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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...

favourite books

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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African Adventures of Flame, F....

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Heroes aren't born heroes. They're called to duty unexpectedly. A desert dog with humble beginnings risks his life to keep an important promise.

Life takes strange turns for a puppy born in the desert. After his first owners suffer a tragic loss, a free-range cattle farmer adopts him. When the pup arrives at the farm, far from his birth place, not everyone welcomes him. A member of his new family doubts whether he would ever be a good working dog and their old bull-terrier makes life unpleasant for him. But as time goes by, he grows into a strong, agile dog, finding many loyal, furry-and-feathered friends. They help him to keep a promise; protecting vulnerable bush creatures.
An elusive bird with unusual, pink eyelids tells their stories about fires, villainous poachers, hilarious misunderstandings, happy reunions and many kind humans, who support them after a while. Their stories reveal why not all humans speak Faunalang and why it is always better to treat goats with respect. Despite ups and downs, this desert dog becomes a loyal protector of Fauna Park - their own secret sanctuary. Here he becomes loved by friends and feared by foes - in a land where the sun always lingers longer before it disappears behind the horizon.


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Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 15 days ago

Maretha, Just to let you know that "The North Korean" is now on Amaz....

fledglingowl wrote 19 days ago

Maretha, Thank you for your kind review and encouragement. I have pu....

bruce k riley wrote 24 days ago

Hi Maretha, not been on here for a while, been busy working and not w....

Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 34 days ago

Maretha, I hope life is treating you well. My book "The North Korean....

AliyaM.books wrote 36 days ago

Hi! Would you be interested in a swap? Mila takes place during 43 AD ....

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I wrote 140 days ago

Tommy and the Stone of Darlight by Lee Taylor As with Tommy's first adventures, this story will be just as entertaining and intriguing. I've watchlisted it and will be back with a detailed comment, soon. Meanwhile all the best with your publishing endeavours! :-) Maretha African Adventures of ... view book

I wrote 213 days ago

Glass Half Full by Sarah Jane Butfield I enjoyed your short pitch and the question raised about whether a glass is half-empty or half-full? Of course it often depends on a person's outlook on life, whether pessimistic or optimistic. And that is what I appreciated about reading chapters 1 - 5 of ... view book

I wrote 213 days ago

The Pixie in my Pocket by Ryanne Gumfory I loved your long and short pitches and to me they gave just enough information to continue reading your story. Being a librarian myself, I've had many wonderful moments reading to eager listeners in the library. So, I felt very much at home, picturing Shy... view book

I wrote 214 days ago

kbutlin wrote 1 hour ago [reply] [delete] Hi Maretha. I finally got a chance to read some of your book and it's great. I loved it. I'm also very greatful for the advice and i am definitely taking it. Kevin view book

I wrote 215 days ago

Demon Wars: Stones of Power by Tarran Jones I enjoyed your first two chapters and thought you introduced real drama - a perfect hook - for Taliesin. If I may make a suggestion in connection with your long pitch. Perhaps you need not give so much information, i.e. all the characters' names and ... view book

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