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*NEW* FANTASTIC PICTURE BOOK SET – ONLY £21.99!

Save over £77 on a brand new Picture Book Gift Set

(while stocks last – be quick if you’re interested!)

From classic fairy tales to favourite nursery rhymes, young readers are sure to love this brand new collection which has been presented in a sturdy slipcase.

Follow Cinderella’s carriage as she heads to the Royal Ball, climb an enormous beanstalk with Jack, explore the curious happenings in Wonderland, ‘mess about on the river’ with Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad… who would have known that one collection of books could take you on so many adventures?

 

Now available for just £21.99 (RRP £99.80), this gift set features 20 much-loved Usborne Picture Books:

Anne of Green Gables
Noah’s Ark
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Cinderella
Black Beauty
The Enormous Turnip
The Tinder Box
The Reluctant Dragon
Old MacDonald had a Farm
Little Red Riding Hood
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Magic Porridge Pot
The Gingerbread Man
Alice in Wonderland
Robin Hood
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Wind in the Willows
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Three Little Pigs

How do I order?

You can email me on: vicky@victoria-brown.com, with your contact details and I will get back to you.

You can purchase directly through my website: http://org.usbornebooksathome.co.uk/storyexplorers

Please note – this special offer is not available in France, Italy or Spain due to their fixed book price policy restrictions.

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How to get your hands on some FREE Usborne Children’s Books?

 

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So I’ve decided to make the plunge into a new and exciting venture!

I’m not leaving my own writing behind, but this opportunity still allows me to work with my passion … stories, stories and more stories!

Using my MA in Creative Writing, I’m hoping to bring you a world full of fun. I can’t wait to develop things further, from storytelling to writing courses, I’m hoping to bring it all to you! I’ll keep you posted on future developments.

So, you’re probably asking yourself,

‘But … how do I get my hands on some FREE books?’

Well, here’s a few options below, but if you’d like to talk to me further about ordering any Usborne books,

please feel free to email me on vicky@victoria-brown.com 🙂

(You can view the catalogue here)

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HOST A PARTY

The good thing about these parties is they can include children! So there’s no worrying about childcare! Whether you’d like to have a coffee morning or afternoon get together, I’m happy to come along. The party would include going through a few books, talking about the different books and their benefits, plus I love to interact with the little ones. I’m happy to read along with them, look at the pictures and discuss (chat about) the books with them or do some story-telling.

However, if you’d prefer an evening without the children … that’s fine too.

I can work to your preferences and deliver the book party you’d prefer!

(If you’re based outside of Teesside, UK, and you’re interested, please let me know and we’ll do our best to find an Usborne Organiser in your area (or part of the world 🙂 )

NO TIME FOR A PARTY?

BUT KNOW THAT YOU AND SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS WOULD LOVE TO ORDER SOME OF THE BOOKS!

You would love to see the collection but you just don’t have the time to think about a party, let alone hold one? But you know you and your friends love the books! Well, just send me an email vicky@victoria-brown.com, I’ll be happy to send you details online/in the post and you and your friends can look through the collection in your own time.

So what’s the benefit if I do one of the above?

FREE BOOKS!

If you place a party (or group) order with me on or before the 26th September 2015, that is £100 or more, you will receive 20% of your sales price. Therefore, if your party (group order) sales comes to £100, you would have £20 to spend on books … you would also receive a choice of 1 in 3 books (and a little thank-you gift from me 🙂 ).

Being a new organiser I have limited time to offer the 20%, as it is usually 10%, so it’s a great time to host a party or ask around your friends and see if you can get some orders together. £100 is not hard to achieve when it comes to educational and fun books 🙂

I know it’s September, but there are only 106 sleeps until Christmas!!! Scary thought, but it’s a great time to do some Christmas shopping!

How else can I get FREE books?

Become an Usborne Organiser like me!

It was a no-brainer for me. I love reading, writing and telling stories.

Plus, me and my girls absolutely love the Usborne collection, not just reading the books, but the interactive sticker books too (the dolls sticker books are one of their favs!!!)

But they offer so much more!!!

The FREE ‘stuff’ as an organiser, is an absolute bonus!

If you want to know more about becoming an organiser, just send me an email on vicky@victoria-brown.com

Send me an email with any questions or to book a party, I’ll be happy to help!

Happy Reading Guys

Love Vicky

xx

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My Favourite Blogs

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Well for those of you who have children, you’ll be in the midst of the summer holidays … how are you feeling?

On the first day, I turned to the wine! As did many other parents I know, but luckily things have got much better since then. In fact, I can’t believe they have been off over a week already. However, although I’m enjoying my time with them, and extremely grateful I can spend the holidays with them, I’m struggling to get any writing done, including my blog (which I love doing!) I’m also working on building my online wedding boutique www.calmweddings.com, so I have been very busy focusing on this every evening (when I can finally get the girls in bed).

So today, instead of writing a blog about what is going on in my world, as I said I love writing my blog but I also like reading blogs too, I thought I’d share with you some of the blogs I love … hopefully you might find them interesting too:

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http://crooksonbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ – Dawn Crooks is a fab book reviewer. Some excellent books if you need a summer read.

http://jerasjamboree.com/ – Shaz Goodwin is a fab book reviewer and organiser of book tours.

www.bloglovin.com/ – You can find a range of fab blogs on here. I love  ‘a beautiful mess’ which is the guys who set-up bloglovin. I have a daily email come through,  and everyday I find something I really want to read – from cooking to decorating, they are full of ideas.

