Monday, 17 June 2013

Come and visit the new Sunpenny blog over at Wordpress!

A screenshot of the new design.

We're very excited to announce that the Sunpenny blog has a new home!

Louise Kilburn, our lovely Marketing Co-ordinator has created a new and swanky blog for us hosted over at Wordpress. 

As you can see, we now have a beautiful redesigned header with page tabs for each imprint underneath along with helpful widgets linking you to our author's blogs, our social networking updates and post tags to help you find past posts easily.

The new address is:

You can subscribe to updates from it via email by entering your email address in the box titled 'Follow Blog.'

What is in store for the blog:

Myself and Louise will carry on posting the latest news from Sunpenny HQ about our books and authors but we'd also like to know YOU would like to see on the blog. If you have any suggestions or ideas, then why not let us know through the comments or on our Facebook or Twitter profiles?

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Happy World Book Day from Sunpenny!

Today we'd like to wish you a very happy World Book Day from everyone at Sunpenny!

Woo Hoo It's World Book Day
World Book Day is a "celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading." It is the biggest worldwide book event that has been designated by UNESCO as a celebration of books and reading and is now celebrated in 100 countries.

This is the 16th Word Book Day and across the UK children will be coming together in schools and libraries, where they will be encouraged to discover the joy of reading by being offered the chance to get a new book through special book vouchers provided by National Book Tokens.

One particularly exciting event is this year's online festival, The Biggest Book Show on Earth, which is being broadcast online today from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. It will feature interviews with children's authors who reveal the secrets of story writing and illustration. The show can also be viewed later online here, so why not celebrate World Book Day by watching it with your children when they get home from school?

Sunberry Books

We're passionate about developing a love of books in children and young adults too, which is why our imprint Sunberry Books was created. Buying a book from the Sunberry book selection would be a fantastic way to encourage children to continue to read after World Book Day, and if you're in the UK they could even use their £1 National Book Token to put towards it if you order directly from your local book store.

Our recommendations

How are the children you know celebrating World Book Day? Do you have any fond memories of World Book Day from when you were younger? Let us know on our Twitter and Facebook pages!

To find out more about World Book Day visit their website here.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

New release in time for Mother's Day: 'Blackbirds Baked in a Pie' by Eugene Barter

We are very excited to announce to you the release of the latest Sunpenny book, out this Friday, the 1st of March:

'Blackbirds Baked in a Pie'
(Memories of Rozinante)

Do you know any cookery lovers or Francophiles? This new release has come out just in time for Mother's Day and Easter, so if you're looking for a gift that can be enjoyed for a long time to come, it would be a wonderful choice. Or you could just treat yourself to it and the delicious recipes inside it! Find out more to whet your appetite...

About the book
Sir Edward Heath's Private Secretary didn't take retirement sitting down...
Fate has plenty of surprises in store for Eugene when, at the age of 60, she decides to leave her Welsh home and find a house in France to run as an auberge. Finding the perfect place in a small market town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, she names the house after Don Quixote's mule, 'Rozinante', and settles down to fulfill her dream.
A forest fire heading towards the house before the removal van has even arrived, is only the start of many surprises! The house's eccentric water pump, a curmudgeonly neighbour, and the outlook of the laid back local workforce being that manana is the order of the day, make a lively beginning to Eugene's new life in St Eulalie. Many happy guests from all over the world find their way to Rozinante, with Eugene and her family entertaining them, plotting their walks and creating delicious meals for them. All the while trying to stop Buster the Golden Retriever from stealing their underwear and burying it in the garden!
Humorous and often self-mocking, always gentle and quirky, Eugene takes us on a journey through the countryside and its people, Catalans and French alike, with a good dose of her German and English guests thrown in. Her love of the region shines from the pages – surely a timeless joy for all ages.
The second part of the book  focuses on the recipes which Eugene devised for her guests.  Although many of them are French or Catalan in flavour she also manages to introduce the French to English pies and, in the true spirit of entente cordiale, succeeds in gaining French respect for English cooking. 

