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I live in the north of England and am an Eng. Lit. graduate and dyslexia teacher. I am coming back to writing after a break due to work, trying to look after elderly parents, and life in general. (That's life as in Life and How to Avoid Stepping in It!)

I had a bit of publishing luck some time ago with three children's books published by Nelson (sci fi and fantasy) and also a prize winning short story in a Gollancz/Sunday Times book.
I am now putting a new children's book up to see what people think. Any crits. gratefully received and, of course, returned.

PLEASE NOTE Broomsticks is now incomplete here but available on Amazon published by Ecanus _ royalties last year went to Age Concern. This year to the Alzheimers Society.

favourite books

Lord of the Rings, anything by Terry Pratchett, The Crow Road by Iain Banks, The Master and Margarita, Cold Comfort Farm, Bilgewater by Jane Gardam, The Camomile Lawn, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ursula Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey. David Eddings, George R R Martin,Kate Atkinson, Mary Renault, Lindsey Davis, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Donna Leon, Neil Gaimon, Diana Wynne Jones, Harry Potter books, Anne Fine 's The More the Merrier, and many more.
And of course The Riversingers by Tom Moorhouse

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The Shape Changer

Sue Moorhouse

Jiren was born a shape-changer. Can he use this ability to save the day when all the spell-workers are arrested?

An adventure story for 7 to 9 year olds

Master Dynas, the spell worker, is all the family Jiren has.
When the queen is taken ill the spell workers are blamed and thrown into prison. It is up to Jiren to help.
The only person who can heal the queen is Morfudd the Healer, but there is a problem. Morfudd was injured in a magical accident and lies in suspended animation in her tower. She must be revitalised before she can effect a cure,but the last person who tried to enter Morfudd's tower was reduced to a small smoke stain on the tower wall by an explosion that blew out all the windows in the town five miles away.
Can Jiren enter the tower safely with only the help of a talking skull? Can he tell his friends from his enemies, and avoid being captured by the latter? Can he survive all the dangers of shape shifting? Can he even manage to cast a spell without stuttering?


Broomsticks, Walking Sticks an....

Sue Moorhouse

Fourteen fun, up-dated fairy tales, written from the point of view of the older characters; Red Riding Hood's granny for one.

Fairy tales for the mature (over mature?)

This is intended to be a short book of the Politically Correct (or ASBO) Fairy Tales type. A Christmas present book for parents or grandparents perhaps? Or something short and amusing for commuters to read.

Why is it always the young and glamorous – the handsome princes and beautiful princesses- who dominate fairy tales?
How about the older characters...?

The Pied Piper – a disillusioned scientist strikes back.
A fairy godmother with a touch of dementia
Can the princess really pee through ten mattresses?
Plus the troll in the tower block, a stressed planning officer, the blog of the wicked queen, an account from the matron of Rapunzel's boarding school , a party at the Brown's house and many more.

Stories repeat after 6 as the book is now incomplete.

Full version available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Broomsticks-Walking-Sticks-Zimmer-ebook/dp/B00A93ZK9E/ref published by Ecanus books.
Has also now been brought out as a paperback for anyone who wants it as a present for parents etc.


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kkobylar wrote 1 day ago

Hi, I just critiqued the first 4 chapters of "Whispering Magic." ....

Adam Richardson wrote 1 day ago

Hi, No worries at all. Thanks in advance and have a lovely Easter....

Mawdlin wrote 2 days ago

Hi Sue, That's great. So pleased to be on the list! Thanks. But wh....

Paris Singer wrote 2 days ago

Hi, Sue; would it be possible to admit yet another project I have....

Mawdlin wrote 2 days ago

Hello Sue, Thanks so much for adding me to the CHIRG 2 group. I am....

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I wrote 5 days ago

CHIRG review. Great idea, a modern princess looking for Prince Charming. It's amusing and well written. I didn't spot any typos etc. The characters are believable and you've got some very funny moments. I liked the royal family in their onesies and the idea of them setting up like a farm tryin... view book

I wrote 8 days ago

Ch.3 I loved Uncle Gordon and the rubber car! One thought, the tone at the beginning of the chapter is very different from the previous chapters. It seems quite straight and serious. It's difficult to talk about bereavement and make it funny, of course. Maybe you could just jump straight... view book

I wrote 8 days ago

CHIRG Review Ch. 1 you have a very nice Roald Dahl type style here. A lot of good jokes and nice sick humour to appeal to kids. It's quite dark, which is fine. There are some very original touches. I really liked the various 'different' children and the pile! I can see that Ch. 2 gets the ... view book

I wrote 9 days ago

CHIRG Review Great first chapter. I judge books on what my grandson would like and he'd love this. Exciting present opening, spy drama, hilarious gadgets ( Smelly Pants picker up - great!) You create a believable character and world while at the same time being very funny and suggesting the ... view book

I wrote 10 days ago

Hi, Ch.2 return crit. Most of my comments are about pacing. I think you are losing drama in a lot of this chapter. The conversations about getting dressed slows the action when Elinor is in danger of assassination. Pulling up the bedclothes and a hint that they are naked is good sexy stuff but... view book

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