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Wild Sky Cover Reveal

Regular readers will know that I have been eagerly awaiting book two of Lexi Rees’ Relic Hunters series from the second I finished reading book one, Eternal Seas. As such, I am thrilled to finally be able to share the cover for this much anticipated book with you today.

If you are yet to discover this fantastic series, which is aimed at children from eight years and up, you might want to take a minute here to read my reviews of Eternal Seas first and maybe grab a copy before you read on, just to avoid any spoilers.

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Just to make you wait a bit longer for the big reveal, here comes the blurb for Wild Sky first:

After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal.

But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest.

Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil?

Not everyone is who they appear to be

And time is running out …

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Isn’t that wonderfully dramatic! If the cover and blurb have grabbed your attention, you can pre-order your copy of the book HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lorraine-16Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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Pop back in December to find out my thoughts about the book and see if it lived up to expectations. In the meantime, my thanks go to Lexi, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of today’s cover reveal.

Book Review

Creative Writing Skills – Lexi Rees

I have got something for aspiring authors of all ages today, in the shape of Creative Writing Skills, a fantastic little workbook from Lexi Rees. Many thanks to Lexi, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of today’s blog blitz, and for providing me with a copy of the book.

BLURB:

Discover the secrets to becoming an amazing author

  • Find your creative spark
  • Grow your skills and confidence
  • Have more fun with your writing

Packed with top tips, this awesome workbook has everything you need to know about creating colourful characters, perfect plots, dynamite dialogue, and lots more …

Creative Writing Front Cover

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

REVIEW:

Creative Writing Skills is a book that just leaps out at you with its brightly coloured, eye-catching cover. The chapter headings are snappy and attention grabbing, and the book itself is clearly set out. The different fonts used, and the pages littered with doodles to keep it interesting, rather than it just being a flat, boring textbook of instructions, as some creative writing books can be. It offers an instant confidence boost to the nervous would-be writer, stressing that it is the story that is important, and not whether or not you can spell or sail through a grammar test.

Although this book is very much aimed at kids, I loved the little exercises and I can see myself using these to get the creative juices flowing on days when my writing is a little blocked. There are so many different writing prompts and exercises covering all sorts of genres meaning that there is something for everyone, no matter what their interests or favourite genre to read.

This really is a great, fun, little book and is something I would have killed for when I was a child – it would definitely have been worthy of me saving my pocket money up for!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lorraine-16Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. As well as the Creative Writing Skills workbook, the first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award. The sequel, Wild Sky, will be published in November.

When not writing, she’s usually covered in straw or glitter, and frequently both.

She also runs a free club for kids designed to encourage a love of reading and writing which you can check out here https://lexirees.co.uk/kidsclub/

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GIVEAWAY:

Win 2 copies of Creative Writing Skills –

Choice of paperback or pdf for UK winners and pdf for international winners.

https://kingsumo.com/g/gw6isv/creative-writing-skills-workbook

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Eternal Seas – Lexi Rees (Audiobook)

It’s another first for me today because I am taking part in my first blog blitz for an audiobook. Thank you to Lexi and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for enabling me to take part and for providing me with my copy of the audio book.

BLURB:

Such a small parcel shouldn’t cause experienced smugglers much trouble. But, as Finn and Aria discover, this is the most dangerous delivery of their lives. Battered by storms and chased across the globe by an evil warlord, they enlist the help of a strange witch-doctor. Together, they struggle to solve the mystery while the fate of an ancient civilisation depends on them, and time is running out …

Eternal Seas is a thrilling adventure for children aged seven to twelve.

If you think that sounds interesting, why not have a look at the trailer.

Eternal Sea Audio Cover

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

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REVIEW:

Hopefully some of you will remember that back in October last year, I reviewed Eternal Seas, and that I was a big fan. If you need a reminder, you can read my full review of the book here. When I saw that the audiobook was having a blog blitz, I jumped at the chance to get involved.

