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What Happens in the Castle

It’s finally here, release day for the final installment of The What Happens Series! Readers have watched an American girl fall in love with the unobtainable laird, the broken heiress find forgiveness and romance, and now it’s time for a NYC based midwife to meet her match…too bad that match lives in the Scottish Highlands.

What Happens in the Castle is available wherever books are sold!

PS. What Happens in the Highlands is currently FREE HERE!

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Free Book Time!

To celebrate the release tomorrow of What Happens in the Ruins, which you can order HERE, I’ve put my first book What Happens in the Highlands on sale for…free!

Match made in heaven or maid of dishonor?

Tight-laced Rose Hensel arrives in Scotland for her best friend’s wedding with a plan—to be the greatest maid of honor ever, let loose for the first time in years, and find out what Scottish guys really wear under their kilts. After meeting the best man, she thinks she found the man who checks all the boxes for a no-strings-attached romp among the heather.

Lachlan Calder-Mackinnon knows how to show a girl a good time. Gourmet dinners in castle ruins, picnics among rolling hills, and a seaside escape create some unforgettable dates. But as the fling begins to morph into something more, an unexpected wedding guest threatens to ruin Rose and Lachlan’s new romance.

With a plane ticket in one hand and her broken heart in the other, Rose prepares to head home to reality. However, she’s about to learn that what happens in the Highlands don’t always stay there.

Remember, What Happens in the Highlands is only free for a limited time, so hurry and download your copy now HERE!

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Meet Daniel Williamson

Meeting new authors is always top on my list of fun things to do. And as a parent, it’s rare I meet children’s authors. Today, I’d like to introduce Daniel Williamson, who has created a line of educational picture books to teach kids new languages in a fun and new way.

Daniel Williamson was born in London and earned a scholarship to attend Bembridge Private School on the Isle of Wight, largely due to his advanced English writing skills. During his teenage years, he articulated in theater, band, and choir. After attending Nottingham Trent University, he began traveling the globe to such locations as The Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, and Christ the Redeemer.

After the birth of his daughter Carmela, his passion for writing was re-ignited, and after a brief spell script writing he turned his attention to children’s stories due to the inspiration he gained from his mother Jacqueline’s Montessori nursery and his own volunteer work at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

His current titles include the Look at me I’m learning series, which focuses on teaching young children the basics of a new language through colourful picture books. Currently languages include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish and Brazilian Portuguese with many more language books and rhyming picture books already under development for 2020 and beyond.

  • What inspired you to write children’s language books?

I had already written a few rhyming picture books when a friend pointed out to me that she couldn’t find one decent picture book to help her cousin teach their son Italian. At this point I had a light bulb moment. I did some research and found this was true for all languages pretty much. There were bilingual books out there but they mostly looked like boring text books and not endearing to young children. I decided if I could make a series that started with the basics of language in a colourful and playful way this would be a great gateway for any parent wishing to introduce their child to a new language.

  • Are you fluent in any languages?

Languages were always my favourite subjects at school where I studied French, German and Spanish for a combination of 15 years. I’ve been learning Brazilian Portuguese for the last 2 years. Would say I’m more conversational than fluent in all 4 which is why I used professional translators for my books.

  • Do you have any other languages you’d like to cover?

The series currently has 6 languages covered with 4 more arriving within the next 6 weeks. What I love about this series is that the possibilities are endless and if there is demand for new languages I aim to fulfil it. I have a great model in that the story and artwork template are complete donee languages just need to be translated professionally and then it’s effectively cut and paste. I also believe 100% that there is potential for the whole series to be back-translated and go global and so I am looking for the right literary agent or publisher to help me achieve that.

  • What age group are your books best suited for?

The subtitle reads ‘A story for ages 2-8’ but I’ve heard of children as young as 1 and as old as 10 enjoying the books. Even some adults have bought them in order to teach themselves the basics!

  • What were your favorite children’s books growing up?

