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The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory

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The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is a Literary Fiction/Young Adult novel by Robin Gregory.

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Having won 21 awards, The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is being lauded as a classic. A haunting, visionary tale spun in the magical realist tradition of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the profoundly unique voice and heart-stirring narrative recall great works of fiction that explore the universal desire to belong.

Early 1900s, Western America. A lonely, disabled boy with a nasty temper and miraculous healing powers, Moojie is taken by his father to live at his grandfather’s wilderness farm. There, Moojie meets otherworldly social outcasts and wants to join them. Following a series of trials–magical and mystical–he is summoned by the call to a great destiny … if only he can survive one last terrifying trial.




A Word from the Author

Author Robin Gregory pictureIt began as a memoir, but after four years of wrestling with form–and a narrator who annoyed me–I escaped to fiction. I wanted to write a novel in the tradition of my literary heros: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ursula Le Guin, Madeleine L’Engle. Through magical realism, I found freedom to explore mystical, spiritual, philosophical, and social themes. And, in the hands of a child-protagonist, magic began to happen. Ideas, words, and phrases took on a musical, lyrical quality.

My son inspired the story. He was born with the contradiction of special needs and healing gifts. Several of the miracles in the story actually happened. Writing the story was motivated by the desire to explore a boy-healer’s coming-of-age and awakening in early 1900s America. Publishing it was to lend inspiration, faith, and a soul-boost to readers who struggle with limitations. For who in this world doesn’t? I can name two. Both are cats.

(Robin Gregory, June 2017)

Our Review

This is the best book I have read this year and not only that, when I finished reading I knew that I would have to read it again – it left such a special impression on me.
The author, Robin Gregory, is a master craftswoman of words, it was delightful to savor each word and also very much entertaining as the text is permeated with good healthy humor and very very strong characters – in my view one of the strongest points when assessing a novel!
The story itself is about a very special boy, Moojie Littleman, he is an orphan and he as some strange powers but also problems – for instance his body doesn’t work as it should. Moojie wants to fit in with the rest of humanity but finds it extremely hard as his disability puts people off. But he soon will find that he is not alone and will learn some very important lessons, for he comes across some very special friends – otherworldly beings who will help shape his path for good or for evil. As the story unfolds we read of Moojie’s successes and failures; We can see how Moojie deals with his strong and weak points: his power to heal; his disability and the frustration caused by it; other fellow humans; his strange friends from another plane of existence – are they good or are they evil? Can he fit in within their group?; his search for love and a family – not matter if it is human or not – a family to love and where he feels he is an integral and important part of it, and most importantly, where is loved back.

(Our thanks to the author Robin Gregory for the copy provided)

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The Demon Inside by M L Sparrow

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The Demon Inside is a YA apocalyptic sci-fi romance by M L Sparrow.

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Who will survive?

Darcy was a perfectly normal teenage girl, enjoying the summer after completing her A Levels with her boyfriend Alec. Until the night strange creatures begin falling from the sky, infecting people and transforming them into crazed, animalistic cannibals.

Having lost everything in one foul swoop – her parents, her home and all future plans – all Darcy can do is try to protect the people she does have left. Together, she and Alec, along with her younger sister, sarcastic best-friend and Alec’s alcoholic father, set off on a journey to find somewhere safe in a world where everything is different.

However, when they do finally discover a haven, a place to call home again, along with a community of fellow surivors, can they remain? And who will survive?




A Word from the Author

Author M L Sparrow pictureThe Demon Inside was the first book I ever published, though it wasn’t the first I wrote, and I’ll admit I was wholly unprepared and naïve about the kind of advertising I would need to do. Looking back, I’m not sure what I was thinking, but being so excited about finally publishing my book, I hadn’t even considered the need to advertise!

The last two years, since The Demon Inside was published, have been such a learning curve. I now know which paid-promotions are worthwhile and which are just a waste of my limited funds. I know that professional (often expensive!) covers are a great investment. And I know that the best form of advertising are reviews, reviews, reviews!

I’ve met some amazing authors and bloggers who have all helped and encouraged me and I’m happy that I’m now in the position to do the same for other self-published authors in need of a little advice.
(M L Sparrow, March 2017)

 

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Ghetto by M L Sparrow

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Ghetto is a YA futuristic sci-fi romance by M L Sparrow.

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Can one person change the world?

My name’s Sunny Grace Beaumont. Branded SGB/2/6895/03.12.93. Only child, self-taught computer geek and cancer survivor. Oh, and did I mention my dad’s the President? As you can imagine that’s sometimes a little problematic, especially when I want to sneak out. But it never got me into quite as much trouble as the night I ventured into the Ghetto – don’t ask me why I was there in the first place… it was stupid. Everyone knows that the Ghetto is where hardened criminals are sent to live out the remainder of their lives. At first the men that kidnap me are just as I’d imagine, mean and thoughtless, but slowly I begin to have doubts.

I meet a guy. His name’s Sin, he has no Brand – a crime punishable by death – and he’s the rebel leader. I should hate him… but I don’t. Instead he opens my eyes to a whole other side of the Ghetto, where people are innocent of the crimes they’re accused of and helpless children suffer dreadful poverty. Is it possible that I’ve been lied to my entire life… that the governments been deceiving everyone? And how can I challenge the law my own dad is adamant to uphold?




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Author M L Sparrow pictureGhetto began at a summer fair. I was manning a stall for the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society, when someone said to me, “Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a pill that could cure everything?” Those words stuck with me and eventually developed into the idea for All-Cure, which is a medical shot in Ghetto. As the name suggests, All-Cure can cure all ailments, from a scrapped knee to terminal cancer, which is what Sunny, our heroine, has suffered with her entire life, as did her mother before her.

All-Cure plays a pivotal role in Ghetto and that ladies comments all those years ago at an inconsequential village fair birthed this story.
(M L Sparrow, March 2017)

 

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