Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “A Blend of Tea Break Tales, Vol I” by David Ellis & the Tunbridge Wells & Kent District Writer’s Circle Members


A collection of Short Stories written by writers in the South East of England. A variety of genres collides in this eclectic collection that serves up lashing of warmth, wit and talented writing from a diverse group of individuals.

All proceeds from this collection will be donated to local, national, and international children’s literacy charities.

This book is a compilation of short stories (two of which I contributed under the name of Angela McPherson). They originally appeared in a local newspaper, and have now been put together to sell in aid of children’s literacy charities. I would like to pay tribute to my colleagues in the Tunbridge Wells & District Writers’ Circle under whose auspices this achievement came about.

Foreward (by Karen Rollason)
The idea for this particular Short Story Anthology was inspired following the publication of Tea Break Tales in The Kent and Sussex Courier newspaper. Our weekly column showcased stories written by Circle members. This really was a wonderful opportunity, for both the individual members and the Circle as a whole by raising our profile within the community.


Recently, I stumbled across a British collection of stories I couldn’t wait to read. I was familiar with David Ellis and his poetry, so I knew there had to be magic waiting for me inside these pages. Besides, all the proceeds from the book are donated to local, national, and international children’s literacy charities. How could I go wrong with that?

The stories range from flash fiction to short stories spanning a number of genres. Some of the fiction was more contemporary and dealt with the rigors of raising children, growing old, and the fragility and renewal of the human spirit. Many of these tales touched my heart, while others had me laughing out loud.

One story stands out in particular and is called, “Isn’t Death Grand,” by Linda Smith. Sally, an overweight and overworked nurse, meets her maker in an unusual way. Sally’s past and present collide in a surprising sequence of events that aligns her destiny with that of her coma patient. Believe me… this is a story you won’t want to miss.

This collection of stories was a quick read, and I read a few stories each night. The writing was entertaining and engaging. This book would make the perfect companion for a vacation spent relaxing in the sun, or for a snowy afternoon cuddled under a mound of blankets. I know it would make the perfect gift for the bookworms in your life.


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

Author, David Ellis

About the Author

I am an award-winning poet and author of poetry, fiction, and music lyrics. My weapon of choice is humour and I use it as often as possible, as it gets me out of trouble. Think of me like the thriller genre in that I am fast paced, relentless and impossible to put down! I reside in Tunbridge Wells, Kent in the UK.

Once upon a time, there was a writer who ate a little bit too much food one day, and he felt tired. On this fateful day, he happened to make a comment in passing to his brother about being a bit stuffed and from this innocent conversation came the birth of the legend that is TooFullToWrite! And no, I am not overweight but I do have a passion for food!

I am a 37-year-old male, a writer, podcaster, lyricist, humorist, novelist/author and poet who lives in Tunbridge Wells, England (yes, I am in Blighty but don’t let that put you off, I am really a very friendly chap).

I like/love an absolute truckload of things – I coin the term for myself entertainment junkie – films, music, books, TV series, computer games, etc. So rather than bore you by listing them all here, feel free to chat to me about stuff on FaceBook, Twitter or the chat of your choice!

I appreciate all of your support, your comments mean the world to me. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to write! Want to know more about me? Well, you could try reading this too and see where it gets you! The (Mostly) True Origin Story of TooFullToWrite

Still, want to know more? Well, I wrote this article over at Hastywords blog, so you can always take a look at this. It’s about choosing love over fear and features animals #BeReal With David Ellis

Here is more about the Tunbridge Wells & Kent District Writer’s Circle and an excerpt from Francois Keyser’s interview:

A Blend of Tea Break Tales is also a collection of short stories from a band of authors that belong to my local Writers’ Circle. I donated one of my stories (which crops up in “A Little Bit of What You Fancy”) for the collection, and I collated all of the stories from the authors. There is a lot of diversity in the tales of this particular book, they are mostly all contemporary modern day fables laced with humour, romance, and poignancy, with a couple of historical pieces also thrown into the mix.

You are donating all the proceeds from “A Blend of Tea Break Tales” to children’s literacy programs locally and internationally. What inspired your decision to support children’s literacy programs? How can we as parents and teachers encourage literacy in children?

This was a joint decision from all of the authors who participated in the collection. Rather than deal with the nightmare of trying to pay out separate royalties to all of the authors, we thought of the very endearing idea to donate all profits to support children’s literacy programs. All of the people that I have associated with are extremely generous, this is their way of giving to something that is of massive benefit to us all in the long run, for if we encourage our children to read well, then they will be better educated and better off all round because of this.

As parents and teachers, I would advocate in making reading as fun as possible for children and try to encourage them to pick up a book instead of mindless internet surfing or playing of handheld videogames. Don’t get me wrong, I would never want to deny children the chance to play with such devices, but perhaps they should earn their time on them by reading first!”

Here’s where else you can find David Ellis:

Blog: My website contains Creativity Advice for budding novelists and writers.


Twitter: David Ellis @TooFullToWrite

Thanks for stopping by to meet David. <3

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