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Today I’m on the ‘Wild Sky’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by the author, but b
About the Author :
Lexi 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.
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 …
Guest Post :
Thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog. I’m so excited to share a bit about the amazing young artists I had the very great honour of working with.
I think the best bit about being a kids’ author, is getting to meet them! Working with them is such a privilege and I love every minute – school visits, workshops, creative writing clubs, I even used to be a trustee for a children’s charity. It’s one reason I run my free #kidsclub. Anyway, I’ve always got about a million ideas for events and activities on the go, so it’s no surprise that what started as a fun workshop in a library one afternoon quickly snowballed, as these things tend to, into a full-scale illustration competition. After the idea had popped into my head, I couldn’t resist it. I’d never seen it done before, and everyone I spoke to thought it was unique and exciting. The idea was that the readers of Eternal Seas could illustrate the sequel, Wild Sky. I knew I needed the illustrations to fit the story and set a number of categories for the drawings, but I kept them pretty generic to give the youngsters plenty of scope.
For the next few weeks I was overwhelmed by the number and quality of the entries – several schools participated plus there were individual entries from all around the country. It was incredibly hard narrowing it down to just six pictures.
Yazeed’s monster faces were so striking and absolutely perfect for the type of engravings you might find on stone tablets in the Shrouded Crypt that I actually had to write them into the manuscript!
Lucy’s cat face has such an amazing expression that I had changed Hobnob from being a black cat (as he was in my mind) to a tabby just to fit. And Chloe’s “butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth” cat was spot on for his personality.
Emily’s ponies crossing a meadow were spot on for the scene at the start of the trek as they gallop across the plains towards the mountains.
Yaqoob’s confidently drawn demon oozes power and I hope it’s not too scary for my younger readers!
Eagles were the most popular category and I really struggled to pick. In the end, Georgie’s stunning eagle soaring over snow-capped mountains was irresistible, and the eagle flying straight at you with wings outstretched by Stephanos caught my eye straight away and was perfect for a really important scene. So rather than just one winner in this category, I ended up with two.
All these illustrations will be published in Wild Sky and the runners up featured on my website. I’m sure you’ll agree they’re all super talented and I hope we see more from these young artists in the future.
Here are a few of them with their illustrations.
Thanks again for inviting me to join you today. Happy reading
The Relic Hunters Giveaway :
Win a copy of each of Eternal Seas and Wild Sky, the action packed fantasy adventure for 7-11 year olds.
UK – choice of signed paperbacks or ebooks
International entrants – ebooks only
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