Once Upon a Now – Emma Calin – Guest Post

Once Upon A NOW! – Emma Calin + Giveaway

Award-winning bestseller Emma Calin has released a brand new series of modern day fairy stories for younger readers and is introducing them to the blogging world over the next few weeks. A host of talented reviewers will be giving their thoughts on theillustrated, interactive, magical bedtime story chapter books so look out for the special guests, posts and giveaway.

Also, keep your eyes peeled as the books will all available for FREE at different points!

Alf final 1st Oct Amazon Kindle smallAlf The Workshop Dog (Once upon a NOW 1) What they say: How could a scruffy dog in a bus depot and the call of crows, link back to another world of power and love? The ancient Kingdom of Zanubia and a stray dog looking for scraps in an inner-city repair garage, hold the secret. A wicked king, a beautiful girl, a young prince and the struggle between right and wrong maintain the fable tradition. Click Here To Buy This Book   Isabellas Pink Bike Kindle smallIsabella’s Pink Bicycle (Once upon a NOW 2) What they say:  There’s something strange in the woodshed… A poor little girl in a faraway land dreams of riding a pink bicycle. When she meets a strange animal, her dreams come true. Her happiness turns to sadness when a tragedy occurs in the town and her father doesn’t come home. Maybe her new magic friend can find him? Click Here To Buy This Book    Kool Kid Kindle smallKool Kid Kruncha and The High Trapeze (Once upon a NOW 3) What they say:  Charlie finds it tough when his parents divorce – but Auntie Kate helps him overcome his greatest fear. When Charlie has to move from the country into the city, he leaves behind his home, his mates and his beloved football team. He will need to make new friends. With his small size and red hair, some people aren’t kind to him. He wonders if he can face another day at school. A trip to the circus gives him the strength to see himself and others in a new way. Click Here To Buy This Book 

Once Upon A Bike?

Guest post by author Emma Calin I wanted a bike. Lance Armstrong wanted a bike. We were both innocent young kids once. He rode to the summit of fame and plunged into the valleys of infamy. I wobbled and fell off in blessed anonymity. Such is the stuff of life and stories. There are morals and lessons to learn in life and always a bike to balance. In “Isabella’s Pink Bicycle” a little girl dreams of the impossible. Who can’t empathize with her? As a writer it was easy to put myself in her shoes. My dreams are the realest part of me. The grown up world loves the packaged dream but not the dreamer. Here was my starting point for this story. In a poor mining community life is a struggle. A girl wants a bike so that she can ride away free from the grime and poverty of her environment. She knows there is a better place. Her parents grind out a dreamless life of acceptance. She needs a break! I know that feeling!! Now, sometimes in life you stumble on something that alters your perspective. It happened to me a few years ago when I met a man with a ferret. All the love for furry beasts in my heart poured out over this creature. It reciprocated by smearing me with acrid pure animal musk. Even so I loved the warm affection of it. I’m not sure if Disney has ever portrayed ferrets – but they’re missing a trick. They are adorable. I knew that I had a mission in the realm of fiction to bring out the truth of ferret love. When a sweet little kid meets Frankie the ferret godfather anything is possible – even a pink bike. When events call for action a little girl stands up with only her own belief.  I felt like cheering. I’m hoping that kids feel the love of the possible dream too.     emma calinAuthor Bio: Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives part of the year in the UK and spends the rest in France. She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national, and international prizes for poetry and short stories. Emma enjoys writing stories firmly rooted in social realism. She blogs about the contrasts in life on both sides of the English Channel, which she likes to explore on her tandem whenever weather and fitness coincide. She is a Lifestyle Contributor on Loveahappyending Lifestyle. She defines herself as woman eternally pedalling between Peckham and Pigalle, in search of passion and enduring romance.

Author Links:

Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Blog |Website | Facebook | @Emma Calin  | Pinterest | Goodreads

Listen to Audio Excerpts:

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Alf The Workshop Dog

Isabella’s Pink Bicycle

Kool Kid Kruncha and The High Trapeze


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Janet – Thank you for letting me loose on your blog today to talk about the inspiration behind the ‘Isabella’s Pink Bicycle’. Apparently there are a few families now having to fend-off their kids’ requests for ferrets since reading the story and watching the videos.

    In case your readers come across this post in time, ‘Alf The Workshop Dog’ is currently on a short FREE run on Amazon Kindle (end 10th Feb) http://www.smarturl.it/Alf.

    Best wishes
    Emma x


    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks for the great post 🙂


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