The Ends of the Earth book II

Exciting News: the sequel launches

Ends of the Earth, the second book in the changeling saga and the sequel to Legend of the Lost launches this weekend.

An exciting new partnership with independent publisher Green Cat , based in Derbyshire (which also happens to be the source of many of the names of the characters in Legend of the Lost), has meant that we have printed the second run of Legend of the Lost (revised edition) and have signed to complete the first three books.

As you can see, the iconic purple of Book 1 gives way to this firebrand gold design reflecting the ongoing struggles of the ancient Cornish Trelgathwin family as they battle the physical and behavioural pandemic that threatens the family and all they hold dear.

Once again, the human, animal and Fae kingdoms entwine, however the settings expand, as the title implies, to exciting pastures new where a diverse array of new allies wait and evil takes on many different forms.

Hopefully this sequel will be as well recieved by multiple generations as Legend of the Lost has been.

Green Cat will be offering a range of bulk buying and other deals for those who would like to purchase both books in the new design, so do check in with them as the offers will pre-date general release on Amazon and other major outlets.

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News Update: Competition winner and more…..

The changeling saga has attracted a solid and loyal fan base since Legend of the Lost, the first book in the series was launched. As a result we were delighted to offer one of the fans of the series the chance to win a very special prize.

Book II, The Ends of the Earth is part-based in Southern Africa as well as the ancestral home of the special changeling family, Cornwall. We tasked our readers to come up with a suitable name for one of the African animals and after some lovely and very creative suggestions, we’re pleased to announce that the winners were Suzannah Archibald and her family, who came up with a very imaginative name for one of the animal sentinels, having researched the Namibian dialect.

The Ends of the Earth is currently in production, ready for Christmas so keep an eye on the Green Cat shop and Amazon. Competition winners Suzannah and family will receive a special acknowledgement in the book, as well as a signed copy.

We’ll also be announcing the winning name suggested by the children a little closer to the release date (we don’t want to spoil the surprise).

Huge thanks to the many of you who entered. We loved them all, but there had to be a winner and it was perhaps fated that Suzannah and family hail from…..Porthleven, Cornwall, where, of course, our adventure begins.

Keep your eyes peeled for the second edition of Legend of the Lost, which has just been re-released with a chilling fresh cover.

First edition copies of the book with the iconic purple cover are still available (if you’re quick) from the Book Guild shop and direct from Amazon who are currently having a sale and, of course, you can now buy the edition with the fab new cover there too, as the rest of the trilogy will now be printed by our new publishing partner.

If you don’t already, please do follow us on twitter where, if you help share the word and re-tweet the pinned tweet you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a signed copy of the first edition of the first book.

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Competition: Name a character in the sequel to Legend of the Lost.

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As many of you will know, I’m currently finalising the sequel to Legend of the Lost. It is called The Ends of the Earth and, once again, is set in beautiful Cornwall. But we’re excited to announce it will also feature, Namibia, South West Africa in all its glory.

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I don’t want to spoil the story but, as well as many of the magical characters you’ve grown to love, it includes:

  • a pod of talking dolphins
  • the ancestral kingdom of the elephants and
  • a malevolent demon with a taste for toes!

As you know, names are very important to me. So I’m now looking for your help to name one of the animal stars of the book. He is an elephant and is based on one of the calves in this photograph (above), which I took on a trip to Africa a couple of years ago.

If you’re up for the challenge, this is a chance for you to maake a permanent mark on the changeling trilogy. The winner will not only name the elephant calf but will also be acknowledged inside the book and will win a signed, dedicated copy of the book when it is published.

RULES:

1. You may send up to three suggestions for the elephant’s name OR feel free to suggest a name that could apply to any other animal character, if you prefer..
2. You may enter as an individual, a family, a class, a team or a school
3. The competition is open to all ages worldwide, but entries must be written in English.
4. The signed book will be the UK edition.
5. The closing date is midday (12.00pm GMT) on 31st June 2019. Entries after that date can’t be considered.
6. Entries must be your own, original idea.
7. The decision of the judge (Ian P Buckingham) is final, and no discussion will be entered into (although he will discuss entries with the changeling children).
8. The winner will be notified by email and announced on social media.

Email your entry to connectwithlotl@gmail.com or use the contact us link and include the subject line “Competition. Remember to include your name, age, and full postal address. (If you’re under 18 make sure you have your parent/guardian’s consent).

TIPS:
• Do some research. Look up the ancient culture of Namibia and place and animal names for inspiration, do some brainstorming with friends and try different combinations.

  • Have another read of Legend of the Lost and take clues from the animals and characters featured.

I can’t wait to read your entries.

GOOD LUCK!

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A Children’s Book Enjoyed by Adults!

Ian was interviewed by a journalist on behalf of a publisher, recently.

What’s your favourite thing about writing children’s fiction?

