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Seesaw - Volume II [Kindle Edition]

Rosen Trevithick
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A short story collection by number 1 bestseller, Rosen Trevithick.

Will writing erotica save a grandmother from financial ruin? Where is Emma’s baby and why hasn't he been returned to her? And will a boy be able to stop his little sister from being made into a gourmet girl burger?

Following Rosen’s acclaimed Seesaw collection, Volume II continues alternating between outrageous comedy and more sinister, psychological tales. At the core are two very different novellas – My Granny Writes Erotica and The Ice Marathon – alongside brand new short stories.

The preface will continue Rosen’s own story, inviting you to share in her rocky but exciting journey from long-term incapacity to professional author.

Contents:
Preface
1. A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour
2. All Grown Up
3. The Ice Marathon
4. All Washed Up
5. The Other Father (Original)
6. The Other Father (Gourmet Girl Burger)
7. All Knocked Up
8. What Crazy Looks Like
9. All Loved Up
10. My Granny Writes Erotica
11. All Choked Up

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1457 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492144037
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FX1Q8XY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #374,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rosen is a British bestselling author, who writes fiction for children and adults.

She was born in Cornwall and grew up on Restronguet Creek. She studied Experimental Psychology at St Catherine's College, Oxford, before moving back to the West Country. She now lives in Falmouth with two imaginary cats, fantasising about getting a real one.

In 2011 Rosen was an aspiring author. Writing was a hobby. The following January sales of her Kindle books took off. Readers have now downloaded over a quarter of a million copies of Rosen's books.

Rosen has a variety of books in print including Pompomberry House and Seesaw, as well as over a dozen digital titles.

In 2013 she founded the Smelly Troll series - children's chapter books written by Rosen and illustrated by Katie W. Stewart. Book one, The Troll Trap, has inspired hundreds of children to try their hand at creative writing.

Rosen writes in a variety of genres with a strong leaning towards comedy. She has also dabbled with psychological fiction and mystery writing.

She loves wild swimming, mountain biking, interesting boots, quiffs, 'sampling' chocolate and cooking tasty treats. She dislikes house spiders, doing laundry and people putting costumes on their cats.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seesaw II 1 Dec 2013
By Joo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Like Rosen Trevithick's first anthology, Seesaw, this is a collection of novellas, short stories and flash fiction. I read some of the stories elsewhere as they are available as standalone books and in the KUForum anthology Off the Kuf volume 1, however this set of stories goes well with the author's ups and downs of her writing and her life.

The stand out piece for me is 'My Granny Writes Erotica'. This is a wonderfully funny story of a granny needing to raise money and deciding her book can be published on kindle.

The first story 'A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour' is edge of your seat stuff and makes you not want to put the book down.

The flash fiction pieces work well as they kind of follow on from each other and when you get to the next one you have to read it.

I'm not really a fan of Trolls, but this was readable in that you get the human version of the story in 'The Other Father' which is quite a powerful piece, then the Troll version which was interesting in a writing way to me rather than a troll story way.

Even if you've read one or two of the pieces of this anthology elsewhere, you get a lot of story for your money in this anthology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ace 1 April 2014
By mr c
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Well worth anyone's time and the small amount being asked.
From actual laugh out loud funny to heart breaking sad.
It may sometimes lack polish but this is written with feeling.
I've read a lot worse from "famous" authors.
(I didn't like the children's story, but that's just me).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Whether or not you've read the previous volume of Seesaw, or have even heard of Rosen Trevithick, this book is a must if you appreciate quality writing.

I have already read and reviewed the two novellas - The Ice Marathon and My Granny Writes Erotica - which each represent the psychological drama and bawdy comedy that Rosen writes so well. But it's the other stories exclusive to Seesaw II which demonstrate her versatility in capturing a full spectrum of emotions.

A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour is enough to make a hydrophobe of anyone. As someone with a lifelong fear of drowning, I read this in a state of anxiety, so well-drawn and gripping was the story.

The Other Father is a double-barrelled story, telling a tale of estranged fathers from two very different angles: one for adults, that touches of very current modern fears, and one for children, which includes the Smelly Trolls that have proven so popular with kids of all ages (and never-grown-ups!).

The five short episodes from one character's life that start with All Grown Up are beautifully crafted jewels, easily good enough be published all together as one excellent story. Each one captures a different time of life perfectly, with many laugh-out-loud observations that everyone will find sympathy with.

Finally, What Crazy Looks Like is heartfelt, humbling, courageous genius. After reading this, you'll think twice about laughing at 'mad' people ever again.

If you're someone who has preconceived notions that indie authors are anything less than professional or high quality, this excellent book will blow them out of the water. Rosen Trevithick shows us all how it's done.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and touching in equal measure 23 Oct 2013
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I recently read the first volume of Rosen Trevithick's collection of short stories and immediately started reading the latest collection. I wasn't dissapointed that I did, I enjoyed the first collection and while the format is very much the same the quality is higher than the previous book (which was a damn fine read in its own right).

