a psychological fantasy quest entwined with a wide range of traditional stories and themes that’ll be sure to evoke some genuine scares in young readers. Amid the absurdity of negotiating a fairy tale world that exists inside a wooden chest, the young protagonist, Samuel Flynn, unspools an impossible adventure with heart-racing perils that unfold in the land of Dreamscape. …

The 11th century was a dangerous time to be of the line unbroken of King Æthelred II Unread and his first queen, Æfgifu of York. Born in Hungary after King Canute III’s failed attempt to murder her father, Edward the Exile, Margaret found her life turned upside down by King Edward the Confessor’s discovery of her father’s survival — and the resulting recall of her family to England.

Now a political hostage only kept alive for as long as it served powerful men’s interests, Margaret and her family found King Máel Coluim mac Donnchadh Ceann Mhor (Malcolm III Canmore)’s invitation…

Once a villain, always a villain?

Optimistic and idealistic superhero Prism is determined to redeem her father’s legacy by rebooting his supervillain rehabilitation program. To do so, she sets her sights on Fade, the relapsed supervillain who was the reason the government canceled the original program in the first place. However, when she petitions for Fade to be released into her custody, she finds out things might not be as simple as she thought.

Convicted of an unforgivable crime, Fade received a choice: surrender to trial and possible execution or endure a memory erasure so he could start fresh. …

Harley will do anything to keep his new pal safe. But a hungry dragon needs to eat. And the government is hot on their tail.

Harley Maegher’s seen E.T. and knows what the government will do to mythical creatures. There’s no way he’s about to let his new-found friend fall into the hands of an NSA agent. When the dragon starts setting fires and eating livestock, the choice may be taken from him.

Steria is only interested in filling her tummy and spending time with Harley and his friends. After all, they’re the ones who woke her and called her…

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