#Stockingstuffers: illustrated fairy tales for #kids this #Christmas pic.twitter.com/fHvF4f1jOi

once upon a now series paperback standing smallJust in time for Christmas, the full set of modern fairy tale adventure stories for kids the ONCE UPON A NOW SERIES by Emma Calin is out in print, eBook and audio book.

Meet the plucky and brave Alf – a stray mongrel dog with a magical story of friendship and bravery going back in time, in the first book Alf The Workshop Dog.
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Who wouldn’t want to discover their very own Ferret Godfather in the woodshed? Find out about Isabella’s strange adventure with her new secret friend.

Frankie Ferret

Finally, a modern story of young lad facing family changes and learning how to stand up for himself in a difficult new environment in Kool Kid Kruncha and The High Trapeze.

DAd and Charlie

The print and eBook versions are full of illustrations by talented artist Miko Abellera, from the Philippines.  His anime style captures the key moments from the stories, his unique interpretations get close up and often inside the action and adventure.

The author has also created free bonus materials to enhance the reading experience. Throughout the book are live links  (and scannable QR codes in the printed version) to audio, video and downloadable pictures for colouring or printing, creating a fully interactive reading experience.

Oscar Sparrow, the talented narrator of the audio books, brings the characters to life and even sings the Zanubian National Anthem in  Alf The Workshop Dog as well as taking Frankie Ferret for a daring cycle ride in a video embedded in Isabella’s Pink Bicycle.

All three titles are available in all formats at pocket money prices on Amazon worldwide  and currently the Kindle eBook version is FREE to users of Kindle Unlimited!

The good news is you don’t need a Kindle to download a copy - Amazon now offer free E-reader Apps for just about every device – Pc, Mac, iPod, Android device, smart phones etc.

The website for the Once Upon a NOW Club is currently running giveaways to win paperback and audio book editions of all three stories. A little bird tells us there may be some extra special price promotions over Christmas where you can get the complete set on Kindle at a massive 92% discount…. take a visit on 24th 25th 26th December for this special seasonal treat!

 

A new genre from an established writer – a modern-day fairy story from @EmmaCalin #childrensbooks

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Emma Calin, Romance novel and gritty short story writer has now turned her hand to children’s fiction.

The first in Emma’s series of modern-day fairy stories ‘ALF THE WORKSHOP DOG’ has its debut on Amazon this week in print, Kindle e-book and audio book formats.

Amazon USA        Amazon UK

This chapter-book story tells of a real-life dog who works in an inner-city garage with a bit of magic and adventure thrown in. Anime and manga artist Miko Abellera has created beautiful illustrations to bring the story to life.

The story is sprinkled with modern magic – QR codes link to bonus features such as video clips, music, photos and downloadable colouring pictures.

This book is for young readers (reading age seven and up) or adults to share with younger children.

Find out about competitions to win paperback, Kindle and audio book editions on Facebook:

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Brand new #poetry #audiobook – get it #free with Audible 30 day trial

FreezeFrameAudioMP3Well it’s finally here – the FREEZE FRAME international poetry anthology has been re-mastered and is now on sale on Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

The brainchild of the poet Oscar Sparrow, he invited 5 other poets from around the world to write a collection of poems that would ‘freeze the frame’ on our bustling lives.  In addition to their written words, each poet recorded a performance of each poem.  To complete the project, a talented young pianist composed a theme for the anthology with individual motifs for each poet.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to hear works read aloud by these poets, in their own inimitable styles that really bring the poetry to life.

If you would like to get this audio book for FREE here are two suggestions ( you could do both of course!):

1. Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial membership on Audible and get FREEZE FRAME for FREE too. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

2. Get a FREE copy to download from Amazon.  We have a number of ‘review copies’ to give away – we are doing this via a draw, to make it fair.  The first draw will take place at the end of September.  Click here to enter:    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Oscar Sparrow, Paul Tobin, Jo VonBargen, Claude Nougat, Candy Bright and Jefferson Hansen on a great audio project.

Find the audio, print and kindle versions here too:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Giveaway – #FREE #audiobook version of historical non-fiction book about cycle racing and the Tour de France

As the cycling season continues with the Vuelta a España and the Tour of Britain, here’s something to keep you going during the resting periods…

Gallo Romano recently recorded an audio edition of Les Woodland’s historical non-fiction book “Tour de France: The Inside Story”. The kind folks at Audible have given us some FREE copies to share with our friends.

