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October 13, 2016

Moonbeam Medal for little Tom Thorneval

I am pleased to reveal that today Tom Thorneval, the half-fairy Dreammaker who had a lot of bad luck indeed, has received another award ...

Moonbeam Awards Medal

This time winning the bronze medal in the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book awards for the category 'e-books for pre-teens'.

I might just have to get a shuffle on and make his audiobook ready now for 2017, won't I?

Thank you to all the librarians, students, teachers and book reviewers who felt that little Tom with his lion heart was worthy of a medal amid a field of very strong characters and their tales. I am very thankful, and send my congratulations to the gold and silver medalists, wherever they may be in the world.
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Published on October 13, 2016 09:46 • 58 views • Tags: e-books, medal-winner, moonbeam-awards, tom-thorneval

June 21, 2016

Introducing Jumpy Puppy ...

So here he is at last. Jumpy Puppy. In a series of tales I have been waiting to tell for a long time.

Jumpy Puppy

The opening collection of 5 little tales includes an encounter with Spanish monsters, a movie-writing flea (and former stunt-car driver) named Gonzales, a very correct doll, some lazy frogs and a goldfish who once studied at Harvard.

It is a strange and humorous collection of tales for the young and not so young. Whatever your age, I think you are going to like them very much. To decide for yourself, you can request the first tale be sent to your inbox for free here:

http://wiverndigital.com/jumpypuppy.html

Jumpy Puppy, whom you may also call JP if you wish, has his own page on Facebook too ... should you care to cast your affection on the little dog who is quite possibly the naughtiest little dog in the entire world.

https://www.facebook.com/jumpypuppy/
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Published on June 21, 2016 03:42 • 68 views • Tags: audiobooks, bedtime-stories, dogs, jumpy-puppy, kids, new-release

March 18, 2016

Look who is the featured winner on the Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards page today!

Little Tom has had an amazing journey since he set out into the big wide world in August. The latest stop is on the front page of the Independent Book Publisher's Association "Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards" page as a Gold Honoree. Take a look and press like to spread the word (even Tom, as you can see, is giving the thumbs up, hoping you will do the same).

http://www.ibpa-bfda.org/

Tom Thorneval
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Published on March 18, 2016 06:35 • 41 views • Tags: benjamin-franklin-digital-award, dreams, tom-thorneval

March 4, 2016

Tom Thorneval named a Benjamin Franklin Digital Award GOLD HONOREE.

I have some wonderful news to share with you today, my friends.

I just received a message to say that the e-book version of Tom Thorneval, my very first tale to appear in paperback, has been judged and named a Benjamin Franklin Digital Award GOLD HONOREE.

Benjamin Franklin Digital Award GOLD HONOREE logo.

Discovering that my unlucky but plucky little Tom was a winner of this distinguished award gave me a short trip to the moon and back. The Benjamin Franklin awards are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association in the land of America, and the people who judge the entries are librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors. So you can imagine my excitement - particularly when I read this from the judge (I guess I am allowed to share it :)

The design was clean, easy to read, and flowed very nicely. This was the first time I've ever seen lyrics in a story and not automatically skipped over them, because they went along with the audio! The simple, melodic songs stuck in my head as I was reading, giving the entire book a vaguely Irish folktale tone. I liked that there were links to the sheet music. I loved the two 'forks' that gave alternate storylines that then converged back into the rest of the book. I've seldom seen a book so well-suited to the electronic platform. It does things that are impossible with a standard print book, all to enrich the story without distracting from it.

They went on to call the whole book "Exceptional" and "beautifully written". I really hope the tale and the experience of reading it on an electronic device makes you as happy as it did this reader (thank you again!) Please share this wonderful news with your friends looking for something quite unique to read this month.

Now to break the news to Tom, quietly minding his own business on my sideboard (scroll to the left to find him).
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Published on March 04, 2016 05:54 • 120 views • Tags: addison-s-tales, benjamin-franklin, digital-book-award, tom-thorneval

February 13, 2016

Birthday reflections of an old gardener ...

Today I celebrate another birthday. Yes, another year of my fortunate life has come to pass. The fire is crackling, casting a warm glow over my cottage living room, and I am listening to Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major on my old record machine reflecting on a question someone quite small asked me the other day. It was a question I should have known, having been a gardener my whole life … before I retired to sit around and listen to music and think about things. The more I thought about this particular question, however, the more I realised I did not have an answer, but many. So I decided that I would spend a little time on my birthday writing my “Top 3” answers down, mostly because it makes me happy to do so. And that makes it like a gift to myself, doesn't it?

The question was a simple one, and maybe a little funny:

What is your favourite fruit or vegetable?

But before I get to that, I should let you know that there is a not so small garden patch at the edge of the Old Town History Museum. I don’t tend it anymore like I used to (younger people do that now). But I still like to take a stroll there during the heavy summer days to listen to the insects hum and drone, and check on how the plants and vines are coming along. I planted all of them myself, and every time I still find it wonderful to discover that they have survived the winter months. There are too many types in the garden to mention, so I will just tell you about my favourites, even if they may seem strange or humble to you ...

Starting with the carrot. I have always imagined the carrot as a little pointed punk with his green spiky hair cropped up so proudly above the ground, his head poking out and laughing at the sun every night as the rest of him stretches deeper into the soil. I often imagined him down there wondering at the colour of the sun as she retired towards the horizon, when she will often shed her bright day’s attire to slip into an evening gown of dazzling orange. Did the little rebellious carrot long to look so majestic? Was he secretly using every fibre of his being to assume the colour of the setting sun?

