Michael and the Magic Hiccup – Reading

Here’s part two of the reading of my new children’s book, Michael and the Magic Hiccup. Enjoy!

Available For Pre-order

Go to the Amazon website and search for Michael and the Magic Hiccup and it will allow you to pre-order a copy, or message me directly if you would like a signed copy. Pre-order your copy here.

Michael and the Magic Hiccup – Sample Two

New, illustrated children’s book coming Spring 2021.

Here’s the second sample section of my latest children’s story, Michael and the Magic Hiccup, which will be released some time in March. If you haven’t read the first part, click on this link: Part One.

The Story Continues…

” Ha- Ha- Ha – HICCUP!”

This time, something very, very peculiar happened. When he opened his eyes, he noticed that the rain had finally stopped, and the sun was pouring down upon him instead. His wet clothes, drenched from the cold rain, now steamed in the warmth of the sunlight. As he looked around, he realised something even stranger had happened, he was no longer in the front garden of Mr and Mrs Poops!

As Michael stood there looking around this new land, the goldfish started to wriggle and cough on the end of his fishing line. This was all getting stranger and stranger by the second! Eventually the goldfish managed to cough himself free from the fishing line and landed with a ‘splosh!’ upon the grass. Michael just looked in amazement.

“Cough! Cough! Cough! Oh, that’s so much better,” said the goldfish, clearing the water from his gills. “What dreadful weather we’ve been having for the time of year!”

“Excuse me?” was all Michael managed to say, as he stared at the silly goldfish, wriggling like a fat, orange worm upon the green grass, his scales shining in the sunlight.

“Excuse you? Why, what have you done?”

“Nothing,” replied Michael, “well, I don’t think I’ve done anything. I just hiccupped.”

The goldfish stopped wriggling and looked up at Michael with his eye nearest to the gnome. “You did what?” exclaimed the goldfish.

“I hiccupped. I was about to sneeze, but then I hiccupped instead, and now we’ve ended up here.”

“Oh, that’s great that is! One minute I’m dangling from a fishing rod in the comfort of Mr and Mrs Poops’ garden, the next I’m flapping about on the ground like a fish out of water! Now that’s a fine state of affairs for a goldfish!”

Michael didn’t like getting told off, especially not by a silly, plastic goldfish, but before he could speak, a large breeze started to blow and the sky went dark, very dark.

“Oh no, not more rain!” coughed the goldfish.

It didn’t feel like rain, but it did sound like thunder. Michael looked up at the sky to see if he could spot any rain clouds – he had spent so much time outside staring up at the sky, he knew every type of cloud. As he looked up, he jumped back with fright. A huge, brightly coloured dragon was swooping down towards them. Michael crouched down with fright clutching the fishing rod for protection. The dragon spotted the goldfish wriggling uncomfortably upon the grass and screamed with delight.

“Ooh my, what have we here… GOLD! Oh goody-goody!” she screeched, as she swooped lower, holding out her talons to grasp the goldfish. In one huge glide, she plucked the poor fish up by the tail, and began her flight back up into the sky.

“What the-” came the shocked response of the goldfish as he dangled precariously from the dragon’s clutches.

“Oh no!” cried Michael, as he watched the dragon fly off with his fish. “What on earth do I do now?”

To Be Continued…

To find out what happens next, stay tuned and subscribe to my blog, as I’ll be announcing when it’s ready to pre-order and buy from Amazon as we get closer to the release date. In the meantime, while you wait, why not print off the pictures and colour them in, I’d love to see them! Pre-order your copy here.

Michael and the Magic Hiccup – Reading

The proof of my new book, Michael and the Magic Hiccup, has arrived, so I thought I’d give you a sneak peek and read you the first part of the story and you can hear the entertaining voices I’ve added to the characters. Have a watch of this video as I give you a sneak peek:

Pre-order On Amazon

Michael and the Magic Hiccup is available to pre-order on Amazon in ebook format. Pre-order your copy here.

When The Rainbow Smiled – Feedback

One of the nicest things about being a writer for me is getting responses from my young readers. Sure, it’s fun to spend time creating new stories and doing the artwork, but that feeling fades with time, and is often overshadowed with the real hard work of promoting and marketing the work afterwards. That’s what makes it especially wonderful when I get feedback. Most of all it’s the best when my works inspire young people to get creative and either write their own stories, or draw pictures. Look at the wonderful artwork I received today…

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Inspired by my work When The Rainbow Smiled available from Amazon.