We are having a draw for 2 free copies – one for Audible.com the other for Audible.co.uk. So if you enjoy non-fiction audiobooks or fancy trying one, or if you love cycling or the Tour de France: enter below…

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The draw will take place on the 3rd of October.  To get more chances of winning visit Bill McGann’s Bike Race Info website and leave a comment on the interview he did with Emma Calin about how the audiobook was created. He also provides a whole load of up to date daily stats about each stage of all major cycle races.

 

 

How far does your #audiobook #narrator go for authenticity?

Oscar Sparrow has recently recorded an audiobook for the great British journalist of cycling – Les Woodland.  It’s called Tour de France: The Inside Story and is a 9-hour feast for anyone who loves cycle racing, bikes, France and wants to know the history and background to the world’s greatest cycle race – and some would argue the world’s toughest athletic competition.

He’s also produced this video to explain to Les’s fans just how he went about researching and preparing for the narration of this audiobook.

The audiobook lasts just over nine hours and is available on Amazon USAAmazon UKAudible and iTunes.

There is currently an offer to get the book free if you sign up for a 30-day trial membership on Audible, saving $19.95 (£12.50)!

You can also win a copy of the brand new audiobook here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Tour de France: The Inside Story – #win the #Audiobook – launched today #TDF #audible #iTunes #Amazon

Tour de France The Inside Story Audio book

We’ve been digging in and pedalling hard to bring you a brand new audiobook:  Tour de France: The Inside Story by Les Woodland.

As the favourites crash out daily in 2014, find out all about the bike race pioneers who carved out the earliest routes of the greatest cycle race in the world way back in the 19th century.  Meet the original characters who dreamed up the idea of endurance road racing – brought to life by narrator Oscar Sparrow.  As a cyclist and amateur cycle-racer himself, he brings you the stories of pain, triumph, shame and glory from the dawn of the race right up to the modern race we see today.

Written by Les Woodland, the doyen of British cycling authors and creator of more than 18 books on the subject, this book provides an insight into the suffering the scandals and the eccentricities which flavour both life and sport.

The audiobook lasts just over nine hours and is available on Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Audible and iTunes.

There is currently an offer to get the book free if you sign up for a 30-day trial membership on Audible, saving $19.95 (£12.50)!

You can also win a copy of the brand new audiobook here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Double #1 Best Seller for Emma Calin’s Romance Novel & Companion Cookbook

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Shannon's Law & Cop's Kitchen

Four weeks after the launch of Emma Calin’s steamy action-romance SHANNON’S LAW and its companion cookbook COP’S KITCHEN, we are pleased to announce that both books hit #1 slots in their best-seller categories on Amazon and reached the top 10 in several others.

SHANNON’S LAW still sits at #1 in Kindle book category British>Humor & Satire and reached #7 in Women’s Fiction>Mystery,Thriller & suspense>Crime and #9 in Literature & Fiction> Erotica>Humorous.  At the same time, the cookbook reached #1 in Food & Drink>Regional & International>UK & Ireland.

With more than 50 reviews worldwide and an average of 4.5 stars Emma is delighted that readers are enjoying the mystery, loving the romance and entering into the social comedy implicit in Emma’s work. She says this is why she writes.

Reviewers say:

“Move over Mr Grey there’s a new Earl in town”

“It’s unusual to find a steamy story that also has good plot and characterization, normally you have to sacrifice one to get the other – the fact that Shannon’s Law had both was one of the key selling points for me. The plot was fascinating and developed well, without being predicable or obvious. The author even managed to throw in a few plot twists that I wasn’t expecting.”

“This is a funny book; the heroine cop is mouthy and hilarious and someone quite new in police-lit.”

“The police side of the story is wonderful, as good as any crime writing that I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing.  If you are like me just skip about 60 pages of steamy sex scenes and the book is a hit. If you like steamy sex scenes then guess what, you are going to love the book also.”

“This book truly had a little of everything. There were steamy sex scenes (not too bawdy), action & some hilarity, murder, soaked cats & a horse trampling the vegetable garden.”

“There’s a ton of action, a good dose of humor and more importantly, a fun, twisting plot that will hold your interest.”