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Join the Club!

Club together to support Charity

St Richard’s Hospice has launched a new Book Club at it’s Cafe in Worcester. The aim of the book club is to reach out to the local book reading community while building a thriving group. Director of Kissed Off Creations Ltd, Natalie Ballard, is chairing the meetings following an invitation from Lydia Repton.

Inaugural meeting

The first meeting took place today, and while many books and topics were discussed, the chosen book for our meeting in June is “Life of Pi” by Yann Martell. This was met with unanimous support by the Club’s members. The next meeting is scheduled for the 15th June at 9am.

Copies of “Life of Pi” are available from the bookstore for £1.75, and why not have a great coffee and a browse while you are there!

The backup books are: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Santa Montefiore and the Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – for those who are unable to finish reading the Life of Pi or would like an alternative book to read.

Club aims

The book club will be focussed predominantly on all realms of fiction, however we will also be looking outside of this genre on occasion as well as previewing forthcoming releases from Kissed Off Creations Ltd. There is no pressure to finish books nor to read the backups, all we ask is for you to bring along another book review or a recommendation of a title for the group.

If you cannot attend the group, simply drop in your review before the meeting at the store either to Lydia or to one of the other volunteers, and we can add your comments to our discussion.

Book reviews may be abridged and used to support window displays and advertising of the group.

Come along and join in

Pop along for a chat about books and a lovely coffee (and maybe a sneaky piece of cake too!) on 15th June. The cafe has wheelchair access and is situated through the charity’s well-stocked bookshop… even if they haven’t got your book in store, they are sure to be able to source it for you.

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Girls Have Fun: Book series for cheeky fun for adults!

Girls Who Do It by Sophie Reynolds

Welcome to Girls Have Fun!

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!

You can purchase this book on Kindle 

Also available in paperback 

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Cavalier Capers – book series for children

Cavalier Capers Flash Screen LITTLE READER

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.

Old-George-1

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!

Cavalier Capers 2: Jungle Adventure
Cavalier Capers 2: Jungle Adventure

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!

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Amazing Molly launches her first book

Frog, Froggy & Froggit

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

Frog Froggy Froggit by Molly Jane Watt
Frog Froggy Froggit 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!

Where to Buy

You can purchase the paperback edition here 

Also available as an audiobook on most major platforms including Amazon Buy audiobook from Amazon here as well as Spotify, iTunes and more!

Other eBook formats will be released shortly.

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Children’s Classic with a “novel” twist for your Little Princess!

The Lazy Princess, the Magical Dress and the Maidservant

The Lazy Princess, the Magical Dress and the Maidservant by Robert Lang
Illustrations by Victoria Murray

Can you believe it: not all Princesses are good girls.

In this enchanting take on the traditional storyline the tables are turned on a sulky young lady who refuses to meet her Prince Charming…

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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!