Christmas Reading…

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It was the first day of December, and the hours of daylight had grown very short indeed. Each new day dawned more slowly and reluctantly than the previous one now, but as soon as there was sufficient light Algy found himself a comfortable perch in a pine tree and settled down to read his very own Christmas-time story The Magical Midwinter Star to his little black teddy. The tiny bear was thrilled to hear the tale of Algy’s adventures through the harsh midwinter landscape of the West Highlands of Scotland, and he wondered whether Algy would indeed succeed in restoring the ancient tradition of a great midwinter celebration for all the creatures of the area, to bright light and joy back to the dismal depths of the dark and gloomy Scottish winter…

This third story in the series Tales from the Adventures of Algy makes perfect reading for the weeks leading up to Christmas – for children aged 7 to 10 and adults still young at heart. You can buy copies of The Magical Midwinter Star signed by Algy himself, direct from Algy’s own web shop, and add personal dedications in your own words. With FREE UK DELIVERY from now until Hogmanay.

Visit Algy’s own online bookshop to buy The Magical Midwinter Star and Algy’s other books – unique gifts and stocking fillers from the wild West Highlands of Scotland 🙂

FREE KINDLE EBOOK DOWNLOAD ALL DAY SUNDAY 18TH DECEMBER

Algy is delighted to announce that the Kindle ebook version of his new book, The Magical Midwinter Star, has just been published and will be FREE to download all day tomorrow, Sunday 18th December – just in time for you to check it out to see whether you want to include a printed copy of the book in someone’s Christmas stocking 🙂 The offer applies to all Amazon sites around the world.

Full details about buying the paperback and hardback editions are available in Algy’s previous post, and friends in the UK are reminded that if they buy from Algy’s own web shop they will get FREE DELIVERY by 1st class post to UK addresses. This applies to ALL Algy’s books purchased before Christmas, not just the new one.

Because the Kindle book is brand new, Amazon have not yet linked it to the print versions, so please go to your local Amazon site on Sunday and search for The Magical Midwinter Star. Algy will post some direct links tomorrow.

As this story is about a midwinter celebration and is suitable for all winter holidays, Algy wants to share it with you over the holiday season. So the Kindle ebook will also be FREE to download over the Christmas and New Year weekends – on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th December, and on Saturday 31st December and Sunday 1st January 🙂 

Signed copies of all Algy’s books, complete with personal dedications in your own words, are available from Algy’s own web shop.

[This illustration by Jenny Chapman appears at the head of Chapter 5 of The Magical Midwinter Star.]

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!

*** 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!

Algy had had quite enough of the outside world for the time being, and although the wind had died down for a wee while, there was nasty, cold sleet falling non-stop out of the dismally grey sky. So – as electriticy supplies had been restored to the local area – Algy asked his assistant if he could please spend the day in her cosy, warm house, and check the proof of the new colour paperback version of his latest book The Tree with a Golden Heart.

Some of Algy’s friends have received a complimentary greyscale copy of this paperback from the first test print run – that is, a paperback with small, black and white images at the head of each chapter. If you are one of those friends, and would like a copy with large colour pictures at the head of each chapter, please be sure to let Algy know! He will be very happy to send you one 🙂

All copies of the paperback edition of The Tree with a Golden Heart on sale at Amazon and other bookshops should be in colour.

You can preview the first chapter of the book on Algy’s own web site at http://adventuresofalgy.com/books/the-tree-with-a-golden-heart, where you can also buy a signed copy direct from Algy 🙂

Colour Reissue of “The Tree with a Golden Heart” paperback

The first short print run of Algy’s new book “The Tree with a Golden Heart” was published with small greyscale illustrations. After much thought, Algy has decided that this really won’t do, and the paperback is therefore being reissued in colour, to match the first book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird”.

The colour version is not yet available to buy – Algy will let you know when it is ready 🙂  If you buy from a company like Amazon at present, you will still receive the greyscale version. The price will rise by £1 (GBP) when the book goes into colour.

If you have bought or received a greyscale copy and would prefer colour, please send Algy a message and he will see what he can do 🙂

If you have received a review copy in greyscale, please note that the illustrations will be in colour in all editions as soon as the reissue is printed and the greyscale version will no longer be available to buy.

Algy does still have some copies of the greyscale version for anyone who would like one – just send him a message. In the future this version will be a collector’s item, as fewer than 70 copies have been printed and distributed!

