The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-05T03:49:40Z Is it a snake or a noodle? Is it a comfy chair or a cuddly teddy bear? Let kids spot the difference! 2017-05-05T03:49:40Z is-it-a-snake-or-a-noodle-is-it-a-comfy-chair-or-a-cuddly-teddy-bear-let-kids-spot-the-difference Release Date: Available now Book Title: What Can I See? Location: Australia   In the fun tradition of ‘spot the difference’ books, Cassandra Stephens’s What Can I See? encourages early readers to get involved in the storytelling excitement. Every page offers a new puzzle, such as: What can I see? 5 fresh eggs … Or are you tricking me? On the page, kids will clearly see 4 eggs and a cheeky, round crab! Kids will delight in joining in the story, telling their teacher or parent exactly what they see on the page—even if they can’t read the story yet. Cassandra Stephens has an innocent, hand-drawn illustration style that children will love and relate to. The simplistic, crayon style will encourage children to create their own puzzling drawings. As the up-and-coming ‘Mem Fox of Mount Isa’, Cassandra Stephens plans to write and release more children’s books in her hometown and insert a healthy dose of young reading material into the local culture. A lover of community, Stephens has donated copies of her book to a number of local organisations, including Mount Isa City Library and Two Little Hummingbirds. Help support her charitable efforts by purchasing your copy! Launched at the Mount Isa Autumn Morning Markets on 23rd April, Stephens has a number of follow-up events in the area, including storytelling sessions at the Mount Isa City Library, Mount Isa Day Nursery and Kindergarten, Happy Valley State School, and Red Oasis Early Education and Care.  The book is currently available for purchase from Wizzamakidz, Mount Isa East Post Office, Mount Isa Day Nursery and Kindergarten, and Harrison’s Book Country. What Can I See? will be a household name for little Mt Isans in no time! Start the trend in your local community first; connect with ‘Cassandra Stephens Author’ on Facebook or via her website www.CassandraStephensAuthor.com.   ISBN: 978-1-925530-35-3                          Price: $15.00 Format: Perfect-bound paperback Dimensions: 200mm x 200mm square Contact author:  info@CassandraStephensAuthor.com www.cassandrastephensauthor.com Contact publisher:     publishing@inhouseprint.com.au www.inhousebookstore.com.au     InHouse Publishing has a strong team of assisted independent publishing experts who offer the most up-to-date and creative input into any author’s book publishing journey. We give you all the tools required to truly achieve the goals you set, and guide you through the book publishing process with confidence. With an imagination and a cloudy day, your friends are only a sky away … 2017-05-04T05:35:42Z with-an-imagination-and-a-cloudy-day-your-friends-are-only-a-sky-away Release Date: Available May 2017 Book Title: Fun in the Clouds Location: Australia Remember, as a child, lying on the grass and picking out shapes in the clouds? Or gazing through your window and spotting a fluffy white cloud that looked just like a favourite animal? Janet Pattison certainly does, and she re-invigorates an excitement for cloud-gazing in young readers in her debut picture book Fun in the Clouds. Janet was inspired to write her book when, one day, looking skywards, she realised that the sky always has a story to tell. She thought of her son, who suffers from crippling, chronic motion sickness, and thought of how so many sick children are bound to their beds or hospitals, with limited stimulus. Books, and cloud-watching, offer incapacitated children a way to enter a different world—and in Fun in the Clouds, they can find both! The main character takes the reader on a sunny journey through the sky with native Australian animal cloud friends, challenging young readers to look for their own ‘Emmie Emus’ and ‘Koa Koalas’ in the sky. Including a word search, colouring-in page, and other fun activities, Fun in the Clouds is a beautiful, hardcover title for children to enjoy and while away the time with. Janet Pattison is launching her book at the Sensitivity Unit at Craigslea State School on Saturday the 20th of May, 2pm. She is also donating five copies to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital School. Get your copy and make some cloudy friends!   