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Book Launch!

The book launch of ‘Rebecca and Jade: Choices’ took place on a sunny day in Hay-on-Wye during the Hay Festival.

Rebecca and Jade: Choices, YA novel

Rebecca and Jade: Choices, YA novel for teenage girls

Thanks to all who came, and congratulations to author Eleanor Watkins on her 44th book release!

Eleanor Watkins with her latest book, Rebecca and Jade: Choices

Eleanor Watkins with her latest book, Rebecca and Jade: Choices

Here are a few pictures from the day:

Janet Wilson and Eleanor Watkins

Eleanor with Janet Wilson from Dernier Publishing

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Hay Festival

Rebecca and Jade: Choices in the Hay Festival Bookshop

Rebecca and Jade: Choices in the Hay Festival Bookshop

Eleanor Watkins

Eleanor Watkins signing books

 

You can buy this fab book for teenage girls here, or from your local Christian bookshop. More details about the book here. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. πŸ™‚

May News!

Sadness and Gladness

Manchester

I was planning on writing something completely different this month, but the news of the tragedy in Manchester has eclipsed all other thoughts. It’s difficult to find the words to say. Even though we may not know anyone personally affected, the sadness on our screens has touched us all. The sight and sound of young people screaming and running, the mum desperate for news of her daughter, images of children injured, hits hard. So much grief, so much trauma, some who will be affected forever, scarred for life. And what about the perpetrators? What could have possessed them to turn to such evil? We know so well the verse, β€œThe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and life in all its fullness.” The suicide bomber was just 23. Let’s pray for everyone caught up in this appalling evil, that the Lord will have mercy, and turn many to himself, that He might bring light and life out of this dreadful tragedy.

If you live in or near Manchester and know anyone who could take our books to young people in hospital, or to those who have lost loved ones, please contact me.

Another thought: the suicide bomber was brought up in this country. Please pray we will be able to get our books into school libraries. Even in places where there is no Christian teaching, perhaps some might come to find life through our books.

Something More Cheerful

Mary Weeks Millard giving Christian books to Star School, Rwanda

Mary Weeks Millard giving Christian books to Star School, Rwanda

Praise the Lord for something more cheerful to report. Earlier in the year, author Mary Weeks Millard visited Rwanda. She says:

 

β€œA highlight of the trip was to visit Star School, at Masaka, near Kigali. I prayed over the piece of ground and have had the joy of seeing a large school grow on the site, over about 10 years. The school has a Christian foundation and seeks to educate children whose parents might not otherwise be able to afford good schooling for them. It has nursery, primary and secondary departments. Many children are sponsored through Mission Possible UK, and it was a delight for me to see the boy whom I have sponsored through the years. He is now in the top primary class. However, the main point of the visit was to give books to the library, and I took 25 books from Dernier Publishing. These were well received – there are very few fiction books for leisure reading in the library – and the boarders were very pleased with the new additions.”

Such good news! These stories with their biblical themes have so much potential to touch lives. Another box of books recently reached a school for deaf children (most of whom are orphans) in Kenya. Please pray with us for all who read our books, wherever they are in the world.

Three More Bits of Good News!

1. Dernier books translated into CroatianFirst bit of good news: Mystery in the Snow is going to be printed in Croatian, to join the first three Beech Bank Girls books and The Treasure Hunt.

Yippee! So thrilled that non-English speaking youngsters will be able to read this fun story about four Christian kids who solve the mystery of the shed burglaries. πŸ™‚

2. Second bit of good news: I met Joanna from Angel Tree for a business meeting (honest!) earlier this week. Angel Tree is the arm of the Prison Fellowship which gives gifts to prisoners’ children at Christmas, along with a Christian book if the prisoner wishes (which most do). Joanna from the Prison FellowshipPlease pray Joanna chooses the right books for the children, many of whom are vulnerable, and may not hear the good news any other way. We are delighted and privileged to be able to share in this ministry.

3. Revenge of the Flying Carpet came out as a kindle book a while ago: we are planning on bringing this out as a paperback in the autumn. The new cover hasn’t yet been finalised, but here is a sneak preview of the cover image:

This book deals with the subjects of revenge, justice, mercy and forgiveness through the eyes of a young lad with the worst sister in the world. Vital issues, from a Christian perspective, all rolled up in an engaging story. More news in due course!


