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Laura J Whiskens

In the summer of 2012 a little boy called Danny started to whisper in Laura’s ear. He had a story to tell her and he wanted her help to share it with the rest of the world.

After twelve months of fighting the ‘impossible’ task of writing the story, Danny’s story finally made it from Laura’s mind and onto paper.  

With a little encouragement Danny Boy was born, and over the following 18 months a further six publications made it onto paper too.

Danny Boy was downloaded worldwide more than 500 times in 2014 and seems to be a firm favourite readers, consistently receiving 4 and 5* rave reviews.

AUTHOR: Laura J Whiskens

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Pieces of Me

BOOK TITLE:
Pieces of Me
ISBN:
1499356676
DATE PUBLISHED:
01/11/2014
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura J Whiskens was born in 1980’s Birmingham in a small town on the outskirts of the city and now lives in the picturesque town of Coleshill, Warwickshire (UK).

Her favourite authors include Terry Pratchett, Cecilia Ahern, Torey Hayden, Kim Edwards and Mitch Albom. “I love the Discworld series – especially the books about The Watch, Sam Vimes and Captain Carrot are fantastically written characters; I love Cecilia Ahern’s modern day twist fairy tales and Mitch Albom’s look at life after death.”

Born in the Midlands in the 1980’s to Marie and Steve, Laura was the youngest of three girls. With two older sisters (a 7 and 11 year age gap) Laura was a quick learner and quickly established herself as the bookish, creative one of the three. As a 3-4 year old she would often be found singing her heart out to the musical, Annie, and became a firm fan of Swallows and Amazons before she was even old enough to read Arthur Ransom’s novel.

 

With her mother working as a reading assistant at her school, Laura’s reading ability came on in leaps and bounds and she was soon devouring books quicker than her parents could buy them. She recalls childhood trips to her local library as ‘magical’ – she was very much hooked on the smell and feel of these page-bound adventures.

 

Writing seemed a natural progression, and she soon began to make up her own stories – early attemps included pasting photographs to pieces of paper and writing a story to join the pictures together. As a young adult she continued to write for her own pleasure,, never having the courage to share them with another soul. Her ability to review and interpret novels and plays she had studied was commended by her high school teachers and her love of books followed her into adulthood.

 

Having left school Laura ceased to write, feeling that it was an impossble pipe-dream and so resisting the impulse to write anything further. In the summer of 2012, after losing her beloved nephew, Danny started to whisper his story in her ear. Laura resisted for a while, however Danny would not be ignored and she put his words on paper and finally allowed someone to read her story. With words of great encouragement, Laura found a way to publish the story and so her ‘indie author’ career began.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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Celeste is not like other girls... 

Celeste was found standing alone on a busy street at five years of age. With no memory of where she came from and no one to claim her, Celeste is sent to live with Mrs Potts. 

At sixteen she leaves her childhood home in the dead of night; but before she goes she sneaks into Mrs Potts' room to kiss her goodbye. As she does so, a strange light passes between them... Here lies the first 'piece' of her. 

The incident occurs again as she says goodbye to other loved ones in her life. But what is this strange light, and what does it mean? How much of herself can she give before she simply fades away? 

Where she came from and what her gift means is a mystery; someone out there must have the answers. Is Celeste ready to find out the truth?

BOOK REVIEWS

Kyleigh C

I wasn't sure what to make of this story when I first started it. I didn't feel that the author had a good grip on a 16 year old's voice and could only picture myself struggling through the rest of the story to "buy" the main character. I'm glad I stuck it out though. As Celeste grows up her voice changes, which might've been the effect the author was going for, and you can literally read her growing up through how the story is told. I was intrigued by the mystery surrounding Celeste and wanted to keep reading if only to find out what it was about her. By the end of it I was thoroughly touched by this sweet and simple story about love and the various ways love touches our lives. It's a wonderful story that I recommend to anyone to read. I finished it in a day and it's the perfect lazy Sunday story to read. I really really hope you pick up this story when you see it because it is truly touching.

Tamie D

I was just so surprised and delighted with this book. It's truly original and well-written. Perhaps it's uniqueness was what really drew me to the story. It wasn't predictable. I don't want to give anything away, because I loved the way the author gave little hints, gradually unveiling the mystery. But the story follows a young girl's life as she grows up and touches the life of others. Honestly, nothing like the stuff I usually read, but totally enjoyable. It's not too long--I read it start to finish in one sitting. But at the end I felt perfectly satisfied. I feel like I discovered a sweet little gem. Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review, and this did not affect my opinion.

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