Month: December 2013

7 days of twitter post ideas

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I have looked at my last months tweets and worked out a list of ideas for authors on Twitter.

Here are some of the different things to tweet about.

Like blog information, news, videos, questions and retweets.

This is only an idea, here is some stuff to tweet for 7 days, morning and night.

Monday morning – Link to something about the world of reading and writing.
Monday afternoon – Link to your book on sale, on the internet (for example Amazon).
Tuesday morning – What’s happening with your writing? Tell people some news 🙂
Tuesday afternoon – Tweet a YouTube link of a video review or a book trailer.
Wednesday morning – Post something on your blog and share it with twitter.
Wednesday afternoon – What are you reading at the moment? Share a good book.
Thursday morning – Ask a question of your twitter followers.
Thursday afternoon –  Re-Tweet several interesting tweets from your followers.
Friday morning – #ff (Friday follow) people who have tweeted and retweeted you this week.
Friday afternoon – It’s Friday, wish everyone a wicked weekend.
Saturday morning – Thank all your followers from the past week, those who mentioned and retweeted you.
Saturday afternoon – Remind people of your blog post from earlier in the week.
Sunday morning – Share a review that someone has written about your book.
Sunday afternoon – Share some news about your favourite author.

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Heather Ellis – My top five books I read in 2013

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Heather Ellis – author of The Sugary-Sherburts. My top five books, that I have read in 2013.

Enjoy!

The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch review from Amazon

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In case you didn’t know, my book called The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch just got a 5* review on Amazon, I am so excited that I wanted to share it with everyone.

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“I loved this book; it is just like a modern day fairytale. I read this book at a children’s group and found that the children and the parents absolutely loved it. It is lovely to come across such a good story that makes you grin from ear to ear and makes you want to shout things to the characters to tell them what you think. It is incredible to think that this has been written by a ten year old. Her writing style is as good as many adults who write for children. The illustrations in this book are simple and yet made me smile every time. A word of warning though – do make sure you have all you need to make baked beans on toast, you may well end up craving it after reading this book.”

 

The blurb from the book, is below.

A cruel witch and a desperate discovery. Kit and Kat, Sugary-Sherburt, find themselves on the run from a dastardly witch who is trying to destroy their town called Thornton. Kit and Kat must join forces to defeat the wicked witch and get home in time for dinner. The journey takes them to a secret snow castle. They are in terrible danger; will they manage to save the town, their friend and families in time? The Sugary Sherburts and The Stone Witch is part two of the Sugary-Sherburts series by Heather Ellis.

http://amzn.to/1hYmZGm

Do you #review kids books? Maybe you can help #indieauthor #kidslit

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Perhaps you can help?

Do you review kids books?

I recently released a 32 page kids book called ‘The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch.’

I am looking for someone to review it?

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If you promise to read and review my book, I can either get my parents to post you a copy or, let you know when it is a free download on Kindle.

The blurb on the back of the book reads:

A cruel witch and a desperate discovery. Kit and Kat, Sugary-Sherburt, find themselves on the run from a dastardly witch who is trying to destroy their town called Thornton. Kit and Kat must join forces to defeat the wicked witch and get home in time for dinner. The journey takes them to a secret snow castle. They are in terrible danger; will they manage to save the town, their friend and families in time? The Sugary Sherburts and The Stone Witch is part two of the Sugary-Sherburts series by Heather Ellis.

If this is not the type of book you usually review, perhaps you know someone who does?

For more info about my book, see this link

http://amzn.to/J7Xeoy

Thanks for looking =)

Introducing my rocky road cakes, substituted with hobnobs… #cooking

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My rocky road cakes with hobnobs… sort of…

Today, I made some rocky road cup cakes, well sort of.

I went out to buy the ingredients with my dad but the shop didn’t have any marshmallow’s that I needed.

This was very annoying, so I bought some hobnobs instead. So, I don’t know if there is a name for this recipe, so I am going to call it Hobnob Rocky Road Cakes.