I think everybody has that one picture book as their go to growing up. Mine was Not now Bernard by David McKee. An absolute classic which is still held in high regard today. After that it was Roald Dahl all the way, I couldn’t get enough of his creative characters, funny words and simply beautiful stories. Even 30 years later I think he is still influencing me in my writing as whenever I have a quirky moment I smirk and think about him.

  • What are your dreams for your book series?

I want this book series to help as many parents as possible to enjoy introducing their mother (or father) tongue to their children. Learning a language should be fun and so I’m hoping to bridge the gap with the colourful artwork. As mentioned I want this series to grow and grow and reach every corner of the globe. To have the series back translated and receive messages from people in every continent telling me how much the children enjoy them. Growing this global ‘family’ of readers will also give me the opportunity to share my other stories with the world and hopefully spread a lot of happiness along the way.

  • Will you always stay within the children’s books or do you have plans for any YA or adult novels?

I believe I will stay within picture books and YA. First I wish to expand my language series, then I have 3 more picture books written that just need the artwork finished. I’m also currently in the planning phases of a YA fantasy series with a talented artist with some fantastic and original ideas so looking forward to pushing my boundaries.

To order any of Daniel Williamson’s langue books for kids, you can shop now HERE.

To keep up to date on all of Daniel Williamson’s work and be alerted when he releases new work, visit him on any of his platforms.

  • Visit his website HERE
  • Visit his Facebook HERE
  • Visit his Twitter HERE
  • Visit his Instagram HERE
New Book

100 Things That I Wish I Said

Debut author time! Demi Pepper, a UK based author has just published her first book, a novel that touches on bullying, mental health, and the power of words. Introducing 100 Things That I Wish I Said.

Every thought we ever have will never be spoken out loud. You’ll regret it if you don’t say something and maybe it’ll change a life. But once someone is gone, they’re gone for good.

About Demi Pepper

Being a quiet individual most of your life leaves you with a gap to fill. Demi’s gap was filled with creativity and worlds she invented through art, poetry and novels. Her worlds dive into the supernatural, the fantastical and romantic as well as sometimes exploring a more realistic and hard hitting side, yet still beautiful – all of which are inspired by her love for movies, art and history.

Demi studies Fine Art in University, which only allows her creativity to flow further and allow her to reach for the stars in all aspects of her work. Being an artist allows her to paint pictures within her writing and always aim for her readers to be compelled within her small universes.

Follow Demi Pepper on Twitter HERE and on Instagram HERE

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Lust in the Stacks

A new book by a debut author is now available. Introducing Lust in the Stacks by Natalie Falkenwrath!

In this library, the books aren’t the only thing worth checking out…

Alex has a job she likes, doing tech support at Cowling University, and a beautiful – if difficult – girlfriend, Jasmine. Life is good. That is until Alex’s boss reassigns her to work in the university’s saddest little library. Alex feels like she’s been banished to a stuffy, quiet hell. 

Then Alex meets Cait, a living definition of ‘sexy librarian.’ She’s hot, smart, and her accent is to die for. But Alex has a girlfriend she loves and a job to get done. 

When the library pushes back on the system updates Alex was sent to implement, Alex must work closely with Cait to find a solution. Can Alex stay professional and maintain her relationship with Jasmine while working side-by-side with the alluring librarian?

Lust in the Stacks is available for the kindle HERE and in paperback HERE.

Happy Reading!

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The Main Dish

We don’t have a lot of young adult books on our page, but it’s time to shake things up a little. Introducing The Main Dish by Victoria Kimble. It releases in July, but the paperbacks are available for preorder now!

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Overall Rating: 4/6 Glass Slippers

Scarlet Williams is so close to living her dream–to be the youngest violinist at the Summerset Festival. She’s worked her fingers to the bone and put in the long hours to make sure she earned her spot… and the admiration of a boy she has her eye on. But when her sister Sadie is cast in a cooking show in LA, her plans go off the rails.

