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IT'S THE ULTIMATE CORPORATE TAKEOVER . . .

A long-held wish, a forbidden magic spell and a kidnapping propel 10-year-old James Bell and his family into an adventure beyond belief. At the moment of the lunar eclipse on the stroke of midnight the World is to be sold. Armed with only the power of his imagination and the contents of his money box, James must challenge the greed of the mighty Bogus Corporation, a sinister bank and the mysterious Gnomes of Zurich in a race against time to stop the sale and prevent the destruction of childhood.
[Fairy Story] "will make you wish you could go back to the magical time of childhood where anything is possible, as it surely is in this book." Masquerade Crew [4-Star] Review.

"An incredible story. Such an interesting world to dive into, with great twists and turns. A mesmerizing read for young and old." Amazon Reader [5-Star] Review.

"Clearly recognizable strands from many familiar stories deftly woven into a new presentation of sin, bravery, adventure, greed and fear. The modern world of Area 51, cell phones, jets and missiles is mixed with Cinderella almost seamlessly. Like all good stories, a basic morality carries the protagonists down their allotted path to an age-old predictable end (which all good stories do). An end for all with another chapter tantalizingly around the corner." Amazon Reader [5 Star] Review.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fat Agnes [Excerpt]



A light was moving towards him through the forest. As it approached through the undergrowth he saw that its source was a lantern fixed to the end of a long wooden staff. It was being carried over the shoulder of a short figure dressed in a hooded cloak.
“Who are you?” asked Mr. Bell as the figure stuck the staff into a patch of soft ground.
“All depends, Squire.” The rough yet genial voice belonged to a man, his face in shadow from the lantern. “All depends. The authorities know me as Ignis Fatuus. Name means Foolish Light, on account of how everyone says I’m two rats short of an epidemic, but I don’t like that name ‘cause people keep changing it to Fat Agnes and that really makes me mad.”

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