Free Books for Schools

Between the Book Buddy scheme, National Storytelling Week and International Book Giving Day, it’s been a busy few weeks, culminating in another newspaper article.

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The Snug Bookshop & Cafe

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This is a fabulous independent bookshop that recently opened in Bridgwater, Somerset. It’s so new they haven’t had their grand opening yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to support local authors, like me.

Sam has gone to amazing lengths to make her shop as accessible as possible, complete with disabled access ramp and toilet. She’s even considering a regular autism friendly hour. The coffee shop means you can have a relaxing drink (soya milk available) while mulling over your choices.

I’m thrilled to be included here – thanks again, Sam.

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Book Giving Day

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Book Giving Day is all about getting books into the hands of as many children as possible. Many children have limited access to books, some own no books at all. There are all sorts of ways for people to be involved.

You can donate books to charities, kids clubs, waiting rooms, any where you can think of.  You can even attach a note explaining its a gift they can feel free to take home.  The books don’t have to be brand new – although you can get some amazing deals from WHSmith – the important thing is that they are in good condition.

Many schools are in need of books too which is why I’ve decide to donate copies of my book ‘Akea’ to local primary schools. I’ve already lined up schools in urgent need of books as part of #NationalStorytellingWeek and I’ve contacted local schools about donating books to them for International #bookgiving day.

So come on, let’s get 2019 off to an amazing start, by sharing the love of books and encouraging the imagination of children in your area.

Visit: www.bookgivingday.com for details or to let them know how you will be sharing the love of books this 12th February.

What it means to be different

Every now and then you come across those selfless people whose sole desire is to help others.  Well, I recently came across one such man, whose aim is to help new authors to be seen and read. Leonard Tillerman delves into each book he reviews as if with a powerful microscope. His dissection of ‘Akea – The Power of Destiny’ left me wanting to read it – and I wrote it. I am delighted to share the start of his review here:

“Have you ever considered what it actually means to be “different”?  To step outside the norms of society and truly be yourself, despite the sideways glances, outright disapproval and criticism which may inevitably follow.  To be true to one’s self undoubtedly requires a fair degree of courage and fortitude.  A willingness to persevere despite overwhelming odds.  Now apply this concept to the animal kingdom.  You will find that it is not really that much different.  Various groups of animals have their own set of rules and norms and to step outside these could lead to a very swift demise.  If such notions have sparked your interest, then Akea- The Power of Destiny by author Elizabeth Jade will be an absolute treat!”

You can read the rest of this indepth look at ‘Akea’ and maybe even find your next book on Leonard Tillerman’s book review site HERE.

 

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If you enjoy learning about an author, then Linda’s book bag is for you. It’s an unusual way to go about an interview and thoroughly enjoyable to take part in. You can read my interview HERE.

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The Big Wide World

After a lot of hard work, I’ve managed to place Akea on sale at several independent bookshops within easy reach, and also at a prestigious shopping village in South Devon.

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I’m getting the hang of my newsletter, which contains sneak peeks at the illustrations for my 2nd book as they become available. I’ve been supported by some great authors via social media too.

Having Aspergers and anxiety is making marketing a challenge, but I’m always open to advice, so if this is your thing be sure to let me know.