About The Book
Title: The Wishing Book
Author: Grahame Howard
Year Published: 2009
Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing
Recommended Age: 7+
Summary (From Publisher): Back in 1940 on the Island of Tenerife, a young child – Pedro Armaz, is supernaturally given words for a special book which made wishes come true. His family are very poor and so Pedro wishes for riches and great wealth which are granted. Many years later, Zelmut, Chief and Highness of Planet Mars, discovers the existence of the wishing book and wants it for himself so that he can become the ruler of the whole universe. He sends a Martian warrior to find the book and bring it back to Mars, but the warrior keeps the book and uses the book for his own selfish ends and never returns to Mars.
Many years later, little John Carter aged 9, finds this book hidden under a floorboard in his bedroom. He tells his twin sister Penny and close friend Jimmy and together they have many small adventures and play pranks with the book. Eventually, they wish to go to Planet Mars and they tell their science teacher about this. They trust him and he agrees to go on the trip with them. This is where the action picks up. The children face betrayal and terror as they are faced with Martian warriors and flying creatures called Termans who are intent on getting the book off them. To add to their fear, Zelmut releases his prized weapon – the Blattidae. Eventually the children lose The Wishing Book and all hope of returning to Planet Earth is dashed. Zelmut seems intent on terminating them. Will he succeed? This is an edge-of-your-seat book that will keep the reader gripped right until the end. With the many twists, it is impossible to know who they can trust.
“… ‘The Wishing Book’ kept my grand-daughter enthralled from beginning to end. It captures the imagination of young and old alike with adventure and suspense, following the story of four children and The Wishing Book on earth and the planet Mars – with so many twists and turns who can the children trust?…” ~ 5-Star review from Annette Day, Amazon
About The Author
I’m Grahame Howard and I have been writing for around 20 years. I was born in Nottingham but after finishing my time in the Army, I settled with my family in Dorset. I am married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. After becoming a Christian in 1980, I trained to be a pastor with The Elim Pentecostal movement and pastored a church in Dorset for a time. In 1993, I went to university and trained as a social worker. Following jobs working in Mental Health and Childcare I transferred to bereavement work in a hospice where I now remain.
My first book All Bagged Up was accepted and published by Pneuma Springs in 2008/9. The book has opened up the way for me to give chats at local stoma groups and a local newspaper. Since then, I have had 3 other titles published through Pneuma Springs. These are children’s fantasy books that form a series:
I am about a third of the way through The Wishing Book 4 but that is for the future.
I suppose my inspiration comes from within. I class myself as a creative person with interests in art, photography and writing. There is something within me that just needs to get out. Writing helps me fulfil this need and because I write mainly children’s books, I can re-live my childhood which is always good fun. My wife always says that I’m like a big kid anyway.
* For more on Grahame Howard, please visit his author website: www.authorgrahamehoward.co.uk *
Purchase the Book
All of the books in The Wishing Book series are available as e-books in the following formats:
Kindle | Apple iBook | Google | Kobo | Tesco
* Also available in paperback: Amazon U.S. * Amazon Canada * Amazon U.K. * Book Depository
Follow Grahame Howard and The Wishing Book Series
Author Website: www.authorgrahamehoward.co.uk
Book Website: http://www.pneumasprings.co.uk/TheWishingBook.htm
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO_qehGOHsw
Twitter : @ReadandSoar
Facebook : Pneuma Springs Publishing
Google+: Springboard Excerpts
* Giveaway *
Prize: Pneuma Springs Publishing is giving away electronic copies of the first TWO books in The Wishing Book by Grahame Howard (The Wishing Book and The Wishing Book: Return to Mars) to FIVE winners. Winners can choose either an Apple iBook or a Kobo version of the books. Please note that Apple iBooks can be read on Apple iOS devices — iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch; and Kobo eBooks can be read on Kobo eReaders, or via free apps for Tablets, Android, iPhone, desktop or laptop computer.
Contest closes: March 30th, 11:59 pm, 2013
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: Five randomly drawn winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
* This is a post sponsored through Mother Daughter Book Reviews’ Book Promotion Program. All books accepted into the program are pre-screened as described HERE and are only accepted into the program if they are rated at least 4 stars by me.*