ISBN: 9781925530315  Price: $20.00 Format: Hardback Dimensions: A4 landscape Contact author:  janet@inspiredshelldesigns.com www.inspiredshelldesigns.com Contact publisher:            publishing@inhouseprint.com.au www.inhousebookstore.com.au Get the eBook and print-on-demand book: www.amazon.com.au InHouse Publishing has a strong team of independent publishing experts who offer the most up-to-date and creative input into any author’s book publishing journey. We give you all the tools required to truly achieve the goals you set, and guide you through the book publishing process with confidence. RAIN CHECK. READERS' HOPES OF MEETING YA AUTHOR LYNETTE NONI DAMPENED BY WILD WEATHER. EX-CYCLONE DEBBIE DISAPPOINTS 100 YOUNG BRISBANE BOOK LOVERS AS TONIGHT'S #ReadLikeAGirl EVENT IS CANCELLED 2017-03-30T04:24:40Z rain-check-readers-hopes-of-meeting-ya-author-lynette-noni-dampened-by-wild-weather-ex-cyclone-debbie-disappoints-100-young-brisbane-book-lovers-as-tonight-s-readlikeagirl-event-is-cancelled Over 100 Young Adult fiction devotees from across SEQ, eagerly looking forward to meeting the engaging Lynette Noni, the author of The Medoran Chronicles, have been left disappointed as ex-cyclone Debbie has forced the cancellation of this evening's event at Mt Alvernia College.Lynette was due to visit Brisbane this afternoon, where a committee of girls from two local schools - Mt Alvernia College (Kedron) and St Rita's College (Clayfield) - were planning a #ReadLikeAGirl event in which they were going to officially launch Lynette's third book DRAEKORA.The students and staff at the schools are devastated. The event will be re-scheduled to a new date in Term 2, 2017.DRAEKORA will be officially released by Pantera Press on Saturday 1 April 2017 with a number of events in Sydney.  It will be available from all good bookstores throughout Australia and New Zealand - plus globally as an eBook from online retailers.  Book one in the series, Akarnae, is currently available at a special "start the series" price of just $9.99.While it may be wild, wet and windy outside - it is the perfect weather to embrace the wonder of this delightful series, full of fun, fantasy and friendship! Download the media release to discover more.Luckily, there are still places left at a number of free writing workshops across Brisbane next week as part of Brisbane Libraries School Holiday and Youth Week activities.  Four different workshops throughout Brisbane are on offer over two days, plus an in-store signing: Monday 3 AprilWynnum library 10:00am Indooroopilly library 1:00pmThursday 6 AprilIn-store signing from 12:30pmQBD The Bookstore, Maroochydore  Sunshine PlazaSaturday 8 AprilMt Ommaney Library 11:00am Bracken Ridge Library 2:30pm   New Business Book Released – Experience My Brand 2017-03-29T08:45:32Z new-business-book-released-experience-my-brand Kinetic Consulting Australia, the leading consulting company for branded customer experience announces the worldwide release of a new business book Experience My Brand. Experience My Brand author and CEO Joe Tawfik, shows the reader how to analyze, design, and implement a branded customer experience program. The book overcomes the largest challenge facing organizations by providing a detailed guide that will achieve an increase in bottom-line profits and the number of loyal customers. Heralded as the last battleground for competition, customer experience management has become a core strategic imperative for many organizations. Building unique emotional ties with customers that are stronger and difficult for competitors to imitate is considered the cornerstone for organizations to achieve an unbeatable competitive edge in today’s market. Known as “branded customer experience” the association of experiences specific to a brand has created mega organisations such as Apple, Zappos and Amazon. To deliver a great branded experience to customers, an organization must embrace customer experience management as their highest priority if they are to prosper in the future.  Tawfik wrote the book because the large majority of companies are failing to achieve any sustainable value from their customer experience programs, and were wasting their investments on changes that delivered mediocre results. Research undertaken by Accenture in 2015 identified that 77% of firms were not achieving any increases in bottom-line profits from their customer experience programs. With clear data to complement the text, Experience My Brand puts theory into practice in a way that is practical and easily understood. Readers are provided the tools to effectively implement transformational change and create a unique and sustainable experience for their customers. Experience My Brand is a must-have guide for those who want to learn about this increasingly important field and seek to strengthen this critical aspect of their businesses.  The book can be purchased from Amazon or from leading book retailers.  Reimagining Environmental Public Policy in Australia 2017-03-02T02:07:10Z reimagining-environmental-public-policy-in-australia Throughout From Terra Nullius to Beloved Companion: Reimagining Land in Australia author Chris Dalton discusses viewing Land in Australia in terms of relationships, instead of utility. He also develops the case for environmental legislation in Australia to address the rights of the land, rather than treating it as an object to be utilised. Land is an increasingly important part of the Australian psyche and this needs to be reflected in environmental protection legislation. Our Land is no longer just a “Magic Pudding”. Chris has twenty years of experience at senior level public policy development in both the public and private sectors. Research for the book took him five years, and it changed his view of the public policy process. Where previously he placed his reliance on objectivity, science, reason, logic and neutrality he now also relies on the humanities, imagination, and experience to inform that process. The book launch for From Terra Nullius to Beloved Companion: Reimagining Land in Australia will be held at 4pm on the 26th of March at the Brookfield Centre for Christian Spirituality (139 Brookfield Road, Kenmore Hills, Queensland). The book will be launched by Reverend Miriam Nyrene, Chairperson of the Queensland Churches Environmental Network. 