I was delighted to open up Amazon and read all the kind reviews left for Portia, here are some of my favourites:
“Beautifully written book with such a great message for kids. I will look out for more titles by this fabulous author.”
“My 2 boys love this book! Beautifully written and great message behind the story. Definitely recommend”
“A fantastic read with an inspirational message that all kids should hear.”
Thank-you to everyone who has taken the time to post a review it really is the best present an author can receive. Although, receiving this festive depiction of the main characters in the form of a gorgeous Christmas poster, illustrated by the fabulous Elena Mascolo, is a very close second!
Thank you Elena your work always amazes me.
Slender branches silhouette
beneath his golden crown.
Sparks thrown out by the silver sun
ignite his flaming hues.
The autumnal prince towers above
ethereal mists, caught between earth and sky.
In a final flourish, passionate embers
of saffron and copper smoulder.
Only to cool as the light fades
and chill winds blow.
Each yellow fingered leaf, I mourn
as it falls and returns to it’s roots.
I will his warming glow to remain
to comfort my spirits during
November’s nip and winters depths.
Knowing my protests cannot halt
ruthless frosts from calling “time”.
Portia The Pear, my first Children’s Picture Book, was launched in September this year and is now on sale in bookshops, on Amazon and even in the gift shops at Tatton Park in Cheshire.
The launch party was an amazing event with more people attending than I ever imagined. Book sales were crazily high, I couldn’t move from the signing table. Children were busy sticking, painting, and creating at the craft tables. Those with more energy bounced on the bouncy castle and chased balloons. There was even a music maestro playing acoustic guitar in a quieter area for those who preferred to stay out of the mele.
I can’t thank enough, the team of people who helped me to organise and manage the event. I had volunteers in the kitchen, help setting up the buffet, friends supervising the crafting and one dear friend even took charge of meeting and greeting. What a bunch of superstars. The day’s success was all down to their fantastic spirit of “all hands on deck” – angels every one!
So here is a link to find my book, which makes a superb Christmas present for little ones. Book reviews can be found on Amazon, to see what people think so far.
To any budding authors out there, be ready to take part in marketing events organised by your publisher. My feet haven’t touched the ground since launch day. I’ve been as far south as Foyles in Chelmsford and I’m on my way north to Barrow-in-Furness next, with Apple Day Festivals in between and pit stops at libraries it takes a lot of energy to support your book, so be prepared!
I leave you with a link to the book and the publisher for more information …… did I say Portia makes a great stocking filler????