Thursday, 29 March 2012

Have you seen our new website?




The brand new Sunpenny website is now ready for viewing!

You can see a preview of the website in the screen shot above showing the homepage with our re-designed logo, one of our latest released If Horses Were Wishes by Elizabeth Sellers and our featured author Christine Moore.

We'd like to invite you to click the link above and have a look to find out about what's in store for Sunpenny this year including our upcoming releases, new imprint Christlight Books and our visit to the London Book Fair in April.

You can also buy all our titles at discounted prices in our online store including:

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If Horses Were Wishes by Elizabeth Sellers

Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut

A Little Book Of Pleasures by William Wood


We hope you enjoy looking around the website!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Announcement: Sunpenny re-brand and new website launch!

Sunpenny Publishing (and Imprints)

Sunpenny are pleased to announce that we are re-branding our logo and look to coincide with the design of our new website, which will be going live this Monday!

The new website will be clean and easy to navigate with all the latest information on our books, promotions and writing competitions as well as a shop from which you can purchase our titles at discounted prices.You will also be able to find out about our new Marketing and Sales Team who have been working hard on the re-branding since starting their roles.

You can also sign up to receive our email newsletter to keep up to date with all our latest news without hassle here: http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/SunpennyPublishing . Please note that you can unsubscribe from the newsletter any time should you wish to.

Remember to have a look at our website www.sunpenny.com tomorrow to view the exciting new design- we'd love to know what you think.....

Meanwhile, remember you can still download Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut and Dance of Eagles by J.S Holloway for 99p on Amazon Kindle until the end of the month.



Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sign up for the Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut read-along!




NOTE:

As we have not had enough interest for the read-along to go ahead yet, the dates above have been cancelled until we have enough participants to make it as enjoyable as possible. Please fill in the form if you would like to take part and we will use your email address to let you know when the event will run. Thank you!


Today I am excited to announce a Sunpenny group read-along of our Rose and Crown inspirational romance Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut for Mother's Day!

From the 18th March-15th April, we will be breaking down each of the chapters in this exciting and uplifting romance and discussing some questions each week about what we have read. This coincides with the limited time promotion on Blue Freedom where it will be available for download on Amazon Kindle for 99p until the end of March (find out more information in this previous post.)


Links for download: Amazon.uk and Amazon.com

About Blue Freedom:

BLUE FREEDOM, by Sandra Peut

Bella Whitman is a freelance health and fitness writer with a tragic history. When she is offered a dream opportunity to undertake a writing assignment which will take her on a journey across the South Pacific islands, she grabs it, despite her misgivings about the arrogant but handsome editor in charge of the magazine, Ethan Gray - and Jay Hinkley, the contract photographer Ethan has hired to travel with her. Despite a rocky start, Bella finds herself being drawn to Jay as they work and travel through the islands. But can this relationship develop into more than a friendship, when he already has a woman in his life? And with a dangerous hitman trailing their every move, can Bella and Jay finish their assignment - despite the shadowy motives of their employer Ethan - and survive a deadly rendezvous with a Thai drug consortium in a nail-biting climax?

Through this fast-paced adventure, Bella is able to find healing from past pain and discover emotional and spiritual freedom.

Praise for Blue Freedom:

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Sandra Peut
A thrilling mystery of exciting anticipation, witty antics and laughs, with heart-felt truths all in a 'what happens next' plot. Simply and elegantly written - your imagination is caught in the perfect 'Pacific' drama that just keeps getting better to the very end.
--Elizabeth Findlay, Scriptwriter/Magazine Producer.

Sandra Peut’s Blue Freedom is a riveting, fast-paced novel that you will not want to put down. The story chronicles free-lance writer, Bella Whitman’s unwitting entanglement with an international drug deal, and her colleague, Jay Hinkley’s sudden need to be more than a photographer, when Bella’s life is in danger. Action, intrigue and romance, Blue Freedom is a novel that has it all.
-- Meredith Resce, author of ‘The Heart of Green Valley’ series, and ‘For All Time’.

If you're looking for an adventurous and romantic novel and love sharing your thoughts with others, why not join us? All you have to do is fill in the sign up sheet below, start reading chapters 1-8 and join in with the weekly discussion questions that will be posted here on the blog either in the comment section of the post or in your own blog post....



Schedule for discussion during read-along:






Week 4 8th April: Chapters 18-26


Week 4 15th April: Chapters 27-34





Thank you to everyone who signs up for the read-along- we hope you will have lots of fun discussing Blue Freedom with us!

Mother's Day Special: Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut for 99p on Amazon Kindle


In celebration of Mother's Day, we're offering our Rose and Crown romance novel Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut at the reduced price of 99p until the end of March! It's the perfect little extra present for your mum and for all those mums who want to treat themselves today....




About Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut:

Bella Whitman is a freelance health and fitness writer with a tragic history. When she is offered a dream opportunity to undertake a writing assignment which will take her on a journey across the South Pacific islands, she grabs it, despite her misgivings about the arrogant but handsome editor in charge of the magazine, Ethan Gray - and Jay Hinkley, the contract photographer Ethan has hired to travel with her. Despite a rocky start, Bella finds herself being drawn to Jay as they work and travel through the islands. But can this relationship develop into more than a friendship, when he already has a woman in his life? And with a dangerous hitman trailing their every move, can Bella and Jay finish their assignment - despite the shadowy motives of their employer Ethan - and survive a deadly rendezvous with a Thai drug consortium in a nail-biting climax? Through this fast-paced adventure, Bella is able to find healing from past pain and discover emotional and spiritual freedom.

 


A thrilling mystery of exciting anticipation, witty antics and laughs, with heart-felt truths all in a 'what happens next' plot. Simply and elegantly written - your imagination is caught in the perfect 'Pacific' drama that just keeps getting better to the very end.

--Elizabeth Findlay, Scriptwriter/Magazine Producer 

Sandra Peut’s Blue Freedom is a riveting, fast-paced novel that you will not want to put down. The story chronicles free-lance writer, Bella Whitman’s unwitting entanglement with an international drug deal, and her colleague, Jay Hinkley’s sudden need to be more than a photographer, when Bella’s life is in danger. Action, intrigue and romance, Blue Freedom is a novel that has it all.
-- Meredith Resce, author of ‘The Heart of Green Valley’ series, and ‘For All Time’.

Links to download Blue Freedom

Amazon.com (for everyone who lives outside of the UK.)

Don't forget that you can still download the e-book to read even if you don't have a Kindle by downloading the free Kindle reading app for different platforms including PC and Android.

I am also pleased to announce that Sunpenny is holding a read-along of the novel where we will be reading a chapter each week over the next month. Look out for a sign up post coming soon on the blog. 

Meanwhile,  don't forget to head over to Amazon and spread the word about this limited offer!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Guest post from author Valerie Poore: Educational value of The Skipper's Child


We are pleased to have our Sunberry author Valerie Poore, author of the adventurous children's The Skipper's Child on the blog today with her guest post about the educational value of her book. 

About The Skipper's Child

Arie Kornet hates school holidays on his family’s barge, RIVAL, which is home to Arie, his two sisters, his father, and his deaf mother. But because his father is a commercial skipper, all they do is travel from one place to another on the Dutch and European waterways. Arie is intensely frustrated with it all. It seems there is nothing for him to do, and no escape.

That is, until an unexpected brush with Russian secret agents, international plots, and a startling stow-away bring him far more excitement than his dreams had ever bargained for! Suddenly his own life, and those of his entire beloved family, could be in danger. Arie has difficult choices to make, and even more difficult actions to take. 


Welcome, Valerie:


In the recent months since the Skipper's Child, my first venture into fiction, was published by Sunpenny Publishing, I've spent some moments wondering about whether I had any intention of making it educational when I wrote it. The answer is, actually, well...no.

Still, judging by the response I've had recently, and to the reviews my author friend, Anne Marie, and another reader have written, it seems to come across as having some kind of educational value. When I first read the reviews, I was surprised, and now, I am even rather pleased. Even though I never set out to make it so.

As many of my friends and blogger pals will know already, the story just sort of emerged out of my fascination with my partner Koos's childhood. He was the example on whom the adventures of Arie were built, and the Kornet family are, in a sense, Koos's father, mother and two sisters. The story itself is pure fiction, the product of what my mother used to call my over active imagination, but the setting in the early 1960's, the barge life, the route the family take from Zelzate in Belgium through to Lille in France, these are all real.

Did I do any research? Absolutely. I spent quite some time reading about what was happening in the news at the time. I also researched the building of the Gent 'ringvaart', the canal that was being built around Gent to stop all the shipping congestion I describe in the city centre. Koos and I walked the route the Kornets took through the city, so I knew what was there, then and now. And of course, all this time, Koos was filling me in with anecdotes and snippets about what life was really like for a child on a commercial barge - boring, routine, cold in winter, hot in summer, and nowhere, just nowhere for a child to run and play.

His mother's deafness was real too, as was the loss of not one, but two siblings to drowning before Koos was born. This was a common occurrence among skippers' families. Children had a tough time in many respects, as only the very brightest stayed at school longer than was necessary - all hands were needed on deck, and if there were too many children - well, it was quite accepted for skippers to offer a spare child to other short-handed skippers, pass them over mid-stream, wave goodbye and sail on. A solution they simply regarded as being practical, not abusive.

So, yes, in hindsight, the Skipper's Child might be said to be educational. It is based on a very real lifestyle that has everything to do with being Dutch. It's even true to say that practically everyone you speak to in the Netherlands has some connection with the skipper's world somewhere in their family - so you could call it historically relevant too.

For myself, I wrote it because I loved the stories and wanted some way of recording them, but while I wrote it, I got caught up in Arie's world myself. It was a tale I had so much fun writing that I hope that's what really comes through when people read it. And if it has some value in the classroom or library, well I'm very happy about that too. For now, though, I am busy dreaming up his next adventure. The activity in my imagination has never stopped. I just need more time to write it all down!

Thank you Valerie for sharing about the educational value readers have been discovering in The Skipper's Child and the background to it! The reviews that were mentioned can be found on the Amazon UK page for the book as linked below.