These are some of the ingredients I used:

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  • 90g corn flakes (you could use Rice Krispies)
  • 60g margarine (you could use butter)
  • 3 tablespoons of syrup
  • 150g Chocolate
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g biscuit
  • Bun cases

 Ok here is what I did to make them.

  1. I measured out all the ingredients first of all into pots, so I was prepared. The last thing I wanted was to be rushing around and burning things.
  2. I got about 6 hobnobs and put them into several paper towels (weighed about 50g) and smashed them up with a rolling pin. I recommend you get some help with this part, as it can be dangerous. I added the raisins to the biscuit mix (see below).

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  3. Melt the chocolate in a Pyrex jug in some simmering water, so that the chocolate melts in the Pyrex jug without burning. Once the chocolate is almost melted, add margarine until it melts.

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  4. Add the syrup and stir into the mix. This is a very messy part, you might need two spoons and some help to stop getting syrup everywhere.

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  5. Then add the cornflakes and stir into the mix.

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  6. Then I take the mix off the heat and stir in raisins and broken hobnobs. During this part, I had to transfer into a clean pan, as I ran out of space.

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  7. Spoon the mixture into bun cases – this probably needs two people.

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  8. Final, once the mix is in cases, leave to cool.

    I had to hide my tray of cake’s as my cat Toby thought it was dinner time.

    Cheeky cat

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  9. Finally eat your yummy buns once the buns are cool.

 

 

20 things I have learned in my short life :)

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I haven’t been around too long, but here are twenty things I have learned in my 10 years on planet Earth,

1. Try and be positive as much as you can, so you stay smiling.
2. Brush your teeth regulary – to stop your teeth from falling out and your breath smelling bad.
3. Try your best at everything, you will achieve more.
4. Have five a day – to keep you regular. =)
5. Go to bed on time, so you’re not get grumpy the next day!
6. Don’t be afraid to say no to your friends, if you know something they are doing is not right.
7. Mum and Dad will always find out.
8. Helping out at home will make life easier for parents.
9. Treat your friends and family well.
10. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
11. Confess if you’ve done something wrong. You’ll get into more trouble when you lie about it.
12. When a cat is asleep, don’t frighten it or he may jump and scratch you.
13. Try again if you don’t get it at first, practice makes perfect.
14. Don’t cheat, you will get in trouble and kids stay away from other kids who cheat.
15. Don’t be mean to people, you might make them upset.
16. Always read the first chapter of a book before you decide if you like it or not.
17. Don’t become a teacher when you get older, because you will be worked to death and have no life.
18. Always keep a promise, so you don’t disappoint people.
19. Don’t make a fuss when someone says no,- moaning will not get you what you want.
20. Look left and right when you are crossing the road, so you always know what traffic is coming. It will help you stay safe.

Top 5 #iphone and #ipad games for kids

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I probably shouldn’t have done my favourite game first, but I thought I would.

I spend far too much time on my dad’s iphone, here are my favourite child friendly games.

1.            Flow Free

The game flow is my favourite game on the iphone and ipad, it is really addictive. The aim of the game is to join the dots, but use all the empty squares. You can’t go over the lines that you have already drawn. There are easy, medium and hard settings, which can sometimes be quite tough.

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2.            Theme Park

Theme park is my second favourite game. You have to build a theme park, it takes a while to play. For a day of boredom it is essential. It’s really difficult to put down.

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3. WS Free (Word Search Free)

WS free is a game where you have to find words from a big square of random letters, by joining them together. The bigger the words you join up the more points you get. It is a good challenge for kids, it helps us to discover lots of new words.

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4. Leap Frog

Leap frog is one of those games that I like, its just a bit of fun. You have to get your frog from one end of the level to the other, without letting it jump into the water.

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5. Hangman

Everyone knows Hangman, don’t they?  The game gives you a variety of words, you have a certain amount of guesses of letters to try and solve the word. Some of the words are tough, so it has a helpful ‘hint’ button, when you get really stuck.

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I am always on the lookout for new kid friendly games, if you know any let me know =)