We had the honour of attending Samantha’s book launch for Tweet Your Way to Success in Ireland a week ago.
Although it was a very brief encounter (we had to catch a train back up north), we thoroughly enjoyed The Book Centre, Wexford – both their products and the welcome we received. They had created a great window display in honour of the event as well as a local press photographer in attendence. There was even cake! It was so sad we had to leave before we even got a slice – it looked awfully yummy.
Nat had the honour of introducing Samantha, who gave a brief speech before signing copies of books. At this point we had to dash back across Wexford to the station.
The Girls Have Fun series is packed with cheeky humour, naughty antics and intrigue – always with a twist in the tale!
Girls Who Do It by Sophie Reynolds is the first in the Girls Have Fun series. It 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? Join us as 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!
It is available in paperback, digitally and shortly as an audiobook.
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 launching in 2015. Get ready for more giggling, naughtiness and frolics with the girls in the sun! Watch this space for audiobook availability!
The Cavalier Capers series is written by Grandma Sysum and is illustrated by Natalie Ballard.
Cavalier Capers are 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. The books are available both in printed and electronic formats.
Book 1: 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 as a pup takes a trip with his brothers and sisters into the woods! Wet fun ensues… but will it be poor Old George who will get the wettest?
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 with bold illustrations and a great storyline. Each volume includes a collectable character card featuring the main character from each book.
This book includes the Old George character card for you to copy, cut, laminate and collect!
Book 2: In the second instalment of the Cavalier Capers series we follow Josie and Kipper into the “jungle”.
What frightening beast will they find lurking in the jungle undergrowth? It could be a lion! It could be a giraffe! Or… well you’ll just have to read it to find out!
Jungle Adventures is the second in a series of books aimed at young and learner readers. This title is aimed at 6-8 year olds or to be read with Mum or Dad with bold illustrations and a great storyline. Each volume includes a collectable character card featuring the main character from each book.
This book includes the Kipper character card for you to copy, cut, laminate and collect!
Book 3: In the third instalment of the Cavalier Capers series the Pups have been listening in to Grandma Sysum’s telephone conversations.
We all know what trouble comes from listening in to one end of a telephone conversation. When will Jessie be coming and why is she bringing a Kitty with her? Doesn’t she know Pups don’t like Kitties? Will Grandma replace them all with cats and kittens? All the other pups are sure to laugh while Kipper and Josie search for the Kitty that is somewhere in the house!
This book includes the Josie character card for you to copy, cut, laminate and collect!
In March 2015, our first edition of our new magazine will launch!
Designed to support the local High Street and businesses, BagMag will feature the best in local fashion, independent retail stores, local designers and shopping.
Each month there will be: an 8 page feature on a local store or business, great topical editorial on fashion, hair and beauty or lifestyle as well as a great range of local businesses advertising their latest offers. The magazine will also have an optional binder which comes complete with a Lipstick USB Key which gives access to great offers, an online directory as well as a great blog and more exclusive to our readers. The USB key locks into the binder for secure storage and the whole package fits neatly into your handbag.
On the memory stick we will be putting a web link to our website which is going to have a online directory. All the companies who are in the magazine will have their offers and details for customers to browse and will be secured by password entry which will be changed with each edition with the password being printed in the magazine.
If you would like to advertise in a magazine for your area, please visit our Advertisers page.
The binder will be £20 including a copy of that month’s issue.
We are currently running a crowd funding project to aid towards the launch of BagMag.
That certain time of year has come around again (it seems quicker every year). It’s time to trim the tree, wrap the presents and cremate the turkey.
This year most of our gifts are handmade – a gift of our time and creativity, as the best gifts come from the heart. I’m sure if I could hand make my own Skylanders figures that even those would have been handmade this year. For the first time, I’ve actually forced myself to sit and do the nice ideas I’ve planned for gifts and home decor, and I have to say its been worth it. I can’t put up photos yet (obviously) but my craft room is a much loved mess and I’ve become more inspired from taking the time out.
We also have planned a nice long break from the office (aside from the usual end of year activities). Christmas and New Year is the perfect time to regroup, plan and give yourself the space to be creative without the worry of deadlines and clients. The office will close at 2pm today, and I’m looking forward to what the next 3 days will bring. It won’t bring masses of presents, but instead it will bring me time with my family, time to enjoy what I already have and some great food and drink. To me, that sounds like the perfect Christmas.
So while we all indulge, rest and enjoy our families, presents and the special memories that get created every year, I ask one small favour of you all… For someone not so far away from you, this Christmas may not be so jolly. It may be their first without someone dear, they may have lost their job, be ill or simply be alone this year. The smallest gesture will let them know they are not forgotten – a 5 minute phone call while the turkey is resting, helping them with their last minute shopping or even a simple note could be the thing that lights up somebody’s face this Christmas.
To those who are alone this Christmas, don’t be. If you are offered an invitation, take it.
Molly Watt is an amazing young lady – she goes to Uni like so many other 20 year olds, she loves to write and draw and wants to become a teacher… sounds fairly ordinary doesn’t it? But what’s makes this so amazing is Molly is registered deaf-blind as she suffers from Usher Syndrome – a progressive disease that slowly takes sight and hearing from its sufferers.
Add on top of this that Molly and her family launched a Charity to support others like her, that she has been recognised by Sense as both an inspirational young person and earlier this week Runner-up as an inspirational adult and suddenly you begin to see how amazing this young lady is.
Yet during her school life she was bullied for being different, and so she has launched her first book dealing with inclusion. Everyone is different, and we have to learn to accept each other’s and our own differences. Frog, Froggy and Froggit deals with this topic in a sensitive way, and tells a story of how we often try to hide our differences and how we can find acceptance among friends.
It was the weekend before Mother’s Day and so Frog invited Froggy and Froggit over to make cards.
Frog, Froggy and Froggit is a short story for children of 7-8 years to encourage confidence in reading simplistic sentences and minor tongue twisters aloud. The book contains a small but important message, vital for all!
** Inclusion **
Written and illustrated by Molly Jane Watt
Molly is an advocate for those living with disabilities, particularly Usher Syndrome (deafblindness) the condition that has taken her hearing and sight. Herself a victim of bullying, Molly expresses her views through creativity. Details of Molly’s Charity for whom this book was written can be seen at www.molly-watt-trust.org.
Molly was Sense’s youngest ever Young Deafblind Person of the Year in 2010, started her own Charity in 2012, became an Ambassador for Sense in early 2014 and has been nominated and shortlisted for Deafblind Person of the Year 2014 at just 20 years old.
Molly has already begun the artwork for the second Frog, Froggy and Froggit book too!
This isn’t a book about goal-setting, being passionate and living the dream. You can already find lots of those.
This isn’t a long and wordy book, which takes you a month to read but six months later you can only remember one or two of its key points. You can find lots of those too.
This is a book which gives 24 memorable insights to develop your resilience, productivity and influence, so you’re equipped to make a lasting impact on the world around you. Whether you’re a business leader, a team manager, an entrepreneur, a parent, an aspiring professional or young person, your ability to make an impact will define how happy and successful you become. Imagine how your life would be if you could:
Attract more people to follow you – out of choice not obligation
Bounce back quickly from your disappointments & set-backs
Overcome your fears and live beyond your current horizons
Achieve more without adding to your overstretched ‘to-do’ list
Choose to make an awesome impact in your world or don’t – it’s up to you!
Andrew is an experienced coach, trainer, blogger and parent. His unique writing style has created an inspirational book which packs a powerful punch, is effortless to read, and easy to apply.
You can order The Impact Code in paperback. It’s also available to purchase for Kindle, and shortly for iPad and other formats.