5% of sales from From Terra Nullius to Beloved Companion: Reimagining Land in Australia will be donated to Queensland Churches Environmental Network. More information about the book and endorsements that it has received can be found on Chris’ website. “Chris Dalton’s work is a unique and important contribution to the ongoing debates about environmental decision making in Australian society. He offers a rich analysis to help us create a more effective and meaningful process.” – Dr Michelle Maloney, Convenor, Australian Earth Laws Alliance. ISBN: 9781925530049 Price: $29.95 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm Contact author: christopherjdalton@gmail.com Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website: www.daltonline.com www.inhousebookstore.com.au Choose to take back control of your life and body 2017-03-02T02:03:30Z choose-to-take-back-control-of-your-life-and-body Dare to Choose chronicles author Marie Chronopoulos’ story as a cancer survivor, recounting the moments following the devastating news and the incredible life transformation that she underwent to take back control of her body and her fate. She turned her disease into an opportunity to become the best version of herself she could possibly be. Life is about choices, believing in yourself, and having the courage to face all of your fears. No matter what we are facing it’s up to you how you react, what you accept, and what you believe. Marie wrote Dare to Choose with the belief that someday she would have a success story to tell, an inspirational story to cheer people on and help them bear witness to their own journey. She wants readers to understand that no matter what they are facing or going through in life they have the power to make changes and create new miracles in their lives by choosing to change the story they are believing and telling themselves. Marie will be doing an interview on Logan’s 101FM and is planning to partake in as many opportunities as she can to spread her words of change and positivity to as many people as possible. This may include speaking at seminars and corporate or community events. A book launch for Dare to Choose is being held at InHouse Publishing on Kingston Road at the end of March 2017. ISBN: 978-1-925530-26-1 (Paperback) 978-1-925530-27-8 (eBook) Price: $29.99 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm Contact author: marie.chronopoulos@gmail.com Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website: www.inhousebookstore.com.au Forget Everything You Know About Multiple Personality Disorder 2017-02-27T05:53:05Z forget-everything-you-know-about-multiple-personality-disorder Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse is based on a true story of a woman living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder). Writing under a pseudonym to protect her identity, A. J. Mouse decided to publish her personal struggle with DID in order to impart the truth about living with this condition. For over twenty years there had been no more splitting, no one new. Then Anne came along, making alter number ten. This book was created to record Anne’s journey as she learns to coexist with Jade, Peter, Neil, Jane, Zen, Nancy, Ray, Lucy, and of course Mouse—the author of them all. DID/MPD has been explored many times in film and television, but what is it really like living with this condition and what causes it? Author A. J. Mouse rejects the dangerous myths and misconceptions created by the mainstream media. She asserts: We do not change clothes every ten minutes. We are not dangerous serial killers. We are real—all of us. I am. We are. In the book, A. J. Mouse explores the origins of her DID and speculates on how the ‘splitting’ first began. When faced with unbearable trauma, the brain splinters to protect itself so that it can survive. Each alter has their own reason for being and their own story. But all lives stem from Mouse—the original. Anne’s mission is to uncover the reason the alters were brought into being by Mouse, and to finally bring resolution to their life. This book aims to give readers an insight into the reality of this condition and open up the discussion about mental health in our communities. Head to www.ajmouse.com for more information. ISBN: 9781925530247 Price: $24.95 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 152 mm x 228 mm Contact author: annejademouse@gmail.com Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website: www.ajmouse.com www. inhousebookstore.com.au Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. What Would You Do to be Free? 2017-02-14T07:11:00Z what-would-you-do-to-be-free