✨ πŸ“š 😊 A Whimsical Website And A Writing Competition! 😊 πŸ“š βœ¨

Hello there and a happy Thursday to you all! I hope you’ve been having a wonderfully whimsical week so far and thank goodness it’s nearly Friday! My desperate need to reach the weekend, has been fuelled by the frenetic pace of this week. I honestly don’t know if I’ve been coming or going! Mostly ‘going’ I suspect though and probably ’round the twist’!

Anyway, needless to say that the wheels of ‘Whimsy Wood’ have been whirring away and at an equally hectic speed. This is because book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, is going through its formatting stage, ready for its release on March the 19th. Here’s another of Sarah Mauchline’s (our incredible illustrator) enchanting illustrations for this next Whimsy Wood book.

Poor 'Fearne Fairy' has crash landed again! 😁
Poor ‘Fearne Fairy’ has crash landed again! 😁

Along with the formatting of book 8, a wonderfully whimsical website is currently being created for my Whimsy Wood children’s series. This website will contain inside information about the series and background information on all the Whimsy Wood characters. There will be regular children’s competitions and woodland-related craft ideas, along with Whimsy Wood’s own little online shop. I am really excited about Whimsy Wood’s website and I hope you like it when it’s completed. 😊

In other Whimsy Wood news, I’m delighted to share with you information regarding a children’s writing competition! This is being run by The Little Hen House in Devizes, Wiltshire. If you’re not familiar with this super shop, I can tell you that The Little Hen House stocks charming children’s clothes for ages 0-8 years old.

They opened their children’s writing competition on January the 23rd, (National Handwriting Day) and the deadline for entries is February the 23rd. So if you were looking for a half-term activity for your children, then this could be a splendid suggestion. 😊

In the afternoon of Saturday March the 12th, I shall be giving out the prizes to the wonderful winners of this writing competition. This prize-giving event will be held in The Little Hen House and there’ll be a treasure hunt, colouring-in station and a Whimsy Wood book reading. For further information regarding this competition, please contact The Little Hen House directly. Thank you.

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Well, that’s all from me for today. Time is pressing and my ‘to-do’ list isn’t getting any shorter!

With whimsical wishes,

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

πŸ“š πŸŽ„ πŸ˜ƒ It’s Going To Be A Hardback Christmas! πŸ˜ƒ πŸŽ„ πŸ“š

Along with the wonderful Christmas cards that have been arriving at our family home in the wonderful county of Wiltshire, there have also been boxes of hardbacks of my 1st 7 ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books, arriving directly from the publisher, Abela Publishing. πŸ“š

I was absolutely delighted when Abela Publishing were keen to produce hardback copies of my woodland books for 5-8 year olds and, I know I’m biased, but they really do look and feel pretty darn fantastic! ✨ If you’d like to purchase a hardback copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ in time for Christmas, then please click on this link. Thank you. 😊 http://www.amazon.co.uk/POSIE-PIXIE-CHRISTMAS-TREE-Whimsy/dp/1910882615/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449494997&sr=1-1&keywords=Posie+Pixie+And+The+Christmas+Tree

Hardback copy of 'Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree' πŸŽ„ ✨
Hardback copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ πŸŽ„ ✨

Now, if you’d rather try your hand at winning a copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, then The Wildlife Trusts UK (who we donate 10% of all ‘Whimsy Wood’ book sales to), are currently running a competition in their children’s magazine, ‘Wildlife Watch’, as shown below. πŸ˜‰

Competition to win 'Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree'!
Competition to win ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’!

Incase you’re not familiar with ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, then here’s an extract for you to get you in the festive spirit:-

‘ ….That night, with Wibble curled up by her feet in the matchbox bed, Posie dreamt of a huge snow-kissed Christmas tree that filled her copper kettle house. It had beautiful red and white baubles hanging from its branches and twinkly, sparkly tinsel spiralling down from top to bottom.

By dawn the next morning, Posie was up and dressed in her purple pixie tunic, leggings and boots. She’d eaten her hot porridge with honey and drunk her nettle tea. As she was putting on her ice-blue duffle coat, Wibble scuttled into the kitchen. ….’

