Anniversary

November 16th was the one year anniversary publication of Bella and Bentley Book One  🎉 It’s been a rollercoaster ride 😜

Well ‘Bella and Bentley’ has been out a year now! From photo to sketch to front cover 📚to a published book for early years to age 6… #BellaAndBentley thanks to Sarah Leigh-Wills an amazing illustrator 😍 #kidlit #dogsoftwitter #frenchbulldog #AdoptADog

Novembers Blog

It’s seems this year is going faster and faster… November has just gone, I’ve turned around and it’s gone. Don’t want to wish 2017 away but I’m secretly looking forward to a new year and I’ve loads planned 😬… exciting times ahead. This November was productive though!! Bella and Bentley Book One 📚 is now in ‘Isle of Wight Traders’ a lovely local shop in Newport full of handmade and produced crafts from islanders… a real creative bunch. I’ve met a few now, lovely people 😊

October Blog

Hi, Well hello everyone, hasn’t October flown by, feels like I’ve done so much yet not enough sometimes! Slowly getting organised me thinks… not wanting to wish away 2017 but 2018 is shaping up pretty well!! Anyway, firstly, this month Book One and Two went on Amazon so if you want to take a look and maybe purchase!!!!! please then can you leave a review?? I recently found out that you need 25 reviews before you start getting recognised on Amazon… so please give a review if you can.

*please note this price is with p&p 😀

Last month I told you excitedly that I had been invited to a Primary school so off I trotted, nervous and excited, I’m fine with children but felt a little apprehensive about lots of adults around but it was great, really great. We spoke about the book and they guessed from the front cover it was about a baby and a dog 😍I was so impressed too that the children knew that the words on the back, the synopsis, they called it the blurb! So I read the story and then we all found Uff Uff hiding in the pages… as an activity for the children to receive their Bella and Bentley sticker I had drawn a large tree with leaves on and next to each leaf was their name.

When they found their name, with autumnal colours in finger paints they made their mark!!! The children were so good, well behaved, responsive and a credit to Mrs Cowell and Miss Thompson of Hunnyhill Primary School. I left them with a colouring competition so one of them will win my ‘Book in a Bag’.

We had The Cowes Literacy Festival this month too, some well known speakers etc… but it was the Youth Zone I was interested in. Perfect weather made the weekend and I met some fellow children’s authors. The books were amazing and one of the ladies I went to school with!! I’ve put my name down to take part next year so look out for me!

Met all these lovely authors…
#Supporting each other 📚

Also this month the lovely Gregor Arthur from Beardsalls, Shanklin IOW made me this gorgeous banner for my book fairs… I am super pleased with this 😁

And finally Aaron Isted made me these delightful ‘Island Author’ stickers that went on my books that are now in the shop at The Old Smithy, Godshill IOW…

I think October looking at it was quite productive really… apart from all of the above, been on some lovely walks with my dogs and to finish off Robin Hill ‘Electricwoods’ Arreton, IOW all lit up, excellent food, lantern making, running trough the treetops, dancing shows and falconry. A celebration of India and Diwali 😍Wish I’d been years before, so worth it. If you come on holiday October half term make sure you make time for it!!

Bella, Mummy and Nanny loved it (me) xxx

September Blog

Wow September, been and gone, such a lovely summer but it’s gone so quickly. There was so much I didn’t get to do I think I’ll plan better next year, ha ha!

Anyway there’s a gorgeous shop in Cowes here on the island and they have my book one for sale, yay, excited. Thank you ‘Little Live Like This’ xxx

At the same time Aaron made me these child friendly badges for giveaways!!! Great quality very impressed…

My very creative Dad got more involved this time, although he did print the pictures for cards my Mum made. He’s made me some beautiful book marks, I love them. They will be giveaways for events etc…

September has been quite eventful, made good contacts this summer, about to meet some fellow authors at a literary festival here on the island and drum roll please… very nervous but excited, I’ve been invited to read to two reception classes at a Newport Primary School in October!!!!!

Good times ahead. To finish, thought I’d show you my granddaughter Bella, she was very quiet, I found her reading the book all about her… so sweet, she loves it xxx

August Blog

Beautiful summer here on the Isle of Wight… I’ve been lucky enough this year, first time ever mind, to be able to enjoy our garden. It’s looking quite good, small or should I say bijou!!!! I’ve read in the sun, eaten alfresco and listened to the radio, bliss.

The 1st of August saw ‘Bella and Bentley’s Day Out’ Book Two out!! I dedicated this book to my amazing Mum and Dad because of there continued love and support and to thank them for honestly the best childhood I and my sister and brother could’ve ask for! For this month I ran a competition to win the book and some products from The Dog and I company in Devon that produces shampoos etc… Wendy Nivison and her lovely Bob were the winners and she kindly sent me this picture with his prize… apparently here he’d already had a bath!

Bob
Bob

This month too I booked myself a place at the The UK Southern Book Show for next year too… exciting times planned for 2018.

July Blog

Hi, this month has been quite busy. I finally got round to photographing all the bits of merchandise I had made. The ‘Little Shop Of Goodies’ page was created by Antonia on the website because if anyone knows me I still struggle with this computer lark… learning new things everyday though. I shall surprise myself and others one day! I now have the book bag that fits the books perfectly which I love. I’m very pleased with the mugs, keyrings and magnets. They were made by a lovely young lad here on the island. My very creative mum has made me some lovely handmade cards too! Still thinking of bits to add, got some good ideas in the planning. Also in July I connected to quite a few fellow authors of all genres not just children’s they have been amazing to talk to and have given me some great advice, pointing me in all the right directions.

This month too Book Two ‘Bella and Bentley’s Day Out’ was ready to print and Sarah again has done a great job. I’m so pleased…