Published: 01/11/2012
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The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories
by Rob Keeley

Following the success of The Alien in the Garage and Other Stories, Rob Keeley’s new collection The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories comprises nine more children’s stories which combine fantasy elements with the reality of everyday life.

Molly has just one day to become a magician...

There’s someone very special in Mrs Hoskins’ class. The question is – who?

A skipping rope holds the power of time travel...

These are just some of the tales in this second collection of funny, sometimes scary stories from Rob Keeley. The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories will appeal to boys and girls aged 8-12... And parents reading the stories to their children! Written for those with a boundless imagination, a strong sense of humour and a desire to learn more about their world.

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16 October 2017

A fabulous 5-star review of High Spirits has been posted by Splashes Into Books!

https://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/high-spirits/


2 October 2017

Pop over to www.robkeeley.co.uk for a full set report from the successful launch of High Spirits!


10 August 2017

A great review for High Spirits at The Bookbag! Visit:

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=High_Spirits_(Spirits_4)_by_Rob_Keeley


14 July 2017

The launch for High Spirits will take place on Saturday 30 September from 2pm at:

Linghams Booksellers, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG

First day of the Wirral Arts Festival. All welcome!

More details on the Troubador events calendar, at www.robkeeley.co.uk and on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.



29 June 2017

New review of The Sword of the Spirit today at Whispering Stories:

http://whisperingstories.com/sword-spirit-rob-keeley-book-review/?platform=hootsuite


20 June 2017

The cover for High Spirits is now online! More soon at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


11 April 2017

Info on my new novel for the 8-12s, High Spirits, is now online! Read about it here and shortly at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


31 January 2017

I will be off to Bebington Central Library on the Wirral this half-term for a fun day of workshops, creative writing and general authorishness! A day for all the family. Full details at www.robkeeley.co.uk and on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.


15 December 2016

Check out the FREE Christmas story The Spirit of the Season at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


15 September 2016

NEWSFLASH!

The official launch for The Sword of the Spirit will be held at award-winning Linghams Booksellers of Heswall, Wirral on Saturday 1 October from 11am, on the first day of the Wirral Arts Festival.

The address is:

Linghams Booksellers
248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
CH60 7SG

Come along, meet me and get your signed copy!

Meanwhile, I am this month's Recommended Read from The Author School! Check out my exclusive interview with them at

www.theauthorschool.com/recommended-read/


10 August 2016

Take a look at:

http://www.theauthorschool.com/blog/2016/8/11/a-plea-for-indie-authors-by-rob-keeley

where I've blogged for The Author School on behalf of indie authors everywhere...


28 July 2016

The Sword of the Spirit is published today! Buy it here in the Book Shop and get £1 off! Or check out www.robkeeley.co.uk for all the latest info, news and reviews.


21 July 2016

I have been interviewed for Merryn Magazine. Read online at:

https://merrynmagazine.com/2016/07/20/writer-wednesday-rob-keeley/


5 July 2016

Another great review of The Sword of the Spirit today and an exclusive interview where I reveal my inspiration and future plans for the Spirits series:

https://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/the-sword-of-the-spirit/

https://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/ai-rob-keeley/


Look out for these shortly as part of the fifth anniversary updates at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


30 June 2016

Another great review of The Sword of the Spirit today from Joe Cushnan at:

http://droppedthemoon.blogspot.co.uk/


Great analysis of my work. Look out for it shortly as part of the fifth anniversary updates at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


28 June 2016

A five-star review for The Sword of the Spirit at:

https://booksandbookends.wordpress.com

More soon at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


27 June 2016

Another five-star review for The Spirit of London at:

https://booksandbookends.wordpress.com

More at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


23 June 2016

More good news today - The Spirit of London has been Highly Commended for the 2016 Independent Author Book Award by:

www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk


Another good review for Childish Spirits too:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25932209-childish-spirits


More soon at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


11 June 2016

Another great review of Childish Spirits today! Read it at:

https://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/childish-spirists/

More soon at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


1 June 2016

I'm looking for my 1000th Twitter follower - and they can download my first two eBooks FREE! Details, Ts and Cs at:

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/12915672-free-book-downloads-to-my-1000th-follower


12 May 2016

Another excellent review of The Spirit of London today! Read it at:

https://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/review-the-spirit-of-london-by-rob-keeley/


More soon at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


21 April 2016

The Bookbag has given The Sword of the Spirit an excellent advance review! Visit www.thebookbag.co.uk or click on the live link (which I've put on the author website button) below.

