Local author Heather Flood's latest book for youngsters, Giant Sticker Monster and Other Children's Stories, has been acclaimed by reviewers, one of whom compares it favourably to Aesop's Fables and Hans Christian Andersen.
Our readers can buy these wonderful short stories for children aged four to 12 at a special reduced price, and save £5 in all, if they also wish to purchase Heather's previous book Mousey Mousey and the Witches' Spells and her husband Tony's fantasy adventure novel The Secret Potion, recommended by actress June Whitfield as an ideal present for Harry Potter fans.
Heather, who lives in Eastbourne and is a prize-winning member of Anderida Writers group, of which Tony is chairman, has been published by South East DM's My Voice Publishing, an Eastbourne company. Her books and Tony's The Secret Potion are available on Amazon as both paperbacks and e-versions.
Actor and director Alan Baker declares: “Heather's outrageous Giant Sticker Monster and lovely collection of short stories provide characters and plots that will have children eager to read more.
“They are a combination of Aesop's Fables and Hans Christian Anderson. As an actor, I am pleased that they are easy to read aloud. I heartily recommend them to every parent of young children.”
Jacq Molloy, journalist, author and writing tutor, says: “Giant Sticker Monster and other Children’s Stories is a delightful read for younger children. They will get caught up in the antics of characters like the mischievous Giant Sticker Monster, Pixie, the naughty kitten, and Amber, the Christmas Tree Fairy. It's an enchanting collection!”
Actress Judy Buxton adds: “Heather Flood's wonderfully entertaining stories are perfect for stirring a young child's imagination. The characters are all enchanting and there is something for both girls and boys.”
My Voice director Rex Sumner comments: “Heather Flood has also written some wonderful stories for young children in Mousey Mousey and the Witches' Spells about how a delightful little mouse who has all the pink things in her cottage changed to black as a naughty witch turns her world upside down. Tony's book The Secret Potion tells how young Jody Richards, in searching for her kidnapped brother, takes on evil wizards, witches and the world's most terrible monster."
If you think your book is good enough to be published, you can contact Mr. Flood for advice at email@example.com as he has been asked by My Voice Publishing to use his journalistic and writing experience to recommend those manuscripts he feels are of a sufficiently high standard.
Tony, aged 68, formerly Controller of Information at Sky Television and a Fleet Street writer, says: "I will be happy to give advice on how would-be authors can get published and have their work fast-tracked instead of waiting months to find out if a publisher is going to accept it or not.
"Many people probably don't realise how much potential they have as writers. Who knows, through my links with South East DM and GAP e-publishing, we could even discover another children's author with some of JK Rowling's imagination, a thriller writer in the mould of Peter James or a romantic novelist with the Charlotte Brontë touch.”
Anderida Writers is proving to be a hotbed of talent as four other members of the Eastbourne group have also landed publishing deals - Liz Wright with From Fancy Pants to Getting There, Jill Rutherford with Cherry Blossoms, Sushi And Takarazuka: Seven Years In Japan, Harry Pope with How Not to Run a Hotel and Eastbourne-based international relationship expert Brigitte Sumner with her latest book, Teenage Relationships - the Breakthrough Guide to Untangling Your Heart Strings.
Brigitte has also been published by My Voice, and her book is now available on Amazon as an e-versison as well as a paperback, as are Heather's and Tony's children's novels.
Heather Flood says: “I am a perfect example of someone who lacked confidence to write stories for publication until I joined Anderida Writers Circle. I had previously written a few stories for my grandchildren, Gabrielle Antonia and Ashlee, but after mixing with other aspiring writers, I became aware that I could develop these stories further. Most of us have had rejections from various publishers, but Rupert Barlow at GAP and Rex Sumner at South East DM have given me tremendous encouragement.”
For fantasy adventure books: The Secret Potion, Mousey Mousey and the Witches' Spells and Giant Sticker Monster and Other Children's Stories have been recommended by reviewers, including actress June Whitfield, as ideal follow ups to Harry Potter,Julia Donaldson, Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter.
Tony Flood has interviewed a galaxy of big name stars from the worlds of show business and sport during his career as a journalist and an executive at Sky Television.
He has written a 'tell all' celebrity book called 'My Life With The Stars - Best, Ali and the Panties' in which there are revelations and anecdotes on Frank Sinatra, Joan Collins, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, George Best and a host of others.
For details, and to obtain a signed copy at a special discounted price, visit the website: www.celebritiesconfessions.com/ The book is also available as both an e-version and as a paperback on Amazon.