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Jojo Debrazza is a writer of young adult and children’s fiction. The Charm is her debut YA novella. Jojo has a vivid imagination and likes to make up stories. Her friends call it lying but she calls it writing. She lives mainly in a dream world with her partner and a house full of small furry animals. It’s a carefree happy place where everything is bright and fluffy. Jojo’s other passion is football (soccer). As well as playing and helping to run a club she works as a football development officer in Cambridgeshire, England.

The Results of the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2019 are in

Ricarah soars up to the sky to be hailed the tallest flower, and Daisy is named the prettiest sunflower.

The step ladders had to come out of the shed for judging day of the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2019.

Lady up ladder measuring the tallest sunflower

Ricarah was the tallest, measuring in at a whopping 266 cm. Shmelling was the next tallest at 258 cm with Gramps close behind on 257 cm.

Ricarah, Shmelling and others are yet to bloom so could get taller but it’s the height on judging day that matters!

As it was Knoxie’s birthday weekend she accepted the invitation to judge the prettiest flower to win the Indie Award 2019.

Sprilby and Moomins were close contenders but after much consideration, Daisy was declared the prettiest sunflower.

The final measurements for all the competitors are below (in centimeters) along with Knoxie’s comments in the judging of the prettiest flower:

Ricarah 266 Not out yet, late to party
Shmelling 258 Not out yet, late to party
Gramps 257 Facing the wrong way, prefers the neighbours
Bears 247 Lots of buds
Daisy 233 Pretty face, lots of buds and favoured by bees
Naughty 230 Lots of buds
Pears 225 Nice leaves and pretty face
Sprilby 222 Good face and leaves are in good nick
Helomi 215 Not out yet, late to party
Team USA 212 Has a bumble bee on, attractive to bees
Buddha 198 Not out yet, late to party
Bull-Knox 197 Bent over and a bit dead
Baby G 196 Wonky face and has been eaten by insects
Steclaire 190 Not open yet and has a bent stem
Moomins 182 Cute with lots of little buds but face is still coming out
Dennis the Menace 160 Very dead and bent over like an old man
Holts 154 Moon face
Chart of sunflower growth
How the sunflowers grew

The relocation of the contest from the rabbity dangers of the back garden into the front garden has been a success. For the first time ever, all sunflowers survived the duration of the contest, and record heights have been achieved.

Well done to all competitors and thank you for taking part. Tune in next year for the 2020 competition.

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Some (sunflowers) like it hot

Bloomin’ ‘eck it’s hot! And the sunflowers are loving it.

I have not measured them but Bears, Shmelling, Bull-Knox, Team USA and Gramps are ginormous!

Pears, Bears and Dennis the Menace have all shown their faces today and look how lovely they are:

Sunflowers Sunflowers Sunflowers

Exclusive Excerpt: Shelf Life by Rob Gregson

Welcome to the Virtual Book Tour and Exclusive Excerpt for Shelf Life!

 

About the Book:

Young bookseller Cathy Finn is having a bad day. First, there’s the assassin’s bullet. Then comes the realisation that she’s been living in a work of fiction. Worse, she wasn’t even the main character.

Cathy’s quiet, bit-part life may be over, but her troubles are only beginning. Her last day on Earth is also her first as a citizen of New Tybet. For over four hundred years, its people have been rescuing those destined to die in other narratives, but now the system is faltering. A saboteur is at work and Cathy will have to stop him if she’s ever going to find a way home. Failure could maroon her forever and spark a revolution that sets all the worlds of literature ablaze.

 

Exclusive Excerpt:

Silence. Only the beginnings of the pistol’s muffled report reached Finn’s ears and then all sound abruptly ceased. The bookshop’s organic murmurings, the noise from the road outside; all of it vanished at once.

So – death was silence. Well, that was one mystery solved.

She’d blinked at the instant her visitor had fired – an instinctive, pathetically ineffectual response – and she’d held her breath. Now, as she let it out, she heard the movement of the air. Against the perfect stillness, the sound was startling.

She opened an eye.

The scene hadn’t changed, but it was stopped; a frozen moment. An orange-grey floret of smoke bloomed from the killer’s gun, but it hung there, quiet and harmless, like a sculpted thing planted in the barrel. Beyond it, still visible, the stranger’s incongruous smile.

She opened the other eye.

Thirty seconds. Go.”

Her whole body flinched. The voice – a woman’s, crisp and businesslike – had come from her left, from the cupboard under her stairs, and that didn’t make sense at all.

The cupboard door vanished, bright light spilled into the shop and a tall, silhouetted figure ducked through the frame.

“Cathy Finn?” A darkly-uniformed man strode towards her, one muscular arm outstretched. Behind him, another figure was emerging.



