Something Different by Lou – Books by Lorraine Johnston for various charities – Dive in to discover more #ChildrensBooks #WhiteleysRetreat #ScotlandsCharityAirAmbulance #WildlifeTrust

Charity books picI have something different today. It’s something quite wonderful and joyous! It’s something that you, the reader, can really get involved in. Today I am writing here about 3 books. Not just any 3 books The money raised for these books will go to very well-known Scottish Charities – Whiteley’s Retreat, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and Scottish Wildlife Trust. The books are full of humour and friendship. There are added extras for children to amuse themselves with as they can get creative with bookmarks and puppets. You don’t need to have children to be able to assist the charities, I have provided info and links to each charity so you can find more info about them.
First let me tell you about the author and then let’s get back to the books and the charities.

Author Raine picEach book is written by Lorraine Johnston. Supporting Scottish Charities through book sales is incredibly important to her. When her and I spoke over video call, she shown real passion for charities. This is definitely not some vanity project she is doing, she shown real knowledge of the charities and a true care for them.
She went on to tell me how she used to support them in all sorts of physical and energetic ways, before being diagnosed with MS. Writing has allowed her to have a purpose again, but to write so that other people from all different walks of life as well as wildlife as she has a passion for people and nature.
Website:   Now onto discover the wonderful books and charities…

Each book has humour, adventure, friendship, courage, facts about the animal they’ve read the story about and an extra fun activity they can do. Each book has bright, bold illustrations accompanying the story.

Whit of Whiteley’s Wood – 100% of All Proceeds go to Whiteley’s Retreat – offers free short breaks for families who have children with life-altering illnesses.

Later Tartan Gator – £1 from each book sale will be donated to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

MacMoley Moves Home – £1 from each book sale will be donated to The Wildlife Trust.

All books can be bought from her website  OR Foggie Toddle Books – An Independent bookshop Located in Wigtown.
Find out more about the books and the charities in turn, below.

Whit of Whiteley’s Wood

Whit of Whitelys WoodsFull of humour and empathy, young readers can fly in to join Whit, a young Long-Eared owl, who finds herself in a bit of a pickle to say the least. In excellent rhythm, she soon discovers that, thankfully, she discovers immense friendship in a horse, a mole, a mouse, a fox and birds, who all do their bit to help her and save her from what was almost a completely disastrous flight. There is much warmth and courage in this uplifting and cheering story amongst the wildlife. Continue further than the story’s end to discover the most uplifting quote by Oscar Wilde that is perfect for these times we are living in. Further still, discover how to make a paper bag puppet and fun facts about owls. All perfect to keep children amused.

May be an image of text that says "WHITELEYS RETREAT"Whiteley’s Farm Retreat – 100% of all proceeds of this book will go to this charity.

Whiteleys offers amazing spaces for the whole family to enjoy and explore, both on the doorstep and in the surrounding area. We have two high quality, five star assisted catering cottages where families can enjoy short therapeutic breaks complemented with a variety of animal, art, horticultural, holistic, music and recreational therapies. There is a Sensory Hub, a Play Park, Animal Therapy Area, a Wellbeing Garden.

Once a farm, Whiteleys has many exciting opportunities for development: we have plans to create a Sensory Play Barn, Outdoor Recreational Areas, Woodland Pathed Walks and ultimately a Centre of Excellence for children and young people with cancer and life altering illness. We are developing our Young Shoulders Programme, Bereavement Breaks and Sibling/Carers Weeks throughout the year. You can follow these on our social media channels, too.
Find out more about them on their media below:    Facebook: WhiteleysRetreat     Twitter: @whiteleysayr         Instagram: whiteleys_retreat/   LinkedIn: whiteleys-retreat-2733b6164

Purchases can be made from  OR Foggie Toddle Books

Later Tartan Gator

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A visit to Audubon Zoo in this rhyming book, brings much fun and unexpected effects, when the visitors ignore the “Do Not Feed The Animals At Any Time” signs and feed an alligator a whole haggis. A girl then buys some blue chocolate frogs to help with the unintended consequence of eating the haggis as he feels sad. Children will have much fun as they watch surprising changes in the alligator. At the back of the book, they will also find bookmarks to have fun, personalising for themselves.

