Sunday, 2 April 2017

Advertiser Spotlight - April 2017

In a new monthly feature for 2017, I did away with the random Google ads which used to appear at the top of my blogs' sidebars and now offer that space for rent! Four Advertiser Spotlight packages are available each month, two for Literary Flits and two for Stephanie Jane, all for a very reasonable price! Interested? Ideal for event, book launch or business promotion, there's more details of my Advertiser Spotlight packages on this page. I am currently taking bookings for May.

On Literary Flits

Millions of books at The Book Depository

The Book Depository is proud to call itself 'the world's leading specialist online bookstore'. They offer over 17 million titles, all at unbeatable prices, with free delivery worldwide to over 100 countries. I love that The Book Depository seeks to make available as many books as possible, both in English and other languages. Apparently over 30 million books have been published in English alone! The company is also keen to work with indie authors and small presses. I often find I can link from my book reviews to copies for sale here when other bookshops don't have stock. Whatever your interest or passion, you'll find something interesting in this bookshop full of delights.

Historical maps from Ordnance Survey

One facility we do miss when walking in Europe is the reliability of our trusty Ordnance Survey maps. Back home, one of our first actions when moving to Torquay was to get the local Explorer map and we'll be using it frequently now we're back here for a while!
I didn't realise until recently though that Ordnance Survey also offer a range of historical maps which I think would make ideal and unexpected gifts for the history or historical fiction fan in your life. Options range from whole country maps such as Ancient Britain and Roman Britain, regional maps from the Victorian era, and a whole series of 477 town maps dating from 1896 to 1904. See what Whitby looked like when Bram Stoker made his famous visit. Follow Dickens' characters through Victorian London! Or even just see how different your town was over a century ago.

On Stephanie Jane

100s of Days Out with English Heritage Membership

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places across England including world-famous prehistoric sites, grand medieval castles, Roman forts on the edges of an empire, and even a Cold War bunker. We visited lots of these during our UK travels and I particularly remember loving Hadrian's Wall, Grime's Graves and the wonderfully atmospheric Whitby Abbey. Membership starts from just £43.50 per year which gives you unlimited access to castles and gardens, historic houses and abbeys, plus kids go free so that could help spread the budget over the Easter holidays / May Bank Holiday weekends / Summer holidays ...! English Heritage often put on special kids events to coincide with these holidays too.

Emma Bridgewater tableware and pottery

Emma Bridgewater began in 1985, after Emma tried and failed to find a birthday present for her mum. Today Emma's designs, along with those of her husband, Matthew Rice, are still very much at the heart of the business. A thoroughly British company, all Emma Bridgewater pottery is made in Stoke-on-Trent, the traditional home of British pottery, and they are proud to be one of the largest employers of potters in the area. I love that everything is beautiful enough for it to feel like a treat to use, yet is hardwearing enough for everyday. It's perfect for gifting too, especially for weddings or to adorn a new home. Plus, if you don't mind aesthetic flaws, the Outlet Shop frequently has unbelievable discounts!

Do you want to see your event or business featured on my blogs? There's more details of my Advertiser Spotlight packages - image placement, blog post and social media promotion - on this page. I am currently taking bookings for May.

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