Book Details:

Print Length: 338 pages
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing; 1 edition (http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com)
Publication Date: July 17, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07SNGW2Z7

Genre(s): Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Literary Mashup, Parallel Worlds, Comedy

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Meet the Author:

Rob Gregson spent much of his youth reading fantasy novels, immersing himself in role playing games and generally doing everything possible to avoid the real world. In his defence, we’re talking about the late 1980s – a time when ridiculous hair, hateful pop music and soaring unemployment were all very popular – so it wasn’t altogether a bad decision. However, had he abandoned the realms of wizardry at an earlier age, he might have developed one or two useful life skills and he would almost certainly have found it easier to get a girlfriend. Rob lives in Lancashire and has two children, although he has absolutely no idea why anyone should find that interesting.

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The Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest: Update

The sunflowers in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2019 have been measured and guess who’s out in front so far? Bull-Knox!

The competitors in height order are below along with a one word description:

Bull-Knox, 140 cm, tall

Bears, 134 cm, wonky

Gramps, 132 cm, leafy

Team USA, 130 cm, sturdy

Pears, 129 cm, handsome

Shmelling, 129 cm, yellowy

Ricarah, 125 cm, steady

Daisy, 122 cm, holey

Dennis the menace, 118 cm, lanky

Baby G, 117 cm, speckly

Sprilby, 109 cm, curvy

Naughty, 107 cm, bendy

Holts, 102 cm, straight

Moomins, 97 cm, skinny

Steclaire, 96 cm, dainty

Buddha, 88 cm, thin

Helomi, 86 cm, pretty

Sunflowers against the side fence
Side fence sunflowers
Sunflowers along the front fence
Front fence sunflowers

Cover Reveal: Shelf Life by Rob Gregson

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for Shelf Life!

About the Book:

Young bookseller Cathy Finn is having a bad day. First, there’s the assassin’s bullet. Then comes the realisation that she’s been living in a work of fiction. Worse, she wasn’t even the main character.

Cathy’s quiet, bit-part life may be over, but her troubles are only beginning. Her last day on Earth is also her first as a citizen of New Tybet. For over four hundred years, its people have been rescuing those destined to die in other narratives, but now the system is faltering. A saboteur is at work and Cathy will have to stop him if she’s ever going to find a way home. Failure could maroon her forever and spark a revolution that sets all the worlds of literature ablaze.

Book Details:

Print Length: 338 pages
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing; 1 edition (http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com)
Publication Date: July 17, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07SNGW2Z7

Genre(s): Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Literary Mashup, Parallel Worlds, Comedy

The Cover:




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Mirror World Publishing

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Learn More About Shelf Life:

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Meet the Author:

Rob Gregson spent much of his youth reading fantasy novels, immersing himself in role playing games and generally doing everything possible to avoid the real world. In his defence, we’re talking about the late 1980s – a time when ridiculous hair, hateful pop music and soaring unemployment were all very popular – so it wasn’t altogether a bad decision. However, had he abandoned the realms of wizardry at an earlier age, he might have developed one or two useful life skills and he would almost certainly have found it easier to get a girlfriend. Rob lives in Lancashire and has two children, although he has absolutely no idea why anyone should find that interesting.

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The Sunflowers Arrive at Fort Bull-Knox

The competitors in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2019 have left the safety of the Moomins’ garden and entered Fort Bull-Knox.

Arrival of the sunflowers 2019
The sunflowers are welcomed to Fort Bull-Knox
Dad with Sprilbey the sunflower
Sprilbey was the first to go in the ground
Sunflowers along the side fence
Sidies
Contestants along the side fence and their current height:
Steclaire, 11 cm
Sprilbey, 25 cm
Bull-Knox, 35 cm
Pears, 26 cm
Moomins, 25 cm
Gramps, 31cm
Ricarah, 30 cm
Team USA, 31 cm
Bears, 32 cm
Holts, 24 cm

Contestants along the front fence and their current height:
Helomi, 9 cm
Buddha, 7 cm
Shmelling, 31 cm
Daisy, 29 cm
Baby G, 35 cm
Dennis the Menace, 24 cm
Naughty, 23 cm
Sunflowers along the front fence
Fronties

Baby G and Bull-Knox (ahem) are out in front at the moment, both at 35 cm. Bears are close behind at 32 cm and Shmelling, Team USA, and Gramps are hot on their heels at 31 cm.

Steclaire, Helomi, and Buddha were late sprouters and have some catching up to do.

As Knoxie’s birthday barbeque is taking a fallow year, the  judging date for the competition is to be confirmed.

Exclusive Excerpt: Blackflies and Blueberries by Sharon Ledwith

Welcome to the 1-Week Virtual Book Tour for Blackflies and Blueberries (Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls, #2) by Sharon Ledwith!

Exclusive Excerpt:

As Hart continued his journey, he became aware of a buzzing around his ears. He fanned his hand around both ears in a circular motion, took another gulp of water, and realized the buzzing was still there. Annoyed, Hart whipped his faded baseball cap off, waved it around his head, and put it back on. There. That should take care of the little bugger. But it didn’t. The buzzing grew louder. Louder and more persistent. Something bit him on the back of his neck.

