Hi there, Everyone! I've not been very busy on authonomy for various reasons - one being that we immigrated to the UK during November 2013. I've also been busy trying to write down more of Flame and his friends' adventures, before I forget most of them. But the most important reason for me is probably that I'm still waiting for a review from the Editor's desk. There were some hitches to do with some of my chapters, but hopefully these are all sorted out by now. So, don't think that I didn't post the review. I'll have to put it on authonomy, no matter what (she's says bravely).
Just to put all my old stuff back on track: I'm still married to the same guy for more than three decades, have two married daughters and two grandchildren. A "retired" Librarian/Teacher who loves to read a good story. This pleasant activity has now become a passion, because lately I seem to be unable to put down my pen, err PC, so to speak.
30th September 2013
Authonomites who backed African Adventures: Flame and Hope at the time of reaching the Editor’s desk.
evermoore, JMANIFF, Heather Turnbull, KButlin, Farrah,Taliesin, By-Dana, Sebnem, Artifactory, JJKendrick, E. Harkin, Merick Desaedeh, DMRoberts, annieoverthesea, Blackrosidhe, D.S. Hale, Alan O’Dowd, Debbie R, Tod Huston, C1030, Pam B, I’ve Got Claws, Alan Barbara, Baobab, KristaLaRae,sarap, Robert Craven, H.L.Archibald, Amanda Robertson, F.M. Moses, Kestrelraptorial, ajt1234, J. Berg, JegJeg, KMac23, TheImpeccableEditor, Buck Rogers!!!, Charlie Boy, C Limoine, S Bishop, Garth Gunston, Gordon James Ritchie,Jensnow47, rdgaze, garion9, Captain Greene, fatema, DownUnder, Tojo,Salley, Tempest Farid, Blaze Eyes, kadriver, H.W.Ryan, Sara Stinson, Mawdlin, Nicola Hoppe ,Big Daddy, Monty21, Bryan Brammer, Hxoxpxeangel, Silent Spark, Paul Golledge, germane, Fiona Murtagh, GKStritch, amerafrieman, sbhatt, Mvw888, lordsplodge, Amanda Chwa, Andrew Melvin ,Robert9557, Yezall, writing momma, faith rose, Eftborin, Matthew Brady ,annie43, portiamacintosh, Malo Bel, Juliana S, Ryan Lane, Diana Ranger, Hollae, Mandi Rei Serra, Betty Cromwell, PixieDaisy, D R Knight, K A Perkins, C.G., Tanya2, Tazzymc, andersensapphire, Soa_Soraya, Gray Earl, Jilaine Tarisa, Joy Eastman, rollswrighter, lindfirst, Lisa Jeannine, Michael Tayloruk, Norstrom, Butchie, Lennie Banks, Edna Schoem, dewaldwolf, gilbertmartin, Kim Dyer58, bruce k riley, O Cahan, Robert Thornton, MiriamNConde, Anaxis, Bruce Rodgers,Jane Law, hjweston, kaseli, Chevalier94, lindsey diana, Ben Dikko, Andrew Hinkinson, JHood98, D C Hedlin, aspyrs, lexington_ky-writer, Kay Elle Heynes, Massimo Marino, David Best, Acolyte, Benedict, TSpoon1980, Daniel Manning, ragsdaniels, dameholly, Runic Birdsong, percy kerry, D A Quigley, garyp,Bijoux, Grey Muir, Sarah L Wyman, Chris Stewart, romanrunner, Pixiebots, Blanche Helbling, Luci Lucero, Cheeky Charlie, Lestadean, murb442, VioletWednesday21 ,femmefranglaise, Just Joe, J.W. Knight, Ou est la chat?, Ellen Michelle, Jony Wardley, Kenneth Edward Lim, Neville, Noirinator, Geddy25, LittleMissWriter21, Starchaser3000, J P Crawford, RAS1010, Richard Donovan, Rover Rabbit, Lionilde, MSio, Zukko, BrianF, Barry Scott Pullen, Gryphonboy, Shasta, Ilyria_Moon, Raziel, DavidRBarr, A. Maisey, Lina Crowe, Scratchingthesurface, Schopar, HateFaceCor, mlaverman, morris003, Donal O’Keefe, baiyune, Alex Holbrook, R S Phillips, R. Dango, Secrets of Life, CaraM, RSS, Bookaddict, Jennwith2n's, Jack Harwood, Charles and Yasmina Knightley, DragonNMR, Lourdes, Sammi Palmer, Jean Paul, lionell, Graham Austin King, Ammari Sky,Swingset, Jane Bwye, maevesleibhin.
Thank you so much for supporting me to the bitter end. I hope you will not be disappointed with the review. I do believe that it has been worth the effort, especially for a new author such as myself, to use the help offered by many here on the authonomy site. It has honed my writing skills and smoothed many rough patches during the past year and a half. Then too, if it hadn’t been for your support, I certainly wouldn’t have had an unsolicited manuscript on the HarperCollins Children’s Editor’s desk. :-)
So, a BIG THANK YOU to all of you and also all those who have supported me on their shelves earlier on my journey. I'm happy to say that today, the 30th of September 2013, I had 206 backers, 230 watchlists and 502 comments. You have all worked very hard with me, so I did not feel alone on this journey.
I backed Kenneth Edward Lim and Maeve Leibhin during this past month. Congratulations for reaching the desk with me this month. I wish you both every success.
Some of you asked about the intended age group. The book is written with Tweeners 10-12 and young Teenagers in mind. Having said that, I do believe, and many of you have agreed, that the book could be read to younger children by their parents, siblings or grandparents.
The main character, Flame has a promise to keep and despite having many adventures with ups and downs along the way, he and his furry-and-feathered friends find support for their special place, but they also encounter a few foes along the way...
I cannot really decide on a favourite book. I love reading Henry Moore, Jane Austin and Charles Dickens, Gerald Durrell, James Herriot, Louisa Alcot. (Maybe I'm too old to read Michael Morpurgo, but his stories are very believable!)
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