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Get baking this Summer!

Baking a Primrose Spring Cake is an ideal treat!

One Sponge Cake Recipe, 15 Unique Occasions by Sarah Stubbs

It is such fun baking cakes, they are always well received and a great way to bring family and friends together to savour a delicious treat made with love.

Baking is the perfect way to relax and spend a couple of hours out of a busy schedule to enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures. One Sponge Cake Recipe, 15 Unique Occasions contains advice and tips on how to master the art of baking the perfect Victoria Sponge cake, showing you how to transform that basic recipe into a tempting selection of mouth-watering cakes to help you celebrate any event the year has to offer, from picnics to special occasions.

This is truly a book for all those special occasions throughout the year, but just now I would have to recommend the Primrose Spring Cake. The perfect cake for warm spring evenings and those tea and cake moments.

Other recipes include: Raspberry Coconut Kisses for Valentines Day, Lemon Drizzle Cake (my fav!) and a Smartie Birthday Cake! A great alternative for Christmas Cake is also included and just has to be tried!

For more information on Sarah’s workshops, cookery lessons and seasonal recipes, visit www.letscookathome.co.uk where you can also find out about her cupcake parties and more. If you are local to Brighton, there’s even a baking club you can join!

You can buy this book in paperback and digital formats (Kindle and ePub) from £3.95.

If you want to produce your own Cookbook, drop us a line! Great for charity fundraising, restaurant promotions or as a standalone income stream.

Where to Buy

The paperback version is available on Blurb – paperback version.

You can also purchase this book for Kindle 

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One for your Pups this summer!

Cavalier Capers: Old George

Cavalier Capers: Old George

Old George is an old dog, but he loves to tells the younger pups tales of his (mis)adventures when he was younger.

One day, when poor Old George is feeling tired (after the pup have worn him out), he snuggles down with the pups to tell them stories of his youth. In this book, a young George takes a trip with his brothers and sisters into the woods!

Old George is the first in a series of books aimed at young and learner readers. This title is aimed at 5-7 year olds or to be read with Mum or Dad. Each volume includes a collectable character card featuring the main character from each book.

This book includes the Old George character card.

The Cavalier Capers series is based on 42 real life King Charles Cavalier dogs and puppies. You can visit the Cavalier Capers website and find out more about the pups and what’s new at Grandma Sysum’s. You can also follow Cavalier Capers on Facebook and Twitter.

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Get ready for the Summer Holidays girls!

Girls Who Do It by Sophie Reynolds

Welcome to Girls Have Fun!

Girls Who Do It by Sophie Reynolds follows four firm friends throughout planning for, and while they are staying at the Clover Spa Hotel in Ireland.

Hi-jinx ensue between the four friends, but intrigue lies just behind the scenes. Just who is Barbara Knox? Who is Aoife Cassty? And to whom do the sexy knickers belong to? We follow Babs, Cathy, Lou and Shad-rick on their “relaxing” spa break, but will the girls be able to leave their worries at home?

This story is a great holiday read! Be prepared for tears of laughter, twists and turns and maybe a blushing cheek or two. You are sure to recognise a bit of Babs, Cathy, Lou and maybe even Shad-rick in your friends!

Visit the Girls Have Fun website for the next instalments. The audiobook will be launching soon along with the next book in the series, Girls That Ride the Waves. Get ready for more giggling, naughtiness and frolics with the girls in the sun!

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Malvern’s Playwright in Residence Launches Compendium of Comedies

Four Small Cast Comedies by Nick Wilkes

Four Small Cast Comedies by Nick Wilkes

The resident playwright of Malvern Theatres has brought together four new comedies for small performance groups. These new plays have been created to be greatly entertaining while not requiring vast resources to perform.

These comedies are designed to be feasibly produced by;

  • any up-and-coming theatre company,
  • small groups of student performers, or
  • as part of a social enterprise.

The comedies included involve minimal set or tech design and are suitable for a range of venue sizes and types.

Resting – Four out of work actors, with a life to contemplate.
Recovering – From a hangover, from a career choice, from an operation, or from a lifelong lie.
Jitters – Marriage; why be nervous? It’s only the rest of your life?
iBard – A quest to find the real William Shakespeare, and bring him into the digital age.

Nick is also just launching his next play – featuring Colin Baker and a vintage Morgan Car on the stage! Well worth a visit to the Theatre and Kissed Off says “Break a Leg!” for Mog Bridges at Malvern Theatres. To find out more about Nick and what he is doing check out his website or catch him on Twitter, YouTube or Facebook.