Ooh, lots of things. Just one? Well at the top of the list has to be knowing that the work will help young imaginations expand and grow, hopefully inspiring another generation of storytellers as authors like Blyton, Lewis, Tolkien and Rowling etc have inspired me.

What has the response been like so far for Legend of the Lost?

I’m very pleased to say that it’s attracted the reactions I’d hoped for when the children and I first committed the ideas to paper and planned the trilogy.

Comments like “compelling from start to end”,“beautifully written” and “couldn’t put it down”are great to see in the reviews on Amazon, Book Guild bookshop and feedback on social media and in person.

It really is pleasing that adults are enjoying reading the book and am especially delighted to hear of parents reading the book to and with their children as I really wanted it to be a collaborative experience. In my view there’s nothing quite like parents and children exploring a magical adventure together.

When did you realise that you wanted to become a published author?

I’ve been published in more high-brow, adult genres before, but I’ve since discovered that apparently when I was a little boy myself, I said that I would write books for children (so I’m now reminded).

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Whatever the type of book there’s really something special about watching a project catch fire from a spark of an idea to something that will spread around the world lighting up dark corners of the imagination.

Now, with the wonders of social media, authors can receive feedback and connect with readers much easier. It really is lovely to receive photos of the books from all sorts of exotic destinations, often featuring local landmarks or indeed crazy pets, as we have been.

One very lovely lady has been reading the book to the animals at her animal rescue centre in the US. She says it soothes them. Who could have predicted that?

Is there any advice you would give to other writers/how have you found the publishing experience?

First and foremost, believe in yourself and just do it. Write! There is no given technique or approach. Sure, read a lot and be informed by other voices. But find what works for you – whether that is scribbling in notebooks when the creative impulse strikes or having a routine and schedule if you must. Only you know yourself. Go with what feels right. But write.

I remember the story of Joseph Heller who wrote one of the Iconic Books of all time, Catch 22. Famously he jotted scenes on postcard-sized cue cards which he kept in a shoe box. Allegedly he dropped them one day and rather than re-arrange as a linear narrative, he wrote up the story in the random order in which the cards fell. True or not, this illustrates the point. Do what works for you. But write.

For me, the best part of publishing, as a process, is the creative collaboration. For example, I have strong opinions about each project including the visuals. When I received the first draft of the cover for Legend of the Lost, it wasn’t what I imagined at all. I could tell there was a degree of trepidation about the proposal, perhaps because of my background in brand and advertising. But it was actually better than anything I had pictured. Jack did a great job. I love it, and the feedback has been unanimously positive. I made a couple of supplementary suggestions and we agreed the finished product in a few minutes. THAT’s the power of collaboration

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What’s next in the writing pipeline for you?

Well, I committed to writing a trilogy and Legend of the Lostis the first part. I’ve written the next two, The Ends of the Earth being the second part. Without spilling any spoilers, the adventure continues in Cornwall and Africa. I’ve promised our growing community of readers that I will aim to finalise the sequel next year.

I can’t wait to see what the team does with the visuals and am sure the story will evolve further during the magic of the editing process and as the readership grows.

I’m personally excited to watch this complex family develop as individuals and a group over time as they confront and overcome fresh challenges. Because as any parent knows, growing up is filled with twists and turns of fate. We need to be reminded, from time-to-time, especially during the festive season, that the real secret to finding our magic is not to lose heart, not to shut down in the face of adulting and to keep believing.

Legend of the Lost is available in hard and soft versions tonline via all top retailers, Waterstones and from the Book Guildb okshop.

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Mums Share the Magic

Delighted thatLegend of the Lost has been recently reviewed by two busy and inspirational mothers.

One is a rebel scribe and home schooling champion from Wales, Kelly Allen. The other, a very widely read Mumsnet influencer, Jenny from the highly acclaimed The Brick Castle.

Both Kelly and Jenny give considered accounts of the first book in the changeling trilogy.CheshamLOL

Jenny published a detailed and well thought through analysis of the book’s appeal to children aged around 9+ :

Throughout the book you know that something big is going to happen, but can’t quite put your finger on what it’s going to be. The description of mystical folk and their abilities is underplayed and that gives it more of a realism somehow. You just accept who can fly, or transform, and learn more alongside some of the characters as they are pushed to their limits and discover what they are really capable of.

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Coincidentally, Jenny hails from Derbyshire where some of the inspiration for the story and its characters originated.

Given she is also a home tutor, we were especially delighted by the way Kelly summarises the book’s appeal:

I really love how this book is written. I’ts full of so many beautiful descriptions and we immediately fell in love with the little family. The writing is spot on for the age range it’s aimed at (7-11), even though I think it’s a perfect read no matter what your age!

There’s so much action and adventure throughout that it’s hard to put it down, but this is a good thing! I’d say it’s a pretty perfect read for any family with a sense of adventure and heart…

Please do pop over to both of their sites to read the reviews in full and to catch up with all the very interesting publications, competitions and other activities they champion on behalf of children in the 7-11 and young adult age ranges.