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Overall Best Book of 2013

Auto by David Wailing

Auto

by David Wailing

YOU – ON AUTOMATIC.

In 2022, everyone uses an auto. This sophisticated ‘super-app’ is a digital personal assistant which acts on your behalf.

Digital detective Joanna O’Donnell has heard stories about autos going wrong, twisting people's lives inside out. She doesn’t believe it. Until it happens to her.

Unable to trust her own agency, Joanna discovers these incidents may be part of a bigger, more terrifying story.

Michael Walker – the man who invented the auto, and public enemy number one – is back...

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1. Auto by David Wailing

2. The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

3. The Family Trap by Joanne Phillips

4. The Third Rule - The Complete Story by Andrew Barrett

5. Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder


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Action & Adventure

Eden by Dean Crawford

Eden

by Dean Crawford

If the world fell apart overnight, what would you do to protect your family? When a horrific natural disaster causes the collapse of civilisation and strands Cody Ryan deep inside the Arctic Circle, he is forced to embark upon an impossible journey. Thousands of miles from home in a brutal new world where only the strongest will survive, Cody and his companions must conquer seemingly insurmountable odds in a search for their loved ones, the limits of their own humanity and the rumoured last refuge of mankind… Eden.

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1. Eden by Dean Crawford

2. Spirit Houses by Die Booth

3. The Tomb of the Gods (Matt Drake 4) by David Leadbeater


Children's Fiction

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Piddles the Penguin by Otto Fishblanket

Piddles the Penguin

by Otto Fishblanket

One afternoon, at half past four,

A penguin knocked on my front door.

"My name is Piddles," he said to me,

"Let me in. I need a pee!"

Another charming rhyming tale from the bestselling pen of International Poet and Part Time Cheesemonger, Otto Fishblanket. This is sure to delight children everywhere with it's copious references to "wee", "piddle" and "widdle". Unfortunately, it is illustrated by Gerald Hawksley, but you can't have everything.

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1. Piddles the Penguin by Otto Fishblanket

2. Professor Kompressor under cover by Nils Andersson

3. Kellie at Come-alive Cottage (Come-alive Cottage 1) by Wendy Unsworth

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Contemporary Fiction

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The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt

The Falling Sky

by Pippa Goldschmidt

Jeanette is a young, solitary post-doctoral researcher who has dedicated her life to studying astronomy. Struggling to compete in a prestigious university department dominated by egos and incompetents, and caught in a cycle of brief and unsatisfying affairs, she travels to a mountain-top observatory in Chile to focus on her research. There Jeanette stumbles upon evidence that will challenge the fundamentals of the universe, drawing her into conflict with her colleagues and the scientific establishment, but also casting her back to the tragic loss that defined her childhood.

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1. The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt

2. The Buddhas of Borneo by Stuart Ayris

3. A Sliver of Hope by Karla J. Nellenbach

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Crime, Thrillers & Mystery | Stand alone

The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

The Back Road

by Rachel Abbott

One girl is fighting for her life in hospital… One village is struggling to hold tight to its secrets.

When a young girl is knocked over and left for dead at the side of the road, the small community of Little Melham goes into shock. Why was Abbie out so late at night, and why wasn’t she missed?

For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night could put her marriage and even the safety of her children in jeopardy. She has to protect her family, no matter what the consequences.

Former DCI Tom Douglas thought that Little Melham would offer a peaceful retreat from the daily trauma of his work for...

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1. The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

2. Wolf by the Ears by Lexi Revellian

3. Stolen by Rebecca Muddiman

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Crime, Thrillers & Mystery | Book from a series

Chocolate, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox: Book #4) by Sibel Hodge

Chocolate, Lies, and Murder
(Amber Fox: Book #4)

by Sibel Hodge

Feisty insurance investigator Amber Fox is finally marrying her boss, Brad Beckett, in seven days. All she has to do before the wedding is get a manicure, a bikini wax, and buy some sexy honeymoon undies. Easy peasy...

Until glamour model Aleesha starts receiving threatening letters, and Brad's suddenly hired as her bodyguard. Unfortunately, Aleesha's definition of guarding her body is different to Amber's. Especially since Aleesha is Brad's ex and has her sights set on getting him back.

And when Brad's arrested, facing life imprisonment, it looks like the only thing on Amber's honeymoon itinerary will be conjugal prison visits.

