Book world in the spotlight

Following on from Bucharest’s spring fair Bookfest, I wrote the cover feature for OZB magazine.

I plan to write more, to give an airing to various aspects of Romania’s book world – not just to give readers a better idea of how much value they get for their 40 lei, but to spot opportunities in the publishing world and to highlight good practice and book world stars. What do you think of the article? I’d love to read your candid comments.

 

 

Help me save a dog for Christmas!

Floss cover 2I’m donating royalties from my new book, Floss the lost puppy, to two fabulous animal charities here in Romania.

Every book you buy will help save a dog (or a cat) that is homeless, sick or injured.

Romania Animal Rescue is an amazing group of vets at the Centre of Hope in Bucharest – see what they do every day to save dogs and cats.

Eli Pet Transport is a Romanian-British charity that rescues dogs from all over Romania, socialises them till they’re ready for a new home, then takes them to the UK to their new families.

All the people involved are stellar human beings who have devoted their lives, their homes, their careers to the welfare of cats and dogs.

If you love animals, buy a book, donate direct to their websites, spread the word about what they do, teach kids about the value of pets and how to care for them – help in any way you can…

Thank you!!!

PS: You can find out more about Floss on his website, and read reviews of the book here.

Romania: passions and pet peeves

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In my piece in the second issue of OZB (O Zi Buna) magazine, expats (aka migrants) tell me what they love and hate about their chosen home. Food, traffic, music, steps, bureaucracy, architecture, people, people and people…  Includes contributions from Shajjad Rizvi (left) and Karam Alsaty.

‘Gem-like story contains vital lesson’

Iulia Benze sent us a wonderful review. Obviously a great dog lover, Iulia sees the book as a way of teaching a vital lesson: why compassion and care for animals is important. 

“I believe Floss The Lost Puppy is extremely practical and it should be the beginning of a series which humanizes stray animals, creating heartfelt stories, educating people to be more compassionate towards nature and fellow creatures sharing their environment.

“Overwhelmingly the book brought back memories of animals in distress. I read it on a stormy dark Sunday morning and after that I immediately went out and started searching for homeless dogs to feed and to soothe. I found 5, managed to help 3 – the ones who didn’t run away from me.”

But Iulia also remarked on the emotional journey that the heroine goes through.

“I loved her journey in that magical rural mountainous place: from being afraid of dogs to absolutely loving them. She became a brave little girl, sacrificing her own comfort and selfishness. I think it is a very important lesson to learn: generosity, friendship and conquering your fear. This story contains a deep challenging lesson, making the narration not only for children, but also for adults.”

Transylvanian kittens need a home

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Two tiny kittens meet big ginger George Cat. Some soft hissing and growling from George, but kits are fascinated by their new uncle

Can you give the two little kits a loving home? They’ve been with me for three weeks, and are now tame (they were feral when we rescued them) and promise to be beautiful, healthy, affectionate and playful cats. Mango (girl) and Fig (boy) are very different characters, but both sweet and both have Ferrari motor purrs.

I will take them to the vet for a complete check-up and neutering, so you’ll have no costs apart from transport and future care – if you’ll take them both.

I live near Brasov so can bring the cats to you if you’re local, or meet you somewhere convenient if not.

If you’d like to give them a happy future with you, please drop me an email – abbspepper@gmail.com

Dragons SOLD OUT a week after launch

George 3Only launched at Bookfest last Friday, the initial print run of Dragoni pe cerul Londrei (Dragons over London) is already sold out! Congratulations to the Booklet Fiction team, who have had to nudge the printers for a swift second print run after only six days…

Thanks to children, parents and teachers for showing such enthusiasm for George and his dragons that 3,000 copies of the book have walked out of the door in less than a week!

A month ago… on 20th April…

The thunderstorm today brought the temperature down, sure enough. But it’s Spring, and it rains. that’s fine.

But it was also Spring exactly a month ago, on 20th April. And this is what my garden looked like then. April. Late.