Christmas Reading…

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It was the first day of December, and the hours of daylight had grown very short indeed. Each new day dawned more slowly and reluctantly than the previous one now, but as soon as there was sufficient light Algy found himself a comfortable perch in a pine tree and settled down to read his very own Christmas-time story The Magical Midwinter Star to his little black teddy. The tiny bear was thrilled to hear the tale of Algy’s adventures through the harsh midwinter landscape of the West Highlands of Scotland, and he wondered whether Algy would indeed succeed in restoring the ancient tradition of a great midwinter celebration for all the creatures of the area, to bright light and joy back to the dismal depths of the dark and gloomy Scottish winter…

This third story in the series Tales from the Adventures of Algy makes perfect reading for the weeks leading up to Christmas – for children aged 7 to 10 and adults still young at heart. You can buy copies of The Magical Midwinter Star signed by Algy himself, direct from Algy’s own web shop, and add personal dedications in your own words. With FREE UK DELIVERY from now until Hogmanay.

Visit Algy’s own online bookshop to buy The Magical Midwinter Star and Algy’s other books – unique gifts and stocking fillers from the wild West Highlands of Scotland 🙂

World Book Day… in the UK…

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World Book Day is celebrated on 23rd April in most countries of the world, but not in the idiosyncratic “UK”, because there the 23rd April is reserved for St. George, the patron saint of England…

However, as Scotland (whose own patron saint is St. Andrew not St. George) is still officially part of the UK at the present time, Algy thought that it provided as good an excuse as any to spend a happy afternoon reading in the sunshine 🙂 So he tucked himself in among the spiky grasses on the warm sand dunes, and opened his book of “Poems of the Sea”. Just a hop and a flutter away in front of him, Algy could see the waves dancing and sparkling on the beach, with the whole expanse of the wide, blue ocean with its mysterious world beneath, and as he turned back to his book he read:

The world below the brine,
Forests at the bottom of the sea, the branches and leaves,
Sea-lettuce, vast lichens, strange flowers and seeds, the thick tangle, openings, and pink turf,
Different colors, pale gray and green, purple, white, and gold, the play of light through the water,
Dumb swimmers there among the rocks, coral, gluten, grass, rushes, and the aliment of the swimmers,
Sluggish existences grazing there suspended, or slowly crawling close to the bottom,
The sperm-whale at the surface blowing air and spray, or disporting with his flukes,
The leaden-eyed shark, the walrus, the turtle, the hairy sea-leopard, and the sting-ray,
Passions there, wars, pursuits, tribes, sight in those ocean-depths, breathing that thick-breathing air, as so many do,
The change thence to the sight here, and to the subtle air breathed by beings like us who walk this sphere,
The change onward from ours to that of beings who walk other spheres.

[Algy is reading the poem The World Below the Brine by the 19th century American poet Walt Whitman.]

*** EXCITING NEWS ***

Algy is delighted to announce that “The Magical Midwinter Star”, his third illustrated chapter book for children and adults still young at heart, will be published during the coming week. Please read the notes below about delivery times during the holiday season.

This book is especially suitable for Christmas and other midwinter holidays, and Algy will be posting details of how to order signed copies of the book in the next couple of days, as well as a preview of the book on his web site. Watch this space for further information 🙂

Readers of Algy’s previous books may be interested to know that this new book is similar to his first book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird” in length, style and reading age, but with a quite different story, of course, and it introduces some fun new characters as well as including his old friends. And it has a very happy ending 🙂

*** Algy’s MIDWINTER STAR TUMBLR PARTY will be held over the Hogmanay/New Year weekend*** – more details soon! But if you want the book for Christmas, please read on…

Algy does not yet know exactly which day he will receive printed copies of the book to sign, but he is hoping it will be the end of the week, Friday 16th, which is the official publication date.

Delivery to addresses in the UK: Algy is hoping to get SIGNED copies to you in time for Christmas 🙂 He will post further details about this very soon.

Delivery to western Europe: Algy should be able to send you UNSIGNED copies in time for Christmas. SIGNED copies will probably reach you between Christmas and the New Year but might possibly arrive in time for Christmas.

Delivery to addresses in the USA: Algy should be able to send you UNSIGNED copies in time for Christmas but this is not guaranteed. SIGNED copies cannot reach you in time for Christmas and are likely to arrive around the New Year.

Delivery to addresses outside the UK, western Europe and the USA: Algy will be happy to send you SIGNED copies, but sadly he cannot deliver them in time for Christmas. They are likely to reach you early in the New Year.

Reviewers of Algy’s second book “The Tree with a Golden Heart” will automatically receive copies of his new book 🙂

Please send Algy a message if you think you would like to get a copy of his new book in time for Christmas, or have any questions at all 🙂

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 5th March 2015, World Book Day…  and Algy had hoped to spend the day outside, reading in the open air. But in the event it did nothing but rain, rain, rain the entire day, and reading in the rain is far from ideal… for the books!What was he to do? Algy consulted his assistant, and she suggested that he recall a happier time spent reading, when the weather was much kinder – about six months ago. So in honour of World Book Day, Algy presents this reworked version of a reading Adventure he enjoyed in September 2014, when he was lazing in his assistant’s deckchair in the sunshine, searching for a favourite poem in a volume of verse.Happy Reading Everyone 🙂 And Algy hopes that you will find some nice, warm sunshine to read in, and will not try reading in the rain!