The format follows a similar pattern to the first collection, there is a vareity of stories that predominantly feature relationships and mental health issues. On the face of it that might sound mundane, but the author's talent is to bring clarity and even some humour to these situations. They also do a great job of providing understanding of some of the mindset that people suffer, a good example of this was the text message story from a woman with OCD.

Two stories in particular stood out for me. The first was 'My Granny Writes Erotica', I'd read this as a standalone previously and it was just as funny reading through it again. This was comedy gold. The other was the opening story 'A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour' which is a short drame that had my heart in my mouth for the duration.

The author's writing has developed since the first collection and this is readily apparent when reading, there is a greater level of polish here, but not so much that it loses the immediacy of the story. Overall this is an excellent collection of stories, well worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and moving in equal measure 23 Oct 2013
By M. Brookes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I recently read the first volume of Rosen Trevithick's collection of short stories and immediately started reading the latest collection. I wasn't dissapointed that I did, I enjoyed the first collection and while the format is very much the same the quality is higher than the previous book (which was a damn fine read in its own right).

The format follows a similar pattern to the first collection, there is a vareity of stories that predominantly feature relationships and mental health issues. On the face of it that might sound mundane, but the author's talent is to bring clarity and even some humour to these situations. They also do a great job of providing understanding of some of the mindset that people suffer, a good example of this was the text message story from a woman with OCD.

Two stories in particular stood out for me. The first was 'My Granny Writes Erotica', I'd read this as a standalone previously and it was just as funny reading through it again. This was comedy gold. The other was the opening story 'A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour' which is a short drame that had my heart in my mouth for the duration.

The author's writing has developed since the first collection and this is readily apparent when reading, there is a greater level of polish here, but not so much that it loses the immediacy of the story. Overall this is an excellent collection of stories, well worth reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another high quality collection of laughs, tears and superb writing 27 Oct 2013
By David Wailing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Whether or not you've read the previous volume of Seesaw, or have even heard of Rosen Trevithick, this book is a must if you appreciate quality writing.

I have already read and reviewed the two novellas - The Ice Marathon and My Granny Writes Erotica - which each represent the psychological drama and bawdy comedy that Rosen writes so well. But it's the other stories exclusive to Seesaw II which demonstrate her versatility in capturing a full spectrum of emotions.

A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour is enough to make a hydrophobe of anyone. As someone with a lifelong fear of drowning, I read this in a state of anxiety, so well-drawn and gripping was the story.

The Other Father is a double-barrelled story, telling a tale of estranged fathers from two very different angles: one for adults, that touches of very current modern fears, and one for children, which includes the Smelly Trolls that have proven so popular with kids of all ages (and never-grown-ups!).

The five short episodes from one character's life that start with All Grown Up are beautifully crafted jewels, easily good enough be published all together as one excellent story. Each one captures a different time of life perfectly, with many laugh-out-loud observations that everyone will find sympathy with.

Finally, What Crazy Looks Like is heartfelt, humbling, courageous genius. After reading this, you'll think twice about laughing at 'mad' people ever again.

If you're someone who has preconceived notions that indie authors are anything less than professional or high quality, this excellent book will blow them out of the water. Rosen Trevithick shows us all how it's done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seesaw II 1 Dec 2013
By Joo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Like Rosen Trevithick's first anthology, Seesaw, this is a collection of novellas, short stories and flash fiction. I read some of the stories elsewhere as they are available as standalone books and in the KUForum anthology Off the Kuf volume 1, however this set of stories goes well with the author's ups and downs of her writing and her life.

The stand out piece for me is 'My Granny Writes Erotica'. This is a wonderfully funny story of a granny needing to raise money and deciding her book can be published on kindle.

The first story 'A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour' is edge of your seat stuff and makes you not want to put the book down.

The flash fiction pieces work well as they kind of follow on from each other and when you get to the next one you have to read it.

I'm not really a fan of Trolls, but this was readable in that you get the human version of the story in 'The Other Father' which is quite a powerful piece, then the Troll version which was interesting in a writing way to me rather than a troll story way.

Even if you've read one or two of the pieces of this anthology elsewhere, you get a lot of story for your money in this anthology.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!! 7 July 2014
By Tektor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Book of short stories. Each one is better than the one before. Addresses several topics with refreshing points of view - sexual abuse, single parenthood, mental illness, divorce. All are well written and drew me in. The last story had me in tears at the end and it was only a few pages long. Easy to read because they were so well put together and we'll thought out and because they rang with truth. This is the second book in a series and was free but I will be going back to buy the first I liked it so we'll.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 Sep 2014
By TaylorSwiftFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book, kept me entertained and wondering what was going to happen next.

A must read!
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