Saturday, 25 January 2014

All in the Leaves ..... The World Tour! Today, London and Texas.

All in the Leaves has been travelling the globe!

I had a few totes made up with the front cover, and here are some of the places All in the Leaves has travelled to.

First off, our intrepid cover travelled to Winter Wonderland, in Hyde Park

For images of Winter Wonderland, click HERE

and then All in the Leaves travelled to Corpus Christi, Texas!

Here we are on the beach at Corpus

and here we are outside the Art Museum of South Texas!

If you'd like to know more about the Art Museum, click HERE

If you, dear reader, would like to join in on All in the Leaves World Tour, please send a photograph of the cover of Leaves ( from your tablet or e-reader) up against a local landmark. I will put it on the blog, complete with a link to the website of the landmark, if they have one.

I hope you take part, let's make it a fun tour...

Bags printed courtesy of CleverPrintingUK HERE

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Time for tea, time for leaves... and a roller or two!

I've been in my summerhouse quite a lot recently.

This is my view on the inside

and my view of the outside

Yes, the blinds are down - which means I'm busy, writing.
It only closes out the side which looks back to the house. The side which looks on to the farm is open.

The tea artwork is to inspire me to keep on with The Leaves Series.

Book two, which is 'Leaves For Chloe' now stands at 90,000 words.
The target is 100,000 - so you can see how close I am.
When the target is reached, it will go off to the editor.
Hopefully, those of you who enjoyed 'All in the Leaves' won't have to wait too long for the story of Chloe's life.
For anyone new to my books - All in the Leaves is on the side bar of this blog - and all three books in the series can be read independently! 

And for those of you who loved hubby's woodwork, he also made these for me.
Two foot rollers, to keep my own feet supple! The smaller of the two is bespoke to my size foot. Dainty, aren't I? :)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Magic of Creativity.... and a wand that a wizard would be proud of!

Today I want to show you some of my husband's magical wood turning.

He takes pieces of wood like this:

and turns them - on his lathe - into something beautiful like this:

I loved Walt Disney's Fantasia - if I close my eyes, I can still see both the sorcerer's apprentice and the Conductor of the Orchestra waving their own wands to both create a form of magic.
After Fantasia, I can see in my mind, the world of that young wizard, Harry Potter.  So many wizards using wands.

The creativity involved in making these items - and any form of art - is, in a way, a type of magic too.  The world would be poorer without creativity and art.

For those who like to know these things - the wand stand is made of English Oak. The wand itself is made of walnut and oak.