Any questions or comments?

*** DON’T MISS YOUR FREE KINDLE BOOK DOWNLOAD TODAY ***

Algy and his friends were amazed by the glow from the Kindle version of Algy’s new book The Tree with a Golden Heart, and he hopes that you will be too 🙂

The Kindle book is free to download from any Amazon site today, Sunday 10th January, and can be read on almost any computer or mobile device using a free app from Amazon. Here are the direct links to the Kindle book:

Amazon UK

Amazon Germany

Amazon France

Amazon Italy

Amazon Spain

Amazon Netherlands

Amazon Japan

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

The offer will close at approximately midnight PST on Sunday 10th January, but Amazon control the exact time that it ends.

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]

SUNDAY 12th JULY – ALGY’S FLUFFY BOOK LAUNCH TUMBLR PARTY!

Put on your very best summer hat (or winter hat if you live way down south), and join Algy on lovefromalgy on Sunday 12th July to help him to celebrate the launch of his very first book!

KINDLE BOOK PROMOTION – The Kindle ebook version of Algy’s book, normally retailing at £3.99, €6.49 or $5.99 will be a FREE DOWNLOAD ON SUNDAY, as a special promotion for Algy’s Tumblr followers and friends 🙂

COMPETITION – with free paperback copies of the book as prizes. Details will be announced during the party…

FLUFFY SURPRISES – as always at Algy’s Tumblr parties 🙂

YOUR OWN CONTRIBUTIONS – as usual, Algy invites you to send your fluffy friends or any kind of celebratory image to join the party and help him celebrate. Submissions to lovefromalgy – submit your own original images any time between now and Sunday night, July 12th. Or post on your own blog, but be sure to send Algy a link, as he doesn’t always manage to see everything.

Too hot? Algy will provide cooling refreshments and Scottish Highland breezes 🙂

Too cold? Algy will provide fluffy hugs 🙂

SUNDAY 12TH JULY – DON’T MISS IT!  And please share with your friends and followers. This is a once-in-a-fluffy-lifetime event! Algy will never launch his first book again…

LOOK WHAT ALGY’S GOT!

The long wait is over… Algy’s first book A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird will be officially published on Tuesday 7th July, and is already available to order from Amazon. You will be able to order it from any bookseller from 7th July 2015.

Here’s the book at amazon.com, at amazon.de, at amazon.fr, at amazon.jp and at amazon.co.uk.

The Book Depository offers free international shipping worldwide, but at present their prices are too high – please wait until after 7th July, when they should adjust to the correct price.

Algy has published two editions – a deluxe hardback edition with a cloth cover and dustjacket, and a cheap paperback edition. The hardback edition is printed on different presses from the paperback, and the quality of both illustrations and text is higher in the hardback, but of course it’s more expensive. The book has 120 pages (10 chapters), with a half-page colour illustration at the start of each chapter.

A Kindle e-book version will also be available very soon.

Recommended Retail Prices are:
Hardback £13.99 in the UK, €17.99 in Europe, $21.99 in the USA and $22.99 in Canada.
Paperback: £5.99 in the UK, €8.99 in Europe, $8.99 in the USA, $9.99 in Canada and $11.99 in Australia.

Prices at booksellers will vary, and readers in countries not listed above will probably find it cheapest to buy either from Amazon or from The Book Depository. Bookstores will be able to order the book through their usual channels.

A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird is the first book in the series Tales from the Adventures of Algy, and further books will follow. Algy is hoping to publish his second book in time for Christmas 🙂

Although listed as a children’s book, Algy is hoping that many of his
followers of all ages will enjoy it 🙂 If you are buying for children,
Algy advises that the minimum reading age for his book is around 7-8,
depending on the child, although of course it can be read aloud to younger children.

Algy is preparing an online dictionary of the
trickier words in the book to help young readers and readers whose first
language is not English. More news about this shortly.

Algy will show you more of his book and make further exciting announcements very soon 🙂

If you are one of the very kind people who pre-ordered a signed copy of the book, Algy is in the process of contacting you to confirm your address and any dates that you may be away. The signed copies will be posted out during the week commencing 13th July, unless you tell Algy to wait.

Algy is sorry it took so long to get here, but now that it is available at last, he hopes very much that you will enjoy it!

Any questions? Just ask 🙂