The Reading Realm Cover Competition

I’m delighted to be sharing the front cover of my new book ‘Stranger Days on Peculiar Hill‘ here on the Grimly blog today. Thanks again to Mani of Mani’s Book Corner for revealing it to the public gaze for the first time a few days ago. I’m going to be telling you a bit more about the picture (created by the brilliant Pete Lyon) and how it fits in with the new book very soon, but for today we’re asking you to let your own imagination run wild and think of your own (very) short story inspired by the picture. So this doesn’t have to be anything to do with Peter and Amanda and the Vale of Strange (unless you want it to be). It can be anything you want to write about that is inspired by the picture. You’ll have to keep it short though, because it has to fit in a tweet!

This competition is being run by The Reading Realm, some very nice people who have created an app for the iPad to encourage children to read. It has excerpts from over 200 pieces of prose and poetry including – would you believe it? – The Shop on Peculiar Hill! There are questions to answer about what you read and all sorts of other games. It’s great fun and it can be downloaded now from the Apple store. An android version is expected later this year.

Anyway, the Reading Realm (who created the app) are running this competition over on their Twitter feed, so if you are on Twitter, get over there and take a look at it now. You can find them here: @reading_realm The prize for the best (very) short story inspired by Pete’s picture and which fits in a tweet will win a valuable signed copy (by me, Grimly) of ‘Stranger Days on Peculiar Hill’. So get over there now and get your imagination racing. Good luck with it!

Oh yes, and don’t forget your hat…

(The competition is UK only (Sorry!) and closes 24 November.)

The Excitement is Building!

We still don’t have a definite publication date for ‘Stranger Days on Peculiar Hill’, Book Two of the ‘Vale of Strange’ series. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear, but in the meantime the excitement is building. Here’s a great tweet from Ian Eagleton who has developed the wonderful ‘The Reading Realm’ app to encourage children to read using extracts of text with games and quizzes. The updated app, which features an extract from ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’, has just been released today! It’s really great to have Ian’s support for the book, which he describes as ‘one of my fav books this year for children 10+. What a hidden gem!’

As you’ll see from the tweet, Ian is also looking forward to the new book and is going to run a competition to give away a signed copy. Ahead of that, Mani of ‘Mani’s Book Corner’ will be doing a Cover Reveal of Pete Lyon’s wonderful cover for ‘Stranger Days’ on her ‘Mani’s Book Corner’ blog. You may remember she featured a great review of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ earlier this year. We’ll let you know when Mani’s Cover Reveal will be – along with the publication date – as soon as we know!

Cover Wars – We Won!!

We won the Cover Wars contest!! Many thanks for your votes everyone – very much appreciated! I’m glad you agree it’s a great cover by Pete Lyon. If you have not yet bought a copy of The Shop on Peculiar Hill, this is a great time to do it, as the book is available at the reduced price of £6-99 at Amazon UK or $9-99 at Amazon.com for a limited period. Ideal for those aged 8-12 and any adults who don’t scare easily. More info and purchase links at https://grimlydarkwood.com/the-shop-on-peculiar-hill-vale-of-strange-book-one/

Also available for even less on Kindle and free on Kindle Unlimited!

Cover Wars – 6

It look like we’re winning in Cover Wars but please keep voting for Pete Lyon’s brilliant cover just in case… Thank you so much for your votes so far! Voting ends at 8am EST on Sunday, which I think is 1pm Sunday UK time. We should be able to squeeze in two more votes before then. Your endurance is much appreciated! Thank you…

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Cover Wars 5 – New Lower Price for ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’

Three things to say today:

1) Please remember to vote for Pete Lyon’s magnificent cover for ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ in the Author Shout ‘Cover Wars’ competition. http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

Many thanks to all who have voted so far. You can vote every 24 hours so don’t stop now! It’s really close: just a few days to go and every vote counts…

2) Also: If you haven’t yet got round to buying a copy of the critically acclaimed ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’, this is a very good time to get one because we’ve just dropped the paperback price! The UK price is now £6-99 (reduced from £10-78 previously) and the US price is $9-99 (down from $13-99). These new prices are a real bargain and we’re not going to be able to hold them at this level for very long, so please don’t miss out! Visit Amazon UK or Amazon.com today…

“I cannot recommend this book enough for yourself, for the wee ones in your world, or just anyone you know who will enjoy a quirky, meaningful novel.” – Radzy Writes and Reviews

You can find out more about what people have been saying about ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ here

3) And what was the third thing I wanted to say? Oh yes, please remember to vote for Pete Lyon’s magnificent cover for ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ in the Author Shout ‘Cover Wars’ competition! http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

Or did I already say that?

Cover Wars 3 – The ‘Author Shout’ Interview with Grimly

After our joint first position yesterday morning, we’ve just slipped back into second position in the Cover Wars competition, so we’d better pull something extra out of the bag to encourage you to go and vote for us today. And here it is: the Author Shout interview with Grimly Darkwood, in which Grimly (author of The Shop on Peculiar Hill) responds entertainingly, informatively, and occasionally at too great a length, to a number of polite enquiries. Here is a brief excerpt:

Do you proofread/edit your own books or send them off to an editor?

You have to get your book checked over by someone else because we all have holes in our heads through which the mistakes leak. Fortunately other people’s heads have holes in different places so they can catch the mistakes you’ve missed. Professional editors are the best people to use because they have at least 80% fewer holes in total than other people.

If you had the chance to get one message out there to readers all over the world, what would it be?

Please find a way to get along with each other – but not so well that we all get bored.

You can find the rest of the interview here. You may have to scroll down a bit past the bio.

If you enjoy the interview, please vote in the Cover Wars competition here

If you think the interview is rubbish but like Pete’s cover, please vote here anyway.

Don’t forget the 24 hour rule! You need to leave at least 24 hours since you last voted. (How did life get so complicated?)