Book signing and activites for the kids this half-term

Beachy Books are celebrating the publication of their first children’s picture book, Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures, at a book signing at Waterstones in Newport on Saturday 29th May between 11am and 1pm. There will be also be beach-themed activities and book readings to keep the children entertained at the start of half-term. All Welcome!

Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures, the first in a series, follows the adventures of two children on the beach collecting found treasures washed ashore by the sea. The book also includes a beach spotter guide and family ideas to entertain children on visits to the beach.

Happy reading and beach treasure hunting this summer!

Treasure found in Waterstones window

On Saturday I almost fainted when I walked past our local Waterstones and spotted our beachy treasure, Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures in the window display along with with a card about us and details of our book signing this coming Saturday. Rah! We are very thankful to Paul at Waterstones Newport, IOW for giving us this book signing slot and such a prominent window position.

And if you don’t believe us…

Waterstones Newport, IOW
Just to prove our book is in a real Waterstones!
 Boo's Bucket of Treasures in Waterstones, Newport IOW Front window
Close-up

Taking photos on a woodland walk

We are working on our next book set on an adventure in the woods at the moment. It’s a challenge given the little “free” time we have after work and family…and twitter of course!

We found a stunning ancient woodland the other day and took some snaps while out with the children. We’d already got together photos of a wood from previous adventures out, but many of the images were too dark and grainy. I guess I could have used a tripod and a decent camera, but part of the magic of writing these books is capturing family days out. It’s more about the composition and a feeling than taking an award winning photo. In any case these new snaps are looking great but I must have got a bit carried away as I now have to trawl through 150!

Fossil Hunting on Yaverland Beach

Spent a sunny down on Yaverland beach, in Isle of Wight with the kids fossil hunting, but mostly playing on the beach. We found fossilied wood with iron pyrite inside but no dinosaurs today. We don’t really know what we’re looking for at the moment as I’m not too hot on geology, but I’m picking it up. right now I could have easily found a dinosaur bone and not realised it judging from these photos of finds on the uk fossils network website.We try not to do too much damage, simply hunting for rocks on the foreshore rather than breaking huge chunks off the cliff as many people seem to do. Still, a fun challenge for family and children, but do some homework before so you know where to look and what to even look for!

Pity the day was spoilt slightly by a nuisance that seems to plague every beach, street, footpath and stretch of grass in the uk – dog poo! With all the dog owners not clearing up their foul lumps, in a few million years from now, people will find fossilised poo as common as…well muck. To be fair I did see several dog walkers with little bags of the stinking stuff, so shame on you others – how would you like it if I let my children do the same? Sermon over.

Our first book signing at Waterstones on Saturday 29th May!

Bit excited today as we have confirmed with our local Waterstones in Newport, Isle of Wight, that we have a book signing for Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures on Saturday 29th May, between 11am and 1pm.

Also Paul, the manager, told us today he’s already ordered 30 copies in advance, which we are really chuffed about! We’d like to take this opportunity for thanking Paul at Waterstones for his time and giving us this great opportunity.

I’ll be blogging and tweeting more details of the event nearer the time…

The amazing discounting machine does it again!

For some inexplicable reason amazon.co.uk has decided to reduce our book again for the second time in  a few weeks to the incredible price of £6.10! Giving you a huge saving of £1.89 off the full £7.99 retail price. We’re not complaining as we still get the same cut – it just means you all get a better bargain, so thanks amazon!

There’s also a reduction on the US version on amazon.com down 15% to $10.71.

If anybody can explain how amazon.co.uk decide to discount then we’d love to hear. Must be some complex algorithm I assume, but I cannot work out whether it’s to do with recent sales or visits to the page or reviews? Answers on a tweet please.