World Book Day… in the UK…

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World Book Day is celebrated on 23rd April in most countries of the world, but not in the idiosyncratic “UK”, because there the 23rd April is reserved for St. George, the patron saint of England…

However, as Scotland (whose own patron saint is St. Andrew not St. George) is still officially part of the UK at the present time, Algy thought that it provided as good an excuse as any to spend a happy afternoon reading in the sunshine 🙂 So he tucked himself in among the spiky grasses on the warm sand dunes, and opened his book of “Poems of the Sea”. Just a hop and a flutter away in front of him, Algy could see the waves dancing and sparkling on the beach, with the whole expanse of the wide, blue ocean with its mysterious world beneath, and as he turned back to his book he read:

The world below the brine,
Forests at the bottom of the sea, the branches and leaves,
Sea-lettuce, vast lichens, strange flowers and seeds, the thick tangle, openings, and pink turf,
Different colors, pale gray and green, purple, white, and gold, the play of light through the water,
Dumb swimmers there among the rocks, coral, gluten, grass, rushes, and the aliment of the swimmers,
Sluggish existences grazing there suspended, or slowly crawling close to the bottom,
The sperm-whale at the surface blowing air and spray, or disporting with his flukes,
The leaden-eyed shark, the walrus, the turtle, the hairy sea-leopard, and the sting-ray,
Passions there, wars, pursuits, tribes, sight in those ocean-depths, breathing that thick-breathing air, as so many do,
The change thence to the sight here, and to the subtle air breathed by beings like us who walk this sphere,
The change onward from ours to that of beings who walk other spheres.

[Algy is reading the poem The World Below the Brine by the 19th century American poet Walt Whitman.]

LAST CHANCE TO GET THE KINDLE EDITION FREE !

Today, MONDAY 2ND JANUARY 2017, is the LAST DAY OF THIS OFFER. The Kindle edition of Algy’s new book, The Magical Midwinter Star, is FREE to download from any Amazon site all day today until midnight PST.

To get the complete book free, use the “Buy” button at Amazon (you will be charged zero), not the “Free Sample” button which only downloads the opening…

This is the FINAL DAY of this offer and it cannot be repeated. Don’t miss it!

And for those who would like a signed hardback copy, the hardback edition is on offer at a special reduced price throughout January at Algy’s web shop:

http://adventuresofalgy.com/shop/books

Signed paperbacks are also available at the standard price.

Please share with all your friends 🙂

Here are the direct links to the Kindle book:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Amazon in Japan

Amazon in Germany

Amazon in France

Amazon in Spain

Amazon in Italy

Amazon in the Netherlands

Amazon in Canada

Amazon in Australia

Amazon in Brazil

Amazon in Mexico

Amazon in India

Algy knows that some of his wonderful Tumblr friends like to collect signed hardback copies of his books :))))

So Algy has a SPECIAL OFFER for you, to celebrate the launch of his new book The Magical Midwinter Star.

Starting today, ALL hardback editions of Algy’s books are offered at a reduced price at Algy’s own web shop – until the end of January 2017. You can add a custom dedication in your own words 🙂

The hardback edition of The Magical Midwinter Star is available at £9.99 (plus postage at cost) reduced from £12.99, and Algy’s other hardback titles are also reduced by more than 25%.

Don’t forget that the Kindle ebook edition is FREE to download today 1st January 2017 and tomorrow 2nd January, so you can check the book out 🙂 This will be the final free download offer for The Magical Midwinter Star. Links to all the relevant Amazon pages can be found in Algy’s previous post.

The hardback editions of Algy’s books are bound in dark blue cloth, with title and author stamped in gold on the spine, and a matte full colour dust jacket as shown in the photo. The interior has a full colour illustration at the head of each chapter. Paperback editions are also available at the normal prices, and books can be shipped to almost any country in the world 🙂

Algy’s Magical Midwinter Star Party PHOTO CHALLENGE!

Please read the rules below carefully.

PRIZES:

  1. Paperback copies of Algy’s new book The Magical Midwinter Star signed by Algy and Jenny for the first 5 (FIVE) photos received which satisfy the rules below (only 1 prize per person!)
  2. Signed greetings cards showing the stag illustration from The Magical Midwinter Star for everyone else who participates in this challenge 🙂

FREE Kindle ebook download for everyone, all day today 1st January 2017 and tomorrow 2nd January.

CHALLENGE:

Download the FREE Kindle edition of Algy’s new book “The Magical Midwinter Star” and SUBMIT A PHOTO OF SOMEONE READING IT to the party at @lovefromalgy TODAY!

