Anyone for Pirate Treasure?

Arrr, shiver me timbers! Be there booty in the box?

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Find out in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine if the rascally band find the long lost treasure or not.

Available free to download on Smashwords, iBooks, Barnes and Noble Nook books, Sony books, and on Amazon for 77p.

Illustration by Christina Boon.

 

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The Ghostly Ghastlys – Print version

I am working on a longer book for 10 – 12 year olds – probably will be for quite a while, so won’t be publishing any more of the Ghostly Ghastly series for the time being. Here are the covers from the series in the meantime, and I am planning a print version for the six stories so far, combined in one book.

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A romantic setting for Valentine’s Day

Here is the wedding in the Ghostly Ghastly series Book 4:

 

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It wasn’t a long engagement, but a lot happened: there was the bride’s motorbike to be repaired, and that strange wolf that was always following her in the shadows. Not to mention the problems the little Ghastlys had when the big day eventually came.

Arrrr! Shiver me Timbers! Anyone speak pirate?

Seem to be obsessed with pirates. My first book (free on Smashwords, ibooks, Barnes &Noble and Kobo) had a pirate theme. Christina Boon, the immensely talented artist who has illustrated all my books is working on a picture book for me “Skyship Pirates” and there is even a book planned in my Ghostly Ghastly series which has a pirate in it.

Perhaps the attraction is the finding treasure, or maybe a life at sea or perhaps its just the wonderful language?

My granddaughter and I have been watching a lot of “Curious George” lately, a TV series featuring an adorable monkey who has a lot of adventures, and there is even a pirate story in there. A lot of arrrrrring! takes place.

Here’s some pirates from my book, “Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine”:

 

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Witch and Chips

I have been watching the totally brilliant TV film of “Room on the Broom.” The picture book was always a great favourite of mine, combining a gorgeous story about friendship with language that flows and delightful alliterations and rhymes. I always regarded it as the most technically perfect picture book I’d every read. Who else but the immensely talented Julia Donaldson would have brought together “witch” and “chips” and then “ditch.”

 

The film is beautifully reconstructed from the book and my two year old granddaughter has been glued to it, asked for on again and again, so the ultimate compliment to writer, illustrator (Alex Sheffler) and all involved with the production .

 

http://roomonthebroom.com/

More Animals

Here are a few more of the animals that have appeared in my stories. The artist, Christina Boon, has illustrated them delightfully, and added so much to their creation.

 

Here is the baby pirate elephant again who first appeared in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine. He only has a small part in that book, but because so many people loved him (thank you Christina for such an inspired illustration) and commented about him on my Facebook page

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he has been named Edward – with discussion on Facebook – and I am in the throes on working on his own story.

This is the original drawing. Christina has kindly done some more for me, even though the book isn’t yet ready!

 

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Edward goes travelling with his friend, the pirate chicken, in his own story. I think her name is Pegs, as she lays a lot of eggs on the way. Here she is:

 

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Animals have even crept in my book about the amazing machines.

Here is the Clop-a-Hopper from Mr McMarvel’s Amazing Machines. She does much to help Tim and Mr McMarvel’s robot, Rupert, although she has doesn’t like to be told what to do. Tim has to entice her out of the workshop so that they can rescue Mr McMarvel who has been kidnapped  by the villains…

 

 

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Here is the Unlock Anything Machine from Mr McMarvel’s Amazing Machines. Mr McMarvel designed a wasp with extra special abilities for the very important job of unlocking anything.

 

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And here is Matey, the pirate porcupine in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine. She is befriended by Evie, who keeps her, but Dad will have to build her her own home out in the garden. Luckily Dad is a builder so this will be very easy for him!

 

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Animals

Lots of animals come into my stories. They are great fun to work with.

This is Edward Elephant who originated in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine, and who is to have his own story this year.

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Here’s the pirate parrot from Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine. Ahoy me hearties!

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Here’s the resident cat from The Ghostly Ghastlys, Book 1, Finding a Home. He helps the little Ghastlys find the cupboard from which mysterious (and very polite) voices are calling for help.

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Here’s the were-dog from The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 4 Princess. The dog has a very important part in the stories…and is not always a dog.

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And here are hornets chasing after the villains in Mr McMarvel’s Amazing Machines. They are not real hornets, but ones Mr McMarvel has made especially for the job.

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