The Malocchio of Bodie ~ Jules Smith

The Malocchio of Bodie

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The Evil Eye “Malocchio” seems to circle Alonzo Augusta, especially when he arrives back in the town of Bodie to capture the heart of Estelle Winburne. But the girl he is sweet on is protected by the big men in town who are hell-bent on having the broody ‘Eye-Tallion’ put in the ground. Under suspicion for the gold robbery on Dutch Schmidt, Augusta finds his real friends come in the form of a black magicker, a dry goods sourpuss and a Mormon blessed by God. But can the unlikely underdogs win the day and save the girl when it comes to a shoot out along the gold road?

 

Sophie’s Throughway ~ Jules Smith

Sophie's Throughway - by Jules Smith

A unique novel that explores the effect Asperger’s has, not only on the individual, but  on the family unit as a whole. 

Sophie needs to find a way to balance the chaotic route she has been forced to walk down… a son she cannot control – diagnosed with Asperger’s and PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), coinciding with the onset of raging hormones; a daughter she has to ensure gets attention so she doesn’t feel left out; and an ex-husband who comes and goes as he pleases.

At the same time, Sophie struggles to hold down her job as an interiors writer for a magazine. Her rambling house is in desperate need of upkeep – her garden is full of overgrowing plants; there’s no end of laundry, cleaning and cooking and there’s not nearly enough money.

Only wine, chocolate and good friends keep Sophie from tipping over the edge. That, and the mysterious voice of her cyber love. Could he be the saviour she’s been waiting for? Or has he been in front of her the whole time?

Told from the perspective of a mother who has to battle through life on a daily basis – fighting hard to keep her son in school, dealing with her marriage breaking up, giving her daughter her attention, maintaining her job and exploring her future love life.

Sophie’s Throughway is a heartwarming read, written to inspire empathy and compassion within the reader, as well as increasing understanding for a condition that does not have enough public recognition.

Available for sale as a paperback and an Ebook

Paperback ISBN 9781784623852 • £9.99 

Ebook ISBN 9781784625849 • £2.99

33 ~ Jules Smith

~ 33 ~ brings you a collection of thirty -three, flash fiction stories offering a snapshot in time and delving into the many layers of human behaviour. Each tale exposing the rich tapestry of emotion that we all prefer to hide behind closed doors.

There’s nothing quite as interesting as human behaviour. People are all about their public presentation and how well they are perceived to the outside word. But me, well I like to tear through those veils and pull out all the real human emotions and flaws that stay locked within.

Those of you who know me well or have followed this blog for sometime, are aware that I have an odd penchant for photographing doors from around the world. I don’t know why, but I find doors fascinating; particularly really old, weathered doors that have stood strong against the years and been passed through by many.

Some doors stay barricaded; some are always open; some hang on their hinges bearing the tattered scars of life. Doors have stories and so do people.

My new book, 33, brings you a collection of thought provoking short stories: sometimes dark, truculent or moving and at other times, cynically humourous. I guarantee there will be a story in here that resonates with you.

Bigger Blogger Glory ~ Jules Smith

Bigger Blogger Glory - How to Write the Perfect Blog

Anyone who tells you that blogging is easy probably isn’t a blogger. If you’ve always wanted to write online for either business or pleasure, then there’s a successful method to follow. In this glorious ebook, I will teach you the seven deadly steps on how to write the perfect blog from start to finish and take you on the journey to Bigger Blogger Glory.

And what are those seven deadly steps?

How To Choose A Great Blog Title
Content And Post Structure
Consumer vs Personal Blogging
Understanding Your Audience And CTA
Writing Creative Content And Not Boring People To Death
Readership And Followers
Social Media marketing

The seven deadly steps to “Bigger Blogger Glory” await you…

Available On Kindle only ~ worldwide

The Meaning of Life ~ Jules Smith

Book cover for The meaning f Life book by Jules Smith

The Meaning of Life 

Here is a book with answers.  A book that allows you to be intrusive with permission. Vicarious philosophy. The only self-help book you will ever need. 

