I am the author of two books, Pickled Poems, an anthology of nonsense verse for children, and Something Beautiful, a volume of poems and reflections for adults. The publication of these books has been most unexpected, as chronic illness has created great limitations on my life. I consider my books to be a gift to myself, and hopefully to my readers. It is one of my greatest wishes that readers young and old be able to enjoy and share my poems and writings.
by Janelle Bailey
Something Beautiful is a short collection of poems, anecdotes and reflections on family, faith and friendship. Written across a period of twelve years in the midst of busy motherhood, ministry and ultimately chronic illness, readers will be encouraged as they share in the challenges and joys of life experienced in relationship with God and each another.
by Janelle Bailey
Why are there mice swimming in the loo, what are those llamas wearing, and just who is Cherub Ian? Discover all this and more in Pickled Poems, an Aussie anthology of nonsense verse and poems for kids of all ages.
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- Ashley The Naughty Grey Squirrel
on March 13, 2017
The bones are there in this picture book for a very good story. The photos and text are engaging, and it's not only educational, but fun to read. The author is obviously very passionate about her subject, and I hope that she is able to raise both understanding and funds for wildlife in the UK through her writing.
Sadly there were some major formatting issues in the kindle version I read. The photos themselves were gorgeous, but the formatting around them was very amateurish. Using different colours to differentiate between fictional and non fictional information was well intended, but it was very unprofessional in appearance. There were also other layout issues as well as some textual errors.
Nonetheless with some tweaks, this could become a great kid/s book.
- The Mixed Up Pet Shop
on March 18, 2017
I've given this picture book three stars for the sake of the story, which was so cute and fun. The artwork however was very basic. I'd love to see this book republished with decent illustrations. It would be a terrific book.
- Darkness Before Dawn: A Memoir In Verse
on July 06, 2017
I greatly enjoyed reading Darkness Before Dawn. I loved the way the author opened up so freely to share her story, and I am sure that in doing so she is going to be a blessing to many others. I also enjoyed her poetry, her experimentation with different forms, her voice and her style. The reason I have only given the book three stars is because I feel that she is still learning her craft as a poet. However, given time I am certain her writing will mature and she will deservedly be receiving four and five stars for her writing from me. I will be on the lookout for more of her poems in the future.
- The Home For Wayward Children
on Sep. 17, 2017
I enjoyed this story and wish I could give it more stars than two, but it didn't quite hit the mark for me. There were elements of the story that weren't convincing, and some of the writing needed tightening up. I believe the author is at the beginning of her writing career, and shows great promise for future success. I'll continue to follow her writing and look forward to seeing her grow in skill and strength.