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Monday, 19 June 2017

Competition! New Book! Authors Assemble!

Hello! It's June! I LOVE June - the sun comes out, the weather starts to warm up, and you've still got the whole summer to look forward to - plus my new book's coming out! The first copies just arrived - and it's like it was MY birthday! They're SO SPARKLY!!

Cover by the fab Lilly Lazuli!

THE NEVER-ENDING BIRTHDAY is published by Macmillan Children's Books and it's the story of twins Max and Anni who have the WORST thirteenth birthday ever! Max misses a vital goal in the Cup Final, fails a test & smashes a neighbour's window, while Anni's birthday party spins wildly out of control and her best friend dumps her, and both twins are grounded FOREVER
    Feeling thoroughly miserable, Max and Anni sneak downstairs at midnight and light their birthday candles and, as they blow them out, they make a wish . . . to redo the day!
When they wake up, their wish has come true! But little do they realize that they are going to have to relive their birthday again . . . and again . . . and again!

Publication day is 29th June but to WIN your very own SPARKLY copy simply email me at kayteedale@hotmail.com or tweet me at @katiedaleuk telling me which day of your life you'd like to repeat - and why!

I'm also very very VERY excited to be part of the
AUTHORS ASSEMBLE MEGA-TOUR!
How cool is that? It sounds like we're superheroes. right? Hm, which Avenger would I be...? I was actually in the movie Captain America, and loved Agent Carter - does she count? 😉 Anyway, back to the tour! Along with the lovely Tom Percival (Little Legends series) and Scott Allen (Llama United) I'll be touring schools all over the country meeting over 2000 kids! If you're one of them, do come and say hi!

In other news, I did my first ever radio interview last week - EEK! It'll be broadcast next month so I'll tell you more about it then 😊

And I've been busy writing too - I've got not one, not two, but SEVEN Early Reader books in the pipeline!

Have a lovely June everyone!

Katie x


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mumnesia Mother's Day Card!

Hello lovelies!

It's Mother's Day tomorrow! 

If you need an emergency last-minute card, why not print off and colour this fab MUMNESIA card (right-click then save and print!) designed by the awesome Lilly Lazuli and Rachel Vale for Macmillan Children's Books! Mums ALWAYS love a homemade card!

Hope you're having a fab weekend!

Kx


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

World Book Week!

It's WORLD BOOK WEEK!

I love visiting schools and meeting readers, and earlier this week I had the pleasure of visiting Kingfield Primary School in Woking! I loved meeting all the kids, and we had great fun coming up with brand new fairy tales, designing heros and villains and imagining the future - what fantastic imaginations you have!

And on Friday I can't wait to meet everyone at 
Nottingham Girls School for more creative fun!

Hope you're having a fantastic World Book Week, wherever you are!

If you'd like me to visit your school, check out my Author Visits page or email me at katiedaleauthor@hotmail.com 


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day/Book Giving Day GIVEAWAY!

It's Valentine's Day week and love is well and truly in the air!
But the path of true love never did run smooth...even in fairytales! Just ask Prince Charming!

But whether you have a Valentine or not, there's another reason to celebrate -
International Book Giving Day! 
After all, spreading the love of reading and books is just as important.
Did you know...
- Most children in developing countries do not own books?
- In the UK one third of children do not own books
- In the USA two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books
But YOU can help!
Why not
- Leave a book in a waiting room for a child to read?
- Donate a book to a library, hospital, or charity shop, or a charity such as Room to Read, Books for Africa, Book Aid International, The Book Bus,
Or give a book as a gift - it could even be a Valentine's present, celebrating both occasions at once! Bonus!

To celebrate, I'm running a PRIZE DRAW to give away a copy of PRINCE CHARMING'S PRINCESS QUEST - to enter, simply email me at katiedaleauthor@hotmail.com to let me know who you'd like me to dedicate the book to, and why.
Happy Book Giving Day, everyone!


Monday, 30 January 2017

Happy New Year!

It's 2017! A brand new year!

Have you made any new year's resolutions?

Have you broken any already? (easily done, isn't it?!) 😉

So giving up chocolate was never gonna last, but I'm determined to keep some of my resolutions - especially to meet more of my readers! 
If you'd like to get in touch, organise an event or school visit, order a signed and personally dedicated copy of any of my books (from young readers up to young adult), or simply have a chat just click here or email me at katiedaleauthor@hotmail.com or click on any of the links or pictures below for more info! 

I'd love to hear from you! 

Kx

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

A Signed Book for Christmas?

It's December already - where did the year go? It'll be Christmas before we know it!
If you're shopping for a book-lover and think they would like a signed and personally dedicated copy of any of my books (from young readers up to young adult), just email me at katiedaleauthor@hotmail.com
I will send anywhere in the world. (all books are RRP + postage)
Merry Christmas!
Young Adult Novels
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All books cost RRP + postage costs.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

OMGA - It's a Family Affair!

I always look forward to the SCBWI (Society of Children's Authors Writers and Illustrators) Mass Book Launch Party. Writing can be rather a solitary occupation, and SCBWIs (affectionately pronounce "Scoobies") are among the friendliest people in the world, so it's a wonderful opportunity to get together for  lovely chat, catch up with old friends and meet new ones, sharing news and celebrating our new books together - in fancy dress, no less! (theme: children's book characters of course!).
Can you guess which children's book characters we are dressed as?
But this year was extra special, because for the first time my Mum, Elizabeth Dale, and my sister, Jenny Jinks, and I were ALL launching books together!
Actually, Mum was launching THREE books!
NOTHING CAN FRIGHTEN A BEAR is a rhyming picture book published by Nosy Crow, and follows the story of little bear who hears a scary sound in the night, so the family of bears embark on an expedition through the woods to prove that there is nothing to be scared of - or is there?
Nothing Can Frighten a Bear!
HUG ME TIGHT is a board book with furry arms, perfect for hugging!
Hug Me Tight
And a treasury FULL of Teddy Tales!
My Treasury of Teddy Tales
Jenny's book is technically LOTS of stories in one, as it is another treasury - this time a TREASURY OF BEDTIME STORIES! Filled with gentle tales of magic and adventure, it is perfect bedtime reading, and beautifully illustrated too. Not bad for her very first published book!
A Treasury of Bedtime Stories
To be honest, I feel like a bit of a slacker in comparison, launching only one book, MUMNESIA!, but I decided to make up for it by dressing as Lucy, my main character! Can you spot the differences?


(Any excuse to wear fingerless gloves!)


One of the highlights of the party every year is the cake - a different one each time, which features the cover and/or characters from each one of the newly published books, and is always a marvel to behold (and extremely yummy too!).
Can you spot our book covers on the cake? And Lucy from Mumnesia, climbing up the side?!


Congratulations to all the SCBWIs who launched books this year, and if you're thinking of writing or illustrating a children's book yourself, I highly recommend joining SCBWI. You won't find a more friendly, helpful, encouraging and knowledgeable group of people, and who knows, maybe I'll see you at the party next year!

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