Saturday, 28 July 2012

Out and About at the Zoo climbing the Amazon ranks

My children's book Out and About at the Zoo has been doing great since it's release on 1st June this year and recently made it to #6 in the 'Stories in Verse' category on Amazon (paperback version).

The Kindle version is now also available and can downloaded for FREE on 5th August. This offer is valid for one day only so take advantage of it while you can!

More 5 star reviews have also been posted to the product page and the number of 'likes' continues to grow. If you've read the book please drop by the page and add your review as I love to hear your feedback.

New stops have also been added to the tour schedule for August. The full tour schedule and FREE extras to go with the book can be found on my website at

Friday, 27 July 2012

Family time

I took a few days off at the beginning of this week to concentrate on some quality family time. My husband managed to get Monday and Tuesday off work so we got to have a long weekend all together. It was great to relax for a bit, catch up with friends and most importantly play fun games with my hubby and kids. We even managed to get some D.I.Y. done around the apartment.

My husband, kids and me

Sometimes taking a breather is the best way to be productive. I know that sounds a bit wrong but having given myself a break I'm now back with more energy and ideas than before. 

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Money off all orders!

Hurry this offer ends 27th July!

You can get 20% off any order at until 27th July 2012 by using the code: SILVERUK.

Here's just some of the titles available:

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Out and About at the Zoo Kindle Edition OUT NOW!

Out and About at the Zoo is now available for Kindle!

Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer during car journey's, airports etc... Out and About at the Zoo can now be purchased via all the Amazon sites in their kindle category. 


Purchasing links (kindle):
On 5th August as part of my virtual tour the kindle edition will be available for FREE download. This offer is for one day only.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Help spread the word

Here are some things you can do to help spread the word about my new book Out and About at the Zoo

From my website
I've now added some social share buttons directly on the Out and About at the Zoo page on my website for easy one-click sharing.

Here are some pre-crafted tweets. Just click the links to post on Twitter now
Please click here to visit the book's Amazon page. Here's a few things you can do on this page:
  • Click the like button near the title 
  • If you've read the book, write a review: I would love to hear what you think of it. Go here and then click the 'Create your own review' button.
  • Tag the book: Scroll down to "Tags Customers Associate with This Product" and feel free to tag some of the more popular terms or just agree with those already listed.
Please click here to visit the book's Goodreads page. Here's a few things you can do on this page:
  • Add it to your to-read book shelf
  • If you've read the book, write a review
  • Recommend it
  • Use the share features to post about it to your other networks

Digg, StumbleUpon, etc.
I would love it if you shared these pages. Just copy and paste links.
Are You a Blogger/the Press?
I'm always available to do guest posts and interviews and would love the opportunity to let your readers know about my book. Please email me to organise the details. A media kit can be found on the Out and About at the Zoo page on my website

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Interviewed for The Stories for Children Show on Blog Talk Radio

For those of you that missed the show yesterday on the Blog Talk Radio show 

The Stories for Children Show by the World of Ink Network, where I was interviewed live on air by VS Grenier and Roth Irene, here is a recording of the show (The interview even got listed by Blog Talk Radio as a featured show :)):

Listen to internet radio with WorldOfInkNetwork on Blog Talk Radio

Friday, 13 July 2012

Love and support

Today is my 6th wedding anniversary and so this post is just to say thank you for my lovely husband for all the love and support he has given me over the years. He's my number one fan and always proud to tell people he meets about my writing. He listens to me as I go on about my latest ideas and encourages me to continually reach higher and achieve my goals. He takes the kids out when I need a few hours to concentrate on work or have interviews to do. He is there when I'm frustrated and need a hug and there when a celebration is called for. I wouldn't be able to do it all without him 

Our wedding day 13 July 2006

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Upcoming LIVE events

During my promotional tour for Out and About at the Zoo I'm going to be doing some more LIVE events.

Here's the info so you can add them to your calendars:

You can find details about the other tour stops at my website

Friday, 6 July 2012

FREE Out and About at the Zoo Activity packs

As part of my promotional efforts for my children's picture book Out and About at the Zoo I've added some free activity packs to my website. These fun book extra's can be downloaded completely free of charge. All you need to do to gain access to the files is to "pay" either with a tweet or a Facebook update.

All activity packs have a strong link to the Out and About at the Zoo book. So far I've added a word search, printable animal masks and colouring pages. 

Some of the FREE animal masks

There's also a video reading of the book to watch.

All can be found on the Out and About at the Zoo page on my website.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

The tour so far

I'm currently touring the web to promote the release of my children's picture book 'Out and About at the Zoo'. The tour is 3 months long, running over June, July and August and includes a mix of guest posts, interviews, reviews, book spotlights, Facebook wall chats, Twitter interviews, Google+ hangouts and more...

Thanks to everyone for your support.

Out and About at the Zoo is available now from

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

International Literature Festival, Rome 2012

In June I attended the Letturature: Festival Internazionale di Roma and had a great time. Living in Rome (Italy) I don't often get the chance to go to in-person events like this so it was exciting to be able to indulge in some bookish fun for once.

On the night I went, the big guest speaker was Madeleine Wickham A.K.A. Sophie Kinsella. It was great to be able to meet one of my favourite authors. I love her Shopaholic series.

Here's a photo of us hanging out together during the event:

Madeleine Wickham and me

These were the guests for this edition:

Here's a few photo's taken during the event:

Ticket collection point

Waiting in line to enter

Madeleine Wickham up on stage

The event took place on Via del Fori Imperiali in the Roman Forum. Beautiful surroundings, excellent writers... a small piece of bookish heaven.

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