Strong But Believable Heroines

Posted on 6 July, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Strong but Believable Heroines

Hello All!
Today is the release day of the fantastic second book in the Robyn Silver series by Paula Harrison and to celebrate I have a wonderful guest post from Paula about Strong but believable heroines!


About the Book

The boldest, brightest new heroine is back: and Robyn Silver’s life hasn’t got any quieter since defeating the evil vampire Pearl in The Midnight Chimes. She’s now a fully fledged Chime Child and monster-hunter-in-training alongside best friends Aiden and Nora. The three suddenly start seeing nightmares – in the form of black beetles – appear around town. Who wants the people of Grimdean to be losing sleep – and why?

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Strong but believable heroines

by Paula Harrison

The strong heroine can be a bit of a trope and when a heroine is nothing but strong that doesn’t make for a well-rounded or believable character. In Robyn Silver, I wanted to create a girl who is often strong but has weaknesses too. She doubts herself, especially when challenged by her older siblings. Her efforts to be strong sometimes mask an impetuous side which lands her in hot water! Many stories and characters helped to inspire Robyn Silver but I have to mention:


Jo March in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
If ever there was a strong-minded and impetuous character it’s Jo March. She frequently rushes in and regrets what she’s done afterwards. Jo also has a lot of friction with her siblings and Robyn experiences this too as she has four brothers and sisters.


Sophie in Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie doesn’t realise the full extent of her own abilities. She accepts difficult situations and just gets on with things – even when a spell turns her from a girl into an old woman. It’s her stamina and her unwillingness to give up that really see her through.


Lyra in His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
As soon as we meet Lyra in Northern Lights we realise that this is a girl with boundless curiosity and nerve. Lyra is also good at forging alliances with others from witches to Texan aeronauts to armoured bears and this gives her a great advantage.


About the Author

Paula Harrison is a best-selling children’s author who has sold more than a million books worldwide. Her books include the Robyn Silver series, the Red Moon Rising trilogy, The Secret Rescuers series, Tiara Friends mysteries and The Rescue Princesses. She wanted to be a writer from a young age but spent many happy years being a primary school teacher first.

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Who are your favourite strong believable heroines?

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Blog Tour: Robyn Silver by Paula Harrison

Posted on 5 September, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Robyn Silver by Paula Harrison

Hi guys!
Today is my stop on the Robyn Silver blog tour and I am here to tell you five reasons why I think you should definitely be reading this book!

But first, here’s some more information about the book!


Title: Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes
Author: Paula Harrison
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 1st September 2016
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Life was very ordinary for ten-year-old Robyn Silver. The often-ignored middle child in a big family, the most excitement she had was the dash to the dinner table to reach the last slice of pizza. Until… she begins to see creepy creatures around her town – creatures that are invisible to everyone else. And when her school is forced to decamp to mysterious Grimdean House and she meets its equally mysterious owner, Mr Cryptorum, Robyn finds herself catapulted headfirst into an extraordinary adventure – with more excitement than she could possibly have imagined. Be careful what you wish for…

Robyn Silver

One of the things I love about books is that the protagonist is strong and fun to read and this is definitely what happens in Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes. Robyn is full of life in this book. She’s brave, strong, and protective too. I loved her personality and the way she felt like she didn’t fit in with her family but would still do anything to protect her little sister. She was a very vibrant character that really carried this book.

Creepy Creatures

This book is full of creepy creatures that Robyn and her friends start seeing and suddenly have to start fighting. I loved all of the different creatures and how they were described. They all had very different personalities and reasons for existing and it was even more interesting that only a few select people could actually see them – like Robyn and her friends! I really liked that about this book.

The Friendship

To start off with, Robyn has her best friend Aiden by her side and it’s really wonderful that they can both see the creatures as it makes Robyn feel less alone. So when a third member joins them, I was worried that she would be excluded and made to feel left out but fortunately that doesn’t happen. Instead Robyn realizes that Nora with all her book smarts is very helpful and lovely and the trio work so well together. This in itself makes the book more interesting to read.

Adventure

There is an abundance of adventure in this book, which I absolutely loved. At first the trio are being trained by Mr Cryptorum and so there is an adult driving force behind the books but when things start to go wrong, it is up to the kids to settle the score and save the day. I loved how they did this and how it all came together. The adventure was fun and addictive and fascinating all rolled together – a perfect combination for a children’s books! I’m sure all the kids will love it!

Writing Style

What brings all of the above together though is the writing style. I have to admit I’ve never actually read a book by Paula Harrison before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can safely say that I will be reading more of her books from now on! The writing style was easy to read, addictive, and fun. Definitely my kind of book! Overall The Midnight Chimes was a fascinating read and it was a brilliant beginning to what looks to be a wonderful series. I cannot wait to see what will happen next!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


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UKMG Extravaganza Tour: Paula Harrison!

Posted on 26 September, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Hi All!
Today I have the lovely Paula Harrison on the blog talking about her top ten places to find inspiration.


Top Ten Places to Find Inspiration

By Paula Harrison

Hello! I’m very excited to be doing a guest post as part of the lead up to the UKMG extravaganza. My name’s Paula Harrison and my book RED MOON RISING was published in April.

RED MOON RISING is the story of Laney who lives in a village where everything seems ordinary until she discovers that the place is full of Fair Eyes (faeries – but they’re human sized not tiny!) who live in different tribes – Mist, Greytail, Thorn, Kestrel and Blaze. These tribes have power over water, wind, plants, animals or fire. Laney discovers her own power and the dangers that come with it. The second book in the series, DARK TREE SHINING, is out on 1st October.

When you’re writing it’s a really good idea to get out and about to encourage your thoughts to flow. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been stuck on something only to find the answer pop into my head after leaving the house. So here are my top ten places to find inspiration:

By the sea

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I always feel creative by the sea. There’s something about the constant movement of the ocean and the ever-changing view it provides with clouds moving and birds flying. Unfortunately I live nowhere the sea so I have to travel quite a long way for this kind of inspiration.

A friend’s house with cake

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There’s nothing like a good chat with a friend to restore your mental energy. The cake is an essential part of this whole process!

Somewhere a little strange…

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…like shopping centre with full sized cow statues in the middle! Weird stuff lets your brain make new and unexpected connections.

Anywhere with an adrenaline buzz

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OK so I’m a monster truck spectator rather than driver. But I find the adrenaline of watching and the fun of it all leaves me fresh for new ideas.

The top of the world

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This is a ‘clears your head’ kind of thing. Take a notebook with you!

Next to a river

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OK so I’m quite big on nature as you may have gathered. Water is soothing, especially in a river as still as this one.

In a bookshop!

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Of course I had to put a bookshop in here. When I go inside I can hear all those stories whispering to me. A tiara is optional.

Visit a castle

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The thought of all the things those old stones have seen over the years is very inspiring. Plus they this one has a tea shop with scones.

Somewhere where you can bond with animals.

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Perhaps this marks me out as a children’s writer but I love watching animals and studying their personalities.

Go down to the woods

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There’s a place of folklore embedded into our brains – a place of witches, talking trees and superstition. This place has nothing to do with logic or reason. It’s bred into us from centuries of storytelling. For most people in the northern hemisphere, the wood is the epitome of this place. Beware when you step into a wood because you might not be the same when you come out again.

This wood is the inspiration for DARK TREE SHINING.


You can catch the rest of the UKMG Extravaganza Tour! Find out where the next stop is on this handy graphic:

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And don’t forget… this is the UKMG Extravaganza event!

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Where do YOU find inspiration?

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