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The Advent Calendar by [Harmon, Paula]
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About the Author

I was born in London but when I was 18 months old, my parents moved out and I’ve lived in small country towns pretty much ever since. When I was eight we moved to South Wales, where I lived until I left for university. I graduated from Chichester University when it was still Bishop Otter College, with a degree in English Literature with Religious Studies and have spent my adult life in the West Country. At my first job interview, I answered “where do you see yourself in 10 years” with “writing” as opposed to “progressing in your company.” Didn’t get that job but didn’t become a writer either. Paying the bills, building a career, raising a family etc etc. In 2015, I decided to change. I entered a competition, posted stories on Facebook, signed up to do Nanowrimo (write a novel in a month) and a Flashnano challenge: 30 days of short pieces. By 2nd November, I decided I was mad. I had my novel outline, but the prospect of writing 50000 words while working full-time, ferrying teenagers, remembering to talk to my husband and running a home seemed impossible. I took my laptop on train journeys, wrote in my lunch break, ignored all but the most essential housework. On one train journey a young woman behind me read over my shoulder as I typed and started a conversation. I was so deep in 1943 that when she spoke, I screamed out loud – just a little embarrassing. Originally, I wasn’t convinced I would be able to summon up one story let alone more than thirty. But the truth is that although coming home from work after a bad day, driving offspring around, meeting my daily Nanowrimo target and trying to think up a story including the word “orange” seemed too much – I got on with it anyway. Meanwhile in the background drums and pianos were practised, teenagers & husband offloaded and dinners burned. At the end of November, with my husband’s support and encouragement from friends, I’d written 50000 words (just), all 30 shorts plus a few more. I felt more relaxed and fulfilled that I have done for years. The flashnano challenge was over and I missed it so much I set myself a different one – an advent calendar of flash fiction. I put 24 words in a jar (candle, angel etc) and I pulled one out each day and wrote a little piece prompted by each one. I just don’t want to lose the momentum. I have learned that all the excuses I made (too much to do, too much noise, everyone will be annoyed) were simply excuses.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paula Harmon (12 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N8R4XR3
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Advent Calendar by Author Paula Harmon.

I loved The Advent Calendar, a book of Christmas themed stories for all ages and perfect to read on the lead up to Christmas with the whole family. Two of my favorite stories in this book are: Angels and Stocking. Angels is a short but powerful story that has a very strong message underneath that while we look at people skin deep we miss their cry for help or those moments that we could take to bring company and share human kindness. I felt in just a page this story made a connection with me. I loved Stocking because it’s emotional and sweet and portrays how children reciprocate love to a parent who is doing his best to take care of them.

The book consists of Christmas themed short stories to read on the lead up to Christmas. Some of the stories are emotional and thought provoking, while others are magical and full of Christmassy sprit. Such as Carol-Singers: in which Lee price and his gang go carol singing, but like every time they had tried to celebrate the many holidays and earn a little pocket money other children got there first. However this night was different as they sang their hearts out at Mrs Morgan’s door. After awhile she invites them in and everyone hears strange noises that seem to be coming from an old coat. What could be inside? What’s Mrs Morgan’s secret? Will children be able to help Mrs Morgan to unveil the secret? Read this book to find out.

I love how author Paula always manages to create just the right feel to her short stories and evoke several emotions in her readers. This is another book I shall read again and share with my family at Christmas time. I also liked author’s take on some of the classics.

I would recommend The Advent Calendar if you love short stories, great characters and stories that will stick with you long after reading them. This is a perfect festive read.
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Another fantastic collection produced by Mrs Harmon. The advent calender gives you just what you would expect, a story for each day of the advent calender. What you don't expect is the themes of the stories, so wide and varied. Though there are a couple of the old faithful in there, traditional stories looked at from a different perspective and done in such a sensitive, beautiful manner.

The stories are beautify crafted, and some will make you melt, some will set you on edge but each will have you eager to turn the page.

Another triumph from Mrs Harmon ... go on spoil yourself again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mini Marathon of Magical Stories 26 Nov. 2016
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I’m not sure where to start praising the stories in The Advent Calendar. Wow! A little bit of everything for everyone. Happy, sad, humorous, all of them definitely thought-provoking. The only bad thing was, much as I tried to pace myself to one a day before Christmas came, I couldn’t hold myself back. I read them all at once, no pacing for me!
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