Best News!

Rebecca and Jade: Choices, YA novel

They’ve arrived! Real copies at last!

I have saved the best news for last. πŸ™‚ We now have copies of Rebecca and Jade: Choices, ready for release next Tuesday (30th May)! This is a powerful and moving novel written from a Christian perspective for teenage girls. Two sixteen-year-olds become friends, despite their differences. When one of the girls finds herself pregnant (I’m not telling you which one!), they both have choices to make, which have far-reaching consequences.

One mum who reviewed it for us said: β€œIt sensitively covered issues facing teens today including pregnancy, relationships, friendship and support . . . Gave me a good opportunity to open up the subject of abortion with my daughter and we had a really good chat. She’s got someone in her year who‘s pregnant (at fifteen).”

Eleanor Watkins with her latest book, Rebecca and Jade: Choices

Author Eleanor Watkins with her latest book, Rebecca and Jade: Choices

(She said some other lovely things, too, but they include spoilers, so I’ll have to keep those things to myself for the time being!)

This isn’t a book telling readers what they should do. It’s an invitation to readers to think about the choices they make. Oh, and one of the girls becomes a Christian, but, again, I’m not telling you which one! I hope you will buy this book for all the girls you know (contact me for quantity discounts), because the choices they make will determine their future, as they do for Rebecca and Jade.

The launch will take place in Bethesda Evangelical Church in Hay-on-Wye, on Tuesday 30th May from 11am – 1pm. You are all totally and very warmly invited! Author Eleanor will be signing books, I will be there too . . . and it’s during the Hay Festival, so lots to see and do if you love books!

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If you can’t come, would you like to buy a copy anyway? Click here to take a look.

That’s all for this month, but before we go, would you join me in a brief prayer, that our books will touch young lives?

Dear Lord God, Heavenly Father, please help us to get our books to where they are needed. Please use them to touch children with your love, to bring light and life in the darkness, hope and joy where there is despair, comfort for those who grieve, to bring truth to those who seek it, and eternal life with you. Amen.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing

Thank you so much for being here with us,

Janet

P.S. The new books look way better in real life than they do in these images! πŸ™‚

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Books Arriving Soon!

New book arriving shortly from the printer . . . hope all will be OK! I always get a bit nervous at this point – once we had to send a whole batch back because the margins were wrong . . . eek! Will put up some photos when we get them . . .

Rebecca and Jade: Choices

 

Order yours here! Be the first to get hold of a copy! (Release is 30th May.)

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Dernier Books In Rwanda

Delighted that some of our books have reached Star School in Rwanda, courtesy of author Mary Weeks Millard, who visited recently.

Dernier books in RwandaSeeing photos like these is like seeing a dream come true. I couldn’t quite see that far when I set up Dernier Publishing in a corner of my dining room, with only a vision and a passion for children to find the good news through stories.

Sometimes it hardly seems real, when I am trying to juggle so many things and working with the nitty gritty day to day workings of the business, that our books are going all over the world. But there are the books, in these children’s hands. And these are only the tip of the iceberg – many books have gone out and we have no idea where they are or who is reading them! What the Lord has done is truly awesome.

Janet WilsonMay the word not return empty, and may He receive all the glory!

Janet

Nothing Random!

Welcome to the Dernier Publishing Newsletter, February 2017
Thanks for being here again, reading our news, and for all your support and prayers. We simply wouldn’t be here without you. Yesterday I heard that one of the big Christian publishers have cut their staff by two thirds. We can’t take anything for granted in the publishing business. Every prayer you offer on our behalf, every book you buy, keeps us going. Book production costs are high, and margins low. So please accept my heartfelt thank you for all you do. Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

Youth Club Visit
I spoke at a local youth group recently – what a privilege! And it was such fun! I took along a couple of packs of playing cards, and we built card houses which was tricky. Isn’t it just so frustrating when things are looking good, then the whole thing collapses? πŸ™‚