I tend to listen to audiobooks at night when I am trying to go to sleep – if I listen during the day, I get distracted and forget to pay attention! The downside to listening at night is when you get a good one, it makes it hard to fall asleep. I always set a sleep timer so that when I do drop off, it isn’t too difficult to find my place the next night. The trouble with this book was that when the sleep timer kicked in, I was still wide awake and ended up just setting another timer so I could keep listening. The audiobook was as hard to turn off as the book was to put down when I read it.

The one thing I sometimes struggle with when listening to audiobooks is the narrator, but in this case Chris Dickins was the perfect choice – he is certainly talented when it comes to different voices. He really injected the full sense of adventure into the story, and I just felt swept along with it.

Although this is a technically a book for pre-teens, I think it would be the perfect audiobook to keep the whole family entertained on a long journey. It is action packed and full of adventure. The enthusiasm and lust for life of the main characters, Finn and Aria, really shines through and brings the book to life in a way that just grabs at your imagination.

If you are headed on a journey this summer, I whole-heartedly recommend this book for your travel entertainment – especially if you are headed off on a boat anywhere!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Lexi Rees grew up in the north of Scotland but now splits her time between London and West Sussex. She still goes back to Scotland regularly though.

Usually seen clutching a mug of coffee, she spends as much time as possible sailing and horse riding, both of which she does enthusiastically but badly.

Her first book, Eternal Seas was written on a boat; the storm described in it was frighteningly real.

If you want to find out more about Lexi, why not have a read of my interview with her, or check out her guest post where she talks about her own adventures at sea.

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Eternal Seas – Lexi Rees

Some of you will have already seen Lexi’s fascinating guest post which popped up on my blog earlier (if you haven’t, you can find it here. As part of the blog tour for her new book, Eternal Seas, I am also here to tell you all about the book itself.

BLURB:

Such a small parcel shouldn’t cause experienced smugglers much trouble, but this parcel is far from normal.

Chased across the seas, Finn and Aria must solve the mysteries within the parcel. 

What does it mean? Who should they trust? What will happen?

The fate of an ancient people depends on them and time is running out …

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REVIEW:

Eternal Seas is an enthralling tale of long forgotten magic, smugglers and adventures on the high seas. The young characters are captivating, even for me as an adult, as they race from one adventure to the next in their attempts to uncover the mysteries of their ancestors. I loved the illustrations that appeared throughout the book and currently only being in possession of the e-book, I am seriously tempted to go out and buy the paper copy so I can see these drawings in all their glory.

In Eternal Seas, Lexi Rees builds a wonderful world that whilst recognisable as our own world is at the same time vastly different. It sets the scene perfectly for the rest of the series, and leaves the reader eagerly anticipating the next instalment.

This book is a brilliant adventure story for pre-teens and has solved the problem of what I will be buying my friends son for Christmas this year!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Lexi Rees spends as much time as possible sailing and horse riding, both of which she does spectacularly badly. Attempts at writing whilst horse riding have been disastrous, so Eternal Seas was written on a boat; the storm described in the book was frighteningly real.

You can find out even more about Lexi in my interview with her from slightly earlier this year.

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GIVEAWAYS:

Lexi is very kindly offering two exciting competitions alongside the blog tour.

Win one of two £10 Amazon gift vouchers (UK only). To enter

  1. Share a photo of you with the book (paperback or ebook) on Twitter or Instagram
  2. Tag @lexi_rees (Twitter) or lexi.rees (Instagram) and #EternalSeas
  3. Closing date 30th November 2018
  4. UK only
  5. Winners will be drawn randomly

Illustration competition – would your children like to see their illustrations published in a book?