Well, that’s all from me for now. Christmas baking and present wrapping is calling! 🎁

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical week. 😊

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

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✨ πŸŽ„ πŸ˜ƒ Christmas Fair Fun And Frolics! πŸ˜ƒ πŸŽ„ βœ¨

I don’t know about you, but I can certainly smell Christmas, if that is indeed possible!?! It’s almost within reach and I for one get so excited about this wonderfully jolly and cosy time of year. 😊 With this in mind, my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series and I were delighted to have a stall at Townsend Barn Nursery’s Christmas Fair this week in Poulshot Village Hall in Wiltshire. There were mini mince pies galore and mulled wine flowing for all! It was a truly splendid evening! πŸ˜ƒ

Whimsy Wood's stand at Townsend Barn Nursery's Christmas Fair πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„
Whimsy Wood’s stand at Townsend Barn Nursery’s Christmas Fair πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„

So that was the first of our Christmas Fairs this year and the next is this coming Tuesday (November the 17th), at Edington Farm Shop in Edington, Wiltshire. This farm shop is classed as Wiltshire’s best farm shop and rightly so, as it is really fabulous. Their Christmas Fairs are always jam-packed with music and merriment, jolly folk and beautiful, unique gifts for all, so it really is worth popping along if you’re free! πŸ˜‰ This year’s Christmas Fair at Edington Farm Shop starts at 3pm and carries on until 10pm. For more information, please see this link:- http://www.threedaggers.co.uk/events

Front Cover of 'Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle' in hardback
Front Cover of ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’ in hardback

Behind the scenes of ‘Whimsy Wood’, work has been progressing well on the creation of hard back versions of my 1st 7 books. We had so many requests and enquiries for hard backs, that it only seemed right to listen to demand from ‘Whimsy Wood’ fans! πŸ˜ƒ Above is the hard back of ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’ and below is a beautiful image of Posie, as she appears in this 1st instalment from my award-winning children’s series.

Here's 'Henry Horse', feeling very grateful for Posie's help. 😊
Here’s ‘Henry Horse’, feeling very grateful for Posie’s help. 😊

If you would like to order a copy of this in time for Christmas, or you’d like further information about my series, then please click on this link, thank you:-Β http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-copper-kettle–book-1-in-the-whimsy-wood-series–hardback_p31204951.htm

Front Cover Of 'Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party'
Front Cover Of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’

Finally, our next ‘Whimsy Wood’ competition is up and running on our Facebook and Twitter sites. This competition ends at midnight tonight! (Sunday November the 15th) To enter, all you need to do is click on one of the links below and follow the simple instructions. You could be a winner of a signed copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’! Good luck! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Whimsy-Wood-Series/476339045765043?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/WhimsyWood

Now, as I look down on the woodland floor of the enchanting ‘Whimsy Wood’, I can see ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ scuttling off home, to the copper kettle house that she lives in with ‘Posie Pixie’. Wibble had been visiting her family who live under the large lime log in the middle of the wood, you see. She often does that on a Sunday afternoon. πŸ˜‰ ‘Skittle Spider’ is busy weaving charming cobwebs in the lower branches of an old oak tree and ‘Dr Tustle the tawny owl’ is about to leave his nest and visit ‘Raspberry Rabbit’. She hurt her paw whilst tidying up her ‘Treasure Room’ in her burrow earlier today, poor thing.

Well, that’s it from me for now. I’ll close the heavy oak doors to the magical world of ‘Whimsy Wood’ today and wish you a wonderfully whimsical week ahead. 😊

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

πŸ’«πŸ˜ƒβœ¨ Create, Creation, Competition! βœ¨πŸ˜ƒπŸ’«

Well, it’s been a week of creativity in the wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’. 😊 I was fortunate enough to attend an authors’ masterclass last Saturday, which was run by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). This was held in the Theodore Bullfrog Pub in Charing Cross, London, and we were put through our ‘writing paces’ so-to-speak by Beverley Birch, children’s author extraordinaireΒ and editor. She is the author of ‘Rift’ and ‘Night Of The Fire Lilies’ to name just a few of her children’s books, and she’s been in children’s publishing since joining Penguin in 1975.