There is something hidden on Earth. A secret so immense it's worth killing for. In a race against time, five travelers arrive, hunting a key that will change the balance of power in their world. Suffrage is an immersive and highly imaginative sci-fi/fantasy story following Jay and the rebels as they fight against the control of the royals. Author Julian St Aubyn Green, has always been interested in stories. Working in finance offered him a unique perspective of the world after the shock of the 9/11 attack. He started considering the ideas of freedom vs. control and the choices we make. Finally, after being pushed by a ‘wondevil’ muse, as well as many supportive friends and fellow writers, he has written his first book, and is hard at work on the second, of what could be a five part series (he knows the ending but is still working his way there!). Julian is highly engaged with social media and has a blog on his website which includes reviews of books, as well as his experience of writing and publishing a novel – all written in his distinct style and including his unique wit. Multiple book launches are planned with one upcoming at the InHouse Publishing building on Kingston Road, Underwood, Queensland on the 4th of March. Other launches around this time include Gold Coast and Brisbane. These will be advertised on his Facebook page. Suffrage is currently available on kindle eBook and will be sold at markets across Queensland as well as online. “Suffrage hooked me to every one of its interweaving narratives, guiding me through new science, inter-world conflict, love, and so many other emotional ties that bind. Jay, as the mysteriouslypowerful protagonist, is a heroine to rival the fiercest of young women. “ – K.R.E ISBN: 9781925497991 Price: $25 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm Contact author: juliansagreen@gmail.com Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website: www.juliangreenauthor.com/ www.inhousebookstore.com.au New book revitalises learning English as an additional language 2017-02-09T03:40:30Z new-book-revitalises-learning-english-as-an-additional-language Real Grammar is written by Carl Eldridge and is based on his experience teaching English in Japan. The book focuses on the ‘why’ we use grammar the way we do instead of the ‘what’ or rule. By properly understanding, instead of just memorising, students gain a conceptual understanding, facilitating transferable knowledge that can be applied in a wide range of situations. Carl wrote Real Grammar because he was dissatisfied with the way current text books on the subject teach grammar, having students read and memorise lists of grammar rules and exceptions to those rules did not seem like the best way to be teaching students whose goal was to be able to communicate their thoughts clearly in English. While researching for Real Grammar Carl found many excellent books, though they were filled with complex terminology and would not be suitable for students studying English as an additional language. Carl also wanted to spark the students' interest and motivate them to continue their learning. Carl will be promoting his book through speaking events at universities and English schools for those teaching English and those learning English as an additional language. "Rather than learning a set of rules and having things explained to you as structures that are isolated, this approach enables the learner to be more active, for the task to be more learner directed and allows the learner to build awareness of one feature but by contrasting it and comparing it to other features that they come across." – Dr Michael Carey, Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL) ISBN: 978-1-925497-67-0 (Paperback) 978-1-925497-72-4 (eBook) Price: $49.95 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 200mm x 265mm Contact author: carl.eldridge@realgrammar.com Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au  Website: www.inhousebookstore.com.au  www.realgrammar.com Australia Day Children's Book 2017-01-24T04:13:29Z australia-day-children-s-book Say G’Day to the Do-Its is a children’s picture book about a family of tradesman who save the town’s Australia Day celebrations by fixing the town hall in time for the Australia Day ball. The family is full of tradies with varying specialities, including builders, plumbers, and electricians. Author Johnno Flanagan is a trade qualified carpenter and pool builder who currently works at a Reece plumbing supplies trade centre. He was inspired to write Say G’Day to the Do-Its after he struggled to find suitable books for his sons when they were young. Johnno created Say G’Day to the Do-Its by discussing characters and ideas with his mate while driving twelve hours to and from Dysart in Queensland. The name Do-Its came from his time working with his mate on renovations at mining sites. They were referred to as the Do-Its because they got in and did what was necessary. Johnno's aim in writing this book was to have more 'blokes' reading to their kids. The book is currently available at some Mitre 10 outlets, and Childcare