31 May 2011

A candid review of OTOLI. Have you been there?

A review of by Lubna Sengul*
20 May 2011

Alice Turner a social outcast finds solace from the bullying in a cafe called OTOLI and befriends the mysterious waitress Jenny, only to find that she has her own agenda.
OTOLI takes the reader on a very rapid and quick journey of bullying and potential consequences for the bully and the victim. I was able to get into Alice Turner's world of being a victim of bully and understand how she felt.
OTOLI is an excellent brief insight into how much hurt a victimised child feels and that name calling can unfortunately in some instance have devastating results.
This book should be bought by all schools and provided to pupils in the hope that this will reach a bully and allow them to asses their behaviour towards the bullied and the 'less social' students and allow them to change the way they behave.
I do however feel the ending was perhaps rushed and feel disappointed with how things turned out for Alice and Jenny.
Apart from this, a good read that allows the reader to reflect back on how others have been treated by them including myself.

*Lubna Sengul is currently a stay at home mum and a Freelance writer. In the past 10 years she’s had a successful career within Advertising/media industry, culminating in the position of Account Director for an advertising agency.

21 May 2011

Book Savvy Spotlight on Bryony Allen

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.


Our Guest, Bryony Allen writes Adult and Young Adult fiction. She is the author of 'Mystery, Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI', her latest book. Bryony is a teacher and currently lives in the beautiful wilds of the Suffolk countryside with her husband, four children, and the family pets of cats and dogs.

Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'OTOLI'?
I am a primary school teacher and mother of four. I live in a village in the Suffolk countryside and I absolutely love it here. Writing has always been a passion of mine although motherhood, dog walking and work pushes it to the back burner, except in the dark hours of the morning. I am also an avid reader, especially of crime fiction.
'OTOLI' is a book aimed at the teen / young adult audience. It is a tale of how three teenagers coped against bullies and social isolation. But it is more than just a triumph against the bullies; it is a story of twisted revenge and the supernatural.
I am currently polishing another teen book called 'The Assembly Room' that combines the events of the 1645 Suffolk witch hunts with the modern world.

Q2. When you write what emotion do you seek to evoke in your readers?
I want my readers to feel what my characters are feeling, but, in 'OTOLI', I also want them to look at the action and feel the injustice.

Q3. How do you get the inspiration for your stories, is it all imagined or do you get some inspiration from real life experiences?
Getting inspiration for 'OTOLI' was simple. I have seen the effect of bullying so many times both in my domestic and my work life, although I did amplify the experiences for dramatic effect.

7 May 2011

'Bible John - Closure' by Andrew Malloy

Andrew Malloy releases a gripping thriller set in Glasgow in the late 1960s based on the true-story of the serial killer prophetically dubbed ‘Bible John’.

The illegitimate birth of twin boys in 1945: the infamous Bible John slayings: two present day murders.
What is the terrifying link that connects all three?

During the late 1960’s, the actions of a vicious serial killer prophetically dubbed ‘Bible John’ caused mass hysteria among the young women of Glasgow, holding them in a chilling, vice-like grip of terror. Then, inexplicably, in late 1969, almost as quickly as they had begun, the killings stopped.


Author Andrew Malloy says: “The scene is set for a nightmarish journey for Mason Blackwell and his team as the crime count threatens to spiral out of control. Expect the unexpected as the story dramatically twists and turns, sending all concerned towards a violent and terrifying conclusion...”

A fictionalised account of the story of 1960s Glasgow serial killer - ‘Bible John’.

“…chilling blood-curdling murder mystery”
...publishedbestsellers.com
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