Golden Memories Blow Thousands Of Battles Away

About
  Julie started writing poetry and short stories at the age of 9, an excellent way to switch off, I guess. Then it just escalated from there. Her English teacher at her secondary school, Mrs. Love, was an inspiration to Julie. In 1985 she moved to Tripoli in Libya, and as the schools did not have any books. She started writing for the children of the local British schools. It's amazing that when there are no books, you crave anything to read. So, they all got together and made something out of nothing.

  Julie has continued writing for newspapers, The Times in Kuwait in 89 just before the first Gulf conflict, then Libya, Sweden, the UK, and many other countries. And the stories could go on and on...
  She now lives in Portugal and has had many books published in the past and joined publishers Opera Omnia, and they published the first bilingual book back in November 2012. Many of her books are in several languages.
  She writes freelance short stories for children and has many projects always on the go.

She says...
"I feel books are essential and that children should have carefree, happy, well-adjusted lives. Sadly, in this world, it is not always the case. But one can hope".


Julie’s motto in life is, "Always be the very best you can be"

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Writer beware
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Whispers of the gone...
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Later this year a rewrite of whispers of the gone will be published. Keep a look out for more information and a launch later.

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Me not me
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The perils of being cat phished...

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Wishing Shelf Awards UK
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#wishingshelfawardsUK #finalsist #teenbookstagram #watchthisspace 🌍🥳These are the finalists for the Young Adult Wishing Shelf Book Awards in the UK. Each of these wonderful books will be having a special $.99 kindle day in March. Mar. 3 - The Knowledge Seeker Mar. 4 - The World Beyond Walls Mar. 10 - HUNTED: Maegics Heir Bk 2 Mar. 11 - Renegade Mar. 17 - Blood of a Fallen God Mar. 24 - THE SAND POUNDER Mar. 28 - Purple Moons and Coffee Spoons Mar. 31 - Behind the white City GET EIGHT GREAT BOOKS THIS MONTH!

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A great ballet classic to open the year at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville
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As a pre birthday gift I was taken to Seville, just a few hours car journey( no planes or anything covidy) and with a masked audience we sat down to watch the stunning ballet. A wonderful unforgettable performance.

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Tennyson Secondary School Mablethorpe Lincs...
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Our beloved school Tennyson in Mablethorpe was torn down by people who had no vision!

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TEFL Resources
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https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Treasure-7257973 This is my TpT shop where you can down load FREE story starters ...

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Spam on blogs...
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Writer beware
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A plethora of scams to be aware of. Come into my web said the spider to the fly!

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Write about what you see....
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Take a look at this photo? what do you see? The best post will receive a signed copy of any book you choose of mine. /Julie

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Oldest Book
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The Museum's Library and Archives has digitised its oldest book, Historia Naturalis, to mark the tenth anniversary of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). See the physical copy on tour.

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 Tell me another story Dad has become a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book awards for best cover."

Wishing shelf awards Best book cover Finalist
     

 All you need is love and a BIG handbag winning New Apple awards This Romcom won a couple of awards. It is now in several languages, included Chinese."

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 All you need is love (and a big handbag) has got first place in the Incipere Book Award"

All you Need is love (and a big handbag)Incipere Book Award
     

 Jodie and the library card has won a plethora of awards,"

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 Cassandra was another Readers favorite award, and honorable mention."

CassandraReaders Favorite awards

 Jodie and the library card, came a finalist and "Jodie" got a bronze for her adventures!"

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 Jodie is now in Portuguese"

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 Jodie and the Library Card Jodie and the book of the rose . Bronze winner. Wishing shelf awards UK. and readers Favorite Miami"

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 The Gift obtaining a readers favorite award."

The Gift
     

 Readers Favorite award Miami"

All you need is love and a big handbag
     

 The Gift. Readers favorite awards"

 Readers Favorite winner Cassandra And they all fall down."

 All you need is love and a big handbag was selected for the New apple awards."

 Finalist of the 2021 Wishingshelf book awards UK"

All you need is love and a big handbagAudio CDs on request.All you need is love and a big handbag
     

 Purple Moons and coffee spoons, Teen category finalist in the Wishingshelf awards UK"