You can buy in paperback for just over £15!

Where to Buy

You can buy this book in paperback 

or on Blurb.

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What 12 Habits would you change?

The 12 Habits of Happily Lean People by Tracy Reck

The 12 Habits of Happily Lean People by Tracy Reck

This book is great for those that have tried every diet and exercise fad but nothing has worked for you. A book no just for “New Year, New You” but throughout life as good habits to keep for a lifetime.

How would you feel if every day and without really thinking about it, you took the 12 essential actions that would help you to enjoy really great health and give you a body you like looking at in the mirror?

 

Combining an approach to food that’s built on making your metabolism work perfectly and has N.O.T.H.I.N.G to do with counting calories, with a way of exercising that won’t take over your life but will bring you amazing results, the 12 Habits is a down to earth, practical and insightful journey into why these habits work – and how you can make them work for you.

You can “Look Inside” and buy this book on Amazon, or order it from us in paperback or digital format.

Why not join the online club that ties in with this book? Be supported in your habit changing journey by Tracy as well as others members. You can find the details in the book or join up online at www.the12habits.co.uk

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Why write a book for my business?

  • I don’t need a book to promote my business

  • I haven’t got time to write a book

  • I want to write a book but I don’t know where to start

  • I haven’t got the resources to publish a book

The chances are if you’ve spoken to me about the title subject, you’ve come back with one of the four bullet points. However, the book/eBook/app is rapidly becoming a key marketing tool for a range of very different businesses – and each business utilises their book in a very different way.

#1 – THE MARKETING TOOL

A book is a great way of not only promoting your business, but also the service you provide and can give you the “expert” perspective. After all, people generally do not decide to publish a book without having a great deal of knowledge and research in their chosen book subject. A book is also a great way to market a visual based business, and it has staying power beyond that of a portfolio you show briefly within a client meeting.

#2 – THE TRAINING TOOL

We can supply your training material in a number of published formats for you to upsell to your students or provide as part of a seminar or course. These include printed workbooks, interactive publications and even all your coursework in an editable format on a USB memory stick in our Twistkey format option! You could also use your training book as an Office Manual or other means of training your staff in topics unique to your company.

#3 – THE DEMONSTRATION TOOL

With our interactive publications, you can give full product demonstrations in video, audio and animated forms. This is great for products that are new to market that people will not have seen before. Not everybody can understand a product from a flat leaflet, or has time to arrange a personal demonstration.

#4 – THE UPSELL TOOL

A book could be the start of a subscription, with regular updates being published on a monthly, bi monthly or annual basis. We can also provide binders and other packaging options to enable up-sell products.

#5 – THE BUSINESS TOOL

Your book could form the core of your business, particularly for training based authors. We can help you with not just selling your book, but also with coordinating affiliate programs, seminars and other media for the training circuit.

Our support

Our packages will support you from initial idea through to publishing and beyond. We have lots of bolt on options – including proof reading, copywriting, illustration, photography and augmented reality! Contact us today on how we can support your business.

12 Habits of Happily Lean People
12 Habits of Happily Lean People

 

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Follow back that Tweeter!

How many times have you been to a face to face networking event and been told “It’s not about the people in the room”

What makes you think that this works any differently on Twitter or other social media platforms. I’ve been told twice this week that people don’t follow back unless they are interested in what that one individual has to say, but never has the above idiom been more important than on Twitter. Each RT we do is broadcast to our followers, so although your Tweet has been RT’d by a Plumber, that Plumber may have countless contacts within your industry. As a graphic designer personally every industry is my target industry, but just because you don’t see why the person is following you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow back.

THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS HOWEVER…

Do your research, and if you find your new follower only tweets “Buy 1000 followers here http://…”; don’t bother following back. Likewise if their tweets are obviously spams and scams, or if they are just looking for numbers.

My rules for a follow…

  1. Are they interested in my tweets – have they RTd, favourited or replied to at least one of my tweets?
  2. What are their tweets like – do I want to RT and would I feel comfortable with having their regular updates appearing on my wall?
  3. Are they in my industry or have synergy with my business?
  4. Are they a potential customer?
  5. Are they within my tweeting zones of biz, tech, craft and design?

I also frequently edit my follows – am I still interested in their feed, do they still follow me, are they still active?

Originally published 17/12/2013 by Natalie Ballard