What is the Meaning of Life?

Because of this often asked but unanswered question, Jules Smith decided to try and find out ‘The Meaning of Life’ by asking 100 people a set of formulated, deep and meaningful questions because collaboration usually brings about an answer. Jules came to the conclusion that if she asked 100 people a set of questions and analysed the data thereafter, some sort of meaning would make itself evident and we could all sleep at night.

Rather than just ask “What is the meaning of life” to those who took part, Jules decided to lead them down a path so that the final answer would come from deep within; both logical and emotional; a more rounded answer rather than something flippant and blasé. The 9 questions asked are all the same and asked to each of the participants. They look at faith, accomplishments, flaws, secrets and unfold a compelling story about each person. This allows the reader to delve into a personal account that they can empathise with along the way.  Some are very heart-rendering and others hilarious. The whole reading journey of this book is a fascinating rollercoaster. 

The participants who took part in this project are from all walks of life and an even split between male and female. They are all aged over 30 in order to have enough worldly experience to give constructive answers to the posed questions.  Some have remained anonymous using a pseudonym for privacy purposes and others have used their real names. Most have offered accompanying photographs.

The Questions Explored

The book contains a foreword explaining each question posed to the participants and why before finally answering the ultimate question, “What is the meaning of life?”  The journey through the questioning is just as important as the question itself 

At the end of the book, Jules has provided analysis on the data received making a pie chart for each question asked so the reader can see the highest percentage answers. At the end of which, the meaning of life answer is given based on the collaboration received.

This unique collection meets a wide demographic because we are always interested in what others have to share. We all want stories, particularly real ones. This book will intrigue a readership from age 20 -70 both male and female. This book is very different because it involves real people’s thoughts, secrets, failings and accomplishments. You meet humility, shame, and spirit in each entry. Raw honesty and the meaning in life. It’s a mirror -mirror on the wall – a reflection of us all.  You are not alone and will be able to empathise or relate to somebody within the pages. 

This truly is a book by the people – for the people.

If I could offer you 100 people’s advice on life would you read it? 

Well, here it is.

Winning With Words

Winning With Words

This book delivers the key 100 words your child needs to learn to read. Studies have shown that these 100 words are commonplace within all literature and will help your child have an excellent basis for reading books across the board.

 Each key word is shown in a stunning flashcard style with a bright, colourful background and simple imagery to maintain attention.

 All words are individually placed within a sentence to help your child learn context and structure as they move on to understand how each word can be used.

 Extensive research has shown that learning these 100 key words will help your child master their reading skills and go on to select books of their choice and fuel an appetite for reading.

 102 pages

Available as a 10 x8 inch book

 Available on Kindle (with pop-up text)

Available on Apple books

Red Mist - Larry B. Lambert & Jules Smith

Red Mist

Legends endure for a reason. Sometimes they survive to impel our cultural hubris. Occasionally they endure because they instil a sense of focus on what was and perhaps a vision of what will be. They are always a reminder. When they come back to haunt us, things start to get interesting.

A couple in Iceland, very much in love, visit a historic site and suddenly he throws himself into a volcano, burning to a crisp in front of her eyes, and thereafter, it is always raining.

The dwindling North Sea Oil supply is suddenly rejuvenated with a new discovery, a huge oil field of light, sweet, crude worth billions. Exploration, drilling and pumping begin to breathe life into a faltering industry and just as things seem to be going well, the oil is polluted with radioactive thorium. 

US Army Special Forces operators in Iceland on an exercise are drawn into a crisis and as NASA withdraws, they boldly face the challenge. All but one are rendered insane and the memory of Red Mist turns into a quest for answers – that the CIA already has.

In Texas, a political fixer is called on to deal with a situation and finds himself completely out of his depth.

In England, a psychologist’s life is turned upside down as a skald makes a disturbing prophecy.

