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Short Shorts and Shorts: Volume 1 By Stephen Mark Richards
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Short Shorts and Shorts: Volume 1 (illustrated) by Stephen Mark Richards Illustrated by Joyce Richards Some stories in this book are suitable for young children but you should be aware that some... More > stories contain violent scenes and some limited use of swear words. Here are the opening lines of the first two stories. REFLECTIONS: ‘All the young people, children and teenagers, all that is except for me, loved that time of year, the third week in September, when Joe Sowerby’s Circus came to town.’ TRENDY: ‘When Shirley Stokes, an attractive young mother, moved into number 4 with her new baby everyone was overjoyed. Everyone that is, except Kay Powell.’< Less
Florida without Disney By Stephen Mark Richards
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Florida without Disney shows how you can take your own personal visit to Florida, or anywhere else for that matter, and use it to link yourself to an entire universe of knowledge, understanding and... More > adventure. People of all ages, children and adults alike, are stimulated by: facts stranger than fiction; surprising revelations; truelife adventures; close encounters in the wild; and cultures in all their incredible variety. Florida without Disney brings all these elements together in a book encompassing time from prehistory to the present along with locations from around the world and beyond. It provides a template for injecting greater fascination, interest and curiosity into your own journeys through life.< Less
Write with Flash: Memoir, Biography, Fact and Fiction By Stephen Mark Richards
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Flash is a writing form that can help aspiring writers transform their ideas into completed works and Write with Flash aims to show how that can be achieved. Many people have written books but their... More > number pales into insignificance when compared to the number of people who would like to write a book but never do. This does not mean that those unwritten books would have been without merit. On the contrary, what it really means is that millions of fascinating stories go to the grave with their would-be creators. The sad fact is, the unique qualities that each of those potential creators would have brought to those untold stories were never shared.< Less
Liskeard Writers' Short Stories Volume I By Liskeard Writers'
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Exciting, fascinating, inspired, moving, unique; these are just a few of the cajoling descriptors found on the back of short story anthologies such as this one. Such descriptors are purely subjective... More > and may apply no wider than the person who wrote the description. In truth, people who create often want to share their creativity, to have it heard, seen or read, and hopefully, in so doing, to move something in the observer’s emotions. It is not true that if a work is worthwhile then it will always receive the attention that it needs in order to connect with a wider audience. On the contrary, many artists struggle to be noticed. Most artists are far better able to create art than promote their work. We don’t wish to cajole readers, however, we are hopeful that a few people who read the back of this book will go on to read the interior.< Less
Learn How to Write with Flash: Memoir, Biography, Fact and Fiction By Dr Stephen Mark Richards
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Flash is a writing form that can help aspiring writers transform their ideas into completed works and Write with Flash aims to show how that can be achieved. Many people have written books but their... More > number pales into insignificance when compared to the number of people who would like to write a book but never do. This does not mean that those unwritten books would have been without merit. On the contrary, what it really means is that millions of fascinating stories go to the grave with their would-be creators. The sad fact is, the unique qualities that each of those potential creators would have brought to those untold stories were never shared. Without doubt, there are more unnoticed people with the potential to shine than are ever discovered. Only by sharing your light can anyone see how uniquely your light shines.< Less
Holly Marie and the Small Tall Tree (A5 colour) By Stephen Mark Richards
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Observation is the basis of knowledge in both the arts and the sciences. We are not born with all the tools and formal skills required to make sense of the world but rather, we develop these skills... More > over time. For over 50 years, psychologists have known that these skills develop in stages during childhood but until now there has been little in the way of book-based education to support this crucial aspect of child development. At last, in Holly Marie, we have the tools to enable our children to develop their understanding of the world. Why should we make our children wait to learn incidentally when we can show them how to better understand the world around them.< Less
Holly Marie and the Small Tall Tree (Black&White) By Dr Stephen M Richards
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Holly Marie and the Small Tall Tree Observing Size Conservation Observation is the basis of knowledge in both the arts and the sciences. We are not born with all the tools and formal skills required... More > to make sense of the world but rather, we develop these skills over time. For over 50 years, psychologists have known that these skills develop in stages during childhood but until now there has been little in the way of book-based education to support this crucial aspect of child development. At last, in the Holly Marie series of books, we have the tools to enable our children to develop their understanding of the world.< Less
Conquering America By Stephen Mark Richards
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This book was prompted by the successful completion of an epic journey around America and the publication of three books: Tornado Spring; Wild Summer and Desert Winter which document the... More > author’s adventures. Conquering America brings together these three books to present, for the first time, the entire adventure in a single volume. Inspiration was found in both urban and natural settings, through encounters with people, animals and environments. This created interactions that were at times exciting and interesting, and at others sad, joyous or downright terrifying. Throughout, the author relates events to the political world and his intimate past. He provides fascinating insights from the view of a stranger who discovers an America which is often at odds with its image. His open-minded approach sheds light on a culture and a country of which every American should feel proud. Visit AmpUrLife.com for more information.< Less
Desert Winter By Stephen Mark Richards
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Experience the smiles, laughter, excitement, sadness and fear in this keenly observed true story of exploration and adventure. Richards puts himself at the centre of events and then interprets them... More > based upon his interesting and varied life history. The honesty of his personal accounts provides powerful insights into culture, people and relationships whilst his ability to describe places, events, emotions and memories seamlessly transports the reader between the past and present on amazing journeys with breathtaking pace. It is an adventure of a life-time, from Pacific to Atlantic traversing the southern USA, leading through mountains, giant redwoods, and deserts to cities, natural wonders, national treasures and even alien encounters. It carries us to the edge of the precipice, within swiping distance of bears and striking range of rattlesnakes. Wandering streets from wealth to dereliction we gain insights into American culture. Revel in the adventure or grasp the encouragement to travel - the choice yours.< Less
Wild Summer (Free Spirit Adventures : RV) By Stephen Richards
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‘Wild Summer’ is the second travel-adventure book by Stephen Richards where he uses his own brand of nostalgia, humour and keen observation. It is the true story of an adventure... More > road-trip around the USA in one year. On this journey, the second of three adventures, a UK couple travel from Chicago to San Francisco, exploring the Yellowstone super-volcano and encountering bears, elk, moose and whales along the way. They travelled west through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean up through Canada's Cascade Mountains and then south, through the giant coastal redwood forests, to San Francisco. ‘Wild Summer’ tells the trials and tribulations of the voyage. See AmpUrLife.com for more information.< Less