Click on the book's cover in the right margin to order your copy - £1 discount here in Troubador's webshop!

More shortly at www.robkeeley.co.uk!


3 March 2016

To mark World Book Day, I will be holding a live "Ask the Author" Q&A session throughout the day on Goodreads. Post your questions about my books, creative writing, or pretty much anything really, at:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5018370.Rob_Keeley


For today and tomorrow, I've changed the website button below so it takes you straight there, instead of to my own site.


Look forward to seeing you there!


17 February 2016

The Sword of the Spirit is now available for pre-order here in Troubador's webshop! Click on the book's cover in the right margin and use the discount code to get £1 off!

View the book's Advance Information sheet to find out more - available to download here and at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


8 February 2016

Some excellent discounts here in the Book Shop on the first two novels in the Spirits series - click on the covers of Childish Spirits and The Spirit of London and use the spooky discount codes to get £1 off each title!


5 February 2016

The cover for the third "Spirits" novel, The Sword of the Spirit, is now online here at Troubador and is even now being added to other sites. Find out more about the book shortly at www.robkeeley.co.uk and on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.


21 January 2016

I will be judging the IGGY and Litro Young Writers' Prize. Details on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor and shortly at www.robkeeley.co.uk, where you'll also find the link to my blog on Goodreads - I'm sharing my thoughts on the competition theme and on writing technique.


12 January 2016

Details of the third "Spirits" novel, The Sword of the Spirit, are now online! Click on the blank cover in the right margin. More shortly here, at www.robkeeley.co.uk and on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor


27 November 2015

GREAT NEWS: "Childish Spirits" has been longlisted for the Bath Children's Novel Award! Out of 367 novels entered.

Full details shortly at www.robkeeley.co.uk


15 October 2015

Thanks to all who came to the book launch for "The Spirit of London" - we had a great day at Linghams. Read all about it on News at www.robkeeley.co.uk.

There's an excellent review of the book in Readers' Review today:

http://www.selfpublishingmagazine.co.uk/book_review_library1.asp?reviewID=301

Issue 36 features an exclusive Author Profile of me as well as the review.


25 September 2015

It's the book launch for "The Spirit of London" tomorrow at Linghams of Heswall: details below. Hope to see you there!

The book is published on Monday, 28 September, and I will be holding a Q&A on Twitter throughout the day. Tweet questions to @RobKeeleyAuthor with tag #RobKeeleyTSOL


18 September 2015

Just a reminder that it's my book launch for "The Spirit of London" one week from tomorrow:

Saturday 26 September

from 11am

at

Linghams Booksellers
248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
Merseyside
CH60 7SG

This will be the first day of the Heswall Arts Festival. Come along, meet me and get your signed copy!



1 September 2015

Am guest hosting a blog on Read It Daddy, with an exclusive interview with my character Edward Fitzberranger!

http://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/a-guest-blog-post-from-rob-keeley.html


19 July 2015

NEWSFLASH!

I will be returning to Linghams of Heswall to hold the book launch for The Spirit of London, my new ghost story for the 8-12s, on the first day of the Heswall Arts Festival.

The launch will take place on Saturday 26 September 2015 from 11am:

Linghams Booksellers
248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
Merseyside
CH60 7SG


Come along for a fun day out for all the family, meet me and get your signed copy! Last year's launch for Childish Spirits even beat the previous year's book sale record, so we should be in for a good day!

For more information, go to www.linghams.co.uk/forthcoming-events and www.robkeeley.co.uk. Or follow me on Twitter for all the latest updates:

@RobKeeleyAuthor

Time, date and details subject to change.

See you there!


11 May 2015

Last chance to vote for Childish Spirits for the People's Book Prize! Deadline is this Thursday, 14 May. Visit:

http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1254

Live link below.


17 March 2015

NEWSFLASH!

My next ghost novel for children, the sequel to the People's Book Prize-nominated Childish Spirits, is scheduled for publication in September 2015 and, as regulars at www.robkeeley.co.uk will know, is entitled:

The Spirit of London

Further info to follow! Have you voted for Childish Spirits for the People's Book Prize yet? See below for details.


