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Fancy having a personally signed book?

Fancy having a personally signed book?

February 25, 2021 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

I’m often asked how people can get hold of a personally signed copy of one of my books, either for themselves or as a present for someone. So I thought I’d let you know how that can happen! Order a copy of the book you want from the lovely people at my local children’s bookshop,…

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Daredevil Dolly!

Daredevil Dolly!

February 18, 2021 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

Can you imagine being sixteen, having half-an-hour’s training and then jumping out of a hot air balloon with a flimsy parachute? That was how the brave and daring Dolly Shepherd began her career as an aeronaut in 1904, and I’ve loved telling her true-life story in my new book ‘The Girl With Her Head in…

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New member of the family!

New member of the family!

February 3, 2021 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

There’s a new pup in the house – how will I ever get any work done with this amount of cuteness to distract me? Her name is Bonnie and she’s 12 weeks old. She’s a West Highland Terrier, which is a Scottish breed, and they’re very smart and sensible. Except Bonnie is only a puppy,…

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Grabbing the good news!

Grabbing the good news!

October 6, 2020 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

Yep, it’s been a totally weird year, but like everyone I’ve been making the most of every small pleasure and every bit of good news going. So I thought I’d share the most AMAZING Tweet about my pair of ‘Little Bird’ historical adventure novels. This compliment from a bookseller blew me away! I absolutely loved…

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Over-the-moon news!

Over-the-moon news!

November 4, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

I’ve just found out today that ‘LITTLE BIRD FLIES’ has been nominated for the super prestigious CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Awards! It’s the first time I’ve ever had a book on the list, and I’m unbelievably chuffed. Especially since the nomination is for THIS particular book, which I’d wanted to write for forever. ‘Little Bird…

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Coming soon…!

October 11, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

I haven’t written a blog in AGES, but not because I’ve been lazy… it’s the complete opposite; I’ve been busy writing and editing the sequel to ‘Little Bird Flies‘ – ‘Little Bird Lands‘. Bridie’s adventures in Victorian Scotland may have come to an end, but on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, her new…

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‘Little Bird Flies’ audiobook – available NOW!

February 15, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

So the ‘Little Bird Flies’ audiobook is now available! If you want to hear what Little Bird sounds like, you can download it from Amazon, Audible and Apple. And you can hear the the first chapter right now via this link…

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‘Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Week!!

‘Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Week!!

January 13, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

Q: How chuffed am I today? A: VERY! Because ‘Little Bird Flies’ has just been made ‘The Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Week. I have celebrated with a very LARGE slice of carrot cake… And it’s been a great week for my new novel; apart from my launch party (I’m sifting through photos and…

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Today, Little Bird Flies!

Today, Little Bird Flies!

January 10, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

It’s the official book birthday of my new novel, ‘Little Bird Flies’, a historic adventure set on a remote Scottish island, from publishers Nosy Crow. I’m having a wee launch party for it at my local bookshop, and I asked my cake-making friends if they might make me a cake of the Saltire; the Scottish…

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Little Bird finds her voice!

January 8, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

So the book version of ‘Little Bird Flies’ comes out this Thursday (10 Jan) but the audio version will be coming soon… and here is a photo of actor Helen McAlpine, in the recording studio, voicing the whole novel. I know how Little Bird (Bridie) sounds in my head, but I just can’t wait to…

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