I don’t know. But I was always careful to pick the carrots at dusk, so that as they were pulled free, they could have a chance to see themselves and the hue they had finally assumed beneath the earth: Did they wonder for an instant if their final colour mirrored that of the descending sun? And as I knocked the dirt from them, where they pleased with themselves if they had achieved an orange like the one they had witnessed time and time again? I wanted to ask them, but my only sense was that they were pleased to be pulled into the air at last, where a new adventure awaited them.

I also sensed a certain longing in the tomatoes. They start out so green, and I've often wondered why that is. Were they envious of the rich, red colouring of the tomatoes ‘of the past’ who had reached full ripeness? Or was it hope and not envy that made them start with a greenish tinge? Either way, because Calladin never gets particularly hot, they always darkened, became calmer, fuller and softer on the vine. I imagined their impatience becoming satisfaction and even joy at attaining what they knew they would one day become. That is when they are taken from the vine, ready for the next generation to come.

Lastly, the passionfruit. If you have ever seen the passiflora, the flower of the passionfruit vine, you will know that it is one of the most beautiful in the world. Perhaps that is why passionfruit taste as remarkable as they do. Although the fruit can take many colours depending on the variety, the plain oval and sometimes wrinkled looks always lack the celestial form of the starfruit or the vibrant, delicious, come-and-eat-me appeal of the dragonfruit. It is certainly no match for the spectacular form of the fruit’s more showy sister, the passiflora. Did the fruit think: ‘Well, if old passiflora is out there showing off for the world, I’ll go and please the tastebuds even more.’

Again, I do not know. But it is this unspoken rivalry between sister fruit and sister flower that makes me think the passionfruit must rank in my top three ‘things I have grown’, whether that be fruit or vegetable. What do you think? Am I wrong to think these simple little beings share the rivalrous nature of us humans? Maybe they are pleased just to simply ‘be’. That seems to make for a happy life, after all.
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Published on February 13, 2016 01:21 • 133 views • Tags: addison-s-tales, birthdays, gardens, life

February 11, 2016

Contentment

Tonight I listened to a story where a man who made blades said this:

"If you want to be content in life, be a man of action. This will bring you results. And any result, whether success or failure, will still bring you contentment because at least you have lived out that dream."

It pleased me very much to hear.
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Published on February 11, 2016 14:28 • 85 views • Tags: contentment

February 9, 2016

Another Giveaway for my birthday

This week it's my birthday and I can cry if I want to. But instead, I will be giving away another copy of Tom Thorneval. If you haven't already picked yourself up a copy, the ebook is just €3.95 from Amazon and elsewhere.

Here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Thorneval-M...

A little review would be a very welcome birthday gift indeed.

C
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Published on February 09, 2016 09:43 • 120 views • Tags: addison-s-tales, birthday-copy, fairytales, musical-books, tom-thorneval

January 12, 2016

Audiobooks Available on UBOOK

I am very pleased to announce that this year, you can hear me telling my tales as audiobooks on the new UBOOK platform in addition to the Audible marketplace. Penelope is the first audiobook I spoke with all the voices and sound effects to best immerse you in the mysterious world of the Caverns and the Old Town History Museum:

http://www.ubook.com/audiobook/109756...

In the tale you will learn all about the dark past of Boris Bones as he whisks Penelope and Knuckles down under the earth into the dying world of the gnomes. Along the way, I expect you will also pity poor Knuckles as he tries to talk sense into Penelope, who, of course, being the daughter of a captain's cat, refuses to listen as the trio search for the fallen star that might bring light to the Underworld.

Oh, and you will also hear me at the beginning (yes, I star in my own tale ... if only briefly). Not forgetting Tibbens of course, the most miserable and possibly also the worst guard dog in the history of dogs. You can visit him and the rest of us at www.addisonstales.com. Just drag the screen around to discover all the characters for which there is currently a tale to read as part of the Addison's Tales storyworld.
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Published on January 12, 2016 04:13 • 36 views • Tags: addison-s-tales, amazon-audible, audiobooks, author-read-tales, harry-the-huntsman, penelope, the-dream

October 28, 2015

Official selection for the first 3D Enlivened Rhyme from Tom Thorneval at the ReAnimania film festival

The first 3D Enlivened Rhyme from Tom Thorneval - Dream Merchant Extraordinaire has been short-listed for this year's ReAnimania film festival. Very chuffed to see little Tom so ... ahem ... animated. See the good news here.

Amazingly, Tom's Enlivened Rhyme was also just screened in Romania as part of the Anim'est International Film Festival. here

Two festival selections in a month! Can you imagine - all this started with a little ditty about love? It is quite a powerful thing, I think you'll agree.
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Published on October 28, 2015 07:56 • 34 views • Tags: 3d-storytelling, animation, animation-festivals, cartoons, tom-thorneval

September 8, 2015

Tom makes a surprise appearance in Middle Shelf

I woke today to find Tom has extended his tour at his own free will ... this time wandering on into the pages of the latest Middle Shelf magazine. It was a lovely surprise to see him there alongside some other great reads for snuggling by the fireside in autumn (or fall, if you prefer). You'll find him on page 15 ...

http://issuu.com/middleshelf/docs/mid...
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Published on September 08, 2015 01:17 • 69 views • Tags: featured-books, kids-books, middle-shelf, musical-books, reads-for-autumn, tom-thorneval