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Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance | SCAAScottish Charity Air Ambulance £1 of all proceeds of this book will go to this charity.

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) saves and
                                    improves lives across Scotland every day. 

SCAA currently operates two helicopters, both EC135-T2is, and one rapid response vehicle – taking expert paramedic care to the scene of time-critical emergencies, whether it be on a road, in a field or at someone’s home.  SCAA then transports patients to specialist hospitals to receive the most appropriate advanced care.

SCAA makes a difference – a patient’s chance of survival and full recovery are greatly increased if they receive the right medical care within the first hour of injury or illness.  The fast response of SCAA and its ability to reach Scotland’s most remote and rural areas saves vital minutes when every second really does count.

SCAA can be airborne within five minutes of receiving an emergency call and can reach 90% of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes.

As Scotland’s only charity air ambulance, SCAA is funded by the people of Scotland, primarily through donations, fundraising, events and our life-saving lottery.

Website:     Twitter: @ScotAirAmb   Instagram: scaa_charity/   YouTube: ScotAirAmb

Purchases can be made from  OR Foggie Toddle Books

Moley MacMoley

MacMoley CoverMacmoley has too much stuff in his home, so he decides to find another one. He packs his porridge bowl and bagpipes and sets off to tell his friends – Fox, Rabbit, Vole and Shrew, who are all very busy. Children can have fun as they follow Moley MacMoley on an adventure through the tunnels he digs, to see if he can ever find a home that is big enough for him and all his belongings. It has a surprise and fun twist at the end as Moley MacMoley realises something about what home means.
Then children can learn fun facts about moles and see photos. There is a section about cute collectables. The book is dedicated to all those who care for wildlife.

Springwatch Competition - The Scottish Beaver TrialScottish Wildlife Trust – £1 of all proceeds of this book will go to this charity.

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas.

The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.
Find out more on their media below:

Website:    Twitter: @ScotWildPolicy   
Facebook:     YouTube:

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In The Blood by Margaret Kirk @HighlandWriter @orionbooks @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

In The Blood
By Margaret Kirk 

Today I am so pleased to show you a bit about In The Blood and its dark, brooding cover and intriguing blurb. Go ahead and take a look and discover more about the book and about this ‘Highland Noir’ author.

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in the blood cover‘Ritual murder and ghosts from a chilling past haunt DCI Lukas Mahler in his latest case, set on the ancient Orkney Islands.’Tied to a derelict pier on Orkney, the bloated remains of a man bob in the waves, under the shadow of forbidding Sandisquoy House. The locals know him as William Spencer.

But DCI Luke as Mahler identifies him as Alex Fleming – his former boss.

Unable to step away from the case, Mahler tries to piece together why Fleming would retire to such a remote location. But the deeper he digs, the more disturbing the investigation becomes.

Seal bones, witches’ salve, and runic symbols appear everywhere he looks, ushering Mahler towards Fleming’s most notorious unsolved case: the ‘Witchfinder’ murders. And towards a dark and uncomfortable truth someone has gone to great lengths to bury…

About The Author

Margaret Kirk writes ‘Highland Noir’ Scottish crime fiction, set in and around her home town of Inverness.

Her debut novel, Shadow Man, won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition in 2016. Described as ‘a harrowing and horrific game of consequences’ by Val McDermid, it was published in 2017 by Orion. Book 2 in the DI Lukas Mahler series, What Lies Buried, was published on 13th June 2019. Book 3, In The Blood, will be released by Orion on 29th April 2021.

Margaret is also the writer of several award-winning short stories, including The Seal Singers, which has been published in translation in Germany. She has contributed a short story, Still Life, to the Noir From The Bar anthology, which has been compiled to raise funds for NHS charities.