A 5 Star Review

We are both stoked to have read the 5 Star review which came in from Shirley Revill. This is what she wrote:

5 Star Rating

At first glance you would think this was a children's book but this is definitely not the case at all.
There is much to be learnt from the story that unfolds from the pages of this book and I was captivated from the first page.
The story is one of oppression by a race that thinks it's superior to all others and want's to rid the world of what is deemed an inferior race.

The tale that is told reminds me of the Nazis with the brutality and separation of family groups.
The characters might not be people but rather red and grey squirrels which I think is a very clever take on a story that is all too common in the history of mankind.

This book was given to me in exchange for a fair and honest review and I think this cleverly written book is fully worthy of five stars.
Definitely not a children's book but I would think thirteen years to adult is the ages I woul…

The Evolution of Shadowtail's Appearance

Shadowtail's Illustration

The illustrious bad guy in The Ghost of Crow Cavern is Shadowtail. He is power hungry, ruthless and seemingly without compassion or empathy for others.

Your colony is now ours and we shall endeavour to use you and your resources to enrichen the imperial spoils of the Grey Empire

So, it was important that this character was illustrated in a way that represented him as the demonic character he is. The appearance of Shadowtail on the front cover of the book is nothing like what we imagined.

The image of Shadowtail is used on the front cover of the book but is nothing like I imagined him to look like. In this image illustrated by the publishers Shadowtail looks cute and would probably be a fitting image for Cheswick but definitely not our main villain. 

We accepted the publisher's efforts as we were keen to get the book onto the market and our plan was to bring out a second version of the book which would be fully illustrated.

So, it was left for us to find…

Latest Book Review

Getting reviews for The Ghost of Crow Cavern has been challenging, however, being more active on the social media site Goodreads is starting to pay dividends. The site is where readers from around the world exchange views and experiences based on the literary world.

A big thanks to Kharrum for agreeing to read the book and to offer his opinions. This is what he wrote:

4 Stars: A New Animal Farm 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have no connection to Norman Mounter or John Wedlake.

Forget about the picture of the cute squirrel at the front, and forget length of this book. Beyond the cute and fuzzy creature stars of the book where lies an (George Orwell) Animal Farm style story. The book features mythologies from the Nazi, and tactics used by many dictators today. Also brutal revenge and reprisals.

A good but short story, despite appearances this is not a children's book. It contains brutal deaths and adult themes. Even though there is a reckoning…

Our First Book Review

Often one only gets a genuine insight into how things work in the big wide world after actively attempting something. I have learned that reviews from the blogsphere are both precious and are not easy to come by especially for a first timer like me.

So, you can imagine my delight when Mikayla Gray from answered an email that I sent her and agreed to give us a review.

Mikayla's words: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t sure this book was going to my cup of tea. A story about warring squirrel factions isn’t typically the sort of thing I’d pick up. It sounds like an odd sell on the surface. The most obvious (and perhaps lazy!) comparison is to Watership Down, which I was forced to read for my GCSEs and don’t exactly hold fond memories of. That said, I quite enjoyed TGoCC. The story itself may have seemed somewhat bizarre for a devourer of traditional fantasy such as myself, but I could tell I was reading…

Paying Homage to Shadowtail

The Magnetism of a Great Leader

The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed  Stephen Biko 

Like any feared and respected leader, merely the image of Shadowtail in whatever form, grey squirrels are drawn to it like moths to a flame.

Book in Hand

I absolutely do not regard myself as an envious kind of person but I have to say this is often put to the test during low moments. On social media I (as the case for most people) am bombarded with seeing people I know traveling to the far reaches of the planet, doing exciting things, looking healthy and tanned, finding out that they have just ran the desert marathon, jumped out of a plane, sailed across the Atlantic or just built a bloody great house or their son or daughter has got into Cambridge. On a cold dark night in Helsinki when the temperature outside is bloo..y freezing my natural ability to ward off envy is at times taken to the limit.

So, in an age when they tell me that every Tom, Dick and Harry and their mothers have written books and had them published my achievement of getting my first book published may seem let's say, a modest one.

Although my story about the story is modest, I feel the need to share it. From having the idea to write something, to piquing the int…

Dark Themes in 'The Ghost of Crow Cavern'

After having the initial idea for writing a fictional fantasy story about squirrels, my intention was merely to write an exciting tale.

Did you know initially that the story would be dark?

In a way, the story developed organically. From the first conceptions I had a vague idea that these visiting grey cousins from afar were not going to be all that they initially seemed. How despicable they would become was at the time of writing unknown.

Did you know who the readership would be?

Having no idea that the story would become a published book I didn't really concern myself to any potential readership. This worked well in one way as it allowed me the freedom to write without any chains, I did not have to worry about the themes being suitable for any targeted readership. The flip side of this came once the book was considered for publication and Norman and I were trying to decide on the age group to which the story was most suited.

Which dark themes are in the story?

The story is lined wi…