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1. Chocolate, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox: Book #4) by Sibel Hodge

2. Black by Rose by Andrew Barrett

3. Scouting For Murder (Verity Long) by Lynda Wilcox

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Brainstorm



Erotica

Layers Deep (Layers Trilogy #1) by Lacey Silks

Layers Deep
(Layers Trilogy #1)

by Lacey Silks

Tristan Cross is battling emotional demons from the past. He lives in a world where trust is earned, loyalties are tested, and love is impossible. That is, until he meets Allie Green. She's the only woman who can help him find a kidnapped friend and to top it off, she captivates him. All he has to do now is persuade her to work for Cross Enterprises, his top investigations firm.

Allie Green is a rookie cop seeking revenge and she's willing to sell her soul to get it. When an opportunity to use Tristan Cross presents itself so does the time for payback. As her vengeance boils her blood she can't keep her mind off her new boss and Allie finds it difficult to keep her employment...

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1. Layers Deep (Layers Trilogy #1) by Lacey Silks

2. Everything Bared (Six-Alarm Sexy, Book Two) by Kristine Cayne

3. Promise Me Darkness by Paige Weaver


Family Sagas

A Widow Redefined by Kim Cano

A Widow Redefined

by Kim Cano

On a cold Valentine’s Day in Chicago, Amy White, a young widow who lost her husband to cancer, visits the cemetery and makes an unsettling discovery: a bouquet of fresh daffodils lying in front of her husband’s grave.

Curiosity grows into obsession as Amy searches for the stranger who left the flowers, while keeping her activities a secret from her live-in mother and seven-year-old son. The search leads to an unusual friendship that transforms her world and redefines her life.

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1. A Widow Redefined by Kim Cano

2. Finding Mother by Anne Allen

3. The Beadmaker by Jessica Hemingway


Fantasy

Maerlin's Storm (Storm-Bringer Saga Book One) by Nav Logan

Maerlin's Storm
(Storm-Bringer Saga Book One)

by Nav Logan

Maerlin's Storm is the first book in a series called the Storm-bringer Saga. It is a coming of age, Celtic fantasy tale about a young girl: Maerlin Smith. Her life in an isolated mountain village has become troubled. It had all started the year before when she had dreamt of a violent storm; a storm that would kill her mother. Now Maerlin has become alienated from her community. They believe that she is instrumental in a number of freak storms that have wreaked havoc on their mountainside. Maerlin however, has other things on her mind - she is convinced that she is going to die.

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1. Maerlin's Storm (Storm-Bringer Saga Book One) by Nav Logan

2. Alloria (Labyrinth of Labyrinths) by David Staniforth / The Cartographer's Apprentice by Jim Webster

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Few Are Chosen (The K'Barthan Trilogy : Part 1)



Historical

Saying Goodbye to Warsaw by Michael Cargill

Saying Goodbye to Warsaw

by Michael Cargill

Like any girl who is loved by her family, Abigail Nussbaum loves to chase butterflies, enjoys lying on her back looking for shapes in the clouds, and happily teaches young children to make daisy chains.

In the eyes of certain people, however, Abigail has committed a heinous crime. The year is 1940; the place is Poland; Abigail happens to be Jewish.

Along with half a million other Jews, Abigail and her family are evicted from their home and forced to live in the bombed out ruins of Warsaw, the Polish capital.

Although a handful decide to fight back, is the uprising strong enough to save Abigail’s spirit?

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1. Saying Goodbye to Warsaw by Michael Cargill

2. His Saving Grace by Heather Gray

3. Verity's Lie (The Huntley Trilogy) by Grace Elliot

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Horror

Mask of the Macabre by David Haynes

Mask of the Macabre

by David Haynes

Four short tales of Victorian terror, each bound to the other by a chilling thread.

The date is January 10th 1866 and the snow is falling thick on the blood soaked streets of a murderous London…

Mask of The Macabre – A travelling magician appears with a gruesome show. But what secret does it hide?

Doctor Harvey – Bethlem lunatic asylum’s newest patient has a story to tell, but how will he tell it to his doctor?

Memento Mori – A photographer is given a mysterious assignment with disturbing consequences.

The New Costume. – The entertainer discovers a new string to his bow and gives the finest performance of his...

