The Bravehearts of Belgrave High

The Bravehearts of Belgrave High

Well I haven’t posted any of my own writings here for a while now because I’ve been writing a novel for teenage girls. I’m almost finished editing and formatting it, and shortly it will go on sale. I’ve written it so that teen readers can get lost in the story line and relate to the experiences of the heroine when they are growing up in a dysfunctional home where there is violence and verbal abuse, and where the effects of that flow over into other areas of their lives. Here’s a bit about the first novel in the series of seven:

The Bravehearts of Belgrave High

Once in a while comes a tale of heroism that lifts you out of the mundane and into magical worlds beyond. Such are the Tolemac Chronicles and the exploits of our heroine Viviane.

Let’s face it, growing up has never been easy. Finding your way on that difficult journey between childhood and adulthood can be a lonely experience. Especially if you feel you are different from other people, left wondering desperately where you fit in. The Chronicles explore these experiences as they follow the journey of Viviane, our teenage heroine.

In The Bravehearts of Belgrave High – the first of seven chronicles – we meet Viviane as a teenager coming to terms with feeling like a misfit. School is a tough place to be, but home s even harder with an abusive father and controlling mother. But Viviane has one saving grace; she has a rich inner life that she keeps safe from harm. It allows her to go deep within and travel to worlds beyond this one. Magical worlds full of wonder. At first she is confused, but then it dawns on her that this is a gift that can make her strong and wise, able to deal with anything that life can throw at her.


Pacey and full of wit, this whimsical yet gripping adventure has a cast of likeable characters who might just remind you of yourself. Meeting troubles head-on, triumphing, learning, growing. It’s what every teen who is growing up in a dysfunctional home needs to hear.

Viviane is a lanky teenager whose height makes her different from the other girls. Painfully aware of being tall, her quick wit makes her feel altogether out of step with the other girls. But that’s not the main problem. At home, an abusive father and overbearing mother fills her with the desire to escape. She dreads going home, so she looks for reasons to go somewhere else.

It is her first year at High School and Viviane meets Glenda, a confident and happy girl who becomes a close friend and a major stabilising force in Viviane’s life. Their friendship is based on the many things they have in common. Neither girl really fits in, but now that they have each other.

Viviane is a bright girl who has the potential to excel, but for her, school is just a way to pass the time and avoid going home. She despises the mental straight-jacket the teacher try to impose, so unimaginative! Nonetheless she has a mind that is hungry for learning and if she can’t get it one way, she will find another. That’s what she and Glenda have in common, a fascination with other-worldly ideas. It makes them both come alive.

In the first year of High School, there is no teacher in Viviane and Glenda’s life who can engage their interest. No-one who knows how to advance their knowledge of the things that they are truly interested in, so they are both very bored. That is, until they meet a unique woman named Eleanor who has incredible and mystifying abilities who becomes one of their mentors.

The teens already suspect that nothing is quite as it seems, but they’re about to find out for real the amazing things that can happen when someone truly knows how to control reality. Viviane and Glenda are introduced to empowering knowledge that heightens their perception of reality, but before Viviane will be able to use that power she must first triumph over her own adversities.

A new friend comes into their lives. Vicky is a technology nerd who has a deep intuitive knowledge of science and mathematics. With Vicky on the team, those classmates who think being a bully is cool will learn a lesson or two in novel two!

Join Viviane on her adventure as she rediscovers a forgotten dimension and finds her power. Follow as she enters another dimension every night as she passes through the threshold of sleep. Feel her emotions as the world she lives in and the realm she uncovers makes her yearn for a place and time that tantalises just beyond her reach. Share in her dreams, her thoughts, and her unlikely allies as they join together – much inspired by her trusted school teacher Mr. Williams – to find this special place and unlock its meaning.

Join Viviane in The Bravehearts of Belgrave High and purchase your copy today in print and ebook. Look for it in your school library.

The Tolemac Chronicles are produced to raise funds for the Loving Heart Foundation. All profits from the sale of this book go towards funding our foundation.  I’ll keep you all posted. Thanks for reading!

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Update: Click on the following link to be taken to the website where you can purchase the completed first novel: The Tolemac Chronicles