I live in Essex in the UK with my son and two cats, Puzzle and Bud. Like so many people I've always written and had lots of ideas for stories but never thought I would ever be published. In January 2011 I helped to set up a writing group(Writebulb) and found out about Smashwords from one of our guest speakers, Penelope Fletcher. I remember being totally blown away by the fact it was possible to self-publish and a couple of weeks later finished a book that I started some years ago.I've now published 3 books and one short story in the Burly & Grum Tales one one story, 'Unlucky Dip' for young adults, and will continue to write and self-publish - it's been hard work, but I've learnt a lot and met some great people along the way and I have a great sense of achievement. If anyone loves to write and is hesitating about self-publishing I would definitely say give it a go!Kate :)
Beyond the Forestby Kate Tenbeth
Grum the groblin has been thrown out of his home by his two brothers and has to prove he is brave or he won't be allowed back. As all groblins think that humans only exist in scary stories, Grum decides the best way to prove he is worthy is to go and find one and bring it back home. He meets Burly, a mellow kind of bear, who takes him under his paw and together
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Grum the groblin has been thrown out of his home by his two brothers and has to prove he is brave or he won't be allowed back. As all groblins think that humans only exist in scary stories, Grum decides the best way to prove he is worthy is to go and find one and bring it back home. He meets Burly, a mellow kind of bear, who takes him under his paw and together they go to town!
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Burly & Grum: Beyond the Forest: A Burly & Grum Tale 4 STARS Kate Tenbeth (Author), Rob Jones (Illustrator) This is the first story in the Burly & Grum series. It shows how Burly the bear, Grum groblin and Max the little boy. They are cute stories. Grum's brothers take him away from home and tell him that his mom was the one that wanted Grum gone because he was not brave. Grum plans to show how brave he is so he can go back home and be let in the house. He sees a Bear and tries to knock him out so he can drag him back home. Burly the bear asks him what he is and why he hit him. Then Grum decides he will go to a human town and kidnap a human to bring back to show his mom. Burly thinks that would be interesting and decides to go with him. They have many adventures along the way. Grum's brothers get into trouble for trying to get rid of him and have to go find him. I was given this ebook to read from Librarything and asked to give a honest review of it. Publisher: GMTA Publishing; 2 edition (July 18, 2012) 116 pages
This is a beautifully written story that brings a smile to your face within the first couple of pages. The characters are brought to life by the authors descriptions and enhanced by the illustrations. You can easily imagine Burly and Grum having many more adventures, let's hope they do!
I loved this book and the other three I read about Burly and Grum. This the first book in the series…where all the friends meet. First Burly the Bear, meets Grum the Goblin…then Burly introduces Grum to Michael Angelo, or Mike the Angel, his good friend. Grum has been kick out of his home by his mother and two brothers to prove that he is a strong goblin…he needs to do something brave…like kidnap a human. So he wants to go to a town but neither Burly nor Grum know how to get to one. Mike says he can get them there but Grum can’t hurt any humans…it is Mike’s job to take care of them. So Mike zaps them to a town (Mike does everything with energy…he is an angel) and tells them if they get into trouble to just yell for him and he will be right there to help them. So their adventure begins in the “Town”. There is so much to see and most is very scary. They meet up with Max a young human, since he is a kid he can understand what they say. He offers to help them thru Town…he knows it like the back of his hand. After several incidents they really get into trouble they order food and of course have no money so they run. They try to hide in a Carnival where Grum sees the Carnival Queen and thinks he should kidnap her to take home. Grum and Max get into a big fight over this and Burly says no way can he kidnap her and that is when they are spotted by the police and the café owner…a chase begins…Burly get shot with a dart…Mike appears. You will have to read the book to see what happens next. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, light read. It is good for all ages. It has wonderful illustrations by Rob Jones…I wish there were more, a lot more and the witting is great. The story is original and always has good morals and a feel good ending. I love these books in this series for a fun read. All her books about Burly and Grum are the same fun adventures all with new, fresh storylines. I can’t wait for more of them. Kate Tenbeth also gives a donation to the Born Free Foundation for each book that is purchased. So how can you go wrong…buying her stories not only do you get a fun filled story that will make you smile (a lot) you are also contributing to a great foundation.
"BEYOND THE FOREST" BY KATE TENBETH Another beautiful story about Grum and Burly, this is actually the beginning of their friendship. When Grum is tossed out of Groblin territory by his mom and two brothers he is told to prove himself a true Groblin. He soon finds Burly and strikes a friendship that is meant to last forever. When reading Kate's books I'd suggest reading this one first, it is a magical tell of an unlikely friendship and starts the process of Grum and Burly's adventures together. Once again, wonderfully written, and illustrated this is a book that kids will thoroughly enjoy. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club