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1. Mask of the Macabre by David Haynes

2. Whisper by Michael Bray

3. The Housemates by Iain Rob Wright


Humour

Maureen and The Big One by Jonathan Hill

Maureen and The Big One

by Jonathan Hill

When Maureen goes to Blackpool, the weekend starts with her hotel looking decidedly different from the online photographs - and not in a good way! It isn’t long before the restful and reflective time she is hoping for rapidly deteriorates.

During a seaside holiday of highs and lows, Maureen becomes addicted to slot machines, has a run-in with a phony psychic, gets more than she bargains for in a seedy bar, puts her hand in a dead jellyfish...

...and somehow finds herself on Blackpool’s largest, most feared rollercoaster - The Big One!

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1. Maureen and The Big One by Jonathan Hill

2. The Ghost Hunters Return (The Ghost Hunters Club) by L K Jay

3. Pink Wellies and Flat Caps by Lynda Renham / For The Love Of God by MG Sweeney

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Paranormal Romance

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Defender's Blood Alex's Destiny (Book 1 in Defender's Blood series) by A K Michaels

Defender's Blood Alex's Destiny
(Book 1 in Defender's Blood series)

by A K Michaels

Alex has no idea her life is about to change beyond her wildest imaginings. She is the last in a long line of very special females born for a dangerous task, and she isn't sure she is up to it. Zach, her vampire protector, is just as sure she is.

Demon attacks, angels and even the ultimate, divine intervention, shake Alex to her very core. Can she do this? Can Zach keep her safe? The alternative is unthinkable: demons once more ruling the earth.

Zach has to ensure that Alex puts a stop to this - and quickly!

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1. Defender's Blood Alex's Destiny (Book 1 in Defender's Blood series) by A K Michaels

2. The Space Between (The Book of Phoenix 1) by Kristie Cook

3. Charred Heart (#1, Heart of Fire) by Lizzy Ford / Seer's Hope (Book One of The Seer Trilogy) by Maree Anderson


Psychological Fiction

I Woke Up This Morning (FRUGALITY: Book 3) by Stuart Ayris

I Woke Up This Morning
(FRUGALITY: Book 3)

by Stuart Ayris

When the characters from The Bird That Nobody Sees have read Tollesbury Time Forever and decide to go looking for the mythical Simon Anthony, it puts the author of both books, whom they meet in a drunken state in the pub, in something of a position.

He can run no more.

It's time he woke up anyway.

Ah but it's so hard...

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1. I Woke Up This Morning (FRUGALITY: Book 3) by Stuart Ayris

2. Nearest Thing to Crazy by Elizabeth Forbes

3. Stone Cold by Jenny Hilborne

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Romance

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Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

Falling Into You

by Jasinda Wilder

I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go...

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1. Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

2. Beneath an Irish Sky by Isabella Connor

3. The Other Sister (Sister Series, #1) by Leanne Davis


Romantic Comedy

The Family Trap by Joanne Phillips

The Family Trap

by Joanne Phillips

"There are moments in life that define you - moments from which entire futures are carved out, where you can practically see the universe split into two."

Becoming a grandmother at thirty-eight may not be ideal, but Stella Hill can cope - just about - because in two weeks' time she's getting married to the love of her life. She's waited over twenty years to finally get her man; Paul Smart is her destiny, her soul mate.

But when Stella finds out she's pregnant - a pregnancy that's unplanned and unexpected, not to mention inconvenient - she takes it in her stride. Marriage, baby, new adventures on the horizon. It's not a problem. At least, not for her.

Just how do you break the...

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1. The Family Trap by Joanne Phillips

2. How To Choose A Sweetheart by Nigel Bird

3. Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned Series) by Robyn Peterman


Young Adult

Wanted (Flick Carter) by Tim Arnot

Wanted
(Flick Carter)

by Tim Arnot

It's been 150 years since The Collapse, and in a 23rd Century Britain where oil and electricity are just a distant memory, Kingsmen rule the few remaining people with a rod of iron, exacting the severest penalties for the smallest crimes. Sixteen year old Flick Carter has saved the life of an injured Scav. But it’s not just the Kingsmen who want to get their hands on the boy and his secrets; there are forces far more dangerous who will stop at nothing, not even murder.

