James Minter

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James is a dad to two grown-up children, and a step father to three more. His fiction writing career started some five years ago with books designed to appeal to the inner child in all of us - very English humour. Later his daughter Louise, reminded him of the bedtime stories he told her, and suggested he might like to commit them to paper for others to enjoy. He hasn't yet, but instead embarked on writing the eight-book Billy Books series for 7 to 9-year-old girls and boys. These are traditional stories, featuring negative behaviours but with positive outcomes.

Although the main character Billy and his friends are fictitious, Billy's dog, Jacko, is based on his family's much-loved pet, which, with their second dog Malibu, caused havoc and m
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James Minter My children's books are aimed at 8 to 11 yr olds. These children tend to like books as opposed to ebooks, as do their schools and libraries. I believe…moreMy children's books are aimed at 8 to 11 yr olds. These children tend to like books as opposed to ebooks, as do their schools and libraries. I believe its essential to press-the-flesh with this reader age group and book launches, meet-the-author events, school readings, library appearances are all part of that. I'm just planning a whole bunch of live UK events for November around anti-bullying month.
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This story features the exploits of two boys—Matt and Jerry—who are just finishing their time in elementary school before experiencing a massive change in their lives as they move up to Junior high school. Set in the year 1975 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, the work is aimed at 9 to 11-year-olds.

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Description: Billy Field celebrates his tenth birthday with his school friends, but Eddy Jost is upset at not being invited to the party. When Billy receives a special present from his granddad Eddy finds out, and wants it for himself. Using bullying tactics Eddy takes the present, leaving Billy devastated. And worse, Billy feels he has to keep his loss a secret from his parents and granddad. Max Turner, Billy’s best friend's sister, wants to help Billy, and she tells Billy's granddad. Max and Granddad hatch a plan to recover the present. What is Max’s plan? Does the bully get what's coming to him? Will Billy get his present back?
The Unexpected Consequences Of Iron Overload (Humor)
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Description: A paranormal, humours, romantic thriller about Jimmy Kavanagh who has absorbed too much iron via his diet. The consequences are unexpected and will have you laugh-out-loud BUT the story has a basis in fact!
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“Everybody has to be somewhere!”
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message 8: by Lynne

Lynne Lexow Hi James... it is so good to meet you here at Goodreads!


message 7: by Cindi

Cindi Thanks for the friend request, James. :)


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James Minter Carole wrote: "hi thanks for adding me!"

Carole, it took a while but now I'm loving GR and the people on here. All the best, James


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James Minter Jill wrote: "Lovely to meet you here on GRs, James, and thank you for your friendship."

Jill, it took a while but now I'm loving GR and the people on here. All the best, James


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Jill Lovely to meet you here on GRs, James, and thank you for your friendship.


Carole Gill hi thanks for adding me!


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James Minter Beth wrote: "Thanks for being my friend. I'm fairly new at GR so any tips would be most appreciated. Beth"
Beth I still find GR a bit of a nightmare and just one of the many social media sites I use. Go to YouTube and search on goodreads tutorials.

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Beth Lyon Barnett Thanks for being my friend. I'm fairly new at GR so any tips would be most appreciated. Beth


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