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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments May I spread out my wares just here?

I have 8 books for MG readers (aged 8-12).


This is what they look like:

Children's books:
Glass Dreams by Helen Laycock Salt by Helen Laycock The Secret of Pooks Wood by Helen Laycock Martha and Mitch by Helen Laycock ] Mr Charlie Chumpkins and The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins by Helen Laycock Mandrake's Plot by Helen Laycock Song of the Moon by Helen Laycock A Mouthful of Chuckles by Helen Laycock

I have 3 books for adults.
This is what they look like:

Adults' books:
Light Bites by Helen Laycock Peace and Disquiet by Helen Laycock Minor Discord by Helen Laycock

Here are my two websites with lots more information:

Helen Laycock | Children's Author
http://helenlaycock.wixsite.com/helen...

Helen Laycock | Fiction in a Flash
http://helenlaycock.wixsite.com/ficti...

And in the following posts, I'll tell you a little more about each book...


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments Glass Dreams by Helen Laycock

Glass Dreams



Runaway, Jake, has no idea what adventures are in store when he meets circus performer, Khala, hiding in a ramshackle caravan.

Should he tell her about the mysterious box he has been warned never to open? Khala also has a secret to share, but can she trust Jake?

Fantazi’s circus is a place of danger, but with the help of Cedric the dwarf and his beloved Chihuahua, Audrey, the children unravel the truth and are utterly astounded at the biggest secret of all.


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments Salt by Helen Laycock

Salt


A holiday at Pirates’ Cove with Great Aunt Win is nothing like Toby expects it to be…

He is baffled by the mysterious beach fires and eerie singing he witnesses during the night. He is fascinated, too, by the weird and wonderful tales of the town: not only the legend of the pitiful Mary-Anne, said to row out nightly to the Blue Rock, but also of the peculiar ‘cursed’ gold plate locked in the guesthouse cabinet.

Stranger still, why has a dead man been spotted in the town?

With the help of intriguing local girl, Hattie, the secrets of Salt Guesthouse are unravelled… but not before the children find themselves in grave danger.


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments The Secret of Pooks Wood by Helen Laycock

The Secret of Pooks Wood

SOMETIMES MISTAKES CAN BE PUT RIGHT. SOMETIMES THEY CAN’T…
When twins, Lily and Ollie, are stranded over Christmas at Great Hawkesden Manor with their mother, Stella, they have no idea what will happen when they find an old glass snow globe. Inside it, not only is there a miniature model of the manor house… there is magic.


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments Martha and Mitch by Helen Laycock

Martha and Mitch

Martha is humble and unspoilt, despite living a life of utter luxury at Lottery Lodge with her (mostly absent) father and stepmother, Penelope.
Mitch lives at the boys’ orphanage, a dilapidated mansion run by Ariadne Scattypants.

Neither child has any idea about the life the other is leading.

Between Lottery Lodge and the orphanage is a dense wood and it is here that a band of wild boys live. Mitch finds himself at their mercy, but somehow manages to scrabble his way out of the woods, emerging at Martha’s wonderful home.

However, here, too, things are taking a sinister turn.


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments Mr Charlie Chumpkins and The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins by Helen Laycock

Mr Charlie Chumpkins and The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins

Imagine Sam’s shock when he discovers that a tiny, old-fashioned gentleman, Charlie Chumpkins, has been living under his bed for some time—and imagine, too, the pressure of keeping his little friend a secret.

Enjoy a double dose of trouble in this bumper edition of Mr Charlie Chumpkins and its sequel, The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins as Charlie gets himself caught up in calamity after calamity…


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments Mandrake's Plot by Helen Laycock

Mandrake's Plot

Evie and Mia meet on a train on their way to St. Agatha's Boarding School for Girls. Dropped at a deserted station, with no one to meet them, they trek through the pelting rain and darkness for miles until they find a sign to St.Agatha's which points to an unlikely overgrown track leading up a mountain path.

A foreboding place, St. Agatha's School is surrounded by a sea of mist, and overlooks a loch. Coming face to face with the grotesque caretaker, Mandrake, is not the only thing to unsettle them.
What is the significance of the strange rings worn by Miss Blackthorn, the head teacher - and why does everyone behave so oddly?

The girls stumble across a forgotten burial chamber. Inside, lies the crumbling skeleton of Sister Beatrice, clutching a note which tells of a curse. Locked in the chamber as a punishment, the friends discover an old book within which is the antidote to the curse... but it is hidden in code.


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments Song of the Moon by Helen Laycock

Song of the Moon

Isadora Wellington, known as Izzy, befriends Titania Moonsong, a wheelchair-bound old lady who lives at 13 Arnison Avenue.

Rumour has it that Mrs Moonsong is a witch, which is hardly surprising: she has a black cat, Macbeth, her favourite piece of music is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and she makes peculiar concoctions from the herbs she grows in her garden.

When Mrs Moonsong disappears and a strange hippy moves into her house, Izzy and her cousin, Joe, are concerned. It seems he is the one intent on casting spells and Mrs Moonsong is not the only one in danger.


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments A Mouthful of Chuckles by Helen Laycock

A Mouthful of Chuckles

Health Warning!

Kids, don’t read this with your mouth full… You may choke on a chipolata!

This is a rib-tickling book of rhyming children’s poetry with illustrations, to be enjoyed over and over again by school children, teachers, parents and grandparents.

And your pets if they’re interested!


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments Light Bites by Helen Laycock

Light Bites

Take a pinch of humour, a touch of light-heartedness and a drop of whimsy and you have the perfect recipe to be savoured any time, anywhere.

Light Bites - a collection of satisfying and uplifting tales.


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments Peace and Disquiet by Helen Laycock

Peace and Disquiet

A collection of twelve slightly disturbing tales which encompass mortality, mentality, brutality... and reality.

Sleep tight…


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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 76 comments Minor Discord by Helen Laycock

Minor Discord

Dare to visit the dark places at the edges of the map, places where you will feel unsettled and from where characters will follow you, whether you want them to, or not.

This collection of stories and flash fiction will take you into the shadows.

Don’t get left behind...


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