2 March 2015

EXCELLENT NEWS! Childish Spirits has been nominated for the People's Book Prize! Download the opening of the book for free, post a review and join the people's vote at:

http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1254


19 January 2015

SPECIAL OFFER! Saturday 24-Saturday 31 January 2015 will be my 'eBook week'. The eBooks of The Alien in the Garage and The (Fairly) Magic Show will be available for download across all the usual retailers for just £2.99 each! It's just for that one week so don't lose the chance to get 9 or 18 stories at a bargain price!

(Dates approximate, offer subject to change and at retailer's discretion.)

Visit www.robkeeley.co.uk for more information.


29 September 2014

Thanks to all who came to the hugely successful book launch for Childish Spirits on Saturday! Full event report at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


23 September 2014

The trailer for Childish Spirits is now online and can be viewed here (click on the clapperboard in the left margin) or on the My Stories page for the book at www.robkeeley.co.uk.

Don't forget the launch for this book at Linghams, Heswall this Saturday! See below for details.


25 July 2014

NEWSFLASH!

I will be holding the book launch for Childish Spirits, my ghost story for the 8-12s, on the first day of the Heswall Arts Festival. The launch takes place on Saturday 27 September 2014 from 11am at award-winning Linghams Booksellers of Heswall:

Linghams Booksellers
248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
Merseyside
CH60 7SG


Come along for a fun day out for all the family, meet me and get your signed copy! Last year's launch for The Dinner Club and Other Stories was said to be the store's most successful signing to date, so we should be in for a good day!

For more information, go to www.linghams.co.uk/forthcoming-events and www.robkeeley.co.uk

Time, date and details subject to change.

See you there!


8 July 2014

EXCELLENT NEWS!

The Dinner Club and Other Stories has been longlisted in the Children's category for the International Rubery Book Award! Visit:

http://www.ruberybookaward.com/2014-book-winners.html


Congratulations and thanks to all who worked with me on the production and marketing of this book. And thanks to Linghams for the book launch and to all teachers and librarians who've used this and my other books with their reading groups.


The finalists for each category and overall winners will be announced in the next 14 days...



12 May 2014

Excellent review of Childish Spirits at the Bookbag today! Visit:

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Childish_Spirits_by_Rob_Keeley

The review/quotes will shortly be added to this page and www.robkeeley.co.uk.


8 May 2014

The list of booksellers offering Childish Spirits for sale or pre-order continues to grow and now includes WH Smith as well as Waterstones, Foyles and Linghams. Visit the Links page at www.robkeeley.co.uk.

See also Lovewriting's description of the book on Twitter: "Entertaining, suspenseful ghost story".


23 April 2014

Childish Spirits is now on sale on Amazon, as well as in Troubador's Book Shop.

Visit:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Childish-Spirits-Rob-Keeley/dp/1783064617/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_2_YYMT


To pre-order the book from other retailers, visit the Links page at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


3 March 2014

Front cover and details of my new ghost story for children are now online here and at www.robkeeley.co.uk


21 January 2014

NEWSFLASH!

My first novel for children, a ghost story called Childish Spirits, is being published by Matador later this year. See above for details or click on the book covers in the right margins to navigate between my book pages. More information to follow...


19 December 2013

A Happy Christmas to all my readers!

A special Christmas present can be found on the Extras page at www.robkeeley.co.uk ...


3 December 2013

Looking for Christmas presents? My first two books for 8-12 year olds are still available here in the Book Shop for the special combined price of just £10 - a saving of nearly £3!

Click on the half-and-half book cover in the right margin for details.


30 September 2013

Book launch on Saturday was a massive success - thanks to all who came! Details shortly at www.robkeeley.co.uk


5 September 2013

I am Author of the Month for a second time on Lovewriting! Visit

www.lovewriting.co.uk


29 August 2013

The Alien in the Garage and The (Fairly) Magic Show can now be bought together for the special price of £10.00, a saving of nearly £3! This offer is exclusive to the Troubador Book Shop. Click on the split cover image in the right margin for details.

Discounts are also available within the Book Shop on The (Fairly) Magic Show (when bought separately) and on my new book, The Dinner Club and Other Stories. Hurry while stocks last!


21 August 2013

NEWSFLASH!

On Saturday 28 September 2013, from 11am, I will be launching and signing copies of my new collection of children's stories for the 8-12s, "The Dinner Club and Other Stories", on the first day of the Heswall Arts Festival! Come along, meet me and get your signed copy!

