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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.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Glamour [Excerpt]

“Mortals use Glamour to make themselves more attractive, to present themselves to others as something more than they really are. Fairies do the same, but often for more sinister reasons.”
“Like the old witch in the story of Hansel and Gretel,” said Mrs. Bell.
“But that was just a fairy story,” said Mr. Bell.
“Things adults can’t or won’t believe because they feel so threatened by them often appear as fairy stories.” Mr. Chalmers glanced along the Bell family's shelf of brightly-coloured story books. “Odd, don’t you think, that adults can only reveal their deepest, darkest fears to children?”

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