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Being a primary school teacher is something I really love and enjoy. The feeling that you can nurture a love of learning - and reading - through lessons really inspires me. I started my first year of teaching in August and the Christmas holidays marked the halfway point. While I love my job more than I can say, I have been struggling to find the time to do anything that isn't related to teaching.

My 2018 New Year's Resolution is to publish at least 1 blog entry per month, and try and get my 1st draft of my 1st book to a standard fit for publication! Some hefty ambitions there! Any tips or advice would be welcome. I have seen others through publishing their books, but have not done it for myself before.

In my spare time, I am a 'hobby publisher'. The main aim of Crowvus (our humble little publishing enterprise) is to provide enjoyable, good quality literature for the public. Read more about us here.

I started this book blog because, as well as writing, and providing people with other authors' work, I also love reading! On this blog, I will review books that I've read and enjoyed. I don't like negativity so I won't post up a review of a book I disliked. I always try and read to the end of a book - even if I don't gel with it.

If you'd like me to review your book, please get in touch. I love reading things from upcoming authors! Take a look at my Review Policy.

Get in touch by emailing the_team@crowvus.com

Sometimes I can't review a book. It might be that I don't think I'll have time to do it justice. If this is the case, I might offer an author interview instead.

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