Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

Well that was a whirlwind of a year, lots of family events as well as book events, and as usual Christmas crept up on me, demanding my undivided attention, then whizzed by in a flash, leaving me thinking that maybe I should get organised earlier next year, while at the same time knowing I won't...

So what's next...? January has to be a month for reading... hmm light the fire and and sit back with a good book.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Great Christmas Meltdown...

It's taken longer for me to get an attack of stressmas this year, but today it finally got me...

It was caused by having to go out to the supermarket, despite having a houseful of food, and why? Because tradition dictates that there are certain foods that we can't possibly do without over Christmas.

So I grabbed a small trolley - this is where I delude myself into thinking I am buying less, when in truth, with careful packing I seem to be able to fit just as much stuff in as I used to with a big trolley.

The whole experience was summed up when I smiled at a compete stranger, she smiled back and said "You look like I feel..." Then one of us said "tired" and the other said "fed-up" but I couldn't say who said which...

Monday, December 15, 2014

New in Lost in a Book's online shop... only one available

New in Lost in a Book's online bookshop Only one available!

Messing around with trucks...

  What's behind the shed door, with the chunky button door handle?  
 Drive along the road, and into the tunnel... or is it a cave?
 There's a handy pocket...Just use your imagination - it's a new story every time... 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Looking for a unique Christmas gift....?

The Christmas fair season may be over, or at least for me - but my books are all still available from my website.

And... I still have a couple of my Quiet / Busy books left. These unique cloth books were very popular at my fairs this season, and it seems it's not just the babies who like to stroke and feel at textures, people of all ages loved these books.
This one is available from my Etsy shop:

Monday, December 08, 2014

New bestseller...

A Face Full of Snow was my bestseller at the fair on Saturday - outselling But I'm Not Sleepy for the first time, then they were equal bestsellers on Sunday.

As Eric crashes his way down the ski slope, totally out of control, his only consolation is that Iver No-Idea isn't there to see.
Iver No-Idea and his dog HB are doodles. But they are no ordinary doodles – they're alive, and words and pictures come alive around them. Iver No-Idea has been learning to ski in a ski brochure. He's been practising for weeks and now he thinks he's an expert, and can't wait to tell Eric how it's done.
But when Iver No-Idea and HB are left behind, they find a way to gatecrash Eric's holiday. They arrive at just the wrong time, causing their own unique brand of trouble.

50 page paperback
Black and white line drawings.

Christmas fairs and unique gifts not found on the high street

It's been a manic but fun few weeks, out and about doing Christmas fairs in the York area.

This year I've had books for all ages, from:

Cloth books for babies, a riot of colour and textures - with fur, satin ribbons and buttons.

Full colour picture books - read The Monster Under The Bed if you dare...

But I'm Not Sleepy - because everyone has a Lucy!

Basil and the Flappy Thing - about a ginger cat stubbornly refusing to do what Mr and Mrs Feed-Me expect of him...

There's the Doodle series for early readers or reluctant readers, or to share as a read aloud.

And for the adults - Outnumbered by Cats - share the journey of joy and chaos caused by a house full of kittens... with colour photos! 

The Christmas fairs are finished but the books are all still available from my on-line shop. So why not pop along and grab a signed book for a unique Christmas present that you won't find on the high street. 

Friday, December 05, 2014

Swan or headless chicken...?

I mentioned recently that an author is like a swan, seemingly all is quiet and serene, but under the surface there's a lot going on - well I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't more headless chicken than swan, with more stuff to get through than I can realistically get done in the day...

Oh well, I can have a sit down at the fairs over the weekend:

Poppleton Tithe Barn on Saturday and Yorkshire Heart Vine Yard on Sunday.

Must go now - and try not to run around in circles...

Monday, December 01, 2014

Lost in a Book at Christmas fairs

I had a lovely weekend at a Christmas fair in Haxby - everyone had turned out to socialise and do their Christmas shopping from local artists and crafters - I even came home with a tiny growing Christmas tree, which has taken up residence on my kitchen shelf to await some deccies...

So while everyone else is having a manic Monday, I'm having quite a chilled out one, plodding through the things that need to be done, before launching into preparations for my final weekend of Christmas fairs, in the Tithe Barn at Poppleton and Yorkshre Heart Vineyard.

There's some emergency knitting to be done as all my sheep and Basil's have gone to new homes - and if I have time I'll get another Christmas busy book made... and somewhere along the way I have Christmas cakes to make, and Christmas shopping to do...  arghh