jennychapmanartwork:

One of the illustrations from Algy’s new book, The Tree with a Golden Heart 🙂

This is especially dedicated to Algy’s friend @parenthese63 because she recently lost the tree in which the “rouge gorge” sang to her. So Algy asked me to send her this robin to sing 🙂

Algy likes this one, because the robin is singing to him 🙂

lovefromalgy:

Friends have been travelling from far and wide to join Algy’s Golden Heart Book Launch Ceilidh today…

The Ceilidh is about to start, and will no doubt carry on late into the night, so be sure to send your own friends and celebratory images (and fireworks) to join in. There will be music and dancing and fireworks and all kinds of fun 🙂

To join the ceilidh, use the lovefromalgy submission form, or send Algy a link to a post on your own blog.

Algy’s Golden Heart Book Launch Ceilidh is about to start on Algy’s sideblog @lovefromalgy

All submissions welcome – use the lovefromalgy submission form 🙂

Don’t miss it!

*** SUBMIT YOUR IMAGES, GIFS, VIDEOS AND SOUND CLIPS FOR ALGY’S GRAND CEILIDH TOMORROW, SUNDAY 3RD JANUARY ***

Algy’s book launch event closes with a grand CEILIDH – just like Algy’s new book The Tree with a Golden Heart – and Algy invites you to submit or post contributions to join in the fun.

A ceilidh is a happy gathering with music, singing and dancing

Oh yes… and fireworks!

Please make sure your submissions are suitable for an audience of all ages.

Submit to lovefromalgy, or post on your own blog and send Algy a link.

Just as in the book, the ceilidh will continue late into Sunday night (3rd January) and all suitable submissions will be posted from Sunday afternoon (GMT)  onwards – up until the time Algy collapses with exhaustion…

Fluffy submissions especially welcome 🙂

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.]

Tomorrow, Saturday 2nd January: Adventures in Books and Reading

Free Kindle downloads of Algy’s new book The Tree with a Golden Heart for everyone all weekend, Saturday and Sunday. There will be quizzes and photo challenges related to the Kindle book and reading – with free books and other prizes! Details will be announced tomorrow around midday GMT on Saturday. Stand by…  🙂

Sunday 3rd January

Ceilidh time for everyone – a grand time of singing and dancing and fun for all, to close this wonderful weekend. All ceilidh submissions very welcome – please use the lovefromalgy submission form.

Special giveaways and prizes on Sunday will be announced around midday GMT on Sunday…

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, Algy will not only be celebrating the New Year, he will also be celebrating the launch of his new book “The Tree with a Golden Heart”.

Algy’s book launch party starts during the evening of 31st December 2015 and will continue all weekend on his sideblog @lovefromalgy – all fluffy and celebratory submissions for the celebrations are most welcome 🙂

There will be special offers, giveaways and quizzes with prizes, and lots of excitement of all kinds.

Be sure you don’t miss it – and please share the news with your friends!

[Illustration from “The Tree with a Golden Heart” © Jenny Chapman 2015]

The weather had turned very chilly, so Algy decided to fly back to the woods, where it was considerably more sheltered than on the exposed coast. In between showers of hail and sleet, there were moments of bright sunshine, and despite the brisk, northerly breeze, it was pleasant perching on a branch beside the waterfall, watching the constant stream of water tumbling down in never-ending motion.

Algy wishes you all a happy and peaceful weekend, well sheltered from cold winds xoxo

pws-popup:

adventuresofalgy:

It was Earth Day, and a huge wave of dense white mist was rolling in from the sea again. Soon it would cover everything, and both land and sea would be obscured. Algy perched at the edge of the dunes, watching the mist approach, and wondering whether human beings would manage to avoid destroying their own home. Their ways bewildered him; all he could do was hope for the best, because he rather liked the Earth himself. As he felt the first cold droplets of the mist tickle his feathers, he thought of a poem by a particularly talented and thoughtful human, Mary Oliver:

Somewhere
    a black bear
      has just risen from sleep
         and is staring

down the mountain.
    All night
      in the brisk and shallow restlessness
         of early spring

I think of her,
    her four black fists
      flicking the gravel,
         her tongue

like a red fire
    touching the grass,
      the cold water.
         There is only one question:

how to love this world.
    I think of her
      rising
         like a black and leafy ledge

to sharpen her claws against
    the silence
      of the trees.
         Whatever else

my life is
    with its poems
      and its music
         and its glass cities,

it is also this dazzling darkness
    coming
      down the mountain,
         breathing and tasting;

all day I think of her—
    her white teeth,
      her wordlessness,
         her perfect love.

[Algy is quoting the poem Spring from the collection House of Light by the contemporary American poet Mary Oliver.]

Blog recommendation of the week

Follow-up exhibition

PWS – Pop Up

Algy is so thrilled to see his adventures being featured on @pws-popup as a follow up exhibition to the PWS recommended blog feature. He can remember every single adventure that PWS have chosen to show, and they bring back many happy memories, so he will reblog his favourites from the pws-popup exhibition during this week 🙂

Although he knew perfectly well that he shouldn’t, Algy could not resist taking just a wee tiny bite of the glowing toadstool. No sooner had he swallowed it than the forest began to spin round and round, with Algy at its centre. He fell back helpless on the soft forest floor, unable to do anything except watch the whirling trees and strange colours…