When abandoned tabby cat Mia turned up at Ma and Pa Croft's farmhouse, little did they know she had given birth to kittens in the woodshed next door. As they cared for the cats, Mia slowly moved into their home. But then Ma and Pa got a shock ... Kittens again! Now Mia has six kittens - two in the woodshed and four newborns there in the house. This is the story of Mia and her kittens Tabby Girl, Socks and Mackey, their sisters Eva and Scarlet, and their brother Blue. Will Ma and Pa keep all the cats at the farmhouse, or give them away to new homes? Based on true events, these stories will touch the heart of every reader.
Available from Amazon.
I will sign personal copies and send them to anywhere in the world. Order this book (and/or the first book Mia and the Woodshed Cats) from www.fbs-publishing.co.uk.
Former Doctor Who Appreciation Society coordinator Ian Wheeler and I have written and published What's All the Fuss About ...? An Introduction to Doctor Who. The above photograph shows us releasing it at Bolton Comic-Con on March 1st.
Who is the Doctor, what are the Daleks and why is the TARDIS a police box? Here is a television programme that has been running for over fifty years and has seen twelve different actors play the title role, each a unique incarnation. Why are people so devoted to this phenomenon? What is all the fuss about? Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler present the basics, with an overview of each Doctor's era and recommended stories to try, delivering the essential information that you need to know, your introduction to a television legend. It is the perfect beginners' guide for anyone wondering where to start, and equally suited to the die-hard fan who wants be reminded of and relive the very best bits all over again.
Available from Amazon.
Personal copies signed by Ian Wheeler and myself are available from www.fbs-publishing.co.uk. We will post to anywhere in the world.
Following the events of the first book, Mia and the Woodshed Cats, we are happy to announce that the story of Mia and her kittens continues in book two, Mia, Mackey and the Outside Cats. It is to be published soon.
"Iris was born to be a champion show dog, but all she wants to do is draw...
This is an enchanting and uplifting tale about following your dreams."
Iris the Architect is the first hardback children's story book from FBS. It's also our first title written by someone outside of the UK. The author, Debra Lampert-Rudman, is based in New Jersey, United States.
The book is available from Amazon and can be ordered at your bookshop.
You may have seen Glenda Young's book A Perfect Duet - A Diary of Roy and Hayley Cropper in magazines like Inside Soap and TV Times recently. Well, FBS Ltd are the publishers!
Glenda has been diarising every single episode of Coronation Street since 1995. When my business partner Theresa Cutts saw that Glenda was publishing yearly compilations of her blog to Kindle, I suggested she approach her to ask if she might compile all of the major storylines concerning Roy and Hayley into one handy little book.
One of the challenges with this release was the cover. How do you show the browsing book buyer that it's about Coronation Street without using the Coronation Street logo, any photographs of the street itself, or any pictures of the actors? I suggested to Theresa that we might get our in-house artist Owen Claxton to paint two things that aren't copyrighted but that instantly scream 'Roy and Hayley!' to anyone who knows them - a drab looking mack, a red anorak, and a shopping bag.
Once again, Owen has done a fantastic job, and our decision to do the cover in matte was the right one. People are telling us they stroke the cover!
The icing on the cake is actress Julie Hesmondhalgh writing such a heartwarming Foreword. She's done us proud. Thank you, Julie.
Fabulous BookS (FBS) became a limited company a couple of weeks ago. Theresa Cutts and I felt it was necessary because what we have in the pipeline as a company might well call for it.
In the meantime, though, like many other novelists, I continue to work at a day job. With the release of my first book aimed at younger children, Mia and the Woodshed Cats, I performed a signing for my colleagues. It went really well and everyone commented on the stunning paintings by Owen Claxton. He's a real find.
All pre-orders have now gone out, and initial feedback has been positive.
Owen's paintings for the follow-up, due in the summer, brought a lump to my throat. The stories are based on true events, you see.
The above photo shows Angela Hunter (seated) and Lisa Hailwood-Smith collecting their signed copies.
