Cleo Maxwell

Biography

My penname is Cleo Maxwell which is a combination of the names of my first two pets. Cleopatra and her kitten Maxwell. I live in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand , grass roots country with a variety of animals.
I have always enjoyed writing rhyming poetry and junior fiction .
As a child I loved reading Ogden Nash and English poet Pam Ayres as well as Williard Price, Enid Blyton, L.M Montgomery, Laura Ingalls, and I inherited my mother's Abbey Girls collection. I have always been a voracious reader and still love to read. Currently my favourite authors are an eclectic bunch Jill Mansell, Lyndsay McKenna, Katie Fforde, Matthew Reilly, John Case, Richard North Patterson, Colin Forbes. Chick lit and action thrillers
I try to write stories that parents will enjoy as well that are slightly irreverent that cover a wide range of subject matter whimsical, and serious. I hope that you will enjoy my offerings. Thanks

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a trilogy three children's novels set in New Zealand, two in the King Country and I haven't decided the setting for the third. While I wait for inspiration divine or otherwise I am trying to complete my Myroba series rhyming poetry set in outer space. So far I have completed five stories and they are the process of being loaded.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was a poem about a cheetah, called the "Unusual Cheetah". Probably written because my father refused to let me have a lion cub or any big cat which I considered completely unreasonable .
I was really keen on Joy Adamson's series on Elsa the lioness, Pippa the cheetah and Penny the leopard. I remember telling everyone when she died that she was murdered because she knew too much to be mauled to death by big cats- later it was revealed she was murdered which was some vindication.
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Where to find Cleo Maxwell online


Books

RATS Rule
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Series: Fur Patrol, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 780. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming story Book three in the Fur Patrol series. The RATS leader Felicity Ferret has no intention of repeating the mistakes of her predecessors, she aims small. She also doesn't under estimate Fur Patrol.
Rat Attack
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Series: Fur Patrol, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 970. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming verse story. Book two in the Fur Patrol series. Sherman von Vermin plans to take over where his twin brother Herman left off.It is up to Fur Patrol to ensure this doesn't happen.
Fur Patrol Wins The Day
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Series: Fur Patrol, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 700. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Rodents around the world are plotting and organising synchronised attacks world wide. Only Fur Patrol stands between them and world domination.
Three Pigs And The RockStar
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Series: 21st century fables, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Wolfie is a Rockstar and one of his fan's is obsessed with him he needs security a bodyguard or three. A rhyming story with a different spin on two fairytales
Muffet - A Modern Interpretation
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Series: 21st century fables, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 460. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Modern Muffet suffers from phobias, she's scared of everything and the only way she knows to be cured is to face them. A rhyming verse story.
Don't Be An Egg!
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Series: 21st century fables, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 560. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Humpty is rich and spoiled, he likes taking drugs. He comes to believe he is bulletproof!
Myrtle And The Orphans
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Series: MYROBA, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming story. Pip and Cassie ran away from the orphanage and now thanks to Myrtle they live in Myroba, however, there are no schools on Myroba so they have to commute to boarding school from outer space.
Myroba Gets A Vet
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Series: MYROBA, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 850. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming verse story where the second Myrobian space ship stays on earth to complete their mission and find a vet.
How Could This Happen?
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A seven year-old girl Rosemary is killed in a schoolyard shooting as told by her older brother.
Nightly Escapades
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 360. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming verse story about a boy who looks forward to going to bed
Punchy Puss
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 390. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming verse about a cat-with cattitude, that's Attitude with a capital A.
Myrtle And The Priest
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Series: MYROBA, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A story in verse where the Lou the mobster goes to say goodbye to his friend Father Tim and finds another four residents for Myroba.
A Wolf Lives In Our Garage
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 390. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming story about a wolf living in a garage in suburbia and the effect it has on a young child.
Myrtle And The Mobster
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Series: MYROBA, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming verse story where Queen Myrtle goes to a fence to finance the latest Myrobian mission to earth and meets up with mobsters.
Myrtle Gets Homesick
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Series: MYROBA, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 720. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A story in verse, now Queen of Myroba Myrtle is suddenly homesick for good old earth food and sends out the Starfleet to go foraging.
Dad's Not Coming Home
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 870. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
An Australasian soldier is killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan and the effects his death has upon his children.
Our Neighbour is a Witch
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 400. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming story where two black cats discover their neighbour loathes them-what's more she's a witch!
Your Dad's Not Coming Home
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 870. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming story about the death of an American soldier in Afghanistan and how his children react to the news.
My Wildcats
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Price: Free! Words: 340. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
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A short rhyming story on two wildcats that live in suburbia.
Myrtle Meets Her Match
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Series: MYROBA, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 880. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Myrtle is a bully and Ramsay Ave is powerless against her. It will take a miracle or other worldly intervention to stop her.
What's a Wizard to do!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 680. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming story about a wizard having one of those days, where everything that can goes wrong.
Myrtle In Space
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Series: MYROBA, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Book two in the Myroba series A rhyming poem where Myrtle Grimsby has been kidnapped by aliens and taken to the planet Myroba. They need her special talents to win the day.
The Magic Beans
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 510. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A rhyming poem about a child planting beans and expecting immediate results. Their discovery that real life and fairy tales are quite different
Barkalot saves the day
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,130. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
A rhyming poetry story about a boy and his dog triumphing over treachery.

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