Ted's on his way and we really are getting quite excited! Over the last month beta copies have gone out to fans and followers of the series and we've been waiting with baited breathe for your reaction. We wondered if you were ready for a book which focused on Ted and how you would feel about Loss playing second fiddle, but it seems we were worrying unnecessarily. Over a hundred books went out in total and amazingly every beta reader came back to us. I'm always saying we couldn't write and illustrate the books without your support and it is never taken for granted. Thank you.
As you know there's always going to be a last minute hitch, usually when Nick or I have a last minute confidence crisis and this time it was the cover that had us on tenterhooks. We had two we really liked but given the change of tempo inside we couldn't decide, so we asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook. Over five hundred people responded and as luck would have it the vote and comments were amost fifty fifty. Ted and Loss were no help at all, but there were some great comments and suggestions we took onboard and in the end a few minor changes made a big difference. Ted took the honours with a bigger image and I hope you agree it's rather eye catching along with the back cover which gives you another glimpse of Ted's many personnas!
Each year we do something special with The Colour Red, but last years promotion was so popular we decided to do the same again and give a free, full colour, signed pocket edition copy to all our readers. In addition, each book comes with a limited edition print which makes an amazing bookmark. We loved illustrating it for you and it seems you loved it too, with many truly wonderful reviews. To claim your free copy of Loss De Plott & The Colour Red just click on the cover above.
"Enchanting, thoughtful and totally absorbing as you travel through the adventures of The Colour Red with Loss De Plott. Wonderful illustrations throughout, thoroughly enjoyed reading with my three god-daughter's and they were mesmerized as we turned each page."
"Superb book, magical in so many ways. The illustrations and the words really bring this book to life. My daughter is 10 and loved this and took it into school (I'm 39 and I loved it too). Would highly recommend to any avid readers out there"
We've never been the quickest to bring out new books, but A Bear Called Ted makes four in The Book Of Dreams series and with The Colour Silver underway the series is really beginning to gather momentum. There's also Ted's cookbook, Recipes For Dreamers & Children With Bears still to come in 2015 and the first long fiction novel featuring Loss & Ted awaiting a release date. In the meantime,
have a browse through the site, catch up with us on Facebook and Twitter and of course you can always send me an email.
May you always have the best of dreams, Stephan.
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Reading should be fun for all the family and with Loss and Ted we wanted to write books that would appeal to readers of all ages. We wanted words that not only told a story but made you think. We wanted to create illustrations that captured your imagination , but above all we wanted to leave you with a mystery. The series contains the clues to four gold keys, each one hidden on common land somewhere in the UK. They can't be found using a metal detector and once all four are found they will unlock the real mystery behind the books. The clues are to be found in the images and words and the context of each story, but one book contains the key to unlocking all the clues. The rest is up to you. To find out more about each book just click on one of the images below or click on the "About" link in the main menu.