New Review – Thrilling Comments

A new book review always creates mixed feelings: Will they like it or hate it? Will anyone comment on the review? Today, I received not only a glowing book review, but several encouraging comments, which is something I don’t often see. So, I am thrilled to share not just the review, but the comments too.

“Today I’m honoured to be sharing my thoughts on a book by another talented young author. Now aged twenty-one, Akea was written by the then fourteen year old Elizabeth Jade who ‘stumbled into writing when she began to suffer from anxiety and depression’.

I’m hoping get to know Elizabeth Jade a little better when she guests on Pen and Paper (if you have any questions you’d like me to put to her please leave them in the comments) but in the meantime you can read more of her life story…”

For full article and comments, click here – Tracy’s Blog – Pen and Paper

New Children’s Craze Hits Wellington

There are books popping up all over Wellington and everyone is invited to join in the fun. You take a book, pop it in a waterproof cover with a note, hide it somewhere, and then post a picture of the hiding place onto the Facebook page ‘Look for a Book Wellington’ to encourage other children to search for it. You can also post a picture of the books you find.

look for a book 2 (2)There are many benefits to children from reading books. It increases vocabulary, improves concentration and encourages imagination. It’s also provides the perfect one-to-one bonding time with younger children and is a great way to get them out of doors.

Word about the Look for a Book craze is spreading across the country fast. The enclosed note encourages the lucky finder to get involved by reading and re-hiding the book or by hiding one of their own pre-loved books instead.

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Wellington mum, Tara James (nee Rowland), came across the Taunton group on Facebook and thought it would be a wonderful thing for local children to be involved in. Jessica, Katie and Isabelle (pictured below) were thrilled to be the first to hide books in Wellington.

Tara said, “It’s a great way to educate children whilst having fun with their family and friends etc, and the idea to have our own Wellington group received a lot of positive feedback. Kathy Millington set up the ‘Look for a Book Wellington’ Facebook group for us and it has grown quickly which shows a great community spirit.”

As well as support from Lisa at Bouncy Bears Nursery, both myself and another local children’s author, Sue Medcalf, are helping to kick-start Wellington Look for a Book by hiding copies of our own books for children to find.

Sue Medcalf has written an enchanting and educational series of books about a brave badger called Itchybald Scratchet, and his fantastic furry friends. Her books are perfect for children aged 5-8.

new (2)I’m hoping to publish the second book in my Akea series for 7-11 year-olds later this year. These captivating husky/wolf stories are told through the eyes of the animals and teach the importance of loyalty and belonging. Both Sue and myself will be represented at the Somerset County Show later this month.

Look for a Book is a fun way to encourage children both to read and to do something for others by sharing their own books. So, next time you are out and about in Wellington, keep your eyes open for their next read.

Look For a Book

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There are children’s books popping up all over Plymouth and I am proud to be a part of this fun way to encourage children to read. You take an old book, put it in a waterproof cover and attach a note. Then, post a picture of the hiding place in the Facebook group so people can hunt it down. It’s an initiative that’s taking place in other areas too. You can find out more about Plymouth Look For a Book on their Facebook Page or via The Plymouth Herald.


Path to Publication

karen kingEvery author has a story to tell, and that’s not just the one that they have published. Sometimes the story of how they came to be published is just as interesting, and author Karen King likes to find out about the stories behind the stories.

In her most recent article, Karen shares my experience:

“I’m delighted to welcome Elizabeth Jade to my blog today. Elizabeth Jade got an agent at only fourteen years old when she wrote her first book. Her second book is in the process of publication. I’m in awe of you, Elizabeth. Can you tell us how you came to be published, especially at such a young age?”

You can read the rest of my Path to Publication story here, and find out about some other great authors too.

The Best Books About Huskies for Kids

Best-Books-About-Huskies-200x300 ‘The Best Sled Dog Books’ by Amy at ‘My Three Readers’ is a fabulous article about the amazing husky books (listed below) and begins with her highlight of my husky-wolf story, Akea – The Power of Destiny.

1. The Call of the Wild
2. Dogsong
3. Stone Fox
4. Woodsong
5. Balto
6. Akiak a Tale from the Iditarod
7. Winterdance: the Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Why not google ‘best books about huskies’ and look for the article ‘9 of the Best Sled Dogs Books’ by

Putting the whiz back in the Whiz

The proofs of the finished illustrations for my next Akea adventure have arrived. While this should be a cause for celebration, my head’s not in the game right now as my fur baby is poorly.  Kizzy ‘The Whiz’ – so named because of her enthusiasm for everything – has a spinal problem that’s getting us both down. Her scan is on Tuesday and, while I will hate her not being with me for the day, I am hoping we will discover how to put her right.  I need to put the whiz back in my Whiz.

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