Anyway, hope you all enjoy the holidays and hope we can continue to have some great weather.

Happy reading xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Book Day

maisie mum - snow white 2I love World Book Day! Hence the reason yesterday I told you about Audible.

I love looking at all the children dressed-up in their favourite outfits. I love the way it can help show them how stories can come to life.

Yesterday, to celebrate World Book Day, another parent and I went into the primary school where our children attend, and read some fairy tales to year 2.

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The other parent, Debbie Fixter, was fantastic; she dressed up as Snow White and looked amazing (as you can see here). She really made the afternoon and the kids absolutely loved her.

Debbie, who is co-owner of Little Sprouts Catering, had such a fab way with the children, as she read the tale of Snow White. She was totally in character and the children really enjoyed it.

I, on the other hand, researched some Aesop’s fairy tales. I told the renowned story, ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’, and a less known story called, ‘You Are Beautiful As You Are’. The children were mesmerised and enjoyed the meanings behind the stories.

It was such fun to join them. But I truly think Debbie made the afternoon, she was fantastic.

I’ve included the stories here that I read to the children. They were taken from http://www.storyarts.org/library/aesops/index.html, there are some fantastic stories on this site that all have different meanings.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, “Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!”

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

“Don’t cry ‘wolf’, shepherd boy,” said the villagers, “when there’s no wolf!” They went grumbling back down the hill.

Later, the boy sang out again, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!” To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, “Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there is NO wolf!”

But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, “Wolf! Wolf!”

But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn’t come.

At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn’t returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

“There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, “Wolf!” Why didn’t you come?”

An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.

“We’ll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning,” he said, putting his arm around the youth, “Nobody believes a liar…even when he is telling the truth!”

You Are Beautiful As You Are

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There was once a crow who did not like his feathers.

“I wish I were a peacock!” he would say.

“You are beautiful as you are!” the other crows insisted.

“How plain and dull you seem to me!” he’d complain, and fly off to admire peacocks.

The peacocks strutted about with their colorful tail feathers outstretched. To the delight of the crow, some of the peacock feathers lay on the ground when the peacocks left.

Crow flew down to the ground and stuck the feathers into his wings and tail. He attached a few sticking up from his head.

“Now I am as beautiful as a peacock,” he said.

But, when he went to join them in their strutting, the peacocks poked him and pecked him. What a fuss!

“You are not a peacock,” they said, “Don’t imitate us!”

Bruised and still dragging some broken peacock feathers in his tail, he returned home.

After all his insults, no one wanted his company!

As he sat alone, the other crows said, “It’s foolish to try and be what you’re not. Learn to love the feathers you’ve got!”

 

 

 

 

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No time to read, then try listening!

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I absolutely love reading. But not only do I love reading, I feel it is a necessity as a writer to read. However, running a business, being a mum, running a house etc. etc. etc. often squeezing reading in is a luxury. Even before bed I generally work until quite late: until my head is dropping on the keyboard to be precise. Although this is definitely easing since my little ones have started full-time school.

In the last few years I’ve tried to find ways of fitting in more reading, especially when I was studying towards my MA, not only was there assignments galore but there was a huge reading list.

It was in this time I discovered Audible.

audible logoAudible is fantastic for anyone leading a busy life but would still love the pleasure of delving into a fictional world. Lots of people have said to me they’d rather pick up a book, and quite honestly so would I. But Audible allows you to listen to a story when you wouldn’t necessarily be able to read a book. For example: I listen in my car (instead of music), while walking the dog, while cleaning, ironing, dealing with tasks that don’t need a lot of concentration. Many people enjoy having the television on as background noise, but Audible allows you to get certain tasks done while enjoying characters and plots of a make-believe world (or a real world, as there are plenty of biographies to download). There is also plenty of non-fiction to choose from. My most recent non-fiction is ‘Hero’ by Rhonda Byrne. I love her work.

I’ve enjoyed so many novels through Audible. I have the app on my phone which means I can just click a few buttons and I’m back to the story where I left it. It’s so easy to flick back through the chapters, increase or decrease the narrator speed or even if you don’t like the novel you’ve chosen you can exchange it for another.

A cheap monthly fee allows you a credit a month, these build up to 6 credits, so there is no pressure to use them straight away.

I just had to rave about audible as I absolutely love it. It doesn’t mean you don’t have to pick up a book ever again. It just means you can have the best of both worlds. I generally have two books on the go now. A paperback and one through Audible. Well, at the moment I have three! I’m reading Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s, I Can See Clearly Now, Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley and I’m listening to Before I Go To Sleep by S.J.Watson.

So, I thought I’d share my thoughts with you about audible, as many people I speak to have never heard of it. I just think for anyone who wishes they could fit more fiction into their lives, this is definitely the way forward 🙂 (And no I’m not part of their Affiliate Scheme, I genuinely believe this is one of Amazon’s best services!) Give it a try!