Not long after I started writing children’s books, I came across the Kid Literature Authors page on Facebook and joined the team as a contributor. It’s been an exciting journey for the team seeing the page go from strength to strength. My own writing journey has also been an exciting echo of this success. Just over a year ago I had published two books – I now have double that number with the fourth book just published. The first three all have Readers’ Favorite five star reviews and the first book, The Rise of Agnil, has been a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and is also a finalist in The People’s Book Prize.
I’m sure the Kid Literature page will continue to do well, bringing together all of us who love children’s books and have a determination to do everything we can to increase an awareness of the importance of children’s reading.
The time has come, so with a fanfare…
The countdown begins for the launch…
And away she goes….
Sailing into the huge ocean of children’s books!
I hereby name this book ‘Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret’!
May all who read her pages, enjoy the tale I tell.
Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret is Book 4 of the Agnil’s Worlds series. If you’ve only just joined our journey, I recommend you read the books in order.
Available now from Amazon.
Read Chapter 1 here.
Amazon author page
I know it’s been a long time coming and thank you all for your patience! You’ll be pleased to hear I’m finally able to reveal the cover for Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret! Think of it as a Private View, or vernissage, for your privileged eyes only.
Slowly, I pull back the red curtain unveiling the team effort between Charlotte Moore and Ant Press…
Oh? You want to see all of it? You want to see the whole cover, centaur and all? I’m just teasing! Of course you can see it. I do hope you all love it as much as I do. It’s much darker than the covers of the others in the series, and there are reasons for that. But you’ll have to read the book to find out why.
Not only am I showing you the cover today but you can now also read Chapter 1 here on the web site. Hopefully, my next post will be to announce publication.
Enjoy and spread the word!
Publication day is creeping ever closer and, as I write this blog post, the cover is being put together. When it’s ready, I’ll be able to reveal it here on the web site but while you wait I’m going to give you a peek behind the curtain at another illustration from Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret. This one is from Chapter 9, The Journey. It’s one of my favourite illustrations by Charlotte Moore for this book so I wanted the opportunity to show it to you all. I hope you like it as much as I do!
In the centre of the vast room stood a heavy wooden table. Two tree spirits, in long leafy green robes, hair like matted roots and the same nut brown, deeply-wrinkled skin that Cranus had, sat alongside an elf with a long white beard.
My blog posts are like buses – you wait for ages and then, suddenly, two come along at once! Regular readers will be aware that The Rise of Agnil was nominated for The People’s Book Prize a while ago and I spent a while twisting people’s arms to vote for the book. Well, it’s time to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who did because the book has made it to the finals! It’s been a nail-biting few days as I’ve waited for the end of the month to pass, signalling the end of the voting session and rushed to the web site this morning to check. I don’t know if my publisher has been sent an email as she’s currently travelling but I have also sent her a message. I feel like I’m bursting at the seams with excitement!
To add a little more to the thrill, The Rise of Agnil has also reached the finals of The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards . The winners of this award will be announced in one month but I’ll have to wait until May to hear about The People’s Book Prize as there is one more voting session for another selection of books. Stay tuned in to catch the news!
It’s been a while since I last posted here as I’ve had health issues, including a very nasty dose of flu, which have laid me low for several weeks. I’ve also been waiting patiently for Charlotte Moore to complete the illustrations for Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret. I’m pleased to say that they’re now ready so we are on the countdown to publication day. As little teasers I will post a couple of illustrations, along with quotes from the book so you can see where they belong, over the next little while before I do the final cover reveal. Around that time, I’ll also reveal the whole of chapter 1 of the book/ So keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks!
Then, without warning, two punts did collide. With a loud splash, the man steering one of them dropped his pole and almost toppled into the river.