House of Cards

The point I wanted to make was that whatever awful things happen in life; even when the whole house seems to be coming down around you and nothing seems to be going right, God is still right there. I wanted the young people to know that the Lord will be with them and help them in every difficulty that comes their way, small or large. I gave them some books, too, to read and review. One girl had already read London’s Gone and told me it was one of her favourite books – yippee! And another young lad said how much he liked the cover of The City Kid. Hurray! Please pray for young people like these, most of whom are church children, who need every encouragement to keep walking in the faith they have learnt from their parents. Who knows – maybe something from one of the books will touch their hearts and change their lives. Please pray with me!
Random Gifts
I mentioned in a previous email that back in the autumn Age UK approached us with a request for a raffle prize, to raise money for a Christmas dinner for elderly people who would otherwise be on their own. I have no idea where they got our name from, but, always on the lookout for opportunities to get our books into children’s hands, I sent them a set of five random books like this:

Dernier Publishing books

A couple of weeks ago I received a thank you letter – they raised Β£900 for the raffle, and the elderly people had a lovely day. What a wonderful thing to be able to help with! Not only that, the books will have found a home – I wonder where? One thing I do know: our Lord doesn’t do random, so we have been praying that the books will end up exactly where they are needed. Exciting, isn’t it – maybe one day we will hear an amazing story!
I’ve got a few of these ‘random’ sample packs of books left from a trade event and was wondering what to do with them . . . here’s an idea: would you like one of them to put in a tombola, offer as a prize, at a club or camp or fair or fΓͺte or whatever? Imagine the impact we could make if each of us gave away a pack of books away in our corner! Who knows how far the books could go, how many children we could reach! Maybe, together, we can do a miracle.
If you’d like one or more of these packs (five books in each pack), as long as you promise to give them away (and this is only available to subscribers of our newsletter): Β£20.00 (free UK p+p). Get your pack/s now and put them away for the summer, because when they’re gone they’re gone. You can have as many packs as you like, but you can’t choose the books, it’s pot luck! Please contact me if you’d like a pack. Or more than one!
(If you are reading this and you are not a subscriber to our newsletter, please sign up so you can join in the fun – it would be lovely to have you.)
Books in Croatian
Look at these! Now the first three Beech Bank Girls, and The Treasure Hunt, are available in Croatian! Don’t you just love the spy on the Treasure Hunt cover? πŸ™‚ Dernier Books in CroatianMay these books bless many, and may they be the first of many to reach children for whom English is not their mother tongue.
Reviews
Thank you Brenda, a secondary school teacher, who kindly took the time to work out how to put reviews on our website! This is what she wrote, to help potential purchasers:
Beech Bank GirlsBeech Bank Girls, Every Girl Has a Story: β€œAn excellent book. Eleanor Watkins has a good grasp of the issues faced by 11-14 year old girls today combined with an ability to write for them in an engaging, interesting and relevant way.
I would particularly recommend this book for girls who will be moving on to secondary school in the foreseeable future, as well as those already in years 7 and 8.
It is just a pity that the cover does not, in my opinion, reflect the modern real-life nature of the book. I look forward to reading the others in the series.”
Londons GoneLondon’s Gone: β€œA good well-paced story with plenty of action and some unexpected twists, it easily holds your interest. Many readers will find it easy to empathise with 16 year old Maria who is frequently at odds with the world. She is contrasted by Arthur, an idealistic holy-joe, set on doing the right thing at all times whatever the circumstances. They both have much to learn but somehow manage to work together towards a common goal. I did find Arthur somewhat irritating at times – but I’ve been told that he is supposed to be so.
I thought that the Christian part of the ending was well handled. No quantum leaps thankfully; it suited the overall flow of the story.
It is refreshingly different to other books around at the moment. I look forward to the sequel.”

The Only Way
The Only Way: β€œWow!
You don’t often find a book like this.
It walks that fine line between our world today and a whole other spiritual world. It offers depth and hope to kids who are struggling.
It will appeal to a wide range of readers.
Brilliant!”
The City KidThe City Kid: β€œThis is an up-to-date realistic story that will resonate with teens from a range of cultures, regardless of whether they have a church background or not.
The issues that John faces are relevant to modern life. It is well paced and easy to read. It is the sort of Christian book you could comfortably give to a friend. It also has some challenges for those already Christian.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
If you or your children have read any of our books, please do leave a review on our website – even if it’s just a short sentence. β€œMy daughter really enjoyed this,” (or didn’t!) is all that’s needed. Thank you!
Christian Bookshops
Don’t forget you can buy all our books from Christian bookshops in the UK, as well as through our website. Do support them, they do a great job.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing

Have a wonderful February (spring is nearly here!),
Janet

 

P.S. Don’t forget to contact me for your give-away book packs!

