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Kathryn's Inbox Exclusive: The Lost Sweet Valley High Novel Part 2

And now for the next exclusive installment of The Lost Sweet Valley High novel, Elizabeth's Psychosis. Chapter 2 Todd Wilkins woke with a thumping headache. Where am I, he wondered, as he stumbled out of bed and walked to the window. This certainly did not look like Sweet Valley. For one thing, it was cloudy outside. And for another, it was raining. And Todd knew that it never rained in Sweet Valley. Oh, that's right. Todd smiled as he remembered that he was in Vermont, catching up with some old friends. Last night he had been to a party with Michelle, the coach of his old basketball team. Suzanne Devlin, his old girlfriend had been there. Todd could recall drinking the bottle of soda pop that Michelle had kindly offered him. And then ... "Morning Todd." Suzanne Devlin skipped happily through the bedroom, wearing only her bra and panties. All right, thought Todd, who had never seen a girl in only her underwear up close before. Suddenly, Michelle appeared, also w

Kathryn's Inbox Exclusive: The Lost Sweet Valley High Novel

For those of you who don't know, or perhaps more accurately were not teenage girls during the 1980s or 1990s, Sweet Valley High  was a best-selling series of teen romances starring twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. Created by Francine Pascal and written by a team of ghostwriters, which included script writer Rodney Vaccaro, Sweet Valley High  spawned an impressive 181 novels released over a period of almost 20 years. There were also numerous spin-offs aimed at various age groups, Sweet Valley Twins (later repacked and re-named Sweet Valley Twins and Friends, ), The Unicorn Club and Sweet Valley Junior High  for preteens, while older teens could graduate to Sweet Valley University , Secret Love Diaries  and Elizabeth.   Sweet Valley Kids , a series of junior novels featuring the Wakefield twins at age six, rounded out the franchise. In 2011, Francine Pascal released Sweet Valley Confidential a novel detailing what happened after the Wakefield twins grew up. More recently,

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Happy 200th Birthday, Mr Dickens

Tomorrow it will be two hundred years since the birth of one of my favourite authors, Charles Dickens. For those of you who don't know, Dickens was born in Portsea, and grew up to become one of the greatest (if not the greatest) authors of his generation. Dickens was the author of some of my favourite novels, including Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities  and A Christmas Carol. Much of his work has been made into BBC dramas at some point, while Oliver Twist  and A Christmas Carol  have enjoyed many weird and wonderful adaptions over the years - in one adaption of A Christmas Carol, Disney's Uncle Scrooge plays Ebenezer, leaving other major Disney characters to play the other roles. In another adaption , Kermit the frog and his Muppet co-stars play the leads. Oliver Twist  was adapted into a stage play and musical titled Oliver! which leaves out most of the violence, as well as Oliver's half brother, Monks.  Dickens died on the 9th of June, 1870. He was laid to rest in the p


Welcome everyone to my fabulous new little blog, which I shall be using to talk about some of the things that I read and write and probably do other very important, intellectual things like ponder the meaning of life. (It's eating tim-tams, isn't it? Oh, wait. That's not the meaning of life, that's merely the most important thing in my life ...)