Hart winced and clenched his teeth. It was as if someone had plunged a sharp needle into him. He reached to slap his sweaty neck a few times. When he pulled back his hand, Hart’s blue eyes bulged at the sight of blood smeared across his palm. What the hell just bit me? A Fairy Falls vampire?

The buzzing returned, and another creature flew into his ear. Hart freaked. Maybe it’s trying to burrow into my brain? Suck out the fluids? Leave me paralyzed on the road? His heart raced. He frantically dug a finger into his ear to extract whatever had crawled in there. He winced, hearing a sudden pop, like its body had exploded in his ear canal. Hart’s shoulders tensed, as he pulled out his finger. It, too, was smudged with blood. His blood. Sweat blistered across his temples and dripped down his face. What’s going on? What are these strange creatures? And why are they attacking me?

More buzzing accompanied these thoughts. Biting his bottom lip, Hart wiped the blood from his hand and finger across his jeans, and turned to face the enemy. He dropped his jaw and water bottle at the same time. A flock, no, a herd, no, a swarm of black, buzzing, blood-sucking whatever-they-were, were inches from his face. The black cluster moved in for the kill. Hart promptly closed his mouth, took a step back, then another, and another, but the little beasties followed him every-which-way he went. He broke to the left; they followed. He cut to the right; they pursued. He started to run backward; they kept up with every stride taken. A root snagged Hart’s ankle and tripped him. He rolled a short distance down a ravine before smacking into a group of moss-covered boulders.

Disoriented, Hart shook his head, then looked up. That was a mistake. The swarm of flying beasties were now hovering over him. His breathing became shallow, his heartbeat erratic. His mouth went dry. This is it. I’ll be devoured in a matter of minutes by a hoard of vicious, bloodletting demons made of teeth and wings. Then Hart heard something else to his right. Not buzzing or whining, but a noise that sounded like a nervous-whump, as if someone was thrashing about in the bush. Slowly, Hart glanced to his right. His skin tingled all over. Not more than a metre away, coiled in layers of brown and black, hunched a lone rattlesnake, ready to strike.

In one breath, Hart rolled to his left, stood, and sprinted into the forest. He ran like his life depended on it, cutting his own path, while branches and saplings scraped his face and whipped his legs. The flying black demons were hot on his trail but Hart soon lost them, and after about fifteen minutes of constant running, looking back, running, and looking back, he sensed it was safe enough to slow down. His lungs protested, his legs screamed their silent pain as Hart, now sweating like a fat man in a sauna, collapsed in a clearing and surrendered to his body’s wishes.

Feeling his legs cramp, Hart reached down to rub both his calves briskly. Tired and hot, and now probably lost again, he knew he had to find his way back to the road, wherever that was. Hart swore aloud, angry not only with himself, but with the strange, savage creatures that lived up here. He had thought he had some idea of what to expect. The trucker, whom he’d hitched a ride up here with, had told him about the numerous golf courses that dotted the area, about the million dollar cottages nestled amongst the trees, and about the condominium style resorts that were being built around many of the lakes’ shorelines. Hart banged a fist against the spongy forest floor. He thought Fairy Falls would have been more civilized, more developed. But he was wrong. Dead wrong.

About Blackflies and Blueberries:

The only witness left to testify against an unsolved crime in Fairy Falls isn’t a person…
 
City born and bred, Hart Stewart possesses the gift of psychometry—the psychic ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching inanimate objects associated with them. Since his mother’s death, seventeen-year-old Hart has endured homelessness, and has learned ways to keep his illiteracy under wraps. He eventually learns of a great-aunt living in Fairy Falls, and decides to leave the only life he’s ever known for an uncertain future.
Diana MacGregor lives in Fairy Falls. Her mother was a victim of a senseless murder. Only Diana’s unanswered questions and her grief keeps her going, until Hart finds her mother’s lost ring and becomes a witness to her murder.
Through Hart’s psychic power, Diana gains hope for justice. Their investigation leads them into the corrupt world threatening Fairy Falls. To secure the town’s future, Hart and Diana must join forces to uncover the shocking truth, or they risk losing the true essence of Fairy Falls forever.

Blackflies and Blueberries Cover:
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publish Date: May 17, 2019

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing https://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/

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Escape to the past and have a blast

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel adventure series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and the teen psychic mystery series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

Learn more about Sharon Ledwith at the following online places:

Sharon’s Website: www.sharonledwith.com

Sharon’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/seledwith

Twitter: @sharonledwith https://twitter.com/sharonledwith

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It’s Begun! The Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2019

The Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2019 has begun. The annual competition has more twists, turns, cliff hangers and deaths than Game of Thrones as competitors race to reach the sky.

This years’ sunflowers, in no particular order, are below:

Helomi

Moomins

Sprilbey

Pears

Bears

Shmelling

Bull-Knox

Gramps

Holts

Naughty

Team USA

Buddha

Dennis the Menace

Daisy

Baby G

Steclaire

Ricarah

To avoid being eaten by rabbits the 2019 competition has been moved to the Bull-Knox front garden. Who knows what dangers will await there.