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1. Wanted (Flick Carter) by Tim Arnot

2. North Pole Reform School by Jaimie Admans

3. Wordsmith... (The Cornerstone : Book 2) by Nick Spalding


Non fiction

Daddy Was a Punk Rocker by Adam Sharp

Daddy Was a Punk Rocker

by Adam Sharp

Adam just wants a conventional father. But his father hates convention, he would rather rebel. Adam wants a father who will sit by his bed and softly sing him lullabies. But his father is too busy snarling on stage alongside Joy Division and other angry young men. Adam, a budding goalkeeper, wants a father who will shoot balls at him in the park. But his father prefers to shoot heroin in dark rooms. Adam wants a father who is predictable, who is a provider, who is present. His father can never be any of those things. Because Daddy is a punk rocker.

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1. Daddy Was a Punk Rocker by Adam Sharp

2. Seriously Mum, Where's that Donkey? by Alan Parks

3. 5:2 Fasting and Fitness Easy Science in Layman's Terms by Linda Gruchy

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Science Fiction

Auto by David Wailing

Auto

by David Wailing

YOU – ON AUTOMATIC.

In 2022, everyone uses an auto. This sophisticated ‘super-app’ is a digital personal assistant which acts on your behalf.

Digital detective Joanna O’Donnell has heard stories about autos going wrong, twisting people's lives inside out. She doesn’t believe it. Until it happens to her.

Unable to trust her own agency, Joanna discovers these incidents may be part of a bigger, more terrifying story.

Michael Walker – the man who invented the auto, and public enemy number one – is back...

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1. Auto by David Wailing

2. Faust 2.0 (Morton & Mitchell) by Michael Brookes

3. Fracture (The Chronicles Of Discord) by D.D. Chant


Short story

Last Christmas (Bumpkinton) by Matthew Drzymala

Last Christmas
(Bumpkinton)

by Matthew Drzymala

Father Whitworth O'Grady is tired of the same old Christmas Eve ritual. A ritual that consists of watery vegetable soup and a game of cribbage with the ageing Father Stanton.

When Father Stanton catches a nasty cold and has to decline a generous invitation to a meal with the Summers-Day family, Father O'Grady feels no guilt in popping along without him.

With the prospect of snow, cake and a near-fatal penny, could this turn into Father O'Grady's most eventful Christmas Eve ever?

Last Christmas is a prelude to the Bumpkinton novella Bittersweet.

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1. Last Christmas (Bumpkinton) by Matthew Drzymala

2. The Dildo in the Kitchen Drawer by Clare Ashton

3. Wedding Hells (Chocoholic Series) by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

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Novelette

Copy (Auto series) by David Wailing

Copy
(Auto series)

by David Wailing

Bestselling author AB Foster’s comeback is big news in 2022. Absent for four years, she is now publishing further books and pioneering a new type of interactive digital novel.

Derek Thorpe was her biggest fan in the old days. Not any more. With the help of a private detective agency, Derek plans to expose AB Foster during the launch of her ground-breaking ieBook.

Expose her as a fraud. A copy of the original author. Her name, her characters and her writing style have all been stolen. Derek knows for a fact that this can’t be the real AB Foster.

Because he killed her, four years ago.

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1. Copy (Auto series) by David Wailing

2. Mask of the Macabre by David Haynes

3. Bittersweet (The Bumpkinton Tales) by Matthew Drzymala


Novella

The Heist by Shaun Jeffrey

The Heist

by Shaun Jeffrey

After a vicious robbery at a theme park, callous gang leader, Greg Armstrong blows up a rollercoaster to aid their escape, resulting in eighty-seven deaths. Months later, Kurt Vaughn and his family are enjoying a day out geocaching, but Kurt is about to discover that there’s more to the treasure hunt than he realises as the caches supposedly lead to the stolen money, and the crooks are on the trail. Now Kurt and his family find themselves pawns in a far more deadly game.

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1. The Heist by Shaun Jeffrey

2. Maureen and The Big One by Jonathan Hill

3. The Cartographer's Apprentice by Jim Webster


Anthology

Lies I Never Told by Martin Crosbie

Lies I Never Told

by Martin Crosbie

"It's what we do. We make our own beds. We become thirty and then forty and we divorce and re-marry and visit our children on weekends, and work at jobs we never dreamed of doing, and have too many relationships with people we don't like, and on the outside we look like any other forty-year-old hero. We're not though, because it never goes away. No matter how hard we try to hide it, inside we're still seventeen, sitting at the river, looking for the girl with the brown eyes."

