Good luck Bournemouth Football Team tonight!!!
Last night I was invited along with ‘The Sweet Jasmine Series,’ to a wonderful charity event in association with Macmillan.
The organisers were a group of Indonesian ladies, who asked if I would be so kind as to donate some of my books for the raffle to raise money.
‘Of course,’ I said!
The Indonesian ladies who were dressed in traditional attire, put on a wonderful feast of typical Indonesian food, and entertained the guests with two Balinese dance routines.
The event raised hundreds of pounds for Christchurch hospital’s Macmillan ward.
It was great fun and when people won my books in the raffle, they were really excited that I was present at the event.
What I learnt
Approximately 350 patients with terminal cancer reside at Christchurch hospital.
Money raised from charity events goes towards buying essential equipment at the hospital.
Funding for palliative equipment is limited and dropping rapidly, therefore the hospital is relying more and more on fundraising days by members of the public to keep the hospital going.
Im so pleased my little books made such a big difference.
Struggle to read? Come along and join me at Crumbs Cafe Boscombe, this Wednesday August 27, between 12pm-2pm in association with Bournemouth Echo.
Use The Sweet Jasmine Series to coax out your gremlins, and the loveable Worst Witch to improve your confidence. All ages are welcome.
Entrance by donation to The Crumbs Project, otherwise it’s completely free to read along with me!
This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who struggles to read, so please do come along and let me help you to improve your reading skills.
Tea and cakes available, photo ops and chit chats.
See you there!
The Sweet Jasmine Series is teaming up with Miss Dorset. Yes, Sweet Jasmine Cakes and Magic and Sweet Jasmine Stakes and Magic, will be part of the famous beauty contest, organised this year by former Miss UK herself, the mouthwatering Jackie Turner.
Jackie and I were in school together, and last year jackie turned up out of blue to one of my group exercise classes that I run. After a brief reunion and good ole catch up, we decided to share our skills regarding this exciting competition, and bring some of our own magic and uniqueness to the event.
The final will take part in Bournemouth’s cool 1920’s inspired restaurant/bar “The Print Room” Sunday May 4th ( more details to come ) and YOU are very welcome to pop along for a chance to meet the girls, Jackie and myself. In addition I will be presenting prizes to the contestants. Yay I will get the chance to wear my lovely new dress!
Each contestant will be offered The Sweet Jasmine Series Box Set as a special gift, plus the books will also be available at the event for purchase at a discounted price.
So, all very exciting and glamorous, Adrianna Jasmine and her stunning coven of witches would be proud.
See you there!
Catherine Sabatina: Author of The Sweet Jasmine Series
Jackie Turner: Model, former Miss UK and Miss World contestant
A little thing like dyslexia wasn’t going to stand in the way of Catherine Fowler’s dream.
Despite struggling at school, she always dreamt of being an author, like her idol, Agatha Christie.
Now all grown up, Catherine is thrilled to be launching her second novel, having overcome the condition which has blighted her life.
“Now it’s obvious that I am dyslexic, but I suppose back then they didn’t really know,” remembers Catherine of her schooldays.
“They said I had my head in the clouds. I struggled quite badly at school. I was very creative and imaginative, but when it comes to the basics like spelling and writing, I struggled.
“I’m also dyscalculia as well, which is with numbers.”
Catherine, who is now working as an exercise to music teacher and tutor, put her writing difficulties to one side in 2007, when she started to create a character for her first book.
“This character just popped into my head,” she said. “I started writing, just describing her. The next thing, I was addicted to this story.”
The book, called Sweet Jasmine, Cakes and Magic, a supernatural women’s fiction novel, took Catherine four years – and numerous proof reads – to write, during which time she was officially diagnosed with dyslexia.
Catherine was undertaking a PGCE at college when her tutor asked her to get tested.
“I passed with flying colours,” she smiles.
“Then I found out more about dyslexia. It was lovely, because now I know why I think the way I think. It’s poor organisational skills, you mix up times and dates, which I do a lot. It’s not just word blindness.
