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Valiant Reader, You can help the writers (and writer-bears) of the world

Mawson Bear’s Guardian Mark speaks:

As you know our Mawson is a Writer-Bear. She Ran Away From Love  is his brand new book. It features a small heroine called Frilly who goes on a Quest. I’m sure lots of grown-ups and children (and their bears) will love Frilly, if only they knew about her.

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THE POWER OF REVIEWS: Writers need YOUR help. When you are quiet sort of writer, or writer-bear, it is not easy to be heard out there in the wide world.

WHERE CAN YOU REVIEW: You can place your own review, even a brief remark, about a book on Amazon and Good Reads . These have the greatest reach. Reviews on Barnes and Noble (USA), Waterstones (UK), and Chapters Indigo (Canada), and Library Thing are also much appreciated.


Frilly sits shyly on her cushion while Mawson makes notes for her book

BUT HOW EXACTLY do you go about it you quite rightly ask?

At this link you can read how Mawson’s friend, Sir Scotland the Brave, smites his keyboard to help writers. If you are new to Valiantly Reviewing books, I have plonked down more tips  (SCROLL LOWER DOWN THIS PAGE).

Please let me know if you would be interested in doing a review for She Ran Away From Love . If you would like to help to tell the bright world about Frilly, may I send you a free PDF copy?  Don’t fear that the world ‘review’ means an essay is required. Short remarks are fine. Or just bash at the star ratings – see below.

Oh and, umm, if by a wonderful chance you have got your paws on Mawson’s first book, It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In, could you also possibly (perks up ears winsomely) leave a review for that one too, if you haven’t before? Thank you for considering this request.


TIPS if you are new to the world of on-line book reviews.

About your name: You don’t have to leave your name if you don’t want to. You can be anonymous. You can be ‘JohnWicks007’, or ‘ReadRidingHood1’ or ‘ILoveBears123’ for example, or anyone you want to be.

Here are links to She Ran Away From Love (more to be added as I find them):  Amazon, GoodReads, Bears Are Noble, sorry, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo. Or, search your preferred book retailer for the title She Ran Away From Love and for ISBN 9781925652543.

You’ve found Frilly. What now? Scroll down past the book’s description and click on ‘Leave A Review’, or ‘Write Your Own Review’.

The Bother part: This takes you to a Customer page where you need to sign in. If you haven’t before used that book retailer you need to register for it. This is a bother, I know.

The Fun part: But then comes the fun: bashing away at the Star Ratings. If you are an excitable sort of person, or if you love the book, just keep on smiting. Smite Thrice!!! Smite Fourfold!!!! And, yea even unto Five times!!!!!   Disappointingly, the Retailers don’t let us smiteth more than five  times, even if you have got into the rhythm of the thing.

Writing more stuff : You will see a big field where you can say things. Here, if you wish, you can write a line about the book or more lines. Then click Submit.  Valiantly done! And what happens now?

The power of the reader, yes, that’s You: The Dreaded Algorithms that decide the fate of writers, and writer-bears, record that some one (You) has taken the trouble to review this book. Note of this is taken by the mysterious Algorithms on those websites.  The visibility and ranking of  Mawson’s book titles (and of any writer you kindly review) now gets bumped up a bit.

That is how important you are! On behalf of writers and writer-bears everywhere, I thank you.

Having tasted your awesome power, why stop there? You can copy what you have written and go to any other on-line retailer, to as many as you like, depending on how mighty waxeth your Smiting arm that day, and you can paste in the same review. It all adds up. And up. And UP. And it means lots of people will fall in love with our Frilly, just like you.

YOUR VALIANT COMPANIONS: And do you count other bold Readers among your boon companions? Share on this very post, so that they too may do these valiant deeds!  We writers (and one writer-bear) will never disavow your selfless mission!

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den.  Between naps among cushions, Mawson ponders about Baffling Things. He is the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In and of She Ran Away From Love.

‘The book brings back such nostalagic memories that it made it comforting, like a  old security blanket.’  FNM Book reviews about Bright World.

Chivalrous Readers, Thank You, from Mawson Bear

Thanks to our many chivalrous helper and reviewers including:

Emma of FNM Book Reviews. Comforting, like an old security blanket

Pauline Dewberry and Casey Cat and Gibbs Cat of and Live well, Being Happy. who said, Absolutely lovely; so sweet and poignant. It makes my heart sing.

Michael Bernal on Goodreads.  I was quite surprised by this book. I became quite emotional when reading it.

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For a little book there is a large emotional impact here… This is a perfect little gift for close friends, family or for yourself, just as a reminder that you are loved and not alone.Bookshine and Rainbows , Steph Warren

So sweet and poignant. It makes my heart sing.  Pauline Dewberry of and Live well, Being Happy.

Ooha, valiant blogger at OverRated Sensibilities.  This story really got to me. It made me smile like a lunatic. It made me want to reach for a tissue.

