A World Without Cash

Money makes the world go round, right?

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Even as a kid, I never really got money. I mean, I had pocket money, I understand money, I even like money to the extent that it can buy me things and offer opportunities and experiences I wouldn’t otherwise have, but at the same time, I never got money. I still don’t. I mean, bits of extravagantly printed paper or stamped chunks of metal that we pass around to one another and for what? What’s their real purpose? To be able to pass it to someone else in exchange for other things, who will then do exactly the same. Bits of stuff we just…move around. It seems pointless, doesn’t it? It something we all accept with ease because it’s part of our everyday lives and has been forever but if you really think about, it seems banal and bizarre and peculiar. It’s not like warmth or food or skill. It’s not something that actually provides value to our lives other than as something to exchange. It has no function. Money is, in essence, useless.

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The Power of Self-Belief

“You can do whatever you want to do, as long as you believe in yourself.”

When I was a kid, mum and dad said that to me a lot – a good, strong, positive idea to spur me on to greater things. Motivational advice designed to keep me going, to keep me confident, to keep me working hard, and to make sure I make something of myself. It worked and, perhaps because it was so drummed into me or perhaps because it’s true, I still adhere to this guiding principle – work hard and believe in yourself and you’ll achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. It’s pretty powerful for one little sentence.

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Even as a child, though, I could see the flaw in this proposition – not so much in real terms, but in abstract terms. No matter how hard I work or how much I believe in myself, I’ll never be able to fly to the sun (the story of Icarus, which I was also told as a child, is proof enough of that). No matter how hard I work or how much I believe in myself, I can’t just point at a frog and turn him into a prince – not that I’d need to, I’ve already found my prince (altogether now…d’aaawww – or blurgh – equally acceptable reactions). So the proposition, no matter how motivational or powerful or functional, is simply not true. But what if it was?

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Have a Laugh (at my expense!)

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Got the Monday blues?

Have a laugh at my expense! John Sharpe: No. 1,348 is free on Kindle until Wednesday.

Get your giggles in now!*

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When the not-so-intrepid Mr Sharpe finds a stranger unfurling in his kitchen, little did he realise that he was going to be dragged through an eye-rolling, jaw-flapping, thigh-slapping world of magic and mayhem.

It’s all caused, of course, by Queen Queenie and her lover who have lost their son. That’s right, they’ve mislaid him. They can’t remember where they’ve put him and now they want him back. All they know is two things: that they placed him in another world for safe-keeping and that his name is John Sharpe. So they start sorting through the lot…

In an exciting adventure through a new world, 1,348 John Sharpes desperately attempt to get back to their own lives, whilst Queenie attempts to find the son she banished so long ago. Will the Sharpes ever get back to their old beds and TV dinners? Will Queenie find her son? And will the son even be willing to return?

John Sharpe, No. 1,348 is a novella of whimsical proportions. A mischievous and quick read, John Sharpe is bound to lift you from your blues and have you giggling all the to..er…where-ever you’re going! It is a stand-alone novella that will, in time, form part of a much larger Underworld adventure.


“Alice in Wonderland meets Oliver Twist collides with The Hobbit.” – Maria Gibbs, Author

“If you like Fantasy with a little ‘crazy’ thrown in, then you’ll enjoy this book.” – Maureen Turner, Author

“Every once in a while you get to read something special and this is what John Sharpe: No. 1,348 by Riley J Froud is – something very special.” – Grant Leishman, Author

“Banish all seriousness, engage in a series of giggles, and join in the Queen’s quest to find her true son. If you enjoy intelligent, well-rounded humour with some delightful, bumbling personalities, then you will appreciate this book.” – Jo Roderick, Author/Author Services