A summer in LA with her family while Sadie works to be the top chef on the show means a summer away from her music, and her shot at being in the festival. As much as she wants to stay, she doesn’t have any choice, and soon she’s packing up her violin and putting her dream on hold while Sadie chases hers. Though she’s not content with being invisible, and soon she makes a decision that could change everything.

Overall, The Main Dish was exactly what was promised–a YA story with sisters at odds and their individual dreams. The writing was clean and simple, penned in the way I imagined a teenage girl would write in her diary. Everything’s an explosion of failure in one moment and nothing the next, a glimpse into what it means to be a high school girl.

I normally don’t read YA, but I found The Main Dish to be a light read with a good message of sacrifice and honesty. The idea of the Young Gourmet show could be a book on its own! And Scarlet makes a few mistakes that hurt the ones she loves, but learns from it and becomes a better person. Although my daughter’s only five, this book will sit on my shelves until she’s old enough to read it.

Overall, I thought it was a good story with some totally teen moments with simple writing that conveys several very important messages. I would recommend this book to YA fans that enjoy light reading, particularly those in middle school.

Giving

How to Help Australia

If you have the internet, read the news paper, watch TikToks, post on Twitter, or have a television, you know about the devastating fires in Australia. Australia is a diverse ecosystem with billions of plants and animals from kangaroos to flying foxes that are currently dropping in numbers. With each passing minute, people are losing their homes, some their lives, and as far as the plant and animal population goes, this fire will decimate many that are already on the endangered species list.

I’ve compiled a few places for you donate, and one where being crafty can go a long way. People and animals alike need help.

The Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild is in need of crafty donations of joey bags, koala mitten, and other items that can be sewed or knitted with basically any fabric. They have patterns to follow, so if you have some old blankets and a sewing kit, you can help keep a flying fox cozy or joeys comfortable. You can visit their Facebook page HERE for more information.

The World Wide Fund for Nature is a name we all know and trust. They estimate that more than half a billion animals are currently dead, and since we can’t see the end on the horizon, the number will probably be much higher. They’re currently working on saving as many animals as they can, and after the blaze is contained, they’ll then begin to rebuild the animal’s habitats. They’re asking for monetary donations HERE.

The First Nations people of Australia are particularly vulnerable, as their homes and sacred lands are burning. Neil Morris, a Yorta Yorta, set up a Go Fund Me to assist First Nation Members in a culturally sensitive way and to help replace property that holds significance to their people, as well as personal belongings. You can donate monetarily HERE.

Steve Irwin’s family are continuing his legacy by running The Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo. They’ve already helped around 90,000 animals, but their resources are limited as the fires continue. They’re asking for monetary donations HERE so they can continue the good work.

The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital specializes in animal rehabilitation and release. While they see thousands of animals a year, they are currently experiencing an influx of koalas that are badly burned. As one of the busiest wildlife hospitals, they would appreciate monetary donations on their Go Fund Me HERE to help the animals currently affected and for donations to house the animals unfit to be released at their sanctuary HERE.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has been working around the clock to contain the fires. Animal and human lives have been saved through their efforts, and they lost two of their own in the process. Donating to them helps to buy equipment, care for the 2,000+ firefighters hard at work, and keep fighting the fires experts say may burn for months yet. You can donate monetarily HERE.

The Koala Hospital of Port Macquarie has been rescuing and releasing koalas since the 1970’s and are currently collecting monetary donations HERE, and you can even symbolically adopt a koala. And as far as their supplies go, they’ve been boxing up formula and medications for other, smaller rescues in need and shipping it free of charge.

The Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service, or WIRES, one of the largest animal rescue and release organizations in Australia. in December alone, they saved 3,300 animals. But with the wildfires, their work has doubled, and they’re asking for monetary donations HERE so their volunteers can keep taking in the injured.

Adelaide Koala Rescue has been treating 100 injured koalas in a high school gym. There are so many animals, their resources are spread thin and they’re still asking the Australian public to contact them if they see any koalas. They’re asking for monetary donations on their website HERE.

This is by no means a complete list, and the entire country is in need of help. If you have an organization that’s dear to your heart you’d like me to add, please let me know!