Photograph and Gif of The Adventures of Algy are made by Jenny Chapman

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This so charming GIF was selected for the amazing imigif day n°14 curated by imiging. Submit your own creation to join the party next month. Let’s Gif today!

Algy sends lots of very fluffy hugs and his fluffiest thanks to his dear friends @imiging for selecting this GIF for their September imigif day xoxo

It’s one of Algy’s favourites too, and was photographed at this time of year… in much better weather than Algy is enjoying today!

Algy had had quite enough of the outside world for the time being, and although the wind had died down for a wee while, there was nasty, cold sleet falling non-stop out of the dismally grey sky. So – as electriticy supplies had been restored to the local area – Algy asked his assistant if he could please spend the day in her cosy, warm house, and check the proof of the new colour paperback version of his latest book The Tree with a Golden Heart.

Some of Algy’s friends have received a complimentary greyscale copy of this paperback from the first test print run – that is, a paperback with small, black and white images at the head of each chapter. If you are one of those friends, and would like a copy with large colour pictures at the head of each chapter, please be sure to let Algy know! He will be very happy to send you one 🙂

All copies of the paperback edition of The Tree with a Golden Heart on sale at Amazon and other bookshops should be in colour.

You can preview the first chapter of the book on Algy’s own web site at http://adventuresofalgy.com/books/the-tree-with-a-golden-heart, where you can also buy a signed copy direct from Algy 🙂

Although it was cold, grey and very damp, with a touch of frost on the grass, it was also unusually calm, so Algy carried his friend the little black teddy to a comfy perch on a low, spreading branch of the big fir tree, and read him the story of The Tree with a Golden Heart – the latest in the series of Tales from the Adventures of Algy.

Have you read Algy’s new book yet? If not, you can download the Kindle version for free tomorrow, Sunday 10th January – don’t miss it! There won’t be another chance to download it free until Algy’s birthday on 13th March! Kindle books can be read on almost any computer or mobile device using a free app from Amazon.

AND THIS WEEKEND YOU CAN BUY A
SIGNED COPY of Algy’s new book, with a personal dedication of your
choice, from Algy’s own bookshop at 25% OFF RETAIL PRICE.
This offer closes at midnight GMT on Monday 11th January.

The 25% discount also applies to Algy’s first book, A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird, for the duration of the offer.

Visit Algy’s own bookshop now 🙂

If you
would like a print copy of the book but don’t want it signed, it will be
cheaper for you to buy from your local Amazon or from The Book Depository,
who offer free international postage!

adventuresofalgy:

Algy is delighted to announce his second children’s book in the series Tales from the Adventures of Algy…

THE TREE WITH A GOLDEN HEART

During Algy’s Golden Heart Launch Party, Algy has some very SPECIAL
OFFERS for readers… discounted signed copies and free Kindle books,
with special giveaways. Please read on for full details below.

The Tree with a Golden Heart is a 190 page chapter book, ideal for 7 to 10 year olds and anyone of any age who has a golden heart 🙂 It tells an exciting story of Algy’s adventure to find special medicine for his sick friend, and of course features the birds and animals – and the beautiful scenery – of the wild west coast of the Scottish Highlands.

Some younger children may enjoy having the book read to them, but please read it yourself first to make sure.

BUY A SIGNED COPY OF ANY OF ALGY’S BOOKS AT 25% DISCOUNT!
From now until midnight on Monday January 4th 2016

That’s right – Algy is offering signed copies of both editions of his new book and his first book at 25% off the retail price, and you can choose your own personal dedication. Buy direct from the fluffy bird himself 🙂

VISIT ALGY’S OWN BOOKSHOP NOW!

** THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE TO BUY A SIGNED COPY OF ALGY’S NEW BOOK WILL ALSO RECEIVE A FREE SIGNED GICLEE PRINT OF ONE OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE BOOK **

** THE NEXT 10 PEOPLE TO BUY A SIGNED COPY ALGY’S NEW BOOK WILL ALSO RECEIVE A FREE GREETINGS CARD (WITH ENVELOPE) FOR YOUR OWN USE, SHOWING ONE OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE BOOK **

The cloth-bound hardback edition of The Tree with a Golden Heart has large colour illustrations at the head of each chapter, and a matte full colour dust jacket.

See a slideshow of the colour illustrations.

The paperback edition of The Tree with a Golden Heart has small black and white illustrations at the head of each chapter (to keep the price down) and a matte full colour paper cover.

N.B. The prices displayed on Algy’s Bookshop page are the normal retail prices – the 25% discount will be applied in the shopping basket before checkout.

Please note that Algy has to charge postage at cost, so if you don’t live in the British Isles AND you don’t want your copy signed, it will be cheapest to buy from your local Amazon or from The Book Depository who offer free delivery worldwide.

IF YOU REVIEWED ALGY’S FIRST BOOK, YOU WILL BE RECEIVING A FREE COPY OF THE TREE WITH A GOLDEN HEART – Algy will contact you very soon about this.

ALSO…

FREEE KINDLE BOOKS – Saturday 2nd AND Sunday 3rd January.

On Saturday 2nd January and Sunday 3rd January, the Kindle version of the book, with high quality colour illustrations, will be FREE TO DOWNLOAD all round the world. More details very soon – and some special challenges and prizes over the weekend will relate to reading this book or photographing the Kindle version!

[Please note – the Kindle version is not free on Friday 1st January as Algy was unable to schedule the promotion in time.]