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 Reviewed By Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite Before You Go is a short paranormal novella written by Julie Hodgson. Ethan and Daisy, a late-twenties couple, travel to the remote Scottish town of Banff, hoping to bring some spice back into their humdrum marriage. But soon after their arrival, Ethan learns that the only reason Daisy chose to come to Banff is to chase Hollywood starlet Simone Garbo and get a juicy scoop on her for her gossip column. Outraged by her behavior, Ethan leaves Daisy alone in Banff. Meanwhile, Simone grieves for her recently deceased husband in a seemingly innocuous cafe. However, Daisy soon learns from the hostess Mrs. Friendly that the cafe is actually a hub for dead authors to fulfill their lifelong wishes through visitors such as her. As Daisy helps the authors, she rediscovers herself. Before You Go is a humorous tale of self-discovery that ingeniously touches your heart without you even realizing it. Author Julie Hodgson spins a captivating paranormal yarn about a young career-centric woman realizing her shortcomings through the extraordinary circumstances she finds herself in. Filled with wit, charm, and humor, Hodgson's narrative hooks you in from the get-go and refuses to let go until the end. The characters are layered and complex. Their inner motives and conflicts create plenty of drama, keeping you hooked through the pages. Daisy's gradual evolution from a self-absorbed, celebrity-chasing journalist to someone who is empathic toward others makes her a riveting protagonist you can't help but root for. I had a wonderful time with Before You Go. Highly recommended."

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02-08-2021

Get bedtime stories

Joined this team of writers, check out The Moonlight Farmers, a fun tale with 5 stories great for the young. A fun team to work with, with writes from all over the globe.

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06-05-2020

Why Physical Books Are Better Than EBooks By Julie Hodgson

First, a confession. I am a massive bookworm and firmly believe everyone, especially children, should be able to access books. There is simply no better way to learn, have fantastic adventures and expand the imagination than through reading.

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03-03-2020

Singing my way though lockdown

When the Covid pandemic arrived, award-winning author Julie Hodgson turned to virtual gospel choirs to keep up her spirits. She has now turned her experiences into new young adult novel Carry on Singing: Quarantine Choir. Here she reveals how she was able to dispel her worries of the virus by becoming part of a worldwide viral hit.

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06-02-2020

Escritor Julie Hodgson

A escritora inglesa Julie Hodgson virá ao nosso agrupamento, na próxima 6ª feira, para um encontro com os alunos do 9º ano e secundário. Como preparação para o encontro, os alunos leram a obra bilingue "Jodie and the library card / Jodie e o cartão da biblioteca". O horário das sessões encontra-se em anexo. Julie Hodgson é a autora de vários livros para crianças - tanto romances como e livros ilustrados - traduzidos já para diversas línguas. Nascida na Escócia, Julie tem viajado por todo o mundo como escritora de livros infantis e contadora de histórias - incluindo a criação de páginas para crianças em diversos jornais de vários países. Atualmente vive em Portugal, onde visita escolas para contar histórias e tem um popular programa de rádio para crianças todas as sextas-feiras. As obras de Julie são conhecidas por todo o mundo e os seus livros são muito populares. Frequentemente ela doa todos os lucros do livro para instituições de caridade. pdf Horário Sessões_Julie Hodgson.pdf ETIQUETAS: Promoção da Leitura, Apoio ao currículo Publicado por Maria Fernanda Costa Gonçalves 47800 visitas

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17-03-2022

School visit

Before the pandemic Julie wandered all over for story telling and book signings.

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17-03-2022

School visit

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19-05-2022

The Launching of Carry On singing

The Launching of Carry On singing In center of artes Ponte de sor

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Rosa Parks
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Marie Curie
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Albert Einstein
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Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest physicists of all time. Einstein is best known for developing the theory of relativity, but he also made important contributions to the development of the theory of quantum mechanics

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Charles Dickens
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One of my all time favourite writers.

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Siegfried  Sassoon Poet
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George Michael
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George Michael was an English singer, songwriter and record producer

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John Keats
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John Keats and English poet, one of my favourites actually.

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Irene Sendler
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A truly amazing lady who save the lives of thousands of children and kept all their names in a jar in her garden to reunite with their parents after the war if she could. More can be read about her here https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/righteous-women/sendler.asp

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Robin Williams
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Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was born on this date 70 years ago

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Nina Simone
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Eunice Kathleen Waymon, known professionally as Nina Simone

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Jason Merritt | Credit: Getty Images Copyright: 2009 Getty Images

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R.M. Romero The Dollmaker of Krakow

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Never wanted this book to end! I wanted the dollmaker to do more magic to save more children! I can never ever fathom the cruelty of people to one another! This book was a magical and intensely heart lifting and heart-rending story all rolled into one! A most excellent read indeed... I recommend it ..