About the author
Born in Penarth, South Wales, Eugene Barter left school at 16 to work as a trainee journalist on two local newspapers, in the days when discrimination against women in the workplace made the job twice the challenge it was for male colleagues. Moving on to an assignment in Holland at a Unesco conference, she stayed on for two years, learning the language and working with companies in Amsterdam struggling to get back on their feet after the horrors of the Second World War. Studying with the Open University in her late forties, she became a Tutor/Counsellor after graduating, before moving briefly back into journalism, then working in the House of Commons – eventually becoming Senior Secretary to Sir Edward Heath. In her sixties she took on the running of an auberge in France, and this book, Blackbirds Baked in a Pie, is a lively and affectionate account of her time there.
Now 85, Eugene's love affair with France continues undiminished. 

Blackbirds Baked in a Pie is also accompanied by the beautiful illustrations of Mary Jose, which really bring the settings to life vividly.

About the illustrator
Mary Jose is English, but she and her husband have travelled the world extensively. She was one of the first and most regular guests at Rozinante. She is a self-taught artist, now happily settled near Prades, where her paintings are widely praised. It was, in fact, the evening meal with Champagne to celebrate the purchase of their house there, that the 'blackbirds baked in a pie' incident took place.
There are frequent exhibitions of Mary Jose's work in both France and the UK. Visit Mary Joses website at:

The recipes 
Eugene's delicious tailored recipes featured in the last section of the book became very popular amongst visitors to her auberge in France and are accompanied by short and often humorous passages explaining the inspiration and stories behind them that make this book stand out from the average recipe collection. With everything covered – from cheese and marinades to fruit puddings and buffet parties – there's sure to be something to take your fancy!

 Here are a few examples from the collection:

  • Apple Dessert cake (our Marketing Coordinator, Louise, made this cake for her family and it went down a treat!)
  • Chicken with Cider and Apple
  • Catalan Meatballs
  • Creme au Touron
  • Roquefort Turnovers

Special Offer!

As a special deal for our loyal friends we are offering you the chance to own a copy of Blackbirds Baked in a Pie for just £8.99 with FREE P&P in the first 2 weeks of publication only, if you order directly from Sunpenny. All you have to do to take advantage of this special offer is to send a cheque made payable to Sunpenny Limited, to the value of £8.99 to the following address:

10 Aspen Close,

Please include a note stating the book title, your name and the address you want it sent to.

Look out for more information on where to buy Blackbirds Baked in a Pie on Friday, here and on our Facebook and Twitter profiles!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Start of Spring Treat: 'Bridge to Nowhere' is just £0.99p to download this Saturday!


It finally feels like Spring is just around the corner with it officially starting here in the UK on the first day of March! There have been a few gorgeous sunny days this week despite the crisp chill in the air.

As a Start of Spring treat, we're offering Bridge to Nowhere by Stephanie Parker McKean to download as an e-book for  the bargain price of £0.99 this Saturday! It is the latest book in our inspirational romance imprint 'Rose & Crown' and the first book in a series. We're definitely hoping that soon the English skies are looking as blue, and the flowers as pretty, as they do on the cover.

'Bridge to Nowhere' by Stephanie Parker McKean

About the book

Best Selling crime author Mike Rice – or 'Miz Mike' to her friends – is by nature inquisitive (or "meddling" to her friends). She also has a heart of compassion that gets her intro trouble time and again, and her inability to really hear what God is saying to her doesn't help! So when a beautiful young stranger begs her to investigate the death of her sister, Mike is soon not-too-reluctantly embroiled in a mystery that involves the whole town of Three Prongs. She finds herself rapidly immersed in the illicit subculture in Texas Hill County – from dog fights to kidnappings, jealousy and murder – and her life is thrown into chaos as she takes in two troubled youngsters to boot. And that's without the animals thrown in!

