New Picture book – published 28th June ‘Raccoon and the Hot Air Balloon’

Normally, I would do some sort of book launch, but due to COVID, I’m restricted to a few other things to celebrate the publication of Raccoon and the Hot Air Balloon.

Here it is. It’s beautifully illustrated by Kristen Humphrey.

Firstly, the proposed Zoom book reading with my local school, which I thought was off, is now on. Kate, at my publishers, Maverick, is going to set it up and send posters and bookmarks to the school in advance. Hopefully, the local bookshop will take orders from parents (hopefully!). That’s not until the middle of July. I’ve already prepared some ideas to introduce raccoons and the book.

Secondly, I’m doing a blog tour on Maverick website. Kate has sent advance copies to several reviewers and they will post their reviews on certain days. Monday will be a question and answer session. Then there will be a new blog each day for the rest of the week. Kate is hoping to get Kristen involved, too.

Thirdly, I’m having a celebratory virtual lunch on Monday with my Hooker mates – Cath, Alison, Lizzie and Sharon (we used to meet in Hook, Hants!). I will be accompanied by my new cuddly Raccoon (National Geographic sold the most lifelike), and wearing my newly-knitted hat and the bandanna, which Becca, my daughter bought for me. Both these have raccoons all over them! Surprise! Surprise!

Silly, but fun!

Fourth, I’ve contacted the local newspaper and filled in an information form, all to do with my writing and my new book. That should be in print and online in the new future!

Fifth, I’ve joined the twenty-first century – I have a twitter account! Find me and follow me @jillatkinsauth1

So I’m looking forward to an exciting week and hoping for some sales!

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