Firstly, I’d like to wish you all a belated happy new year! The exciting news is that just about visible on the horizon we can see a new adventure coming soon from Agnil’s Worlds. Just a few days ago I sent the manuscript for ‘Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret’ to Ant Press, today I signed and returned the contract with my illustrator, Charlotte Moore, so it’s all systems go! Over the next few weeks there will be little teasers in the form of first chapter, illustration and cover reveals, so watch your inbox closely as the launch date approaches.
Remember, there’s still time to vote, or ask all your friends to vote, for ‘The Rise of Agnil’ in The People’s Book Prize awards. The books with the greatest number of votes from the public are put through to the finals. The voting session for my book finishes at the end of February. I’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word! I just heard today that my local paper is going to run a piece about it next week so every little helps!
There is also a new feature of the web site. I’ve spent the last little while preparing a literacy plan and accompanying Powerpoint file for use in primary schools, specifically Key Stage 2 (7-11 year-olds). The plan focuses on the first book of the series, ‘The Rise of Agnil’. The two week plan has been written with the new literacy objectives for Years 4 and 5 in mind but could easily be adapted either for another year group or in any other way. It’s merely an example and not meant to be used without adapting to your particular class of children. To download the files, please visit the teachers page.
Wishing you and all your families a very Merry Christmas!
A few months ago I posted the news that the first two books of the Agnil’s Worlds series had both been awarded five star reviews by the Readers’ Favorite site. Readers’ Favorite have two systems for reviews; one paid for and one free. I am not happy about paying for reviews as I feel that the reviewer might well feel obliged to give a good review. On the other hand, asking for a free review is more likely to be unbiased, especially if you don’t know the reviewer at all. So it was for the free reviews that I submitted the first two books and, more recently, book 3, Agnil and the Tree Spirits. Yesterday I was delighted to receive notification that the review was ready and had been posted to Readers’ Favorite and once again I was thrilled to see that the book had been awarded a fabulous full-fat FIVE STAR review! And what a review it was!
I am reproducing it here in full:
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
Agnil and the Tree Spirits (Agnil’s Worlds Book 3) by Susan Navas is the third book in the series of Agnil. In this magical story, we see Agnil being asked to help the elves whose world is threatened by the Navigator, who is destroying the world by dirtying it and polluting the clean places. Agnil wants to help the elves, but at the same time she is facing problems at home. This book takes the reader on a whimsical fantasy ride while it teaches about real world issues like dwindling forests, pollution and exploitation of minerals.
The book begins with Cranus approaching Agnil for help to save the beautiful elf world. Woven around environmental issues, the author’s tale enchants young readers with fantasy and adventure that will capture their attention until the very end. I liked the concept and the message that is conveyed and the fantasy part will pull readers into the story effortlessly. It is a perfect story for read aloud sessions in classrooms and libraries as it deals with a relevant topic. The beautiful illustrations add to the pace, action and drama of the story. The author’s writing style is fluid and there is an element of surrealism in her way of describing situations, and the depiction of characters makes the story captivating. The illustrations are also unique and they complement the characters and scenes in the book well.
If you have been following my blog, you’ll already know that The Rise of Agnil has been nominated for The People’s Book Prize and that this is a really important national award. The book is now on their web site and will be there until the end of February. I’m incredibly excited about this! To progress through the stages of the award needs you, the readers, ordinary members of the public, to go and vote on the web site. You will have to register and will be sent a password allowing you to vote.
From The People’s Book Prize web site:
“The People’s Book Prize is the democratic Book Prize voted exclusively by the public aimed at finding, supporting and promoting new and undiscovered works. It is the public who choose Britain’s Next Bestsellers.
Supported by Patron Frederick Forsyth CBE the Award consists of prizes in three genres – fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. Leading up to the ceremony titles are showcased on www.peoplesbookprize.com and the books which receive the most votes go forward as finalists with three authors emerging as winners. In addition, The Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author is given in honour of TPBP founding patron and an award for Best Achievement for outstanding content to the author whose writing has led, or could lead to benefitting the community.”
Please help support me and vote for The Rise of Agnil!