The Story Forest launched
Lots has been happening since my last post, the most exciting thing being that I launched my third middle-grade book, The Story Forest, on February 3! This book has been waiting in the wings for a while now – I originally intended to launch it last year but with one thing and another that didn’t happen. So, I decided to just get it out into the world at last and launched it on my birthday. What better day for a book birthday also?!
An adventure lies behind every bookcase …
When Freddie finds a mysterious message asking him to save his local library, he discovers a fantastical world beyond the bookcases where stories are more than just words on a page. Guided by a Book-Keeper called Meg – one of the guardians of books and libraries – Freddie travels to the enigmatic Story Forest, where letters grow on trees and adventures abound.
Freddie’s never been much of a reader, but in the Story Forest he begins to understand the true magic of storytelling and why this ancient art must be protected. With a rogue Book-Keeper and a book-hating councillor both intent on destroying stories, however, there are also giant Book Worms on the loose, devouring every book in sight.
Can Freddie and his friends – including two schoolboys, a couple of Silver Surfers and a Book-Keeper – save Portsteven Library … before it’s too late?
The book is aimed at readers aged 8-12 years, like my other two books (Magical Masquerade and Phantom Phantasia) and you can buy it as a paperback or e-book here: https://amzn.to/3q0m7Y5
I hope to do a proper in-person book launch and signing at some stage, once things are back to normal, (like most people, I’m a bit tired of Zoom events and I think, especially for a children’s book, these aren’t ideal), but in the meantime, it’s great to see the support people have already shown for The Story Forest. And I do love that colourful cover by Design for Writers, who always manage to pull it out of the bag for me and create the look I want!
A few copies started arriving with readers on Saturday and already, it seems to be getting the thumbs-up from them, so that’s great!
Robin + Rose Nature Box
In other writing news, I was delighted to be asked to come on board as editor of the Robin + Rose Nature Box magazine in January. This is a quarterly nature subscription box for women, run by Dr Jenny Evans, and it’s a real treat if you like nature and the great outdoors in any way. The magazine always has a diverse range of articles written by subscribers and I’ve been enjoying editing the current spring issue, which will be shipped out with the spring box mid-March. You can still subscribe to the box up until February 14, so if that interests you, then you can sign up here: Subscribe Now | Robin & Rose Nature (robinandrosenature.com)
GC Book Club
In other bookish news, we’ve also had our December and January bookclubs since I last posted, with good reviews for our Christmas read of Northern Irish authors (see previous post) and middling reviews of Wicked by Gregory Maguire, our January book! This is part of a quartet so it didn’t deliver all the answers, but the group mostly felt let down by all the loose ends and wanted more follow-through on Elphaba’s story. Our February read is the memoir, The Moon’s a Balloon by David Niven, so I’m looking forward to that.
Anyway, that’s all for now! I’ve still got my adult novel in the background, but I haven’t been able to work on that for a wee while – and I’ve now had another idea for another children’s novel, so we’ll see what happens! 🙂