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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day/Book Giving Day GIVEAWAY!

It's Valentine's Day week and love is well and truly in the air!
But the path of true love never did run smooth...even in fairytales! Just ask Prince Charming!

But whether you have a Valentine or not, there's another reason to celebrate -
International Book Giving Day! 
After all, spreading the love of reading and books is just as important.
Did you know...
- Most children in developing countries do not own books?
- In the UK one third of children do not own books
- In the USA two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books
But YOU can help!
Why not
- Leave a book in a waiting room for a child to read?
- Donate a book to a library, hospital, or charity shop, or a charity such as Room to Read, Books for Africa, Book Aid International, The Book Bus,
Or give a book as a gift - it could even be a Valentine's present, celebrating both occasions at once! Bonus!

To celebrate, I'm running a PRIZE DRAW to give away a copy of PRINCE CHARMING'S PRINCESS QUEST - to enter, simply email me at katiedaleauthor@hotmail.com to let me know who you'd like me to dedicate the book to, and why.
Happy Book Giving Day, everyone!


Monday, 30 January 2017

Happy New Year!

It's 2017! A brand new year!

Have you made any new year's resolutions?

Have you broken any already? (easily done, isn't it?!) 😉

So giving up chocolate was never gonna last, but I'm determined to keep some of my resolutions - especially to meet more of my readers! 
If you'd like to get in touch, organise an event or school visit, order a signed and personally dedicated copy of any of my books (from young readers up to young adult), or simply have a chat just click here or email me at katiedaleauthor@hotmail.com or click on any of the links or pictures below for more info! 

I'd love to hear from you! 

Kx

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

A Signed Book for Christmas?

It's December already - where did the year go? It'll be Christmas before we know it!
If you're shopping for a book-lover and think they would like a signed and personally dedicated copy of any of my books (from young readers up to young adult), just email me at katiedaleauthor@hotmail.com
I will send anywhere in the world. (all books are RRP + postage)
Merry Christmas!
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

OMGA - It's a Family Affair!

I always look forward to the SCBWI (Society of Children's Authors Writers and Illustrators) Mass Book Launch Party. Writing can be rather a solitary occupation, and SCBWIs (affectionately pronounce "Scoobies") are among the friendliest people in the world, so it's a wonderful opportunity to get together for  lovely chat, catch up with old friends and meet new ones, sharing news and celebrating our new books together - in fancy dress, no less! (theme: children's book characters of course!).
Can you guess which children's book characters we are dressed as?
But this year was extra special, because for the first time my Mum, Elizabeth Dale, and my sister, Jenny Jinks, and I were ALL launching books together!
Actually, Mum was launching THREE books!
NOTHING CAN FRIGHTEN A BEAR is a rhyming picture book published by Nosy Crow, and follows the story of little bear who hears a scary sound in the night, so the family of bears embark on an expedition through the woods to prove that there is nothing to be scared of - or is there?
Nothing Can Frighten a Bear!
HUG ME TIGHT is a board book with furry arms, perfect for hugging!
Hug Me Tight
And a treasury FULL of Teddy Tales!
My Treasury of Teddy Tales
Jenny's book is technically LOTS of stories in one, as it is another treasury - this time a TREASURY OF BEDTIME STORIES! Filled with gentle tales of magic and adventure, it is perfect bedtime reading, and beautifully illustrated too. Not bad for her very first published book!
A Treasury of Bedtime Stories
To be honest, I feel like a bit of a slacker in comparison, launching only one book, MUMNESIA!, but I decided to make up for it by dressing as Lucy, my main character! Can you spot the differences?


(Any excuse to wear fingerless gloves!)


One of the highlights of the party every year is the cake - a different one each time, which features the cover and/or characters from each one of the newly published books, and is always a marvel to behold (and extremely yummy too!).
Can you spot our book covers on the cake? And Lucy from Mumnesia, climbing up the side?!


Congratulations to all the SCBWIs who launched books this year, and if you're thinking of writing or illustrating a children's book yourself, I highly recommend joining SCBWI. You won't find a more friendly, helpful, encouraging and knowledgeable group of people, and who knows, maybe I'll see you at the party next year!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

MUMNESIA Blogtour & Goody-Bag Contest!

OMGA! 