About Valerie:

Valerie Poore was born in London, England, in 1955 and grew up in both north of London and the west of Dorset. After completing her degree in English, History and French at Bournemouth in 1976, she took a further course in the conservation and restoration of museum artifacts at Lincoln College of Art, following which she worked for a furniture restoration company until the birth of her first daughter in 1979. She now lives on a barge in Rotterdam.


Please feel free to contact her with any questions through her new Facebook and Twitter accounts.


The Skipper's Child can be purchased at your local bookshop or any of these online stores:


"If Horses Were Wishes" by Elizabeth Sellers - Available on Amazon


"If Horses Were Wishes" by Elizabeth Sellers - Available in The Book Depository .com

"If Horses Were Wishes" by Elizabeth Sellers - Available on Amazon


Monday, 12 March 2012

E-Book Promotion: Dance of Eagles by J.S Holloway available for 99p this week!

To celebrate the e-book release of the explosive action-thriller Dance of Eagles by J.S Holloway , we are offering it at only 99p from the reduced price of £4.11 on Amazon Kindle!


About Dance of Eagles

An explosive adventure-thriller set in 14th-century Africa, and in the 1970's bush war of Rhodesia-Zimbabwe. Powerful characters who shaped their worlds, interwoven into a vivid tapestry that melds two stories: Tcana, daughter of a cattleherd, wife of a prince, high priestess of a new religion that will rip apart the ancient city of Tsimbaboue in the 1300s; and American TV journalist Rebecca Rawlings, caught up centuries later in the remnants of Tcana's faith and a violent war of attrition –Rhodesia, during the 1970s. Peter Kennedy, commander of the famed Selous Scouts. His friend and right-hand man, Kuru. And Kuru's brother, Mandhla, trained as a top flight freedom fighter by the Russians. In this gripping tale of love and retribution, Mandhla stalks the woman he sees as the key to his revenge, as surely as Peter and Kuru stalk the man known only to them by his nom-de-guerre: the Mamba.

"The narrative is fast-paced and crisply told. ... never forgets to keep her stories moving, alternating between historical eras and geographical locations swiftly. She writes with clarity and style. Above all, her novel melds many universal themes - love, hatred, religion, fear and rebellion - into one insightful, compulsive narrative."

- BookWire Review

"An intriguing story, in which the author relays the setting with such clarity and expression that you feel you must immediately book flights to see all these beautiful places in Zimbabwe! I enjoyed the way the book bounced from present to past, where we got to see the lives of two women so far removed from one another's circumstances, yet their lives are intrinsically linked. The story grips you right through to the last page... and the ending leaves you wondering if there will be a sequel." 
- Independent review online


LINK TO DOWNLOAD:


Remember that even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still download the e-book to read on free apps for PC, Android and many other platforms from Amazon. Happy reading and don't forget to spread the word about this limited time offer!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

It's Read An E-Book Week!



Did you know that it's Read An E-Book Month in Canada? As part of this month long celebration of e-books, Read an E-Book Week is also being held until the 10th March worldwide! This fantastic event aims to encourage book lovers to read more e-books and embrace them as part of their reading.


It's a great opportunity to finally read some of the e-books that you have been putting off starting for a long time!

Or if you've never read an e-book before but are curious about this new way of reading, you not try downloading one of the free reading applications from Amazon that allows e-books to be read on your computer.

For those who downloaded the e-book of Just One More Summer by Julie McGowan during our February promotion, why not use this opportunity to read it?


Here are some of our titles that are available on Amazon Kindle for you to top up your e-book library:




 
Amazon UK- £4.11
Amazon.com- $6.47

You can find out more about the origins of Read an E-Book Week at http://www.ebookweek.com/ and learn about the many promotions and giveaways taking place this week and over the rest of this month!

Meanwhile, you can let us know about what e-books you're reading on:

Our Facebook page or by sending a tweet to @SunpennyPublish.


Thursday, 1 March 2012

Happy World Book Day 2012!


HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY 
from everyone at Sunpenny!


As many of you will know, today is World Book Day. This annual day is in celebration of authors, illustrators and books but most importantly of READING! Over the years this event has been running it has become a worldwide celebration with over 100 countries marking the occasion.

Its' main aim is to encourage a lifelong love of literature and reading in children and as part of this, children in the UK receive a £1 book token to be redeemed for one of the free World Book Day books or as a discount on any book-store book of their choice. This year, 14 million tokens are expected to be given out and many events are taking places in schools and libraries around the UK from writing workshops to literary fancy dress competitions .

Why not use the book tokens as an opportunity to get a discount off our Sunberry books if you have children? Click on the images of our two current children's titles for more information.



How have you been celebrating reading today? I'll be curling up with a book that's been sitting on my shelf unread for a long time. We'd love to hear what you've been doing, whether you attended a workshop held for children, your children dressed up as their favourite book day character at school or if you bought a new book today. You can let us know by commenting under this blog post or tweeting us at @Sunpenny Publish on Twitter.

Meanwhile, why not celebrate by feasting your eyes on these beautiful bookcases designed by Alex Johnson's on the Guardian website here. Enjoy!