Seventeen year old Chelsea Clark is just like every other girl at Hazelbrooke High School. She's smart, funny, witty and charming but there's one little problem. No one knows these things about Chelsea except for her blog readers. You see, Chelsea isn't exactly the Prom Queen or captain of the cheer leading team. In fact, she's just as relevant as the ten year old stale gum on the bottom of her desk. Well, at least that's what she thinks of herself. Join Chelsea as she blogs through three and a half weeks of torn friendships, betrayal, love interests and crumbling relationships.
Boo Hewerdine's Anon is another beautiful, intelligent album from this excellent songwriter. Of all the tribes that make up the UK music audience, there's one that's never addressed by the press, no doubt because it's so thoroughly unexciting. This is the hundreds of thousands who simply like a literate song, well-crafted and performed. Image, angles and contemporary histrionics are not their bag at all. And one of their heroes is Boo Hewerdine, formerly of The Bible. Aside from providing songs for the likes of Natalie Imbruglia, and acting as guitarist in Eddi Reader's band, Hewerdine has released a string of soft and thoughtful albums dealing with life in all its complex glory. Anon (such a Hewerdine title, that, so aggressively unassuming) continues on that path. Accompanied by sweet, slightly folksy guitars, mandolins and, on one occasion, a maudlin harmonium, Hewerdine sings of ordinary but nevertheless vital concerns. "Roundabout" considers an innocent youth and wasted life; "Dream Baby" seems to bless a miscarried child; "Hunger" ponders true love undermined by lust; while "Extras", a quiet anthem for the meek and decent, could be described as Hewerdine's "Common People". And there's love. Both "Hunger" and "Mapping the Human Heart" contain beautiful portrayals of how that really is. Thus Anon contains more truth than the apocalyptic bleatings of Nu Metal, the empty platitudes of Oasis, and the faux-confessional howling of Alanis Morissette. For that, it should be cherished. --Dominic Wills
NOW AVAILABLE: BEYOND ANON, THE THRILLING SEQUEL TO ANON (Print & Kindle eBook). Rory Ellison, victim of his own misdeeds, wallows in misery. Then a door opens. Now he's got a new job, a dream assignment to rewrite the darkest mistake of his past, and a strange new companion in his head. Wielding powers beyond his comprehension and control, Rory returns to … … Faith. She possesses the perfect husband, kids, and home. But when Rory falls back into her world, old wounds open wide, shattering her ideal life. At the center of the mayhem stands Anon, a seemingly benevolent organization with a sinister past of its own. "Helping you realize your dreams sooner," the company promises. But what do they stand to gain? How far will they go to get what they want? And if they make dreams a reality, what about nightmares? Only Michelle, a young girl with a strange gift, can defeat the evil threatening her family. But she must face fear, work with the ghosts of her enemy's past, navigate a maze of terror, and make the tough choice to grow up too soon in a world filled with evil and indifference. Hold on tight! Anon—a tale of corporate and familial terror—is unlike anything you've ever read.
Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, c1520-1536. Anne (c1504-1536) married Henry in 1533. She provided Henry with a daughter, the future Elizabeth I (1533-1603), but not the male heir he desired. Henry had Anne arrested on charges of adultery, incest and treason. Although the charges were almost certainly fabricated, Anne was found guilty and beheaded on 19 May 1536. Henry married his third wife, Jane Seymour, the day after Anne's execution.
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