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The last Dernier Newsletter of 2016!

Hello again, and welcome to the final Dernier newsletter of 2016! Thank you all once again for supporting Dernier through another year. 2016 was a challenging year for me, as my mum’s dementia worsened and she passed away in the summer. Thank you for your prayers and all the kind messages; it meant a lot. At the same time, there has still been much to celebrate, because in 2016:

  • The City Kid was finally released in print, so we have 15 books! This is an amazing miracle.Dernier Publishing books
  • Our books went to more countries around the world than ever before, including Chad and Bhutan.
  • Beech Bank Girls 2 became available in Croatian.Beech Bank Girls 2 in Croatian
  • The Torch Trust made more of our books available in large print and Braille, for children with sight loss
  • Copies of the Christmas Beech Bank Girls will go to prisoners’ children this Christmas through Angel Tree, part of the Prison Fellowship.
  • We sent some of our books to under-resourced schools in Kenya and Zambia.

Children from Zambian school with Dernier Publishing books

  • We now have a Dernier Publishing Authors page on facebook. (Any Qs or comments for our authors, you can find them here!)
  • More writers have been through the Write for a Reason course and joined our monthly programme.
  • As books have gone out we have heard of readers riveted and hearts touched.

boy reading

  • This testimony was posted on the Dernier facebook page:

β€œAfter reading The Birthday Shoes, (my then) 10yr old daughter said she wanted to know Jesus just like the girl in the story. Two years ago at age 12, she was baptised and confirmed.”

So many wonderful encouragements! Your support has made all these things possible as you have prayed, bought books, lent books, sold books (thank you Christian bookshops), written books, advised, helped and encouraged and in so many ways. You know who you are! Sincere thanks to each and every one of you. Who knows what other seeds have been sown, yet to bear fruit? Exciting times . . .

And 2016 is not over yet! There’s still plenty of time to make this the best Christmas ever!

Please order books for Christmas for all the children you know – friends’ children and grandchildren, Christian Union members, children from kids clubs and uniformed organisations. If you need quantity discounts, to pay in the new year, or if there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know. I always try to help if I can. And don’t forget your local Christian bookshops are always glad to help, too. πŸ™‚

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Saving a Sheep!

Last week when Andrew (husband) and I were out for a country walk we heard a sudden loud β€œbaa” just the other side of the hedgerow. Strange, we thought – the sheep were all far away on the other side of the field, so we climbed the bank and saw a sheep with her head caught in a wire fence. We went back to the nearest farm; it wasn’t their field, but the nice farmer set her free. He said we had done the right thingβ€”she probably would have died if we hadn’t done something. It was lovely to see her run off to join the other sheep!

Sheep in a field

A small thing can make a huge difference – an act of kindness, an encouraging word, an ear to listen . . . these things can save lives. Don’t walk by today.

Many children in the UK have phones, laptops and tablets, games and toys, but little in the way of spiritual input. Most of our books are just Β£5.99, but you can not over-estimate the value of Christian books. They challenge us, make us think, the stories stay with us . . . yet many of our children do not have the opportunity to hear the good news, and even church children are falling away. If you are reading this, be aware that not everyone sees the need – you may have to do something for the children in your church/neighbourhood, because other people might not. I’ve put up 25 reasons to buy fiction for children and teenagers here – just in case you would like to pass them on!

2017

We have more books in the pipeline. Please pray as we move forward with these.

Also, God willing, next year I’d like to find a way to send books to African schools. So many are desperate for books, but don’t have the resources to buy them. Several schools have already received our books, and they are so, so grateful. Many are Christian-run, so our books are of immense value to them, with educational value and the extra added bonus of a spiritual dimension.

I don’t yet have a plan, but will be working on it. Any ideas, please contact me!

Please would you pass on our Christmas Online Catalogue?

Dernier Publishing online catalogue

Click the picture to see the catalogue, or visit:

https://www.flipgorilla.com/p/24777847507780673/show

Would you be kind enough to put this link on your facebook page, twitter feed or any of your other social media? And email to anyone you know who might be interested? Particularly Christians who are influential in the world of young people? Thank you very much.

