Busy Busy Bee! Bzzzzz!!

My oh my! I don’t know where to start! It’s been such a splendiferous week for my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series and I! We’ve been in ‘The Gazette And Herald’, our local newspaper, following my author visit to Townsend Barn Nursery recently, to read one of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ books to their pre-school children.

Townsend Barn Nursery's pre-school children and I during my author visit :)
Townsend Barn Nursery’s pre-school children and I during my author visit πŸ™‚

We’ve got the launch of book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, this Saturday (February the 28th) at the Trowbridge branch of WHSmith, from 2pm. If you’re free then please do come along and meet ‘Posie Pixie’ in person and a few more of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ characters! There’ll be a colouring-in station for children (and grown-ups!) with sheets from my children’s series to take home. I’ll also be signing any copies of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ books if folk would like that πŸ˜‰

In the midst of book launch preparation this week, I was delighted to receive a glowing review of book 1, ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, from the Readers’ Favourite in America. They have awarded this 1st book in my series a 5-star seal no less!! I was absolutely ecstatic to receive this and read the awesome review! The link to this I’ve pasted below πŸ™‚

The Readers' Favourite 5-Star Seal for book 1, 'Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle'!
The Readers’ Favourite 5-Star Seal for book 1, ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’!
The last thing I’ve been doing this week, is preparing for ‘World Book Week’ next week! It is the busiest week in ‘Whimsy Wood’s’ calendar and rightly so! We have been invited to visit 4 schools during this joyous week of literary celebration. My first author visit is on Monday March the 2nd to Staniland Academy in Boston, Lincolnshire. The 2nd is on March the 3rd to Easton Royal Academy, near Pewsey, Wiltshire (where I am their ‘Associate Author’ no less!) Author visit number 3, is on March the 3rd to Queen’s Crescent Primary School in Chippenham, Wiltshire (they have also kindly invited me to be part of their ‘Reading Festival’ in the evening on this day πŸ™‚ )and finally, my 4th visit is on ‘World Book Day’ (Thursday March the 5th) itself to Heddington Primary, Wiltshire. I really cant wait to get started on my school visits next week and meet all the children, teachers and parents. The best part of my author visits is spending time with the Key-Stage 1 children, running literary-related woodland activities and with the Key-Stage 2 children running writing workshops πŸ™‚
So, that’s what’s been going on from the ‘Whimsy Wood’ writer’s side of things. But I bet you’d like to know what’s been going on within the enchanting world of ‘Whimsy Wood’ itself?! Well, let’s open the heavy oak doors that lead into this charming woodland and see what our characters have been up to…………………… Look above you and you’ll see ‘Mr.Bilberry the blackbird’, ‘Whimsy Wood’s’ postman, flapping about as he delivers leaf-letters to the woodland folk. He takes his job incredibly seriously I’ll have you know and this important role of postman has been in his family for generations! ‘Dr.Tustle the tawny owl’ is also swooping off to visit a poorly patient. My guess is it’s ‘Bromley Badger’ who he’s visiting! Bromley is ‘Whimsy Wood’s’ party-animal shall we say! Whenever I’ve met him, he’s either been off to a party, or returning to his set after dancing the night away!! Oh….what’s that I can hear? It sounds like a rustling and a scuttling under the leaves by my feet…. Who can that be I wonder??… Of course! It’s none other than ‘Wibble Woodlouse’! She’s telling me that she’s on her way to see ‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’ at ‘The Woodland Store’, as ‘Posie Pixie’ (her best friend) has run out of thistle-milk!
It seems like my ‘Whimsy Wood’ characters are terribly busy today as they go about the wood and so I shall close the heavy oak doors on this delightful world and bid you all a wonderfully whimsical week πŸ™‚ I shall leave with you one more beautiful illustration from book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, by our amazing illustrator Sarah Mauchline.
Amazing illustration by Sarah Mauchline from book 6, 'Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm'
Amazing illustration by Sarah Mauchline from book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’
Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series
Ps; if you cant wait til next week, then by all means pay Posie a visit on her very own Facebook page below, or visit the publisher’s website where you can view the latest book, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ πŸ˜‰
Visit Posie Pixie on her very own Facebook page!
To pre-order book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ direct from the publisher, Abela Publishing, please click on this link :-

 

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Thank goodness it’s Friday!

Hurrah, hurroo, Friday is here for me and you! Thank goodness we’ve made it to the end of another week and the weekend is almost here!! Β  Β Which means that the launch of my sixth ‘Whimsy Wood’ book, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ is just over a week away! So to remind you about this exciting event, please see the flyer advertising this below.

Flyer for the launch of book 6 at WHSmith, Trowbridge, 28/02/15 😊
Flyer for the launch of book 6 at WHSmith, Trowbridge, 28/02/15 😊

Now this book is written for the month of January, so there are sparkling snowdrops growing in ‘Whimsy Wood’, along with oyster mushrooms. Luckily, one or two are growing by Posie’s stone table in her kitchen and they make a sumptuous seat for a wee pixie, or indeed Posie’s best friend, ‘Wibble Woodlouse’!

‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, is the penultimate book in this first set of seven books in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series. Now I’m guessing you might want to know a little bit about the final book in this set?! Well, since it is Friday, I’ll let you into a few ‘Whimsy Wood’ secrets, as long as you promise not to tell a soul. Good. So calm yourselves….try to contain your excitement….drum-roll please!! Book 7, the final book about Posie’s adventures, is titled ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’! It is of course written for the month of February (as each of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ books are written for a specific month in the calendar) and ‘Mrs Scarlet the Squirrel’, who runs ‘The Woodland Store’ returns in this story. You’ll also get to meet another of the woodland folk, ‘Dr. Tustle the Tawny Owl’, who’s terribly serious and one of the older members in the ‘Whimsy Wood’ community.

After book 7, we get to follow the amazing adventures of ‘Fearne Fairy’ in ‘Whimsy Wood’! For now, all I’ll tell you about Fearne, is that she’s not your typical fairy! Basically, like you and I, she’s far from perfect! πŸ˜‰ 😊 Well, I’ve given away far too many secrets already, so before I spill anymore, I’d best away and bid you a wonderfully whimsical weekend! In the meantime, if you wish to take a sneaky peek at book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, before it’s launched next Saturday, then please feel free to click on the link below 😊

http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-snowstorm—book-6-in-the-whimsy-wood-series_p31036622.htm

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of ‘The Whimsy Wood Series’.

 

An Exciting Extract!

Now, I’m certain that last week, I promised to let you read another wee snippet from ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, book 6 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series. So, without further ado, here’s the next enticing instalment! …..

‘ Suddenly there was a loud RAT-A-TAT-TAT! It was Sonny Shrew and Violet Vole tapping on Posie’s copper kettle house.

” Hellooo Posie! Are you in?” Violet called as she poked her brown, furry nose down the kettle’s spout.

“Yes I am!” Posie shouted back from inside her house. “Come and slide down the spout!”

“Really? Are you sure about that?” squeaked Violet a little uncertainly. “I mean, is it safe?” she asked whilst wrapping her furry tail around her mauve mittens.

“Of course Violet! It’s lots of fun! Unless you’re being a scaredy-cat, or should I say ‘scaredy-vole’ of course!” replied Pose giggling and tickling Wibble’s tummy, since she’d now rolled onto her back with her six tiny feet poking up in the air.

“Scaredy-vole!?!” Violet said with a smile as she dropped her tail. “Honestly, what a cheeky pixie! I think it’a time for some pixie tickling don’t you?!” she said whilst winking at Sonny Shrew.

” You betcha!” he squeaked and they watched a cluster of frozen leaves dance around on the woodland floor, as they were blown about by a sudden gust of icy wind. ‘ …….

So, will Violet Vole and Sonny Shrew slide down Posie’s copper kettle spout slide? Well you’ll just have to wait until next week, when I post the next extract! πŸ˜‰ In the meantime, you can check out ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ on the publisher’s link below and please see the image here of the 1st five books in my series. Book 6 will be joining them when it’s launched on Saturday February the 28th, at the Trowbridge branch of WHSmith, from 2pm πŸ™‚

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical week, Sarah πŸ™‚

The 1st 5 books in my 'Whimsy Wood' series!
The 1st 5 books in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series!

To pre-order book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ direct from the publisher, Abela Publishing, please click on this link :-
http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-snowstorm—book-6-in-the-whimsy-wood-series_p31036622.htm

 

Bloomin’ Blogtastic!!

What a wonderfully whimsical week it’s been for my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series and I! Without further ado, I shall explain exactly why! Well, we were nominated for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ by the very creative Carmela Dutra! Please check out her own brilliant blog here :- http://ablogforyourthoughts.com/wp-rss.php/blogger-award/

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I would like to nominate these following blogs in turn for this awesome award :-

http://vegbooks.org

http://www.anywaytostayathome.com/

http://ajschildrensbooks.com/

http://awomanswisdom.wordpress.com/

http://ablogforyourthoughts.com/wp-rss.php/blogger-award/

 

In other ‘Whimsy Wood’ related news, I’ve been invited to Townsend Barn Nursery in Poulshot, Wiltshire, to read one of my books to their pre-school children, on Tuesday the 10th of February. I’ve also been invited to Heddington Primary school, Wiltshire, on Tuesday March the 3rd as part of World Book Week, which is all very exciting! This recent invitation, means that my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series and I, are now booked for all of this wonderful week! (March the 2nd – March the 6th)

Finally, the 4th version of ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ (book 6 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series) is back from tweaking and fiddling and formatting with the publisher! I shall need to go over it later and ensure ‘Posie Pixie’ is also happy with it! This book is due to be launched on February the 28th and I feel the need to give you a wee extract from it, to wet your whimsical appetite a tad!…..

” WHEEE!” cried Posie Pixie with delight, as she slid down the slippery spout slide into her copper kettle house one icy January morning. “This is sooo much fun Wibble!” she squealed happily and promptly landed in her kitchen with a BUMPETY-BUMP, skidding sideways and narrowly missing her woodlouse friend. ……

Now, as I would say to my own children at the end of their bedtime story, “….and that is where we shall leave it….” ! I couldn’t possibly give you anymore from ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’!! Well….maybe… I’ll tell you a little more next week! Until then, I shall close the heavy oak doors on the wonderful world of Whimsy Wood and bid you all a very whimsical, rather early, weekend (hey, it’s nearly Friday!) πŸ˜‰