Once again, the venue for my launch will be Linghams Booksellers, winner of the Independent Bookseller of the Year Award 2013.

Linghams Booksellers
248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
Merseyside
CH60 7SG

Visit www.linghamsbookshop.co.uk and www.linghams.co.uk

Further information will be posted on the News page at www.robkeeley.co.uk. Time, date and details subject to change.

See you there!


19 August 2013

TheBookbag.co.uk has given The Dinner Club and Other Stories an excellent advance review! Visit:

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=The_Dinner_Club_and_Other_Stories_by_Rob_Keeley



18 August 2013

The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories is still available with a £1 discount from the Troubador Book Shop! Or for just £3.99 in eBook form! Use the links in the right margin. Visit www.thebookbag.co.uk for a review.


1 August 2013

One month to go until The Dinner Club and Other Stories is published! Full details at www.robkeeley.co.uk.


3 June 2013

www.robkeeley.co.uk is now updated with full details of The Dinner Club and Other Stories and my recent visits to St George's Hall and Liverpool Central Library.

24 May 2013

The cover for my new collection of children's stories is now online.

Thanks to all who attended the terrific Storytelling Day at St George's Hall.

15 April 2013

NEWSFLASH!

On Saturday 18 May 2013, from 1-2pm, I will be at the Children’s Storytelling weekend at St George’s Hall, Liverpool, as part of the In Other Words literary festival. I will be reading one of my short stories for children (suitable for the 8-12s) and answering questions about being a children’s author. Look here for details:

http://www.itsliverpool.com/culture/in-other-words/events

In Other Words is being held to mark the reopening of Liverpool’s Central Library.

Come along from 1-2pm, meet me and help celebrate this special event. And get those questions ready!

St George’s Hall
St George's Place
Liverpool
L1 1JJ

www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk

There is no need to book, however the organisers are asking those who attend to go to the Heritage Centre 15 minutes prior to the start of the reading to be directed to the location of the storytelling session (see “itsliverpool” link above).

Further news about this event will be posted on the News page at www.robkeeley.co.uk. Time, date and details subject to change.

See you there!


14 March 2013

NEWSFLASH! As you can see from my pages on this site, book details are now online for my new collection of short stories for children, The Dinner Club and Other Stories, which is to be published later this year. Look out for further details shortly, on this site and at www.robkeeley.co.uk!

Click on the book covers in the right margin to navigate between my book pages.


6 February 2013

My author website has now passed 4,000 visitors! Visit www.robkeeley.co.uk using the live link below! The site has now been updated with further links for The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories.

12 December 2012

The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories has been featured on Books Monthly:

http://www.booksmonthly.co.uk/children.html

The feature has also been added to the Press Coverage tab on this page.


4 December 2012

There's a Christmas message on the News page of my website at www.robkeeley.co.uk (see live link below).

26 November 2012

I now have my own page on The Bookbag:

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Category:Rob_Keeley

16 November 2012

There's a report on my Book Launch on the News page at www.robkeeley.co.uk


1 November 2012

PUBLICATION DATE!!! The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories is published today in paperback and eBook form! Come and join the party at www.robkeeley.co.uk

30 October 2012

Two days to go until publication date for The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories! Have you ordered your copy or downloaded your e-copy yet? Visit www.robkeeley.co.uk for details and links.

18 October 2012

Both of my books for children are now available on Lovewriting, where I'm currently Author of the Month! Visit:

www.lovewriting.co.uk


10 October 2012

On 1 November 2012, publication date, I will be holding an eBook Launch for The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories, entirely online! Visit www.robkeeley.co.uk on that date for exclusive web content and brand new book information, as The (Fairly) Magic Show goes virtual!

See also news of my paperback Book Launch, below.

Amazon.co.uk say they've currently only got one paperback left in stock! Hurry while stocks last!! Or why not give the eBook a try?

8 October 2012

Both of my eBooks for children are now accessible on Amazon's Rob Keeley page at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rob-Keeley/e/B006GQZIOU/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Have you got them on your e-reader yet?? Go to Links at www.robkeeley.co.uk for a full list of eBooksellers.


28 September 2012

NEWSFLASH!

On Saturday 10 November 2012, I will be holding the Book Launch for The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories, my new collection of short stories for the 8-12 age range, a book that promises magic and mayhem, terrific tales and terrible twists! Come along from 11am approx, meet me and get your signed copy!