Finally, let’s pray for all the children who will receive our books this Christmas. I was going to say particularly the prisoners’ children, but every child is equally precious. May the Lord touch the hearts of all who read, to find God’s love and grace in Emmanuel, God with us.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing

And may the Lord bless you too, this Christmas!

Janet

 

P.S. If you are giving our books away and would like us to pray, please let us know. πŸ™‚

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How It All Started

I first started writing Christian fiction for young people when I couldn’t find novels to buy for the kids in our church youth club (11-14s) from a non-church background. I was looking for something fast moving, fun, where it was normal to be a Christian – where faith was part of the sGirl reading The Treasure Hunt booktory. Then I discovered that nobody was publishing books like that! That’s when the idea of starting Dernier Publishing really took hold – and it started with The Treasure Hunt.

Now we have fifteen books by six authors, and more on the way. πŸ™‚ God is good.

 

Janet

A Very Late Newsletter, May 2016

Sorry it’s a very late newsletter! Just a few quick bit of news to keep you up to speed with all that’s new . . .

sparrowsOver the last few weeks I’ve loved watching the new sparrow babies running round after their parents. They are so cute! The sparrows in my garden are also a constant reminder of God’s love and care for us. As I was breaking up an old crust of bread for them the other day, a thought came to me – God cares for the sparrows, and he is using me. It was quite an awesome thought! In the same way, our books are being used by our Heavenly Father to feed his children. That’s truly staggering, because if we don’t, what will happen? We can’t tell – perhaps the birds in my garden would be fine without my seed and stale ends of loaves, and perhaps our children would be fine without Dernier books . . . but what if they’re not? What if we could have saved a life?

Groosham Grange – Horror For Kids
bookHave you read Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz? It’s not a new book, but by a popular author. I read it over the weekend, and found it disturbing – it’s about a boy called David who goes to a strange school and wants to get away at first because the teachers are dead, the pupils all wear black rings and vanish at night. There’s mild horror involved; it’s not a book for sensitive children. At the end, David finds running away isn’t going to work and joins the rest of the pupils and teachers in their magic, because he is the seventh son of a seventh son, so he ‘has no choice’. It’s purely fiction, of course, and is written in a light-hearted way – still, it makes me more determined than ever to get our books into as many children’s hands as possible. How much better for children to read about God’s love and truth in a fun story? While I’m here, many thanks to all the Christian bookshops who stock our books and recommend them to customers. Sorry I haven’t made it to a bookshop this month, but you can find your nearest one here.

Do You Have a Child Leaving Primary School?
If you have a child leaving Primary School at the end of term, how about buying a pack of Christian books for the school library, or your child’s classroom, as a leaving present? We have a pack of 14 books with 10% off the R.R.P. on our website. If you can’t afford this, what about clubbing together with other Christian parents? Books in a library have the potential to touch many young lives.
P.S. You can of course also order all our books from Christian bookshops. Follow the link above to find one near you.

Ditto for Sunday School Gifts
I know these have gone out of fashion in many churches, but what a wasted opportunity! If you are in a position to change things – do! If you would like any help, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Beech Bank GirlsQuick Thought
Do you have refugee children in your neighbourhood, school or church? This fab book for girls includes a Christian response to newcomers – the Beech Bank Girls (Making a Difference) find out that they can all make a difference to a Romanian girl who joins their class. Definitely worth the Β£5.99 price tag! Teachers, this would be a great book to have on your bookshelves.

Are Children Still Reading?
Girl reading Beech Bank GirlsOne of the biggest reasons people tell me they don’t buy our books is that they don’t think children are reading. Some don’t unless they absolutely have to! However, according to a recent report (summer 2015), 34% of children aged 6–17 read books for fun 5–7 days a week and 58% read books for fun, but less frequently. That’s a lot of children, and a lot of books – plus the stats don’t cover the children who are read to by parents or grandparents. And there’s another thing: we have had reports of children reading our books who don’t usually read – we can only put this down to the Holy Spirit at work! So if you were thinking about buying a book for a child and shrugging it off with the thought, well, they might not read it and it would be a waste of money, you could be right. But you could be wrong! Why not just go for it? It might not even be read now, but if it’s on the shelf it might get read when the child is ill, or bored . . . or a sibling might read it in years to come . . . the possibilities are endless!

I’ve Run Out of Room!
Just quickly – The City Kid will be with us soon – please pray for the printing process!
Love and thanks to you all for your support,

Janet

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