Friday, 30 November 2012

Tomorrow sees the launch of Realand by Dee Kirkby

Really pleased to be joined today by the fantastic D J Kirkby - an author whose books I have read and adored.  Tomorrow, the 1st of December, she's launching a completely different genre and is appealing this time to the younger reader.  My nephew did a very early read for Denyse, and when he rang me up to tell me he'd devoured it all in one go and said he was disappointed to reach the end and wanted to know what happened next, I knew that she was on to a winner!  I also knew that my nephew had turned into a proper bookworm just like his Aunty Kim! Yay!
I'll hand you straight over to Denyse and leave her to tell you all about her new book and hope you'll support her by leaving her a comment on this post to join me in wishing her all the success in the world for this series of books.  You can also join in at her online launch party for Realand tomorrow.  I know she'd love to see lots of activity on her site tomorrow, so do pop over and leave her a comment.  Over to you Denyse.
Hi Kim.  I am quite excited to be putting together the finishing touches to the December 1st online launch party for Realand - the first in the Portal Series for independent readers of 7 years and up.
This series came to life during my time as Writer in Residence for Portsmouth libraries when I did a lot of outreach work into schools, and realised that as an author for adults I had nothing to offer the children I was working with. So, I wrote Realand, then Raffie Island and I am now working on the 3rd book in the series, Queendom.
I would say my writing style in the Portal Series is a cross between Enid Blyton and Spike Milligan, though my editor described it as a cross between Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and Narnia. One reader referred to the prequel to the series as "A great read which could become as epic as Harry Potter"! You can judge for yourself by reading the prequel on Wattpad.
Now, you're all welcome to come along to my blog on December 1st, and you can bring all your friends because there is plenty of room! There will be chances to win signed copies of Realand no matter where you live in the world. To kick things off you can visit my blog now and click on the Goodreads giveaway widget you will find there.
The dress code for the Realand launch party is all the colours of the rainbow so put on your best party clothes and head on over to my blog to describe your party outfit in the comment section for another chance to win a signed copy of Realand. There will be other ways you can enter to win on the day too. Looking forward to seeing you all!
Join Max and Laura on their first adventure in The Portal Series as they discover what rainbow corices are capable of and run into a bit of bother with a gang of albino slugs…just an average day in Realand.

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AliB said...

Hi Kim and Denyse - I'm a bit out of touch with the young reader market but this series sounds like a great concept.Best of luck with the launch - great timing!
Ali B

D.J. Kirkby said...

Thank you so much for this lovely post Kim. Looking forward to celebrating with you online tomorrow.

d.J. Kirkby said...

Hi Ali, we cross posted! Thank you for the good wishes, and I agree completely about the timing. :)

Joanna (Lazuli Portals) said...

Like Ali, I'm not really familiar with the young reader market, but I do love the cover, and the series concept, and hope it does really well! It sounds like it's off to a great start. :)

*waves* to Kim. :)

D.J. Kirkby said...

Thanks for the compliment Joanna. I think the cover is all kinds of fabulous.

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