Sunday, 26 October 2014

Burly & Grum's Bewitching Halloween Adventure!

Halloween is almost here! I listened to the 'Halloween Adventure' the other night and it made me smile (Pat is such a good narrator!) so I thought I'd remind you that it is actually FREE to download both as an audio book and as an e-book. My favourite character is Frank, but it's a secret as to who or what he really is! 

Here are some of Rob's Halloween drawings to get you in the spirit (sorry, had to get in one small joke...). Have a fangtastic Halloween everyone!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Limbering up!

I can't believe it's almost two months since I last posted on the Burly & Grum blog. Go on, ask me what I've been doing for the last few weeks! I'll give you a clue - I'm shaking builder's dust from my hair as I type. Yes, I moved from the house I'd lived in for 24 years to somewhere new.  Well, when I say new, it was built in the 1930s but somehow managed to get stuck in a 1970's time warp. Not that I'm against the 70s at all, it's just that after 40 years the wallpaper is looking a bit tired! I've been up and down ladders, knocked down walls, drilled holes, painted everything that doesn't move, and poor old Burly and Grum have taken a back seat. 
     Not that they've minded at all, they've been relaxing on the beach and have been sending me postcards to prove it.This one is from Grum...

     And this one is from Burly (he's been a bit nicer and you will note he's bringing me back a present)...

  Although there is still a lot to do to my new home (having a kitchen that doesn't resemble a war zone would be good...), I'm going to start concentrating once more on Burly and Grum especially as we were doing so well, for example, being finalist for the People's Book Prize. There are a lot of great opportunities out there and I will be putting my ear to the ground to see what developments have taken place while I've been 'away'. So the holiday for Burly and Grum is now officially over and they are limbering up to start work again - this is going to be fun!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Yes, the Tour de France is coming to Essex!

Burly & Grum are great sports fans and are so excited that the Tour de France is coming to Essex. They have been busy preparing for days and are now well and truly ready to cheer on the cyclists as they come speeding through! 

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Celebrating Burly & Grum style (and that includes some free downloads!)

     Yes, we know how to celebrate here at Burly & Grum - ice-cream, cake and good friends, what more could anyone want?  'The Secret City' may not have won The People's Book Prize but we're partying anyway because we got into the finals - yay!  We'd like to thank everyone who not only took the time to vote but also left a comment about the book - it was wonderful of you, thank you so much. And if you have the time, please read some of the comments and you'll understand when I say I'll always treasure them and that they've given me the confidence to continue writing.

     This is me saying thank you to everyone (I'm the short one on the right, the other one is my son who I nabbed as he strayed into shot).

     Now, I've also been wondering what on earth has been happening with my blog. All of a sudden it seems to have gone crazy - one post has had over 16,000 hits and the last one 'Vote Now' over 9,000 hits. Why? What am I linked into I wonder? To anyone who is reading this and who has no idea what Burly & Grum is about then you can find out by going to the following 2 links where you can find out for FREE! Yup, we're very generous us Essex girls!  
     Anyway, the first link is for the audio book (about 15 mins long) The Halloween Adventure.  It's really funny and Pat Scullion, the narrator, brings the characters to life. This particular short story is the one I'm working to link with Audible and put up on Amazon.
     The second link is for 'The Birthday Surprise', the third Burly & Grum book which is free to download from the Smashwords site. 
     To all of those thousands of people who are now reading/glancing at my very small and insignificant blog - I hope you enjoy the downloads as much as Burly & Grum enjoy the conga.  Now, I'm sorry but you'll excuse me because I have a party to go to.  Er, where's the cake?

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


If you have a couple of spare minutes then it would be absolutely wonderful (Burly and Grum would love you and give you bear hugs forever!) if you could vote for them.  'The Secret City', the second book in the Burly & Grum series, is a finalist for The People’s Book Prize (children's section).  This is a competition where members of the public vote for the book they love best, and the final leg of the voting process starts today and ends on 28 May.

And this is how you vote!
1.    Go to this link.
2.   Look down the page for 'Burly & Grum and The Secret City' and check the box.
3.   Go to the top of the page for the verification section 'our choices, selected from the finalists below...' and check that your vote has been selected.
4.   Enter your email address: Email Address (enter the same email address that you used when you registered).
5.    Repeat your email address.
6.    Enter the password you have been given.
7.    Solve the simple maths problem.
8.    Click 'Submit'.  You should receive a message saying that you have been successful.

Thank you so much and just one last thing, keep your fingers crossed!

Burlington Bear and Grum the Groblin have come a long way since they first met and wondered what was 'Beyond the Forest'.

They've had lots of adventures:
Taken part in the Olympics:
Made lots of friends:
And are generally are pretty cool dudes who would like to thank you for your support!