centres. It will initially be sold and promoted through industry trade stores, and local community retailers. Johnno is also happy to engage in speaking events at stores, schools, and libraries as well as childcare centres. Young readers can contact Les Do-It via email to take part in competitions, such as the current colouring competition, or ask questions about trade and construction. ISBN: 9780994556202 Price: $14.95 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 203mm x 254mm Contact author: lesdoit.au@gmail.com  Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website: www.letsdoitmedia.com www.inhousebookstore.com.au Get Healthy by Walking Around Australia with Gerry Couzens 2017-01-19T05:52:33Z get-healthy-by-walking-around-australia-with-gerry-couzens Destination – Better Health is the account of author Gerry Couzens as he finds a way to make exercise interesting again. Faced with health issues at 71 years of age, Gerry was told by doctors he needed to eat healthier and exercise more. Gerry started by walking around his one-acre block, but found he sometimes lost count of how many times he’d walked around. He moved on to using a treadmill, so he could keep track of how far he had travelled. He soon became bored with the lack of scenery and stimulus that the treadmill offered. He changed to walking in the streets around his home, but after a while this also bored him, even with the changing of the seasons. Gerry was looking at the Google Street View of an address on Google Maps when the realisation dawned on him that he could use Google Maps to walk around Australia. Entering in the distance walked and using Street View, Gerry walked from Brisbane to Darwin without ever being further than two kilometres from his home. No accommodation costs and no risk of being run over by road-trains. The challenge of this walk gave Gerry the motivation he needed to continue exercising. He decided to share this idea with others, with the goal of motivating them to start or continue their own regular exercise regime. Gerry includes in his book: tips to get started, examples of Destination – Better Health walks around Australia, and a page to record your very own Destination – Better Health walk. You can purchase your copy of Destination – Better Health from GerryCouzens.com or through the InHouse Publishing bookstore. Wholesale orders can be made via the contact emails below. The eBook version is also available through Amazon Kindle (head to GerryCouzens.com for the link). A True Survival Story: Overcoming Abuse and Bullying with Resilience, Strength, and Transformation 2017-01-17T05:44:49Z a-true-survival-story-overcoming-abuse-and-bullying-with-resilience-strength-and-transformation Set in the 1960s, In the Life of Another Day and Time follows the story of ‘Beryl’, a young child taken from her home by the government, only to be abused and bullied. This shocking story is actually a true account of author Cheryl Brealey’s childhood. At age nine, Beryl was taken from her grandfather’s home by the Welfare Department and placed in the government’s care. She was to become one of the white Forgotten Australians. Beryl and her siblings were moved through various children’s homes, including The Salvation Army, Bidura Girls Detention Centre, and finally, the Burnside Presbyterian Homes for Children. Beryl had little contact with her mother during this time. Finally, it was decided that if Beryl’s mother did not make contact with her children, they would become wards of the state and would become available for adoption into a new family, where they would stay permanently. The rest of this emotional journey unfolds in the pages of Cheryl’s memoir. About the Author Cheryl has written this book as a legacy to the resilience and strength she developed throughout her childhood and the transformation she made as she entered adulthood. The original manuscript was handwritten, and the entire publishing process took Cheryl three years to complete. The journey of writing her memoir was a long one, but one Cheryl undertook in order to make her voice heard and to help others:  “It’s been quite an achievement for me, especially at my age (sixty-three), going through PTSD. It took me over fifty years to break my silence; to have a clear voice to be heard; to now be able to help others along their way, by teaching them they can too can overcome abuse, with hope and kindness from within. So, if you have the drive and determination, don’t stop until you have succeeded in what you are trying to achieve.” Promotional Book Events In the Life of Another Day and Time was first launched at Mannelli’s Café at Burnside, Sydney, in October 2016. Cheryl has promoted her book at other events, including a fundraising event at Mindful Origins 88 Gallery, Redcliffe, in November 2016, where $10 from each book sale was donated to the White Ribbon Australia campaign. Other local book signing events have been promoted through The Redcliffe & Bayside Herald newspaper. Cheryl endeavours to continue to promote her book to bookshops, libraries, and charity organisations. For future event information or book signing opportunities, please contact Cheryl Brealey via post.   