You do not need a Kindle device to read the Kindle book – there are free Kindle apps for almost every computer and mobile device 🙂

Here’s the submit link:

http://lovefromalgy.tumblr.com/submit

RULES:

The first 5 (FIVE) photographers to submit a photo of someone – human or fluffy – reading the Kindle version of Algy’s new book The Magical Midwinter Star will receive a free paperback copy of the book, signed by Algy and Jenny 🙂

Only one prize per person! You are welcome to submit more than one photo – and all submissions will be included in Algy’s party – but only the FIRST photo you submit will be eligible for the challenge.

It MUST be possible to see in the photo which book is being read on the device displaying the Kindle book.

Still photos or GIFs are accepted 🙂

Photos MUST BE SUBMITTED using the Submit form:

http://lovefromalgy.tumblr.com/submit 

Do NOT post on your own blog and send a link for this challenge.

This challenge remains open until the party closes 🙂

Runners-up will receive a signed card from Algy in the post 🙂

Please share with all your friends 🙂

Here are the direct links to the Kindle book:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Amazon in Japan

Amazon in Germany

Amazon in France

Amazon in Spain

Amazon in Italy

Amazon in the Netherlands

Amazon in Canada

Amazon in Australia

Amazon in Brazil

Amazon in Mexico

Amazon in India

“It was a dismally dark, gloomy kind of day, smothered in Scotch mist, and it was almost impossible to feel enthusiastic about doing anything at all…”

So it says at the start of the second chapter of Algy’s new book, The Magical Midwinter Star, and it was indeed exactly such a day in the West Highlands of Scotland, with very little light to be seen anywhere in the world, and certainly no sign of colour.

Fortunately, however, Algy had just published the Kindle version of his book, so he persuaded his assistant to download it to her iPad, and tucked himself up enthusiastically on an old armchair with some of his friends, to read it to them from the very beginning to the magically happy ending 🙂

Have you got your FREE copy of the Kindle book yet? It’s free to download from any Amazon site until midnight tonight, and then again over the Christmas and New Year weekends. Here are the direct links again:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Amazon in Japan

Amazon in Germany

Amazon in France

Amazon in Spain

Amazon in Italy

Amazon in the Netherlands

Amazon in Canada

Amazon in Australia

Amazon in Brazil

Amazon in Mexico

Amazon in India

Algy’s New Children’s Book

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*** BUYING ALGY’S NEW BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS ***

Algy’s new book has just been published and is an ideal Christmas stocking filler 🙂

You can read all about it, and also read a preview, on Algy’s own web site.

So if you would like to buy a copy to give someone for Christmas, please read the notes for your geographical area carefully. Thank you 🙂

Kindle version coming soon…

UNITED KINGDOM

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER:
FREE UK POSTAGE FOR ALL ORDERS AT ALGY’S OWN WEB SHOP

Signed paperbacks – Algy is expecting to be able to send signed paperback copies out early next week by 1st class post, and they should reach you in time for Christmas, but this cannot be absolutely guaranteed. Please buy from Algy’s own web shop before 20th December. Postage is FREE.

Unsigned paperbacks – Algy can also send you unsigned paperbacks, to the same delivery schedule, and this is likely to be the fastest option – please buy from Algy’s web shop before 20th December (postage is FREE). You can also order from Amazon UK, although they do not yet hold stock. It is likely, but not certain, that they will supply the book before Christmas.

If you are lucky enough to live in Cornwall or be visiting that area, Gallery Anthony in Mullion will be the first retailer to hold stock of the book. They should have it for sale from this weekend.

Hardbacks – Algy is not yet sure which day he will receive stock of the hardback edition (cloth bound with dust jacket). It is just possible that the hardbacks will reach him in time to send to UK addresses for Christmas. He will keep you posted 🙂 The hardback should be available to order from Amazon by the weekend. You can order a hardback from Algy’s own web shop now, with FREE postage, but he does not yet know when he will be able to despatch it.

 

USA

Unsigned paperbacks and hardbacks – are now available to order from Amazon in the USA and should reach you in time for Christmas if you buy quickly and select a fast shipping option.

Signed paperbacks and hardbacks – may be ordered from Algy’s own web shop but will NOT reach you in time for Christmas. Sorry!

 

WESTERN EUROPE

Unsigned paperbacks and hardbacksare now available to order from Amazon’s European web sites, but Algy guesses that the books may NOT arrive in time for Christmas. You can also order from The Book Depository in the UK and get FREE international postage.

Signed paperbacks and hardbacks – may be ordered from Algy’s own web shop but will NOT reach you in time for Christmas. Sorry!

 

REST OF THE WORLD

Unsigned paperbacks and hardbacksare now available to order from Amazon’s European web sites, but the books will NOT arrive in time for Christmas. You can also order from The Book Depository in the UK and get FREE international postage.

Signed paperbacks and hardbacks – may be ordered from Algy’s own web shop but will NOT reach you in time for Christmas. Sorry!

