Horsing Around by Lexi Rees / #Interview #BookBlitz @rararesources @lexi_rees

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Calling all pony fans!

This journal and activity book is bursting with pony-fuelled fun. Whether you’re preparing for your first lesson or out collecting rosettes every weekend, this book has everything you need. 

✓ set your riding goals and track your progress

✓ record your best riding moments

✓ tackle the horsey games and puzzles

✓ test your equestrian knowledge

✓ giggle at the funniest horse jokes

✓ try the fun pony-themed arts and crafts

✓ save your precious pony memories

Can you complete all the challenges and become a riding superstar?

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Q&A

Which character would you like to be in this book?

I’d like to be the reader! Horsing Around is the pony journal I wanted as a kid.

Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?

It depends where I’m going. If I’m going on holiday, a book (or even a pile of books) is essential. Mention of a library in a holiday resort is a huge tick for me. It even beats a swimming pool! But on a day-to-day basis if I’m out and about dog walking or on the bus for example, I listen to audiobooks on my phone.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

Oooh, can I be the smart one? I grew up loving Nancy Drew and Velma from Scooby-Doo.

Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?

In terms of my writing, I have a series of creative writing activity books and there are more in the pipeline for that, but most of my non-fiction books are standalone. I’m currently wrapping up a fantasy series, The Relic Hunters, and am drowning in plot holes and loose ends, so if I write another fiction series, I’m going to make sure I plot it all the way through in much more detail before I start!

I’m currently reading a lot of adventure travel books, like Coasting by Elise Downing, so those tend to be standalones.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

I have a chair in the corner of a room that is in the sun most of the day. Nobody else ever sits in that chair so I reckon I’ve properly claimed it.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

At the stables. There’s always stuff to do, plus I love chatting to folk who are as horse mad as me. It’s easy to pop down for 20 minutes to give the pony a carrot and still be there two hours later. 

Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

Hahahaha! Of course not. And I’m even more in trouble if it’s a vintage bookstore. I can actually feel my heart start to race then.

I have a collection of first editions of pony books – I love the battered covers that show they’ve been read and re-read so many times. I included a reading record at the back of Horsing Around so children can keep track of their favourite horsey books and revisit them later

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What are you most proud of?

My son.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

Nerves! I’m a massive bundle of nerves waiting for the first reviews to come in. Even though Horsing Around is my eighth book, it doesn’t get any easier. Once you set a book loose in the world, it belongs to the readers.

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I’m always asked this during school visits. I usually suggest carrying a small notebook to jot down ideas. I also recommend entering writing competitions if you want your work to be read by others. I remember winning a writing competition at my local library when I was about ten, unfortunately the story itself is long lost.

Thanks so much for inviting me to chat to you today J

Thank you, Lexi Rees and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south where she’s slave to a carrot obsessed gelding, a frisky mare, a dog who’s convinced he’s not been fed in a month, and a house of hungry boys.

She writes action-packed adventures and fun activity books for children. 

She wrote Horsing Around in response to a predominance of pink in the existing pony book market which her own son found off-putting.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her creative writing workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

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Author Links 

Website: https://lexirees.co.uk

Twitter: @lexi_rees  or https://twitter.com/lexi_rees

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LexiAuthor/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/lexireesbooks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexi.rees/

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Book Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Horsing-Around-Journal-activity-book/dp/1913799077/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Horsing-Around-Journal-activity-book/dp/1913799077/

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Giveaway

Win a signed copy of Horsing Around 

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