Look what was spotted in Asda and Morrisons! MUMNESIA! In the wild! Next to David Walliams! For £3.50! I'm so excited I'm holding a contest! 
If you spot MUMNESIA in a supermarket or bookshop, take a piccie and email me your snaps to katiedaleauthor@hotmail.com
Double points for selfies! 
All entries (UK only) will enter the 
MUMNESIA GOODY-BAG Prize Draw!
The MUMNESIA Goody-Bag!!
Meanwhile, why not join me on my blogtour - where there's an extra chance to enter each day (and a special bonus prize draw for all 8 correct answers)!


Thursday, 16 June 2016

MUMNESIA Launch & GIVEAWAY!

 Whoop Whoop! MUMNESIA! is OUT NOW! 
I'm so excited I'm running a giveaway! 
(see bottom of the page for details!)

Win a whole bag of MUMNESIA goodies!

I was a little bit naughty for this book and actually had my launch party last week at Waterstones Islington - a WHOLE WEEK early! - and had so much fun I wanted to share a sneaky peek at my party photo album, and share my five steps to a RAD launch party!

Step 1: Get party supplies together!
Step 2, Decorate Nails!
Step 3. Dress like it's the 80s!

Step 4. Make sure there's LOTS of fun stuff to eat and do!
Step 5. Add lots of wonderful friends and family (the most vital ingredient) and PAR-TAY!
(L-R My mum, author Elizabeth Dale, author Sarwat Chadda,
my sister, a Pat Sharp wannabe, me and author Tamsyn Murray!)
The fab author Sarwat Chadda re-enacting the 80s
- mobile phones really were HUGE back in the day!
Rubik's Cubes are HARD!
Lovely Kathy Evans (author of More of Me)
 with wonderful crimped 80s hair!
My lovely agent Jenny Savill and her daughter
performing an extract of MUMNESIA - fabulously!
And my lovely publishers Macmillan
 even gave me a MUMNESIA necklace!

Everyone wrote down their fave memories of the 80s:
Roller Boots and Rara skirts, Hair Wraps, ABBA,
Reebok High-Tops, Wacaday, Adam Ant,
Crimped Hair and Shell-Suits, Mullet Hair,
Wham, Thundercats, Leg-Warmers and
 Spitting Image all feautured - and my fave...

I'm so thrilled that the fab Lilly Lazuli (centre) who illustrated
the cover could come to the party - it was the first time we'd met!
My lovely friend Kathy even took Polaroid photos!
Pics to treasure forever :)
It was a wonderful evening that I'll never forget. 

Now for the giveaway! 

To enter the draw (UK only) to win the MUMNESIA goody bag, 
simply answer the question: 
WHO ILLUSTRATED THE COVER FOR MUMNESIA?
Email your answer to katiedaleauthor@hotmail.com
Or answer via my Contact Form!

Good luck! And I hope you're having a wonderful day!

Monday, 6 June 2016

MUMNESIA Launch Party invitation!

WHOOP WHOOP! My new book MUMNESIA! comes out soon and to celebrate I'm holding a launch party THIS THURSDAY - AND YOU'RE ALL INVITED!

Here are the details:


(Thursday 9th June, 6.30-8pm Waterstones Islington)

After writing YA and younger children's fiction, MUMNESIA! is my first middle grade book and is a comedy/drama pitched as "Freaky Friday - without magic!" and is being published by Macmillan Children's Books on 16th June - or get a sneaky early copy at the party!

Here's the blurb:
"Lucy's mum is so out of date she's practically mouldy. She's super-strict, overprotective and won't let Lucy go to the school ball! Lucy can't believe she was EVER a teenager . . . until the morning her mum wakes up with no memory of the last thirty years - and thinks she's a twelve year old time-travelling from the 1980s!
All Lucy wants is for her mum to go back to being her old self - but how?"

And some early reviews from some totally fab authors!

"You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll never look at your mum in quite the same way again..." - Joanna Nadin, author of THE RACHEL RILEY DIARIES

"Mum minus memory = a whole lot of FUN!" - Tamsyn Murray, author of the COMPLETELY CASSIDY series

"Fast and funny; a Freaky Friday for the twenty-first century!" - Jo Cotterill, author of the SWEET HEARTS series and A LIBRARY OF LEMONS

I'm super-excited and really hope to see you on Thursday!

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