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Anthony Avila, Author of the Nightmare Wars series: A wonderful story, filled with heart, emotion, and done in a unique picture book style.

Jackie Law, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer, at Never ImitateThis little story made me well up …A lovely, poignant story with delightful illustrations. It would make a thoughtful gift including to yourself. 

Lisa and Baby Bear, old friends and grand helpers: Buy this for the smiles, the lump in the throat, the memories, the hugs. Buy it for yourself and your special friends – bear and human! 

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Linda, valiant putter-of-books-into-bags at Linda’s Book Bag blog:  It might sound ridiculous but (BW) brought a tear to my eye.

Marisa of McFly’s Book Bliss who said, This book was absolutely precious.

Cheryl Pasquier, valiant blogger, of the Madhouse Family: It’s a small book packed with big emotions. Mawson, the big-hearted soul- searching teddy bear is here to help.

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Debbie Young, who reviewed Bright World even though very busy creating the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries,

Bette F. who boldly took Mawson’s book on her visit to India: A book for all the ages.

Susan Hampson, valiantly blogging through the nights at Books From Dusk To Dawn: Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through the generations.

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Books In My Handbag where Jessie Cahalin featured Mawson (can you see a bear in there?),

Hasanthi’s Book World, who kindly made Bright World her Pick of the Month! (and gave our Mawson a visit to Sri Lanka),

Nina at Cozy pages, who gave Mawson a very grand shout out. Lots of lovely reviews there.

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Dan Durdjevic, author of the remarkable novel ,written in real time, Mirror Image of Sound, . “ “This gentle, calming, life-affirming little gem won’t fail to put a smile on your face as your read it.”

Verena who also for years hosted Mawson’s old Web Den and gave quiet encouragement,

Ally K  who kindly Bear-Toobed, umm Book-Tubed, Mawson’s book,


For kindly sharing fuzzy Selfies of themselves with Its A Bright World:

ThreadBears on Twitter
Sir Peregrine (call me Perry, dear chaps), doing great deeds with samples of very particular grape juices,
Hippo, Sloth and Friends, Bumble, Jock and Wasp, being valiant friends on Twitter.

AND All fellow writers at Odyssey Books and Publisher Obscura, including:
Michelle Lovi, publisher of Odyssey Books,
Elizabeth Foster, author of Esme’s Wish,
Isobel Blackthorn, author of The Drago Tree and more,
Cindy Cipriano, author of Fading,
Carolyn Denman, author of Songlines ,
Rachael Nightingale, writer, playwright, educator and actor,
Felicity Banks, author of The Antipodean Queen series,
Vacen Taylor, author of the Star Child series,
Patricia Leslie, author of The Ouroboros Key.

It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In, by Mawson Bear, makes a gentle read for anyone who’s known that inexpressibly Baffling Thing, the feeling of being Lost.

It’s all over the place including at (with free shipping too all around this bright world). ISBN: 978-1-922200-44-0 .Also  Amazon and and .

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps). And Writer-Bear 


Valiant Reader, Brave Deeds Await You

Mawson Bear’s Guardian writes: Your mission, Noble Reader, should you choose to accept it, is to challenge the Dark Lord that holds all Writers (and one Writer-Bear) in its thrall.

Only the trusty keyboard of the Doughty Reader can quell this Fearful Thing.

What, you wonder, could this Horror be? It’s dread name, gentle reader, is Oblivion. (Mawson hides under his cushion. The guardian steels himself and types on.)

Oblivion bringeth it’s doom thus: the writer-bear-or-person whose splendid work gaineth reviews to the magic number of Lots is thereby raised to the happy circle of Being Noticed.

Others, no matter how great be their talents (nor how handsome be the writer-bear) may well fall toward the Void.

Sir Scotland the Brave smites the keyboard

Sir Scotland The Brave, in shiny armour, Smiteth the Keyboard Most Valiantly

As The Reader, you can wield your awesome power thus:
Quest deep within the Caverns of Amazon.
The Galleries of GoodReads.
And of Chapters Indigo
Wander into Waterstones and
The by-ways of Barnes and Noble.  

Seek ye the *Star Ratings*.

Ride at them straight and true.  Smite twice. Thrice. Fourfold.  And Yea! if such be thy will, smite yet again! (Smiting once only, though, is right out.)

And, if your arm waxeth mighty that day, rest not, but swing down again your keyboard blows upon the space marked Your Review.

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From even a few lines, the dread Foe recoils. An Oblivion Slayer called Navaron simply wrote, “Great book, well written and extremely engaging. Bonus, it is all about bears!!!! Marvellous !!!!!!!”

So possibly errr … (shuffles, looks about) … something nice like that? Lots of exclamation marks are not necessarily required.

Do you count more bold Readers among your boon companions? Share on this missive so that they too may do these valiant deeds!  We writers (and one writer-bear) will never disavow your selfless mission!


You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps). and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In  from .