Tuesday, 4 October 2016
So how did the book launch go?
Brilliantly! It all started with a very polite young boy named Seb whose excellent manners and infectious enthusiasm for reading set the tone for an extremely enjoyable day! There was a steady stream of visitors over the course of the four hours between 10am and 2pm. There were children I'd met before when visiting various schools as well as others I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time. Judging by the interest taken by everyone who visited, I think it's safe to say that Arthur, Teresa, the Professor, Lake and Ajo will have lots more friends accompanying them on their future adventures! (Which is a good thing because I've started writing the next book and believe me, they're going to need all the help they can get...)
What kind of stuff did you get up to?
Competitions! That's what! Everyone who visited had the chance to enter two separate competitions. First, there was the World Famous Fiendish 88Tales word search. Anyone who could find all 10 hidden words got their name entered into a draw to win a fantastic prize... to have a character in the next Arilon Chronicles book named after them! (By the way, that competition runs until 1st December so check back here in the next few days for a chance to download the wordsearch and join in!)
Of course. The other competition! I did say there were two competitions, remember that part?
Oh yeah, sorry. You're right.
I know I'm right. Can I continue please?
Yes, of course.
Thank you. So, the other competition was a draw to win an original pencil drawing I did of the Professor, Lake and Ajo from 'Trust Me, I'm a Thief'.
Each person who came along was also entered into the prize draw for this picture and the winner of that draw is going to find out via email very soon that they are the brand new owners of this (let's face it) fantastic piece of original artwork!
Sounds like a great time was had by all. What now?
Now, I get my head down and start writing 'Teresa Smith and the Queen's Revenge'. I can't say much about it right now - except that Arthur and Teresa are going to be seeing way more of the Queen's magic, powers, minions and secrets than they were counting on. Luckily, they have the Cat on their side. Assuming he really is on their side...
Oh, oh, before you go... where can we get the book?
Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me! You can get it via www.88tales.com or www.thebookcase.co.uk or go directly to http://www.nottinghambooks.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=2100
Sunday, 18 September 2016
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What's the book about, then?
In Arthur Ness and the Secret of Waterwhistle, Arthur and Teresa are transported to the strange, dangerous and exciting world of Arilon. There, they hope to find the key to defeating Lady Eris and her mysterious and evil mistress, The Queen. Operating from the shadows, the nefarious monarch is trying to attain ultimate control of Arilon and the Human World by empowering Lady Eris to cast a spell of fear over the inhabitants of the countryside village of Waterwhistle.
Part way through the story, Arthur and Teresa visit the Blind Dressmaker who has come into possession of a very important item. The trio hope that if they can unlock the item's secrets, they will find the key to defeating Lady Eris and saving Waterwhistle.
Trust Me, I'm a Thief is the tale of how that item came into the hands of the Blind Dressmaker in the first place.
Enter three individuals that can best be described as 'quite odd'. The criminal mastermind known as the Professor. Ajo, the young Valian warrior. Lake, a slightly psychic girl who only speaks in single word sentences. Though they are as different as you can imagine, they are firm friends and have come together to form the Rogue's Run Trio. Their aim? To be the most notorious smugglers, thieves and bandits Arilon has ever seen.
They are hired to transport a very special item to the Blind Dressmaker - but, of course, things never go smoothly, not even for the best smugglers ever to grace the black skies of Arilon. The trio soon find themselves embroiled in the battles of a small frontier town and the raiders obsessed with taking the town's meagre treasures for themselves.
In this interactive adventure, YOU are the one who directs and influences the decisions made by the three bandits as they try to fulfil their mission and unwittingly play a vital part in the larger battle against the very Queen herself.
Tell me about the Book Launch
Come and meet the author of 'Trust Me, I'm a Thief' - WILF MORGAN - at the independent bookshop, The Bookcase (50 Main Street, Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, NG14 7BE) on Saturday 1st October anytime between 10am and 2pm. There will be readings, signings and even some prize giveaways!