Welcome to the March 2015
Dernier Publishing newsletter
I love the spring – fresh new leaves pushing through, all the signs of hope. And there's new hope in the Dernier camp too . . . new Christian books for children are on their way; every one a miracle of new growth!
1. Beech Bank Girls, A Time Remembered, is now in production for release in June – we'll probably have the books by the 1st June, which is ahead of schedule – woo hoo, that doesn't happen very often! They will be with us in time for Sunday School prizes – could your church do that this year? Children and young people are reading - let's give them excellent, relevant, fun Christian books.
2. Revenge of the Flying Carpet is brand new but currently only available on kindle. This is a Christian story for children 10-14-ish I wrote myself so it's really difficult to promote – but if you would be kind enough to buy a copy from the Amazon kindle store (just £1.99), all money will go towards production of new books. My good friend Adie left the following review (I didn't ask but she's a good friend!) . . . “This is a captivating story, full of drama and adventure. Flying through history to far-off lands, the children meet and chat with people who are specially chosen for them (by the carpet?) to help them make sense of life. Issues of self-image, relationships, injustice, revenge and ultimately forgiveness and Christian faith are dealt with skilfully, and the author taps into the minds and feelings of the children with brilliance.” Let me know what you think – I'd love to hear your reviews too – and if there's enough interest it might just make it to paperback. Here's the link:
P.S. you don't need a kindle to read kindle books – you can download the free app so you can read books on any tablet, pc or phone.
3. I am delighted to tell you that we have commissioned a new book for teens! The City Kid is a re-worked version of a book (and play, with a young John Sentamu in the title role!) Clive Lewis wrote some years ago when he was living in Africa. The main character in the story moves to the city and gets involved in corrupt practises . . . but finds redemption. It's an excellent story, and one every teen should read. It's gritty, with back-stabbing, night clubs and . . . hang on, I mustn't spoil it for you! Clive has started a blog about the book, so do follow and pass on the info to anyone you think might be interested: http://www.africancitykid.blogspot.co.uk/
A Pennyworth of Peppermints is now available from Torch Trust in Braille and large print! (joining Deepest Darkness and Beech Bank Girls, Every Girl has a Story). Although the story is for 8-11s, we have heard that elderly people are also enjoying this book, as they remember days gone by. Isn't that wonderful! Please pray for everyone who reads this book, that they would find forgiveness and discover that God is always with them, just as Ben does in the story.
Mary in Rwanda
Author Mary Week Millard would value our prayers as she is off to Rwanda from 13th to 30th March. She will be visiting old friends, running women's seminars and helping with a ministry to widows. Mary says, “I really didn't think that I would have the joy of returning one more time to Rwanda, but God is so good!”
1 in 4
According to recent research, one in every four books sold in the UK is a children's/young adult book. Christians seem to be behind on this trend though – I wonder why? If you are reading this, you know the value of Christian books for children – how can we spread the news? If you have an idea, come over to our facebook page – maybe together we can start a campaign: www.facebook.com/dernierpublishing ! I love to share the Dernier vision in person, so if you live within shouting-ish distance of London/Kent/Sussex/Surrey, do contact me – maybe I can come and talk to your church group?
As always, I've run out of room – and in case I don't write again before Easter, may the Lord bless us all as we remember the Lord's death and resurrection – all because he loves us. That's truly good news to share – God's grace, available to everyone!
P.S. It's not too late to order books for your children's holiday club – we still have the 20 books 20% off offer on our website. It's worth every penny, to get the good news in a story into the homes of your children. Not one church has taken us up on this offer yet – would you be kind enough to spread the news? Thank you! Www.dernierpublishing.com