John Priest


John Alexander Priest - born in 1958 in Netherton, near Dudley, West Midlands. One of seven children (three girls, four boys).
Started writing in 1985 and had several articles published in National Magazines.

First children's book published by Ginn & Co, Ltd., titled 'Naughty Nigel Runs Away'.
Followed by 'Tom's Birthday Treat' and 'Answer The Phone Fiona!

Latest on-line books for children are:
Little Miss Straight Tail, a bedtime read for babies, Peter Challenge - Time Surfer, for children 8yrs-10yrs, and 'Jay-Pea-Eyes aka Junior Private Investigators', also for children 8yrs-10yrs.

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The Curse of Sea Shell Cave
Series: Jay-Pea-Eyes aka Junior Private Investigators, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,370. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Law & Crime
Things have changed dramatically at the Portsmouth Pelican Hotel. The golden sandy beach is now a repulsive green colour and believed to be toxic. The beach is cordoned off by the council and is now out of bounds, together with Sea Shell Cave. The hotel is deserted and the distraught owner thinks the whole place is cursed. The JPIs are not so easily convinced and start searching for answers.
Jay-Pea-Eyes aka Junior Private Investigators
Series: Jay-Pea-Eyes aka Junior Private Investigators, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,620. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Books & Libraries, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
The Boomerang Mystery is just the right case for the Junior Private Investigators or Jay-Pea-Eyes (J.P.I.’s) to sink their teeth into. Such a strange and unusual set of circumstances have left the local police baffled. Can these young detectives solve the mystery before the police? Will they find out who is behind the mystery or are they just getting themselves further and further into danger?

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  • Two Halves on Jan. 04, 2013

    Two Halves Is a fantasy, the main character being Sarah who is half human, half vampire and William, who she has dreamt of all her life but can't explain why. As the story progresses we are shown how their lives are intertwined. It's a well written book; the writing skills of the author are clearly demonstrated. When an author can write such a lengthy and detailed story, they should be congratulated. I am sure that anyone who reads books on urban fantasy, adventure or vampires will enjoy this book. The book will definitely be enjoyed by the target audience (YA). Points to consider: It took a while for me to 'get into' the book; the first chapters introduce a great deal of characters and there is a lot of detailed description without action. Perhaps a few paragraphs of speech could have broken this up a little? On the whole a great book!