*** EXCITING NEWS ***

Algy is delighted to announce that “The Magical Midwinter Star”, his third illustrated chapter book for children and adults still young at heart, will be published during the coming week. Please read the notes below about delivery times during the holiday season.

This book is especially suitable for Christmas and other midwinter holidays, and Algy will be posting details of how to order signed copies of the book in the next couple of days, as well as a preview of the book on his web site. Watch this space for further information 🙂

Readers of Algy’s previous books may be interested to know that this new book is similar to his first book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird” in length, style and reading age, but with a quite different story, of course, and it introduces some fun new characters as well as including his old friends. And it has a very happy ending 🙂

*** Algy’s MIDWINTER STAR TUMBLR PARTY will be held over the Hogmanay/New Year weekend*** – more details soon! But if you want the book for Christmas, please read on…

Algy does not yet know exactly which day he will receive printed copies of the book to sign, but he is hoping it will be the end of the week, Friday 16th, which is the official publication date.

Delivery to addresses in the UK: Algy is hoping to get SIGNED copies to you in time for Christmas 🙂 He will post further details about this very soon.

Delivery to western Europe: Algy should be able to send you UNSIGNED copies in time for Christmas. SIGNED copies will probably reach you between Christmas and the New Year but might possibly arrive in time for Christmas.

Delivery to addresses in the USA: Algy should be able to send you UNSIGNED copies in time for Christmas but this is not guaranteed. SIGNED copies cannot reach you in time for Christmas and are likely to arrive around the New Year.

Delivery to addresses outside the UK, western Europe and the USA: Algy will be happy to send you SIGNED copies, but sadly he cannot deliver them in time for Christmas. They are likely to reach you early in the New Year.

Reviewers of Algy’s second book “The Tree with a Golden Heart” will automatically receive copies of his new book 🙂

Please send Algy a message if you think you would like to get a copy of his new book in time for Christmas, or have any questions at all 🙂

COMING SOON!

This is a special draft preview of the cover of Algy’s forthcoming book – the third in the series of illustrated children’s chapter books Tales from the Adventures of Algy – due to be published at the beginning of December 2016.

*** REVIEW REMINDER *** Write an honest, personal review on Amazon or Goodreads before the end of October – of EITHER ONE of Algy’s first two books – and Algy will send you a free, signed review copy of his new book (paperback) when it’s published!

A review doesn’t have to be long or complicated – just a couple of lines of your honest opinion, to help other readers decide whether they would enjoy the book. Algy knows that quite a few of you have downloaded the Kindle versions of his books, and some of you have the paperbacks too. He would be so grateful if you could spare a few moments to review one of his books – it really does help 🙂

Be sure to let Algy know the address to send the new book to, if he does not already know it or may not recognise the name you use as a reviewer.

Algy and his assistant are working very hard to get The Magical Midwinter Star out in time for Christmas and the winter holidays 🙂 Watch this space for further information…

imiging:

 5th March 2015, World Book Day…  and Algy had hoped to spend the day outside, reading in the open air. But in the event it did nothing but rain, rain, rain the entire day, and reading in the rain is far from ideal… for the books!What was he to do? Algy consulted his assistant, and she suggested that he recall a happier time spent reading, when the weather was much kinder – about six months ago. So in honour of World Book Day, Algy presents this reworked version of a reading Adventure he enjoyed in September 2014, when he was lazing in his assistant’s deckchair in the sunshine, searching for a favourite poem in a volume of verse.Happy Reading Everyone 🙂 And Algy hopes that you will find some nice, warm sunshine to read in, and will not try reading in the rain!

Photograph and Gif of The Adventures of Algy are made by Jenny Chapman

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This so charming GIF was selected for the amazing imigif day n°14 curated by imiging. Submit your own creation to join the party next month. Let’s Gif today!

Algy sends lots of very fluffy hugs and his fluffiest thanks to his dear friends @imiging for selecting this GIF for their September imigif day xoxo

It’s one of Algy’s favourites too, and was photographed at this time of year… in much better weather than Algy is enjoying today!

Algy is busy signing copies of his books this weekend, as he is running a special promotion in his own web bookshop.

***25% OFF RRP for ALL SIGNED BOOKS until midnight Tuesday 14th May ***

Get a unique signed copy of one of Algy’s books at a discounted price, with a personal dedication in your own words for a child, friend or special occasion. Signed copies are only available from Algy’s own shop:

Algy’s Bookshop

The Tales from the Adventures of Algy books are suitable for all ages from approx. 6 years old to 88 (the oldest known reader to date) and are full of the amazing sights, sounds and wildlife of the wild west Highlands of Scotland, with colour illustrations at the head of each chapter.

Shipping is available to most countries of the world, and is charged at cost. Payment via PayPal.