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1. Lies I Never Told by Martin Crosbie

2. Off the KUF Volume 1 by H.K. Abell, Andrew Barrett, Helena Hann-Basquiat, Jessica B. Bell, Nigel Bird, Michael Brookes, Anna Faversham, George Hamilton, John Gregory Hancock, Jennifer Hanning, David Haynes, Rick Haynes, Jonathan Hill, Sibel Hodge, K.M. Knight, Ken Magee, Kath Middleton, Cecilia Peartree, Lexi Revellian, Rosen Trevithick, David Wailing, Louise Warman, Lynda Wilcox, Andrew Craig William, Wrightwell

3. Beyond 100 Drabbles by Jonathan Hill, Kath Middleton

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Boxed set

The Third Rule - The Complete Story by Andrew Barrett

The Third Rule - The Complete Story

by Andrew Barrett

“You’re still alive until you meet The Third Rule.”

New Rules. Old Corruption.

Propelled by a wave of atrocities, a new government comes to power. It introduces a strict code of punishment; The Rules, designed to rid England of serious crime. But they slaughter truth and justice as well as the criminals. The Rules push boundaries too far, and though described as infallible, they ensnare innocent people too.

One of those innocent people is Christian Ledger, a talented artist who is arrested and charged with a fatal stabbing. Christian is heading for the ‘slaughterhouse’ because no one will listen; certainly not the police who just scored another hit. Is the secret he carries enough to save his...

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1. The Third Rule - The Complete Story by Andrew Barrett

2. The Macabre Collection by David Haynes

3. The Complete Idiot Reviews (A Laugh Out Loud Comedy Box Set) by Pete Sortwell


Illustrations

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Piddles the Penguin by Otto Fishblanket

Piddles the Penguin

by Otto Fishblanket

One afternoon, at half past four,

A penguin knocked on my front door.

"My name is Piddles," he said to me,

"Let me in. I need a pee!"

Another charming rhyming tale from the bestselling pen of International Poet and Part Time Cheesemonger, Otto Fishblanket. This is sure to delight children everywhere with it's copious references to "wee", "piddle" and "widdle". Unfortunately, it is illustrated by Gerald Hawksley, but you can't have everything.

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1. Piddles the Penguin with illustrations by Gerald Hawksley

2. Louie & Lilly's Nap Time with illustrations by Leo Latti

3. The Anagranimals and the Wishing Tree with illustrations by Ian King


Cover

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The Locket Thief (Sky Thieves #1) by Daniel Patrick

The Locket Thief
(Sky Thieves #1)

by Daniel Patrick

In the clouds above Dalmacia, the Sky Thieves rule. Robbing, cheating, murdering - their airships buzz around the city like wasps around a jar of honey. One ship above all inspires terror. Its captain, Lendon Sora, has found the prey he's been stalking for a decade and is about to claim his bounty.

Down on the surface, Lara DeLarose is oblivious. Bored with her life at the orphanage, she spends her time searching for new ways to cause trouble until one day she makes a discovery that sends her hurtling into the murky world of the Sky Thieves.

Smuggled aboard the airship Northern Light, Lara meets Captain Vaspine, who reveals a talisman in her possession to be Sora's long-lost prize....

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1. The Locket Thief (Sky Thieves #1) - Cover by Unknown

2. Releasing the Dragon - Cover by Unknown

3. Song of the Jikhoshi (Treespeaker) - Cover by Katie W. Stewart


Drabble

The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth

by Jonathan Hill

"Mummy, Daddy, Mummy, Daddy, look what I got!"

Tina and Andrew looked down at the shiny pound coin resting in Tommy's cupped palm and smiled. Tommy beamed back at them, proudly displaying the gap in his top row of teeth.

"Now I can buy something!" Tommy turned and ran back up stairs to get dressed.

"I'm so glad you remembered to do the whole tooth fairy thing," Tina said to her husband with a relieved sigh.

Andrew paused for a second then replied.

"Funny you should say that because that's exactly what I was just going to say to you."


1. The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth by Jonathan Hill

2. Quick Thinking by George F Mason

3. The naughty seat by Ken Magee

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