The Watchful Face is now available!

The Watchful FaceI am delighted to announce that The Watchful Face is now available as a paperback or Kindle book at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other retailers.  It is a shortish story (too long to be called a short story and too short to be called a novel) about a boy called Luke who has been watched by a silent face for his whole life. Then, one day, the face starts to speak to him.

In the US, you can pick up a copy here: Amazon.com/The-Watchful-Face

In the UK,  you can find it here: Amazon.co.uk/The-Watchful-Face

I hope you enjoy this story that my Advance Readers described as “creepy,” “surprising” and “mysterious.”

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You can’t have your cake and read it

OKyle Caken a recent family vacation to the UK, my sister (Kate Cooper ) presented James Chapman and me with this delicious edition of Kyle Evans and the Key to the Universe.

Every detail of the cover had been perfectly reproduced. James thought it looked even better than the original. I’m certain it tasted a whole lot better (although to be fair, I haven’t actually tried to eat a paper copy of the book).  Yummy!

Distracted by Pictures

Well, to be honest, it’s not really pictures that have been distracting me recently, but picture books.  Specifically, ideas for picture books, of which I have several.  Unfortunately, I have less artistic talent than an Enderman, so these ideas are just a bunch of words right now.

In other news, I am still gathering feedback to my new shortish story, and the third and final Kyle Evans book is coming along slowly (thanks to those pesky Picture Book ideas!).

And so it begins…

The third, and final, Kyle Evans book is underway!  I am so excited to finally get going (after being stuck for several weeks) and cannot wait to see what happens next to my favorite three characters.  Yes, I realize that sounds strange, but apart from a couple of key moments, I really have no idea what will take place in this final installment.

Separately, my new manuscript is with a group of Advance Readers (kids aged 8-11) and I should start hearing from them soon.  If it does well with them, this will be my next publication.

I’ll provide more updates as I have them!

Books I Love

With the immortal words, “Please Look After This Bear,” A Bear Called Paddington begins the tale of… well, a bear called Paddington.

For those of you who don’t know, Paddington is a stowaway from Peru.  He has made his way to London because his Aunt Lucy had to go to the home for retired bears in Lima, and she wants him to have a better life.  He is a very friendly and polite bear with a strong sense of right and wrong.  He also likes marmalade.  A lot.

Luckily for Paddington, he is discovered by the Brown family at Paddington station in London (which is the reason he has such an unusual name).  Despite Mr. Brown’s concerns, they take Paddington under their wing, and he soon becomes one of the family.

There are a total of eleven Paddington books of which I am aware, and they are all marvelous, but I have a particular fondness for the first one.  Crazy adventures surround Paddington’s first bath, his first trip on the London Underground (subway), his first time in a department store, his first outing to the seaside… everyday activities seen through the curious, innocent and often misunderstanding eyes of a bear from Peru.  A Bear Called Paddington is funny, silly, filled with kindness and is one of my favorite books.