Community Engagement Opportunities Cheryl has also presented her book and film, based on her memoir, at libraries in New South Wales and Queensland. Her biggest dream would be to have her story on the big screen, to create awareness and to give a voice to others who have also been affected by abuse and bullying. Cheryl has adapted a screenplay from her memoir and is currently in discussions to develop it into a musical. Anyone looking to audition can send their expression of interest via post, with resume and profile. Roles are available for men, women, and children (boys and girls).   Future Books Cheryl is currently writing the sequel to In the Life of Another Day and Time and aims to have it published by late 2017.  Ancient Norwegian and Irish Mythology in a Contemporary World 2017-01-10T01:00:13Z ancient-norwegian-and-irish-mythology-in-a-contemporary-world Author Kathryn Berryman found herself returning to one particular book. Drawn by its primal beauty, the illuminated work was fascinating, worthy of admiration and respect. The book was the Book of Kells and Kathryn had no idea that this experience would eventually lead her to write the fantasy novel, Erinland. Ready for a new direction in life, Kathryn left work and began the inspiring and challenging experience of parenthood. Amidst busy family life and studying to become a teacher Erinland receded into the mist, waiting in the wings and biding its time. Once her children had finished school and began their adult lives she delved back into the world of Erinland. Kathryn worked hard nurturing her ‘first child’ to maturity, twenty-four years after its conception. Kathryn merged the history and mythology of ancient Norway and Ireland with the contemporary world, threading them into a rich tapestry of believable characters. Her mother’s Irish heritage, and the remembered stories from her childhood prompted the visit to Ireland where her own quest to bring Erinland to life began. Searching for acceptance and self-belief, the central characters of Erinland find themselves on a voyage of personal development. In keeping with this theme, Kathryn is donating 10% of every copy sold to support Father Chris Riley’s ‘Youth Off the Streets.’ The book launch for Erinland will be held at Mahratta in New South Wales on the 29th of January 2017. Kathryn will be promoting Erinland at various bookshops and libraries by engaging with readers through speaking events and book signings etc. ISBN: 9781925530001  Price $25 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 135mm x 215mm Contact author: kathberr@bigpond.net.au Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website: kathrynberryman.com www.inhousebookstore.com.au Have you ever seen your Narnee’s knees? 2017-01-05T04:37:28Z have-you-ever-seen-your-narnee-s-knees Narnee’s Knees is a funny, quirky rhyming picture book, written by Gold Coast author Wendy Butler. It is written from the innocent perspective of young children who love their grandmother "Narnee"and are oblivious to her flaws -in particular her knees, which are a little special. Narnee’s Knees captivates the imagination of adults and children alike. Whilst providing enjoyment and entertainment, this fun and colourful story along with the intriguing mixed media illustrations, can’t help but encourage parents and grandparents to become involved and in turn supporting the language and literacy of their young children. Wendy, a ‘kiwi’ with a Welsh and Scottish heritage, is the youngest of four children. Her ‘most fortunate, idyllic and carefree childhood’ was spent outdoors, playing, exploring and camping. These amazing life experiences definitely moulded Wendy’s carefree nature and her love of the beach. Sustaining a vivid imagination since childhood, Wendy has maintained her irresistible love for children’s books. For many years, Wendy has had a ‘phobia’ around her own ‘wrinkly’ knees and on entering a new phase in her life, she has been blessed with grandchildren who call her ‘Narnee’. And so her inspiration for Narnee’s Knees was derived. The vision for Narnee’s Knees was further supported, when Wendy met Jo-Anne, a graphic designer, whom Wendy later found out had had a lifelong interest in children’s books and aspired to illustrating a book herself. They just connected, having similar tastes and ideas, and worked closely together to create the amazingly inviting illustrations. Wendy has worked in various roles in early childhood education throughout her working life. She began as a Preschool Teacher in New Zealand and then moved to Australia, working in similar roles in NSW and QLD. Branching out into TAFE, teaching part time, she then moved into working in Inclusion Support, assisting childcare educators, with the inclusion of children with additional needs into mainstream education environments. Currently she works with City Libraries, Gold Coast in an Early Literacy Program. Wendy is working on promoting her book through venues such as Early Childhood Centres as well as specialist book and children’s stores.