“I also found out that Agatha Christie was dyslexic. She is my favourite author, so that made me quite happy.”
Catherine, who lives in Bournemouth, launched her first book last year and is now preparing for the launch of the sequel, Sweet Jasmine, Stakes and Magic.
She admits the writing side of things is still difficult for her, but her creative side takes over to put the story together.
“I can be a bit hard on myself.”
“But I’m trying to relax and enjoy it more now. I’ve left the second book with an opening, so my plan is to do a third, which would be more of a prequel.
“The books are adult fiction, about witches. They’re a cross between Charmed meets Sex And The City. I’ve always loved the supernatural.
“I used to watch The Worst Witch when I was about eight, and I watched another film, called Bell, Book and Candle, when I was about eight or nine. They’re definitely why I love the genre.”
Catherine writes under the name Catherine Sabatina, in tribute to her late, Italian mother, who was also a keen reader.
“She passed away from breast cancer,” she says. She was very clever – she read eight books every two weeks.
The Sweet Jasmine Series is available via Amazon and downloadable via a Kindle.
Thank you to all my fans who came to my book launch, it was wonderful to meet you all.
I especially enjoyed meeting a very excited lady, who had discovered my books via Amazon. I couldn’t believe how thrilled she was to meet me in person, and how much she adored my work.
She had informed me that she had required a supernatural fix after completing The Twilight Saga, and Sweet Jasmine Cakes and Magic had filled the gap perfectly.
Moreover, the lady took part in my prize draw, and won the apron that I wore to my book signing in Waterstones last summer. It couldn’t have gone to a more perfect home.
Great day, great cakes and great people.
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I’ve been invited to do a book signing in Roma. Yes, The Sweet Jasmine Series will be hitting bella Italia!
My signing will be on November 9, 2013 at The ANGLO AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY, SRL
102 Via della Vite 00187 Roma Lazio. If you happen to be in Rome that weekend, pop in and say ciao!
I’m thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to present my work in my beautiful Italy, and I’m sure the Italian ladies will adore Adrianna Jasmine, enjoy the English quirk and appreciate all the cool recipes located at each chapter.
“Looking forward to the second part of your novel, I always rate a book by the way in which it emotionally effects me and it most certainly did! Thoroughly got into it and found it to be an unpredictable, emotional journey. Loved the recipes and quotes at each chapter and cant wait to try them out!”
Judy Write, 2012
I am very excited to hear that children and adults alike have been enjoying reading my book, since the launch last Saturday. One of my favourite pieces of feedback came from a lady who’s granddaughter has been snuggled up on the couch reading my story with her little book mark. Awwww 🙂 (however please note my book is for adults and it’s best that a parent reads it first before giving it the green light! )
However, I was informed that the little one is indeed dyslexic like me, and as a result is enduring a hard time at school. Apparently children as they often are, are being somewhat cruel to her due to struggling with certain subjects. Of course this is extremely upsetting for the child, and has left her feeling hurt and confused.
This is often the case for adults and children who struggle whilst learning certain subjects, and leads to frustration and then onto to anger. None of those two feelings are healthy.
So I was asked for my opinion regarding the little girl. I informed her grandma that firstly her parents should contact the British Dyslexics Association to decipher what form of dyslexia the child has, and where her strengths and challenges lie. Then to perhaps offer the little girl additional one to one support, for example in Maths and English. This will allow the child to learn in a style that suits her and at her own pace. She may even find it fun! Then to encourage her to develop all the skills that she is talented in. Apparently the child shows promise in regards to drawing, art and craft. Hmmm I see a future architect, or wildlife photographer in the midst!
I also offered to write to the little girl and explain that the way she is has nothing what so ever to do with being stupid, and that dyslexics are some of the most creative, colourful and in some cases, the most brilliant minded people on the planet. Winston Churchill was one of us!!! I will also advise her to ignore the children who are taunting her, because they simply do not understand our way of thinking.
So little one keep up with your drawing and stay calm and content in regards to who you are.