  • Six lucky winners will have their illustrations printed in the sequel to Eternal Seas
  • Winners and runners up will also have their drawings featured on lexirees.co.uk and on social media

Drawings must be in black and white, and can be in any of the following categories

  • Aria flying up in the sky
  • a cat
  • mountain ponies
  • a snow eagle
  • a demon-goddess
  • a sailing boat
  • Finn and/ or Aria

Please see detailed terms for entry requirements

  • Open to children aged 13 or under
  • You can enter as many categories as you like
  • Winners will be chosen by Lexi Rees
  • Children’s name and age will be published together with their illustration. Parents/ guardians must confirm they are happy with this when they enter. Other information (e.g email address) will not be shared.
  • No purchase necessary
  • Closing date 31/1/19
  • Entries must be scanned or photographed in high resolution and emailed to lexireads@hotmail.com. The winners may need to post originals if the images are not high enough quality for printing. Postage costs will be covered in this case.
  • Full entry details can be found on lexirees.co.uk

Many thanks to Lexi and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book. Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour.

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Bizarre honeymoon thanks to the most unusual gate crasher

I am delighted to have Lexi Rees guest posting today to tell us all about her nautical adventures. Over to you Lexi:

Hi Mai, Thanks so much for having me on your blog! Obviously, you know about my new book, but I’m not always writing. I spend a lot of time sailing, as you might guess when you read Eternal Seas.

Until I met my husband, the only time I had set foot on a boat was a car ferry to Mull, and a school cruise (on a converted car ferry) when I was about 15. But he is a keen sailor, so I gave it a go. We started off doing the Spring racing series from the Isle of Wight. It was cold and wet, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. “Better a happy boat, than a winning boat,” the skipper used to say. Although I did notice that he only invited my hubby to the join the very competitive team which he won a different series with every year.

Before we even thought about getting a house together, we bought an old boat in Italy and spent a few years doing it up. We then sailed it from Italy, all the way through the Greek islands, and into Turkey.

I haven’t seen many kids’ books where the sailing described in it is realistic so I wanted to bring my experience into Eternal Seas.

I purposely avoided putting Finn and Aria onto a large galleon style boat as it would be impossible for a family to crew it. Even in Pirates of the Caribbean, Captain Jack Sparrow steals a ship ready prepared for sailing. The Alcina is based on a live-aboard family that we met in the Greek islands and their boat, Indianna.

All the terminology in Eternal Seas is nautically accurate – gybe, galley, windlass etc. I didn’t want to lose the impact by saying “change direction”, “kitchen”, and “anchor lifting machine”.

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Stunning early morning departure

Over the years, we’ve been joined by many friends, and the arrival of my son which involved adding a lot of netting to the boat and some changes to the routine: “prepare to tack” became “move the baby to the low side, prepare to tack”. The boat is a bit like a giant jungle gym. Kids do tend to pop up through hatches like a jack-in-the-box so supervising is hard work!

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Never too young to learn how to use a winch

It’s hard to pick favourite sailing moments, but being joined by dolphins on the bow is always amazing – the dolphins feature in Eternal Seas. I haven’t seen any dolphins for a few years now which is worrying. We did get joined by turtles last summer though which was a first for me.

If I had to pick a single landmark, sailing through the Corinth canal was spectacular, and we had my dad and uncle on board too so it was a great family trip.

For me, it’s not just about the physical sailing, it’s about the family memories. The sunset drinks, the lazy days where there is not a breath of wind and you spend the whole day swimming and reading …

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A perfect end to a day’s sailing
Meet the Author

Lexi Rees

Lorraine-16 I was recently lucky enough to be able to pose some questions to Lexi Rees about her interests when she is not writing or sailing. Here is what she had to say:

What happens when you mix crafting and horses?

Hi Mai, Thanks so much for having me on your blog! Obviously, you know about my new Book, Eternal Seas, but I’m not always writing or sailing. We seem to share a lot of other interests, including crafting and horses.

What is your favourite craft activity to relax with?

Depends on the time of year. I love knitting and crochet in winter but it never seems right to knit when it’s sunny! I started an “extreme knitting” project last winter but didn’t quite finish it so I’m looking forward to digging it out in October. 16 balls of wool on the go at the same time is quite a handful to work with. I put a “normal” needle beside it in the photo so you can see the scale. It’s really heavy! It’ll be a rug when I finish.

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In summer, I make jewellery. I do everything from silver work to bead weaving.