In China, aggressive experiments into neutrino research create a completely unforeseen disaster and portend a global cataclysm of Biblical proportions.

Just when you’re sure that you have all the answers and are confident that the science is settled, it isn’t.

Available in paperback and ebook from Amazon – Apple ibooks and more

Can be ordered in store quoting ISBN reference:

ISBN: 978-1-7399278-0-6

Mind Journals - Original Suminagashi printed journals

These beautiful and unique journals are original suminagashi paintings by Jules Smith -printed to make stunning Mind Journals.

Made for creatives to unleash the spilling’s of their mind.♥

  • 150 lined pages
  • 5 x 8 inches in size
  • Original suminagashi prints
  • Gloss covers

Writing things down enables a higher level of thinking and more focused attention. The act of writing forces your brain to process information in a more detailed way and develops your thought process.

  • improves concentration
  • increases productivity
  • Helps memory
  • Clarifies goals, priorities and intentions
  • Processes emotions

 

These journals makes for a beautiful gift that cannot be found anywhere else and are a wonderful expression of creation.

Available on Amazon globally.

Hue Is She? Primary Personality Journals

Beautiful and original journals describing the personality of a woman who exudes the characteristics of the colour red, yellow, or blue. Cover features a wonderfully written description by author Jules Smith.

Do you know somebody who colours your world like this?

The perfect gift for a special woman in your life, be it a friend, mum, aunty, wife, or any woman that you think fits this heart-warming prose.

One of three in the range of these exclusive Primary Personality Colour Journals.

  • 150 lined pages
  • 5 x 8 inches in size
  • Soft matte cover

A wonderful gift to bestow on a woman who touches your heart and should be told how wonderful she is.

Loki's Fire

Loki's Fire cover

Five years have passed since the Norse Goddess Eir appeared in the red mist of the erupting Bárðarbunga volcano.  Very little has been heard from her since she vanished from the safe house in Herefordshire, England.

The effect of neutrino research in China still results in volcanic eruptions, halting the planned forced expansion of the People’s Republic of China out of fear of forces that they don’t fully understand. However they’re making moves to remedy that situation through the recruitments of assets that can get them what they want. The Long March has been delayed, but can never be stopped.

In the Manila underworld, where nobody is quite who they seem to be, Mike Vega is working as an arms merchant against Chinese interests and is removing meddlesome people in favor of those same interests.

French/Korean Sylvie Kim, working as an agent of the Chinese Fourth Bureau of Guojia Anquan Bu in The Philippines, has a mission too, and that mission is Mike Vega.

Ilya Sergeivich Zavrazhin an upwardly mobile operative of the Russian SVR is under orders to beat everyone to the punch.

It is a land of chameleons embracing each other where the laws of cause and effect are confusing and the outcome is far from predictable and none of the actors have any genuine belief in Norse deities returned to Earth or in Loki’s Fire.

But that’s about to change.

Available at Amazon – Apple Books – Barnes and Noble – Google Play

Wordy Notebooks

Who doesn’t need a notebook? Wordy Notebooks bringing archaic English Words back to the Great British Language!

These humorous and interesting notebooks make for fabulous gifts and let people know exactly what you think of them – in a humorous way of course!

Do you know a Snollygoster? Are you friends with a Rawgabbit? Sick and tired of the Grumbletonian in your life?

Check out Wordy Notebooks by Jules Smith and try to help these people write down their issues!

Available globally on Amazon.

The Fysigunkus Finds His Curiosity

Fysigunkus Picture Book

The Fysigunkus Finds His Curiosity

This beautifully illustrated, rhyming picture storybook is brought to you by Jules Smith and features a story about the Fysigunkus (Fizzy-Gunk-Us)

What is a Fysigunkus? Well, it’s someone without any curiosity! Can you imagine that?

The Fysigunkus is a funny little creature who lives in Gravelly Hollow and does the same thing every single day, never wanting to learn anything new or try something different. That’s until the mad-chatting beast called the Whippersnapper comes flying in to help the Fysigunkus find his curiosity!