Needless to say, it was a really insightful course, where I learnt a lot from both Beverley and indeed the other authors attending. Writing can be quite a solitary occupation, so it’s great to unleash myself from my writing desk occasionally, and sit amongst like-minded folk. I’d probably even say that I find it therapeutic! πŸ˜ƒ I’m certainly looking forward to attending the SCBWI’s annual conference at Winchester University, on Saturday November the 21st and Sunday November the 22nd. If you would like more information regarding this cracking conference or the SCBWI, then please click on this link :-Β https://britishisles.scbwi.org

Not only have I been stretching myself in the ‘create stakes’ with the authors’ masterclass, but work has started on the creation of a ‘Whimsy Wood’ website! Oh yes, my good friends and ‘Whimsy Wood’ fans! Hopefully, by the end of this year, there’ll be an all-singing, all-dancing ‘Whimsy Wood’ website, jam-packed with inside information and ‘behind the scenes’ images. I really can’t wait! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒ

Finally, this brings me on to our latest ‘Whimsy Wood’ competition! I’m sure most of you are aware that it is now half-term! There is no school-run traffic on the roads, and I for one am enjoying not having to set the alarm clock for the daily morning wrestle with my 3 children, as I jolly them through the monotonous tasks of getting dressed, having breakfast and dashing to school! What else could we possibly do to celebrate this autumnal half-term, than to run a competition?!

'Posie Pixie' off on another exciting adventure in 'Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic'!
‘Posie Pixie’ off on another exciting adventure in ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’!

This time, there are signed copies of my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, up for grabs! This competition ends at midnight on Tuesday October the 27th. All you have to do is ‘like’ the ‘Whimsy Wood’ Facebook page, or follow ‘Whimsy Wood’ on Twitter and ‘like’ and ‘share’ the competition post or retweet it. Please see the relevant ‘Whimsy Wood’ Facebook and Twitter links below to enter. Good luck! πŸ˜‰Β https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whimsy-Wood-Series/476339045765043?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/WhimsyWood

If you’re not familiar with ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, then please let me explain. ‘PosieΒ Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ is written for the marvellous month of October, so it’s brimming with blackberries, beech nuts and all things autumnal!Β You’ll meet some naughty ants, ‘Raspberry Rabbit’ and ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’, along with ‘Posie Pixie’ and her best friend ‘WibbleΒ Woodlouse’ of course! If you’re looking for a delightful children’s book this autumn, then here it is! 😊

'Raspberry Rabbit' out for an afternoon hop in 'Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic'. 😊
‘Raspberry Rabbit’ out for an afternoon hop in ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’. 😊

To tempt you even more, here is a wee extract from ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, winner of the 5 Star Readers Favourite award:-

….”Wow, Wibble!” said Posie Pixie to Wibble Woodlouse, as they wandered through Whimsy Wood one damp October afternoon. “There’s heaps of scrummy blackberries over there!” Posie said excitedly, whilst pointing to some blackberry bushes that she’d spotted by the woodland’s edge.

“Squeak, squeak, squeak-squeak,” replied Wibble, as she scuttled and rustled through the colourful autumn leaves. ……..

I wonder where ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ is off to? ‘The Woodland Store’ perhaps? Or will she go blackberry picking with Posie? I couldn’t possibly tell you of course! No, you’ll just have to read ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ for yourself! πŸ˜ƒ

Instead, I’ll leave you with a few reviews of ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’. 😊
“Think of the best bits from Enid Blyton’s fantastical stories for very young children.” Chopsy-Baby, UK online parenting magazine.

“I love the Posie Pixie books! I really like reading about the nature in the forest and the colours that you can find there.” Freddie Lea aged 6 yrs.

“This engaging tale of the Whimsy Wood folk and their merry antics, will enchant children and transport them into the world of make-believe!” Mrs Carol Clough, Headteacher at Crockerton and Heytesbury Primary Schools, Wiltshire.

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical weekend,

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