And I love making Christmas cards and decorations –  that always makes me feel festive. I’m working on a book of Christmas crafts which I’ll hopefully have published late next year.

Is there a craft that you have always wanted to try, but haven’t got round to yet?

I would love to give micro macrame a go. I bought this book on it ages ago but have need to get some new tools.

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A friend and I go to the knitting and stitching show at Olympia. There are always loads of new ideas and they have workshops where you can try crafts out. We made these felted bangles last year. I had help with mine as it wasn’t very bangle shaped.

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Are there any crafts that you have tried, but just couldn’t get the hang of? For me it is most definitely crochet!

Oh I love crochet – it goes so fast! I made this blanket using undyed wools from rare breed sheep.

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My crafting nemesis would be needle felting. It’s just a bit too organic for me. Which means the bird I attempted to make looked more like a potato. The other kit I bought is still unmade.

Where is your favourite place to go out for a ride?

You can’t beat an early morning gallop along West Wittering beach, and Glen Tanar in the Scottish highlands has spectacular views when you get up on the ridge. I recently went to do the El Cid trail in Spain.

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But for me, it’s also about the friends I’ve made. I love loading a group of horses onto a lorry and heading to a competition together, even if I expect to come last. My yard is so supportive, whatever level you’re at. Everyone helps each other and the team spirit is fantastic. We just laugh all day. Don’t get any Jilly Cooper images though. For three whole minutes, I gleam in white jodhpurs and a smart jacket (bought from eBay). The rest of the time I’m in a tatty tracksuit with straw in my hair, and, in my son’s words, “stinky”.

Have you got any funny horse riding stories or mishaps that you could share with us?

Loads, but my husband’s eyes glaze over when I talk about the time I was supposed to just turn down the centre line and … So how about a confession? … If I get nervous, I sing “It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it” by Bananarama and Fun Boy Three. When my horse turns into a rodeo pony during a dressage test, someone usually yells, “Do your Banarama’s”! I may also have been spotted singing it whilst trotting around without a horse after a small glass of wine … Unfortunately videos exist.

ABOUT LEXI:

Lexi Rees grew up in the north of Scotland but now splits her time between London and West Sussex. She still goes back to Scotland regularly though.

Usually seen clutching a mug of coffee, she spends as much time as possible sailing and horse riding, both of which she does enthusiastically but spectacularly badly.

Her first book, Eternal Seas was written on a boat; the storm described in it was frighteningly real.

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Cover Reveal: Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees

I am so excited today to be able to reveal to you the stunning cover for Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees. I am thrilled to also tell you that the author herself will be staging something of a blog takeover later on in the year.  Anyway, enough chat, let’s get back to the reason we are all here. Here comes the blurb:

BLURB:

Such a small parcel shouldn’t cause experienced smugglers much trouble, but this parcel is far from normal. Lost and scared after a violent storm, Finn and his sister, Aria, take shelter on a remote island. They discover the parcel contains a relic belonging to a long forgotten people. Locked inside are powers which will change their lives, and the world, forever. As Finn realises his connection to the relic, a vision strikes him – but what does it mean? Who should they trust? And if they decide to follow their hearts rather than their orders, will they manage to deliver the relic in one piece? Chased across the seas as they try to solve the mysteries within the parcel, the fate of this ancient people depends on them. Finn and Aria must choose between what is right and what is easy – and time is running out … With brave protagonists and life lessons of courage and honour, Eternal Seas speaks from a `flawed’ character perspective that everyone can relate to. Young readers who enjoy daring plots and exciting adventures will delight in this original story of different races and tough choices.

Eternal Seas is released on 28th September, but you can pre-order your copy right here. Before you join the stampede though, have a little look at the cover. I think we can all agree that this is one book worth judging by it’s cover.

Eternal Seas cover

MEET THE AUTHOR:

Lorraine-16 Lexi Rees spends as much time as possible sailing and horse riding, both of which she does spectacularly badly. Attempts at writing whilst horse riding have been disastrous, so Eternal Seas was written on a boat; the storm described in the book was frighteningly real.

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