Saturday, 31 May 2014

Celebrating Burly & Grum style (and that includes some free downloads!)

     Yes, we know how to celebrate here at Burly & Grum - ice-cream, cake and good friends, what more could anyone want?  'The Secret City' may not have won The People's Book Prize but we're partying anyway because we got into the finals - yay!  We'd like to thank everyone who not only took the time to vote but also left a comment about the book - it was wonderful of you, thank you so much. And if you have the time, please read some of the comments and you'll understand when I say I'll always treasure them and that they've given me the confidence to continue writing.

     This is me saying thank you to everyone (I'm the short one on the right, the other one is my son who I nabbed as he strayed into shot).

     Now, I've also been wondering what on earth has been happening with my blog. All of a sudden it seems to have gone crazy - one post has had over 16,000 hits and the last one 'Vote Now' over 9,000 hits. Why? What am I linked into I wonder? To anyone who is reading this and who has no idea what Burly & Grum is about then you can find out by going to the following 2 links where you can find out for FREE! Yup, we're very generous us Essex girls!  
     Anyway, the first link is for the audio book (about 15 mins long) The Halloween Adventure.  It's really funny and Pat Scullion, the narrator, brings the characters to life. This particular short story is the one I'm working to link with Audible and put up on Amazon.
     The second link is for 'The Birthday Surprise', the third Burly & Grum book which is free to download from the Smashwords site. 
     To all of those thousands of people who are now reading/glancing at my very small and insignificant blog - I hope you enjoy the downloads as much as Burly & Grum enjoy the conga.  Now, I'm sorry but you'll excuse me because I have a party to go to.  Er, where's the cake?

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


If you have a couple of spare minutes then it would be absolutely wonderful (Burly and Grum would love you and give you bear hugs forever!) if you could vote for them.  'The Secret City', the second book in the Burly & Grum series, is a finalist for The People’s Book Prize (children's section).  This is a competition where members of the public vote for the book they love best, and the final leg of the voting process starts today and ends on 28 May.

And this is how you vote!
1.    Go to this link.
2.   Look down the page for 'Burly & Grum and The Secret City' and check the box.
3.   Go to the top of the page for the verification section 'our choices, selected from the finalists below...' and check that your vote has been selected.
4.   Enter your email address: Email Address (enter the same email address that you used when you registered).
5.    Repeat your email address.
6.    Enter the password you have been given.
7.    Solve the simple maths problem.
8.    Click 'Submit'.  You should receive a message saying that you have been successful.

Thank you so much and just one last thing, keep your fingers crossed!

Burlington Bear and Grum the Groblin have come a long way since they first met and wondered what was 'Beyond the Forest'.

They've had lots of adventures:
Taken part in the Olympics:
Made lots of friends:
And are generally are pretty cool dudes who would like to thank you for your support!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

And yes, we're back!

Yay - Burly & Grum are back!
     It seems strange to start blogging again after what has been quite a long break. Selling my home and trying to buy new one has proved incredibly time consuming and, believe it or not, I still haven't moved - I'm all ready, bags packed and raring to go but the legal side of everything is just moving so slowly. I'd love to live somewhere like Scotland where, I believe, you can buy a house and move in 24 hours later - that seems like a fairy tale to those of us South of the border!

     But that's enough of me, more than enough - on with Burly & Grum news!  The final leg of The People's Book prize is now under way. You may remember that back in November that 'The Secret City' was one of the finalists in the Children's Section.  It's been a long wait to get to the final point where the winners are finally revealed because the voting is seasonal.  Now, however, all of the 36 finalists (12 from the three sections - fiction/non-fiction/children) can have their books voted on again by members of the public between 21-28 May. On 28 May there will be a grand award ceremony in London with Frederick Forsyth CBE giving out the awards to the final three winners. Keep everything crossed because I would just burst with pride if I won!  And if you'd like to vote between 21-28 May that would be brilliant; I know that all of us here at Burly & Grum would be forever thankful!
   What else is going on?  Well, I want to improve the Burly & Grum website, so that it's more interactive and I also want to start work on a book app for The Halloween Adventure in time for - yes, you guessed it - Halloween. There's a lot to do and I'm looking forward to getting going again - I've really missed Burly and Grum.

     And because you've all been so patient while I've been sorting out my house move I thought you'd like to know that The Birthday Surprise is FREE to download! It's probably my favourite story of all with Burly trying to have a peaceful birthday on a desert completely unaware there's a bank robber nearby! There are lots of new characters - Detective Finn and his daughter Tara, King the crab, Gruel the bank robber and his gang the Toolkits - go on, download it, you'll love it!