A wonderful story about how important it is to learn new things and have fun adventures along the way!

Aimed at children aged 3-6 the Fysigunkus will have your child enraptured with this wonderful little creature and his colourful friend. 

Available in paperback 8.5 x 8.5 inches and on Kindle for kids at Amazon globally. 

Fabulously Flamingo Notebook

Are You Feeling Fabulousy Flamingo?

This bright pink and full of flamingoes notebook has been artfully designed with the passionate and flamboyant type in mind.

Write your beautiful musings down in this uniquely extravagant notebook and know that your words are contained in a unique and beautiful jacket of art.

Journal to your heart’s content ~Note those notebookable events

Write it down and save it for flamingingly ever.

• 6 x 9 inches in size

• 150 lined pages

• Glossy Cover

 

Colour Broth Notebook

Colourful notebook

A Notebook Worthy Of The Colourful Mind!

If an artist can create a swirl of colourful beauty to display then so does the wordsmith. Behold the rainbow palette within which his or her words are written!

This vibrant notebook has been artfully created and designed with the swirling, seductive creative in mind. Let your words of beauty and notes of outstanding importance be lovingly enveloped in this colour broth of brilliance.

• 6 x 9 inches in size

• 150 lined pages

• Glossy Cover

Brought to you by © Head Of The Fable ♥

 

Be The Art Notebook

A Notebook Worthy For Those Who Are The Art!

Are you the art? Are your words the art? Art thou deserving of a notebook that says so?

This bold and colourful notebook has been artfully created and designed with the genius creative in mind. Let your words of beauty and notes of outstanding gravitas be the art and be known.

• 6 x 9 inches in size

• 150 college lined pages

• Glossy Cover

Brought to you by © Head Of The Fable ♥

Make A Monstory - Monster Flashcards put-together Rhyming Story

Monster flashcards

Why Rhyming Story Flashcards?

Good question. Here’s the answer.

There are many educational flashcards on the market that deal with language and support the curriculum. They have been devised by experts and are proven to be good at what they do, so why would we need any more?

Well, more flashcards would simply be to increase variety and accommodate individual preference for story, style or theme. To keep the market fresh.

Rhyming Story cards are totally different. They’re a story that is fun and engaging!

Rhyme has been used for centuries to help us to learn. Think of a nursery rhyme that you know and then think of just how long you have known it. I think it is easier in most cases for it to feel like you have always known nursery rhymes because we learn them so young.

The power of rhyme to help us to retain information is well documented, but the effort it takes to create a successful rhyming story that your child will engage with is exceedingly difficult. 

Creating the rhyme itself with words that are appropriate for the age range, mixing words that are easy with others that are designed to be challenging and making them rhyme whilst building an engaging story, is not an easy task but it is something that I love doing! Maybe because I am a child at heart children engage with my stories.

Active rather than passive reading

Make A Monstory flashcards will help bring a story to life because the story cards are separate from the rhyming cards. When you read the first part of the story your child must explore the rhyming deck to find the matching word. 

This starts to encourage problem-solving and decoding whilst engaging in a fun activity.

Every time your child finds the correct rhyming word, with less and less help each time, they succeed. The way that you interact with them during this process is important because before we build language, we build interaction skills.

Every time your child is positively reinforced when they correctly find the right word, regardless of whether you showed them the right result or not, they learn that working together in a certain way feels good. They start to understand that problem solving with you is fun and they look forward to doing it more!

When that problem solving is then enhanced by a friendly and engaging monster character called Thump, and the reinforcement of rhyme, they pile success on success again and again.

If you find you are lacking in creative ideas and not knowing how to interact with your child in the time between work and sleep, rhyming story flashcards are an easy and effective way of spending time with your child, that both of you will benefit from. 

Simply pick them up and start to follow the story, I think that you will be pleasantly surprised at what you both experience with the added bonus of helping your child to learn to read.