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Michelle Mazal, Burning the Vines

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Burning the Vines by Michelle Mazal is a memoir about a family, particularly a little girl, Michelle, (nicknamed Stumps, after a dentist visit and all her teeth were removed) living in Australia, near the airport of Perth back in the '60s and '70s. An alcoholic and physically abusive father didn't help matters either. Hiding from the cattle prod was a must! The fierce determination of Michelle's mum, Leonie, to protect her daughters at any cost, even placing herself in harm's way was very brave indeed. Michelle witnessed her mother suffer a lot of bloody noses and swollen lips at her father's hands more times than she could count. Moving into her Nana's house with the family, after selling their own place, things became cramped. But the saving grace was the fact that there were stables and horses there, and of course her favorite cousin, Kenny, giving her true friendship but, later, unbelievable heartache too. Another house move, to Herne Hill complete with their own stables, gave them more space, but with still the same problems. Life was hard for Stumps, even with the horses she had, which gave her soul something to care about and love. Her dad still raging and abusive, spending money on booze, and the children going hungry was a common occurrence. The sisters hid and did the best they could to help their mum, often futile in their attempts, though. The only respite was Nana and Pops, their favorite place to be. The maternal grandparents were the epitome of kindness and care, and they always looked forward to visiting them. The presents on their bed were the best thing to look forward to, always new clothes, hand sewn by Nana. Burning the Vines by Michelle Mazal is a startling story. The sheer horror of what a child has to put up with, the things that go through their tiny minds as they wrestle with their consciences about their parents, working while ill, being underfed, and abused by their alcoholic father! But no matter what, you still have that false sense of duty or love towards the parent that has been abusive, right to the end! I was swept in from the first page, taken to Perth, Australia. You really feel the heat, anger, sadness and love as the author takes you on this perilous childhood memory trip. Get a tissue before you read this. What wonderful people Nana and Pops were. Burning the Vines by Michelle Mazal is a story brilliantly and provocatively described with a fierce determination of survival. Unputdownable

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Hana da Yumiko Isolated Connected Kyushu Island

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Isolated Connected Kyushu Island weaves together the history of the people of Kyushu, Japan’s third largest island, and the stories that author Hana da Yumiko learned from her elders while she was a little girl. Spanning the years from the end of World War II to the early years of the twenty-first century, Isolated Connected Kyushu Island tells a story of transitions from the closing of the age of the samurai, to the rise of militarism, and finally to the coming and flourishing of democracy. The family’s story illustrates how the land’s Hiding Christians kept their faith in secret, how women worked on their own without the support of men to encourage social change, how the ebbs and flows of many countries’ histories combined to influence the story of this land, and how a missionary and a local belief in a savior influenced religious life. If you hunger to hear a story of universally human motives, joys, and fears told about a family living in a remote and unfamiliar land, then this book will satisfy that hunger with an account that both educates and inspires.

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Jay Amberg The Bone Box

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On a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea in Turkey, an international team of archaeologists discovers a stone box that first-century Jews used to rebury their dead. The box’s Aramaic inscription: Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. Sophia Altay, the beautiful French-Turkish archaeological who heads the team, tries to keep the discovery secret until she can authenticate the ossuary. She knows that people will kill to obtain the relics—and to suppress the box’s other contents, documents that could alter Western history. Joseph Travers, an American sent to Turkey to evaluate the archaeological dig, soon finds himself pulled into the web of betrayal, reprisal, and violence. In his journey through Istanbul’s mosques and palaces, the archaeological sites around ancient Ephesus, and, ultimately, the strange and mystical terrain of Cappadocia, he comes to understand the epochal meaning of the bone box.

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Christoph Fischer Ludwika A Polish Woman's Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany

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It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival. Editorial Review: "This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations. WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika's life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime. This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told."

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Matthew J. Sullivan Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

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When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs.....the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left

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Antonia Barber The Ghosts

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When Lucy sat in the attic, she thought she heard the sound of voices calling... That's when she started to believe the rumors in the village that the old house was haunted. But no ghosts appeared - until the day Lucy and her brother Jamie stood in the garden and watched two pale figures, a girl and a boy, coming toward them. That was the beginning of a strange and dangerous friendship between Lucy and Jamie and two children who had died a century before. The ghost children desperately needed their help. But would Lucy and Jamie have the courage to venture into the past - and change the terrible events that had led to murder?

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Sava Buncic Harnessing Altruism

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Could you keep on living, and how, as the sole survivor of all your family? Would you bring a child into a world in which it would live without any means of modern civilization, in misery and isolation – knowing that would never change? If you could never see either your husband or your son ever again, who would you choose? Harnessing Altruism is about the world in the mid twenty-first century and beyond, in which the very existence of humanity is threatened by an unbearably hot climate and shortages of essential resources due to the long-term insatiable greed of modern civilization. The Turnbull family struggles to survive under increasingly harsh conditions in the war-torn world, in miserable refugee camps and in underground sanctuaries having nothing else but minimal rations of food and water. In the process, from childhood to older age, Ed must keep learning where the balance is between his primal instinct for survival and desire to maintain his own essential traits of humanity, how to handle the ‘every man for himself’ situations while facing the risk of imminent death, and what is that one thing for which he would do anything in the world. Answering all these and other questions is made monumentally hard by the helplessness of people in a world in which they influence nothing and do not know who decides about the life and death of the irreversibly and progressively shrinking human population

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Before you go

Rated 5 stars by Readers Favorite

Reviewed By Joseph Ogbonna for Readers’ Favorite

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