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Everything changed that day. Even in elementary school, Lilly’s heart was in her mouth. Her stomach felt funny, but not the good kind of funny like at birthdays or family photograph day. She nearly got sent to the front to have her hand slapped when she got caught looking out of the window. It was too much for Lilly. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see a green figure on the other side of the window. Not the green of the trees, but the green of Joe’s uniform. He disappeared as soon as she sneaked a glance at him.

A short story set in WW1 originally written for children (but adults have enjoyed it).

Dedicated to my family.

Copyright Samantha Henthorn 2018.

Climbing the Bestseller Ladder

Climbing the Kindle best seller list with Piccalilly. Number 2 in children’s/historical fiction/war and number 17 in children’s/scary stories. This was a few weeks ago when the Kindle version was free for five days. Plus received a four star review from an ‘Amazon top 50 reviewer’ Yay.

A New Cover for Piccalilly

Piccalilly is a short children’s novel about Lillian, an eight year old girl who is missing her older brother, Joe. He has been serving in the army in World War One. When Lillian’s parents receive a telegram informing them of the worst, Lillian discovers that Joe’s spirit is living on in a series of comforting events.

A New Cover For Piccalilly20170630_162839

I was lucky enough to be able to have an author event at Bury Libraries (Castle Leisure Centre) two weeks ago. I had spoken to my friend about an illustrated cover. This is what she came up with as a rough draft. Because of the event, I hurriedly submitted the draft cover so that I had some paperbacks of both books. This limited edition version of Piccalilly: A Remembrance Day Story, is still available from Amazon. The kindle version will be FREE for three days from the 16th of July (tomorrow) and I might just sneak in a competition on my Facebook page @SamanthaHenthornauthor.

The Progress of Piccalilli (my self publishing journey)

imag0385I originally wrote the story ‘Piccalilli’ for my mum. The story is very (very) loosely based on her family (my nana and two great uncles) with my mum’s consent I have self published on Amazon, ‘Piccalilli’ is available for 99p.

I have now added a subtitle ‘Piccalilli: A remembrance day short story’

Set during World War One, the story is about Lillian, an eight year old girl who is missing her older brother, Joe (a soldier) When her parents receive a telegram informing them of the worst, Lillian discovers that Joe’s spirit appears in a series of comforting events.

At only sixty pages long, it is aimed at children aged 8-10 but adults can (hopefully) enjoy it too.

This is the first time I have self published. There is a lot to learn and the exercise has been time consuming. On reviewing the finished piece, I immediately wanted to change bits and pieces within the manuscript. I changed the cover, but the new picture has not yet appeared on Amazon. When you download your file, they use software to edit it, some things appear changed, but inevitable grammar mistakes appeared like gremlins sending me to the naughty corner. Now amended (lots) Every change takes 72hours to appear, and within that time the author is unable to ‘double check’… (and within this week I’ve had hospital appointments and an assignment to submit for my degree)

It’s a simple story, but I really felt the need to write it. I had an idea, that because it was written in my uncles’ memory, I could donate any proceeds to the British Legion. I am still learning, and I have found out that I would have to reach the £100 threshold (about 600 books) to be able to receive any profits from Amazon. This is a rather grandiose ambition for a little children’s book written by a novice! So for this year, it is too much of a longshot as Remembrance Day is in five days/ Remembrance Sunday in a week… Instead, I have sent a personal donation to the British Legion in my great uncles’ names. Hopefully, this time next year I will have learnt more and written more….