Mike's crazy crush on the town heart-throb, retired film star and rodeo champion Marty Richards, fuels her impossible fantasies about the two of them hooking up. But when he finally asks her out, her need to track down culprits and bring them to justice gets in the way every time. Will they finally settle on a date and keep it? And more importantly, will Mike's M&M fantasies ever grow roots in a real relationship? 

About Stephanie Parker McKean

"I’ve survived being mauled by an African lion and bitten by a deadly water moccasin snake and have emerged victorious after suffering a childhood of sexual abuse. I’ve learned that what doesn’t make you bitter makes you better. You can’t make lemonade without lemons. And thank God, I’ve made the transition from atheist to Christian. My two favourite Bible verses are: in everything give thanks, and all things work together to good to them that love the LORD. Now, Sunpenny Publishing, with its release of my Christian mystery-romance-suspense 'Bridge to Nowhere', has gifted my lifetime dream of writing books with reality. I'm now married to wonderful Alan McKean – also a published author – and living in the lovely Black Isle of Scotland, even though I was born in Texas and am still proud of my birth state. Next to writing, a few of my favourite things are animals and rocks. I love building with rocks and cement when I'm not writing or taking our rough collie, Angel Joy, for a walk. And about the lion – he wasn't being mean when he mauled me – he was just being a lion. As for water moccasins, I no longer pick them up to see if they are poisonous or harmless, because they seem to resent being picked up… and after that stay in the hospital – I know anyway!"

What do people think about 'Bridge to Nowhere'?

Everyone at Sunpenny enjoyed reading it but here are some comments from people like you:

"If you want a simple book with a simple story this is not for you. If, on the other hand you like to keep guessing and be guessing till the end, this is your book. It is well written and crafted, with twists and turns and the murderer in 'Bridge to Nowhere' is never who you think it is. When you start the book, do not plan to be doing anything for a spell. Somehow the pages keep turning. Miz Mike finds trouble like a dog can find fleas. You will enjoy it and a little bird told me there are more to come."  
Alan, on Amazon

"'Bridge to Nowhere' introduces Michael Rice (Miz Mike, to her friends), a mystery writer who wants nothing more than to mind her own business, dream about her secret heartthrob, Marty, and play the M&M game. In spite of her best efforts, Miz Mike continuously gets herself into "pickles", as Marty calls them. When a strange woman approaches her with a claim that her sister had been murdered – a local woman thought to have died in a tragic explosion – Miz Mike can't help but start investigating. In the course of her search, she stumbles across the bridge that leads nowhere, as well as a disappearing dog-fighting operation. Along the way, she winds up taking into her home several misfits who have nowhere to go. Even as Miz Mike tries to mind her own business, evil is afoot in the small town of Three Prongs, evil such as this small town could never have imagined. When Miz Mike's youngest grandson, Ryan, is kidnapped, Miz Mike has to rely on her faith and God's ability to help her sort out the puzzle and save her grandson.
'Bridge to Nowhere' is filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, humour, and surprising plot twists that keep you guessing to the end. And for those readers who find themselves in "Miz Mike withdrawal" after finishing this book, I understand that the second in the series should soon be available." 
Henry Morgan, on Amazon

"Wonderful feel of Texas which jumps off the page. Mike's character is beautifully drawn, middle-aged, ditsy, disorganised, man-hungry, telling everybody that they should have faith in God to sort out all their problems. The classic bit was where she told the villain that she would rot in Hell and that they still had the death penalty in Texas. A lot of self-deprecating humour.
She probably fixed everyone's probs a bit too quickly, like the druggie who comes to live with her, reforms instantly and becomes a marvellous journalist.
A thoroughly enjoyable read! I will look for more from this author!"  
Rosemary E Johnson, on Amazon 

'Bridge to Nowhere' will be available to download to your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad, etc. for just £0.99p on Saturday, February 23rd ONLY. Spread the word and let us know what you think of it in the comments or on our Twitter and Facebook pages!

Links to download 'Bridge to Nowhere':