The venue will be Linghams Booksellers in Heswall, winner of the Northern Regional Award as Independent Bookshop of the Year and Highly Commended runner-up for the whole of the UK! (Bookseller Industry Awards 2012.)

Linghams Booksellers
248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
Merseyside
CH60 7SG

Visit www.linghamsbookshop.co.uk and www.linghams.co.uk


Further details will be posted at www.robkeeley.co.uk. Time, date and details subject to change.

Look forward to seeing you all!


"Once again, Rob Keeley has really hit the spot with a well-judged and entertaining anthology for middle readers..."

The Bookbag has given my new collection an excellent advance review! Visit:

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=The_(Fairly)_Magic_Show_and_Other_Stories_by_Rob_Keeley

There's also an interview with me there.

5 September 2012

The paperback of The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories is now available here in the Troubador Book Shop! Click on the button, top right above, to add it to your basket! And don't forget to add the code to get your discount.

Watch out for the paperback from further online retailers shortly! See the Links page at www.robkeeley.co.uk for a full list.

23 August 2012

The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories is now available in eBook form! The paperback will follow shortly. Visit the Amazon Kindle Store using the link in the right margin, or go to the Links page at www.robkeeley.co.uk to find the book from other eBooksellers!

23 July 2012

My author website celebrates its first anniversary this week and has now passed 2, 000 visitors! Visit www.robkeeley.co.uk using the live links below.

Look out for further updates soon!

20 July 2012

My new collection of children's stories is now available to pre-order online from Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smith and many other sources!

Further book info is now available at www.robkeeley.co.uk (see link below), along with links to all of the above retailers.


The Alien in the Garage and Other Stories is still available in paperback and eBook form! Have you got it on your e-reader yet?


28 June 2012

The cover for my new book, as you can see, is now online! Look out for the cover design and full information on book two shortly, at www.robkeeley.co.uk!


6 May 2012

There is a spooky coded message from the Alien in the Garage on my website at www.robkeeley.co.uk (see live link below). Could it contain secret information about book two? Visit the site for details about my new story collection and to count down with me to publication later this year!!

27 April 2012

NEWSFLASH! As you can see from my pages on this site, book details are now online for my new collection of short stories for children, The (Fairly) Magic Show and Other Stories, which is to be published later this year. Look out for further details shortly, on this site and at www.robkeeley.co.uk!

Click on the book covers in the right margin to navigate between my book pages.

1 March 2012

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, The Alien in the Garage... My first book was published one year ago today! To celebrate the first anniversary, I've added lots of updates to my author website at www.robkeeley.co.uk. These include some new fun downloadable activities for young readers. Take a look using the live links below!

I would like to thank everyone who has worked with me in publishing and promoting my first book.

13 January 2012

My author website has passed 1, 000 visitors! Visit www.robkeeley.co.uk using the live links below. Look out for some further updates soon!


7 December 2011

Just a quick post to say a Merry Christmas – and a very Happy Holiday! There's a Christmas message from Liam and Justin on the News page of my website (see link below).

Rob

10 September 2011

"a super collection"... "beautifully observed"... "made me laugh out loud"... "will appeal to children from seven or eight right up to tweens and early teens"...

There is an excellent review by Jill Murphy of The Alien in the Garage on the Bookbag website! Visit:

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=The_Alien_in_the_Garage_and_Other_Stories_by_Rob_Keeley

I will be adding the live link to this to my website (see link to website below).

30 August 2011

My author website launches today! Visit www.robkeeley.co.uk to find out more about me and my writing and read the latest news and reviews. There are also a few extras there for fans of The Alien in the Garage!

I have added the live link to the site below.

20 April 2011

The Alien in the Garage is available to purchase on the Lovewriting website, where it is Book of the Month! You can also download an extract from the book. Visit:

http://www.lovewriting.co.uk/book/2810


9 April 2011

The Alien in the Garage is now in orbit and is available from several retailers, including online. Watch this space (sorry...) for further book news...

30 January 2011

Waterstones' website tells me there are now just thirty days until publication of The Alien in the Garage and other Stories! Visit their site using the link below.

The book is also now on other sites including the National Trust bookshop and Lovereading:

http://www.nationaltrustbooks.co.uk/BookItem.aspx?item=9781848765795

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/97818

It is also available for pre-order from a Wirral bookstore, Linghams:

http://

https://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/high-spirits/

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