Super-discounted Amazon Price Only £2.43 – Limited Time Offer!!!

For reasons that totally baffle me, Amazon has discounted the paperback copy of my book by over 75% from £9.99 down to only £2.43. I don’t know why they’ve done this and I don’t know how long this special offer will last, but if you’ve not bought a copy of Charlie, The Migrating Snail yet, now is a perfect time to make that purchase!

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Stay tuned for exciting news to come soon about Charlie’s Causes Painting Competition, and follow us on our new Facebook Page.

Dublin Book Launch – Charlie, The Migrating Snail

May 4th sees the official launch of Charlie, The Migrating Snail, but there are lots of exciting things happening in the run-up to the afternoon event.

Aimee and Grace
Aimee and Grace, the wonderful, young illustrators

Our young illustrators – Aimee and Grace – are getting a lot of attention in the media, and rightly so with their wonderful goal of raising 10,000 Euros for homelessness. They have been in the papers twice now, and made it onto the front cover of the newspaper this time. Well done girls!

Radio Interviews

Aimee’s Mother, Lisa, will be on the local radio (Together FM) this coming Saturday (27th) at 9 a.m. to talk about the project, it’s goals, and to promote the launch event on May 4th. If you click on the Together FM website you can also read a nice article about the girls’ project.

My tickets are booked, and I’m getting very excited to fly out to Dublin for the first time to meet some of my young readers and do a book signing. I will also be interviewed for the first time about my book and the project by Together FM the following Friday (May 3rd) at 10 a.m.

Book Launch

From 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. (with the possibility of it running into overtime!) on May 4th at the Ballyfermot Community Civic Center, there will be lots of exciting things for families to do including refreshments, face painting, a reading of part of the book by me, and a whole host of other things, including a colouring competition!

It’s lovely that this is a community event, as the issue of homelessness is a community challenge. It is only by leveraging the power of the community spirit that we will have a chance at alleviating (and hopefully eradicating) this problem. Everyone is welcome, so spread the word…!

I very much look forward to meeting you all there.

 

#goodreads The Cockroach Chronicles

Offering free review copies of my book The Cockroach Chronicles to interested readers for a limited time.

Cockroach Chronicles Cover

Do you know of anybody that loves to read and review books? Perhaps YOU would love to read and review this short story of mine? I hate to mention Christmas so early in the year, but in order to boost my online exposure, I need more reviews and ratings on amazon, so I’m offering the book for free until the end of November.

Send me an email, and I’ll send you a copy to read and review!

SYNOPSIS:

This short, easy-to-read story follows the adventures of Flyserou, a brave, young cockroach, tired of the endless battle against the Enemy (humans), who leaves home in search of answers to the relentless war. The story is told through a course of ten letters sent back home. As we read about Flyserou’s adventures and encounters, it is as much an engaging parable as it is a self-reflection into our own lives. As Flyserou ventures deeper into the Enemy realm, the reader learns much about themselves (from the viewpoint of a cockroach!) It sounds like a strange story, but the strangest part is the discoveries you will learn as you read this personal correspondence!

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

Humpday #booksale All #booksunder$2

It’s Humpday – not as in Humpday Dumpty – but a book blow-out. All five of my current online titles are now available to buy for under $2.00 – available in all formats:

Anthony’s Bookstore

 

CHARLIE THE MIGRATING SNAIL

A young, curious snail sets off around the world to discover answers to the mysteries of life…

 

THE COCKROACH CHRONICLES

Flyserou, a young cockroach, escapes ‘The Eternal War’ and decides to confront ‘The Enemy’ with investigation and understanding. A book about anti-discrimination, life-journies, and self-discovery.

 

ERIC, THE BRICK

A quaint, Englsih-style story about a regular, run-of-the-mill house brick that becomes a hero…

 

MICHAEL AND THE MAGIC HICCUP – THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

An ordinary garden gnome hiccups his way to a magical kingdom and has to find his way home again…

 

MICHAEL AND THE MAGIC HICCUP – THE TEAPOT’S REVENGE

The second adventure in this series. Michael finds himself back in the magical kingdom, once more having to rescue his old friends..

 

There you have it! All great reads, all great value for money at only $1.99 – savings offer valid through the summer, so get your suntan lotion and reading glasses and hit the books.

As always, your patronage is ALWAYS very much appreciated…!

Anthony Donnelly