I'm delighted to announce the imminent release of my first fully illustrated children's book Mia and the Woodshed Cats, based on the lives of four felines who invaded my life some 18 months ago.
and Pa Croft live in a stone cottage in the English countryside. When a stray
cat turns up, Ma puts out some food and milk – and then three faces appear at
the woodshed window ...
has the cat come from? Will the local farmer allow the kittens to stay in the
woodshed? And what will happen to them when they’ve grown up? This
is the story of Mia, Tigger, Tabby Girl and Socks. It is based on real events
and will touch the heart of every reader."
The book is illustrated by Owen Claxton and is available at the reduced price of £6.99 from the FBS website (normal RPP £7.99)
last thing that Georgie Jones wanted was to have to spend her Christmas Day
with Dan Parsons - unknown entity from school. But, when Dan gets sucked into a
‘loophole’ transporting him to the land of Molitovia, Georgie is quick to
could she possibly have known that her arrival in this strange land was far
from coincidence? In fact, if what they said was true, it was not only her
birthright to be here – it was her destiny!
only person Georgie had to help her try and make sense of it all was Dan, and he
was not exactly taking the situation very seriously.
had a lot to learn – and most of it was about her own family!
Available from all good bookshops, Amazon, and Kindle. Copies personally signed by Nicky Gregory available from www.fbs-publishing.co.uk
November sees Theresa Cutts and myself launch our independent publishing company Fabulous Books - FBS for short. We will be retaining Nordic, the name under which I publish my Anne Droyd novels, but it will now be an imprint of FBS.
We created Fabulous Books because we have come across one or two talented writers while pursuing our own journey, and we think they deserve a break. One such author is Nicky Gregory, who in 2010 published her children's book (age 10+) Georgie Jones - and You Thought Your Family Was Weird! with Hirst Books. After several reprints and around 1000 copies sold, the book was halted in its tracks because Hirst Books went out of business.
We are proud to be the ones to bring Georgie Jones back to life and relaunch Nicky Gregory.
The book will be published on November 22. To pre-order a signed copy and be in with a chance to name a character in the sequel, please visit the FBS website.
People with Asperger syndrome can identify with certain fictional characters whose life trials appear to reflect their own. I suspect I'm not the only one who found that the plight of Dr David Banner in the classic TV series of The Incredible Hulk resonated deeply. Writer Kenneth Johnson went to great lengths to distance the series from Stan Lee's original comic book style (the alliterative name Bruce Banner was changed to David; the Hulk creature couldn't speak; Banner was chased by a tabloid reporter rather than the army and helped others in need as he pursued a cure). Anyone with a personality disorder or a condition like Asperger's or bi-polar would see themselves in him. Personally, I drew great comfort from the show.
In my early twenties I was drawn to the lyrics of Gary Numan because they were part dystopian future, science fiction and part a reflection of his awkwardness around people. Years later I discovered that his wife's brother had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, and by learning the diagnostic criteria, she now felt that Gary himself was on the spectrum. Now I identify myself as being on the spectrum also. It's come full circle.
On Friday 7th of June, I had a lovely time talking to classes Jaguars, Lions and Cheetahs at Beck Row Primary at Bury St Edmonds in Suffolk.
I showed them how being a writer means more than just composing essays and writing short stories for their school teacher. Writing can open doors that otherwise remain firmly shut - like acquiring a Blue Peter badge, for example. The teachers were more envious of my badge than were their pupils.
When asked about my boyhood favourite authors, I cited the late John Christopher, author of The Tripods Trilogy and The Guardians, and Clive King, who wrote Stig of the Dump A pupil got very excited about the latter, and told me she was currently listening to the audiobook at bedtime. She was so thrilled that I loved Stig, at the end of my presentation she gave me a piece about the book that she'd written while I had been speaking to the class!
The students in Jaguars had read the first chapter of Anne Droyd and the House of Shadows together the previous day. They sat in rapt silence as I read to them the second chapter.
I regaled the class named Cheetahs with the adventures of Mia and Mackey, the books I am currently working on, and showed them photographs of the real life cats. They were touched by the story of Mia and the mysterious red eyes.
To Lions, I talked about how a book is produced. Each class was impressed with the blazer that was specially made to be modelled for the front cover of The Blueprint.
An enjoyable time was had by all, myself included.